December 5, 2019

The sun rose at 7:14 today.

I liked how it looked at 7:19...

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... 7:20...

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... and — with the sun stowed behind a tree trunk — 7:22:

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100 comments:

Birkel said...

There's a lot of pressure on an open thread if you make the first comment.

rhhardin said...

The phone and internet was out ("Area-wide outage" but only for phones in a particular server) for two days. So how do you call the phone company to report this, is the question.

I propose morse code for this. Set aside say 7030 kHz for calls to the phone company to report an outage.

Seeing Red said...

Very nice!

West Texas Intermediate Crude said...
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West Texas Intermediate Crude said...

I experienced a new concept today over at Instapundit. Hat tip to commenter Jquip
for this.
Transblack.
As in, I was identified as white at birth, likely due to having Caucasian mom and dad, but I now identify as black.
I can now demand all of the extra perks of being black- Affirmative Action, scholarships, the virtual halo that attaches to persons of color on college campuses and Democratic party activities.
And the best thing is, none of the downsides of being black. I will never be arrested for driving while black. I will never be followed by the department store security guard. I will never be shot by a police officer. I do still have to take precautions against sunburn.
Yes, I like this. Transblack. That is what I am.

Achilles said...

Adam Schiff was somehow able to obtain the phone records of political opponents.

Then he published them publicly.

What.

The.

Fuck.

Democrats are all just disgusting evil people.

Tommy Duncan said...

Early next week the Madison lakes will freeze over and the view will be new again.

As the winter solstice approaches, please remember to check your brandy supply. Cold weather and light deprivation should not go untreated.

Big Mike said...

Democrats are all just disgusting evil people.

I’ve known that for over fifty years.

tim in vermont said...

Rasmussen has Trump approval up six points from November...

Smerdyakov said...

Is it me or is Rush losing his sense of humor over the this impeachment thing. Depressing, and I don't listen to Rush for that. And the half hour monologues about Papadapoulos and Mifsud every other day. He used to be a lot more entertaining.

tim in vermont said...

"Then he published them publicly.”

And he screwed it all up. Nunes can prove his whereabouts, a man like that has records of where he is, and Schiff was wrong. The phone number was what AT&T thought was OMB, but they were not in a real position to know, and the WH says it isn’t OMB, and Giuliani denies ever talking to OMB.

etbass said...

Rhhardin said, "So how do you call the phone company to report this, is the question."

Both landline phone and cellphones were out? Otherwise, one can be used to report trouble on the other, of course. Doubt many phone companies will be monitoring ham frequencies for trouble reports. They barely even handle reports over the normal process any more.

tim in vermont said...

Yeah, Rush has lost the movement on his fastball. I don’t listen to him to hear him rant like the guy in the bar, I listened to him for interesting analysis. He was always very good at that kind of stuff. Leave the ranting, fifes and drums and three cornered hats to Mark Levin and Hannity.

Ksunliang said...

Wow great picture!

Kit Carson said...

in A Pattern Language christopher alexander teaches us that in placing a window to consider the view. also that windows with tracery break up the view in a way likely to make the view seem more poignant. similarly, in the late fall, winter to early spring, the bare limbs of the trees serve as the tracery does so that viewing the sky thru the tracery of the bare limbs makes a view of the daytime sky especially compelling, and near sunrise or sunset more so.

Tommy Duncan said...

Blogger Achilles said...

"Democrats are all just disgusting evil people. "

As demonstrated on this blog, most progressives lack self-awareness. That allows them to be disgusting while believing they are noble. It allows them to be evil while claiming to be righteous. It is the path of least perception.

Big Mike said...

And in other news:

“The FBI is investigating the delivery — via the mail — of a terroristic threat to a McMinnville couple who are suing the brother of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Knox News has confirmed.

The threat came in August in a plain white envelope to the McMinnville home of Michael Frey and his wife, Natalie Frey, just days after Knox News publicly revealed their claims of fraud and deception against Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, in a federal lawsuit.”

[Emphasis mine]

tim in vermont said...

“I propose morse code for this. Set aside say 7030 kHz for calls to the phone company to report an outage.”

I hope your radio is EMP proof, we will need you one day. BTW, I was watching a documentary on Andrew Carnegie and he first came to notice of his superiors as a “smooth operator” meaning a man who was extremely fluent in Morse Code. I laughed out loud, I admit.

tim in vermont said...

The composition of that bottom one is interesting

n.n said...
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tim in vermont said...

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/12/rudy-giuliani-meets-with-ukrainian-lawmaker-andrey-derkach-who-revealed-burisma-holdings-paid-joe-biden-900000-for-lobbying/


This is what the impeachment is supposed to cover up. It’s like a slow motion train wreck for Democrats. The train is doomed, but the engineers are still running around, blowing whistles, pulling levers, shouting... Problem is that the train weighs so many tons it ain’t gonna stop before that collapsed bridge.

Andrew said...

If you'd like to watch a fun video, go to Joe Biden's twitter feed, and take a tour of the No Malarkey bus with his wife. It's truly cringe-worthy. Worse than Jeb.

n.n said...

burisma-holdings-paid-joe-biden-900000-for-lobbying

This is a sample of the muck in progress.

Adam Schiff was somehow able to obtain the phone records of political opponents.

Then he published them publicly.


Water Closet revisited.

I am not a cook.

Seeing Red said...

Via Lucianne:

A student working for a multicultural community center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is on paid leave after reportedly making white students feel unwelcome. Chuefeng Yang, who works as a house fellow for Witte Residence Hall at the university’s Multicultural Learning Center, is on leave pending an investigation after telling other students not to bring too many white people to the dorm, Yang told a local NBC affiliate.(Snip) “Is it truly that they’re so uncomfortable around me they don’t feel safe, or is it just that they’re uncomfortable because for the first time in their life, their whiteness and their white privilege....

tim in vermont said...

It looks like Yovanovitch may have lied under oath...

tim in vermont said...

If they had allowed due process, this stuff would have come up before it was too late.

narciso said...

Rush has been at this for 30 years, and he doesnt see it getting better, the most outrageous things get tractions and the things of value get derided.

n.n said...

Democrats are all just disgusting evil people.

Wicked, in principle. They need to lose their Pro-Choice religion.

Hospitals Sue Trump to Keep Negotiated Prices Secret

n.n said...

on leave pending an investigation after telling other students not to bring too many white people to the dorm

Color quotas. Diversity breeds adversity and exclusion.

MountainMan said...

Since his testimony yesterday Jonathan Turley is already receiving threatening phone calls and demands for his termination from GWU.

I guess that was to be expected.

J. Farmer said...

There's a lot of pressure on an open thread if you make the first comment.

Haha.

tim in vermont said...

“The more this drags on, the more danger there is of two things: Number one, Donald Trump comes out of this and is vindicated, totally exonerated. Number two, we are wasting precious time where we should be creating a positive vision that Americans are excited about solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected, and beat him in 2020,” he said.

“If all that happens is all of the Democrats are talking about impeachment that fails, then it seems like there is no vision. It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump, and then it ends up leading unfortunately toward his re-election.”
- Andrew Yang

narciso said...

https://mobile.twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1202631815816765440

Inga said...

Big fizzle... Durham probe and IG report. How many months have we been hearing about all those Democrats and FBI deep staters going to jail.

StephenFearby said...

Make of it what you will...


**DRUDGE POLL** WHO WILL BE DEM NOMINEE 2020?

BIDEN 31.55% (38,057 votes)


CLINTON 23.65% (28,522 votes)


BLOOMBERG 15.59% (18,798 votes)


BUTTIGIEG 13.45% (16,221 votes)


WARREN 10.34% (12,466 votes)


SANDERS 5.42% (6,543 votes)


[Current] Total Votes: 120,607

Michael said...

Inga

A third of the time you salivated over the Meuller fiasco.

Achilles said...

Could I get a Mr. Clinton Killedepstein to come to the front counter please?

Inga said...

It’s very possible that Trump’s obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe will be added to articles of impeachment. You reap what you sow.

Inga said...

Trump probably wanted Epstein dead as much as Clinton did.

Achilles said...

Inga said...
Big fizzle... Durham probe and IG report. How many months have we been hearing about all those Democrats and FBI deep staters going to jail.

We note your happiness that criminals go free.

Achilles said...

Inga said...
It’s very possible that Trump’s obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe will be added to articles of impeachment. You reap what you sow.

Please impeach Trump.

Please.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

“If all that happens is all of the Democrats are talking about impeachment that fails, then it seems like there is no vision. It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump, and then it ends up leading unfortunately toward his re-election.” - Andrew Yang

Yes, but the Democrat's have sailed that ship. There is absolutely nothing left to do but furiously fling poo. Nothing else. How does a modern political party, with a near total media monopoly, get itself in that position? It's fascinating and will make one hell of a book in a generation or two.

narciso said...

Institutions are very good at self perservation, not as good at say actually protecting us, its been five years since horowitz issued his report on fast and furious, with many facts omitted.

narciso said...

The intelligence services kept the 28 pages totally out of the 9/11 commission report, when it could have served as a useful addendum

narciso said...

And that remained for 13 years, thanks to the late sandy berger, we have an incomplete record of events from say 99-01.

stephen cooper said...

but narciso every institution is full of people who know that they have one of two fates, to die young or grow old or die. This adds that Henry-James-Wings-of-the-Dove twist to most institutions.

Speaking of good things in life (fast cars, intense dogs) I know a lot about mean dogs, the meanest ones are the ones who know that every human they have ever met (before me) has wanted to omit facts. Even I am not really good with the meanest dogs, but it is not hard for me to communicate with the ones who are not quite the meanest but still very cold-hearted, but of course they are dogs, and they are all innocent, and when they recognize that you are not hiding any facts from them, they are not too different from playful Blue Russian kittens, of which I would have a lot to say, but nobody who has not spent time with Blue Russian kittens would care enough, and those who have
ALREADY KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING ..... (the story of my life, as the old Catskill comedians used to say)

stephen cooper said...

that was a reply to narciso at 8:29
I have nothing useful to say to narciso at 8:31 and 8:33

narciso said...

Really, you find those acceptable practices, or you dont care?

narciso said...


Do they have to lie to us, so blatantly


https://mobile.twitter.com/Jewtastic/status/1202774697584156672

Francisco D said...

Inga's vibrator must be broken.

She's baaaaaack!

stephen cooper said...

at 8:31 ---- read Taleb on 9/11 I have nothing useful to add
at 8:33 ---- read Taleb on 9/11 I have nothing useful to add

narciso said...

Teh horror.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

when fishing for the Deep State

... always use OCONUS Lures

Seeing Red said...

Via Insty:

Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with illegal campaign cash, says Justice Department

J. Farmer said...

And now for something completely different...

US city to pay reparations to African-American community with tax on marijuana sales

I'll ignore the obvious Onion joke, but wow. Going to go out on a limb here and predict that a lot of money will be spent and no perceptible change to the black condition will occur. We've already tried reparations in the form of social welfare programs for decades. If anything, it's made the problem worse. America has tried harder than any country in the history of the world to remedy its racial problems. It will never be enough.

J. Farmer said...

Dave Chappelle did a skit on reparations on his show back in 2003. The entire gag is that black people, if given money, will spend it frivolously.

narciso said...

Yes it will not raise the required revenue, likely encourage more consumption and instill more anger, probably be replicated in many venues

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

There's a lot of pressure on an open thread if you make the first comment.

First!

See it's not so hard.

Drago said...

Inga: "It’s very possible that Trump’s obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe will be added to articles of impeachment. You reap what you sow."


That would be totally awesome!!!

That would put the entire Mueller fiasco front and center as well for the Senate to delve into!

Awesome awesome awesome.

I really can't believe that all my most fervent hopes for how stupid the dems/LLR's would be are coming true.

It's almost like a dream really.

Drago said...

It's really starting to feel so very very very very Nov 2016 again!

Thanks lefties/LLR-lefties.

Seriously. A better Christmas gift is hard to imagine.

tim in vermont said...

rhhardin??

https://newsbreakinglive.com/2019/12/05/breaking-bomb-squad-investigating-report-of-a-possible-small-nuclear-reactor-inside-a-garage-in-columbus-ohio/

Michael K said...

Inga said...
It’s very possible that Trump’s obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe will be added to articles of impeachment. You reap what you sow.


Inga has no self awareness about reaping what you sow. The Biden stories will be blown wide open in the Senate trial. That's why I still think Nancy will flinch at impeachment.

Biden, Kerry and Nancy are all in Ukraine up to their nipples.

Big Mike said...

@Skylark, now we know the secret weapon of the Ohio State football team!

Rory said...

"Where the hell'd you get the atomic bomb?" - Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich

n.n said...

US city to pay reparations to African-American community with tax on marijuana sales

And to the native Americans who sacrificed blood and treasure to mitigate the progress of diversity and exclusion, and their posterity who persist under the dark cloud of social justice.

narciso said...

These images become more grand guignol grotesque

wild chicken said...

Yeah, Rush has lost the movement on his fastball


He's gotten more shouty than before. None of the talk guys are much fun anymore.

Jon Ericson said...

The Wisdom of Ralph

Unknown said...

Someone set us up the bomb!

narciso said...

How nonchalant should we be, mark steyn tries to remain detached but you can hear the anger under his voice.

Unknown said...

Steyn is the funniest We're all going to die! Really. guy in the world.

Limited Perspective said...

I can't listen to Rush anymore. He used to find interesting topics in the news, insight into politics and human nature with a sense of humor. Now when I tune in, it's all rants and the repetitive, repeat, repeat, repeat, of last month's rant. I guess everyone winds down in time. I did enjoy listening in the day.

Picture #1:

The sky seen clearly at sunrise. The reflection of the sky on the lake looks to me like the glow of candles on blue/grey cake frosting for someone's 80th birthday. The leafless tree sticking out from the right: someone reaching for the first piece of cake.

narciso said...

You can listen to everyone else saying 10 ridiculous things a day then?

readering said...

This is where I come to find out what's percolating inside the bubble. Still haven't figured out how AA and you folks found one another.

narciso said...

Dont they understand a nuclear device has to have one key component

Yancey Ward said...

"breaking-bomb-squad-investigating-report-of-a-possible-small-nuclear-reactor-inside-a-garage-in-columbus-ohio"

False alarm- the update says it was just Pu-36 ESM.

narciso said...


Odd behavior for a russian spy


https://www.avionews.it/item/1112508-agrigento-airport-d-orsi-meets-a-delegation-of-politicians-and-businessmen-from-malta.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

narciso said...


Interesting:


https://mobile.twitter.com/CJBdingo25/status/1202689643034161164

narciso said...

As usual he has it backward, we listen to all the garbage the ap spills then we sift for the truth

narciso said...

Of course facebook protected hamas and hezbollah way longer than necessary

Yancey Ward said...

I was watching local television here in Oak Ridge, TN tonight during Jeopardy- the same Michael Bloomberg ad played 3 consecutive times on the local NBC affiliate, and at least 5 times during the broadcast (I missed the segment following the closing of the show). Additionally, the Bloomberg ads are the only ads I see at the beginning of any YouTube video I have watch in the last week.

Ralph L said...

Jon Ericson said...
The Wisdom of Ralph

You're going to need a bigger blog.

narciso said...

https://mobile.twitter.com/susancrabtree/status/1202721262126039040

narciso said...

So i saw atomic blonde, obviously the edited version, i noted east berlin looked much glitzier than it could have been in real life. Maybe thats how people think it really was like. I guess the idea of grey covering everything is an inport from lecarre

Narayanan said...

quite a bit complicated analysis and gaming.

Who's going to watch Trump's back? Against GOPe

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/05/the-senate-and-impeachment-dynamic/

Narayanan said...

Blogger J. Farmer said...
Dave Chappelle did a skit on reparations on his show back in 2003. The entire gag is that black people, if given money, will spend it frivolously
_____&&&&&&
GANJA

Jon Ericson said...

Thanks for the observation Ralph L,
I shall endeavor to memesize my occasional .jpg and .png editorials.
No guarantees.

William said...

I'm working my way through Shakespeare's lesser known plays. I like "King John". There's the odd bit of graceful language, but it doesn't have any great soliloquies for actors to munch on, so it doesn't get performed very often. The plot holds particular interest for these times. Everybody in the play-- the virtuous and the wicked, the clever and the stupid--is plotting to advance their interests or at least their survival until tomorrow. Pretty near everybody fails. There are no successful plots, but some people get lucky.....The play is based around events that happened during King John's reign. The play doesn't mention the Magna Carta which was signed during King John's reign. Talk about burying the lede....... So there you have it. The King. the barons, the French, the Church prelates are all plotting their plots and those plots all go splat. Our greatest poet with the benefit of hundreds of years of hindsight fails to recognize the most important event of King John's reign. A tale told by a bard, full of plots and counterplots, that misses the import of what really happened. It signified something.....Lots of plots and counterplots going around with impeachment proceedings. I doubt that such plots are the significant events of our lifetime or that any of the actors in this drama will have any great soliloquies.

Crazy World said...

I was a bit sad before going to pick up paychecks this morning for our hard working employees, seeing Nancy spazzing out, then Joe, and then I just smiled as they go down in flames. Hallelujah

exhelodrvr1 said...

Great pictures!! Those peloton videos are amazing, aren't they!!

rhhardin said...

Rush is popular for a larger-than-life persona, which is actually self-deprecating humor.

When he moralizes he's awful, because he can't do self-deprecation at the same time.

This has been going on for years, it being a question of a ratio, is all.

stevew said...

With about 16" of snow on the ground, and cold weather forecast for the foreseeable future, there is speculation among my friends and acquaintances that we won't see bare ground now until March. This one snowfall greatly exceeds the average for December in these parts. My recollection is that we usually get very little if any snow at this time of year, and what we get doesn't last. My buddy that retired to Florida three years ago to escape this sort of weather is upset on our behalf. I don't mind it at all.

What craziness should we anticipate from our betters today? Some speculate that Nadler will be drafting articles of impeachment for a long time to come. I'm not so sure, that would take the whole thing out of the public view. One read of Nancy's announcement of drafting the articles, and subsequent meltdown, is that she, having reluctantly agreed to proceed with this impeachment inquiry, is pushing for the conclusion to get it behind them and minimize the damage to her and the Democrats.

Meanwhile Trump goes about his business. Like this guy more and more every day.

tim in vermont said...

"This is where I come to find out what's percolating inside the bubble.”

You mean outside the bubble.

Rusty said...

J. Farmer said...
"And now for something completely different..."
This will work the way it's always worked. The existing black market in weed(untaxed) will expand. It always does.

iowan2 said...

This is where I come to find out what's percolating inside the bubble. Still haven't figured out how AA and you folks found one another.

With the utmost respect, how can you not understand? This is the most diverse, interesting, and intelligent commentary on the internet. Our host, curates that which she finds personally interesting, and feels like deepening her own knowledge, and welcomes us along for the ride.

If you can point me to a more interesting comment section, please do. I cant find anything close to this.

Michael K said...

Some speculate that Nadler will be drafting articles of impeachment for a long time to come. I'm not so sure, that would take the whole thing out of the public view.

Somebody suggested the other day that they might come up with 5 or 6 so the swing state House members can vote NO on 1 or 2 and then say they voted against impeachment. That sounds possible to me. I doubt it would work but Democrat voters are pretty dumb.

PJ said...

@readering, if you’re genuinely interested, you might wish to look at this: https://althouse.blogspot.com/2005/01/right-and-left-my-sad-experience.html

And if you think there’s only one bubble, you’re inside the other one.

Danno said...

PJ said "And if you think there’s only one bubble, you’re inside the other one.

You are correct, but you might add that readering besides being in the hive-mind bubble, has had his head so far up his ass for so long he is allergic to air.

Bruce Hayden said...


Inga said...
“It’s very possible that Trump’s obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe will be added to articles of impeachment. You reap what you sow.”

Better comments than mine on this above. But I wanted to reiterate that the only way that Mueller and his coterie of Dem activist hack prosecutors were ever able to get anywhere near Obstruction of Justice was to work with Lawfare to develop a redefinition and intentional misinterpretation of an Obstruction statute, that took pieces of the statute out of context, violating numerous centuries old statutory construction rules, then cobbling them together into something that essentially changes the statute from a specific intent to a general intent crime. This misinterpretation has never been tested it Court, is almost guaranteed to fail a court test, and has been firmly rejected by the DoJ including by the AG, DAG, and, most importantly OLC, whose job includes interpreting statutes for the DOJ. Oh, and including these claims in the Mueller report, after the AG and DAG had determined there not to have been any Obstruction of Justice, of course, violated long standing DOJ rules.

In short, Inga admits, by suggesting that Wadler may add these “Obstruction of Justice” charges to the impeachment charges, that the upcoming articles of impeachment are partisan hack claims that have no actual basis in criminal law. Good job there.

Bruce Hayden said...

Let me add to my last diatribe, that conflating general intent with specific intent seems to be a Lawfare specialty. Schifty’s claims that Trump violated any statutes (and thus qualify as High Crimes and Misdemeanors) with his call with the Ukrainian President are completely dependent upon this sort of conflation.