What unites them all is a desire for greater freedom and a sustainable mode of living, whether born out of economic precariousness, political ideology, or aspirational commercialism. With the fraught history of government crackdown only a few decades in the past, however, their mileage—as the saying goes—may vary.
Think your job is tough? Think again. Clearing landmines. And not those of your dog. The seven stupidest things you can do with money. When it comes to managing our finances, many of us are knuckleheads. Headed toward 30, she was lazy about budgeting. Her credit score was too low. She barely had an emergency fund. And, of course, she had student loans. Another emotional issue, procrastination. I probably should have pulled out a block quote. But, maybe later. Contrary to belief, there are judgment zones. Eric Stagno, 34, was arrested in a calm fashion without incident and charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and lewdness after the police were called to a crowded gym in Plaistow, New Hampshire, according to police reports.
He stripped naked and started working out, and while being arrested by the police, he referenced a long-standing slogan of Planet Fitness that says this is a "judgment-free zone". The eye-witness reports say that the naked man walked back and forth a couple of times and then started doing poses on his knees on a yoga mat. Well, two days ago. But this place doesn't do math. What better way to celebrate our Independence than America leading a global resistance against invading aliens with many splodey bits, all perfectly timed to crescendo on July 4th. F yeah. My favorite part of Independence Day is the opening act.
It's a solid forty minutes of ratcheting tension mixed with some very solid character work. We see combinations of character introductions that efficiently show the audience who the person is, where they fit in with the plot, and develop the plot just a little bit more. We, as the audience, understand that the aliens are up to no good because we've seen the trailers, but the movie paints a very good portrait of the confusion that marks such a remarkable event as aliens arriving on Earth.
Some are automatically scared, others are heedlessly optimistic, and the government is paralyzed by an inability to come up with a plan other than hunker down and wait it out. I also really like how the solution for what's actually happening doesn't come from a higher circle of thinking, but from a "TV repairman" who just looks at the numbers just the right way similar to how the Zodiac code got broken by a husband and wife pair who loved to do puzzles.
The other thing I love about this first act is the immensity of the alien craft. Way back when, I talked about awe in movies and how it's so hard to achieve. I don't think Independence Day gets there quite, but it gets surprisingly close. The ships are huge. The reactions to the ship feel genuinely awestruck. And the music is appropriately big as well. This doesn't feel like a single alien vessel sitting in a park in D.
Instead it feels like an earthshattering event happening in front of us. Maybe we still know that it's just special effects, but the event gets sold just about as well as it could be. Then the unpredictable happens! Okay, it's eminently predictable since we're watching a movie and the characters don't seem to realize that they're in a movie, but them's the breaks. These attacks became iconic almost instantly. We'd seen planets destroyed, buildings blown up, and landmarks leveled, but never quite at this level or in this way. Lasers from flying saucers that create expanding rings of fire that engulf and destroy everything within miles.
The fire doesn't follow the laws of physics, but the high quality models and the real flames in use sell the idea really well. It's also big, and it sells the idea of being really big. We see characters we've grown to know die. We see a close call that was enhanced with a dog after a test screening. There are real repercussions and the devastation is so complete. You get the feeling that New York City will never get rebuilt afterwards. I believe these attacks. I believe the destruction left behind. As the world begins to understand the level of devastation in the second act, we understand the kind of thinking they are going through.
It meanders, looking for a reason to exist and finding ways to bring characters together. I find it to be a rather large letdown after the near brilliance of the first act. There's a solid aerial battle that introduces the concept of the aliens having shields and gets Will Smith on the ground with an alien near Area There's the president discovering that Area 51 is real alongside Air Force One's passengers. There's Will Smith's girlfriend hanging out with the president's wife in the ruins of El Toro air station.
There's Russel Case, drunken pilot, who is driving through the desert and meets Will Smith. All of these characters have to come together at Area The movie does the job well enough, but I do wonder if the president had known about Area 51 from the beginning and the movie could have skipped over that reveal, would it have sped things up just a little bit. There's actually some genuinely good character work in the middle here, which ends up helping the movie later on.
I love the scene between Jeff Goldblum and his ex-wife. It's all about what drove them apart which we've heard in snippets , and it still feels appropriately placed despite happening in the middle of an alien invasion. So, this begins with maybe my favorite character moment in the film. Jeff Goldblum is throwing things around the bay in a futile attempt to trash the Earth and drive away the aliens, since they want our resources.
Collapsing, to the ground in front of his father, he gives up. His father then connects with him on a level they've never done. It's a genuine moment that is quite affecting. The movie, though, isn't that interested in character moments and jumps into the new plot development. And that development is that they are going to crib War of the Worlds and use computer viruses instead of natural ones. Sure, the idea that a puny human could write a virus to disable a computer system he'd only seen for the first time the day before is a little thin, but so is fire travelling sideways. I'll take it.
It's here that the movie begins to pick up speed again. With all of its characters in a single place and everyone with a singular purpose, the movie loses its meandering feeling and becomes focused again. We have two actions that will happen side by side: Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum will travel to the alien mothership and implant the virus while POTUS will jump in a fighter jet and kill aliens one on one.
The action picks up. It's a scenario that everyone knows is impossible, but we know must happen because we know we're watching a movie. The virus works, progress is made, but it's just not good enough. Hope was given and snatched away. But self-sacrifice will win as Russel Case flies his ship directly into the alien ship's main weapon and blows it all up good and American style. Smith and Goldblum then blow up the mother ship good and hard and fly back home, crashing and miraculously surviving like Chuck Yeager at the end of The Right Stuff.
Some of us have routines that we fall into at certain times of the year. It's just what happens in this family. I always end up finding myself watching Independence Day around our national holiday as well. It was a bit formative for me. It came out when I was 11, and I remember seeing it in theaters.
We were in Tennessee visiting family and my dad decided to take me and my older brother one lazy afternoon. It kind of swept the national culturally. The movie was wildly successful financially and made an already ascendant Will Smith into the superstar, a status he's never quite shaken. It may not be as obviously patriotic as some stuff by Michael Bay there aren't nearly enough slow motion shots of the American flag waving gracefully in the breeze for that , but it's still prototypically American despite having been directed by a German. The structure of the film is around Independence Day.
One of its final lines is the president's daughter saying, "Happy Fourth of July, Daddy. It's Americans who develop the virus. It's Americans who organize the massive counterattack. It's Americans who blow up the first smaller ship and the mothership itself. It's also, on a surface level, very easily entertaining. The special effects hold up really well. That isn't that much of a surprise since they trusted so little to computers.
This is really one of the heights of model work in film and a solid argument to keep doing physical models instead of CGI ones. I love the music. It's big, bold, and emotional. It fits the broad appeal nature of the film perfectly. It kind of makes me sad that after this David Arnold's music became more generic. How innocently wonderful from beginning to end. I've also archived all the old posts here , by request.
I'll add new posts a week after they originally post at the HQ. I don't think I'm going to be around much for today's thread. Our daughter is getting married in our backyard TODAY, so, as you can probably imagine, things are a little crazy around Casa de Muse right now. TheJamesMadison's movie thread will be up later. Goal: Black can force mate in 4 Hint: White's queen is over-burdened. Goal: Queen one of the pawns Hint: The king is a strong piece.
Use it. Something formidable to the design of early 20thc gowns. The gored skirt falls smoothly but the elaborately decorated expansive bodice grants a physical presence to the garment. I imagine a Lady Bracknell bearing down on unsuspecting guests NewfieldsToday fashionhistory pic. Greetings from India. Bonus Melania: Independence Day, Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.
It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and paste it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com. Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. What's the procedure? Same as every Saturday afternoon. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals. I love animals period. The statute of limitations is over. So I can be honest with you. Drunk or stoned I would have never been tempted to buy this. What about you?
Finally Vice makes a video worth watching Bunny jumping. Cute Joke A blind guy walks into a bar with his seeing eye dog, he orders a beer and then picks the dog up by the tail and twirls him around in a circle and the dog starts barking and growling. The bartender says "What the hell are you doing? A tribute to a pet Hedgehog. We got Stella about 5 years ago and she is a very timid cat but super sweet. We got Lola as a kitten almost a year ago and she is a hellion and also a model. We are always yelling at her to stop attacking her sister.
She puts her in a headlock and drags her around the house until we intervene sigh. But she is full of life and very beautiful and brings us joy constantly. What a sweet pair of looking cats. Hard to believe that Lola is a little hellion!!! What a great story. Thanks for sharing Di. This is Angel. The new girl in our house pitbull mix with something.
She was abandoned by her previous owner, while on the run from the law. The law caught up to owner and thankfully Angel. We adopted her from an animal rescue run by a lady police officer in near Johnstown PA. They are a great organization! She's been with us for 3 weeks now, and she loves walks,cuddles and our big city dog park. She is also deaf, but understands hand signals and the vibration collar - when not playing at the dog park! How exciting for Angel to find herself in a nice home! A deaf dog? I've never met one, I bet that can be challenging at times.
Hope you're around today and can comment about it. C'mon in the water is fine. Miles Savage 3. Since then I acquired the pick of his first -and only- litter, Durzo Blint 2 years. Both are very good protectors but lack aggressive behavior. There is a lot of testosterone in this house and on occasion Miles likes to test the waters on exactly who the pack leader is.
They are great dogs and buddies. They love riding in the truck and go absolutely everywhere with me. They are even nice enough to let me have a few inches on "their' queen size bed. Good luck with all that testosterone floating around the house Horus. Been there, done that. And won't do it again. They are handsome dogs and quite the buds! Thanks for sharing. Hi MisHum,. Quite the action shot there Average Guy. Looks like they are having fun!! We appreciate the submission.
I love the pet thread and envy all who can participate reasonably in the chess thread.
Oh well. I'm waiting for the ladder, but In the meantime, here is a photo of my gorgeous 11 year old sweetie pie--Romeo, who has too much fur for this hot spell. He is an accurate predictor of the weather around here.
The other photo is Lucy, the assassin, who despite her ravishing beauty and desire to pose for all and sundry, is an indoor insect killer not to mention going for a bat, a chipmunk, and a field mouse who all got inside by accident--fair warning, critters! Congrats on the new library, we wonder what books you will have your cats? They appear to keep you quite busy!
We thank you for your submission today. This is my son's dog Charlie aka Chuckles. Sadly he succumbed to injuries from a dog fight this past weekend. He was a great dog. Theirs was one of those adoptions where the dog and the man saved each other. We are all going to miss him.
Beautiful photo of Charlie. So sorry to hear of your loss. What a tough way to lose a loved one. Our condolences. A great group of pets this week. You folks never cease to amaze me with your photos and links. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you! You can reach us at petmorons at gmail dot com. Last week, we posted photos of flowers that sort of looked like fireworks.
The one above is another, from 40 miles north. Care to identify it? We also have reports of more edibles coming in from The Horde. Ready for a slice on a burger or a BLT? I like shorter tomato plants on my front row, so I gave it a try. It's a potato leaf that started off great, with robust fruit production. The plant got sick however and is producing no more blooms.
I'm eating the fruit tasty but acidic but once the fruit is gone I'll rip it out. A picture is attached. If they were wild carrots, they would be called Queen Anne's Lace. Plant carrots in the spring unless you want flowers like these. Another lovely Asian lily bursting forth from 40 miles north. Photo taken near sunset. Won't scare the dogs like other fireworks. The Horde has been growing lots of lovely lilies lately.
I have been saving these spring bulb photos from Illiniwek for a time when there was hail in Mexico and a heat wave in Alaska:. Hi KT. I've followed the garden thread for years but my scrubby, east-west facing home had limited potential for sharing or participating due to the light situation and a lazy owner. Solidly Zone 2. And last year, in early winter, we bought a new house. With a garden. Dream come true for a maybe brown thumbed me. Location in the hills says we are Zone 3 but some of the buds make me think maybe a titch warmer? All winter a long one up here in the subarctic , I plotted and planned about how to do roses and mock orange and peonies.
We had not been able to put the beds to bed in the fall, so at first, I thought I would let the garden do its thing just to see what is there. But with the midnight sun and an unexpectedly rainy June, I am living in Jurassic Park. Guess what? Previous owners had roses, mock orange, and peonies!
I am now learning how to tie-back, prune, and not be afraid to prep it for next year. The garden is training me. It has demands. First photo is a good, late June photo of a garden path. In this pic, you can see pink peonies, giant rhubarb, mock orange, and giant delphiniums. I don't know what the yellow, orange, and red flowers are. A lot of this got squashed by the rain and my doodle, so I have a strategy to address that next year. Close-ups of some of LurkerLou's plants later. I had some technical difficulties with my brain this week, so more from some other members of The Horde later, too.
Serving your mid-day open thread needs. Well, there was a fairly strong earthquake to our Southeast yesterday, following one on the Fourth. A few particulars below. Okay, it's Charles C. Cooke, but he's right:. Asked about the flag, Beto O'Rourke said, "I think it's really important to take into account the impression that kind of symbol would have for many of our fellow Americans, respect the decision Nike made and grateful for the conversation.
Nobody has answered these questions. Nobody can. The Party has spoken, and the apparatchiks are enforcing the new line. It's creepy as hell. Then Kaepernick posted a quote from Frederick Douglass to reinforce Candace Owens' observation that the move against the Betsy Ross flag was segregationist. He actually suggested that the Fourth of July was not his holiday! Ted Cruz and others schooled Kaepernick about what was in the rest of the speech he had quoted.
But the most astounding thing to me about this kerfuffle was the statement of a New York Times editor to Ted Cruz. Ted responded. Saw in the ONT last night that there are members of The Horde who were seriously affected by the quake. Keep them in mind. This was later revised down to 6. Here is the event page. You can also access a very rough estimation of intensity of the quake as it radiated outward through the surrounding area.
It lasted a lot longer than the quake on the Fourth. Some water left swimming pools in town. Quite a bit of sloshing. The San Andreas fault is to our West, as people were reminded during the Coalinga quake years ago. This earthquake was to our Southeast. Good morning folks. Let us review a few things that didn't get their due here at the AoSHQ this past week.
Quite the thrill seeker. Do not eat the gecko. Repeat, do not eat the gecko. Of course it is sexist, to those who have no sense of humor. Just wrong. Of course Florida. Brotherly love. And so starts the hot dog wars. He now self-identifies as a black man. Stinky feet? Try tea bags. I bet there will be some interesting stories coming from Florida. That's a lot of medical marijuana in a day. Bimbo, Jr. Just a couple: Enjoy these stories or something else, this is an open thread. Be nice to the 'ettes and leave their hair alone.
No running with sharp objects. Play nice with one another. Have a great weekend!!! I'm about to get to killin' whatever it is that's been killing my hens. If I can just spot the little bastard. I had the ONT all written on my iPad. When I went to upload it and make sure the formatting was correct for publication, I stepped right on my iPad. This was a less effective method of posting than I would have preferred. The iPad still works, but the screen is shattered, and not in a "has-a-few-cracks-but-is-still-functional" way, but a "can't-see-or-do-crap-with-it" way.
There's a good guy in town who can replace the screen, but that doesn't do jack for tonight's content, so I'll go with what I've got at 10, and then add updates as I write them. Yesterday was America's birthday, but let's not forget that July 1 was Canada Day, so happy belated to our cousins north of the border. However, in Newfoundland, Canada Day is treated as a day of mourning as much as it is of celebration.
Do you know why? July 1, Memorial Day. When I visited Newfoundland, the ferry to the island was named Blue Puttees , which was the name of the regiment that was wiped out at Beaumont Hamel. The regimental motto is "Better than the Best", and indeed, they quite literally gave their all at the Battle of the Somme. A video went viral this week. In it, a young woman took a tub of ice cream out of the freezer at the supermarket, proceeded to lick it, and then put it back in the freezer.
Everyone was grossed out by this juvenile bid for attention, but she got it million views. Now it seems that she may get her just deserts:. Related: Speaking of viral videos, here's another one that went viral this week that's a lot less gross. Proof that cows will do anything for sax. Engineering heat out of metro tunnels. Ever been on a long road trip? Yeah, me either, but if you do go, here are some games to play to pass the time. You're saying you could unmask some political players? In May, Biden, 76, promised not to attack his rivals, saying: "I will not speak ill of any of the Democratic candidates, I will not do it.
So how many dissidents were massacred at the Tiananmen redux on the National Mall last night? Did the tanks establish one-party rule? Asking for a law professor tribelaw. Definitely the best entrants in this neighborhood Independence Day parade outside Annapolis. Lawn chair drill team. I'm sure Grandma is ecstatic about how things have turned out. Take their Virtue Signals and make them into villainy signals. Which they are. No one should infect a child with their own obsessive madness and then run to twitter to collect hosennas.
The Washington Times notes that Trump's speech was not, get this, what leftists shrieked it would be:. From PBC NewsHour: "In July 4th speech, Trump explains why he thinks America is great," a headline subtly saying, hey -- the president stuck pretty much with traditional Independence Day celebratory tones. Here's AFP, as it appears on Yahoo:.
President Donald Trump sang the praises of the US military and American heroes of the past two and a half centuries Thursday, skirting politics in a rousing Independence Day speech in Washington. Well, yes. But they see this as a good thing. These are millions of Democrats For Life we're talking here -- never let a crisis go to waste.
Meanwhile, Trump says he is "very seriously" considering using an executive order to put the citizenship question back on the census questionnaire. But it's not a hypothetical. The Obama people, specifically the head of Homeland Security under O, are actually shocked at how nutty their party has become on this issue in just a few years.
This is the curse of both sides now, it seems -- to lament the radicalism of the current administration when the other party's in charge, only to find afterward that the next administration is prepared to go much further. So we'll pretend we're in favor of the border generally while objecting to every specific measure or proposal to enforce it. Their opposition to open borders is purely rhetorical; they just don't want you to call it open borders, so they can continue playing the game of, "Of course I support the idea of the border, but only the idea of it. Any attempt to make it tangible and enforceable in the real world is just ethnonatitonalist, white supremacist extremism.
But you can pretend there's a border, just as you can pretend the GOP is a pro-life party in its leadership ranks. But the moment you notice we're actually opposed to you on these principles, you're an Alt-Right Nazi who must be deplatformed. You know, if someone claims he's against government spending, but then bewails every single proposal to cut spending as "cruel" and "extreme," you might begin to suspect that that person isn't actually in favor of cutting spending, but simply finds it useful to claim to be such.
Did you deem that to be "too extreme," too? Did you once again pretend at being in favor of reduced spending while, get this! Another definition calls this "the weakest form of volition a desire that could still be characterized as volition at all. So, the True Conservatives have a velleity in favor of enforcing the border, as long as any enforcement never detain, deport, or inconvenience a single illegal immigrant.
Oddly enough, this looks a lot like Obama's immigration policy, except with even fewer deportations. The Fake Conservatives have a lot of velleities they claim to be champions of, but whenever someone proposes actual action to advance them, suddenly they are just full of caveats and cavils. I wonder how long they think this can go on, as we ignore the official organs of the pseudo-right and instead turn to left-wing truth-tellers. Andy Ngo's first person account of being attacked by a government-supported black-clad paramilitary is worth reading.
Ngo spoke with Brett Weinstein, both discussing their own stalkings by the leftwing mob. In both men's cases, the leftwing mob was supported by the local police. Brett Weinstein, if you've forgotten, was told that the Evergreen State College police had been ordered to stand down, even as baseball-bat mobs were actually, literally hunting him on campus. By the way, Ngo's speech seems affected by his attack. He speaks fluently, but he takes long pauses sometimes. Maybe his brain needs time to organize itself periodically. If you don't want to listen to the full discussion, John Sexton's recap notes some of the most important quotes.
Listening to that interview, I was referred to this great Brett Weinstein speech from , about what Social Justice Warrior terror is all about. It's even better, I think, than the Ngo interview. One point he makes very early -- but does not elaborate on, alas -- is that he finds the humorlessness of the SJWs and antifa types to be a big red flag or tell.
He notes that humor is how rational people begin processing contradictions in their thinking and ironies and uncomfortable truths -but the zealots of the SJW movement and antifa are completely devoid of humor, either because they were born without it or they have brainwashed themselves that there are no contradictions in the SJW supremacy movement at all, and that to even acknowledge such with an ironical joke would be a ThoughtCrime.
It's an interesting idea -- but like I said, he just says it in even fewer words than I did and moves on. I'd like to read more on that idea. Another point he made: White "allies" are expected to break the law on behalf of the black supremacists they're serving, I guess because their "White Privilege" should be used oh behalf of The Struggle, and this will keep their black supremacist masters from getting into trouble themselves. I wonder if this sort of idea underlies the Pasty White Fatty-Fatty-Boom-Booms and mentally-ill droogs that make up the rank-and-smelly ranks of antifa.
Bookmark this for your future listening. Now, Brett Weinstein provides, inadvertently, a partial defense of "conservative" media cowards. He notes his own background as a lifetime progressive and also as a Jew insulated him from defamatory attacks meant to make him unemployable as a racist. He notes that this sort of smear is routinely deployed by SJWs to get people to knuckle under.
And I guess that is a partial defense of conservatives and non-minorities, who cannot say "I'm a progressive" or "I'm a minority" in response to this ceaseless smearing. But it's only a partial defense. At this time, only a fucking idiot would not realize the game going on here, and, while people who don't have careers as writers and alleged "thinkers" and thus no media presence should still be afraid to speak the truth, I'm not sure how that lets our various cowards off the hook.
If you have a job as someone paid to offer his true insights into cultural and political turmoil, and tens of thousands of readers, and a paid gig at a "conservative" outlet -- what is your excuse, I wonder, for being so easily cowed? Shouldn't you be willing to take some of the heat that the leftist maniacs would otherwise visit on citizens without a megaphone? And that's why people loved him, and why people are disgusted with our current go-along-to-get-along cucks and cowards, the grifters and the opportunists, the check-cashers and clock-watchers which currently dominate, and I do mean dominate , the top positions of "conservative" media.
I mean the people you're already thinking of, the people who take the position that "this culture war is so beneath me" and "Let the Garbage People be savaged by antifa until they've learned enough manners to mix with the Civilized People of the nominal right. Down the rabbit hole, down the ratings hole. Maddow's show was the third-highest rated show on cable news behind "Hannity," which finished first with 3,, average viewers per night, and "Tucker Carlson Tonight," which finished in second place with an average of 2,, average viewers per night.
Both Hannity and Carlson saw an increase in viewership from the month of May, improving from 3,, average viewers per night, and 2,, viewers per night, respectively. Here are some other stories that don't warrant a full post, and I really want to clear them out of my opened tabs:. They also support doxxing and threatening little girls who make AOC parody videos. Asked if that would be popular, he answered, maybe not incorrectly, that it would be more popular than what his rival Democrats are offering, which is ending private health insurance completely and dumping everyone into Medicaid.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden, who has always been dumb and now seems to be experiencing cognitive decline on top of that, says that Russian interference in the election never would have happened under "my watch and Barack's watch," apparently completely oblivious to the fact that the "Russian interference" so often claimed by his leftwing idiot allies is alleged to have occurred throughout , which was, get this, on his watch and Barack's watch.
Indeed, Barack Obama ordered law enforcement to stand down on the issue because he didn't want people to know he was failing to take action against a hostile foreign power Biden: "If you provide an option for anybody who in fact wants to buy into Medicare for All, they can buy in But if they like their employer-based insurance, which a lot of unions broke their neck to get But of course they do. TJ, got a minute to talk about this incident?
This delicate daisy also thinks he's a free speech champion for trying to get people kicked out of a restaurant for their symbolic speech. It had been widely expected that job creation numbers would stall out at ,, after a disappointing May number. Why it matters: This is a significant rebound from the weak jobs report in May, calming concerns that the labor market -- the standout of the year U. It may, however, complicate financial markets' expectations of a series of interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve starting as soon as this month. May's numbers were weaker than initially thought at 72, from 75, So were April's, which were revised lower by 8, jobs.
Employment growth has averaged , per month so far this year -- a slower pace than the average monthly gains of , last year. One big bright spot: the manufacturing sector added 17, jobs in June after several months of cooling. But the industry has averaged 8, jobs per month -- a sharp drop from the average 22, jobs gained per month last year. There may be a downside, though. Trump wants the Fed to cut interest rates, or at least stop hiking them. There had been rumors and speculation that, after May's number, the Fed feared it was raising rates too aggressively and might cut them or at least freeze them.
But with June now showing good job growth, the Fed probably won't cut rates. It might take a pause in raising them, though, until it's clearer that we're growing or starting to fade. Hill Country is a DC fixture. It serves BBQ. It's pretty good. Though I've never had what many of you would call real barbecue.
But it's pretty good for non-real barbecue. As it's serving a city with a significant conservative-leaning population, and conservatives generally like barbecue more than liberals do, it would be a really bad business decision for the management to declare that no conservatives are allowed in the restaurant any longer. Yet I was told to leave, not the Nazi or his Nazi girlfriend. Guy wears MAGA hat at my favorite restaurant. Management tells me to leave, not woman who assaulted me. They support Trump and Nazis.
He's almost certainly plotting a third party run against Trump as an independent or Fake Libertarian. No Collusion, No Obstruction! Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser! Yes, Justin. Voters like the idea that the people who govern them are loyal to them. Nationalism is unpopular with elites because it involves such loyalty, and loyalty to one's own people limits one's options in ways that our governing class finds unacceptable. I don't think supporting the governing class here is either principled or libertarian. But here in America, people who hate America, who despise America, can get elected to public office.
Of course, Obama is the prime example, but it started way before. I remember back Hillary Clinton being interviewed back when her husband was president and she was asked whether she loved America. And she paused for a few seconds and then said, 'I love what America can become'.
She actually said that. I can only imagine the response I'd get if my wife came to me and asked me if I loved her and I said, 'Honey, I love what you can become. How else can that answer possibly be interpreted? Naturally, the interviewer didn't bother asking obvious follow-up questions such as 'what the hell is that supposed to mean? And this is what I've always liked about Trump, despite any misgivings I may have had about his liberal tendencies.
The Betsy Ross Flag, Explained:. Who Dis: click for bigger. For the 'Ettes: click for bigger. Wednesday's celebs: Hayley Atwell and Ewan McGregor , stars of 's Christopher Robin , a movie I saw over over the weekend, after which i realized it was pretty much a reworking of Mary Poppins. Friday Shoe Pr0n:. Meet the new news, same as the old news. Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July. Open thread, by the way.
Advertise Here! Donate to Ace of Spades HQ! Video of our super-smart Media Class below. And meanwhile Yes, they were asked to leave. Neither the barista nor the individual who lobbed the complaint has been identified. Starbucks is still collecting the details, though the Tempe Police Association came out swinging on social media--and rightfully so via Fox News : Some police officers in Tempe, Ariz.
Starbucks has now apologized, offering this release: Thank you, Chief Moir, for the conversation today. But that's totally not SJW, David. Well, per the example of John Dean -- apparently an infinite number. But that was before the bullshit apology. For people adept at perceiving micro-aggressions against the flag. I guess lighting the flag on fire is what this retard calls a "micro-aggression".
Do betas and omegas have rankings within their sad cohorts? I guess so. Lot of good "conserving" going on here from the Apple Genius Bar of "conservative" media. The point is, I'm on these cucks' side of the actual point. I've been convicted for journalism," Robinson told the Gateway Pundit.
Ezra Levant just did a report on this latest political prosecution. Continue reading Close it up. Billionaire investor Tom Steyer, who in the last decade has been both the top Democratic donor in the country and the prime engine for pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, appears ready to become Democratic candidate number Last week in San Francisco, Steyer told staffers at two progressive organizations he funds, Need to Impeach and NextGen America, that he is launching a campaign, and that he plans to make the formal announcement this Tuesday. I wonder if Swallowall dropped out because of this.
Eric Swalwell D-Calif. For years, rumors and allegations have been making the rounds about billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. According to these accusations -- leveled at him by women and girls who say they were his victims -- Epstein has been involved in sex trafficking, especially of minors. He also, his accusers say, has held young women and girls as personal sex slaves. Mad Magazine Essentially Fold-ing After 67 Years of Publication —Ace of Spades They will push out "new" issues of the magazine, but the issues will only contain reprints of old material, with new covers.
The Morning Rant —OregonMuse "Progressives have long ago hijacked the terminology of 'rights' that the writers of the Declaration of Independence used when they described 'certain inalienable rights' that every human being posesses just by being born a human being. Sefton Good morning kids. Healthcare: Joe Bidet sez bring back the individual mandate. Education: Teachers adding climate change indoctrination to curricula. Sefton at AM Comments. Happy Independence Day America.
Close it up. Let's pursue some happiness, shall we? Continue reading Familiar to us all are the words of Amendment II to our Bill of Rights: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Maybe this is something! Bear fightin' gun Again, I didn't think I would need the gun at all and it turns out I didn't, and at most I figured I might have to put a round in the dirt to get the bear's attention, but if I had to shoot the damn thing I figured bigger in the form of the.
That's it for this week - have you been to the range? Good Food is Good! Scott Adams errs badly about Antifa Luckily this rather able writer has fisked Adams and his idiocy, and goes much further into the ideas behind Antifa, and why it is absolutely not benign, but, as most of us knew very quickly, a significant danger to the concepts of free expression, free speech, and free association upon which our republic is based.
It was just young men finding an outlet for their natural craving for risk and a way to prove their manhood. Pounding on neo-Nazis in non-fatal ways, he explained, is a fun proving ground. Guns: "How do I love thee, let me count the ways" With apologies to Elizabeth Browning —CBD One reason of course is that with the ability to protect oneself, fewer things in the world are so terrifying that the safety of a tree is the only option.
Blog Note Sorry if this Sunday's book thread is a little light. HaggardHawks July 2, I never knew it had a name. Pic Note This is not a library so much as a living room with lots of books in it. Continue reading OK, which one of you 'ettes is this? Sounds interesting Posted by:.
Posted by: OregonMuse. Surprisingly well written, too. IOW, an apt paraphrase of the last 12 years. Perfect gift for the 4th! Posted by: ogmrobvious at June 30, PM zy1om This one must be out of print. British navy ships being retro-fitted with new hush-hush gear in Portsmouth are blowing up at sea, and Military Intelligence was asked to look in on it since the Navy was not finding any answers.
Tommy Hambledon, having returned to England from his overlong stay in Germany as a British spy in Germany during WWI and his rather confused experiences afterwards, is asked to go to Portsmouth, along with his current partner Bellair and his long time friend and batman, Alfred Reck, to find the saboteurs. Posted by: Kindltot at June 30, PM hSQmw There's not much I can add from the Amazon blurb to this review other than this book is available in hardcover , paperback , and mass market paperback editions.
This tightly-written British spy novel is a continuation of the Richard Hannay series, the first five books of which were written by John Buchan beginning with The Thirty-Nine Steps in It's a very good, short English spy novel. I'll be trying to find the first five in the series. June, Richard Hannay has returned. As German troops pour across France, the veteran soldier and adventurer Richard Hannay is called back into duty. Only Roland knows the secret of The 31 Kings, a secret upon which the future of Europe depends. Hannay is dispatched to Paris to find Roland before the Germans overrun the city.
On a hazardous journey across the battlefields of France, Hannay is joined by old friends and new allies as he confronts a ruthless foe who will stop at nothing to destroy him. More about the author of the original Hannay novels from Alberta Oil Peon: John Buchan, the author, was a very interesting guy in his own right. He was a personal friend of T. Lawrence, and a recurring character in the Hannay novels is based upon Lawrence. Buchan was a lord himself, and better-known as Lord Tweedsmuir. He served as Governor-General of Canada until his death in , and was the last one to have come from Britain.
And he was much beloved here, too, in his day. The offender: The guy whose life is just a mess. What to watch for: How he handles his career. At the very least, a dude needs to have a J-O-B that pays the bills. The offender: The guy who cares more about his job than you. What to watch for: His interest in balance. Like we said, a guy needs a job from which he draws income and some sense of self-worth. But taking that too far — by being a workaholic who always chooses to put work first — is not cool exceptions include: brain surgeons, astronauts currently on mission, and members of Seal Team 6.
If a guy wants to be with someone, he has to find time for them. You deserve proper attention. The offender: The guy who drinks way too much.
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What to watch for: Restraint. Drinking is fun. This sitch is going to get way ugly before it gets better, if ever. What to watch for: Momentum. Healthy relationships are always going somewhere: forward. When two people are really connecting, they move towards commitment, engagement, marriage or just towards building an ever more satisfying relationship and life together. As you get to know a guy, pay attention to whether that momentum is there. We all know that men have egos that require tending.