November 30, 2016

30 Days Hath November ONT
— Open Blogger

Well, it's that time of year again. No matter how much it seems like just yesterday it was spring, tomorrow is December 1st.

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I rather like Christmastime. It may seem silly and old fashioned to people of the more cynical sort, but I enjoy the Christmas spirit. For me it usually kicks in about the second or third week of December and it makes everything brighter. And yes, unless I happen to know that someone is of a different faith, everyone gets a cheery “Merry Christmas” from me. You can take that happy holidays crap and shove it up your....chimney.
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Old Rich White People's Party Continues Losing Tradition
— Open Blogger

Pelosi may be a fine parliamentarian, and she certainly wields the whip effectively, but if the Democrat Party thinks that she is just the woman to lead them to the promised land of election success, they are deluded. Pelosi holds onto leadership

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign, defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in a closed-door vote prompted largely by Donald Trump’s unlikely ascension to the White House.

Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan's 63 — winning 68 percent of the votes after declaring before the election that she had the support of two-thirds of the caucus. The victory sends a message that while there's a growing appetite for major changes in the party's leadership structure and messaging tactics, it's not strong enough to loosen Pelosi's grip on a liberal-heavy group that's rarely challenged her authority.

She is a San Francisco millionaire whose husband is a rent-seeking businessman. She is completely out of touch with the electorate, but has remained in power because she is completely in touch with inside-the-beltway money and influence. If Trump's victory taught them nothing else, it should have taught them that after many years of status quo leading to our current mess, voters sort of like change, even when that change is Trump.

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Romney After Trump Meeting: "I've Been Impressed by What I've Seen"
— Ace

My (weakly-held) theory is that Trump really wants that public apology, and a lot of the drama going on right now is an attempt to extract it from Romney.

This isn't explicitly an apology, but he praises Trump enough (almost) as to be in contradiction of his campaign-season statements about Trump, in which he called Trump a "con man" and a "fraud."

Will Trump take Romney's plain contradiction of his past claims as a de facto apology, or is going to insist on the "I apologize" formulation?

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Pence, Trump Used Carrots and Possible Stick to Convince Carrier to Leave Close to 1000 Jobs in the US
— Ace

Carrier was singled out by Trump repeatedly on the campaign trail due to its plan to shutter a US factory and move it to Mexico.

Carrier has now said it's reached a "compromise" and will be keeping almost 1000 jobs in Indiana. (They had until now employed 1,400 there.)

Carrier's mind seems to have been changed by Pence offering some level of subsidy to the company (a tax break or what not; terms are undisclosed) and United Technology -- Carrier's parent corporation -- realizing that their big, huge military contracts might be in jeopardy if they moved the plant out of the US.

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Adam Carolla, Dennis Prager Teaming Up For Documentary on College "Safe Spaces"
— Ace

The title is "No Safe Space" but I sure hope that's a working title. We can do better than that. How about Adult Babies Making Pee-Pee and Poo-Poo All Over the School?

I hope they really blast these brats.

"When did everyone become such a colossal pussy? Having your beliefs challenged is as American as apple pie,” says podcaster-comedian Adam Carolla, who will tour the country's college campuses with radio talk-show host Dennis Prager for a documentary movie titled No Safe Spaces.

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The movie will also explore the phenomenon whereby conservatives who are invited to speak at universities are routinely shouted down or, in some cases, disinvited due to liberal opposition, say the filmmakers.

"College campuses are supposed to be where diversity of opinion is celebrated, not silenced," Carolla said.

Via Safe Space Ekdahl (@johnekdahl).

Oh, and this is worth reading -- a social justice warrior alarmed the Secret Service about her menacing Trump tweets that they paid her a visit. A professor on campus wrote an editorial about this very special snowflake. He got in this delightful little burn:

"Her claims to be a 'queer Muslim' are probably part of an act designed to fit into as many victim categories as humanly possible," Adams elaborates. "Sometimes I wonder whether LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Thespian. So much drama, so few letters in the alphabet."

Now the other snowflakes are claiming his criticism of her is "threatening" or whatever.


The university has said, properly, that the fact that something is upsetting does not mean it's "threatening."

Update: Mark Wahlberg tells his fellow celebrities living in "the bubble" that they should probably shut their pie-holes about politics.


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Obama On Why Democrats Failed: See, It's Because FOXNEWS! Is On the TV In "Every Bar and Restaurant"
— Ace

Really. Because the only news channel I ever see in any public venue is CNN.

In an interview with decrepit hippie Jann Wenner, the guy who blames every defeat on the media (Fox in particular) and "messaging" blames the newest defeat on, get this, the media (Fox in particular) and "messaging:"

The challenge is people are getting a hundred different visions of the world from a hundred different outlets or a thousand different outlets, and that is ramping up divisions. It's making people exaggerate or say what’s most controversial or peddling in the most vicious of insults or lies, because that attracts eyeballs.

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In this election, [white working class voters] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we're on the ground, we do well.

The guy who only interrupts his Golfing Administration to do public rallies and bathe in the electricity of cultish adoration claims, once again, that he's too busy doin' hard policy stuff to really engage "on the ground."

Of course, that's also another backhanded slap at Hillary -- he ripped her for not being on the ground enough during the campaign.

I saw two points made about Obama's claims on Twitter: Michelle Malkin noted that Obama and Hillary had ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, 95% of print newspapers, Hollywood movies, most network TV shows, PBS, the academy, most professional organizations, etc., all flacking for them. But a single dissenting tone in the chorus, like Melchion's discordant song in the Simarillion, apparently injected Evil into the otherwise untainted world.

RedSteeze said he'd like the media to ask Obama which bars and restaurants he's been to that had FoxNews on.

That's a good question. As I said above, I've never personally seen FoxNews on in any public venue. It's too "controversial." It would be like, as in that episode of Seinfeld, having Penthouse magazines on the side-tables in a dentist's waiting area.

Oh, and do enjoy this article about the media's unhinged foot-stomping over Trump's win, which shows little sign of abating.


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Islamist Mole Discovered in, Get This, German Intelligence
— Ace

Via the French site Le Parisien.

Pardon the very convoluted sentences here. I didn't feel like unparsing this gibberish. The French sentence structure is pretty much like the English one, except in newspaper writing, which seems to have its own dumb style.

Also, this might just be a french translation of a German article in which they retained the convoluted German sentence structure.

You'll get the gist. Some of these sentences are so sliced-and-diced into clauses all rushing to interrupt each other it would just be a real pain in the ass to put the parts into sensible order.


After the arrest last week, according to FAZ [Frankfurt Allgemein Zeitung], a 51-year-old agent in the German Office for Protection of the Constitution (Bndesamt Fur Verfassungsschutz, BfV), the internal security service, suspected of having infiltrated this organization for planning an Islamist attack, the Interior Minister sought to be reassuring this Wednesday. But many questions remain.

The arrest was revealed Tuesday by the daily site Der Spiegel and the daily paper Die Welt. "This is an isolated case," insisted the spokesman of the Interior Minister, asked about the existence of any precedents or a similar case in the heart of the intelligence services.

According to a spokesman of BfV, investigators cautioned this agent recruited in April 2016, father of four children born in Spain but naturalized as a German, who had appeared in gay pornographic films (!!!), of having "made Islamist propaganda statements on the internet" and of having been a bit too loose about his activities on behalf of BfV during his chats.

But he is further suspected of having sought via the internet would-be accomplices for committing an act of violence targeting the very heart of the interior [Security?] services in Cologne, the largest city of North Rheine Westphalia. In the "name of Allah" and for "helping his brothers."

Alas for him, during these [chats], his chatbuddy was none other than an informant for interior security. The investigation lasted several weeks before his arrest. The head of the BfV [said on Wednesday to another newspaper] the attack was no further than in the planning stage without specific elements plotted.

The prosecutor of Dusseldorf was asked about the circumstances of the recruitment of this man. The BfV had to nevertheless admit that the agent must have succeeded in hiding his conversion to Islam which occurred in 2014.

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Dispatches from the Alternate Reality Where Hillary Clinton Won the Election
— Ace

via Alex the Chick, this Newsweek article -- astonishing that I'm linking that useless rag, but what the heck, this is actually kind of good -- rounds up the pre-written articles about Hillary's victory, which were written, but of course not actually published.

Warning: Consult a doctor if your shadenboner lasts for more than four hours.

JONATHAN CHAIT (writer and columnist, New York magazine)

Sparing the Republic from the whims of a twisted maniac is no small triumph. Clinton's skeptics have already been denying credit for her expected victory by noting that she benefited from facing the least popular major party nominee in history, and that a normal Republican could have defeated her. This misses the extraordinary nature of the opposition that produced this unpopularity in the first place. Clinton has absorbed 25 years of relentless and frequently crazed hate directed at her husband, compounded by her status as a feminist symbol, which made her the subject of additional loathing. Her very real missteps were compounded by a press corps that treated her guilt as an unexamined background assumption. She is almost certainly the first president to survive simultaneous leak-attacks by both a faction of rogue right-wing FBI agents and Russian intelligence.

I don't want to be rude, but my dick and balls just started pumping out pheremones so sweet they smell exactly like waffles drowned in Maine maple syrup.

MARIN COGAN (contributing editor, New York magazine, but this piece was prepared for Vox.com)

And yet: Hillary Clinton's victory is historic--a triumph that should not be overlooked. It marks the end of centuries of exclusion of women from the nation's top job. Even more remarkable was the way she won it: by running as a woman, who championed policies aimed at women, against an avatar of reactionary sexism. She won under politically tainted investigation, in spite of plenty of legitimate criticism, and in the face of an incredible amount of sexism. In voting for her, Americans rejected Donald Trump's old, macho vision of leadership and embraced a new paradigm, one that values not only a new style of leadership but also a policy outlook that prioritizes women and children.

I don't want to offend anybody, but my dick just got dressed up like it's a pimp.

Update: My dick is now actually a pimp. It's turnin' out ho's and tricks and givin' them the back of its dick-hand if they give it any sass.

CHRIS CILLIZZA (writer, "The Fix"—taken from this piece published on the Washington Post's site)

Clinton's path to the presidency--much like her last two-plus decades in public life--was not an easy one, defined more by her relentless drive forward than any sort of soaring movement like the one that propelled Barack Obama into office in 2008. And even in victory, Clinton survived rather than overwhelmed. Expected to cruise to an electoral vote victory, Clinton squeaked by--with Democrats fretting deep into the night about her prospects.

In short: It was a uniquely Clinton campaign--with all the good and bad that connotes.

I don't mean to "work blue," but my boner just launched a smaller auxilliary sub-boner. It looks like the escape pod in Star Wars, only instead of droids, it has bickering sperm inside of it. One of the sperm is carrying the secret plans to DESTROY Kate Upton's clam canyon.


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ESPN's Subscriber Numbers Plummet for Second Straight Month
— Ace

They lost 550,000 subscribers in November, which follows October's losses of 629,000 subscribers. These numbers are per Nielsen. Though ESPN challenged Nielsen's numbers last month, Nielsen reviewed them but still found big losses for ESPN's subscriber numbers.

[T]he worst month in the history of ESPN has now been followed up by the second worst month in ESPN history. ESPN has now lost a jawdropping 1.176 million subscribers in the past two months.

Putting that into perspective, that means nearly 20,000 people a day are leaving ESPN for each of the past two months.

If that annual average subscriber loss continued, ESPN would lose over seven million subscribers in the next 12 months. And at an absolute minimum, these 1.176 million lost subscribers in the past two months will lead to a yearly loss in revenue of over $100 million.

According to Nielsen ESPN now has 88.4 million cable and satellite subscribers, a precipitous decline from well over 100 million subscribers just a few years ago

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The rapid decline -- and apparent escalation -- in cable and satellite customers abandoning the bundle is the biggest story in sports, and there isn't a close second. That's why I've been writing about it for the past several years.

He goes on to analyze ESPN's business model. ESPN is set to pay $7.3 billion in broadcast rights to various sports organizations this year. This is all contractual; they can't get out of it. ESPN can afford to pay that amount only because they have huge subscriber base and they charge every single cable subscriber in America $7 per month (which, of course, you can almost never get out of paying).

The broadcast rights are ESPN's selling point, but also a huge cost. If ESPN makes less money, they're still on the hook for that massive rights cost. ESPN is still making a lot of money (just less of a lot of money), and will make money for the next five years, but if people keep cord-cutting and abandoning ESPN, at some point, ESPN just won't be able to pay such huge amounts for broadcast rights, which then undermines their whole raison d'etre: Who wants to watch a "sports channel" that doesn't broadcast big sports?

ESPN used to be like that, 30 years ago, featuring a lot of pro bowler league and other cheap-to-buy broadcast rights. In fact, it used to look a lot like "The Ocho." (If it's almost a sport, we've got it here). I can't see them going backwards back to that. Not while extorting $7 per month from every cable subscriber in America.

T. Becket Adams links this piece and discusses the Social Justice Warriorification of the onetime sports network.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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The Lafayette
John Sloan

The Ashcan School. What the hell is that? Well, A fair number of famous artists, including a Horde favorite Edward Hopper are counted among its members.

By the way, this hotel was at 9th Street and University Place in Greenwich Village. I wonder what is there now? J.J. Sefton has undoubtedly walked past it a few hundred times....and if it's a bar, probably been thrown out of it...

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The Morning Report 11/30/16
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Good morning, kids. First and foremost, prayers for the people of Tennessee. Stay safe and hope your lives get back to normalcy quickly. So, old and busted: Make America Great Again to new hotness: We Have to Pollute the Swamp to Drain the Swamp?? I mean, Elaine Chao and Steven Mnuchin? And then there's Romney and G-d help us Bob f**king Corker. Whatever Bannon, Priebus and Pence are thinking, the optics are, to be charitable, sub-optimal. But at least Alison Camerota is here to show us how utterly disgusting and unwatchable television is. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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November 29, 2016

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (11/29/16)
— Open Blogger

Congratulations! You made it through the second Monday of the week Tuesday. Enjoy tomorrow!!

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You didn't now there was a STAY HOME BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL DAY? Now, you do. The things you learn here at the ONT are amazing. more...

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Democrats Will Have Secret Ballot Vote to Either Keep Pelosi as Minority Leader, or Dump Her for Tim Ryan
— Ace

I say they keep her. Identity politics is not just part of the Democrat platform; it is the Democratic platform, the whole of it, the entirety.

"There's a generation of Democratic leaders who have been stymied or held down or even cut off at the knees to keep her and [Maryland Rep. Steny] Hoyer and others in power," the former aide added.

"So you have a number of members who look at the agendas and question why, when the country is worried about the economy and jobs, the Democrats are out talking about women power and some of the core liberal issues that aren't going to play well in the places that Democrats have to win if they’re going to take back the majority."

Sensing that unrest, Pelosi last week proposed to carve out several new leadership posts and make some of them eligible only to newer members. The changes are designed to empower the next generation of Democratic leaders, but there’s been some early pushback, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are warning they would erode the power of African-American lawmakers. Ryan, for his part, said the proposals "will only serve to further consolidate her power over the caucus."

Although Pelosi is the favorite and Ryan the underdog, Ryan has told people to get ready for a "big surpise" tomorrow.

But that's what people always say, of course. Trying to encourage one's wavering supporters and possible supporters by suggesting there's a big wave coming.

Ah well. Not sure what I'm rooting for here.

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Disgusting Progressive Monsters Behaving Exactly As You'd Expect After OSU Attack
— Ace

1. Use the incident of a terrorist using a car and a knife to attack people to demand more gun control.

2. Give the jihadist Artan the Djohar Tsarnaev treatment, romanticizing him as a misunderstood loner, kind of like Matt Dillon in The Outsiders, rather than the psychopathic rampage murderer he was: more...

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ISIS: OSU Attacker Was Our Soldier
Media: Still No Motive in Knife Attack
John Kasich: We May Never Know the Attacker's Motive

— Ace

ISIS has claimed the OSU attacker was one of their soldiers.

Here's how ABC "News" chose to headline a story about this:

ISIS Attempts to Claim OSU Attacker as Its 'Soldier'

I've italicized the words that are plainly editorializing, essentially saying ISIS is lying about it. Also note the sneer-quotes around "Soldier."

ABCNews blathers some more:

ISIS has repeatedly called on its followers to conduct attacks in the U.S., but no evidence has emerged publicly to suggest ISIS had foreknowledge of the OSU plot. The language used in this claim is similar to that used when previous so-called "lone wolves" were believed to have acted independently of the terrorist organization.

While in some previous cases it was later revealed that attackers had pledged allegiance to ISIS or its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a message posted on Facebook and believed to have been written by Artan, he did not mention ISIS. Instead, he aired more general grievances against American foreign policy.

"I can't take it anymore," he purportedly wrote in the post, which has been reviewed by ABC News and appeared on a page that has since been disabled. "America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that."

The "Muslim Ummah" is the pan-national community of Muslims. In other words, it kinda-sorta means "The Caliphate," when a Caliphate is claimed to exist.

Guess who claims to have re-started the Caliphate? That's right, ISIS.

Meanwhile, something ABCNews "forgets" to mention is that he warned of "lone wolf" attacks -- which ISIS specifically called for -- if persecution of Islam did not stop. And also, praised Al Qaeda propagandist al-Awaki.

"If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace. We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims" his FB post further said, ABC News reported.

Artan also praised Anwar Al-Awlaki, a radical American-born al-Qaida terrorist who was killed in 2011. Artan described Al-Awlaki as a "hero." ABC said Al-Awlaki's "propaganda has been linked to several domestic terrorist attacks in the years after his death."

I guess ABCNews is in the #FakeNews business now. Oh wait, they always were.

Meanwhile, #FakeRepublican liberal John Kasich, who is an Asshole, has opined that "We may never know" Artan's motivation in using a jihadi tactic (vehicle driving into crowd, "stabbing intifada" knife attack on random non-Muslims) after making numerous pro-Jihadi statements and jihadi-style declarations of aggrievements and threats that Muslims will rise in defense of their Ummah.

John Kasich, who is, as mentioned previously, an Asshole, is coming under fire for his pro-Somali-refugee-resettlement policy. Some are tweeting at him that these attacks are on his head (which is, as pointed out supra, an Asshole's head).

Others are pointing this out as well.

Columbus is home to the second-largest Somali-American community in the U.S. after Minneapolis.

And how did all the Somalis and other north Africans get in Columbus?

As WND has reported in a series of articles, the main route into the United States for Somali nationals is through the refugee resettlement program. The U.S government has since 1992 worked with the United Nations to permanently resettle more than 110,000 Somali refugees into dozens of U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Columbus, San Diego, and smaller cities in Maine, Texas, Idaho, Washington, Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

More than 99 percent of Somali refugees are Sunni Muslims, and the FBI has confirmed that at least 40 young Somali men have left their adopted homeland since 2007 to join the ranks of foreign terrorist organizations including al-Shabab in Somalia and ISIS in Syria. Dozens more have been charged and convicted of providing material support to overseas terrorists.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been supportive of the refugee resettlements in his state. Like many GOP governors, he has questioned the quality of the vetting process for Syrian refugees, but nothing has been said about the Somali refugees who have been arriving in large numbers for years and struggling to assimilate. They continue to arrive in U.S. cities at a rate of 500 to 800 a month without so much as a word from the GOP governors.

Meanwhile, Ohio state Democrats are claiming that a likely Senate candidate for 2018 stating that this certainly looks like an Islamism-inspired attack constitutes "Islamophobia coming to my state today."

Michael Premo, chief of staff for Ohio Senate Democrats, blasted Mandel, tweeting, "Looks like knee-jerk islamophobia came to my state today. So sad what @JoshMandelOhio said. We must remain vigilant against prejudice."

Which prejudice? The imagined prejudice of people who aren't attacking Muslims, or the real prejudice of Islamism-crazed jihadis who actually are killing people?

Is that not also prejudice?

Is it just not the kind you care about?

PS: Anyone think the media would be more in a speculating kind of mood about Artan's motive if his FaceBook profile pic looked like this?


Update: ABCNews is straight-up lying: Artan did mention ISIS, by its Arabic name.


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Jim Geraghty: OSU Jihadi Proves That the Progressives' Victim Mentality Kills
— Ace

Excellent column by Jim Geraghy hitting on a theme I've hit on dozens of times myself:

The media is always fretting that ginning up "white rage" will produce "backlash" -- violence -- against minority communities.

Okay, let's say I accept that's a possibility.

Is it not also a possibility that ginning up minority rage over agrievements, both those that can be characterized as possibly real as well of those of the #FakeNews contrived paranoia variety, can spur non-whites into their own "backlash" mode?

If not, why not? Are whites singularly evil in this world? Are they alone the only race capable of being whipped up into a hateful, violent lather by racial paranoia and racial grievances?

Geraghty notes that the OSU Killer had a lot of "fears" of "The Other" -- and he acted on them.

I don't hear the media talking about this kind of "whitelash."

Take a good look at the Facebook post of the Ohio State University attacker.

Sure, there’s plenty of that familiar jihadist rhetoric. "America, stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak… By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday."

But what comes through most is this whining sense of victimhood, that he’s forced to commit these atrocious, barbaric attacks on innocent people out of a righteous sense of self-defense to protect his feelings.

"I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. Seeing my fellow Muslims being tortured, raped and killed in Burma led to a boiling point."

See, Muslims aren’t being killed and tortured everywhere. It would be nice if someone close to him had told him that, and if fewer people helped fuel that rage-inducing falsehood. If he ever bothered to read a book or the news about places like Syria and Iraq, he would have learned that Muslims are mostly being killed and tortured by fellow Muslims.

If it's dangerous for a strain of white identity politics to nurture a fear and hatred of "The Other" -- different races -- and that such a strain of grievance-mongering and paranoia may result in the murders or assaults of minorities, why is it (as the media and mediating institutions seem to believe) not dangerous at all for minority ethnic groups to gin up their own fear, paranoia, and hatred against whites or society in general?

Will the media or any government official ever address this, given the weekly assassinations of police, and the newest barbarism committed against OSU students due to one lunatic steeping in the hatreds of identity politics?

Or does the media simply believe that White Lives Don't Matter, especially when compared against the Democrats' keep to make Identity Politics Grievances and Hatreds Against Whites the central organizing principle of their party?

(By the way: Cops are widely considered "White By Association" by many of the people ginning up racial resentments, no matter what their actual ethnicity. So blue lives are essentially white lives, and no, they don't seem to matter.

As Kurt Schlicter noted, media interest in the OSU story dried up immediately upon discovering the attack did not involve 1, a gun or 2, a white perpetrator who could be characterized as "Trump voter" harassing minority victims.)

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Even Hillary's Loyalists Think the Recount Is Silly; They Just Feel the Obligation to See It Through to Appease Their Supporters
— Ace

I'm old enough to remember when cynically suggesting, just to play to one's lunatic base, that the election was rigged was considered dangerously anti-American.

That was three weeks ago.

Update: Democrats fear recount efforts will wind up hurting them. And Jill Stein whines that Wisconsin will charge her $3.5 million for her recount, above the $1.1 million they'd estimated.

So you know what time it is -- time for some more Green Party fundraising!!!

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Trump: Flag Burning Should be Illegal, Maybe Punished by a Year in Jail or Forfeiture of Citizenship
— Ace


The media is screaming about this, but failing to note that Hillary Clinton proposed outlawing flag burning in 2005.

Below, Chris Cuomo lectures a Trump aide on the unconstitutionality of anti-flag-burning laws -- completely forgetting that he notoriously claimed that a "Chaplinsky rule" in the Constitution made it okey-dokey to criminalize speech if it offended someone.

It's amazing that this illiterate dum-dum dares to lecture people on what the Constitution says. He's so damn smug in his towering ignorance.

Update: AllahPundit notes that a lot of Trump defenders are offering (as we once did for Bush) a lot of 11th-dimensional chess-type explanations for Trump's outburst, claiming he's playing the long game from wicked angles you can't even see -- trying to deflect from this, prepare the battlespace for that, and generally troll and bait his opponents into making some sort of error.

The most obvious explanation (which Allah notes) is that Trump saw something on "the shows" about flag-burning, decided he didn't like it on a purely gut level, and tossed out his tweet to the world.

Well, it turns out that Trump tweeted at about the time FoxNews had on a segment about flag-burning.

Now, I don't buy the "Trying to Deflect from News He Doesn't Want You to Pay Attention To" explanation (given that a much simpler explanation exists and accords with what was on TV at the time). But it's wrong to say there's no bad news to deflect attention away from -- probably.

Chris Christie is giving a press announcement today, without taking any questions from the media.

I am guessing -- without knowing -- that this has something to do with Bridgegate, or simply noting that he's decided not to seek re-election in 2017.

Eh, would Trump care about that? Probably not really. Still, it does seem there is likely to be some indirectly-affecting-Trump bad news later.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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Winslow Homer

On the Maine coast, a “nor’easter” is a storm of exceptional violence and duration. When Homer first showed this canvas in 1895, it included two men in foul-weather gear crouching on the rocks below a smaller column of spray. Even though the painting was well received and purchased by a leading collector of American art—George Hearn, who later donated it to the Metropolitan Museum—Homer reworked it to powerful effect.

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The Morning Report 11/29/16
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". . . And Hillary Clinton Will Never Be President of the United States."

Good morning, kids. Tragic story about that plane crash, so condolences and prayers for the victims and loved ones. In other news, the recount is all but dead, but one important purpose will be to delegitimize Trump and his agenda with the totally phony popular vote argument. Somehow, I think (that is, pray) he hangs tough with the Dems and the GOP-e wing of the Democrat Party. And by the way, the Democrats will never give up on destroying the Electoral College. It has almost no shot at happening. For now. Other than that, the cabinet picks continue including David Petraeus appearing as a dark horse for Secretary of State. Hmm. And with all the state houses, governorships and legislatures, Article V looms larger and larger. At the very least they are talking balanced budget and term limits. Anyway, have a better one and remain blessed.

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