May 30, 2018

The Weekly Standard Finds a Hill Worth Dying For: Defending George Soros Against His Own Admitted Work for Nazis in Confiscating Jewish Property
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The Weekly Standard engages here in a classic left-wing "fact check," by which I mean, they pretend to claim that the facts about Soros are in dispute, while their actual argument is not about the facts, but the interpretation of those facts.

It is not seriously disputed that George Soros helped with the confiscation of Jewish property. The only real question is to what extent he did.

He admitted to aiding in the confiscation of Jewish property himself on 60 Minutes. This article from the Nazi-collaborator-defending Weekly Standard, however, dismisses that admission and relies instead on something he said later in the interview, that he was just a "spectator" in the confiscation of Jewish property, not an actual participant.

Just watching as homes were looted. And maybe keeping inventory.

No big deal, really.

But the article's main thrust is not about facts: It's about making the case that given George Soros' circumstances, which were admittedly perilous, he should be excused completely for doing a little work for the Nazi cause.

George Soros was indeed in an unenviable position in 1944. He was Jewish in a country that had been occupied by the Jew-hunting Nazis. He was also only 14 years old.

Nevertheless, he did admit that he kept the inventory for Jewish property seized by the Nazis in that 60 Minutes interview, despite The Weekly Standard's wild apologetics for a Nazi collaborator:

During the later part of this tumultuous time, George went for a few weeks to live with a government official whose duty it was to take inventory of Hungary Jews who had been divested of their estates. The official was not only helping to protect Soros but also his own Jewish wife.

Soros's biographer and his father’s account both confirm that George went along for one of these inventory trips in Budapest, assuming the role as "godson" to the official. While Tivadar claims in his autobiography that George "even helped with the inventory" the biography of Soros by Michael Kaufman suggests that Soros did not assist with the inventory. All of this occurred while George Soros, a Jew, was hiding under a false identity as a young teenager in Nazi-occupied Hungary. As other fact checkers have noted, this is the only account of anything relating to George Soros and the inventory of dispossessed Jews.

Many who peddle the "George Soros was a Nazi" conspiracy rely on a 60 Minutes interview with Soros from 1998. During the interview, Soros was asked if he "helped in the confiscation of the property from the Jews" to which he responded "yes, that's right." Later on in that same line of questioning, Soros says that he "was only a spectator” and “had no role in taking away that property."

In other words, the only evidence we have that Soros assisted in the confiscation of Jewish property is 1, an autobiography by the man looking after Soros during this period of time Soros' own father, and, if that's not enough, 2, George Soros' own plain admission to this fact.

That's all. Just that.

Mere crumbs of evidence, Nancy Pelosi might say.

This hack claims that Soros' later claims -- that he was just a "spectator" to the "confiscation" and that he didn't himself take property -- do not disprove that he assisted in keeping inventory of the stolen property, nor do they disprove he was present at the homes being looted, acting only as a "spectator" embedded with the Nazi thieves.

Nor was this just a slip of the tongue. Watch the interview instead of relying on this apologist's claims about it:

After admitting that, he says that it created "no guilt at all" and explained that "Funny way, just like in markets, If I weren't there, because I wasn't doing it, somebody else would be doing it."

He is probably right about that. But that proves he didn't just misreport his work in confiscating property -- he has a whole defense thought out to excuse it.

But for the Weekly Standard, this is enough to claim that George Soros' own admission is not just "inaccurate" but "quite inaccurate."

Now, I do have to say that it is important context that Soros was himself a Jew hiding under fake identity papers as a Christian, and only 14 years old.

But that is only context to the factual record -- it is no rebuttal to the factual record itself.

Furthermore, I'd ask The Weekly Standard about which other collaborators it is willing to excuse.

The Jewish Ghetto Police -- Jewish collaborators with the Nazis who ratted on Jews in the ghetto -- were similarly in tough circumstances. Is The Weekly Standard ready to proclaim that the Jewish Ghetto Police were likewise not really helping the Nazis?

Or is this a service it only provides to deep-pocketed leftist billionaires?

Similarly, there are lots of non-Jewish collaborators. The Vichyite French were also in tough circumstances; their nation had been overrun and occupied by a very brutal foreign army. They collaborated with the Nazis, and -- like Soros -- helped here and there with the "Jewish Problem."

The Vichyites did not act, of course, with a completely free hand: Defying the Nazis would be dangerous. Cooperating with them would be safe.

No doubt, one can offer the "context" that defying the Nazis could get you jailed or killed.

And yet, few have claimed previously that Vichy collaborators should be absolved entirely of their collaborative work with the Nazis simply because they were in a tough spot.

Is the Weekly Standard prepared to also say that those who accuse the Vichy French of collaborating with Nazis are speaking "quite inaccurately" simply because the context of the situation means they weren't acting entirely of their own free, uncoerced will?

Or, again, is this an argument The Weekly Standard only makes in the context of a billionaire who is desperately important to the left (and possibly others) due to the huge amounts of money he throws at his pet political causes?

As for Soros' youth, of course his age is a mitigating factor, but it does not make the factual record "quite inaccurate." It only means that when he did bad things, it was partly because he was in a bad jam.

But it doesn't wholly excuse him, either.

There are lots of records of young Nazi and Soviet teenagers ratting out their parents or parents' friends for being insufficiently devoted to the Nazi or Soviet machines; is The Weekly Standard likewise willing to say that their tender age entirely excuses their behavior?

Or, once again: Is this a defense they only offer to George Soros and his billions of dollars all itching for donation to a worthy cause?

Yes, there is some truth to this defense: It is true that Soros-was-a-Nazi attacks rarely state that he was a Jewish boy in hiding. But... also, they don't state that because most people even talking about this matter know that; they simply do not find his circumstances to be fully exonerating as the Nazi-collaborator-sympathizing Weekly Standard does.

We're learning more and more about our NeverTrump friends as the weeks pass. We've learned they're quite willing to smear any conservative that disputes them a "Nazi;" we're also now learning that, given an extravagantly left-wing confessed assistant to Nazis, they're willing to defend him to the utmost.

Who knows what we may learn about this sterling group next week.


Soros today recalls the German occupation of Hungary as "probably the happiest year of my life." "For me," he elaborates, "it was a very positive experience. It's a strange thing because you see incredible suffering around you and the fact you are in considerable danger yourself. But you're fourteen years old and you don't believe that it can actually touch you. You have a belief in yourself. You have a belief in your father. It's a very happy-making, exhilarating experience." --- from

He said this as he was watching his fellow Jews get jailed, deported, and robbed blind.

But they couldn't touch him -- so it was the happiest year of his life.

That's not at all a strange -- or even sociopathic -- attitude to take about tremendous human suffering going on around you.

Correction: I added, briefly, a claim that the Weekly Standard didn't link this interview. They did. Though they don't quote from it very much, and they don't quote words in context.

Dan Greenfield does quote them:

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That's right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that's -- that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not -- not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't --you don’t see the connection. But it was -- it created no -- no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, 'I'm Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.' None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c -- I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was -- well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in markets -- that if I weren’t there -- of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would -- would --would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the -- whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the --I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.


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Trump Is Right: CNN's Ratings Are Terrible
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Donald Trump is certainly right about one thing: CNN is failing. Its primetime lineup gets walloped by Fox News and MSNBC on a nightly basis. Several times in the past few weeks, Anderson Cooper's 8pm show has lost to his time slot rival Tucker Carlson's re-run at midnight on Fox, according to figures reviewed by Cockburn.

Thursday provides a good example of the cable news primetime hierarchy. At 8pm, 1.8 million people watched MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, 2.6 million people watched Fox News' Tucker Carlson and just 898,000 watched CNN’s Cooper. (At midnight, 1.1 million watched Carlson’s re-run.)

At 9pm, 2.8 million people watched MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, 3.6 million people watched Fox News' Sean Hannity, and 867,000 watched the second hour of Cooper's show.


[It seems] America is turned off by CNN's panels of pundits yelling at each other about an aggrieved porn star.

I'm sure Jake Tapper's numbers are great, though. In fact, his ratings are so great that CNN is reducing the amount of advertising they sell on his out-of-control ratings juggernaut of a #FakeNews cast.

CNN aficionados will this year get to see a lot more of Jake Tapper, and fewer of the commercials that normally interrupt him.

The Time Warner-owned cable-news network intends to cut back the number of commercial breaks and ads that run in the anchor’s two regular programs, "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on weekdays and "State of the Union" on Sundays, part of a growing effort by many media companies to explore new ways to weave advertising with content and still make money off the relationship.

I believe that. If there's one thing we know about soulless corporations, it's that they hate money and scheme up new ways to make less of it.

Oh, and Morgan Freeman's saying that CNN is #FakeNews, and he has a point.

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Surprise: Attack in Belgium That Had All the Hallmarks of Islamic Terrorism Was In Fact Islamic Terrorism
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No one could have seen this coming except everybody.

From the AP:

The man who killed four people in the Belgian city of Liege this week carried out an act of "terrorist murder" and likely intended to cause more carnage, prosecutors said Wednesday, as authorities tried to establish whether he acted alone.

Benjamin Herman, an inmate on a two-day prison furlough, attacked two female police officers from behind with a knife on Tuesday, stabbed them repeatedly, stole their handguns and shot them as they lay on the ground, officials said. Crossing the road, he shot to death a 22-year old passenger in a car. Herman then took a cleaning woman hostage at a nearby school. When police closed in, he ran out onto the sidewalk firing and police fatally shot him. Four officers were wounded. Officials confirmed that Herman had also killed a fourth person Monday.

He yelled "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for God is great, several times during Tuesday's rampage, including when he ran out to face police the last time, prosecutors said.

Yes, he was on a two day prison furlough.

John Sexton has more at Hot Air.

Although this isn't explicitly stated, it seems like authorities are hedging on whether or not this is really terrorism-terrorism, despite the killer shouting "Allahu Akbar" and telling a hostage to think about the Palestinian martyrs. The pretext for casting doubt on whether or not this is terrorism-terrorism is the (apparent) lack of any larger network or overseas connections.

I repeat, once again, that this is a criterion that is only employed to say that clear Islamic terrorism is not Islamic terrorism.

Anders Behring Breivik acted alone, and yet no one questions at all that this was a "right-wing" terrorist attack.

So why, when it comes to Islamic terrorism, do the authorities always insert this nonsensical requirement that there must be an extended network of terrorist plotters and overseas connections for it to be Islamic terrorism?

The answer is obvious: So that they can keep the Islamic terrorism numbers artificially low.

This is a symbiotic conspiracy between Islamophobia, Incorporated and law enforcement: Islamophobia, Inc. is in the business of claiming there is virtually no Islamic terrorism, and law enforcement and intelligence services equally want to pretend that there's no Islamic terrorism so that they can explain away their failures to stop Islamic terrorism by saying "Oh, that wasn't Islamic terrorism, you see."

The FBI does this every single month, and no one says boo about it.

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Lee Smith: Who Is Joseph Misfud? Is He a Russian Agent -- or a CIA Agent?
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This is the guy who first incepted Carter Page with the idea of Russians having Hillary's emails, which they apparently did not have or did not feel like colluding enough to release to Wikileaks.

The Maltese Phantom of Russiagate

by Lee Smith

In the shifting narratives of the Trump-Russia probe, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud has remained a linchpin regarding claims of collusion. He is the professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails related to the Clinton campaign. The FBI says it opened its investigation in late July 2016 after Papadopoulos relayed that information to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and the Australians tipped off U.S. authorities.

While some news accounts describe Mifsud as an accomplice to Russian clandestine operations or a "cut-out" (intermediary), others contend he is a full-fledged Russian spy.

In an official report, Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence asserted that"“in their approach to Papadopoulos, the Russians used common tradecraft and employed a cut-out," a “Kremlin-linked…Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud."

No one in the American intelligence community has publicly challenged this description.

But there is one major problem with this story: No evidence has been presented to support the claim. Although Mifsud has traveled many times to Russia and has contacts with Russian academics, his closest public ties are to Western governments, politicians, and institutions, including the CIA, FBI and British intelligence services. One of Mifsud's jobs has been to train diplomats, police officers, and intelligence officers at schools in London and Rome, where he lived and worked over the last dozen years.


If Mifsud truly is a Russian agent -- which is key to the collusion narrative -- he could prove to be one of the most promiscuous spies in modern history. Western intelligence agencies and European politicians would have to spend the next few decades repairing the damage he did to global security by infiltrating key institutions and personnel. As of yet, however, there is no indication that any intelligence service has begun the embarrassing, but highly important, assessment of how it was penetrated and how it can re-fortify the vulnerabilities that Mifsud may have exposed. There has been no public effort to arrest him.

While most media accounts have simply repeated official claims that Mifsud is a sketchy character whose visits to Russia and academic contacts suggest he is working for Russian intelligence, a look at the available evidence challenges that narrative. It also raises the possibility that Mifsud, whose circles are tied to the Clintons, may, like another professor recently in the news, Stefan Halper, have actually been working for Western intelligence agencies.

Painting a full picture of Mifsud is difficult because after the 58-year-old professor was first identified by name in a Washington Post article in the weeks following Papadopoulos' confession, he gave a few interviews to the international press, and then disappeared.

Rumors circulated in the press that the Kremlin-linked professor may have been recalled to Russia or was liquidated.

A new book by former colleagues of Mifsud's -- Stephan Roh, a 50-year-old Swiss-German lawyer, and Thierry Pastor, a 35-year-old French political analyst -- reports that he is alive and well. Their account includes a recent interview with him.

Their self-published book, "The Faking of Russia-gate: The Papadopoulos Case, an Investigative Analysis," includes a recent interview with Mifsud in which he denies saying anything about Clinton emails to Papadopoulos. Mifsud, they write, stated "vehemently that he never told anything like this to George Papadopoulos." Mifsud asked rhetorically: "From where should I have this [information]?"

Mifsud's account seems to be supported by Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat who alerted authorities about Papadopoulos. As reported in the Daily Caller, Downer said Papadopoulos never mentioned emails; he spoke, instead, about the Russians possessing material that could be damaging to Clinton. This new detail raises the possibility that Mifsud, Papadopoulos' alleged source for the information, never said anything about Clinton-related emails either.

In interviews with RealClearInvestigations, Roh and Pastor said Mifsud is anything but a Russian spy. Rather, he is more likely a Western intelligence asset.


Pastor and Roh, who hired Mifsud as a business development consultant in 2015, write that far from being a Russian spy, Mifsud "had only one master: the Western Political, Diplomatic and Intelligence World, his only home, of which he is still deeply dependent."

There is plenty of open source material that supports their thesis.

That report is at RealClearInvestigations and not at The Weekly Standard because The Weekly Standard fired Lee Smith, possibly for offering reportage that didn't fit their house style of simply repeating claims they saw on Jake Tapper's show or heard from Bill Kristol.

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Leftwing PAC Urges Donors to "Take Out"... Steven Scalise
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TIRED: We must end this Climate of Hate

WIRED: We must ride this Climate of Hate to Ultimate Victory!

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This F***ing Guy
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Let's see if Mark Levin agrees with Gowdy. more...

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June 03, 2018

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (6/3/18 )
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June 02, 2018

Weird News Dump
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Good morning Morons it's June. June? Not sure where May went.

Let's take a look at some stories that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Kick back, perhaps with your "co-worker" and enjoy the world of animals.

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May 30, 2018

The Morning Report 5/30/18
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Good morning kids. Midweek so let's get right to it, shall we? Yet again, the lead story is Spygate and the Mueller witch hunt cum coup attempt. Reports indicate that Sooper-Secret Sleeper AG Lemmon 714 may be a key witness in Robert Mueller's attempt to railroad the President with a trumped up obstruction of justice charge. It seems that during a meeting between he and Sessionszzzz last year, the President evidently wanted him to un-recuse himself as the first hints of FBI corruption in this whole thing started coming to light.

Meanwhile, the Left is in panic mode as is evidenced by their attempts to yet again paint the President as a liar; the term "Spygate" is starting to spread and resonate with a wider and wider swathe of the American people and the Democrat-Left-Media complex is desperate to discredit it. Witness Cuck Schemer's patently obvious marching orders to the propagandists via Twitter. I think it's too late. From conspiracy to collusion to obstruction of justice to indicting anyone and everyone for everything from putting gum under a seat to jaywalking has turned this whole thing into a farce. And it's had the effect of pissing off the voters and galvanizing them to the President. Even those with grudging support or at best indifference towards the President see this for the patently obvious and disgusting persecution that it is. No wonder the Left is freaking out over the un-redacting of evidence in the case; Andrew McCabe's $70,000 office conference table is hardly a national security secret.

Moving on, the smearing and fakery continue to be exposed, this time on the Amnesty front. In this case, it's the outright lies about keeping illegal alien kids in cages and the kefluffle over losing track of thousands of illegal alien children by the government. By the way, they were brought here courtesy of the Obama administration and then scattered all over the States as a way of seeding the ground for a follow-on invasion of their parents. And as we all know now, that shocking, horrible photo of caged kids was on Obama's watch, not PDT's. On a positive note, an ICE sweep nabbed 156 illegals in Chicago, which I thought was a sanctuary city. But the GOP is still hell bent on ramming through that insane discharge petition. But at a Nashville rally, the President reassured the enthusiastic crowd that Mexico was going to pay for the border wall, so doubtless if that bill ever does make it to his desk, it will be vetoed.

Speaking of Nashville, PDT did indeed wow the crowd by taking swipes at everyone from Obama and Hillary to McStains and Jay-Z. The good Roger Simon has the boxscore of the event, and I think taking everything into consideration, the tea leaves bode well for not only keeping control of the Senate and House but even making gains, despite the efforts of Ryno and McCoCBrother to sabotage it. And with that ad the RNC cut featuring Nancy Palsi tongue-kissing the animals of MS-13, I think that might result in supermajorities in both houses. Plus, the incredibly tone deaf (or maybe it was intentional?) billboard from a group that wants to, get this, "take out Steve Scalise." Sheesh. And economic news you won't see covered include the US regaining the top spot in global competitiveness, the tax cuts boosting the economy as well as the Chi-Coms being hit with a tariff on high tech and another economy-strangling greenhouse gas rule being nixed. Doubtless this too will have an effect come November.

Internationally, the President is talking up the preparations for the summit with Whoa, Fat but lest we forget that North Korea is still essentially a vast gulag. Over in the Middle East, Hamas launched a mortar attack on Israel causing the IDF to retaliate with airstrikes on Gaza. Not to worry because I also saw that Syria has been named to head the UN's conference on disarmament, which goes well with their being named last month to head it's commission on chemical weapons.

From hither and yon, as Starbucks closed its franchises to put employees into reeducation camp, Alveda King (niece of MLK) blasted them for their continued support of Planned Parenthood, quite a good essay on the disaster that is California, and two about the turbulent year of 1968; the case that Sirhan-Sirhan did not kill RFK and the great Roger Kimball about how we are very definitely still feeling the impact of '68 fifty years on.

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (5/30/18 )
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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Art is anything you can get away with. Marshall McLuhan

Quote II

When you wake up each morning, you can choose to be happy or choose to be sad. Unless some terrible catastrophe has occurred the night before, it is pretty much up to you. Tomorrow morning, when the sun shines through your window, choose to make it a happy day. Lynda Resnick

Quote III

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus Christ


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May 29, 2018

#Woke Starbucks Closes for One Day To Undo All the Unconscious Bias Its Employees Have With a Single Seminar
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From John Sexton at Hot Air: who knew you could eliminate unconscious bias with just a couple of speeches?

Sexton makes a very dangerous point, as far as Starbucks' business goes: It's not just that the homeless and junkies will use Starbucks' toilets now without fear of getting kicked out.

It's that Starbucks employees already have to throw out heroin needles they find on the bathroom floors, and now that this policy is in practice, they'll have to throw out even more.

One employee talked about being pricked with a needle he didn't talk about when he threw out the trash.

Now, obviously, this is bad for Starbucks' employees.

But I imagine customers' aren't going to love hearing stories like this either.

Now, Starbucks has already attempted to "clarify" its new policy, stating that drug use or sleeping on the premises wouldn't be permitted.

The Seattle-based retailer on Saturday had said it would allow all guests in its U.S. company-owned stores to use its cafes, including its restrooms, whether or not they make a purchase. That announcement, which attracted some support, also drew complaints that cafes wouldn't have enough seats for paying customers and would turn into homeless shelters and drug havens.

On Monday, Starbucks revealed more about the policy, telling The Wall Street Journal that employees now have detailed instructions on what to do if someone is behaving in a disruptive manner, such as smoking, using drugs or alcohol, using restrooms improperly or sleeping.

At issue, in essence, is whether Starbucks views itself as a business that caters to customers, or a quasi-public place generally welcome to all.

But no one openly shoots heroin or walks around with the needle out. They wait until they're alone in the bathroom.

Announcing that you'll let anyone use your bathrooms or chairs so long as they aren't sleeping or openly brandishing drug needles is surely a magnet for junkies.

Believe it or not, this isn't even the #Wokest story of the day about a shop.

A Portland, Ore., bakery caved to a disgruntled customer's allegations of racism and fired two employees after they wouldn’t serve a customer because the shop was closed.

Back to Eden Bakery sent multiple apologies and public statements admitting it’s racist because it refused to serve a black woman who entered the shop after hours and asked to buy a pastry even though the shop had closed.

The incident occurred in early May and is now circulating in the news, garnering a strong public response on Facebook and social media. A woman named only as "Lillian" entered the bakery at 9:06 p.m. after the shop had already closed, according to the bakeshop’s Facebook post about the event. Confusion arose because the shop was unusually busy for the late hour and there were still a few customers in line who the shop agreed to serve but who'd been informed the shop was officially closed. The lighted "Open" sign had been turned off.

After the bakeshop employees informed Lillian that they were officially closed and they could serve no more customers, Lillian video recorded the experience and claimed the bakery was racist because it served the two white women who had arrived at the shop earlier, but refused to serve her.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Resigns Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations
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I won't name his party, like the Objective and Nonpartisan Media does when it's someone of a different party.

I'm sure they're naming his party today, though.

Greitens said during a news conference that "the last few months have been incredibly difficult."

"This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family. Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends," Greitens said. "Legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers, and it's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there is no end in sight."

"I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love," he continued.

Greitens added that he is "not perfect" but insisted that he hadn't "broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment."

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Senator Grassley: Fusion GPS Head Glenn Simpson Was Either Outright Lying or "Extremely Misleading" in Claiming He Didn't Have a New Client Paying Him to "Research" RussiaGate After the Election
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But he did have such a client -- a former Dianne Feinstein staffer who collected $50 million from Democrat billionaires to continue his "research."

So why did he claim in Congressional testimony that he had no client after the election?

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is accusing Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson of giving "extremely misleading" statements, if not telling "outright lies," during Senate testimony in 2017.


"So you didn't do any work on the Trump matter after the election date; that was the end of your work?" Simpson was asked during the interview.

Simpson responded, saying: "I had no client after the election."

Grassley said Simpson's denial was false.

"As we now know, that was extremely misleading, if not an outright lie," the Republican wrote to his fellow Judiciary Committee member, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons.

"Contrary to Mr. Simpson's denial in the staff interview, according to the FBI and others, Fusion actually did continue Trump dossier work for a new client after the election," Grassley said.

Grassley pointed to statements a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, Daniel Jones, gave to the FBI in March 2017 about his work alongside Fusion GPS to investigate Trump's possible Russia links.


Jones' consulting firm, the Penn Quarter Group, "had secured the services Steele, his associate [redacted], and Fusion GPS to continue exposing Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election," he told the FBI.

When will the DOJ or FBI be prosecuting their asset Glenn Simpson for lying to Congress?

Oh, right. They won't be.

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Soylo: A Soy Wars Soyry Fails Even to Meet the Deeply Discounted Hope of $105-$115 Million; Makes Only $103 Million in Four Day Opening
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For the three days of the weekend (most movies, of course, only have a three day weekend for their opening weekend haul), Soylo made less than $85 million. $84.7 million, to be more precise.

I think I made this comparison at about the same time Grace Randolph (a YouTube reviewer) did: Star Wars is following the DC comic book movies' game-plan, to their great detriment. The first few DC movies did in fact make money, but fans and critics alike were sour on them. But DC made no big changes, because even though they were making much less money than they had expected (for example, they thought Batman v. Superman would easily make over a billion; instead, it only made over $600 million), they were still making money, and they therefore could do what people really enjoy doing: confronting the truth about their own situation.

They kept saying "Well, maybe fans and critics hated Suicide Squad, but it still made money," without realizing that these movies kept making money because fans kept hoping/praying that DC would finally start making some good movies -- but that fans would eventually give up on those hopes and Nope Out of seeing them.

Which ultimately happened with Justice League.

(Yes, Wonder Woman was an upside surprise, but by that point, I think movie-goers were putting Wonder Woman into the exception-that-proves-the-rule category, rather than a sign that the DC ship had been righted.)

I think Randolph says that The Last Jedi was Soy Wars' Suicide Squad -- the movie that put a bullet in the head of fan goodwill -- and that the movie that finally lets the studio know that they have a "clusterf***" on their hands.

So far, SJW Disney's excuses are only about "Star Wars fatigue" -- too many movies in too short a period of time. The Hollywood Reporter calls this a "moment of reckoning" that will force Disney to rethink its attempt to pump out multiple Star Wars movies per year.

But is it more than that?

I've mentioned this before, but this fan revolt -- first against Marvel comics, and then, more dramatically, against Star Wars, in the form of a "Soycott" -- is an important moment in the Culture Wars.

It's one thing to complain about these things. It's another thing entirely to make the media hear these complaints.

And I think Disney has heard them now. Though I doubt they'll actually listen. Disney head Bob Iger is positioning himself for a presidential run, and I think he's willing to let Disney lose some money (and let his own bonuses fall a bit) to keep the left happy.

Disney, like the NFL, thought it could keep pushing out highly politicized crap and the public would just keep eating up their slop.

They thought their product was so unbelievably beloved they could never alienate viewers.

They're wrong.

And I think that's a very important shot-across-the-bow to the Democrat Media Entertainment Complex.

A long while ago, I talked with Drew on the podcast about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I hated it. I thought it was a very stupid remake of the first Star Wars movie, except with very uninteresting, uncharismatic characters.

Play the Mr. Plinkett game here: Try to explain the characters of Rey and Finn without talking about their jobs, their role in the movie, or their costume or looks.

I also thought the movie was a demonstration that only six things are permitted to happen in a Star Wars movie:

1. I chase you

2. You chase me

3. We fight with laser-swords

4. We fight with blasters

5. We fight with spaceships

6. We talk about "destiny" and the "will of the force"

Every Star Wars movie is just those six things in slightly different orders. I would say "and in slightly different environments," but at this point, they're re-using all the old environments. How many desert planets are we going to visit?

Oh, and now they're trying to disguise that these are the same basic places we've seen before. A lot of Solo takes place on sand --oh, but it's not a desert, it's a beach near an ocean. The Last Jedi's fight against the Walkers takes place not in snow, but on a salt planet, where the salt looks... well, a lot like snow.

Rogue One offered Disney the opportunity to do a different kind of movie -- a heist/infiltration/spy movie. Instead, they just had people do what they always do in Star Wars: Go to Planet A to pick up Message X which then leads to Planet B where you get Map Y which then leads to Planet C where you get MacGuffin Z.

No spying, no infiltration, no heisting -- just more blaster fights and chases and space-ship fights.

For an infinite universe, the Star Wars universe feels pretty damn limited.

Anyway, I think people at the time thought I was just talking down Disney because I've been pushing the idea of a boycott against Disney for years.

Well, I was doing that, partly. But I was also being honest. And I take some satisfaction that, as the years have passed, my pan of the film has become most people's take on it, even though they liked it at the time.

They've come to realize that a lot of that was just getting caught up in the excitement that Star Wars was (allegedly) back. But the actual movie was a hacky pastiche of earlier films. Except with terrible, terrible characters.

A lot of Soylo's failure is probably not even political: It's just movie goers, both fans and Filthy Casuals, deciding they just don't care very much about the latest recombination of the Six Things You Can Do In the Entire Star Wars Universe.

But the Soycott doesn't help.

By the way, the Soy Wars Shill Media has a #HotTake to explain Soylo's failure: It must just be that Straight (?) White Male Leads in Soy Wars movies are box office poison.

No, seriously.

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More Reactions to the Roseanne Cancellation
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BTW, I never treated Roseanne Barr as a "credible voice." She's a comedian, and has a history of being very erratic in her claims and beliefs.

I barely covered the Roseanne reboot story and never bothered to watch a single episode. (Which was a continuation of my policy regarding its first run.)

The only thing I found interesting in this was further evidence that Trump was a catalyst for a political realignment that was brewing for a while (Trump did not create the conditions necessary for the success of Trump; the Democrat Media Complex and the Corporate Class Republicans already did that; he just exploited it) and evidence that a lot of people -- not just ideologues and twitter addicts -- had just finally had it with the constant political-correctness speech patrols on both the left and right.

She was never any kind of thought leader to me, just some anecdotal evidence for the proposition that people are sick to death of being bullied by wannabe Judicial Priests meting out punishments in Twitter heresy courts.

But creating straw men arguments with which to scold, berate, and demean conservatives is really the NeverTrumper's only raison d'etre any more.

They do love their scolding.

It's hard to get them to scold a liberal, but man oh man, do their hearts start beating at the thought of scolding conservatives.


Shep just announced Rossanne's talent agency just fired her.

From Kreplach. If this claims is wrong, blame him.

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You're not allowed to crack jokes about King Obama and his high courtiers.

David French, Back to Not Defending Free Speech. David French poses as a Free Speech Absolutist when he has a chance to scold conservatives and take a position contrary to Trump. But then the rest of the time, he takes the Corporations Are Holy And Can Impose Whatever Restrictions on Speech They Like position, and the Free Speech Ain't No Big Thing position.

I had just commented to friends that I was waiting for French to revert to his Corporations Are Holy Things position. He isn't quite there yet, but he's shrugging his shoulders to say who cares:

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Stalling for Time Open Thread
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May 31, 2018

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition
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Maybe we need a scroll atop the blog, in huge blinking red letters, saying: "THIS IS HOW YOU GET MORE TRUMP!"

The smugness, the obvious sense of superiority, the incredible condescension with respect to the voters who chose the doesn't get any worse than this talentless hack. The good thing is that very few people see her perform. Or maybe that's a bad thing? Perhaps broadcasting this vitriol far and wide and making people like this the face of the Democrat party and the current progressive movement is exactly what we need to do.

Samantha Bee calls Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" on TBS show
I am curious whether the corporate response will be triangulated carefully to offend the fewest viewers, or a more likely SJW response about free speech and political commentary.

[Don't forget that her husband is busily trying to keep the coloreds and the spics out of their neighborhood school....] more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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The Stockman
John Steuart Curry

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