August 30, 2017

The Morning Report 8/30/17
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Midweek and in the lead are still Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. The President and First Lady toured the devastation and their presence lifted spirits and raised hope. In other words, being presidential and genuinely concerned. The forecast seems to be improving, thank goodness. In related news on the inevitable political side of things, fiscal hawks are worried that massive pork will be shielded under the guise of disaster relief (that's never happened before, right?). And speaking of giant sows, Sheila Jackass-Lee is, get this, demanding $150 billion dollars for Houston. I'm sure every penny will go to aiding the city and not wasted on, say, funding BLM or just lining her pockets. Pig.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of launching a missile that overflew Japan and scared the living crap out of everyone there, Whoa, Fat! is now threatening that that is merely the warm-up act to a launch on Guam. This has got to be stopped. Despite us testing a new nuke, no matter how awesome and scary, this cycle of threats and counter threats is meaningless since they are hell bent on arming up with ICBMs. And they are ramping up cyber capability as well. This has to stop. Now.

On the Deep State Coup front, the FBI is refusing to hand over Hilary Clinton's records because of "public disinterest," and Moldy Locks', aka Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's boyfriend Imran Awan still has a secret House e-mail account. I guess in Soviet America, swamp drain YOU.

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 29, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (8/29/17)
— Open Blogger

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(The ONT's maritime office. Don't we wish.)


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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. Sir Winston Churchill


Quote II

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter. W. Somerset Maugham


Quote III

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.
Samuel Johnson
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Is America Now Officially Crazy?
— Ace

I believe it is. I believe the dominant media culture has gone crazy due to the trauma of not getting their way. I further believe that their constant hysteria makes more sane people not actually crazy, but very stressed out and agitated.

If you've ever spent five minutes in the company with a manic or very anxious person, you know that such psychological states are easily transmittable. I personally know that when I used to have panic, that panic infected the people around me. (And actually, then I would sense their own anxiety and I would become more panicked-- a vicious cycle of sympathetic animal-level emotional transmission.)

It's all part of our pack animal evolution -- it's evolutionarily advantageous to pick up the signals of alarm (even subtle ones) from a neighboring pack animal. When his ears prick up, it's good to prick up your own ears. If he stops breathing to hear more clearly, then it's good to hold your breath too.

But those things are good only when the pack animals around you are sane and reasonably reacting to stimuli that seem to indicate genuinely possible threats.

However, when half of the pack has Mad Cow Disease and shriek and wail over nothing at all, this transmission of anxiety and fear becomes toxic for the healthy members of the pack.

Half of America now consists of barely-functional lunatics, and it's best to avoid them for all sorts of reasons.

I know I'm a bad blogger for not jumping on all of these Freak-Outs. I have felt guilty sometimes about not jumping on the internet on a weekend -- for example, during the Charlottesville incidents.

I do this for selfish reasons: I do not wish to be amidst madman shrieking and by being amidst them, become infected with madness myself.

But I sometimes justify this selfish aversion to doing my job as actually doing my job: As I do not wish to be infected by the viral lunacy consuming half of this country, so too do I not wish to be a vector of that lunacy, infecting other people.

Sometimes I pass on stories the lunatics are gibbering about. This Trump Tower in Russia deal, for example. It's not actually laziness -- it would be easy enough just to link it and say "This is probably bullshit." I just did a very easy link in the previous post.

Takes no time or effort.

But I sort of would like to do more than that -- by which I mean doing less. Rather than even acknowledging these stories and putting up some kind of half-thought rebuttal to them, I'd like to do more.

By doing less. By not even acknowledging them.

I do not credit the ravings of the mentally unwell as my usual SOP; I don't see why I should do so just because there are so many more mentally unwell persons shrieking about at the moment.

I can only tell you I've been out with politically minded people and I've watched them freak out as they check the twitter feeds. Their voices become higher pitched and faster paced; they begin becoming apprehensive, agitated, and anxious.

When they tell me the latest bout of Twitter Lunatic Shrieking, I tell them the truth, as calmly as I can: I don't care.

John Ekdahl made a good point about two months ago. One day he asked, "Does anyone remember what the freak-out was about before this latest freak-out?"

The previous freak-out had occurred just 48 hours or so earlier. (Two days seems to be the longest the lunatics can go without a collective Amok Time.)

And yet, when Ekdahl asked the question: I could not for the life of me recall whatever Shrieking Hysterical Horror had so consumed Internet People just 48 hours prior. I knew it was something -- it's always something -- but I failed John Ekdahl's test. (Or, maybe, passed it.) I could not in fact remember the last This Changes Everything and History Will Never Be the Same Again monumental event that had come and gone like a fart on the hurricane deck of a ship in a gale.

Now that I've self-justified my I Don't Give a Shit Anymore attitude and dressed it up as being animated by selfless regard for others and principle, let me link a few articles exploring this phenomenon of mass national lunacy.

Glenn Reynolds, The Crazy Years:

Very early in his writing career, about 1940, science fiction writer Robert Heinlein outlined a "future history" around which much of his writing would revolve, extending from the mid-twentieth century to the 24th century. Much of what he outlined hasn’t come to pass, but he nailed it in one respect: We live in the "Crazy Years."

The Crazy Years, in Heinlein’s timeline, were when rapid changes in technology, together with the disruption those changes caused in mores and economics, caused society to, well, go crazy. They ran from the last couple of decades of the 20th Century into the first couple of decades of the 21st. In some of his novels set in that era -- Time Enough for Love, for example -- he includes random assortments of headlines that may have seemed crazy enough back then, but that seem downright tame today.

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He talks a bit about craziness resulting from reality failing to match ideologically/religiously based false realities, and the conditions that have fostered such a mismatch between the world as it is and the world as lunatics insist it to be:

What are those conditions today? I think that Heinlein had it right with regard to technology and economics in general. But in particular, I think the rise of social media — and especially the widespread use of Twitter by journalists and politicians — has made things much crazier. Thanks to the ability to block or unfriend people with whom one disagrees, it’s much easier to live in a political/ideological bubble than it was even a decade ago. And my impression is that many journalists now write and tweet more to impress their peers than to serve their audiences.

And what’s the endgame? Well, this should worry people. In Heinlein’s future history, the Crazy Years ended with the rise of the Reverend Nehemiah Scudder, who established a theocratic dictatorship in the United States. Sick of the craziness, voters picked a leader who offered a stable framework, even if it was repressive....

If you don’t like the consequences, don’t do the thing that produces the consequences. Anything else is just crazy.

Reynolds linked there a Scot Adams article: How to Know if You're in a Mass Hysteria Bubble.

I've written about mass hysterias roiling populations in the past, and no, I don't think we've "evolved beyond that."

Humans are human and will always be. We have not become "more rational" just because we have televisions and social media. In fact, we've become less rational, and less intelligent.

A mass hysteria happens when the public gets a wrong idea about something that has strong emotional content and it triggers cognitive dissonance that is often supported by confirmation bias. In other words, people spontaneously hallucinate a whole new (and usually crazy-sounding) reality and believe they see plenty of evidence for it. The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known example of mass hysteria. The McMartin Pre-School case and the Tulip Bulb hysteria are others. The dotcom bubble probably qualifies. We might soon learn that the Russian Collusion story was mass hysteria in hindsight. The curious lack of solid evidence for Russian collusion is a red flag. But we’ll see how that plays out.

The most visible Mass Hysteria of the moment involves the idea that the United States intentionally elected a racist President. If that statement just triggered you, it might mean you are in the Mass Hysteria bubble. The cool part is that you can’t fact-check my claim you are hallucinating if you are actually hallucinating. But you can read my description of the signs of mass hysteria and see if you check off the boxes.

If you’re in the mass hysteria, recognizing you have all the symptoms of hysteria won’t help you be aware you are in it. That’s not how hallucinations work. Instead, your hallucination will automatically rewrite itself to expel any new data that conflicts with its illusions.

But if you are not experiencing mass hysteria, you might be totally confused by the actions of the people who are. They appear to be irrational, but in ways that are hard to define. You can’t tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickin’ crazy.

The reason you can’t easily identify what-the-hell is going on in the country right now is that a powerful mass hysteria is in play. If you see the signs after I point them out, you’re probably not in the hysteria bubble. If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means you’re trapped inside the mass hysteria bubble.

He then offers a checklist of indicators you're in a mass hysteria bubble, which you should check out. I think you'll find most of the indicators to be indicating.

By Stella Morabito at The Federalist, a piece arguing the nervous breakdown post-Charlottesville was deliberately induced by lunatics seeking to "convert" non-lunatics to their lunatic condition, so they won't feel so lonely in their madness.



America’s Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced


Americans are being emotionally manipulated to take up cause with those whose ultimate purpose is the repeal of the First Amendment and erasure of national memory.

By Stella Morabito

Wars are won or lost based mostly on perceptions of events, not on what actually happens. This is true for any given battlefield, whether it’s the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam or the ideological battlefield over the future of the First Amendment as played out in Charlottesville in 2017. The reality of what takes place in the public arena is always secondary to any projected illusion.

So let’s never forget this: Whoever has the power to dictate public perceptions of reality is in a position to dictate public opinion and behavior. Abusing language and images to stir up emotions is an ancient trick of power-mongers. And once journalism turns into unchecked propaganda, we become trapped in its dangerous illusions.


Only the teensiest fraction of Americans have any real interest in violent extremism, whether it be the violence represented by the specter of the Klu Klux Klan or the violence promoted by groups like Antifa who pretend they are fighting for social justice. But the media is promoting imagery of the former as a foil for the latter.

Why Are We Being Assaulted With Fringe Concerns?

Most Americans today are still just trying to live freely, to pursue happiness peacefully. Meanwhile, power elites in politics and the media are providing a daily platform for fringe elements who identify as white supremacists. Why would anyone in his right mind do such a thing? Again, we can only deduce that such imagery serves as a useful foil to lend moral high ground to “counter-protesters.” The media elites provoking them need white supremacy bogeymen in order to achieve their ultimate agenda, which, ironically, is to achieve total supremacy.

Against this staged backdrop, repeated over and over again, Americans are being emotionally manipulated to take up cause with those whose ultimate purpose is the repeal of the First Amendment and erasure of national memory. As Helen Raleigh recently wrote in The Federalist, this has all the hallmarks of an attempted Maoist-style cultural revolution.

We should be asking why these elites insist that violence-prone groups on the American Left—such as Antifa, Occupy, Moveon.org, etc.—are pure as the driven snow, as peaceful as sleeping babes. Obviously it disrupts the narrative to know that the Southern Poverty Law Center inspired gunmen into attempted massacres, including the one in June that critically wounded GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and the 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council. So maintaining the illusion of such groups’ innocence is what allowed Michael Moore to argue in a recent CNN interview that he was promoting a society of “love” while smearing as racist every one of the 60 million Americans who voted for Trump. That’s a rallying cry for national division.

She then goes on to examine the media's use of emotionally shrill language-- the wail of lunatics -- and lunatic logic ("They call themselves anti-fascist, so they must not be fascist themselves!!") to drive the public crazy -- all to will into existence the alt-history world they'd rather live in, where Hillary Clinton is president and the media has the public's respect.

So how do you live and keep your mental wellness in our Post-Sanity World?

I'm no mental health expert, but these suggestions seem to me to be obvious enough that a non-expert can offer them without too much fear of passing on #FakeNews advice:

1. Don't take their insults too personally. Therapists in lunatic asylums don't take it personally when the six millionth schizophrenic who thinks she's a clever wit call them "the-rapists." (This is really an extremely common bit of lunatic "wit.")

It is the nature of lunatics to lash out against the sane, and to become angry when the sane do not share and affirm their delusions and manias.

2. Find a Pillar of Mental Stability -- Something You Can Personally Improve or Create or Build. One of the most frustrating emotional states there is is wanting desperately for something to happen... but having no power over actually making that thing happen. One can drive oneself mad focusing on a deeply-wished event to pass and yet having no power over making it come to pass -- one resorts essentially to invoking magical spells, thinking that just thinking really hard about the desired event and repeating the same words in one's head (or on social media) will conjure a new reality into existence.

Think about your first real stomach-upset, can-barely-eat, you-don't-know-if-you'll-survive this crush. Your first big one. Wanting the desired one to like you, in that way, but not knowing if the desired one did like you, or how on earth you could possibly get that person to notice you.

When you really want something, but can take no tangible steps to make that something happen, you can only obsess, stress, and perserverate.

Wanting control while having no control is a recipe for frustration and growing madness.

That's the position that the lunatics are in now.

But they're also putting the more sane ones in that position too, because we are forced to want and wish for them to be defeated.

Well, there's no way we can actually help them be defeated. Oh, I suppose at the margins, we can help in small ways -- but we won't have anything like the impact we'd like.

That's why it's important, I think, to cultivate a hobby, an interest, a charitable endeavor, a group with shared passions where you can exert some control. Sure, you won't be exerting control over the things you maybe wish you could control, but you'll have the satisfaction of seeing your efforts slowly work to achieve something tangible, real, and good.

Haven't read in a while? Start reading. Lotta good books out there. Some of the best are like One Hundred Years old and so are even free on Kindle (or 99 cents, just for the converstion).

Thinking about getting some GAINZZZ? Well, get some GAINZZZ.

Haven't picked up the guitar since you were 20? Pick it up again. (I'm told the amount of free and expert instruction now available on the internet for learning music is fantastic.)

Thinking about starting some activity the whole family can do? Stop thinking, start doing.

I think it's very helpful to have some areas in your life where you are challenged, and yet you can overcome those challenges through effort. A bit of control in one area might make up for some of the feelings of anxiety at having no control over so much of the world.

3. Disconnect Whenever Possible. I've preached this for years, but your phone is supposed to be your servant, not your master. Don't have it interrupting your life and demanding you pay attention to it by having it blare at you when a new reply to a Twitter has come in, or a FaceBook notification.

Who gives a shit?

You don't need the stress and cortisol. (Incidentally, anyone else get agitated at the sound of a phone ringing or an alert on the phone? Anyone else immediately get worried, thinking, "This is probably a bad thing" ?

Yeah, maybe cut down on that Stress You Affirmatively Sign Up For.

And I'm not saying disconnect from the internet altogether -- jeeze, you'd put me out on the street! -- do fix a time in your mind every day when you do in fact disconnect entirely from the electronic slave-driver and allow yourself to just be and enjoy the non-frantic bits of life, which people used to actually enjoy.

Cal Newport made a point in his book on Deep Work. He said many people confuse mere busyness with productivity.

Busyness isn't productivity -- busyness is just being trivially occupied at all moments. A lot of genuine productivity requires drilling in on one, and only one, thing, and just doing it until it is done.

Not flitting around crazily like a bat with misfiring sonar.

Similarly, one shouldn't mistake merely being "plugged in" and "connected" as a passive, stressed-out spectator -- hitting refresh on news feeds, grabbing the phone every five minutes to see what new History Changing Tweet the Blue Checkmark Mafia are all screaming about, watching Fox all the time -- with being an active participant in life.

Or even political life.

Allow yourself to be bored for a bit -- because you will find something to do, or read. You might even call your parents or an old friend, just out of the boredom of not looking at the computer.

One terrible thing about social media is that it permits people to fill "boring time" with effluvia that seems like it's not boring, but in fact is just slightly less boring than doing or reading nothing at all.

Like junk food -- it's enough to stop the craving, but not enough to actually satisfy the hunger.

Allow yourself to actually be bored -- or even at peace -- long enough to find something more worthy of your time than checking in on FaceBook or FoxNews.

A lot of people are addicted to knowing first. Being the first, or among the first, to see something on Twitter of FaceBook.

What is the damn advantage of that? What are the first reports besides garbage, inaccuracies, #FakeNews, and #HotTakes?

Why would anyone on earth every want to read something about major news (and note: 99% of news is not major, even in the Age of Trump, when everything is shrieked about) that the writer didn't even take four or six hours to think about first?

For purposes of my job, I should want to be among the First to Know.

On the other hand, for purposes of my mental health, I kinda like being Among the Last to Know. Time acts as a good sieve to filter out most of the the noise and stupidity -- and Dear Lord, there is so much grunting animal noise and stupid clamor nowadays.

Life is short, guys. No one ever realizes how short life is until they're looking at having only days or weeks of it left.

Tune out the lunatics, filter out the hate, embrace things that matter, and try to get off the white-knuckled machine of anxiety, fear, depression, and hopelessness Your Media Betters have made for you.

Corrected: Enough people dick-slapped me over claiming evolution had halted that I figured I should look that up, then decided I was too lazy to do that, and then just deleted the claim.


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Scenes from Houston
— Ace

Video of an entire neighborhood, submerged by the relentless rains.

And Houston police Sergeant Steve Perez died driving to work, despite his wife warning him not to go. He went to his duty anyway -- but was trapped by floodwaters and drowned.

But amidst the catastrophe, human goodness as well:



More Houston Heroes noted by Bre Payton.


Someone once said that 10% of humanity is simply evil, and will always do the worst possible thing in any circumstance. 10% is almost wholly good, and will always do the right thing.

80%, this person said, would do the right thing or the wrong thing depending on what is socially permitted and socially encouraged. If society is generally wicked, they'll be wicked. If it's generally caring and brave, they'll be caring and brave -- if only to not look like shits.

Most of us are in that 80%, and such people can only hope that when a time of testing comes, we'll aspire to be part of that 10% and do the brave thing, the right thing, the good thing.

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Seb Gorka: General Kelly Is Limiting Non-Globalist Advocates' Access to Trump, and Trump's Not Happy About Being Fenced In by His Underling
— Ace

That's Gorka's read, but who knows: As Ed Morrissey notes, Trump does seem to have a lot of respect for the "general" credential, and maybe this is his choice.

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Rep DeSantis Proposes Bill to Defund Mueller's Star Chamber After 180 Days and Limit Its Scope to Only Actions Taken During Trump's Presidential Bid
— Ace

Interesting.

Before you say "But that could never pass!," well, you're probably right, but it could possibly pass if it were attached to a must-pass spending bill. Which is what DeSantis proposes.

Republicans could force the proposal on to that bill -- but I don't think they will. I support this effort anyway, because I no longer wish to obscure disputes within the GOP; I want them pushed to the fore and exposed.

I want to know who it is, exactly, who disputes the idea of limiting Mueller's probe in some way, rather than permitting a review of all actions committed over decades.

I don't want the other SubRight GOPers to be allowed to duck this question by their Praetorian of "leadership" which won't permit any tough votes to come to the floor.

But of course the GOPe leadership is in the Incumbent Protection Racket, and they will in fact block this.

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Update: Here's the Story Louise Mensa Has Been "Reporting" or Just Retweeting
— Ace

We are prepared to believe you.

Chuck Ross combs Louise Mensa's twitter feed so you don't have to:

Louise Mensch, a former British parliamentarian, and Claude Taylor, a former Bill Clinton White House staffer, have for months made sensational claims about Trump and the ongoing federal investigations into his campaign and financial dealings.

Note that the New York Times published a Mensa op-ed on "Russian meddling" in the election. I do not think they'd do that for a right-wing conspiracy theorist with a history of making sensational claims about, say, Obama's birth certificate.

But they did it for Mensa.

So here now some of the reportage/retweetings of former Clinton aide Claude Taylor and Ms. Mensa:



Claiming to be an investigator with Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force, “Caitlan” told Taylor that a modeling agency once operated by Trump was the subject of a sex trafficking investigation.

Mensch circulated Taylor’s claims on Twitter, and on Aug. 15 published an article at her website, Patribiotics, claiming that sources within the intelligence community have told her that Trump is being investigated for trafficking underaged girls.

In one email, “Caitlan” told Taylor that Schneiderman’s office had handed down sealed indictments for executives at the Trump Organization, the Trump family’s real estate company.

“I am aware of at least one preliminary sealed indictment in that case targeting multiple Trump Org principals,” reads one email to Taylor, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who worked in the Clinton White House in the early 1990s.

On July 23, “Caitlan” told Taylor that the Organized Crime Task Force’s investigation was targeting 78 people in an investigation into Russian organization crime, including up to 40 targets in Trump’s orbit.

Taylor shared those false claims on Twitter as well, and Mensch also passed them along to her followers.

On July 26, Taylor passed on a false tip from “Caitlan” that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump confidante, was seeking a plea deal with Schneiderman’s office. The next day, “Caitlan” told Taylor that a money laundering investigation being led by Schneiderman was targeting 15 Russian nationals as well as Trump and his children.

Such specific numbers! Always trust someone's unevidenced, uncorroborated claims if she offers specific numbers. Specific numbers are Science-y and we all love #TheScience.


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Arrested Antfia Screams for Xer Service Dog While Cursing Police as "Pigs"
— Ace

Xe needs xer service dog.

Content warning for some salty language directed to the cops.


Thanks to Comrade Arthur.

More: Apparently the cops banned face masks, eggs, etc. from the protest -- as well as dogs. Have dogs been used as attack animals previously? Maybe so if the cops bothered to ban them.

Anyway, the left is whining that she was arrested just for bringing a dog, not noting that dogs were specifically banned.

And we're not sure the dog was a service dog.

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The Morning Rant
— Open Blogger

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"Hey, I thought of a riddle while watching the news this weekend, and it goes like this: How is a floating fire ant colony similar to a group of rioting antifa thugs? Give up? Anybody? OK, here's the answer: both groups of nasty pestiferous insects may be rendered harmless by hosing them down with a flame thrower. HA HA HA HA HA HA! I crack me up."

This. Is CNN:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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Les Fiances
Marie Firmin Girard

Ah...that's more like it. There's no subtext, just a well executed pretty picture.

Well, maybe there is some message to be had in this lovely painting, but I'm not being clubbed over the head with it as if I were a baby seal, or a Trump supporter in Berkeley.

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The Morning Report 8/29/17
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Well, miracle of miracles, tech support at Adobe was not only able to reboot my Photoshop, but I got Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver in the bargain (Shh! Keep it dark). Let's get with it.

Several stories are front and center. First, with Houston swamped, Governor Abbott has called up 20,000 National Guardsmen to spearhead the disaster relief effort, as Harvey threatens landfall again and another 20" of rain. Ugh. By all reports, the people of Texas have rallied to help each other in an incredible display of selflessness and sacrifice. Despite the propaganda to the contrary, America is still great; at least Texas is.

Meanwhile, Phat Phuck has launched another missile but this one flew directly over the northern Japanese home island of Hokkaido. That is a provocation that is deadlier by orders of magnitude than any previous. I keep saying this cannot continue and yet it does.

The President defended his pardon of Joe Arpaio in a way that showcased why he was elected: by going on the attack with a rap sheet of the pardons issued to a rogues gallery of scum, deviants and terrorists by two of the worst, that being ex-presidents Obama and Clinton.

Lastly, several links about the continued internal insurrection we are facing. One in particular falls under the category of know your enemy (one I usually reserve for potential Democrat candidates in 2020). I have been imploring PDT and Jeff Sessions to go after George Soros, and there is a petition gathering signatures to hit him with RICO and NDAA suits. I still strongly advocate that, but as important an action as that would be, we should also be going after the field generals who are actually organizing, and in some instances committing, violence on the tactical level. And so I give you one Yvette Felarca; a nasty piece of excrement who leads "By Any Means Necessary" (BAMN) which advocates the violent overthrow of the United States and is, in fact, engaging in that aim as we speak as was evidenced in Berkeley over the weekend and going back years, actually. I would love to see her, and perhaps a few dozen other lieutenants, dealt with accordingly, publicly and with great fanfare. War.

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 28, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (8/28/17) Plenty Of Crap Edition
— Open Blogger

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(A beautiful ending to a Monday)

*****


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. Benjamin Disraeli

Quote II

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. ]Ronald Reagan

Quote III

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C. S. Lewis
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OMG: CNN Discovers, A Bit Late, That Women Usually Need Clitoral Stimulation to Climax; Then Writes Propaganda Piece Against Conventional Heterosexual Sex
— Ace

Instapundit rightly goofs on this, but I wonder if I read on through or just decided this was silly trash and stopped reading.

It gets a bit worse.

Many of us equate "sex" with "intercourse" and use those words interchangeably. Yet highly satisfying sex doesn't have to be limited to penetration -- and doesn't even have to include it at all.

According to a recent study, many women report that they require clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm.

I can only repeat Instapundit's joke here: "Breaking news from 1973."

Now, as I read this, I began to wonder: "Who is this written for?"

It doesn't seem to be written for adult women or even sexually experienced teenaged girls, who I'm pretty sure know that the clitoris is a very important thing in female climaxes. Given that it's now fashionable to talk about vibrators all day long, I think the word is out -- among adult women and even sexually experienced teenagers -- that hitting the Bozo Button (as a friend called it) can really light a gal up.

So who's the audience here?

There's only one group I can think of who is likely to be ignorant that clitoral stimulation is a good and nice thing: pre-teens.

Teen Vogue -- Teen Vogue, which is almost certainly aiming for readers younger than teens or just early teens, because kids tend to read "up" in age level, not at their own recommended level -- is giving advice about how to do prostate stimulation and have anal sex.

And now CNN, hunting for clicks and revenues, seems to be following that model of publishing pieces that couldn't interest more than a percentage or two of adults, but which would be interesting to a sexually-inexperienced tween or early teenager.

And so this reads to me as propaganda. It seems to be saying "Little girls, you can have so much better sex with other girls."

But read it and let me know what you think. Note the following is the "reporter" editorializing in her "news article:

In reading [her] results, I'm struck by the idea that the majority of women report that they often don't reach orgasm through intercourse alone.

Really? I do not believe you find this surprising. Adults do not find this surprising. It's a pretty common thing that if penetrative sex fails to do the job, a man will attempt, or a woman will suggest, hitting the Bozo Button for a bit.

I don't know if this writer is sexually-inexperienced person herself or just pretending to be one to relate to a target audience.

This flies in the face of the stereotype of intercourse as the be-all and end-all of sexual activity -- and suggests that couples should explore the whole range of pleasurable options for achieving climax.

Remember, this is a "news article." She doesn't know where this Patriarchal Idea that actual (procreative) sex is the "be-all-end-all" of sexual activity.

Though maybe it has something to do with that whole "procreative" part, and how bodies are kinda wired for this specific type of sex.

It then goes on to exalt the virtues of non-P-in-V sex or kinda-sex, like kissing, erotic massage, and sex toys.

You know -- things you don't need the dreaded Penis People for:

This term "outercourse" refers to sex that isn't intercourse and doesn't involve penetration. It can include kissing, touching, erotic massage and using sex toys, just to name a few options.

"When we equate intercourse and sex and call everything that comes before intercourse 'foreplay,' we are buying into the cultural script that sex should proceed as follows: foreplay (just enough to get her ready for intercourse), intercourse (during which both women and men orgasm), and game over," Mintz said. But sex doesn't have to involve intercourse at all. Even when it does, other forms of stimulation can add to the experience and may improve the odds of reaching orgasm.

All fine things -- but she seems pretty intent on proving that a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle with a Magic Rabbit on the seat.

Again, I'm just baffled. I am not sure who exactly doesn't know that alternate methods of sex, like oral sex, or manual sex (trying to keep this clean), can be pleasurable.

At least, I don't know any adults or sexually-inexperienced teenagers who don't know this.

I don't get the whole pose (if it is a pose) of an adult writer pretending to be dumbfounded to learn what most adults learned around, oh, say the time they were 17 or 18.

More Cowbell: I accidentally misgendered the writer. I assumed that you wouldn't have a guy writing about female sexuality. You know -- sexual appropriation.

I also assumed that only a woman would be assigned to this sort of Female Clickbait topic.

Turns out, the writer is (nominally) a man, and a rather older man, who... well, if he's missed the plot on the clitoris all his life, I have to assume he hasn't explored that particular studio space very often.

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Oh My: Louise Mensa and Her Co-Author's Breathless Reports of Secret Indictments Are Punked/Parodied By a Hoaxer Who Gets Them to Print Lurid #FakeNews Fantasies About Trump Being Investigated for Sex Trafficking
— Ace

These two? Punked by a hoaxer spinning lurid tales with no confirmation of them?

Who'd've thunk it.

BTW, Mensa claims she herself wasn't punked-- just her co-blogger Claude Taylor was -- even though she RT'd some of Taylor's reports.

She says she has her "own sources" for her claims -- also about Trump's defunct modeling agency being under investigation.

I don't know what allegations she's making about it specifically. I don't read Ms. Mensa.

Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement.

Claude Taylor posted tweets reporting fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian. The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.

The source’s false tips included an allegation, which has been aggressively circulated by Mensch and Taylor, that Trump’s inactive fashion model agency is under investigation by New York authorities for possible sex trafficking.

The hoaxer, who fed the information to Taylor by email, said she acted out of frustration over the “dissemination of fake news” by Taylor and Mensch. Their false stories about Trump have included a claim that the president was already removed from office in a process kept secret from the American public.

"Taylor asked no questions to verify my identity, did no vetting whatsoever, sought no confirmation from a second source -- but instead asked leading questions to support his various theories, asking me to verify them," the source said in an email.

Garbage brains, garbage "work."

Maybe something to keep in mind with regard to the Demented Duo's other breathless scoops and exposees.

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North Korea Lobs Another Missile, This Time Over Northern Japan
— Ace

Reports of North Korea behaving better may have been exaggerated.

However, they're also back to doing what they've done for decades -- putting missiles up over Japan -- which we insanely let them get away with and established the precedent that they're allowed to do that.

They're not threatening the US.

But, that could change.

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TV Thread: Mayweather/McGregor, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks The Return (FINALLY!), MTV VMAs, etc.
— Ace

Some big TV stuff this weekend.

The "Video Music Awards," anachronistically still given out by a channel that no longer plays music videos, were an orgy of anti-Trump virtue signalling.

Did you see it? I sure didn't. But, it happened.

Any of you watch the Mayweather/McGregor fight? I didn't. Wanted to, but conked out early. Some of you must have: It only made $700 million at about $100 a rent.

I didn't watch it, but apparently it was a good fight. McGregor, I read, actually won the first three rounds, but Mayweather used his boxing skills to make sure he didn't give McGregor that one Golden Punch that could win the fight for him, and wound up winning in the tenth round on a TKO.

Vox advised everyone that they should not watch the fight because it would be terrible. And racist. (Yes, really.)

You know, when you want to know about sports, combat arts, or anything manly at all -- Vox is your go-to source.

Incidentally, there may have been some code embedded in the feed to help track down people who were illegally streaming it.

I won't get into Game of Thrones or Twin Peaks because anyone who cares actually watched it and knows what the deal is.

Caution: It's pretty much impossible to speak about the latter two without giving away spoilers so if you haven't seen them yet, maybe just skip this thread until later.

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Even Trump's Retweets Are Sending the Left and SubRight Spiraling Now
— Ace

Katie Pavlich replied to a Ben Rhodes whine about Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio, noting that Rhodes' boss had pardoned a "traitor" and a "terrorist," referring to Chelsea ne' Bradley Manning and Oscar Rivera Lopez, respectively.

Trump retweeted Pavlich.

This is now big news.

Although the Blue Checkmark Mafia just doesn't like the fact that this is a fact, what they seem to be claiming is that this is "fake news" because Obama merely commuted the "traitor" and "terrorist" sentences to time already served, thereby freeing them.

A pardon would have retroactively absolved them of all (official) guilt.

But a commutation is functionally equivalent as regards the remaining time of their sentences.


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Kurt Schlichter to the SubRight: Spare Me Your Effeminate Lectures, We're In the Middle of a War If You Didn't Notice
Plus: Gov. Abbot Holds Press Conference About Storm

— Ace

They call themselves "principled," but I think the word "prissy" is much closer to the mark.

He's writing about the pardon of Joe Arpaio. His major point is that the Rule of Law has been abandoned -- destroyed, really -- by the left in favor of pure will-to-power power politics, and it's silly for what he calls the "Fredocons" to continue pretending we're in a state of innocence and perfection and normalcy.

I call them the SubRight, as they're not very conservative at all, and they're almost erotically aroused by being submissive to the masochistic demands of their progressive friends (and occasional allies).

We're not. We're in the pre-war state. We're in a cold civil war -- becoming a merely cool one.

Schlichter, who's actually been in war, has little patience for people who want to spout bromides while we're literally being physically assaulted, and the leftwing cultural/media hegemony is pushing harder and harder for repeal of the First Amendment.

The whiny wailing and rending of garments (mostly bow ties) by the True Cons over President Trump pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio brings to mind another president’s choice when a loyal supporter was the victim of a liberal witch hunt. President Bush was an honorable man, but the way he allowed Scooter Libby and the Libby family to be ruined and impoverished over what everyone knew was a skeevy liberal political vendetta before issuing a partial commutation is to W’s lasting shame. His excuse: the Rule of Law or something.

But, as anyone willing to see knows, today the Rule of Law is a unicorn and it has been for a long time. I like the Rule of Law, and I’ve been warning for years about what happens when it goes away. Yet we are where we are, whether we like it or not. We’re in a land where the law is only intermittently and selectively applicable. Allowing allies to suffer in an effort to pretend that all is well is not going to bring the Rule of Law back. Nostalgia for the Rule of Law no excuse for tolerating an injustice to an ally. Hell, undoing injustices is what the pardon power is for.

What will bring the Rule of Law back? How do we get to the Conserva-Eden we are expected to act like we already reside it? Perhaps another statement of principle? Maybe another post on some unread conservajournal? I know – how about more complaining about how frustrated conservatives are uncouth and should just sit there and take whatever fascist garbage the left dishes out?

I always thought it was conservative to punish wrongdoers. The other side abandoned the Rule of Law, so I would think that they might – maybe – learn a lesson by experiencing the consequences of their bad choice. But apparently punishing wrongdoers is now off the table because some other principle, of which I was unaware during nearly four decades inside conservatism, requires we never ever retaliate.

You know, I’m not sure that’s a thing. And I have to say – it’s tiresome getting Rule of Law lectures from people who are perfectly happy to have the president ignore immigration laws that they don’t dig.

So, my finger-wagging True Con friends, what’s your plan? How do we go from liberals abandoning the Rule of Law, and such ancillary and associated components of a society based on liberty like free speech and free enterprise, to a liberty-based society operating under the Rule of Law? “Elect more True Cons!” isn’t a plan; it’s an aspiration, and not much of one. I don’t need another cliché, or another citation to general principles, or some variant of my new favorite, all-purpose get-out-of-having-an-actual-plan-free card, the old “We’re better than this” line.

Worth the full read.

Governor Abbot Talks About Hurricane Harvey: Here's the Fox livefeed, though it hasn't started yet.

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Keith Olbermann Melts Down On Twitter and Alcohol
— Ace

Well I don't know about the latter. But when I see people screaming "motherf***er" into the ether like, you know, a madman, I usually figure they've had a tipple or two.

Committed partisan -- or at least, he soon will be.

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The Morning Rant
— Open Blogger

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"Lately, we've heard crazy accusations that the NFL is running a racist plantation for its millionaire black athletes, denials that a hurricane is a natural disaster, claims that another black athlete is a white supremacist, and antifa thugs assaulting bystanders in the name of 'anti-hate'. If we don't get a Rectification of the Names real soon, I swear I'm going to cut a bitch."

Love Trumps Hate, Part CLVII:



Actually, Houston mainly went for Hillary, but by all means, don't let facts get in the way of a good hate. more...

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