April 30, 2018

Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/30/18 )
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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy. David Horowitz

Quote II

When the major pushes away writers of color, and centers white narratives, it perpetuates this [lack of racial diversity in the publishing industry at large.Mya Nunnally

Quote III

The fact is that God wanted us to be with ourselves, us with our women. He respected white people who wanted to keep their race white, because we sure want to keep ours from being any further mongrelized.” Louis Farrakhan


Quote IV

“Hollywood is a cesspool of looney liberalism. When at industry events I expect everyone to be in lockstep with the Left. Then I spend the entire night listening to people whisper to me that they agree with me but can’t afford to lose their jobs. So they suffer in silence.”James Woods
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Are Comics Fans and Pros Showing Us How to Win a Culture War?
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As I've mentioned a few times, I'm a big fan of the YouTube channel Diversity and Comics. Even though I'm only a little interested in comics, I watch the channel because it's funny, and it counter-attacks Social Justice Warriors, and now -- for the past six months -- it's been winning.

I'll talk about that more another time. But part of my fascination with the channel isn't about comics per se: It's about how to lead a grassroots viral rebellion against Social Justice Warrior takeover of a "key nodes and infrastructure" of the cultural battespace, and it has me wondering: Can this model be duplicated? Are there lessons here for winning the cultural fights on other fronts? Are there even lessons for fighting political fights?

Like I said, I'll talk about Diversity and Comics more another time. Right now I wanted to turn you on to another guy who's blowing up on YouTube by taking on another Social-Justice-Warrior captured cultural artifact: Star Wars.

Ethan Van Sciver -- until recently, exclusively with DC, doing mostly the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps series, now taking a break to revisit his first creator-owned character, Cyberfrog -- can't really say anything about DC or Marvel, because he'll probably be working there again soon, but he can go after "SJW Star Wars." (Though, I always want to ask him: Why do you think Marvel won't be angry at you for going after another Disney-owned franchise?)

Anyway, his channel was already good when he was offering viewers informed and entertaining lessons on drawing.

It got funnier when he asserted that there were too many female characters in media, and decided to strike a blow against the Matriarchy by gender-swapping female characters to make them male-- She-Ra turned into He-Ra, Isis turned into I-Bro, Harley Quinn turned into Charlie Quinn. And Rainbow Brite transformed into a sword-wielding murderhulk, Rainbow Brute.

He then topped himself by gender-swapping My Pretty Pony into My Girthy Stallion.

Because -- seriously -- male pony characters are seriously underrepresented in cartoons. Google it.

But, about Star Wars. Last month he saw The Last Jedi and was "disgusted" by it and has turned his channel into 90% attacking Social Justice Warrior, "The Force is Female" Feminized Star Wars.

The way he gets away with this is that he's funny when he does it.

Inspiring his wrath the most is the "dumpy scowling feminist midget" character Rose Tico, who is widely acknowledged to have no point for existing except for Feminist Empowerment points.

Noting that Hasbro/Disney produced huge volumes of Rose Tico toys that sit "rotting on the shelves," as World Class Bullshitters earlier noted, almost as if Habro/Disney had a political agenda in producing huge quantities of a toy they could reasonably predict that few would want (Note, that's not Ethan Van Sciver, just another guy noting the same problem of overproduction), Van Sciver began buying up Rose Tico toys and reviewing them.

Spoiler alert: Not a fan.

This one's I think his first, when he was merely annoyed by the figure.

Then they put out a second Rose Tico toy when no one even wanted the first one, and he began to become slightly unglued.

People began to worry about his sanity when Hasbro/Disney shit out a third Rose Tico figure, after the first two basically drove Toys R Us bankrupt with their dumpy, scowling formless failure who doesn't have to look pretty just to appease your oppressive Male Gaze.

Now sadly driven insane by the feminist agenda of SJW Star Wars, he topped himself by buying 15 Rose Tico toys and looping them into a an hour long video of the toys being unboxed, and sometimes dismembered, proceeding through the emotional states of boredom, anger, rage, and finally, the exhausted acceptance of a broken man.

By the way, though it's an hour long, presumably for meditation purposes, it's actually just a five or so minute sequence looped a bunch of times, so you can just watch five minutes.

Do get to the scissors, though.

At any rate, as I said, this phenomenon of cultural critics savaging SJW tropes with humor is not only entertaining to watch, but it seems to be effective.

And I keep wondering what lessons other political commentators and agitators can take from this.

The only points I've gotten so far are pretty obvious, but maybe in need of re-learning.

Note that the people I'm talking about really aren't seriously political; but I'm looking at them as a potential model for actual political agitation.

1. The best weapon against a sanctimonious, pretend-pious, self-important Wannabe Priest Without the Collar is ridicule. These people -- SJWs, the media Truth Warriors, and yeah, the NeverTrumpers -- believe they carry a dignity and importance the rest of us just don't believe they do. We think they're fools. Other people would also think they were fools, if they were alerted to the fact that most people do think they're fools -- it's just that they control the means of communication and it's hard to get the word out that they're idiots, charlatans, and moral poseurs.

The Emperor's New Clothes and all that.

Stripping them of that false dignity and importance reduces them. It also drives them absolutely bananas. Because they really do conceive themselves as an Elect elevated above the deplorable masses.

2. You can get away with this if you're funny and biting and yet not angry or (overtly) mean-spirited. Watching Diversity and Comics, for example, I've noticed that when he's actually pissed off and emotionally invested in a topic, he's not nearly as funny, nor is he as persuasive. Emotional distance is required for ridicule to work -- it's funny if you're actually laughing at someone. If you're too pissed off to actually be laughing at someone, then it just sounds like an angry guy venting.

3. The culture war must be fought by asymmetric methods. The social justice warriors, the Establishment, the TDS media actually command all the "key nodes and infrastructure" of the culture wars. They have too much power and cannot be dislodged or even damaged by conventional means. There is no alternate media remotely large enough to directly challenge the leftist media. The war against them must be a guerrilla sort of affair of subversion and psyops, critique and ridicule. (Rush Limbaugh and others have been doing this for years, obviously.)

4. The most important take-away is just that the fight can be won. Disney is at a bit of a crisis point amidst widespread audience revolt over The Last Jedi; if the Solo movie fails -- which Van Sciver only refers to as "Soylo" -- Disney will actually have a fullblown crisis.

Marvel comics is attempting a negotiated treaty with fans in revolt -- as Diversity and Comics puts it, they're still giving readers the identity politics they don't want, but largely confined to their own identity-politics appeal books. Regarding the main books, they're putting less Social Justice Warrior/identity politics stuff in them.

Many people think Marvel is backsliding, and we'll have to see how this goes. But with the Editor in Chief Axel Alonzo fired and most of the Social Justice Warrior books canceled (or at least with the SJW characters put together into team books, where readers can have one-stop-shopping for completely ignoring them), at least some concessions to audience revolt have been made.

5. If you believe, as I do, and as Andrew Breitbart did, that most people who are "liberal" are really just "default liberals," and are not really political at all but will adopt whatever politics they see pushed by the media, then the importance of ridiculing progressivism and turning it from the default position to a joke seems obvious.

Remember, people who don't care about politics pick their politics according to the quite-rationale criterion of which politics will result in me being bothered, bullied and ostracized the least. With the intolerant, illiberal left pushing a militant form of neomarxism, people who don't much care about politics will adopt or at least accept a militant form of neomarxism as the standard, accepted form of politics. The politics of Least Cost and Least Effort. The political path of least resistance.

Battles that look a little silly -- fighting over whether or not Marvel comics pushes feminized male characters and masculized female characters, or whether or not Star Wars features nothing but Women in Command and incompetent cucks obeying their every order -- might actually be a bit more serious than they appear to the casual observer.

Politics is downstream of culture, of course, as Andrew Brietbart's central thesis had it.

6. Circling back a bit: Given that on the surface these particular culture wars -- over comic books, over Star Wars -- do in fact look a little silly (or very silly), then really, the only way to engage with them is to do so in silly, humorous ways, lest you look very ridiculous yourself by engaging seriously and heatedly with a silly-looking complaint. But responding to ridiculous Social Justice Warrior propaganda with ridicule -- laughing at them rather than fulminating against them -- seems to be the right kind of tactic for the job.

Cultural critics who appear too serious have always looked to me to seem a bit silly. Even though I know better, and realize that culture is the most important part of politics.

But cultural critics who engage the ridiculous with ridicule seem... persuasive.

7. As there's barely any chance of something with a larger budget like a TV show carrying this fight forward, it's going to be almost exclusively a battle fought by one-man or small-group operations on low-entry-barrier sites like YouTube. (Although, of course, that is hugely problematic: Google/YouTube are one of the left's greatest prizes, and will not permit a YouTuber to become too threatening to the left. An alternative to YouTube is needed.)

8. The way the media propagandizes is by packaging political messages inseparably from content about other matters. D&C, Comics Artist Pro Secrets, and a dozen similar sites (Just Some Guy, World Class Bullshitters, DICK in Comics, etc.) are doing a very similar thing, talking about a non-political matter, Star Wars or comics or Rose Tico toy reviews, while adding in some political commentary.

As Instapundit has observed dozens of times: If a Republican donor really wanted to make a huge impact in this nation's voting patterns, he'd start up a women's magazine about fashion and make-up and all the rest of it which just happened to have a very light, very occasional, stealthy conservative political outlook.

That used to be how liberal outlets did it, until they realized they had no other competitors and could now be stridently political 70% of the time, because where else could conservatives or moderates go?

9. Honestly, although people have been saying "blogging is dead" for years, I think maybe blogging is dead, and video commentary is the new blogging. Personally, I don't think I have the desire to do that or the particular talents, but that seems to me to clearly be the only front that matters any longer.

Anyway, those are my thoughts -- obvious as they might be.

And I realize that by taking this all a bit too seriously, I look a bit ridiculous right now myself.

So to take the edge off that: Below, your one hour of unboxing useless terrible dumpy scowling feminist midget Rose Tico toys.

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Sara A. Carter Scoop: The Leaker Who Conducted the Smear Campaign Against Ronny Jackson was Vice President Pence's Government-Payroll Physician
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Naming names.

Unsubstantiated rumors and accusations targeting White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Administration, have been propelled by media outlets and Democratic members of the Senate without any proof that those allegations were true.

But where did these rumors and accusations start? Who was fighting to keep Dr. Jackson from being nominated and who wanted to smear his name publicly?

According to four administration officials, the main allegations were brought forth by Vice President Mike Pence’s Army physician Dr. Jennifer Pena, who the officials contend has held a long-time grudge against Jackson because of his continuing promotions in the White House. She began her career at the White House during the Obama administration. According to the officials, Pena, who is still active military and assigned to the White House Military Office, did not follow proper protocol to report on the allegations. Instead, she went directly to the Senate with the support of some current and former White House medical staff who were her loyalists. None of the allegations she allegedly brought forth have been substantiated.

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Sara A. Carter: Did CNN's Hiring Of It's Illegal-Leak Source Violate Journalistic Ethics?
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Pay for play?

Before quoting Carter, here's a bit of snark from Mollie Hemingway:



Okay that's not true about Clapper accept the award for the story he engineered for his new employer CNN, but that really was the story the WHCA honored.

Here's Sara Carter:

CNN walked away with a prestigious journalism award at Saturday night’s White House Correspondent's Association dinner for their role in making public a briefing by intelligence officials to then President-elect Donald Trump. CNN reported the briefing "included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump." But the information briefed to the President was also leaked to the media by one of the same senior Obama administration officials who orchestrated the briefing and was hired by CNN months later as a paid analyst.

Some are questioning now if this was ethical --a pay for play of sorts --as it raises serious questions about the role and responsibility that U.S. intelligence officials have when taking on paid positions as analysts for news organizations, while still retaining their high-level security clearances. It also raises similar questions about news organizations and their role of remaining objective and not paying their sources.

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By August 2017, Clapper was hired by CNN as an analyst but the network never disclosed that Clapper was a major source behind the leak of an unproven and salacious dossier when he joined the network.

Actually, Carter wrote that a bit wrong or garbled it in rewriting.

Clapper is responsible for giving the dossier the "news hook" that CNN wanted, and therefore making it reportable. He leaked the classified information about the briefing (which was about the dossier).

But the leak was about that briefing -- he didn't leak the dossier itself. He didn't have to. Chris Steele and Fusion GPS had already sent that far and wide through the media.

The briefing gave CNN the excuse -- the news hook -- to report on the "salacious and unverified" dossier. That's what CNN needed, and that's what Clapper (and another source) gave them.


News agencies and reporters never disclose their sources, it would be unethical, but isn’t it also unethical to pay sources for information or give sources jobs as analysts for your news outlet after they’ve been illegally leaking classified information?

Another problem: CNN reported Clapper's denials about leaking without noting that they knew for a fact these denials were false.

Now, if you're going to do that, you have a reporter who doesn't know that he's reporting a falsehood.

Instead, Evan Perez, one of the four credited authors of the Clapper leak, reported Clapper's denial of leaking, and reported it without noting that he knew this was false.

Did the rest of the team not inform Even Perez who one of their big sources was (there were "multiple sources," the four reported -- probably Brennan too).

I doubt it. This gang can't really keep a secret -- I've known Clapper leaked to them for a year. When I kept "speculating" that, I wasn't speculating.

By the way, you know where Brennan ended up?

Brennan, who is now a paid analyst for MSNBC...


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The FBI, CIA, DNI, among other intelligence agencies, are supposed to work to protect the American people in a non-partisan matter, and current U.S. intelligence officials say the direction these former officials have taken is dangerous.


Former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom criticized Brennan and Clapper in an interview Sunday on Fox News Sunday...

Kallstrom said people in the United States should be concerned and react to this, "this is third world country stuff."

Many current and former U.S. intelligence officials agree.

"Clapper was already in bed with CNN months before he was hired and while he was the DNI," said a current U.S. intelligence official.

Read the whole thing, as the cool kids say.

One question I think people should start asking of James Comey:

Remember that James Comey told Trump that CNN had the dossier and wanted to publish it, but could not do so without a "news hook."

Think about that.

Now here's the question:

Who told Comey that CNN needed a "news hook" and was looking for a "news hook?"

Did CNN tell him that?

Or did Clapper tell him that?

And why would Clapper have been talking about CNN needing a "news hook" to publish? Remember, he's actually supposed to not be trying to get classified information to the press. If CNN says "We want to report on this dossier but we don't have a news hook," he should say, "Well, good."

Why did they even get into the territory of "See, here's what we need in order to publish...?"

See what I mean? You would not be telling these people what you need to publish unless they were in on it, asking you, "Well what would it take to get you to publish?"

Instead... he arranges a briefing which he then immediately leaks about to CNN giving them the "news hook" they told him they needed.

So where did Comey hear about CNN's desire of a news hook from? Directly from CNN -- in which case, why didn't he disclose this communication with CNN? -- or, as I suspect, from James Clapper and/or John Brennan?

If he is made to admit that those two told him about the need of a "news hook," that adds further proof to the suspicion that this entire "briefing" was conducted with the sole purpose of being leaked to CNN to give them their news hook, and not for Trump's edification at all.

BTW: CNN is refusing to answer questions about this and has not covered this story at all.

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Jake Tapper's Novel is a Horrible, Amateurish Mary Sue Imitation of Dan Brown
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Before getting to the book -- did you read on Friday my post about Jake Tapper's incessant Reputation Operations conducted via DM?

Buzzfeed Ben wrote about that on Saturday, I think. If you don't believe me, believe Buzzfeed Ben, whose credibility is, obviously, beyond contestation.

[O]ne of the great secrets to [Jake Tapper's] professional success is his all-out defense of his reputation on all fronts at all times: Before the Tappergram about the dossier, I'd heard from him more commonly about stray tweets from BuzzFeed staffers about everything from the poop cruise (his own coverage, he wanted to point out, had been serious and policy-focused) to the usual arguments over ratings. No tweet about Tapper, not even a subtweet, falls without Tapper's notice.

I can attest. Tired of Jake Tapper's never-ending DMs, I stopped naming him in emails, and would only talk about CNN, or name him without the @-. Just asking why they weren't covering something, or the like.

You can't escape the all-seeing Twitter-addicted eye of Jake Tapper that way.

"I don't have time for your high school drama club," he said recently in his fourth rapid-fire tweet to a BuzzFeed News reporter who had botched, then quickly corrected, a Tapper quote.

Spoiler alert: He does in fact have the time -- and lots of it -- for any high school drama club, particularly the ones featuring the dramatic conflicts he's penned himself.

Perhaps the best evidence of how fiercely Tapper protects his reputation is that -- despite his irascibility being a kind of Washington legend -- I can't find any reference to it in a series of recent glowing profiles of the CNN anchor. These profiles tend to feature a relaxed-looking Tapper, surrounded by red, white, and blue memorabilia. Perhaps his feet are up on his desk. Tapper’s friends and acquaintances were rather surprised to learn, from the lede of a recent Times profile, that "Jake Tapper doesn't seem to get rattled easily."

Spoiler alert: Yes, he does get rattled easily, and often, and he will devote hours to infesting your DMs with Jake Tapper Propaganda.

He's like the North Korean Ministry of Information About the Amazing Awesomeness of Jake Tapper.

Some of Tapper's colleagues and Twitter enemies find the heated private responses to criticism over the top, a sign that he takes himself too seriously.

As the friend who pointed this article said, Buzzfeed Ben then cucks out and says "Tapper should take himself seriously" because he's like so awesome and then gives his book a very positive review, allowing that it is "trashy," but then qualifying that by saying its trashiness is "necessar[y]."

No, this level of trashiness is not necessary at all.

Ben Domenech then really piqued my interest:





I'm going to be using the term "Mary Sue." For those who don't know, a "Mary Sue" is a thinly-veiled idealized, heroic version of the author herself (this started as, and remains mostly, a female fan fic thing) inserted into a work.

"Rey" in Star Wars is widely viewed as a Mary Sue of producer Kathleen "The Force is Female" Kennedy, for example. She's good at everything, she has no flaws or struggles, and the movies just end up being Rey, or should I say Kathleen Kennedy, Wins At Everything Without Even Hardly Trying.

Here are some choice quotes from the Washington Post review, which I would say is just professional jealousy at someone doing what all media types secretly long to do but never actually get around to (write a novel), but, having read part of this piece of shit, I have to say it's just factual reportage.


Jake Tapper, the tenacious anchor of CNN, the merciless slayer of alternative facts, the dogged deflator of political egos...

...the indefatigeable Energizer Bunny of Direct Message Nastygrams...


...has written a novel about corruption in Washington. In the scandal-a-day Trump era of President Trump, the news doesn't leave much room for fiction about our government’s debauchery, but Tapper still heaps plenty of scorn on the king of chaos:

"He's impossible to ignore. He’s become this . . . planet . . . blocking the sun. And whatever points he makes that have validity are blotted out by his indecency and his lies and his predilection to smear."

"Boy that's some sophomorically overwrought prose," the literal color purple just emailed me to say.

He's talking about Joe McCarthy -- the book is set in the Wikipedia entry for the year 1954; his "research" into the era consists of stuff you'd either know off the top of your head (Playboy's first issue featured a naked Marilyn Monroe! The DC baseball franchise of that era was called The Senators!).

After the opening, which the reviewer finds promising, and which I really liked the first time I saw it in Brian DePalma's Blow Out --

But no sooner does Charlie climb out of that ditch than this novel careens into another one and stays there, spinning its wheels for 150 pages of leaden back story before we finally arrive again at that fateful morning crash. The only Red threat here is the danger of running out of Red Bull.

Perhaps all this exposition stems from the good journalist's determination to provide context, but the whole enterprise labors under a heavy burden of explainism, accentuated by the novel's flat, irony-free prose. Every senator, representative, lobbyist and aide -- including many historical figures --arrives with a resume that gets dutifully unfurled over the ever-dwindling action, mostly meetings, hearings and poker games. All historical references are carefully elucidated in the same teacherly tone, from the House Un-American Activities Committee to the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency to the development of photocopies and pesticides.

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Tapper’s 33-year-old protagonist, Charlie, is a World War II hero as attractive and flavor-free as a genetically engineered tomato. "Tall and broad-shouldered with piercing blue eyes" -- the best kind -- Charlie is a...

....Mary Sue idealized version of the author inserted into the book in the way a teenager would insert himself into Star Trek fan fic?

Dan Brown laughs at this the-main-character-is-a-super-handsome-version-of-myself-with-broad-shoulders-and-a-girthy-penis childishness.

... former Columbia University professor who published a best-selling work of history before being appointed by the governor of New York to fill an empty congressional seat. (That would require changing the U.S. Constitution, but if we get bogged down in technicalities like that, we'll never finish.)

Tapper the political expert didn't know Representatives may not be appointed, as Senators can be, but can only be elected?


His Brooks Brothers suit fits so well you can hardly see the Boy Scout uniform underneath. "You're good," his father tells him. "And even more than that, you believe in goodness."

Dan Brown just emailed me -- "Do you believe this load?"

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As the country's future hangs in the balance, Tapper dutifully attends to the clashing racial attitudes of the era. Charlie, precocious as ever, possesses all the enlightened attitudes of a Brooklyn barista in 2018. Ethnic slurs nauseate him. He knows those Confederate statues should come down. And if someone would knit him a pussyhat, he would wear it proudly. His pregnant wife is, of course, a gorgeous zoologist who studies ponies.

I’m not complaining. "The Hellfire Club" is most enjoyable when it’s most groan-worthy. There's a particularly ludicrous scene in which political opponents confront each other with competing dossiers of compromising photos. The gun-toting thugs chuckle like Batman villains. In Charlie's most valiant scene, he picks up his wife and the horse she rode in on!

She's a famous ponyologist, as Ben Domenech points out, so this is all justified by the writerly technique of stupid foreshadowing.

The Federalist is also laughing.

By the way, this author also notes the Wikipedia-level research. But I noted that myself, immediately when I began reading it on Saturday night. He is constantly attempting to "authenticate" his novel by adding in "period-specific details," but all of these details are either 1, off the top of your head stuff that everyone already knows or 2, obviously culled from lists you'd find on the internet, like "stage plays and movies of 1954."

Charlie and his wife Margaret go out for a night on the town and, what do you know, the theater lobby they find themselves in is full of historically portentous people. There’s Vice President Nixon and his wife, Patricia! There’s Jack and Jackie! There’s newspaper columnist Joe Alsop! Hey, across the room is Robert Kennedy deep in conversation with Joe McCarthy! Each notable is accompanied by at least one obligatory expository lump of prose only vaguely tied to the current setting. The Kennedys get double and triple lumps, of course, such as:


Charlie's mother somewhat secretly worshiped the Kennedy brood. His father, Winston, a powerful Republican lawyer in Manhattan, had a more skeptical view of Ambassador Joseph Kennedy and, though the transitive property, his scions. He faulted the Kennedy patriarch for wanting to appease Hitler. For fun, he'd also bad-mouth him for having made his fortune in bootlegging during Prohibition.

Who needs Wikipedia? It is also helpful that people tend to introduce themselves with their full names, sometimes even with middle initials. At times one feels trapped in a creepy liberal version of the Hall of Presidents, where Jackie Kennedy quotes Alan Seegers' "I Have a Rendezvous with Death" off the cuff, and McCarthy is perpetually pounding a finger on his list of 205 communists in the State Department.

Now, I downloaded the sample, and was enthralled by the sheer wretchedness of it, and realized I couldn't highlight especially terrible passages in the sample -- so I bought it. I can highlight bad stuff in the purchased book.

No one's asking for this, but I'm doing it anyway -- periodically, at night, maybe sometimes after the ONT, I'll be quoting for you the worst parts of Jake Tapper's book, "Wikipedia: The Novel."

I'm not suggesting you buy or read it. I'm suggesting the opposite. I'll read it so you don't have to.

I'm a few chapters in and it's deliriously terrible. It's frankly a professional embarrassment which will damage his image as a "serious" person.

I don't promise to finish it. In fact, I'm sure I'll get bored by it, even reading it as a goof. There's only so many times you can take satisfaction in pointing out, for example, that one of Tapper's go-to descriptors for any older man in the book is "powerful." He has his thesaurus handy for lots of tasteless word-substitutions, and yet, he can't seem to find any other words for "powerful."

And believe me-- this book is just plain full of powerful men conspiring against Charlie Martyr. Oops, I mean Charlie Marder.

Oh fuck it, I mean Jake Tapper.

Anyway, I'll start putting up some fun stuff for your enjoyment. No schedule; I'll just do it when I need a laugh.

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Super-Conservative Israel-Supporter Highly-Principled Jen Rubin: Sure Iran Lied About Everything, But Why Is Netanyahu Being Such a Dick About It?
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I'm told that Jen Rubin is just parroting the #IranEchoChamber twitterers, who are all saying "Of course Iran lied and continues lying and cheating, that's exactly what makes it so important to give these liars and cheaters billions of dollars."

#MuhPrinciples.






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Ahoy, Matey: Life Comes At Bill Kristol Fast
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Bill Kristol is pushing a "Protect Mueller" bill which would forbid the president from doing that which the Constitution empowers him to do, that is, fire executive employees.

This is unconstitutional, obviously.

One argument which made the case that a related sort of office -- the "Independent Counsel" -- was unconstitutional was Scalia's dissent in Morrison v. Olsen. The independent counsel was a person performing executive branch functions who was not actually an executive branch employee (he was appointed by a three judge panel); Scalia thought this offended the Constitution. The "Protect Mueller" law would retroactively make Mueller an independent counsel -- raising all the same objections Scalia noted in his dissent.

And while his dissent wasn't law at the time, it has slowly become the dominant line of thought. If this arrangement were to come under court scrutiny now, Scalia's dissent might well become controlling law.

But don't take my word for it.

Below, Bill Kristol argues that the "Protect Mueller" bill he's slap-fighting for isn't unconstitutional because Scalia's dissent isn't law "(yet)" -- Kristol himself notes that it's headed in that direction. And he also argues that, hey, there's no need to strictly apply Article 2 of the Constitution. We can get loosey-goosey with it if we like.

#MuhPrinciples!

But also check out the other quotes stuffed into this tweet -- Kristol previously praising the Scalia dissent, and saying that Scalia was "vindicated" in 15 years and now everyone agrees with that.

Until, of course, the #MuhPrinciples crowd decided that their beloved #MuhPrinciples were as soft and squooshy as their silly-string spines.



"Just re-read Justice Scalia's dissent in Morrison v. Olson. Deserves to be included in any volume of classics of American political thought." -- Cruise Captain William "Biff" Kristol, 2016

"The Constitution is a stupid thing." -- Cruise Captain William "Biff" Kristol, 2018

Tell me all about your fucking eternal principles, you effeminate cuck cocksuckers.

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The Morning Rant
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"So President Trump said 'screw you' to the press and blew off the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Instead, he went to a rally in Michigan and he told the cheering crowd that he'd rather with them rather than back in Washington DC with 'those guys'. Trump asked the crowd, why should he waste an entire evening with people who obviously hate him, and, by extension, them? Normal Americans have long known this, which is why the MSM's ratings are lower than Joe Biden's IQ. But this is the first time they've had someone that high in office who can see it, too. This is why they like Trump. He Gets It."



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Even some reporters are saying that the WHCD was a disaster and a 'gift' to Trump:



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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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The Aristocrat's Breakfast
Pavel Fedotov

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The Morning Report 4/30/18
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Good morning kids. The week begins and besides the completely revolting display with this Wolf dame at the White House Correspondents Dinner, more serious matters are making news on the international/foreign policy front, so let's lead off with those.

First, a reported Iranian base within Syria was rocked by powerful explosions which actually pinged seismographs. I'm assuming the Israelis or others conducted an air or missile strike and it cooked off an ammo dump of some kind. In any case, there's an interesting essay about the toxic shambles that is Syria - which is completely attributable to Obama and Hillary - and what our options are in dealing with the situation.

Meanwhile, as the President prepares for his summit with Whoa, Fat! NSA Advisor John Bolton is sounding the correct tone, insofar as if the NorKs really want peace and to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, they will have to go the route that Moammar Qaddafi did in Libya when he gave up his nuke program. And because it was so effective, it is sure to test the veracity of the NorK's pledges in this regard. Meanwhile, one positive sign from the tea leaves is the Chi-Coms announcing that the site where the NorKs test their nukes has completely collapsed and that radiation might be drifting northwards to their country. By going public with this, some experts are inferring that the Chi-Coms have had enough of their pudgy puppet and are in fact forcing him to shut down his nuke program. Interesting no matter how you slice it.

The political fallout from all of this is hitting closer to home where even Nancy Palsi has stated that depending upon what really happens, PDT would in fact deserve a Nobel Peace Prize, but I digress. On the heels of French prexy Macron's visit (see the link about him and his coddling of the Islamists), Angela Merkel came to town, also seeking to dissuade the President from backing out of the Iran Nuke Sellout Deal. What she got was PDT demanding Germany cough up a lot more money for its NATO commitment as well as a rebuke for our huge trade deficit with them (not altogether unrelated is the last link about the horrifyingly rapid rise of anti-Semitism in Deutschland with the influx of, you-know-what).

Closer to home, members of that migrant caravan are reportedly jumping the barriers at the US-Mexico border and entering the country while the Canadians suddenly are dealing with a massive influx of Nigerians evidently entering from our side of the border and seeking asylum, mostly due to the toughening of tourist visa requirements over the last 18 months.

On to politics where Maxine "Polluted" Waters keeps harping on impeachment despite Democrat big-wigs understanding the growing political toxicity of that message. With the midterms now six months out, the so-called Blue Wave is looking more and more like wish-casting. Hence the aforementioned plus red state Democrats reticent to go against PDT's nominees and also the complete collapse of the Mueller witch hunt (more on this in a moment). And aside from hammering away on Twitter, the President is now doing what he does best; hitting the road and meeting the people as he did at a combo pep/campaign-style rally in Michigan over the weekend. Also, the son of a postage stamp is giving everyone a case of the itches.

And speaking of the Mueller witch hunt, despite the Slim's Slimes hit piece on Devin Nunes, Clapper and Comey have exposed themselves to be liars and the Deep State embeds still burrowed into the FBI are stonewalling the release of the agency's communications with CrowdStrike, the cyber security firm charged with examining whitewashing the content of the DNC's servers central to the criminality of the Awans, Debbie Wasserman-Test and the Bollard.

On healthcare, we have some thoughtful pieces in the wake of the state-sanctioned murder of Alfie Evans (sadly, not a unique case in the UK) as well as Obamacare driving people to drink. Speaking of which, over the weekend, a friend mentioned to me that the President made an announcement at his Michigan rally about pushing for allowing the sale of insurance across state lines.

From hither and yon, what happened at the White House Correspondents Dinner speaks for itself. Interesting (read: disgusting) how the reporters were offended not by what belched out of the deviant-in-question's filthy sewer about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but that what she said could be used as a political weapon by the President to bash them and fire up the base.

Lastly, a couple of pieces about anti-semitism; one about its rapid resurgence in Germany and one reflective of it here at home at an eatery in Oakland, California.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

CLINTON SCANDALS

  • FBI Delays Release of Communications with CrowdStrike, the Firm that Examined the DNC Servers

    MUELLER WITCH HUNT
  • Here Are Three Scary FBI Scandal Factors You Must Know
  • Former Feinstein Staffer Hired Fusion GPS and Somehow, it Never Came Up During Senate Investigation
  • NY Slimes' Hatchet Job on Devin Nunes is Riddled with Errors
  • PDT Calls Clapper a "Lying Machine"
  • Comey, Fitzgerald, Mueller - Partners in Crime

    IMMIGRATION, AMNESTY
  • Caravan Migrant "Asylum Seekers" Caught Scaling US/Mexico Border Fence
  • Canada Now Wants US to Enforce its Immigration Laws... to Protect Canada from Wave of Nigerians

    SECOND AMENDMENT, GUN CONTROL
  • Little Shitler Demands Mike Pence Cancel His NRA Speech, or Something

    POLITICS, 2018 MIDTERMS
  • PDT Rallies Michigan Faithful in Lengthy Pep Rally Speech
  • Son-of-a-Postage Stamp: Suburban Women Do Not Like PDT's "Harsh Language" or Divisiveness
  • Nancy Palsi: PDT Might Qualify for Nobel Peace Prize; Says "Let's See How it Goes"
  • Polluted Waters Bucks Palsi: "I'm with the 70%" of Dems Wanting PDT Impeached
  • Red State Dems Don't Dare Defy Voters on PDT's Nominees
  • What Leftists (Democrats) Stand For

    FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL
  • Mystery Explosions at "Iranian Base" in Syria Register as an Earthquake
  • Syrian Media: "Enemy" Rocket Attacks Hit Multiple Military Bases
  • All Eyes on Upcoming PDT-Whoa, Fat! Summit
  • Chi-Com Geologists Report that NorK Underground Nuke Test Site Collapsed
  • Bolton: US Expects NorK Denuclearization to Go Down as it Did with Qaddafi in Libya
  • As Long As Nothing Changes: South Koreans Worry More About Jobs Than War with the North
  • Angela Goes on the Defensive
  • The Problem of Syria and What to Do About It
  • Finnish Failure: Guaranteed Basic Income Punishes Work, Subsidizes Sloth
  • Saudi Crown Prince: Palestinians Need to Negotiate or "Shut Up and Stop Complaining"

    ISLAM, TERRORISM, SHARIA, DHIMMITUDE
  • Macron vs. Reality - Slippery Words From a Shameless Islam Appeaser

    THE ECONOMY, STUPID
  • Crony Capitalism Watch: The Growing Movement to Eliminate the Tip Credit

    DOMESTIC POLICY
  • A Rebirth of Self-Reliance? Food Stamp, Welfare, Medicaid, Disability Rolls All Dropping Under PDT

    HEALTHCARE
  • Alfie Evans, the State and Us
  • Alfie Evans Shows Why a Strong Pro-Life Movement is So Vital
  • Study Says Obamacare Could Be Driving People to Drink
  • Which Way on Stem Cells?

    RED-GREENS, CLIMATE CHANGE, ETC.
  • The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science

    CULTURE WARS, HITHER and YON
  • Reporters Slam White House Correspondents Dinner as "Embarrassment" and "Gift" to Trump Administration
  • Correspondent's Association Denounces Michelle Wolf's Foul Rant
  • Food & Wine Mag Stands by Award Given to Oakland Eatery with Terrorist Wall Mural
  • Never Again Should Mean Never Again

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  • April 29, 2018

    Sunday Overnight Open Thread (4/29/1
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    Weekend Gun Thread
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    So a friend of mine the other day sends me an email stating that he purchased a new handgun. I responded by saying awesome! Shoot me (pardon the pun) a photo of your gun. He responded no can do. He had paid the gun shop then had to go through separate local and state background checks, which could take at least 2 weeks.

    That's bullshit if you ask me. I might live in the frozen tundra, but our gun purchasing laws are very simple. Pass The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)and you can have a long gun and walk out the store. Buying a pistol, pass the national background check come back in 48 hours after a "cooling off period".

    I always found the cooling off period equally bullshitish. I can buy an AR-15 and walk out of a store in 45 minutes. But I have to wait 48 hours for a 6 shot .22 single action revolver.

    So Morons, tell us about the rules and regulations you live under when you purchase a firearm.

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    Food Thread: Porcine Pulchritude
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    As the few of you who read the content may have noticed, I am a big fan of pork chops. American pork producers seem to have gone through a renaissance, and are providing us with some very good stuff. 20 years ago most mass-market pork was awfully lean and bland, but now? Nice and fatty and flavorful.

    That's not news, and it isn't a new topic in these august pages. I rant and rave about pork all the time, especially those glorious chops cut from high up near the shoulder. But recently I have tried the classic chop cut from behind the shoulder...the one with the bit of tenderloin on the other side of the bone. I used to avoid it because the tenderloin is tender, but quite lean, and it dries out pretty quickly. But I have discovered that a thicker cut chop will provide enough protection so that it doesn't dry out, and it remains tender and juicy. Just don't trim any of the fat away, because that's just silly.

    Speaking of pork, are any of you lunatics fans of fruit and pork? I think it's a weird combination, but there are so many classic dishes that call for it that I am clearly missing something.

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    Just Some Observations
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    The Nanny State, it is alive, well and flourishing on both sides of the pond. First we start with the stalwart of freedom, The Mayor of London. "He (meaning President Trump) will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear."

    Oh yeah, how's that freedom of speech working out for one Mr. Mark "Count Dankula" Meechan?

    Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as "Sieg Heil" by raising its paw.

    [...]Sheriff Derek O'Carroll found him guilty of a charge under the Communications Act that he posted a video on social media and YouTube which was grossly offensive because it was "anti-Semitic and racist in nature" and was aggravated by religious prejudice.


    What good is "Free Speech" if it is only sanctioned speech? It isn't free is it?


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    Good news on the Pro-Life front. Florida has enacted some very tough Pro-Life laws protecting human life.

    Florida state law provides protection against taking, possessing, disturbing, mutilating, destroying or causing to be destroyed, selling or offering for sale, transferring, molesting, or harassing any marine turtle baby or fetus or its nest or eggs at any time.


    Just kidding, we all know that there is life in an egg shell but not in the human womb.


    Planned Parenthood will still be receiving over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds, thanks to congressional Republicans.

    The House voted 240-186 to approve the joint funding and budget bill passed by the Senate that focused primarily on military spending and immigration.

    In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood shows it took in nearly $544 million in taxpayer funding, as it also boosted its profits by $21 million—or 27 percent—from the prior year. The organization continues to perform over 320,000 abortions per year.

    Blue wave? If it does happen I imagine this had noting to do with GOP voters apathy.

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    "The Banality Of Evil:"
    When The Process Is More Important Than Life

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    In her book, "Eichmann In Jerusalem," Hannah Arendt uses that phrase to describe Eichmann's peculiar and detached attitude toward the monstrous evil that he perpetrated on the Jewish people. Her thesis is a bit more complex than that, but the phrase applies so well to the clerks and administrators and judges whose slavish attention to the process and the rules and the reinforcement of their own power made sure that Alfie Evans died.

    It is nothing more than a firm and unshakable belief that government knows best; that the individual is secondary and subordinate to to the wishes and goals of the central planners and the career bureaucrats whose contempt for Everyman is palpable.

    What saddens me almost as much as the death of an innocent child is the obtuseness of the political and medical establishment, who have become so inured to the concept of government as the ultimate arbiter of...everything...that they have lost sight of the basic human right of self determination. As Alfie Evans dies, calls grow for better ways to support grieving parents There are a bunch of awful quotations from the article, but here is one that encapsulates it, from a physician no less...

    Looking forward, there is a real need to try to resolve disagreements between parents and doctors. Entrenched disagreement can reach a point where it's very difficult to step back from...

    It wasn't a disagreement. The parents of this child were trying everything in their power to save his life, and the government, in the form of the judiciary and the medical establishment was trying to kill him.

    Why? because those are the rules, and rules must be obeyed slavishly, or society will soon be filled with individuals who do what they want with their own lives.

    The first thing Hitler did when he gained power was to change the law, to make his desire for the destruction of the Jewish people a legally acceptable result.

    Alfie Evans' death does not rise to the level of genocide, but it is on the continuum.

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    Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-29-2018
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    Library of Cicero


    Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which are ugly no matter what color they are.


    Pic Note

    I like this library. It's got a nice "homey" feel to it. Long-time moron Cicero writes:

    Look Upon the Ciceronian Library, East Wing, Ye Moron, and Despair. Yeah, it's no Library at Alexandria, but then again, my books aren't all big piles of ashes.

    The Cicero collection is mostly history and science, focused on Plantagenet and Tudor England, the Roman Republic (cicero, right? duh!) and Empire, Nazi Germany and WWII, Europe from Charlemagne forward, a dab of Shakespeare, a little Chinese history, a crapload of travel books and guides, some private piloting books, cosmology and physics for the lay idiot, the War of Northern Aggression and sailing & seamanship. There may even be a fiction book or two in there somewhere. CD's too -- remember them? The rest is just a hodgepodge that would cause the Decimals to frag poor Dewey if he ever tried to organize them.

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    EMT 04/29/18
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    EMT: It's what's for breakfast.

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    April 28, 2018

    Saturday Overnight Open Thread (4/28/18 )
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    The Saturday Night Joke

    The Origin of the White Wedding Dress

    A son asked his mother the following question:

    ' Mom, why are wedding dresses white? ' The mother looks at her son and replies:

    ' Son, this shows your friends and relatives that your bride is pure.'

    The son thanks his Mom and goes off to double-check this with his father.

    ' Dad why are wedding dresses white? '
    The father looks at his son in surprise and says:

    'Son, all household appliances come in white.'

    (He'll be out of intensive care shortly)

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    Saturday Evening Movie Thread 04-28-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]
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    Fine

    I had a few ideas of what to do for this week. I was even tempted to use one of my backup posts that I'd already written. However, I knew that nothing would be good enough unless I talked about the movie du jour.

    So be it.


    Marvel

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    What Kevin Feige has built with the Marvel movie franchise is one of most important things Hollywood has produced financially for the industry since sound. Ten years and eighteen movies later, and the franchise is still going strong, dominating the box office with every film, and laying cultural landmarks that will probably last for a couple of generations, that is if the movies suddenly stopped being made today. Which they won't. And all the while, every major studio is breaking themselves to mimic what Feige seems to produce so effortlessly.

    I don't know what Disney is giving Kevin Feige, but I imagine him able to hold out one hand, shout, "Hit me!" and a bag of cocaine automatically flies into his hand. And he probably deserves it considering how much his ability to wrangle a host of directors, actors, and storylines so effectively has made that company giant gobs of money (not to mention the cash from licensing).

    Marvel is the great financial story of the industry (how many Best Picture Oscars has the Academy awarded the one franchise that's helping keep it financially afloat?), but I, personally, am not exactly a fanboy. I think that the movies fall into a narrow range of quality with some break outs (both up and down) here and there. They're mostly pretty good.


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    Chess Thread 04-28-2018
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    Easier Problem - Black To Play (569)

    Hint: White is weak on the back rank


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