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Rule 5 Sunday: Revolution Calling

Posted on | October 13, 2019 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

It’s been a disappointing week on the Rule 5 front. All the actresses and models who normally get all excited about great social movements have fallen oddly silent this week, which I guess is better than the disgusting slurping on Chairman Xi’s microwiener currently being performed by the NBA and Blizzard, and as an ongoing perversion by Disney, Nike, Apple, and other supposedly American corporations. I don’t know, maybe while I was suspended from Twitter last night I missed Alyssa Milano’s heartfelt plea for freedom in Hong Kong, but somehow I doubt it. So this week, we’re going to again choose cute over pretty, and present the newest mascot of the Hong Kong protesters, Mei from the game Overwatch, which is very popular in America and Red China both. Mei’s background is Chinese, so it was almost inevitable that she’d be seized on as a symbol of freedom. Here’s one of the propaganda posters whipped up by online supporters of the Hong Kong protesters.

On a happier note, Ninety Miles From Tyranny brings us Hot Pick of the Late Night, The 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #769, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns. At Animal Magnetism, it’s Rule Five Persistence Hunting Friday and  the Saturday Gingermageddon.

EBL has Bad DecisionsCooking With Gas, Samantha Guthrie, Culture Of Corruption, Hong Kong Protesters, and Pumpkin Spice Rule 5.

A View From The Beach scoops up Blake BartelliAnother Great Moment in Climate HypocrisyFish Pic Friday – Cami MantillaGood Advice From MDDNRMatt Lauer a Pain in the Ass at NBCTanlines Thursday, Fishing EditionHa, Ha, Fooled Ya!Pumpkin Spice TuesdayI Don’t See This as Bad News“House of the Rising Sun” and Palm Sunday

Proof Positive’s Vintage Babe this week is Jenny Agutter, and at Bacon Time it’s Rule 5 Redheads.

Thanks to everyone for the luscious linkagery!
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Leading #NeverTrump ‘Expert’ Has Just Now Noticed the Democrats Are Crazy

Posted on | October 13, 2019 | No Comments


It’s possible you have no idea who Tom Nichols is, but he is The Expert™ who wrote The Book™ about being The Expert™ and he is one of the #NeverTrump contingent frequently mocked by Ace of Spades.

Despite his exaggerated sense of his own importance, Tom Nichols is actually such a dime-a-dozen nobody that you can ignore him completely (as is my habit) and never really miss anything of value. Nevertheless, because he is an ex-Republican who hates Trump, The Expert™ Tom Nichols has access to media platforms that are usually off-limits to actual conservatives, and so at times he becomes impossible to ignore.

In USA Today, Nichols takes issue with his new Democrat allies:

When we watched CNN’s LGBTQ town hall for the Democratic candidates Thursday, we had very different reactions. This is the event, you remember, where former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas said he’d punish religious institutions for refusing gay marriage, and where Sen. Kamala Harris of California started by informing us of her pronouns, and then host Chris Cuomo, after a mild and dopey joke, had to go on Twitter the next day and apologize for making light of it. This is where Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts fielded a question about traditional marriage with a sneering, smug insinuation that the only people who would ask her about that are men who can’t find a woman.
You thought it was great. You saw a ringing defense of LGBTQ rights and a reaffirmation of what Democrats stand for.
I saw it and thought: Are these people insane? Are they trying to lose the election? . . .

Yes, Mr. Nichols, the Democrats are insane, and if you hadn’t been so busy with whatever it is you’re so Expert™ about, maybe you would have noticed before Thursday night. But ignore me. I’m just some guy with a blog, and USA Today would never let me publish a column there.


FMJRA 2.0: Before The Stampede Arrives

Posted on | October 12, 2019 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Rule 5 Monday: Chris Noel
Animal Magnetism
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
Locomotive Breath
A View From The Beach

‘Nothing Short of a Coup’
A View From The Beach

Angry Biden: ‘It’s Not a Conflict of Interest … I’m Not Going to Respond to That’

‘The Patron Saint of Incels’

‘Inappropriate Behavior’: Elizabeth Warren Fires Organizing Director

Who Is Murdering Whom? And How?
Bacon Time
Shot In The Dark

FMJRA 2.0: It’s Only Rock & Roll
The Pirate’s Cove
Dark Brightness
A View From The Beach

The Eternal White Guilt Trip

Our ‘Objective’ Media

Ilhan Omar Is Divorcing Her Husband (The One Who’s Not Her Brother)

In The Mailbox: 10.07.19
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive

The Ivy League Is Decadent and Depraved: Yale Is Now America’s Rape Capital?

Professor Chikaodinaka Nwankpa
Bacon Time

HUGE: Former Top Spy Admits Obama Ordered Investigation of Trump Campaign

In The Mailbox: 10.08.19
357 Magnum
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive

‘Chuck Todd Is a Disgrace’
A View From The Beach

Crime: The Facts Are Racist
Dark Brightness
357 Magnum

In The Mailbox: 10.09.19
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive

Ukraine Official Says Joe Biden Got Paid $900,000 to Lobby for Burisma
A View From The Beach

In Georgia Divorce Case, Lesbian Claims Her Same-Sex Marriage Wasn’t Real

BREAKING: Giuliani Ukrainian Associates Charged in Campaign Finance Case

#UkraineGate: The CrowdStrike Angle

In The Mailbox: 10.10.19
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive

‘The One Where Nobody Gets Raped’

Anti-Trump Riot in Minneapolis
Pushing Rubber Downhill
357 Magnum

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Shep Smith Out at Fox News

In The Mailbox: 10.11.19
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive

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Illegal Alien Who Admitted Transgender Shooting Turned Loose by Dallas Judge

Posted on | October 12, 2019 | 1 Comment


Once again, the anti-American principles of the “progressive” Left produce consequences contrary to their expressed goals:

The man accused of shooting a transgender woman in Dallas last month was deported in 2010 and is committing a felony by being in the U.S., according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, a 29-year-old Mexican citizen, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with aggravated assault. According to an affidavit, he admitted to police that he attacked Daniela Calderon, 35, who was shot six times in the abdomen, hip and chest. Days later, Ramirez-Cayente posted bond and was released from the Dallas County jail.
The judge who set his bond did not order Ramirez-Cayente to wear an ankle monitor.
On Thursday, ICE confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that Ramirez-Cayente is undocumented and was deported nine years ago. Immigrants who reenter the country after having been removed can be charged with a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. ICE is encouraging anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact local immigration enforcement officials.
“On March 18, 2010, immigration officials apprehended Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, 29, Mexico, near Brackettville, Texas, after he illegally entered the U.S.,” ICE spokesman Timothy Oberle told The News in a statement. “Ramirez-Cayente was processed as an expedited removal and removed to Mexico on March 27, 2010. ICE has not encountered Ramirez-Cayente since his 2010 removal. ICE urges anyone with information regarding Ramirez-Cayente’s location in the United States to contact their local ICE office.” . . .
Turley set the bond at $25,000 and told Ramirez-Cayente he could not drink alcohol, possess a weapon or have contact with Calderon. But the judge did not order electronic monitoring.
The district attorney’s office disagreed with that decision but was unable to stop it in time, a spokeswoman said. . . .
An undocumented immigrant from Honduras, Calderon hopes to secure a U visa, which allows victims of certain crimes to stay in the U.S. and eventually apply for a green card if they provide information about what happened to them to law enforcement.
In an interview with The News on Oct. 4, Calderon said she was thrown into depression when she heard that Ramirez-Cayente had bonded out.
“Who does justice serve, if by paying a bond a man can leave and this crime can go unpunished? Or, what if he had killed me? It’s unjust. In these moments, I feel courage, lots of frustration,” Calderon said. “He shot me because he hates gay people. I never had contact with him. I never touched him, nothing. Then, why would he shoot me without knowing me? This is a person who is bad in the head and those people should not be on the outside.”
She said her attacker yelled homophobic and transphobic slurs at her. The FBI will conduct its own investigation, according to the Dallas Police Department, but it’s unclear whether any state or federal authorities will charge Ramirez-Cayente with a hate crime.

So the victim, an illegal alien from Honduras, wants a green card, but is surprised that the judge set his/“her” attacker free? Oh, and the United States can’t even enforce our own border — because that would be racist — but yet we’re supposed to be enforcing “hate crime” laws?

Do those who advocate on behalf of the soi-disant “LGBTQ community” imagine that criminals from Latin America share their sentiments? Or are these contradictions not apparent to them?


Biden Accuses Americans of Ignorance, Warns of Anti-Gay ‘Terrorist Groups’

Posted on | October 12, 2019 | 1 Comment


Democrat presidential candidates shamelessly pandered to the advocates of sodomy in a televised town hall Thursday on CNN, and Joe Biden did not ingratiate himself with the Left when he joked about “coming out” and then made a gaffe that’s weird even by Biden’s standards:

Think about it. The idea it’s normal. It’s normalized. It’s not anything strange. It’s not strange. That’s the generic point.
And the more people know that, the more they understand it — remember, Anderson, back 15, 20 years ago, we talked about this in — in San Francisco was all about, well, you know, gay — gay bath houses. And everybody — it’s all about around-the-clock sex. It’s all — come on, man. Gay couples are more likely to say together longer than heterosexual couples.

Notice the disorganized syntax, the word-salad quality of what Biden said. He had been headed toward making a “generic point” about homosexuality being “normalized,” something people must be encouraged to understand, when suddenly another thought popped into his head. Biden seems to have wished to make a point about “progress” in terms of societal acceptance of homosexuality. Therefore, Biden invoked an earlier time “15, 20 years ago” (which if taken literally would mean circa 1999-2004) when anti-gay prejudice was based on perceptions of widespread promiscuity — “gay bath houses . . . around-the-clock sex.” Or at least, that seems to be what Biden was trying to suggest.

Try to speak in complete sentences, Joe. Finish whatever argument you’re making before interrupting yourself to share some new idea that just popped into your senile mind. His “gay bath house” non sequitur was called “weird” and “bizarre,” and CNN’s town hall was panned as “disastrous” by John McCormack of National Review, but it’s important to note what was truly obnoxious in what Biden said Thursday.

His “generic point” was that anyone who disapproves of homosexuality, or opposes any policy agenda favored by the organized gay-rights lobby, must be motivated by ignorance, and in need of enlightenment. Yet disagreement on this subject does not reflect a difference of knowledge, but rather different systems of moral values. One could have a vast knowledge about homosexual behavior — indeed, one might have extensive direct personal experience with the phenomenon — without believing such behavior should be “normalized.”

It is a fact that there are many people who, in their own inclinations and appetites, are perhaps as gay as Anderson Cooper, but don’t align themselves with the LGBT political movement and its policy goals. Pay close attention to what Biden said Thursday:

The generic point I’m making here is, folks, the vast majority of people in America are not homophobic. They’re just afraid. They don’t understand. They don’t know. They don’t know what to do or say. . . .
If you had a business lunch eight, ten years ago, and there were six or seven people at the lunch, and a gay waiter came up and said something that identified himself being gay, in fact, if one of the people made fun of that waiter, the vast majority of people wouldn’t have said anything at the table. Today you’d all look at him and say, if you’re straight as can be, look at him and say, what the hell is the matter with you? And he’d never be invited back.
The point is, they’re not afraid now to stand up and say — because guess what? We learn.

Again, the adjectives “weird” and “bizarre” are appropriate. Biden is speaking of a time “eight, ten years ago” — i.e., 2009-2011 — when no one at a “business lunch” would have objected if someone made a joke at the expense of a gay waiter. Well, I don’t know, if he was an obvious mincing fairy, maybe someone would have said something, but . . .

What? No, I’m just pointing out the absurdity of Biden’s rhetoric, which involves a few different unstated premises:

  1. The idea that a valid metric of “homophobia” is whether someone makes jokes about gay people; I make jokes about all kinds of people, and it doesn’t mean I hate any of them;
  2. The attribution of universal victimhood to gay people, who we are supposed to believe are so emotionally vulnerable that they are irreparably harmed by jokes;
  3. The idea that “the vast majority of people in America” are “just afraid” because they “don’t understand” — they are ignorant, and must “learn” whatever it is that cures homophobia.

These are the beliefs Biden was attempting to express in his incoherent gibberish, and the premises of his argument (which are widely held by liberals) simply cannot withstand objective scrutiny. As with every other issue, Democrats are promoting in regard to gay people what Thomas Sowell described as The Vision of the Anointed, the idea that every public-policy dispute involves a contest between the Enlightened Few and the Benighted Many. Liberals consider themselves to be morally and intellectually superior to such an extent that the rest of us are in need of their tutelage. Whatever the issue — high-speed rail in California or “Drag Queen Story Hour” at your local library — liberals think of their opponents as intellectually inferior to themselves, so that your opinion is wrong, and you are a bad person, if you disagree with a liberal.

It is this attitude that inspires Democrats to abrogate the First Amendment freedom of their opponents, by labeling the expression of disagreement as “hate speech.” You will scarcely be surprised that Biden endorsed surveillance of “terrorist groups” that disagree with him:

At the CNN LGBT town hall on Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden advocated for a kind of terror watchlist to monitor organizations that oppose same-sex marriage and transgender identity, similar to a previous Obama administration effort targeting conservatives groups. This monitoring echoed the Southern Poverty Law Center’s accusations that mainstream conservative Christian organizations are “anti-LGBT hate groups” on par with the Ku Klux Klan. . . .
“What we had before to deal with hate crimes was we had a position in our administration, within both the Department of Justice as well as within Homeland Security, a provision to keep watch on these groups that we know are out there — like terrorist groups, they’re similar — that we know are out there, to be able to follow — without violating their First Amendment rights — to be able to follow what they’re doing and follow up on threats that come forward,” Biden said.
While it remains unclear specifically to what Biden was referring, it seems likely this effort has something to do with a DHS report about “Rightwing Extremism,” which presented a broad swath of conservative groups as “hate-oriented.”
When mentioned in the context of LGBT issues, Biden’s call for monitoring groups “similar to terrorist groups” echoes the talking points of the SPLC, which has demonized conservative Christian organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom (a law firm that has won many Supreme Court cases), D. James Kennedy Ministries (cut off from Amazon’s charity program thanks to the SPLC), and the Family Research Council (which faced an active shooter thanks to the SPLC’s accusations). Conservatives targeted by the SPLC have lost access to their credit cards. Their organizations have been banned by sites like GoFundMe and Eventbrite, and even booted from Mar-a-Lago.

Again, we can only understand what’s wrong with this approach by extracting from Biden’s remarks his unstated premises. Biden implies that “hate crimes” against homosexuals are somehow inspired by the kind of “terrorist groups” the Obama administration made it a policy to “watch.” Good luck finding any evidence to support that belief.

Most actual violence against gay people is not committed by the kind of people who support the Family Research Council. It’s not Trump supporters who are murdering “transgender women of color.”

There is no demonstrable cause-and-effect relationship between the activism of social conservative groups like FRC and the “hate crimes” perpetrated against members of the LGBT community. Biden is expressing a media-generated mythology about a “climate of hate”:

For example, in June 2017, it was reported that 17-year-old Rayquann Deonte Jernigan, a/k/a “Ava Le’Ray Barrin,” had become the “Youngest Trans Murder Victim In The U.S. This Year.” Was this murder caused by a Trump-inspired “climate of hate”? No, according to police in Athens, Georgia, this fatal shooting was “the culmination of a feud between two transgender groups.” A judge dismissed a murder charge against the accused shooter, ruling that Jalen Breon Brown, 21, acted in self-defense during a fight with Jernigan. Or what about the March 2018 murder of Darrel “Amia Tyrae” Berryman in Louisiana? The Human Rights Campaign reported that Berryman, “a transgender woman of color,” had become “the seventh known homicide of a transgender person this year.” Was Berryman killed by a Republican voter? No, the police charged Dedrick Butler, a 22-year-old convicted felon, with murdering Berryman in a $55-a-night East Baton Rouge motel room where “Amia Tyrae” was working as a prostitute.

Pretty sure these perps weren’t on the FRC mailing list.

Oh, and since Joe Biden raised the subject let’s talk about round-the-clock sex in gay bath houses. The era to which Biden refers was the late 1970s and early ’80s (not “15, 20 years ago”), a climate of rampant homosexual promiscuity that gave rise to the AIDS epidemic.

In 1982, the CDC reported that that the “median number of lifetime male sexual partners” for gay men diagnosed with AIDS was 1,160. In other words, a majority of the first men diagnosed with this sexually transmitted disease had more than one thousand partners. The man known as “Patient Zero” of the AIDS epidemic, Gaetan Dugas, estimated that he had sex with 2,500 men from 1972 to 1982, i.e., 250 different partners every year for 10 consecutive years. We may stipulate that Dugas was an extreme example, but his behavior was the tip of a very large iceberg of gay promiscuity during the Disco Era. But oh, you’re just an ignorant bigot if you disapprove of such behavior.


In The Mailbox: 10.11.19

Posted on | October 11, 2019 | 2 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

357 Magnum: Chicago Keeping Gun Criminals On The Street
EBL: Trump’s Minneapolis Rally
Twitchy: “Remove Conservative From Your Bio And Kindly Piss Off” – Jen Rubin Finds Out The Hard Way Trump Hasn’t Lost The Womens’ Vote
Louder With Crowder: NBA Cancels Press Conferences, Says Red China Questions Are “Unfair”
According To Hoyt: A Clarifying Sign
Monster Hunter Nation: Correia On The Classics
Vox Popoli: Smells Like Old Pajamas, also, The Clearing Of The Amazon

Adam Piggott: Friday Hawt Chicks & Links – The Couldn’t Care Less Edition
American Greatness: Morning Greatness – Urine, Spitting, &  Violence From Trump Protestors In Minneapolis
American Power: Shepard Smith Out At Fox
American Thinker: The Frightened Old Woman With Her Trump 2020 Flag, also, Guns & Cannabis – The Insidious Creep Of Tyranny
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Persistence Hunting Friday
Babalu Blog: Election 2019 In Socialist Cuba – Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For October 11
Camp of the Saints: On Justice Kavanaugh At The End Of Year One
Cafe Hayek: Stand With The Chinese People, Trade With Them Freely
Da Tech Guy: Real Dictators vs. Liberal Fantasies
Don Surber: Trust Trump, He Earned It, also, Highlights Of The News
First Street Journal: Ali Watkins Could Not Be Reached For Comment
The Geller Report: Five Stabbed In Knife Rampage At Manchester UK Shopping Mall, also, Kurdish PKK Militia Trained Antifa Goons In Northern Syria
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, The Medusa Merger
Hollywood In Toto: Gemini Man Suffers From Split Personality Syndrome
Legal Insurrection: Ukraine Whistleblower Worked For VP Biden, also, SCOTUS To Hear Big 2nd Amendment Case Despite Threats From Sheldon Whitehouse & Other Senate Dems
The PanAm Post: Why Do We Object To Freedom? also, Hong Kong Is Not In Latin America
Power Line: A Shoutout From President Trump, also, The Donald Trump Experience
Shark Tank: Rick Scott Keeps Up The Pressure On The Chicoms
Shot In The Dark: The Irreducible Logic Of An Illogical Choice
STUMP: Illinois’ Bright Idea – Put A Bunch Of Underfunded Pension Plans In One Pile
The Political Hat: Firing Line Friday – What’s Ahead For The Democrats? Part II
This Ain’t Hell: Gun Control, My Fat Aunt Harriet! also, “Alaska Bob” Glaves’ “Restricted” Files
Victory Girls: NYT Says Republicans Questioning Fauxcahontas’ Authenticity Are Sexist
Volokh Conspiracy: More In The “Copyright Troll” Saga
Weasel Zippers: Trump Says Biden Was A Good VP Because He Knew How To Kiss Obama’s Ass, also, Beta Says Churches That Don’t Believe In Same Sex Marriage Should Lose Tax Exemption
Megan McArdle: Conservatives Say “I Do”, Liberals Say “Why Bother?”, And That’s A Problem
Mark Steyn: The Smell Of The Swamp

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Shep Smith Out at Fox News

Posted on | October 11, 2019 | No Comments


Was he fired or did he quit?

Shepard Smith is stepping down from Fox News, the network announced on Friday. Today’s Friday afternoon showing of Shepard Smith Reporting was his last.
A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Smith, 55, joined Fox News at its inception in 1996 after beginning his television career a decade earlier at WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Jay Wallace, president and executive editor of FOX News Media, said in a statement, “Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry.”
“His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put FOX News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery,” the statement went on. “We are proud of the signature reporting and anchoring style he honed at FOX News, along with everything he accomplished here during his monumental 23-year tenure. While this day is especially difficult as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his immense contributions to the entire network.”

We can expect the backstory of Smith’s departure to be widely reported. Smith had become the face of anti-Trump hatred at Fox News, and was specifically denounced by the president for his bias. Smith’s critics tended to attribute his hatred of conservatives to the rumor (I don’t know that it was ever confirmed, officially) that he is homosexual.


Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Posted on | October 11, 2019 | No Comments

by Smitty

Dear Leanna,

I am so sorry.

At the time I had a bunch of reasons for leaving. Maybe some were nearly good. None had to do with you, that I promise.

I still made sure that you were provided for, despite what you may have heard.

I forgave your mother. Even if she could not seem to forgive me before she passed, I hope that you can.

I love you. Let’s make the next 50 years better than the last 5.


Your Dad
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She looked up from the email app and he stood there, tears streaming, and she completely lost it.

via Darleen

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