Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tonight's Twitter Tidbits

Razor tweeted,
We’re at the point where it’s more offensive to tell the truth about a senator who lied about her heritage to get an advantage than the lie itself.

Werner Twertzog tweeted,
It is important for everyone you admired as a child to be revealed as a criminal and evil. That way, you can forgive yourself and die.

Alana Mastrangelo tweeted,
Imagine if Melania was on the Left. MSM would be fawning all over her; a FLOTUS who's an immigrant, speaks 5 languages, & relentlessly exudes beauty & class? They wouldn't be able to get enough!

But MSM doesn't actually care about that, only narrative.

Rejoice and be happy with Rush! Donald Trump supporters stand up and cheer!

Rush is happier than I have ever seen him. His media enemies are dropping like flies. Impossible to escape the hypocrisy! Paragons of virtue!

He explains how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Elizabeth Warren established under Dodd-Frank is now going to be exposed for all its fraud and abuse.

Bill's conscience is clear. How about you, Matt?

Matt Lauer interviewed Bill O'Reilly in September.

"Sea Level Rises Hundreds Of Feet Due To Sweat From Celebrities Waiting To Be Outed As Perverts"

The satirical Babylon Bee reports,
U.S.—Stunned meteorologists reported Wednesday that the sea level has risen an astonishing 300 feet overnight, as the sweat from celebrities trying to cover up their sexual harassment scandals rained down “in buckets.”

Vast swathes of the United States are now entirely underwater, including major coastal cities and regions, as the investigations into various celebrities and TV personalities continue.

“This is a worldwide disaster,” one NBC News anchor (not Matt Lauer) said. “We saw an uptick when Harvey Weinstein’s deviant behavior came to light, but when it became clear the revelations wouldn’t be slowing down anytime soon, celebrities and otherwise powerful individuals all across the nation began sweating profusely.”

At publishing time, FEMA disaster officials had recommended that all yet-to-be-outed celebrity perverts simply confess their sins, repent, and find peace with God in Christ, in order to avoid further guilt and flooding.

McCain and Murkowski say that they will support the tax reform bill

Read more here.

Pelosi now says Conyers should resign

Are you having trouble following Nancy Pelosi's mutterings regarding "icon" John Conyers? Ace has the latest on both Pelosi and Conyers here.

Two more women accuse Franken

Ace of Spades reports,
Two More Women Accuse Franken, One of Groping Her Breast, The Other of Forcing His Tongue Down Her Throat
Read it here.

What is going on re: North Korea?

Just a few days ago the number one story was the missile launch by North Korea. The sexual harassment charges against leading liberal journalists and politicians have pushed the North Korea story out of the picture. So what is going on? There is a Russia/China effort to get the US and South Korea to cancel their scheduled joint military exercises scheduled for December and for North Korea to suspend all nuclear and missile tests.

Yahoo reports,
...In just three months, South Korea hosts the Winter Olympics at a resort just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea.
Read more here.

New York Times says White House has plan to oust Tillerson, but Is this story "Pure Political Propaganda?"

Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Gardiner Harris report in the New York Times that the White House has developed a plan to replace Rex Tillerson at State with Mike Pompeo and then to replace Pompeo at CIA with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton!
John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials. Under his plan, the shake-up of the national security team would happen around the end of the year or shortly afterward. But for all of his public combativeness, Mr. Trump is notoriously reluctant to fire people, and it was not known if Mr. Tillerson had agreed to step down by then. Public disclosure of Mr. Kelly’s transition plan may be meant as a signal to the secretary that it is time to go.
Read more here.

I checked The Conservative Treehouse, and Sundance is not buying the story. He calls it Pure Political Propaganda.
...The media agenda here is clear. Secretary of State Rex is methodically downsizing the State Department and reversing the current mission of the agency away from interventionist globalism, and back toward common sense foreign policy.

The positions of hundreds of pontificating sanctimonious career bureaucrats are being dissolved. The Deep State is being deconstructed and the globalists are apoplectic.

That reality has created the need for left-wing propaganda pushers like the New York Times to create narratives to defend their Deep State Swamp interests.
Read more here.

Getting back to groping as usual

Kurt Schlichter predicts tax reform will die in the Senate.
There’s no way the McCain-Collins-Corker-Flake Axis of Obnoxious is going to allow Trump his long-sought victory. These bitter losers will let it get right up to the edge of passage, and then run to find a microphone and shovel up a load of horse hockey about why, as True Conservatives™, they can’t possibly support this conservative reform. They are petty, selfish, and obnoxious, which is why they are the media’s go-to Republicans and Chuck Schumer’s not-so-secret weapon. If you don’t think they would eagerly shaft millions and millions of Americans just to try and mess with Trump, I would sell you a bridge, except no bridge is going to get built because they will block the infrastructure bill too.

What about the feminist gropers?
We’ll soon be seeing articles and columns in the press about how this whole sexual abuse fuss is getting out of hand. After all, it was supposed to be a tool to destroy conservatives, but then it got out of hand and people started applying those standards to liberals. Well, we did warn them about how they were going to hate the new rules.

No, this can’t go on. Soon the media mavens will start showing a renewed appreciation for due process, and a concern about what they will call the “witch hunt” nature of the sex abuse revelations. Of course, there really are witches here – liberal witches who can’t seem to keep their wands under wraps. But this whole accountability fad is starting to get painful. Watch the establishment announce it has gone too far and that we need to step back and rethink it – so they can get back to groping as usual.
Read more here.

Trump's genius

From J.J. Sefton's introduction to his link list this morning:
...I am now convinced that Trump is a genius; he is a master of the media and has them wrapped around his finger. And yes, with regards to "banjo-boy" Joe Scarborough, he brought up the dead intern. We are about to find out if there is such a thing as peak schadenboner.

First, on things that are buried or ignored, the economy is roaring; over 3% GDP growth in three consecutive quarters which we have not seen in 12 years, the stock market is about to crash through the 24,000 point mark, unemployment is way down, business and consumer confidence is rising - and all of this without any legislation passed in a hostile congress.

Related, the President has maneuvered Schemer and Palsi into the hot seat vis a vis a government shutdown by calling them out on wanting to put Amnesty into the budget. And by labeling Fauxcahontas as Pocahontas, which was a completely calculated move, he has forever labeled her as a liar at the very moment she was poised to make a stink about her pet money laundering scheme the CFPB. And meanwhile, he has struck back at Theresa May and the supine toothless British lion for coddling Islamic terrorism in their home, completely flipping their baseless claim that PDT is "islamophobic."
Read more here.

Taking out liberal icons

Mark Steyn writes today,
...On Fox the other day I remarked rather casually that the sex scandals were taking out liberal icons. When you point that out, liberals yell about Roy Moore. But hardly anyone outside Alabama had ever heard of Roy Moore, and, within the GOP establishment, he's reviled as a fringe kook to the point where McConnell & Co would rather lose the seat. Whereas, if you wanted to strike at the very heart of liberal self-satisfaction, you couldn't have plotted a better cast of fall-guys than this:

Harvey Weinstein, the producer of all those Oscar-bait chick-flicks with Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, so superior to all the shoot-'em-ups for the rubes;

Kevin Spacey, the star of everybody's favorite insider political drama;

Charlie Rose, the host of the oh-so-civilized PBS talk-show that's an antidote to all that ghastly right-wing yelling on Fox...

I was thinking to myself: hmm, Hollywood, TV drama, PBS... But what about radio? And then out of the blue yesterday came the latest firing:

Garrison Keillor, that nice man who reads poems to us very slowly every day on the way to work on NPR's "Morning Edition".

And even better, his defenestration came a day after he'd rushed to Al Franken's defense in The Washington Post.

Nancy Pelosi was wrong: Conyers is about the only non-icon in this story - he's just another lifelong political hack three decades past his sell-by date. Queen Mary famously said that when she died they would find Calais engraved on her heart. Well, Judi Dench had Harvey Weinstein's name tattooed on her butt, which is close enough. To a certain kind of upscale liberal, the Weinstein Company, "House of Cards", "The Charlie Rose Show", and "Prairie Home Companion" were all engraved on their hearts.

And they're all gone.

~Among the non-icons swept up in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are a few non-sex fiends who nevertheless create a "hostile work environment" for female staffers:

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) found himself in the spotlight when The Washington Times reported Monday that he arranged for the payment of more than $48,000 in taxpayer funds toward a "severance package" — for a former staffer who threatened to slap him with a hostile workplace lawsuit back in 2015.

The publication revealed that an attorney charged with advising members of the House of Representatives on employment issues negotiated a $48,395 payout for the former senior staffer of Grijalva's that equaled five months of her salary. The employee received the settlement when she left the congressman's office after spending three months on the job in exchange for dropping her lawsuit, which alleged Grijalva frequently was drunk and created a hostile work environment.

Grijalva is a sleazy thug who used the power of his position to intimidate private citizens by arguing that, if you appear before his crappy committee, you've somehow put every jot and tittle of your life within his jurisdiction. But apparently, when he uses taxpayer funds to settle booze suits, that does not fall under any such public scrutiny. I regard him as a man unfit for office even by the low standards of Congress. As I testified two years ago to the United States Senate:

Raúl Grijalva, the Congressman from Arizona and Ranking Member of the House UnEnvironmental Activities Committee, earlier this year sent a letter to seven scientists, including professors Curry and Christy – a quite disgraceful letter that no citizen-legislator in a representative parliament has any business sending to anybody, demanding among other things details of speaking fees, travel expenses, and email communications stretching back a decade. Commissar Grijalva presumed to be able to do this because these scientists had voluntarily testified before his committee, and thus, as he saw it, had submitted to his jurisdiction over every aspect of their lives. I hope this Senate sub-committee will distance itself from Commissar Grijalva' s deformed understanding of his role. But, in the event that, following my voluntary appearance here today, any Senator demands in five years' time to see my emails and know what hotel I stayed in in Cleveland or Copenhagen, I might as well give you my answer now: You ain't gettin' nuthin '.
Read more here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pivot to readers!

At The Atlantic, Derek Thompson writes about the "media apocalypse."
2017 has been a uniquely miserable year in the media business, in which venerable publications and fledging sites, divided by audience age and editorial style, have been united in misery. At Vanity Fair, the editorial budget faces a 30 percent cut. At The New York Times, advertising revenue is down $20 million annually after nine months. Oath, the offspring of Yahoo and AOL’s union, is shedding more than 500 positions as it strains to fit inside of its Verizon conglomerate. Meanwhile, almost every digital publisher seems to be struggling, selling, or soliciting, whether it’s the media company IAC exploring offers to offload The Daily Beast, Fusion Media Group offering a minority stake in The Onion and former Gawker Media sites, or Mashable selling for a fifth of its former valuation. So many media companies in 2017 have reoriented their budgets around the production of videos that the so-called “pivot to video” has became an industry joke. Today, the pivot seems less like a business strategy and more like end-of-life estate planning.

Even the crown princes of digital upstarts, Vice and BuzzFeed, are projected to miss their revenue targets by 20 percent each, which amounts to a combined shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars. Finally, this week, Time Inc., the storied publisher of magazines and websites, including People, Sports Illustrated, and Time, announced it had reached an agreement to be sold to the Meredith Corporation, whose focus on lifestyle is inspiring rumors that it may yet offload or even shut down Time, Fortune, and Money.

...In 2016, 90 percent of websites reported that unique visitors on mobile devices had eclipsed desktop; and 90 percent of the growth in digital advertising came from just two companies, Google and Facebook.

...In 2017, Google and Facebook are projected to account for about 61 percent combined of the U.S. digital ad market. No other company comes even close.

...Realizing that sites like Vocativ will never reliably reach audiences even one-tenth the size of platforms like Snapchat, investors will simply cut off funding and force sites to sell at a huge discount, like Mashable, or simply close. It won’t necessarily be “a full-blown crash,” as Marshall gloomily predicted. It will be a far more awkward landing, as several companies redefine themselves as video producers, then tech companies, then data-driven storytellers, before they run out of money.

...the Trump effect isn’t all negative for digital-media companies. Fear of and fascination with the president has supercharged an old-fashioned revenue source for news publishers—readers. Subscription revenue has been record growth at The New Yorker and The Washington Post. At The New York Times, revenue from digital-only subscriptions jumped 44 percent—or $75 million—in the first nine months of 2017, compared with the same period from last year. That’s three times larger than the $20 million of lost advertising revenue over the same period.

In short, President Trump has pulled forward the future of news by accelerating both the decline in digital advertising and the rise of reader subscriptions.

...Advertising has been critical to the affordable distribution of news for a century and a half in the U.S. Today’s media companies don’t have to reach all the way back to the early 1800s for a business plan, to when newspapers were an elite product, selling at the prohibitive price of six pennies per bundle. But they are going back in time, in a way, and excavating a dusty business model that relies more on readers, and less on advertisers, than the typical online publisher. The New York Times is leading the trend. In 2000, circulation revenue accounted for 26 percent of its business. Last quarter, print circulation and online subscriptions accounted for 64 percent of the company’s revenue.
Read more here.

Comparing mortgages and toasters

Have you been following the news about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Elizabeth Harrington writes today at the Washington Free Beacon,
Sixteen hundred bureaucrats with the power to charge billions in fines, with a $600 million budget outside of the congressional appropriations process, and all because Elizabeth Warren compared mortgages to toasters.

"Of all the ideas that get published in … journals like that, not so many make it into law," Warren boasted in 2011, at the launch of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

She was referring to her essay "Unsafe At Any Rate," published by the "lefty" Democracy Journal in 2007, which was used as the impetus for the Obama administration to establish the CFPB. Warren's reasoning: If people are too stupid that they would buy a toaster that could blow up their house, then they certainly aren't smart enough to read the fine print on a mortgage.
Read more here.

"Security and freedom are not enemies. You can have no freedom without security!"

NBC Chief Executive Andy Lack fired Matt Lauer over sexual harassment allegations. Juan Williams tells us that President Trump tweeted this morning that someone should go look at Andy Lack's past! Greg raises the issue of due process, which seems to be absent in these cases.

Dana advocates for law enforcement to be able to spy on cell phones, not for content, but for contact - to know where to find a person. Greg adds, "Security and freedom are not enemies. You can have no freedom without security!"

Garrison Keillor and Matt Lauer the latest Lefties to be fired for sexual harassment

Two more Leftist scalps: Garrison Keillor and Matt Lauer were both fired today because of sexual harassment. Also another PBS executive. Read about them here and here.

How whiter than white Senator Elizabeth Warren came to be "Washington's Redskin"

Today Mark Steyn explains to us here how Senator Elizabeth Warren came to be "Washington's Redskin."

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A budding friendship

Party Time

Tonight's Twitter Tidbits

deray tweeted, North Korea fired a missile. And this guy is President. How do we let the North Koreans know that *we* don’t support this guy either? Don’t blow us up.

Craig Schnuckatelli replied, Go to North Korea and tell Rocket Man yourself.

Dana Loesch tweeted, When actual Cherokee activists travelled to confront Warren over her claims, Warren refused to meet with them, prompting one to claim “it’s like we don’t exist:"

When Craig Schmuckatelli saw the above photo, he tweeted, To be well hidden in my basement, thoroughly lubed up, locked down tight, and ready for use at any time???
Well......... ALRIGHTY THEN!!!

Bloomberg tweets, Democrats in Congress are struggling with how to calibrate their response to sexual-harassment claims

David Edward replies, What's to calibrate? They'll do nothing and the media will look the other way. Pretty basic math.

The Five 11/28/17 - The Five Fox News Today November 28, 2017

Juan Williams starts tonight's discussion by whining about President Trump's tweet this morning in which he called out the Democrats. The Democrats retaliated by refusing to come to a meeting today. Jesse Waters replied to Juan, "So they were too sensitive to read a tweet and come to a meeting?" So Schumer and Pelosi did not show up. Greg says, "I suppose if he would have come up in his boxers they would have shown up. They are right behind Al Franken and John Conyers!" Greg is also correct, in my opinion, that Trump demeaning Elizabeth Warren by calling her Pocahontas is not demeaning Native Americans. She lied about being Native American to get into Harvard. Jesse clicks off item after item of Obama abuses of power. Corrupt, yet self-righteous! Next, The Five talks about Inspector General Charles McCullough III. According to The Conservative Treehouse today,
He was the top of the IG office in direct oversight of 17 intelligence agencies including Treasury and FBI. In his position Mr. McCullough was directly responsible for oversight of the Hillary Clinton email investigation from the position of reviewing any potential risk to the entire intelligence community. McCullough’s direct boss was the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), James Clapper. McCullough informed Clapper of the “above top secret‘ content of Hillary Clinton’s emails. However, soon after sharing that information McCullough received instructions to stop briefing James Clapper. Continued briefing would remove the necessary ‘plausible deniability‘ Clapper, James Comey (FBI) and John Brennan (CIA) would later use to defend their actions in the investigation.
The very competent Catherine Herridge interviews McCullough today, and her interview is played on The Five. I particulary like Kimberley's comments on this subject. Vanity Fair says Melania didn't want to be First Lady. Greg points out that even if she did have some trepidation (who wouldn't?) Melania has bravely accepted the responsibility with tremendous grace. Once again, Jesse ticks off a list of her accomplishments and renames Vanity Fair as Vanity Unfair! The atrocious Keith Olbermann is hanging it up. Greg says, "In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Research for the Prevention of Irrational Outrage!" Denzel Washington says it starts in the home. If a boy doesn't have a father in the home, he'll find one in the streets.

“It is a situation we will handle.”

North Korea launched the missile at around 3am local time (6pm GMT), sparking a furious response from Seoul.

Within minutes of North Korea's ICBM launch, South Korea had fired its own missile launch in retaliation.

The North Korean missile was fired eastwards from the hermit state. The missile landed about 210km west of Japan's Kyurokujima island, Tokyo said.

Japanese media reports the missile was in the air for 50 minutes - indicating a very high altitude flight path.

It traveled east for around 620 miles and to an altitude of 2,500 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan.

Sean Hannity now on top of cable t.v. ratings

Matthew Shaer writes for New York Times Magazine a long piece on Sean Hannity, who has risen to the top of cable televison ratings. Here are just a couple of excerpts.
...Bill Shine told me that when it came to the opinion side of the Fox News operation, Hannity was “early on, pretty [much] first” when it came to vocal support of Trump. This put the host at odds with a sizable portion of the Fox News brass, along with Rupert Murdoch, who, according to Murdoch’s biographer, Michael Wolff, had advised Ailes to “tilt to anyone but Trump,” even if that anyone was Hillary Clinton. The vehemently anti-Clinton Hannity was not about to let that happen. (Ailes, after leaving Fox News, later joined the Trump campaign as a debate adviser.)

...In November, Alvin Chang, a writer for Vox, crunched data from two years of Hannity TV transcripts and concluded that Hannity was, in his mentions of topics like “the deep state” and the uranium deal, the media’s “top conspiracy theorist.” In our conversations, Hannity rejected the label, calling it a “typical left-wing attack. My whole career I’ve pursued the truth and have been proven right time after time while my colleagues are often dead wrong.” And to watch Hannity regularly is to observe how distant the host is from a figure like the Infowars proprietor Alex Jones. Jones endorses theories; Hannity almost never does, leaving that job to his guests. It is a dance that has the effect of nourishing the more wild-eyed beliefs of his fans while providing Hannity a degree of plausible deniability.

Sean as a toddler
Read more here.

Is the ink on the Bill of Rights fading?

At The Hill, Jason Pye and Sean Vitka point out that Congress is poised to jam through reauthorization of mass surveillance.
...The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has marked up the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, S. 2010. The bill, sponsored by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is actually worse than existing law. It explicitly allows the attorney general to use information collected under Section 702 for domestic crimes that have nothing to do with national security and forbids judicial review of that decision.

Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee has marked up the USA Liberty Act, which, despite or because of painstaking deliberations, does not sufficiently protect innocent Americans from surveillance. The House version of the USA Liberty Act, for instance, has a weak warrant requirement, which would allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct backdoor searches of electronic communications collected by the NSA for domestic, non-terrorism investigations. Additionally, the proposed end of “about” collection, in which the government collects information that is neither to nor from a target, would sunset after six years.

The FISA Court forced the end of “about” collection earlier this year, finding the practice to be “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.” The court also concluded that the NSA’s failure to disclose information represented “an institutional ‘lack of candor.’” These are just two of many red flags the secret judicial body has raised over intelligence agencies’ collection practices.

There are alternatives. The Senate companion to the USA Liberty Act, introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), improves upon the version marked up by the House Judiciary Committee. In particular, the improvements include a far stronger prohibition on searching for Americans’ information without a warrant and permanently ending “about” collection.

Separately, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have introduced the USA RIGHTS Act. The bill would stop “backdoor searches” of Americans’ information, permanently end “about” collection, fix disturbing problems faced by defendants against whom the government uses Section 702 information, forbid the knowing collection of entirely domestic communications, and institute other important reforms. The USA RIGHTS Act is by far the strongest reform bill on the table, and all who truly care about their civil liberties should support it.

But despite these tremendous efforts by many in Congress, the ink on the Bill of Rights, which is so crucial to the American experiment, is fading. With no clear path to the floor for any of these bills, the chance that Section 702 reauthorization with no or minimal reforms is included in an omnibus has grown significantly. But a spending bill is no place for an issue that literally affects the fundamental rights of every American. It is no place for substantive debate over the very real privacy and security issues facing America.

The leadership in the House and the Senate must give those in both parties the opportunity to offer amendments to reform FISA. These ideas have broad bipartisan support, and the closure of the backdoor search loophole itself has passed the House of Representatives twice. To jam Section 702 reauthorization into an omnibus or to otherwise prevent debate on the floor would not only diminish Americans’ privacy, it would diminish our voice.

The public deserves a chance to fight for its Fourth Amendment right to privacy and to know the names of those, Republican and Democrat alike, who are actively working to diminish this fundamental liberty.
Read more here.

"Analyzing details"

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile from South Pyongan Province early Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S., it said.

NKorea fires ballistic missile

The Drudge Report is headlining "NKorea fires ballistic missile." No further details are immediately available.

He's an icon. You better keep quiet!

Tucker asks, "What does icon have to do with this?" Mark agrees: "He is somebody and you're not, so you better keep quiet! Sexual predators use the cover of liberal progressive feminism because that's where the girls are! Conyers took it to the next level. He made you and I and all the other American taxpayers pay for it!"

Tucker asks, "Are we headed toward a breakdown in the way men and women get along?" Mark replied that we are living in a hypersexualized society. He mentioned the songs 7 and 8-year-olds listen to. However, if a young person wants to act on that, there are no longer any agreed social rituals as to how it is you are meant to pursue that!

Mark links to the New York Times Style section which has a feature story on boys in the makeup industry.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tonight's Twitter Tidbits

Katie Pavlich tweets,
Naturally, White House Press Corps is far more outraged over Trump calling out Warren for faking her heritage than they are over Warren faking her heritage.

"Are they mistaken that their butt was grabbed?"

This reporter is with a local t.v. station in Minnesota, and is far better than what we are used to seeing on the national level media.

Should Congress have a sexual harassment slush fund?

Lauretta Brown reports for Town Hall,
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), an ethics watchdog group, asked Monday for “the immediate release of the names of all Members of Congress who have been connected to the $17 million in taxpayer funds that the Office of Compliance (OOC) has paid out to victims of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and discrimination over the past 20 years.”

FACT emphasized that Congress is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), arguing that “this is even more reason why releasing this information quickly is important—not only for the purposes of ensuring transparency in government, but to hold public officials accountable for criminal behavior as well as ensuring a safe workplace for employees.”

... Congressional leaders need to name names and each day that goes by without action is another day more innocent people are put at risk of becoming victims of predatory behavior in the workplace.”

...Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) is pushing for legislation that would make members of Congress personally liable for harassment settlements.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) also recommended during House Administration Committee hearing on sexual misconduct that lawmakers accused of harassment personally repay the Treasury for settlements.
Read more here.


Greg shows the Meet the Press video of Nancy Pelosi selecting the "Icon Pass" for John Conyers. Greg calls it the "Pig Pass." Greg notices that Nancy is consistent in her hypocrisy, going back to her defense of Bill Clinton, that other icon.

"Congre-gate": 234 incidences of sexual harassment allegations, $17 million in taxpayer money to shut up the people making allegations.

Greg does not care about Prince Harry's royal romance. Neither do I.

It is about your actions, Al, what you did!

Ace reports on Al Franken's press conference today.
Incidentally, Al Franken gave a quick presser in which he basically repeated what he'd said in his earlier statement to local papers -- in fact, he specifically quoted himself.

Once again he said his memory differed from Leeanne Tweeden's, but did not say what his memory was. Once again he offered Apologies Without Admissions. He apologized for effects alleged -- making women feel "uncomfortable" -- but not for any specific actions on his part, such as groping, that caused those effects.

Franken is basically denying these allegations without saying so. Being a Democrat, he is required to Believe All Women (or pretend to), so he contradicts them implicitly rather than explicitly. He claims to not remember if he groped strangers -- a bizarre failure of memory, as most men, I think, can remember all breasts and buttocks they've fondled. So what he really means when he says he doesn't remember this happening is that it did not happen, but he can't actually say that. He just implies they're liars -- he doesn't say plainly that they are.

Such is the progress Democrats have made since they suddenly developed a conscience about Bill Clinton's serial sexual crimes two weeks ago. They've made the huge leap from claiming female accusers are nuts and sluts recruited from trailer parks to make rightwing conspiracy allegations to merely strongly implying they are, while apologizing for making them "uncomfortable" being paid liars for Richard Scaife.

Exploiting human psychology

Mike Allen reports at Axios,
Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains.

Be smart: Parker's I-was-there account provides priceless perspective in the rising debate about the power and effects of the social networks, which now have scale and reach unknown in human history. He's worried enough that he's sounding the alarm.

Parker, 38, now founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, spoke yesterday at an Axios event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, about accelerating cancer innovation. In the green room, Parker mentioned that he has become "something of a conscientious objector" on social media.

By the time he left the stage, he jokingly said Mark Zuckerberg will probably block his account after reading this:

"When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and they would say, 'I'm not on social media.' And I would say, 'OK. You know, you will be.' And then they would say, 'No, no, no. I value my real-life interactions. I value the moment. I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, ... 'We'll get you eventually.'"

"I don't know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and ... it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other ... It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."

"The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, ... was all about: 'How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'"

"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments."

"It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."

"The inventors, creators — it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway."

P.S. Parker, on life science allowing us to "live much longer, more productive lives": "Because I'm a billionaire, I'm going to have access to better health care so ... I'm going to be like 160 and I'm going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter] Because, you know the [Warren Buffett] expression about compound interest. ... [G]ive us billionaires an extra hundred years and you'll know what ... wealth disparity looks like."

You can exploit the respect and concern for women you’ve always pretended to have to help you dodge responsibility for whatever you’ve already done!

Kurt Schlicter writes at Town Hall, some satirical dating advice for Democrats.
We’ve learned so much about what women face in the last few weeks, and you liberal men should take this as an opportunity to change – specifically, out of your flapping bathrobes and into some Dockers. Groping, flashing, molesting shrubs – believe it or not, some women consider these things to be wrong. Crazy? Sure, but for now it’s no more monkey business as usual. As a noted Democrat, you need to maintain your political viability, and you can exploit the respect and concern for women you’ve always pretended to have to help you dodge responsibility for whatever you’ve already done!

...Having needs is nothing to be ashamed of. You’ve taken on an awesome responsibility being a Democrat leader – you’re constantly struggling to hold up the burden imposed upon you by the support and acclaim of the D.C. establishment and the media. You have a right to extracurricular activities; why, liberal women will tell you themselves that the mere fact that you are quite willing to kill babies by the millions entitles you to all sorts of fringe benefits!

..Anyway, you will notice that one allegation inevitably leads to another, and then another. Turn this to your advantage by hinting that the sheer number of charges just means you’re a total player! When responding to the charges, make sure your statement doesn’t actually admit any wrongdoing. Instead, you’ll want to describe how you are “friendly” and “a hugger,” and how you are sorry these misguided women took offense by misinterpreting your innocent gestures of support for them in their struggle against patriarchy. Your message is that your accusers are all frosty nuts who can’t deal with a real man, or even a liberal one.

Yeah, the last couple months have been stressful for liberal men in positions of power, but just remember – these things blow over. You’re a Democrat. The rules were never meant to apply to you, and pretty soon your fellow liberals will come back to their senses. Until then, tie your bathrobe shut and keep your hands to yourself. Sure, you’ll have to temporarily deny the women of America the gift that is you, but it’s a sacrifice they should be honored to make.
Read more here.

He likes crowds

Ace writes,
Al Franken Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny That His Hand May Have Inadvertently Contacted Women's Asses

Al Franken's done with his several days of redeemin' with this family, and is now giving interviews.

He's not saying much except he's sorry but he will not say what he's sorry about or if he actually did anything untoward for which he should be sorry about.
More apologies without admissions, and a rejection of the idea of resignation.

BTW, like Anthony Weiner (eventually), he can't rule out the possibility that more women may come forward to say he fondled them.

From the comments: If Moore pulls it off, it will be because of Franken and Conyers.

I'm almost thinking it would be best for Republicans if both Franken and Conyers stay put just to be able to see if Democrats can keep a straight face when they trot out the War on Women attack.
Posted by: Maritime

"if" (and) "women experienced that"

Always with the passive voice with these guys, and making it all about regretting a hypothetical reaction, instead of what they did.

Posted by: Lizzy

I am Al Frankengrabben, I will be checking into the Sex Rehab Clinic that cured Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, and while it is 30000 dollars a month, I will use my Government Insurance to foot the bill, and only "charge" the taxpayers for Per Diem, Travel and Meals and Incidentals. I will get cured quickly and back to fighting for Wymmyn's Rights and against the NRA.

Thank you for standing by me, and again, I am sorry for the bad things I did.
Posted by: The Mouse that Roared

"I forcefully demand that John Conyers immediately do whatever it is he chooses to do!"

Headline is from Ace of Spades.

Moore's opponent

Roy Moore's opponent in Alabama is the subject of an article by Tim Graham at Life News.
Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones Supports Late-Term Abortions: “Not in Favor” of Banning Them
Read the article here.

Doug Jones


The way Conyers does it

Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa report at Buzzfeed the details of the charges against Congressman John Conyers. They also explain the process victims must go through. Conyers is Chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

“I was basically blackballed. There was nowhere I could go,” she said in a phone interview. BuzzFeed News is withholding the woman’s name at her request because she said she fears retribution.

Last week the Washington Post reported that Congress’s Office of Compliance paid out $17 million for 264 settlements with federal employees over 20 years for various violations, including sexual harassment. The Conyers documents, however, give a glimpse into the inner workings of the office, which has for decades concealed episodes of sexual abuse by powerful political figures.
Read more here.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sitting outside his home with his pistol in his hoodie

The Blaze brings us this story from Houston, Texas

Chinese elementary school math test

Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse gives us a math test given in elementary schools in China. Can you figure it out? I failed miserably.


1) Each element has an individual value.
2) Chinese are sneaky.

10 + 10 + 10 = 30

10 + 5 + 5 = 20

5 + 4 + 4 = 13

10 + (3 x 2) = 16

[Each cat is 3 each whistle is 2]

Peak performance

Ken Butt posted on Facebook,
A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior executives was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.
Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people paddling and 1 person steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people paddling.

Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were paddling.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people paddling the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the paddlers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices, and performance bonuses for the managers. The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management team laid off one paddler, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and cancelled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the senior executives as bonuses.

The next year, try as he might, the lone designated paddler was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles), so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India.

Sadly, the End.

Here's something else to think about: GM has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages. TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.

The last year's results:
TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while GM racked up 9 billion in losses. GM folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses…

Cold Anger

At The Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes about Cold Anger.
It may be unsettling for most; after all, we-the-people have never sought confrontation for the sake of itself. However, confrontation is an outcome of a battered electorate finally saying ‘No More’.

The political pendulum has never, in the history of humanity, stayed on one side of a swing. Likewise, the resulting backlash is always, always, directly proportionate to how far off skew it was taken before corrective action was engaged.

President Trump was/is our corrective political MOAB. There is no longer a retreat position possible. Those who oppose the restoration of our Republic have gone all-in. Their terms are to remove the threat. He and We are the threat.

Foolishness, selfishness, corruption, and betrayal of our nation by its political elites have served to reveal dangers within our republic. Exhausted, we accepted that 2016 was the time when forceful correction needed to be applied. However, we fully understood that misplaced corrective action, regardless of intent, would be neither safe nor wise.

The media are disconnected from the reality of their landscape yet seem to find themselves opining about political violence. Those media voices would be wise to remind themselves that candidate Donald Trump, now President Trump, was the “lesser extreme” strategy for correction. As President Trump said during a recent rally in Iowa: “they’re lucky our side isn’t violent.” He was entirely accurate. President Trump was the last best option.

There’s a level of anger far deeper and more consequential than expressed rage or visible behavior. Cold Anger does not need to go to violence. For those who carry it, no conversation is needed. You cannot poll or measure it; and even those who carry it avoid discussion. And that decision has nothing whatsoever to do with any form of correctness.

Cold Anger is not hatred, it is far more purposeful.

Hatred takes energy. Cold Anger is not willing to give energy to the opposition.

Cold Anger absorbs betrayal silently, often prudently.

Betrayal lies at the originating cellular level for Cold Anger.

We watched the shooting of cops, and the protests parades which followed, absorbing.

Cold Anger takes notice of the liars, even from a great distance – seemingly invisible to the mob. Cold Anger will still hold open the door for the protest parade goer. Mannerly.

Cold Anger when evidenced is more severe because it is more strategic. It is more deliberate; Cold Anger is far more purposeful.

Cold Anger does not gloat; a central tenet is to absorb consistent vilification and ridicule as fuel.

This sense of Cold Anger does not want to exist. It is forced to exist in otherwise unwilling hosts – who would much rather be sensing something more productive, yet each person refuses to be destabilized by it.

The productive and polite life continues, but the larger notations necessarily remain. Keen awareness and acceptance of the surroundings is a trait of those carrying Cold Anger.

Deliberate intent and prudence ensures avoiding failure. The course, is thoughtful vigilance; a strategy essentially devoid of emotion, hence ‘Cold’.

Cold Anger is not driven to act in spite of itself; it drives a reckoning. Patience is not acceptance; time is simply measured for optimal value.

When the well attired leave the checkout line carrying steaks and shrimp using an EBT or SNAP card, the door is still held open; yet notations necessarily embed.

When the border is left unguarded, it is accepted to be unguarded for a purpose.

When the United States flag lays undefended, perhaps gleefully unattended, it does not lay unattended and unnoticed. It is being well noted.

When a school community cannot openly pray, it does not mean the prayerful were absent.

When a liar seems to win, it is not without observation. Many – more than the minority would like to admit – know the difference between science, clocks and a political agenda.

Cold Anger perceives deception the way a long-term battered spouse absorbs the blow in the hours prior to the pre-planned exit; with purpose.

A shield, or cry of micro-aggression will provide no benefit, nor quarter. Delicate sensibilities are dispatched like a feather in a hurricane.

Pushed far enough, decisions are reached.

The year of Trump

The Gutfeld cast looks back on the pluses and minuses of this year with Trump.

Did you know that one member of the Baldwin family of actors, Stephen, is a Trump fan?

Are you confused about the proposed changes to "Net Neutrality?"

At Bloomberg, Megan McArdle writes about the proposed changes to "Net Neutrality."
The Internet Had Already Lost Its Neutrality

Even while the FCC was more strictly regulating, a few powerful companies took control of what we see and don't.

Under the Obama administration, the FCC looked to write regulations that would limit the ability of internet service providers to play favorites with certain services on their network. The administration was haunted by the specter of ISPs blocking political content, accepting payments from big content providers like Netflix to prioritize their services (thus making it difficult-to-impossible for upstarts to compete), and otherwise turning the internet into a closed garden rather than the open frontier its architects envisioned.

Unfortunately, the FCC ran into a problem: Courts kept telling the commission that it didn’t have the legal authority to force ISPs to keep their networks equally open to all comers. So a couple years ago, the FCC moved to reclassify ISPs as “common carriers” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. That offered much more scope for regulation, and finally allowed the FCC to realize the dreams of internet activists everywhere.

Too much scope for regulation, said critics -- including Ajit Pai, then a commissioner, and now the chairman of the FCC. Pai wrote a blistering dissent to the FCC’s decision, summing up the major problem with the FCC’s move: It forced ISPs into an 80-year-old framework designed for the telephone monopolies of a much different era. Those regulations were more concerned about things like controlling market power than, say, promoting innovation. And while the advocates for net neutrality stressed the benefits for competition among content providers, the critics asked what would happen to competition among ISPs, since heavy-handed regulation often acts as a barrier to entry for new startups, which can’t afford to negotiate the regulatory apparatus.

Those of us old enough to remember the telephone service looked like in the 1970s, before the FCC unwound a little -- which is to say, pretty much like the service our parents had when they were children, down to the astronomical prices for long distance calls, and the chunky plastic rotary telephones -- can see why critics were concerned about giving the FCC that kind of power to block innovation. No problem, retorted advocates: The FCC just won’t use much of its regulatory power. The technical term is “forbearance,” and the FCC offered to do a lot of it when it brought ISPs under Title II, for example by forgoing its statutory authority to set rates.

But offering not to use the power is not the same thing as not having it. A future commission might change its mind, and in the meantime ISPs would have to plan their investments accordingly -- knowing that the revenue they’d counted on to make some new project pay off might vanish at the stroke of a commissioner’s pen. That kind of regulatory uncertainty does not generally foster innovation, or for that matter, sound business decisions.

Unsurprising, then, that under Pai, the commission quickly announced a proposal to roll back the Obama-era innovations. A contentious public comment period followed, but today, the FCC announced the final word: Tier II regulation of ISPs is going away, and the net neutrality rules with it.

The internet will be filled today with denunciations of this move, threats of a dark future in which our access to content will be controlled by a few powerful companies. And sure, that may happen. But in fact, it may already have happened, led not by ISPs, but by the very companies that were fighting so hard for net neutrality.

Consider what happened to the Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi publication, after Charlottesville. One by one, hosting companies refused to permit its content on their servers. The group was forced to effectively flee the country, and then other countries, too, shut it down.

Now of course, these are not nice people. Their website espoused vile hate. But the fact remains that what they were publishing was not illegal, merely immoral, and their immoral speech was effectively shut down by a small number of private companies who decided to exercise their considerable control over what we’re allowed to read. And what is to stop them from expanding this decision to other categories, forcing the rest of us to conform to Silicon Valley’s idea of what it is moral and right for us to see?

Fifteen years ago, when I started blogging, it was common to hear that “the internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” You don’t hear that so often anymore, because it’s not true. China has proven very effective at censoring the internet, and as market power has consolidated in the tech industry, so have private firms.

Meanwhile, our experience of the internet is increasingly controlled by a handful of firms, most especially Google and Facebook. The argument for regulating these companies as public utilities is arguably at least as strong as the argument for thus regulating ISPs, and very possibly much stronger; while cable monopolies may have local dominance, none of them has the ability that Google and Facebook have to unilaterally shape what Americans see, hear, and read.

In other words, we already live in the walled garden that activists worry about, and the walls are getting higher every day. Is this a problem? I think it is. But that doesn’t mean that the internet would get better if Google and Facebook and Apple and Amazon were required to make every decision with a regulator hanging over their shoulder to decide whether it was sufficiently “neutral.”

The fact that these firms were able to cement their power at the moment when regulators were most focused on keeping the internet open tells you just how difficult it is to get that sort of regulation right; while you are looking hard at one danger, an equally large one may be creeping up just outside the range of your peripheral vision. Indeed, you may be making one problem bigger while trying to solve another. We may indeed be facing a future of less choice and less consumer power. But this decision is unlikely to be what brings us there.

Don't mess with a woman on horseback who has a whip!

The Blaze has video of a masked group of Antifa-like people coming on to a field in Britain to make sure no illegal hunting is taking place. One man grabs the reins of a woman's horse, and is rewarded by getting whipped seventeen times.

Shall we scrap all masculine references to God?

Misanthropic Humanitarian posts at Ace of Spades,
“Most mainline Protestant churches are, to one degree or another, post-Christian. If they no longer seem disposed to converting the unbelieving to Christ, they can at least convert them to the boggiest of soft-left clichés, on the grounds that if Jesus were alive today he’d most likely be a gay Anglican bishop in a committed relationship driving around in an environmentally friendly car with an “Arms are for Hugging” sticker on the way to an interfaith dialogue with a Wiccan and a couple of Wahhabi imams.”
― Mark Steyn

Failing to study Greek and Hebrew Swedish religious muckity-mucks continue to drag Christianity into the depths of political correctness. The Swedes want to be inclusive.
The Church of Sweden has voted to adopt a controversial new handbook which says masculine references to God, such as “He” and “Lord” should be scrapped so as to be more “inclusive”.
Despite heavy criticism from organisations including Royal Swedish Academy, on Thursday the church approved the new handbook with a large majority.
I guess the "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:24) was a mistake on His part.

Scott Ott discussing the man called Jesus, as He is portrayed in the first chapter of Mark

How is this any different from the way they closed ranks around Bill Clinton?

Saturday, November 25, 2017

This sexual harassment apocalypse

Here are a few choice comments from the readers of the Ace of Spades blog.

And if she hadn't kept that blue dress (which was later used as the basis for a DNA test), the Clintons would be lying about Bill's many and various schtuppings TO THIS DAY. In order to get them to admit the truth, the hard evidence of their lying had to be shoved right into their smug, self-righteous faces.

And Lewinsky would have been in prison or the asylum. They were setting her up as the crazy threatening presidential stalker before the semen come out, so to speak.

Linda Tripp literally saved Monica's life.
Posted by: The Whirlwind

More than 20 years before the Clintons, I was lauded and rewarded for the worst wrong doing...And I got away with it. Democrats were emboldened by this.

And a generation of dem leaders and their useful idiots emulate me.

it's a pity about the truth coming out and me stuck in Hell, mostly about being stuck in Hell.
Posted by: zombie Sen Teddy Kennedy

Well, fwiw, my theory is that it was the election of PDT that set this all off - but not the way you might think.
For years and decades, no one spoke up because it was useless. It was just How Things Are; the people committing these crimes had the unquestioned power to make or break the victims. They were not going away, so you had to make your peace with it all as best you could.
The election of PDT was not supposed to happen. It couldn't happen, we were told daily. But it did. It was the crack in the facade that gave everyone the fleeting thought that the power of the oppressors might not be eternal after all. I think this happened at an unconscious level even for Democrats, at least ones with vestigial souls.
Posted by: sock_rat_eez

Religion may have exposed HRC to an SJW mindset and later education reinforced, or at least did not contradict, it. But I believe she wants power and the money that goes with it as her right and obsession. And she chose to take a completely immoral path to achieve this. I believe there is nothing she wouldn't do to get what she "deserves'. The end justifies any means.

If this sounds like a definition of Satan, I won't argue. This creature and those like her are as evil as anything in human history.
Posted by: JTB

Why now?

1. #MeToo attention whoring
2. MSM using it to cover up the #PedoGate story that was gaining traction in the USA and globally.
Posted by: Monk

To me it's just this simple:

Feminists, Democratic Women, Leftist Chicks hung their entire feminist agenda on on putrid vile horrendous thing--infanticide by tortuous dismemberment for the sake of convenience. This was a big fat honking signal to male sleaze bags that as long as they supported infanticide by tortuous dismemberment (Which suited them just fine, BTW, because who wants to pay support for some whore's kid, amirite??) , they could pretty much do whatever they wanted to those women--including rape, and any other vile debased behavior that suited their sick fancies.

Leftist woman bought and paid for their own mistreatment at the hands of scumbags with the blood and shattered tissue of their unborn children.
Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes now with a gleeful heart

Covering a lot of issues!

Do we want to encourage investment and growth in the economy? What about that, John McCain?

Brit Hume: The richest 10% of the American population pays 70% of our taxes!

Close to 100 million Americans are unemployed! Art Laffer says reducing the corporate rate from 35% to 20%, as proposed, would be a huge benefit to America. Reagan reduced that rate from 44 to 36% and the economy took off. America now has the highest corporate tax rate.

Harvey Weinstein has resigned, but still has a 23% stake in the Weinstein Company. Tucker: "If you think Harvey Weinstein is sleazy, wait until you meet his lawyers!"

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch caused new documents to come to light. Emails from Hillary Clinton's server were on Anthony Weiner's laptop. By the end of the year, Judicial Watch is going to get access to some 3000 emails. At the current rate, Judicial Watch will finally get all the documents they are asking for by the year 2020!

There are still thousands of documents from the Kennedy assassination that the CIA wants to keep from the public for another 25 years!

Glenn Greenwald comes on the program to talk about the miserable state of journalism today. Social media groupthink is having a huge influence. Ingroup mentality!

The drug epidemic last year killed more Americans than the entire eleven years of the Viet Nam War! What should the Congress be doing?

Tammy Bruce comes on to talk about the Weinstein scandal and attorney Lisa Bloom's role in it. Silencing women through offers of money ($6 million offered to Rose McGowan). The head of Amazon studios, Mr. Price, has been suspended because he is charged with sexual harassment allegations. I wonder if the Washington Post (Bezos) will investigate Amazon (Bezos)!

Las Vegas shooting. The only eyewitness, Jesus Campos, has disappeared from the media, but his employer MGM, knows where he is. MGM says he wants privacy, but his union previously said he wanted to talk to the media.

Kneeling or grandstanding?

Kimberley Guilfoyle does an excellent job filling in for Sean Hannity Friday night.

For me, the best segment was the outing of Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post and Amazon. Parlaying mind control propaganda as journalism!

This is a grateful vs. ungrateful issue. Trump showing real leadership!

DNA test results say otherwise

Ace of Spades on Monica Lewinsky:
...And if she hadn't kept that blue dress (which was later used as the basis for a DNA test), the Clintons would be lying about Bill's many and various schtuppings TO THIS DAY. In order to get them to admit the truth, the hard evidence of their lying had to be shoved right into their smug, self-righteous faces. No, it's not a vast right-wing conspiracy, Mrs. Clinton, the DNA test results say otherwise.

"They've sewn the wind, now they're reaping the whirlwind."

Good news! Oregon Muse has returned to the Ace of Spades website. Today he writes,
...the left is reeling from one hammer blow after another as women are lining up to claim that this Democratic senator, donor, or media figure tried to grope me, rape me, or ram his tongue down my throat.

So the question is, why now, in 2017, is the house of cards that the left has been building and expanding for over two decades suddenly starting to collapse on them?

...They've sewn the wind, now they're reaping the whirlwind.

Where I'm from, you don't air your dirty laundry. But it's not mine!"

"I was expecting candlelight and roses. What I got was very different!"

"I felt guilty. I felt I was the one to blame. It was decades before I was able to let that go. The Washington Post sought me out."

How did the Washington Post know to seek her out? "I told the Washington Post reporters that if they found additional people, that I would tell my story." But, she was the "first to tell!"

"Because of my courageous actions women and men have come forward to tell their stories."

What did you do for Thanksgiving? We cooked up some fake news!

How hard would it be to create totally fake news? Ask these two! Paul Farhi reports for the Washington Post,
The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” did the usual day-after Thanksgiving kibitzing on the air on Friday morning, telling viewers about their turkey dinners and mentioning the big football game the night before.

One problem: None of those things had actually happened at the time Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Co. started talking about them. The program that aired Friday morning was taped Wednesday, but made to look and sound as if it was airing live.

“Morning Joe” airs live on MSNBC five days a week. It features discussions of breaking or very recent news events.

Friday’s program had all the earmarks of a typical “Morning Joe” and few viewers seemed to notice that it wasn’t happening in real time. MSNBC offered no announcement or statement to viewers that it was a taped program. The only indirect clue was at the bottom of the screen: The “Live” graphic that normally appears was removed.

The rest was cooked up to appear as if it was happening in real time.
Read more here.

"Where were you when it took courage to stand up to the Clinton dynasty?"

Sexy, or a predator? The lesson of Bill Clinton: brazen it out! The feminists threw away 40 years of hard work by standing by Bill Clinton. The ends justified the pants-dropping!

Friday, November 24, 2017

They even brainwash their Artificial Intelligence!

Steven Crowder talks to Amazon's Alexa. He asks Alexa about communism, fascism, socialism, Naziism, Mohammed, Jesus, Antifa, Donald Trump, Planned Parenthood, AltRight, Caitlyn Jenner. You might think this is funny. You might think it is scary.

Human depravity

Robert Stacy McCain brings us the story of harassment of blogger Jeff Goldstein by a woman named Deborah Frisch, who is now in custody in Oregon. I have been reading Jeff for years, formerly at Protein Wisdom, now on Facebook. He is a really good guy. Read more here.

ISIS kills at least 235 Sufi Muslim worshipers in Egypt mosque

Ed Morrisey reports at Hot Air, 235 killed in an ISIS attack on a Sufi Mosque in Egypt.
Why target a Sufi mosque? Sufis are generally less temporal in their practice of Islam, and less political. In the last century, the Sufi practice has been eclipsed and marginalized by the emergence of Salafism and Wahhabism, strains which have produced ISIS and other terrorist groups. ISIS wouldn’t find many recruits among the Sufis, but presumably not too many existential threats either. The only rational motive would be to ensure that ISIS has no competitors in the practice of Islam within its territory so that it can impose its own insanity on Sinai residents, but even that seems like an odd choice of priorities when the Egyptian military is waging a war to wipe out ISIS. Perhaps ISIS thought the mosque was cooperating with the authorities?

The assault will almost certainly backfire on ISIS. There may be some popular unrest against Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Sinai, but the slaughter of Sufis at prayer in a mosque will sever ISIS from that popular sentiment. We can hope that this exposure of their true nature will marginalize them even more and accelerate their destruction, in Egypt and elsewhere.
Read more here.

Lift the nondisclosure agreement now, Jeff Sessions!

Mueller now investigating Tony Podesta. Source? NBC News!

Russian spies working with Hillary? Source: The Hill!

Why do I point out the identity of sources? Because Sean keeps saying we hear nothing but crickets from the media. Last I looked, Sean, NBC and The Hill are part of the media.

However, kudos to Sean for persisting, asking questions that deserve answers regarding the sale of 20% of the uranium in the US was sold to the Russians.Uranium One. Eric Holder had to know. Mueller had to know. Obama had to know! Clinton Foundation gets $145 million! Bill Clinton gets $500,000 for one speech in Russia! We, American citizens, deserve to know! There is a source that wants to tell the whole story! The Attorney General has the authority to lift the non-disclosure agreement so the guy can testify!

Sean very generously gives credit to Sarah Carter of Circa News and Jon Solomon of The Hill for breaking this story.

"We've flipped on the light, and we're watching the cockroaches scatter."

Did you miss Mark Steyn hosting for Tucker Carlson Tuesday night? Here it is!

In the 90s we were explicitly told that character doesn't matter when Bill Clinton was doing his thing with Monica. Mark asks, "What has changed?" His guest, Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America answered, "Because we've ignored this, it has been allowed to flourish. The next shoe to drop will be in the hallowed halls of academia."

Taxpayers' money has gone to settle 200 sexual harassment claims in Congress. Can we see the names, please?

Good business and peace go together.

Do you want to feel better about the role of America in the world? At American Thinker, James Lewis explains why Donald Trump deserves our support.

Millennial job interview

A Millennial job interview from @TheDanielBrea on Vimeo.

US meddling in Hungarian election...on the side of Soros!

Prime Minister Viktor Orban

S. Noble writes for the Independent Sentinal,
Tillerson’s State Department has invested $700,00 into ads in Hungary to defeat the anti-globalist, conservative Viktor Orban which puts the U.S. on the exact same side as George Soros.

The U.S. should not be interfering in the elections of foreign nations, especially after the Democrats went wild over alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The Chargés d’Affaires, David Kostelancik, a critic of Donald Trump’s, who has found Trump’s foreign policy inconsistent, made the announcement.

It appears the Deep State does whatever it wants.

Breitbart London spoke to the official who confirmed it and the fact is that the ads will only be in support of Orban’s opponent, who said they support “democracy and human rights programming”.

Orban wants a border wall, a stop to mass immigration, and has exposed Soros socialist infiltration in the EU.

USAid has been going to Soros’ socialist programs and propaganda which Orban has trying to halt.

The Obama-era, anti-Orban socialist propaganda continues.

The Hungarian government has denounced the U.S. efforts.

Hungarians as a whole reject these efforts by the U.S. to interfere in their elections. Given our indignation over alleged Russian influence, how can we do it to other nations?

Foreign Minister Peter Szjijarto said, “What is this if not an intervention in the election campaign and the domestic policies of Hungary? Which Washington office can judge the applications of media offices from a Hungarian county and what kind of balances service they would like to offer? He also said he was shocked that U.S. taxpayer dollars were being used, as the State Department announced to “educate journalists on how to practice their trade” in an allied democracy.

The first lesson must be – How to generate fake news. We are the US Goebbels media and we are here to educate you.

Shame and consent

Casey Chalk writes at The Federalist,
the Left has been appropriating shame to serve its ideological objectives for generations.

Psychoanalyst Joseph Burgo, writing for the Washington Post, observes that the #MeToo movement is a bit ironic, given that “shame has increasingly come to be viewed as a repressive force whose shackles must be thrown off.” Indeed, the progressivist agenda counsels everyone to “feel no shame,” whether they be “gay or transgender or overweight; having had an abortion; having survived rape or childhood sexual abuse; or struggling with mental illness or addiction.”

...liberals have certainly employed shame for certain pet causes, usually related to environmentalism or the sexual revolution.

...The effects of divorce are a huge drain on our nation’s wealth and resources. If the United States enjoyed the same level of family stability today as it did in 1960, one sociologist has estimated that the nation would have 750,000 fewer children repeating grades, 1.2 million fewer school suspensions, approximately 500,000 fewer acts of teenage delinquency, about 600,000 fewer kids receiving therapy, and about 70,000 fewer suicide attempts every year. Wilcox’s research has found similar detrimental effects caused by cohabitation.

Yet our culture, media, and dominant institutions have not only abandoned any kind of shame attached to divorce, cohabitation, or other deleterious side-effects of the sexual revolution (e.g. abortion on demand, pornography); we promote them as an intrinsic part of our freedom to pursue our own life goals and self-actualization.

Curiously, the only elements of the sexual revolution mainstream culture seem focused on attacking are those perceived to violate consent — harassment, rape, etc. Even here the hypocrisy runs deep: children from divorced families don’t consent to broken homes; the approximately 650,000 American babies aborted every year don’t consent to their conception or subsequent murder; and most parents have not consented to a culture where children are exposed on average to pornography at the age of 11.

...Ironically enough, far removed from the Enlightenment and its attempts to remove the shackles of institutional religion’s influence on society, modern experts are (seemingly unknowingly) taking their cues from the tactics of pre-modern Christian societies. Forms of shame — both public and internal — are now good and useful. So is public penance and ultimately, forgiveness (although one wonders why darlings of the Left like Al Franken are being forgiven so quickly). If only liberals had a principled means of applying shame, we might actually be able to cooperate on a vision of the common good for all Americans.
Read more here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Inciting minors to engage in the murder of Jews

Stephen M. Flatow reports at United with Israel,
...Nine members of Congress have introduced a bill to prevent US aid to Israel from being used to arrest Palestinian terrorists who are under the age of 18.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), characterizes young terrorists merely as “Palestinian children” and contends that their arrest by the Israeli army constitutes “abuse.”

...Yes, the Israeli army does arrest a significant number of Palestinian minors. That’s because a significant number of Palestinian minors engage in terrorism. In the past two years, there have been at least 79 terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinians from the ages of 8-17, according to the watchdog group Human Rights Voices.

The real abuse that Betty McCollum and her Gang of Nine should be investigating is the constant effort by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to incite minors to engage in the murder of Jews. “We are so proud that in this popular uprising that has started almost two months ago, that the backbone of this uprising are the youth of Palestine,” the PA’s UN representative, Riyad Mansour, declared during the recent wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks.
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Purple and orange

This is what the purple and orange sweet potatoes looked like when Thomas and Colleen finished their creativity.

Our 16-year-old son was first to load up his plate. Note that he passed on the purple sweet potatoes. That's okay: more for me!

Him again

Bill Clinton is facing NEW accusations of sexual assault by four women while the former president was working with a billionaire playboy and flying on his private jet nicknamed Air F**k One, claims Clinton author Ed Klein. Read more here.

Maybe we're not so deplorable after all?

At American Greatness, Victor Davis Hanson asks,
what exactly would be the formal agenda of the proverbial deplorables and irredeemables? And how would it differ all that much from conservative Republicanism of generations past?

After all, despite a much-hyped conservative civil war, a bitter primary, and a NeverTrump movement that won’t quiet, 90 percent of the Republicans in 2016 still voted for Trump. These voters assumed, like deplorable and irredeemable Democrats and Independents, that Trump would push conservative agendas. And they were largely proved correct.

After 10 months of governance, Trump’s deregulations, a foreign policy of principled realism, energy agendas, judicial appointments, efforts at tax reform and health care recalibration, cabinet appointments, and reformulation at the Departments of Education, the EPA, and Interior seem so far conservative to the core.

In the few areas where Trump conceivably differed from his 16 primary Republican rivals—immigration, trade, and foreign policy—the 20th-century Republican/conservative orthodoxy was actually closer to Trump’s positions than to those of recent Republican nominees, John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Vast majorities of conservatives always favored enforcement of federal immigration law rather than tolerance of sanctuary cities. They wanted to preserve legal, meritocratic, diverse, and measured immigration, not sanction open borders. And they championed the melting pot over the identity politics of the salad bowl.

Vast majorities of conservatives always favored enforcement of federal immigration law rather than tolerance of sanctuary cities. They wanted to preserve legal, meritocratic, diverse, and measured immigration, not sanction open borders. And they championed the melting pot over the identity politics of the salad bowl.

All Trump did was return prior orthodoxy on border enforcement to the fore, albeit often with blunter rhetoric. He called out a loud but minority corporate interest on the Right that wanted cheap labor. And he questioned the wisdom of Republican officials who apparently saw appeasement of illegal immigration as a way to compete for the eventual votes of inevitable and huge annual influxes of illegal aliens.

But again, the rise of the deplorables was not evidence of some new strain of xenophobia and nativism. Rather their views marked a return not just to Republican values, but also the majority position held by most Americans.

...So what drives deplorablism?

It is not so much an ideological or even political movement as it is a spiritual and psychological frame of mind that is fed up with hypocrisies of the proverbial establishment, bicoastal cultural elites, and the deep administrative state.

Deplorables grew furious as amnesty Democrats and especially corporate Republicans preached about the values of open borders and unchecked illegal immigration—but never quite experienced first-hand the effects their policies had on distant others. Influential advocates of lax border security tended to put their kids in private schools, lived in mostly apartheid communities, saw illegal aliens largely as cheap labor and personal servants, did not have any personal desire to live among, befriend, tutor or mentor those they championed—and assuaged their guilt by blasting their own fellow conservative with charges of xenophobia and nativism.

...In sum, “deplorablism” is mostly a style. The Trump agenda so far is mostly mainstream 20th-century Republicanism. To the degree it is not seen as such on trade, immigration, and foreign policy, it may be that it is far more traditionally conservative than what had become the de facto position of the 21st-century Republican Party.

The departure from conservatism is not what the once liberal Democrat Trump has done since January, but what those who oppose him might likely do in his place.
Read more here.

Three guys who have great attitudes!

Next course

This gooey stuff will no doubt be on every plate!

Pumpkins are also essential!

Thanksgiving Food Prep

The all-day food prep is going on in earnest.

Potatoes: Purple, orange and brown. Some sweet, some not. Sons Thomas and Jon more than doing their part!

More still to come before we are through.

Victor Davis Hanson writes at National Review,
...The ruling generation in Hollywood is out of creative ideas mostly because it invested in political melodrama rather than human tragedy.

...Political correctness has become Maoist: All art must serve progressive struggle, defined in Hollywood as good race and gender warriors pitted against bad racists and sexists. The result is monotony and boredom. All the cleavage, flexed biceps, cheap obscenity, rap-music scores, and car crashes cannot hide that lack of an idea.

This generation’s NFL apparat, the ESPN commentariat, and the higher-education administrative cadre also reveal generational symptoms of exhaustion. They all have forgotten their original mission: respectively, athleticism; sports commentary; and inductive thinking, civic education, and disinterested inquiry. Instead, given their money and adulation, sports and colleges puffed themselves up as Olympians who from high could sermonize and implicitly insult their own patrons (fans, viewers, students, and alumni).

...the NFL bureaucracy rammed its extraneous agendas down the throat of America, as if twentysomething, half-educated multimillionaires were the moral superiors to those who paid their salaries. Politics are destroying the NFL.

...Today’s journalists graduate with majors that confer thinly disguised degrees in different sorts of activism. But -isms and -ologies come at a cost of shorting literature, history, or fact-based knowledge of any sort, so today’s journalistic doyens have few referents either of the past or in the abstract in general. The result is that every passing psychodrama becomes the most important in history. “Watergate” is a name dropped daily, but few journalists know anything about the genesis or nature of that scandal, the same way that referencing “Ferguson” omits its fraud and fantasies that even Eric Holder’s Justice Department was forced to concede.

...tenured radical professors eventually became sixty-something administrative bureaucrats and are now being devoured by the very radical offspring they have sired. We lament political correctness and Stalinism on campuses, but the real crime is the ignorance that empowers it.

The unspoken fuel that drives so many protests on campus is the self-awareness that so many students simply cannot do traditional college work and desire weaker courses, personal exemptions, and time off. A sense of student inferiority naturally leads to demands for everything but a more comprehensive education. The result of politicizing mediocrity is the classic toxicity of youthful ignorance and arrogance.

Orwellian administrative language, sanctioned from those who should have known better, masks an anti-democratic reality of which even its adherents are ashamed. “Safe spaces” mean segregation. “Affirmative action” is synonymous with implicit racial quotas. “Theme houses” are race-based apartheid living quarters. “Trigger warnings” are censorship. “Student loans” are paramount to indentured servitude for over a decade. And “diversity” ensures monotony and orthodoxy in thought and expression.

University overseers managed to ensure that the B.A. degree is no longer necessarily proof of education in science, math, language, history, or philosophy. Private employers see elite colleges, at best, not necessarily as places where job applicants were educated or trained, but rather where they were once prescreened by colleges, on the basis of high-school test scores and GPAs. So they hire college graduates by brand names, because earlier, as incoming students, they were once admitted to, rather than graduated from, a good college on some sort of objective basis. Employers write off what followed later as either a wasted four years or irrelevant.

Our generation also, inevitably, became divorced from both nature and the muscularity of the physical, desperate ordeal of surviving. The result was a vicarious romance about the wild and an ignorance of and disdain for those who must fight the wild to produce our food, wood, steel, concrete, and fuel. The result, again, is a vicarious life. Silicon Valley grandees pontificate about open borders, “undocumented migrants,” and “sanctuary cities,” but beneath their noses are streets lined with tightly parked Winnebagoes in which thousands of poor Mexican nationals sleep, live, eat, and prep for another day servicing the masters of the universe. To suggest that the geography of the Bay Area is still vast and its open spaces ripe for affordable housing is the heresy of “how dare you even suggest getting near my Portola Valley estate”?

Our culture and financial elite are primarily a coastal tribe, cut off from both the poor and the material conditions that face the poor. They find penance and exemption for their privilege in loud but empty virtue-signaling and in easy contempt for the supposedly grasping middle class. But what we wanted from them was excellence, competence, and leadership; yet they had neither the education nor character for any of that. It is hard to destroy the NFL or to discredit a liberal-arts degree from Yale, or to turn NBC or CNN into a bastard of Pravda or to make the Hollywood of John Ford, Frank Capra, and Alfred Hitchcock into that of George Clooney. But we managed it — and more still to come before we are through.

Read more here.