September 28, 2016
— Open Blogger
Welcome to the National Coffee Day Eve Overnight Open Thread. Thursday September 29th is National Coffee Day. Now if we can get a National Valu-Rite Day that would be quite the accomplishment.
Are you going to miss the big day? Don't feel bad, International Coffee Day will be celebrated world wide on Saturday, October 1st.
So Horde, how do you plan on celebrating? Your humble Cob will probably drink enough to float a battleship. Saturday will probably be a repeat.
— Ace Given that this information was almost immediately available to the Administration, but our law enforcement services covered it up for months and permitted false claims to proliferate, even the New York Times is daring to ask the obvious question:
The timing of this release, combined with past omissions, leads me to ask whether officials are stage-managing ISIS-linked attacks?
Nah. Go back to sleep, Little Tiger. You've got a big day tomorrow of chasing butterflies and lightningbugs.
— Ace It's a popular bill, so Democrats cravenly went along with it, giving, as it does, the victims of 9/11 the right to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged connections to 9/11. (Of course, they'd also have to make that case in court.)
I'm not sure this is wise. Yeah, I know Saudi Arabia was involved. Saudi Arabia is the flower of terror throughout the world and always has been.
But if we're using this as leverage or a sweetener to extract concessions from them, and we're giving that up to give some (admittedly deserving) people money... Not sure if it's a good trade.
Then again, Obama doesn't use leverage to get anything out of any foreign power, so I don't know what this administration would be giving up.
Hillary Clinton's "Charity" foundation will probably end up poorer, alas.
So there is that.
And there will be a price to be paid, I imagine, for Saudi Arabia permitting its million clerics to propagate pro-terrorism messages on the internet.
BTW, Hillary's stout-hearted running mate skipped out on the bill so he could avoid casting a vote unpopular with the country at large or casting a vote which would upset Obama's cultish coalition.
But never fear-- the media will absolutely hound him on what his vote would have been.
— Ace They had to warn Sean Hannity about this.
Of course, Trump is out there complaining that the media isn't noticing how well he did in the "online polls."
Does Trump know these aren't real polls? Does he know these are just click-suck jerkoff-bait for people? Does he know "online polls" are just a progressive tax on desperation, ill-education, and idleness levied by 23-year-old neckbeards looking for an easy way to goose their traffic numbers?
I think he probably does, but that leads to the next problem: Someone who can't tell a plausible lie from an implausible lie is just as dumb as someone who doesn't even realize his claim is a lie in the first place.
Can the entire online right just get its shit together and finally comprehend there is no such thing as an "online poll"? It says right at the bottom: Not a scientific poll. For entertainment purposes only.
Which is itself a lie; they're not for your entertainment, they're there so that a site can pad its traffic stats for the day by getting ignorant people to link its stupid fake poll.
And that's why no one cites these polls: because they're not polls.
They're chum for the dumb.
Stop already. It's beyond embarrassing at this point.
Political Importance: Trump would be winning if he was pulling college educated voters at Romney's level, or even close to it.
He's doing very well with less-educated whites -- as he predicted.
However, he's lost huge support from college-educated whites.
This class is very class-conscience and proud to be "educated." They're very proud that they have degrees. Like 67 million other Americans, or about 31% of the US population age 25 and above.
It's not exactly winning the Heismann Trophy.
Yet they're very proud of their class status.
And they find it hard to support a man who seems to either 1, be far below their class status despite being wealthy, or 2, who seems only interested in catering to the ignorances of the less well-educated.
Stupid shit like this -- showing either ignorance of, or deceit about, a fact that any reasonably on-the-ball person knows -- hurts Trump far more than it helps him.
It's hard to vote for a guy you not only suspect you're smarter than (this happens in most elections) but are sure you're a lot smarter than.
Trump needs to stop playing to a base he's had since June 2015 and start playing for the votes he doesn't have, but absolutely needs, if he's to win.
Juanita Broaddrick Responds
The Stepford Daughter spits out her sing-songy, scripted lines like a good little robot:
Chelsea responded to the businessman's threats to bring up former President Bill Clinton's infamous infidelities at the first presidential debate in a Cosmopolitan interview, published Tuesday.
"My reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it's a distraction from his inability to talk about what's actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals about the economy," Chelsea, 36, said, "or our public school system, or debt-free college, or keeping our country safe and Americans safe here at home and around the world."
Funny, but your mom seemed to think past indiscretions were more important than any of those things when she used every moment of her debate time for a massive oppo dump on Trump.
But now one of the meaningless women who's "not at stake" in this election -- or any other, according to the media's non-coverage of her -- responds:
Chelsea Clinton gave an interview to Cosmopolitan to which Juanita Broaddrick is now responding in a tweetstorm: pic.twitter.com/FztD8YC41a— Gabby Morrongiello (@gabriellahope_) September 28, 2016
— Ace Fat Miss Universe won't answer the question of whether she was a getaway driver in an attempted murder. "I'm not a saint girl," this very English-fluent US citizen (as of May 2016 -- gee, I wonder if Hillary and Obama pulled strings) says.
The Daily Mail revealed her alleged involvement in the murder of a judge's brother and death threats against that judge. Oh, and having a child with a notorious drug baron.
The US Media did not explore these issues very much.
Well, to give him credit, Anderson Cooper did ask about it. (He's in the top video, linked above.)
Megyn Kelly, who does it all #ForTheGirls and believes that #FeminismMeansNoCriticism, did not.
Her interview with the non-English-speaking Ms. Machado was embarrassing. She did not ask about any of these things. The one thing she asked about -- whether or not she had an eating disorder before she was crowned Miss Universe, as she said in 1997, or only after encountering The Beast Donald Trump, as she says now, she inarticulately deflected away. Whether her English is really this bad, or just very bad when she wants to evade a question, is unknowable.
Now, the interview appeared pre-recorded, and maybe she didn't know about this at the time of the recording; but then why run the video of a woefully incomplete interview with a subject whose credibility is very much in doubt as originally planned? Why make no reference to these allegations before or after running the tape?
I'll tell you why: Because MeAgain Kelly is still traumatized for being Violently Tweeted by Donald Trump.
She apparently still has PTSD due to her being forcibly Tweeted.
I always half-expect MeAgain Kelly, when interviewing a badly wounded war veteran, to say, "I know exactly what you're going through. Donald Trump once tweeted me."
How will MeAgain Kelly deal with her embarrassment tonight?
If she covers it at all, here's a prediction: She has on two soothing Authoritative Male Presences -- my guess is her mentor Brit Hume, and Howard Kurtz -- to reassure MeAgain Kelly that she did nothing wrong and any reporter would have rushed Hillary Clinton's concocted Hitjob to the air without doing any fact checking or vetting.
Think I'm wrong?
She does this -- whenever Fox's Most Fabulous Feminist feels chastened by #AntiWomanCriticism, she has on two Reassuring Male Figures to coo to her that she did everything right.
So tonight I predict she will Summon the Male Defenders/Reassurers.
More At Conservative Treehouse: They link a video they purport to be by Alicia Machado, but I've seen no confirmation of that -- then again, someone seems to be cleaning up her Wikipedia page like crazy.
And go there to see MeAgain Kelly delivering the lines Hillary Clinton scripted for her.
You get to see MeAgain Kelly's favorite look -- she's got her Concerned Face on.
It's like Blue Steel but with added Social Justice Warrior content. more...
— Ace The Washington Insider Power (Marriage of Economic Convenience) Couple who made $57.5 million while Hillary was Secretary of State and Bill was scooping up donations from countries and corporations with business before his (alleged) wife is claiming they worked so hard you guys for their graft.
In LATimes Tracking Poll, Trump Gains Slightly
Morning Consult was +1 Trump before debate. Now, +3 Clinton. If that holds across pollster would be the second largest debate bump since 76.— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) September 28, 2016
But the LATimes poll shows Trump getting a tiny half-point bump.
— Open Blogger
As a diversion from the pending "Fat Man On White Ottoman; Part Deux," we have an interesting article about early Hollywood, which exposes the roots of its current misogyny, lawlessness and arrogance.
Morning, ‘rons and ‘ronettes.
In the “Golden Age” of movies, no studio was richer or more powerful than MGM. “They owned everyone – the D.A., the L.A.P.D. They ran this place,” recalled Budd Schulberg, author of the 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run? and himself the son of Hollywood mogul B.P. Schulberg. Between the heavy power of studio “fixer” Eddie Mannix (reputed to be responsible for the death of “Superman” George Reeves) and publicity chief Howard Strickling, there was, practically speaking, no crime a Metro star – or valued associate - couldn’t commit, from Clark Gable’s drunk-driving homicide to the brutal rape of a young dancer in 1937.
Patricia Douglas, a Missouri girl, was the daughter of an ambitious mother who longed to design high couture dresses for Hollywood stars, but never got closer than gowns for expensive call girls. A convent school dropout at 14, Douglas had no desire to be in the movies at all, though that didn’t stop her from being a popular bit of innocent arm candy for stars as varied as crooner Bing Crosby to tough guy George Raft to frizzy-haired Stooge Larry Fine, a hep-stepper who taught her every hot dance move he knew. She finally ended up in front of the camera, “just for something to do” and became a fairly well-regarded dancer, good at learning complicated routines and teaching them to other chorus girls. So when she was told about a casting call at the Hal Roach studio in Culver City on May 2, 1937, she ambled on over. more...
— Open Blogger Hump Day, people. Have a better one!
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September 27, 2016
— Open Blogger Two-For Tuesday Edition
One is a zombie the other, well, you know............ more...
— Ace Cool.
It's a full moon which is eclipsed by the earth's shadow. So... It's black. Like a new moon. But I guess it's different.
It's not even all that rare -- once every 32 months.
Still, I'll be looking for it.
And stay off the moors.
— Ace Ah, but it's the threat, isn't it? The process is the punishment, isn't it?
We are supposed to be free to speak -- and know without equivocation that we are free to speak -- precisely so we are not menaced by the threat of official persecution.
So that we do not become the Censor's inside man and censor ourselves out of fear.
Do you think the University of Tennessee wishes Glenn Reynolds to know -- to reallly know -- he's free to speak?
Or do you think they intended to install a Censorship Inside Man in his head, causing him to mind his p's and q's?
— Ace I wouldn't say this proves Trump's claim that he was "totally against the Iraq War," but it definitely proves the media are liars in claiming that his one casual "I don't know, guess we gotta do something' statement on Howard Stern (in 2002) was his only statement on the matter.
He is not strongly against the war here -- but he is leaning against it.
— Ace I forgot to put this up yesterday.
I've got no particularly good advice. I do not know how i broke my stall. I've been drinking a lot more water -- who knows, maybe that helped.
I have heard it said that while people debate this expensive supplement or that one, they ignore the cheapest and most effective supplement of all: Just water.
Oh, and sleep. My sleep's been better. Not sure why. But they say that sleep is as important to getting into shape as exercise (or, well, pretty much as important).
A friend and I were talking about the frustration of attempting a body recomposition (not really trying to "lose weight," exactly). It's not that things move slowly -- if they moved slowly but consistently, it would be reassuring.
The problem is that nothing seems to happen for a couple of weeks, then suddenly you drop weight. Even after, say, you said "Ah the hell with this Manorexia, I want Taco Bell."
It's the fact that, past the first two months, inputs and outputs seem correlated in only a slight way, if at all.
I also started having more protein powder. In theory, that should slow weight loss. But then, I only have it before and after workouts, so who knows. Maybe it gets used up without turning to fat.
Anyway, my gains have been very slow but are pretty consistent (consistently slow, that is) since I broke the plateau. I almost put up a Bonus Medical Monitoring post on Saturday for one reason: Because after working out I dropped to 176, the lowest weight I've seen since college. I wanted to put up a thread and say "176!" because i was pretty sure I just sweated two pounds off and it would be back by Sunday.
Well it was. I'm back up to 179 but still, under 180. That was a big goal and a major reason for this thread: To keep myself going past 180 (I've been at 180 a lot) and finally get myself down to a reasonably trim 170.
I guess I'm losing a pound a week now...? Or a half a pound..?
And I suppose that's... something?
TELL ME ABOUT YO GAINZZZZ, BITCHEZZZZ
Holy Crap: So, for four or five months, I've been putting butter in my coffee, and MCT oil.
But not blending it, as many recommended.
Why? Because I'm a dude and I'm lazy and I always look to Reduce Steps and Increase Efficiency even if it means I'm drinking horrible coffee with a quarter inch pool of buttery fat on top of it.
After all, Real Men do not seek comfort. It's indulgent and womanly.
Real men drink disgusting coffee. Because they're Men.
So, anyway, I discovered I actually had an immersion blender. I bought it a year ago at Target or something, when I had planned to start this, and never opened up the box.
I started blending the coffee.
Now it's no longer black coffee with a yellow pool of grease on top of it. Now it's.... well, it tastes like coffee with luscious cream in it.
Now I actually enjoy coffee again instead of just wolfing down black coffee with a skin of partially melted butter.
How did you goofs not insist to me I just blend it?
If you're drinking it the "Ace Way," that is, the Moron Way, you're missing out. Spend $20 or $30 on an immersion blender -- you just stick it in the coffee and blend. You'll be glad you did.
One thing, you have to put the coffee in a taller glass to blend (otherwise it will get sloshed around, out of the cup), but that doesn't take long. You can just rinse that glass after you use it, stick the blender in it, and set it aside for tomorrow.
— Ace The other states polled in this round aren't so great for Trump -- the Breitbart/Gravis poll has him behind in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Obviously, this could be an outlier, one of those one-in-twenty polls that are straight-up wrong.
But... eh, I'll be keeping my eye on Minnesota now.
— Ace Sunday Night Football's ratings dropped again.
While NFL teams continue to pile up the stats, the NFLs television ratings continue to come in with lower and lower numbers each week. NBCs Sunday Night Football matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears last night drew in 18.62 million viewers, scoring a 6.8/21 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the group most coveted by advertisers.
That marks a fall from last weeks 7.4 rating in the 18-49 demo. Last nights game also scored a 12.9/21 in Nielsens metered-market rating, a decline from last weeks 13.7/23.
This Forbes article, written before this weekend's games, notes the general trend.
Just last year some opined that the leagues ratings had no ceiling. That appears to be false.
To summarize Sports Business Daily: NBCs three primetime games, which includes the NFL Kickoff game, have averaged 23.7 million viewers, down 12% from the same period last year. ESPN also is seeing a 12% decline for its three MNF games to date. While CBS CBS +1.45% and NFL Network have only one Thursday night game to date, that lone game (Jets-Bills, 15.4 million viewers) was down 27% compared to the opening TNF game last season. Looking at Sunday afternoons, Fox is off (-0.2%) through two weeks, averaging 20.9 million viewers. CBS is averaging 17.3 million viewers through the same point, down 5%.
While some suggest that the drop in ratings may be due to the lack of marquee match ups, I dont buy it. For starters, none of the recent PR debacles, such as drugs, beatings or concussions, created something like #boycotnfl. Two, Kaepernick is the most-disliked player in the NFL. Three, I challenge anyone to look at the comments on stories about the NFL national anthem protests and tell me the anecdotal evidence does not strongly suggest many, if not most viewers are fed up either because they are against the protests, or just dont want politics of any kind to interfere with their football.
The NFLPA says they're concerned by the amount of blood gushing from this very pale formerly golden goose.
"This is a huge issue for us obviously," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said on Friday's PFT Live. "We spend a lot of time looking at trends. I was thrilled to see the game being streamed on Twitter. We're interested about where media is going. Viewership is an important issue, stadium attendance is a very important issue to us. So as we look forward knowing that there are a couple of television contracts that are going to come up. I think it is smart for us to look at the impact of whether fans are watching on TV or not."
A decline in TV viewership wont be a factor until after the current TV contracts expire, assuming there isnt a renegotiation before the existing deals expire after the 2022 season.
Well, there's only one possible way to arrest the decline of the NFL:
Coed bathrooms for everyone!
— Ace Okay, this is a little hackish, even for me, but I just don't buy the claims of the Twiddiots that Trump lost badly.
McClatchy held a focus group to watch the debate in North Carolina. Who won? Well...
Presidential debate surprise: Clinton loses ground among some voters in swing state
Kae Roberts and Jay Eardly were leaning toward Hillary Clinton before Monday night's debate.
By the end, they had both pulled away.
John Kokos and Hank Federal were undecided going in, potential Clinton backers.
By the end, they'd ruled her out.
Indeed, while polls said that Clinton won the first general election debate with Donald Trump Monday, she may not have won actual votes. And she may even have lost some, at least in the battleground state of North Carolina.
In a focus group of 21 voters from around Charlotte conducted by McClatchy and the Charlotte Observer, four who were up for grabs before the debate moved away from her by the end.
For the four who emerged less impressed by Clinton, it was the seeming familiarity of her proposals for the economy and national security that was a turnoff.
Roberts, who is unaffiliated with a party, wrote in her notes several times during the debate that Clinton offered "pie in the sky" ideas. By debates end, she had moved from leaning toward Clinton to undecided.
"The things she says shes going to do, theres no substance behind it," Roberts said.
Letosky entered the evening undecided in a town that is heavily Democratic in registration. Her sister and father are on opposite sides of the political aisle. Donald Trump had the upper hand this evening, she said, citing his command of the back-and-forth between him and Hillary Clinton.
Reed, 35, is a registered Democrat and small businessman. By the end of the debate, Clinton never said a thing to persuade me that she had anything to offer me or my family or my community, he said, sitting at the same bar that has boasted local icons as regulars, such as the late Fred Rogers, and Arnold Palmer, who had his own stash of PM Whiskey hidden behind newer bottles of whiskey for his regular visits.
"Have to say Trump had the edge this evening, he came out swinging but also talked about specifics on jobs and the economy," Reed said.
Reed said Clinton came across as either smug or as though she was reading her résumé, adding there was nothing on her resume that touched on his life.
One thing that has impressed me more and more over the past two years is how powerful the left is in colonizing the thoughts of all citizens -- including commentators on the right.
Andrew Breitbart used to say -- he said this the first time I met him -- that the left creates a "Matrix," as in the movie, a prison of illusion and reality distortion. When you are in the Matrix, he said excitedly, you can't see the Matrix itself.
Many commentators on the right -- I included -- are thoroughly colonized by leftist memes. How could we not be? We are constantly mesmerized by them, a thousand cult chants a day whispering at us from our electric soma boxes.
Many are looking at Hillary Clinton's answers and saying "She won on points."
Because what did she really say? On national security and ISIS, she offered the novel thought that we must work more closely with our allies.
Really. You don't say? I'm glad someone had the guts to finally say it.
Now, those whose brains are colonized by leftist viral memes will call that a "good answer." It's the accepted Conventional Wisdom answer of the Davoisie and the Davoisie wannabes.
But is it a good answer?
Or is it just insect-talk? (Insect talk being my own word for something so trivial and brainless it doesn't even rise to the level of small-talk.)
Clinton said a lot of crap like this last night -- she said that to improve race relations, we needed to build more trust in the community in police, and more trust in police in the community.
Um, that is not an answer. That is simply a way of re-stating the problem. Her husband used to do this a lot. How do we improve education? Why I have a five-point plan. (Ticking off points on each finger.) One, improve the curriculum. Two, improve the administration. Three, improve teacher-school relations. Four, encourage children to learn. Five (now put up the thumb in a big thumb's up like Fonzie) improve education.
Um, you didn't say how we were going to improve education. You simply broke the problem into several sub-problems and said we have to solve each of the sub-problems.
We know that. And we also knew all of the sub-problems associated with the main problem of improving education.
You said exactly nothing, but took three minutes to say it.
Yet people were always impressed by this -- at least among the chattering classes -- and praised Clinton for being soooo detailed.
Hillary tried this last night with her various bubble-headed Unsweet Nothings responses.
She's not as good as it as her husband.
People have heard all these non-responsive no-answer evasions before, and I don't think they're more impressed with them on the umpteenth repetition.
I think that our current politics has been organized around the central concept of Emptiness for a long time, and I think maybe this year, a year of rejectionism, is the year when people begin to see through the Emptiness.
So I would just suggest to the Chattering Classes and the Twitterati:
Are you really judging what she said, or are you simply regurgitating the Conventional Wisdom as to what is credited as counting as an "informed answer" in these moronic affairs?
Because people less colonized by parasitic, invasive leftist memes might have seen this show differently than you did.
Just because you know the Matrix exists does not mean you can see the Matrix.
To see the Matrix, you actually have to escape the Matrix.
You have to purge the Matrix from your brain.
— Ace Hillary tossed this out in her last big Oppo File dump at the end of the debate -- that Trump had allegedly called a former Miss Universe "Miss Piggie" and criticized her for her weight gain.
She'd gained 60 pounds during her year of reigning as Miss Universe -- obviously not the weight she'd won the contest at -- and apparently was in danger of losing sponsorships.
Apparently we've now reached that phase of Political Correctness and Fat
Acceptance Celebration that even beauty contest winners, contractually obligated to, you know, look like the person who won the crown, can't be critiqued about their beauty.
Here's how mean Trump was:
"Some people when they have pressure eat too much. Like me. Like Alicia," said Donald Trump, the executive producer of the Miss Universe Pageant.
Defending her, that is.
Since winning the crown, the former Miss Venezuela went from 118 pounds to -- well -- a number that kept growing like the size of the fish that got away.
And as her weight grew, so did reports that Kellogg had canceled a deal for her to appear on boxes of Special K in Venezuela or that Kellogg modified her body on the box. But a Kellogg spokesman said the contract simply expired in December and that they were "real pleased" with the promotion.
"I don't eat Kellogg's and for this maybe I gain weight," the young Machado said simply.
Rumors also surfaced that she might be forced to give up her Miss Universe crown.
But Trump, as co-owner of rights to the pageant, said he would never let that happen. "We had a choice of: termination or do this," he said. "We wanted to do this."
The pageant's meaning of "do this" was for Machado to get her weight down to about 130 pounds. At a recent photo op, Machado -- hardly a blimp at 5-foot-7 -- pedaled a stationary bicycle and jumped rope in front of a pack of photographers and reporters who could themselves use a little training.
Apparently Trump mocked the reporters making an issue of this fat broad's weight:
"A lot of you folks have weight problems. I hate to tell you," Trump told the rowdy pool of reporters.
So let us all cry for the Miss Universe who got so fat she almost had her crown taken from her.
CNN did another story on the heavyweight Miss Universe, too.
So this was an actual thing and a point of embarrassment for the pageant (and for the woman herself).
By the way: This was twenty years ago.
— Open Blogger
The Enchanted Pose
This black-and-white photo of "The Enchanted Pose" by Rene Magritte is the only image of the painting that disappeared in nearly 80 years ago. A piece of the missing painting was just discovered in Britain.
Apparently Magritte just cut the damned thing up.
And that is just fine with me.....
H/T Mis. Hum.
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