August 30, 2016

John Kerry: Media Would Do Us a Favor By Covering Terrorism Less So That People Wouldn't Know What's Going On
— Ace

That's not a juiced headline; he really said that.

Speaking to the Thai press (Thailand having recently suffered a brutal terrorist attack), Kerry suggested that ignorance is the best defense:

Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It's easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you're going to be a terrorist and you're willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on.

Last September Kerry also seemed to blame the media's mere coverage of terrorism for the terrorism problem.

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Billionaire Clinton Foundation Mega-Donor on Terror No-Fly List, Denied Entry to US
— Ace

The company she keeps.

According to a new report from the LA Times, a Lebanese-Nigerian businessman who donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, was denied a visa to enter the US on suspicions of terrorism.

Gilbert Chagoury, is a world renown billionaire and philanthropist. Chagoury has also built a relationship with the Clinton's dating back to the 90s.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


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The Savage State
Thomas Cole

H/T Country Singer

And a little Young Frankenstein below the fold.... more...

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August 29, 2016

Overnight Open Thread 08/29/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Good evening fellow Morons.

I'm keeping it short and sweet tonight, so let's get to it.

Let's start off with something we're all familiar with, an old proverb:

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions

Indeed.


What a waste. The poor thing probably suffocated to death.

BTW, this isn't the first Larry the Lobster to achieve worldwide fame.

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Study Finds More New Yorkers Abstaining from Sex
— Ace

The City That Never Sleeps Around?

Nearly a third of all of the city’s adults said they had not had intercourse or oral sex in a year, according to the latest 2014 statistics.

That was the highest number since 2002, when the department first started keeping public records on the question.

The “Sexless & and City’’ number was even higher — 32.7 percent — among young adults ages 18 to 24, according to the department’s annual Community Health survey.

By comparison, in 2002, 18.4 percent of all city adults said they did not have sex with any partner the previous year. That included 20 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24.

"Experts" -- what would we do without them -- note there are a lot of impersonal ways to satisfy the sex impulse now, porn, sexting, etc.

Also: Squats.

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Monday Moron Medical Monitoring, Session 7: Greetings From the DL
— Ace

I was told over and over again that, especially at age 29, I really had to do mobilization exercises. Just 10-15 minutes per day -- work a different body part every day. Consider it pre-hab -- you know you're going to be injured; this is the way to avoid it.

And instead I did what I've always done when it comes to stretching: I almost completely ignored it.

I'm doing some now.

I'm mostly following Kelly Starett's program and his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard.

The main point he makes is that any fault in position will lead, inevitably, to a fault in movement. Any fault in movement will lead, inevitably, to injury, as the wrong muscles are being over-used to compensate for the lack of activation of the proper muscles, and bones aren't properly aligned to be in their proper load-bearing position.

An example of that was my crap shoulders, which are internally rotated (rolled forward). They're being pulled forward by my chest muscles; my mid-back muscles, which are supposed to counteract the chest muscle pull and keep the shoulders neutral, have gone to sleep and have atrophied.

When you bench, you're supposed to put the ball of your upper arm deep into the socket joint to maximize your ability to load a weight; that puts the load onto a joint that can take it. (Coaches tell people to "bend the bar" or "break the bar" as a cue to get them to put external rotation into their arms -- imagine trying to bend the bar; naturally, the balls of your arms go deeper into the shoulder socket to do this.)

If you don't have your ball in your socket, muscles and ligaments and tendons must compensate for what your joint is supposed to be doing; but they can't, so they fail, and you get injured.

A similar thing must have happened with my hips, when I tweaked my back and pulled my pelvis out of position (it was rotated and stuck too forward on one side and backwards on the other -- and it was painful as heck).

Anyway, now that I've suffered not one but two inevitable, completely-predictable injuries based on faults in beginning position (and therefore, faults in movement), I'm going to try to actually listen this time.

I'd really recommend this book. It's loaded with photographs and shows you more clearly what the proper beginning, finishing, and transitioning positions are for most major exercises (lifts), and the most common faults. Rippetoe describes this in words, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and I find Starett's explanations more easily understood.

He also goes for global explanations -- basically, the shoulder is the same joint as the hip, so most of the same principles (push the ball deep into the socket when loading weight, and you do that by externally rotating the limb) apply to various movements.

Then the last part of the book has mobilization exercises for all the different parts of the body.

I'm not really happy to be stuck in re-hab land but I guess I should have been working on fundamentals of position and movement all along so I'll keep at it.

By the way: I read someone explaining posture and this brief suggestion made sense to me. When you stand, stand as tall and straight as possible, and imagine that your head is pulling up the rest of your body up into the air with it.

I've been trying that. It feels right. Who knows, maybe it will work for you. The thing about posture-correction: It actually takes a fair amount of energy and neuromuscular control and you can only build a little endurance at standing or sitting properly at a time.

No GAINZ nor LOZZ GAINZ on my end. As I haven't been working out, I've gained no muscle. I lost a pound but I figure that was mostly muscle.

So tell me about YO GAINZ, BITCHEZ

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Target Begs Customers to Come Back With One-Day Sale, Building Special Transgender Bathrooms
— Ace

The boycott is biting.

Yesterday they offered a first-time-ever storewide sale. And that comes on the heels of them suffering their first time ever quarterly decline.

And that seems to be due to a boycott over their crazy Whatever Bathroom You Like, Zir policy.

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Comedic Genius Gene Wilder Dead at 83
— Ace

Well, the sad thing was that he lost his wife Gilda Radner so early to cancer; living to 83 would be pretty nice, except for that sadness.

He talked this year about making Willy Wonka ("No, stop, go back") and Young Frankenstein (which he co-wrote with Mel Brooks).

In his honor, I'm going to watch Silver Streak this week, if I can find it. That to me was my first Hitchcock movie. I know it wasn't really Hitchcock, but it was plainly Hitchcockian, with its barely-plausible (but energetic) plot and mistaken identities and dead people coming back to life.

When I saw the Brooks Hitchcock parody "High Anxiety," I had no idea who Hitchcock was. What I figured out from that movie was "Oh I guess Hitchcock made movies like Silver Streak."

To this day I still want to ride in the sleeper car of a train, and that's less because of James Bond or Murder on the Orient Express than it is because of Silver Streak.

Great movie. I'm hearing the soundtrack in my head as I write this.

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Awful Movie About Awful Obamas' First Awful Date Opens to Shit Box Office, Glowing Reviews From Liberal Critics
— Ace

Not a cult.


The movie based on Barack and Michelle’s Obama’s first date had a lukewarm reception at the box office during opening weekend.
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Despite receiving glowing reviews from critics, “Southside With You” only made $3 million after premiering in over 800 theaters on Friday — putting it at number fourteen on the list of openings.

The film follows the story of when the couple went on their first date in Chicago in 1989 when they were young lawyers at the same firm.

But man do the liberal critics love it-- 93% fresh!

Seems like they're giving it the Ghostbusters treatment, but the public isn't buying.


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Hillary's Poll Lead Breaking In Half, Like Huma-Weiner Marriage of Convenience
— Ace

A new Morning Consult poll has Hillary's national lead down from 6, to 3.

Last week, Reuters -- which generally has Hillary ahead more than other outfits -- showed Hillary ahead by five. But she had been ahead by 12 in the same poll.

The LATimes poll, which has generally been more favorable to Trump than others, now says the race is tied, though... actually, though it's statistically meaningless, the poll shows Trump slightly ahead.

The Real Clear Politics average still looks pretty bad-- Clinton +6.

On the other hand: Trump is closing in must win Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as would-be-a-knockout-punch Michigan.

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Jackass Former Starting Quarterback Won't Stand for National Anthem Until Country Changes to His Liking
— Ace

He'll be spending his time during the Anthem like he'll be spending his time while the offense is on the field -- sitting down.

I'm annoyed by this asshole, but I don't know if that annoyance is justified. I've come to have a lot less respect for America during the Obama Captivity myself -- and I think I'd be within my rights to stage a symbolic protest against Fallen America if I wanted.

On the other hand -- fuck this guy.

Oh, and fuck the NFL. Just fuck them generally.

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"Stay at Home Cad:" NY Post Reports Anthony Weiner Was Sexting a New Lady, While Son Was in Bed With Him, Just Last Year
Update: Huma Says She's Separating from Her Weiner

— Ace

This guy's heard of porn, right?

This is baby-sitting — Anthony Weiner-style.

While his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the disgraced ex-congressman has been sexting with a busty brunette out West — and even sent her a lurid crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture, The Post has learned.

The stay-at-home cad shot the revealing photo while discussing massage parlors “near my old apartment” shortly after 3 a.m. on July 31, 2015, a screenshot of the exchange shows.

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Weiner was clearly aroused by his conversation with the 40-something divorcee when he abruptly changed the subject.

“Someone just climbed into my bed,” Weiner wrote.

“Really?” she responded.

Weiner then hit “Send” on the cringe-inducing image, which shows a bulge in his white, Jockey-brand boxer briefs and his son cuddled up to his left, wrapped in a light-green blanket.

“You do realize you can see you[r] Weiner in that pic??” the woman wrote.

Pictures at the link.

Can't help wondering if this is an arranged marriage, or at least a marriage of political convenience. I'm sure Hillary can tell Huma all about those.

Separated At Last?


This Daily Caller story (headline on Twitter as "Huma Cuts Weiner Off") says they're getting divorced, but that seems (to me) to just be taking Huma's wording -- "separating" -- and extrapolating that into divorce. Which she actually didn't say.

He's done the unthinkable -- he's deleted his Twitter account.


I think that account will be back shortly. Dude's gonna need the sweet release of cyber.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
— Open Blogger


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Racing
Gerald Sargent Foster

Interesting that an artist subsidized by the Public Works of Art Project, essentially the New Deal, would paint Atlantic Class boats racing on Long Island Sound. This was painted in 1934...the depths of the Great Depression.

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Monday Morning News Dump (8/29/16) [Mis. Hum.]
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August 28, 2016

Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/28/16) [Mis. Hum.]
— Open Blogger

Welcome to the End of Summer Edition of the World Famous ONT.


A glance at the calendar indicates it is August 28th. Wow, coming up on Labor Day Weekend. Seems like yesterday was Memorial Day Weekend. Where the heck has the time gone? The ONT attempts to answer this question. Certainly time time flies by when you are having fun.


As a young Moron (Boy, was I ever), the week leading up to Labor Day Weekend was our family's annual summer vacation. Did your family have a summer tradition/ritual?

Is there anyone who swims in the great outdoors? Swimming in fresh water does have it's drawbacks. Leeches may have their medicinal uses but for swimmers? Not so much.


It seems like families were/are the same throughout the western world.


Ahh station wagons. Nothing says vacation like piling everyone in the station wagon. Mini-vans just weren't as cool.

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GAB [Weirddave]
— Open Blogger

Gotta love the free market. There is finally an alternative to social media outlets like Twitter that takes a firm stand against corporate censorship. This new platform is called GAB and you can find it here. The site is not specifically conservative in orientation (although a lot of conservative and libertarian types have gravitated to it), but it is aggressively free speech orientated. From their guidelines page:

Gab's mission is to put people and free speech first. We believe that the only valid form of censorship is self-censorship, an individual's own choice to opt-out. Gab empowers users to self-censor and remove unwanted followers, words, phrases, and topics they don't want to see in their feeds to help stop and prevent different forms harassment. However, we do take steps to protect ourselves and our users from illegal activity.

They are currently in beta, if you go to their page you can request an invite by entering your email address. I just got my invite, if any of you Morons decide to start a GAB account, feel free to add me as a friend (@weirddave). GAB works pretty much like Twitter, with additional options for you to control your own content. Here is GAB's founder, Andrew Torba, talking about their free speech mission.

Open thread until the ONT pops up.

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Food Thread: Light, Brief and Lithe Edition [CBD]
— Open Blogger

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This is the result of the world famous La Tomatina (tomato fight) in Buñol, a small town in Spain's Valencia region. I guess if you are too chicken (or smart) to run with the Bulls in Pamplona, this is a good option. But the curmudgeon in me thinks it's just a big waste of food. Although the claim is that the acidity of the tomatoes cleans the streets, so I guess there is some point to it. I like this point better though.... [NSFW] more...

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Football Sunday in America 08/28/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Good afternoon and welcome to Sunday Football in America. Unfortunately, Goodell and his NFL are leaving such a bad taste in my mouth it's going to be a challenge to enjoy the sport I love knowing I'm contributing in any way to his pocketbook.

So, I'm keeping it short today.

The schedule for today:

Chargers at Vikings 1:00 pm ET on Fox
Cardinals at Texans 4:25 pm ET on Fox
Bengals at Jaguars 8:00 pm ET on NBC

Here's a couple of gals to keep you company.

Enjoy the games, and play nice, folks.

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Colin Kaepernick: The NFL's Newest Blithering Idiot [CBD]
— Open Blogger

CDR M touched on this last night, but there is nothing like pouring it on when the target is this easy to hit!

I don't know who Clay Travis is, because I don't follow football much, and don't much like it either. But I like this Davis fellow, who sounds suspiciously like a Moron, in the good way. Here he claims that Colin Kaepernick Is an Idiot, and backs it up with some pretty damning analysis.

Once you make the decision to enter the marketplace of ideas, in my opinion, you're obligated to put forward a coherent reason for your decision-making if you want to be taken seriously. Otherwise, I can feel free, thanks to this same first amendment that you're using to gain attention, to pronounce you an daft prima donna whose football talents have so deteriorated you aren't even capable of beating out Blaine freaking Gabbert to be quarterback. As if that weren't enough I can also say that based on your Twitter feed you look like a lost and psychologically unstable individual.

Kaepernick is the latest in a series of high-profile athletes/entertainers/trained monkeys who are under the mistaken impression that the number of followers they have on Twitter or Instagram is somehow correlated with their intelligence and their ability to provide insightful comments on a whole range of topics outside of their incredibly narrow areas of expertise.

If I want to learn how to cry on command or look pensively off into the distance or take steroids to bulk up for an important event or lip sync an entire concert or throw a tight spiral wobbling wounded duck, I will, absolutely, contact Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep or Madonna or Matt Damon or Colin Kaepernick.

But for political or cultural analysis I think that sticking with the far less attractive but far better informed among us is probably a good idea. And who would those people be? Judging by the blather coming out of our most famous among us, it will probably be a step up if I go to the nearest middle school and ask the kid who is reading in the library and doesn't have paste crumbs on his chin. more...

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