February 6, 2019

At the Bright Eyes Café...



... you can see your way clear.

100 comments:

eddie willers said...

Is this post operation?

Hagar said...

The No. 4 man in Virginia should do us all a favor and confess that he too is guilty of bad-think in that he once thought about dressing up in blackface for a Halloween party.

Ken B said...

Sounds like good news.

Did you ever wear blackface? Like, in kindergarten?

Mike Sylwester said...
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traditionalguy said...

Audrey Hepburn Rat? Those are innocent eyes.

Mike Sylwester said...

One of the best elements of President Trump's State of the Union speech is that he used the expression illegal aliens, which is the correct legal expression.

Big Mike said...

The way things are going, the Virginia GOP may have won the luckiest coin toss in its history. Because Kirk Cox is only the Speaker of the House of Delegates due to one of the delegate races being tied after the recount, and incumbent Republican delegate David Yancey was seated after he won a coin toss.

Only in this state.

chickelit said...

Occular jocular.

Meade said...

I’m ashamed to admit it but 37 years ago I considered going to a Halloween party dressed as Elizabeth Warren.

Big Mike said...

Bright-eyed rats can be drama queens.

robother said...

Ah to be a fly on the wall at the Va. governor's cabinet meeting. "Blackface mofos"! "Well at least we never raped anyone as far as you know."

David Begley said...

In law school we had a Bobby Sands party; Irish hunger striker who ended up dying in prison. Why we had that party, I don’t recall. Fun party.

Mike Sylwester said...

We are in an era of witch-hunts.

The major witch-hunt is being done by Robert "The FBI Whitewasher" Mueller.

Like the girls in Salem who saw spectra that nobody else could see, Christopher Steele saw Russian Intelligence insiders that nobody else can see. Mueller is like the investigating magistrates in Salem, investigating the hallucinations of the girls (Steele).

Young people in blackface are like the spectra themselves. They are like black cats howling and jumping around at night, scaring people. The spectra are a menace to the community's peace and harmony. The spectra must be hunted down and exterminated.

Big Mike said...

And some rats know how to plead for their lives, and live to tell the tale.

madAsHell said...

Why do the rats remind me of the draw-the-squirrel art school solicitations I encountered in ten cent comic books??

Mike Sylwester said...

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was heard to bark also the words Fuck those blackface guys.

Mike Sylwester said...

Imagine that Hillary Clinton had won.

The whole country would be governed by crazy Democrats.

chickelit said...

No one knows what it’s like to be the sad rat behind blue eyes.

ndspinelli said...

Prior to cataract surgery, I was very impaired driving @ night, particularly in the rain. Now it's a piece o' cake. However, shortly after surgery on both eyes I was driving @ night and my sight seemed even worse. I returned to my eye doc. I had what is known as a "secondary" cataract. That is not an actual cataract but a film that can form over the new lens. A quick and painless laser treatment cured it. This is not uncommon.

Big Mike said...

From Glenn Reynolds to the Washington Post editorial board:

"Hey, WaPo editorial board — remember how you pushed Northam as some sort of racial healer, while gleefully spreading the bullshit claims that longtime milquetoast GOP pol Ed Gillespie was some sort of Stormfront stalking horse? Maybe you should resign, too, hacks. Don’t try to pretend this is just about the rottenness of Virginia’s Democratic Party. You’re part of the rot yourselves."

Evaluation: TRUE

walter said...

L.A. has plenty O'rats..and now increasing typhus!

Hagar said...

Bernalillo County just held a mail-in only election for raising real estate taxes to fund Albuquerque Public School projects and operations. There were three separate initiatives and all three were turned down with an average of about two to one against. This is something that has never happened before.

My personal thoughts about the APS is that these people should not be allowed to handle money, but that is just me. I think these results go deeper and the good people of Albuquerque are just a bit alarmed by what we have been hearing and reading since the last election's Democratic sweep of state offices. The legislature seems to be bent on raising taxes all around on general principle and they will figure out later what to use all this new money for.

I really think 2020 looks to be a good year for the Republicans in New Mexico.

It was on the news tonight that our new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, for some reason has now released a campaign video she thought was too silly to use in the campaign. It shows her storming through a building under construction and busting through several drywall walls, and the news anchor said this has been very popular on the internet. He did not say why.

Bay Area Guy said...

Like Althouse and most of the Commentariat, I too liked the SOTU speech.

But we still have a deadline in 10 days or so, to have the continued "shutdown" over wall funding. I can't see the Dem House agreeing to such funding, unless they fear they're gonna lose seats. But that's 2 years away.

We shall see.

America’s Politico said...

To Whom It May Concern:

By late 2019, all news entities will come around to what I already stated:

Next POTUS is Liz Warren.

Who amongst has not claimed one or another identity. Perfectly natural. There is no news.

Tata to Trump. Be gone now.

Cheers.

stephen cooper said...

Dr Vanessa Tyson is much more credible than Dr Christine , but you wouldn't know that if , like a gawking peasant grateful to hear a few words from the squire, you are impressed by the aristo hacks at WaPo.

stephen cooper said...

Rakjumar - either go away, or write with more respect for those who read what you write.

narciso said...

And Bobby Scott knew about the Tyson matter a year ago:

https://mobile.twitter.com/LevineJonathan/status/1093272835076837377

Etienne said...

I’m ashamed to admit it but 37 years ago I had sex with Elizabeth Warren while wearing a cowboy hat and her feet roped.

narciso said...

Newly hatched troll, I guess.

Big Mike said...

Okay, speaking of Vanessa Tyson and Justin Fairfax, I have one question for all of you women who are commenting on this thread.

When he forced her head down onto his dick, why didn't she just bite it off??? And his balls, too?

tim in vermont said...

He's likely the poster formerly known as America's Politico.

William said...

The calls for Northam to resign are still there but they seem a bit muted. Are all blackface outfits created equally? It seems to me that dressing up as a minstrel character is obviously racist in intent, but dressing up as Michael Jackson or some rapper could have been done with innocent intent--especially in the 80's when the rules against blackface were not yet codified in the penal statutes...... Do cross dressers dress up as Diana Ross? If so, do cross dressers have protected status immunity status? I'm so old I can remember when dressing up as a woman was considered more scandalous than dressing up in blackface. I'm bound to confess, however, I never knew any cross dressers or blackface performers. Maybe it's something that's more common down south or in gay communities.

Darrell said...

Rajkumar Raosinhji has the stench of America's Politico and the sign-off of Vicky from Pasadena. "He" signs on from Google+, so we can at least look forward to "his" disappearance.

narciso said...

They have been hung from their sjw petard and their devotion to moloch and other arts of alchemy (sodomy transgenderism)

mockturtle said...

The No. 4 man in Virginia should do us all a favor and confess that he too is guilty of bad-think in that he once thought about dressing up in blackface for a Halloween party.

And what about their Lieutenant Governor??!!

Etienne said...

why didn't she just bite it off?

False teeth?

RK said...

I need to come clean. My high school girlfriend (late 70s) visited Kenya and brought back a bunch of African souvenirs. Of course, being young and racist as I was, it occurred to me that I could attend a Halloween party dressed as an African tribesman by borrowing some of her stuff. Yes, I did the blackface. And there's a photo somewhere.

Oops.

narciso said...

From another dossier of sorts:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/06/nellie-ohr-fusion-gps-leshchenko-ukraine/

William said...

I'm trying to avoid double reverse backspin on my hypocrisy. The charges against Fairfax seem far more substantial than those against Kavanaugh. Still, even as I gave Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt, I'm obliged to do the same for Fairfax. I would never convict Fairfax in a court of law on the evidence so far submitted. I don't know whether he should resign.......The one thing I can say with absolute certainty and conviction is that the Dems have shown themselves to be far, far more blatant hypocrites in these matters than Republicans.

narciso said...

I'm not that charitable, this episode of scandal on the Manassas just keeps getting better and better.

tcrosse said...

The quality of mercy is constrained.

narciso said...

And the next circus over:

https://mobile.twitter.com/MattFinnFNC/status/1092804636715687937

walter said...

Rajkumar,
She does seems to be trending lately...

Birches said...

I thought the same thing about biting and I'm a woman.

JML said...

My wife, a hispanic, once dressed as a clown in college at a Halloween party, wearing whiteface and a large red nose. Only today did I realize her racist tendencies that I should have recognized 40 years ago. At the next year's Halloween party, I dressed as a female conehead. I was woke back then. My best costume was the year I went as Samurai ROTC. (Back in those days, SNL was good.) I shudder at my own racial insensitivity.

We have concluded that we will not run for any office least any of the above become public. Which it now is...

stephen cooper said...
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JML said...

PS. Good to see you posting, Ann.

Karen of Texas said...

All I will say about biting is what my dad told me. You better commit to it; if you don't completely disable him long enough for you to get away, you're really going to be screwed.

Karen of Texas said...

Ah, I see Stephen Cooper beat me to it.

stephen cooper said...

Sorry Karen!

walter said...

Blogger JML said...
I dressed as a female conehead. I was woke back then.
--
Gender is a construct. Did you use construction paper?

wildswan said...

Apropos of nothing, I may have to get little bowls of healthy snacks and spot them about the place. There's so much spilled popcorn that the squirrels are knocking on the window and demanding an equitable distribution.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

The Media: Democrat Party Press.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"

ok, but politically dead men do! And blackface.

walter said...

Brought this up before but..why wouldn't she approach more than one "news" outlet?
Something special about Wapo?

MadisonMan said...

Don't it make Rat's Brown eyes,
Don't it make Rat's Brown eyes
Don't it make Rat's brown eyes, blue.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Agree with a few others, re biting. If something like that happened to me, well, I'm already being orally raped, and biting means I will then have a mouthful of partially severed penis and possibly making him angry enough to beat me to death on top of the irreversible situation of being orally raped, so, well, shrug.

Original Mike said...

Blogger William said..."I'm trying to avoid double reverse backspin on my hypocrisy. The charges against Fairfax seem far more substantial than those against Kavanaugh. Still, even as I gave Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt, I'm obliged to do the same for Fairfax."

Why? They don't.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

'Espresso Blues' Rat looks wired at 4:30 am

If you got bad news, and big baby-blues; caffeine.
When your eyes are drawn, just like Goldie Hawn; caffeine.
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; caffeine.

Original Mike said...

We were told it's not a court of law. Due process is not relevant.

Did I miss something?

robother said...

Candlelight dinners with my wife since her cataract surgery do trigger the sensation of looking across the table at a Terminator when the light hits at certain angles.

Original Mike said...

I wasn't really frequenting the blog during Blassey-Ford, but I got the impression that was Althouse's take as well (I hope I am mistaken).

Enlighten-NewJersey said...

Ann, I hope this is a sign that your eye surgery went well and you are already seeing clearly!

Known Unknown said...

My mother went as Aunt Jemima for Halloween in the very early 80s. No governorships for her!

My wife and I went as Milli Vanilla one year --- no blackface needed (vanilla ...)

narciso said...

Ruh roh:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-el-chapo-jury-deliberations-20190206-story.html%3foutputType=amp

Sprezzatura said...

Does creating rats take a lot of time?

Seems like this could be eating into time that should be spent writing the book.

Or maybe the book is going to be a comic. Sorry nerds: I mean it'll be a graphic novel. So this is productive.

Anywho, if it is gonna be a book of rats, there isn't gonna be much of a surprise when she reveals who she voted for at the end.

Nichevo said...

Blogger Karen of Texas said...
All I will say about biting is what my dad told me. You better commit to it; if you don't completely disable him long enough for you to get away, you're really going to be screwed.

2/6/19, 9:20 PM


Quite right. At that point, it goes to eleven. Also, unless you are a hardened warrior, you will at that point be highly disconcerted by having an amputated member and a pint of blood in your mouth. Talk about spit or swallow!

Would you rather be raped vaginally, or have your nose broken? Would you rather be raped anally, or have a finger cut off? Would you rather be raped orally, or end up with a pound or two of his DNA in and on you, instead of a spoonful - and then face his wrath to boot? I have no personal knowledge but I understand that you're not likely to bleed to death from having your penis amputated. John Wayne Bobbitt didn't die. Your attacker may be thoroughly distracted but then again you may not have bitten hard enough to do real damage but only to cause him pain and anger.

Then, let's assume that does the job and nothing physical happens to you further. How about the publicity? Not to mention any divided thoughts she may have had about the future of a relationship. Submitting may have seemed her best option. Let him finish, then it's over. The standard of women dying to protect their honor or expiate its loss is long, long extinct. Most women, many here being honorable exceptions, don't understand what honor is.

What happened might also be this. Ms Tyson fellated him willingly enough, but at the end, she didn't care to take his ejaculation in her mouth, so he held her head down in his lap until he was finished. Some women, on an even day they would find that erotic, on an odd day, rape. Or depending on whether he called afterwards.




Blogger Stephen Cooper said...
Rakjumar - either go away, or write with more respect for those who read what you write.

2/6/19, 8:40 PM

That's another nickname for the former America's Politico, who gave us much Amusement during previous election seasons. It's kind of a Baghdad Bob Act. Don't be jealous, he's performing just like you. He's probably very normal in real life.

Sprezzatura said...

If Chip was still around, he could stick rat heads on all of the congress critters. W/ animation!

Better effort than the KKK thing-y that specifically only targets elected gals and their message re equality re history re gals.

IMHO.

narciso said...

Well heck what's ths point if you can feed people:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/06/us-urges-venezuelan-troops-allow-aid-country-exchange-freedom/

Sounds like Somalia with jungle.

gadfly said...

I don't know what to do, I'm always in the dark.

walter said...

In light of the economy and your successful surgery, I would like to err see..a return/development of The Uptick ;)

BarrySanders20 said...

Rat can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
Rat can see all obstacles in her way
Gone are the dark clouds that had her blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

FullMoon said...

Let'sbe serious for a moment.

Dems Have a Climate Change Meeting:

"New Mexico Democratic Rep. Debra Haaland broke into tears when speaking to one of hearing witnesses — a 16-year-old environmental activists. Haaland said, “I just want to recognize your presence here.,”(she sobbed)

Nadia Nazar, the 16-year-old founder (and sole member) of the Zero Hour Movement, said the Trump administration’s inaction on “climate change is violating my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” according to her prepared remarks."

https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/06/house-democrats-climate-hearings/

FullMoon said...

On the day I was born
The nurses all gathered 'round
And they gazed in wide wonder
At the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up
And she said leave this one alone
She could tell right away
That I was rat to the bone

Rat to the bone
Rat to the bone
R-R-R-R-Rat
R-R-R-R-Rat
R-R-R-R-Rat
Rat to the Bone

StephenFearby said...

In other news of the day...

Jill Abramson: 'I certainly didn’t plagiarize in my book'

by Naomi Lim
Washington Examiner February 06, 2019 11:19 PM


"Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was defiant in the face of plagiarism allegations Wednesday.

Abramson, who was abruptly fired from the legacy newspaper in 2014, has been promoting her new book Merchants of Truth. But her book, providing insight into the business of news, was ripped on Wednesday by multiple accusations she had either made serious errors or had included similar phrases to other works."

'...Abramson's publisher, Simon & Schuster, called the book "exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced" in a statement issued Wednesday night. The company stopped short of pushing back on the plagiarism allegations, however, saying, "If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions."'

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/jill-abramson-i-certainly-didnt-plagiarize-in-my-book

Abramson's veracity is probably best measured her previous assertion that:

"I want people to say that I protected and expanded the depth and breadth of our news report," she said, "and some version of what [former Times executive editor] Abe Rosenthal said he wanted on his tombstone was that he kept the paper straight. It's not just the paper now, but I want them to think I kept the place straight."

https://www.politico.com/media/story/2012/11/jill-abramsons-dream-epitaph-she-kept-the-new-york-times-straight-000848

Yancey Ward said...

Hagar wrote:

"The No. 4 man in Virginia should do us all a favor and confess that he too is guilty of bad-think"

He did that already when he ran as a Republican.

Yancey Ward said...

"The calls for Northam to resign are still there but they seem a bit muted."

With the problems of the next two Democrats in line, the calls for Northam to resign will stop within a day or two because the 4th guy in line is a Republican.

FIDO said...

Seventy Six (76%) percent of Americans approved of Trump's speech.

CNN is freaking out.

rhhardin said...

That's a rat that's been to Japan.

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stevew said...

Hello bright eyes!

So here it is, 5:51am, and I'm wondering what it is with these political guys in Virginia. Black face and forced sodomy, who the heck does that sort of thing. Particularly the black face thing; I'm just a little older than those two and don't remember seeing someone in black face, or even someone suggesting it might be a fun and good thing to do. And if they were willing to do these things in one part of their lives, you know there has to be other, equally as offensive things they do. Yet they are elected to state wide office.

Democrats are fleeing VA like rats fleeing a sinking ship. How long until the governor of Virginia declares himself to be a Republican? That'll fix the narrative.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Mike Sylvester @ 8:10... Trump walked among them for years. Hollywood, New York, Washington parties, living and breathing among them. Listening to their bragging, their racist opinions, their distain for the chumps of America. It'd get to anybody. The guy is no saint, "but he plays one on TV" is close enough for me. Exposing the leftist democrat tyrants is just the ticket for what ails us for this old timer to go peacefully into the void. From JFK on, a bunch of power hungry cock hounds.

Rory said...

stevew said: "So here it is, 5:51am, and I'm wondering what it is with these political guys in Virginia."

The curious thing is, these blackface guys aren't supposed to exist. Racially insensitive southern Democrats fled the party in 1968, to vote for Wallace and then Nixon, never to return and to form the new racist Republican backbone. Then they fled the party again in 1980, to vote for Reagan. And in 1994 to vote for Gingrich...and 2000 to vote for W...and in 2008 to vote against Obama...and then 2016. After all that fleeing, it seems impossible that there could be even one good ole boy left who's even voting Democratic, let alone running their flagship state.

Karen of Texas said...


The hard Left, aka socialist Socialists (not your Bernie's Democratic Socialists), out and proud!

Seems the *progressive* Left IS trying to hijack the Democrat Party - by fielding their own version of a poor (wo)man Trump.

tim in vermont said...

"Trump administration’s inaction on “climate change is violating my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,”

That’s like when Gladys Knight performed at the Super Bowl, CNN said she crossed Kaepernick’s “virtual picket line.” She said “People gonna think what people gonna think.”

Tank said...

Today is a big test day for Althouse.

Can she blog with one eye tied behind her back?

Or is "the streak" in jeopardy?

Darrell said...

Or is "the streak" in jeopardy?

Not a chance.

David Begley said...

Tom Friedman on MSNBC this AM asserting that CAGW causes Central America to move here.

Scott Patton said...

It's the nocata-rat!

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Black face at a Costume party circa 1722 = burn the witch

Forced Sexual encounter by Fairfax = hello? Hello? Bueller?

Robert Cook said...

"Seventy Six (76%) percent of Americans approved of Trump's speech."

Is that actually 76% of all Americans or 76% of those who watched the SOTU address?

Ann Althouse said...

@Tank

I have been blogging with only one eye for months.

The cataract was much worse in the left eye and though I could seen light and shapes, I could not read with it.

So now, in the week before I get the right eye fixed, I am one-eyed in the reverse.

What you should look for is a change a week from now when I will be able to read with two eyes for the first time in a long time.

The one-eyed blogging during in recent months was through an eye that has a cataract, so what I have this week is an improvement.

Jersey Fled said...

Mueller was called before the FISA court early in his tenure as head of the FBI to account for abuse of the FISA system before and during his tenure. This according to a report in The Hill today.

When will he recuse himself from the Trump investigation?

stevew said...

"I have been blogging with only one eye for months."

And yet nary a typo nor incoherent (to me) post!

I have an eye condition called Cogan's Dystrophy. It is managed pretty well with non-prescription medication. Episodically this underlying condition will lead to epithelial erosion in one or both eyes, which is similar to getting a bad scratch of your eye. When that happens my eyes hurt, water, and are hypersensitive to light. I can't read, never mind type and write, until the damage is repaired (8-24 hours).

Pretty amazing to me that you've been able to carry on so well with significantly less than full vision in even one eye.

I bet the big reveal after the second eye is done will be amazing.

Ann Althouse said...

It's weird to me that I was reading (and writing) for many hours a day when I could not see clearly at all. The decline has been over a period of years, so I don't know how long ago it began. I just adapted. I think I preferred reading to other things that required distance vision, because reading is mostly in your head. I preferred reading to watching a movie. And I used audiobooks a lot!

Seeing Red said...

Friend of Bill.

The Justice Dept. is covering itself in glory, via Lucianne:

The Justice Department has opened an investigation into its own possible misconduct in the wrist-slap prosecution of multimillionaire serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The investigation is being conducted by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, according to MSNBC. “OPR has now opened an investigation into allegations that Department attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Epstein criminal matter was resolved,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said in a Feb. 6 letter to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.

FIDO said...

Is that actually 76% of all Americans or 76% of those who watched the SOTU address?

**

Republicans were a slightly higher demographic. Democrats a smaller one.

But what you want to ignore is that the Independents ALSO very much liked what he had to say...even as they felt that there was no chance in Hell that Pelosi would actually work with Trump for all the Botox in Palm Springs.

It is amazing how popular the president is when all the media filters, spins and hate speech is removed.

So Cookie is also freaking out.

Robert Cook said...

@FIDO

The 76% of Americans who liked the SOTU were those who watched it. What percentage of Americans watched it? Certainly not 100% of Americans, so your statement "Seventy Six (76%) percent of Americans approved of Trump's speech" is a misrepresentation of the truth.

I've seen it reported that about 47 million Americans watched the SOTU, out of approximately 327 million American adults as of February 2018. That's a little over 14% of all adult Americans who watched the SOTU. 76% of 47 million is about 36 million people, and 36 million adults is roughly 11% of 327 million adult Americans. So, about 11% of adult Americans liked Trump's SOTU address.

Jim at said...

Did you ever wear blackface? Like, in kindergarten?

Nope. Not because it might be offensive or anything. It just never crossed my mind. That's what I find so amazing about it.

Who does that? I don't even know people who did it.

mockturtle said...

My older daughter went 'greenface' for Halloween once. She wanted to be a zombie. I put some cucumber facial on her and did some artistry with her features and she was very convincing. Whether there were zombies offended by this or not I don't know. And I don't care.