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John Boehner Couldn’t Find Votes to Reelect Him Speaker

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) had been planning to call up on the House floor last week a measure from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) that would have removed him as Speaker of the House if it succeeded—intending to embarrass Meadows—but abandoned the plan after his entire leadership structure learned that they did not have the votes to re-elect him as Speaker before the August recess.

“[House Majority Leader Kevin] McCarthy was making phone calls—he was whipping it—and so was [House Majority Whip] Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA),” a senior conservative movement leader who’s had many personal and direct discussions with various House GOP members about this told Breitbart News in an interview last week.

“I know members personally who were called by Steve Scalise. So they had the entire leadership whip team frantically making phone calls to members to whip the vote because they wanted to attempt to embarrass Meadows and call the vote [on Wednesday last week] so it’s not hanging over Boehner’s head.

“What they found out was the exact opposite. They found out bad things would happen, that literally they would be calling the vote without knowing what would happen. Therefore, they did not call the vote and now they have this issue hanging over John Boehner’s head for the next five weeks.”

If the Gentry GOP congressional leadership wash’t drenching it drawers before this, they are now.

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The Trek of the Kochservatives to the Source
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Koch Warns Conservatives Must Demand Smaller Government – ABC News

“Americans instinctively understand that we have reached another one of those pivotal moments in our history where what’s at stake is not what party is in charge but our identity as a nation and as a people,” Rubio said. “And they want to see candidates that are passionate about that and will do something about it.”

Trump wasn’t as generous in his assessment of Rubio and the others who came to the Koch retreat, writing on Twitter: “I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are due to speak Sunday evening. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former technology executive Carly Fiorina took questions on Saturday.

Buttboys and girls in waiting?

Do they all have to agree to support scamnesty in order to get suck the Koch dollar? Must they become “Kochservatives?”

Venezuela? We Have A Delivery of Terror and Slaughter For You – Sincerely, The Gods of the Copybook Headings
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Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise: No Food, No Beer, No Toilet Paper, No Freedom | www.independentsentinel.com

The Socialist Utopia has come to Venezuela and so has triple-digit inflation. Inflation is soaring at about 65%, murder rates are the second highest in the world, they don’t have food, chocolate,cooking oil, sugar, beer, shampoo, chicken, beef or even toilet paper. Businesses put the blame on the socialist government’s economic policies and the government blames it on everyone else.

I don’t care.  These suicidal morons operate on the premise that if they vote for an endless free lunch often enough it will some day, somehow, come to pass.

This is, of course, not sane politics, but the very definition of insanity.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings are walking among them, but they haven’t really cranked up the terror and slaughter yet.

It’s coming, though.

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Gas Factory Puzzled By Trump Surge, Reversal of Favorability
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Monmouth poll: Trump now leads GOP field by 14 points, biggest margin to date « Hot Air

Nearly identical numbers among “very conservative” and moderate/liberal Republicans. Huh. Also nearly identical are his and Jeb Bush’s favorable ratings. Before Trump got in the race, Republicans rated him just 20/55 in favorability. A few months later he’s at 52/35, with Bush at 52/30. That’s not supposed to happen with someone as famous as Trump since people have had decades to form an opinion about him.

Huh, indeed.  Just a few weeks ago, Allahpundit could not contain his scorn and distaste for Trump.  He droned on and on, citing all sorts of statistics as if they were written in stone, (or perhaps handed down from on high written on stone tablets) demonstrating why nobody on earth should take a Trump candidacy seriously, and anyway, Trump would vanish within a week or two.

Remember this bit of Allahpundit gas, from just two weeks or so ago?

GOP Rep: Trump might be a Democratic plant to help Hillary « Hot Air

What could the Clintons offer him that he doesn’t already have? He’s running, I assume, because he relishes the idea that he can jump in, pound the table for a week or two about illegals committing crimes, and instantly leap ahead in the polls of governors and senators who’ve spent years gaming out a path to the nomination. It’s proof, at least to him, of what a consummate winner he is, at least until his polls start to tank (yeesh) and he decides he has better things to do than keep the campaign going.

Allahpundit buried Trump shortly thereafter (in the movie running between his ears, at least) over his “disastrous attack” on the brave, brave, brave (but anti-American propaganda tape-making) Johnny McCain.  Unfortunately, as with so much of the gas from that particular quarter, it blew away on the next breeze.

About the same time I linked to the above and noted:

Trump’s Been an Announced Candidate For Two Whole Weeks And He Hasn’t Quite Remade the Entire GOP Field Yet – What a Failure! | Daily Pundit

Typical Hot Gas from the Head Hot Gasser.

Trump has had no effect on the other GOP candidates or the race because it’s been a whole two weeks and…..

Get back to me if Trump is still leading the pack a month down the road.

Well, it’s not quite a month yet, but Trump is not only still around, he seems to be widening his lead over the “serious” candidates.

So Allahpundit has, um, moderated his analysis a bit.  Although he’s just puzzled that some hoary political truism seems to have been violated by Trump’s vastly improved favorability numbers.

Why, it’s almost as if he didn’t understand that the constipated conventional wisdom of the political bubble he inhabits is not shared by the public at large, and they are amenable to changing their opinions when given reason to do so – for instance, by a candidate whom they suddenly perceive as fighting for the things they want and believe in, rather than for the power addicts of the Ruling Class in Washington.

Imagine that.

Monmouth poll: Trump now leads GOP field by 14 points, biggest margin to date « Hot Air

If you’re widely disliked with near universal name recognition, adding 30 points to your favorable rating in a matter of months usually would require something on the order of racing into a burning orphanage and saving a bunch of children. (At this very moment, Hillary Clinton’s on standby in Iowa just in case any reports of burning orphanages come in.) Trump managed to do it by … I’m not sure how, exactly.

Or maybe it was…magic?  Or maybe you just don’t know or understand quite as much as you think you do?

Here’s a term you’re going to start hearing flacks like Allahpundit mechanically mouthing whenever the Trump candidacy comes up:

Monmouth poll: Trump now leads GOP field by 14 points, biggest margin to date « Hot Air

Or maybe it’s a matter of pure media conditioning, with the great mass of low-information voters responding to pollsters Pavlov-style after hearing the word “Trump” on the nightly news every eight seconds for the past six weeks. Trump had better hope it’s one (or both) of those first two theories and not the third. Low-information voters are the least likely to show up on election day.

Yep, “low information voters.”

Because in Allahpundit’s world, anybody who doesn’t take the pronouncements of him and his ilk as gospel must be that vaunted ignoramus, the low information voter.

Yes, folks, if you find Trump’s assault on the bastions of the GOP establishment congenial, then that is ipso facto proof that you are a hopeless dumbass.  Which judgement, whether coming from Allahpundit, the Gang of Hacks at NRO, or the CoC subsidiary known as the Republican National Committee, has been typical for decades now.  It’s their version of the lefty theory of false consciousness.

I think people are growing tired of that approach.  On what do I base that opinion?  Donald Trump and the shocked, glazed surprise with which he’s regarded by the Smart People Who Tell Us What To Think.

Who’s the low information crowd now?

 

Maybe If Perry Flails Harder, Somebody Will Notice
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Donald Trump Looms Large over First GOP Presidential Debate – Breitbart

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signaled he’ll focus on questioning Trump’s Republican credentials, if he makes it onto the debate stage. Trump previously backed a single-payer health care system and abortion rights, in addition to praising President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton in public remarks.

“When you look back at the positions that he has held, it is not in concert with conservatism,” Perry said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. “I’m going to stand up for conservatism.”

Do us all a favor, Rick, and sit down.  Just…sit down.

You supported Mittens Romneycare in 2012, didn’t you?  You remember him?  The guy who backed a socialized health care system in Massachusetts?

Just sit down.

NYT: Jeb Bush Cheering For Trump
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Jeb Bush’s Camp Sees an Upside to Donald Trump’s Surge in the G.O.P. – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — It may be the Summer of Trump, but the publicity-hungry real estate magnate is not the only Republican presidential candidate relishing all his attention.

Donald J. Trump’s surge in the polls has been met with barely concealed delight by Jeb Bush and his supporters.

Yeah, sure it is.

Huh.  The NYT isn’t even trying any more.

 

How MAD Is Donald Trump?
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How Big a Third-Party Threat Is Trump? – Rasmussen Reports™

If “The Donald” loses the Republican presidential nomination and runs as a third-party candidate, he definitely could put a crimp in GOP hopes to reclaim the White House.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 29% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump if he is not chosen as the GOP nominee and runs as a third party candidate. But that includes only 14% who say they are Very Likely to vote for him. Sixty-eight percent (68%) say they are unlikely to vote for the billionaire developer if he runs as a third-party presidential candidate, with 51% who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Worrisome for Republicans, however, is the finding that over a third (36%) of Likely GOP Voters say they are likely to vote for Trump if he’s a third-party candidate, with 18% who are Very Likely to do so. One-in-three (33%) voters who are not affiliated with either major party also are likely Trump voters, including 16% who say they are Very Likely to vote for him if he runs third-party.

Even 19% of Democrats describe themselves as likely Trump voters, although that includes just nine percent (9%) who say they are Very Likely to vote that way.

This is why the RNC Gentry GOP fears Trump so desperately.  They are locked in a case of MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction.

They might be able to kill Trump’s candidacy within the GOP, but if they do, they know that Trump can and likely will kill their own candidate, as well as gouge huge chunks out of their elites, starting with John McCain, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell, all of who would be vulnerable to a heavily-financed Tea Party fueled effort to unseat them.

They know this, Trump knows this, and they know Trump knows it.

Did you see Rancid Priebus threaten to bar Trump from the debates, then sqeak in terror and run away when Trump noted that if he felt he’d been treated unfairly, a third-party run was always a possibility.

I’ve been thinking about my own personal calculus on this.  If the GOP nominates Trump, I’ll vote for him, if only because he’s had the courage to rip the stinking scabs off the corruption that is the Gentry GOP.  I’d prefer Cruz, followed by Walker, and would vote for either without too many qualms.  Neither is perfect, but then, nobody is.

But if the GOP somehow engineers a Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio candidacy, then that is, to me, an indication that the party will never be changed, and the only remaining option will be to destroy it and rebuild on the rubble.

A third party candidacy by Trump, resulting in a crushing defeat for a Bush or Rubio candidacy, along with defeats for several of the primary Gentry leadership, seems an excellent way to begin the process of destruction.

So yes, I’d vote for Trump in a three-way race between Jeb or Marco, some Democrat, and The Donald.

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Coulter Looks Pretty Pale and Cliched Herself
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Coulter: Trump Making Other GOP Candidates Look ‘Pale,’ ‘Clichéd’ – Breitbart

Coulter said she remains “terrified” Trump will back away from his illegal immigration stance, but that voters have been “dying” for a politician to talk about immigration and that the other candidates are “clichéd” and “pale” looking compared to Trump.

“I’m dying to see this debate and it will be interesting, I mean, what has put Trump way ahead of everyone else is talking about immigration in a way the voters have been dying for some politician to talk about immigration; be serious about putting a fence on the border and deporting the illegal aliens. That’s really what put him ahead for people like me, we remain terrified that he’ll back away from that and I don’t think he will and he hasn’t yet.”

“The difference between the other candidates and Donald Trump, and I was going to say I keep waiting for him to say something that’s gonna turn me off; since he’s entered the race, I started noticing how pale the other candidates are and they’re actually saying things that are annoying me,” Coulter stated. “Not so much, well some of them, on policy, but even the ones I want to like seem kind of clichéd and that’s why I’m interested to see this debate and I would love for any polls after the debate to include Mitt Romney in it.”

She had me, right up to the point she dragged out her ancient love affair with Mittens Romneycare.

Would that be this guy, Ann?

Mitt Romney: Republicans Should ‘Swallow Hard,’ Pass ‘Permanent’ Amnesty Bill – Breitbart

Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes Republicans should “swallow hard” and pass a permanent amnesty bill in the wake of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty that even Romney conceded would encourage more illegal immigrants to enter the country.

I would hate for any presidential polls ever again to include Mittens Romneycare’s name.

What About Jimmy Carter? He’s Still Eligible, and He’s Only 90 Years Old
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Joe Biden for President: Pressure on Jerry Brown

As rumors swirl that Vice President Joe Biden may jump into the 2016 presidential race, pressure is mounting on California governor Jerry Brown to decide whether he will enter the race–a possibility he has not entirely ruled out.

Jebus Christ on a Moonbeam.  You mean to tell me that somebody is seriously considering throwing Jerry Brown’s 78 (by the time of the election) carcass into the Democrat contest?

Was Methuselah not available? 

Was Joe Stalin too young?  Too conservative?  Or just too dead?  (With some of these guys, how do you tell?)

The Democrat wing of the Ruling Party: Dead ideas in dying bodies.

And this grisly gavotte is actually taken seriously by folks who think they are intelligent.

Amazing.

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The Conservative Wahoo: The Clintons, the Ex-Im Bank, and the aristocracy of pull

Back to the Clintons. Is there a single person alive who believes that corporations, trade associations, NGOs, unions, and the like pay the Clintons enormous sums for speeches because they believe their members actually want to hear the Clintons say the same tedious talking points they have been spewing for years? If that were the only value received no profit-minded enterprise would pay the Clintons these vast fees because they would earn, well, a shitty rate of return.

No, the Clintons are not paid to speak. Businesses and other interest groups pay them for the favor of access at a crucial moment or a thumb on the scale in the future, perhaps when it is time to renew the Ex-Im Bank or at a thousand other occasions when a nod might divert millions of dollars from average people in to the pockets of the crony capitalists. The speaking is just a ragged fig leaf, mostly to allow their allies in the media to say they “earned” the money for “speaking,” which is, after all, hard work.

We have such people as the Clintons (and the tens of thousands of smaller bore looters who have turned the counties around Washington, D.C. in to the richest in the country) because they and their ilk in both parties have transformed the federal government of the United States in to a vast favors factory, an invidious place that not only picks winners and losers and decides the economic fates of millions of people, but which has persuaded itself that this is all quite noble. Instead, the opposite is true: This entire class of people, of which the Clintons are a most ugly apotheosis, are destroying the country while claiming it is all in the “public service.” It is disgusting. We need to say that, at least, out loud.

Of course, all of this was prefigured years ago in a novel some of you will know.

aristocracy of pull

Tear down the aristocracy of pull…

This is the heart of it.  This is a nail right through the heart of the vast boodle machine the Ruling Class and its bought-and-paid-for Ruling Party have created for their own enrichment at our expense.

It is this loathsome and repulsive creation that has mounted a silent and successful coup over the past fifty years, subsuming our democracy, our liberties, and our pocketbooks, and our government in service to its own wealth, power, and desire for dominion.

The vast Boobocracy of Chump that swirls and flails in the dark sub-basements of American “democracy,” sweating to produce the wealth that the Boodle Machine then plunders, is one of the most comprehensively bamboozled, cozened, cheated, stupified, robbed, and exploited groups of suckers in history.

Amazingly, these dumb, suicidal beasts think there is some ray of hope yet existing for them, even as the Great Horned Beast roots its snout deeper into their steaming innards, seeking the last few remaining nuggets it has not yet gorged itself upon in its decades-long feast on their entrails.

That a monstrosity like the Clinton Crime Family can even for a moment be considered as suitable material for the presidency is all the evidence you need to judge the health of the Republic and its people.  And the only conclusion any sane person can reach is that we have now arrived at attempts to rescue the body politic from a terminal cancer by electing that very cancer to rule us.

Cancer always dies.  But not until it destroys its host.

Prepare accordingly.

 

How the Nokia Crumbled
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Huawei Passes Microsoft To Become No. 3 Global Phone Maker As Xiaomi Growth Slows In Q2 2015

For the first time Huawei has replaced Microsoft as the third largest mobile phone vendor in the world, according to Q2 2015 research released by Strategy Analytics on Thursday. Meanwhile Xiaomi’s growth is slowing to the point where it may soon be out of the top five global rankings.

What’s surprising about this is not that Xiaomi is now the number three cell phone vendor, but that Microsoft used to be.

Sorry, I Seem to Be Fresh Out of Sympathy For Thug Life These Days
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Mike Brown Family Had Section of Road Dug Up Where He Died – Asphalt Given to Family – The Gateway Pundit

In May the family requested the pavement where Mike Brown died.
So the city dug it up and gave the asphalt chunks to the family.
The Riverfront Times reported:

After Wednesday’s removal of the stuffed animal memorial to Michael Brown Jr., a plaque and a dove were embedded in the sidewalk on Canfield Drive on Thursday morning. But observers also saw a crew of workers digging up the street where Brown actually fell and died after being shot multiple times by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

This was done at the request of the family, which was given the largest pieces of the asphalt to take home with them.

“A lot of it was real crumbly. We got most of the big pieces,” says Louis Head, Brown’s stepfather. “That was good enough for us.”

I’m sure.  Since you’re probably planning on selling the rubble.

What does it say on the plaque, by the way?  Darwin Award Winner?

Freddie Gray – Cops Claim Mosby All Wrong – Again
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Baltimore Cops’ Attorneys Just Made Two Explosive Claims | The Daily Caller

One witness has given a statement that he believed Gray was trying to harm himself in the back of the police van.

Donta Allen was arrested shortly after Gray and placed in a separate compartment in the police van. Allen reportedly gave a statement to investigators in which he said he heard Gray making loud banging noises. He also said the van ride was smooth, undermining claims made by some that Gray was the victim of a “rough ride.”

Allen retracted his claims, though, after they were made public.

I’m sure the defense is releasing nothing but the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  Now that their Donta Allen “evidence” has fallen apart.

Big Wave Bye-Bye
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How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

The best answer remains:  Don’t be in the inundation zone when one comes ashore.

A Big New Problem for the Equality of Outcome Crowd
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Your inherited genes control your IQ and may affect how well you do at exams | Ars Technica

We know that genes play a role in how well children do in school, but there are gaps in our knowledge: is this the same for different topics in school? And can this be explained largely by intelligence, or do other genetic factors contribute?

A recent paper in Nature Scientific Reports conducted a large-scale study on twins and unrelated people, finding that genes contribute to success in the full range of subjects from maths to art—and that the genetic influence stuck around even after they factored out the effects of intelligence. Other genetic, inherited traits might include mental health, personality, or motivation.

Guess what.  People are different.  And some of them are dumber than others.

Say.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to run IQ tests/genetic tests on racial demographics?  Heaven only knows what we might find.

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New WikiLeaks Cache Reveals a Decade of U.S. Spying on Japan

A new series of documents released by WikiLeaks reveals a list of 35 high-profile targets in Japan that the NSA has spied on since 2006.

The US has spied on Japan since at least 1930.  The US spies on everybody.  Are there still people so ignorant they don’t know that?

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Burning Question: What About The Penises?
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Why Families Are Bringing Kids to a Drug-Fueled Desert Hippie Festival

There’s a lot of nudity at Burning Man. Many Burners don’t just go naked — they celebrate it. It’s not uncommon to see a roving art car in the shape of a giant phallus spitting fire out of the tip.

Parents here argue that once you take the taboo out of nakedness, kids stop caring.

“My children just don’t care. It’s a non-issue” says Dawn LaPierre, the coordinator of KidsVille, one of Burning Man’s largest umbrella theme camps — housing about 110 smaller camps, each with multiple families.

But, what happens when kids ask questions about a giant penis, as one would expect them to do.

“ ‘Yeah that’s a boys thingy and that’s pretty much the gist of our conversation’,” explains Bartlett, who is used to defending his decision to judgmental parents.

“I don’t think any person on earth has been corrupted by a giant penis car,” concludes Harvey.

I dunno.  Has anybody asked Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, or the rest of their ilk about that?

OMG, Cats Are Carnivores! What Ever Shall An Ethical Vegan Do?
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The Animal-Lover’s Dilemma: I Don’t Eat Meat, but My Pet Does

When moral philosopher Gary Steiner first adopted his cat Pindar, the vet advised him to put the cat to sleep. A rescue animal, Pindar had tested positive for FIV (feline AIDS) and feline leukemia, and has since developed other chronic health issues, including kidney disease. Steiner decided to keep Pindar, triggering an ethical dilemma he still struggles with nearly a decade later.

In case you wonder why I don’t put a great deal of stock in “moral and ethical philosophy,” here’s a typical example.

These people are idiots.  This guy is an idiot.  And I think he dimly, dimly understands that this is the case.

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Krispy Checks the Historical Record, Whiffs Again
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Debate standings: Perry in 11th place – Steven Shepard – POLITICO

Christie appeared Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union” and downplayed his weak standing in the polls, noting that at this time in the 2012 election cycle, Herman Cain was leading the GOP field.

Yeah?  And so?

And actually not true.  The only people showing comparable numbers to you in early August of 2011 were…Herman Cain…and Tim Pawlenty, like you a governor of a marginal state.  Both were no-hopers.  Both failed to achieve the nomination.  Both are forgotten today.

Pretty much like you, Governor.

In fact, the eventual nominee led the GOP’s clownshow horse-race polling through most of July and August.  Mitt Romney was his name.  He averaged in the neighborhood of 20% during that period.

BTW, who is leading the current race, with about a 20% average?

Oh, that’s right.  Donald Trump.

I wouldn’t push those historical polls too  much if I were you, Krispy.

Her Cool Quotient Is Tied Up In Her Ancient Phone
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What It’s Like to Have the Oldest Phone in San Francisco

I live in the world’s most famous tech city, surrounded by the most advanced personal electronic devices. None of them, however, grab quite as much attention as my own phone does.

My phone was already old-fashioned when I bought it eight years ago, and by now, even a drug dealer would be embarrassed to own it. This has many consequences—most of them superficial, some of them downright worrying.

Aside from all the humble bragging on display here (I’m a San Francisco techno-Luddite, yay, me!), what’s most interesting about this article is how much the computers in our pockets have advanced in a mere eight years.

Navy Officer Who Returned Fire At Muslim Terrorist To Be Charged With Discharging A Firearm On Federal Property
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REPORT: Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack – The Gateway Pundit

A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist.

But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property.

Allen West reported this week that Lt. Commander Timothy White

Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received yesterday, I can confirm that the United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.

The text message asked if it would be possible for Lt.Cmdr White to reach out to me. To wit I replied, affirmative.

What kind of freaking idiots are in charge of our Armed Forces — pardon me, our “unArmed Forces”?

America-hating Marxists?  Just a guess.

What would they prefer that Abdulazeez had been able to kill all the Marines and Sailors at the Naval Support Reserve Center?

Yes, of course they would, if that was the price for continuing to leave our military men and women unarmed and defenseless against Muslim terrorist attacks.

Oh, Dear: Cop License to Steal Under Attack In Oklahoma
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Outrage over Forfeiture Reform Is Unjustified | Cato Institute

Despite the relative modesty of the reform, the response from Oklahoma law enforcement has ranged from hostile to apoplectic.

Well, sure.  When you tell the armed bandits of the police state that they aren’t going to be allowed to commit their armed robberies as freely – and to as great a personal benefit – as before, naturally they are going to be outraged at the notion that possessing a gun and a badge is no longer a license to (literally) steal.

UPDATE:  Welcome, Instapundit readers!

Shop the Knife Store at Amazon For Great Deals On Everything Sharp
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The Knife Store at Amazon

Hunting knives, folders, craft and utility blades, everything with sharp edges. Everybody needs a knife – or six. Here are a bunch of good ones. Buy in bulk. You can’t have too many.

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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Illegal Alien May Have Raped and Murdered, But For God’s Sake, Don’t Rant At Him!
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Ohio Judge to Illegal Accused of Murder: ‘I Can’t Set a Bond High Enough’ :: Grabien – The Multimedia Marketplace

Ohio Judge to Illegal Accused of Murder: ‘I Can’t Set a Bond High Enough’ (Mediaite)

2016 GOP hopeful Donald Trump is about to get more fodder for his anti-Mexico push, because yet another illegal immigrant has been accused of committing acts of violence against American citizens — this time in Painesville, Ohio.

Juan Razo is accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl, shooting and injuring another woman, and eventually shooting and killing 60-year-old Margaret Kostelnik. All of this happened on July 27, at the end of which Razo eventually surrendered to the authorities after a brief shootout.

During Razo’s hearing on Friday, Judge Mike Cicconetti ranted against Razo and his legal counsel after learning that Razo was an undocumented immigrant without a green card, a visa or any kind of legal identification. Mainly because, as it turns out, Razo had recently been detained by federal authorities, but was subsequently set free. He eventually set the suspect’s bond at $10 million after exclaiming, “I can’t set a bond high enough.”

Grabien, the source of this story, is a clearinghouse for leftish-slanted propaganda treatments of progressive causes.  As such, they are a reliable indicator of what the current “We have always been at war with Eastasia” conventional wisdom on the American left is.

Here, after a 35 year old illegal alien tries to rape a 14 year old girl, then shoots two women, killing one, and finally engages in a shootout with the police before surrendering, the tone of the article is barely-concealed outrage that some hickish, boobish flyover country judge “ranted” at the boy murderer.  And the takeaway?  This will only give Donald Trump more “fodder” for his “anti-Mexico push.”

I think what we’re really seeing here is a barely concealed cry from the left:  Houston, we have a problem!

And the problem is that a combination of reality and Donald Trump is ripping the rotten scabs off the purulent running sore that is the American Ruling Class’s lust for scamnesty.

iTunes Not MyTunes
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Here’s How Much Better Apple Music Could Be Without iTunes 

Apple Music on iOS? Pretty good! Apple Music on your desktop? Pretty widely criticized as a steaming pile of garbage—largely because of the messy iTunes integration.

More and more users have pointed out the growing problems with iTunes of late; just this week, The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer gave us a long, very specific rundown of all of the user experience screw-ups that prove iTunes Really Is That Bad. Meanwhile, “the iTunes Store back-end is a toxic hellstew of unreliability,” writes Marco.org’s Marco Arment. “Everything that touches the iTunes Store has a spotty record for me and almost every Mac owner I know.” Some have even wondered if splitting Apple Music off of iTunes would help, as Ben Lovejoy recently suggested.

iTunes is the single biggest reason I hate Apple. 

Ruling Class Dogs
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Zuck Is Having a Baby, But What About That Adorable Dog?

Congratulations have been pouring in ever since Mark Zuckerberg posted (on Facebook, of course) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a daughter in a few months. It’s wonderful and all (mazel tov, you two!), but most people took a look at their photo and wondered, is that a dog—or a mop?

Yes, the dog looks like a mop. It’s supposed to look like that. Zuckerberg’s dog (“Beast”) is a meticulously-groomed example of a small Hungarian herding dog called a Puli.

Nothing says “I’m rich enough to be able to afford to have somebody do that, and you’re not,” like a Puli.

Cute dog, though.  But all dogs are cute.

At Amazon: One Stop Shopping For Emergency Supplies
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The Emergency Preps Store at Amazon

This is where you start.

Big Savings on Standby Power for the Entire House

My sister has one of the big propane Generac models, and she never stops thanking me for talking her into buying it. It’s saved her bacon during summer tornados and winter blizzards several times.

The Berkey Water Filter Store at Amazon

Berkey is my main water-filter, both for everyday and emergencies. I keep mine in the kitchen, constantly refilled with tap water. Berkeys will even filter out impurities as small as viruses. I have several different filter systems, as well as other water purification methods, but Berkey is the one I’ve used every single day for the past four years.

Dynarex N-95 Flat Folded Respirator and Surgical Masks – Box of 20 Individually Wrapped N95 Masks. Meets CDC Guidelines for TB Exposure, NIOSH Approved. Protects against transfer of microorganisms, bodily fluid and particulate material.

Dynarex Nitrile Exam Glove (non-latex) Powder Free – Large, 100 Count (Pack of 10)

Disposable Hooded Coveralls For Every Size

Uvex S8510 Bionic Shield, Black Matte Face Shield, Clear Polycarbonate Anti-Fog/Hardcoat Lens

Your first line of defense against airborne body fluids, coughs, and sneezes is to not let them touch any part of you in the first place.

At Amazon: The Mountain House Emergency Food Store

Mountain House can be slightly more spendy than some other brands, but in my experience it offers a wide variety of very tasty and easily prepared long term storage foods. Essentially you just add water and heat. In some cases water is enough.

Much of my base long term food is in the form of popcorn (I have a grain mill – and the cornbread I make from freshly ground popcorn is the best I’ve ever eaten), pasta, rice, and beans. But I have several cases of Mountain House stuff to go with it – pour the beef stew over a plate of rice for a tasty and filling meal, for instance.

Water Purifiers at Amazon

Would you be able to keep yourself supplied with pure water if your local water plant shut down for any reason? I would.

I take a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. I can’t prove it, but I think they do me a lot of good. At least I seem to be in considerably better shape than most guys my age – 68. If you take them, make sure you have a couple month’s supply on hand at all times.

Multi-Serving Emergency Food Supply Kits

All-in-one emergency food for a week, a month, or a year. Saves having to think about what you want to store. Get it all at once, and in one shipment. These kits last for at least twenty years, by the way. Buy once, stop worrying.

The Emergency Preparations Bookstore at Amazon

There are ways to keep a collection of e-books in a grid-down emergency, but many preppers prefer a dead-tree library of such things. I have a core library in that format, although most of my stuff is digital. Of course, I do have ways to use e-books more or less perpetually.

Emergency and Long Term Storage Foods and Supplies

In order of importance, there are three things you need to get through an emergency: Water, food, and shelter/power. This helps cover the first area.

Save 50% On Pet Supplies

Get your pets something nice….and make sure you’ve got a few weeks of food on hand for them, too.

The Grocery Store at Amazon.com – Stock up!

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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Bringing It All Back Home, Jerry Brown Style
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In The Rush To Kill Their Lawns, Californians Are Killing Their Trees

The good news yesterday that California cut urban water use by 27% came with a sad asterisk. In their frenzy to disable their sprinklers and eradicate every inch of water-sucking grass from their drought-plagued yards, Californians are accidentally killing their trees. And some of them are falling over dead.

The Associated Press brings to light one of the most misunderstood parts about saving water: Even if you’ve decided to stop watering your lawn, you still need to keep the trees alive.

The morons who run my condo association, probably facing huge fines if they didn’t go along, shut off all “public” watering throughout the complex.  Yesterday, as I was setting out on my bike ride, I heard a cracking sound followed by a loud, metallic crunch.

A huge tree, once green and strong, now brown and sickly, had dropped a gigantic limb onto the top of a Ford F250 belonging to one of the construction guys working on the new complex across the street.

I’d laugh, but for the fact that when we buy him a new truck, all of us residents will have to kick in for the assessment.

And our lawns now look as lively as the Gobi Desert – which, I have to admit, does match the paint job of the units.

Thanks, Jerry Brown, you miserable fucktard.  I hope no Delta Smelt were injured in the destruction of California’s water supply.

Michael van der Galien: Trump Is A Perfect Fit for Traditional GOP Nomination
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Don’t Worry, TrumpMania Will Fade Away | PJ Tatler

It’s very simple. When it boils down to it, Trump is not actually conservative.

Well, that should certainly disqualify him.
 
The way it disqualified Richard Nixon, Gerry Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mittens Romneycare., and Jeb Bush.
 
Oops.  Do you really want to go there, pal?
 
 
 

Trump/Palin?
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Trump builds his political machine | TheHill

While strategists say Trump still got a ways to go to catch up to his rivals for the White House, he is taking aggressive steps to build a political machine, particularly in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

With his popularity among Republican voters seemingly impervious to controversy — even rival Jeb Bush has called his candidacy a “phenomenon” — the billionaire businessman is in an enviable position heading into the first Republican debate on Thursday in Cleveland. “The proof is in the pudding: He’s winning. So by definition doing the right thing… People like his attitude. He’s a scrapper. He fights,” one political strategist said.

“He jumped into the race and stunned everyone by soaring to the top of polls — and maintaining a lead,” the strategist said. “Now he’s building the infrastructure around it and he’s putting together a pretty good campaign team.”

Earlier this week, Trump announced that he’d hired Michael Glassner, a former chief of staff to 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Also head of her SarahPAC until recently.

So, exit question:  Trump/Palin?

Or, more likely, a Trump-financed run for Maverick McCain’s slot in Arizona?

Would it fly?

Jizz Watches the 70s. I Lived Them
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Yeah, yeah… you fight like a girl « Hot Air

Another historical example showed up recently in the context of a different CNN show I’ve been watching… The 70s. In one episode they talked about the era as a turning point in the rise of feminism. For an example, they talked extensively about the “game changing” moment when Billy Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs. But when feminists take that glorious stroll down memory lane, there are a few facts which they seem to forget or conveniently overlook. King was 29 at the time and fresh off her victory at Wimbledon. She was in the best shape of her life and was either the number one or number two women’s player in the world, depending on if you asked Margaret Court. Bobby Riggs was also a Wimbledon champion. In fact, he’d won the tournament in 1939. The guy was in his mid fifties, panting and huffing, and he still managed to take ten games from her over the course of three sets. Is there anyone who honestly thinks she could have taken more than a game or two from Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors or any of the other men seeded at Wimbledon that year?

I remember that circus well.  He started out by crushing Margaret Court – so nobody needed to ask her whether she was number one or not.  And it is now generally accepted that Riggs threw the match to King in order to pay off his gambling debts – he’d been an enormous favorite going in, so if that was the case, some gamblers likely got very rich out of the deal.

Then there is the other semi-famous fiasco, the Jimmy Connors/Martina Navratilova (she was at the absolute top of her game, the game of the greatest female tennis player who ever lived – depending on whether you ask the Williams girls about it) match of 1992, in which the rules were loaded in Navratilova’s favor (Connors was well past his prime by then, but still playing professionally).  Connors crushed her.

As for the likes of Billie Jean King playing Jimmy Connors in 1973 and “taking a game or two,” phooey.  She’d have been lucky to return a serve or two.   Any “match” would have gone 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 for Connors.

These sorts of things enrage progtards and SJWs who love to pretend that all men are equal means all are equally capable.  This is an obvious lie, and yet another reason so much of progtardian theology is delusional.  It has nothing to do with reality.

Of course, there is a lot of that going around these days, and not all of it among progtards.

First Time I’ve Agreed With Jimmy Carter in Ages
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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

Well, he should know.

Of course, what he’s really pissed about is that the Democrats no longer have a near monopoly on the Boodle Train, now that the GOP billionaires get to play, too.

Vote GOP Because…SCOTUS!
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THE JUDGE WHO BLOCKED RELEASE OF ABORTION STING VIDEO: “Judge William H. Orr…

A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THE JUDGE WHO BLOCKED RELEASE OF ABORTION STING VIDEO: “Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation. Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.”

Remember, when you elect a President, you’re also electing a whole lot of other people.

Yeah, like Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, David Souter, Sandra Day O’Connor, and John Paul Stevens, all GOP  appointees (Two of them appointed by Reagan!!!).  So be sure and vote for Jeb, you suicidal morons.