September 30, 2017

Saturday Overnight Open Thread (9/30/17)
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(Sorry folks. It's The ONT. The moose out front should have told ya)

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 09-30-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]
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Music

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I’ll say this up front: I’m not a music guy. I don’t really listen to it. I’ve done nine hour drives through a few states without ever turning on the radio. I’ve tried at different points in my life for different reasons to really get into it, but it always lasts about a month before I revert back into not listening to anything.

The only exception to that is when I’m working (either at the job or while writing) when I’ll turn on movie soundtracks. I know…surprise! It really has more to do with just draining out background noise and being able to more effectively concentrate on what I’m doing rather than some need for sound.

All of that is my introduction to movie music! Which is to say, I’m very far from an expert on how to write it, compose it, or perform it. I can sort of still read sheet music from piano lessons in my childhood, but that’s about it. However, music is a big part of movies. A reader, Kimberly Gilbert, sent me this suggestion, so I thank her for bringing this to the forefront of my mind.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 09-30-2017
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The Veterans
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Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a fish fight on a Saturday afternoon, unless you're a Gaulish barbarian hyped up on magic potion.


Problem 1 - White To Play (121)

Hint: White mates in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
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(Black Labs Matter. An issue we shouldn't duck.)


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Good afternoon. Take a break from what you were doing. Grab a drink and enjoy the world of animals.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: What's in a name? [KT]
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Paper Moons or Star Flowers?
Mourning Brides or Pincushion Flowers? Or Sweet Scabious?

Good afternoon, gardeners and friends of gardeners!

Riffing off today's Thread Before the Gardening Thread, if you were in marketing, which of the common names of the flowers above would you choose? If you were NOT in marketing, which would you choose? Or would you maybe make up a new name?

The cotton season is coming to an end here in the San Joaquin Valley, but okra is still producing. Do you think you could increase okra consumption by re-naming it? There's a challenge for Cornell.

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Jing Orange
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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Counting Carrots [KT]
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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Human school child included in Cornell carrot study

Happy Saturday, Horde! Anybody catch the post by Stephen Green earlier this week on that guy trying to do damage control for his bogus food science? Thanks for the funding, Michelle Obama!

Via our friends at New Real Peer Review, here is a piece with some new links on the scandal, plus an investigation of how carrots are counted at Cornell these days. more...

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
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Good morning Horde. Wow. It's Saturday morning again. So let's go.


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EMT 09/30/17
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Been a rough week. Maybe tomorrow I'll tell you all about that time this week the Omaha TSA took a disturbing amount of interest in my junk.

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September 29, 2017

Friday Night ONT: Safe Spaces Edition
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Hello guys and gals, welcome to the Friday ONT. I WAS going to talk about Steven Crowder's Antifa sting, but Ace had to go and post a (deserved) whole thread on it, so that's out. Not to step on OM's wonderful book thread, but this gave me a chuckle:

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Now to wipe that smile off your face. Lena Dunham Thinking About Developing Hillary's Self-Pitying Book Into Movie

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Tough Call: Julian Assange Offers Proof of the Falsity of the Russian Collusion Storyline -- for a Pardon
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Actually, I don't think is that tough a call. We make deals with criminals every day if they can offer evidence in a more significant case.

Proof for a pardon, he says.

Given that we're right not pondering whether or not the President conspired with an enemy nation to #HackTheElection, I'd say that this offer does indeed qualify as a "more significant case."

The trouble is this: When he says "evidence," what type of evidence does he mean? Merely suggestive evidence, with some accompanying argumentation as to why you should take X conclusion based on Y evidence?

Or dispositive, that-resolves-it evidence?

The latter is worth a pardon; the former is not.

Now, no one has to make this decision blindly; the usual procedure, assuming Law & Order isn't lying to me, is that a witness seeking immunity will make a "proffer" of what evidence he has to present and prosecutors (or the AG, or president) will make a determination based on that proffer. And if his proffer overstates what he has and he doesn't actually deliver the proffered goods, the deal is off.

Still, this would be very controversial. I think the prog left media and the NeverTrumpers don't want any evidence that their cherished narrative is wrong.

I do. We should know one way or the other. The media has trumped this up into a national crisis, and if resolving a national crisis, one way or the other, involves a pardon for lawbreaker, so be it.

Hell, I think Obama was even thinking about pardoning this guy for no reason anyway.

And also: I don't even think a pardon will really keep Assange out of jail. Because he'll do the same shit next month, and then you can file an indictment against him based on his fresh lawbreaking.

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Poll: NFL's Favorability Cut Nearly In Half In a Week
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I don't know what it will take to convince corporations that changing their corporate mission to becoming Full Leftist Propaganda Outfits is contrary to their business interests.

But maybe this will be instructive.

The Morning Consult passed this press release to the Daily Caller:

NFL's Brand Favorability Drops To Lowest Point Since Morning Consult Started Tracking: The NFL’s net favorability has dropped from 30% on September 21 to 17% on September 28.

On September 21, 25% of Trump supporters said they had a very favorable view of the NFL and 11% had a very unfavorable view.

As of Sept 28, those numbers have dramatically changed with 33% of Trump supporters say they have a very unfavorable view of the NFL and 16% report having a very favorable view.

A little insight I got from an acquaintance (and I hope I'm not breaching trust by mentioning this):

Corporations make these political decisions based mainly on ad hoc advice from their PR and HR departments. Blue employees, in other words.

Who do not make their decisions based upon data -- like "What will our actual customers think about this?"

I hope this is not giving away any trade secret of his, but he wound up doing such a study for a company, actually looking into who a company's customers actually were, and discovered that, as far as he knew, he was the first person to look at a company's customers' political leanings in offering advice on whether to position the company to the left on a political issue, or simply remain neutral.

The first. Person. Ever. To Even. Bother. Performing data collection and analysis to inform the choice of whether a major major company should declare itself Social Justice Warrior.

The rest of the time, the decision was just made based upon gut feelings (and political preferences) of their liberal middle management castes, who, I imagine, based their rigorous analysis on what Rachel Maddow said the night before.

Meanwhile, a lot of blue employees are pretty determined to talk themselves out of a job. The Tennessee Titans' Delanie Walker had simple advice for those bothered by the SJW takeover of the NFL: just don't come to the games.

With ticket sales already down 17.9% from week 2 to week 3, I'd say a lot of people already figured out that one for themselves.

When the NFL players' salaries start getting cut because the league isn't making nearly as much money, do you think these special snowflakes will demand a federal bailout?

Don't dismiss that out of hand -- after all, the NFL is already sucking millions of dollars every year from taxpayers, who happily agree to build their stadiums and give them special tax incentives, all for those exciting new job opportunities in the lucrative careers of Seasonal Parking Lot Flashlight-Waving Traffic Engineers and Part-Time Hot Dog Assembly Managers.

This fiasco may, however, open the eyes of the public to a serious and generally unchecked issue: billionaire NFL owners sponging enormous amounts of money from taxpayers through crony capitalist schemes.

The fact is that a business that raked in $14 billion in revenue in 2016 is heavily subsidized by local, state, and federal money based on dubious claims about stimulating the economy.

Next time the NFL comes askin' you to vote in favor of a municipal bond to build their stadium for them, or give them some local land gratis, I suggest you #TakeTheKnee yourselves.


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Steven Crowder and Not-Gay Jared Infiltrate Antifa; Record Them Handing Out Shivs and Planning Violence; Media Refuses to Take Their Freely-Offered Videotape
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Wow. This is some really fine work by Crowder and especially the primary infiltrator Jared. Gutsy. He's spying on people who are passing out ice picks and knives and talking about sawed off shotguns (illegal) and guns "on the border of a rifle and an assault weapon" (sounds illegal) in their trunks, and he just stays in the game.

And the media? Embargoes.

Encouragement and covering-up of premeditated political violence by a domestic terrorist street gang is not the action of a "neutral" news organization. It's the action of an organization explicitly aligned with terrorism.

You can't claim to be "neutral" when you're acting like a domestic terrorist group's PR firm.

We'll wait to see if David French and Jay Nordlinger declare they find antifa "understandable" and "justified."

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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns Over Private Charter Flights
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So it goes.

President Trump for days has given indications he was considering firing Price over the plane controversy. Shortly before the brief White House statement late Friday, the president told reporters, "He's a very fine man, but we’re going to make a decision sometime tonight."

In 2013, it was revealed that Eric "Golden Wings" Holder used private charters for strictly personal travel -- and billed it to the US government -- but no one cared about that, except FoxNews.

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Uh-Oh: "Communism Will Win" West Point Grad "Inspired by" Bradley Manning, Mentored by Muslim Studies Guy
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This is painting a picture of what Obama did to our military and intelligence services.

Once you have enough security risks in an organization -- communists, Islamists, traitors-in-waiting -- they will begin actively recruiting other security risks, because that's their tribe.

Those are the people They trust -- the very people America cannot trust.

Speaking of, Reality Winner, given a security clearance by Obama's secret police, says that "America is the worst thing to ever happen to the world."

The woman suspected of leaking U.S. secrets to a news organization claimed she stuffed a classified report into her pantyhose and walked out of a National Security Agency office in Georgia, mainly because she hates America "like three times a day."

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In their latest filing Wednesday, prosecutors also included a partial transcript of a Facebook chat between Winner and her sister in February.

"Look, I only say I hate America like 3 times a day," Winner wrote. “I'm no radical. It's mostly just about Americans obsession with air conditioning.”

Her sister asked: "But you don’t actually hate America, right?"

Winner replied: "I mean yeah I do it’s literally the worst thing to happen on the planet. We invented capitalism the downfall of the environment."

She had other good reasons to hate America: Like that the NSA played Fox News on some of their TVs. Guess which "news" channel she would have preferred?

Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor accused of leaking a classified report, apparently complained to her bosses that Fox News was playing in her office – suggesting Al Jazeera would have been a more appropriate choice.

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"I've filed formal complaints about them having Fox News on,” she told FBI agents. “… Uh, at least, for God's sake put Al Jazeera on, or a slideshow with people's pets. I've tried everything to get that changed."

It's not an accident Obama granted people like her access to top secret information -- it's deliberate.

And meanwhile, McMasters fires people loyal to Trump and retains Obama loyalists.

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Shrewish Scold of a Librarian Decides to Grab the Spotlight and Reject Melania Trump's Donation of Dr. Seuss Books, Finding an Arcane Critical Race Theory Paper Calling Dr. Seuss Racist
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She seems to have overlooked the many times Michelle and Barry Obama read Dr. Seuss to students.

Something else she overlooked: A picture of someone who looks much like her and who works at the same place she does proudly dressed up as The Cat in the Hat:


Trumpism Corrupts? Anti-Trumpism corrupts twice as much, and makes you a bitter, hysterical fool to boot.

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J. Christian Adams: Trump Nominates Another Slate of Solid Conservative Judge to the Federal Bench
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The NeverTrumpers are probably upset that some of these men have used salty language in their private lives.

President Trump has nominated a slate of solid picks for the federal bench, including a new list of nominees this week. Among them is Kurt D. Engelhardt.

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He is the judge who wrote a scathing 129-page order blistering the misconduct of lawyers at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the local New Orleans U.S. Attorney's Office in a prosecution of New Orleans police officers. His order offers a look behind the curtain of some of the worst ideological misconduct that occurred at the Obama DOJ.

Misconduct may be an inadequate word to describe the behavior of DOJ lawyers, and Engelhardt saw it all up close.

See the article for links and details about that ideologically-motivated prosecutorial abuse.

Engelhardt is nominated to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals -- which seems to be shaping up to be a damn fine appellate court.

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National Review's Rich Lowry Takes on Colleagues David French, Jay Nordlinger, and Jonah Goldberg: "If Trump Told You Not to Jump Off a ******* Bridge, Would You Jump Off The Bridge Just to Spite Him?"
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It began with David French's insipid, deranged column claiming that while he opposed the anthem protests, well, after Trump said to stop it, it became "understandable."

His prissy sidekick Jay Nordlinger then decided to up the ante and claim that while he, too, hated the protests -- just hated them! -- he now found them "justifiable," just because Trump had spoken out against them.

Rich Lowry stepped up and bitch-slapped these hysterical bitches. And high time, too.

If Donald Trump Said Don’t Jump Off a F****** Bridge, Would You Do the Opposite?

by RICH LOWRY

I must rise to respectfully object to the pieces by David and Jay on kneeling. They argue that Trump’s crude exhortation to stand during the National Anthem makes the kneelers understandable (David) or sympathetic (Jay). As Jay argues, Trump’s riff changed everything. Kneeling to protest police brutality is a bad idea, but kneeling to give "a big middle finger," as Jay puts it, to the president of the United States is just fine. If your objection to kneeling is merely situational, I would think kneeling to address alleged systemic racism would be a more worthy cause than simply doing it to spite Trump.

But put that aside, because I don’t think disrespecting the flag is warranted in either circumstance, or any foreseeable circumstances...

What’s the limiting principle, by the way, on the do-the-opposite-of-Trump view? What if Trump said, "I hate those dirty anti-fa bastards who, if it were up to me, would be thrown into jail for burning the American flag?" Would we turn around and say burning the flag is a great way for leftists to stick it to the Man?

Jonah Goldberg, being Jonah Goldberg and really having only one idea, has to of course come in and declare "But I really don't like Trump!"

Rich Lowry kind of drops the big one by citing the actual NFL rules on the National Anthem, which specify it must be played before every game, and players must stand for it. So it seems that Trump was... right when he said someone could -- and should -- fine someone for refusing to stand. (Yeah I know he said "fire," but you can begin with a fine. And Trump tends to speak bombastically, if no one's noticed. But they could in fact be fired for repeated violations of the rules.)

We've seen the NFL forbid the making of other political statements -- Dallas Cowboys players were forbidden from wearing black armbands to commemorate the cops killed by the Black Lives Matter shooter; players were fined for wearing special cleats that honored 9/11. (Those fines were waived -- after public controversy about fining a player for honoring 9/11-- but the NFL made the point, and we didn't see those cleats again.)

Now the NFL has suspended its previously enforced rules to allow a disrespectful, anti-american protest of the National Anthem, and just because Trump points this out, NeverTrump cultists Jonah Goldberg, David French, and Jay Nordlinger are now on the #TakeTheKnee side of things?

AllahPundit, a now-unlinkable NeverTrumper, was fond of saying "Trumpism Corrupts."

Indeed it does -- but it seems to have primarily corrupted the NeverTrumpers themselves, who are now taking 180-degree-opposite positions than they used to claim to believe in just because of the happenstance that Trump also took that position.

Oh, and he said "son of a bitch" while saying it. How crude. How common. How vulgar and how scandalous. Let's join Brooke Baldwin in a cry-therapy Puddle Pile.

Nationalism -- which every conservative used to believe in -- is now a species of #Racism, just like the left always claimed, according to these folks corrupted by their hysterical reaction to Trump.

By the way, I don't know how one agitates relentlessly for foreign wars -- which will, inevitably, kill thousands (or tens of thousands) of civilians, whether by collateral damage or indirectly through privation - if you aren't a nationalist believing that Americans prize American lives and American safety more highly than the lives of non-Americans. Not that non-American lives mean nothing-- but that you prioritize Americans' lives and safety more highly, just because they're Americans.

Because, you know, you're supposed to look out for your family first and countrymen second.

That totally new Trumpian anti-conservative idea.

Populism -- Reagan was a populist, and the conservative movement has usually been described as populist overall, a reaction to the constant failures and self-dealing of the claimed "elite" institutions of government, media, and the academy - - is now likewise a dirty thing.

Apparently the left was right all along on that one too -- as Hillary Clinton said, the key message of 1984 is that we are to trust and obey our "elite" thought leaders without question.

I can't wait to see which pieces of core conservative principle these super-principled uncorruptable TruCons repudiate and revile next.

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The Morning Rant
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"Do you think it's a coincidence that women started complaining about being treated like 'sex objects' at about the same time that Hugh Hefner's normalization of pornography was starting to catch on?"

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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Woman In Green
William James Glackens

The artist was a big macher in "The Ashcan School" which, even if you don't like the style has a great name.

And I don't like it; not for the art, some of which is fine, but for the implied politicization of art.

This work is interesting; great colors, expressive, and enough curious stuff to make me wonder....why is she cuddling with a dinosaur egg?

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The Morning Report 9/29/17
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Good morning kids. The weekend is here, and despite the fiasco of Graham Cassidy, on aggregate it was a pretty good week for America. The NFL's willingness to shill for Marxism and Balkanization has backfired spectacularly, the GDP has had over 3% growth for the second straight quarter after eight straight years of planned contraction courtesy of you-know-who, the DC Circus has surprisingly upheld concealed-carry and Steve Scalise made a surprise appearance in Congress yesterday 15 weeks after nearly being assassinated in a Democrat-inspired terrorist attack.

In other news, we talked about PDT's tax plan and Rush spent considerable time on his show discussing the pros and cons as well as Rush-splaining why the tax code is the way it is from the political standpoint. It is definitely worth a listen, especially to people who keep spouting off about "the rich," "the 1%," "greedy corporations" and "paying your fair share" --- a chicken that Chuck Schemer and his fellow goniffs have been plucking since time immemorial, because it's all they have really. Too bad the GOP-e believes that rhetoric too.

From hither and yon, F. Chuck Todd is either stupid, ignorant, lying or all three at once. Roy Moore, as expected, is taking withering attacks for having the gall to unseat an establishment pick as well as defending G-d and the Constitution. And Todd, the dolt, smugly derided Moore for being dumb enough to believe that your rights come from, get this, G-d and not the government.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a programmable skin-job dialogue-spouter used her announcement of having breast cancer to push for single-payer healthcare. Listen, toots, if you think it's so great why the hell did you not make this announcement at the registration desk at a clinic in Liverpool, or even better, Havana?

Also, Jon Podhoretz is so enraged by Trump that he's now hawking Oprah as the savior of the nation in 2020, Dick Blumenthal is a dick, Pelosi had her umpteenth public brain freeze (not counting statements when her cerebral cortex is unimpeded) and Michelle Obama thinks women who voted for Trump go only where they're kicked.

Yeah, it raises the BP but the more shrill and loud they shriek, the more they are panicked by us and the President. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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