Oh, well now I’m convinced!

Jack Black thinks the Iran deal is great, so it must be! Unreal. The White House continues its trend of having know-nothing celebrities cheerlead for things they don’t understand in the hopes of convincing stupid people:

How embarrassing.

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Video of the Day

I think many animals, particularly monkeys/apes, understand more than we think they do. Check out this video of an orangutan kissing a woman’s pregnant belly through the glass. The couple explains:

“Me and my 37 week pregnant partner visited Colchester Zoo on 13/07/2015 and [were] amazed when we visited Rajang the Orangutan that very quickly become fixated with her belly as she is heavily pregnant… [B]efore long he was trying to kiss my partners belly through the glass. I put my belly [to] the glass and got a dirty look then when I placed my hand on [the glass] he [tried] to push my hand away… Truly a special animal that has touched our hearts.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Sweet. I’ll have a place to go when Trump Perots Hillary into the White House.

It’s just so awful being a woman in America. I can hardly stand it. Why does no one tell the world of our plight?

Lol. This is a sad, sad hill to die on, Trumpa Lumpas, but I’m done trying to talk you out of it. Go forth and lose.

The thought of Hillary Clinton in prison brings me indescribable delight. It won’t happen, of course, because Hillary could strangle a puppy on live TV and Dems would still back her.

It was only a matter of time before idiots started protesting “The Producers.”

Is this the worst idea ever? Holy shit. Anyone proposing to make the tax code even more complicated is for creating accidental lawbreakers, facilitating corruption, and sucking money out of the economy.

Blame the Jews!

Former Guantanamo prisoner and author of “Innocent at Guantanamo” arrested in Belgium for…you’ll never guess

Lulz. $15 minimum wage has made some Seattle workers ineligible for government benefits, so now they want their hours cut.

Jesus H. Christ

The controversy began on Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry told House lawmakers behind closed doors that he neither possessed nor had read a copy of two secret side deals between the IAEA and Iran, according to Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee who was inside the session. Congress hasn’t seen those side agreements either. “Kerry told me directly that he has not read the secret side deals,” Pompeo told us in an interview. “He told us the State Department does not have possession of these documents.”

Big gov & big biz sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, first comes love, then comes marriage…

Good article on Leroy Smith, the black SC officer who helped the distressed white supremacist.

Kids who start drinking and having sex at age 13 have problems later in life? WHOA. Thanks Science!

“It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife. That’s why Planned Parenthood’s apologists have fallen back on complaints about “deceptive editing” (though full videos were released in both cases), or else simply asked people to look away. And it’s why many of my colleagues in the press seem uncomfortable reporting on the actual content of the videos.”

Half of Cuba’s field hockey team just defected to the United States because Cuba is a wonderful paradise.

Wow. This is an incredible story.

When a woman in Charleston, West Virginia, opened her front door to greet a stranger she had arranged to meet through an escort ad she had placed with Backpage.com, she knew instantly she was in mortal danger. The man said just three words – “Live or die” – then held a gun to her stomach. That was the start of 10 minutes of unadulterated horror. The man grabbed the woman by the throat and dragged her around the house, until in a rush of pure adrenaline and an effort for self-preservation, she snatched up his gun and shot once, killing him.

From there the story of the woman’s encounter with a violent attacker gets stranger still. When homicide detectives from the Charleston police department began combing over the site on the day of the attack, 18 July, they were amazed by what they found. The slain attacker, Neal Falls, appeared at first sight to be unexceptional – a 45-year-old former security guard from Springfield, Oregon, who had no serious criminal record and only a few minor traffic infractions to his name. But then, investigators were puzzled to find that he had no money on him. Why would a man visit an escort for an appointment with no money on him? The trunk of Falls’ Subaru Forester car provided plenty of grisly clues to his intentions. It included an array of handcuffs, two axes, a machete, a bullet-proof vest and – the most disturbing items – a shovel and a bottle of bleach.

Police now believe that the woman, who has not been named to spare further trauma, not only saved her own life but may have prevented the deaths of countless other women in future. They are actively investigating the possibility that Falls could have been a serial killer who operated across several states.

I agree with every word of this. Spot on. Here’s an excerpt, but read the whole thing:

I agree Trump is ridiculous — but he is an illustration of a problem and not its cause. Trump is not the swamp: he is the creature emerging from it. For however ridiculous and appalling his candidacy may be, it is no worse and no more ridiculous and appalling than the whole pattern of American politics at this time. Is his candidacy more lunatic than the idea of a third President Bush or a second President Clinton? More despairing than the idea of an America so bereft of political talent that two families supply the major pool? Is he more manipulative than President “you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan” Obama? Is he less venal or arrogant than Hillary “it’s my server and it’s my State Department” Clinton?

Is his candidacy less perplexing than parts of the Democratic party’s fixations? Is it less lunatic that the spectacle of a former governor, Martin O’Malley — one of the few Democrats wandering the no-man’s land of opposition to the Hillary machine — apologizing, more than once, for asserting out loud that “all lives matter”? The Democrats have drilled so deep into the factionalism and demagoguery of identity politics — sexual and ethnic — that any appeal to universalism, any echo of the greatest phrase in the Declaration of Independence — “all men are created equal” — is now toxic? Donald Trump may be annoying, but he has said or done nothing that equals the fatuousness of a system in which the claim that all lives matter is seen as a troubling deviancy?

Is Trump less serious than trigger warnings? Is he less repellent than false and theatrical rape hoaxes that have beleaguered American campuses from Duke to Columbia? Less repellent than the supine American college administrations who bend with every breeze of the progressive mindset, and who supplant legal due process with their safe spaces and “victim”-buttressing hearings on campus misconduct? Is Trump less theatrical than a congresswoman who takes Emma Sulkowitz, who strolled around her campus with a mattress on her head (or in place of it) for a whole year as an “art project” following her highly dubious and most likely false accusation of rape, to the State of the Union? Is anything, so far, that Trump has said more obviously silly than the often seriously reported claim that American universities, the very Bethlehem cradles of progressive thought and practice, are hotbeds of a “rape culture?”

Whatever Trump has said on immigration is not more dismaying than the fact that the U.S. has for decades paid no respect to its own borders. A nation that does not respect its own territorial integrity, and protect the idea and status of citizenship as its first value, cannot expect others to respect it. It is not Trump who is the outrage. Rather it is the political class of both U.S. parties, which have for decades temporized, dodged, euphemized and evaded the question of the country’s sovereignty and the impact of illegal immigration on it.

Is anything Trump has said more staggering or depressing than the idea that in egalitarian America, a couple of small-time business owners can get fined $135,000 for not baking a cake?…More absurd than Fort Hood’s slaughter of 13 by a self-professed jihadi being labelled “workplace violence”?…Donald Trump and his campaign have a lot of catching up to do before he can be seen as more ridiculous, more frustrating, more crazy than the reality of American politics as it was before he entered it.

How embarrassing. How can Kirby stand up there and say that with a straight face?

Camille Paglia is my spirit animal.

“Nowhere else in the western world takes 39-week-old ‘fetuses,’ delivers them sufficiently to preserve the commercially valuable parts and then crushes the non-sellable parts in order to preserve a technical denial of infanticide. That is a uniquely American evil, and Americans should be utterly ashamed of it. American liberals ought to understand that in far more left-wing societies (Scandinavia, the Netherlands, France) they do not do this – because it’s not a left/right thing, it’s a good/bad thing

War is hell.

Fuck this scumbag. What a terrible person.

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Music Monday

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From a beautiful column by Karol Marcowicz – an American born in the Soviet Union – on her “Americaversary”: “Being proud of America is not about being proud of a president or Supreme Court decisions or whether our team beat their team. It’s about pride in participating in the greatest experiment in human freedom and liberty that the world has ever seen.”

This is going to be me someday.

“Those who continue to prop up this faltering carnival act based on the mistaken premise that it somehow advances conservatism are making a grave error. All that is being advanced are individual careers. The Americans who truly count on the conservative program to better their lives and right the course this country is on are those who will suffer the most if Trump is allowed to indelibly tarnish their movement.”

Disgusting. What the hell is wrong with these people? Defund this slaughterhouse. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for this. What a great country the Left has turned us into. A country where any taxpayer-subsidized ghoul can dream of selling enough dead baby parts to buy a Lamborghini.

Nothing will ever top the Moby Dick post, but this is my second favorite Clickhole post of all time. I wish it were real.

SMOD, what are you waiting for, buddy? End us now please.

These Donald Trump Insult Generators are great.

As I’ve been saying for weeks, this man is a fraud and if you’re a conservative who is supporting him you’re retarded.

This makes sense since he’s a Democrat who gives money to Hillary.

America to Europe: Lulz. You smell and you’re bankrupt.

New reason to hate Trump: He makes me like Lindsey Graham.

I need a cigarette after this epic Rick Wilson takedown of the Trumpkins.

I knew immediately it was a dude who did this. Immediately.

However much they paid you to write this article, it’s not enough to buy back your balls, bro. Good lord.

I hate how much I love to grill. It’s not that I’m inclined to vegetarianism or that I otherwise object to the practice itself. But I’m uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine. Looming over the coals, tongs in hand, I feel estranged from myself, recast in the role of suburban dad. At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era…when I’m grilling I worry that I’ve become something even worse. Am I shoving others out of the way because it makes me feel like a man? Have I become some sort of monster?

In case you needed another reason to love Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift may have inadvertently walked into a political maelstrom in China with merchandise soon to be on sale there displaying a potentially subversive message. The singer is launching her own Taylor Swift-branded clothing line next month, on the platforms of local e-commerce giants JD.com and the Alibaba group, with t-shirts, dresses and sweatshirts featuring the politically charged date 1989. The date – as well as being Swift’s year of birth – refers to her album and live tour of the same name, which she will perform in Shanghai in November. But the date – and the initials TS – are particularly sensitive in China, as they signify the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, when hundreds of students were killed in pro-democracy protests.

Trump’s gonna Perot Hillary right into that White House, baby, if it’s the last thing he does!

The fact that most Americans don’t care about this kind of abuse constantly happening lets me know for sure that we’re doomed.

An assistant district attorney in the state of Oklahoma lived rent-free in a house confiscated by local law enforcement under the practice of asset forfeiture. His office paid the utility bills. He remained there for five years, despite a court order to sell the house at auction. Another district attorney used $5,000 worth of confiscated funds to pay back his student loans.

Good column by Rich Lowry on the toxic worldview of Ta-Nehisi Coates.

It appears the U.S. government has been hacked and manipulated at a truly historic level under Obama. Absolute CI nightmare.

“The decision to go to war in Iraq was informed by poor intelligence, wrong-headed groupthink, and an unrealistic desire to change a dysfunctional Middle East in one bold stroke. As it happens, these are three main ingredients in Mr. Obama’s Iran deal.”

Damn right. USA! USA!

A man who doesn’t speak French has triumphed in the Francophone Scrabble Championship having apparently memorized the entire French Scrabble Dictionary in just a few weeks.

Meet the 96-year-old archer who won gold at the National Senior Games and has no plans to retire. Awesome.

Surprise! Assad hid part of his chemical weapons program to avoid destruction by inspectors. I hate being right all the time.

Awesome. Japanese women show up to tell the “offended” white women who shut down the Monet kimono event to STFU.

Did the world’s money laundering capital let a Kazakh KGB murderer buy Sherlock Holmes’s celebrated 221b Baker St?

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Florida NAACP chapter calls for removal of Confederate uniform from portrait of Robert E. Lee. Just the uniform.

Hopefully we’ll have a POTUS in 2016 who returns us to a strategic relationship with Israel, rather than just a transactional one.

“Anthrax Lab’s History of Fucking Around with Explosives”

Iran’s Attention-Span Advantage: Tehran’s goals haven’t changed in 36 years. US couldn’t even keep track of its own concessions.

Is “True Detective” the most libertarian show on TV? I know a lot of people don’t like this season, but I do.

Obama administration to stop Social Security recipients from buying guns if they can’t balance a checkbook.

Aaaand even more creepy government overreach from this horror show of an administration.

Let’s make more promises to the Syrian people that we’re not going to keep.

“Muhannad and Nasser are part of one of the greatest waves of people forced to leave their homes in human history.” Gripping story of two Syrian refugees traveling 1,500 miles to escape war and start a new life.

Hard to believe the Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program at the Salvador Allende medical school in Venezuela is failing. So weird.

Obama administration confirms Parchin military site left out of Iran deal, is in “secret” side deal with IAEA. Also the “24 day” deadline is bullshit. Sanctions are also being lifted on nuclear scientists.

Over 4,000 members of the Afghan Security Forces have been killed in the first six months of 2015.

Documents suggest remains in W.B. Yeats’s grave may not be his.

Global Village Idiot can’t quite figure out what Ayatollah Khamenei means when he says “Death to America.”

Man’s obsessive collecting of North Korea posters gets him arrested on suspicion of espionage.

Very sad. “Egypt’s New Drug Addiction”

He’s lying.

Shakespeare without words is self-evidently stupid, so naturally our government is spending our tax dollars on it.

Weasley Clark calls for rounding up disloyal/alienated Americans and putting them in camps.

Cuba is still a totalitarian hellhole run by a vicious thug, no matter what the West’s Castro apologists naively believe. All we’ve done by giving them en embassy is given a new spy base to an intelligence apparatus that has run rings around us for decades.

“Obama and his supporters might not get this, but it is within US national interests that Sunnis stop perceiving America as a nation that hates them and favors Iran. The longer such Sunni perception, real or imagined, persists, ISIS and Al-Qaeda will flourish and American security will be at risk.”

Proposed dishwasher regs: “so bad that they would cause consumers to re-wash dishes, erasing any efficiency gains.”

A real small government conservative who FIGHTS and TELLS THE TRUTH! LOL, what fucking fools you Trumpkins are.


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Incredible, yet not surprising. This is how Obama’s government works: massive fuck-ups, zero responsibility. This is what happens when you elect someone who has never run anything in his entire life.

A Pentagon report designed to explain how a military lab sent live anthrax to 86 locations worldwide could not find a “single root cause” for the worst biosafety mishap in decades. Nor does the report finger any individual or group for the blunder, The Daily Beast has learned.

You are literally the world’s worst negotiator, John. This isn’t something to brag about.

They’ll cave eventually.

Your monthly reminder that there’s a war happening in Europe.

“You lie!” 

Houthis pushed out of Aden as Saudi Arabia wins its first victory in Yemen (at unbelievable human cost…but it’s not Israel or America doing it, so who gives a shit, amirite Lefties?)

This is absolutely horrifying. Your must read of the day.

Like the good little fascist Lefties they are, Syriza is using the power of the state to crack down on media outlets committing Thought Crime.

Russia stole Crimea and will now use it to send energy to keep Assad’s murderous regime afloat, helping the Iranians maintain that vital link between Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon and the western corridor of Syria.


Never before have I actively wished someone would end up living in a box on the street, but this did it.

“What we have in the Iran deal is another instance of the ruling caste distorting reality to suit its ideological preferences. It is also the most dangerous instance. So much elite discourse resembles the game let’s pretend that it’s become difficult to restate what is true and what is false. Let’s act as if Iran negotiates in good faith, as if Greece can remain in the Euro, as if the Chinese have their economic situation under control, as if immigration policy had nothing to do with the murder of Kate Steinle, as if the Islamic State can be destroyed without major American involvement, as if you can promote racial antagonism and animosity toward police without an increase in crime and disorder, as if Hillary Clinton excites the Democratic Party, as if the Confederate flag was responsible for an act of racial terrorism in Charleston, as if we shouldn’t apply moral standards to Planned Parenthood’s traffic in fetal tissue, as if Caitlyn Jenner, peace be upon her, is more courageous than Lauren Hill or Noah Galloway. And let’s do all of this without considering the trade offs and missed opportunities, the externalities and sunk costs, of maintaining a culture grounded in wish fulfillment and infantilization. There is, after all, only so much self-delusion a society can take before it loses its mind. We are rapidly approaching that limit.”

As if we needed anymore proof that this is a terrible, insane deal.

Ron Paul expressed support for President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran in two interviews this week, saying in one that the agreement was “to the benefit of world peace.”

Allahpundit channels my rage well:

It turns out, notes Noah Rothman, that the agreement acknowledges that Iran’s parliament must ratify the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty authorizing nuke inspections within 90 days after the UN Security Council approves the deal. But it doesn’t say anything about the U.S. Congress, which has the right under federal law signed by Obama himself to vote on this deal and block it if it can muster 67 votes of disapproval in the Senate. Which, of course, is by design: By cutting Congress out of the agreement and running to the UN, Obama has heaped even more pressure on congressional Democrats not to defy him on this by making them guilty of breaching international law if they do. He’s crushed Congress at every turn — first in refusing to submit this deal to the Senate as a treaty, as the Constitution requires, then in negotiating that horrible deal with Bob Corker that would let the Senate effectively ratify the deal with just 34 votes, and now by ignoring Congress’s authority in the text of the final agreement itself and moving quickly to get this passed in the Security Council before Congress has even considered it. In a saner world, where the American public gave a wet fart about ridiculous power grabs by the executive, the House would be threatening him credibly with impeachment at this point. Instead they’re gearing up for another performance of failure theater, where the Senate pretends to try really hard to stop Obama and almost musters the votes needed to do so, but falls just a bit short. The whole thing is a simulacrum of democracy, designed to put Shiite fanatics on track to build a nuclear weapon in 10 years because rapprochement with Iran will look really cool on Obama’s and Kerry’s CVs.

If Planned Parenthood were being honest they would say this. But they can’t say it, because if they did, people might do some of that thinking that people typically don’t like doing.

Planned Parenthood, if they were being honest, would probably say something like this about their videos:

“Yes, babies’ bodies are torn apart in abortions. What were you morons expecting? Most of you want us to supply the conscience-easing, intellectual slop that these are just “clumps of cells,” and so we provide you morons with this obviously-dishonest claim. But if you idiots bothered to think about it, you’d realize that of course abortions result in torn apart bodies.

“But you don’t like thinking. You prefer someone else do your thinking for you, and then tell you what you think. Well, we’ve done that, and now you dare question the manner in which we’ve done that?

“The babies were ripped apart, obviously, and we spared you this truth, which you did not wish to confront; and now that we have dead baby organs on our hands, which are, sorry to discomfort you non-thinking two-legged animals again, valuable to biotech corporations, what should we do? Just burn them? Well, America is about making a buck, and we’re not making our salaries based on giving out free cancer screening, idiots.

“All of this would have been obvious to you if you just bothered to think about it, but you didn’t want to, so we protected you from ugly reality.

“You should be thanking us for trying to insulate you from the realities of the world, not questioning us as to why, in this instance, we failed to fully do so.”

So that’s their honest answer. But they can’t say that, because if they did, people might do some of that thinking that people typically don’t like doing. People hate thinking, but they may try it when all other options have been closed to them.

Assad is now dropping naval mines – designed to destroy warships – on cities like Aleppo.

Everyone laugh at this man, whose wife has convinced him that him changing diapers while she goes out and sleeps around is “feminism.”

As children were celebrating Eid, ISIS blows up an ice truck, killing 120, injuring 140.


Tanzania had lost two-thirds of its once mighty elephant population in just four years, as demand from China for their ivory tusks sent a highly-organised army of rifle and chainsaw-wielding criminals into its game reserves…“We recalculated about 1,000 times because we didn’t believe what we were seeing,” said Mr Frederick. In Selous and its surrounding ecosystem, the elephant population was the lowest since counts began, down from 109,000 in 1976 to 13,084 in 2013…In just one year, between 2013 and 2014, its elephant population plummeted by 60 per cent – around 1,000 elephants a month – to 8,200 elephants.

Postmodern Western society produces yet another angry, aimless loser.

US offers Israel “unprecedented” arms deal, Netanyahu asks why US thinks they need it since the Iran deal is supposed to bring peace and stability to the region.

Amazon Takes Down Historical Book On Confederate Flag Due To Confederate Flag On Cover

HBO’s new show “The Brink” is near perfect satire on this administration. This is pretty much straight out of the show.

“The story of a harried director trying to put on a production of King Lear and failing because his cast are sheep

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