August 31, 2017

Thursday Night's ONT Has No Witty Title
— Open Blogger

“And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee."

And it turns out that the abyss is a kitten!

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Memphis Theater Cancels "Gone With the Wind" Showing As Being Too #Triggering
— Ace

They used the word "insensitive."

ne of Hollywood’s iconic films is under some serious scrutiny in Memphis, Tennessee. The city’s historic Orpheum Theatre is pulling showings of Gone with the Wind after the 1939 classic was deemed as “insensitive.”

Victor Fleming’s film was part of their summer series programming. After the first screening on August 11, the Orpheum received numerous comments about the film which prompted them to drop it from their 2018 series.

Of course.

I wonder if they know that when they say "Punch a Nazi" they're inviting people to punch them.

Open thread.

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Former Washington Post Doyenne, Now Owner of Amateur Webzine Slate, Sally Quinn Confesses to Being Diligent Occultist, and Having Placed Three Hexes on People That Killed Them
— Ace

Me? I wouldn't brag about this.

I guess democracy dies in dementia.

The first, cast in 1969, was spurred by old-fashioned jealousy. Some exotic beauty at a Halloween party inspired lust in Quinn’s beau at the time—and then killed herself just days after Sally cast her spell.

Her second victim was Clay Felker, the longtime editor of New York magazine who oversaw a brutal profile of Quinn in 1973, just before her catastrophic debut on the CBS Morning News. Quinn hexed Felker not long after flaming out at CBS and returning to Washington. “Some time afterward, Rupert Murdoch bought New York magazine in a hostile takeover, and Felker was out,” she writes. “Clay never recovered professionally. Worse, he got cancer, which ultimately caused his death.”

Target number three: a shady psychic who, the autumn after Quinn Bradlee was born, ran afoul of Sally’s maternal instincts. The woman dropped dead before year’s end.

What a charming crone.

And speaking of haggard old brokedown crones spitting out impotent Gypsie curses -- Keith Olbermann.

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Fox News: Trump Will Announce End to DACA on Friday; White House Says No "Final Decision" Reached Yet
— Ace

What does it matter? A federal judge will claim the president doesn't have the power to use executive action to reverse a policy put into place by the last president using an executive action.

Reportedly, the idea is to cancel any further DACA renewals while allowing those who have their DACA papers in order to remain in the country until they need to renew again -- which would be in no longer than 2 years, as the renewals are for 2 years at a time.

I think a commenter here said something along the lines of: Reversing DACA will force Democrats (and SubRight "Republicans") to come to terms on a border wall, border enforcement, and sanctuary city enforcement. We might even get Chuck Schumer to squirt a few lemon-drop tears as he explains why he's compelled to vote for this nightmare to avert an even worse one.

Sounds like a good plan, so I'm sure they won't be doing that.

However, keeping up appearances (and I fear this is only for appearances), Trump has selected four firms to build wall prototypes to select from for the wall that I don't think will ever be built.

The four contracts range in price from about $400,000 to about $500,000, CBP said. The prototypes will be 30 feet(9 meters) tall and about 30 feet wide and will be tested in San Diego, it said.

Because I'm in a foul mood and my posts are probably putting you in a similar mood, here's an adorable puppy learning how to swim in the air.

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Federal Judge, Get This, Blocks Enforcement of Democratically-Passed Texas Sanctuary City Bill
— Ace

The Optimates have decided the public is no longer permitted to pass laws of their own devising.


U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked portions of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) requiring local law enforcement departments to comply with federal requests to hold unauthorized immigrants in custody. Also blocked: a provision that stopped local departments from implementing policies that would "materially limit" enforcement of immigration laws, the Dallas News reported.

Note that the state law imposes duties on state law enforcement. Specifically, it demands they comply with the federal law.

This judge -- Orlando Garcia -- decided that a state law demanding that state actors comply with federal law runs afoul of federal law.

An aspect of the law permitting police officers to ask about immigration status was not blocked, but the ruling did limit the actions officers would be allowed to take after learning that a person was undocumented – officers could only report the person’s immigration status to federal authorities.

Why? Why can't a state law instruct state law enforcement officers what their duties are?

Here's his "reasoning:"


In a 94-page ruling, Garcia wrote that there "is overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe" and that "localities will suffer adverse economic consequences which, in turn, will harm the state of Texas."

In other words, illegal non-citizens don't like this so citizens are no longer permitted to pass laws that citizens prefer.

"The Court cannot and does not second guess the Legislature," he continued. "However, I'm a-gonna do it anyway. YOLO, bitches."

I made up the last sentence, but pretty much that's the spirit of it.

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Sham: Transcripts Reveal Comey Decided He Was Going to Let Hillary Skate Long Before Investigation Was Over
— Ace

Rigged investigation. Pretty much the entire spectacle of American "democracy" is a stage-managed, scripted reality TV show for the rubes.

According to new transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Thursday afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey made the decision not to refer then Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for prosecution long before ever interviewing key witnesses. Members of the Committee allege Comey made the decision months before FBI agents were finished with the criminal investigation of her mishandling classified information during her time as Secretary of State.

The transcripts were revealed in a letter sent to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, in which lawmakers are demanding an explanation and more documents surrounding the case.

"According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton. That was long before FBI agents finished their work. Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership. The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts," the letter, signed by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Committee member Lindsey Graham states.

"Conclusion first, fact-gathering second--that's no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy."

This is partly why they're so insanely angry -- they put the fix in and pulled out all the stops, but it didn't work.

They're terrified that they're losing power and may one day even be held to account for what they've done.

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Profiles in Conservative Courage: Now That Nancy Pelosi Has Denounced Antifa, Paul Ryan Permits His Spokeswoman To Mumble Some Disapproval as Well
— Ace

Tell me more about this brave, dreamy "conservative leader," SubRight apologists.

A "conservative leader" who needs the cover of ultraprog Nancy Pelosi before he'll have his spokeswoman simper out a statement to the Daily Caller is neither conservative nor a leader.

He's just a stuffed-shirt pansy, like 40% of this party and 90% of its rulers.

By the way, this statement was an exclusive to the Daily Caller. The Daily Caller is not a huge media organ like the Washington Post -- Paul Ryan not only squeaked out his mouselike disapproval through his spokeswoman, but put it out to a small online operation where only people on the right would be likely to see it.

Here's Brave Sir Ryan's statement. Whoops, scratch that -- here's what Brave Sir Ryan's spokeswoman said, only to the Daily Caller, in response to a phone-call campaign and press inquiries to ferret out his position on antifa:

“Speaker Ryan believes, as is obvious, these individuals are left-wing thugs, and those who are committing violence need to be arrested and prosecuted. Antifa is a scourge on our country,” Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement provided exclusively to The Daily Caller.

Speaker Ryan has been criticized by many conservatives for what was viewed as a weak response to the violent activists.

The hell with these people. These people are as much my enemy as the Washington Post's progwarriors.

At least the Social Justice Warriors are honest and upfront about being my opponent. Snakes like Brave Sir Ryan pretend to be allies while scheming with the progs to control you.


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Houston: Flood Waters Fall, But Death Toll Rises as Bodies Are Discovered
— Ace

The waters recede, but in doing so, they reveal the deaths they caused.

- Harvey's floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun came out Wednesday in a glimmer of hope for the stricken city, even as the storm doubled back toward land and pounded communities farther east, near the Texas-Louisiana line.

The scope of the devastation caused by the hurricane came into sharper focus, meanwhile, and the murky green floodwaters from the record-breaking, 4-foot deluge of rain began yielding up bodies as predicted.

The confirmed death toll climbed to 23, including six family members - four of them children - whose bodies were pulled Wednesday from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou.

Authorities are investigating at least 17 more deaths to determine whether they were storm-related.

Among the recent discovered bodies: an entire family of six, killed while in their van.

Officers have found the bodies of all six Houston family members who were traveling in a van when it was swept off a Houston bridge and into a storm-ravaged bayou.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the van was discovered in Green's Bayou in northeast Houston.

Gonzalez said the bodies of two adults were found in the front of the van, while the bodies of four children were found in the back.

This is a very bittersweet one: A baby was rescued. But she was rescued clinging to the dead body of her mother.


The floods are causing the volatile compounds at a chemical plant to mix. There have been two explosions so far, and more are coming. A company spokesman called the smoke from the chemical fires "noxious."

"This is not a chemical release. What we have is a fire," Richard Rennard, an executive with Arkema Inc. told reporters near the plant located about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

"Any smoke is going to be an irritant to your eyes, your lungs or potentially your skin," he added, saying the company is encouraging anyone who has been exposed to the smoke to seek medical attention.

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The plant, in Crosby, lost power Saturday amid Tropical Storm Harvey, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as temperatures rise. Arkema shut down the plant before Harvey made landfall.

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Local officials said the blast sparked a 30- to 40-foot flame. People located in a 1.5 mile radius of the plant were evacuated.

Harvey is already causing flooding at the Texas/Louisiana border now. It will turn northeast to rain into the Mississippi and the Ohio River valley.

Jesse Kelly urges good citizens to give to well-behaved charities, noting that the devastation is worse than you probably think. (Though that may have changed -- certainly my eyes have been opened more about how bad it is.)

Below, some good news: The heroes.
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The Morning Rant
— Open Blogger

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"It's funny how things get reversed. It used to be the John Birchers who were accused of trying to find a communist in every woodpile. Nowadays, though, it's the left-wing fringe-dwellers who are claiming there are nazis and white supremacists hiding under every bed."

Can We Maintain A Sense of Proportion Here, Please, Before We All Lose Our Minds?


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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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The Spirit Of The Storm
Elliot Dangerfield

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The Morning Report 8/31/17
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. The last day of August already. At any rate our top story is now the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the rebuilding of lives and property. First up are reports of explosions heard at a chemical plant and the fears of a massive catastrophe. With rising waters comes exposure to raw sewage and chemicals but this plus the threat of levees and dams breaking is potentially staggering. Prayers to all down there.

On the domestic front, the President laid out his tax plan and while naturally cutting taxes and the tax rate are a boon to businesses and individuals, the plan does nothing to address the $200 trillion-plus dollar gorilla in the room: deficits and the national debt. Unfortunately, too many people including the administration are still swallowing the bullshit of "paying for tax cuts" and that they have to be "revenue neutral." My money and what I earn does not first belong to the government and then they get to decide what I keep. It's great that PDT has exploded a lot of myths in speaking plainly and truthfully and I would have hoped that this toxic bromide would have been one of them. As the great Daniel Horowitz tells us in the fourth link, "It's impossible to simultaneously drain the Swamp but then ask the Swamp for help on how to drain it. This is essentially the lesson lost on President Trump as it relates to taxes." In any case, it's all probably moot since it will no doubt be watered down to nothing by the time it gets through the committees, that is if the GOP wing of the Deep State doesn't block this legislation as it has done with everything else since January 20th.

And that brings us to what Rush Limbaugh has to say on the subject, and it dovetails nicely with the conversation we've been having here at the HQ vis a vis Nunzio Pelosi and her Antifa "condemnation." If the GOP continues to blockade and stifle the President's legislative agenda, there will be hell to pay come 2018. If we lose the House, from a legislative standpoint, we would be no worse off than we are now. And the speculation is maybe President Trump might tell the GOP to FOAD and leave it to run as an independent or even spur the formation of some sort of new party. The RINO-DIABLOs would join the Democrats outright and anyone left would move with Trump, essentially spelling the end of the Republican Party.

Doom for us, eh? Not so fast; circling back to Pelosi, her statement yesterday condemning (for what it's worth) "Antifa" will no doubt piss off the Democrat base. It was effectively an apology to the President and acknowledgement of his position. Couple this with the fact that Bernie Sanders and his senior advisors have been not so secretly pushing to take that same psycho base of miscreants and malcontents, still angered over the theft of the nomination by the DNC and Clintons, and leave them as the nucleus of their own political party.

Perhaps by 2020 if not sooner, there might be four political parties vying for the presidency, assuming the GOP is not completely dead by then as a result of their open revolt. Then again Kamala Harris' endorsement of Bernie's "Medicare For All" national health disaster could be a preview of a 2020 presidential ticket. The question is not who will be on top, but for which party. Interesting times indeed.

From hither and thither, a fascinating piece at the Spectator about a man I never knew about and someone whom we should all get to know, the late black conservative George Schuyler. Lastly, we all know about the vile cartoon from Politico but I just saw the one from Charlie Hebdo and it's truly sick. I'm aware that what happened to them was horrific, and that they insult everyone equally. But that just means that they're completely ignorant about right and wrong and merely puerile and infantile and only occasionally get it right. You'd think they would've learned a lesson, but no. Sheesh.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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August 30, 2017

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (8/30/17) The Hurricane Edition
— Open Blogger

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(AoSHQ Mid-West Branch Office)

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Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“Nearly 70% of the country is either female, people of color, or young adults between 18 and 35, or a combination of the three. The angry white guy is dying out, and the Census Bureau has already told us that by 2050, white people are going to be the minority, and I’m not sad to say I can’t wait for that day to happen. I hope I live long enough to see it because it will be a better country.” Michael Moore.


Quote II

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost


Quote III

“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.” Louis L'Amour


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Once again, activist court thwarts the will of the people.

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has temporarily blocked most of Texas’ tough new “sanctuary cities” law allowing police to inquire about people’s immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops.
Opponents call the measure, which sailed through the Republican-controlled Legislature, a “show your papers” law. They sued, and the ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio keeps it from taking effect Friday, allowing the case time to proceed.
Conservatives say the crackdown on illegal immigration enforces the rule of law.
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Oh No: NBC Insider Says Network Is in "Total Panic" That Megyn Kelly's Show Will be an Historic Flop
— Ace

Yeah, I said "an historic," and yeah, I knew it would bother you. That's right -- specifically you.

You know who you are.

That's why I resorted to such an historic article choice.

You know what you did.

Anyway, on to the funny-fun-fun-fun:

Four weeks before the Sept. 25 debut of Megyn Kelly Today--the 9 a.m. replacement for the venerable morning show’s third hour, Today’s Take--some NBC insiders are expressing doubts, and even worries, about the network news division’s plan to scrap a reliable long-running program in order to morph the former Fox News anchor and Donald Trump nemesis into an accessible, female-friendly personality for an ethnically diverse daytime viewership.

The network is officially chippy and chirpy, of course, but...


...according to network insiders, her new role is prompting "questions internally about who her audience is exactly" as well as a sense of "total panic" concerning the intense media scrutiny that will unavoidably attend the launch of Megyn Kelly Today, to say nothing of the need to publicly vindicate NBC News Chairman Andy Lack’s $17 million gamble (reportedly her eye-popping annual compensation) when he wooed her away from Fox.

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"The Sunday show laid such an egg that any claims that she had automatic star power, to get people in the door to see what she was doing, have been disavowed," television news analyst Andrew Tyndall told The Daily Beast. "The stardom of the celebrity anchor was a phenomenon of the 1980s back when [flamboyant ABC News president] Roone Arledge was around. In this day and age, the shows make the anchors, not the other way around."

Apparently the network has been trying to "soften" the image of this chilly Ice Queen and the blue glare of her Aryan Fury by showing her hiking with her second husband and first children and even strumming guitar (!!!) by the campfire.

Can she project the image of a coldly analytic (and desperately careerist) "hard news woman" while also pretending to be a regular gal who likes puppies and S'more's and who you'd like to have your morning coffee with?

Answer: No. You get one main brand in life. That brand may be false or exaggerated, but it's the one brand you get as far as a public persona. (In fact, you kinda only get one main persona in real life, too, even if that perceived persona is inaccurate and misses a lot.)

So Megyn Kelly's attempt at Mom Jeans On/Mom Jeans Off will fail. Not because she's particularly terrible (though she's not terrific, as Trump would say). But just because she's trying to be a feathered fish -- a fish that can't swim, but also can't fly.

And also, because she's annoying and she abandoned her core audience for a hostile liberal audience because Fox News personnel wouldn't take her side more in a personal dispute with a major political actor that the network is obligated to cover objectively.

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I Smell A Movement
— LauraW

To make an unnecessary and completely pointless callback. (Don't comment on old threads! You will be auto-banned!)

So. Pelosi denounced antifa.

And the Washington Post published an article in which they truthfully described right wing protestors as 'peaceful' and their antifa attackers as violent aggressors.

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Radical Palestinian Shill Embraced By Mainstream Left Now Fundraising For Her Advocacy and Organizing Efforts Under the Rubric of "Donations for Hurricane Relief"
— Ace

Darling of the SJW Left, Linda Sarsour, keeping it classy as always:


She immediately blamed the condemnation for her soliciting political donations in the guise of hurricane relief on the "alt-right" putting on the Adolph Hitler Mustache Bat Signal.

Well, looks like the increasingly prog-symp* Weekly Standard is now a proud member of the alt-right:

ut the page’s donation button doesn’t direct funds to any of the actual groups currently involved in Hurricane relief, like the Houston Food Bank, the Greater Houston Community Foundation or the Texas Diaper Bank. Instead, the page funnels money to the “Texas Organizing Project Education Fund,” a nonprofit dedicated to “advancing racial and economic justice through community and electoral organizing.”

Have these advocates of justice decided to help provide food or shelter for the displaced? Not exactly. “All donations made here will only be used to organize in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the group announced on its Facebook page. “Together we will organize and advocate for our devastated communities, shining a spotlight on inequalities that emerge in the restoration of lives, livelihoods, and homes, amplifying the needs of hard-hit communities, and providing legal assistance for residents wrongfully denied government support.”

The writer notes that TOP has previously used money to organize, after the fact, for money from the government (what a shock) after disasters, but obviously, when people see "Hurricane relief" as a cause, they're thinking the money is going to direct, immediate relief. Like food and potable water and shelter. Not to Linda Sarsour's donation-parasite community organizers.

* Although Steven Hayes and Jon V. Last are taking the once gloriously mediocre magazine into a brave new direction of full-on country club progressivism, there are good writers there, like Lee Smith, Mark Hemingway, Andrew Fergusson, and Chris Caldwell.

Alas, we see less and less of them anymore.

Flashback: Linda Sarsour, professional donation parasite.

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Where Did The Public Ever Get the Idea That Their Media Inferiors Hate Their Guts, Hold Them In Contempt, and Wish Them to Die?
— Ace

Politico proudly tweeted out this political cartoon by an untalented, unfunny asshole who fails at life.

They then un-Tweeted it, though it's still available on their website.

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I believe Slate also un-tweeted this:


As antifa threatens people: There's more of us, fellas.

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Cowbell: 2nd-Quarter Economic Growth Revised Up to 3%
— Ace

3% isn't great, but it is good, and we haven't seen good in a very long time.

Previously, the agency had said that growth for the quarter was 2.6 percent. The updated report, though, found greater consumer spending and business investment that first counted.

Even before Wednesday's revision, President Trump had touted the quarter's GDP, which was a marked improvement from the 1.2 percent in the first quarter, when President Obama left office and Trump took over.

You know what this post needs? Some good old-fashioned cowbell. And by cowbell, I mean cheesecake.

Like in the old days.

For the Ladies: I knew the 'ettes would demand a picture that speaks to their deepest desires as women.

Well, I have heard you, 'Ettes. So here is a picture that will kindle a flame of passion in your hearts.

All Right... Well the 'Ettes were not happy with the sandwich, which is a crime against biology, but whatever. Jane asked for Adam Baldwin. So, here:

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Nancy Pelosi Does What Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and Marco Rubio Cannot: Denounce Antifa
— Ace


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The Morning Rant
— Open Blogger

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"I want to know why antifa, black bloc, BLM, Women's March, and all of the other groups who love to brag about how 'love trumps hate' aren't down there in Houston slogging through the floodwater helping people. And also, why none of the crack reporters in the MSM are asking this question."

Our Media-Driven National Freak-out:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
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Man In A Boat
William Lamb Picknell

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