Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sweet Macaroni!!!

Must be because they are professionals.

//In his review of Amazon’s Goliath, The Times‘ Mike Hale critiqued the “needlessly complicated structure of the initial episodes,” especially Billy Bob Thornton‘s character’s investigation of a suspicious suicide.

“The nature of the case McBride has taken on… is revealed slowly and cryptically, a bit of writerly delayed gratification that keeps your attention but isn’t particularly rewarding,” he wrote. “Then, presumably because the first episode leaves so much unanswered, the next jumps back in time to fill in the history of the case — and when the second episode ends, the story hasn’t even caught up to where it started.”

“The narrative juggling has the feel of stretching — of starting with a story suited for an episode of traditional TV or maybe a feature film and extending it to more than nine hours. Final judgment on that will have to wait until all 10 episodes are available,” Hale concluded.

But as The Times admitted in a correction, there was a reason why that plotline seemed to jump across time and space:

Correction: October 18, 2016

A television review on Friday about the new Amazon series “Goliath” included an inaccurate discussion of the show’s plot structure. The critic mistakenly watched the first two episodes out of order.//

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

That was the plan.

The free market by itself doesn't provide enough opportunity for graft and corruption. 

//The stimulus energy investments were “a bit of a disaster,” says Josh Lerner, a professor at Harvard Business School. “A lot of the problem was in the ways they were implemented. They violated all the rules of how these things should be done.” Not only did the government make large bets on a few companies, in effect picking winners, but it did so without clear rules and criteria for the choices. And, says Lerner, “the selection of the battery and solar companies was extremely opaque. A lot of it seemingly came down to if you had a former assistant secretary of energy doing the lobbying for you.”//

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Clinton Crime Family ...

...coming to the White House.

//"Long-secret emails just caught Team Hillary in another blatant lie — namely, the claim that Clinton Foundation donors got no special treatment from Clinton’s State Department. In fact, ABC’s “case study” of the 2010 Haiti-relief feeding frenzy may be the most damning foundation scoop yet.
And the foundation isn’t even denying it.

ABC News got the emails via a Freedom of Information lawsuit. They show that, after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, a top Hillary aide repeatedly gave special attention to “Friends of Bill” looking to cash in.

Indeed, the aide, Caitlin Klevorick, kept asking foundation official Amitabh Desai “to flag when people are friends of WJC” — William Jefferson Clinton. Anyone without a special tag (FOB, WJC-VIP) got rebuffed by State and referred to a federal website.

State was besieged with requests to get in on $10 billion in aid contracts, described in one government cable as “a gold rush.”

One FOB, a major foundation donor who’d served as Bill’s Texas chair, used his pull on behalf of a firm he admitted “wanted to get some of the business” and had him use the Clinton Foundation as “a facilitator.”

Klevorick told ABC the special attention was about learning who had a history in Haiti so as “to get the necessary resources to the right places as soon as possible to save lives.”

One problem: She never asked if anyone had experience in Haiti or even with aid relief. Her only question: “Is this a FOB?” And her only instruction to the foundation was that all FOBs be “flagged.”

Which is why the Haiti analyst for the nonpartisan Center for Economic and Policy says, “The line was pretty faint between” the foundation and the State Department."//

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This is the Catholic-Wedge Strategy that I described in the 2012 election.

The idea was to take a Catholic distinctive, i.e. contraception, and define it as an insane, anti-American position, such that Catholics would have to choose between being  (liberal) Americans or part of a ghettoized, stigmatized minority.

As a student of history, I recognize this as the same dynamic at work in Germany prior to and during the rise of National Socialism.

Infiltrating and splintering Catholicism with false fronts is equally a tool used by Totalitarians of all stripes.

This is absolutely antithetical to American tradition and democracy.

//WHEN RELIGIONS COLLIDE: Clinton campaign spokeswoman takes shots at Catholics, evangelicals in leaked email exchange.

Related: “To repeat, the head of Clinton’s campaign has been organizing to fracture a major religion. Clinton claims to be for all Americans… what if Podesta had created organizations to foment ‘Revolution’ among the American Muslim community? Would that be worthy of dismissal?… how much of his plans to fracture Catholics did Podesta share with Hillary as a campaign strategy? Does she agree with his strategy now?”

Thou shalt have no other gods before Progressivism.//

From the source cited in Instapundit: 

//The new Wikileaks dump from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta’s emails reveals that Podesta created a couple of activist groups for the sake of undermining the Catholic bishops and the Church’s authority.

In the 2011 e-mail chain, a progressive activist named Sanford “Sandy” Newman e-mailed Podesta to suggest collaboration on a way

There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.

Newman, who is Jewish, concedes that he doesn’t know much about the Catholic Church, but he sure does want somebody to undermine the hierarchy:

Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would ‘plant the seeds of the revolution,’ or who would plant them.”

Not to worry, said Podesta, who is Catholic, and who was at the time head of the Center For American Progress. They have progressive front organizations prepared to act when the time is right:

We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.//

Catholics have been complaining about Liberal Totalitarianism for at least four years.

Today, we have the smoking gun.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I love belonging to a politically subversive movement...

Progressives seem really threatened by Thomism.

Wikileaks lets us listen in on the anti-Catholic bigotry of the Progressives.

// To:,  Date: 2011-04-11 21:10

Subject: Re: Conservative Catholicism
 Excellent point. They can throw around "Thomistic" thought and "subsidiarity" and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they're talking about.

Jennifer Palmieri wrote:  I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals.

  ----- Original Message ----- From: John Halpin To: John Podesta ; Jennifer Palmieri Sent: Mon Apr 11 18:55:59 2011 Subject: Conservative Catholicism  

Ken Auletta's latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin' Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.  Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.  It's an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy. //

This is what the "wedge strategy of 2012" and questions about contraceptives was always about.

Hey, Catholics!!!

Yes, Progressives really do hate you.

You knew it all along, but until you read their unfiltered discussions among themselves, you had your doubts.

//Amongst the newly released documents, one email exchange in particular should draw the ire of conservatives--and American Catholics specifically.

The 2011 email, entitled "Conservative Catholicism" comes from John Halpin, a senior fellow at the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP), and is addressed to Jennifer Palmieri, formerly of the CAP and current Director of Communications for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and John Podesta. The email, in which Catholic beliefs are referred to as "backwards", drips with contempt for Catholic Americans and Conservative Catholics in particular.

"Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups," Halpin writes to Podesta. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."

Palmieri piles onto the Catholic bashing in her response.

"I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion," Palmieri writes. "Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."//

So, try your luck with Hillary.

Maybe her supporters will let you keep your quaint beliefs to yourself.

The Clintons Corrupt Everything.

I've been in some discussions with Facebook atheist/progressives about the relative merits of Trump's sins versus Bill Clinton's sins/crimes.

They generally refuse to deal with the facts of the disbarred perjurer being credibly accused of rape, preferring to call the consistent testimony of 19 women as "neocon myth."

My point is that they are not offended by the conduct; they are offended by the person, and willing to excuse worse conduct of people they like.

And now comes Joyce Behar to refer to women who were RAPED by Bill Clinton as "tramps who slept with [Hillary's] husband."

And the audience applauds.

There you have it.  Rape is acceptable if done by the politically correct person.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Basically, Democrats can prosecute their political opponents, because those people are unimportant....

....but threatening to reopen a corrupt FBI investigation against Hillary is over the top and a harbinger of Fascism.

During Sunday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump quipped that if he were elected president, Hillary Clinton would be in jail for illegally using an unsanctioned private email server — which was housed in a bathroom and less secure than a Gmail account — to disseminate classified information during her tenure as secretary of State.
The media had a fainting spell over Trump’s comment, and are insisting he’s behaving like a dictator and threatening to jail a political opponent. Here’s a few of the numerous overwrought headlines that have emerged.
Vox: “Donald Trump’s threat to imprison Hillary Clinton is a threat to democracy”
The New Yorker: “Trump Shows His Inner Dictator”
CNN: “Trump threatens to jail Clinton if he wins election”
ThinkProgress:”Trump campaign can’t decide whether Trump was joking about putting Hillary in jail”
They seem to be forgetting that throwing the book at one’s political opponents is what Democrats do all the time. Here’s 16 times Democrats tried to prosecute their opponents for political gain, not justice.

1. David Daleiden

After publishing undercover footage of Planned Parenthood harvesting organs from the bodies of aborted babies and discussing agreements to sell those baby organs, Daleiden became public enemy number one for Democrats. A Texas district attorney tried to charge Daleiden and his investigative partner for organ trafficking, a misdemeanor, and tampering with a government record, a felony.
From the beginning, the case against Daleiden showed obvious conflicts of interest. As The Federalist reported, “the district attorney who indicted Daleiden has received more than $25,000 in campaign contributions from the defense attorney for abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has been described as the Kermit Gosnell of Texas.” California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who had Daleiden’s home raided after the videos emerged, had financial ties with Planned Parenthood.
The charges were eventually dropped, after it was discovered the prosecutor “illegally shared evidence against Daleiden with Planned Parenthood, even though the Texas Attorney General’s office explicitly prohibited it.”

2. Little Sisters of the Poor

The Obama administration tried to fine this Catholic organization, which cares for impoverished elderly individuals, for refusing to provide birth control to their employees. The Little Sisters didn’t want to be compelled to hand out contraceptives, as it violates their religious beliefs, but Obama’s Health and Human Services took them to court to try to force them to pay $70 million in fines per year, which would have likely bankrupted the organization.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

We need 4 more years of the status quo.

Obamacare to limit access to doctors.

//Limited access to doctors and hospitals could become the norm for those buying individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act as insurers move rapidly to narrow medical care provider networks, a new analysis and recent insurer disclosures indicate.

The latest evidence comes from the University of Pennsylvania where researchers showed health plans with an “extra-small network had a monthly premium that was 6.7% less expensive than that of a plan with a large network.” Penn researchers looked at the popular low cost silver plans offered on public exchanges across the country in 2014 and more than 450,000 doctors participating in at least one network.

“Because the use of narrow networks is one of the last remaining strategies available to insurance companies to offer lower-cost plans on health insurance marketplaces, the success of coverage expansions could be tied to the successful implementation of narrow networks ,” Daniel Polsky, executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at University of Pennsylvania wrote with colleagues in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs.//

Sara would have been 39.

I wrote a short story for Jason Rennie's SciPhi forum where in a world of narcissistic gratification the main character was haunted by the ghost of a child he never knew.

This was what I was getting at.

Stevie Nicks is no stranger to rumours. She finally confirmed longstanding conjecture that she wrote one of her best-known songs partly about the child she conceived with Eagles frontman Don Henley, then aborted.
Henley said more than 20 years ago that the Fleetwood Mac song Sara, which hit number 7 on the Billboard charts in 1979, was about the baby they never saw.
“I believe, to the best of my knowledge, [that Nicks] became pregnant by me. And she named the kid Sara, and she had an abortion – and then wrote the song of the same name to the spirit of the aborted baby,” he told GQ magazine in 1991. "I was building my house at the time, and there’s a line in the song that says, ‘And when you build your house, call me.'”
In a special interview with Billboard magazine on Friday, Nicks said their baby inspired many of the song's lyrics.
“Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara,” she said. But Nicks said the song – which was originally 16 minutes long and included nine verses cut from the album – also dealt with Mick Fleetwood's wife, Sara, and other aspects of the band's disintegrating relationships.
The revelation sheds light on the song's lyrics:
Wait a minute, baby
Stay with me awhile
Said you'd give me light
But you never told me about the fire...

Sara, you're the poet in my heart
Never change, never stop
And now it's gone
They say it doesn't matter what for
When you build your house, call me…

All I ever wanted was to know
That you were dreaming
There's a heartbeat
No, it never really died
You never really died
Four years after the song's release, she said, “Sara was my favorite, for that kind of song. Sara was, and is, the love of my life.”
Nicks and Henley's torrid two-year affair had been no secret, and the subsequent abortion had been well-known. According to Eagles biographer Marc Eliot, Nicks “was deeply upset about what she considered his fast and easy consent to her decision. Nicks took it as Henley's way of saying he wasn't interested in any type of serious long-term commitment.”
But Nicks had never acknowledged that the song was dedicated to her child until last week, 35 years after its release. The closest she had come was a statement in 1979 that “If I ever have a little girl, I will name her Sara. It's a very special name to me.”
Nicks never had children, something she blamed on her cocaine addiction.
Sara cast a shadow over her life for years to come. When she entered the Betty Ford Center in 1986 – doctors said she had come dangerously close to a brain hemorrhage – she used the name “Sara Anderson” and commemorated the experience in the song Welcome to the Room...Sara for Fleetwood Mac's last album, 1987's Tango in the Night.

I think that Sara would have been a good little girl, an energetic child, an inquisitive teenager, a promising college student, a beautiful wife, a good mother and a support for her mother in her old age.

But we will never know.
Liberal Fascism/Academic Fascism.

Virtue Community at John Hopkins demand that school condemn heretics who argue that transgender is a psychiatric condition.

Because, we know, that the best way to truth is when centralized institutions impose it on science.

//The basic gambit of the Western mode of scientific inquiry is that the competition of ideas will ultimately produce scholarly truth, or at least something close to it. This process must be decentralized and unencumbered by political dogma. For the Johns Hopkins administration to throw the weight of its authority behind one side or another in an ongoing scholarly debate in order to appease political activists would corrupt the process Jonathan Rauch has called “liberal science.” The university can help protect the integrity of academic thought by sending a strong message to the outraged petitioners that it will let its scholars’ work stand or fall on the merits.

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