January 31, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (1/31/17) Things That Make You Say Bad Words Edition
— Open Blogger

The Left is concerned about the Constitution.

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I realize the current executive administration doesn’t care and the current majority in the legislative branch barely cares, but remembering exactly who our government works for will be helpful over the next few years.


Isn't that special? They know there is a constitution.

They even know how to use it? Bless their hearts.


One last question for Left, Where the hell were you during the Obama years? Hypocrisy and short term memory lapse is no way to go through life.


Have you ever found yourself in Washington D.C. without anything to do? Check out the EPA Headquarters Exhibit. h/t Isophorone Blog @Isophorone

The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge, Mondays through Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Upon entry to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, all adult guests are required to present a photo ID and all visitors will pass through security.

Can you pick out the flaws in this exhibit?

The ONT's guess is that these greatest hits of the EPA won't be on display. Just a hunch, that's all we are saying.


If the first few stories didn't make you say bad words, Then you're ready for a big ass bowl of popcorn While the USA burns.

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“Government scientists are commonly as corrupt as the corporate government that employs them.”
―- Steven Magee


Quote II

“The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity—a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.”
Isaac Asimov

Quote III

"The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted."- James Madison


A SCOTUS nominee. How will the Women's RINO March go?

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Trump To Announce His Supreme Court Nominee, 8:02 PM Eastern
— Ace

If you're not by a TV, Fox should have a Livestream up when Trump's about to go on.

Trump has both of the finalists, Gorsuch and Hardiman, on the way to DC in time for the announcement. I assume they have been told that one of them is actually acting as a fake-out. Though I really don't get why the secrecy (and showmanship) about this.

In fact, though I hate the idea that Trump could possibly be this showman-ey, it's possible that they're both fake-outs, and that his real nominee is a surprise name that hasn't been mentioned much lately.

Geeze, I hope not. Because that would be really cheesey and dumb.

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Hillary Clinton Now Said to be Blaming... Obama for Her Election Loss
— Ace

Dear Lord, please give me so much winning that I'll get sick of winning all the time, but don't make me sick of winning yet.

Ex-Politico hack Mike Allen reports that Hillary believes that if Obama had come out earlier and more forcefully to denounce Russian electioneering on behalf of Trump, then something something something miracle Michigan President Hillary. Or something.


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Odd Brock
— Open Blogger

David Brock used to be one of the good guys. Seriously. Back in the 90s, he used to write investigative pieces for the conservative American Spectator magazine, mainly concerning the Clintons and their shady activities, both sexual and financial. I thought he also wrote the definitive piece on Janet Reno's mass murders in Waco that also appeared in the Spectator, but I am unable to find the piece online, so maybe I'm confusing Brock with some other author. Anyway, suddenly one day he went full Cahlres Jhosnon, "apologized" to the Clintons for all the bad things he wrote about them (without retracting a single word), and started the "Media Matters" website. MM is supposed to be a site that ferrets out "conservative bias" in the media, but that's actually its secondary purpose. Its primary purpose has been promoting, defending, raising money and running interference for the political careers of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

And as such, he was a major player in thr 2016 election. But "some", as they say, are getting tired of David Brock and wish he'd go away:

Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.

Maybe it's because he promises way more than he actually delivers:

Brock bragged early last year that his team had assembled a mountain of damning oppo that could “knock Trump Tower down to the sub-basement.” But Trump Tower still stands, and Brock’s groups failed to help Clinton to victory.

And then there's his personal issues:

“I met with him a couple times—he’s fucking weird,” a former Obama administration official, who also requested anonymity, told The Daily Beast. “I felt like I was meeting Mugatu from Zoolander… I don’t know what the fuck [Brock’s network] did besides raise a ton of money, and I don’t think the after-action report on 2016 says we need more David Brock. Probably the opposite is true.”

Yeah, I've heard this before, that Brock has got a somewhat, uh, "quirky" personality that makes him hard to work with.

But not all of the Democrats dislike Brock. For example, James Carville said

“David has a really good relationship with a lot of donors and people who can help the party. If I were them, I would be thinking of ways I could work with David Brock, as opposed to having a tribunal determining the extent of party purity. I don’t think we need to walk around with ideological chastity belts.”

Of course, Carville himself is a Clinton creature, so it's perhaps not surprising that he's in Brock's corner. But perhaps the Democratic Party should consider purging itself of the Clintons, their hangers-on and anybody who ever had anything to do with them in order to move forward. So hand GTFO notices to Brock, Carville, Sid Bluementhal, whatsisface Mook who ran Hillary's campaign, who really should be fired for being an incompetent boob, the whole Clinton clique needs to be gone. I would think it's obvious that the Clintons are only in politics to enrich themselves, so I would think the decision to give them all the left foot of fellowship would be a no-brainer.

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Boy Scouts Now Open to "Transgender" Children
— Ace

You know, 12 year old girls who have decided, after several months of intense grappling, that they're really boys.

Um, shouldn't we sort of wait until kids have undergone actual puberty, and the surge of sex-differentiating hormones that attends it, before letting them tell us that they're really girls or really boys?

By the way, the little girl in this case was... eight years old.

And "transgender," despite the fact that she hasn't actually gone through the hormonal process that defines gender.

A New Jersey woman whose son was asked to leave his Boy Scouts troop after leaders found out he is transgender said she has mixed emotions about the organization's decision to allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that enrollment in its boys-only programs will now be based on the gender a child or parent lists on his application to become a scout, rather than the gender listed on the child's birth certificate.

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Airport "Protester" Knocks Out Trump Supporter With Sucker Punch, Then He and His Allies Shout "Peace"
— Ace

And they do the "hands up, don't shoot" pose -- after one of them has just sucker-punched a man and rendered him unconscious.

Which I think is all you need to know about "hands up, don't shoot."

Video and story here.

In the background of the video, some protestors can be heard shouting "Peace" while others taunt an unconscious Chisholm.

One protester can be heard calling Chisholm a "Nazi Boy" and another man can be heard yelling "your boy got knocked out."

They haven't thought this through. First we're going to start hitting back, then we're going to start hitting first -- like they do -- and suddenly this stew of cowards, pussies, and wannabe thugs is going to understand in a hurry why every stable society outlaws political violence.

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Democrats Boycott Finance Committee, In Order to Delay Confirmation Votes on Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnuchin and HHS Secretary Nominee Price
— Ace

They boycotted last night's vote and then again boycotted today's rescheduled 10 am vote.

Orrin Hatch claims he hopes they'll show up for the next rescheduled meeting, but I doubt it.

Hatch is complaining that "this is the most pathetic thing I've ever seen" but I'm sure he'll roll over for the obstructionists because the only important thing is cowegiality and fwiends.

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Great Republican Savior Egg McMufin Praises Sally Yates for Putting Her Own Authority Above Commander-in-Chief's
— Ace



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Letter To The President
— Open Blogger

I have just done something I have never done before. I have written a letter to the president. Not even in the days of 9/11 have I felt so moved to do this. It's just that with every day there's a new yelly, shouty, Soros-funded attack that I'm afraid President Trump will be tempted to cave in. I think he needs to be encouraged not to do this. As Rush points out, he really doesn't have any support, not from the opposition party, not from the media, not from academia, not even from elements in his own party, nobody except from those of us who voted for him, and perhaps those of you who did not vote for him, but do not want to see him destroyed by a howling mob of imbeciles. So I encourage all of you to go to this link, bring up the e-mail form, and write an encouraging note to the president. Here is what I told him:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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Young Girl Reading
Jean-Honoré Fragonard

The agitated prose notwithstanding, this description from our National Gallery of Art illustrates why an in-person viewing is best. Sure, I can see the brushstrokes when I blow it up, and the colors seem...okay....but of course all perspective is lost....

Perhaps more than the work of his two teachers, Boucher and Chardin, Jean-Honoré Fragonard's bravura handling of brushwork and color embodies eighteenth-century painting aesthetics. In A Young Girl Reading, the subject is shown in profile holding a book in her right hand and completely absorbed in her reading. She appears to be sitting in a window as light illuminates her face and body, casting a faint shadow against the wall. She wears a lemon-yellow dress with a white collar and cuffs accented with lilac ribbons at her bodice, neck, and hair. She is resting on fluffy pillows rendered in warm brown tones and highlighted in light purple. Each texture is rendered in a different brushstroke: her dress a thick weave of yellow and white, the pillows more loosely sketched, and her collar edged with the handle of the brush.

As in Chardin's Soap Bubbles, the viewer has the illusion he is privy to an intimate moment. However, in Fragonard's work, the bright yellow of the girl's dress and the agitated strokes clash with the solitude associated with reading.

Get thee to a museum, if for no other reason than to prove that art can be appreciated both with and without pants.

[Hat tip for the artwork to commenter Endymion cernuus]

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The Morning Report 1/31/17
— Open Blogger

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Good morning, kids. Wow, the hits just keep on coming. President Trump is kicking ass and taking names. The justifiable firing of Obama hack interim AG Sally Yates was covered already, so no need to go into it here. The narrative will now doubtless shift to the SCOTUS pick but I want to continue to hammer away on the ongoing (and not unrelated) theme of the GOP as saboteurs. Thom Tillis fancies himself as the second coming of Arlen Specter. Notice this gem from an op-ed he wrote, or had written for him, from the other week:
“Let’s be clear: the American people didn’t give the GOP a stamp of approval or a mandate to ram through an ideologically driven, far-right agenda," Tillis said. "If the election was a mandate for anything, it was for elected officials in both parties to break through the gridlock to finally start producing results.”
George Carlin's pearl of wisdom above is dead on. Tone-deaf, arrogant and condescending is no way to survive being primaried, Mr. Tillis. The showdown is coming soon between the dead-enders in the GOP/Whigs and those who are with the president and the people, whether for real or just for political expediency. Anyway, have a better one and remain blessed.

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January 30, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (1/30/17) Lower Your Expectations Edition
— Open Blogger

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Are you concerned about your caffeine intake? Take the test. You don't want to end up like these 2 students.

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake. -Lewis Black

Quote II

I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.-Ronald Reagan

Quote III

We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.- Jerry Seinfeld
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Acting AG -- an Obama Holdover -- Orders Her DoJ Not to Put Up a Defense Against Lawsuits Alleging Trump's Travel Ban is Illegal
Update: "You're Fired"

— Ace

Update: Trump fired the bitch.

Trump's order is plainly legal -- she just doesn't like it, and has arrogated to herself the powers of Commander in Chief.


I guess obstruction is good now, huh?

Sessions will probably be confirmed tomorrow so we can get rid of this Social Justice Tw*t.

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Iran, Get This, Conducts Ballistic Missile Test Despite United Nations' Resolution That Forbids It
— Ace

Obama's legacy will one day detonate 150 meters over a capital city.

Apparently Obama didn't trouble himself to get ballistic missile tests included in his deal to give Iran $140 billion and nuclear bombs in exchange for nothing at all.

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Chuck "Weepy McGee" Schumer, 2015: We Might Need a "Pause" in Syrian Refugee Admissions
— Ace

As someone said on Twitter (maybe Sean Davis), the 2015 Chuck Schumer would make the 2017 Chuck Schumer cry.

Now there's a man who doesn't know the forward from reverse on a cheap Ikea drill, am I right or am I right?

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Democrats Vow to Filibuster Trump's Supreme Court Pick -- Whoever It Is
— Ace

So they're just planning to keep the seat (and any other seat that opens) vacant for at least another four years -- and maybe eight years, if they keep going the way they're going.

Senator Jeff Merkin of Oregon came up with the catchy hashtag meme-- this is a "stolen seat," and therefore, the Democrats will not allow it to be filled until there's a Democrat president.

Orin Hatch is one of the ringleaders of the "conservative" Senators who refuses to use the nuclear option.

1, will he change his mind if the Democrats do filibuster anyone (except a provable liberal)?

I doubt it. Many of these fuckers are a lot more liberal than they pretend in the nine months before an election and rely on Democrats having the power of the filibuster precisely to frustrate their actually-conservative fellow Senate members. That way they can make noise about conservative agenda points, while actually blocking those agenda points. They get the best of both worlds -- they can pretend to be conservatives while acting as the handmaidens of the Progressive Transnational Superstate.

2, when can we primary this old fool, and can we finally stop electing or re-electing soft squishy RINOs (and actual liberals) from red states like Utah and South Carolina?

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Quebec Mosque Shooters Identified; Reporters Stop Speculating About Motive, So You Know What That Means
— Ace

Murders are only important if they advance preferred media narratives.

Also, open thread on the Sean Spicer press conference. I'm just catching up with it (I had the DVR on delay).

Apologies again. I think this is going to be a half day. Maybe a quarter day.

I'm putting together a (very small) home gym and I had to get rid of bookcases to fit it all in my very small apartment. And then, to store those books, I had to put in a bunch of (high) wall shelves.

I honestly don't know how you people who work manual labor jobs do it. Pretty much every muscle in my body hurts, especially the back from the constant bending over and stooping.

And standing on ladders with my forehead pressed firmly against a shelf to hold it in place while I use my one hand to hold a screw and the other to hold the screwdriver.

By the way, I thought I had a drill that could drill (and drive screws) through studs. I did not. What I had was two pieces of shit which, combined together, made up a collection of shit that took up more space in my tool drawer than a single piece of shit would.

The things could not even push past the first eighth inch of drywall. The easiest part.

It's like, "Hey, thanks Tool. Thanks for getting me past that first easy eighth inch. I'll take it the rest of the way, now that you've gotten me off to such a swell start. You take a well-earned break, and get back to napping in that drawer. I'll power through the rest of this with my forearms and my dinky little ratchet."

I literally was just pushing on the drill to make a small starter hole for the screw, like it was a poorly-balanced nail with a pistol grip.

It's a poor workman who blames his tools, but I think you can all agree I am a poor workman in the first place, and these really are shitty, shitty tools.

I ordered a drill/driver that I hope will be better even though I'm done with the shelves (for now). I just don't ever want to have to touch these two pieces of shit again. I actually want to have a ceremony where I turn their backs on them and then push them past my back in a Walk of Shame, out to the garbage.

I might piss on them too. Really. I might take them into the bathroom, piss on them (into the toilet), wrap them in a garbage bag and just let them smell their failure.

By the way, now that I've put up six shelves, I want to put up shelves everywhere. Everywhere I look I see walls that could be filled with shelves, high as the eye can see.

Anyway, I'm physically and mentally drained. Yes, I'm a pussy. This is not really a question. But being on step-ladders all day and hand-screwing into studs is tough for someone who, as you know, is rapidly approaching 29 years old.

On the plus side, it turned into a genuine workout day.

I'll put up crap here and there and do a GAINZZZ thread. But mostly I'm going to put up headlines, open threads, whining about my shoulders, and bragging about my Put Shelves On Everything design aesthetic.

BTW, if anyone wants to call me Shelvey, I'd like that just fine.


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Trump Begins Cutting Regulations
— Ace

Regulations costing businesses and citizens $5.7 billion -- rushed into action as Obama was leaving for his post-presidential golf tour -- will be eliminated today.

His order also demanded that for every new regulation put into effect, two regulations would have to be rescinded, and that the net cost of further regulations must be $0.

"The Obama administration was busy during its 'midnight' period for regulation, breaking records for December regulatory output, and publishing $157 billion in regulations," according to a new report from the regulatory watchdog American Action Forum.

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"With votes this week in the U.S. House, repeals could save more than $5.7 billion in regulatory costs and 2.6 million paperwork burden hours," added the report provided to Secrets.

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And if Trump gets very aggressive, a total of $85 billion in regulations could be repealed this spring.

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Noonish Open Thread
— Ace

It's taking me a while to get accommodated to this new normal we call "Monday."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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Samson And Delilah
Peter Paul Rubens

One of my favorite biblical stories, and one that was told and read many times to the fidgety youngsters in class.

It is an unfortunate byproduct of activist courts, and more (thank you ACLU) -- exaggerated fear of all things religious -- that the Bible is not taught as literature. ignoring the religious still leaves a vast and marvelous story, full of battles and sword play and veiled sex and travels through deserts and....

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