Wednesday, July 27, 2016
"All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman."He said while he's HIV-positive, the families paying him are unaware of his status. The story added that for cultural reasons, "hyenas" don't use protection such as condoms.
All the outrage just goes to show how culturally self-determined and cis-heteronormative, not to mention patriarchal, Western dead white male culture is. Notice how I remain respectfully silent in the face of this disclosure of a different culture and its interesting diversions.
Doral, Florida (CNN)Donald Trump appeared to call on Russian intelligence agencies Wednesday to find 30,000 of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, adding a stunning twist to the uproar over Moscow's alleged intervention in the presidential election."They probably have her 33,000 e-mails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted because you'd see some beauties there. So let's see," Trump said at a news conference in Florida.
Well, the Russians probably *do* have her emails, FWIW. And I would guess they'll pop up on Wikileaks at some point. They might even include some false emails that have Hillary doing something even more egregious than whatever she actually did. Then we can fight over whether the emails are authentic or not. Hillary will have her experts, however, assure us that the emails are fake, Trump is a Ruskie sympathizer, and she would never betray her trust as the supposedly authentic emails suggest she did. Maybe there will be some salacious ones too, as befits a Clinton scandal.
I thought US politics could not get any weirder after I read about the cigar, but I guess I was wrong.
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Oh, Ok! No bother at all. Just don't sit in the front passenger seat! Never use that anyway. Wouldn't want somebody to get killed in a fender-bender. Jeez.
To review: shortly before the Democratic Convention opened in Philadelphia this week, Wikileaks released a collection of almost twenty thousand e-mails by and to staff members of the Democratic National Committee. In the resulting brouhaha, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman, was forced to step down as the chair of the committee. (No one mourned her departure, apparently, because she was universally unpopular.)
WASHINGTON — An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?
Until Friday, that charge, with its eerie suggestion of a Kremlin conspiracy to aid Donald J. Trump, has been only whispered.
But the release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, many of them embarrassing to Democratic leaders, has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.
Are the Ruskies trying to help Trump? Are the Dems capitalizing on this, perhaps exaggerating it? Or making it up? Wheels within wheels. A wilderness of mirrors. And me without my spoon.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Democratic convention has arrived. If they only go positive, they can get a bigger bounce than the small one it looks like Republicans got. That’s before considering their news media advantages, which the WikiLeaks emails in last week prove are just as intentional as the Right has thought for years. They weren’t just feeding stories to impressionable journalists, but the more enthusiastic partisans were sending stories to the Democratic National Committee for pre-publishing approval.
Austria: The Lesson of the Far Right by Jan-Werner Müller | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Crucially, unlike Germany from the Sixties onward, Austria never underwent a comprehensive process of Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or coming-to-terms with its Nazi past. Instead, Austrians clung to the misleading idea, formulated by the Allies’ Moscow Declaration of 1943, that their country was the “first free state to fall victim to Hitlerite aggression.”
What a great word.
After all, you will think, the American presidency is a strangely limited institution. It doesn’t give Trump that many ways to radically alter the everyday lives of Americans. But that is exactly the problem. President Trump will have to begin destroying the institutions of American democracy—not because they get in the way of anything specific he wants to do, like build the wall (though he will probably have moved on to something else by that point), but because they are an obstacle to the way he wants to do them. A fascist leader needs mobilization. The slow and deliberative passage of even the most heinous legislation is unlikely to supply that. Wars do, and there will be wars. These wars will occur both abroad and at home. They will make us wish that Trump really were Putin’s agent: at least then there would be no threat of nuclear war.
This strikes me as the dark fantasy of some obscure NYC leftist. But, and it's the but that bothers me, that doesn't mean it's necessarily false. And that, my dear RC reader friends, is why I would never support The Donald. Too much of the whiff of jack boots about him. Still, it would give me something to do in my dotage, reliving the anti-Nazi wargames of my youth. Combat!
WASHINGTON — As the clock ticks down on the final term of US President Barack Obama, who is believed to be reviewing a potential disarmament agenda for his last months in office, there has been a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill to try to influence the internal debate.
President Obama hopes to see a new, peaceful world in which no nation has nuclear weapons, except Iran of course.
With Tuesday’s mid-Mass beheading of an elderly French priest in Rouen, a short distance from Paris, the Islamic State’s malignant devotees have dealt a vicious blow against the West’s all but emotionally neutral campaign to contain the quasi-caliphate. Though the internecine conflicts wracking the Arab world ensure the war against the Islamic State is hardly a war on Islam, the jihadis are bent on a clash of civilizations. And by martyring French Catholics who are Old Christendom’s flesh and blood, they’re one step closer to getting one.
All I know about French Catholicism was the proprietor of this place LWJ and I stayed on St. Barts about 100 years ago. He was pretty cool and very French, and quite devout. Good chef too.
No one knows for sure how the election will turn out but things are looking much better for Trump now that he’s seemingly managed to consolidate Republican voters behind him after the party’s convention last week in Cleveland. Currently, he leads Clinton in five of the six most recent surveys. If Lake is right, Trump’s numbers might be even higher than that.
But the steps Clinton aides are planning to shape his new life do little to address a potentially thornier problem: Historically, when Mr. Clinton does not have a job to do, he gets into trouble.
Bill Clinton is one of the reasons I think I'm trapped in an alternate reality. I got off the track sometime after Reagan left office. I'm not sure whether it was me or just one of those quantum things. Then, in 2001, well, you know what happened. Soon there may be a choice between an aging reality TV star and an indictable ex- First Lady. I know, it sounds ridiculous.
'The most frightening thing': 10,000 homes evacuated as Sand fire rages in Santa Clarita Valley - LA Times
The effects of the Sand fire over the last few days have cast an ominous yet picturesque pall across the Los Angeles Basin, the sun and the moon eliciting comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Eye of Sauron” and apocalyptic films.
But up in the Santa Clarita Valley, the largest blaze in Los Angeles County this year was no photo op. Raging in the steep, rugged mountains and charring more than 35,000 acres, the Sand fire plowed through homes and sent thousands fleeing as it swept through a landscape of desiccated fuel. Explosive and swift, it melted cars, downed power lines and left the air thick with smoke.
KRAKOW, Poland — When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week for World Youth Day, he will meet a nation still deeply committed to its conservative Catholic traditions and to the memory of St. John Paul II, who inspired this country's successful struggle against communism in the 1980s.
But Francis will also find a nation under international censure for backtracking on some of its democratic gains, and a clergy deeply entwined with a ruling right-wing party that analysts say is out of sync with his philosophy of humility and mercy.
How much violence against authority would it take for President Obama to declare martial law and stay in power?
Less than you think. Television coverage will make every act of violence seem a hundred times worse than it is.
I don’t predict that we will see martial law in this country. But all of the ingredients are in place. Keep that in mind when you do your mental calculation about which political party is the reckless one.
Have you noticed that Vladimir Putin's initials are VP? Is that an accident?
Every two weeks, I’d get a small paycheck and notice the line where federal and state income taxes were deducted from my wages. At least as often, our drug-addict neighbor would buy T-bone steaks, which I was too poor to buy for myself but was forced by Uncle Sam to buy for someone else. This was my mindset when I was seventeen, and though I’m far less angry today than I was then, it was my first indication that the policies of Mamaw’s “party of the working man”—the Democrats—weren’t all they were cracked up to be.
Monday, July 25, 2016
I’m anything but a Hillary fan, as my extensive reporting on her crimes and lies in EmailGate can attest. However, I am far more troubled by the naked interference of the Kremlin and its spy agencies in American democracy, which is a threat to our freedoms beyond anything the Clintons might do. Every American should demand thorough investigation of the DNC leak and it’s well past time for the mainstream media to examine closely what Wikileaks really is—as I’ve been doing for years. It’s satisfying to see my reality-based counterintelligence analysis of Wikileaks finally being endorsed by the media, but I would have preferred if they had paid attention earlier and the current election-year disaster with DNC emails had been avoided.
This paragraph is Schindler's reasonable conclusion.
Wikileaks has thrown an ugly wrench into Hillary’s coronation. DNC emails reveal a Clinton campaign that’s shady and dishonest, not to mention corrupt. Its secret dealings with Hillary’s opponents—whether Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump—have been distasteful and possibly illegal. To say this is an unflattering portrayal of Team Clinton is like saying the Titanic had issues with ice.
The ramifications of this massive leak are already serious. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the embattled DNC chair, has been forced to tender her resignation in advance of the party conclave in Philadelphia, while Senator Sanders, who’s been revealed as the target of much aggressive DNC attention during the Democratic primary campaign, stated he was “not shocked but I’m disappointed” by the Wikileaks revelations. The Democrats are anything but united now as they prepare to take on Donald Trump and the Republicans.
It sounds like a great scandal to me.
In this case, the fact that the Clinton camp is pushing this theory for political cover shouldn’t lead you to dismiss the likelihood that Russian hackers are responsible. A month ago, before Wikileaks had published the emails that led to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz ouster, the Washington Post reported that two private firms hired by the Democrats to investigate the breach had separately concluded Russian hackers were behind it. But there is an additional wrinkle in this story. One day after a DNC hired firms announced its findings a hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 claimed that he had hacked the DNC.
It certainly wasn't the RNC which can't do anything right.
According to this chart, except for a short period in the 1990s, Asian men consistently out-earned all other racial groups, including white men. The latest data shows Asian men earned 117 percent as much as white men did. Similarly, Asian women out-earned all other racial groups. Since the popular political narrative insists U.S. social, political and economic systems are “dominated by whites” and “stacked against minorities,” what gives?
Asians aren't really minorities.
Imagine what would be missed by journalists who felt no pressing need to see the world through others’ eyes. Imagine the stories they might miss, like the groundswell of isolation that propelled a candidate like Donald Trump to his party’s nomination. Imagine a country where the greatest, most powerful newsroom in the free world was viewed not as a voice that speaks to all but as one that has taken sides.
Or has that already happened?
Does this make me look fat? Really? Really truly? Like really fat?
(CNN)The FBI on Monday confirmed they are investigating a hack into the Democratic National Committee, the first acknowledgment from the agency that they are probing the incident, which US officials suspect came from a Russian cyber attack.Fallout over the emails led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation Sunday.
The timing of the release of the hacked DNC emails suggests some sophistication about US politics. It could hardly have been better timed. It's good to know somebody is following our politics so closely.
When I visited it in early June, Hillary Clinton’s campaign website featured about 30 issue-specific pages focused not on a nation with problems to be solved but on discrete victim groups with wounds to be salved. The site illustrates the Left’s descent into crass identity politics. The federal government is the heaviest of policy equipment, best used sparingly for big jobs; but for Democrats, it has become a courtesy car, always on call to drive chosen constituencies from one point to another. Put me behind the wheel, Clinton seems to promise, and I’ll put you on my route.
Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes, because that’s what just happened.
It's not good that Hillary is your candidate if you care about Ukraine and the Baltic states.
In short, Sargent is a DNC-Clinton shill on the payroll of the Washington Post.
In addition to coordinating his blog columns with DNC communicators, Sargent is a conduit for DNC talking points that travel through him to rank-and-file Washington Post (WaPo) reporters.
As a conduit, Sargent is a cut-out that that provides compartmentalization of WaPo news sourcing. That compartmentalization enables line-reporters to maintain credible denial if accused of directly colluding with the DNC and/or the Clinton campaign. Even though they are two sides of the same coin.
Not a surprise.
Video: Wasserman Schultz booed — in prelim to tonight’s festivities? Update: “Disastrous,” says WaPo « Hot Air
Remind me again: why is Debbie Wasserman Schultz appearing at all in Philadelphia? It’s her DNC that just got exposed as an arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign, after all. Team Sanders and its supporters have bitterly complained for the last several months that the DNC and Wasserman Schultz specifically have torpedoed any chance at fair competition in the Democratic primaries, and now indisputable evidence has emerged to show they’re right.
A very disagreeable person, Ms. Schultz.
The Democratic National Convention will feature the highest number of gays in history, drawn by party's support for the LGBTQ community and a big list of gay-themed events at the Philadelphia confab set to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton as the nation's first female presidential nominee.
Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.
In response, many of the Islamist movements that sprang up under the influence of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood—groups that include Mr. Erdogan’s party—have gradually embraced the language of pluralism and the idea of democratic politics and elections. Crucially, however, these modern Islamists have often viewed democracy not as a value in itself but merely as a tactic to bring about a “true” Islamic order. To them, the voting booth was simply the most feasible way to dismantle the postcolonial, secular systems that, in the eyes of their followers, had failed to bring justice or development to ordinary Muslims.Advertisement
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Syrian refugee kills woman and injures others with machete in Reutlingen Germany | Daily Mail Online
A Syrian refugee wielding a machete has killed a pregnant woman and injured a man and another woman in Germany before being arrested by police after he was run over by a man driving a BMW.
The attack happened in the south western city of Reutlingen near a doner kebab stand in a bus station at Listplatz Square.
German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear.
H/t dearime. The motive of course may remain forever obscure.
One need hardly be a far-right German to be unnerved that young people welcomed warmly to the country only a year ago, penniless and in need of sanctuary, now want to kill their “infidel” hosts. For Chancellor Angela Merkel, the consequences of domestic terrorism by Muslim newcomers promise to be politically harmful, and perhaps lethal. While Merkel delayed her Alpine holiday this weekend to head a meeting of her national security team in response to the Munich attack—showing more tact than President Obama, who joked during his statement about the massacre—skeptics will deem this insufficient.
It is remarkable how little black lives matter when they have not been taken by a police officer. The mainstream media is foaming at the mouth over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s warnings about rising crime during his Thursday night convention speech. Trump pointed out that homicides were up nearly 17 percent in the largest 50 cities. (The latest research actually shows a nearly 17 percent increase in the 56 largest cities). There have been more than 2,000 shooting victims this year in Chicago, he said, and more than 3,600 killed in Chicago since President Obama took office.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
If you’re over 40, working more than 25 hours of work a week could be impairing your intelligence, according to a study released in February by researchers for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Australia. The team conducted reading, pattern and memory tests in more than 6,000 workers aged over 40, to see how the number of hours worked each week affects a person’s cognitive ability.
On the off chance the US didn't already have a big enough problem thanks to a staggering $1.3 trillion in student loans which contrary to White House' claims, are crushing an entire generation under their interest expense weight, earlier today none other than billionaire Jeff Bezos announced he was entering the student loan business, when Amazon unveiled a partnership with Wells Fargo in which the bank’s student-lending arm would offer interest-rate discounts to select Amazon shoppers.
Keep in mind that I’m not even one of the hard core pro-life conservatives. I’m frequently criticized by some of my more staunch pro-life friends for not being an absolutist on the subject. But this decision seems simply absurd even to me. Parents need to be able to monitor and guide their children through life’s more challenging and difficult moments, and getting an abortion surely falls far higher on the scale than getting a new earring or taking some NyQuil for a chest cold. It sounds to me as if political correctness has infected the court up there to a nearly fatal degree.
Alaska is a great state but it has a sometimes wonderfully weird Supreme Court and bar. I especially like the way just about everything is a case of first impression there. I get laughs out of my classes when I imitate the Alaska Supreme Court facing a case of two cars colliding for the first time. The Court is as you'd expect way to the left of the population at large. But for the fact that winters there are so harsh, I'd move there in an instant. But that's a big counter-factual.
As a founding member of the Republican Hindu Coalition, I am going out of my way to support Republicans in the 2016 election cycle, including Donald Trump. There are many reasons to back the Republican Party, foremost of which is its embrace of traditional values—values shared by the Hindu family.
I guess Muslims will support the Democrats.
You had to know where Mr. Thiel was coming from to know where he was going with his support of Mr. Trump. Few voters did. Yet the job Mr. Thiel gave himself is an important one. The Republican convention has now wrapped up. Those immune to histrionics and heavy breathing have only one question: Will Mr. Trump mount a fall campaign equal to the task of returning a Republican majority to both houses of Congress?
Holman Jenkins. Not one of his best, but worth reading.
Friday, July 22, 2016
For three years, scientists have been looking for dark matter – which though invisible, makes up more than four-fifths of the universe’s matter – nearly a mile underground in a former gold mine in Lead, S.D. But on Thursday they announced at a conference in England that they didn’t find what they were searching for, despite sensitive equipment that exceeded technological goals in a project that cost $10 million to build.
Maybe it's so dark it's not there.
Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine, a Popular Senator From a Swing State, as Running Mate - The New York Times
TAMPA, Fla. — Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground-state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November.