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December 29, 2018

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James D.

In fairness to Gowdy and Goodlatte, Congress is a toothless tiger when it comes to investigating things, "

Congress (republicans in Congress, anyway) are toothless because they choose to be. They have the tools to force answers and to exact some measure of pubishment and they simply refuse to use them. To hell with h the lot of them.

Old Lurker

Now yer talkin.

Old Lurker

Mine was for Jane but it applies to James as well...

peter

MM's 1:26 post on yesterday's thread was longer than a CVS cash register receipt

henry

A screwed against Jonah Goldberg:

https://spectator.org/polishing-jonah-goldberg/

henry

Screed.

Jane

Trump is the only chance to fix it, which is why Mueller is working so hard to pin him down, OL. I have no idea if he will succeed. Even with how hard he works it's pretty tough to run a country and turn it upside down at the same time. I respect his efforts tho.

anonamom

Top 50 conservative websites

https://pjmedia.com/trending/top-conservative-websites-for-2018/

Drudge Report
Breitbart News
The Daily Caller
ZeroHedge
The Western Journal
The Daily Wire
The Gateway Pundit
Infowars
Washington Examiner
The Blaze
Townhall
WND
National Review
Newsmax
PJ Media/Instapundit
Twitchy
American Thinker
Hot Air
Free Republic
The Federalist
Reason
The Conservative Tree House
BizPac Review
Rush Limbaugh
RedState
Judicial Watch
The Babylon Bee
NewsBusters
Power Line
The Washington Free Beacon
The Heritage Foundation
Lucianne
The Daily Signal
The Weekly Standard
CNSNews.com
LifeSiteNews.com
Weasel Zippers
The American Conservative
Louder with Crowder
The Right Scoop
The Federalist Papers
Independent Journal Review (IJR)
LifeZette
FrontPage Mag
Legal Insurrection
American Greatness
Spectator (USA)
The Liberty Daily
Campus Reform
Bearing Arms

Jane

TM got screwed.

Old Lurker

Agree completely, Jane.

I am working my way through Philbrick's trilogy on our founding. One comes away impressed with how less than a majority of the Colonists came to be so unified (but not all for sure) against the British in the end, and for that we can be grateful to the leaders of the revolution scattered as they were throughout the colonies as they found the words and actions to nurture the seeds of our founding.

BUT...they were always a group though small at first, and they always had their band of brothers to refine their ideas and guide their aspirations, to mold the fuse and then to light it, and then to collect their forces and execute it to the end.

Which brings me to today, and the image which comes to my mind is that iconic picture of Trump, barnstorming the country in the summer of 2016, alone in his personal giant airplane.

Trump would have been a great Founder back in the day. But neither he nor any of them could have pulled it off alone. Boy do I wish he had a dozen top tier, armed and dangerous, apostles to support his efforts on our behalf.

matt - deplore me if you must

Some good craik today as the Irish would say.

Ig, I remember my mom taking me to the 1964 World's Fair and seeing a lumberjack competition that had chopping of different sorts, log rolling and other feats of daring.

Below is a link to a video Insty posted of a batshit crazy Leftist melting down because some guy wearing a Trump hat and T shirt walked into his store. This is what we are dealing with on a national scale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=205&v=PK-mnbH4s74

Captain Hate

They have the tools to force answers and to exact some measure of pubishment and they simply refuse to use them

What punishment has any Congress delivered in the past? Good luck trying to find anything. The most significant thing they did was put Ollie North under oath and inadvertently shove Macy's Christmas tree up Lawrence Walsh's ass due to double jeopardy in Iran Contra.

The donks will try harder than the gutless Repukes did, but they're about to find out they can't do a fucking thing except use the power of the purse occasionally.

Captain Hate

That list by PJM is pathetic.

lurkersusie

Anyway to get Trump, possible...supervisors

Chris Sommerfeldt
@C_Sommerfeldt
NEW: New Jersey prosecutors have collected evidence of possible immigration fraud crimes committed by supervisors at @realDonaldTrump
's Bedminster golf club — and the FBI as well as Robert MUELLER have played part in the inquiry, @NYDailyNews has learned.
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-fbi-ag-evidence-crimes-trump-golf-20181228-story.html

Jane

"Boy do I wish he had a dozen top tier, armed and dangerous, apostles to support his efforts on our behalf."

He's got a bunch of us. And we can't be too lazy to rise up.

anonamom

It's not pathetic, ch, it's based on visits.

anonamom

As in, it is what it is.

anonamom

Probably a repost---the Trump Derangement Syndrome to eleventy:


https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/12/update-xhale-city-vape-shop-fires-racist-trump-hating-liberal-after-screeching-meltdown-caught-on-video/

anonamom

O'MALLEY TURNS DOLAN IN

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/breaking-omalley-turns-in-dolan-for-abuse-cover-up

MissMarple2

Looking at that list, I get a great deal of satisfaction contemplating Bill Kristol and Steve Hayes discovering they were beat out (and by a long distance) by Infowars. HA!

Captain Hate

Drudge isn't conservative. I don't think he'd argue with that.

It's difficult to put together a list like that without irritating people regarding what gets included and what doesn't. Look at the comments, for example. Frankly I'm surprised they even bothered; although maybe they did it for the clicks.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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1h
Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try! The two.....

..children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
·
9m
For those that naively ask why didn’t the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the last year, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us “NONE” for Border Security! Now we have to do it the hard way, with a Shutdown. Too bad! @FoxNews

boatbuilder

Yesterday my wife called me at work to say there is a barred owl sitting in a tree in our backyard in the middle of the day. Today I was sitting in the kitchen having lunch when I heard some sort of bird making a godawful racket of a sort that I have never heard before. Turned out to be a red-tailed hawk harassing that same barred owl. Both about 40 feet from our back door about 6 to 10 feet off the ground. The hawk kept it up for about 5 minutes--sounded like a car alarm going off. The owl was clearly annoyed, but the hawk flew off eventually. The owl hung around for another 20 minutes or so, in plain view, and then flew off. Very cool.

Catsmeat

Hi, Jim (sunnyvaleCA)--yes, I think I answered before but you may have missed it. You're right about the definition of habiliment--clothing appropriate to a role/vocation--but I used it metaphorically to refer to the "clothing" of mind any given person takes on over the years because of personality/temperament/personal history. Sort of a Sartor Resartus kind of meaning (not to start THAT up again!).

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Cool, Catsmeat! Thanks.

Captain Hate

Owls aren't popular with other birds.

pagar

https://www.facebook.com/thecitizensmandate/videos/374171930000784/?t=41

Pinandpuller

Miss Marple

Your Newsbusters story of the illegal alien killer reminds me of something Dave Ramsey says:

Experience is a hard school but the only one fools learn in.

Or in which fools learn, if you prefer.

pagar

The Citizens video @02:51

"Mr Obama Tear down your wall"

Of course, he won't do it.

Jack is Back!

Sitting in the car behind the Apple Store in JAX waiting for Mrs.JiB to max our credit card for new XS phone and 11” iPad for Frederick with Apple Pen and wireless keyboard. What a sweet system for use in classes then his unreliable MacBook Air.

Reason people use plastic owls to watch over their pools, back yards and tennis courts.

MissMarple2

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1078301103547129857.html

I posted a portion of this this morning but here is the whole thing in wrapped form.

Title: A Contrarian's View of Mattis

Author:Stu Cvrk (@StuinSD)

Pinandpuller

matt

There's a talk show host here in Nashville whose wife was born in Hawaii around the time in question. His theory is that Obama's original BC listed him as Caucasian and that would look real bad. After stopping by Anchorage Crime Stoppers I'm starting to think he's right:

Alberto Luis Hiraldo-Zayas CAUCASIAN

Yeah, that's Shawn King's brother

Pinandpuller

On a related subject I heard Smart Glasses Girl Kat Timpf was trotting out the line that illegal aliens commit less crime than native born Americans. I'm sure we can trust Sanctuary States to give us the straight facts on that one.

boatbuilder

I have seen bluejays, crows, catbirds and other smaller birds "mob" owls lots of times. I've also seen them do the same thing to hawks (and cats). I have never seen or heard a hawk go after an owl the way this one did--and certainly not in my back yard.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Gators putting a beat down on Harbaugh... loving it!

Chomp! Chomp!

Just back from Kroger where I had such a coughing fit, one of their employees grabbed a water bottle and came running to assist. Damn I thought I was going to cough up a lung! Ugh!!!

Pinandpuller

So as I pointed out elsewhere why would it matter where the phone was pinging Prague must have millions of phones, it's only if you overlay the bratva and the Russian hackers (what je Dyer glommed on to in march) it's literally smoke.

Posted by: Narciso79 | December 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM

The CIA can already make it look like the call is coming FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE.

Captain Hate

Not to defend Harbaugh but Rashaun Gary, Devin Bush and Karan Higdon chose not to play today, which I think you'll see more of in the future of these BOD bowls.

Catsmeat

Saw a beautiful snowy owl a few days ago on my walk near the local dog run. Once the owl became of my approach, it flew down and up 500 paces down the path to the next tall tree; I approached, it did the same, and then once the pattern again--cool!

Extraneus

Same thing happened to me on a walking trail the other day, only it was a pileated woodpecker.

MJW

Almost every time the Prague story is mentioned, the point is made that, if true, it would bolster the "Steele dossier." On the PowerLine blog, Scott Johnson suggests something that had also occurred to me: that the McClatchy article's sources are either Steele, Glenn Simpson, or others associated with FusionGPS.

Captain Hate

They all still believe the dossier is true. They're dumber than McCain, before and now.

anonamom

Go IRISH!

Pinandpuller

So when did Mueller get the authorization to investigate immigration fraud?

New Jersey prosecutors have collected evidence that supervisors at President Trump’s Garden State golf club may have committed federal immigration crimes — and the FBI as well as special counsel Robert Mueller have played part in the inquiry, the Daily News has learned.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-fbi-ag-evidence-crimes-trump-golf-20181228-story.html

Pinandpuller

Ah, NM. Mueller sent a referral. He's a Boy Scout, that guy.

Catsmeat

Ext, I looked up your pileated woodpecker--great-looking bird!

Pinandpuller

The hawk kept it up for about 5 minutes--sounded like a car alarm going off.

Posted by: boatbuilder | December 29, 2018 at 02:38 PM

My grandpa had a portable record player with speakers and 45 records to call coyotes within rifle range. Among them was a recording of a hawk and an owl squabbling. Less cringeworthy than rabbits in distress.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
·
6m
2018 is being called “THE YEAR OF THE WORKER” by Steve Moore, co-author of “Trumponomics.” It was indeed a great year for the American Worker with the “best job market in 50 years, and the lowest unemployment rate ever for blacks and Hispanics and all workers. Big wage gains.”

henry

Now that I too look up pileated woodpecker, it takes me back 18 years to when I bought this farm. I was awakened on fine Sunday morning by a pileated Woodpecker doing it’s thing on my sheet metal chimney cap. Repeatedly. As I live in a hexagonal log cabin (the logs themselves are normal round things) which approximates the acoustics of a drum, I did not need this at 5 am. DNR regs... can’t shoot it. Spent an hour throwing rocks at it before it got a clue. I’ll never watch Woody Woodpecker again.

Catsmeat

Funny, henry. A slingshot, perhaps? We have ladderback woodpeckers here which are also very pretty but like to make holes in the house. I have to run out several dozen times a year to try to chase them away--need an owl!

henry

Slingshot? Well the DNR was very clear about not killing woodpeckers. That rules out a slingshot. I threw rocks at the bird knowing I would miss (soccer player, no aim with arm). I think a freight train class air horn would work.

Marlene

Good afternoon! Our house in northern Maine had a large double lot. One side of the yard had a couple of old apple trees that produced some very sickly apples. We were finally forced to cut them when a pileated woodpecker pecked a hole so large in one of the trees that it cracked. There was a *literal* pile of sawdust under the tree. :)

Jane

Wow Marlene. I can't decide if that is cool or rude.

Marlene

Jane,we planted red maples after cutting the apple trees. Red maples are my favorite.

Captain Hate

Pileated woodpeckers used to attack my uncle's split rail fence outside Berkeley Springs, WV, which was surely infested with ants. They're big birds.

Pinandpuller

henry

You mean I climbed in an Octagon with you and we didn't fight? Amazing.

MOST Vicious OWL Attacks on HAWKS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dODcxp5z0Q

henry

Pin, yet somehow you lost a kidney. Hexagon, like an octagon but with a hex. :)

matt - deplore me if you must

We have all sorts of interesting fowl where we live. Several types of hawk, golden eagles, several kinds of woodpecker and lots more. We back up to a national forest, so we get the occasional critters as well.

Green Acres!

Extraneus

I have feeders outside that are less than 2' from my windows, and have often watched woodpeckers from this distance. They use their tongues to locate and aim at what they're pecking, I guess since their eyes are looking left and right and not straight ahead. They don't seem to peck at things that aren't food, so if they're pecking a house there's probably an insect problem. I know I've read that they don't eat wood.

henry

Carpenter ants... not mere insects. Yes, Woodpeckers are welcome to those. The nest deep in tree trunks.

Pinandpuller

henry

So was the farm your Y2K getaway?

henry

Pin, yes and no. Y2K issues hit long before 1/1/01... and were remediated long before. A certain class of carnival barker (aka system integrator) pumped Y2K like Mueller chasing das Rus. As far as a getaway, I needed a tax write off as my dot com liquidation left me with lots o cash.

Pinandpuller

Hexagon, like an octagon but with a hex. :)

Posted by: henry | December 29, 2018 at 04:47 PM

D'oh! Yeah your house is like a beehive cell

Pinandpuller

henry

It's a nice place to bury Mason Jars.

henry

I stop my fermentation at ale. Haven’t distilled any yet. (Have recipes thought).

Jack is Back!

On Woodpeckers.

Somewhere in my iPhone movie files, I have short clip of a woodpecker in my Belgian FIL's back lawn trying to get to a little sparrow, who was ensconced in a wood birdhouse on one of the white birches. He was pecking to enlarghe e the entry hole of the birdhouse. The little sparrow was terrified.

I did the same as Henry and threw rocks, sticks, stones, and an old hammer I found in the poolhouse. Took a while but he left. But a squirrel showed up to take his place but soon climbed off when he saw he would never fit into the opening.

Folks, we hit 80F today in JAX, now around 74F on the beach in The Hammock. Frederick and Momma going for a swim. I am having a cocktail and watching:)

Extraneus

IRS Has More than 3K Handguns, 3M Rounds of Ammunition

According to the GAO, the Criminal Investigation side of the IRS also has 554 rifles, the majority of which are semiautomatic, but automatics are also included. They have an excess of 5,000,000 rounds of ammunition for the weapons, including the ammunition for the handguns.
Extraneus

Family Sues Universal Orlando for Not Posting Ride Warnings in Spanish

A Guatemalan family filed a lawsuit against Universal Orlando theme park in Florida this month for not posting ride warning signs in Spanish. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theme park, claiming that Universal Orlando was partially responsible for a 38-year-old father’s death because he suffered a heart attack after he rode on the “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” ride.

The entrance to the ride reportedly displayed a sign in English stating, “Warning! This ride is an expedition through the rough terrain of King Kong’s natural habitat. The movement of the truck is dynamic with sudden accelerations, dramatic tilting, and jarring actions.”

The warning continued, stating that people with heart, back, neck, and blood pressure issues should not get on the ride. Expectant mothers were also advised to refrain. Each of the English language warnings had visuals accompanying them.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

"For those that naively ask why didn’t the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the last year, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us “NONE” for Border Security!"

A charitable interpretation (charitable to GOPe)

Jack is Back!

THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us “NONE” for Border Security!"

Which sort of proves it is more about shaming the Dems than the Wall, since Mitch could invoke the nuclear option to get the wall. Why doesn't he? He is supposedly on Trump's side on a lot of things like Judiciary which only needs 51 votes (Thank you, Harry Reid).

We are a 50/50 country, not a 60/40 one. The Senate should reflect that.

Catsmeat

Ext, you're probably right about the house/insect thing, as the woodpeckers only go for one bit near the not-so-expensively-installed fireplace in the 80's add-on to our 1967 house (the marble fireplace in the living room and its environs have never been touched).

Captain Hate

Carpenter ants... not mere insects. Yes, Woodpeckers are welcome to those. The nest deep in tree trunks.

The area where I live is a giant anthill. Every time there are high winds in the parks where I walk Teddy, when trees or limbs come down invariably they were weakened by ant infestations.

Jane

Marlene,

Red Maples are very cool.

Jack is Back!

When are the playoff games on, and which channels? ESPN or the major? I will try to catch some at dinner tonight at the club, and then stream them back home.

I fell out of first place in our pool, like a rock droping from a hot air balloon. Went all the way down to 8 points off the money. Lost 4 bowls in a row. We use the odds not wins or losses.

I have Bama and ND in my so far winning pool. I entered 2. With ND to win. Did that for KK, Cathy, and anonmom. Never know when you will need a roof over your head and a hot meal:)

Captain Hate

We are a 50/50 country, not a 60/40 one. The Senate should reflect that.

The Senate stopped resembling what the Founders intended with the passing of the 17th amendment (caused in part by fake news) and became in effect 100 extra House members with six year terms. Instead of being free of the pressures of being popularly elected, they were even bigger pandering jackholes than their House counterparts. Accordingly all the hoary old rules of the Senate should have immediately become null and void. There is nothing special about that gaggle of bloviating shitheads.

Captain Hate

The games are on ESPN, Jack.

Buckeye

The way ND is playing, you are outta the money Jack. Sorry to say.

MissMarple2

Regarding the nuclear option:You have to have a majority to ok it, which would be 51, which we have.

Except Flake and Corker won't go along with it.

Pinandpuller

Is this upcoming tax season the first one where people like Mr Parterico have to pay their full federal freight?

MissMarple2

😁 pic.twitter.com/SGFPgIojmL

— Almanor (@Sunrise51052) December 29, 2018

Pictures at link.

anonamom

JiB, thanks, but you better start praying. It will take a miracle for ND to beat Clemson today.

Extraneus

Brother Of Saudi Billionaire Prince Alwaleed Re-arrested

D

JIB:
ND needs a miracle to pull this out.
They are driving now.
In January Senate goes to 53.
Then employ the nuclear option.
Get the wall going and keep the conservative judges coming.

jimmyk

In January Senate goes to 53.
Then employ the nuclear option.

You're forgetting that they no longer will have the House?

The will be able to keep the conservative judges coming, even over the objections of the three ladies, Collins, Murkowski, and Romney.

Extraneus

So the Western Journal is the 5th ranked "conservative" site, behind only Drudge, Breitbart, the Daily Caller and ZeroHedge?

I don't believe I've seen that site 5 times before I just went there. Does anyone ever link them here?

D

Jimmyk:
They can still do a lot without the House.
They can confirm new cabinet members.
They can approve treaties and any new infrastructure bill which Dems may want to show they accomplished something while in charge of the House.

lyle

Never heard of Western Journal, FWIW.

Buh bye, Irish. On another note, the Clemson DC is a complete asshole. That said, my alma mater can claim a big win over him when he was DC at Oklahoma...😎

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

I had never heard of Western Journal ... or seen it linked here or Insty or PL etc.

I do see it linked occasionally at BeJohnGalt.com blog though.

https://www.westernjournal.com/about/

MissMarple2

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/29/pictures-france-yellow-vests-march-on-collaborator-mainstream-media-headquarters/

lyle

Hope OU puts up more of a fight than ND. Don’t bet on it.

Dave (in MA)

Marlene and Anonamom mentioned watching the new Black Mirror episode. I think we might watch that later tonight. I've read that it has multiple endings and really needs to be viewed on a device that allows interactivity. I've also read that it features the classic Tangerine Dream album Phaedra from 1974 prominently.
We'll see if my Smart TV is up to the task, since supposedly Chromecast won't work.

Dave (in MA)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/garysuarez/2018/12/29/bandersnatch-music/#79e5db0b3ab0

The Infamous Ignatz

Somehow my phone began receiving Western Journal updates some time back. I didn't bother to delete it because they generally have a lot of good stuff.

MissMarple2

Facebook banned Franklin Graham for 24 hours for "hate speech." Can you imagine?

Here is his explanation:

https://www.facebook.com/FranklinGraham/posts/2265315136857988?__tn__=-R

The Infamous Ignatz

George Neumayer shaming the shameless NYT over their obsession re Trump's bone spurs.
Where's Bonespur McChickenhawk when we need him?

Extraneus

Someone with credibility needs to sue Facebook. Graham could be the perfect person to crack them wide open.

Dave (in MA)

The Vape Shop video without having to give Hoft any clicks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK-mnbH4s74

Extraneus
The podiatrist’s daughters admit that they possess no detailed evidence to substantiate their hunch. Did their father fake up a diagnosis? Did he ever examine him? They don’t know and don’t seem to care, and before you know it the story is off to Dr. Braunstein’s motives for the still-yet-to-be-established fraud. His daughters, who acknowledge their disdain for Trump (“The daughters, both Democrats, say they are not fans of Mr. Trump”), don’t seem troubled by the dirt that they are tossing on their dad’s grave. To make Trump look bad, they are willing to portray their father as a fraudster willing to violate his oath for the sake of stabilized rent

Lovely girls I'm sure.

lyle

That Clemson starting QB looks like a transgender. He’s still better looking than the previous FLOTUS transgender...

Extraneus

Here are their names, from the NYT piece. I couldn't find any pics.

Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56, who along with her sister, Sharon Kessel, 53

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