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Apr 24 2017

Open Thread


Compliments of WMD and KirklesWorth.

48 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Bodhisattva says:

    Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference

    Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald’s healthcare conference this September, setting the benchmark for how much an hour of the former president’s time will cost going forward.

    Obama, who spent years bashing big banks (even if, like Trump, ultimately achieved nothing to halt Wall Street’s dominance) will deliver the keynote address at the organization’s lunch in what will be one of his first paid speeches.

    “What sources are telling FOX Business Network is that former President Obama, now less than 100 days out of office, has agreed to a speaking engagement during Cantor Fitzgerald’s healthcare conference in September,” FBN’s Gasparino said. “We understand that he is going to be the keynote speaker for the lunch, and he’s going to receive a fee of $400,000. We should point out that that’s in line with what Hilary Clinton got… we should point out that Cantor will neither confirm or deny.”

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    HYPOCRITE SJWs like to live large:

    Beyoncé and Jay Z put in $120M bid for sprawling Bel Air mansion

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    Well the results of the French election are stunning – Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France’s national elite.

    And the stock markets apparently approved.

    Marine Le Pen of the National Front ran second with 21.5 percent of the vote. Emmanuel Macron of the new party En Marche! won 23.8 percent.

    Macron is a heavy favorite on May 7. The Republicans’ Francois Fillon, who got 20 percent, and the Socialists’ Benoit Hamon, who got less than 7 percent, both have urged their supporters to save France by backing Macron.

    Macron has no established party behind him to take over the government, and he is an ex-Rothschild banker in a populist environment where bankers are as welcome as hedge-fund managers at a Bernie Sanders rally.

    He is a pro-EU, open-borders transnationalist who welcomes new immigrants and suggests that acts of Islamist terrorism may be the price France must pay for a multi-ethnic and multicultural society.

    61 percent of French voters chose Le Pen, Fillon or radical Socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon. Both favor looser ties to America and repairing relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    Once celebrated, special driver’s licenses stir anxiety among ILLEGAL immigrants in California

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    Apparently O’Reilly says that we’re not getting the whole story. The truth will come out.

    The truth is this is part of a coordinated attack by the left on Fox News.

    And here’s another part of the puzzle:

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    For Hollywood, being union friendly has drawbacks:

    Hollywood writers vote to authorize strike as deadline looms

    The viewing public may soon find themselves with a lot more time on their hands, and a lot fewer new TV shows and movies to watch.

    That’s because the specter of a writers strike — which would shut Hollywood productions — is a step closer after the Writers Guild of America announced Monday that a walkout has been authorized in a vote by its members, with 96% support.

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    The makers of FaceApp are backtracking after users accused the popular face-morphing app of racism.

    According to the company, the app will “transform your face using Artificial Intelligence in just one tap!” Selfie-takers can make their photos look old, force a smile onto their otherwise grumpy mug, or beautify themselves.

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    See, the problem is too many “people of color” are using the app to pull a “Michael Jackson”…

    The makers of FaceApp are backtracking after users accused the popular face-morphing app of racism.

    According to the company, the app will “transform your face using Artificial Intelligence in just one tap!” Selfie-takers can make their photos look old, force a smile onto their otherwise grumpy mug, or beautify themselves.

    Troublingly, this last option, labeled as “hot,” appears to lighten users’ skin tone.


    This is not the first time that an app has been accused of racism for altering users’ appearance. Snapchat has been called out for a Bob Marley filter that put people in blackface and what critics called its “yellowface” filter.

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    And they didn’t mention the race/ethnicity of the mob – can you guess?

    40 to 60 teens swarm train, hold up riders

    BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.

    The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

    “I’ve been there 24 years and this is the first time I’ve heard of anything like this happening,” said Keith Garcia, a BART police officer and union president.

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    No real surprise here:

    Americans’ Dissatisfaction With Speaker Paul Ryan, Congress Overall Is Growing, Poll Finds
    Nearly three-quarters disapprove of Congress’s job performance, up 12 points since February

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    WIKIPEDIA founder to redouble efforts to spread FAKE NEWS and suppress the truth – yeah, I know that’s not what it says. I fixed it so it was true though.

    WIKIPEDIA claims to be unbiased, but it is anything but. Written by & for WIKIPIDIOTS.

  12. Bodhisattva says:


    Karen Oliveto clutched a friend’s hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination’s first openly gay bishop.

    Within minutes, a formal complaint was filed challenging her election as contrary to the church ban on clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” – a petition that the highest Methodist judicial authorities agreed to consider. On Tuesday, the court will take up the closely watched case, the latest flashpoint over LGBT rights in a denomination splintering over the Bible and homosexuality.

    “It highlights very greatly that we are two different churches and that the real difference is whether or not we’re going to live by the covenant that we each have agreed to,” said the Rev. Rob Renfroe, who leads Good News, a caucus of evangelical Methodists that has lobbied to uphold current teaching. Said Oliveto, “I’m in deep prayer, reminding myself of what God has called me to do.”

    Oliveto, who is based in the Denver area, will attend the hearing in Newark, New Jersey, accompanied by fellow bishops from the church’s Western Jurisdiction, her wife, mother and childhood pastor. LGBT clergy and their supporters plan to pray outside and wear T-shirts listing the first names only of gay clergy who would risk losing their ministerial credentials by coming out.

    The 12.8 million-member church, the third-largest in the U.S., was already in turmoil over same-sex relationships when Oliveto was elected. Methodists approved language in 1972 calling same-gender relationships “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The top church policy-making body, or General Conference, has upheld that policy ever since, even as LGBT rights gained acceptance and other mainline Protestants, including the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), approved same-sex marriage. In recent years, the Methodists have seen their greatest growth overseas, especially in Africa, among more theologically conservative people, who have been standing with U.S. evangelical Methodists against recognizing same-gender relationships.

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    I remember the Taliban and ISIS doing this too!

    Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning

    Workers who took the monument down Monday could be seen wearing bulletproof vests, military-style helmets and scarves that obscured their faces. Police were also on hand, including officers who watched the area from atop the parking garage of a nearby hotel.

    Three other statues to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.

    “There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press.

    The majority black City Council in 2015 voted 6-1 to approve plans to take the statues down, but legal battles over their fate have prevented the removal until now, said Landrieu, who proposed the monuments’ removal and rode to victory twice with overwhelming support from the city’s black residents.

    People who want the Confederate memorials removed say they are offensive artifacts honoring the region’s slave-owning past. But others call the monuments part of the city’s history and say they should be protected historic structures.

    Robert Bonner, 63, who said he is a Civil War re-enactor, was there to protest the statue’s removal.

    “I think it’s a terrible thing,” he said. “When you start removing the history of the city, you start losing money. You start losing where you came from and where you’ve been.”

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    Typical moonbat nonsense: How, exactly, does NOT making obamacare payments cost the government (i.e. the taxpayers) more?

    Government Costs Could Rise $2.3 Billion Without Obamacare Payments

    It’s simple. They’re deleting SOME payments, but increasing others to compensate.

    I got a great idea. Let’s get government COMPLETELY OUT of health care, and by that I mean winding down medicare and medicaid as well. They were big mistakes, too. People need to be responsible for their own health care and they need to stop expecting the taxpayers to step in and fund it for them.

  15. Bodhisattva says:

    Moonbats have already begun trying to reinforce the lie that Republicans are always to blame for government shutdowns when in fact the Democrats are, AS USUAL:

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    Another newsie that doesn’t get it:

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems surprised that Hawaii is a state.

    WRONG. He knows it’s a state. He’s just surprised a judge way out there in the Pacific thinks he has more say than the President and that he can interfere with legislative branch business.

    HELLO! Separation of Powers anyone?

    He says federal judges have the right to adjudicate the Constitutionality of federal laws.

    This wasn’t a federal law. It was an executive action which he shut down on false grounds. Just like the last one was shut down on false grounds.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    Funny – U.S. News is calling out whites for introducing racism to college campuses – but not a word out of the movement to ban whites from certain areas, functions etc. or about the creation of “colored only” dorms and such.

    They bring up “The Bell Curve,” the 1994 book by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray about race and IQ.

    A book which stated DOCUMENTED FACTS, which were promptly rejected by moonbats.

    The author, Nicole Hemmer, talks about “intellectualized racism” – you mean like all the kinds practiced by moonbats? And not only that, but institutionalized racism… like Affirmative Action, for one example.

    Of course she doesn’t mention that. Or all the other forms of moonbat institutionalized racism.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    TOO FUNNY! They equate Rachel Carson, a naysayer who was proven completely wrong, with SCIENCE!

    The Environmental Movement Lives On
    The March for Science affirms Rachel Carson’s living legacy, even in the Trump era.

    Rachel Carson’s senseless assault against DDT resulted in millions of deaths, and still kills people today. It was the equivalent then of the crusade against vaccinations today.

    And they’re still pushing the AGW myth as if it’s science.


  19. Bodhisattva says:

    Did you know Trump was secretly at war against LGBT Americans? It’s so secret nobody can actually point to anything he’s doing to them.

    Oh yeah, he did rescind Obama’s rule that men could go into women’s restrooms.

    That was to protect women, particularly young women and young girls.

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program – makes constant threats to attack the U.S.

    And what does China do?

    In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

    Yeah, they expect us to just wait until North Korea launches a bunch of nuclear missiles at U.S. cities.

    Not going to happen.

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  22. Occam's Stubble says:

    Remember, all the people who died as a result of the ban on DDT were either yellow, brown, or black. White privilege indeed.

  23. OldSailor says:

    Expect to see more of this in localities where the 2nd Amendment is NOT the law of the land. Next up; Sacramento, L.A., Baltimore, Chicago, New York City and DC.

  24. Eddie_Valiant says:

    Black Pigeon is a channel on Youtube, with some interesting, and what seems to be, well-researched information.

    Here’s a recent video from the Pigeon about the usefulness of the US carrier fleet:

  25. Bodhisattva says:

    The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think

    The overwhelming assumption was that the race was Hillary Clinton’s for the taking, and the real question wasn’t how sweeping her November victory would be, but how far out to sea her wave would send political parvenu Trump. Today, it’s Trump who occupies the White House and Clinton who’s drifting out to sea—an outcome that arrived not just as an embarrassment for the press but as an indictment. In some profound way, the election made clear, the national media just doesn’t get the nation it purportedly covers.

    What went so wrong? What’s still wrong? To some conservatives, Trump’s surprise win on November 8 simply bore out what they had suspected, that the Democrat-infested press was knowingly in the tank for Clinton all along. The media, in this view, was guilty not just of confirmation bias but of complicity. But the knowing-bias charge never added up: No news organization ignored the Clinton emails story, and everybody feasted on the damaging John Podesta email cache that WikiLeaks served up buffet-style. Practically speaking, you’re not pushing Clinton to victory if you’re pantsing her and her party to voters almost daily.

    The answer to the press’ myopia lies elsewhere, and nobody has produced a better argument for how the national media missed the Trump story than FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, who pointed out that the ideological clustering in top newsrooms led to groupthink. “As of 2013, only 7 percent of [journalists] identified as Republicans,” Silver wrote in March, chiding the press for its political homogeneity. Just after the election, presidential strategist Steve Bannon savaged the press on the same point but with a heartier vocabulary. “The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Bannon said. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no fucking idea what’s going on.”

  26. StephaneDumas says:

    Blogger VoxDay (not related to the other Vox) talk about this in a blog post.

  27. Bodhisattva says:

    Border rancher: Illegal crossings down 90% since Trump became president

    Arizona ranchers John Ladd and Fred Davis invited House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to see the southern border from their property, but she never responded.

    But they responded this morning to Pelosi’s recent claim that the border wall is “immoral, expensive, unwise.”

    Appearing on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Ladd said border crossings by illegal aliens have decreased 90% to 95% since Donald Trump took office.

    Perhaps more shockingly, Ladd has determined through Border Patrol data that some 500,000 illegal aliens have crossed his property in the 30 years he’s owned it.

    Davis disputed Pelosi’s notion that a wall would divide border towns.

    “All the communities that I know about, all the cities along the border, already have high fences,” he told co-host Steve Doocy, disputing Pelosi’s argument.

    “Where the wall is necessary is in a lot of the outlying areas that still only have a four-wire barbed-wire fence between Mexico and us.”

    Davis said the wall, which he said is one tool, is necessary to stop drug cartels and other criminals from entering the U.S.

    “You’ve got to put boots on the ground to make it effective, and that’s been part of the problem on what places they have a wall now,” he said.

  28. StephaneDumas says:

    Looks like some tv producers might bring tv shows from elsewhere: Canada, Australia, UK, etc…. and thanks the Writers Guild of America with the middle finger.

  29. Bodhisattva says:

    Cry me a river…

    One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the U.S. border illegally.

    They had come for better jobs, many to earn more money to help raise their children, their defense lawyer told a federal magistrate in a quiet west Texas courtroom about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of the Mexican border. The magistrate, Collis White, warned that a guilty plea would mean jail time and they couldn’t return to the United States legally for years. Speaking in Spanish, each of the 15 men said they understood. They faced up to six months in jail, but most were sentenced to just a few days.

    They had the misfortune of landing in America’s toughest courthouse for people who cross the border illegally. In other jurisdictions, authorities routinely skip the criminal charges and order quick deportations. But for the last decade, just about everyone arrested near Del Rio gets prosecuted.

    That tough approach is a model President Donald Trump hopes to replicate as part of his sweeping plans to stop illegal immigration, the cornerstone of his campaign. He wants to prosecute many more people caught crossing the border illegally as a warning to others that crossing the border illegally has serious consequences.

    Supporters of aggressive prosecutions point to a drop in arrests for illegal border crossings in the Del Rio area as evidence that the tough approach works. Fewer arrests are seen as an indication that fewer people are trying to cross illegally.

    Stepping up prosecutions wouldn’t be cheap. Immigration cases already account for more than half of federal prosecutions. Trump is seeking hundreds of million dollars more for more jail cells, prosecutors and marshals to transport prisoners. It’s unclear if Congress will give him the money.

    Civil libertarians object to the prosecutions, saying those arrested are rushed through the legal system without having a chance to exercise their rights.

    “Civil libertarians” keep mistaking them for American citizens, not the criminals they are. They have a right to be punished for their crimes then be sent back where they came from.

  30. Bodhisattva says:

    Climate Change in 12 Minutes The Skeptic’s Case

    One of the key takeaways is that the climate models continue to be wrong and proven false assumptions that are built in to them have not been removed despite decades of evidence suggesting they should be taken out.

  31. magic1114 says:

    Far as I’m concerned, nobody is entitled to what I’ve earned. And yes, that includes the government.
    Incidentally, in Brazil that okay sign in the picture means “asshole”! Funny!

  32. TED says:


  33. Bodhisattva says:

    Also if she decides to lead by example, rather than engaging in “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO” like Mooch-elle always did… that would be nice.

  34. Bodhisattva says:

    Unfortunately the Democrats turned health care into an “entitlement” and anyone who takes away an entitlement will pay a heavy political price.

    Still it must be done.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    I wonder how many people just see the egg and shell and miss how the handle is over the flame.

  36. Lorialpine says:

    Congratulations, WMD!!!

  37. Dr Why says:

    Good quote. Too bad it’s unattributed.

  38. Lorialpine says:

    It’s an original quote by WMD, set into meme by KirklesWorth.

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