Thursday, December 14, 2017

Headless Chicken Leftists?

I'd prefer headless leftists, actually, but then I'd be like Robespierre, or something, heh.

Seriously, this is good, at CounterPunch, "The Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wilbur Smith, A Falcon Flies

Wilbur Smith is really good!

At Amazon, Wilbur Smith, A Falcon Flies: A Spectacular Epic of a Wild Continent and the Few Who Dared to Tame It.

Native American Activists Score Elaborate Washington Redskins Name Change Hoax

And why not? Everything's fake news nowadays.

Memeorandum picked this up as if it was a real story at the Washington Post, "Native Leaders Celebrate a Victory as Washington Football Changes Mascot to the Redhawks."

But see USA Today, "Native advocacy group stages elaborate Washington Redskins name change hoax":
A group of Native advocates called the Rising Hearts Coalition created an elaborate series of fake news articles and websites mirroring major outlets to make it seem like the Washington Redskins announced the organization has changed its controversial name to become the “Washington Redhawks.”

A page designed to look like an exact replica of the Washington Post declared “Native Leaders Celebrate a Victory as Washington Football Changes Mascot to the Redhawks,” but a closer look at the site’s URL reveals that it’s not a genuine article. Similar fabrications representing Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Bleacher Report articles have also been circulating around social media.

The group responsible for the hoax also launched a rebranded team website,

Redskins owner Daniel Synder has said the team will never change its name, citing the organization’s “great tradition.” The Redskins addressed the hoax Wednesday afternoon.

In a press release, the group responsible announced it will host a press conference in front of RFK Stadium Thursday.
More on Twitter:

Today's Shopping

At Amazon, Today's Deals.

And especially, Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit.

Also, Didog Stainless Steel Custom Pet ID Tags for Medium and Big Dogs, Personalized Engrave, Multi-color.

More, Black & Decker WP900 6-Inch Random Orbit Waxer/Polisher.

Plus, Craftsman 108 Pc. Mechanic's Tool Set, and Craftsman 254 PC Mechanics Tool Set with 75 Tooth Ratchet.

Here, LG Electronics 65UJ7700 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model).

Still more, Soft 100% Cotton Throw Blanket for Couch Sofa Bed Green 51 x 67 Inch.

BONUS: James Jones, Go to the Widow-Maker.

Jews Targeted in Sweden (VIDEO)

Ezra Levant, at the Rebel:

The Plot to Take Down President Trump (VIDEO)

Here's Laura Ingraham, from last night:

GOP Sees Difficulties in Trump Country

Well, I wasn't all invested in this race, but still. Alabama? A Democrat hasn't won there in 25 years?

At LAT, "In stunning 2017 defeats, Republicans see vision of difficulties in 2018":

Democrats who opened the year clashing among themselves and lamenting President Trump's election have closed 2017 with victories that demonstrated their ability to weaponize party enthusiasm and draw a template for success in a sharply competitive battle for Congress in 2018.

For Republicans, Tuesday night's stunning loss by Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race — the first GOP loss in a Senate race there in a generation — underscored a bleak passage of time: A year that began in unified control of Washington has ended with the party bitterly split and redefined in the worst of ways, saddled with an unpopular president and a Senate candidate accused of child molestation.

The problems begin with Trump, for whom Moore's defeat represented a third straight repudiation.

The first came in September in Alabama, where Trump ambivalently backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who lost to Moore in the Republican primary. Then Trump endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's gubernatorial race, only to have him lose by nearly double digits last month to Democrat Ralph Northam.

Finally, Trump transferred his Alabama endorsement to Moore and watched him lose in a state that has been ruby red for decades.
Even in Alabama, a state he won by 28 percentage points, Trump was unable to ease his candidate over the finish line. Exit polls Tuesday indicated one reason: Voters even in this heavily Republican state were closely split between approval and disapproval of Trump.

That's an ominous sign for Republicans heading into the midterm election. The key races next year will take place in states that are far less favorable to Trump than Alabama.

Related to Trump's broad unpopularity is the fact that his party is fractured. Those divisions began with the primary battle, which the president's former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who strongly backed Moore, helped turn into a referendum on the party's Senate leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The splits only deepened after the Washington Post published accusations that Moore had fondled and kissed girls as young as 14 when he was a local prosecutor in his 30s.

The Republican National Committee and the party's Senate campaign committee pulled its backing from Moore after the Post story. When Trump, urged on by Bannon, decided to endorse Moore, the national committee returned to support him. The Senate committee declined to follow suit.

On election night, Moore's chief strategist, Dean Young, took off not against Jones or even the typical targets, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, but against McConnell.

"I tell Sen. McConnell this: The people of Alabama are having an election tonight, and he should not overturn the people of Alabama," Young said, anticipating that a victory by Moore might be followed by a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

On Tuesday night, it was clear that the bitter feelings among Republicans are likely to carry over to 2018 and beyond.

"The polls have been closed for 90 minutes & GOP could actually lose Senate seat. In ALABAMA," Alex Conant, a former spokesman for Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, tweeted Tuesday night. "No matter what happens next, hard to overstate what a huge political disaster this is for Moore-apologists like Trump, let alone Moore-champions like Bannon."

Moreover, in Alabama, and earlier in Virginia, Republicans found that arguments they have counted on to dispatch Democrats — that they are soft on crime, the military, immigration, guns and religion — no longer guarantee success...

Hailey Baldwin Balancing (VIDEO)


E.L. Doctorow, The Book of Daniel


At Amazon, E.L. Doctorow, The Book of Daniel: A Novel.

Peter F. Hamilton, The Reality Dysfunction


At Amazon, Peter F. Hamilton, The Reality Dysfunction (The Night's Dawn).

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs


At Amazon, Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel.

Danielle Gersh's Hot and Dry Forecast

This feels like October weather. I'm not complaining, but still. It's weird.

At CBS News 2 Los Angeles:

Volokh Conspiracy Moves to

Well, I hate the paywall at WaPo. And while I'm not a huge fan of Reason, this move gives me ample reason to visit the site.

 See, "Our move to (paywall-free!) Reason from The Washington Post."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017