December 21, 2008

This Site is Not the Ace of Spades Site
— Ace

This is actually just a work-in-progress site.  It's half-done.  Right now it's not used, except as an emergency back-up when the main site goes down.

The actual site is at http://www.ace.mu.nu, or aceofspadeshq.com, which will redirect there.

If you're not seeing pictures on this site, it's because it's not really working yet.

If you've posted comments and no one seems to respond -- that's because most users can't see them.  Comments from the real site get posted here, but comments from here don't show up on the real site.

Basically, you should come to the real site.  It looks a little crappy right now and it breaks down a lot, but this one isn't quite ready yet.

Sorry.. should have put up this notice long ago.

Note from Pixy: Posts and comments automatically sync from the old site to this new site within 60 seconds, but some authors aren't set up on the new site, and will show up as Open Blogger.  We'll get those sorted out soon.

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July 20, 2018

The ONT Has Landed
— Open Blogger

Tonight's ONT is going to rock on


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I Was Wrong. James Gunn Was a Scalp-Hunting SJW Himself.
— Open Blogger

I had guessed earlier that, having a history of and appreciation for shock humor, James Gunn wouldn't be the type to support Outrage Firings over other people's tweets.

It would be hypocritical and suicidal to do that.

Well, he's just another liberal who had this baggage in his past but figured The Rules Don't Apply to Liberals.

Enjoy your early retirement, asshole.



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Mueller Subpeonas... A NYC Madame Who Might be Connected to Roger Stone?
— Open Blogger

Was Mueller given authority to investigate a specific defined matter, or has he illegally been granted authority to investigate the Deep State's enemies for any possible crime until it finds one?

Seems like the latter.

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Report: James Gunn Fired from Guardians of the Galaxy (?)
— Open Blogger

Looks like this is true. From the Hollywood Reporter:

"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday.

On Thursday, Gunn tweeted in response to the tweets being resurfaced, "Many people who have followed my career know, when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor."

He added: "It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."

The offensive tweets came to light after conservative website The Daily Caller dug up the social media posts, which were mostly posted in 2008 and 2009. Soon after, conservative personalities were tweeting to followers to confront Gunn at Comic-Con. Gunn had been expected to be at Sony's presentation on Friday. Insiders say Gunn is not expected to be part of the panel now.

I don't feel great about that, if true, given that he was fired due to fake rage over what seems to be nonsense.

But then, sometimes you have to take a scalp just to demonstrate to the scalp-takers that you can respond in kind.



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Maxine Waters Calls for a Little Muscle Over Here to Stop a Protest at Her Offices
— Open Blogger

Unceasing, 24/7 harassment for you; but a demand that even my congressional office not be protested.

The Oath Keepers had planned to protest Maxine Waters' congressional office. But when Maxine Waters called, essentially, for a little muscle over here, they talked with police and decided not to show up.

But her muscle did show up -- one carrying a baseball bat over his shoulder -- and they decided that not even people merely videotaping them were permitted to be present on the street. Oh, and they also burned an American flag.

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Marvel/Disney Director James Gunn in Twitter Flap
— Open Blogger

Here's Mike Cernovich on the tweets, which have now been mass deleted.

Here's the Business Insider recap.

"An Open Secret" is really pushing the tweets.

The tweets make a lot of taboo jokes, about the Holocaust and, especially, pedophilia.

I honestly do not have a problem with any of the jokes. They're edgy -- yes. But... so what?

What gives this more juice than it would otherwise have is the exchange at the end of Cernovich's post. There, a post to him says "You might enjoy this video," and links to a video calling itself "100 pre-pubescent girls touch themselves." Gunn responds, "Enjoy it? I came all over my face!"

But that's clearly a joke. As to the video itself, though no one dares click on it (as that would technically make you a sex criminal, assuming it was a pedo video), people are telling Ethan Van Sciver that 4chan people say they've clicked on it, or know what it is, and it's a misleadingly titled video that's supposed to be a joke. The claims is that it's a video of 100 schoolgirls singing the DiVinyl's "I Touch Myself" or something (which itself is kind of questionable, but... not pedophilia).


I'm not clicking on anything titled that either, so I can't say what the truth is.

What complicates this, of course, is that Disney fired Roseanne Barr for making a joke that the left claimed was racist, but will not, I assume, fire James Gunn for making pedophilia jokes.

Incidentally, I believe both Roseanne Bar and James Gunn. I think Roseanne Barr did not know Valerie Jarrett was black for a simple reason: Because I didn't know that myself.

She says she assumed Jarrett was Iranian; I believe that, because I assumed that too. I always heard of Valerie Jarrett's family's close relations to Iran; I assumed that meant they were Iranian.

I also think James Gunn was just making a lot of edgy jokes.

But Disney did fire Barr -- so should Gunn be spared the Social Justice whip?

Although one might say two wrongs don't make a right, let me explain the wrong I care about avoiding: the wrong in which liberals are permitted to say whatever they like without consequence, but where I will be fired and hounded out of civil society for saying the same sort of thing.

I will not put up with that, and yeah, I think I'll demand a bullshit firing of James Gunn, because I will insist on the #SameRules applying to both liberals and myself.

So yeah, fire this pedo-normalizing monster.


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Breaking: A Secret Recording of a Trump Phone Call With His Lawyer Recorded Him Discussing Legal Payments to a Woman Which He Says Never Wound Up Happening
— Open Blogger

Apparently it's illegal, for some people, to pay what appears to be blackmail.

They're going to claim it's a "campaign expense" which "should have been disclosed in campaign filings." Yeah.

Meanwhile, Mueller has given yet another Hillary Clinton associate immunity, because Hillary Clinton associates are never prosecuted for crimes, only given immunity for them. Only people running against Hillary are prosecuted.

Because: How Dare They.

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson reported exclusively on Thursday night that Robert Mueller has offered Tony Podesta, the brother of a longtime friend to Hillary Clinton, immunity to testify against his business partner, Paul Manafort.

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The Morning Report 7/20/18
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Friday and the weekend's here. In fact, today marks week 78 of the Trump presidential era - exactly 18 months of some of the most incredible accomplishments that are sadly marred by the ugliest, most dangerous time in our nation's history since at least the 1960s and perhaps the 1860s. And as is always the case, the danger is wholly caused by the Democrat party and the anti-American, Socialist Leftist movement that owns it. I believe that the times and the response to challenges during same are the measure of true leadership, and all things being equal, President Trump is on the path to becoming one of the most consequential (in a positive way) presidents of the past 50-100 years, if not ever.

Look at the week that has passed. And every Friday it feels like deja-vu all over again because I'd swear I've written that same sentence at the end of the previous week. The latter began with the ginned-up hatred of Brett Kavanaugh at the outset only to be supplanted at the end by the arrogance and altogether weird performance art of Deep State hack Peter Strzok and his Greek chorus of Democrat stooges before the House Intel committee. And with their faces still glistening with meringue and feces from the pies and poo that were flung, a fresh batch was already being prepared for the President's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin.

The Democrat-Left-Media Complex along with their Renfields in the Coup-Cucks-Clan warned him not to go. That is, they threatened him not to go or else. Of course, he ignored them and they all went insane, with cries of 'treason" irresponsibly hurled from all quarters for being conciliatory to a man who stole the 2016 election. Naturally, with the Mueller "investigation" into Russian "collusion" with PDT its main target only increased the insanity to eleventy-leven. In any case, had President Trump blasted ol' Vladdy in front of the world, the Left would've ripped him a new one for creating an international incident. And now comes the news that PDT has invited Mr. Putin for a state visit in the fall, perfectly timed for just before the midterms sot the voters can see the Left go insane before casting their ballots.

If you put all of that aside, in normal terms the summit was quite successful. Mr. Putin is a thug who has political opponents liquidated, bordering nations (formerly Soviet or not) invaded and/or destabilized and submissive and has turned the Russian economy into his own business enterprise. Plus, they have nukes. We know what happened when Dubya looked into Putin's soul and saw a man he could trust, or some such idiocy. And of course, Obama's and Hillary's eagerness to sell America down the river. Trump's not stupid. He knows with whom he is dealing. And "dealing" is the operative word. We learned yesterday that Texas alone is now the world's third largest petroleum producer (plus PDT ripped Merkwurdige Merkel a new one for the secret gas pipeline to Russia) and the Syria/Iran situation is no doubt hammering and sickle-ing ol' Vladdy as well. And the Chi-Coms issuing an official warning to Moscow that the Trump Administration won't be around forever means that they're worried about the prospect of Russo-American rapprochement. So behind closed doors there could be some very interesting geopolitical maneuvering that we're not privy to, Deep State State Dept. leakers notwithstanding.

And this leads into our top story this morning. From Matthew Vadum's excellent piece at Frontpage Mag:

...Before November 2016 Democrats "never met a communist they didn't like or a Russian they didn't want to embrace, Walsh wrote.

Not surprisingly, Comrade Sanders' ties to Russia are much more substantial than any ties President Trump may have.

Bernie's top 2016 presidential campaign strategist Tad Devine is mentioned 16 times in a list of 500 newly disclosed potential exhibits that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may use in former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's upcoming trial for failing to register as a foreign agent and related offenses. According to the emails in evidence, at one point Devine was in regular contact with Russian intelligence agents. Devine was a lobbying business partner of Manafort and previously worked for the pro-Kremlin president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Devine also previously worked for Sanders in the 1990s and as an aide to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis on their respective presidential campaigns.

Bernie himself has been around Russians and Soviet-era communists a long time...

Bernie may seem like a farschimmelt, meshugina alta-cocker with a rumpled suit, geriatric funk and halitosis, but make no mistake; he's dangerous, as is his acolyte Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex. Too many people listen to them and nod their empty heads in agreement. In any case, I have not scanned the headlines of the Dem-Agitprop media this morning but something tells me that this story will be nowhere to be found, and certainly buried somewhere in the classifieds, if at all.

Meanwhile, as Paul Manafort rots in jail for all intents and purposes as an actual, dictionary-definition political prisoner, Obama, Clinton and all of their underlings and henchman who sabotaged America and American interests to Russia and others ideologically or for monetary gain are free as a bird, their praises sung on TV, newspapers, film and in the classroom. Feh. In fact, James Clapper, Obama's DNI and one of the key operatives of the current coup against President Trump, admitted that it was Obama who effectively set up the entire Mueller investigation. And in a not wholly unrelated piece, as it redounds to the attack on PDT for not defending his intel and LE agencies, we have a golden oldie of Clapper declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a secular organization that has renounced terrorism. TOP. MEN. Aside from that Adam Schiff is a grandstanding, pencil-necked little worm.

Moving along to other topics, in the Civil War 2.0 category, a planned protest at Maxine "Polluted" Waters' LA HQ by the Oath Keepers had to be cancelled as counter-protesters (read: Black Panther goon squads) showed up and starting making threats and burning the US flag. I guess we have to trash America in order to save it. A group of miscreants is trying to interfere with Trump's private business concerns by having the liquor license revoked at one of his hotels, the Left's obsession with images (so far) of beheadings, a couple of excellent essays on the nature of "Progressive" tactics including Mark Levin who does the deep-dive into history and calls out the "Progressives" for what they are: tyrants.

In politics, a look at a potential Dem field for 2020, an Alaskan Dem candidate for the House has never even been to the state (hey, open borders!), the Dems are now officially the party of open borders, and as the last link warns us, now the party that will reject any and all electoral losses as evidence of cheating and rigging. What was sown in 2000 and 2004 has now metastasized to 2016 and beyond. It's a lead pipe cinch that if (now more likely when) the GOP crushes the Dems in the midterms, this will be the battle cry. You think Waters et al are bad now, you ain't seen nothing yet. And related to that, Limbaugh has now doubled-down on his prediction that eventually, the Dems will call for an abolition of elections. Maybe sooner than we think even.

On the international scene, Secretary of State Pompeo is set to deliver a major speech on Iran which is seen as the announcement of policy vis a vis support of those in country seeking to oust the mullahs. With that, there is some discord in the administration of exactly what that support will look like. Also, there is news of an arrest being made of a Brit who was plotting to assassinate Theresa May. Evidently his co-conspirators were FBI agents.

Domestically, it's a bit of a mixed bag. Weekly unemployment claims are at the lowest level since 1969 and PDT has signed an EO authorizing a major apprenticeship program for the private sector. On the down side, the President is pissed that the Fed is going to raise interest rates, supposedly to stem inflation but more likely to throw a wrench into the booming economy. And while Mick Mulvaney has done wonders taking a tomahawk to Fauxcahontas' CFPB politburo, Labor Secretary Acosta has been a failure at his job, to the joy of Leftists.

But, over in enviro-communism news, a federal judge has tossed NYC's/DeBolsheviks insane anti-oil company lawsuit and Tom Steyer's green energy ballot initiative in Arizona may get dumped because of signature gathering fraud on the petition. That said, this carbon tax bill is gaining support from RINOs and Cuckservatives. I hope PDT calls it out as DOA.

From hither and yon, as the NFL decides to continue to commit social justice suicide, the Miami Dolphins have announced fines and suspensions for kneelers. Too little too late, IMHO, and I can't see Goodell letting that stand anyway. Obama screwed the pooch before eating it in South Africa, some schmuck Disney filmmaker is a racist and homophobe but of course gets a pass, and New Jersey governor Murphy evidently treats the players on the soccer team he owns like abject crap... "For the People!"

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

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July 19, 2018

Gloomy ONT
— Open Blogger

So, what kind of an evening is it going to be?

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Oh, so it's going to be that kind of night? Fine. So be it. more...

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Judge Jeneane Pirro Thrown Off "The View" with a Bunch of "F*** You's" from Whoopi Goldberg
— Open Blogger

Ana Navarro and her stinky Barney-Rubble peasant feet was part of the lynching, of course. more...

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Congratulate the Soon-To-Be #3 Oil Producer in the World: Texas
— Open Blogger

Fracking amazing.

Hmm, #3 oil producer with a lot of land and a strong economy...? Why, you'd think such a small-s state could almost be its own capital-S independent State.

The future charter state of New America will pass Iran in oil production, and will be second only to Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Sexton points out that if another accounting of total US oil production is credited as right, the US is already the number 2 producer. Already.

By the way: The anti-fracking agitprop designed to stop America from becoming the world's biggest oil producer is of course funded by Russia, "interfering" in our domestic politics and influencing elections, trying to get candidates elected who would outlaw fracking.

Why doesn't CNN ever talk about that, he asked rhetorically.

I guess sometimes Russian Interference in Our Precious Democracy is a good thing. As long as it's in service of Russia's actual allies in the US, the socialist/Democrat left.

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What? "Intelligence Community" Leaks Existence of "Top Secret" Mole in Putin's Inner Circle, Just To Throw a Minor Jibe at Trump?
— Open Blogger

Either one of two things is true:

Either the "Intelligence" community is lying, again, to advance its sectarian interests, or the "intelligence" community, which claims it is forced to violate its oaths and protocols to contain the traitor Trump, has just outed the existence of a top-level spy in the Kremlin to make minor hay about Trump.

So which is it?

The NYT piece continues:

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Now we truly have a scandal on our hands. Someone in the intelligence community (or a former intelligence official) has apparently now revealed that the United States has a "top-secret source close to Mr. Putin." The apparent disclosure of incredibly sensitive intelligence information like this could surely put clandestine operatives' lives in jeopardy. This also sows doubt in the narrative being promulgated by the media that we must blindly trust the intelligence community's findings. If the information is to be believed, such a leak has come from someone (or multiple people) in the intelligence community who prioritized taking shots at the president over the safety and security of the American people -- and their own operatives.

Sometimes spies will lie about the nature of their information so that they can reveal the information without revealing anything about the source. There's an old story, which I think is actually true, about the US chain of command lying to air base commanders about how they knew that the Luftwaffe would be attacking this or that target this or that day.

The truth was that we had broken their codes and were simply decoding the Luftwaffe's signals traffic.

But we didn't want to expose that to base commanders, so we claimed to lower-level commanders that we had an Italian spy near a Luftwaffe air field who would peek over the fence and note when planes were leaving the base and in what direction.

The funny bit of this story is that the higher-ups were flummoxed when a base commander asked them to have the spy take a look at the Nazis' fuel stores and record how often they were filled.

So anyway, it could be that the American services have some kind of surveillance capacity that lets them know what the Russians are up to, and they're lying about having a "top-secret source close to Putin."

And yeah, that could still be inexcusable lying to the public rather than the excusable type. Because a top-secret source close to Putin sure sounds conclusive. What if the true source of the information, which is being concealed, relies upon more inferences and deductions, all subject to doubt and questioning, than a "top secret source to Putin" does?

What if, as is the wont of people who don't like having their judgment questioned, they're claiming a higher level of confidence than they really have in order to shut pesky citizens (or Presidents) up with their insolent questions?

The media spins false narratives every day, and they seem, psychologically, to be close cousins of the "intelligence" community.

So either the "intelligence" community is now burning actual highest-level codeword-clearance spies just to leak some ammunition against Trump, or, more likely, they're lying about the source of their information.

And they're not necessarily lying on the square, even. They may be once again lying in a fashion that suits their own sectarian interests.


But you should trust them because College Guys With Guns.

While the New York Times, leftist media, and NeverTrump continues insisting that it's wrong for Trump or any American citizen to ever question the "intelligence" community, former acting head of the CIA Mike Morrell, a Hillary crony and Benghazi talking points editor, actually disagrees. And he's An Expert, right?

The former acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, decided last year that it was time to get political. Concerned about the possibility that Donald Trump would become commander in chief, Morell wrote an August 2016 New York Times op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton and calling Trump a "threat to our national security."

It sounds like he regrets it -- at least somewhat.

In a very worthwhile Q&A with Politico's Susan Glasser, Morell reflects upon the decisions made by himself and other previously nonpolitical top intelligence officials to weigh in against Trump. And he suggests that it was counterproductive in one key way.

Below is a lengthy excerpt, but it's all worth reading:

GLASSER: Okay, so, flash-forward a year [after the op-ed]. Was that a mistake?

MORELL: So, I don't think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn't think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.

And one of the ways I’ve thought about that, Susan, is -- okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right? And from -- it's very important -- one of the things we do as intelligence analysts is make sure that our guy --the president -- understands the other guy. Right?

So let's put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, "Huh, what's going on with these intelligence guys?" Right?

GLASSER: It embroiders his narrative.

MORELL: Exactly. And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

And so this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, "What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?"

...

Then he becomes president, and he's supposed to be getting a daily brief from the moment he becomes the president-elect. Right? And he doesn't. And within a few days, there's leaks about how he’s not taking his briefing. So, he must have thought -- right? --that, "Who are these guys? Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization? Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?"

So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it's something I didn't think about.

He might also have noted that before Trump took the oath of office, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and other leave-behinds at the DOJ undertook a conspiracy to hide from the president the nature and existence of the probe into the alleged Trump-Russia conspiracy, and lie to him about it, resulting in Comey telling him three times that there was no investigation into Trump-Russia conspiracy, while the same people would simulataneously leak to the Times and Post that there was.

Why would Trump trust what these guys told him?

Even Mike Morrell, again, former acting head of the CIA, thinks that from Trump's point of view, it's perfectly understandable why Trump wouldn't trust them.

He's The Expert, right?

And yet the people who tell us every day to Trust the Experts also tell us to ignore this Expert's thoughts on the matter.

Almost as if they're selectively toggling the Trust the Experts light on and off as it suits their political agenda for the day.



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July 20, 2018

The Morning Rant
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"Ever since the election, I see these women on the news marching up and down and wearing their pink pussy hats and hollering obscenities and I think, what are they going to tell their daughters? They'll have stories about the evil Trump and how awful everything was, and how he was Voldemort and Sauron and Satan all rolled into one, and their daughters will ask, well then, what did you do to fight this great evil, did you join the army or take up arms like they did in the American Revolution, or what? And the mothers will say, no, I jumped up and down and shouted that Trump was a Nazi while dressed as a giant twat."



Meanwhile, Across the Pond:

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July 19, 2018

Trump Attacks a NATO Ally!!!
— Open Blogger

That NATO Ally? Turkey, which is currently trying an American pastor for "terrorism," which is what Erdogan calls anything he feels threatens his political position.

U.S. President Donald Trump on July 19 urged his Turkish opposite Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter to help release an American pastor kept behind bars in Turkey since October 2016.

"A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long," Trump said.

"[Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!" he added.

On July 18, a court in Turkey's Aegean province of İzmir ruled that Brunson, an American pastor being tried on terrorism and spying charges, will be kept in jail pending trial.

Flashback: Barack Obama previously hailed Erdogan as a role-model for Muslim leaders.


Was Obama a traitor? Was Obama a lover of autocrats?

Should he be arrested and tried for treason?

Just asking questions.

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Afternoon Open Thread
— Open Blogger

I'm still trying to get my brain to start working.

Cap'n Bill wants to deny the troops whose lives he's serially imperiled a parade, just to show Trump:




Ahoy, cocksucker.

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The Morning Report 7/19/18
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Thursday is here and of course it's never a slow day for your intrepid reporter so lez-be on our way. First up is of course the continued fall out from the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit. On the periphery some are crowing about the president supposedly walking back his comments about our intelligence community but, as evidenced from the link, he justifiably pulls no punches in his criticism of Brennan, Clapper, Comey et al. As stated yesterday, all of the reactions from the Dem-Left-Media complex and the smart-set elite Coup-Cucks-Clan in the New Deal wing of the GOP is all pre-chewed meat; canned outrage to be used as yet another pretext to throw him out of office, give the Dems Congress in November and derail his agenda. Funny how the Brett Kavanaugh nomination has all but disappeared from the headlines, but I guarantee you it will not be long before the President's "treasonous" behavior in Helsinki will be the pretext by which America must live up to its values and promise and reject that nomination, as well as every subsequent nomination going forward. Remember, "that's not who we are!" (*pukes*). Speaking of which, in a not unrelated link, the President's nominee to take over at the CFPB politburo is being grilled, not on her experience and acumen in matters relating to banking and lending but on immigration and Puerto Rico. Jeez, who let Occasional-Cortex into the room (more on her later)? But I digress.

Everyone's also going crazy because the President is talking about letting Russia interrogate persons linked to longtime Putin foe and critic Bill Browder. Browder you may (or may not) recall investigated and uncovered all kinds of corruption with Putin, and one of his allies, attorney Sergey Magnitsky was imprisoned for 11 months and ultimately died in custody. And that led to what is known as the Magnitsky Act intended to punish Putin for human rights violations that led to the act's namesake's death. I believe that that is a non-starter, although it might be nice to have Peter Strzok take a little involuntary fact-finding mission to the Lubyanka which doubtless would greatly improve his attitude and mien. But I digress yet again.

At the risk of being repetitive from yesterday's commentary, say what you will about PDT's manner or the way he speaks, but his actions speak louder than his words on Russia and on every other damn thing since he rode down that escalator nearly three years ago. And I went into an entire litany of the Democrat-Left-Media Complex's alliance with the Soviet Union and indeed every other country, regime and ideology that would lay America low and bring them to power. And since everyone of that bent is suddenly rushing like made to replace their Che t-shirts with the image of Tail Gunner Joe and hurling the word "treason" at our President, let's take a little trip down memory lane and throw a spotlight on one of their heroes - and someone who can arguably be labeled the most destructive American citizen in our history: Edward M. Kennedy.

In 1983, during the height of the Cold War, Teddy Kennedy, a sitting United States Senator, secretly went to Moscow to collude, in every real sense of that word, with them to undermine President Reagan's SDI initiative before the 1984 elections. Here's an excerpt from the link, with a quote from Paul Kengor, interviewed by Jamie Glazov in 2008 (what a year that was, in context).

According to (KGB Chief) Chebrikov, Kennedy was deeply troubled by the deteriorating relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, which he believed was bringing us perilously close to nuclear confrontation. Kennedy, according to Chebrikov, blamed this situation not on the Soviet leadership but on the American president---Ronald Reagan. Not only was the USSR not to blame, but, said Chebrikov, Kennedy was, quite the contrary, "very impressed" with Andropov.

The thrust of the letter is that Reagan had to be stopped, meaning his alleged aggressive defense policies, which then ranged from the Pershing IIs to the MX to SDI, and even his re-election bid, needed to be stopped. It was Ronald Reagan who was the hindrance to peace. That view of Reagan is consistent with things that Kennedy said and wrote at the time, including articles in sources like Rolling Stone (March 1984) and in a speeches like his March 24, 1983 remarks on the Senate floor the day after Reagan's SDI speech, which he lambasted as "misleading Red-Scare tactics and reckless Star Wars schemes."

Even more interesting than Kennedy's diagnosis was the prescription: According to Chebrikov, Kennedy suggested a number of PR moves to help the Soviets in terms of their public image with the American public. He reportedly believed that the Soviet problem was a communication problem, resulting from an inability to counter Reagan's (not the USSR's) "propaganda." If only Americans could get through Reagan's smokescreen and hear the Soviets' peaceful intentions.

So, there was a plan, or at least a suggested plan, to hook up Andropov and other senior apparatchiks with the American media, where they could better present their message and make their case. Specifically, the names of Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters are mentioned in the document. Also, Kennedy himself would travel to Moscow to meet with the dictator.

Time was of the essence, since Reagan, as the document privately acknowledged, was flying high en route to easy re-election in 1984.

You may also recall that Kennedy was the chief sponsor of the 1965 Hart-Celler Act which destroyed our orderly, legal immigration and naturalization process and flooded America with millions of illiterate, uneducated, third world indigents who had no interest really in assimilating but eagerly took everything and more Uncle Sugar could throw at them. All in exchange for forever more being loyal Democrat voters. And this is a major factor 50 years later in the dissolution of American identity and culture that we are witnessing and desperately fighting to this day.

Back to Ted Kennedy's actual dictionary-definition TREASON with the Soviets in 1983, when I read that article my blood was boiling. And these bastards have the f***ing unmitigated temerity to use the word "treason" agains this President?! The rest of my thoughts are redacted. In any case for the reasons sighted alone, let alone murdering Mary Jo Kopechne, I hope and pray that Teddy Kennedy is roasting in Hell.

In other news, on the immigration scene, Keith Ellison reveals the truth about the Dems, the Abolish Ice fiasco shows the Dems' true colors, if that were to happen blood would be running in the streets, immigration is the number one issue in a new Gallup Poll (stopping it for us, open borders for the terrorists), and VDH has a great take, as ever, on immigration and the grand plan of the Left.

On the political scene, the Democrat internal struggle with itself boils over as Joe-mentum Lieberman stumps for Crowley and the party establishment want to maintain control from the hardcore Maosits while Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex blasts those who call her anti-semitic as filthy Joo-occupiers, the Calexit bill gets roadblocked, and Fauxcahontas is trying to ram through a horrible casino deal so she can show off her high cheekbones and landlocked crab salad. Farbissiner goniff, that one.

On the international scene, PDT directly confronts Erdogan about a US priest being held hostage by the Turks, Nikki Haley slams the UN Human Rights Council and FBI Director Wray calls out the Chi-Coms as the greatest espionage threat here at home. Lastly, Denmark opens its eyes too late vis a vis the flood of "immigrants."

Interesting domestic news items, Maine governor LePage has vetoed a bill that bans gay-to-normal conversion counseling, a challenge to Texas fetal burial law could be a harbinger of a Roe v Wade battle at SCOTUS and the Janus ruling could really open the floodgates in kneecapping union political power.

Free speech news with the Facebook hearings, IBD not thrilled with the EU's Google fine, and in the UK muzzling the Muslim angle with Tommy Robinson and Rotherham.

From hither and yon, Dennis Rodman looks to take Kanye West to North Korea, comparing Lincoln and PDT and an SJW gets eaten by the tiger.

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

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July 17, 2018

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (7/18/18 )
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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“It was chaos. I was just treading water; things just didn’t feel good. There were so many students, and so much going on, that it was impossible for me to reach them.” Quamiir Trice


Quote II

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.” Thomas Sowell

Quote III

“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”Thomas Sowell
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July 18, 2018

Reminder: The Russians Targeted Republicans, GOP, and Trump Himself In Their Spearfishing and Hacking Schemes, Too
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The media and the sillies don't like admitting this, and Mueller doesn't draw much attention to it himself in his indictment. But he does mention it on page 13.

Don't expect to see this on CNN.

Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn't as one-sided as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges in his latest indictment.

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"RNC emails were stolen through the same spearphishing scams used against Democrats," a senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the investigation told RealClearInvestigations. "In fact, prominent Republicans were targeted and similarly victimized by the disclosure of sensitive emails during the campaign."

The indictment acknowledges this on page 13: "The Conspirators also released documents they had stolen in other spearphishing operations, including those they had conducted in 2015 that collected emails from individuals affiliated with the Republican Party."

But that is the only mention of Russian attacks against Republicans in the 29-page indictment that focuses on the targeting and victimization of key Democrats...

In fact, U.S. intelligence officials say the attackers penetrated GOP organizations at both the national and state levels, as well as the individual level, and successfully "exfiltrate" Republican emails during the 2016 election cycle. They add that Trump officials themselves were targeted by Russian intelligence late in 2016, often by phishing schemes, in which fraudulent emails seemingly from trusted sources (e.g. the government, banks or Google) are sent to gain access to personal information.

Mueller's office would not say whether the criminal breaches of GOP organizations carried out by the same bad Russian actors were investigated by his team with the same level of forensic analysis and scrutiny as the Democrat-related cybercrimes.

"We'll decline to comment beyond the indictment," Special Counsel's Office spokesman Peter Carr said.

Yeah, I'll bet you decline to comment.

Read the whole thing.

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The basic tension in US foreign policy theorizing is between moralism and realism. Moralism is an idealistic position that urges that we bear any burden in support of liberty. Realism is a far less idealistic position that says we'll ask ourselves -- realistically -- how much of a burden we're willing to bear in support of liberty.

There is virtually no one who is a 100% moralist and virtually no one who is a 100% realist. Virtually everyone is a mix, somewhere on the spectrum between these two poles.

The disputes come not between absolute moralists, who don't exist in any large numbers, and absolute realists, who likewise don't exist in large numbers, but between those who urge a more moralistic foreign policy, and those who ure a more realistic one.

Though those urging for more moralism are still informed by realism and those urging realism are still animated by moralism.

It's a question of degree.

My diagnosis of the foreign policy establishment's and neocons' analysis of foreign policy is that they view things through an almost purely moral lens, as if it's dirty and grubby to even consider pesky little questions like "What realistically can be done to vindicate this moral right? What can reasonably be asked of the American people to vindicate this moral right?"

And I would argue that the foreign policy establishment, and the neocons who dominate the foreign policy establishment's right-hand wing, are far too devoted to a risibly moralistic concept of foreign policy that results in immoral and perverse outcomes.

Let's look at the Ukraine.

Ukraine has always been dominated by Russia. Russia colonized it. Russia annexed it. Russia suppressed Ukrainians' own language as well as its (Christian) church.

I've known some Ukranian-Americans, and they were flag-waving patriots of both America and their beloved Ukraine. They loved Reagan, because Reagan understood Soviet evil -- an evil Ukranians had been suffering under for their entire lives.

The Ukrainians have long wished for true freedom from the bullying (and worse) of their large, powerful, evil neighbor.

And they have every moral right to that freedom.

The trouble is, while they have every moral right, they do not have the physical might to be totally free of Russia's domination.

Ukraine, while formally an independent country since it broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, continued suffering under Russian domination. Technically they were independent -- but Russia acted as a cynical colonial power interfering in Ukrainian political decisions and thwarting the will of this long-oppressed people.

In 2013, the so-called Euromaidan Revolution began.

You can read up on that as you like, but the major thrust is that Ukraine wanted to join the EU. They wanted to align themselves with free Europe, and distance themselves from Russian control.

So they kicked out the Russian puppet president of Ukraine.

Russia didn't like that. And the threat of a Russian invasion loomed.

The EU and the United States had different reactions to the Ukraine's morally-righteous but politically-provocative actions.

The EU understood that it was a nation of self-interested pacifists who would not under any circumstances do much of anything -- apart from issuing communiques and the like -- to guarantee the Ukraine's political independence and territorial integrity. Basically, the EU counselled the Ukraine to go very slow and not upset too many Russian applecarts.

Cowardly? Maybe. But while they could be accused of physical cowardice they can't be accused of the cowardice of lying to themselves. They knew damn well they would not lift a finger to help Ukraine should Russia invade, and they said so pretty clearly.

So they told Ukraine to not do anything so provocative in declaring their independence from the Russian empire that the Russian empire would reassert its dominance.

They did not lie to themselves about their willingness to fight for Ukraine, and so they did not lie to the Ukraine, either.

On the other hand, there's Barack Obama. The man who would, by the very power of the charisms God granted him, cause the oceans to recede by the power of his arrogant gaze alone.

Remember Victoria Nuland's "Fuck the EU!" phone call that leaked?

Well, the "Fuck the EU" concerned the EU's cautious, go-slow urgings. The US chose to ignore misgivings about a possible Russian invasion and encouraged the Ukraine to get into a fight with Russia that they could not win.

Well, the Ukraine got into that fight -- presumably expecting help from the US, which had encouraged it to get into a fight with Russia.

And guess how much the US helped?

Almost none at all, of course. We did the same things the EU was prepared to do -- issue Stinging Rebukes and Harshly Worded Statements.

But when the Russians began sending mercenaries and special forces troops over the border to pretend to be "native Ukrainians fighting to stay aligned with their historical oppressor Russia," what did we do, beyond offering some sweet words of support?

Nothing. We sent in some medical aid and other non-military aid.

End result? Russian mercenaries and special forces operators faked an "indigenous uprising," killed a lot of Ukrainians, shot down a passenger jet, seized control centers in the Crimea, staged a "referendum" on whether Crimean wanted to stay in Ukraine or annex themselves to Russia.

Spoiler alert on how that turned out: Armed Russian mercenaries were manning the polling places. Do the math.

In the end, the Ukrainian rebellion was met with fire and slaughter and put down. Ukraine's subordinate position to the Russian empire was reinforced. And the most strategically important part of Ukraine decided to re-join Russia in a vote that was totally fair and free of coercion.

The Ukraine is in no better a position than it was before the Revolution, except that more Ukrainians are dead and that a major part of Ukraine is now Russia.

Here's a question: Between the EU response -- go slow, do not start a fight we are unwilling to help you in -- and the US response -- go fast, start a fight, we'll be with you all the way (except we won't be at all) -- which was the more "moral" response?

The EU response looks less moral at first glance. After all, they were basically telling the Ukraine to continue putting up with a substantial amount of Russian interference and domination.

The US response looks more moral, but only at first glance. We pushed for the Best of All Possible Worlds solution. Declare your independence from Russia and align yourself with the peaceful nations of Europe.

But when the perfectly-predictable happened -- when Russia invaded with professional troops pretending to be Ukrainian freedom fighters -- we let them get slaughtered and set them down a path where they actually came out of the conflict in a worse position than they had begun it.

So which was more moral? I know it must have felt super-good when Victoria Nuland said "Fuck the EU!" and urged Ukraine to fight for its independence.

But how did it feel in the months and years that followed, with Ukrainians being bombed and shot and passenger jets being shot from the sky?

A policy impulse -- I think "impulse" is the right word here, because I can't ascribe to it enough actual thinking to call it a "philosophy" -- that felt good when announced, that felt good when it cost nothing at all, actually wound up feeling not so good at all when people started getting killed and Ukraine looked to America for actual support, support that would actually cost America something, and America said, "Here's a sternly worded letter of reprimand for the Russian mercenaries murdering you."

That's not moral.

Morality comes after wisdom, and wisdom can only be had if someone is honest with themselves about what burdens they're actually willing to bear -- not just the burdens they're glad to rhetorically claim they'll bear -- and what costs they're willing to pay.

People who lie to themselves about what they're willing to do are not wise, and, because they're not wise, they also can't really be moral. And their ill-wisdom can often lead to immoral outcomes, as they promiscuously make promises they've never thought very hard about and therefore feel free to shed at earliest convenience.

America has a limited appetite for war. Americans will go to war, but they do reach a point of exhaustion with war after some number of years.

It is silly to pretend this fact away in order to count oneself as "idealistic." People who ignore reality are not "idealistic;" they're just cowards afraid to face reality.

The fact is that Americans are tired of war and it is dangerous to write checks on America's war-fighting account that it might not be willing to cover.

The fact is that one of America's two main political parties is always willing to be part of a war at the Fun Part of the war -- the declaration of war part, the first-easy-victories part -- but which abandons every war it votes for when it sees any small political advantage in doing so.

Joe Biden, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and many other Democrat Senators voted for the War in Iraq. Within three years, they were screaming that Bush "lied us into war" and that we must withdraw immediately.

It is insane to pretend this away. If you know Democrats will give you initial support for a war they'll happily vote you into, when doing so grants them political advantage, and then savagely turn on that war the moment they get political advantage from that, it is lunacy to even count them as allies in war.

By the way: The NeverTrumpers who sometimes claim "At least Hillary Clinton would have been better on foreign policy?" Yes, of course. The same Hillary Clinton who voted for the War in Iraq to show how tough she would be as a president, and then agitated to abandon troops in the field when she realized that opposing the war would boost her chances of becoming president.

Yeah, we need that kind of patriot as President, rather than the unamerican, immoral Trump.

In 2008, Obama campaigned on the idea that he would somehow both withdraw from Iraq and yet also "win" Iraq by withdrawing.

I was incensed by this; it was so obviously, transparently a lie and a dodge. He wasn't planning to "win" anything; he just wanted to bug out. I was angry at the media for never challenging his "Win by Withdrawing" claims and pissed off at Americans for believing this bullshit.

But they voted him into office anyway, and by decent margins. I realized that Americans weren't really tricked by Obama; rather, Obama told them a lie that they knew was a lie but they wanted some "out" to pretend they were honoring the sacrifice of the already-dead while also bugging out of Iraq.

So Obama pretended he would "win" the war in Iraq, and the American public pretended to believe him.

They really didn't.

But they did want out of the war, one way or the other, either stated forthrightly or crabwalked dishonestly, and they voted for Obama, and they voted for the dishonest crabwalk way of abandoning Iraq.

And it was their right to make that choice. Every people has a right to decide how much of war's burdens it's willing to bear.

But they did make that choice, and we cannot pretend that they didn't, and we cannot pretend that Americans' appetite for war is as limitless as internet bloviators' capacity for self-aggrandizement.

When we think of war, we must assume that Democrats and therefore 45% of the country will turn on that war by the next midterm or presidential election. The war must therefore be either a very short one, all wrapped up before the Democrats execute their predictable turn against it, or slightly longer, but still short enough to keep the support of 55% of the public, most Republicans and most independents too, and the length of the war must not be so long as to cause that support to flee as well.

These are the realistic limitations we face on America's war-making capacity.

Again, it is not "idealistic" or "moral" to pretend these limitations away. Running from reality is like running from any other obstacle: a sign of cowardice (moral, intellectual, and psychological in this case), and not a sign of "idealism" and certainly not a sign of "courage."

Wars are not #Hashtag campaigns, with an almost non-existent cost but a big boost of dopamine for Retweeting Justice. They are not just another venue for Virtue Signalling on Twitter.

I tweeted support of Montenegro on Twitter. Look at what a #Braveheart I am.

Wars have real costs and therefore they have real limitations. We do not do our war-fighters or our fellow Americans any favors by ignoring those limitations and refusing to know ourselves, to know, realistically, what we are willing to do and what we are not willing to do, how long we're willing to fight for and when we're likely to bug out and leave our allies or even our soldiers in the field without support.

I'm not against moralism in foreign policy, but honesty is an important part of morality, and being honest with ourselves about what we're personally willing to do, and what we believe our fellow Americans are willing to do, is a critical part of the candid thinking necessary for a moral, and realistic, foreign policy. One that doesn't start a lot of wars and leave them half-finished.

Wars can be left half-finished, but the dead they leave behind are all-the-way dead. I'd like to avoid more half-finished wars and more all-the-way dead Americans.

And I think an important part of avoiding half-finished, lost wars is admitting that the years between 2003 and 2016 did in fact happen -- they weren't just a bad dream, I assure you -- and we have to heed the lessons that those years taught us.

Or that those years should have taught us, at least.

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