June 30, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (6-30-2013)
— Maetenloch

The George Zimmerman Reenactment

Here DMartyr at the Jawa Report does a service to the blogosphere and puts together pertinent videos and diagrams in the Martin case for you to watch and judge for yourself.

This is Zimmerman reenacting for the police his actions on the night of the shooting. Note that this is less than 24 hours after the shooting and his account has never varied from what he told the police that night.

His description is compelling and after watching this I simply cannot comprehend how a prosecutor could bring a case against him in good faith much less a murder charge.

Another thing that become clear from the video and diagrams is that is a relatively compact neighborhood and everything took place in a small area. So Trayvon Martin must have gone home first and then returned to confront Zimmerman.

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Here We Go: Four Egyptian Protesters Shot by Gunmen Inside Muslim Brotherhood HQ
— Ace

That's scores of people shining their lasers up at a military helicopter. Or, as NBC News might say, "two people."

You see that happen in a lot of videos of the crowd, laser light flashing the lens. But this is a pretty wild example of it.

There are some interesting unconfirmed claims. In Muqattem, Egypt, a Twitterer named @sandmonkey I'm told is generally reliable says that gunmen inside a Muslim Brotherhood HQ are shooting at the crowd outside:


I've seen some more claims that the MB HQ in Cairo is burning (though we heard similar things on Friday, and it just turned out to be bonfires outside the HQ). I also saw a general claim that as night has fallen on Egypt, "all hell is breaking out."

An odd thing about false information is that it can wind up making itself true -- false reports of shootings can lead to actual shootings, false reports of "all hell breaking out" can lead to riots.

So, a nervous night over there.

The BBC has estimated that this is the largest political protest... in world history. Which seems possible. Have 17 million ever protested a government before?

So it's strange to me the media gave the Tahrir Square protests such urgent, breathless play last time, when Obama was thinking about giving a speech, and seem to care so little about the biggest protest in history, when Obama isn't thinking about giving a speech.

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Paul Ryan: We Totes Need Legalization First
— Ace

Over and over and over again.

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Anti-Morsi Protests in Egypt are... Massive
— Ace

Watch the video below.

@pspoole, who's liveblogging the demonstrations at PJM.

4:37p Tom Blumer at Newsbusters notes that the US establishment media is ignoring for the most part the anti-Obama, anti-American sentiment of the Tamarod protests.


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3:09p NBC is reporting that “tens of thousands” are out protesting against Morsi. Are they delusional or just outright lying?

2:58p Media reports are coming in with estimates of the crowd sizes across Egypt. Al-Masry Al-Youm cites experts that more than 17 million are in the streets today.

If they were looking to make a big appeal to the military to side with the majority, I think they accomplished that.

If they were hoping to get Obama's Palace Guards at NBC to notice a huge revolt against Obama's pro-Muslim Brotherhood foreign policy, then of course they failed.


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Gaming Thread
— Gang of Gaming Morons!

Hello, the Fountain Invasion has gone swimmingly as we fight Coalition of Coalitions Forming Against Goons (don't ask me, I don't name these things) and frankly majority of my attention span has been focused on that but I'll give a quick skinny on gaming stuff below.
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Gun Thread Part Deux: Airgun Challenge.
— Russ from Winterset

Hotsalami bacon, Morons. Russ from Winterset here. I've been promising Andy content for the Gun Thread for months now, and I'm finally delivering. Today's topic is affordable airguns for marksmanship training and small game hunting. I'm going to give a short synopsis of some inexpensive American-made airguns, and then follow it up with detailed reviews of my test guns and different varieties of ammunition in future posts. For starters, let's look at our class textbook, "American Air Rifles" by James E. House. This book is a little spendy at $29.99, but if you want to seriously get into airguns, the ballistic tables in the back are worth the cost. I'll cover most of the bullet points in the book in upcoming posts, so don't feel that you HAVE to get the book now (but if you do, please use Ace's Amazon widget to put some green in his pocket).


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Sunday Morning Open Thread
— andy

Taking the family to the beach today.

Dave has graciously offered to do the gun thread.

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Sunday Gun Thread
— Dave in Texas

Andrew is previously occupied so you're stuck with me again.

Sunday morning gun question. What's this?

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see below the fold for the answer.

Mentioned this one last night. Considerable angst over cops moving into flooded homes and "securing" firearms.

I think this will come down to "how hard is it to get your guns back from this benevolent protective thank you thank you government"?

My guess? Really hard.
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CAC's Spaced-Out Challenge: Galaxy Guide (Part 3)
— CAC

Welcome again to the Spaced-Out Challenge, the weekly astronomy post and your guide to the night sky. We are continuing our exploration of the summer Milky Way, and finishing our quick overview of the sights in Sagittarius with a few notable open and globular clusters.

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June 29, 2013

Saturday Night ONT - tmi3rd, you ignorant slut. [krakatoa]
— Open Blogger

If it's Saturday, it must mean another substitute ONTblogger.

First, let me explain the title of the post. I don't mean to imply that tmi3rd is really retarded. Just that his post was really retarded, sir.

And that he's super easy.

Let's face it, there were countless factual errros in his piece. For instance: None of us care about John Wayne Bobbit, except as a cautionary tale about falling asleep anywhere near his wife, or maybe, even your own. And he prostitutes his posts out to the highest bidder quicker and with more regularity than Sen. Rubio swaps hats on the amnesty train.

And you, like I, are probably wondering how a link to a blogsite run by a demented man can possibly find its onto the hallowed pages of AoSHQ.

Well, let's be clear about just who DDR is, and more importantly, what he does for fun and profit. On the surface, Walt appears to be a mild-mannered, self-described "freelance writer and photographer ". This is a ruse intended to lull you into a false sense of squishy security.

Indeed, the man is in deep with the horrifying underground baby-seal combat tournament scene.

As evidenced by his contribution to last night's ONT, a video of a man squeezing a baby seal (who likely lost too many times in "the icehole" to be of any value) as it shrieked in agony until it literally and repeatedly bursts into flames.

Need more evidence of just how dangerous this man's hobbies are?

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Winner, 2013 finals, Seal Fight Club.

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June 30, 2013

Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-30-2013: Self Defense Edition [OregonMuse]
— Open Blogger


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Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to the the award-winning AoSHQ's Sunday Morning Book Thread.


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Andrew Branca, a lawyer in Massachusetts who specializes in self-defense issues, has been tweeting the George Zimmerman trial like a boss. I've enjoyed his twittering all week long, so I will put in a plug for his book The Law of Self-Defense: A Guide for the Armed Citizen which, for whatever, is cheaper on Mr. Branca's website than what you can get it for on Amazon.

Also, here is the Amazon page of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association that has published a number of inexpensive Kindle books covering various aspects of concealed carry rights.

From what I can gather from the moron comments in the trial threads this week, the mainstream media reporting of this trial has been quite different than what Andrew has been tweeting. For example, they presented Rachel Jeantel, who couldn't read a letter she herself had supposedly written, and who admittedly lied in previous testimony, as some kind of awesome witness that was just devastating to the Zimmerman defense team. After reading Andrew's tweets, they must be living in some kind of bizarro-world where up is down, the sky is pink, and AoSHQ morons understand women. Witness after witness confirmed the Zimmerman account, so much so that Andrew snarkily reminded his readers more than one time this week, "Remember, this is a State witness."

But...

No matter how weak the state's case appears to educated and and informed men such as Mr. Branca, I really don't know how it's playing to the jury, particularly if its composed of LIV types.

The outlook for Florida this summer is bleak. I think Zimmerman will either be acquitted outright, in which case the riots will start immediately, or he will be acquitted on appeal, in which case the riots will start a little later. Either way, I'm afraid that Florida is going to burn.

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June 29, 2013

RCMP In High Water Canada.. Up There Somewhere Where It's Flooding, The Cops Break Into Homes to Confiscate Weapons
— Dave in Texas

Colonel Mustard says it's cool, we're protectin the guns. *warning for the autoplay vid*

The Canuck Calgary Herald says "whoa".

Because lookin for kittens is an awesome excuse to round up your guns.

Calgary is a western kind of "fuck that french speaking deal from Quebec" place. Rodeos and stuff. And yet...

tip via Roamingfirehydrant at the Splitters.

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Susan Rice - Snowden is no big deal
— Purple Avenger

"I don't think the diplomatic consequences, at least as they are foreseeable now, are that significant,"

Others have previously said its the most damaging leak ever in US history.

I've been running some mental scenarios about the Rice remark, and I think I agree with her. Let me explain...

Suppose you were someone who had a vast quantity of choice data, data that extended beyond what we even suspect per the Snowden "leak"?

Suppose you wanted to use that data as a bargaining chip to get cooperation from other nations all over the world? Pretty much everyone has various and sundry problems with local malcontents, criminal organizations, and so on, right? Triads, drug smugglers, Red Brigades, skin heads, and of course terrorists.

Cutting a secret deal with those governments pre-Snowden might be a dicier proposition, since the other government might be kinda leaky themselves. With Snowden out in the open, you don't have to really worry about capability leaks per se from dozens of deals. That you can do "stuff" is already out in the open, although the actual extent of "stuff" is still unknown.

In a post-Snowden era, you don't have to seek out those partners; now they're seeking us out. They're the ones coming hat in hand begging to get in on the deal...which puts us in a stronger position.

Of course they'll mouth public denunciations and what not for appearance sake, but behind the scenes, the cables are probably being run and routers installed right now.

So, was Snowden a "leaker", or a prospectus? Rice's remark is making me believe he was a prospectus.

Nothing is ever as it seems

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Saturday Afternoon Open Thread
— DrewM

I'm sure you've been wondering, "That was a great Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and the Bruins, but is there a Taiwan animation version of it?"

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June 30, 2013

Schwarzenegger, Stallone Team Up to Escape from Person of Interest
— Ace

Mr. Reese, aka Jim Caviezel, plays the Evil Warden Who Does Evil. The plot seems to be... well, it looks like they decided to make a movie about the Sean Connery character's backstory in The Rock.

Which isn't the most awful idea Hollywood's had.

They're calling a movie about an escape plan Escape Plan, which is only slightly less creative and interesting as calling it Stallone/Schwarzenegger Buddy Prison Vehicle Title TBD.

I kind of like this old Stallone. He's like an athlete who's way past his prime but who manages to stay in the game anyway. In the commentary for Rocky Balboa, he's pretty upfront about the fact that he's no longer a star and no one wants to finance his movies anymore. But, like his most famous character, he's determined to keep at it anyway. His late-career movies have been middling-to-okay, but then, his early career movies were middling-to-okay too (except Rockys I, II, and III, which were good) and his middle-career movies were just pretty damn awful.

Anyone up for a Middle Stallone Retrospective of The Specialist and Assassins and Tango and Cash? No I thought not.

So, at age 60-something, he's back to making middling-to-okay movies, but a lot less rah-rah Sing the Praises of the Unconquerable Hero and a lot more Here's What an Average Man Well Past His Prime Can Do If He Dedicates Himself to It Enough. A lot more human, and, as I get older, a lot more likable.

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June 29, 2013

Arrest Made in Case of Brutal Home Invader/Woman Beater Caught on NannyCam
— Ace

I gotta think that a lot of people are thinking about NannyCams right now, even with no kids and no nanny.

Of course, some might also be thinking about a gun.

The Essex County prosecutor's office said 42-year-old Shawn Custis was arrested in Manhattan by the prosecutor's office and the FBI. Custis faces charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment. A judge set bail at $750,000.

The attack last Friday in Millburn was captured on a hidden camera in the woman's home. A man can be seen bursting into the home, punching and kicking the woman and throwing her down the stairs while her 3-year-old daughter cowered on a couch.

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Benghazi Not Over
— Gabriel Malor

Bret Baier promises "more shoes to drop."

Oh, and in the IRS scandal, House Oversight has recalled Lois Lerner, saying she waived her Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

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Alec Baldwin: Totes Sorry That Everytime I Get Angry at a Gay Man I Call Him a Queen and Threaten Violence
His Wife: All of My Friends are Totes Gay
GLAAD: It's Totes Cool

— Ace

GLAAD, which typically crucifies people for this, says We Get It, We Know Gayz Get Annoying Sometimez.

Democratic hack Hilary Rosen, last seen mocking Mitt Romney's wife for not working, sayz she totes knowz Alec's heart and he's not a homophobe, I guess on those rare occasions when gay guys don't annoy him, and when he's soberz. When the starz align in that fashion. Like twice an aeon.

Didn't former 30 Rock co-star have to do a National Penance Tour for doing gay jokes as part of a comedy act? Indeed he did. Racist GLAAD? You be the judge but the answer is Yes, GLAAD is racist.

Another point of comparison: We've been nationally hyperventilating for a week about a Paula Deen slur made years ago and in private (and only made public because she admitted it in a deposition); Alec Baldwin, on the other hand, uses these slurs publicly all the time.

Just a couple of months ago he called a black paparazzi a "coon." Not years and years ago; only a few weeks ago. The year before that he got annoyed that an air steward told him to stop playing Words 4 Friends (as they always tell you to de-power electronic devices at takeoff and landing) and he started calling that guy a "queen," too.

Actually... Baldwin's had so many slurs I've gotten them confused. @topsecretk9 reminds me he called a gay Starbucks barista (or bariste?) a "queen," and implied the stewardress (not steward) was a butch lesbian.

He does all this publicly, too. God knows what he says when he's just among friends.

And yet, the liberal media's cool with it. He's so funny on Saturday Night Live fifteen years ago.

Even TMZ understands what's going on here.


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Alec Baldwin Gets a Pass

'Cause We're Shameless Starf**kers

Alec Baldwin just got a "Get Out of Homophobia Jail Free" card from the people at GLAAD ... because they don't have the balls to go after a self-proclaimed Hollywood liberal.

After Baldwin essentially called for the gay-bashing of a Daily Mail reporter ... the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- the same org. that's CRUSHED people for making far less harmful and threatening statements -- asked critics to back off Baldwin.

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But the statement continues ... and might reveal the REAL reason they're letting Alec off easy:

"Alec Baldwin has worked with several organizations and added his voice to a campaign by Fight Back NY to encourage the State Senate to pass marriage equality with out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. He also had a guest role on Will & Grace and played a gay character in the 2006 Off-Broadway revival of 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane.'"

It's almost like the org. is afraid if they bash Baldwin, he'll STOP doing pro-gay projects. Hmmmm ...

If Bill O'Reilly said the same thing ... with the same explanation -- ya think GLAAD would still think it was no big deal? Hmmmm ...

Bear in mind, this is TMZ, for crying out loud, and not Gateway Pundit or Hot Air (or me).

Alec Baldwin is so notoriously homophobic he's got TMZ (!) on the same page as PJM.


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Saturday Morning Open Thread
— andy

Good morning, all.

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June 28, 2013

NFL To Obama: Thanks But We Won't Be Promoting ObamaCare
— DrewM

Republicans had urged the NFL to stay out of the ObamaCare PR effort and now the NFL says it has no plans to get involved with the Obama administration.

One of the worst things about Obama and his minions has been their insistence on inserting Obama and his policies into traditionally non-political areas. The NFL in the past has gotten on board with these things through Michelle Obama's "Play 60" initiative and Obama showing up for halftime interviews and on and on.

It's nice to finally see some push-back.

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