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Mar 05 2018

Open Thread

There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism - by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. - Ayn Rand

More at Ammo.com: Power and Personal Sovereignty: Quotes on Individual Freedom and the State.




47 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Excellent quote. Rand grew up in the Soviet Union. She understood both communism and freedom.

  2. Mr. Freemarket says:

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/05/academy-awards-viewership-down-significantly-from-last-year-variety-says?utm_source=site_scout

    Academy Awards viewership down ‘significantly’ from last year, Variety says

    Shocking….

  3. MAS says:

    Communism, socialism in a hurry and with guns…

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    Look – a “person of color” got an Oscar! (That wasn’t his…)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5463173/Best-Actress-winner-Frances-McDormand-LOST-Oscar-gong.html

    The moment Gary Oldman saved Frances McDormand’s stolen Oscar

    I don’t know why they claim Oldman saved the Oscar. If you read the story, it was Alex Berliner who managed to stop Terry Bryant and get the Oscar back. Berliner, a photographer, did not recognize him as a winner from the show and followed him when he saw him holding the statue.

    Bryant had been filming himself with the Oscar at the party and gleefully posing with selfies despite the fact that it was stolen property. Bryant also goes by the name DJ Matari, and claims to be a producer and editor for A&E. He told some guests he won the award for music and another couple he got Best Producer, which is technically not a category.

    The award had also been engraved at that point, and had McDormand’s name and the category for which she won, Best Actress, were clearly inscribed on the plaque which wraps around the base. How Bryant got it in the first place was not explained.

    Bryant, who is a resident of Los Angeles, handed over the trophy without resistance. He was apprehended by security while leaving the Governor’s Ball.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    Maybe the problem is burning itself out?

    Hopefully bad actors shooting other bad actors is solving the problem.

    Chicago provided 2 years of proof that gun control does not work, although moonbats spun it as proof we need universal gun control, not just local or regional.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-weekend-shootings-violence-20180305-story.html

    Homicides down 25 percent, shootings down 30 percent from violent 2016 and 2017.

    The number of people shot in 2018 is down about 30 percent from the past two years. But as with homicides, shootings continue to outpace victims from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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  7. Feet2Fire says:

    Yes; dressing like a slut always inspires the deepest respect. :-

  8. THE LIEBERAL MEDIA says:

    .
    A guide published by librarians at Simmons College claims that “Christian fragility” is responsible for “Islamomisic Microaggressions.”

    Such microaggressions, the guide explains, can include saying “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Easter,” and “God bless you.”

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10581
    .

  9. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Christian fragility is also the reason that Muslims chop off the heads of Christians, or occasionally either crucify them or burn them in cages. If Christians were stronger, we would start shooting back.

  10. chris black says:

    It looks like that dress was made from Hillary’s discarded pant suits.
    Was there a statement she was trying to make by wearing it? You never really know with these people.

  11. MAS says:

    LEO brass and politicians are well known for massaging stats…

  12. KirklesWorth says:

    I’ve had enough of this borderline RINO’s comments and self-congratulation.

    The Hill: Bush says Trump ‘makes me look pretty good’ by comparison: report

    Former President George W. Bush often jokes that President Trump’s administration makes his own former White House team look “pretty good,” according to a Republican source. The former Republican president regularly knocks the current administration, a source close to the Trump administration told National Journal, unable to understand why the White House often seems to be in chaos. “Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: ‘Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?’ ” National Journal reported. “He’s shaking his head like everyone else wondering why they can’t get their act together,” the source added. “He wants the guy to succeed but thinks a lot of his problems are self-inflicted.”

  13. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Well…at least there is little reason that she is being objectified….except as an object of ridicule.

    My bad…she is likely a lovely woman….

    Oh…there I’ve gone and said “woman.” How do I even know if she identifies as a woman? But she won “Best Actress Oscar.” Oh my…I need to go and sooth myself with a waffle or two.

    After all, what can you expect from a white male.

  14. KirklesWorth says:

    Funny how Time puts party affiliation in the headline when it is a republican, but omits it when it is a democrat.

    Time: (3/5/2018) Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran Is Resigning From the Senate

    Time: (3/6/2018) Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Agrees to Resign After Pleading Guilty to Property Theft

  15. KirklesWorth says:

    Media Research Center: TV vs. Trump in 2018: Lots of Russia, and 91% Negative Coverage (Again!)

    Our analysts also measured the spin of coverage by tallying all evaluative statements about the President and his top officials uttered by anchor, reporters or non-partisan news sources such as experts or voters. Out of a total of 712 such evaluative comments, only 65 were positive (9%) vs. 647 which were negative, or 91 percent. (Neutral statements, as well as the comments of partisans, were excluded from this measure). This is essentially unchanged from the 90 percent negative coverage we documented for all of 2017, and matches the 91 percent negative coverage we tallied during the 2016 general election campaign. Without question, no President has ever been on the receiving end of such hostile coverage, for such a sustained period of time, as has Trump — and the midterm elections are still eight months away.

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    But it’s not racist because blacks can’t be racist:

    South African Political Leader Julius Malema: “Go After the White Man… We Are Cutting the Throat of Whiteness”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/racist-south-african-political-leader-julius-malema-go-white-man-cutting-throat-whiteness/

    In 2011 South Africa youth leader Julius Malema told his supporters that the white farmer’s land must be shared by all black Africans.

    Julius Malema later founded the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party.

    Malema recently called for new law to confiscate land from white farmers.

    The South African Parliament voted to confiscate land from white farmers without payment last week.

    On Sunday night Julius Malema called on his followers to go after the white man and cut the throat of whiteness.

    Julius Malema: Go after a white man… We are cutting the throat of whiteness.”

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    Criticism of First Families was normally off limits – but not now.

    Chelsea Clinton: Criticism of Ivanka is fair game

    http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/376920-chelsea-clinton-criticism-of-ivanka-is-fair-game

    She also made headlines last month when she said during an interview during the Olympics that it was “inappropriate” to question her about sexual misconduct allegations against her father.

    Allegations? They were proven fact.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    What do you do when the mere thought of Trump stresses you to the breaking point?

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/democratic-governor-painted-polar-bear-on-a-collage-to-deal-with-stress-of-trump-news/

    Democratic Governor Painted Polar Bear on a Collage to Deal With Stress of Trump News

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D.) said Tuesday he recently made a collage and painted a polar bear to deal with the stress of news about the Trump administration.

    Speaking on Politico‘s “Off Message” podcast, Inslee said he painted pastels before Donald Trump took office but has been more inspired to since he became president.

    “Something comes out of the White House, a tweet that drives me to distraction, and I turn it into a picture of Mt. Rainier,” he said. “So, it’s a mental health issue.”

    He said his painting had become more “dynamic” and “vitriolic” since Trump took office.

    He’s right, you know. The lunatic left does have a mental health issue, several mental health issues in fact. They should seek help, but they won’t.

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    Yes, the statement was “I’m a clown.”

    I have drapes that would look more attractive on a woman than that.

  20. KHarn says:

    She dresses more like a “doofus” than a “slut”.

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    Women Objectify Other Women on Par with Men Says Study

    http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/women-objectify-other-women-on-par-with-men-says-study/ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5caf905cef62d37d9da789fbda63207ae7fe06e1c13256a7bb76b9646d727a91.jpg

    A new study has come out that states women objectify other women on par with how men objectify women. The study found that women’s eye gaze when looking at another woman did not significantly differ from men’s eye gaze when looking at a woman. In more down-to-earth terms, just as men tend to check out women’s naughty bits, so do other women. What’s more, say researchers, both the women’s and men’s eye gaze lingered just as long on the sexualized areas of a woman’s body.

    Researcher Sarah Gervais says that both men and women tend to look at women as objects, in the way we would look at a piece of jewelry or another object which is possible for us to possess, explaining:

    Local processing underlies the way we think about objects: houses, cars and so on. But global processing should prevent us from that when it comes to people. We don’t break people down to their parts – except when it comes to women, which is really striking. Women were perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed.

    And apparently we’re “born that way” and “can’t help it!”

    Brain Sees Men As Whole, Women In Parts (STUDY)
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/women-and-objectification_n_1701275.html

    new research finds that the brain actually processes images of women differently than those of men, contributing to this trend.

    Women are more likely to be picked apart by the brain and seen as parts rather than a whole, according to research published online June 29 in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Men, on the other hand, are processed as a whole rather than the sum of their parts.

    “Everyday, ordinary women are being reduced to their sexual body parts,” said study author Sarah Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. “This isn’t just something that supermodels or porn stars have to deal with.”

    And of course they blame everything on that:

    Numerous studies have found that feeling objectified is bad for women. Being ogled can make women do worse on math tests, and self-sexualization, or scrutiny of one’s own shape, is linked to body shame, eating disorders and poor mood.

    No, women generally do worse on math tests because of proven facts about differences in their brains. Men’s and women’s brains are different because, for thousands of years, men tended to specialize in things that required development of those parts of the brain that did mathematical type calculations – how to throw a spear or shoot an arrow so that it would hit where prey would be shortly rather than where it is now. Same thing is the reason men are usually better at frisbee than women, and fielding fly balls – because it actually takes a form of calculus (in the brain) in order to properly determine where a frisbee or a baseball will be as you run towards it and, if you ever notice, look in the sand after you chase a frisbee. Your path will likely be curved. Your brain provides a slightly curved, actually parabolic, path (if you’re good at frisbee) rather than a straight line.

    Here is another study that attempts to blame a bunch of issues on objectification of women:

    https://www.apa.org/education/ce/sexual-objectification.pdf

    This sort of nonsense is perversion of science – using false science to establish and codify a false premise that is then used to attain social and political/ideological goals. Similar to the idea that the reason more blacks and other “people of color” are in jail or shot by police is because there is racial/ethnic bias against them, this is another case of false studies reaching false conclusions. The reason so many blacks and Hispanics are in jail, the reason they get shot by police, is because they commit more and worse (i.e. violent) crimes.

    And here is a study including Gervais as one of the authors on this topic:

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.1890/abstract

    And a more recent – and more provocative (and more false) study:

    Violence Against Women Through the Lens of Objectification Theory

    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077801214568031?journalCode=vawa

    And, if you can stand it, more of her nonsense:

    When are people interchangeable sexual objects? The effect of gender and body type on sexual fungibility

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2044-8309.2010.02016.x/full

  22. Bodhisattva says:

    Sam Nunberg goes on drunken spree across several moonbat media outlets, they pander to him because he insists, though admits he has no evidence, that Trump colluded with Russia?

    Who is Nunberg? A nobody hired for a brief period early in the Trump campaign who was quickly fired in 2015 after racially charged posts were discovered on his social media accounts. Someone with an axe to grind, in other words. Making claims he readily admitted he could not back up with any evidence. And yet the moonbat media, desperate to make the case he was supporting, gave him a national voice, once again proving their total lack of credibility and bias.

    Early in the tirade one of the moonbat media types noticed and mentioned he smelled like a brewery. By the end of it he contradicted his earlier claims.

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed Nunberg’s remarks.

    “He hasn’t worked at the White House, so I certainly can’t speak to him or the lack of knowledge that he clearly has,” Sanders said.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/05/ex-trump-aide-sam-nunberg-calls-mueller-subpoena-request-ridiculous/396763002/

    The media, realizing this blew up in their faces, is now trying to spin it as proof that Trump’s campaign staff was, and White House staff is, full of racist, crazy people. Only they miss that he was fired for just those reasons, so it proves exactly the opposite.

    And in fact CNN is in trouble for, well, as this headline puts it:

    CNN Takes Heat For Grilling Ex-Trump Aide Sam Nunberg on Being Drunk: ‘Sh*tty and Heartless’

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-takes-heat-for-grilling-ex-trump-aide-sam-nunberg-on-being-drunk-shtty-and-heartless/

    See, that was the real story… how the media exploited a person with personal issues that needs help, not national exposure.

    Ex-Trump aide Sam Nunberg was on a whirlwind media blitz Monday, which kicked off with a wild call-in interview on MSNBC and continued with a series of increasingly unhinged cable news hits.

    The “Full Nunberg” started Monday afternoon, after it was reported that he was refusing to comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to appear before a grand jury with regards to the Russia investigation.

    Nunberg called into Katy Tur’s MSNBC show shortly after, and then spoke with Gloria Borger on CNN, followed by Jake Tapper and even NY1 — all while dropping a series of absolutely stunning quotes about the Russia investigation, Trump campaign and his own legal predicament.

    By time Nunberg appeared on Ari Melber’s show at 6p.m., the former Trump campaign adviser was inspiring pity from the MSNBC host — who even brought on a legal expert to offer advice to Nunberg (“I think your family wants you home for Thanksgiving,” she told him. “I hope you will testify.”)

    But there was no time to waste, as Nunberg whizzed to the next cable news set, sitting down CNN’s Erin Burnett for nearly an hour on her 7 p.m. show. She opened by asking Nunberg for his response to White House sources who said he was “drunk or off [his] meds” — an allegation he denied.

    Those claims were echoed by friends of Nunberg, who reportedly told the Daily Beast they feared he was drunk for his cable appearances.

    Burnett wrapped up her interview by again asking Nunberg if he had been drinking, before directly confronting him: “Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” Burnett said.

    Nunberg again denied that he had been drinking, noting that he had taken antidepressants earlier in the day.

    So the next question is – does he own any semi-automatic weapons?

    OK so it’s established that she smelled alcohol on his breath. And so she asked him if he had been drinking – fair question… but not when you’re a moonbat looking to get Trump, by any means necessary. But at least people started to “get it” – that this was all a farce, the media taking advantage of someone who had self-medicated with alcohol and drugs and was on an insane rant tour with the lunatic left wing media moonbats only too willing to exploit him to further their own false narratives:

    That line of questioning from the CNN host struck some as too far, who took to social media to question whether the spectacle was exploitative, and why the network would choose to interview a possibly impaired guest who may have been unraveling before our eyes. See all tweets at link, above.

    SAMPLES:

    It’s his third appearance on CNN today and something like his 5th overall. What news value is there now in having a drunk or drugged person on air on national TV like this? None.

    If you really thought he was impaired, would it be ethical to put him in front of a camera?

    I’ve seen a couple of Nunberg interviews now and a few clips. I’m not a professional, but I’m not sure he’s alright. Not sure he should be interviewed.

  23. KirklesWorth says:

    No, the “new low” is how low CNN will go to take jabs at Trump.

    CNN: Opinion: Presidential seal on Trump golf tees? A new low.

    This week, ProPublica reported that the Trump Organization ordered 12-inch replicas of the presidential seal to be used as tee markers at Trump golf courses. To review: A private, for-profit company — one where the President’s name appears everywhere you look, and one that continues to direct money, to the President’s benefit, despite his official position — is trying to further cash in by using a symbol that represents the chief servant of the American people? That Trump and his clan have already profited handsomely from his position as President (again, a position of public service) is well-documented. This time, at least, it might be a violation of federal law: The law states that the seal can only be used for official government business “except as authorized under regulations promulgated by the President and published in the Federal Register” (my italics). Paying customers marking the tee at Trump golf clubs does not meet that standard.

  24. KirklesWorth says:

    Jake Tapper: “If you’re a news organization and the folks in power are constantly praising you, you’re doing it wrong. By definition.”

    James Woods: “Your head was so far up Obama’s ass, you got whiplash every time he stopped short.”

    Righteous Crusader: “CNN trying to admonish people on how to do straight news”

    Donny Tomlinson: “Mr. Woods tweets are always entertaining.”

    Gateway Pundit: James Woods Takes Fake News CNN’s Jake Tapper to the Cleaners

  25. KirklesWorth says:

    I can’t believe how apt this band name is and how it applies to democrats.

    The Hill: Pussy Riot to appear onstage in support of Illinois Dem gubernatorial candidate

    Russian punk rock protest band Pussy Riot is reportedly set to appear onstage Tuesday in support of Daniel Biss, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor. The band, which gained notoriety after three of its members were arrested following a controversial performance at a Moscow cathedral, is known for its harsh criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pussy Riot’s members say they are a fan of Biss’s “anti-corporate” campaign, according to The Chicago Tribune. “Politicians WILL be accountable to us, not to billionaires and corporations,” the band wrote in a Facebook post advertising the event.

  26. KirklesWorth says:

    Ben Shapiro makes liberals regret saying stupid things.

    Cons. Daily Post: Planned Parenthood Continues To Deny Science, Claims That Men Have Female Organs

    Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro weighed in on the debate, obviously appalled; however, he also brought up two excellent points. He first argued that “It seems like a bad idea to let people who don’t understand basic biology perform medical operations.” While seeking care at a Planned Parenthood facility is at the discretion of liberal women, more conservatives than would like must constantly hear about the abortion chain’s politics in the news. Feminists are often quick to force men out of the conversation, claiming things such as “my body, my choice.” Shapiro quickly shoots down this claim by referring to Planned Parenthood’s recent revelation about male uteri, saying, “Then I guess your argument that men can’t have opinions on abortion is destroyed, isn’t it.”

  27. KirklesWorth says:

    Time to use “discrimination” against the liberals.

    Cons. Daily Post: Dick’s, Walmart Sued Over Imposed Age Limit For Gun Purchases

    A 20-year-old Oregon man filed lawsuits against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart last Monday. He claims that the retailers discriminated against him and violated state law by refusing to sell him a rifle. After the Valentine’s Day Parkland shooting, both stores decided to restrict rifle purchases to customers who are at least 21. A host of corporations rushed to change their policies and erase their relationships with the National Rifle Association in the immediate aftermath of the devastating high school shooting. Gun control advocates are being taken more seriously than before. Tyler Watson’s lawsuits against Walmart and Dick’s represent the first backlash to the mass corporate decision to adopt gun control policies. He tried to buy a rifle from an Oregon branch of each retailer and was denied. Watson claims that a Dick’s location in Medford, Oregon and a Walmart in Grants Pass refused to sell him a .22-caliber Ruger rifle. Oregon law dictates that the legal age to purchase rifles is 18.

    Related: Daily Caller: Gun Control, 1881

  28. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Interesting comments. Here’s another idea:
    “Men’s and women’s brains are different because, for thousands of years, men tended to specialize in things that required development of those parts of the brain that did mathematical type calculations ”

    The truth is that the corpus callosum (the region of communication between the two halves of the brain) is substantially bigger in women than in men. As a result, women can multitask. They can also read body language far better than men. Men, on the other hand, can focus with greater intensity on a particular topic than can women.

    As to women checking out other women, it isn’t surprising. Women are (IMHO) far more attractive than men. As my sister says “naked isn’t a good look for men.”

  29. Bodhisattva says:

    Sessions to make major ‘sanctuary jurisdiction announcement’ during Sacramento visit

    https://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Sessions-to-make-major-sanctuary-jurisdiction-12731976.php

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to make what is being called a major announcement on “sanctuary jurisdiction” during a speech in Sacramento on Wednesday.

    Sessions will be speaking at the annual meeting of the California Peace Officers Association over a subject of tension between Session’s Justice Department and California lawmakers and immigration advocates. The meeting will be at the Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento, said Carol Leveroni, the association’s executive director.

    “It’s a big deal,” Leveroni said. “We were informed he was going to be in town, so we invited him to speak.”

    Sessions, a foe of “sanctuary city” polices, has in the past called them a “sad example of … respect for the rule of law breaking down” and has said that a sanctuary city is “a trafficker, smuggler, or predator’s best friend.”

    The association, founded in 1921, in composed of members of police and law enforcement agencies throughout California.

    Did Oakland Mayor’s ICE warning pay off?

    https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Last-Word-Did-Mayor-Schaaf-s-ICE-warning-pay-12723526.php

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf took huge risks Saturday night when she warned that an immigration sweep was coming. One was that it might not happen, which would have been a hit on her credibility. She could breathe easier when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that it arrested more than 150 undocumented immigrants.

    Another risk was that the people she attempted to protect might not be deserving of protection. The jury is still out on that point. Sure, there were some sympathetic cases, such as the 55-year-old father, who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years, featured in Friday’s Chronicle. But ICE also claimed to have detained immigrants that included a gang member with four deportations and multiple convictions that included assault with a deadly weapon, and a man convicted of lewd acts on a child. We can be grateful that neither either heard or heeded Schaaf’s warning.

    Also unresolved is whether President Trump’s Justice Department might take action against Schaaf, or ICE might escalate sweeps in sanctuary cities. Stay tuned.

    Because AG Sessions might be about to announce she’s going to be charged & prosecuted, hopefully.

  30. Bodhisattva says:

    Gowdy, Goodlatte demand appointment of special counsel, citing FISA abuses

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/06/gowdy-goodlatte-demand-appointment-special-counsel-citing-fisa-abuses.html

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Trey Gowdy on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a special counsel to investigate “conflicts of interest” and decisions “made and not made” by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that “the public interest requires” the action.

    Gowdy, R-S.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    “Matters have arisen—both recently and otherwise—which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly,” Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.

    They pointed, specifically, toward the use of the infamous anti-Trump dossier used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    “There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases,” they wrote. “There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal.”

    Asked why a special counsel was needed, Gowdy told Fox News, “Congress doesn’t have the tools to investigate this… We leak like the Gossip Girls.”

    They added: “Questions have arisen with the FISA process and these questions and concerns threaten to impugn both public and congressional confidence in significant counterintelligence program processes and those charged with overseeing and implementing these counterintelligence processes.”

    Goodlatte also told Fox News he thought the FISA process “was abused.”

    Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote that because the “decisions of both former and current Department of Justice and FBI officials are at issue,” they do not believe the DOJ is “capable” of investigating the “fact patterns in a fashion likely to garner public confidence.”

  31. Bodhisattva says:

    Another completely lunatic moonbat decision:

    Judge rules Seattle homeless man’s truck is a home

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/judge-rules-seattle-homeless-mans-truck-is-a-home/

    Steven Long returned from his job cleaning up CenturyLink Field after a Seattle Sounders’ game when he discovered that home was gone.

    He had been living in his 2000 GMC pickup, parked on a side street, but the city of Seattle towed it because Long had violated a city rule that requires vehicles be moved every 72 hours.

    That impound set up an unusual court ruling Friday that advocates for homeless people and the city both say could have broad implications on the crisis of homelessness.

    King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer ruled that the city’s impoundment of Long’s truck violated the state’s homestead act — a frontier-era law that protects properties from forced sale — because he was using it as a home. Long’s vehicle was slated to be sold had he not entered into a monthly payment plan with the city.

    Shaffer also ruled the fees the city required Long, 58, to pay to retrieve the truck were too high, violating constitutional protections against excessive fines.

    “We believe this case has a lot of implications for other people using their vehicles as homes,” said Ali Bilow, one of Long’s attorneys with Columbia Legal Services.

    “I think Seattle municipal judges should follow this ruling and take a hard look when homeless individuals, who are living in their vehicles, are charged these really excessive fees.”

  32. Bodhisattva says:

    Hard to tell this jerk’s race/ethnicity:

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Man-Attacks-and-Beats-Victim-in-Times-Square-Subway-Station-NYPD-475938843.html

    Man in Suit Beats Down on Stranger in Times Square Subway Station

    According to authorities, the suspect asked his victim why he was staring at him on the train before the attack.

    But not the one in the “Surveillance Shows Brooklyn Rape Suspect” video that immediately follows the first one (at this time, maybe not later).

  33. Bodhisattva says:

    Thank goodness… JUST IN TIME!

    https://www.fastcompany.com/40539373/this-macaroni-and-cheese-helps-fight-climate-change

    This Macaroni And Cheese Helps Fight Climate Change
    It’s made using ingredients farmed with a technique called regenerative agriculture, that can help sequester carbon.

    On a box of macaroni and cheese that will launch this month, the name of the farmer who grew the wheat used to make the pasta–Nate Powell-Palm, who has a farm outside Bozeman, Montana–is printed on the front. The manufacturer, Annie’s, Inc., wanted to highlight the fact that Powell-Palm is using regenerative farming practices, a series of steps that go farther than what’s required for an organic label–and that could help fight climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil.

    “I think that’s a first in the industry: to offer a product on such wide distribution, available from a major manufacturer in the center of the store, where the family that’s about to enjoy the product can name the farmer, name the farm, and know the ingredients that are specific in that product that are using these very Earth-friendly practices,” says Carla Vernon, president of Annie’s.

    The brand, which was purchased by General Mills in 2014, is already known for using organic ingredients. But it wanted to go further: Regeneratively farmed ingredients are farmed with a more holistic set of practices that can promote soil health, increase biodiversity, and pull carbon from the air.

    Ya might not believe this little fella, but it will cure your asthma too!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtx4ZJ1cwI0&feature=youtu.be&t=91

  34. Bodhisattva says:

    Should we be more like Europe?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43300313

    Moonbats in France to set legal age of sexual consent as 15

    Because 15 year old kids are mature and have it all figured out, I guess?

    This won’t end well.

    And get this:

    The government is to approve the new age limit as part of a package of other laws against sexual violence and harassment in the coming weeks.

    It had been discussing whether to set the age as 13 or 15.

    Wow, imagine dating a 13 year old girl.

    No, don’t, that’s sick.

    Legislation varies across Europe, with countries setting different legal ages of consent:

    14 years old: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal
    15: Greece, Poland, Sweden
    16: Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, U.K.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    What?

    Isn’t that where everyone goes after being shot in the face?

    Maybe he wanted to clean up a bit before going to the hospital? Didn’t want people to see him looking that way?

    http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article203804079.html

    Man shot in face drives self to beauty supply store

    A man who had been shot in the face pulled up in a bullet-pierced car early Tuesday evening outside a west Macon beauty supply store, witnesses said.

    Bibb County sheriff’s deputies cordoned off the Beauty Queen 98¢ Store on Mercer University Drive as investigators interviewed dozens of witnesses.

    Witnesses told The Telegraph the man drove up and got out of the car in blood-soaked clothes. Employees called 911.

    But wait, this one gets even stranger:

    On Sharon Drive, between Burton Avenue and Edna Place, about a mile from the store, investigators marked at least eight shell casings in the 6000 block. Deputies circled around a brick house and appeared to be searching for something.

    A woman who lives next door said she was home all day but didn’t know why a half-dozen patrol cars were blocking the street in front of her home.

    “Are you trying to tell me somebody got shot at eight times over here and I didn’t hear a thing,” she told a Telegraph reporter.. “My God. … That’s scary.”

  36. Bodhisattva says:

    Yeah, just like the deal to “permanently protect” the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, keep it FOREVER as a place children could go experience the sea close up… and the lunatic moonbats have fought to make it off limits to them – and for the most part have won.

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/03/06/playboy-mansion-protection-agreement/

    Deal Reached To Permanently Protect Playboy Mansion

    Don’t bet on it.

    “Permanent” and “forever” are misleading terms.

    http://friendsofcp.com/childrens-pool-history/

    uated below the ordinary high water mark of the Pacific ocean ……….. to be forever held by the city of San Diego and its successors in trust for the uses and purposes and upon the express conditions following, to wit:

    (a) That said lands shall be devoted, exclusively to public park, bathing pool for children, parkway, highway, playground, and recreational purposes, and to such other uses as may be incident to, or convenient-for the full enjoyment of, such purposes;

    (b) The absolute right to fish in the waters of the Pacific ocean over said tidelands or submerged lands, with the right of convenient access to said waters over said lands for said purpose is hereby reserved to the people of the State of California.”

    June 11, 1931
    The Common Council of the City adopted Resolution 56609 whereby it ”express[ed] to this generous friend of humanity its most cordial thanks, on behalf of the children and citizens generally of the City of San Diego, for the unprecedented tidal bathing pool for the younger generation which has recently been constructed in ocean water on the shores of La Jolla, . . . .”
    City Appeal of Pate Decision rejected
    judge-order-287x265A 3 judge appeal panel unanimously rejected every argument the City Attorney had presented, and let stand the original decision.

    Court Decision against the City
    Childrens_082505_Page_01Superior Court William C. Pate rules against the city in a lawsuit brought by a private citizen contending the City had abandoned its fiduciary duties regarding the trust by which it received Children’s pool and the breakwater. The city is directed to carry out the dredging of accumulated sand and restore the area to match photos of its condition in 1941, the earliest photos available.

    Decision can be seen here: Pate Decision

    Seals take over Children’s Pool
    Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute published a report of seal activity at the Reserve and Children’s Pool. The report was based on photographs taken of each location every 30 minutes from November 1995 through September 1997. In most months, the peak count was significantly higher for the Children’s Pool than the Reserve.

    First Children’s Pool Closure
    Natural Resources and Culture Committee (hereinafter “Natural Resources received an informational report from the City Manager about the “Closure of Children’s Pool.” The report noted that the Pool had been closed to “water contact since September 4, 1997 due to continuously high fecal coliform counts.” Obvious forms of contamination had been ruled out and it was believed that the source was harbor seal feces. This had not yet been confirmed, but laboratory tests were being conducted. The City Manager then discussed the City’s lack of understanding of the reasons for “this unusual contamination level.” The City did know that “[h]arbor seal populations have steadily increased off the west coast over recent years. This is evidenced at Children’s Pool by an increased number of seals using the area.” The City noted that a potential cause of the increase in the number of harbor seals at the Children’s Pool was the nearby Reserve, which was three years into its five-year trial. Another potential cause was that “for the last year and a half, [City] lifeguards have erected barriers between seals hauled-out on the sand at Children’s pool and the public.”

    Fish and Game Statements
    March 30, 1994

    Fish and Game cautioned the City about interfering with “the public’s right to fish in State waters.”

    July 25, 1994

    City Council amended the ordinance establishing the Reserve to comply with the requirements of the Coastal Commission and to permit fishing pursuant to the request of Fish and Game.

    Seal Rock Reserve Established
    February 1, 1993- City Attorney approved a request recommending a reserve with a fixed boundary beginning 200 feet east of the seaward entrance to the Children’s Pool. It passed unanimously after an amendment that extended the boundaries “to include the compromise area that goes practically to the beach that was presented by Barbara Bamburger. This discreet area shall be in effect for five years on a trial basis and is off limits to swimmers, divers and tourists. Access to the riptide is not affected because the divers can come in and go out through the Children’s Pool.”

    November 18, 1993- California Coastal Commission approved the establishment of the Reserve in the vicinity of Seal Rock. The approval was conditioned on the City obtaining approval of the SLC and the boundaries of the Reserve not including any “sandy beach area.”

    Concept for Seal Reserve
    A recommendation by the City Manager to essentially adopt the Park and Recreation Board recommendations, with the exception that the Reserve be established for a five-year period. The City Manager’s recommendations were adopted. The water and land within the reserve would be “off-limits to human and pet intrusion.” In making these recommendations, the City recognized that marine mammal populations in the area of Seal Rock, and harbor seals in particular, had increased during the prior ten years.

    Repairs to Seawall
    City of San Diego contracted for repairs to the Children’s Pool breakwater. These repairs included replacing the handrail, improving lifeguard facilities and repairing the breakwater itself. There is no evidence of any concern about or discussion of seals in the Children’s Pool area until July, 1992. A representative of Sea World, Jim Antrim, discussed with Barbara Bamburger, a representative of “Friends of the Seals,” the creation of a seal reserve in the vicinity of “the rock off Shell Beach (in front of 939 Coast Blvd)” as it was the “focal point of harbor seal activity concentrated between the months of January and, May.”

    1933
    The Legislature passed and the Governor signed Statute No. 688 of the laws of 1933, that conveyed in trust all of the tidelands of the state bordering the City of San Diego. The more general grant of land described permissiveuses of the tidelands, as contrasted with the 1931 grant, which provides for exclusive uses of the tidelands within the grant. Thereafter, for over sixty years, the Children’s Pool remained open for the use and enjoyment of the people of San Diego and others.

    November 21, 1931
    Operating Department of the City prepared a map depicting the land granted to the City by the State of California “for a swimming pool.”

    June 15, 1931
    Governor of California signed Statute No. 937 of the laws of 1931, which granted to “the city of San Diego, … all right, title and interest of the State of California, … in and to all that portion of the tide and submerged lands bordering upon and situated below the ordinary high water mark of the Pacific ocean ……….. to be forever held by the city of San Diego and its successors in trust for the uses and purposes and upon the express conditions following, to wit:

    (a) That said lands shall be devoted, exclusively to public park, bathing pool for children, parkway, highway, playground, and recreational purposes, and to such other uses as may be incident to, or convenient-for the full enjoyment of, such purposes;

    (b) The absolute right to fish in the waters of the Pacific ocean over said tidelands or submerged lands, with the right of convenient access to said waters over said lands for said purpose is hereby reserved to the people of the State of California.”

    2005:
    Superior Court William C. Pate rules against the city in a lawsuit brought by a private citizen contending the City had abandoned its fiduciary duties regarding the trust by which it received Children’s pool and the breakwater. The city is directed to carry out the dredging of accumulated sand and restore the area to match photos of its condition in 1941, the earliest photos available.

    Decision can be seen here: Pate Decision http://friendsofcp.com/wordpress1/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Childrens_082505.pdf

    2007:
    A 3 judge appeal panel unanimously rejected every argument the City Attorney had presented, and let stand the original decision.

    The city fought for the moonbats, to change the purpose of the pool. To breach their duty. They lost, yet the seals remain and the pool was never returned to it’s original condition. To this day the pool is no longer available for the purpose for which it was created.

  37. Bodhisattva says:

    OK so if he wasn’t colluding with the Russians, maybe we’ll try to gin up a false case he was colluding with the Emirates.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/us/politics/george-nader-special-counsel-mueller-cooperating-seychelles.html

  38. Feet2Fire says:

    There were plenty of sluts in attendance at that gala affair. And that blue bow-tied “gift package” dress on the porcelain-like redhead from OZ was sensational, all right.
    :-

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