Feb
05
2016
1

Tweet of the Day, Even Chelsea Clinton Can’t Quite Believe That Hillary Will Win edition.

Can’t say I blame her.

Also, buried lede: Chelsea Clinton is a little nuts when it comes to gun control. I recommend that she see her neurologist at the earliest possible opportunity. No, seriously: that particular opinion is like a illithid when it comes to a victim’s long-term cognitive function.

Feb
05
2016
20

In which I spitball the final NH results.

Just off of the top of my head:

Trump 25
Cruz 20
Rubio 20
Kasich 16
Carson 12
Everybody else 7

This is probably wrong. The numbers, I mean. But I think that the basic idea – Trump falling behind but ending ahead, Cruz and Rubio battling it out for second place, Kasich at a high-water mark, Carson fading, and everybody else getting their coats on – is sound enough.  Bear in mind: if Trump comes in second his campaign will definitely start to death spiral. If Rubio comes in ahead of Cruz Ted Cruz is not actually in trouble, because Iowa and New Hampshire rarely agree with each other.  Kasich would need to win New Hampshire before we’d all stop writing off his campaign. And so on.

Also bear in mind: nobody knows jack about what’s going to actually happen next week. We’re mostly just good at sounding confident. Largely because there’s never a penalty for failure. I mean, look at me: I told everybody that Trump would either win or be in fourth place, and guess what happened?

Feb
05
2016
9

CMR’s David Daleiden refuses to take [Harris**] County’s slightly desperate plea deal.

The idiotic – look, you don’t arrest the whistle-blowers when they catch Planned Parenthood on tape trying to talk up their profitable baby-harvesting business, OK? – Harris County prosecutors smartly offered David Daleiden a plea deal.  He has declined.  The case goes to trial. As Steve Berman in that link sums it up:

If Daleiden were to go to trial, the videos he made along with Sandra Merritt and the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts operation would certainly enter into evidence. And they’d be found to be truthful. And Planned Parenthood officials would be subpoenaed to testify at the trial. And they’d be found to be lying.

I should also note that David Daleiden is apparently prepared to go to jail over this. If that bothers you – if you don’t like the fact that a jury could put a man in jail for twenty years because he used a fake ID in one of the few ways that society finds acceptable and even moral* – then, well, that’s why people do civil disobedience. REAL civil disobedience, not the petulant, look-at-me garbage that the Activist Left revels in.

Moe Lane

*That aside will make absolutely no sense to people who have elevated abortion to some sort of sacrament. I do not believe that these people are the majority of pro-choicers, but; there’s more of them than there used to be. It’s frankly a bit alarming.

**Oops!

Feb
04
2016
1

‘America.’

I’ve decided that Bernie Sanders can’t have this one. He doesn’t deserve this one.

AmericaSimon & Garfunkel

Feb
04
2016
0

My RedState post on Alan Grayson and RFK Jr.

Found here. Short version: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr endorsed Alan Grayson in FL-SEN.  Because crazy calls to crazy, apparently.

Feb
04
2016
1

Can’t talk now infiltrating the Institute

Damn, there are Charred Feral Ghouls, like, everywhere in this sewer. And… well, no spoilers.  Anyway, off to see whether I successfully pulled off the ‘three factions ending.’

Feb
04
2016
1

Democratic debate tonight. Huzzah?

I’m admittedly half-tempted to have it up in the corner of my screen.  Not for the semantic content, of course: there won’t be any.  But I figure that after next week’s primary we’re going to be calling Bernie Sanders the ‘front-runner’ for a bit, so Hillary Clinton has some sort of incentive to cut her a Socialist.

Mind you, I don’t expect that to descend to the level of physical violence.  If for no other reason than either one trying that sort of nonsense would undoubtedly result in one of them throwing out their back. Or both of them doing that.

:pause:

…Because they’re old, wakka-wakka!  Thank you, I’m here all week.  Remember to tip your waitress!

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Feb
04
2016
31

So, which books on this list have *I* read?

Let’s see how I do on this list of Top Twenty Books People Lie About Having Read.

  1. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll. Yes, I’ve read it. Read the sequel, too, which is much more accessible to geeks.
  2. 1984 – George Orwell. Yes, I’ve read it. I work in politics, and the Left loves to quote this book without understanding a damned thing about it.
  3. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien. …Don’t vex me. Also, it’s not a trilogy.
  4. War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy. Nope!
  5. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy. Nope!  Got warned off on Russian novelists by Bob Heinlein.
  6. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, I have read it. Good God, these were popular fiction pieces for the mass market! What is the excuse to not read them?
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee. Let me put it this way: WHOEVER AUTHORIZED THAT SO-CALLED ‘SEQUEL’ MAY VERY WELL END UP BURNING IN HELL FOR THEIR SIN.
  8. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens. I think I started it, but never finished it.
  9. Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Nope! See $5.
  10. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen. “…And Zombies.” But I read the original.
  11. Bleak House – Charles Dickens. Nope!
  12. Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling. Started the series, got to about Goblet of Fire(?), never finished it.
  13. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens. Nope!
  14. The Diary Of Anne Frank – Anne Frank. Yes, I’ve read it. Both the version that they let kids read, and the longer, even more depressing version.
  15. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens.  Nope! …I have read some Dickens, you know.
  16. Fifty Shades trilogy – EL James.  Oh HELL no.
  17. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie. I have read it. It’s not her best. It, in fact, relies too much on authorial fiat to make the climax work.
  18. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald. Nope!
  19. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller. I have read it, although damned if I can remember why. I dimly remember that… there were sex scenes that appealed to my teen-aged self? Or something like that.
  20. The Catcher In The Rye – JD Salinger. I didn’t get assigned it in school, so Nope!

Eh. Nine out of twenty, with two partials. Not a great score. But note that I’m not lying about it. Do people really and truly care about that? I mean, if you didn’t read a book, you didn’t read a book…

Via Instapundit.

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Feb
04
2016
5

Obama: “I want a $10/barrel oil fe…” Congress (interrupting): “No.”

Seriously, why did CNBC even bother reporting this, let alone make it a ‘BREAKING’ story? “President Barack Obama will propose a $10 per barrel charge on oil to fund clean transportation projects as part of his final budget request next week, the White House said Thursday.”  I’m sure that Obama would like a pony, too.  Heck, THAT Congress might give him. Shoot, I’d sign off on giving the President a whole horse show if he’d just play with it until his term is up and left policy to people who understand the basic concept…

Feb
04
2016
2

Tweet of the Day, We Can Call The Darwin Awards Early This Year edition.

As a general rule of thumb, I do not encourage people to click on Gawker links.

You might, however, be forgiven if you were to do so in this case. There’s damn little that we and they can agree upon; but this is, I believe, common ground. I wonder if the guy had time to realize that he had pretty much screwed up about as thoroughly as a jihadi suicide bomber could possibly hope to do…

Feb
04
2016
1

Strictly speaking, *Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton* created Daesh.

John Kerry is merely the patsy that was left holding the bag when it all went to pieces.

Just to be clear about this.

Feb
03
2016
2

‘Weapon Of Choice.’

To this day, I wonder whether there’s a Dune reference in here.

Weapon Of ChoiceFatboy Slim

No, really.

[UPDATE] Should have just started out by checking out Wikipedia. Yup, it’s a Dune reference.

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