March 30, 2017
— Open Blogger Remarks at an Anti-Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Conference, "Build Bridges, Not Boycotts"
Wow! Nikki Haley is not pulling punches, and is returning America's voice at the UN to its traditional (and romanticized) role as a defender of freedom.
I have no idea why Trump chose her. But I like it!
And how tragic is it that, of all countries in the world to condemn for human rights violations, these voices choose to single out Israel. We should boycott North Korea. We should sanction Iran. We should divest from Syria, not Israel. It makes absolutely no sense. And it has no connection to any reasonable definition of justice.
It seems simple that we would support a liberal, pluralistic democracy, especially considering the neighborhood it is in. The savagery on display in every single one of the countries of the Middle East, with the obvious exception of Israel would, in a saner time, make the decision to defend it on the world stage an easy one. It is a measure of the lunacy and intellectual and moral decay of society that the Left and Islam has managed to convince much of the world that Israel...tiny, free, liberal Israel, is the root of all evil.
— Open Blogger
John Singer Sargent more...
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Good morning, kids. Our top story for today is sanctuary city sedition. Seattle is suing the Trump administration for threatening to withhold funding for its illegal shielding of criminal aliens from deportation. I'm sure the 9th Circus will find that flagrantly breaking the law is totes Constitutional. Other than that, Bill DeBolshevik went on a Twitter rant against the owner of the Raiders for the Vegas move. I will say that the doofy Marxist said one thing that I do agree with; I hate when teams extort municipalities into using taxpayer dollars to build their venues. But beyond that, it was pure, pig-ignorant class warfare bilge which, sadly, too many Americans swallow whole. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
March 29, 2017
— Open Blogger
The calendar says Wednesday. I believe it is the third Monday of the week.
Quotes of The Day
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. Henry J. Kaiser
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone. Orson Welles
The more I see of men, the more I like dogs. Clara Bow
— Open Blogger I may have taken a few liberties with the first part of that headline.
Also, Daltrey's support, it appears, is nothing new.
Well, whatever. Ain't like ace is stroking any checks for an Ace of Spades fact checking department. Let's just go with it and call these two data points--Johnny Rotten and Roger Daltrey-- a trend. Good enough for the New York Time's Lifestyle section; good enough for me.
The Who's frontman Roger Daltrey continues to be outspoken about his support for Brexit, or more like his support for England getting out of the EU. "We are getting out, and when the dust settles I think that it'll be seen that it's the right thing for this country to have done, that's for sure," he told NME.
He added, "I am not anti-European, but I am anti the present way we are being governed in Europe. "It's got nothing to do with any of the immigration issues or any of that for me. It was to do with much more. The majority of this country felt that their voices weren't being heard. It would have been nice to do a deal with Europe but they didn't want to do a deal, and they sent Cameron back with a bag."
Conservatism: The new face of rock 'n roll.
— Open Blogger An acquaintance of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer. As many people do today, he shared the news on Facebook so people outside his family and close friends would know what was going on with him. I always find this to be an awkward situation when I don't know someone well enough to pick up the phone and call, but do know them well enough to be saddened and concerned over the news.
Usually in these situations I'll either avoid commenting at all or tell the person that I'll pray for him and his family. And then, I always make sure that I follow through because I think it's an awful thing to just casually tell someone he'll be in your prayers when you don't really mean it.
I've spend more of my life as an agnostic than I have as a Christian and it's no big deal to me when other people don't pray, but there's a substitute expression that a lot of atheist/agnostic people fall back on that I positively despise: Sending good vibes your way.
The way I see it, if you think prayer is some sort of mystical hokum then how is it that you believe in "vibes" instead? What are these vibes? Can you see them? Can they be measured? And how, exactly, does one send them? Is it like ESP? Do you wave your fingers? Is there some sort of sacred incantation developed by the Celtic druids of yore?
See, here's what gets under my skin--I don't think that the people who write this line actually believe in vibes. It's a goofy, stupid idea, but they say it anyway because this grotesque, reproductive attempt at expressing belief in something greater and more powerful sounds good to them.
And so, yeah this is a get off my lawn moment, but goddamnit this world has enough phoniness in it without adding, in response to a man's likely death sentence, promises of such trite, nonsensical nature that there can't be any possible intention of keeping them.
I get it, it's awkward to respond sometimes. People want to say something kind and aren't sure how to go about it. But there are so many ways around that one phrase--"Thinking of you," for example, or "Please get well, we're all pulling for you."
Everything doesn't have to be an immediate, kneejerk, whatever-happens-to-come-to-mind response. There's room for pausing and giving thought to your words. And if there's ever a time to do it, it's when someone announces to you that his time of living may be very, very close to an end.
Related: Research reported in the Scientific Journal of No Freakin' Doy suggests that social media and shallow thinking may be linked.
— Ace Supposedly this flying-saucer shaped aircar -- fans mounted in the disc around the driver's "pod" -- and has been "estimated" to fly at 120 miles per hour.
All the pictures and videos appear to be mock-ups so I don't think this has been built yet. The article seems kind of elusive when it comes to directly stating that.
But that's not even the wild speculative news. We've seen dozens of "Flying Cars are Coming" articles.
The "Analemma Tower," so named because the designer keeps thinking "This is gonna get me so much ass," is planned to be hanged from a large mass -- an asteroid put in earth's orbit -- so that it traces a figure eight as the earth turns and moves through the sky over New York City and then Florida and Rio De Janiero and back again.
Yeah yeah, I know, it sounds crazy, and it'll never happen. For one thing, how do you actually get down to the earth to go to work?
NP, they've got you covered, fam: You parachute down to work. Every day, I guess!
How do you get back up? And how do you get back up when you're done with your working day in New York City, but now your home in the clouds has migrated south down to Cape Hatteras?
I don't know. I guess that's why you're gonna need the UFO car.
Nevermind the whole "we just need cables strong enough but also light enough to not fall under their own mass" problem is the reason we can't have nice things like space elevators.
Still, pretty mindblowing, just the idea of it.
Meanwhile, remember when the Progressive Internet Scientists all went berserk over a dumb video proposing that we make roadways out of solar panels, which can then produce electricity either to pump into into the cars driving on it or just to light up our cities?
And they were all like YEAH LET'S DO THAT?!
And remember when more sensible people who don't #LoveScience enough told them, "You're so dumb"?
And they said, "No, YOU'RE dumb, you #ScienceH8rs!"?
Well it turns out that they were, get this, dumb.
— Ace I don't see how it can be seriously -- or even unseriously -- contended that Obama wasn't given an eight-year pass by the media partly owing to his race (and to be fair, his dogmatic progressivism), but apparently this is the sort of controversial racist heresy that gets you denounced on CNN. more...
— Ace Apparently this will happen in 720 days. I guess they have that much time to negotiate the terms of the ouster.
The EU -- mostly Germany, I imagine -- insists it will sign no separate trade agreement with a UK that has regained its full sovereignty. It will be treated as just another country, and have no more favorable trade status than, say, Iran.
The EU refuses a trade agreement -- which would be mutually beneficial to both the UK and EU -- because they want to make Britain's exit as painful for Britain (and for the EU, if necessary) to discourage the various other states to not follow the UK's lead.
The UK wants such an agreement, and suggests that if it doesn't secure one it may withdraw from security agreements it has with the EU. Which would compromise anti-terrorism efforts and, I imagine, might undermine NATO in the bargain.
May says "We should always put our citizens first" which sounds a little Trumpian, and I was going to make a the pull-quote of this article.
But I was disappointed to see that would be misleading. Actually, in context, she's arguing that Brussels (or really Berlin) and the UK have a responsibility to all their respective citizens, who would be harmed by a punitive, vindicative Brexit. She's not really declaring "UK First." She's just saying let's put aside hurt feelings, bruised egos, and this silly idea that the abstract idea of "Europe" is more important than the welfare of actual Europeans.
Meanwhile, the Scots, who voted against breaking from the UK partly because they wanted to remain part of the EU (Scotland has always sought European allies to balance the UK's power), now want a second vote for independence, and will explore "the next steps" in April.
This opinion piece argues that Scotland's independence is on weaker footing now than it was in 2014, because oil revenues (which help keep Scotland afloat) have dropped since 2014, when oil was $90 per barrel, and now is only $45 or so. Add into that Scotland's perpetual debts (subsidized by the UK), and Scotland just might not have the money to really stand on its own feet.
Excerpts from her formal notice to EU below: more...
— Ace As Randy Barnett remarked (approximately), they told me if Trump were elected the machinery of the government would be turned against journalists, and they were right!
Sean Davis notes that such sting videos are routinely made in California, particularly by animal rights groups who surreptitiously record slaughterhouse workers, who are never prosecuted. Indeed, their sting videos spur the state to investigate crimes the targets of their sting videos might have committed.
David French's link (the first one) notes that California caselaw has limited the law against unconsented recording of a conversation to situations in which the target could have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and has specifically ruled it did not apply in situations like the one we find here (strangers meeting in a public place with no expectation the other party will keep their conversations private, discussing business in a manner they'd discuss business with with any other potential business partner).
But if you're pro-life? Well then. Now the state is coming after you with everything it has.
This cannot go on much longer. When you are this blatant about telling people that they will not have the protections of the law, that some favored groups are permitted to break what is supposedly "the law" while "the law" will be used vindictively against the state's enemies, then there is no "law" at all, and people will very soon stop acting as if there is.
When the state declares large swathes of people to be Enemies of the State, they also simultaneously make the state the Enemy of the People.
What cannot go on, will not.
Corrected: It wasn't Ilya Somin who'd used Instapundit's "and they were right" line, but Randy Barnett.
— Ace Holy warriors.
A Massachusetts lawmaker posted an online warning to illegal immigrants about an upcoming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "raid" in the area.
State Rep. Michelle DuBois (D) [shocker] suggested in a since-deleted Facebook post that undocumented immigrants in Brockton "stay off the streets" and not answer if someone unexpected knocks on the door.
She also included a phone number for anyone "picked up by ICE" to call to get legal services.
DuBois said she received a tip-off about the "raid" from a friend in the Latino community.
— Ace The reason she attacked him for a disposable silly joke? Because the character he (jokingly) said he'd been aroused by (a purple cartoon fox called "Krystal," if I have this right) was "damseled" -- this is her cute term for "put in need of male assistance," like a damsel in distress -- and "trapped in a crystal," which is bad, because, I don't know, the Patriarchy wants to control women's bodies by trapping them in Space Crystals or something and she fears that finding a cartoon fox trapped in a space crystal sexually arousing might encourage men to trap women inside Space Crystals in real life.
Seriously, this was one of her tweets attacking this guy:
She's LITERALLY trapped in a crystal. Finding a female character who is damseled and stripped of her agency arousing is kinda gross tbh.
We must not normalize the trapping of cartoon foxes inside Space Crystals, or something.
People are genuinely sick of this shit. We've had it up to our eyeballs with self-appointed priestesses scolding us for pretty much everything.
While these Immoral Priestesses demand that every woman's every single sexual choice be celebrated, they simultaneously demand that every man be made to wear a penile plethysmograph to make sure they're not experiencing any suspect blood flow to their members while thinking forbidden thoughts.
For sexual offenders [the penile plethysmograph] is typically used to determine the level of sexual arousal as the subject is exposed to sexually suggestive content, such as pictures, movies or audio, although some have argued that phallometry is not always appropriate for the evaluation of sexual preferences or treatment effects.
These anti-sex Jalverts aren't content just to hound you for your impure actions in real life. They are so zealous they they will chase you down for impure fantasies in your head.
And what authority do they have to do this? How have they gained any authority whatsoever to presume to Boner Shame people, except by asserting that they they have this authority?
Note to Anita Sarkesian and the rest of the Sex Repessive Maenads: You will not be allowed to control my body.
That's the language you idiots prefer, right?
More from Amy Alkon, who hints that the idea of dominating someone (or being dominated by someone) sexually is kind of such a widespread and harmless fantasy -- kind of vanilla, actually, which is why many knock Fifty Shades of Gray for not being as "edgy" as it pretends -- that it's a little shocking that this prudish witch Sarkesian hasn't heard of it.
Oh and just to remind everyone -- the guy who she's criticizing was joking, and I don't just mean "joking," I mean he was saying something that was obviously untrue and which he intended to be funny because it was so obviously untrue:
no offense but anyone who acts like they didn't jack off to Krystal from Star Fox Adventures is lying to you
-- Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) March 27, 2017
Hey, I didn't say it was a a good joke. I just said it was a joke.
Not only are you no longer permitted to have sexual thoughts which have not been pre-cleared as Sexually Permissible by Anita Sarkesian's Committee for Feminist Moral Hygiene, you're no longer even allowed to make jokes falsely claiming you've had such forbidden sexual thoughts.
Thanks to @zakn.
Bonous: I wonder what paroxysms Anita Sarkesian goes into when she hears Devo's Whip It. A woman is damseled by having a whip wrapped around her mid-section! It's so Control My Body I Just Can't Even Any More.
Bonous: Anna Puma mentioned that there is "Krystal" cosplay. Here's a video of this sexy, sexy cartoon fox.
— Ace The stopgap budget bill continues current levels of spending temporarily until a new complete budget is prepared and passed.
Trump wants to add the wall's funding to this because the bill must pass, otherwise, the government shuts down.
Republicans are cool to this idea, because they don't want to risk Democrats voting against the bill and shutting the government down (for some reason, Republicans get blamed when Democrats shut the government down), and because they don't actually want to fund the wall they authorized in 2006 and have been promising now for 11 years.
— Open Blogger French Poll: 61 Percent Say Islam Is Incompatible With Their Society, and yet they will not vote for the one candidate who will do something about it. Poll shows Macron win in French election in shadow of 'Penelopegate'.
France will fall to the Muslim invasion, which seems likely, or it will have a social upheaval reminiscent of the Jacobins' Reign of Terror. But I doubt that; the French have been emasculated by the EU, by their own elites, and by careful and concerted pressure from the Arab world. There is plenty of oil money in Paris, and the French have always been comfortable with that brand of Islam. But there is a difference between the elegant Arab businessman in his bespoke suit --he is the scout -- and the backward, ignorant, violent 6th century infantry that has arrived in France.
Unfortunately the French didn't notice until it was too late.
— Open Blogger
Planned Parenthood gets upset when impudent prolifers expose their charnel houses and threaten their revenue stream. Fortunately for PP, its allies in California government are more than willing to do them a solid:
On Tuesday, the state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress on 15 felony counts over their undercover reporting regarding Planned Parenthood. In 2015, Daleiden and Merritt released video showing high-ranking Planned Parenthood members joking about selling baby body parts for market rates and picking through baby body parts in order to demonstrate which sorts of body parts were available for sale for medical research, as well as talking about the best methods of abortion for procuring those baby body parts. The California Department of Justice, under the auspices of now-Senator Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s home for footage in April 2016
The charges have to do with California laws governing taping private conversations and whether you need to get permission of both parties.
Apparently, the state's position is that a conversation in a public restaurant constitute private and confidential communication which is protected by these laws. Now, to normal people, this sounds ludicrous on its face and I hope Daleiden and Merritt will find a normal judge who agrees, but this is Democrat-controlled California, where the purpose of law is to not to enforce impartial justice but rather is a tool for progressives to punish their enemies.
For those of you morons who are believers, I encourage you to pray for Daleiden and Merritt. Their witness against the horrors perpetrated by Planned Parenthood has pissed off some very powerful people who will use whatever means they have at their disposal to destroy them. Fortunately, they worship a God who is greater than Moloch.
Meanwhile, according to the ABC-TV affiliate in Chicago, undercover video shows alleged animal cruelty at California poultry farms, slaughterhouse. No word yet on if the reporters covering this story would be subjected to criminal charges for secretly recording the videos that formed the basis for this story.
— Open Blogger
The Raft of the Medusa
— Open Blogger Good morning, kids. Well, as the dust continues to settle on last week's RynoCare debacle, cooler heads seem to be prevailing and PDT is determined to move forward with a repeal/replace bill. In fact some reports indicate that Rand Paul and Mike Lee among others really have the President's ear, which is good news. Always a big fan of Roger Kimball and he wrote an eloquent essay about Mo Brooks' one-sentence repeal (linked here and below):
Politicians may or may not wish to repeal ObamaCare; those that do also wish to replace it, i.e., promulgate some other "government program," i.e., opportunity for graft, influence-peddling, regulatory imposition, etc. Mo Brooks, on the contrary, seems to entertain the deeply heterodox idea of simply getting rid of the Leviathan.
I think Brooks's chances of success are approximately zero. But then some very smart people (I know they are smart because they told me so themselves) told me that Donald Trump could never, ever be president. The whole idea was ridiculous, beneath consideration, and a distraction from the serious business of maintaining the status quo, which no one says he likes but which an awful lot of people are doing very well out of, thank you very much.
The key takeaway, at least for me, is it's still early, and PDT is virtually surrounded on all sides by enemies. Conventional wisdom dictates that if he doesn't get the repeal or tax cuts in the first 100 days it's over. But, as Mr. Kimball reminds us, Donald Trump is unlike any president in our history, so conventional wisdom is out the window. He's managed quite a bit already so let's give it time. Aside from this, the big story is the coming storm over Neil Gorsuch, the evisceration of the Obama EPA energy regulations, sanctuary city sedition and the disintegration of the Democrat Party which is being completely embargoed by the propagandists. Anyway, lots'o'links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Mass. Sheriff Calls for Arrest of Sanctuary Cities' Leaders
- Repeal Reset: PDT Talks Up New Healthcare Deal Coming Soon, BUT . . .
- . . .Renewed Effort Still Faces the Same Conflicts
- Roger Kimball: Is Mo Brooks Our Lord Brougham?
- Geller: Why Trump Is Failing
- Showdown Over Gorsuch; Dems Expected to Filibuster But Will McConnell Turn Turtle?
- Bipartisanship Alert: DNC's Perez to Oppose PDT on Everything Except Public Option
- Killing Them Softly: Mass Firings at DNC Go Virtually Unnoticed by Media
- Rockville Illegal Alien Rapist's Lawyer Uses Hillary Tactics: Smear the Victim
- Anti-Abortion Investigative Journalists Hit With Felony "Invasion of Privacy" Charges in, Where Else, California
- Sleazy, Unappealing Dipsomaniac, Who Will Never Be President, Opens Cake-Hole and Attacks PDT
- Oh No! Spicer Behaves Like Big, Fat Meany Doody-Head to Poor April Ryan
- Dunning-Kruger Alert: Libs Demand EPA Chief Pruitt "Sit Down" with Bill Nye to "Get Educated"
- Homegrown SJW Taliban Seeks Destruction of Confederate Monuments
- Tubby Riefenstahl Blathers PDT EPA Rollback Death Sentence on Humanity, or Something
- Insane: Italy Mulls Paid Menstrual Cycle Leave
- Sane: Belarus Imposes "Social Parasite Tax" on Welfare Layabouts
March 28, 2017
— Open Blogger
Quotes of The Day
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
At 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat
Today was National Something On A Stick Day. The ONT is hoping that you didn't skewer your boss. Just hopin'.
— Ace A silly gainzzz thread on MSN tells you how to keep off all the Trump Presidency Weight that progressive dopes are gaining.
Three burglars broke into a home. This home included valuable things. It also included someone with an AR-15.
With just a bit of persuasion and firepower, they were successfully reformed from dangerous criminals into law-abiding dead bodies.
I saw a tweet earlier which I did not understand because I hadn't seen this story yet. It was someone shrieking that this wasn't "self-defense," it was "murder" in the defense of mere property.
VDH notices something no one in the media has -- it seems the Democrat Party has been pro-Russia since 1972, and yet the media previously always thought that was a pretty good position to take.
If it's now illegal to have a dovish position on Mother Russia, than man, do we have some retroactive prosecutions to get to. And yeah, I'll trade Trump for every Democrat operative, lobbyist, and agitator alive. Put them all in prison. We'll make Trump's cell luxurious and with gold bars so he doesn't mind so much.
This article complains about the so-called "Pink tax" of higher prices charged for goods sold specifically to women. Check out the picture at the bottom of the article.
Maybe they've changed it -- for me, it was a picture of 1950s blacks sitting at a lunch counter -- I assume in protest of Jim Crow laws. Not sure that pink razors costing an extra nickle a blade quite rises to the Selma All Over Again level.
And the below video is just too cute. A little girl has mistaken a broken water heater, put out for the trash, for a robot.
— Ace Of all the things I did not see coming, this is one of the I did not see this comingest.
Oh, and then he said Nigel Farage was "fantastic" and that he supports Brexit.
"In my past Ive had that accusation thrown at me willy nilly and it's a damn hard one to have to listen to and endure -- make sure it's right," Lydon added.
"There's a terrible attitude in left-wing politics -- they just feel they have the pomposity and right to just throw these accusations out without any evidence -- well don't because my world requires facts."
"For the next week and a half the rag-and-bone trade that we call the media is going to be calling me a racist, thats the tomfoolery of it all. That's going to be damn upsetting all over again to my grandkids, is't it?"
Oh, and I looked it up: A rag-and-bone trade man is, or rather was, a guy who would go door-to-door buying unwanted household goods -- crap -- in order to sell it to people whose unwanted crap is actually even crappier.
I think that's a pretty good way to describe the media.
He's kind of a Trump voter -- a former Obama supporter, defining himself (very loudly) as working class, who seems to have flipped.
The former Sex Pistols frontman was speaking to ITV News when he stated: "The working class have voted and I support them. Let it be a nice exit. A truly brilliant British exit."
"One journalist once said to me, is he the political Sex Pistol? In a way," he said.
"There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he's not [racist] and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians."
That article notes that last year, he was anti-Brexit and also thought Trump was one angry synapse away from starting World War III. He called him a "wrong 'un."
In the video in the second article I linked, he explains that while he moved to America because of Obama, "that doesn't mean I'm going to follow him to the grave" and says that politics is all "roundabouts and swing-abouts" or some other such British nonsense which I assume has something to do with pendulums swinging too far in one direction.
A little more from this interview with him from French outfit AFP. I would link the English version but I can't fine one.
"I think from time to time, the world needs a shake-up. Passivity always winds up getting what it deserves[."] Trump is "the kind of kick in the ass the people seem to need."
[John Lydon] understands the economic "dispair" and shares a deep mistrust of politiicans in office. "The idea of continuing on with the same policies without changing anything, that's all done now," he declares. "It's now been two or three generations wallowing in apathy, silly beards and dunce-caps. They look like each other, they all talk the same way," he says. "There's no spirit, which winds up being very negative and that opens the door to Donald Trump."
I wondered why they said "dunce caps." Turns out, they couldn't figure out how to translate what he'd said:
"We've had a couple of generations now that loved to wallow in apathy and silly beards and daft gray tea-cozy hats. They all look the same, they all talk the same," he said.
I guess bonnets idiots meant "idiotic hats" and not "dunce caps" (which was my guess, which I see was wrong).
These are tea-cozy hats. My stars. They're probably wearing them here, too. And I'd probably know that if I ever, you know, saw people.
Kind of interesting -- Overton Window, tipping point, etc.
Forgot the Obligatory Link: The Sex Pistols said it so well 40 years ago.
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