November 27, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (27 Nov 2015)

Hope you morons had a good Thanksgiving and are surviving the Black Friday brawls and traffic jams.

You can rest easy knowing we have top people tracking the "JV team". FBI using elite surveillance teams to track at least 48 high-risk ISIS suspects. Only 48?

"It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming," Coats said when asked about the demand placed on the FBI. "There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They'll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period."

So the FBI is strained as it is and the President wants to bring in more "refugees" and law enforcement won't even be able to ask about a person's religious affiliations or beliefs? That's a recipe for a disaster. more...

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Colorado Springs Shooter Arrested
— Ace

Press conference on now.

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NYT: Reality Is Limiting Obama's Ability to Spin His Fantasies
— Ace

Damn reality.

via Jonah Goldberg (@jonahnro), who made a very similar point.

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Active Shooter in Colorado Springs
— Ace

Harris Faulkner is covering it calmly and straightly on Fox. I can only imagine what Shep Smith would be doing right now if he had the helm.

The "Sam Hyde" thing is a hoax. Hyde and his comedy troupe frequently claim that the "right wing extremist Sam Hyde" is responsible for this shooting or that.

This video shows Hyde giving a TED talk, having conned his way in by claiming to have an impressive resume of helping people in Africa.

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Can You Believe It? It's an Open Thread
— Ace

Fully open!

University presidents buy off radicals with huge slush funds for diversity centers and minority hires.

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Bonus Open Thread
— rdbrewer

(n.n.)(n.t.)(n.d.)(oh, well)

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer

Charles Partridge Adams, "Fall Sunset" (n.d.)

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November 26, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (11-26-2015) – Happy Thanksgiving Edition
— Maetenloch

So this happened.


Thanksgiving Dinner Keeps Getting Cheaper

In 1986, Thanksgiving dinner cost $28.74. In October 1986, an average worker made $8.96 an hour. That means that s/he had to work 3 hours 12 minutes and 27 seconds, or 50 minutes and 30 seconds longer than [a] worker today.

So, enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner and rejoice in knowing that you have worked almost an hour less to earn it than would have been the case in 1986.

Good News For Your Defense: Your Appalling Drunken Behavior Might Be Genetic

Megafauna vs. Pumpkin Pie and Squash

"As God Is My Witness..."

The key 15 minutes of the classic episode which was based on a real life incident.

Yahoo group. That is all.

And my lo-fi Twitter spew.

Tonight's post brought to you by same BMI, different body:


Notice: Posted by authority of AceCorp LLC. Happy-fun ball may not be capable of flight but he is not to be trifled with. Reminder: Just 29 days left until Life Day.

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Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving!
— Ace

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's officially time for this.

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On This Thanksgiving, I'm Grateful For the Gullible Goons of Salon
— Ace

[H]e wasn't alone on his righteous indignation. Conservative blogger Ace of Spades wrote an entire treatise on how to deal with the miscreant liberals in your family when they use any of these "Vox explainer" talking points. It's very elaborate and very, very serious....

As I said, it's all very elaborate. He goes on to lay out a complicated set of tactical arguments designed to tie the foolish liberal up in knots. It is obviously something that merits a lot of serious thought and preparation. Clearly, it's extremely important.

Pearls before dum-dums.

As Aldous Huxley obsevered: "Every man is the author of his own pwnage."

Incidentally, Charles Cooke's piece was also panned by this Very Intelligent Pyrsyn, as trying for humor with "mixed results." That must mean it's pretty good.

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Blowoff Thread: Silly Inventions [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

Here's a silly thread while we all sit, sans pants, waiting for the turkey to roast.

A couple of weeks ago I spotted this in our local Hobby Lobby:


There's a product for a problem I didn't know existed!

Reminded me of silly invention ideas. For example, an old boss of mine wanted to invent something called a Buffet Buddy to solve the very real problem of how to hold your plate, drink, and silverware while navigating through a buffet.

Here's another invention that Mr. Moxie came up with, inspired by the sight of so many abandoned and beater cars on the rural roads of our new state (and the assumed transportation needs of the owners of said cars): more...

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Happy Thanksgiving
— rdbrewer

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Early Birder Thread [krakatoa]
— Open Blogger

Time to smoke the turkey.

I wish I were more thankful today. Persevering through a flu bug that has completely detailed my original plans.

Nevertheless, despite the ick, I have much to be thankful for.

My loving wife who holds together the homestead far more than she should have to due to my work travel.

My amazing daughter who with a hug of her tiny arms can make me forget for precious moments the burdens of the job and of a society hellbent on finding new depths of inanity to call civilized.

My job, despite it's travel requirements. It is a job after all, and not a hobby. At the end of the day, providing for one's family is the ultimate measure of the designated breadwinner.

I know I have it better than most, and despite my general ambivalence of religion, I can't possibly claim to have made it purely on my own merits. Providence, luck, karma, whatever you want to call it, I am thankful for it.

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November 25, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (11-25-2015) – Pre-Thanksgiving Edition
— Maetenloch

Tonight's theme is cooking tips and recipes. So share'em if you got'em.

And this evening's Food Octagon event will be Oatmeal vs. Cream of Wheat vs. Grits. Three hot cereal foods enter, one food leaves.

Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC and NotWearingPants LLC. Note: the AoSHQ dumpster is NOT a toy for your amusement. And a reminder from Ace: If you want to participate in this year's AoSHQ Premium Secret Santa exchange, be sure and register by Dec. 1st. Please review the new rules about live animals and sorcery.

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Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving Edition
— Ace


If you didn't see yesterday's post on how to screw with your Millennial Vox-reading nieces, check it out.


Rubio's Maneuver Might Have Crippled Obamacare

By keeping fresh government money out of the "risk corridors" (a mechanism by which the government would reimburse money-losing insurers via a slush fund), he might have hastened the death spiral of Obamacare.

Montana Daily Newspaper Plans to Reveal All Previous Posts by Anonymous Commenters

They're changing to a named-commenter system. And they say it would be too hard to have current comments by user name, while leaving old comments anonymous. Despite the fact they previously guaranteed anonymity. "Oh well!" they were quoted as saying.

Nerds and Hot Chicks Are Just Oil and Water

Angry, useless self-harming nerds continue to go after Katherine Timpf for saying she doesn't like Star Wars.

Yeah, that'll show them that you're well-balanced.

Paradigm Shift 2070: One Man's Vision of the Future

This scientist, Sam Hyde, has a lot of interesting facts you can use in your Thanksgivingmanship activities.

No, but seriously, apparently his schtick used to be to bluff his way into conferences, claiming a series of made-up credentials, and then give, well, the kind of speech you see below. He conned a local TED x conference into letting him speak, claiming to have done all these humanitarian things in Mogadishu, and then... well, you can see. more...

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New Morgan Freeman Thriller Makes $69 In Opening Weekend in UK
— Ace

They're hoping to build up from there, though.

The movie's called Momentum.

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"That Doesn't Sound Like Me:" Chris Christie Surprised by Question About His Entering Politics To Block Efforts to Repeal "Assault Weapons" Ban; Claims to Not Remember It Happening Either Way
— Ace

The Star Ledger (of NJ) said that he had told them this, and reported it long ago.

Christie says "That doesn't sound like me" and claims a failure of memory.

Obviously, Bret Baier did not promise him a "no surprises" interview.

A look of panic spread across Christie’s face. "Yeah, I don't remember saying that. So, you know, we’ll see," he said.

Just then, a quote appeared on the screen—one Christie gave to the Star-Ledger in April 1993--that would seem to contradict his answer.

"The issue which has motivated me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on assault weapons," Christie said at the time.

The full quote, not shown by Fox News, goes even further: "In today's society, no one needs a semiautomatic assault weapon," he said. "We already have too many firearms in our communities."

Christie, who has been enjoying renewed interest in his candidacy after months of low poll numbers, looked dumbfounded by Baier's question.

"Listen, I--that's 22 years ago,” Christie said. "Bret, I don’t remember. I could've! It doesn’t sound like me."

Video at HuffPo.

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CNN "Journalist" Caught Red-Handed Doing Media Favors for Hillary; Politico's Mike Allen Caught Red-Handed Promising Hillary's People a "No Surprises" Interview of Chelsea, in Which Questions Would Be Worked Out Beforehand
— Ace

Hillary wanted some self-serving quotes publicized, and CNN's "journalist" -- the same one who just got suspended for her liberal angst about concerns about Syrian refugees -- duly complied.

She also hit Rand Paul for not attending all the hearings -- just as she was seemingly asked.

Here's that journalist reporting back to Team Hillary about the anti-Rand-Paul tweet she'd tweeted out at their apparent behest:

She also pumped out this quote that Hillary's people wanted out there:

Meanwhile, Gawker catches Politico's Mike Allen promising the Hillary staff (Phil Reines, I think) a "no surprises" interview of Chelsea. I won't link them, but instead will link the Washington Post's alleged journalistic column "The Fix," which, when presented with evidence that a liberal colleague in the media is promising against-the-rules favors to a liberal politician, affixes blame squarely where it belongs: on conservative critics of the media who allege that liberal reporters do favors for liberal politicians.

Here's Mike Allen's email promising a very cozy, reputation-boosting interview for the black hole of negative charisma Chelsea:

We're hosting a Politico New Leaders Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 20, with a brief on-stage interview with moi. We would love to honor Chelsea Clinton, and it sounds like she has some issues, marriage and others, that she enjoys talking about these days. This would be a way to send a message during inaugural week: No one besides me would ask her a question, and you and I would agree on them precisely in advance.

This would be a relaxed conversation, and our innovative format (like a speedy Playbook Breakfast) always gets heavy social-media pickup. The interview would be "no surprises:" I would work with you on topics, and would start with anything she wants to cover or make news on. Quicker than a network hit, and reaching an audience you care about with no risk.

The Washington Post's The Fix column immediately spins for their pal, and lets you know who the real villains are here.

A bit of context might be helpful here, since we’re talking about events that happened almost three years ago: President Obama had just been reelected, and Allen was requesting an interview with Chelsea Clinton on inauguration weekend, which is basically one big party in DC. The news of the moment in Clinton world was that Hillary was just a couple weeks away from stepping down as secretary of state, having previously said she would not serve in Obama’s second term.

One interpretation of Allen’s e-mail to Philippe Reines, the Clinton aide, goes something like this: Hey, I’m looking for just a few minutes with Chelsea during an important time for her mom. This isn’t a probing,"“60 Minutes"-style sit-down, so don't worry about fielding anything out of left field.

Not so bad, right?

But the Republican translation will likely go more like this: What can I do to make Chelsea look good because, as we all know, I and my Web site (and most of the media) live to serve the royal family of the Democratic Party.

The GOP field has already put the media on blast this campaign season. There was that memorable rant by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the third primary debate....

He then goes on to note, disapprovingly, the criticisms lodged about the media by Republican candidates.

Elsewhere in the article, he casts Republican criticisms of the media as phantasmal -- though allowing that this incident looks like it could be evidence of that paranoid fear.

And you can bet the Republican presidential candidates -- who often accuse the media of pro-Clinton bias-- will pounce on this as confirmation of that belief. It's a ready-made "liberal media" conspiracy theory...

Republican White House hopefuls sometimes go looking for bias where it's not obvious, or nonexistent. But, in this case, they won't have to look very hard. This time, Politico made their job easy.

Pro-tip for The Fix: A conspiracy requires more than one person. Mike Allen's wrongdoing was just his wrongdoing.

It's your rushing to his defense, and attacking his critics, all over an incident you concede looks very bad, that makes it a liberal conspiracy.

You're all in this together, and you make it more obvious every single day.

Glenn Thrush: We Do This All The Time. It's No Big Deal.

Correction: Chris Cilizza is the main voice of The Fix, but he's not the only voice -- and he did not write this particular column. I have omitted his name from the post.

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Al Qaeda Terrorist Detonates Suicide Bomb Amidst ISIS Commanders
— Ace

What heavenly joy is this!

A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other.

The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a key ISIS militia known for its bloody and vicious hold over parts of the Golan Heights. Six of the group’s top men were killed, including Muhammad "Abu Ali" al-Baridi, the shadowy head of the group who went by the nickname "The Uncle."

Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, quickly took credit, gloating on Twitter about the "heroic" attack.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer

Bob Ross, "Okay This Is My One Painting Without Happy Trees I Was Having a Bad Day Piss Off" (probably) (n.d.)


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