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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Why Banning Abortion Will Save Millions More Lives Than Banning Guns
[The Federalist] Over the weekend there was a massive march in Washington and other cities to demand new laws, ostensibly on behalf of innocent lives being endangered. That sounds like another giant protest march that takes place once a year in Washington, except this one is being reported coast-to-coast, buoyed by celebrity endorsements, and hailed as the dawn of a revolution, rather than being studiously ignored or downplayed.

It should be obvious that I’m speaking of the March for Our Lives and the March for Life, two ostensibly similar marches advocating ostensibly similar views. Yet comparing the two positions reveals illuminating fundamental differences.

Of course the most obvious distinction is in the subject matter: one favors limiting or ending gun owners, the other limiting or ending abortion. Let’s consider the two subjects, for here the crux of the matter rests.

Gun rights deal with a person’s right to own a particular tool for a particular purpose. Put briefly, a gun is a weapon; weapons are used in fighting. People want to own guns so if they ever need to fight to defend themselves, their families, or their rights, they can do so effectively. There are obvious and legitimate reasons why they would want this, ranging from violent attackers to civil unrest.

But, although they have legitimate uses, guns by nature are open to abuse. They allow a person with evil intent to inflict more damage than he would otherwise. Gun-control advocates argue the potential for abuse is greater than the legitimate need for private firearms, at least with regards to certain weapons. In other words, gun control advocates wish to limit access to guns in order to limit their potential for abuse.

Abortion rights deal with a person’s right to do or have done a particular procedure. This procedure, by definition, destroys a human life: specifically the human life the people in question created by having intercourse, whether consensually or violently. They desire this because, to one degree or another, the life to be destroyed is unwanted or inconvenient and was not intended to be created.

Although the reasons for wishing to destroy this life may be understandable, abortion still destroys an innocent human life. Moreover, in most cases that innocent human life was created by other people voluntarily engaging in an act they knew could lead to this outcome. Pro-life advocates argue that deliberately killing an innocent human being simply cannot be justified, save in cases of direst need such as when the life of the mother is at stake.

In other words, pro-life advocates wish to forbid a particular action that, by definition, destroys a human life.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 06:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps "saving millions more lives" is not the actual goal ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 6:57 Comments || Top||

Jeffrey Epstein reportedly bankrolled by Ghislaine Maxwell's conman dad
[NYP] The mystery over Jeffrey Epstein’s millions may lie with the notorious conman father of his alleged sidekick Ghislaine Maxwell, according to a report.

Pedophile Epstein amassed a huge fortune with properties around the world, including his stunning Upper East Side mansion — yet no one has ever shown exactly how the shady moneyman made his millions.

Now an insider has provided lawyers sworn testimony saying Epstein was secretly bankrolled by his reputed ex’s dad, disgraced media baron Robert Maxwell, according to The Sun.

The UK newspaper owner had stolen hundreds of millions from his company’s pension funds before his mysterious death in 1991 when he was discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean after being on his yacht The Lady Ghislaine, named after his daughter.

It was soon after her father’s death that Ghislaine fled to the Big Apple and became closely tied to Epstein, leading to her arrest earlier this year for allegedly procuring girls for him.

The possible financial ties between Epstein and Maxwell’s dad were allegedly disclosed by model scout Jean-Luc Brunel from chats almost 20 years ago, The Sun said.

"Jean-Luc was telling [acquaintances] how Ghislaine’s father Robert Maxwell was one of the reasons why Jeffrey Epstein had money," one of the Frenchman’s former close associates told the UK paper.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 02:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Epstein was an American. The US Gov't, more precisely the IRS, knows all about this fellow's sources of income and wealth. My guess is the late Robert Maxwell may have been the original bag man, the cutout.

I'm delighted to see someone digging into Epstein's personal finances. Do I think it will go anywhere? No, the search likely dead-ends in McLean Virginia and Tel Aviv. We simply 'don't have a need to know.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 2:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Washington does not give up its secrets easily.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/14/2020 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Also MI6. Prob'y money from the Royals via Randy Andy as well
Posted by: Snakes McGurque5733 || 09/14/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  It reeks something awful.

There are also some dots connected with Bill Browder (of Magnitsky fame [ergo, buddy of McCain]) and Edmond Safra. Add Hermitage Capital to the mix, and you have a hmmmmmm.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#5  It might be interesting but not important at this point to look into Ghislaine's relationship with her father.
Posted by: gorb || 09/14/2020 12:41 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
VDH: Turkey vs. Greece – here's why this centuries-old rivalry matters now
[FOX] Almost daily, Greek and Turkish aircraft and ships fight mock battles over disputed oil and gas rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

Since the loss of much of the Christian Balkans to the Ottomans in the 15th century, Greece and what would later become modern Turkey have been rivals, outright enemies and often at war.

Mutual NATO membership and shared Cold War fears of Soviet Russia did not stop the two from almost going to war after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

Still, the current escalation seems weird. Most territorial claims and disputes over borders were settled almost a century ago, and the two countries have had mass population exchanges.

Why, then, does the divide still run so deep?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 08:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As occupiers the Turks did many evil things. Cyprus is an ever living nightmare to the Greeks. Now with gas and oil development Turkey will be as aggressive as China. The Greeks expect this and are preparing now. It will require a united front to have Turkey heel.
Posted by: Dale || 09/14/2020 11:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't the Greeks attack Turkey in the early 20th Century?

But centuries-old rivalry? That rivalry doesn't hold a candle to Ohio State-Michigan.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#3  ... or Boston & Montreal!
Posted by: Raj || 09/14/2020 14:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Duly noted, Raj!

I still shake my head when I think of "too many men on the ice"...1979.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 15:52 Comments || Top||

#5  The 19th and early 20th Century saw the dissolution of most of Turkey's, aka Ottoman Empire, European conquests. Turkey entered WW1 on the German-Austrian side which lost in 1918. The Greeks were dragged into the war by a British-French invasion. It was in that post war situation that things turned ugly again between the parties resulting in mass ethnic cleansing.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/14/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

#6  My Sister's first husband* told me about being in a Greek Inn drinking his morning coffee and hearing a proud Greek father coming in and ordering a round of drinks: "My son is a man today! He has killed his first Turk." (*He was Marine that was acting as a guide/interpreter for a NOAA group that was re-surveying geodetic markers back in the 60's...)
Posted by: magpie || 09/14/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

#7  /\...This was the Pre-GPS era and if you wanted accurate artillery you would need to base your position off of the nearest correct geodetic marker -- so the USMC had, as you say, an interest in helping NOAA check things out.
Posted by: magpie || 09/14/2020 16:25 Comments || Top||

#8  If the Turks make motions to seize Greek islands, the Greeks need to sink a couple Turkish warships to get serious about things. Do we have some Tomahawks and Harpoons and Mk48 we can loan them? Maybe let them rent an ol LA 688 boat to haul those around in, and get a crew in there to train them...
Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/14/2020 16:40 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
VDH: Biden, ‘The Great and Powerful'
[American Greatness] For now Joe Biden’s best hope is that some Emerald City media lackey does not play the role of the tiny dog Toto, rip away the curtain, and reveal the tiny man and his machinery behind the projection.

Media bias is not new.

In addition to the Russian collusion hoax and the phone-call impeachment farce, who can forget the marquee media toadies of JournoList and the release of John Podesta's email trove?

Or the moderator Donna Brazile's primary debate questions, leaked through CNN, or Candy Crowley's hijacking of a debate as moderator-turned-real-time-hack "fact-checker"?

Nothing then is new to the media's fusion and collusion with the "progressive party."

Yet never in American history have mainstream journalists not merely promoted a candidate but actively fused with his political candidacy to the point of warping, fabricating, and Trotskyizing the news and indeed history itself.

The trope of a vast charade to create an illusionary powerful figure out of nothing is an old one in fiction, Hollywood and television. We remember "The Great and Powerful" Wizard of Oz fakery, a formidable screen image created backstage by gears and levers operated by a tiny man "behind the curtain." Similar is the famous scene in an episode of the old Star Trek series, depicting a near comatose on-air John Gill used as a televised prop by his puppeteers, in a utopian federation project gone haywire.

But reality has outdone art with the Biden campaign. The concoction is holistic, from the mundane construction of a fantasy, on-the-go candidate to the supposed middle-of-the road old Joe Biden from Scranton radiating an aura of kindness and moderation in times of plague, panic, and protest.

For six months, Biden has run a Zoom campaign on the pretext of mandatory quarantines‐our current version of a 19th-century, stationary presidential candidate, who campaigned by spitting out wit and wisdom while immovable on his front porch.

Biden has conducted no free-wheeling, unscripted press conferences. He will not do extended one-on-one interviews with a disinterested journalist. He rarely will even try Trump-like cameo appearances on CNN or MSNBC to answer unscripted questions from supporters. His press events instead are Orwellian, requiring a media mass suspension of disbelief.

The questions are canned. They are submitted in advance by "journalists," whether formally or via electronic chatter. The inquiries are obsequious‐seldom a word about Hunter Biden, China, Biden's troubling racist remarks, his handsy past, his scary cognitive lapses, or his "contract" with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Instead the softball, known-in-advance inquiries are in spirit carried over from the Obama years, phrased in the manner of "Were you outraged enough by Trump's outrage?"

Biden's Oz functionaries seemingly are always experimenting with all sorts of screen props. The trick is to discover how best their challenged candidate can square the circle of completing sentences and remaining semi-coherent, while not giving away the game that his illusionists are feeding him answers to synthetic questions.

When asked point-blank on Fox News by Brett Baier whether Biden used a stealth teleprompter, his national press flak, T.J. Ducklo would not answer with a simple yes or no. Instead, he went on the attack, with the fossilized accusation that right-wing Fox News asks too many partisan questions.

So we were left with a de facto "yes": Biden does read off a stealthy teleprompter when answering canned press questions‐and gives the impression he does not.

But Biden, like the mirage of the Wizard of Oz, nonetheless can't always keep the curtain closed.

When he strains to see the teleprompter that sits just behind, and thus out of sight of, his camera lens, he slips and mutters "bring it closer"‐reminding any who watch, except the media that helps collude in these orchestrations, that the question asked is not a serious one, but a prompt to facilitate the proper nonspontaneous response.

Yet even then Biden cannot act out the part of the Star Trek federation's addled Gill without someone either giving him the prewritten answer on the teleprompter or writing it out for him in real-time. Sometimes if Biden is not reading a hidden teleprompter script, he looks down in panic for notes or his smartphone instructions in ways that only expose the sheer ridiculousness of this faux media-staged event.

Sometimes he shows off family pictures on screen that seemingly inadvertently reflect and expose the ghostly presence of a teleprompter's reflection in the background. On other occasions when speaking, Biden searches in vain for his "schedule" and asks handlers to fetch it, whatever that exactly means.

In a presidential campaign first, Biden even reads out the written directives of his controllers as if to say "I'm not really saying this myself, but so what?"

So not surprisingly, during one of these sessions, out came a reference to his script's talking point "topline" headings. When faking impromptu answers, Biden bumps into and voices his handlers' notation of "end of quotation."

Occasionally a "citizen" questioner sort of rebels from the media Borg and asks an unapproved question (e.g. "I'm just going to be honest Mr. Biden, I was told to go off this paper, but I can't. We need the truth and I am a part of the truth"). In reaction, Biden's handlers and fact-checkers rush to assure the public that the approved question was written by the questioner's sympathetic organization rather than from Team Biden itself‐as if we are supposed to believe the campaign had no idea what its own surrogates would ask.

Sometimes the effort is scary. When old photos reappear in a CNN puff piece about a younger Biden holding his young son at a long-ago Washington Redskins game, the team logo‐the now-politically incorrect Redskins logo‐is airbrushed from his son's stocking cap. And then presto, legions of "disinterested" "fact-checkers" in the media emerge to confess that Biden, not CNN, supplied the doctored image.

But, in turn, the Biden campaign assures the press that the doctoring was only for "copyright" reasons, as if candidates routinely photoshop out all the cap logos they wear. The impression is that Biden is terrified that his new leftist friends in the Ministry of Truth are combing his past and ordering embarrassing moments to go down the memory hole.

As a general rule, the Soviet-style apologia for the media-Biden fusion‐usually outsourced to a now utterly corrupt left-wing institution called "fact-checking"‐only solidifies the fact that the media and the Biden campaign are indistinguishable.

In Soviet times, one easily just assumed the opposite from Moscow's party-line efforts and, presto, stumbled onto the truth. In the case of Biden's optics and press conferences and appearances, we easily deduce that the downside of scripting and programming a compliant candidate far outweighs the existential risk of turning Biden loose to answer questions like a normal human being.

True, even before his cognitive decline, Biden was known in Washington as someone whose incoherent and impromptu loquaciousness usually embarrassed his friends more than hurt his enemies‐in addition to his long history of plagiarism and inflating his thin résumés with false data about his past.

But with the onset of his cognitive decline, Biden's own once-feeble social antennae are now more or less unplugged most of the day.

The result is that he has a creepy propensity to blurt out patently racist tropes as if the old inner Biden who talked of Obama as "clean" and the first "articulate" black presidential candidate, and pandered to his working-class Democratic supporters with references to the inner-city "jungle," is now free of his harnesses, bits, and halters.

For some time, Biden unchained has shouted about "you ain't black," and, earlier, his Corn Pop series of inflated tales as Biden, the white knight, equipped with a chain no less, protecting the inner city from itself.

Biden showed his tough-guy mettle with putdowns of a transitorily noncompliant black journalist and sneered that he is comparable to a "junkie" and drug addict. To a liberated Biden, blacks just don't think independently like Latinos.

Given all that, the decision of his campaign and their media stand-ins to reinsert Biden into his safe space, wheel him out for scripted occasions, and pray at least that he can follow either the teleprompter, his iPhone, or written notes in his lap, or remember his cues‐without including the prompts themselves‐seems understandable.

This was all known to Democratic primary voters who initially wanted little to do with Biden. The narratives advanced by primary rivals Kamala Harris and Corey Booker implied that he was either a virtual racist or cognitively challenged or both‐insinuations the left-wing media was willing to fuel, in the heydays of a preferable Berrnie Sanders, Elizbeth Warren, or Beto O'Rourke prairie fire candidacy.

All that media fantasy imploded when would-be savior Michael Bloomberg proved little more than a billionaire bore and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders cranky and shrill socialist septuagenarians with even scarier agendas.

So the lightweight Biden was reflated as a sort of centrist hot air balloon to be used to float the hard-Left basket carriage beneath across the election defining line.

But fusion/collusion is not just a matter of a Potemkin veneer. Biden's agenda is a fantasy creation. His role was to save the party from Sanders, win suburbanites, and pander to the party's socialist sympathizers of Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement. That is an impossible task because today's Democratic Party is a conglomeration of squabbling tribes and looney agendas.

Biden is now ordered to keep still on the issues of the day, because what he once said to get nominated and please the Left would lose him the election. He wants to defund the police, but not to defund the police. He wants to phase out fossil fuels and end fracking but not to end fracking in Electoral College-rich Pennsylvania.

The rioting, Biden insists, is due to police brutality but not due to it entirely. Trump's COVID policies killed thousands, but Biden's own bromides are either identical or would be less effective.

And on and on, as Biden is made to wink and nod to the Left that his only role is to get them elected before collapsing at the finishing line.

The media thinks this will work, and so owns the project. Biden will stay sequestered, visit a key state occasionally, pop out of the plane to say he is "barnstorming" Michigan or Wisconsin and then fly back into his Biden bunker for more Zoom puff interviews‐and hope progressive polls show that he can endure weekly bleeding until November 3.

Every four or five days the media will blast the airways with, "Trump is ripping out mailboxes," "Trump won't concede and will have to be forcibly removed," "Trump insulted our war dead as ‘losers' and ‘suckers' as he hid from the rain to keep his hair dry." Most recently Bob Woodward's book queued up for its turn of 72 hours of smears, right after gab-bag Jeffery Goldberg's anonymous sources faded out.

Will this joint project of progressive ideologues of the Democratic Party and the major media work?

So far the rope-a-dope has succeeded in slowing down somewhat the pace of the erosion of Biden's lead. And Biden as the tough-talking Wizard projection will continue until, when, or if the polls show an undeniable Trump surge ahead.

For now Biden's best hope is that some Emerald City media lackey does not play the role of the tiny dog Toto, rip away the curtain, and reveal the tiny man and his machinery behind the projection.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/14/2020 11:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

More voters classify 'Black Lives Matter' demonstrations as riots, not protests: Poll
[Washington Examiner] More voters consider Black Lives Matter demonstrations in three cities to be riots instead of protests, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday.

The poll found that 48% of likely voters viewed the demonstrations in New York, Portland, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, as riots, while 40% viewed the demonstrations as protests.

The poll also broke down views based on political affiliation, with 68% of Republicans calling the demonstrations riots. Only 30% of Democrats said the same.

Of the respondents, 39% blamed the violence on "left-wing radicals," while 33% blamed "right-wing radicals." Another 9% of respondents placed the blame on both sides.

The poll found that 52% of white voters called the demonstrations riots, but 62% of black voters and 48% of Hispanic voters viewed them as protests.

When it comes to bringing the country together, 54% of voters said they trust Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Only 40% said they trust President Trump to do the same.

The poll, conducted between Sept 7-10, randomly sampled 1,311 registered voters and 1,191 likely voters through phone and in-person interviews.

The three cities cited in the poll have become epicenters of unrest following the death of George Floyd in May.

Trump has denounced the riots repeatedly, including during the Republican National Convention when he said, "If the Democrat Party wants to stand with anarchists, agitators, rioters, looters, and flag burners, that is up to them. But I, as your president, will not be a part of it. The Republican Party will remain the voice of the patriotic heroes who keep America safe and salute the American flag."

Biden has also come out against violence, saying, "I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the Left or the Right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same."
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh yeah?

Wait until average citizen finds out BLM is involved with these west coast fires.

Then they look around at all the sportsball teams who have tattooed BLM on their foreheads.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/14/2020 17:24 Comments || Top||

#2  I've decided to vote in person vote this time around. Just because, you know.
Posted by: jpal || 09/14/2020 21:54 Comments || Top||

Conservatives' Crushing Counterattack In the Culture War
Kurt at TownHall
You know, I am still not tired of all the winning. Imagine having a Republican president conserva-woke enough to issue an executive order banning the poisonous lies of critical race theory from being inflicted upon our federal workforce. Well, we do have a president fearless enough to fight back, boldly and publicly, against the noxious propaganda of the academic left we taxpayers have been shelling out millions to pay commie consultants for. And he did it in the face of the utterly predictable narrative that "Trump is racist for prohibiting indoctrinating government employees with the idea that people are good or bad based on their race!"

Do you think a Jeb!, or a Mitt! or even a Nikki! would dare stand up to that kind of heat? No, they’d be kneeling, begging for absolution from the NYT and WaPo for the sins of the GOP base not wanting to pay moral and/or financial reparations for slaves they never owned to people who were never owned.

Thanks to Donald Trump, the culture war is back on and instead of General McClellan we have General Patton, and he’s up to RINO-slap a squish.

The culture war is that thing the "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" smart set of spineless Fredocons, who are all in on the "socially liberal" part but never get around to the "fiscally conservative" part, have told us for decades is a sure loser. Now, normally one should defer to the Fredocons on losing since they are the indisputable experts, but the fact that for decades the GOP establishment refused to fight about things that our base was concerned with led to a society where people tell you their pronouns and insist dudes can get preggers. Fiscal and foreign policy stuff is important, but when some dude dangles his doings in your daughter’s locker room because now he insists that he is no longer Charlie but is, instead, Charlotte, that’s a problem. And the geniuses kept telling us "Hush, knuckledraggers, we’re too busy trying to ship your job to China because Milton Freidman told us to and we don’t have time to icky fights over the things you care about that might get us called hayseeds at the next Georgetown mixer."

All this garbage the left has pushed on us — from racial self-loathing to gender idiocy to killing babies — has catastrophic real-world consequences on real people and the people who presumed to lead us didn’t want to risk the kool kidz of kultur wagging their collective fingers at them. Trump not only cares but counterattacks.

That’s why the executive order getting the government out of the racial grievance business is so important. Finally, we are able to exercise our brand of power — political power, since we control the executive branch — to push back against the unaccountable and totally left cultural power of the establishment. And it’s not only the president.

...And then there was the reaction to the despicable Netflix Cuties film, a child molester’s fantasia that disgusted the nation. Look, far be it from me to stop the blue bubble-dwelling cultural elite from selecting "You dumb Jesus people don’t appreciate why pedophilia is no big deal" as their hill to die on. As long as they die on some hill I’m not too picky about which one, but if they want to choose the one that’s even going to creep out a lot of the Democrat Party’s voters, go for it.

The simple and indisputable fact is that within the liberal bubble there is not only huge pressure, but an ideological need, to defend any perversion that comes along. The logic of the liberal ideology makes it impossible to say "No" — if you can’t tell a dude who is manifestly a dude that "Sorry, but you are a dude," you are probably going to have a hard time coming up with a consistent reason why it’s bad for an adult to have sex with a 14-year-old. And, at least in California, the Democrat governor just signed a bill to substantially cut the penalties for a 24-year-old to have sex — of any kind — with someone 10 years younger. Sick.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 04:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Arson. Cop-killers. Race war. Pedophilia.

And you thought "acid, amnesty and abortion" was a winning platform
Posted by: Hupalet Phomogum4698 || 09/14/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Right-wing extremism, white supremacists rank as the top terrorist threats
[AP via St. Louis Post Dispatch] A draft report from the Department of Homeland Security, assessing the most dangerous terrorist threat facing the U.S. today, concludes that it isn’t Muslim radicals from foreign lands or the left-wing antifa crowd — it’s domestic right-wing radicalism driven by white supremacists. Anyone who is surprised by this should spend less time listening to Trumpist propaganda and more time reviewing America’s long history of racist terrorism.

There are indications the Trump administration might be trying to skew the message from this report for political purposes, as it has done before with all sorts of data. Politico obtained three drafts of the yet-unreleased report and found that the first draft described the threat of white-supremacist terrorism in more specific language than the two subsequent drafts, which downplayed the racist aspect and described the domestic terrorism threat in more generic terms.

In any case, all three drafts conclude that right-wing extremism is the greatest terrorism danger in America today. "Foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for Homeland attacks but probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year," all three drafts conclude. Together, they warn that "violent extremists almost certainly will continue their efforts to exploit public fears associated with COVID-19 and social grievances driving lawful protests to incite violence, intimidate targets, and promote their violent extremist ideologies."
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 06:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  AP via St. Louis Post Dispatch? Oh well, in that case.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 6:28 Comments || Top||

#2  and Politico
Posted by: Frank G || 09/14/2020 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Just do a literal head count.

Number of blacks killed by white supremacists vs the number of blacks killed by other blacks.

Now, where is the real threat? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/14/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Much like the Russia narrative. They just can't let go.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 7:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Sure it’s not the B 🐝 ??
Posted by: Mad Eye Angonter1301 || 09/14/2020 7:40 Comments || Top||

#6  They sure do have a funny way of spelling BLM and Antifa.
Posted by: Raj || 09/14/2020 8:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Nothing about the Deep State/Dem threats?
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/14/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

#8  They really should drug test their analysts.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/14/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#9  ...or maybe a reaction to all those pale faces in the BLM riots, looting, and burnings?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/14/2020 15:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Lets do the math: how many violent white supremacist riots have there been? How many causalities wounded or injured? How much public damage? How many police officers injured? Killed? How many trheats to "kill the police"? How many attempts to injure or assault sitting members of Congress?

OK. Now do Antifa/BLM.

There's your threat. Fucking idiots. Disband DHS if this is the kind of politically spun work they do instead of actually finding the real threats.
Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/14/2020 16:50 Comments || Top||

#11  So saying wearing a mask gives people Yoda ears is the same as attempting to ignite the natural gas lines of an apartment building?

Suppose writers have to include Bugaloo every time a mystery fire erupts in the mountains of Oregon?

Or have groups of violent blacks chanting Kill Whitey finally initiate a response, and the response must be suppressed?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/14/2020 17:47 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Lack of this one vitamin raises COVID-19 infection risk by 77%
[JAMA via WND] A lack of Vitamin D increases the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 by 77%, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found.

"Given that vitamin D deficiency is common, supplementation of vitamin D intake might reduce the likelihood of developing COVID-19," Dr. David O. Meltzer, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, told UPI.

He and his researchers found that 22% of the test subjects who had a deficiency of Vitamin D contracted COVID-19. But of the 60% with adequate vitamin D levels, just 12% were infected, UPI reported.

"There is prior evidence from multiple sources that vitamin D can enhance both innate and adaptive immunity," Metzger said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 02:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Make sure to take that vitamin D3 with vitamin K2(MK7). One of vitamin D3's jobs is to get Calcium from the gut into the bloodstream, and K2 gets it into your bones and other places it belongs instead of plating out in your blood vessels and joint tissues.

Got low back pain. And walk stiff? Could be vitamin D3 deficiency.

I need about 5,000 IU D3 daily to keep my levels where they belong given the conditions where I live.

Darker skin requires more vitamin D supplementation than lighter.

And I hear vitamin D3 is more of a hormone than a vitamin.
Posted by: gorb || 09/14/2020 3:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Still looking for a magic bullet, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 3:47 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ Please refresh my failing memory. Wat was your plan again ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 6:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Control, lockdown, die in the dark?
Posted by: Frank G || 09/14/2020 6:42 Comments || Top||

#5  "With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 7:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Quoting Kipling is not a plan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Cheap and easy. What’s not to like about Vit D?
Posted by: Mad Eye Angonter1301 || 09/14/2020 7:42 Comments || Top||

#9  #6 It's a comment on certain types of mentalities.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 09/14/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Good nutrition is not a magic bullet, and neither is wearing a mask in crowded spaces, but both seem like good ideas at the present time.
Posted by: AuburnTom || 09/14/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Selenium? Zinc? Helloooooo!
Posted by: Raj || 09/14/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#12  Selenium? Zinc? Helloooooo!
Posted by: Raj || 09/14/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#13  Damn - freakin' slowest selection of mouse speed available under Win10 and I'm still getting these double clicks; sorry, mods.
Posted by: Raj || 09/14/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#14  Oh - and thanks for the tip, Gorb - gonna get some of that later on today.
Posted by: Raj || 09/14/2020 11:04 Comments || Top||

#15  #10 Yes, Mr Auburn. But, before you accept the idea of VitD as useful against covid, I suggest you google
(a) Mediterranean Diet & vitamin D.
(b) Look up Covid stats in Italy, Spain, and Portugal (the stats from the other side of Mediterranean are, IMO, unreliable).

p.s. USA foods are fortified with Vitamin D. So, consult your family physician before taking it as a supplement - because it's toxic in high concentration.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 11:08 Comments || Top||

#16  And don't they get lots and lots of sunshine in Italy, Spain, and Portugal?

Been taking Vitamin D supplements for some years now...blood work comes back with normal levels.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#17  And speaking of magic bullets. How come Brasil - where they eat HCQ as candy - has such bad covid stats?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#18  Demographics?
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#19  @ #1 - Interesting, gorb...never heard of the K2(MK7) connection. Thanks for that...worth looking into.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#20  ^Meaning what: too many old people? Too many poor people?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#21  Black people. We heard about it ad nauseam here in the US.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#22  #21
Africa: 113 cases/million, 27 deaths/million
Brasil: 20,343 cases/million, 619 deaths/million
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#23  Ah, so it IS the Vitamin D from all that African sunshine.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:43 Comments || Top||

#24  Go howl
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#25  27/113 = 24% (Africa) (Bill Gates)
619/20343 = 3% (Brazil) (HCQ)
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#26  There are many studies showing the benefits of Vitamin D, but as far as I know none of them have been able to replicate the benefits with Vitamin D supplements. In other words, you need to get it the old fashioned way to see any results.
Posted by: Iblis || 09/14/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#27  In the end, nothing beats a balanced diet, fresh air, and some exercise.
Posted by: Clem || 09/14/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#28  Tostadas tonight before dark.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 09/14/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

#29  #7 Haredi sector chose way of life over sanctity of life
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/14/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#30  Oh - and thanks for the tip, Gorb - gonna get some of that later on today.

No problem. And Zinc should be paired with the right amount of copper, not too much, not too little.

Selenium is good. We eat a few Brazil nuts each day.

Vitamins C and E help, the complete vitamins in both cases, not the hollowed out ones that you'll typically find on a drugstore shelf.

And it has been said that if your vitamin D levels are low then supplementation doesn't help some conditions because it may indicate a deeper problem. Maybe.

All part of what needs to be done to get your immune system into a state where it has the resources it needs to react appropriately, and not go flying off the handle and end up hurting itself because it is out of balance.
Posted by: gorb || 09/14/2020 12:38 Comments || Top||

#31  Always remember, correlation is NOT causation.

C, D, and E are all metabolically linked, and magnesium, selenium, and zinc are also in the metabolic chain. Best way is to get those is via food sources, not in a pill. But if you do not, then pills are a fallback.

But also remember that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Eat right.

Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/14/2020 16:59 Comments || Top||

#32  Medical word of caution: If you are on blood thinners, or have clotting issues, talk to your physician before taking any Vitamin K supplement, as well as eating greens and things that contain it. You could be putting yourself at higher risk for strokes, pulmonary embolism, and/or heart attacks.
Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/14/2020 17:01 Comments || Top||

#33  How bout I just lick a penny.
Posted by: Slappy || 09/14/2020 18:36 Comments || Top||

#34  5000 IU per day of D is good

but some people go crazy

50,000 IU per day of D will give you a toxicity problem in a month or two
Posted by: lord garth || 09/14/2020 19:31 Comments || Top||

#35  How bout I just lick a penny.

That should be fine for most. For those who are severely deficienct they might try suppository form. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 09/14/2020 20:16 Comments || Top||

#36  Hence, the coin shortage
Posted by: Frank G || 09/14/2020 20:53 Comments || Top||

#37  Vitamin D is produced in the body as a reaction to sunlight isn't it?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/14/2020 21:10 Comments || Top||

#38  If you get enough sun exposure. In my lifetime, growing up older in San Diego, I've had too much
Posted by: Frank G || 09/14/2020 21:35 Comments || Top||

#39  Vitamin D is produced in the body as a reaction to sunlight isn't it?

Yes, by metabolizing cholesterol, as I recall. Twenty minutes of direct sunlight exposure of bare arms and legs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the summer should do the trick. Longer during the other three seasons, longer outside that 10-2 bracket, presumably shorter for you gentlemen wearing only a Speedo.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/14/2020 22:34 Comments || Top||

#40  Jaw drop. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 09/14/2020 22:50 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
Academy Strips 'Schindler's List' Of Best Picture Award Due To Lack Of Diversity
[Babylon Bee] BEVERLY HILLS, CA—The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has stripped Schindler's List of its Best Motion Picture award for not having enough LGBTQ+ characters, people of color, and other oppressed groups.

"Schindler's List would have been a great movie if it just had a dozen transgendered characters," said Le'Jon de Froofroo, spokesperson for the Academy. "As it is, there are just a bunch of Jews and Germans -- very privileged races."

"Also, the movie has Nazis -- this is the current year, for goodness' sake!"

Steven Spielberg has been ordered by the Academy to re-release the film with an unnecessary LGBTQ+ side plot, a gay roommate for Schindler, and a song and dance number set to a Lady Gaga song over the end credits if he wishes to re-earn the Academy Award. Otherwise, it will be re-awarded to Brokeback Mountain.

This is just the first Oscar winner to be stripped of its award, as the Academy has plans to strip the award from over 95% of the winners and give them all to Brokeback Mountain.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/14/2020 06:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My first thought was "What the hell?" I got tagged by the BB.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/14/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Same for me. Sad when the ridiculous sounds normal
Posted by: Warthog || 09/14/2020 9:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I hope they kept this story on file. So they can re-use it on 'not Bee' soon.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/14/2020 9:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Add me to the "Down a Buck Club;" thought my BB filter was pretty good, going to have to send it to the shop I guess, for a little work.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 09/14/2020 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Anyone who has seen the list of diverstiy requirements to win Best Picture should get a pass on this one.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/14/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Fuc&ers. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 09/14/2020 12:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Yes, my first thought was "too close to call" on Bee / Not-Bee.
Posted by: magpie || 09/14/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||

#8  Brutal. Not ashamed to say I got it but for a coin flip.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/14/2020 16:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Uff....close call
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/14/2020 17:16 Comments || Top||

#10  I clicked because it sounded all too plausible with Hollyweird. BB never occurred to me.
Posted by: Barbara || 09/14/2020 17:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Bee has been tough after they hired on Carnac the Magnificent.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/14/2020 18:02 Comments || Top||

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