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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

The Explosive Hillary Clinton
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Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton Fed ‘Meet the Press’ Questions In Advance – Breitbart

The latest dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails reveals that as Secretary of State, a source within “Meet the Press” was feeding her questions in advance.

A July 2009 email to Clinton reads, “I just heard from a friend who is wired at Meet the Press that David Gregory is going to ask you about…”

The mainstream media is notorious when it comes to hitting Republicans with tough questions. It is almost always about dropping them in a rhetorical, no-win box, “How is gay marriage different from segregation?”, or some such nonsense.

Democrats are never asked questions like this — never asked, “Why do you support aborting a baby far enough along to live outside the womb?”

In fact, as we can now see, Democrats are given the questions in advance of the test.

Because otherwise they could never pass.  Hillary Clinton, for instance, is not smart enough to think on her feet.  Her only “qualification” for the Presidency is that she married BJ Clinton decades ago – and she knows it.  The primary reason she never appears in anything but the most scripted of venues is that she can’t handle any sort of pressure without blowing her stack.  We’ve seen it before – “At this point, what the (hell) does it matter?”  Or the way she lashes out at importunate reporters or less-than-worshipful citizens.

These are the marks of a person who knows she is a sham, and as a consequence, has no self-confidence in public whatsoever.  She believes that her right to rule is based on the nature of her ideology, but she can’t say that – and beyond that justification, she has no other.

It shows.  And at some point down the road, it will do great damage to her candidacy.

The TSA Guys Junk-Groped the Wrong Morrissey at SFO
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Morrissey accuses male San Francisco airport officer of sexually assaulting him | Daily Mail Online

The usual gang of bigoted fucktards will go apeshit over the “San Francisco fag” aspects of this story, and ignore the real problem:  Yet another statist agency that believes it is fully entitled to treat private citizens in any way it pleases – and if said citizens protest, well, “that’s just their opinion.”

And their opinion doesn’t count.  Not when it comes to the petty ruling class that sucks like leaches from the anus of the true Ruling Class.

Pelosi Equals Boxer Equals Feinstein Equals San Francisco
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What Causes Income Inequality? by Francis Menton, City Journal July 31, 2015

Last year, Bloomberg Rankings published a national study on income inequality, using U.S. Census Bureau income data to rank each of the 435 congressional districts by economists’ standard measure of inequality, the Gini coefficient. The study found high levels of income inequality in areas of the country known for their political progressivism. Topping the inequality list was New York’s tenth congressional district, which covers the West Side of Manhattan and Wall Street—including City Hall. Of the top 25 spots, 23 went to Democratic districts—and not just any Democratic districts. The five congressional districts covering some part of Manhattan earned the first, sixth, ninth, 13th, and 20th positions. Congressional districts in solidly liberal Chicago, Cambridge, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Berkeley placed in the Top 25. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district ranked 14th on the list, while Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Miami Beach district placed 23rd. All of those congressional districts have long been associated with progressive politics; most have long since adopted at least some of de Blasio’s policy prescriptions, including extensive public and affordable-housing programs, generous welfare programs, relatively high and progressive state and local income taxes, and higher minimum wages.

Could it be that progressive policies intended to reduce income inequality actually cause it to increase? Quite likely, yes.

Duh.  I’ve been living in the midst of such colossal failures for decades here in Pelosi/Boxer/Feinstein San Francisco.

We’ve got it all when it comes to progressive policies, from rent control, to mandated affordable housing, to massive Section 8 subsidies, to mandated minimum wages, to city-mandated employer supplied health insurance,. to every other item on the progressive wet-dream policy check list.

And we have some of the worst “income inequality” in the country.  Here’s why.  Directly across the street from me, in my ghetto neighborhood, they are building a huge new condo development.  About 20 percent of the units are required to be “affordable.”  In San Francisco, that currently means a studio for about half a million dollars.  A corner, non-affordable two story two-bed townhouse with a pano bay view just sold for one million dollars.  Okay, that’s cheap for SF, but we live in a ghetto.  None of my Section 8 neighbors will be buying anything here any time soon.

Especially since most of them are low-skilled and poorly educated, which means that nobody is going to pay the inflated cost of hiring them – so they will remain permanently unemployed, and get poorer while the rich keep right on getting richer.

It’s insanity, but insanity is what our Ruling Class has been peddling for decades now.  I don’t see it stopping until it eventually collapses of its own accord, bringing everything down with it.

Shocking News! The GOP Base Hates The Gentry GOP
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Steyn: Trump’s Rise Shows GOP Base ‘Absolutely Hates’ Leadership – Breitbart

Columnist and author of “The Undocumented,” Mark Steyn said Donald Trump’s rise in the polls shows “the voter base of the Republican Party absolutely hates the Republican Party leadership and establishment” on Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

Steyn stated, “Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says this is temporary insanity on the part of whatever it is, 20-something percent of the Republican base. I think it was Einstein who said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, and expecting a different result, and the base supported the Republican Party establishment, delivered them a huge victory in 2010 in the House, and a huge victory in the House and Senate in 2014, and got nothing to show for it. And they’re tired of stiffed by the Republican Party establishment. And I think Trump’s rise in the poll, reflects actually nothing more sophisticated than the fact that the voter base of the Republican Party absolutely hates the Republican Party leadership and establishment.”

Yeah….
Everybody but the Gentry GOP has noticed.  We’ll probably have to keep on clubbing them in the face with a Trump for the next year or so, until the notion finally sinks in.

UPDATE:  Welcome, Instapundit readers!

Yeah, I Think the Lion-Killing Dentist Is Unspeakable
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Cecil the Lion’s Killer, Dr. Walter Palmer, Contacts Authorities – NBC News

I share Oscar Wilde’s sentiments about fox hunting in regards to this:  “The unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.”
 
Works for lions, too.
 
I think the notion of “trophy hunting” is obscene.  Hunt to put food on the table.  Hunt to manage wildlife populations.  Hunt to protect you and yours from predators.  And I’m okay with plinking birds, bunnies, squirrels and other such very numerous small game.  But this kind of crap?
 
I’ll find somebody else to weep over than this trophy hunting dentist. Somebody I think is more deserving.
 

Save 25% On Golf Gear
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Save 25% On All Golf Gear

Never too early (or late) to get ready to hit the links again.

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Imagine: Woman Who Has Sucked Money From the Rich All Her Life Regrets Having to Continue to Do So
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Democrats far behind GOP in raising money for ’16 super PACs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has a message for the country’s wealthiest Democrats: I need you, unfortunately.

“We’re going to have to do what we can in this election to make sure that we’re not swamped by money on the other side,” the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination said Thursday.

But when asked how she feels about encouraging large contributions to a group supporting her candidacy, she replied: “Do I wish that we didn’t have to be doing this? Yeah, I do.”

What’s most hilarious about this is not that AP reports it, but that it reports it without so much as a hint of a smile.

As if this limp squib of hackery were actual news reporting or something.

So…do you feel sorry for poor little Hillary yet?

Instapundit: It Needs to Be Said
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By all means, continue to visit and read Glenn’s site, for some of the wittiest and yet most penetrating commentary around, primarily from a low-keyed libertarian point of view.

But do yourself a favor and skip the comment sections, which have become a favored habitat of a bunch of howler monkeys who think the highest form of argument is to press the “Report This” button on any comment with which they disagree, or any commenter they happen not to like.  Or maybe, like Pavlov’s dogs, repeatedly pressing the button gives them a jolt of pleasure, and sends a tingle down their thigh.

When they press the Report button, the comment is hidden from open view.  You end up with threads in which half, or more, of the comments are hidden.

They do this, of course, because they are too stupid to mount defenses against those with whom they disagree, so playing that game is an admission of intellectual failure.  Worst of all, though, the mere existence of such an idiotic button more or less guarantees the eventual creation of an echo chamber congenial only to those who like to press that button.

It’s not worth the bother.  So read Glenn.  But avoid the howler monkeys flinging feces and Report buttons in his comment threads.

UPDATE:  No, I doubt very much that Glenn has anything to do with it.  It’s undoubtedly a function of PJMedia, which hosts his site.  All the comments over there have the same button.

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The Stupid Is Strong With This One
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » DEMOCRATS BEGIN TRYING TO DRAFT UNCLE JOE: With Hillary Clinton’s candidacy appearing ever weaker, D…

Biden’s rather long history of plagiarism–in law school, and as a public servant–is a telltale sign that he lacks the intellectual chops to serve as President.

Meh.  EPF demonstrates once again why I rarely bother with reading her posts all the way through.   She thinks that Biden’s “long history of plagiarism” will disqualify him from the Democrat party?  The same party that still lionizes admitted perjurer, rapist, sexual predator, and corrupt crook BJ Clinton?

Just Bought Trump’s 2011 Bestseller: Time To Get Tough
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TIME TO GET TOUGH: Trump’s Blockbuster Policy Manifesto |

In short, the RINO caucus’ knock on Trump is that his solutions are unserious, unmeasured, quixotic.

Yet if the chattering class fears Trump’s recent surge in the polls, they will go into panic-filled paroxysms when they read Trump’s smart and serious bestseller, Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

Among Trump’s many bestselling, anecdote-filled books, Time to Get Tough (originally published in 2011) stands out as his most penetrating, serious, and detailed enunciation of his political philosophy and policy views. Trump says it’s the “best book I’ve ever written” and is “better than The Art of the Deal.” Trump added, “It’s the hardest I’ve ever worked on a book. And it’s the most thought I’ve ever put into a book.”

It’s easy to see why. Backed up with nearly 250 endnotes, citing everything from Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports to Sherman Antitrust Act amendments to the Theory of Moral Sentiments, Trump’s book clearly lays out serious policy solutions to vexing U.S. problems. Welfare reform, cyberwarfare, energy, illegal immigration and crime, taxes, healthcare, national defense—you name it, Trump offers his plans, often including specific bills and amendments. Best of all, Trump does it all in his refreshingly blunt and authentic voice—the very voice now resonating with a citizenry fed up with the Political Class and its conceits.

Indeed, vestiges of the GOP Establishment, like Karl Rove aide Peter Wehner, have slyly chosen to aim the bulk of their barbs against Trump at his bumpersticker-style catchphrases or decades-old statements, not the factual policy discussions he offers in Time to Get Tough.

Detailed, innovative, and smart, Time to Get Tough rivals all other GOP presidential candidates’ books in both specificity and serious policy proposals. It’s a book to be read by conservatives and feared by Trump’s detractors.

That’s a pretty good review from Brietbart.  So I thought I’d read it.  Maybe there’s more to Trump than meets the eye.

I’ll report back.

The Truth Slithers From the Lips of America’s Top Socialist-Democrat
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She can’t explain the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist because there isn’t one.

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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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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.

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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.