Hairy Butt-Crack Of Dawn Open Thread


He’s a little sex talk just for the ladies. Basically, men are loyal as dogs even though they sometimes behave like dogs in heat but all good. “He wants you!”

I write a real post when I wake up.


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What Is That Thing On His Head?


Twitchy:

He founded the hacktastic propaganda mills Media Matters for America and American Bridge, so David Brock is plenty slimy enough to go to bat for Hillary Clinton. That his hair looks like it belongs on a a character in a clay-mation Christmas special also makes for good TV.

Brock got kicked around on the talk shows today defending Hillary from her latest scandal.


After spending most of the Nineties trying to slime Bill and Hillary, Brock quit using coke (allegedly), converted to Clintonism and got funded by George Soros.

AFAIAC he’s still a piece of shit. But what the hell is that thing on his head?



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White Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man


You probably heard the old line about the three kinds of lies: white lies, damn lies, and statistics. Apparently the New York Times and Eric holder are unaware of the third kind.

Ferguson Police Routinely Violate Rights of Blacks, Justice Dept. Finds

Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but the crime statistics compiled in the city over the past two years seemed to suggest that only black people were breaking the law. They accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. In cases like jaywalking, which often hinge on police discretion, blacks accounted for 95 percent of all arrests.

The racial disparity in those statistics was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release on Wednesday that there was only one explanation: The Ferguson Police Department was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents.

The report, based on a six-month investigation, provides a glimpse into the roots of the racial tensions that boiled over in Ferguson last summer after a black teenager, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a white police officer, making it a worldwide flash point in the debate over race and policing in America. It describes a city where the police used force almost exclusively on blacks and regularly stopped people without probable cause. Racial bias is so ingrained, the report said, that Ferguson officials circulated racist jokes on their government email accounts.

In a November 2008 email, a city official said Barack Obama would not be president long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years?” Another email included a cartoon depicting African-Americans as monkeys. A third described black women having abortions as a way to curb crime.

“There are serious problems here that cannot be explained away,” said a law enforcement official who has seen the report and spoke on the condition of anonymity because it had not been released yet.

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The report will most likely force Ferguson officials to either negotiate a settlement with the Justice Department or face being sued by it on charges of violating the Constitution. Under Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the Justice Department has opened more than 20 such investigations into local police departments and issued tough findings against cities including Newark; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Cleveland.

But the Ferguson case has the highest profile of Mr. Holder’s tenure and is among the most closely watched since the Justice Department began such investigations in 1994, spurred by the police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and the riots that followed.

While much of the attention in Ferguson has been on Mr. Brown’s death, federal officials quickly concluded that the shooting was simply the spark that ignited years of pent-up tension and animosity in the area. The Justice Department is expected to issue a separate report Wednesday clearing the police officer, Darren Wilson, of civil rights violations in the shooting.


Obviously I haven’t read the report. That makes it kinda hard to question the findings, but if the only specific examples they could uncover were some racist jokes then Comedy Central is a major civil rights violator.

Take a look at the picture at the top of this post. That is a photo of a convenience store in Ferguson being looted during one of the riots last year. According to statistics, 1/3 of the people in that picture should be white, and approximately half of them should be women. But all the people in the picture appear to be young black males.

Is that racist?

If the police are routinely violating the rights of black people in Ferguson, shouldn’t the DOJ be able to come up with some specific victims? Phones with cameras are ubiquitous these days, so why aren’t there numerous videos of police misconduct and brutality?

Perhaps the truth is more complex and less uh, . . . black and white.

But the Department of Justice isn’t looking for a conviction, their modus operandi is extortion. They threaten the city with all kinds of dire consequences, then offer something akin to a plea bargain. The city and the feds enter into an agreement called a “consent decree” that gives the federal government semi-permanent oversight over the city.

All without ever having to prove a single civil rights violation took place.

But the DOJ is fighting racial discrimination, so if you object to their methods or results you must be a racist who is pro-discrimination.


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What a load of crap!


The old thread is dead. Long live the new thread!


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I’m Sure There Must Be A Reasonable Explanation

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Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

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A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”


Oh, well then no problemo! As Al Gore once said, “There is no controlling legal authority that says this was in violation of law.”

Amirite?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. government was investigating a hacker attack on personal Google email accounts used by senior government officials, as well as members of the military, political activists and journalists.

Google Inc. disclosed the attack on its Gmail email service Wednesday, saying it appeared to have originated in China and affected hundreds of people.

“We are obviously very concerned about Google’s announcement,” Clinton said Thursday at a news conference. “These allegations are very serious.”

She said the FBI would conduct an investigation into the breaches.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama had been made aware of the attacks. But Carney added that there was no reason to believe that any official U.S. government email accounts had been accessed by the hackers.

Carney said that government officials are permitted to have personal email accounts, but not allowed to use them in any official capacities.

“All of our work is conducted on work email accounts,” Carney said at a news briefing. “That’s part of the Presidential Records Act.”


But . . . but . . . Hillary is old. Old people get set in their ways. My mom is still using an AOL account for all her email. Hillary is probably using her original Hotmail or Yahoo account. It was an honest mistake!


I’m sure there must be a reasonable explanation or defense for this uh . . rule breaking. Let’s ask Brad Woodhouse. He’s one of the official Democratic talking point desseminators.

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Well if the Republicans do it too, it must be okay!

Based upon what I’ve seen so far, expect the media to circle the wagons to protect Hillary. If you see anyone on the left attacking her on this it’s because they hate Hillary and want to replace her with someone else.

Bet on it.


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At Least He Didn’t Call Them Racists

CPAC 2015

CPAC 2015


Apparently the Stupid Haters Club had their annual convention this past weekend. At least that’s what Charles Blow thinks:

CPAC: Hackneyed and Hollow

I never know how to set my expectations for the Conservative Political Action Conference, also known as CPAC.

I try to approach it with as much of an open mind as I can muster, understanding that I am at odds, fundamentally, with many conservative principles and conservatives’ views about the role, size and scope of government, but also realizing that apart from a debate setting, this may be the best place to take the temperature of, and hear from, the broadest range of conservative leaders.

I still think, perhaps naïvely so, that people can be ideologically opposed but intellectually engaged, that a good idea makes the best bridge.

So I do my best to follow the speeches — from afar (thank you, live streaming!) — and wait to hear something that jolts my consciousness or challenges my sense of things.

But once again this year, I was disappointed.

There remains in the Republican Party, as evidenced by the speakers at this event, a breathtaking narrowness of vision and deficit of creative thought.

The confab, for the most part, felt to me like a revelry of contrarians. Rather than presenting the party as one with a plan, many of the speakers seemed determined to cement it as the party of resistance and opposition.

Where were the grand conservative thinkers? Where was the philosophical heft? Where was the vision of a future not built on a transporting to the past?

It was largely absent. In its place was too much rhetoric about defending, defeating, defunding, deauthorizing. There was so much anti-Obama and anti-Hillary obsessing that the “pro” alternatives — to the extent that a case could be made — were obscured.


First of all, CPAC isn’t technically a Republican event, anymore than Netroots is a Democratic party function. But most of the attendees outside of the media were indeed Republicans. As for the narrowness of vision, duh!

It is a gathering of CONSERVATIVES! You don’t go there expecting to see the latest expecting to hear progressive ideas. By it’s very nature, small government conservatism does not generally go for big ideas. Conservatism is resistant to (but not opposed to) change.

But wait! There’s more!

This is where the Republican Party continues to falter. The cavalcade of contra nothingness at CPAC barreled forward with more speakers who lacked vision and brio.

I guess one could make the argument that if the Republican pool of candidates is wide but shallow, that’s good for Democrats. Indeed, it is.

Republicans have done exceedingly well in the recent midterms — in part because of anti-Obama Tea Party animus in 2010 and the fact that voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was the lowest of any election cycle since World War II. But presidential election years are a different story: They are national elections with a different electoral profile and greater participation.

And nationally, the Republican brand remains tarnished.

A Pew Research Center report released last week found that “majorities say the Democratic Party is open and tolerant, cares about the middle class and is not ‘too extreme.’ By contrast, most Americans see the G.O.P. lacking in tolerance and empathy for the middle class, and half view it as too extreme.”


If the only things you knew about me were what my ex-wife told you, then you probably wouldn’t like me. I know I wouldn’t. On the other hand on several occasions I met people my ex-wife had talked to and they said “Wow, you’re not what I expected at all.”

The media loves narratives. One of those narratives they love so much is that the GOP is the party of angry, stupid bigots. Some people fall for that narrative hook, line and sinker.

No, the fighters against Fox extend beyond the usual suspects. It includes anyone who has to sit with brain dead relatives at dinner who have become mean spirited, crotchety, vile, bigots robotically spitting ultra-conservative nonsense in a garbled illogical word salad. Those people go out and vote, because they’re angry, and they don’t sound like they know what they’re supposed to be angry about. Nothing they say makes any damn sense. And it’s very difficult to want to be around them because they behave as if they’ve had a lobotomy. You can’t construct a logical argument with people who have had conditioned responses and thought-stopping reactions to anything you say. Seriously, they can contradict themselves several times in the same sentence and never even realize it. They are operating in pure fearful, emotional, enraged mode, thinking there is a child molester behind the potted plants and that the Muslims are going to kill them in their beds while they unknowingly support the most regressive economic theories the conservative right has to offer because God, or something.

The John Birch Society ain’t got nothing on Bill O’Reilly and Fox News. John Birch was fringe until Fox came along. And Bill has a single talent. He is extremely effective at turning perfectly ordinary people into obnoxious right wing Archie Bunker types who actively celebrate their willful ignorance and call themselves holy. That is a gift to the ultra wealthy. The rich and powerful will fight tooth and nail to protect Bill O’Reilly. He is their golden goose. His distortions and ability to provoke irrational anger keeps his audience in a state of poised suspension, ready to hurl themselves like zombies at the first fresh brains O’Reilly shakes in front of them. As informed citizens, they’re useless to the rest of us and, in most cases, actively harm their families and friends by their inability to see when they’ve been flimflammed. It’s pure gold to the small evil group that runs the world and to whom no one we know belongs.

The true Fox News watcher will joyfully accept their role as a minion to the corrupt. They will tell you that there is nothing you can do to change a corrupt system except pray for the second coming. How this justifies joining the army of corruption, I’ll never understand, unless it is to bask in the glory of being on the side of the powerful, especially those corrupt powerful who masquerade as godly. It sort of reminds me of the people who are flocking to the middle east to join ISIS. We all know ISIS is brutal, totalitarian and mindless but some people are attracted to that. Fox News only beheads people metaphorically. Its enemies still suffer the same fate, and the meanness, misogyny and cruelty is still there, but there’s less blood.

Oh sure, things were different when the typical Fox News view was younger. People were more helpful, there was a real sense of community, labor was stronger and public education was better and well funded. But they seem incapable of figuring out how we got to this place where we have gone back to the economic conditions that lead to the Great Depression. They do not see the role of Fox News in the process.

And that’s just the way Fox likes it. So, no need to draw further attention to itself. Defending Bill is just going to make it look like it needs to defend Bill and that’s not the kind of face Fox wants to present to the world. That shows a sense of vulnerability. The Fox News viewer doesn’t want to feel vulnerable. Fox wants to look impregnable, a mighty fortress against the commie left even if it’s more like a prison for the gullible.

Ok, we all know it. There are things we can not change in this world. So we must continually chant the serenity prayer as we watch Fox, and media like it, tear the fabric of our country apart. There’s nothing we can do about Fox News and it’s ability to lie, distort, mislead and destroy. We can only wait until the vulnerable reduce in numbers and the younger, less religiously motivated internet era demographic matures. Fox News will just become another niche channel for the unhinged. Then we will start the long, hard slog to recovery, reversing all the crap it has flung at us.


If you were a reporter covering the annual meetings of Netroots, NOW, NAACP, NARAL or any of the other left-of-center advocacy/activist groups made up primarily of Democrats and all you wrote about were the most extreme elements and the gaffes that were made, you could easily convince people who were LIV’s that the groups were filled with idiots and nutjobs. Or you could focus only on the best parts.

For many years our “mainstream” media has been moving farther and farther to the left. As they have done so they have tended to demonize conservatives and the GOP while covering for and promoting progressives and Democrats.

Judging by what Charles Blow says CPAC was an ugly event. Judging by what I’ve read from people who were actually there it was a lot of fun.

I miss the days when two (or more) people could argue politics over beers and still like and respect each other.


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Bob loses the debate


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It Must Be Monday

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I oversleep, wake up hungover, and find that someone has posted a birther link. I hadn’t used the banhammer in months.

This is an open thread until my hangover goes away.


Banhammer

Banhammer


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