May 28, 2016

Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush and his dog Xarius via www.petful.com


Welcome to the Memorial Day Weekend edition of the Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Flags [KT]
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Good afternoon, gardeners and garden visitors. There is an open thread below this one for non-gardening topics.

Hope your Memorial Day weekend is going well. Are you thinking about visiting a Memorial Day garden display?


Memorial Day Flag Garden in the Boston Common

Do you associate any plants or trees with Memorial Day?
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How Many Transgenders In America? 0.006% = About 20,000. Total. [CBD]
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Commenter Golfman provided this very interesting link: Interactive map: Census estimates for transgender population by state. A quick perusal of both the high and low estimates gives me a very rough calculation of about 6 transgenders/100,000 Americans. Following the link to the Census Bureau paper yields about the same number. And yes, that is a very small number. Assuming a population of about 320,000,000, that means that you will probably never meet a transgender, and if you don't live in a particularly dense area you might not ever be within 50 feet of one.

Just to put it in perspective:

Albinism runs at about 1/17,000 worldwide.

Achondroplasia, the most common form of Dwarfism, occurs in 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 newborns.

Male breast cancer represents 1% of all breast cancers, 2,600 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. That's at least 6-8 times the number of transgenders born each year.

According to Wikipedia, 6,500 U.S. Military veterans committed suicide in 2012.
That's at least 20 times the number of new transgenders.

And shall we look at the anorexia rate? "Anorexia is estimated to occur in 0.9% to 4.3% of women and 0.2% to 0.3% of men in Western countries at some point in their life." Why Anorexia? Because it is the most similar example of "Body Dysmorphia" I can think of. Transgenders look in the mirror and see something that isn't there, or they obsessively wish that the image was different. How does that differ from Anorexia?

Yet Transgenderism is celebrated and protected, but Anorexia is treated aggressively, because when left untreated, anorexics die! Of course Transgenders die too, mostly by suicide (41% attempt or succeed).

But by all means, let us celebrate and enable these profoundly disturbed Americans, instead of providing comprehensive psychiatric and medical treatment to overcome their significant, life-threatening illness.

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Saturday Morning Oddities [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
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Saturday Morning Open Thread - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
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It looks like there's a lot of content in process. This will hold you over until it's posted.


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May 27, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (27 May 2016)
— CDR M

Remembering the quintessential American Hero - and his son - On Memorial Day.

To Stewart, patriotism was a shared ideal. Even the wealthy and well-connected had the sacred duty to stand up and fight for their country.

So Stewart prepared for war. He logged more and more hours piloting his airplane. He hired a trainer to help him bulk up.

In March 1941 - nine months before Pearl Harbor - Stewart, who had just won an Oscar for "The Philadelphia Story," was sworn into the Army ... as a private.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Air Force wanted Stewart to sell war bonds, contending that he was too old (mid-30s) and too famous to risk flying combat missions.

But he pushed and wrangled and charmed until - finally - he was sent to England and put in command of a squadron of B-24 Liberator bombers.


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Why Trump Won, and Why the Current Crop of Purported Leaders Must Be Swept Aside
— Ace

"Pocahantas."

For a long time I've been busting on Marco Rubio people, and the class -- Upper Middle Class College-Educated -- so enthused about him.*


I've said this before, but this class, in particular, is extremely bully-able. Their class itself is is the product of liberal social cues and mores. College being one of the main prerequisites of class entry (other prerequisites: That your parents are also college-educated), this class is particularly sensitive to threats to their social status by liberals.**

Any class whose credentials are monitored by a progressive/archliberal dominant cadre is going to be easily whipsawed into conformity with that progressive/archliberal cadre.

I'm sorry to say this, but most of the right's "leadership" -- media, think tank (academic), political -- is drawn from the upper middle/parents were college educated class.

It takes very little to pose a challenge to their class membership -- a questioning of whether or not they're firmly enough committed to liberal social values, to get them to back down and begin making apologies.

When you look at people like Paul Ryan, the whole point of their "conservative agenda" seems to be to accomplish every single Action Item on the liberal checklist, but through, allegedly, more conservative means (such as "market-based mechanisms" -- this is how Romney, obviously a High Avatar of this class, wound up passing the "conservative version of universal health care," RomneyCare, which ultimately gave us ObamaCare).

And this is why I keep saying, over and over, that Rubio People Are Silly. Marco Rubio never talked about any real conservative principle. He never attempted to upset any political applecarts or further any conservative ends.

He was always the conservagtive candidate you could show off to your Liberal Friends -- and your friends are your culture-makers and class-mores enforcers -- to prove you were "one of the good ones" and "not like those other unsophisticated, racist conservatives."

And that was it. That was what he brought to the table.

That was his selling point.

Period.

His big claim to political fame -- where he actually exerted himself to accomplish something -- was being the Salesman for the ultimate progressive agenda item, free and unopposed migration into America by whoever managed to get across the border.

And his job was to sell that as a "deeply conservative" proposition.

Obviously, Ted Cruz was not a good replacement for Rubio in this respect; Cruz was "one of the crazy ones," and thus marked his supporters as "one of the bad conservatives," one of the people who love Jesus and crazy shit like that.

And for a lot of us, this sort of candidate-most-acceptable-to-the-establishment's-liberal-pals model isn't cutting it any longer.

As I've grown older, I've found myself giving fewer and fewer fucks about what my social cohort might think about this or that. I am willing to make fewer and fewer accommodations to get along. I am willing to do less and less just to fit in with the liberal crowed, and keep on the "good conservative" list.

There are simply too many people in the commanding positions of conservative leadership who are very concerned about keeping on the Liberal Friend White List.

Trump won because when a Native American activist (posing as a journalist) declared that "Pocahantas" was "very offensive" as used in regard to Elizabeth Warren -- dishonestly, I might add, as everyone knows the term is used to deny she's an Indian, not to denigrate her as an Indian, and everyone knows this, and only a liar pretends otherwise -- Trump did not begin falling over himself to make apologies and keep the well-wishes of the increasingly unreasonable left-wing hegemony.

He just began making fun of the stupid silly bitch for being a stupid silly bitch.

People are fucking tired of walking around on eggshells and being made to apologize for every fucking goddamn thing in the world.

And what we increasingly want is a political leadership that tells the Grievance Mongers and Offense Farmers to shut the fuck up and get bent rather than explaining to them how a Conservative Version of Political Correctness Can Achieve All the Good Things That Liberal Political Correctness Can Achieve, But Using Market-Based Mechanisms.

It's time to stop fucking about it.

I'm tired of it, and I know millions of other people are tired of it too.

So I don't give a fuck anymore if some dishonest bitch dishonestly feigns offense over the term "Pocahantas."

It's time to start treating them as what they are -- dishonest liars trying to control you.

And it's time to start treating them as straight up internal enemies.

We tried it polite. We've been falling all ourselves for 30 years to try to convince the increasingly extremist left wing assholes that we're not all the foul things they call us.

It's impossible -- their jobs, their income, and their government subsidies depend on us being treated as second-class citizens and beasts for taxation.

It's about time we woke and realized they cannot be convinced, because they never really believed their bullshit anyway, it was always for the purposes of exacting rents out of people and making them knuckle under.

And I'm afraid our current leadership just can never get that -- they find themselves too afraid to go against their class, they fear too much the idea of being outcasts from their castes.

Trump is immune to such Mean Girl persuasions not because he's an especially courageous or wise man, but because he's a narcissist and a bully himself. Not because he's a good man, but because he's a fairly bad one.

But it doesn't matter how he came to be immune to their power -- all that matters is that he is immune to it.

And the people that want to continue to fall all over themselves to appease the unappeasable liberals are no longer needed in the positions of high responsibility in the movement.

Our political leaders -- whether in actual political positions or in communications and ideation -- are here to defend us and keep the increasingly unreasonable and aggressive left off our fucking backs, not to curry favor with these nasty animals, and not to keep in their good graces.

And if they seem more concerned with the latter than the former-- they they have to go.

One cannot act freely until one can think freely first.

They should spend every waking moment fighting the hegemony of Social Justice Warrior thought, not trying to explain how conservatism can accomplish many of the same goals by alternate means.

I imagine in a short period of time we will see a partial political realignment as most of this class I'm talking about -- which is naturally liberal -- self re-sorts itself into the liberal camp, where they really ought to have been all along.

Long Story Short: In social struggles -- not military ones, not political ones -- a concession may be demanded or a privilege asserted, but it cannot actually come into being until/unless the target concedes it.

We have been doing far too much concession in the social struggle. We have granted them too many indulgences, in the obviously-lunatic belief that if we just grant them this next indulgence, they'll be appeased and won't come back in two days demanding another one.

It's time to stop being reasonable. It's time to start being every bit as unreasonable as they are.


* Actually let me take that back and say maybe I'm talking about a much smaller caste -- the politico-media class. You have to concede a lot of the Left's agenda items to remain clubbable in the media.

** By the way, as I've said before, I completely get this, and have felt that pressure myself. I'm not actually saying this makes you a bad person.

However, anyone who is compromised by the left -- including especially by its assertion of authority as arbiter of what is socially acceptable -- is not a very good fighter against the left.

It does occur to me that my complaint here must be overstated -- after all, I don't just want scumbags representing the movement just because scumbags have accepted they are scumbags and thus feel little social pressure to conform to the social mores (which are, largely, created and propagated by the left).

I suppose the optimal sort of person for this job is -- was -- Andrew Breitbart. A perfectly reputable person, who was perfectly willing to act "disreputably" in the service of rejecting social pressure of the left.

I don't know if we'll be able to find many respectable people who can act disrespectfully as the situation demands. Someone's respectable/disrespectable tendencies are pretty much inborn and cannot simply be switched on or off.

But I sure would like to see a whole lot less respectable behavior in the face of increasingly outrageous demands.

Sometimes -- and more so now that at most points in history -- the correct response is simply "Go to hell" or "fuck yourself."

This reminds me of a great essay I read on GamerGate, long ago. Can't remember who wrote it. The central thesis, however, was that the core of GamerGate were very socially marginalized people, who could not be whipsawed into compliance by social pressure because they had been socially excluded already and you cannot threaten to take away from someone that which you had previously denied them. You can't threaten to reduce someone's social status if you've already degraded him in social status.

Thus, when the Social Justice Wariors went after the more socially-excluded gamers, they found stiff resistance by an enemy they could not understand -- people who didn't give a shit about the SJW's heaping of social scorn on them because they were already used to it.

That drove the SJWs crazy.

So I don't really know the answer here, but I'm pretty sure it begins with caring an awful lot less what any prog troll might happen to think.

I would also note that stripping the "Cool Kids" of power beings with denying they're the cool kids in the first place.


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Filler/Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger

Behind the Stunt: How a Fake Book Cover Got 5 Million Views

This is pretty amusing...

Intending to exploit that contagious reaction last month, Scott put together a social experiment as part of a video series he was doing for Playboy. Printing up a number of absurdly fake book covers -- from "Ass Eating Made Simple" to "Mein Kampf: For Kids!" -- he hit New York's subway system to fake read them. Almost immediately, one of them was photographed by a redditor and went viral (racking up over 1 million views there). The video that followed did more than 4.6 million views and was covered by multiple outlets including The Guardian, Complex, and The Huffington Post. And this week, he followed up with part two of the video.

And Open Thread until Ace shows up with a 12,000 word review of...something.

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Obligatory If-Hillary-Is-Indicted-Yadda-Yadda-Yadda Post
— Ace

Whatever. This isn't going to happen. We don't live in a republic; we live in an oligarchy controlled by powerful political groups, and Hillary controls one faction.

Forget superdelegates; we live in a country with supercitizens, and supercitizenship.

But whatever, I don't really feel like posting so here's an easy link.

I guess if it's possible for Trump to be the nominee, it's possible for Hillary Clinton not to be.

But I seriously doubt it.

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Why I Hate The Media: A Continuing Series
— Ace

Think about the image that drives left-wingers crazy with anger.

Maybe you don't know what the image is. I do.

What drives left-wingers angry is the thought of a well-to-do suburban family. They've got some money. They have three cars. They have an intact marriage and children doing well in good schools.

And they're kinda smug. They pose in a picture and smile in a way that makes leftists angry. They're not aware of all the suffering beyond the perimeters of their perfect lawns.

Also, they think they have wisdom to share with the world. But, in the words of Barack Obama: You didn't build that. Even though this family is obviously doing something right, they have nothing to share with the world, because they haven't .struggled. They're not marginalized.

They have it easy and soft and yet would lecture a poor person about how to become wealthier.

Okay, so that's the image that makes all left-wingers left-wingers.

Now here's the thing:

What the fuck are Katie "Old Dracula" Couric and Brian Williams?

These are the richest people any ordinary citizen will "know." Oh, there are wealthier people, don't get me wrong -- but they're people like Warren Buffet or Peter Thiel.

These smug left-wing c*nts are rich and actually known to people. Why?

Because they're on fucking TV.

So we have these rich smug people, smiling smugly who have the World All Figured Out, ready to drop their Truth Bombs and Life Wisdom on at the slightest non-prompting.

Katie Couric has so much wisdom to share with you about Responsible Gun Laws.

Brian Williams has so much deep thinking to share with you about the shame we should feel at using the nuclear bomb on Japan.

And what, precisely, gives these people moral authority to lecture the rest of us?

Nothing.

Katie Couric has written nothing of consequence. She is vapid morning chat show host who probably had a memoir ghost-written for her and "wrote" some stupid book about Famous Women in History or something -- a pure commercial play probably pitched to her by a book company.

Like Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation was -- hey, Tom, we got an idea. How about we use your brand to sell a book that people will buy their dads on Father's Day?

Brian Williams is in a different category, of course. He's written many books -- The Great Gatsby. Gone with the Wind. Judgement at Nuremburg. A little book called The Bible, a fictionalized memoir of his life.

But still -- what right has he to lecture?

So these people with their smug entirely unearned authority, their utter lack of any accomplishment apart from reading from scripts others have written for them and having skin that successfully sticks to pancake make-up, are here to lecture us.

Rich people who think they can and should lecture their inferiors.

Rich people that just happen to be the rich people you know the best because they have Television Programs (which a Peter Thiel does not -- but I bet makeup would stick to his face, too, and I bet he too could read a script written for him by someone else).

And so we have this endless parade of smug, unaccomplished people who have literally achieved nothing -- this isn't a fake "You didn't build that," this is a real You didn't build that -- lecturing us, because they have some money, have nice houses, and can wear make-up reasonably well.

If we're going to listen to the rich practitioners of any job, shouldn't we be listening to physics professors?

Or philosophers? Political theorists? Actual thinkers?

How about actual doers? Maybe a soldier who's actually struggled with more thank keeping down forehead glare under studio lights?

Or doctors? Or, even, actual writers? Not mere newsreaders, but people who write and think long-form?

No, of course not. Such people can be called in occasionally to lend their expertise on specific subject matters, but well-rounded intellects like Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Tom Brokaw are here to Share Their Truth about the world on all nontechnical subjects -- you know, moral subjects.

Like priests in the cult of the unblinking billion eyes of the television god.

Who the fuck do these ghastly grinning pancake-makeup smeared brain-damaged communications majors think they fucking are?

A society that worships carnival-barkers appearing on idiot boxes is a society that is already brain-dead and which should be euthanized out of simple mercy.

Fuck them all to hell.


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Sailor Who Took Pictures of His Sub's Engine Room On His Unsecure Cell Phone Could Get 10 Years in Prison for Negligently Handling Secret Information
— Ace

And you know, this being a democracy where we each are equally under the rule of law, Hillary Clinton naturally faces the same risks.

Stop smirking.

Um: Apparently Hillary connected her server to a printer.

Which made it even easier to hack.

Ronald Guilmette, a private security researcher in California who prompted me to look up this information, said printing things to an Internet-based printer set up this way might have made the printer data vulnerable to eavesdropping.

"Whoever set up their home network like that was a security idiot, and it’s a dumb thing to do," Guilmette said. "Not just because any idiot on the Internet can just waste all your toner. Some of these printers have simple vulnerabilities that leave them easy to be hacked into."

More importantly, any emails or other documents that the Clintons decided to print would be sent out over the Internet -- however briefly - -before going back to the printer. And that data may have been sniffable by other customers of the same ISP, Guilmette said.

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AoSHQ Podcast #143: Ben Shapiro
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Ace and The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro tread all the ground between #NeverTrump and #HillaryYouGoGirl.

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Browse (and even search!) the archives

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Don't forget to submit your Ask the Blog questions for next week's episode.

Open thread in the comments.

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Marco Rubio Babies Stunned to Discover He's a Professional Politician. Sad!
— Ace

So Marco Rubio is making a difficult, but adult, decision:






Now his fanclub of Adult Babies and semi-right-wing (but kinda liberal) Social Justice Warriors are all pissing hot pathetic tears from their eyedicks.

If I were this pathetic, I'd hide it, not exult further in it.

But as I've said all along: Rubio People Are Silly.

This is a nothingburger. I can't believe this, but I gotta defend Rubio: He's living in the real world, not the stupid, craven Twitter Bubble that semi-right-wing adult babies have locked themselves into, where they think all their Feelings Are Real.

This is the most pathetic thing I've ever seen.

Frivolous people are gotta frivol.

You know, it's very easy to Remain True to Your Twitter-Announced Principles when you have zero responsibility and zero obligation and zero impact on the actual world.

People should stop congratulating themselves so much for being irrelevant and not having any actual effect on the universe beyond Twitter.


This Adds Evidence... to my thesis that Marco Rubio support was never really about this policy or that one. It was about Rubio being a class avatar for a particular cohort, upper middle class college-educated types.

Rubio wasn't primarily a candidate of any particular policy slate; he was simply, like Obama, a vessel into which people hoped would pour out validation for themselves and their particular (provincial) cultural cohort.

He was just the Sarah Palin of the upper middle class set. By exulting in his alleged integrity and singular moral beauty, they necessarily -- passive-aggressively -- exult in their own pristine moral beauty.

And now he's taken that from them -- they can no longer get high on their own supply of moral beauty. Or at least, they can't get high by whiffing off Marco Rubio. I guess to continue insisting upon themselves now requires them to denounce Rubio.

Ego: It's a hell of a drug.

Self-claimed "thinkers" should think more and believe less. This really shouldn't be a contest of how fervently some maniac believes in silly things.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


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Angels
Raphael Sanzio

This is a portion of a larger piece called "Sistine Madonna," which you can find if you click the image.

There is something impish and sweet and mischievous about these angels. They are plotting something, I am sure of it.

Oh...and Raphael rocks. He's one of those artists who clearly had a conduit to God. Mozart, Michelangelo, El Greco, and some others.

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May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26 Overnight Thread - Dregs of the Dregs Edition [Weirddave]
— Open Blogger

This is it. The last day of your time in the wilderness. On Sunday, Maet will be back and your regularly scheduled ONTing will resume, but for tonight, one last night, y'all are stuck with me again. So consider this the dregs of the dregs* edition of the ONT.


The World's Most Handsome Horse

It's Fabio! In horse form! Yes, they use the Fabio comparison in the article linked as well, but it was my first thought on seeing the picture. That is one beautiful animal.

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"Vulgar, Incoherent Ramblings" Tom Cotton Destroys Harry Reid [CBD]
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Ace asked me to post the video below the fold. It is Tom Cotton, a rising star, being honest about Harry Reid.

I want this man to be president.

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Fire Katie Couric
— Ace

Yeah it won't happen. But we should demand the scalps anyway.

Meahwhile, the media have taken this opportunity to once again find other stories to cover besides media misbehavior.

It's almost as if they're in some kind of guild that looks out for each other.

And of course Trump Supporters caused a riot at DePaul University.

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Even Andrea Mitchell Calls Bullshit on Hillary Surrogate's Lies on the IG Report on Her Illegal Emails
— Ace

Definitely worth watching. Watch it at the link or below.

John Schindler says it's over for this monster.

A shoe has dropped for Team Clinton--a very big shoe--and there will be no going back now.


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As secretary of state, Ms. Clinton attempted a novel experiment of trying to avoid using any information systems that create records that can be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The IG report includes painful details, including how she flatly refused to use state.gov email for anything, ever, citing privacy grounds. State IT was concerned because Ms. Clinton's work emails--all being sent via her clintonmail.com address--were winding up in the spam folders of State officials. Important information was not getting where it needed to go. She needed to use official email for official business. Except she refused.

What was so important, so sensitive that Hillary had to dodge FOIA altogether?

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The FBI is investigating this case as political corruption--not just for mishandling of classified information.

Any foreign intelligence service worth its salt would have had no trouble accessing Ms. Clinton’s emails, particularly when they were unencrypted, as this column has explained in detail. Yet Hillary was more worried about the American public finding out about what she was up to via FOIA than what foreign spy services and hackers might see in her email.

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So the GOP Gave In to Obama on Transgendered Bathrooms
— Ace

Shock.

On podcast. Be back later.

No I'm Not on the Podcast: I had the time completely wrong. Like, embarrassingly so.

Unrelated: Et tu, Mario?


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