September 29, 2015

Morning Thread (9-29-2015)
— andy

Welcome, those of you who survived the super blood moon celestial body alignment thingy.

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September 28, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (9-28-2015)
— Maetenloch

Attention Morons: Submit Your Jindal Questions Before The Rush!

Quote of the Day I

His speeches were fatuous and evasive pabulum, and already forgotten. I am not a Catholic but I understand that, unlike the position of Archbishop of Canterbury, where total contempt from the congregants more or less comes with the job, the Bishop of Rome is generally held in some respect by his church. So last week, out of deference to Catholic readers' sensibilities, I confined myself to an aside:

Best to talk about the dangers of "climate change", as the Pope is doing this week, even as in the heart of Christendom the post-Christian future is showing up at the express check-in.

As the years go by, I like to write about what matters. And in this last seven days, the Mohammed cartoons and the "refugee" tide now engulfing Europe both matter more than "POPE CAME TO THE USA". His Holiness in fact has chosen not to matter, even as European politicians take decisions that will guarantee "Christendom" will be non-Christian. There is something shallow and decadent about a pontiff who prioritizes "climate change" even as every last Christian is driven from the Archeparchy of Mosul. What will they say of such a pope? That he fiddled with the thermostat while Rome burned?

-- Mark Steyn in Last Laughs in Europe

Quote of the Day II

Which translates to something like:

After that the conference ended. Some of the participants had to split up because the pre-booked restaurant became afraid to deal with the Free Speech Society and the speakers they'd invited.

That's true. They did. We were escorted by officers from the PET, the Danish Security Service. But the minute the restaurant discovered that, the management - some joint called Fiat - canceled. Compared to what happened to Charlie Hebdo, that's a small price to pay, but it is still a price, and a telling one. Those who defend freedom for all wind up with less than anybody: airlines that won't fly them, theatres that won't book them, and even crappy Italian restaurants that won't serve 'em a few pasta shells at the end of a hard day defending liberty.

-- Mark Steyn

Quote of the Day III

So to be clear: A woman who's had a single sip of alcohol is unable to consent to sex. But a profoundly retarded man who can't speak or eat on his own can. More of that Male Privilege at work, I guess.

-- Glenn Reynolds

Quote of the Day IV

BY "DENYING ABORTIONS" THEY MEAN "NOT PAYING FOR ABORTIONS:" The US Just Decided to Continue Denying Abortions to Rape Victims Worldwide. By this logic, the U.S. government is also denying Corvettes to middle-aged men worldwide.

-- Glenn Reynolds

Quote of the Day V - The Incoherence of the Trump Edition

Scott Pelley: What's your plan for Obamacare?

Donald Trump: Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what's going on with premiums where they're up 40, 50, 55 percent.

Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?

Donald Trump: There's many different ways, by the way. Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, "No, no, the lower 25 percent that can't afford private. But-"

Scott Pelley: Universal health care.

Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.

Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?

Donald Trump: They're going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably-

Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Donald Trump: -the government's gonna pay for it. But we're going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it's going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.

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Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it's going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we're going to take in the same or more money. And I think we're going to have something that's going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don't raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we're not raising taxes.

-- Donald Trump in a 60 Minutes interview

The Greatest Scientific Scandal of the Last 100 Years:  Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered

And by altered they mean that temperatures from before 1965 were lowered and later temperatures were increased. This is not science; this is fraud.

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The Problematic Matt Damon: Gay Actors Should Try Acting Straight, If They Want to Prove They're Really Actors
— Ace

Everything's a Problem awards him three pinch-faced Problematics, which seems low to me.

He thinks attitudes are changing, and welcomes the introduction of same-sex marriage in California in 2008. "I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly," he continues. "But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play."


Actually, Everything's a Problem (a parody of an SJW tumbr site run by Sonny Bunch) is trying to hint, while staying "in character," that Damon may mostly be talking about his own choice to keep his private life private, or about the general annoyance of having to deny gay rumors about himself.

That is to say, faced with an area of questioning he found to be uncomfortable, he just sort of mumbled something off the cuff that was intended to be incoherently deflective and which doesn't necessarily reflect his well-thought out beliefs (if such a thing exists).

But of course the Social Justice Media pounced, as you can see from the thirty six million denunciations of Matt Damon that any "matt damon gay" google search will disclose.


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Time For a Laugh
— JohnE.

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Bill Maher: Ahmad "Invented" a Clock Like Someone "Pouring Cheerios Into Bowl Invented Cereal"
— Ace

I think a commenter here beat him to that joke, by the way.

He finally watched the video of Ahmad's "clock invention."

The point of this is that word is going to get out. Maher plays the video in his show.

Sure, you can read that blog piece about how trivial an act of "invention" this was, but seeing is believing. That video is powerful.

The media can't play this video for the same reason it can't play the Planned Parenthood videos they claim "simply don't exist."

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RNC Vice Chair: McConnell Must Resign
— Ace

Before getting to that, read Ben Domenech's indictment of McConnell, and McConnellism.

Domenench notes that McConnell could have broken the Democrats' filibuster of a Defense appropriation bill this past June -- but that would have required McConnell and his aged hens to actually work for a living, including working weekends.

McConnell could have both broken the filibuster and then campaigned hard against the Democrats for blocking payments to our troops-- if he'd been willing to sacrifice some weekend Me-Time.


Instead, McConnell did what Democrats expected him to do. He griped about it, moved on, and looked to a continuing resolution. He extracted no price at all from Reid and his caucus for shutting down the budget process. There was no pain or penalty for Democrats for killing the appropriations process. That, after all, would have required working weekends.

The truth is that the budget process, in the absence of earmarks, is extremely inconvenient for members. Republican leadership was not serious about restoring it -- requiring them to rake members over coals for weeks on end and degrade the quality of life of being in the Senate. McConnell would be viewed as a giant a-hole, sure --– but this is what it takes. Eventually, Democrats would have broken, and the appropriations process would have proceeded. So today, instead of looking at a looming shutdown, it would be at most a couple of departments at risk of losing funding.

Senate Republican leaders have allowed the obstruction of the budget process (Congress's core reason for, you know, existing). They chose personal convenience over the hard work of breaking the Democrats. And they conceded themselves to the view that President Obama has the power of the purse, and Republicans should be satisfied running against his abuse of it.

Had he done that, the most critical parts of government would have been funded, so a shutdown would tend to shutdown the parts of the government that primarily service liberals -- not as dangerous a thing for the GOP.

Which is why the Democrats didn't want the troops funded -- they want to keep doing this by CR, because they know the cowardly, lazy McConnell won't tangle with them when it comes to the power of the purse.

McConnell might prefer that situation himself -- as it gives this well-compensated layabout a constant excuse as to why he should not work a bit harder.

Now RNC Vice Chair Richard Villiere writes on his FaceBook page that it's time for this low-energy clock-puncher to go.

"McConnell needs to resign!!" Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting.

Mr. Villere isn't just any Republican. He’s the longest-serving state GOP chairman in the nation, with 12 years on the job, and is the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, the GOP’s national governing body. He also serves on the RNC’s executive committee that makes decisions alongside Chairman Reince Priebus.


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Mr. Villere did say what specifically about Mr. McConnell makes his state's rank-and-file GOP voters so dyspeptic that they want him out as leader -- his failure to challenge executive overreach by President Obama or fight to repeal Obamacare and other unpopular measures.

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"If we lose the battle, we will never win the presidency again in my lifetime," said Mr. Villere, who is 66. "I've worked for 12 years as chairman to build this party, and I just don't want to see it all go down the drain because they aren’t willing to fight for what we believe in. Our base is demanding we do something or they're going to leave us."

Many of us already have.

It's useful to consider what the main goal of an employee of a company is. No, it's not to advance the company's agenda. That is a secondary or subsidiary goal.

The main goal is to continue drawing a paycheck, in fact, to be paid more if possible, and to do do so while doing the least amount of work.

Now that does entail occasionally doing something that might advance the company's goals.

The reason we have managers at all is to change the incentives that employees naturally have -- to let them know that mere time-serving and check-collecting is not good enough, and that the company demands actual effective effort in exchange for their continuing patronage of the employee.

Mitch McConnell and the rest of the gang of Merry Layabouts are firmly thinking about what is easiest for them -- what takes the least amount of work, what will result in the greatest amount of security. They don't want to rock the boat because, egads!, that could wind up with them needing to find a real job out in the private sector where people actually demand results.

So they go along to get along.

The only thing capable of changing this is for management -- us -- to ride their asses hard and to let them know their jobs aren't even on the line any longer -- their jobs are already forfeit, unless they can win them back.

But before we even entertain coming back to serve as managers for this lazy, selfish collection of loser employees, we need Mitch McConnell, the Laziest Low-Energy Slob in the Senate, to go.

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Howie Kurtz: I Award The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" Four Pinnochios (an Outright Lie) for His Awarding Carly Fiorina Three Pinnochios
— Ace

Corrected: I wrote that Glenn Kessler had written the "fact check" under discussion. He did not; it was Michelle Ye Hee Lee. Apologies to Mr. Kessler.

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This is a really good thing Kurtz does here. For a long time, we have suffered these intensely-partisan claimedly-neutral "fact checkers" who scan Democrat lies for ways in which they could, possibly, be claimed to be true (or ("half true," if a total lie), while vigorously dreaming up hypotheticals in which a true Republican statement can be deemed a lie (or merely "half true," if obviously true).

Howard Kurtz now fact-checks Michele Ye Hee Lee's "fact-checking" about whether Carly Fiorina started off as a secretary.

Here's the thing: She did. Period. Lee offers up strange reasoning to debunk this -- that she served as secretary between law school and business school -- yet she just seems to want to avoid saying that it's true

She did start as a secretary. There is no question about it.

Certainly there's not a "Three Pinnocios" lie contained within it.

For her heroic service to the Hillary Cause, Howard Kurtz awards Michelle Ye Hee Lee four Pinnocios -- a full-on lie with no redeeming truth in it.

We need more of this. We need someone, Fox I guess being the obvious candidate, to fact-check the fact-checkers as a regular thing, in maybe twice-a-week columns.

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Next Republican Debate, To Be Broadcast By CNBC, Will Require Candidates to Demonstrate "Viability" to Take the Stage; Will Have Fewer Than 10 Candidates
— Ace

Chuck Todd is creating the ground-rules, so you know: Gold Standard.

Obviously, those candidates at the bottom are making noise about this. Being eliminated from the debate -- and there is not yet any word of a second-tier debate, as we've had in the past -- would be close to an Official Word from The Cathedral that some candidates aren't real candidates.

And we'd have the Media playing their favorite role once again: The Deciders.

Politico's Alex Isenstat and Hadas Gold:


While the RNC doesn’t set the rules, it does have a voice in working with the networks running the debates. The committee has not said how many candidates will be allowed into the primetime debate, which will be held in Boulder, Colorado, and broadcast on CNBC. Nor are there any indications there will be an undercard event, as there have been in the first two debate showdowns of the primary season.


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A senior adviser to another Republican candidate also expressed suspicion that the party was looking to winnow the field of candidates. "Insiders in Washington want to limit the debates because they want their two favorites, Bush and Rubio, to take on Donald Trump," the adviser said. "They're whispering in [RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus’s ear that, ‘The stage is too big, make it smaller.’"

The radio silence extends beyond the entry criteria to other aspects of the debate -- such as who the moderators will be, and how long the duration will be.

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"Let's just say the goal is to create a threshold that candidates have to meet to qualify for the stage rather than committing to putting 10 candidates on the stage. And I don’t think we should commit to more than 10-candidate debates. You have to be viable. So now we're in debate three it's time to show viability and only the viable ones survive," Todd said during an interview on ESPN radio last week.

"It's time to show viability." Where do these assholes get this kind of cocky false authority to issue pronouncements like that, as if speaking on behalf of the Pope?

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Marco Rubio: I Have A Plan To Further Another Long Held Democratic Dream.
— DrewM

Not content with helping in usher permanent liberal majorities through mass amnesty, Marco Rubio has a proposal to advance the ball on paid family leave.

"Our policies should help workers, not cost them their jobs," the Florida senator will say, according to excerpts provided by his campaign. "I believe we can fix this problem by creatively applying our free enterprise principles in a way that encourages businesses to choose to offer more paid family leave."

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"They say the only way to solve this problem is to raise taxes, grow government, and place crippling requirements on private companies," Rubio will say, per his prepared remarks, referencing Obamacare. "I believe we can fix this problem by creatively applying our free enterprise principles in a way that encourages businesses to choose to offer more paid family leave."

And what's the "free enterprise" solution to this problem that's none of the government's business? Why another tax credit of course. Companies will get a credit for 25% of the wages they spend on an employee up to $4,000 over 12 weeks.

The left is naturally embracing this compromise position. No wait. They are doing what they always do...say it's not enough.

This is how government grows. Liberals identify a problem that the government "must do something about". Conservatives point out that it's not the government's place to do this. Then Team GOP moderates come in with a big-government "conservative" idea. Democrats claim the moderate GOP idea is cheap and propose something even bigger and something between the leftwing dream and Team GOP's idea is adopted. And then it grows. And grows. And grows. And then the leftwing dream is realized.

The reality is the Team GOP types will ALWAYS be outbid by the left. There's no margin for small government conservatives in playing this game.

But hey, Rubio gives lovely speeches. So go with that.

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Open Thread
— rdbrewer


Vincent Van Gogh, "Undergrowth" (1887)

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September 27, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (9-27-2015)
— Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

If it's not the crusades, it's the cartoons.

-- George W. Bush explaining to Mark Steyn why he didn't worry much about the Muslim world's attitude towards the west

Quote of the Day II

I wouldn't be so sure Muslim "refugees" are likely to save the village pub. Better plan for a smaller Oktoberfest. Mr Weiner never asks: What is a German village without Germans? Where the butcher is Halal, and the church is a mosque, and no one wears lederhosen because showing your knees is verboten, and the school makes "unclean" menstruating girls sit at the back during Friday prayers...

..."I want to go to Germany". If everyone goes to Germany, there will be no Germany to go to. But Angela Merkel has given a generation of young men from the Mahgreb to the Hindu Kush their battle cry. And the lesson of this month is that no one will stop them.

Oh, don't get me wrong. There are real refugees in Europe, and there will be more: Ask a Jew in Toulouse, a gay in Amsterdam, an uncovered woman in Rosengard...

-- Mark Steyn

Quote of the Day III

I appreciate the Prime Minister's [Chamberlain's] love of peace. I know the horrors of war - a great deal better than he can. But when he returns from saving our skins from a blackmailer at the price of other people's flesh, and waves.a piece of paper with Herr Hitler's name on it, if it were not ghastly, it would be grotesque. No doubt he has never read Mein Kampf in German. But to forget, so utterly, the Reichstag fire, and the occupation of the Rhineland, and 30 June 1934 [the Night of the Long Knives], and the fall of Austria! We have lost the courage to see things as they are. And yet Herr Hitler has kindly put down for us in black and white that programme he is so faithfully carrying out.

-- Cambridge don, F.L. Lucas in a letter to the Manchester Guardian on October 4, 1938

Quote of the Day IV

Madam Hillary's physician declares that all is well, but our correspondent is not so sure. He concludes: "It is frightening to think we could have a brain injured senior citizen as our president."

-- PowerLine on Hillary's head injury

Quote of the Day V

Private gun owners in America buy more AR-15 rifles in a year than the US military would need to completely re-equip its entire inventory.

-- WeaponsMan remarking on whether Colt will be saved by their new M4A1 military contract

Quote of the Day VI - Australia Without Handbrakes Edition

Texas is like Australia with the handbrake off. There is no individual income tax and no corporate income tax, which explains the state's rapid economic and population growth. A recent downturn has sparked some concern, however. Apparently Texas will only create another 150,000 jobs during 2015 - about the same number as Australia, from a population only a few million larger. In a good year, that number of jobs is easily generated by a single Texan city.

...The friendly mood of the man at the rental car counter shifts a little when I tell him I'm Austin-bound. 'Why?' he asks. Then he warns me against drag racing. The car is a Kia.

Well, here's one reason to head for Austin. I'm staying at the sprawling compound of mysterious internet identity David Burge, among America's most perceptive and hilarious online commentators. A routine is quickly established. By night, the Burges take me around Austin's finest and lowest establishments (often they're the same). By day Dave runs whatever business he's involved in - stolen human organs, for all I know - while Mrs Burge and I check out the sights. I buy a pair of shoes at a store that also sells pistols, rifles and semi-autos, drop by Torchy's for a Trailer Park Taco (experienced hands know to order them 'extra trashy') and then we wheel the Burge family's train-sized Ford F150 through a car wash. Remarkably, the car wash is beneath a scale replica of the University of Texas tower - a structure notorious for gunman Charles Whitman's 1966 killing spree, which reduced the university's need for graduation diplomas by 14. 'You should have seen it before,' an employee tells me. 'The university made us change the top so it didn't look the same.' The university is notable, of course, for reasons other than Whitman's mass slaying. For a start, it's the only place in Austin where people seem glum. UT attendees are just as beat-down and dismal as any sad second-year sociology students at the University of Sydney. In 1966, UT students rushed to their dormitories, grabbed their rifles and pinned Whitman down while police stormed the tower. The current mob look like they'd read Sylvia Plath's poetry at him. A statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, has stood at the university since 1933. The day after I photographed it the statue was removed due to complaints about racism. Students cheered. Finally, something made them happy. The bronze statue is now destined for a museum, where it will presumably appear alongside other university relics such as jokes, freedom of speech and students who aren't total whiny bitches.

-- Tim Blair on his recent visit to Texas.

The Super Blood Moon Total Eclipse is Coming

Tonight:

The total eclipse coincides with the full moon nearest the fall equinox, known as the harvest moon. What's more, the moon is at its closest approach to Earth for the year, making it also a supermoon or perigee moon. That's why it's being coined by some as a Super Harvest Blood Moon-a mouthful to be sure. This confluence has happened only five times since 1900. According to NASA, the last time we saw this celestial triple combination was in 1982, and it won't repeat until 2033.

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Football Thread: Late Game Edition [CBD]
— Open Blogger

So....The Denver Broncos are playing the slightly sad-sack Detroit Lions.

Although...Manning is clearly on the downside of his career. Maybe Ndamukong Suh will sack him and stomp his leg for good measure...that should even things up.

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And because everyone should get a participation trophy, this is for the seven Lions fans out there.

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Food Thread: Keep It Simple Stupid [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Sometimes complexity is a good thing. There are food writers who specialize in simplifying recipes to the point of absurdity, and then claiming that the food is just as good as the more involved original recipes or techniques. Every once and awhile they are correct, but in general, complexity -- really just multi-step and multi-ingredient cooking -- is grounded in the only thing that matters: taste. Layers of flavor are often more interesting and pleasing to the palate than the equivalent simple dish. Not always, obviously; a great steak cooked on the grill with salt is pretty damned close to the Platonic Ideal of food.

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And soft-shells are another. I popped for two yesterday...probably the last of the season, but they looked so good that the temporary pain of selling my left kidney to pay for them was worth it.

Non-stick pan on medium-high, a tablespoon of butter, and cook on one side until golden. Then flip, cook a few more minutes, and voila! Done. Total time: about five minutes. Total ingredients: two. more...

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Football Sunday in America! - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Hoo boy!

The Jags play the Pats today. I'll be watching through clinched fingers, the same way I watched The Omen, and the Republican debates.

It ain't gonna be pretty.

The NFL schedule can be found here.

Today's featured elbows matchup: The Saints and the Panthers.


And, I hear there's been a bit of stormy weather in North Carolina, pushing floodwaters into the Outer Banks.

I don't see a problem here....


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Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-27-2015: Sloganeering [OregonMuse]
— Open Blogger


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The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Also, assless chaps don't count. Serious you guys. Kilts are OK, though. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.


I hate to read books but a friend said he read the dictionary and that the Zebra did it.
-Stanley Victor Paskavich


On The Chanting of Slogans

OK, so, last week when we were discussing Paul Ehrlich's Amazon review of Mark Steyn's book, I said it wasn't so much of a review as it was just Ehrlich shouting slogans at a protest rally. What's pathetic is not only do they do this, but they are specifically taught to do this by their own language and semantics gurus. Don't believe me? Then behold: The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic by George Lakoff. Ace mentioned this book in a 2012 thread, based on zombie's merciless shellacking of it earlier. It's a dumb book full of dumb crap, and if progs read it, they'll end up believing a bunch of dumb crap that bears no relationship to the real world (which is kind of what they do, anyway). It's also a mystifying book, mysterious because, why does Lakoff think that mindlessly chanting your own talking points to the exclusion of all else would be a good way to get your message out? Zombie pointed out that one of the chief practitioners of this mindless rhetorical style is DNC spokesthing Debbie Wassermsn Schultz. But look at her. Listen to her. She's the queen of buffoons (as zombie says). Does Lakoff really think that she's an effective communicator to anyone but Democrats? The idea is so preposterous that pretty much everyone has concluded that Lakoff's Little Blue Book is not so much an instruction manual for Democratic evangelism, but rather a book of procedures for reassuring and reinforcing the faithful progressive remnant. It's like they take comfort in sitting around smelling their own bad breath.

Not that there's anything new about this. In 1950, Theodore Adorno published the progressive classic book, The Authoritarian Personality (Studies in Prejudice) wherein he attempted to argue "scientifically" that conservative political beliefs are the result of some sort of psychological disorder. Because, you see, nobody could *possibly* believe that stuff. Nobody normal, that is. Which makes Adorno kind of the Pauline Kael of social psychologists.

I found this book recommendation in the comments:

A great backgrounder to Zombie's review is a book on political morality by Jonathan Haidt called "Righteous Mind." It is the most intellectually stimulating book I've read in a decade.

He has questioned almost a quarter a million people and finds that there are six aspects of morality. Liberals only uses two, maybe three moral aspects (caring for others and freedom from tyranny) while conservatives have to balance all six. Obviously, conservatives have a more complex worldview, one that has ensured our species' survival...

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Whitehall is referring to Haidt's book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, in which the author, the professor of "Ethical Leadership" (is that even a discipline?) at New York University's Stern School of Business, examines

the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim—that we are fundamentally groupish. It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation.

The prog left is howling mad at Haidt for coming to conclusions they don't like. But he doesn't care which side wins, he just wants to know what the truth is. A quality conspicuously absent from Lakoff's book.

Haidt is also the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and with a title like that, you know that any thoroughgoing prog is most likely going to hate it.

In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger-can enrich and even transform our lives.

Happiness is actually easier: do you know the 10 Commandments? Keep 'em. And if you fail, keep 'em again. Keep doing this. If you do, you'll be fine, more often then not.

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EMT 09/27/15 [krakatoa]
— Open Blogger

Time to grind the coffee.

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September 26, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (26 Sep 2015)
— CDR M

Ruminations on the 2016 election.

there's no Reagan on the horizon and the current ruling elite is not going to be swayed by appeals to God and country.

The current crop is a different sort of ruling class. Their only allegiances are to their class and the global financial elite that supports them. It's why both parties rallied around the Iran deal, for example. Global players like Boeing, Halliburton and their bankers had pending deals with Iran. National security and long standing loyalties to allies in the region simply did not matter.

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Chuck Berry: Rock Reviewer [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Chuck Berry reviews Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Clash and many more, 1980

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The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen"

What's this guy so angry about anyway? Guitar work and progression is like mine. Good backbeat. Can't understand most of the vocals. If you're going to be mad at least let the people know what you're mad about.

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