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Aug 07 2017

Open Thread


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86 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Mr. Freemarket says:

    And here I thought Hillary was the worst candidate possible.

  2. jayesouthworth says:

    I hate her as much as I do Obama!

  3. Angel says:

    Still angry at Dave for being so vocally wrong about everything in 2016.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    Come on now… it’s time to put the past behind us and move on.


    Miami-Dade complied with Trump to change its ‘sanctuary’ status. It worked.

    For the first time since it began extending the detentions of local inmates sought for deportation, Miami-Dade County received word from Washington that it won’t be treated as a community giving “sanctuary” to immigration violators.

    An Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez from the Justice Department said “there was no evidence” Miami-Dade was out of compliance with an immigration provision of a federal police grant worth about $480,000 this year to the county.

    Shortly after President Donald Trump took office promising an immigration crackdown, Gimenez reversed a 2013 county policy and ordered Miami-Dade jails to begin honoring requests by immigration officers to extend the detentions of people in local custody who are also being sought for possible deportation.

    Miami-Dade is the only large jurisdiction known to have made that kind of change, which the County Commission endorsed in February. As a result, it has been assumed Miami-Dade would be shielded from any loss of federal funds the Trump administration engineered as part of a broader effort to punish communities not cooperating on immigration detentions.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    Can we wean Elon Musk off government support already?

    Tesla’s new Model 3 has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon. The critics seem to love it, and Tesla management says it’s already received deposits for 500,000 of the vehicles. Perhaps now Elon Musk can finally get his hand out of U.S. taxpayers’ wallets?

    Musk is, to be sure, an ideas man. Private, commercial space travel? Check. Washington to New York in less than half an hour in what he calls a “hyperloop” train that will travel at 800 miles per hour? Check. A new kind of tunneling engineering? Check. Solar energy? Check. Electric cars? Check, check.

    As wide-ranging as these various entrepreneurial ventures may be, they all have one thing in common – not a single one of them would get funding in a competitive private capital market if it weren’t for massive (and I do mean massive) taxpayer-funded government subsidies.

    A study published two years ago by The Los Angeles Times revealed that just three of Musk’s ventures – SolarCity Corp. (which manufactured and installed solar energy systems before its 2016 merger with Tesla Motors Inc.), Tesla Motors Inc. (which manufactures electric vehicles), and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX (which builds rocket ships) – had received $4.9 billion in government subsidies to that point in time. By now, Musk’s various ventures have sucked well over $5 billion from government coffers.

    It’s Time to Stop Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Elon Musk and Cronyism

    From Enron to Bernie Madoff, at the end of every great American financial scandal, the totality of the perpetrators’ greed seems to be matched only by the public’s incredulity at how such a thing could be allowed to happen.

    And thanks to Elon Musk, there’s a good chance we may all be asking this question again soon.

    The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have launched a probe into tax incentives paid to solar companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The committee probes, led by their respective Republican chairmen, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, have found an appropriate and disturbing target to begin this work.

    SolarCity, a solar installation company set to be purchased by Tesla Motors Inc., is one of the seven companies named in the initial investigation.

    Already grossly subsidized, Musk’s SolarCity has become an albatross of waste, fraud, and abuse of tax payer dollars. As legitimate earnings and cash become even scarcer for SolarCity, its entanglement in the Tesla empire suggests that a drastic reckoning not only is imminent, but in fact emboldening Musk to become more outlandish and reckless.

    Notably, SolarCity is run by Musk’s cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive. During his chairmanship at SolarCity, Musk’s family enterprise has taken in billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies from both the federal and local governments. But the subsidies and sweetheart deals were not enough, as losses and missed projections continued to mount.

    Ultimately, rather than endure the embarrassment of collapse and further damage to the public image of Musk and Tesla, the cousins conspired to have Tesla simply purchase SolarCity this year. The conditions of the deal screamed foul play.

    To say nothing of what sense it might make for an automaker to purchase a solar installation company, Tesla stockholders were being forced to absorb a failing, cash-burning company and pay top dollar to do so.

    While cost cutting and corporate restructuring should have been the priority for a company swimming in debt and burning through available cash, SolarCity in fact has been doubling down on the failed model of taxpayer support. The desperate thirst for handouts has manifested itself in some of the murkiest political waters imaginable.

    Thanks to Musk’s cozy relationship with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, the state has granted at least $750 million of its taxpayers’ money to SolarCity, building the company a factory and charging it only $1 per year in rent.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    Global… cooling? Nope – just like the warm times, merely normal, natural weather variability.

    Get ready for the fall…in temperature! Unseasonably chilly August ahead for the eastern two-thirds of the US with 60F lows lasting up to TWO WEEKS.

    They call it “censoring” but really it’s just a return to honesty and what the science REALLY SAYS!

    Series of emails show staff at Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead

    Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead.

    A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers’ land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.

    On 5 April, Suzanne Baker, a New York-based NRCS employee, emailed a query as to whether staff are “allowed to publish work from outside the USDA that use ‘climate change’”. A colleague advises that the issue be determined in a phone call.

    Some staff weren’t enamored with the new regime, with one employee stating on an email on 5 July that “we would prefer to keep the language as is” and stressing the need to maintain the “scientific integrity of the work”.

    Except the so-called “science” isn’t, and it has no integrity. It’s a proven fraud from start to finish. Yes, climate change is real. Yes, global warming (and global cooling) are real. But humans aren’t a measurable influence on any of them.

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    College degrees becoming irrelevant, useless:

    A University of Georgia professor has adopted a “stress reduction policy” that will allow students to select their own grades if they “feel unduly stressed” by the ones they earned.
    Similarly, students who feel stressed by “group dynamics” are allowed to walk away from their groups without explanation, and will only be graded on “non-group work.”
    The professor acknowledges that “this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material,” but says this is each student’s own responsibility.

    In a real world, in a fair world, this university will not allow any course with such policies to count towards graduation, a degree or GPA. Or they should risk failure of accreditation.

    According to online course syllabi for two of Dr. Richard Watson’s (a “Regents Professor” at the university, a title “bestowed by the Board of Regents on truly distinguished faculty”) fall business courses, he has introduced the policy because “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.”

    As such, if students feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course,” they can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.

    “If in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members,” the policy adds, saying such students can “discontinue all further group work” with their remaining grade being “based totally on non-group work.”

    Similarly, when it comes to “tests and exams” for Watson’s “Data Management” and “Energy Informatics” courses, all will be “open book and open notes” and “designed to assess low level mastery of the course material.”

    Finally, for in-class presentations, Watson will allow “only positive comments” to be made, while “comments designed to improve future presentations will be communicated by email.”

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    We were wondering where that person went.

    Human skeletal remains were found Monday in a residential septic tank in Newberry.

    Property records show Jathan Sean Barnes and Lesa Ann Delauder own the mobile home where the remains were found and bought the property from Wilfred James Schutt in June 2016.

    Somebody got some ‘splainin’ to do!

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    Great again:

    More Than 1.1 Million Fewer Americans on Food Stamps Under Trump

    Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to 41,496,255 in May 2017, the most recent data available from the USDA, from 42,691,363 in January 2017 when Trump took office.

    Food stamp participation on average in 2017 has dropped to its lowest level since 2010, and the latest numbers show that this trend is continuing.

    Trump proposed cuts to SNAP in his 2018 budget proposal, suggesting that states match up to 20 percent of federal money allotted for the food stamp program and expand work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps.

    Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has also prompted many immigrants, both legal and illegal, to cancel their food stamps over concerns that they might be denied citizenship or deported.

    Federal lawmakers are also working on legislation that would seek to expand food stamp work requirements and put time limits on how long those enrolled in the food stamp program can receive benefits.

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    Desecrating a Bible on TV then… Where is she now?

    Troubled singer Sinéad O’Connor has posted an online video saying she’s suicidal — and living in a motel “in the arse end of New Jersey.”

    “I’m all by myself. And there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist, the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero, and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment … and that’s kind of pathetic,” the “Nothing Compares 2 U’’ singer says, weeping.

    “I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the arse end of New Jersey” — Hackensack, she said.

    “I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.

    “Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t give a s–t who you are, and equally what’s worse, it’s the stigma, it doesn’t give a s–t who you are.

    “And suddenly all the people that are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s–t.’’

    Part of her mental illness is this crazy belief that people are somehow required to love you and take care of you.

    And thinking you can treat them like SHYT and they still have to love you and take care of you.

    O’Connor’s married four times and has four children.

    The singer-songwriter, who told Oprah a decade ago that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, threatened to commit suicide in May after she lost custody of her 13-year-old son.

    In a lengthy Facebook post, she told Ireland’s Child and Family Agency they will “have a dead celebrity on their hands” if she wasn’t reunited with her boy.

    “I gave so much love in my life and I just can’t understand how a person can be left all alone,” O’Connor said in the 12-minute video posted Thursday.

    “I hope this video will be helpful,” O’Connor continued, as she detailed how she had to flee Ireland to avoid the stigma of suffering from three mental illnesses.

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    More proof blacks can be racist, Maxine waters IS racist… but wouldn’t it be great?

    California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters wouldn’t rule out the concept of an all-black political party when asked about it on Monday.

    Waters suggested that when black people are “strong enough” they may branch out into their own party.

    After black people fully participate in politics, she said, “then you can raise that kind of question–whether we are strong enough to talk about organizing another party.”

  12. Mattiermidkiff says:


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  13. Frank says:

    And they wonder why people drag them behind pickup trucks…

  14. Frank says:

    Small wonder the give-me-everything-I-want-withthout-making-me-work-for-it crowd are apoplectic about conservative lawmakers being in control. Trump derangement syndrome is the most entertaining thing ever!

  15. Frank says:

    Good luck to those precious snowflakes if anyone is foolish enough to hire them. I’m so damned old I actually attended a university that taught me how to think for myself and also taught me management skills that made me successful. What a concept!!!

  16. Frank says:

    Just when you become convinced that liberals couldn’t possibly come up with a worse candidate for any given office, they surprise you!

  17. Frank says:

    They already have the New Black Panther Party. Meet the new thugs. Same as they old thugs.

  18. physicsnut says:

    google JUST CREATED A MARTYR — smarty pants totalitarians.
    they think they are the Vanguard of the Proletariat.
    >> CENSORSHIP WARNING – coming to the USA
    just LIKE CHINESE “internet”
    YouTube has also rolled out a “trusted flagger” program,
    in which 15 “expert NGOs and institutions” to help them
    identify hate speech and extremism on their platform.

    Among these organizations are the No Hate Speech Movement,
    a left-wing project pushed by the Council of Europe,
    as well as the Anti-Defamation League, an organization
    whose president has been accused of “manufacturing outrage”
    by the World Jewish Congress.

    YouTube is also planning to artificially alter its search results
    so that searches for “sensitive” topics on YouTube no longer return
    the most popular videos, but a “playlist of curated YouTube videos
    that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages.”

    The platform also plans to artificially promote videos created
    via its “Creators for Change” program, which, in YouTube’s words,
    features creators who are “using their voices and creativity to
    speak out against hate speech, xenophobia and extremism.”

    We’ve started rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to YouTube. When people search for sensitive keywords on YouTube, they will be redirected towards a playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages. We also continue to amplify YouTube voices speaking out against hate and radicalization through our YouTube Creators for Change program.

    funny – TheHILL does not report on this – or AWAN bros
    funny – alternet, SALON do not report on it.

    paul joseph watson gets it right (again) I hope Pat Condell weighs in
    what the Left does – do it right back to them
    and find out who is behind this crap, and expose every one of them
    // blacklisting at google
    // just heard Buck Sexton – sounds level headed and analytical

    // he salon loonies have a piece this morning –

  19. Anonymous says:

    Anything “curated” is crap.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Be a cam ‘ho? (But that’s not supporting harmful gender stereotypes, of course… )

  21. Kevcar says:

    Wow you absolutely chugged that kool-aid!

  22. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Kid wants a Trump birthday cake. No bakers in California will bake him one.

    See also:

    That’s right….bakers can be forced to bake cakes for same sex weddings, but they can refuse to bake cakes that they politically disagree with…

  23. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Precision military-like raid of arsenal in Venezuela captures many weapons from government.

    Here is a photo of some of those that the authorities say are responsible for the raid….

  24. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Musk will stop trying to get government money just after Planned Parenthood says they don’t need the half billion they get each year from the government.

  25. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Doubtless a worker just fell in when the tank was being installed…and no one noticed.

  26. Mr. Freemarket says:

    If I lived in New Jersey, I’d be depressed, too.

  27. Mr. Freemarket says:

    I’d love Maxine to form her own party that only allows blacks. Of course I expect that she wouldn’t accept any support or votes from whites. That would be wrong.

  28. Anonymous says:

    It’s just Leftism that’s the principle, nothing else…

  29. Frank says:

    Maxine Waters-her-Panties standing behind a podium bearing the presidential seal is the scariest, most sickening thing I’ve seen in years!

  30. TED says:

    THAT FACE should NOT be allowed in public or reproduced IN ANY WAY!!! What a BLACK-HOLE of ignorance!!!

  31. Frank says:

    Good old (emphasis on “old”) Maximum Stupidity Maxine’s a perfect democrud. I hope they run her for president. What would you get if you bred Maxine Waters-her-knickers to Da Revund Al Not-too-sharpton? I don’t know. My brain was too traumatized by the prospect to function!

  32. TED says:

    Actually, the SAME OLE’ DEAL!!!

  33. TED says:



  34. Frank says:

    They already have the congressional black caucus, the black miss America contest, EEOC, NAACP, SPLC, affirmative action, etc. Why not have a segregationist black political party?

  35. Frank says:

    I feel awfully bad for Skinhead O’Connor.

  36. EugeneAustin says:

    After seeing that, my wife had to call 911 for me. It’s a good thing the paramedics got here in time with the defibrillator.

  37. KirklesWorth says:

    CNN tries to spin low unemployment into a liberal jab at America.

    CNN: There have never been this many job openings in America

    The U.S. boasted 6.2 million job openings in June, a record level, according to a Labor Department report published on Tuesday. The high number of job openings illustrates a strength and a weakness of the U.S. job market. On the good side, American employers are ready to hire. During the Great Recession, job openings plunged to as low as 2.2 million in 2009. The Labor Department began tracking open positions in 2000. On the downside, employers increasingly say they can’t find skilled and available workers to fill their open positions. A growing debate has emerged among economists: Some say American workers need better skills while others argue that employers need to offer higher wages to attract better talent.

  38. KirklesWorth says:

    I thought that was “Madea goes to Washington”.

  39. Bodhisattva says:

    Apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is upset that Trump’s expectations match those of the people who voted the Republican majorities in the House and Senate into office.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vents about Trump’s ‘excessive expectations’ regarding legislation

    Apparently McConnell’s version of “The Democratic Process” is give the Democrats everything and screw those who voted for you.

  40. If Madame President Maxine Waters happens, I’m moving to Liberia.

  41. FriendOfJohnnyM says:

    “Ooooh eeee,
    oooh ahh ahh,
    ting, tang,
    walla walla bing bang”

  42. George Lortz says:

    I recall sometime ago, a certain professional bodyguard was jailed for this exact offence: trying to board an airplane at JFK with a firearm. The bodyguard’s client: Michael Moore. The irony is strong with this one.

  43. Bodhisattva says:

    I’m going to guess that was intended to be sarcastic.

    I don’t like to see anyone, even moonbats, suffering but this world is sometimes about suffering, particularly when you bring suffering on yourself as she has, so perhaps in cases like this I at least understand why the person is suffering to some extent.

  44. Bodhisattva says:

    I would love to see them revolt en masse and form their own party – but then the feckless Republicans would have even less motivation to get their act together.

  45. Bodhisattva says:

    When I was… I don’t know, 11… 12… I had this great plan to just study all the government programs that would give me money and live off that.

    It just wasn’t in me to become a leech on the taxpayers, so I rejected that idea. I see Musk didn’t.

  46. Bodhisattva says:

    I believe her lunatic plan is to first knock off Nancy Pelosi and take her place as minority leader, then win the House in 2018 and become speaker, then impeach Trump, then impeach Pence, in which case the speaker assumes the position.

  47. Bodhisattva says:

    Fool me once, shame on you.

    Fool me twice, you can’t get fooled again.

  48. I wish her Godspeed. One can only dream of foes as ideal as dear old Maxine.

  49. Bodhisattva says:

    Such universities still exist – though they’re few and far between and perhaps not so easy to discern these days.

  50. Bodhisattva says:

    Finally something supplanted Bush derangement syndrome. This one shows such delusion based diseases are progressive such that they get worse with time.

  51. Mr. Freemarket says:

    I was a government contractor for about 15 years, performing advanced research for various agencies. The avowed purpose of the programs I was participating in was to develop commercial applications for the technology I was developing, yet I found that I spent most of my time writing proposals for move government money.

    I also found that as government tastes change, so does its appetite for different types of research. You could go from being flavor of the month one year to complete indifference in a year or two. So I took the best ideas I could find, invested my money along with that of others and focused on the commercial market. It has had its ups and downs.

    Adam Corolla tells the story of how hard his mom worked to stay on welfare. It is quite enlightening.

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