June 30, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (30 Jun 2017)

I'm sure this is only the tip of the iceberg. Feds confirm ISIS investigations underway in NC.

A domestic-terrorism expert told the Observer this week that the North Carolina probes are among some 1,000 active FBI investigations into ISIS-related threats encompassing all 50 states.

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End of Week Open Thread
— Ace

Portland, OR is now the country's Capital of Leftist Tantrum-Riots.

The left keeps finding new ways to shock you. Except they're the same old ways, always:

Trump's now calling for Repeal first, Replace later:

Which makes tactical sense. With no Obamacare in place, Democrats would be pretty much forced to vote for something, or else they'd take the blame for having "no health care" in the country (and I realize how dumb that sounds, but that's the language they use).

If you like heavy metal, and even if you don't, you may find this Pentagram-shaped taxonomy of Dumb Heavy Metal Band Names amusing. CAUTION: Contains names of bands which are not heavy metal.

If that link doesn't work, try this one.

Trump may be beginning the process of rolling back the Title IX Secret Rape Courts.

Chris Matthews suggests that Trump would do well to imitate Mussolini and murder his son-in-law.

Nice media you have there, colonel. Be a shame if somethin' were to 'appen to it.

Oh too bad -- something did 'appen to it. The New York Times has begun laying off copy-editors, and they're -- get this -- protesting it.

Using words including “betrayal,” “humiliating” and “covfefe” and suggesting that management had compared them to “dogs urinating on fire hydrants,” copy editors at the New York Times today let executive editor Dean Baquet and his heir apparent, Joseph Kahn, know exactly how they feel about taking the brunt of layoffs and buyouts as the Times expands its reporting ranks. The latest flare-up comes at a moment when the Times also is dealing with a libel lawsuit filed by former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin over a Times Op-Ed column erroneously linking her to violent attacks on public figures.

So sad -- just some insufficiently skilled workers who have been passed by our dynamic Global Economy, angry about their inability to compete. Maybe they should just learn IT.

Judges in the EU, who are all-knowing and all-powerful, have decided that it is better than an infant should be killed than risk a chance of a trip to the US to see if an experimental cure can help him.

The parents want to take him to the US for the treatment; the courts told them that their opinion doesn't matter, and that he should die.

Charlie’s parents have raised enough money from private donations to fund the experimental treatment, but the court decision prohibits his removal to the U.S. Whenever they see fit to do so, the doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital can now remove Charlie’s life support.

Or, as the Washington Post prefers to say:

Sometimes democracy dies in euphemism, too, huh?

If you're expecting the Vatican to protest this, well, Francis has some nuanced positions on matters of life now, it seems.

And, if you forget everything else this week, just remember-- CNN has had a month long nightmare and it's glorious.

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Desperate Timez Require Desperate GAINZZZZ
— Ace

So last time I vowed I'd have some GAINZZZ to report or else I'd make them up. I'm too lazy to make them up, so I just kept away from a GAINZZZ thread.

I do have GAINZZZ-- continuing to exercise and such -- but not weight-LOZZ GAINZZZ. I've plateaued right under 170 and can't seem to budge it down further.

Not that I've been trying. Wednesday night I decided to be "Bad" and have a cheat meal. I had mac and cheese plus desert (damn fine strawberry pie, in honor of Dale Cooper's imminent return).

I was surprised to see I'd gained weight at the meal.

But then I thought about it: I'd also cheated without declaring it Sunday (Indian-- with naan) and Monday night too (chicken McNuggets after working out).

So basically I've been cheating like a bastard and then lying about it to myself.

After coming home from my acknowledge cheat meal (and realizing I'd had a couple of unacknowledged ones), I noticed my guru had a new video out, about the benefits of fasting.

The video notes that fasting is hard for the first two days, but then becomes fairly easy. So I figured, if you get through two days, you might as well extend that.

So this is what I'm doing: a five day fast. 120 hours without food. (Okay, a very small amount of food.) I'm in hour 46; my last chewed food was Wednesday at around 8:30.

I picked the number "five" at random -- it sounded just long enough, but not too long -- but it turns out that earlier this year the Five Day Fast became the new buzzy idea in weight loss. Most plans call it a "fasting-mimicking diet" for five days -- allowing you 1,100 calories on day one, then like 700 calories from days 2 through 5 -- and you can read about those if you like.

Personally, I'm not good with calorie counting. I either eat or I don't. The minute I start eating, I'm just going to eat, you know?

So I'm going without eating per se, but with some small amount of easily-measured calories. The only thing I'm eating is bulletproof style coffee in the morning (which has butter and MCT oil in it, so there's a little food there), athletic green powder for lunch (which has 50 calories in it, and a good dose of vitamins and antioxidants), and 20 grams of bone broth protein with tumeric for dinner.

I haven't done it yet, but I'm allowing myself some bulletproof green tea (with butter and MCT oil) if, mid-day, I need a boost in both caffeine and some amount of calories.

Adding in some of the supplements I'm adding -- BCAA's, glutamine, creatine (damnit, I want those GAINZZZ) -- I guess I'm maybe having 300 calories a day, or less. I also have two tablespoons or so of apple cider vinegar to help dull my appetite when it gets bad. (I'm drinking that now, mixed with ice water -- it's helping.)

The first day was pretty easy. Today was pretty easy until a couple of hours ago, when I got really hungry, and then my mind just kept perseverating about the fact that I was hungry.

Actually, it's not even that I feel hungry -- I'm just very aware that I haven't eaten.

I put off lunch so I have that delicious meal of athletic greens still coming up, and then later, that delicious cup of bone broth.

I'm actually a little spacey. I wasn't yesterday and wasn't earlier today, but right now, my brain is pretty foggy, if I'm being honest.

This is a dangerously stupid plan and I don't know why I let you guys bully me into it.

Tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday will be hard too, because I plan to work out on those days.

But hopefully, this guy is right, and the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin is at its peak right now and will get weaker, not stronger, starting tomorrow.

This other recent video he did recaps the new understanding of hormones' effects on weight loss and weight gain, again repudiating the idea that "A calorie is a calorie is a calorie."

That video makes a good point-- sure, calories in, calories out. But why don't overweight people just burn off the extra calories they eat, either in the form of jittery energy or just raising their internal metabolic heat a tenth of a degree? (Which, by the way, is how lean people's bodies tend to treat unexpected surplus calories.) Why does the calorie surplus go right into stored fat for some, but not for others?

Anyway, good vids.

I'll let you know how it goes, maybe with updates over the weekend. Hopefully I won't tap out -- I think that today is pretty much in the bag, even though it kind of sucks at the moment. I do have the athletic greens and protein powder still to drink. And hopefully tomorrow will be easier, though, again, after I work out, I'm going to be really hungry, and really wanting protein for my GAINZZZ, and I'm worried I'm going to be very sorely tempted to say "55 hours is plenty" and tap out.

By the way, I'm not a doctor, and I'm making this up as I go. I'm told this can be dangerous. This guy did a strict five day fast (water and vitamins only) and says that there's a danger not just in the fasting, but in the refeeding following the fast. Apparently if you spike your insulin too high post-fast, you can do real damage to yourself. I don't like the idea that after fasting, I have to slowly reintroduce food -- I want to just end the fast.

But apparently that's unwise.

So don't try this at home. To be honest, I haven't figured out yet how I'm going to refeed safely, but I figure I have a couple of days to draw up a plan.

Hopefully movieqique will check in and let me know how these more serious, three or four or five day fasts go.

By the way, this recent post on PJMedia is about exercising after 50. Which is obviously important stuff.

This is my rest day but I'm planning on getting in some light exercise via a three mile walk later.

So -- tell me about yo GAINZZZ. Are you on-plan, or have you gone off? Have the people who've already lost lots of weight lost more, or have you guys plateaued as well?

Hmmm: Jason Fung describes the problems with long fasts of five to ten days (or more) here, and it sounds like something I don't want to mess with.

I think I'll do four days, to keep away from all that business.

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Trump and Kushner Didn't "Blackmail" Scarborough, Source Says
— Ace

So today's Daily Twitter Convulsion turns out to have been, get this, more bullshit.

A top White House aide never suggested a quid pro quo during a call with Joe Scarborough regarding an upcoming National Enquirer Story, a source told Fox News -- despite Scarborough's claim Friday morning that a Trump adviser recently tried to blackmail him into giving positive coverage of the president....

But a White House source familiar with the matter said Scarborough called senior adviser Jared Kushner, with whom Scarborough has a friendly relationship, to ask about a National Enquirer article slated to run in early June regarding the relationship between Scarborough and Brzezinski, who have since announced their engagement.

Scarborough asked Kushner if there was anything that could be done about the article, the source said, given Trump’s friendship with David Pecker, the chief executive of The Enquirer’s parent company, American Media. Kushner allegedly told Scarborough that the former Republican congressman needed to talk to the president himself about the issue, to which Scarborough replied that Trump was angry at him. The source said Kushner answered: "Well, then maybe you should apologize."

But this is he-said, they-said, right?

Well, Scarborough claimed he had proof the conversation happened as he said-- but MSNBC is saying they won't be releasing that proof.

Here's why I think the evidence will support the Trump/Kushner claim: This NYMag writer, apparently sympathetic to Scarborough, would have the account from Scarborough or someone close to him, and could have seen the emails, if Scarborough wanted to share them.

But notice how... crafty the article gets about specifying who it was who initiated this discussion:

One thing I know about being a writer: If you have the facts, and if those facts support the story you're telling, the easiest (and best) thing to do is to be specific about the facts.

Writing vaguely actually takes more time and mental effort than writing specifically -- assuming you have the facts at hand, and the facts are helpful.

So when I see a writer -- and writers are lazy by nature, as most are -- doing additional work to be vague on an important point, I have to assume that either his source didn't tell him who started the conversation, or was deliberately vague on that point himself, or that he does know who started the conversation, but has chosen to do extra mental work to avoid disclosing this fact.

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Shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital; Shooter Was Doctor Who Had Been Fired; Shooter Is Now Dead
— Ace

I can't wait to find out of he was a Bernie Sanders supporter or a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Up to six people have been shot -- including the shooter, who is dead.

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TV & Movie Thread
— Ace

So no one watches the same stuff any longer so I'll just call this a TV & Movie thread, rather than a review thread.

But here are three things I've watched recently:

Twin Peaks: The Return. I think it's almost pointless to even discuss this as those who are watching already know everything I would or could say, and those who aren't watching could care less.

But yeah, let me just say it anyway: Episode 8? Wow.

Here's the beginning of the atomic bomb sequence. That sequence segued into what appears to be "The Woodsmen" entering the material plane at the notorious "Convenience Store" site.

(No second floor for them to live in, but then, we're talking about extra-spacial entities here so maybe they just created their own extradimensional room above it.)

After the bomb, we had a 2001: A Space Odyssey-style breach in the walls between the planes, a trip to the "Mauve Zone" or Purple Place that surrounds the material plane of existence, and then of course "The Woodsmen" descending on earth to prepare the way for an alien locust-frog to inhabit a human body.

The Lego Batman Movie. I watched this three times, nearly in a row. Twice in a row, then I watched it the next day.

I loved it. Adults will enjoy this -- as long as you like Batman, and are up for a parody of him.

Even though it's a parody, the movie is pretty true to the characters. The emotional heart of the movie is about a question that a lot of people have asked about Batman-- if he's such a "loner," supposedly, why does he always seem to have a Robin (or two!) and maybe a Batgirl hanging around with him?

No one calls Superman a "loner," but-- how often does Superman have a partner or protoge flying around with him? Not often. Yet Batman frequently has a group of characters around him. They serve as a surrogate family, to the point where they're even referred to (in-universe, I think, as well) as "The Bat-Family."

So the heart of the movie is about that contradiction inside Batman, that he thinks he's a loner, when he's actually... just lonely.

Oh, and besides that, it's funny.

Batman is given all the flaws we know of him -- arrogant, rude, domineering -- and a couple that aren't really part of the character as usually presented, but I think are probably true -- incredibly egotistical, and a glory-hound, and a bit of a meat-head ("Who never skips Leg Day?," Batman asks in a song he wrote about his own awesomeness, "Batman!," he answers himself).

The Robin character is well-done-- silly, funny, naive, yet not without skills. And it's great to have the Will Arnett-Michael Cera dynamic from Arrested Development back, with the scheming, narcissitic Will Arnett manipulating the naive Michael Cera.

The only character that I thought they missed the mark with is Barbara Gordon, or, as Batman calls her, "B-Go." Instead of being roughly around Robin's age, she's roughly around Batman's age. And they have Jim Gordon retire as commissioner so that she can assume that role -- why? Why not just have her appointed as head of the Major Crimes Unit? "Commissioner" isn't the only high rank in the police force.

One small other downside: There are so many villains and cameos that very few of the rogues gallery get any kind of screen-time. Joker gets the most, then Harley, and then Bane has three kind of funny lines (delivered in the Tom Hardy Bane Voice), and Catwoman has a two lines.

Still, complaining that "I wanted more" is just about the faintest criticism you can lay on a movie.

But Joker and Harley weren't very good or very funny -- Zach Galifanakis does a meh Joker, and Jenny Slate does a meh Harley, not really even bothering to imitate the Brooklyn-accented cartoon Harley. But their main role isn't humor, really, but just to set up the plot.

And the movie does in fact have one. A pretty good one, actually. And it involves -- yes it's a cliche, but this is a parody movie, after all -- the Joker getting himself captured, deliberately. And then manipulating Batman into stealing Superman's Phantom Zone projector.

Really good. This clip of the opening told me that I should rent the movie. So, check that out, and see if you think you'd be interested.

(Oh, for parents: The Joker is not very scary nor homicidal and Harley is not particularly sexualized. I mean, she's a Lego. So it's okay for kids.)

Logan. I liked this movie, but didn't love it. I think the fanbois overhyped it for me. It's pretty good, and there's a lot to like -- including Steven Merchant showing up for some reason-- but it's mostly just another X-Man movie, with government agents hunting X-Men, as usual.

And a fight in the woods. We've seen that a few times, haven't we?

Overhyped and overpraised - but still, good watchin', and worth the five bucks for a rental.

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LucasFilm Unsatisfied With "Han Solo" Star's Acting? Hires An Acting Couch Deep Into Production?
— Ace

You probably know that the two directors of Han Solo were fired a week or so back, and Ron Howard was brought in as an emergency last-minute replacement, even though main shooting was almost done with just a few weeks left and then some planned reshoots.

The Wrap now claims there's another problem: Alden Ehrenreich just wasn't giving them the Han Solo performance they had hoped for.

As the Han Solo "Star Wars" movie prepares to move forward under new director Ron Howard, a report has surfaced that says Lucasfilm was not only displeased with the progress being made by recently fired filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but also by the performance by the project’s leading man, Alden Ehrenreich.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm decided to hire an acting coach well into the film's production in order to get a performance the studio felt Lord and Miller were not getting out of the actor.

The late-stage hire was part of a series of replacements and additions made by Lucasfilm to try and improve production, including replacing the project's editor, Chris Dickens, with longtime Ridley Scott collaborator Pietro Scalia.

The Hollywood Reporter (I think) noted that hiring an acting coach for an actor isn't unusual. I guess even pros could use some feedback and coaching. However, they said, hiring a coach this late into a shoot isn't usual. My own uninformed speculation is that hiring a coach this late into a production means you don't like what you've seen in the hours of footage you've already got in the can.

It'd be a shame if a Disney/Marvel/ABC/ESPN venture tanked.

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Project Veritas Video Catches Chris Cuomo's "New Day" Producer Saying CNN Is Impartial "In Theory," That 90% of His Colleagues Agree Trump Is "Batshit" and "Hilariously Unqualified" for Job, and that the American Voter is "Stupid as Shit"
— Ace

Spicy. more...

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Government Official 'Infuriated' That Citizens Have Rights, Too
— Open Blogger

I can't believe this happened in Texas. But, on the other hand, Dallas.

This is precisely the sort of arrogant pig that gives government service a bad name: "What!? We have to obey the law and stuff?"

This video needs to go viral on the outside chance that she'll get unelected next time around. more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

corcus the sea.jpg

Reading By The Sea
Vittorio Matteo Corcos

Never heard of the guy, but this painting is appealing...and a bit odd...but appealing nonetheless.

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The Morning Report 6/30/17
— Open Blogger


Good morning, kids. As we close out the week and the first half of 2017, our top stories this morning center on immigration. On the plus side, the House yesterday passed two bills, one Kate's Law, named after Kate Steinle who was shot and killed by an illegal alien two years ago tomorrow, and the other a bill cracking down on so-called "sanctuary cities, a judge in Houston did his duty and revoked the citizenship of a criminal sex offender, and the temporary travel ban finally went into effect yesterday with only token protests from the usual gang of stooges. On the down side, Texas and nine other states are threatening to take the Federal government to court if it does not end DACA.

Also of note are lone voices of justified protest in a sea of silence; Chuck Grassley is probably the only one in the GOP to be yelling about Andrew McCabe's glaring conflict of interest and Maria Bartiromo is the only one with the figurative balls to confront Clinton henchman John Podesta about his real and criminal ties to Russia, to which the always classy Podesta responded by shrieking at her to STFU.

And of course, what would a Morning Report be without Maxine Waters displaying her intelligence and charm? Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July holiday, come back with all your limbs intact, read the Declaration (and weep silently, considering the state of the nation) and enjoy. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

PS: Get your recipes in for the Moron Cookbook by midnight tonight!

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June 29, 2017

Thursday Overnight Open Thread (6/29/17) The Fourth Monday of The Week Edition
— Open Blogger


(Lake Michigan)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

But of course what most Canadians like to do when we're not trapping beaver and huffing poutine is celebrate diversity. Mark Steyn

Quote II

“Here is my final point...About drugs, about alcohol, about pornography...What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, or take into my body as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet? And for those who are having a little moral dilemma in your head about how to answer that question, I'll answer it for you. NONE of your fucking business. Take that to the bank, cash it, and go fucking on a vacation out of my life.”
Bill Hicks

Quote III

A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book. Robert M. Gates

Quote IV

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. John Wayne


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House Passes Kate's Law
— Ace

Rather than attacking people like us, the TruCon Crying Eagle Brigade should just thank us for electing a Republican president while they were busy cheerleading for Hillary.

Neil Gorsuch and Kate's Law? You're welcome, "TruCons."

illegal immigrant crackdown
Published June 29, 2017 Fox News

Congress gets another chance to pass Kate's Law
House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.

One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.

Kate's Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.

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Heat St. Website Folding; Greta Van Sustern Leaving MSNBC
— Ace

It started out as a decent internet venture, until co-founder Louise Mensch began, well, let's say "her episodes."

Apparently those episodes were part of the reason Fox News didn't want to buy it. (Though it's still owned by News Corp, Fox's parent company -- it will be folded into News Corp's "MarketWatch.)

News Corp's conservative digital media site Heat Street is folding in August, the company told BuzzFeed News on Thursday.


Heat Street, which has about 15 employees, launched as a right-of-center digital media upstart in an increasingly crowded conservative media field, taking on sites like Breitbart, the Daily Caller, IJR, and the Blaze.

Fox News had explored acquiring Heat Street, The Wall Street Journal reported in May. Two people familiar with the matter confirmed the talks to BuzzFeed News. One of the people said that Rupert Murdoch, who controls both News Corp and 21st Century Fox, pushed for the deal, but that Fox didn't want to take on the property, in part because Mensch's recent Twitter crusade.

Meanwhile, MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren are splitsville:

[A] few days shy of her six-month mark on air, Van Susteren’s business is finished on MSNBC, according to people familiar with the situation. The anchor, whose show struggled to gain traction even as the rest of her colleagues were buoyed by anti-Trump hysteria, has parted ways with the network. She will not appear on the show on Thursday evening. She will be permanently replaced by Ari Melber, the network’s chief legal correspondent and host of the The Point on weekends. He will continue to appear across NBC and MSNBC shows as he takes over the 6 p.m. slot next month. (MSNBC and NBC News declined to comment. Reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Van Susteren had no comment.)

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As the Russia Narrative Implodes Hilariously, Apparently the Next Big Scandal Will Be "Trump Said Something About Mika"
— Ace

Okay that last part is my gloss, but it sure does seem that the Usual Suspects are shopping for a replacement line of attack following the disaster that is the Russia Hoax.

Mollie Hemingway has a great post on how this entire Russian Hoax got started. Hint: It started in Hillary Clinton's war-room, hours after her November 8 2016 loss, per Jonathan Allen's and Anne Parnes' Shattered:

In other calls with advisers and political surrogates in the days after the election, Hillary declined to take responsibility for her own loss. She's not being particularly self-reflective,' said one longtime ally who was on calls with her shortly after the election. Instead, Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. 'She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,' this person said.

That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.

Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn't entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.

In Brooklyn, her team coalesced around the idea that Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio.

And from their, their Deep State leakers went to work feeding stories to CNN, including that scandalously-unsourced Pee Party Dossier, which, as Mollie notes in a podcast and I have suggested myself before, was only "briefed" about to the president so that it could then be leaked to the press.

In other words, the Pee Party Dossier had been shopped for months to the media, with no takers. No one would publish it -- it was obviously silly.

So they concocted and Official Briefing so that the unpublishable, unverifiable (and where it could be verified -- provably false) dossier would have some kind of nexus to official Washington business and hence could be published.

The briefing was concocted to make unpublishable trash publishable and the Main Media Talking Point for going on seven months.

This is, as a friend with deep experience in covert ops told me, "an op" from start to finish.

Do check out Mollie Hemingway and David Harsyani talking about this here, as well as today's Twitter Outrage.

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NeverTrump Nominal Right Focusing on Trump's Mean Tweets, While Ignoring Much More "Triggering" Story by Leftist Good Friend Reporter
— Ace

Anne Applebaum discovers a several-week old NRA ad by Dana Loesch and accuses Loesch of telling people to arm up to shoot liberals. "Violence is coming," she warns.

Couple of problems: the ad is for the NRA, but in fact Dana Loesch talks about fighting against media lies with a "clenched fist of truth," not weapons, and certainly not guns.

A clenched fist of truth is obviously not even an actual fist.

Another problem is this: the date of the ad. Applebaum is just hearing about it now from her leftist follow-list, but Dana Loesch was warning about the violence from the left in a different age: two days before one of Anne Applebaum's fellow progressives decided to shoot up a baseball field while #HuntingRepublicanCongressmen.

In other words: To the extent Loesch was warning about leftist violence, she was prescient, not alarmist.

And in fact armed people did stop that attempted massacre from becoming a completed massacre.

Now, I've asked Anne Applebaum about this several times, and so has Sean Davis, who pointed this out.

She's ignored us, because that's what people do when they're caught in an embarrassing circumstance and think they can just make it go away by not acknowledging it.

The NeverTrump Nominal Right could spur her into responding -- after all, they're the Respectable Ones who crave leftist approbation, and they're the ones the left likes to quote in reaction to any political development involving Trump -- but it seems they've decided to take their Good Friends on the Left's word for it that The Big Story of the Day is Trump's tweets, not actual political violence, nor the left's continuing hit-and-cry tactics regarding the same.

Exit Question: When your Good Friends in the Leftist Media decide for you every day what The Big Story is -- without you ever seeming to have any disagreement with their choices, or any independent thoughts about the matter -- in what sense are you any kind of alternative, oppositional, or corrective media?

Why do we need you to say all the exact same things that Expert Media Professionals with Multiple Layers of Painstaking Fact-Checking Editorial Oversight are already saying?

Aren't your Good Friends better at that than you are? They are Credentialed Experts, after all -- which I understand most of you are big believers in.

If you follow their lead (or lede) every single day -- Then What Is The Point of You?

We already have a Jen Rubin Type. The person we have filling the Jen Rubin Type slot is Jen Rubin, who, I'm told, is very good at writing Jen Rubin Type things.

Why the fuck do we need a hundred other wannabe Jen Rubins attempting their best Jen Rubin impressions?

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Pregnant Woman Uses Jeep to Run Down Man She Says Tried to Steal Her Purse; She's Been Charged With Assault
— Ace

I don't know what the law says about the use of force to stop a fleeing criminal, so I have no idea if this charge has any good foundation.

Assuming she's telling the truth, though: I approve, and no jury in the world will convict her.

A pregnant woman says she used her jeep to chase down and hit the person who tried to steal her purse in a Walmart parking lot.

A news crew from WLOS caught part of the incident on camera.

Witnesses told the station the man, identified as Robert Raines, was rummaging through the SUV before the incident.

So she got in her SUV, and... well, just watch the video below. more...

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Trump Is Aging People With His Tweets
— Ace

Based on the impotent shrieking of the Never Trump bedwetters, he's turning middle-aged men into elderly women.

A major schism in the party is over the question of how much pretense we're fighting to keep lying about. A lot of people seem to think that even though we're plainly in a Cold Civil War, and even thought Joe and Mika spend three hours a day ripping Trump, Trump's supposed to pretend we're all (as John McCain says) Good Friends.

I'm not saying Trump scored some tactical victory here. I'm saying, as I usually do- - who gives a wet shit?

How can the flailing old women of the Nominal Right huff themselves up so much to pretend outrage that a guy being attacked by the media everyday decides to occasionally attack them back?

I understand the leftist media's interest in pretending that they're behaving normally and haven't rewritten the professional code of conduct to allow attacks on Trump which would have been near-hanging-offenses on Obama.

But what is the interest of the sissified Nominal Right over defending the media and pretending along with them?

We are not in a normal situation. Why do the sob sisters and pearl-clutchers of the Pretend Right insist on pretending the media's behavior is normal and that it's only Trump who's guilty of "norm-breaking"?

How much are we supposed to pretend to satisfy these sissies' demands that we pretend we're all Good Friends so that their delicate constitutions aren't too discombobulated?

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"Are You Throwing Up Scarborough's Fare? Well, Sean Hannity Has Just the Tonic"
— Open Blogger

Let me just say straight away, that I'm not really a fan of Sean Hannity. To me, he just doesn't have the intellectual heft of Mark Levin or Rush Limbaugh, nor the cutting wit and gravitas of a Mark Steyn. Obviously, YMMV. That said, I appreciate that he's a decent, honest guy who really does "fight the good fight" with taste and class (his partnership with the late ultra-lib Alan Colmes is testament to that) and in so doing, reaches an audience that is second in size only to Limbaugh's.

And then, there's Joe Scarborough. Having started off his career as a backbencher Republican congressman from the Florida Panhandle in '94, Joe's political career highlights include essentially nothing. Considering people like Hillary Clinton managed to go a lot further with the same record is neither here nor there. Actually, I take that back. Joe Scarborough did manage to achieve some notoriety in a similar fashion to the Clintons.

While the media was obsessed with Chandra Levy, another congressional staffer was found dead in then-representative and current MSNBC talk-show host Joe Scarborough's office. Unlike Gary Condit, Scarborough got a free ride from the press.

In [sic] the morning of July 20, 2001, the body of Lori Klausutis, who had worked as an aide to Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough for approximately two years, was found in Scarborough's Fort Walton Beach, Florida, office.

But I digress . . .

In the years since his completely forgettable stint stalking the halls of Congress, Scarborough began a similarly forgettable career as a political analyst and talk-show host on both radio and television. He's ostensibly billed as "a conservative" which to the media means being the stooge/target for the rest of the panel to hurl insults at as well as the example held up for the rest of us unwashed lumpenproletariat to emulate.

Since Obama was in office his tone has grown more shrill and hostile towards conservatives and like the rest of the media, the election of Donald Trump has caused him to go over the edge. He has no intellect. He has no arguments. He cannot string more than four or five monosyllabic words together into some form of sentence, and that's probably because he inherited Soledad O'Brien's earpiece. Now, I'll admit that I've done quite a bit in my day in order to get laid, but not changing my politics and behaving like a 5-year-old in the supermarket when momma refuses to give me a quarter for a gum ball.

Yesterday, having had enough of the vile, irksome, tedious, puerile bilge emitted from the cake-hole underneath his beady crustacean-esque orbits, Sean Hannity had had enough. more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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I can't find the names of the ships in the painting, but they look like two frigates, and judging by the artist's other work they are British and American...

[Hat Tip: OregonMuse]

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