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Dec 16 2017

Open Thread

God is a sure paymaster. He may not pay at the end of every week, or month, or year, but I charge you remember that He pays in the end. - Anne of Austria

58 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Bodhisattva says:

    Pays… or collects His due. To (or from) all as they deserve.

    This is why moonbats are so desperate to claim there’s no such thing as freedom of choice and that alternative lifestyles (and the behaviors that define them) are a result of genetics, not choice.

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    Legal double standards continue to be revealed:

    Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe

    A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.

    In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team’s attorney alleges “unlawful conduct” by the career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) in handing over transition documents to the special counsel’s office.

    Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America (TFA), argues the GSA “did not own or control the records in question” and the release of documents could be a violation of the Fourth Amendment – which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    Langhofer wrote in Saturday’s letter that the GSA handed over “tens of thousands of emails” to Mueller’s probe without “any notice” to the transition.

    The attorney said they discovered the “unauthorized disclosures” by the GSA on Dec. 12 and 13 and raised concerns with the special counsel’s office. The Associated Press reported that the GSA turned over a flash drive containing tens of thousands of records on Sept. 1 after receiving requests from Mueller’s office in late August.

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    Progressives hunt down one of the last conservative Democrats
    Chicago-based Congressman Dan Lipinski has never before been targeted with so much political firepower.

    Powerful interests are lined up against him. Outside spending groups are forming to advocate for his defeat. National political figures have endorsed his opponent.

    And that’s just within Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski’s own party.

    Lipinski, one of the few remaining conservative Democrats in Congress, is under siege from the left, battling for his political life against progressives who are teaming up to replace him with a candidate far more in line with liberal orthodoxy.

    That candidate, Marie Newman, a businesswoman and former marketing consultant, already has high-profile endorsements from feminist icon Gloria Steinem and New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — an unusual show of opposition against a fellow Democratic congressional incumbent.

    Newman has also received a rare joint endorsement from a handful of influential progressive groups: NARAL,, Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Human Rights Campaign.

    While Lipinski is accustomed to drawing primary challenges in his Chicago-based district, he’s never before been targeted with so much local and national firepower.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    The media are killing themselves with botched anti-Trump reporting

    ‘Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good,” legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there’s a major news story over the past 70 years that the American media have botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I’d love to hear about it.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    He thought his attack stance would make up for his lack of anything worthwhile on his latest release.

    He was mistaken.

    A swing and a miss, in all respects:

    Eminem Comes for Trump on ‘Revival’ and Whiffs Big Time
    On his ninth studio album, the Detroit rapper tries his hand at politics…with mediocre results.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    For moonbats (who falsely claim some animals are “gay” when they engage in rape behavior to establish social pecking order) here is evidence interspecies sexual acts are “normal” and “acceptable”:

    Sex between snow monkeys and sika deer may be ‘new behavioural tradition’
    Following a report of monkey-deer interactions earlier this year, researchers have now recorded the behaviour in another group of monkeys

    “It is maybe a new/innovative behaviour that can be socially transmitted and will spread,” he said. “Monkeys do this according to the sex ratio at the reproductive season: if females cannot have access to males, they can have homosexual relations or relations with a deer.”

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    Funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Pentagon searches for… wait for it… UFOs!

    Reid initiated the program, which ultimately spent more than $20 million, through an earmark after he was persuaded in part by aerospace titan and hotel chain founder Bob Bigelow, a friend and fellow Nevadan who owns Bigelow Aerospace, a space technology company and government contractor. Bigelow, whose company received some of the research contracts, was also a regular contributor to Reid’s re-election campaigns, campaign finance records show, at least $10,000 between 1998 and 2008. Bigelow has spoken openly in recent years about his views that extraterrestrial visitors frequently travel to Earth. He also purchased the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, the subject of intense interest among believers in UFOs. Reid and Bigelow did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    As Omarosa Manigault Newman exits her job in the White House, a bizarre video showing her less, er, stateswomanly side has emerged.

    A pop-culture polymath sent Page Six a link to “Soul Sistahs,” an ultra-camp, hyper-kitsch, uber-low-budget 10-minute sci-fi short film.

    While the plot is virtually incomprehensible, as far as we can tell it focuses on an intergalactic yenta in a housecoat who kidnaps Omarosa in an attempt to steal Donald Trump’s hair as part of a difficult-to-understand get-rich-quick scheme.

    The mini-flick was made back in 2006 — two years after Omarosa shot to fame on Trump’s NBC show “The Apprentice.”

    In this vaguely “Barbarella”-inspired work, the aging villain drugs Omarosa by feeding her spiked cake, whereupon the red PVC-clad former director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison goes off on a motorcycle to steal the future president’s hair in a showdown on top of a CGI-created Trump Tower.

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    Global warming is not the issue we need to be concerned about – global cooling is:

    The sun is blank, NASA data shows it to be dimming

    As the sun gets successively more blank with each day, due to lack of sunspots, it is also dimming. According to data from NASA’s Spaceweather, so far in 2017, 96 days (27%) of the days observing the sun have been without sunspots. Here is the view today from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite:

    Several scientists have predicted a “Maunder Minimum” type event which means significant global cooling and possibly even something akin to a mini-ice age.

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    In other news, as the magnetic activity of the sun decreases, influx of Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR’s) increase as has been observed by balloon measurements over California:

    A theory that shows promise, but one that climate alarmists dismiss with no valid basis for doing so, suggests that incoming cosmic rays cause greater cloud formation, increasing the albedo of the Earth and causing additional global cooling.

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    Remember moonbat predictions of “the end of snow” due to falsely alleged human induced global warming?

    (NOTE: The photos in this first link were, of course, taken during summer…)

    Reports of the impending demise of snow have been greatly exaggerated, it seems:

    With nearly 83 inches, this place is NY’s snowiest

  12. Bodhisattva says:

    Moonbats suggest seemingly dramatic sea level changes must me human-induced – yet they are not. In fact they’re not at all uncommon, in some respects:

    Ancient Biblical city ‘destroyed by earthquake 1,400 YEARS ago’ found INTACT underwater (Apparently it wasn’t “destroyed”, just submerged, by an earthquake – which is not that uncommon, in a sense.)

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    ANSWER: They got tired of watching their peers die.

    QUESTION: Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

    An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014.

    A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as IS struggles to survive, having lost most of its territory to campaigns by Western-backed Syrian and Iraqi coalition armies.

    Many thousands were certainly killed in the intense fighting, but US experts believe many have survived, posing a formidable threat going ahead.

    “The issue is: how many have died? How many are still there and willing to fight? How many have gone elsewhere to fight?” said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation.

    “How many have given up? I don’t think we have a good answer.”

    International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.

    In France, officials say, around 1,700 people went to Iraq and Syria since 2013 to join IS. Of those, 400 to 450 have been killed, and 250 returned to France.

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    Miss Israel: Iraqi contestant’s family forced to flee country over joint selfie
    Photo taken with Israeli, along with bikini pose, led to death threats against Sarah Idan’s relatives in Baghdad, Israeli contestant Adar Gandelsman says

    Relatives of the Iraqi contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant were forced to flee the Middle Eastern country over photos with her Israeli counterpart and Miss Iraq’s modeling in a bikini, Miss Israel told Hadashot news Wednesday.

    “The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

    Sounds plausible, but wait, THERE’S MORE:

    “Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down,” the Miss Universe Israel contestant added, referring to the family of Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, who now lives in the US.

  15. Bodhisattva says:

    The Democrats are trying to embarrass President Trump with a video of one of his nominees answering questions in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    So is ridicule of anyone nominated for a judicial position the new norm? Is it appropriate or even acceptable?

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    I have been observing politics for a long time, and have never seen anything like the present moment. The Democrats have dialed the hysteria meter up to 12 (actually they just replaced the old knobs that only went up to 11), and absolutely everything is a crisis. One type of faux crisis is particularly transparent. It is exemplified by the Left’s current fit over net neutrality, a policy that few understand and, I think, fewer still have much reason to care about. But leftists have figured out their messaging, as reflected in this absurd headline in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune:

    Whatever the FCC did, it certainly did not “overturn equal internet access.” Rather, the internet will be as it was in 2015 and in all previous years. Do you recall any problem with equal access to the internet before the introduction of “net neutrality” two years ago? No, neither do I. “Net neutrality” was a solution in search of a problem. Yet Democrats reportedly have been making death threats against the children of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    The FCC Just Voted to Roll Back Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
    New rules would require internet providers to be transparent about their services.

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on a party line vote today to rescind the net neutrality rules passed by the agency under President Obama. Two Republican-appointed commissioners joined agency Chairman Ajit Pai in a 3-2 vote to rescind the order and return to a standard that closely resembles the way the internet has been regulated for most of its existence. The vote was briefly delayed after security cleared the hearing room in the middle of Pai’s remarks in order to conduct a search.

    The Obama era rules reclassified internet service from a Title I information service to a more heavily regulated Title II telecommunications service, essentially treating it as an early 20th century utility, like the phone system. (As part of the reclassification process, however, the FCC declined to exert some of its regulatory authority.)

    The rules generally required internet service providers to treat most pieces of information that flowed over the internet equally, effectively setting up a non-discrimination standard for network management, content, and pricing. Those requirements will no longer be in force.

    Instead, the FCC will require ISPs to be transparent about their services, meaning that bandwidth throttling or other network management practices, which have sometimes been opaque to consumers, would have to be clearly labeled. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), meanwhile, would be empowered to regulate anti-competitive or anti-consumer behavior, stepping in when internet companies make promises to provide a service that they do not keep.

    Pai has framed the move as a return to the sort of “light-touch” regulation that has governed the internet since the Clinton era. “Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet,” Pai said in November when details of his plan were released.

    In a statement today, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Trump appointee who voted in favor of undoing the Obama era rules, noted that the internet would still be subject to federal oversight, noting that prior to the Title II reclassification, the FTC brought numerous privacy actions against ISPs and that federal antitrust law would still apply to internet service. “We are not giving ISPs free reign to dictate your online experience,” he said. “Our decision today includes powerful legal checks.”

    The Obama-era regulations came with numerous exceptions and exemptions, and called for the FCC to make many decisions about how ISPs could manage network traffic on a case-by-case basis rather than on clear rules. Supporters argued that the goal was to avoid undesirable rule-driven outcomes, but the effect was to empower federal regulators to decide which internet management innovations would be allowed and which would not.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    NBC paid off producer who accused Chris “leg tingles” Matthews of harassment, report says

    NBC paid thousands of dollars to an assistant producer on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” nearly two decades ago after she brought a sexual harassment complaint against the longtime host, The Daily Caller reported Saturday.

    The website, citing two sources, reported that NBC paid the woman $40,000 to settle her claim against Matthews in 1999. An NBC spokesperson told The Daily Caller the network paid a smaller, unspecified amount as part of a severance package.

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    Maybe, even though they were Canadian, they just couldn’t stand to live in a world where Trump is President?

    Canadian billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were reportedly found hanging in their mansion on Friday

    (police investigating it as a murder-suicide, apparently)

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    Oh the humanity!

    The Thomas fire is now threatening the homes of mansions of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and many other celebrities in Montecito.

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    What a moonbat chef considers to be “professional behavior”:

    Chef I’ve never heard of Jamie Oliver says that if he ever gets a chance to cook for Trump…

    I’d just use all of my training as a nutritionist to cook things that really make your asshole loose.

    He also says:

    I’m kind of hoping that I don’t have to go to America while he’s [Trump] in power,” he added. “I don’t know if I can hold it out but I’m going to try.

    How about you never, ever come here. You and your ilk are not welcome.


    Well, I don’t think that anyone would hire a British chef.
    That would be like taking your watch to a moslem watch repair shop.


    What about algore’s mansion?

  24. hoagie111 says:

    I’ve seen Oliver on The Food Network. Not impressed. He’s a spoiled, rich, leftist, gay Britocrat. Plus, he cooks as well as Stevie Wonder paints.

  25. Frank says:

    That hits the proverbial nail squarely on the head!

  26. Frank says:

    Has anyone EVER heard the phrase “British cuisine”?

  27. Frank says:

    It wouldn’t dare damage Fat Ass Al Gore’s low carbon footprint palace!

  28. Frank says:

    Did she claim Matthews sent a tingle up her leg?

  29. Frank says:

    The left operates under the guideline “if you have nothing to say, scream it hysterically.”

  30. Gunbunny56 says:

    And the idiots in Commiforia will spend Millions in Men and Material protection those homes.

  31. Frank says:

    islam, the “religion of peace”!

  32. Frank says:

    How are people like Fat Ass Al Gore and Barry Obama going to make money on global cooling?

  33. Frank says:

    That plot makes more sense than the FBI “insurance policy” against the unlikely event of Trump being elected.

  34. Frank says:

    A “breast for tat” affair between a politician and one of his donor-owners? SHOCKING, I SAY! SHOCKING!

  35. Frank says:

    “Any port in a storm.”

  36. Frank says:

    The next big thing to ignite some liberal college professor’s rocket ride to tenure and academic stardom.

  37. Bodhisattva says:

    Apparently yes he does have one (of his several energy inefficient homes) in Montecito as well.

    Montecito is an unincorporated census-designated place in Santa Barbara County, California. It is the wealthiest community in the county.

    As such, the Democrats should be happy to see it burn to the ground given their hatred of the rich.

  38. Bodhisattva says:

    Nothing nice to say?

  39. Bodhisattva says:

    They’ll find a way. Wait and see.

  40. Bodhisattva says:

    You just can’t make this stuff up…

    Kathleen Kennedy’s proposed industry commission to combat gender inequality is coming to fruition, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Two dozen top entertainment executives have come together to form and fund the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which will be chaired by Anita Hill. The attorney and Brandeis law professor was one of the first chosen by Democrats to make false allegations of sexual harassment for political purposes. Her complaints against Clarence Thomas were quickly proven to be completely false, a blatant attempt to corrupt the judicial nomination process.

  41. Bodhisattva says:

    What? She’s got a HUGE appetite. That’s all. Just look at her!

    ‘I will eat mum on Christmas day’: Grieving daughter to sprinkle mother’s ashes on turkey and pudding dinner
    Debra Parsons plans to scatter the ashes of mum Doreen on the Turkey and even save some for her Christmas Pud

    The crazy things moonbats do.

    Debra, 41, has felt the urge to EAT Doreen’s ashes since she died in May and has had a small
    spoonful most days to feel “as close as possible” to her.

    But as she faces Christmas without her, the craving has become even stronger.

    “It is the only thing that will get me through my first Christmas without mum,” said Debra.

  42. Bodhisattva says:

    Devastated family of British embassy employee found raped and murdered in Beirut

    Rebecca Dykes’ body was found on Saturday close to the Metn expressway, in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut

  43. Bodhisattva says:

    F. Lee Bailey still fighting to clear O.J. Simpson’s name–law/famed-lawyer-lee-bailey-still-fighting-clear-simpson-name/dyNrDA5EhaJUGyOk6GtyIJ/

    Sitting at the head of a massive wooden table in a lawyer’s conference room, famed attorney F. Lee Bailey portrays himself as a doctor trying to cure the nation of its 23-year plague of O.J. Simpson-loathing.

    “I get them to listen in groups, but I think the inoculation wears off after a while,” the former West Palm Beach lawyer and Manalapan resident says with a rueful laugh. “They get the disease back.”

    The case Los Angeles police put together was “B.S,” prosecutor Marcia Clarke “wasn’t the brightest lawyer I ever met” and Americans “have the attention span of a 4-year-old,” Bailey declared on Porkins Policy Review, a New York-based podcast he did Tuesday from the Lake Worth offices of attorney John Romano.

    His harangue, repeated in countless interviews and speeches since the nationally-televised “Trial of the Century” ended in 1995, is only partially aimed at rehabilitating Simpson, who is back in the news since he was paroled in October after serving nine years in a Nevada prison for armed robbery.

    It is also a way to tell people of the wounds he said he continues to suffer from representing the wildly popular running back turned TV pitchman — arguably the most famous person in the country ever to have been charged with murder.

    “Never in my life have I been punished more for getting an acquittal,” Bailey told those listening to the podcast. “Lawyers and judges have remonstrated with me for prostituting my talents because, they say, I was the reason O.J. got acquitted.”

  44. Bodhisattva says:

    True Story:

    Danny Wuerffel and his sister came to me when they found their mom unresponsive and bleeding on the floor due to a ruptured tubal pregnancy.

    I called for an ambulance and she lived through it.

  45. Frank says:

    Shouldn’t be a problem. They’re all emigrating because Trump beat Mad Cow Clinton, aren’t they?

  46. Frank says:

    I feel so awful about questioning OJ’s innocence now!

  47. Bodhisattva says:

    His behavior upset her – that’s why she continued the interview to it’s conclusion instead of terminating it.

    And they say his explanation was “incoherent”.

    Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Battery by Unidentified Radio Personality

    Oh, and what was the alleged “sexual battery”?

    Simmons grabbed her hand multiple times and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee.” The accuser also says he “forcibly flicked/struck” her throat.

    “Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable,” the suit states.

    The accuser also says Simmons “reached toward [her] buttocks and touched it” while they were posing for a promotional photo together after the interview.

  48. Bodhisattva says:

    Blatant lie in the news:

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…broke with decades of U.S. policy…


    A law was passed by Congress some years ago that recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump is the first one to decide NOT to file a waiver of that law.

    The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. It was passed for the purposes of initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999, and attempted to withhold 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the State Department specifically for “Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad” as allocated in fiscal year 1999 until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened. The act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel. Israel’s declared capital is Jerusalem. The proposed law was adopted by the Senate (93–5) and the House (374–37).

    On December 6th, Trump said:

    “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House. “I have judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

    “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: That Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done,” he added.

    Trump also said he was putting in motion a move of the U.S. embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv — a process that aides have said could take several years — by “directing State Department to begin preparations” for the move.

    That includes “hiring architects, engineers and planners, so that a new embassy, when completed would be a magnificent tribute to peace,” he said. The move marked a follow-through by Trump on a major campaign promise he’d made that had been closely followed by Israel and by evangelical Christians in the U.S.

    Trump said that decision by his three immediate predecessors left the world “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians” and that “it would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.”

    Despite this, the media continues to blast Trump like this:

    …Trump’s decision breaks decades of precedent for the U.S. to not take sides in the dispute over Jerusalem.

    Trump didn’t take sides, he just recognizes reality and admits to it.

    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with decades of precedent, sparking an uproar among world leaders, and further jeopardizing the prospects of Middle East peace.

    Actually this likely will move the peace process forward, as those blocking it, the so-called “palestinians”, must realize that the longer they refuse to come to the table and negotiate reasonably, the more they stand to lose.

    Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump have all called for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Both Clinton and Bush backpedaled once they were in the Oval Office—but Trump seems to be signaling he is willing to do what they would not.

  49. Bodhisattva says:

    Enabling moonbat madness

    Bruce Jenner, 68, shows off his figure in cropped leggings as he takes a courtside seat at basketball game in Los Angeles

    Bruce has a brood of six-strong children across his three failed marriages.

    One can only hope they are strong and smart enough to avoid going down the same path Chastity Bono took.

  50. Bodhisattva says:

    Well what do you expect when you develop a drug that keeps those who are known to engage in high risk behaviors alive and able to do so indefinitely?

    Uptick in HIV among injecting drug users raises fears of a resurgent epidemic

    A sharp uptick in new HIV cases among injecting drug users, who often share needles, has raised worries among health officials. They fear Massachusetts could experience an outbreak like the 2015 calamity in rural Scott County, Indiana, where one person introduced the virus into a network of drug users, and within four months more than 180 had become infected.

    “It would be a little early to say we have an epidemic on our hands, but we’re primed for it,” said Dr. Jenifer L. Jaeger, interim medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

  51. Frank says:

    “Chastity Boner”

  52. Bodhisattva says:

    It seems that may have been his intent, against her wishes.

  53. Bodhisattva says:

    What is the carbon footprint of a lavish mansion burned to the ground?

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