August 31, 2016
— Open Blogger How Not to Make a Sandwich
Not optimal, although I'm sure there were edible bits in the middle if you really wanted to eat.
Remember this next time you hear someone ranting against free trade. Without trade, which gives humans the invaluable ability to specialize, even something as simple as making a sandwich becomes virtually impossible. Remember also that there's a lot in that video he didn't do himself-design and manufacture the plane that took him to the ocean, for example. Leonard E. Read made this point brilliantly in his famous essay I, Pencil.
— Ace It's in Arizona at 9pm eastern, or, in Arizona time, 9pm Eastern.
Because fuck Arizona, I'm not doing math for them.
New fox poll pic.twitter.com/eL5KIYFtS1— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) August 31, 2016
Hardest hit: The #NeverTrumper Pundit Class, who are depending on a blowout to maintain that their constant anti-Trump agitations cannot possibly affect the election.
Oddly enough, none of these people claim to have zero influence on the conservative population except when they agitate against Trump. I've asked several people to provide past resumes and book proposals to demonstrate they have previously claimed to have absolutely no readership or influence over other conservatives; none of them have come forward with such book proposals stating, "I vow to you that I have barely any readers at all and that my book, should you publish it, will make nary the faintest ripple in the national debate."
It's only now, during 2016 (specifically from May of 2016 to November 2016), that this obviously highly-self-regarding group of Thought Leaders is making this claim of having no importance and no following.
I imagine these claims will evaporate 'round the second week of November.
Then they'll all be back in Highly Influential Thought Leaders of the Conservative Movement mode again.
Sorry, I consider these claims to be cowardly, dishonest, and utterly chickenshit. People who have been cashing checks for decades based on their very value as magnets for conservative eyes can't suddenly claim that, at least for a six month period from May to November 2016, they have no influence whatsoever and are doing nothing at all to advance Hillary Clinton's election prospects.
It's cowardice, pure and simple. If you consider Trump so terrible that you feel obligated to support Hillary, then at least have the guts to say that, instead of putting on this childishly dishonest and evasive act of claiming that words people care enough about to pay you cash money for suddenly have no impact on anyone, anywhere, ever.
This bullshit that obviously-influential people who get paid advances to write books on conservative politics don't have influence is unworthy. If you want a defense, then say, "I'm doing what I always do: I'm arguing for what I believe to be for the best for America." (And that just happens to be arguing for the One True Conservative in the race, Hillary Clinton.)
But please, People Who Obviously Think They're Pretty Big Shakers in the Conservative Movement -- stop with the "for six months I totally have no influence but I hope to get it back November 8th" childishness.
Pro-Tip: If you've been paid to write a book; asked (without asking yourself) by a publisher to write a book; paid to give a speech; been asked to opine on a TV show; or paid to write columns on politics -- no, you don't get to claim "I have no influence whatsoever" and you should stop lying to people about it.
By the Way: I realize, myself, Trump is a poor candidate and has a lower chance to win than almost any other Republican. I have said so.
But that's not the question anymore. That was the question before he became the nominee; some of us seem to have become so mentally unmoored by his nomination that we're frozen in time in that horrible moment, unable to integrate with the rest of humanity moving forward, normally, through the time-stream.
Some of us, in short, seem to be attempting to win an election, whereas others are still fixated on winning a fight they had on Twitter.
If Trump's as awful a candidate as you maintain he is (and he might very well be!), then he hardly needs your help in losing.
And if you decide to add your help to that -- then at least own up to it. Like a man.
— Ace As the Onion once said, back when this was merely a joke: Today's Women Now Empowered By Everything They Do.
— Open Blogger Ace mocked the menstrual blood twit yesterday, and one of his points is that the current causes for these self-important, entitled, conspicuously consumptive and rich idiots are not causes at all.
Period-shaming is the greatest injustice the world has ever known!
Second-greatest injustice? Daddums was late with the condo fee payment this month and the landlord yelled at me so loud!
So why do they fight so hard for embarrassingly stupid stuff? Because the real causes, like freedom from Nazis and communist killers and a few other really important things were already fought and won by their grandfathers. The only other significant cause that is available to them is the fight for their own culture. And that's decidedly not counter-culture, so they reject it out of hand. And besides, that would mean doing unpleasant things like confronting evil and enlisting in the army and maybe getting their designer-jeans-clad asses shot up by some angry Islamist.
So they traipse off to the local square and demonstrate against the patriarchy and Global Warming and the existential threat of no free tampons in the train station and cop-killer bullets and single-sex bathrooms in elementary schools and a host of vapid, illogical faux issues that mean something to about 200 people, most of whom were their stoner buddies in college.
Yes, they are dangerous, but no, they and their causes are not serious...at all. These are small and unimportant people, and their only chance at power is to align themselves with similar weaklings and hope they can drive the discussion in the desired direction. Contrast them with Milo Yiannopoulos, whose fight against the free-speech Nazis is in the public square, with his name prominently displayed.
Can you think of any equivalent on the Left?
— Ace Livestream here.
Reaction: Trump's goal was to seem diplomatic, controlled, and blandly "normal." He succeeded.
Mexico Pres. can't be that naive. He must have known a meeting would help Trump far more than Clinton (if she visits).— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) August 31, 2016
— Ace This is basically a Portuguese-speaking Hillary Rodham Clinton. Face the future.
After an emotionally charged, late-night debate, the Brazilian Senate voted Wednesday to remove suspended President Dilma Rousseff from office for fiscal irregularities, a move she said amounted to an illegal coup.
The 61-20 vote capped a year-long power struggle between Rousseff's long-governing leftist government and opposition senators and comes less than two weeks after the Rio Olympics, which highlighted Brazil but also put the country's economic and political woes on international display.
The Senate suspended Rousseff in May on charges that she used illegal budgetary maneuvers to hide the extent of the country's financial problems. Brazil's once-booming economy slumped into a deep recession after a global slowdown sent prices plummeting for commodities it exports to the world.
Opponents of the 68-year-old Rousseff, a former guerrilla fighter, charged that she broke the law in manipulating the government budget to preserve popular social programs that bolstered her re-election in 2014.
#NeverTrumpers should ask themselves if they're quite comfortable electing a zealous, corrupt leftist true believer as president.
Consequences have consequences.
— Ace Trump's unfavorables are staying where they usually are -- around 60 -- but Clinton's have risen to 59.
Now, 59% of registered voters view Mrs. Clinton unfavorably, up seven percentage points in three weeks since the prior ABC/Post poll in the wake of continued negative coverage surrounding Mrs. Clintons emails and the Clinton Foundation.
Mr. Trumps unpopularity among registered voters, meanwhile, is at 60%, compared with 61% in the previous poll.
— Ace A woman who is obsessed about keeping her own secrets can't manage to keep the nation's.
Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.
On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the 123 Deal with the United Arab Emirates.
The 123 Deal was a 2009 agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the US on materials and technological sharing for nuclear energy production.
Hillary Clintons mishandling of classified information was so pervasive, it continued after she left government, Republican National Committee research director Raj Shah told The Post. She clearly cant be trusted with our nations security.
— Ace Yup.
The statues featured Trumps signature coif and grimace, along with the sculptors imagining of a sagging derriere, and a sprawling gut overhanging some miniscule genitalia.
The figure was also, shall we say, sans testicles. The artists behind the project titled their oeuvre The Emperor Has No Balls.
As if the statue had not sufficiently nauseated the general population of Americans, media around the country, increasingly estranged from the country they actually live in, did their part to make the situation worse. Esquire characterized the display in Union Square as a brief, beautiful moment in New York City history.
The New York Daily News headlined: The Trumperer has no clothes. The Huffington Post, not to be outdone in the upper realms of smuggery, observed, Just when you thought you couldnt possibly take one more hateful slur, tuft of yellow hair, idiotic threat, or troll-sized orange finger this happens. Hilarious!
The tone of the media wouldnt concern if bias in its coverage of the presidential election and cultural affairs in America was not already so out of control.
Picture, if you will, a naked statue representation of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, erected (erm...) by cover of night in Times Square and on the boardwalks of Los Angeles, the sculptors artistic license given free reign. Imagine the sagging breasts, the flabby tum tum, the far-less-than-pert buttocks, and for the coup de grace, creative depictions of the male genitalia. Would the sculptor go very short, or very long?
It is impossible to quantify the rage that our media would unleash on the nation and heap upon sexist and racist, so-called artists.
Meanwhile, "journalists" (including Jorge Ramos) are demanding that the already ludicrously-biased press become even more biased against Trump, or face the consequences.
It's as if the country were being run by an arrogant, pissed-off, vengeance-minded high school Yearbook Club.
— Open Blogger
Return of the Prodigal Son
Rembrandt van Rijn
This is one of Rembrandt's last works, painted in 1669, just before his death. Clearly his physical talents had diminished, but this painting is evocative in other ways.
— Open Blogger
- Primary results
- The fate of Brazil's President will be learned today
- The I.R.S. types, deletes, types, deletes.
- That's a lot of blow
- We should all sleep better at night
- Additional Hillary emails uncovered. Yet no broken laws located.
- Hey, it's only money
- Iran releases jailed U of TX student
- General led double life now he's in trouble......
- ...while these top-notch employees aren't.
- George Soros and CHAOS at the local level of politics
- Chuck Grassley is starting to waffle?
- The basic concept of employment, employers & employees are beyond the average democrat's grasp
- Cannibal spiders in the U.K
- Move over Veggie Jello Salad meet the next Jello dish at Lutheran Pot Lucks
- Search warrant? We don't need no stinking search warrant
- TFG continues with his oath to
preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United Statesscrew the U.S.A.
- More unvetted refugees on Obama's wish list
- Genius Award, Runner Up
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
August 30, 2016
— Open Blogger
I guess the motto for all of the precious snowflakes who are going to be triggered by the thought of the good guys having guns on campus is "Bring a dildo to a gun fight!" [Wait....what?]
This is actually even more nonsensical than the typical rabid anti-gun rantings of the Left. Presumably Texas, with its moderate gun laws has many citizens quietly going about their business all over the state while carrying concealed weapons. And because the minimum age for a concealed carry permit is 21, that immediately shrinks the number of possible weapons on campus, probably to a point well below the background percentage across the state. So the hysteria is completely and totally unfounded. But you knew that already. more...
— Ace Unbelievable, except not.
A University of Iowa professor is asking the athletics department to make the universitys mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions, arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students.
I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages, Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herkys angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community, she argued.
Ms. Oral told the Press-Citizen that she has been concerned for some time about Herky the Hawks lack of emotional diversity.
Trigger Warning: If you look below you will see an angry, menacing Silly Hawk Mascot.
— Ace In the NBC poll, Clinton's lead drops two points, from +8 to +6.
Now, that's still a blowout, but the trend is favorable.
Meanwhile, in the LATimes poll (which always has Trump doing better than other polls), Trump has now moved into a three point lead.
But it's the state polls that ultimately matter. Alas, the latest from Pennsylvania has Clinton up six.
— Ace Of course. Period-shaming is the greatest injustice the world has ever known!
Second-greatest injustice? Daddums was late with the condo fee payment this month and the landlord yelled at me so loud!
By the way: Don't bother asking "is she hot?" The only hot nude feminists are the Femen chicks.
The feminist explains that this photoshoot is a step in her "journey" to "period-positivity," since society has apparently made her ashamed to bleed freely in public, not the most fundamental standard of basic hygiene which both men and women adhere to.
"When we say someone has blood on their hands, it is usually perceived as dirty, something to be afraid of ashamed of. I had blood on my hands and I owned it," opens the dramatic post.
Verstappen claims that she initially loved menstruating; she was "absolutely fascinated by it."
"When my menarche arrived, I observed my blood and was absolutely fascinated by it," proclaimed the feminist. "But then the kids in my class said it was gross. I didnt understand why, but I did not want to be an outsider. So I shifted my ideas, so they would fit what was 'normal.'"
This, of course, is untrue; Im not saying girls are ashamed, nor should be of menstruating, but there is no 12-year-old girl on the face of the planet who's pumped or awe-inspired about bleeding out of her lady part for the first time.
Verstappen bathes herself in female victimhood, cause by our own biology:
"As women who bleeds [sic], we have been suppressed," she says. "We have been shamed, humiliated, hurt, wronged. We have had to explain ourselves when we are emotional, and are even ridiculed because of it. We have been viewed as less capable to function in the world. If you did not feel or experience this personally, I invite you to ask around. Listen to the stories. Are they filled with empowerment? Or rather, shame?"
In completely unrelated news, feminists continue to blame men for women's "underrepresentation" in science, technology, engineering and medical fields.
— Ace John Kerry immediately said: "It would be helpful if the media didn't report things like this, so people wouldn't know what's going on."
Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.
In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group's territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.
Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering from 5,200 to more than 15,000.
Experts say the number of murder victims could very well exceed the number of Hillary's illegally-executed emails.
— Ace The FBI will release their information about how they executed their cover-up.
The FBI plans to release some of the material it recently provided to Congress regarding the investigation into Hillary Clintons private email servers that she used as secretary of state, sources tell CBS News.
The material, which is expected to be released in the near future, will include portions of interview notes, though its unclear which interviews will be released. The documents are expected to contain redactions.
Portions of the interview the FBI conducted with Clinton earlier this summer will likely be part of this public release. The campaign had asked that the notes from her interview be made public.
Hillary of course claimed all work related emails were turned over to State, as the law demands.
That was not, get this, true. The FBI recovered -- while trying to un-delete her server -- thirty Benghazi-related emails.
The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.
Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.
Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.
— Ace Trumpian, except for the apology and remorse part.
After a reporter (get this!) called him a racist, LaPage left a mean voicemail for him.
Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage, a recording of the governors phone message says. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (expletive). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that Im a racist. Ive spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist (expletive). You I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.
Now he says he's considering all options to make amends, including the possibility of leaving his second gubernatorial term unfinished.
Im looking at all options, the Republican governor said while appearing on WVOM, a Bangor talk radio station. I think some things Ive been asked to do are beyond my ability. Im not going to say that Im not going to finish it. Im not saying that I am going to finish it.
He later said, If Ive lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe its time to move on.
Oy. Come on. Reporters are scum. It is known.
It is known.
— Ace It's not a treaty, Obama explains. It's merely a legally binding executive agreement.
The White House on Monday defended President Obamas decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China.
Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required for treaties. He said the pact negotiated by 195 countries in December is merely an executive agreement.
Republicans have insisted that the accord requires Senate ratification and warned the Obama administration as well as international leaders that Congress will not be bound by an agreement ratified by unilateral executive action.
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