Smart People: Wishing and Hoping
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Do We Need To Ban Killer AI?

SpaceX’s Musk, in particular, makes occasional headlines warning humanity against building weaponized AI, saying that it’s an existential threat with the very real possibility of wiping humanity off the face of the planet. The letter argues that most AI scientists would support international agreements to restrict these technologies, just as scientists in other fields supported bans on chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons that possess the power to kill so many. 

Yes, and those “bans” have absolutely stopped research and use of “chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons that kill so many.”

Morons.  How can ostensibly smart people be so stupid?

Do I Look Like I’m Shocked?
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Shock Poll: Donald Trump Leads Jeb Bush in Florida – Breitbart

This is a shock only to:

1.  Political hacks living in a bubble.

2.  Really stupid people.

3.  People who haven’t been paying attention for, oh, the last ten years or so.

4.  All of the above.

He Said, Sarcastically
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Study: sarcasm is so good for you « CBS Connecticut

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CBS Connecticut) — Creative people are more likely to use sarcasm in conversations, according to researchers.

Researchers of INSEAD, a graduate business school in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and Harvard and Columbia Business Schools gave volunteers random dialogues to read to each other.

The conversations were designed to be sarcastic, sincere or neutral.

Then the researchers tested how creative the participants were in different reasoning tasks.

They found the volunteers who heard sarcastic comments showed greater creativity and reasoning powers than those who heard the sincere statements.

They’ve found me out!

Sarcasm was a course at my high school.  Really.  It was taught by experts.  My final grade was a zero.  I was very proud.  (Nemo can explain….)

On the Brink? My Ass. We’ve Fallen Over the Brink. Now It’s “Fuck You! War!”
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Is the GOP on the Brink of Civil War? – Rasmussen Reports™

Senator Ted Cruz voiced the unhappiness of many Republican conservatives when he took to the floor of the Senate last Friday and in a rare intraparty broadside accused GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell of lying. Veteran Republican senators quickly rallied to McConnell’s defense.

Was it the shot fired at Fort Sumter that signals the real start of a GOP civil war?

Cruz said McConnell had told Republican conservatives in the Senate that there was no behind-the-scenes deal to revive the controversial Export-Import Bank. Conservatives view the bank as corporate welfare, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and pro-business Republicans are big supporters of it. But rather than let the bank stand or fall on a separate vote, McConnell announced at the last minute that a measure allowing reauthorization of the bank would be attached to much more popular legislation for funding highways. This maneuver guaranteed the bank’s reauthorization.

Conservative senators hit the ceiling. “The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate,” Cruz said, comparing McConnell to his predecessor as Senate majority leader, Democrat Harry Reid. “Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party.”

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters agreed with Cruz recently when he responded to Jeb Bush’s comment about the need for Americans to work harder by saying: “The problem is not that Americans aren’t working hard enough. It is that the Washington cartel of career politicians, special interests and lobbyists have rigged the game against them.” [Just 38% of Republicans agreed with Bush.]

Most Republican voters have long felt this way, saying in surveys for years that their congressional representatives are out of touch with the party’s base. Only 24% of Likely GOP Voters now believe Republicans in Congress have done a good job representing their party’s values.Democrats, by contrast, are much happier with their representation in Washington, D.C. 

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

Sixty percent (60%) of Republicans want to repeal the national health care law and start over. Just 13% think Congress should take no action to stop President Obama’s executive order protecting up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans think America is overtaxed. And yet seven months into a Congress totally controlled by Republicans, none of these issues has been the subject of serious legislation in the Senate.

The House of Representatives, elected every two years rather than every six years like senators, on the other hand, is more responsive to GOP voters. The House, at this point at least, is saying “no way” to the Export-Import Bank. Repeal of Obamacare has been a front-burner issue there. The House also, for example, recently voted to strip federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” that don’t enforce immigration laws. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republican voters think that’s a good idea, although it remains unclear if the Senate will go along. 

But even in the House, voter unhappiness has prompted a formal move by a fellow Republican for the removal of House Speaker John Boehner.

As Ben Domenech wrote this week in The Federalist in an article provocatively entitled, “Why Does the Republican Party Exist?”: “Being a negative force is not nothing, and blocking bad policy is worthwhile. But when given the opportunity to put good policy into place, or to take steps to make such policy more feasible in the future, where is the Republican Party to be found?”

Witness, too, the surge of support for billionaire developer Donald Trump in early polling among Republican voters. Few people expect Trump to end up as the GOP presidential nominee next year, but his comments linking illegal immigration to an increase in serious crime resonated with many Republican voters even as most of the party’s other presidential hopefuls, worried about the elusive Hispanic vote, criticized Trump. Senator John McCain, the party’s presidential nominee in 2008, said Trump’s comments brought out “the crazies.”

But how many of the 76% of Likely Republican Voters who agree with Trump that illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America does McCain think are “crazies”? 
No wonder Trump is more popular than McCain with Republican voters these days.

McCain and fellow GOP Senator Lindsey Graham are frequent critics of Cruz, Senator Rand Paul and other conservative Republicans in the Senate. In fact, it’s hard to view Graham’s hopeless quest for the GOP presidential nomination as anything more than a move to sabotage the presidential bids of Cruz and Paul. 

Then there’s Jeb Bush, anathema to many conservatives because of his moderate views on illegal immigration and his support of the Common Core national education standards. He seems well on his way to being the GOP nominee next year as far as the party establishment and big money are concerned, but he has the problem of surviving primary season when rank-and-file Republicans cast their votes.

If Bush does win the nomination over some of the conservative favorites in the race, will right-leaning Republicans do what they’ve loyally done for years and vote the party line? Or is 2016 the year when enough is enough?

I’m posting this whole thing from Rassmussen, because of its concise summation of the state of play (Fuck you!  War!) in the ongoing collapse of the national GOP as the slightly right-of-center wing of the Ruling Party (or, as noted here, what Cruz calls “the Washington Party.”

Of particular value are the links, all of which connect to various Rassmussen polls supporting what they have written here.

Now, as most of you know, I don’t place an enormous amount of value in polls, especially horse-race polls trying to pretend that badly designed questions producing results well within the margin of error have much use.

However, as “temp-taking vehicles” to sample generalized sentiments of large groups – in this case, likely voters – they can be quite useful.  And this collection of polls does illustrate something I’ve been contending for quite a while:  The federal GOP is living in a massively insulated bubble, in which they are unaware of the rising tsunami threatening to sweep them away.

Ordinary people absolutely hate what has become our ruling class – at least in the wing of the GOP that works for a living.  Those who beg for a living from the rest of us on the Democrat wing of the RP, maybe not so much.  But they’re not working class, they are begging class, and all the more pathetic for it.  But the prevailing wisdom among the Gentry is that the only thing that matters is money, which, in their case means the only thing that matters is their Donor Class.

They believe that the real race is always for the pocketbooks of the billionaires – because you can always use the bread to bamboozle and buy off the boobs.

They’ve been mostly right on this for decades now.  They know how stupid we are, because they’ve seen how stupid we are.  We vote in a more profound lockstep for predators, bandits, con artists, and liars simply because they have an R after their name than do the blacks who vote nearly as often for Democrats, and who get as thoroughly screwed by their political plantation masters as do conservatives by their own Gentry GOP owners.

And make no mistake, that’s exactly how they think of themselves – as our owners.  They’ve spent a lot of money over the years (our own money, btw, but no matter) and they damned well expect us to stay bought.

These polls indicate that a sizable portion of us, at least, have finally awakened from our long stupor, and are giving serious consideration to demanding our money back.

In the meantime, yeah, the GOP is falling apart right before our eyes.  And it’s going to get a lot more bloody over the run-up to that collapse than it is right now.

People like Donald Trump will come in handy to that process.  You know why?

Because he’s of the Big Donor Class, and people like him think of politicians as stupid, easily led, timid, and toothless tools:  Certainly not as being worthy of any respect.  Or fear, for that matter.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

Rancid Pre-Puss:  “Maybe the RNC should bar Trump from the debates.”

Donald Trump:  “Maybe I should run third party, sink you for a generation, and while I’m at it, kick in an extra hundred million or so to target that senile cave-artist McCain, your boy Boner, and anybody else who looks like I could kick their ass back to Gucci Gulch.   I’m rich.  You know I can do it.”

Rancid Pre-Puss:  (Tugging his forelock and backing away)  “Yessir, Mr. Trump.  Sorry, Mr. Trump.  Never mind, Mr. Trump.”

Picture Jeb Bush doing that to his boy Rancid.

Belly Up to the Band, Boys
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Punk band The Pogues launches Irish whiskey

The Pogues Irish Whiskey is targeted towards 25 to 35-year-old drinkers and is said to be Ireland’s highest malt-containing blended Irish whiskey, with 50% grain and 50% single malt liquid.

Top 40 Buffett-isms: Inspiration To Become A Better Investor – Forbes

5. “Never invest in a business you can’t understand.”

Then The Pogues should be in great shape on this one.

All Your Texts Are Belong To Us
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Trivial, but interesting: Roger Goodell, possibly the most inept sports czar since Sepp Blatter, has reviewed his own decision to suspend Tom Brady, possibly the greatest quarterback ever to play football, for four games, and decided that It Was Just.

His chief reason for the suspension centered on Brady’s refusal to surrender his cell phone — and all the texts, emails, calls, tweets, weather consultations, Yelp visits, underwear websites and calculator computations to the NFL, because the NFL wanted to see them.

Of course, in regard to the question at hand — did Brady somehow issue instructions to Patriots personnel to deflate footballs — they already had the cellphone records of all relevant personnel.

So why did Brady not comply?

Who knows. Would you? Anything he gave them is fertile ground for extortion. Maybe he texted to someone that Ray Ryan was a fat pederast. Maybe he told someone his wife smelled bad. Maybe he expressed a wish for a one-night stand with a pair of Siberian tigers.

The notion that Brady could hand over to the NFL a record of his personal life, including intimate details, without fear that this information might be made public is absurd in the extreme. Certainly sufficient evidence exists that keeping secrets in this day and age is almost impossible. Who alive today would suggest that this kind of information could be handed over with no fear of exploitation?

It’s just football, and it may not matter much, but here we have another example of the overbearing idiocy of people with too much power, and too little sense.

Brady will sue. And probably win. But that’s not the point. “If you have nothing to fear, you havee nothing to hide.” Sound familiar?

Pop Goes the Gentry Bubble
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5 Reasons Donald Trump’s Run At The Presidency Is Good For The Republican Party – John Hawkins – Page full

I think my Twitter feed, which automatically posts links to all my posts, is getting a heavy workout these days:

Trumped: The Donald and the 2016 Election | Daily Pundit

The GOP as it is currently constituted is rotten to the core.  It is a totally bought and paid for appendage of its donor class, old, out of touch, and stupid.  Their world has been ripe for collapse and destruction for quite a while now.  But the requisite shock will not be provided by blowing kisses at them – or by playing their games on their terms.

Trump won’t be doing that.

Which means that he is going to force all the other GOP candidates to take positions on the issues he is ramming down their throats whether they like it or not – and they will hate it.

Oh, well.  As long as the word is getting out.  Have you noticed how, in the past week or so, as Trump stubbornly refuses to fade, all the Hackalong Hacks like the Hot Gas Gang, many at PJ Media, and even some of the legacy conservative media, are changing their tune about Trump?

See, they thought everybody was laughing along with them at Trump.  But now they’re figuring out that a huge chunk of the GOP is laughing at them.  And cheering for Trump.

It’s a beautiful thing when a bubble begins to collapse, and lets in some reality, isn’t it?


Key Word: “Threatens”
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Judge Threatens IRS, DOJ with Contempt of Court Over Lerner

Threats are a dime a dozen.  Get back to me in the unlikely possibility that he actually does something.

The Jackass Wing of the Ruling Party
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Kasich Wouldn’t Cancel Iran Deal, Would Send Troops To Fight ISIS

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, suggested that he wouldn’t immediately revoke President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran if he were to be elected president.

But he would send U.S. ground troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State, the radical group known as ISIS or ISIL that has taken control of a huge swath of Syria and Iraq.

Why is this jackass running for President?

Today Only At Amazon
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Philips Sonicare HX6552/75 Easy Clean Electric Toothbrush 2 Pack


Champion Men’s Performax Marathon Running Short – I don’t know about these, but the ones below are the best running shorts I’ve ever owned. I started out with one pair, and now I have half a dozen:

Soffe Men’s Running Short

Here’s a review from some metrosexual Gizmodo dink:

The Military’s Ranger Panties Are My New Favorite Clothes

People love Soffe Men’s Running Shorts, a.k.a. Ranger Panties. That is evidenced in their 1,250 Amazon reviews, the vast majority of which are five stars. People even like to include images of themselves wearing the comically tiny shorts, bragging about how close to exposed your penis is while flopping around on a jog.

I was inspired to buy and test the shorts, and can confirm: It is very close. But that’s not why people love them! I bought them because the silky soft Soffes are a very comfortable, ultra affordable, and wonderfully lightweight pair of running shorts. They’re also the very same pair of running shorts regularly issued by the military, namely the United States Marine Corps.

So, okay. 

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More Delusional Bullshit From the Absolute Right of Free Associate Cranks
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Boy Scouts Votes To End Ban On Gay Leaders

The modern trend to declare everything a public accommodation, including membership organizations that any idiot can see are private groups, abandons the notion that people have a right to associate with only those who they care to and also to not associate with those those they don’t. Discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, and sexual orientation is abhorrent. But so is using the government to force groups or businesses to associate with individuals that they would rather not.



If you really thought it was abhorrent, you’d be agitating for laws banning such practices.  But you don’t.  Because you like the notion of blacks and Hispanics firebombing white businesses who refuse to accommodate them. 

At least that’s Big Daddy Ace’s position, and I see the Little Aces are following right along.

Because that’s exactly what you would get, in any real world – that is to say, any world not founded entirely on Libertarian delusions.

Save on Outdoor Grills and Cooking Equipment
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Deals on Outdoor Grills and Cooking Equipment – It’s getting to be that time again – when the scent of charring meat is smelled upon the land.

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Shocker – the Global Warming Cultists Have Been Lying For Years
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Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud At NOAA | Real Science

The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend.

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At the Temple of the Cult of Junk Science, the only permitted liturgy is lies.

Read the whole thing.

Jeb and Marco: The Lying Liars In Two Languages At Once
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Jeb Bush vows to enact comprehensive immigration reform. To Telemundo. In Spanish. « Hot Air

A story about Jeb Bush being in favor of amnesty, er… sorry, “comprehensive immigration reform” shouldn’t be anything new. But at the same time, the candidate seems to have been sending some mixed messages to the base over the course of his 2016 campaign. Not that long ago he said that he would rescind the President’s executive amnesty program, but speaking to a different outlet during that same week he hinted pretty much the exact opposite. It can all be so confusing, can’t it?

Uh huh.  Especially when it keeps happening over and over again:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says Sen. Marco Rubio’s claims differ in Spanish | PolitiFact

Has Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., promised one kind of immigration reform in English — and something else in Spanish?

A Republican congressman from Orange County, Calif., recently accused Rubio of contradicting his pledge to put border security before legalization for undocumented immigrants.

Rubio “all along has been saying, ‘We have to have border security first,’ ” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told conservative WND Radio on June 16, 2013. “And then, he, you know, when he gets on Spanish TV, he ends up saying, ‘No, no. That will never get in the way’ or, ‘Legalization status isn’t contingent on border control.’

Believe it or not, when the primaries are off and running next year, there will be many, many chumps and boobs who will believe anything Bush and Rubio say about their strong opposition to simple scamnesty.

But they are lying.  All Gentry GOP figures lie about their desperate desire for open borders, scamnesty, and the Donor Class that demands such lies of them. 

Shop The Hardware Store at Amazon
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The Hardware Store at Amazon

Hardware stores.  Nothing like’em.  I can still walk into one and wander around, just looking at stuff.  And I almost invariably find something I need, or something that gives me an idea for something else.

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No, It’s Not That Hard to Beat These Guys to the Punch
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GOP Is Driving Its Base Into Trump’s Arms | The Daily Caller

A positive result of this tumult could be the party getting a clue and adopting a firmer posture and an agenda more in tune with its “Silent Majority.”

However, the GOP could very well double-down on its current path and pave the way for even more disappointments and failures in the future.

The rising level of alienation in the party is due to a majority of the base feeling that it is being taken for granted. The GOP expects conservatives to show up Election Day, no matter which policies or candidates are on the ballot — as long as they come with the elephant brand.

Republican lawmakers seem more interested in taking stances on issues like immigration, trade and corporate welfare which are very much out of line with their most reliable voters. At the same time, they expect the core constituency will still vote Red when it comes down to a choice between a Republican and a Democrat.

But the growing discontent and the embrace of Trump should send a clear signal to Republican upper echelons that this demographic is tired of its low priority and lack of respect.

They want their voices heard and their issues addressed.

Say, that’s an interesting analysis, isn’t it?  Sounds just a tad familiar, though….

Why Donald Trump Is Driving the Gentry GOP Into Terrified Hysteria: A Choice, Not an Echo | Daily Pundit

For decades, disgruntled and increasingly angry base Republicans have marched off to the polls and cast their ballots for crap sandwiches they could barely stomach, because, well, the only other choice was a Democrat, and they would rather not vote at all than do that.  This is also why the charge “if you don’t vote for our crap sandwich, you’re voting for a Democrat” resonated so strongly.  It’s a lie, of course, but it sounds plausible if you don’t think about it too hard.

And then…along comes Trump.  And the Gentry find themselves staring in horror at the icy prospect of an answer to their challenge:  Who are you going to vote for, if not our guys?

We’re going to vote for Donald Trump, that’s who.

Well, this stuff isn’t rocket science.  Unless you’re a thousand buck an hour “consultant” selling your “expertise.” 

Which you probably got, for free, from guys like me in the first place.

Hussein Obama: Of Course I Would Win If I Could Run For a Third Term
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Obama Wins Rare Third Term, Named “President of Shade”

During a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia on Tuesday, President Obama said, if the law permitted him to run for a third term, he could easily win. Classic Barack!

“Under our constitution I can’t run again. I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t,” Obama said, very clearly aware of the shade he was throwing at Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the 19 GOP presidential candidates.

“There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving,” he continued, “but the law’s the law.”

Which is exactly what he always says right before he massively ignores the law.  This little turdlet came via Nemo, who seems interested in contributing to my generalized anxiety and nightmare problem.

Tell It to the Swift Boat Vets, Secretary Traitor
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Kerry Explains Why Iran Deal Isn’t a Treaty | PJ Tatler

“Congressman, I don’t need any lessons from you about who I represent. I’ve represented and fought for our country since I was out of college,” Kerry snapped back. “Don’t give me any lessons about that, OK?”

“Now, let me just make it crystal clear to you. This is America’s interest, because America is the principal guarantor of security in the region and particularly with respect to some of our closest friends. Now, we believe that Iran was marching towards a weapon or the capacity to have a weapon, and we’ve rolled that back, Congressman,” he continued.

“OK, that’s your opinion,” Perry interjected.

“That’s indisputable — no,” Kerry countered. “That’s a fact.”

Yeah, it’s as much a fact as your phony war heroics, your naked treason against your own country, and the idea that your number one interest has never been the United States of America, but only how you can advance your own personal interests and desires.

You lying, jizzbag traitor.

Free America: We Hardly Knew You
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Mark Levin: ‘Plunder and Deceit’ | The American Spectator

President Ronald Reagan once pointedly noted:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

This is not the future.  This is now.  I grew up in, and remember, an America so free it would stun anybody under forty today.  That America is gone now.  We destroyed it.  I doubt we’ll ever be able to get it back.

Save on Farm Supplies At Amazon
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The Farm and Ranch Supply Store at Amazon – You might be surprised at how much you can save on some things over your local coop.

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Nevertheless, It Moves, You Morons!
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Independent expert confirms that the “impossible” EM Drive actually works – ScienceAlert

But even then, until we can figure out exactly how the EM Drive works, it’s unlikely that the idea is going to be taken seriously by the scientific community. For now, all scientists can do is keep testing the system in a range of different environments and try to work out what’s causing this “impossible” thrust.

Right.  Because we would never make use of anything without knowing exactly how it works.

How Aspirin Works Its Magic –

”What fascinates us is that if aspirin has a role in the heart as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as an antiplatelet agent, and if we can understand that pathway better, we might be able to come up with an even better way to hit that target,” Dr. Ridker said. ”From where I sit, the fundamentally interesting part of this whole field is what we don’t yet understand about aspirin.”

Hackery, Dockery, Dick
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Jon Stewart Secretly Met Obama, Worked ‘In Concert’ with WH | Mediaite

he host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Jon Stewart secretly met with President Barack Obama at the White House on at least two occasions, which were followed with on-air attacks on Obama’s political enemies.

Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn wrote his paper’s farewell to Stewart, who is set to retire from The Daily Show next Thursday. He notes that Stewart had an enormous effect on national politics, but sometimes “that effect took the form of either prodding, or working in concert with, the Obama administration.”

Samuelsohn reports that Stewart visited the Oval Office in the fall of 2011 to privately meet with Obama, in the midst of heated budget negotiations. According to former Obama aide Austan Goolsbee, “the president wanted to counter his critics on the left and lay the groundwork for his 2012 re-election campaign.”

In 2014, the president met with Stewart during the early days of the Ukraine crisis. Later that day, Obama announced that there would be harsh consequences for Russia if they continued their aggression towards Ukraine. In his first show after the meeting, Stewart– who had skewered the aggressive cowboy stances of George W. Bush during his presidency– ran an opening segment mocking… Vladimir Putin.

Here’s a  more interesting question: Why does this Politico hack wait until now, when Stewart is safely off the air and the Obama presidency is entering full lame-duck status, to tell us about all of this?

Oh, wait.  I know.  It’s because he’s a Politico hack.


And I Had It All Planned Out, Too.

Do you remember that day when your hopes and dreams were first dashed? Most of us of a certain age do. I can. It was late summer, 1963. The person who dashed my hopes was my grandfather, a man I much loved and respected. A man who, I knew, loved me because he shared with me that most valuable of all possessions, his time. He hadn’t much left then, either, no more than another year. Neither of us knew it, though, so it didn’t bother us any.

The day began just before dawn, with the old man shaking me awake. “Boy, do you want to go with me?” Why, yes. Yes I did. It was always interesting when you were with him. The old man had an odd attitude; he judged you by what you could do, not how old you were. To him, if you could run the boat and read the river and keep off the sand bars and rip-rap and slow down so as not make too much wake past the houseboats and fishermen then, well, you were old enough to run the boat. He didn’t give a flip what the government or your momma or anybody else said, you were old enough to run his boat, even if you weren’t quite ten yet. I liked to run the boat.

We got on the water early and ran the nets, then took the keeper fish back to the live box. We motored on down the bayou to the Arkansas, then down the Arkansas to the Mississippi to talk to some old people that he knew. After lunch, while they smoked roll-your-own cigarettes and drank clear liquid from quart jars, I amused myself swimming until I got tired, then lying in the sun until I got hot, rinse and repeat. Late that afternoon we retraced our path back to the houseboat where the old man cleaned some fish from the live box, rolled them in cornmeal and dropped them, so fresh the flesh was still quivering, into the hot grease. Heat up some beans, fry two potatoes, cook a skillet of cornbread, and supper is served. You can pay a whole lot more, but you won’t eat any better.

After dark, while the old man listened to some god-awful country station on the radio, I toasted marshmallows over the flame of a kerosene lamp. He made no complaint about me catching them on fire, said nothing about the marshmallow I left burnt onto the glass chimney of the lamp (you try to clean it off. Not so easy). We chatted about this and that. I told him about what was going on with me, he told me a redacted version of what he’d been up to, then he finally asked me the question old men ask young boys. “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

I want to do this. What possibly could be better? I want a houseboat. I want to live by fishing, and hunting, and trapping. I want to swim, and build boats and float them on waters I haven’t seen yet. I want old friends who are glad to see me and are happy to visit and talk and laugh. I want to be able to shoot straight, and know how to put a shaving edge on my pocketknife. I want people to know that if I said I’ll do it, then they can go worry about something else because it is going to get done. I want to do this. And then the old man dashed my hopes, but told me something valuable.

You don’t get to die in the same world you were born into, he told me. Times change, people change, and the world changes as well. Every year, he said, there are more rules and regulations, and more people with guns and badges to enforce those rules and regulations, and those people don’t care if you like the rules, they just care that you obey the rules. This way of life is dead, just not yet buried. You won’t be able to live like this when you’re my age, and Son, really, you don’t want to live like this day in and day out. It’s a nice place to visit, but you don’t want to live here. You want to learn some way to make a living indoors, where it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You want to earn a living without getting your hands and clothes bloody, and where if you make a mistake it doesn’t mean that you lose a finger or a hand or your life, you can just say ‘sorry’ and go on. I don’t know how you’re going to live; I just know that you won’t be able to live like this.

He turned in soon after, but long after he was snoring softly I was staring up at the ceiling. Damn, I thought. And I had it all planned out, too. Just damn.

He may not have been exactly right about everything, but he sure wasn’t exactly wrong, either. Not bad for an old fart that never finished grade school.

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How Likely Is Justice Department Probe of Clinton’s E-mail? – Rasmussen Reports™

Two federal inspectors general have asked the U.S. Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into how then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information on her private e-mail account. Most voters continue to have national security concerns about Clinton’s behavior but doubt that the federal government will do anything about it.

What this really says is that “most voters” believe their own government is a totally corrupt oligarchy run by the Ruling Class, for the Ruling Class.

And they are right, of course.

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Hillary Clinton boards private jet hours after global-warming push | Daily Mail Online

CARBON MONSTER: The Dassault Falcon 900B business jet burns 347 gallons of jet fuel per hour, and was Hillary Clinton’s ride of choice on Monday (seen entering the jet in her light blue pantsuit)

RENEWABLE? Clinton spoke Monday at the Des Moines Area Rapid Transit Central Station about solving climate change and preserving the environment, flanked by bicycles for effect

RENEWABLE? Clinton spoke Monday at the Des Moines Area Rapid Transit Central Station about solving climate change and preserving the environment, flanked by bicycles for effect


LAP OF LUXURY: This photo from Executive Fliteways shows the interior of the exact jet that Clinton’s campaign rented for the day at a rate that the company advertises as $5,850 per hour.

It is good to have your own private foundation for amassing graft and boodle.

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Hey, look! Jim Gilmore is getting in the race because it’s such a great opportunity « Hot Air

Number seventeen officially enters the race this week to much fanfare and great anticipation. (Okay… okay… but I’m trying to give everyone a chance.) Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore is officially tossing his Old Dominion hat in the ring. Reporters immediately asked him the one pressing question on the minds of all the voterswhy? (From the Washington Examiner.)

He believes the large field will help him. “This race is running differently than previous presidential races, that’s one reason why I’m encouraged to get in. The difference is with many, many candidates in there, there is room to have your voice heard,” he told Secrets.

First off, I have no idea who this guy is.

Second, this:

The difference is with many, many candidates in there, there is room to have your voice heard…

I’m not even going to ask how stupid he thinks we are.  Obviously, the fact that he is running, and things like the above are falling out of his mouth, should be all the answer you need.

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Jeb Bush Snares a Democratic Moneyman on Hamptons Tour – Bloomberg Politics

Behind a garden modeled on Monet’s, Jeb Bush addressed a lawn-full of chief executives and hedge-fund managers at an East Hampton, New York, estate Saturday morning. While the candidate is no stranger to courting wealthy donors, this time was different: about half the attendees were Democrats.  

“This guy sells well,” said Kenneth Lipper, the money manager and registered Democrat who hosted the event, after Bush left. Virtually the only one who left without writing a check, Lipper said, was a buck deer that wandered past the group assembled on the wooded grounds.   

I keep telling everybody we would all be better off if Jeb would just switch over to the Democrat wing of the Ruling Party.  In one stroke it would knock out the Hag/King of Blowjobs, the Old Commie, Secretary Potato Face, The Global Warming Obesity, and that Hulk Wannabe, whatever his name is.

And it would leave the Republican wing of the Ruling Party with maybe a shot at nominating a candidate who wasn’t actually a Democrat.

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Attention candidates: new national poll shows voters want less ethanol in their fuel « Hot Air

Here’s a quick question for you… where are most of the 2016 candidates trying to “get it right” in Iowa to score some early points in the primary but definitely getting it very, very wrong in terms of where the rest of the nation is? The answer is their position on the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol mixing in fuels. A new survey from Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting was released this week and whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you’re bucking the majority of the country if you keep feeding into this archaic, unpopular and generally unproductive system.

Who cares?  There are lots of opportunities for political graft in the energy sector – including ethanol.

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‘Tis a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, then shoved up a dog’s bottom.

When I saw this asking about the death of upward mobility, something hung in my brain and it didn’t click at first. Then it hit me.

Those lighter colored areas signifying the most upwards mobility skew male, pale, and rural.

Probably means nothing.

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You don’t actually need to drink 8 glasses of water a day | Fox News

We’ve all heard we should drink eight glasses of water a day. But the advice isn’t based on scientific evidence, and for some people it may be flat out wrong, report researchers in Harvard Health Letter.

They conclude that 30 to 50 ounces of fluid intake a day is ideal, and that works out to more like four to six (8-ounce) glasses a day.

Note the word “fluid:” It doesn’t have to be water to hydrate, reports CBS News. “It’s really about fluids in general,” one doctor in Cleveland says.

For most people this is an academic question, but it is of significant importance to preppers who are trying to figure out how much water to store for emergencies.

The oft-quoted rule of thumb is one gallon per day per person, to cover drinking, cooking, and “miscellaneous,” whatever that might be.

Given that I have nearby natural sources of water I could use for cooking, washing, and the like – it’s brackish, but usable for those purposes – I fall back on 32 oz. of pure drinking water a day, or about half a gallon per person.

By those standards, I’m good for about eight months at the moment.  But my fresh water storage is refillable via rainfall, so that really should be considered enough to last indefinitely.

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Order, Please, Not Utopia by Myron Magnet, City Journal July 27, 2015

Take a walk around the Grand Hyatt and neighboring Grand Central Terminal these days. It’s often like stepping out of Jules Verne’s time machine straight back into the 1970s or 1980s. Vanderbilt Avenue, in particular, is becoming once again the urinal of the universe, with one block wall-to-wall “bum stands,” as my son, with childhood inventiveness, used to call them: the stolen supermarket shopping cart, the garbage bag full of scavenged cans and bottles for redemption, the prone figure wrapped mummy-like in a filthy blanket. The heart sinks. It took so much effort by so many people to clear up the human wreckage that so many years of liberal “compassion” had created in a dying New York.

Nothing you can’t see plenty of in the heart of San Francisco at Union Square. Or every other damned place, too.

Bike folks in San Francisco tend to be “progressivier than thou,” but I was talking to a representatively bearded and tatted sample of same, a bike shop employee/owner, in fact, and we were talking about the amount of locks (in terms of weight) it took to keep your ride from being carted away – gone in fifty seconds! – just about anywhere in The City. (Yeah, we capitalize it here, because we’re so proud of how we’ve managed to fuck up one of the greatest natural locations in the world with an open borders policy for drunken, drug-addled thieves, bums, and illegal aliens.

The stolen bikes tend to end up in “bike squats,” rolling bazaars that settle under a particular section of freeway for a week or two, then move on a day or so ahead of the cop rousts – about which they are given plenty of warning, so they can just move on, and keep right on doing what they are doing – stealing, chopping, and marketing hundreds of bicycles a week.

I mentioned to this fellow the sad tale of how my beloved Brooks B-17 saddle was stolen off my bike in about two minutes when I was inside a corner store buying a pop for my water bottle. The bike itself was locked with not one, but two major u-locks – the Kryptonite New York Mini “Fuggeddaboutit” model, 4.5 pounds of case hardened steel that will withstand a portable angle grinder for as much as a minute and a half under the right circumstance. (That’s excellent, by the way – many locks even more expensive don’t last ten seconds against a grinder attack).

Anyway, that was enough to leave the bike in my hands, but the seat, which was secured to the bike frame by a length of bike drive chain, originally a messenger trick, wasn’t protected well enough. Somebody used a fairly large bolt cutter to snip right through it.

Rest In Peace, Brooksie.

I’m now using a full u-lock to secure it to the frame. It’s in a bad location for a grinder attack, and nobody will be able to cut it with bolt cutters, because they won’t be able to get the leverage they need for that attack to succeed again.


I said, in my own calm way, “You know, I have to say I’ve thought about making up some Molotov cocktails and firebombing that squat under 101 over by Mission Bay.”

The guy took a fairly deep breath, and I readied myself for a tirade about my definitely non-progressive sentiments, but then he exhaled and said, “You know what, dude? If you do it, I’ll buy the gas.”

I think these policies may be reaching the ends of their various ropes, which are slowly being fashioned into nooses for those who promulgate them.

I can dream, at least.

Here’s the bike, fully loaded with three u-locks:

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I carry the two u-locks in leather holsters attached to the rear rack. Like a gunslinger. Call me a lockslinger.

And yes, I know this setup is very “grampaw-ish.” Well, I’m grampy-aged as far as it goes. But the technical term for this sort of setup is “constructeur,” a style of bike made famous by Renee Herse and Alex Singer. It works well for grampaws getting around the big city., Or anywhere, really.

I like the bike a lot.  Other bikers seem to as well.

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William Burroughs, author, among other things, of Naked Lunch, and featured in the writing of Jack Kerouac as a character named “Old Bull,” apparently did this film at some point in his legendary (in certain circles), infamous (in certain other circles) career.

It cracked me up.  I’m trying to imagine a conversation between him, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Ambrose Bierce.  I’m not sure a normal human being could survive being assaulted with such a quantity of pure quill cynicism, but I’d sure as hell love to try it.

Although I’m probably not normal….

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Satanic statue unveiled in Detroit – Telegraph

Earlier on Saturday, The Detroit News said 200-250 people attended Mass at St. Joseph Church in a protest against the Satanic event.

The statue had been planned for the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until Oklahoma’s Supreme Court banned all religious displays on Capitol grounds.

The Satanic Temple now says it wants to erect it outside Arkansas’ statehouse, where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.

Tell me more about the absolute supremacy of religious liberty over the laws of man, would you?


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Obamacare-repeal loses, Ex-Im bank wins in GOP-held Senate votes – Washington Times

A procedural vote Sunday to repeal Obamacare couldn’t win over a majority of the GOP-led Senate, while a bid to revive an obscure exports agency succeeded, delivering twin blows to conservatives as they navigated a thorny path toward a highway bill that’s raised questions about civility and Republican discord in the august chamber.

If the Gentry GOP congressional leadership and their hack enablers were trying to act as much like Democrats as possible, what would they be doing differently?

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Ignoring an ‘Existential Threat to the American People’ | PJ Media

WASHINGTON – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey warned lawmakers that natural and manmade electromagnetic pulses present an “existential threat to the American people” and accused congressional and White House officials of ignoring a potential catastrophe.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Woolsey, who served two years under President Bill Clinton, warned that EMP is “a clear and present danger and that something must be done to protect the electric grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures — immediately.”

But Woolsey noted that official Washington is ignoring the looming threat despite a report issued by a blue-ribbon congressional commission in 2004 that offered what he termed cost-effective solutions.

“Continued inaction by Washington will make inevitable a natural or manmade EMP catastrophe that, as the Congressional EMP Commission warned, could kill up to 90 percent of the national population through starvation, disease, and societal collapse,” said Woolsey, now the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Indeed, some actions taken by the Congress, the White House and the federal bureaucracy are impeding solutions, making the nation more vulnerable, and helping the arrival of an EMP catastrophe.”

But not to worry.  Just go to any major web site or blog where this question comes up, from Instapundit to Daily Kos, and you will find dozens of clueless ignoramuses informing you that the entire notion of EMP being dangerous – especially the HEMP scenarios – is just a fantasy ginned up by…well, pick your fantasy villain – with the conservatives, it’s “statists” looking to squander your money.  With the lefties, it’s usually the crony capitalists looking to suck your money.

“It’s just like lightning” they will tell you, stroking their chins (or whatever other member happens to be handy), “and we know how to protect against lightning.”

All I can say to such ignorant boobs is, after the “Lightning” Falls, don’t come round to my house looking for sustenance. 

I Don’t Think Poor Means What You Seem to Think It Means….
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Seattle’s problems with new $15 an hour minimum wage | PJ Tatler

The twist is just one apparent side effect of the controversial — yet trendsetting — minimum wage law in Seattle, which is being copied in several other cities despite concerns over prices rising and businesses struggling to keep up.

The notion that employees are intentionally working less to preserve their welfare has been a hot topic on talk radio. While the claims are difficult to track, state stats indeed suggest few are moving off welfare programs under the new wage.

Despite a booming economy throughout western Washington, the state’s welfare caseload has dropped very little since the higher wage phase began in Seattle in April. In March 130,851 people were enrolled in the Basic Food program. In April, the caseload dropped to 130,376.

At the same time, prices appear to be going up on just about everything.

An unmentioned (and perhaps unmentionable) conclusion:  Ordinary people are not economic ignoramuses, especially when it comes to their own personal economics.  So if these people are telling you that fifteen bucks an hour, after taxes, doesn’t come close to what they are already sucking from the bottomless tits of the state, you might want to listen.  And maybe even reevaluate how “poverty stricken” people really are, especially when measured by income standards that ignore entirely public income received.