February 28, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (28 Feb 2015)

Why conservatives will miss Mr. Spock.

Spock was a very rational, intelligent character who often came to opposite conclusions to people around him (if you live in a liberal place or went to a liberal college, you can personally relate to this), but who used logic and common sense to figure things out. If you were to tell Spock there was global warming, he'd whip out his tricorder, take his own readings, and tell you you were wrong. If you described a society to Spock that invited strangers in and gave them unlimited welfare, Spock would clearly call such a society "illogical".

Top photo from Spock and the black cat. more...

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See You In Dabiq [OregonMuse]
— Open Blogger

Jobs for ISIS cartoon.jpg

So, last Friday night, after eating way too much bacon and way too many chocolate chip cookies, and washing it all down with more Valu-Rite than is good for me, I passed out in a drunken stupor fell asleep in front of my computer while I was reading Graeme Wood's excellent article on what ISIS really wants that has been referenced in a number of earlier threads here. Particularly the part where he describes how the seemingly insigificant (to us) city of Dabiq in Syria in reality looms very large in the apocalyptic imaginations of the ISIS theoriticians and I remember thinking how odd this is, and then as I teetered back and forth in a dream-like state between consciousness and unconsciousness, I heard that the 2016 elections were over and Scott Walker had won a great victory.

And at his first press conference, some reporter asked him about ISIS. "Bunch of pussies" President Walker replied, a look of supreme contempt on his face. "They may think they're all tough and shit when beheading teenaged boys or setting women on fire, but put any of those flaccid cowards up against a U.S. Marine and they'll lift up their skirts and go crying back to mama, guaranteed."

Another reporter asked Walker if such a statement is exactly what ISIS wants, and that it would play into their hands. The President's look of contempt turned to disgust. "Play? They won't be able to play anything after I'm through with them, because they'll be dead. I'm calling every one of those delicate petunias out - on Easter Sunday, units of the Unites States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines will converge on the plains of Dabiq (that's in Syria for all of you journos who didn't bother to learn geography), where we'll be opening an extra large can of whoop-ass on their sorry jihadi butts. Although I hate to waste all that firepower. ISIS is such a pathetic bunch of nancy-boys, we could probably take them out with a couple 6-year-old tomboys with BB guns."


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Open Thread: In the Mind of the Beholder [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

OK, sorry to leave you guys with such a downer thread.

In honor of The Dress, here are some optical illusions to amuse you.

This one seems relevant:

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WTF, Missouri? [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

This didn't get much coverage in the conservo-sphere during a news-heavy week, but I think it's tragic. Missouri's auditor, Tom Schweich, who had recently entered the Republican primary for governor, killed himself. Motive unknown at this point:

In a voicemail reportedly left just minutes before died, Schweich is heard asking the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board Tony Messenger to send a reporter to his home.

"Tony, this is Tom Schweich calling," Schweich says in the recording posted on the paper's website. "You can have a reporter here at my house at 2:30."

Schweich also reportedly called and spoke with an Associated Press reporter just minutes earlier.

The Republican gubernatorial hopeful wanted to meet with the reporters to go public with allegations that head of his party had made anti-Semitic statements about him as part of a whisper campaign against him.

"This is only for you two and I hope you will not make it known that I am doing this," said Schweich. "To me, this is more of a religion story than a politics story, but it's your choice on who the reporter is."

Look, I know the responsibility for a suicide* rests on the person committing the act. That said, from what I've gleaned, the Republican primary had already turned very nasty. And it appears that Schweich's allegations about an anti-Jewish whisper campaign had merit: more...

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A Little of This...A Little of That [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Pigs sighted flying over Georgia: The Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Georgia on Tuesday passed the first college resolution this year calling for the school to invest more in its relations with Israel.

The trend in our increasingly anti-freedom universities has been to vilify Israel and make organized attempts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction through student-controlled organizations.


Europe Without Jews? 70 years after the end of WWII and the Holocaust, Hitler might finally get want he wanted


I have no real interest in Kid Rock, other than his interest in brewing beer in his home state of Michigan. But now? I might have to buy some of his music. Kid Rock goes off on Beyonce: 'How can you be that big without a hit?'


The 1911 design is also known for feed-way stoppages, a malfunction caused when a round gets stuck feeding into the chamber, experts said. Horizontal and vertical stovepipes -- types of malfunctions that occur when an empty shell casing gets caught in the ejection port -- are also a problem with the 1911 design.

I noticed this yesterday and was surprised at the descriptions of the 1911. I have one, and have put thousands of rounds through it with a grand total of two stovepipe jams, one of which I blame on underpowered reloads. Marines Allow Operators to Choose Glocks over MARSOC .45s more...

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Saturday Gardening Thread: This Winter Is For The Birds [Y-not, KT, & Weirddave]
— Open Blogger

Good afternoon, gardening morons and moronettes!


Today's thread is brought to you by Josh Groban's February Song:

Without further ado, let's see what KT has in store for us this week:

Chilling Out

My, it has been cold and stormy in parts of the East. Makes me think about retreating indoors for some low-stress activities - just out of sympathy.

After some unseasonably warm weather here, it turned seasonably cool and foggy late last week, then rained. We have had a little frost, too, so I am glad I had my tomato seedlings indoors at night. Some of the potato-leaved plants got a little lacerated in the rain. The leaves were probably a little tender from being indoors part time. Incidentally, I think potato-leaved tomato plants look something like bean seedlings at first. Front and center, below:

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So? And What Does THAT Have To Do With Anything? - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Remember Ace's caution about not destroying careers over one's personal opinions? Well, in this case, he used Olbermann as an example thus I'm not sure many agreed, but his point stands: We cannot micromanage the lives of those around us.

When outside the context of work, and when not specifically conflicting with the terms of a contract or causing direct harm to the organization by which one is employed, one's personal statements should not be used as a hammer to destroy his or her career.

Now, of course, as in most things in life, there are exceptions:

You believe in animal sacrifice and apply for a job at a pet store? Nuh uh.

You have swastikas tattooed on your arms and now want to serve kosher foods? Nope.

You've actively perpetrated a lie which resulted in great loss to property, and frightened an entire community, but want to be trusted with national news? Apply to MSNBC!

See, I told you there were exceptions.

I don't need to rehash Ace's more articulate post, but I do want to provide an example of just what it is he has been talking about.

A few days ago I was waiting for my takeout pizza and killed the time by doing something I rarely do: I picked up the local indy rag and was immediately drawn to the cover story.

Meet Jacksonville's Newest Port Consultant:
Dr. Dr. Herbert Barber Jr.

(that's not a typo) thinks the country's going to hell, really dislikes the "ugly" poor, and believes Obama is "more anti-American than any ten thousand terrorists."
Now he'll help decide the fate of one of the most important (and expensive) infrastructure projects in Northeast Florida.

I snorted upon reading it, and that's just the cover. Literally, it was sort of a choking and snorting sound all at once. And I said to myself, "So? What the hell does that have to do with anything?"


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Fundamental Concepts - Molon Labe [Weirddave]
— Open Blogger

In 480BC, Xerxes of Persia demanded that the Greeks under King Leonidas of Sparta surrender their weapons. King Leonidas responded with a laconic "Molon labe", which translates as "Come and take them" and a legend was born. Even though the Greeks lost the Battle of Thermopylae that followed, King Leonidas' stirring phrase has echoed with defiance down through history. The phrase has a rich history in America, too. From Fort Morris, Georgia, to Gonzales, Texas to Second Amendment defenders today, "Come and Take It" resonates in American hearts.



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Saturday Politics Thread: Labor Policies, part II [Y-not]
— Open Blogger

Good morning! After a brief hiatus, we'll be resuming examining our top prospects' records and views with respect to labor policies, especially public employee unions and right-to-work.

This will be a little less thorough than usual as I have been feeling under the weather this week. However, I wanted to continue with our issues coverage rather than take another week off.

In February 14th's Saturday Politics Thread I reviewed two major labor issues, public employee unions and the so-called Right-to-Work movement. Please refer to that post for background.

As we go to review the 7 GOP prospects we've been covering, I thought it would be helpful to add a graphic that shows the political environment in which they were (or are) working:

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Early Morning Thread 2/28/15: Visions from Spiritus Mundi. [krakatoa]
— Open Blogger

Some week, eh?

Hey, at least we made it to another weekend.

I'm going to play with my 1 year old daughter and try to forget for a day or two about the assaults on my liberties from the Left & the Right.

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February 27, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (27 Feb 2015)

I have a feeling a bunch of you morons are potential terrorists based on official government documents.

1. Those that talk about "individual liberties"
2. Those that advocate for states' rights
3. Those that want "to make the world a better place"
4. "The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule"
5. Those that are interested in "defeating the Communists"

Many more listed at the link. more...

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Things Which Are Quokkas And Things Which Are Not Quokkas Open Thread
— Ace

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Major Opponent of Vladimir Putin, Get This, Gunned Down In the Street
— Ace

They pushed the Reset button on Boris Nemtsov.

A leading Russian opposition politician, former deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.

An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told Russia's Interfax news agency.


"Several people" had got out of a car and shot him, it added.

He was known to be a reformer and was had earlier served as governor of one of Russia's biggest cities. (Not a typo; the BBC called the position "governor.")



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Boeher Attempts to Capitulate to Reid and Obama; Fails
— Ace

So, Boehner was attempting to pass a three week "clean" CR to keep Homeland Security funded short-term. Even though this was short-term, it does seem to represent a capitulation; the Democrats demand a clean bill or they themselves will shut the government down, so Boehner and McConnell of course have to capitulate completely to keep The Democrats from shutting down the government.

Boehner tried to do this with only Republican votes; I guess Democrats were told not to vote for it.

Boehner has failed -- not enough Republicans were willing to get on their knees and fellate Harry Reid.

Oh, hundreds were willing. But not quite enough.

Catching up a bit now: Boehner could have lost 27 defectors and still passed the bill.

But he lost a full 51 Republicans.

I do not believe Boehner has the confidence to lead his caucus. I think that is becoming more obvious every day.

Losing a 51 votes on a must-have vote shows that there is something wrong with the leadership. Not enough Republicans are following him. They are willing to openly defy him and humiliate him.

It is time for a new leadership which can better lead both wings of the party.

Leadership that does not include Kevin McCarthy.

Update: This defeat comes hours after the DHS will run out of funding authorization, so I guess we'll be having a (very partial) shutdown (limited to nonessential personnel).

Update [JohnE]: Full list of GOP nays (52, not 51 as Ace embarrassingly claimed above).

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AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, @KatTimpf
— andy

National Review's Katherine Timpf joins Ace, John and Drew to discuss a couple of stories from her You Can't Be F'n Serious! beat, including:

Wesleyan Now Offering LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM Housing (Not a Typo)


Actually, Red-Carpet Reporters Should Ask What You’re Wearing

But before that, Washington Free Beacon Digital Managing Editor and AoSHQ Special Hillary Correspondent Andrew Stiles drops in for a long-overdue Clinton update.

Intro: Everything Is Awesome - Teagan and Sara
Outro: Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw

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Open thread in the comments

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Lawless: Having Been Shot Down by Federal Courts Twice In Attempting to Vote Themselves Powers Not Granted Them By Congress, Obama's FCC Violates the Law a Third Time and Once Again Pronounces Themselves Lords of the Internet
— Ace

The left has been agitating for this endlessly, and twice before -- in 2010, I think, and then again in 2014 -- the FCC acted unconstitutionally to assert power over the Internet, bequeathing upon themselves a jurisdiction never delegated to them by Congress.

In 2014, the last time a Federal Court told the FCC it was acting unconstitutionally, there were suggestions that it would try again a third time, this time by using a different tactic.

It has now in fact used that tactic. The internet is an "information service" over which the FCC has no power. So the FCC has decided, on its own authority, to declare the Internet a "telecomunications service," over which it does have authority.

Note that Congress did not make this important change in definition. An agency charged with executing the law as Congress passes it has decided that it itself would change the law.

We are no longer a democracy, and as there is no longer even a fictive consent of the governed in our laws, there no longer exists any philosophical basis for obeying the government. Now obedience is simply required by practical considerations: because they will kill or imprison you if you don't obey.

Whether this move is good or bad is besides the point. But it is, you know, as bad as you would guess.

Peter Suderman considers the possibility that this Will To Power Grab will itself be struck down in court; I suppose the odds of that are good, but I do wonder at what point people stop resisting fascist tyranny, and simply give in to it, when the out of control and frankly terrifying government demonstrates that it simply will not stop until it collects all political power into its hands.

In the meantime, though, it means that the FCC has taken an unprecedented and fear-reaching step in order to make good on one of the Obama administration's long-running political priorities--a step that solves no significant existing problem, but is instead designed largely to fend off hypothetical harms, and give the agency far more power over the Internet in the process.

As Commissioner Pai told ReasonTV, the move is a "solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist." It is a solution, however, that is now in place, and is sure to create some problems of its own.

What is truly shocking is the complete disdain this Administration has for the rule of law and for our constitutional processes. They understand that these are the moves of a fascist tyranny, and they're okay with that.

We no longer live in a democratic republic, in which the ordinary citizen can be said, at least constructively, to have consented to the laws which bind him; we now simply live under whatever laws the gangsters occupying our government have decided to inflict upon us.

Beginning in 2009, the American Government went to war with the people it supposedly "served;" in 2015, it won that war.

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Leonard Nimoy, Beloved Creator of "ALF," Dead at 83
— Ace

Nanoo-nanoo, my friend.


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"Potential Criminal Activity" As IRS Straight-Up Lies to Congress and Refuses to Look for Back-Up Tapes for Lois Lerner Emails
— Ace

Every IT-savvy commenter and coblogger was saying that all of these emails are periodically backed up to tapes which are always available.

The IRS kept claiming they weren't. They claimed they were lost, or missing, or "recycled" every six months.

People not in the IRS kept saying "Bullshit, the point of the tapes is to keep them forever."

So yes. This new investigator, Mr. Camus, set out to find the tapes which the IRS head swore under oath did not exist and he found them. In two weeks.


This suggests the very real policy that multiple hands at the IRS deliberately lied to Congress in order to end Congress' search for the tapes, and that they further did not do the minimum due diligence required by law in cooperating with a federal subpoena: As Mr. Camus states, when he went to the storage facility in West Virginia, which is "exactly where you'd expect [the tapes] to be," the IT people there found them immediately, and furthermore said that no one had ever before asked for the tapes.

See the second video as well. Camus recovered 424 new tapes only because a document tipped him to the existence of these tapes. But the IRS withheld that document from him, seeking, it appears, to hide the existence of this tapes from the duly-authorized investigators.

The IRS withheld the document from him; apparently he got hold of it by other means.

And here's one of the emails recently recovered from these allegedly lost, destroyed, or recycled tapes:

Update: JohnE and I published at the same minute. So let's merge them.Here is JohnE's post:

Not even a smidgen.

The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
424 new tapes have recently been recovered, which will undoubtedly have more Lerner emails on them. The inspector general refuses to say this outright (citing the ongoing investigation), but it's fairly clear that the IRS intentionally withheld documents that would have revealed the existence of these tapes. Rep Jordan presses him on this point here.

Meanwhile, check the date on this screencap of a Lois Lerner:

It was only a few weeks before this email that House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp first sent a letter to the IRS questioning the possible targeting of conservatives.

On a positive note, the IRS rewarded Lerner with nearly $130,000 in bonuses. So, y'know, it's not all bad news.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer

George Inness, "Twilight" (c. 1860)

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ATF Moves To Ban AR-15 Ammo
— JohnE.

Believe it or not, this is only one of three jaw-dropping and lawless moves by the Obama Administration this week. Oh, we'll get to the others in a bit.

While the media dry-humping itself over Walker gotchas and inane llama and dress color stories, the ATF is doing this:

As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Not coincidentally, the AR-15 is among the firearms the Obama Administration has unsuccessfully sought to outlaw. If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples.
They are honest-to-God moving to eliminate all AR-15 ammunition from the market. This was always a fringe lefty pipe-dream of the "just tax ammo at $15 per round" variety, but now it's a reality. Call your Congressman, for real this time.

Also check out Kevin Williamson's rundown on this.

Related: Did I bulk-order a bunch of 5.56 rounds yesterday? I'd prefer not to say. more...

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