May 21, 2018
— Open Blogger This seems to be a clarification of his original order: He doesn't just want a report on crimes, but on irregularities, deviations in protocol or accepted practices which may not be criminal but nevertheless are a deviation from routine.
Oh, and he also wants to review this allegedly too-dangerous-to-be-revealed-to-Congress information himself. (Or rather, by his Chief of Staff John Kelly.)
JUST IN: After meeting with Wray and Rosenstein, White House says DOJ has asked inspector general to "expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigations or the Department of Justices tactics concerning the Trump Campaign." pic.twitter.com/MC6LHZXVrf— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) May 21, 2018
MORE: "White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested," White House says. https://t.co/3N47xdH69g— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) May 21, 2018
A friend points out that the White House put this out immediately itself, instead of waiting for Rosenstein or his pals to start leaking their version of it.
I have to make a point about the Deep State simultaneously leaking all biographical details necessary to identify the spy as Stefan Halper (or someone who just happens to share every key biographical detail with Stefan Halper) while also claiming that to leak his name would put a trusted undercover NOC in grave danger.
The leaks are either authorized by someone high up at Justice -- someone on the level of Rosenstein or even Sessions -- spat out to give a Modified Limited Hang-Out to friendly media forces, or they are unauthorized, and therefore criminal, leaks.
I hope Trump told Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray the following:
Either these leaks are authorized or unauthorized.
If they are authorized leaks, then you are simultaneously telling me the name is too sensitive to release, while releasing information to your media friends that all but confirm the name. In which case, you are liars, and you are protecting this name not to defend national security but to stop further inquiry (such as asking when Halper was asked to begin spying, and who asked him to spy, and on what authority or pretext), and I therefore demand your resignations by tomorrow morning.
If they are unauthorized leaks, then, by your own claims, someone has leaked out dangerous information that can literally result in the death of a highly confidential NOC operator, in which case I want you to open a full and fulsome investigation to find these leakers of sensitive NatSec information, and then prosecute them, and then jail them.
If you are not doing that already, then you are liars regarding the sensitivity of this name, and this probably was an authorized leak (or at least a tolerated leak), and in that case, I want your resignations by tomorrow morning.
This name cannot be so serious a natsec secret that the Top-Secret-clearance House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee cannot have it, and yet simultaneously so LOL No Big Deal that high ranking DOJ sources can leak everything about this guy except his name to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN.
These contradictory claims amount to a lie -- there is a lie somewhere in here, on one end or the other, or maybe on both ends, and the officials at the DOJ refusing to give Congress information about this spy are therefore lying to both Congress and the President they ostensibly served and therefore should be fired for cause.
— Open Blogger A sensible opinion, coming from a completely unexpected speaker.
The "deep state" is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general's report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.
At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton "matter," but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done. It is hard to see how a yearlong investigation of this won't come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn't playing mahjong in a secret "no aides allowed" meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac.
No seriously, this is coming from Bill Clinton's former pollster.
With this report on the way and congressional investigators beginning to zero in on the lack of hard, verified evidence for starting the Trump probe, current and former intelligence and Justice Department officials are dumping everything they can think of to save their reputations.
But it is backfiring. They started by telling the story of Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat, as having remembered a bar conversation with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. But how did the FBI know they should talk to him? That's left out of their narrative. Downer's signature appears on a $25 million contribution to the Clinton Foundation. You don't need much imagination to figure that he was close with Clinton Foundation operatives who relayed information to the State Department, which then called the FBI to complete the loop. This wasn't intelligence. It was likely opposition research from the start.
Note that Bill Clinton's former pollster is more skeptical of the Deep State's current story than alleged Bad Boy of Conservatism Ben Shapiro.
In no way would a fourth-hand report from a Maltese professor justify wholesale targeting of four or five members of the Trump campaign. It took Christopher Steele, with his funding concealed through false campaign filings, to be incredibly successful at creating a vast echo chamber around his unverified, fanciful dossier, bouncing it back and forth between the press and the FBI so it appeared that there were multiple sources all coming to the same conclusion.
Time and time again, investigators came up empty. Even several sting operations with an FBI spy we just learned about failed to produce a DeLorean-like video with cash on the table. But rather than close the probe, the deep state just expanded it. All they had were a few isolated contacts with Russians and absolutely nothing related to Trump himself, yet they pressed forward. Egged on by Steele, they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty. They just needed to dig deep enough.
Mark Penn concludes that stopping Mueller isn't about party or politics or any particular president, but necessary to preserve the normal functioning of democracy itself.
Obviously, worth the read.
Richard Fernandez has previously written that we are now experiencing what we had long avoided in America -- a deadly fight of a King vs. another King (the current president versus the Deep State embeds of the previous president), and that this fight may change America forever.
He now elaborates on that idea, as he watches two scorpions with a death-grip on each other trying to kill each other before the other kills first.
The Deep State understands that either they must find some claim that Trump is a criminal, or else they'll be prosecuted for their own rampant criminal acts.
The invaluable timeline of the investigations compiled by Sharyl Attkisson seems to confirm what Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine has already suggested: that the roots of domestic spying predated the Trump candidacy. He notes that "Obama officials vastly expand[ed] their searches through NSA database for Americans and the content of their communications. In 2013, there were 9,600 searches involving 195 Americans. But in 2016, there are 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans."
On January 20, 2017, "Fifteen minutes after Trump becomes president, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice emails memo to herself purporting to summarize the Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting with President Obama and other top officials. She states that Obama instructed the group to investigate 'by the book' and asked them to be mindful whether there were certain things that could not be fully shared with the incoming administration."
In response to Trump's demand, Rod Rosenstein has asked the DOJ inspector general to review the possible infiltration of the Trump campaign. The hunters have themselves become the hunted. For better or worse, two major American political factions are trying to jail each other. The outcome of their struggle may determine not only who occupies the White House, but what future role the intelligence agencies play in public life.
The specifics of the individual accusations may be fake, but the struggle over the control of the bureaucracy is frighteningly real. Concern over the independence of powerful bureaucracies has long been paramount for a reason. The biggest problem with weaponizing intelligence agencies is it CREATES a pathway for the foreign takeover of the system. If a once hostile power takes over the White House and that president corrupts the agencies, an unfettered secret police will have the ability to remain in power indefinitely.
That seems to have been Obama's plan all along.
— Open Blogger Showdown? The meeting's scheduled for three pm Eastern.
President Trump will meet with top Justice, FBI and intelligence officials Monday to discuss congressional requests for information on the investigation into Russian collusion, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
The meeting comes a day after Trump demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI improperly infiltrated his campaign for president in 2016.
The president has been urging his administration to turn over information to congressional Republicans demanding the identity of sources in the probe. Law enforcement and intelligence officials have resisted, saying it could compromise their investigation and imperil covert sources.
In the Oval Office Monday, Trump will meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Sanders said.
PJMedia's Morning Briefing says Trump should declassify the documents on his own authority instead of asking underlings to do it.
Trump is getting bad advice. He should not have asked the DOJ, a subject of the investigation, to investigate itself. With all the DOJ stonewalling and slow-walking of documents to comply with congressional oversight, there's no doubt a mountain of bad behavior is being covered up. What Trump should have done, and can still do, is DECLASSIFY ALL THE DOCUMENTS in question. He has the power to do this and after the documents are declassified, then we can look at further steps depending on what they reveal.
Maybe that will be discussed -- giving these guys one last chance to make their case why a name we already know, and which the DOJ pretty much gave to the Washington Post and New York Times, cannot be openly mentioned.
IN: Of Course Obama and Brennan Spied on Trump; It Would Have Been Dangerous NOT To!
— Open Blogger Yes, this is what I imagined you would say next.
— Open Blogger #FakeNews from Newsweek, as usual.
— Open Blogger
"So, if you can believe the latest Rasmussen poll numbers, President Trump's approval rating is 50%. Now here is a curious thing. With all the viciously and relentlessly negative media coverage that Trump has received since his election, the deliberate non-coverage of anything positive he has done and the magnification of his every last miniscule fault and mistake, and you'd expect his job approval rating to be in the low 20's or maybe even the teens. That's obviously what the MSM would like to see, anyway. And yet it's at 50%. That's kind of amazing. Especially when you contrast this with all the fawning, dripping, slobbering coverage given to Obama, the constant fluffing, primping, pimping, and boosting, the forced applause given to his dubious achievements and the aggressive ignoring of his manifold failures, and yet his approval rating was 50% or below for most of the time he was in office. One can only speculate what this country would be like if the MSM had covered Obama like they're covering Trump, and Trump like they covered Obama."
— Open Blogger
The Calling Of St. Matthew
Hendrick ter Brugghen
— Open Blogger
Good morning kids. Monday again and yet again we're forced to deal with the aftermath of another school shooting; two actually. Not to diminish the tragedy that befell the victims, their families and friends, but horrible as it is, in the cold light of day it is a local crime story. Nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, the Democrat-Left-Media complex has yet another opportunity to trample on the barely cold bodies of the victims to use them as props in their bid to disarm the millions of law-abiding, responsible and decent gun owners by demonizing them and the NRA as the cause of the carnage. Yet again.
Any sane, rational and logical examination of the facts surrounding this case and every case like this, especially over the course of the past 20-50 years when Democrat-Leftist social policy was ramped up in every corner of our society, would reveal that that was 99 44/100% no relation to what happened. I hinted (well more than a hint, really) at the cause when I said 20-50 years of Democrat-Left social policy. The destruction of the nuclear family, the dissolution of morality, the rise of radical feminism and the concomitant demonization of the male gender, the dismantling of the traditional social order, the abandonment of ethics, morality and individual responsibility and the war on Judeo-Christianity (which are all part of the overall scheme to create a populace of dumbed-down compliant sheeple) have in no small part played a significant role in probably every single school shooting incident in the aforementioned time span. And yet its guns; fully automatic, semi automatic, manually automatic, with bump stocks, muzzle brakes, disc brakes chainsaws and scary pop-up things that go pew-pew-pew and give the cognoscenti a case of the willies. Worse, it's us bitter clingers who refuse to give them up.
Meh. What more can I say that has not been said before and that you all don't know? At least this time, the Democrat-Socialist-Media complex is more and more open about it. That's fine with me, especially with the midterms just five months away and the Dems energizing the base with this - that would be ours not theirs. You all go right ahead and run on this as well as impeachment, raising taxes, defending Hamas and MS-13 because of their "spark of divinity" which evidently does not exist in an unborn child. By the way, you'll be pleased to know that Hillary Clinton has publicly announced to the Democrat party that she ain't going anywhere, so there's your mouthpiece. And take Camera Hogg along for the ride.
Moving along to the Mueller Witch Hunt, that is now become more and more part of the effort to cover up the truly blockbuster revelations that the Obama DoJ and intelligence services were involved as far back as the 2016 primaries to covertly spy on the Trump Presidential Campaign to derail it and then post election to use whatever information - factual or fabricated - to remove him from office or cripple his agenda. And I hope and pray that someone like Rudy Giuliani who is no dope is just yanking Mueller's and the MFM's collective chain about PDT sitting down for an interview. The whole rotten thing is crumbling from within, faster and faster with each passing day so don't interrupt while your enemies are shooting themselves in the face.
On the political front, while Nancy Palsi does her "Norman, coordinate!" schtick, Hillary orders another round for the room, John Kerry smears PDT and America in Abu Dhabi and Keith "X" Ellison is stiffing Dem candidates, Jim Jordan may be trying to make a play for House Speaker. I can't see him winning considering the numbers and forces arrayed against him. But here's hoping. He's solid.
Meanwhile, talk of a trade war with China is quieting down as the Chi-Coms have evidently blinked and agreed to allow even more US imports into their country. And as the Administration prepares for the upcoming summit with Whoa, Fat!, they are also ramping up pressure on the Mullah's in Iran. A couple of good links on that regime vis a vis will it be around to celebrate its 40th anniversary as well as how does it stack up against the Climate-Changing Money-Changing-Shapeshifters in Jerusalem should a shooting war break out.
Meanwhile, as Mahmoud Abbas does his third Fred Sanford impression in a week, parents even here in the Leftist paradise of New York City were outraged at a moment of silence at a city school for the Gaza "victims," the son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty to plotting an ISIS attack and one year ago, Islamist terror expert Robert Spencer was poisoned in Iceland before a lecture and yet there have been no arrests, unexpectedly (sarc).
Going quickly around the horn, PDT's quietly shaping the judiciary, a CBS poll shows a large majority of Americans credit the President for the economic boom (and that could be a harbinger for November) and reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- PDT Orders DoJ to Investigate Obama Administration for Surveillance
- E-Mail Referring to "Collusion" Sheds Light on Cambridge Prof's Interactions with PDT Aide
- The Latest Whopper - The FBI Was, Get This, Actually Trying to Protect Trump
- Hemingway: DoJ Frets About Source Outing While Deliberately Outing Source
- York: Does the DoJ Have to Tell Congress What Mueller is Doing?
- H-A-L-P-E-R Spells Game Up for Obama's Spies
- Rudy's Terrible, Horrible, No Good Idea About PDT Sitting for a Mueller Interview to Speed Things Up
- Dem Senator Warner: No "Single Piece of Legislation" Would Have Stopped TX School Shooting
- TX Lt. Governor to Levin: Injured Students Told Me "We Need to Arm Our Teachers"
- Obama Ed Sec Arne Duncan: Pull Kids Out of School Until Gun Laws Change
- Gov. Cuomo Under Fire for Politicizing TX School Shooting for His Own Political Gain
- Incoming NRA Prexy Oliver North Blames TX School Shooting on "Culture of Violence," Ritalin
- Yes, They Do Want to Take Away Your Guns; At Least Now They Admit It
FIRST AMENDMENT, MEDIA
- The "Jawbreakers" Comics Outrage is a Ginned Up Controversy Between Book-Banners
- The Net
NeutralityNeutering Zombie Lives!
- Greenfield: The Lying Media Never Stops Lying About Israel
POLITICS, 2018 MIDTERMS
- Did Jim Jordan Just Preview His Bid for House Speaker?
- Dems vs. DA and DNA: Nazi Collaborator George Soros Funds Opponent of Sacramento DA Who Busted Golden State Serial Killer
- Hillary to Dems: You're Never Getting Rid of Me
- How Far Left Will the Democrats Go in November?
- No Joy in Botox-ville - The Mighty Palsi Has Stroked Out: Gibberish, Bizarre Laughter, Stares Off During Brain Freeze
- DNC Vice Chair Keith "X" Has Not Donated to Dem Candidates for Midterms
FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL
- Chi-Coms Pledge to Buy More American Products, Reduce Trade Deficit
- Mnuchin Reveals "Trade War" with Chi-Coms is "On Hold"
- Kerry Takes Ham-Fisted Swipe at PDT During NYU-Abu Dhabi Commencement Spiel
- Israel vs. Iran: Who Holds the Advantage in an Increasingly Looming War?
- Who Done It? Huge Explosions at Iranian Missile Depot in Syria - Bit No One Being Blamed
- Will the Mullah's Regime See its 40th Anniversary?
- PDT Works with RoK Prexy to Keep Summit with NorKs on Track
ISLAM, TERRORISM, SHARIA, DHIMMITUDE
- Parents Enraged at Moment of Silence for Gaza Dead Held at School
- Boston Police Captain's Son Pleads Guilty to Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack
- Georgetown Spins Muslim Self-Criticism into "Islamophobic Muslims"
- Mahmoud Abbas Taken to Hospital for Third Time in a Week with Chest Pains (get him a nice
JewishNHS doctor - jjs)
- Leftist Privilege: One-Year Anniversary of Robert Spencer's Poisoning in Iceland and Still No One Arrested
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
- CBS Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Give PDT Credit for the Economy
- States Get a Windfall from GOP Tax Cuts, But Will They Return the Money to Taxpayes?
DOMESTIC POLICY, COURTS, BUREAUCRACY
- Trump's Stealth Victory: Reshaping the Courts
- GOP Helps Dems Kill Conservative Amendments to Farm Bill
- The Trucking Industry, Regulatory Mishaps and Self-Governance
- Crime Plague in the Alamo City
- Medicaid and the Democrat War on Work
RED-GREENS, CLIMATE CHANGE, LYSENKOISM, ETC.
- Alien Animals in the Kingdom of Man
CULTURE WARS, HITHER and YON
- Honoring Cuba's Ladies in White and Remembering Victims of Communism
- The Firesign Theater Media
- Dear Conservatives: The Enlightenment is Not the Enemy
- Profane Reality, Sacred Memory: Reflecting on RFK 50 Years After His Assassination
MUELLER WITCH HUNT, DEEP STATE COUP
May 20, 2018
— Open Blogger
If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.-- Lord John Russell
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that collossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.-- Samuel Butler
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,-- Thomas Stearns Eliot more...
And I have seen the eternal footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.
— Open Blogger
— Open Blogger
Herb-crusted rack of lamb is one of those foods that I will eat whenever I can, but it is ridiculously expensive in restaurants, and so easy to make at home that I rarely (read: never) order it anymore. I saw it on the menu last night at a French restaurant in Manhattan. It was something like $48, which is just silly. I can go to Costco and buy excellent quality Australian lamb and make enough for six people for $48.
Sear the rack. Coat it with an herb mixture. Roast in a medium oven with a temperature probe set to your preferred doneness.
See? I told you it was easy. Just don't serve it with mint jelly, which is worse than serving French Toast with syrup. more...
— Open Blogger
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2018
The FBI informant who monitored the Trump campaign, Stefan Halper, oversaw a dirty CIA spying operation in the 1980 presidential election https://t.co/0YIL2NKPJr— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 19, 2018
If it's "treason" to identify the informant who gathered information about the Trump campaign for the FBI in 2016, does this mean that the reporters and editors at the New York Times - who are the ones who published all the information needed to identify him - are traitors? https://t.co/tsQUsUkzyf— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 19, 2018
Greenwald notes, as many others have, that the DOJ is simultaneously leaking all the biographical details needed to identify Stefan Halper, while claiming that it would endanger his life to identify him:
Last night, both the Washington Post and New York Times -- whose reporters, like pretty much everyone in Washington, knew exactly who the FBI informant is -- published articles that, while deferring to the FBI's demands by not naming him, provided so many details about him that it made it extremely easy to know exactly who it is. The NYT described the FBI informant as "an American academic who teaches in Britain" and who "made contact late that summer with George Papadopoulos and "also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page." The Post similarly called him "a retired American professor" who met with Page "at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university."
In contrast to the picture purposely painted by the DOJ and its allies that this informant was some of sort super-secret, high-level, covert intelligence asset, the NYT described him as what he actually is: "the informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years."
Despite how "well known" he is in Washington, and despite publishing so many details about him that anyone with Google would be able to instantly know his name, the Post and the NYT nonetheless bizarrely refused to identity him, with the Post justifying its decision that it "is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts." The NYT was less melodramatic about it, citing a general policy: the NYT "has learned the source"s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety," it said.
In other words, both the NYT and the Post chose to provide so many details about the FBI informant that everyone would know exactly who it was, while coyly pretending that they were obeying FBI demands not to name him. How does that make sense? Either these newspapers believe the FBI's grave warnings that national security and lives would be endangered if it were known who they used as their informant (in which case those papers should not publish any details that would make his exposure likely), or they believe that the FBI (as usual) was just invoking false national security justifications to hide information it unjustly wants to keep from the public (in which case the newspapers should name him).
This is utter nonsense. DOJ and FBI leaked everything but this persons blood type and Social Security number, and NYT and WaPo gladly published it, all while DOJ actively obstructed a subpoena for the very information DOJ was leaking to the media. https://t.co/L0HjXeKVpQ— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 20, 2018
Update: The left's new rules, as summarized by Adirondack Patriot:
It's all academic because this is how the left thinks:
1. It is illegal to defeat a Democrat.
2. Anything we do to stop an illegal act is legal and a morally necessary.
3. The only way a Democrat can lose is if someone (in this case, Donald Trump) did something illegal, such as collude with Russians, because no Republican is qualified to legally defeat a Democrat.
4. Everything we do to stop Trump is legal, regardless of the law.
Ben Shapiro, Deep State Defender.
Why? If campaign aides were meeting with Russian cut outs and then bragging about it (see Papadapolous), why would it be scandalous for an informant to meet with him? https://t.co/hj3AsSuHCk— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 18, 2018
Correction: Red-faced embarrassment -- I got the timeline screwed up here myself. I conflated Misfud's mention of the emails with Halper's (Halper's mention was several months later).
The timeline goes something like this:
April 2016: MISFUD, not Halper, mentions the Russians hacking the emails to Papadoplous
May 2016: Papadoplous mentions this to Downer (the Australian diplomat)
September 2016: Halper asks Papadopolous about the emails (Papadopolous says he doesn't know anything)
I confused the dates and who it was (Misfud, Halper) doing the talking.
I still don't see how mentioning the emails to anyone could be grounds to begin an investigation -- everyone was speculating about the idea that Russians had the emails for months; it was one of the reasons people said Clinton should be indicted -- and I'd like Ben Shapiro to explain that to me.
If talking about the Russians having Hillary's emails is grounds for an official counterintelligence investigation, then the NSA should have been monitoring me and this blog as well. And pretty much everyone I knew.
Who knows, maybe they were/are.
But my jibe about the timeline was all wrong. I'm the one who had to do more research into the specific timeline here.
I also suspect that when all is done we'll find out that Misfud was actually involved in this "investigation," but that's not in evidence yet. It's just my private supposition.
Oh: The FBI has repeatedly lied about the origins of this "investigation." First it was sparked by the Steele Dossier. When the highly dubious and partisan nature of the document was revealed, they edited their story to claim it all originated with this Papadopolous mention of the emails to Downer.
With the FBI and DOJ crabwalking and changing their stories, why should anyone have any faith in their current claims?
Who can say what the FBI's current claim actually is? Have they made an official statement, or does it continue to be put out via not-under-oath leaks to the media?
— Open Blogger When I was a wee lad, cutting my conservative teeth baiting hippies and fighting with communists on the streets of Berkeley, I lived in student cooperative housing. Since placement was based on seniority, I lived for the first two years in the least desirable and largest place, called Barrington Hall. It has been closed for years; a result off awful management on the part of the socialist organization that ran it, and dumb ass college students being allowed to do pretty much whatever they wanted.
In its defense, I met a lot of very interesting and intelligent people there, one of whom is a dear friend. And there was also a lot of free sex and nudity and punk rock and booze and all sorts of other stuff that appealed to the less high-minded part of my psyche. Anyway, I wanted to look up one of my acquaintances from Barrington, so I started poking around the internet, and discovered that there is a Wiki page devoted to it. As I read it I was immediately reminded of this:
“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.-- Michael Crichton
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
I am as guilty as many of turning to the easy research of Wikipedia for many things. And while I am aware of its crowd-sourced nature, and its political bent, and most of all its famous inaccuracies, it is an effortless and lazy shortcut.
But the absolute drivel written about a place in which I lived for two years was astounding. Dates were wrong, events were reported badly, or ignored or made up from whole cloth. And this is not an overtly political topic, one that I assumed would have some passing familiarity with the truth! It was an amazing experience, having the world's portable encyclopedia revealed to be completely full of shit.
— Open Blogger
Library of Jake Holenhead
Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these hideous-looking pants, which look like an explosion in a hippie factory.
Jake tells me:
Hope this photo size isn't too large. I took photos of the individual shelves then stitched them together. It drives me nuts to see someone's personal library and not able to read the book titles.
I know the library pic looks tiny, but click on it, and you'll see how yuuuge, classy, and luxurious it is. You can, indeed, read every title on Jake's shelves.
It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®
Something that is BOMBYLIOUS is buzzing like a bee.
Usage: Muhammad Ali bombyliously defeated George Foreman.
A MUCK-ROBIN is a child who deliberately enjoys annoying or disturbing adults.
Yes, but isn't that a description of pretty much every child?
— Open Blogger How many EMT would a woodchuck chuck?
May 19, 2018
— Open Blogger
— Open Blogger Number Five
So, here I am with the next installment of "Let's go through my personal top ten movies of all time because it's all about me!"
Moving chronologically after Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
In terms of the 1970s of American cinema, in my opinion, the most imposing individual was Francis Ford Coppola. Beyond his own creative output, which was obviously significant, he helped foster some of the most prominent filmmakers of the generation with relationships from mentor to collaborator with people like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Paul Schrader. He was at the center of the new movement of American cinema that we're still seeing the effects of today (most are still making movies, although generally just not at the same level of quality as when they first started).
But back in the seventies, Coppola was king. From '72 to '79, he made four movies. All four were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. He won for two of them (The Conversation's loss was to his own The Godfather Part II). The second loss was to Apocalypse Now, which lost to Kramer vs. Kramer Now, I do really like Kramer vs. Kramer, but it's nothing compared to the mad odyssey into the depths of the jungle that is Apocalypse Now.
With the other movies on my list, I had little difficulty explaining to myself why I loved them individually. The disparate parts of each film assembled so easily together into something often beautiful that I found the experience of writing about them easy. Apocalypse Now is very different. I really see it as a work of genuine madness. Coppola went into the jungle and lost his mind on the way out, the perfect mirror of the main character's journey, and I really do feel like the movie captures that amazingly well.
But then that leads to the question: How does madness lead to great art? How do you read an art born of madness?
I think the only way to really approach it in an abstract sense. Its effect on the viewer as he watches it. There are arguments that all art should be approached that way, but I do personally feel that formal structural and character based approaches are important to both creating and taking in art, but Apocalypse Now largely forbears any formal approach. Long story short, this post is going to be messy. Let's roll!
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Spock Plays Chess
As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.
Easier Problem - White To Play (672)
Hint: Win material with a pin
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Good afternoon. Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Sit back and relax! more...
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From Patch Farmstead:
A clone of this very old rose has been planted everywhere I've been. I don't know how old the mom plant is but older than me, was at my grandpa's house.
What a great way to preserve a legacy. more...
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