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Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Posted on | May 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Smitty

Steps onto the porch and freezes.
They come at him from the front and both sides. He’s already used the planter to jump up for a support. Gives the attacker coming from the right a face full of fragrant hibiscus.
(They’ve already rifled the house twice seeking it.)
Lands on the right side of the porch, beside the table. It’s hidden, in plain sight, disguised within a functional ’70s Polaroid.
Hardly time to aim as the thugs coil to spring again.
Points the Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator and fires. A pink flash later, they’re so many atoms.
Seriously, Q: pink?

Thanks, Darleen!

In The Mailbox: 05.19.17

Posted on | May 19, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Uno Luscus Rex: A Timely Movie, Music, And Art
Proof Positive: Emit Magazine – Trump/Russian Derangement Edition
BattleSwarm: Friday LinkSwarm
EBL: Anthony Weiner – Democrat And Sex Offender
Twitchy: GQ Gets Pissy With Ted Cruz For “Ruining Rompers For Men”
Louder With Crowder: Hiding Something? Socialist Bernie Sanders Neglects To Submit Financial Records
Kim Du Toit: Putting In The Asterisks
According To Hoyt: We Are The Superior Civilization
Monster Hunter Nation: Monster Hunter Siege eARC And Free MHI short Story Available Now!
Vox Popoli: Calling Out Comey

Adam Piggott: Links And Hawt Chicks – The Drummer Chicks Edition
American Power: Assange Rape Investigation Dropped In Sweden
American Thinker: With Fox News’ Ratings In Free Fall, The Future Looks Bleak
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Labour Lunacy Friday
Da Tech Guy: It May be Time For Trump Candidates In GOP Primaries
Don Surber: Reuters Buries Story On Obama Spying
Dustbury: Next Exit, Dystopia
The Geller Report: Minnesota Democrats Oppose State Bill Against Female Genital Mutilation
Hogewash: Legal LULZ Du Jour
Jammie Wearing Fools: The Left’s Ridiculous Double Standard On Spilling Secrets
Joe For America: Reaper Drone Stops ISIS Public Execution
JustOneMinute: David Brooks Is Right – Trump’s Talent Search Will be Difficult
Power Line: How Barack Obama Conspired With An Enemy To Undermine U.S. Foreign Policy
Shark Tank: DeSantis Condemns Erdogan’s Goon Squad
Shot In The Dark: Urban Progressive Privilege Explained
STUMP: Stupid Pension Trick – Extra Contributions From A Special Fund
The Jawa Report: Good Gun Control Right Square In The Nutz Edition, also, Where’s Dr. Rusty? Droid Shopping!
The Political Hat: Woke Leadership – Beating The S**t Out Of White People, also, Trans-Elves
This Ain’t Hell: M/Sgt Timothy Kessler Saving The World
War Is Boring: The Army Wants Its Next Tank To Be A DanceDrone Commander
Weasel Zippers: Joe Lieberman Front-Runner For FBI Director?, also, Soros Still Quietly Buying District Attorney Seats
Mark Steyn: A Clubman’s Notes, also, The Impresario

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BREAKING: Critical Legal Theorists Seek 8A Theory Supporting Crucifixion

Posted on | May 18, 2017 | No Comments

by Sissypuss the Blog Kitty

Dr. Adrasteia von Kriegbeagle-McHaggis of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice is researching a review of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, which states:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

This blog obtained a partial transcript from her recent speech at the International Women’s Organization Kraving Equality (IWOKE) which hinted at the topic of her research:
“…while the 8th Amendment certainly made sense in a cis-hetero, agrarian, patriarchal, pre-Information Age society, Progress demands that we question: What is cruelty? How are we to assess the aggregate cruelty afflicted on a population by an unhinged official who, ascending to power, proceeds to wield it in numerous ways that are tantamount to rape and torture of our most sensitive, triggerable victim groups?
“By the way: there is nothing unusual about crucifixion. It happens annually in the Philippines, not that we want to go “lifting up” Christianity (get it?).
“But let’s talk cruelty: hundreds in the United States are being driven to the edge of depression and beyond by scare-mongering, braggadocio, and atrocious tweets. What about them?
“No, the time has come to admit that these are not normal times. Testosterone has failed. The sun has set on the days when the U.S. can tolerate such effrontery in silence.
“Therefore–despite our proper aversion to capital punishment in the general case–we must re-think the possibility of resurrecting a cathartic method of redress, that can balance the scales of cruelty, and bring some desperately needed social justice to this country.
“We need to crucify anyone found guilty of  Holocaust-Grade Cruelty, or HGC, quickly. Colleges have been carefully prepared to handle HGC cases, by dispensing with much of that “due process” claptrap that kept so many violent men on the loose for so long. The 9th Circuit will uphold an HGC ruling, as long as we take care of matters in the West. The other reason for speed, besides the cruelty itself, is that the “reliability” of the Supreme Court is worsening with every trusty liberal that retires. We may not be able to “nail down” the necessary support unless we act now.
“So, join IWOKE in the struggle for Higher Truth, as we seek to progress forward together into a glorious, cruelty-free world.”

The tweet that inspired this post:

In The Mailbox: 05.18.17

Posted on | May 18, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

BattleSwarm: JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer Poisoned In Iceland
EBL: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dead At 52
Twitchy: “Stop Making Sh!t Up!” Guy Benson Posts Comey Footage, Throws Wrench Into Trump Memo Conspiracy
Louder With Crowder: Islamic Court Sentences Gay Couple To 85 Lashes, LGBT Activists Silent

Adam Piggott: The Great Ugliness
American Power: Robert Mueller Named Special Counsel In Russia Investigation
American Thinker: It’s a Coup!, also, Extortion 17 – Biden, Panetta Leaks Doomed SEAL Team 6
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Cosmic News
Bring The HEAT: Free Beacon – “Net Neutrality” Supporters All About Silencing Free Speech
Da Tech Guy: The GOP Needs To Take A Page From Harry Reid’s Playbook and Start Ignoring Democrat Media Demands
Don Surber: Impeach Trump, Year Two
Dustbury: Waiting In Your Breakfast Line
Fred On Everything: The China/U.S. Arms Race – If One Is Right, The Other Must Be Left, No?
The Geller Report: Routine Arrest Of Arguing Muslims Leads Minneapolis Police To Huge Weapons Cache, Bomb-Making Devices
Hogewash: I’m Not Making This Up, You Know
Jammie Wearing Fools: Turkish Thugs Must Pay for Assault On DC Protesters
Joe For America: Drudge Scoops Fox On Death Of Former Fox CEO Roger Ailes
JustOneMinute: And We’re Off To Special Counsel City!
Power Line: Obstruction Of Justice
Shark Tank: Carlos Curbelo First GOP Congressman To Suggest Trump Could Be Impeached
Shot In The Dark: Open Letter To The MNGOP Legislative Caucuses
STUMP: Puerto Rico Roundup – Trying To Determine Just How Bad It Is
The Jawa Report: Dear Youtube Luser, also, Sandcrawler PSA – You Will Be Hated For Failing To Hate Jews
The Political Hat: San Francisco No Longer Belongs To Americans, also, California Embraces Communists
This Ain’t Hell: Terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera Is Free, also, Howell v. Howell – SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Servicemembers
War Is Boring: Looks Like The Russians Tried To Lure Our Stealth Fighters Into An Intel Trap
Weasel Zippers: Colleges Putting Tampons In Mens’ Rooms Because Men Can Have Vaginas Too, also, Trump Taps Sheriff Clarke For DHS Role, Or Maybe Not
Megan McArdle: The Case For Dumping Trump Rests With His Supporters
Mark Steyn: The Poisoning Of Robert Spencer, also, The Rough Clutches Of The Seventh Century

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Bettors Siding With The Media

Posted on | May 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Smitty

British bookies say gamblers are betting Trump won’t finish his term in office

I have no insight, and I’m typically wrong on any political prediction. But I can’t see how Trumps ego would let him quit, when a general insult to manhood like Obama could complete two terms. My gut is that Trump would sport an H. R. McMaster hairstyle before Donald justified the Obama’s alleged remark: “He’s Nothing But A Bull****ter“.

Hopefully, Trump’s claims of innocence are valid, and Mueller has the sack to go where Comey could not: into the snake pit that is the Democrat Party, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, &c. Unlikely, but hope springs eternal.

Turks vs. Kurds in D.C.

Posted on | May 17, 2017 | No Comments

Some people just don’t understand this “democracy” thing works:

Nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the US capital during a visit by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to witnesses, a brawl erupted when Erdogan’s security detail attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party outside the residence. A local NBC television affiliate reported Erdo?an was inside the building at the time. . . .
“All of the sudden they just ran towards us,” Yazidi Kurd demonstrator Lucy Usoyan told ABC, adding that she was attacked by a pro-Erdo?an supporter.
“Someone was beating me in the head nonstop, and I thought, ‘Okay, I’m on the ground already, what is the purpose to beat me?’”
The altercation came the same day that Erdogan met Donald Trump at the White House. The State Department declined to comment.
Earlier Trump and Erdogan had stood side by side at the White House and promised to strengthen strained ties despite the Turkish leader’s stern warning about Washington’s arming of a Kurdish militia. . . .

(Via Drudge.) As much as I’d enjoy seeing some old-fashioned skull-cracking police brutality against certain protest groups in this country, I recognize that a free society must tolerate dissent, even by filthy subversive scum like your typical MSNBC viewer.

Am I pro-Kurd or anti-Kurd? I don’t know enough about the Kurds to take sides in this dispute, and just because some Kurds got beat up by Turkish bodyguards doesn’t mean that the Kurds are better than Turks. On the other hand, whenever one side of any political conflict resorts to violence, we naturally assume that they are the bad guys, which means the Turks are villains, right? However, as Edmund Burke observed, “Kings will be tyrants from policy when subjects are rebels from principle.” That is to say, maybe the Kurds are just a bunch of grumbling malcontents who, if they ever achieved national independence, would turn Kurdistan into a cesspool of misery and despair, like Detroit.

Anyway, my point here is neither to condemn the Turks nor praise the Kurds, but merely to say that if it were accepted in diplomatic protocol to start cracking skulls every time a bunch of protesters showed up outside your embassy, the Marines who guard U.S. embassies would be beating the crap out of protesters on a daily basis all over the world. There’s always some wacko America-haters turning out to wave signs and chant slogans in front of a U.S. embassy, and we just have to tolerate it, because we’re America. By contrast, the Turks aren’t accustomed to sign-waving wackos outside their embassies, so they sent a few of those Kurdish malcontents to the hospital. If only we could find a way to encourage MSNBC viewers to protest outside Turkish embassies . . .


In The Mailbox: 05.17.17

Posted on | May 17, 2017 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

First Street Journal: Attorney General Sessions Wastes The Taxpayers’ Dollar
BattleSwarm: Summarizing The Stupidity Of That WaPo Shared Intel Story
EBL: Shocking Fashion Trend?
Michelle Malkin: Who Has Absolute Health Care Moral Authority?
Twitchy: @SeanSpicier’s Parody Memo Reels In Even More Lefties
Louder With Crowder: Why Today’s Progressives Are The Real Extremists

Adam Piggott: You Don’t Punish Conservatives By Voting For Your Political Enemies
American Power: Intelligence Leaks Wound America
American Thinker: Our Constitutional Crisis Has Nothing To Do With James Comey
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
Bring The HEAT: Thirty Years Ago – The USS Stark
Da Tech Guy: Baldilocks – View From The Peasantry
Don Surber: Today In Fake News (A Lengthy Post)
Dustbury: Justify My Ride
The Geller Report: “Pro-Erdogan” Jihadis Beat Women As They Savagely Attack Protesters In Washington DC
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day
Jammie Wearing Fools: The Media Might Have Revealed More Intel Than Trump
Joe For America: LGBT Curriculum, Gender-Neutral Uniforms Adopted In 120 UK Schools
Power Line: NY Times Claims Trump Asked Comey To Stop Flynn Investigation
Shark Tank: House Bill Empowers State & Local LE To Enforce Immigration Law
Shot In The Dark: Unpacking The Invisible NPR Tote Bag
STUMP: Multiemployer Pension Plans – The Politicking
The Jawa Report: Sandcrawler PSA – Racist Muslima Hates Crackers And That’s OK, also, Islamic State Of Losers Versus Killdozer!
The Political Hat: In Sweden, Pooping In The Street Isn’t Illegal, But Complaining About It’s A Hate Crime, also, Queering The Shirt, Unqueered
This Ain’t Hell: Traitor, Spy Manning Freed
War Is Boring: The Hazards Of Military Worship
Weasel Zippers: Obama Ordered Intel Community To Share Sensitive Info With Cuba, also, Yale Dean Loves Diversity Except For “White Trash”
Mark Steyn: A Proliferation Of Perimeters, also, Full Throttle On The Hamster Wheel

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Emergency Memo to the Trump White House: You Need to Hire Bill Sammon

Posted on | May 17, 2017 | No Comments


One of the stupidest habits of the media is playing courtier to politicians, acting as if the people who run the country are in need of advice from journalists. I try to refrain from this. Today I will make an exception, because the situation at the White House — e.g., “Right pushes Trump to make staff, press changes” — has reached a point where (a) something drastic needs to happen pretty damned quick, and (b) my personal knowledge and experience qualify me to offer a useful suggestion:


The Fox News executive is exactly the right guy with the right skills to fix the Trump administration’s press operation. It doesn’t matter what his job title would be — just invent something like “senior communications adviser” or whatever — but Sammon’s the guy Trump needs now.

“Superstretch,” as President Bush dubbed the 6-foot-7 Sammon when he was chief White House correspondent for The Washington Times, is a guy who worked his way up in the news business. He has not merely survived for two decades in the D.C. media shark tank, but flourished. He is capable of remaining calm amid chaos, and has a hide as thick as a rhinoceros. During the years when Fox News was infiltrated by a “mole” who kept leaking internal staff memoranda to hostile media, Sammon was demonized by the Left (a “Right-Wing Ideologue,” according to Media Matters) but to no effect. Why? Because he does his job well, and is respected by his colleagues.

Certainly, there are likely to be differences of opinion between Bill Sammon and President Trump. In January 2016, Team Trump pointed out that Sammon’s daughter was working for Marco Rubio’s campaign, which didn’t surprise me at all. Sammon is a devout Catholic, and it makes perfect sense that his daughter would sympathize with the leading Catholic candidate in the GOP presidential field. Furthermore, I would suggest, Sammon is a well-mannered Midwesterner, an Ohio native who is probably averse to the rude New York-style aggressiveness that Trump brought to Republican politics. Yet he and Trump have one crucial thing in common: They’re about winning. Trust me on this one, friends.

Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon should invite Bill Sammon for beers to talk it over. Would the big guy be willing to become the man at the podium in the White House press room? I don’t know. Bill’s been content to work behind-the-scenes at Fox News in recent years, and maybe he wouldn’t relish becoming the media “face” of the Trump administration. On the other hand, say to him two words: Tony Snow.

Bill Sammon remembers Tony Snow, a former Washington Times columnist who became White House press secretary for President Bush. Like Sammon, Tony Snow was a Midwesterner, raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Tony was arguably the nicest guy ever to be White House press secretary, respected by everybody, and that’s the goal to which I would hope Bill Sammon might aspire if he were hired by Trump.

Let anyone in a position to advise the White House ask around about Bill, and consider the advantages that would be involved in having him on the team. Did you know, for example, that his former colleague Joe Curl is now assistant editor at The Drudge Report? Yeah, and how many other influential journalists in D.C. might owe Bill a few favors?

Many advantages could be gained by putting Bill Sammon in charge of White House media strategy, and let me add this: Bill is an adult. He is not one of the immature narcissists who so plague contemporary media and politics. He is about taking care of his family. My suggestion to Team Trump in negotiating to bring Bill Sammon on board is to assure him that if he will stay on the team through the 2020 campaign — serving as a loyal soldier in the Trump army, as it were — he will thereafter never have cause to worry about his family’s financial security. C’mon, what’s the point of being a billionaire, if you can’t make that kind of offer?

If the problems at the White House can be fixed by making changes in their media operation, Bill Sammon is the guy for that job.

Now, having broken my rule against offering advice to politicians, I will return to my regular job of snarking at feminists. Probably my advice to the White House will be ignored. On the off chance they do heed my counsel, however, I don’t expect to get any credit, because that would be a new Trump scandal in its own right. The SPLC and Little Green Footballs would have a conniption. But let’s just wait and see . . .


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