Bill Quick

Valdosta State Case Puts College Officials On Notice: You Can’t Violate The First Amendment – Forbes

One of America’s worst problems today is that people in official positions (university presidents, police officers, and others) think they are above the law and never accountable when they act illegally.

Well, in all fairness, what the hell use is it to be part of the Ruling Class if you can’t rule?

Especially when the class motto is, “We write the laws that you have to obey.”

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Save Big On Women’s Jewelry

No, sorry, that new snowblower you were planning on getting her just isn’t going to cut it. Really. Trust me on this one.

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Could Be Worse: Prince Charles Could Actually Matter
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Prince Charles branded a ‘serial hypocrite’ after flying less than 70 miles to attend polo match – Home News – UK – The Independent

The Prince of Wales has been branded a “serial hypocrite” after it emerged that the heir to the throne– who prides himself on his green credentials – used a helicopter to fly less than 70 miles in order to attend a polo match.

Prince Charles has frequently spoken of the need to address climate change and has urged members of the public to cut their carbon footprint. In 2012 he declared “mankind must go green or die”, and earlier this year he encouraged Britons to mark Earth Hour by switching off lights to save energy and reflecting on “this extraordinary planet that sustains us all”.

The Prince of Wales is an inbred idiot.  It would never occur to him that a royal personage such as himself should, or ought to, be bound by the same rules he demands all others obey.

 

Democide: Suicide by Democracy
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David Cameron’s Muslim Muddle by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal July 30, 2015

The price of power, it seems, is being obliged to say what you know not to be true and not to say what you know to be true. Such is the lesson of Cameron’s speech, by no means the worst of its genre.

Well, who demands that price of power?  The idiot voters, that’s who.

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Jebster: Bye, Bye, Base, Hello, MInority Outreach
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Jeb Bush: Minority Outreach ‘Integral Part of My Campaign’ – Breitbart

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters.

Yeah, well, it’s not going to do him much good, because most of the objects of his outreach won’t be voting in the GOP primaries.  In the meantime, all his reaching out will shove the majority of GOP voters out of his reach.

He may be prepared to lose the primary in order to win the general – and I’m perfectly happy to see him run with that strategy.   Because he’s not going to win the general without first winning the primary process.

Shop the Incandescent Light Bulb Store At Amazon
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The Incandescent Light Bulb Store

Apparently that incandescent light bulb “ban” isn’t really that much of a ban. Amazon carries all sizes of incandescent bulbs. Surprisingly, on a bulb for bulb basis, most of them are cheaper than the compact fluorescent bulbs, and certainly less expensive than the new LED bulbs.

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The Global Religious Community Is Appalled by Nation States
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Cardinal Dolan Attacks Donald Trump as ‘Nativist’

Ever so “cleverly,” Dolan makes clear that in his opinion Trump is the revival of nativism, “an organized, white, Protestant antagonism towards the Catholic immigrant,” which for Dolan is just a more recent incarnation of the KKK and other racist organizations–an absurd claim–and perhaps one of the most ignorant statements and mean-spirited remarks I have ever seen a bishop state publicly.

Dolan:  Catholics should not have to respect borders because:  Mother Church is their nation.

Osama bin Laden:  Muslims should not have to respect borders because: the Muslim Caliphate is their nation.

Tell you what, both of you:  Take your divine rights and shove there where the sun don’t shine.

He’s Not a Child
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Murder arrest of 15 yr old boy reignites debate over adult sentencing rules « Hot Air

If convicted on the worst of the charges, Gonzalez could face life in prison without parole. But technically a fifteen year old boy is still a child. We’re faced yet again with the question of what to do with kids who commit crimes traditionally associated with adults. In some cases (and it varies state by state) juvenile offenders may wind up doing time in a special facility for youths and wind up back on the streets in a comparatively short period of time. They may be in some sort of reeducation program to attempt to straighten them out. But does that even work?

Alexander the Great was leading conquering armies at that age.  Hang him.

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
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Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

Here are several links that feature the equivalent of the Amazon Digital Dime Store (for you geezers old enough to remember what a dime store was….).

The Kindle Daily Deal

This Week’s Featured .99 Songs

100 Albums for $5

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 Or Less

These change constantly, so keep clicking the links:  You’ll always find something new.

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San People Should Look Twice at Big-L Libertarians
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Libertarians Should Look Twice at Planned Parenthood Defunding Efforts – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Yet GOP efforts to cut back on PPFA funding will likely provide little comfort to libertarians, either. Some Republicans have been proposing that the funding not be cut but simply transferred to nonprofit “crisis pregnancy centers,” which provide things like pregnancy tests, counseling, and baby clothes to pregnant women but do not offer abortions (or any sort of medical care).

Further complicating things is the fact that much of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes in the form of Medicaid reimbursement. To stop Planned Parenthood from getting that money, Congress would have to bar Medicaid patients from visiting there for generally covered services such as contraception, sterilization, and HPV vaccines. Ostensibly, Medicaid patients would go elsewhere for these services, saving nothing overall while imposing an arbitrary restraint on patient choice.

And these are the same Libertarians who howl like monkeys at me for suggesting that the government may (and in fact should) require citizens offering public accommodations for profit to offer them to all citizens, yet they are busily pushing the notion that eliminating government-funded “services” is a “restraint on patient choice.”

Cut’em anyway, and let the market decide about the purported “restraint on patient choice.”  Oh, wait.  That might not get you where you want to go?  Well, screw the market, then.  Am I right?

UPDATE:  Welcome, Instapundit readers!

 

Hey, Tim Mak, Don’t Look For a Trump Party Invite Any Time Soon
Bill Quick

Donald Trump Actually Thanks MSNBC Hosts After Seeing How They Handled ‘Pathetic Reporter’ Behind Story on His Ex-Wife | Video | TheBlaze.com

Co-host Joe Scarborough, who recently went through a divorce himself, argued that divorces are generally “ugly” and questioned the reporter on why digging up old dirt on Trump is relevant to the 2016 race.

Mak defended his reporting, saying it reveals parts of “Donald Trump’s personality” and the kinds of people he associates himself with.

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, visibly annoyed, replied, “You guys all let me know when you’re actually going to uncover something new.”

Something about Trump that the boobs in the hintertlands don’t sufficiently appreciate:  In NYC, Trump is right at the apex of the New Money Society.  He’s privately and personally generous to friends, his parties and dinner tables groan with people you’ve never heard of, and who aren’t necessarily welcome at the tables of the Old Society (although that is rapidly crumbling away, given that Armenian billionaires are buying up all their old homes and stomping grounds, relegating them to lives of quiet obscurity in distant ocean-side watering holes), but nonetheless, people who play huge roles in media, in banking, in politics, in entertainment, and in business. 

You know when you bitch about how the only thing politicians are really concerned with is their continued access to the cocktail and dinner parties of the rich and powerful?

Well, the Donald is one of the primary party-givers in that world.  If you are regularly invited to Trump fandangos in NYC, it means you’ve arrived in the Big Apple.

In other words, Trump has hidden resources a guy like Tim Mak, who probably never gets invited anywhere important, would not understand.  Or be prepared for.

Scarborough then generously ended the interview before things got ugly.

“He walked right into a buzzsaw,” he added.

I’ll say.

The Horse Race
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Trump Is Well Ahead As First Debate Looms – Rasmussen Reports™

Going into the first Republican debate of the primary season next week, it looks like Donald Trump, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush are guaranteed seats.

They’re the three leaders in Rasmussen Reports’ first national survey of Likely Republican Voters. After that, it gets a lot murkier. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Rasmussen Reports spokesman Leon Sculti is available for media comment on these poll results. Call 732-776-9777×205 or send e-mail to leon.sculti@rasmussenreports.com to schedule now.

Trump, the GOP presidential hopeful who has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, is well ahead with 26% support among Republicans. Walker, the Wisconsin governor best known for standing up to labor unions in his state, runs second with 14% support. Bush, a former Florida governor and the third member of his family to seek the presidency, is the first choice of 10%.

Among the 13 remaining major Republican candidates, their levels of support are: Texas Senator Ted Cruz (7%); former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (7%); Florida Senator Marco Rubio (5%); retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (5%); Ohio Governor John Kasich (5%) and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (3%).

Four candidates earn two percent (2%) support each – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former New York Governor George Pataki each pick up one percent (1%) of the Republican vote.

Fox News which is conducting the first debate next Thursday, August 6, is limiting the A-stage to the 10 candidates with the best poll numbers, so by our count that’s Trump, Walker, Bush, Cruz, Huckabee, Rubio, Carson, Kasich, Paul and one of the four two-percenters.

Likely primary voters are the ones you want to be measuring for a horserace – well, a clownshow – like this.  I note that for all the hooting about Fiorina, she’s still only getting about 1% of the vote.   But I presume the Fox honchos will still give her a slot in the big show, if only for entertainment value.  Of course, that might work to keep her in the little show, because everybody else there looks not only hopeless, but dull as dishwater.

I’m pleased to see that at least three of the top four are people I could at least consider voting for – and I’d be perfectly happy to see the GOP field reduced to Trump, Walker, Bush, and Cruz going forward after the first debate.

At this early stage of the game, however, name recognition is key, and the headlines Trump has been making in recent weeks have undoubtedly helped push him to the top of the heap.

Because no Republican has ever heard the name Bush before.

 

 

 

Lawsuit, Here We Cum!
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Stars of adult film reveal industry secrets in controversial Reddit thread

There’s a bit of info, nothing too surprising. But here’s the money shot. Er, money quote:

The producer also explained that, unlike many other professions, the gender pay gap operates in reverse in the porn industry with women earning more than their male counterparts.

One post read: ‘Women make WAY more then men, but their acts are itemised. Back in 2003, a girl could make $2,500 (£1,600) a scene depending on what she did. Men only made around $500 (£320).’

Free market and supply-demand be damned, if that’s not prima facie evidence of illegal discrimination, I don’t know what is.

Has-Been Hag Harasses Hunter
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Mia Farrow Tweets Lion Dentist’s Address, Faces Backlash

[Paraphrasing the article:] Worthless has-been goat-ass Mia Farrow, in a futile attempt to regain relevance, sent out the address of the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion over in Zimbabwe. However, the stupid slut sent out his business address rather than his home address, which is about useless on account of he’s temporarily shuttered the business because of death threats.

Saaaaay… you don’t suppose the stupid slut could be charged as an accessory to the assholes making the death threats, do you? Or maybe conspiracy? Not under the Ofuckface administration, which has already determined that the (white) dentist is guilty and will be sent to Zimbabwe to face a kangaroo court for something which appears not to be a crime, but in a nation which operated under the rule of law.

So anyway, turn-about is fair play. Mia Farrow appears to live in Bridewater, Ct, on Henry Sanford Rd. As always, this information is suspect, so don’t go fire bombing the house just on general principles. However, I did do a bit of digging which used resources beyond a simple Google search, and got the same location, so there’s a chance it’s correct. Still, um, don’t fire bomb, um… yah.

Multi-Serving Emergency Food Supply Packages – For One, Or the Whole Family
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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.

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Let’s Start By Checking the Effects of Disparate Impact in the Neighborhoods Where Congressmen Live….
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR HOUSING MOVES FORWARD: Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart reports on Affirma…

The Supreme Court has long recognized an important distinction between de jure (by law) versus de facto (by fact) racial segregation, with the former being forbidden by the Equal Protection Clause and the latter being, well, just the result of private conduct and human nature/preferences, and thus beyond the reach of the Fourteenth Amendment (which limits only “state”–government–action). Congress, however, has increasingly endorsed, via statutes–including the Fair Housing Act–that the notion that mere statistical differences in racial representation in private activities such as housing, mortgages, and employment, can constitute “racial discrimination” due to a theory called “disparate impact.

Get it?

People are far too eager to turn the Supreme Court into just another creature of the mob, as was done with the Senate – and yet it seems to me that by far the largest percentage of our problems are ginned up by Congress, not the court, at the behest of the mob.

In this case, SCOTUS has been protecting us from the racists’ authoritarian blank check and wet dream of “disparate impact,” which is really nothing more than an attempt to legitimize equality of outcomes, and so rewrite the Declaration of Independence to read “Life, Liberty, and a State Guarantee of Happiness.”

Maybe The Guys Have Finally Figured Out How Bad the Potential Deal Is
Bill Quick

The Great Teen Sex Decline? by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal July 29, 2015

Here are the facts. Sexual activity among 15- to 19-year-olds peaked by the early 1990s. The CDC’s 1988 survey reported 51 percent of females and 60 percent of males between the ages of 15 and 19 had experienced sexual intercourse at least once. That number fell by the beginning of the new century. By 2002, 47 percent of female teens and 46 percent of male teens reported being sexually experienced. As of 2006, the percentage among females fell another 2 percentage points. That’s where it remained until 2013, the date covered in last week’s report. Boys’ sexual activity, the report concedes, saw only “an insignificant change” since 2002. In other words, the “significant” drop in teen sex cited by an apparently publicity-hungry CDC occurred in the 1990s. Since 2002, early sexual activity among girls has declined only slightly, and since 2006, it hasn’t declined at all among girls or boys.

Unless I’m reading this wrong, it looks to me as if boys dropped their screwing rates from 60% to 45%, a percentage drop of 25%, while girls have only dialed it back by about 8%.  What could possibly account for such a disparity, I wonder?

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Hot Gas: “Obey and Enforce the Law” – What a Non-Starter!
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Trump: Deport illegals, but expedite the return of “the good ones” for legal status « Hot Air

Trump’s position will still find favor with most of those who have flocked to his banner on this issue, but it presents two all-but-impossible scenarios. First, deporting 11 million people might be theoretically possible but is completely impractical. It would take an enormous amount of resources for years just to identify those who needed to be deported, let alone the necessary police and court actions to accomplish the deportation, unless Trump and the GOP plan to re-use Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” argument from 2012, which went over oh so well.

That’s because Mittens Romneycare was a gutless pussy who pussied out when the DNC media attacked him over it.

It makes perfect sense, though:  US law makes it illegal to employ illegal aliens.  We could also make it illegal for them to receive any public benefits.  If the reasons they come here in the first place are jobs and/or for the public money, absent that, why wouldn’t most of them leave?

I think a large number of Americans could get behind something like that, if presented forcefully and honestly.  Which is certainly not the way any Hot Gasser will ever present it.

 

Illegal Aliens Get (Inadvertent) 15 Minutes of Fame
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Illegals Storm Beach During Fashion Shoot | VDARE – premier news outlet for patriotic immigration reform

Via Powerline Blog, and thanks to Paul Nachman for the tip, comes this video of illegal aliens, who could be from Cuba, or could be from anywhere in South or Central America, storming Miami Beach. From the Broward New Times:

About 6 a.m. on July 10, Ekaterina Juskowski was shooting a video of her friend, a model, near 36th Street in the heart of Miami Beach.

She noticed that a blue-green boat in the background — she thought it was a scuba boat — was coming closer to shore and thought, “They are ruining my video.”

I think your video is much improved, and much more important than the parade of prancing beach bimbos you originally planned.

I’ve Already Got All the Rubio Scandal I Need
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The next Rubio “scandal” breaks: he was on the West Miami city commission « Hot Air

For a guy who is currently languishing well down in the second tier of candidates for the Republican nomination, Marco Rubio certainly punches well above his weight class in terms of negative media attention.

The scandal where he told bald-faced lies to his constituency about his opposition to scamnesty in order to get elected, then immediately turned around betrayed them by leading the Gentry GOP effort to impose scamnesty and open borders on America was enough for me. 

Rubio is a treacherous liar who cannot be trusted.  That’s enough to ensure that he will never receive my vote for President – even if he’s running against Bernie Sanders.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients for Seniors
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Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients for Seniors

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.

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Social Justices
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Breaking: Los Angeles Superior Court Bars Pro-Life Group From Releasing New Videos About… – Linkis.com

Via Sacramento Bee

A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.

I don’t see how this can stand. Has SCOTUS permitted prior restraint of this sort when I wasn’t looking?

Frankly, if I were CMP, I’d go right ahead and publish anyway.  Unconstitutional judicial rulings aren’t enforceable, as far as I know.

Although they might want to make sure they are physically out of California when they do it.

Prior restraint | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition

Perhaps no First Amendment right is more secure than the news media’s right to publish information free from government censorship. While public officials frequently wish they could prevent newspapers, magazines and broadcast stations from publishing sensitive or embarrassing information, their ability to censor the media is extremely limited. These limits on prior restraint (as such censorship is also known) have been firmly in place for more than 70 years.

In 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court heard an appeal brought by the publisher of a small Minneapolis newspaper that had published several articles alleging that law enforcement officials were turning a blind eye toward local organized crime. The county attorney sought to prohibit further publication of the newspaper, citing a state statute that outlawed “malicious, scandalous and defamatory” periodicals. In Near v. State of Minnesota, the Court held that the statute constituted an unlawful prior restraint. Under the First Amendment, the Court said, publication of information, no matter how scandalous, can be prevented only in “exceptional cases,” such as to protect the recruiting or transporting of troops in a time of war or to prevent the distribution of obscenity.

Day Late, Billions of Brain Cells Short
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Change: American Jews Now Oppose Iran Deal, 45% to 40% – Breitbart

A plurality of American Jews now say they oppose the Iran nuclear deal, 45% to 40%–and a majority oppose the deal after they learn more about what is in it, according to a new poll.

Where’s my World’s Smallest Violin?  I might feel a bit of compassion for your willful, blind, suicidal stupidity, had not anybody with even two IQ points to rub together been able to figure out what a disaster this deal was months before it went down.

I mean, the Israeli Prime Minister himself tried as hard as he could to clue you morons in, but no…you were too enamored with the Black Man in the White House (and on the White Horse) to pull your fingers out of your ears and your heads out of your asses and listen.

So, once again, you dumbasses are late to the party.  Why is it the only thing many of you seem to be able to catch on time is trains?

 

Shop the Carhartt Big and Tall Store at Amazon
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The Carhartt Big and Tall Store

According to Mark Rippetoe, real men weigh at least 200 pounds. Could be….  At any rate, tough clothes here for big, tough men.

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They Used to Call Horse-Racing the Sport of Kings – Now It’s Golf
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Boehner unlikely to golf again with Obama | TheHill

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he is unlikely to hit the golf links any time soon with President Obama because people get “bent out of shape.” 

I feel his pain.  I mean, what’s the use of being a Gentry GOP Ruling Class big shot when you aren’t even able to get private dick-sucking time with the Supreme Leader?

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?

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Philips Sonicare HX6552/75 Easy Clean Electric Toothbrush 2 Pack

Also….

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.

Right. 

Liar.

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.

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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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