June 29, 2018

Democrats Announce Their Reasons for Leaving the Democrat Party with the "#WalkAway" Hashtag
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Is this something?

Scott Adams talked about this on his Periscope video today. He made this point: This might be something important ("something that could dent the universe," as he put it) because people aren't citing policy reasons for their #WalkAway from the Democrat Party.

He believes (as I do) that logic is a slave of the emotions, and what we call "logical analysis" is really just the part of the brain that thinks it's in charge making up a post-facto justification to explain what has already been decided by the emotional, primal part of the brain.

Anyway, he thinks it's important that rather than citing policy reasons or logical stuff like that as the reason for the #WalkAway from the Democrat party, people are citing the feeling that the Democrat party is manipulating them with fake, ginned-up fear.

That kind of thing runs deeper than logic, the feeling that someone is conning you.

So who knows, maybe this is something.

Juan Williams is now claiming that it is "being reported" that ICE is running "black sites."

Suspend him.

This bit of #FakeNews comes, it seems, courtesy of the Socialist/Democrat loony-tunes candidate that just won against Crowley:

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Wednesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is running "black sites" at the border.

During an interview on CNN's "Newsroom" with Poppy Harlow, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez explained the difficultly that reporters and members of Congress have gaining access to some child-holding facilities, creating a "secretive nature" that justified the term. She said the agency has extrajudicial structure "baked in," which allows them to “get away” with running these sites.

She offered no evidence for this, because she's making it up and also insane.

Juan Williams likewise offered no evidence for this, or that there were "investigations" into it, apart from this radical leftist rabble-rouser's own personal "investigation."

Fox News previously suspended Andrew Napolitano (I won't call him "judge;" he's a commentator) for making the unsubstantiated claim that British spy agencies eavesdropped on Trump.

A claim, I think, likely to be resolved in his favor at some point.

Juan Williams must be suspended for his own #FakeNews.

Suspend this stupid, ignorant fuck.

Rep. Ron DeSantis to Rosenstein: You're more conflicted in the Mueller Probe than Sessions was/is. Why haven't you recused yourself?



92% of Republicans think the media just flat-out makes up #FakeNews; but 72% of people overall think that, including 79% of Indepdents.


Axios highlights the "Republicans" part of the finding but ignores that fact that Independents think the media deliberately makes up #FakeNews at almost the same percentage as Republicans.

Here's an example of why America believes the media makes up news: This NBC story claiming that Trump began a "pilot program" for separating children from illegal immigrant parents in... 2016.

I sort of think someone else was president in 2016. But "Trump continued program started by Obama" doesn't get as many Outrage Clicks. So they just lied.


72% of the public think that social media companies censor views they don't like. Because they do.

George Will is a ridiculous puffed-up cuck.


BTW: A friend made up a new insult. Instead of "Acela Corridor Republicans," he's calling them the "Incela Corridor Media" or just "Incela Republicans."

Happy Friday Night!

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June 28, 2018

Trump Goofs on "The Elite" Again; Says We Should Start Calling Ourselves "The Super-Elite," Because The Elite are "Stone-Cold Losers"
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Let's face it, they've been stone cold losers, the elite. So, let them keep calling themselves the elite. But we’re going to call ourselves -- and remember you work harder than they do and you are indeed smarter than them-- from now on let’s call ourselves the super elite. We are the super elite. -- President Donald Trump at Fargo, ND 6/27/18
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TIME Lists Companies that Sell Services to ICE -- Just In Case You Want to Boycott Them
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Of course.

The young woman who defeated Joe Crowley in New York last night ran on a platform which included a call to abolish ICE. Now I'm beginning to wonder if the mainstream media is getting onboard with the idea. One prime example popped up in my timeline this morning and took me by surprise. It's an article from Time Magazine about Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but it has nothing to do with raids, deportations or employers hiring illegals. It's a list of "15 organizations doing business with ICE and how much they're making."

[W]e live in the era of the boycottocracy and it’s particularly prominent in progressive circles. ICE is currently a favorite target on the left (apparently for having the temerity to follow the instructions they receive from the President and his cabinet) and it’s not hard to imagine these organizations quickly becoming the focus of their wrath. There's zero chance that Time doesn't know this, so are they just stoking the fire to see if people will begin threatening these schools and businesses with financial ruin unless they cut ties?

Maybe people should start boycotting anyone who advertises in TIME or does any business with TIME.

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June 30, 2018

Chess Thread 06-29-2018
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As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.


Easier Problem - White To Play (Ch. 1030)

Hint: Increase the pressure on Black's 'h' pawn.


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June 28, 2018

Trump Approval Rate Rises to 47%
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Wow.

President Trump's approval rating has ticked up to 47 percent in the new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill, a 2 point hike from last month.

Trump's approval rating was lifted in part by a 10 point climb among Hispanic voters. His approval rating rose by 6 points among Republicans and by 4 points among Democrats compared to last month’s poll. According to the same poll, Trump's approval rating reached its highest point last year, at 49 percent.

Trump's approval rating fell by 4 percentage points among independents, and 53 percent of those polled hold an unfavorable view of him.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread (J.J. Sefton edition)
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CBD is away. Here's one from Kenton Nelson, entitled "Mending." Nelson is a realist painter who is kind of on the cusp of Edward Hopper and some of the others in the Presicionist school. Enjoy.

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June 30, 2018

Weird News Dump
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Top of the morning to you 'Rons & 'Ettes. Here is a question that must be answered.

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June 28, 2018

The Morning Report 6/28/18
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Good morning kids. Heading into Thursday and the top story is without a doubt the resignation of Anthony Kennedy as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, the reaction from all quarters and just what this means going forward. Coming on the heels of some major decisions from the court over the last few days, all of them 5-4 votes, and considering the continued situation with immigration as well as politics, particularly the ascendancy post-Hillary of an openly Marxist-Socialist wing, Kennedy's retirement serves to underscore just how interrelated all of this is and how crucial it is that the President's nominee to replace him is a staunch originalist.

Recall during the run-up to the ramming of Obamacare down the throat of the American people, Nancy Palsi famously belched out (paraphrasing) if we can't get things passed through the front door, we'll go around to the back. If it's locked we'll go through a window and if there's a fence we'll pole vault over it. Infantile as that sounded she revealed the Democrat-Left's playbook. Rush Limbaugh is right in that the Dems can never openly admit to what they really want, so they lie to you and lie about their political opponents (unanswered, un-refuted until the coming of PDT) in order to get elected. But when they can't get elected, they use the bureaucracy to enact diktats and edicts in the form of regulations - thousands upon thousands every year - and when they are challenged in the courts, they rely on leftwing activist fellow-traveler black-robed stooges on the bench to find the "penumbras and emanations" to declare them totes kosher. Hence, the insane notion of a "living and breathing" Constitution. Or in many cases the outright contempt for the Constitution as outdated, outmoded and not reflective of modern times. And as Obama infamously quipped, a list of "negative rights" that restricts the government." Incredible how a man who is allegedly a brilliant Constitutional scholar did not know that the Constitution was designed to limit what government can do to the individual ( are regular F. Lee Failure, that one).

And so now, as with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch and indeed every single Republican nominee to the courts, especially the SCOTUS, the Democrats will oppose any nominee who even hints that he is an originalist. Do I have to bring up Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas? And don't be bamboozled by Schemer et al demanding that Kennedy or perhaps soon Ruth Baader-Meinhoff be replaced with a fellow ideological traveler. Bullshit. Those clowns should not ever be within 10 million light years of a bench, unless they're standing in front of it in handcuffs waiting to be sentenced to Leavenworth or Old Sparky.

Whatever our political differences, the one thing that is supposed to unite us as Americans is a common set of values and laws as expressed primarily in our Constitution and especially in the Bill of Rights. Let's be real; this nation is disunited. A significant percentage hate it, it's people, history, culture and institutions - especially our Constitution, because it's an impediment to their goal of total control. Hence, the pretense of "living and breathing."

The Left cannot achieve legitimately via elections what they can carve in granite on the court with no recourse or chance of reversal if they control the judiciary as a rubber stamp of their bureaucratic policy diktats. This is why it is so crucial that we control the judiciary. And this was a major reason, after immigration, why Donald Trump had to win in 2016. But Gorsuch! indeed. Look at what just happened over the past week: religious liberty and the first amendment were reaffirmed and the president's legitimate executive authority as granted him in the Constitution was restored after being stolen by black-robed scum. If you look at the individual cases especially in light of the current situation with immigration policy and the now open civil war within the Democrat party, Gorsuch looms large and Kennedy's retirement is positively titanic in its implications for the direction of the country.

And, that said, it shouldn't be and was never meant to be. As Mark Levin points out, every June 315 million Americans wait for 9 flawed fellow citizens to make irreversible decisions that will affect their lives for all time. The nomination of judges should be a relatively insignificant event but because of the aforementioned, it isn't. Marbury v Madison let the genie out of the bottle, and then the Left ran with it and ran rings around us starting with FDR all the way until today. A corrupted judiciary with activists legislating from the bench affirmed and cemented every anti-freedom anti-liberty project since that time until the present day when every aspect of our lives is in someway under the jackboot of some unelected bureaucrat.

Yes, but Gorsuch. And hopefully but Gorsuch/Scalia/Thomas redux. But beyond that, Article V with amendments that term limit justices and allow states and the people to overturn things like Obamacare and Roe v Wade.

Check the links for predictions, prognostications and reactions. Moving on to the other big story, coming off of Super Tuesday the Democrats are in a hot mess. The bust out commies are busting out all over and that is a good thing in that they are going to underscore and perhaps continue to instigate the violent rhetoric against the President, his advisors, the GOP and now, dear friends, you the private citizen who supports the American restoration and revitalization.

Part of me is cheering this as emerging politicos like Ocasio-Cortez and her insane Commie anti-semite freak flag wave in the breeze destroy the Democrats come November. The other part of me is alarmed since too many American youth have been seemingly taken in by Bernardo Sandersnista thanks to the Media and Academia. Evil never rests, as Momma Sefton always warned me.

In any case, I'm way behind this morning so I'll let the headlines and my snarky parenthetical fill in the blanks for all the rest.

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

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June 27, 2018

Wednesday Overnight Thread (6/27/18 )
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July 01, 2018

Weekend Gun Thread
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June 30, 2018

Ace of Spades Pet Thread
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June 27, 2018

Top Prospect to Replace Kennedy?
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Per Nice Deb, a Bloomberg reporter says the top choice is Judge Brett Kavanagh.




If that name sounds somewhat familiar -- last week a district court ruled that the CFPB was unconstitutional.

In doing so, the judge ignored the main opinion of a decision from another jurisdiction and instead adopted the reasoning of the dissent which declared the CFPB was unconstitutional.

The author of that dissent? Judge Brett Kavanagh.

(Don't comment on older threads!)

As this post is an update to an earlier one, let me add another update: Jazz Shaw's post on how the Janus decision ruling that compulsory donations from non-union-members to the union is unconstitutional will have a huge effect on Democratic "fundraising," given that prior to now, unions had stolen money from unwilling workers and then sent that money off against their will to Democratic politicians.

How much money are we talking about?

Hugh Hewitt says "hundreds of millions."



Rush Limbaugh was making this same point, about the massive, massive blow to Democratic "fundraising" (actually: Fund-thieving), calling this system "Democrat money-laundering."

He put the number even higher than hundred of millions; he said a billion dollars or more.

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CNN Ratings Fall Below Those of the Food Network
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CNN keeps claiming they have the greatest ratings ever, but people not named "CNN" disagree.

CNN continues to struggle with its ratings, failing to crack the top five in both total day and primetime cable ratings last week.

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CNN, meanwhile, trailed far behind both of its news competitors, ranking 13th in primetime and 7th in total day. In primetime, CNN lost to HGTV, Investigation Discovery, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Food Network.

So they're doing bonzo business at CNN, huh? I'm not sure how to square that with last month's announcement that CNN was trimming the number of commercials it runs during the cucks' favorite newsreader, Jake Tapper.

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Rasmussen: 31% Think that Civil War is Coming "Soon;" 59% Fear Violence from Those Opposed to Trump
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Yup.

As you'll see, there's a lot of fear here on both sides about the other side, and apparently independents fearing either or both, too.

Most voters fear that political violence is coming from opponents of the president's policies, just as they did in the second year of Barack Obama's presidency, and nearly one-in-three think a civil war is next.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it's likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it's Very Likely. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% consider a second civil war unlikely, but that includes only 29% who say it's Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Democrats (37%) are more fearful than Republicans (32%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (26%) that a second civil war is at hand.

But 59% of all voters are concerned that those opposed to President Trump's policies will resort to violence, with 33% who are Very Concerned. This compares to 53% and 28% respectively in the spring of Obama’s second year in office. Thirty-seven percent (37%) don’t share that concern, including 16% who are Not At All Concerned.

Fifty-three percent (53%) are concerned that those critical of the media’s coverage of Trump will resort to violence, with 24% who are Very Concerned. Forty-two percent (42%) are not concerned about violence from media opponents, including 17% who are Not At All Concerned.

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RNC Ad Targets Democrats' Embrace of Violent Mobs, Extremism
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"Unhinged," the ad is called.

Speaking of unhinged: While the Democrats try to claim they're totally in favor of enforcing the border (except with no actual enforcement; they prefer their enforcement to be hypothetical), what's this on Keith Ellison's t-shirt?




It's "Yo no creo en fronteras," or "I don't believe in borders."

Keith Ellison is of course the #2 ranking Democrat representative in the House, now running for AG of Minnesota.

But Democrats totally believe in borders. Just ignore their #2 ranking guy saying, in Spanish, the doesn't believe in borders.

The RNC ad is below:
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Peter Strzok: My Texts Promising To Stop Trump Were Just Intimate Messages Between Intimate Friends
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He was speaking behind closed doors to the House committee looking into this.

Mark Meadows doesn't believe that an "intimate message between intimate friends" means that there's no bias here. In fact, he thinks that an "intimate message between intimate friends" is usually the unadorned truth about your intentions:



Meadows also alludes to information which hasn't been revealed yet:



Remember, he mentioned to IG Horowitz that there was "growing evidence" that FBI interview form 302s (the only record of FBI interviews) had been "edited and changed" in order to make a case against Trump aides, and similarly edited and changed to clear Hillary aides of prosecutorial danger.

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Leftwing Socialist Who Wants to Abolish ICE Defeats Sitting Democrat Congressman Who Had Had Hopes of Replacing Nancy Pelosi
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Will the media continue insisting that the Democrats aren't socialist?

By the way, when Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) lost to Alexandria Acesio-Cortez, the member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) defeated one of the Democrats who stood the best chance to replace Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The cucks' favorite bull rushed out to congratulate her:



Tapper claimed later that he routinely congratulated politicians, but I guess I missed his congratulations of Trump on the big Travel Ban win.

Waambulance: The audio of the DNC Rules Committee moaning when they heard of Kennedy's retirement has been released.

No, it's not a joke. It's the actual audio of the conference call.



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Kennedy Retirement Party, Thread Two
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Anthony Kennedy Annouces He's Retiring from Supreme Court;
Trump Will Replace Unreliable Conservative Vote, Presumably, with a Reliable One

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So now is about the time the NeverTrumpers should be called to answer about how their plan to elect Hillary Clinton as president would have worked out, as far as the Supreme Court.

They are fond of dismissing arguments over this with a snide rejoinder: "But Gorsuch." As if Neil Gorsuch's elevation to the Supreme Court is something minor.

But now Trump has replaced Scalia with a Scalia-esque justice, and will, one hopes, replace a very unreliable "conservative" vote -- really a swing vote -- with a solid conservative.

Will they now start saying "But Gorsuch, but [Kennedy's replacement]"?


Warning Lights: I just remembered: John McCain is openly a liberal, and Jeff Flake has joined him in that, and Flake has been making noises about blocking all Trump judges.

So... Well, maybe too early for champagne.

The NeverTrumpers' favorite Senators might block the nomination of a conservative justice.



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