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May 14, 2019


James D.

It's a really chilling message.

Like the message sent by having a SWAT team conduct a pre-dawn armed raid of a nonviolent suspect who was cooperating with prosecutors?

Oh, I guess that's different because reasons, right?


If your enemy thirsts give him a cup of water that you might pour hot coals on his head.

It is really quite sad that Tom "sees" this in terms of who is a friend and who is an enemy amyway.


Yes you got so far ahead before:



“A soft answer turneth away wrath. If your enemy thirsts give him a cup of water that you might pour hot coals on his head.”

Heh, not the finish I was expecting, but it works for me.


Well, since we have sunlight for a second day in a row, I am going to do some more housecleaning while there is enough light to see spots on windows and dust on furniture.

Back later!


Well their utility has become more selective:


Manuel Transmission

Anyone else suffering from busted comments over at AT? 2nd time since they switched away from discus.


Continetti Waiting for Anthony Weiner to Join the Race

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--It is really quite sad that Tom "sees" this in terms of who is a friend and who is an enemy amyway.--

I'd say that's a two way street, not a one way alley.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Well, since we have sunlight for a second day in a row...--

Unusually large mid-May storm coming onshore now MM and presumably heading your way. :/


Well they pretend to care about Russia


And I don't think Putin is of the Soviet mindset he is a vor who sees himself as czar


Omar: Criticism of Tlaib Part of Efforts to ‘Eliminate the Public Voice of Muslims’

"I tell my sister, Rashida Tlaib, that her and I have the strength to endure any of the mischaracterization or efforts to distort and vilify and mischaracterize our message," she said. "I think we are seeing what happens when people really see these kind of attacks for what they are. It is designed to silence, sideline, and almost eliminate [the] public voice of Muslims from the public discourse. I'm really excited that we have an opportunity to build alliances and push back and fight this attempt to marginalize our community's voice."

If he would really be a Marxist, the world would lavish praise on him.


Gee I wonder how Toobin was involved. I guess we'll find out.

Jack is Back (Again)!


Thanks for your postings on Rail. This is the ad I am now getting on my sidebar:)


$99.999.00 for a petroleum displacement meter? We are all in the wrong business.


The thing that makes tlaib comments particularly ridiculous was the 1936-39 intifada (the third organized by husseini) was funded by the German ambassador fritz grobba.


Narc, I've been reading that Bukovsky article for a couple of days. It's really great.


On Tlaib, while I have no doubt she's an anti-Semite, I'd rather the criticism focus on her absolutely laughable counterfactual claim about Arabs "welcoming" holocaust survivors and providing a "safe haven." (They weren't called Palestinians at the time--in fact the Jews living there were referred to as Palestinians.)


Well those who still remember, are worthy of hearing, his anecdote about solzhenitsyn and his frustration with the short meet with Carter, not that it would have helped the peanut was hollow.


Yes much like Santiago's team mates welcomed him with the code red,

Dave (in MA)

How the fcku is Tlaib pronounced "Talib"?


The President is going to speak at the Police Memorial Ceremony. Here is the live feed:


In attendance are several cabinet members including AG Barr, as well as Pelosi and Hoyer.

My sister-in-law went to this about 30 years ago. Her brother was an IPD officer shot by a nut case in cold blood. Drove her into getting a law degree.

I also had a friend I worked with whose husband was murdered and who attended.

I don't think a lot of Americans really think about the sacrifices these people make.


Actually her maiden name is harbi (like the kingdom clan)


Her father doesn't seem terribly impressed with her, from some of his recent statements


afternoon everyone.


Trump campaign keeping millionth MAGA hat under lock and key, for contest giveaway

“Your signed red MAGA hat will be personally hand-delivered to you by President Trump himself at a Trump Rally,” the email said. “You’ll also get to take a picture with him!”

Posted by: Jane | May 15, 2019 at 11:26 AM

gps payroll.

wonder if he ever started paying child support? (think that was him, anyway) ... and forget the laughable assertion-Trump has been denied more than 2 years of his presidency because the dems and gop refuse to accept the results of 2016.

James D.

It is designed to silence, sideline, and almost eliminate [the] public voice of Muslims from the public discourse.

Obviously she's full of crap and playing the victim, but...given what we generally hear from the public voice of Muslims, I don't really see how eliminating it from the public discourse would be a bad thing.


Posted by: Dave (in MA) | May 15, 2019 at 11:43 AM



Posted by: James D. | May 15, 2019 at 11:54 AM

and conservative voices are hate speech and must be censored.

Manuel Transmission

Heh, JiB. I get email spam from a Chinese outfit selling old style track components, but my sidebar rarely shows anything I actually have the remotest interest in.


Press deciding an adoption bill smoothing the bureaucratic hoops must be a threat to abortion...

MacIver Institute @MacIverWisc

"Do I believe that once there is a detectable heartbeat, there is a baby, I do." - @SpeakerVos in response to AP reporter question on whether he supports Alabama's ban on abortion after six weeks. "That’s not what we're debating today."

... "We want to make sure we protect parents' rights but we need to be more aggressive in our timelines so a child doesn’t suffer from inaction or bad action of parents." - @SpeakerVos on Speakers task force on adoption.

Manuel Transmission

Here’s a well written essay that daddy would have enjoyed.


I mentioned awhile back that we had the head of the Discovery Institute at our last Lincoln/Reagan dinner. Might have to find an event down there to attend one of these days.


Apparently Beat Off was on The View yesterday praising the “grace” of Stacey Abrams. Some wag tweeted, “Yeah, she looks like she says grace five or six times a day.”



I have no doubt he's having lunch with Darwin right now.


Mantran, that guy identifiede a problem. His solution seems more a punt than testible theory.


Wrt Stacey Adams , graceless is a better description.She still hasn’t accepted her loss of the governorship by 30000 votes.
Beto is not entitled to his own set of facts.
She lost fair and square,

Jack is Back (Again)!

Well, if daddy is having lunch with Darwin right now, he(Charlie) is probably in a foul mood if he read Gelertner's review in CRB of 3 books critical of Darwinism.

A very provocative essay and one that will ratchet up the dialogue on the Origin of Species and intelligent design.


This is an old Tweet, but I vividly remember it. One of my sisters called me and said she was so impressed by his determination.

So, the video is at the link. It will cheer you up.

The moment we knew Donald J. Trump would be the 45th President of the United States. A Seven Nation Army couldn't hold him back. pic.twitter.com/WtyX9W4YO2

— Democrats for Trump (@YoungDems4Trump) May 30, 2017

JiB, a real scientist doesn’t mind his work being improved on, or even superseded, if it’s good science. A century and a half is a pretty good life for a theory. Eventually everything is shown to be wrong or incomplete.


Your task is to invent a new gene by mutation—by the accidental change of one codon to a different codon.

Yeah, lets think up a thought experiment guaranteed to fail. All he's shown is that isn't the method which produced rapid change. It does not by itself refute Darwin, it simply says we don't understand the mechanism very well.

Tossing in a "conscious entity" (aliens terraforming the planet?) throws Occam's razor out with the bathwater.

# books, or 300... gotta be skeptical of these claims.

Captain Hate

Questioning Darwin has been going on for a long time. Even Stephen Jay Gould sounded knowledgeable about pointing out the anomalies. Everyone understood it was a hypothesis, right?



I think every parent can relate to this at one time or another with their children...

This poor mom, but she laughs it off and makes the children feel okay about it.. Good mommy! pic.twitter.com/c1Zi5TGFdg

— Cindyseestruth (@cs00582sc) May 15, 2019

Video at link. Couldn't resist bringing it over.

Dave (in MA)

I've only ever seen the View in clips online to demonstrate their idiocy, but it occurred to me that one of their panelists is the bearded Spock universe version of Mollie Hemingway.

Captain Hate

Has Mega knocked any of the dust of the stairmaster? Poor Ben Domenech.

Captain Hate

...dust off the stairmaster...

Jack is Back (Again)!

It's only a theory, so it makes it a more argumentative state of development.

Considering the observations over a 5-year span (1831-1836) were pretty detailed for that time, and the status of scientific investigation. We followed the Beagle's wake on our MacMania trip back in 2011. We had a special lecturer from a Chilean university who specialized in the voyage of the Beagle and the sister ship. Its were Frederick picked up his interest in Biology and life sciences.

Well worth the expense.

Manuel Transmission

All the possible predecessors are not friends of Occam. The best I can offer without ‘and then a miracle happens’ is the panspermia idea of the random number generator starting somewhere else in the universe and then migrating here via interstellar clouds that would reseed after something like the Cambrian events. Still thin gruel.


but my sidebar rarely shows anything I actually have the remotest interest in.

Even the Ashley Madison ads?:)


Joe DiGenova: Deep State Coup Against Trump Is John Brennan’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

Former FISA Court Judge and U.S. prosecutor Joe DiGenova told “Judicial Watch” that the anti-Trump targeting plot was initiated by Obama CIA Director John Brennan. In a recent interview, he called it “John Brennan’s Rosemary’s Baby.”

Brennan’s hatred of Trump was well known among those inside and close to the Obama administration. He worried obsessively that Donald Trump might win the presidency and began actively searching for “intelligence” to use against him.

DiGenova said:

John Brennan hated Trump and he used the powerful tools of the United States intelligence community to weaponize intelligence. He also may have done something else that people haven’t talked about. The 1947 National Security Act makes it illegal for the CIA to spy in the United States or to cause people to spy in the United States. John Brennan did that in this situation when he started this entire scheme and I think he should be held accountable for that and I think he will be.

People have to understand that this scandal has actually been wide open for everyone to see since April 26, 2017. That’s when Judge [Rosemary] Collyer of the FISA Court issued a 99-page opinion in which she outlined four years of illegal spying by FBI outside contractors who sought access to what are called 702 databases. These are the databases about Americans. You can go in there if you’re properly authorized and make what are called “about” inquiries. You want to find out something about American citizens. They did that illegally for four years and it is believed that those four years of obtaining that information illegally led to unmasking of people who should not have been unmasked – American citizens – and the leaking of that information to the press.

That is a scandal which as yet has gone unnoticed by the media and unpunished. And the hero in that story is Admiral Mike Rogers who was the head of the National Security Agency at the time. He discovered this, notified the FISA Court and for his efforts, [Secretary of Defense] Ash Carter and [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper tried to get him fired. So, that’s the great story. Admiral Rogers is the great hero and all the lawyers are the crooks.

We do know that President Obama knew about all of this counterintelligence activity. We know that from Susan Rice’s memo to the electronic file. But this is Brennan’s baby. This John Brennan’s Rosemary’s baby.



Senator Richard Lugar's funeral is starting shortly. Vice President Pence is speaking.


ManTran, I need to get home and check my library for the references. A couple thoughts / theories floating around:

a: mutation may be a function of larger blocks of code recombining naturally. (that changes the math many orders of magnitude)

b: the selection by fitness is a very efficient editor and might just appear as if Lysenko had a point

c: think energy economy where cells are a function energy efficiency, RNA is essentially a basket of catalysts. (I have to find this cite) apparently one step mutation on RNA is a very good and robust way to get new metabolic capabilities because functioning enzymes almost always arise

d. we've been learning about the role of our gut biomes, co-evolution or guidance available here?

There are many better pathways to successful mutation than the one explored.



Only $17,500!



Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I recommend, with Jane and narc, the Bukovsky interview.
A giant still standing among pygmies.


ManTran, thanks for that CRB link.

Hey everyone! Been out of pocket at a gathering of college buddies in Portland. We were celebrating our 50th birthdays.

I always kinda thought Portland was a dump (and it's still a blue hell of course), but this time I got to see the beautiful parts. And the weather was perfect.


Everyone understood it was a hypothesis, right?

Talk to a liberal lately? It's as proven as climate change.


How the fcku is Tlaib pronounced "Talib"?

Lol Dave.

But seriously, how?

Captain Hate

Message from Loonville:

I say this in part because I often encounter commenters saying: “Well, x person won the election.” As a brute statement of fact this is true. But nothing about that fact makes person x correct about anything. If I’m going to run a blog I want to have discussion about how things ought to be. Of course I know the way things are, but to be constantly reminded of that fact as if I have forgotten it suggests that the people “reminding” me actually think the election makes them right, as a matter of logic, rationality, or any other measure to be respected by the process of reason.

It does not.

Patterico (115b1f) — 5/15/2019 @ 8:08 am

Completely disconnected from reality.


Terrifying Footage Emerges As Skyscraper Window Washers Go On Nightmare Ride

Captain Hate


Salon Media in talks for $5M fire sale in last-ditch effort https://trib.al/XhFJw

LOL get fucked!


I am posting this because Gateway has not only the video but the transcript. It was really a moment that brought tears to my eyes.


You guys might remember this officer's picture with his wife and baby in front of a Christmas tree, with him in uniform. He was shot and killed 10 days after Christmas.


Reuters Top News
‏Verified account @Reuters
15m15 minutes ago

Mnuchin says China trade talks likely to continue in Beijing https://reut.rs/2HlOFHB


Fast forward to 46:45 to hear Rosenstein describe the FISA warrant application protocol. Sounds to me like he broke his own rules.


Dave (in MA)

Extraneus | May 15, 2019 at 01:20 PM, did they yell weeeeeeeee!?

Art in Newport

Something happening in Venezuela. Guido to deliver a speech to the national assembly. Circumstances not clear.

Art in Newport




Where did you see that?

Art in Newport

Twitter. Posted by Fish Kabibble. He has links to video.

Art in Newport

A retweet by amy@righthookUSA, actually


I tell my sister, Rashida Tlaib, that her and I have the strength to endure any of the mischaracterization or efforts to distort and vilify and mischaracterize our message

Is it racist to point out that people who use the objective case of a pronoun-her-instead of the correct nominative-she-sound ignorant of correct grammar?

Perhaps omar does not actually think in the english language or like many multilinguals thinks with a hybrid. In that case perhaps she and tlaib could quit sneering about 4th grade ignoramuses about people who actually listen to what they say and accurately perceive its implications.

Nasty is not just an accurate description of hillary.


A good economy is a wonderful thing, too bad Evers is trying to crash the whole thing:

MacIver Institute @MacIverWisc

"I am optimistic ... that "@GovEvers will see that we are not EVER going to raise the income or sales tax as he has proposed and we are not going to expand welfare..." - @SpeakerVos on potential for budget agreement.

MacIver Institute @MacIverWisc

More Good News: Wisconsin Department of Revenue projects tax collections over the next three years will be $753 million more than originally anticipated. The better-than-expected revenue comes in the wake of eight previous years of tax cuts.


I wouldn't click, but it's up to you:

Matt Viser @mviser

Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming his haircut. At one point, he notes that his earhair is getting trimmed. Something he says needs to be done as you get older.



Anything more about Venezuala?



This is a thread from a Voice of America reporter. It is in regards to both a 12-page response to Nadler's request for documents and a background call from a "senior White House official."

Pretty interesting.


>Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming his haircut.

OMG. Trump was right. He has the best opponents.


Great news about Salon, Cap'n.


henry, my lib classmates over the weekend were lamenting about how another classmate has decided to leave Madison for another school because Walker so so awful and budget cuts etc.


Captain Hate

Not tired of winning, Porch.


Walker increased school spending by HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of DOLLARS in Wisconsin.

All of this after he and TRUMP were NAZI'S.

Anyone THAT STUPID should not be voting.
Anyone whon thinks STACY ADAMS won the GA election is not capable of 3rd grade math.
The LEFT LIES every single time it blubbers. They need to be called out as the FULL COMMIES that they are.

Beasts of England

I'll be live streaming my haircut tomorrow if anyone's interested...


Just saw the balcony tosser of 5-year-old child got 19 years. Doesn't sound long enough to me - a true miracle the child isn't dead or permanently disabled.


Beasts, getting a mohawk or anything good?

James D.

Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming his haircut. At one point, he notes that his earhair is getting trimmed.

And this is a person who wants to be given control of our nuclear weapons?

Dear god, flatworms have more self-awareness than Beto does.


I will NOT be live streaming anything!


Momto2, I think that article said he faced up to 19 years based on his guilty plea. The judge hasn't sentenced him yet that I've seen.


Too bad Obama didn't live stream his workouts when he curled 70 lb. dumbbells. I would like to have seen that.


White House Denies House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler’s Document Request

The White House said Wednesday that it is rebuffing the House Judiciary Committee’s request to hand over documents regarding topics broadly focused on 2016 Trump presidential campaign figures.

“The White House will not participate in the Committee’s ‘investigation’ that brushes aside the conclusions of the Department of Justice after a two-year-long effort in favor of political theater pre-ordained to reach a preconceived and false result,” a letter sent by White House counsel Pat Cipollone reads, according to ABC News.

Democrats launched a sweeping probe of President Trump in March, an aggressive investigation targeting eighty-one individuals and entities requesting records as part of their investigation ”into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration.”

Cipollone wrote that Nadler’s investigation is “duplicative” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into now-debunked collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and requested that the committee seek a more “narrow” scope.

“Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized “do-over” of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice,” argued the White House general counsel.


Excellent article by Conrad Black:


This part is fascinating: Mr. Miele credits Trump with the use of Alinsky’s Rules 3, 4, 8, 9, and 13: “Go outside the expertise of the enemy,” “Make the enemy live up to its own . . . rules,” “Keep the pressure on,” “The threat is more terrifying than” reality, and “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Mr Miele cited as illustrative the threat to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, something that caused the New York Times’ Tom Friedman to agree that there was a crisis at the border and the liberal vocalist Cher to tweet asking that such people not be sent to Los Angeles.


Not a moment too soon.


Nadler: Trump Is Worse Than Nixon, He Deserves Impeachment

HARWOOD: I had the lunch the other day with Bill Cohen, who was a young Republican congressman during the Nixon impeachment process. He said he thinks Trump deserves impeachment, and that what we’re seeing now from Trump is worse than anything Nixon ever did. Do you agree with that?

NADLER: Yeah, I do. Nixon never posed the kind of existential challenge to separation of powers and to limited government that Trump does.

Beasts of England

I'm thinking about a Frohawk, henry. 😎

Manuel Transmission

Henry, given that the bio-side of the origin debate is well outside of my bailiwick, I can only offer a long past conversation I had with a neurosurgeon/astronomer (check that Venn diagram!). He argued long after life of any kind existed that human blood had something like 13 enzymes/proteins/whatevers and that human life could not exist without all of them intact. So, it is back to the same thought experiment of how we could get to this point with any missing pieces that otherwise were needed to get here.

Back to your comment, as an inguneer I have always had an appreciation for low energy states as an integral part of nature. It seems likely that all the subtle workings below our perception levels run under those rules.


Mr Nadler, could you please define "existential challenge"? Too bad you are going down!


Nothing in the news about Guiado andVenezuela--I have to think those tweets are nonsense.


Nadler's down to the "Trump made us do it" playground excuse making:


We're "probably" not headed for impeachment, but Trump is making it "increasingly difficult" to avoid, Rep. Jerry Nadler says.


Rodney Allebach:
CNN in April: "Any criticism of a DOJ investigation amounts to obstruction of justice, the end of the Constitution and we might as well say goodbye to the country."
CNN today: "Scratch what we said in April. Now the conduct of a DOJ investigation amounts to the weaponization of government, the end of the Constitution and we might as well say goodbye to the country."

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Too bad Obama didn't live stream his workouts when he curled 70 lb. dumbbells.--

The only 70lb dumbbell curl he ever did was a situp.

Art in Newport

The original tweet has the link to the video:


The tweet is part of a thread that explains that the legislature was closed for a day because of what appears to have been a fake bomb threat. National Guard and police not allowing anyone in to the legislature building until just recently.

Appears to be over, and apparently a minor occurence.

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