Monday, September 19, 2016

Colin Kaepernick: You Have the Right to Remain Silent

A couple last points on the Kaepernick Kerfluffle before we relegate him and the NFL to the status of Hula Hoops, Lawn Darts and Pet Rocks in the ash heap of faddish entertainment.

For starters, it seems as though the knee jerk reaction of most of Kaepernick's defenders, was to make the straw man argument that he has the right of free speech in this country. This is most notable as an argument in search of a problem, since I have seen no one saying he did not. Examining his Seat Splinter Spectacular as a free speech issue, we note in passing the words of my dear sainted mother:
"There's a time and a place for everything!"
Location, location, location

We'll start with the old bromide about crowded theaters. You can't yell "Fire!" there. Well, actually you can, there are just certain consequences attached to it. If you falsely yell "Fire!" and someone is trampled to death in a stampede for the exits, you may spend the rest of your life shouting whatever you want in the Gray Bar Hotel. Or, you could go home, lock yourself in a bathroom and yell "Fire!" as much as you like, so long as it doesn't bother the neighbors, or the people you live with don't have you committed. (Admit It, Dude! That's pretty crazy!) Maybe you could try going into a crowded theater and shouting something innocuous like "Snickerdoodle!"? It won't get you arrested, but an usher may escort you from the building.

What have we learned so far? Yelling "Fire!" in your bathroom = free speech, in a theater = no free speech, and yelling anythiing at all in a theater could bring about unpleasant consequences.

Now if I felt really strong about this, I might take a couple of my redneck friends, we'll call them "Cletus" and "Chauncey", (we kinda have to, because those are their names!), and we'll wave signs and shout and stage a protest on the sidewalk in front of Kaepernick's house. Sidewalk protest = free speech. But then, if we take a walk up the driveway and say the exact same things, waving the same signs on his front porch...that's criminal trespass. Not free speech.

Speaking of "waves" if you do the wave in Arrowhead Stadium, you might get on the Jumbotron. If you try to start the wave at your local Presbyterian church, you may be in for a rude awakening. (But at least they'll pray for your soul!)

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

…maybe we’ll be entwined...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Alabama Crimson Tide (No.1) Vs Ole Miss Rebels (No. 19)

Order shall be restored today.  Count on it.  Alabama takes the field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium against the Ole Miss Rebels in what amounts to a reckoning.

Ole Miss fans will lock arms before kickoff and sway to the public address system blasting Led Zeppelin’s ominous Kashmir as their team runs onto the field.  They believe “locking up the Vaught” intimidates their opponent.

News flash folks.  It ain’t-a-gonna work today.  Not against the boys from Tuscaloosa.  The Tide may have been a little too hyped last year, but this time around they are MOVITATED—perfect fodder for revenge.  No team, and I mean no team, has beaten Bama three straight times in the Saban era.  The Rebs’ streak ends today.

Don’t believe me?  Last week offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin literally got an ass-chewing from Coach Saban when a fumble led to a Western Kentucky touchdown.  That ass-chewing was coach’s way of putting his game face on early for Ole Miss.

Alabama leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 51-10-2.

And since no football post would be complete without some gorgeous cheerleaders, we present:

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Little Blackmail Lasts Forever

PJ Media has learned from multiple sources that the House and Senate Intelligence Committees may have access to the contents of an Eastern European computer, potentially Russian, and that hackers may have exfiltrated Hillary Clinton's and Sidney Blumenthal's unsecured files by first hacking Marcel Lazar Lehel AKA Guccifer.

One or more American whistleblowers recently informed the Intelligence Committees that the files taken by the unknown hackers are available at specific locations in the Deep Web.

A congressional source who is familiar with the information says these documents are being called for now "the Russian files."  Getting them did not involve hacking Russians or anyone else, but rather locating the images that the files left behind while the unknown hackers moved them through the Deep Web.  When Clinton associates thought they were deleting her files, they may not have realized that files leave images even in the Deep Web when moved by hackers.

A preliminary review of the files indicated that they contain unclassified as well as potentially classified information, including one document relating to Benghazi that probably should have been highly classified and comes from one of Hillary Clinton's private computers.

Congress has learned that the FBI knew about the foreign exfiltration of that document from Clinton's server weeks before Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her use of private email.  Comey testified to Congress that Guccifer denied hacking Clinton and that Clinton was "probably" hacked, but did not allude to having received any information that she was hacked.

"With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton's personal e-mail domain in its various configuration since 2009 was hacked successfully. But given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence," said Comey.

A congressional source who has met with a whistleblower commented that "even a Hillary supporter should want the public to know what foreigners took from her private servers, especially if it is damaging to her.  Otherwise the candidate could be blackmailed by a foreign power."


Hillary's Health is Off the Chart!

I mean, literally off the chart! As in, there was no chart! Just a couple of points about Hillary dropping like her trustworthiness numbers and the cover up which followed.

As the NY Post notes:
Secret Service protocol called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be rushed to a state-designated Level I Trauma Center in the wake of her Sunday morning health crisis, sources said. In Manhattan, that would be Bellevue Hospital.

But a campaign operative decided to change course to avoid having Clinton seen by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who could leak details to reporters, according to a source.

In addition, Clinton’s van was supposed to be escorted by an NYPD detail, but the Secret Service whisked her away from Ground Zero before cops could accompany her...
Secret Service protocol says take her to a hospital. A "campaign operative" (not Hillary. God knows if she was even conscious at this point) says take her to a private residence. Now, for all we know they could have just given her a Gatorade and a couple of Tylenol® and she was fit as a fiddle! But then, that's the point isn't it? We don't know. Had she been taken to an ER, there would have been a record of whatever treatment she received. A record, by law, not subject to deletion or BleachBit, but to HIPAA.

Instead they ditched their police escort, violated Secret Service protocol and whisked her away from the prying eyes of press scrutiny and medical professionals for 90 minutes. Afterwards, she appeared, fresh as a daisy,  Clinton's patented: NothingToSeeHere™.

Lately, I've been hearing a new talking point, that George H. W. Bush was sick and threw up over the shoes of the Japanese Prime Minister and Hillary got sick, so...people get sick! No big deal!

Aside from the fact they had to go back 24 years to dust off this chestnut, a couple of notable differences: one, with Bush 41, the incident was completely isolated. no coughing fits prior, no inability to climb a flight of stairs by himself. Nothing before or after. Hillary has been observed in a number of instances lately which could bring her health into question. (Irony alert: George H. W. Bush stepped out of an airplane on his 90th birthday. Hillary has trouble stepping off a curb!) 

Two, Bush did not offer three or more explanations of how it happened, didn't deny that it happened, didn't disappear into a private residence and appear 90 minutes later pretending it never happened! He would have only done that if he had something to hide. 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Subtle Message? Do Go On Jake.

Granny Clinton emerged from her sick bed today after her “collapse” which forced her to leave a 9/11 memorial event in New York City.  She attended a campaign rally in Greensboro, NC.

After finishing her speech, the Clinton campaign played James Brown’s classic “I Feel Good” instead of her sickeningly overplayed “Fight Song”.   

CNN’s Jake Tapper noticed the change as well noting, “You can hear the subtle message there from her campaign.”

Granny’s campaign is in the dumper.  Their message is no longer theirs to control and they know it.
The original video, posted by apparent passer-by Zdenek Gazda, went viral earlier in the day as it was the only source of proof of what happened to Clinton.

While the AP may not have express distribution rights, nothing stops them from tweeting a link to the amateur video—except maybe bias or an effort to limit the damage to Granny’s presidential ambitions.

Note the time when the AP deleted the video—11:46 PM the same day the video was taken.

The video gained real exposure on Twitter, but first appeared on Gazda’s Facebook timeline at 9:32 AM ET.  Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal broke the news of Clinton’s ill health on Twitter at 9:37 AM.

As Levanthal’s tweet circulated members of Clinton’s press pool noticed her absence and speculated about her whereabouts. At 10:04 AM ET, NBC’s Monica Alba, tweeted that Clinton had left the event about 30 minutes before, just around the time Gazda first posted his video to Facebook.

It wasn’t until 11:31 AM ET that the now famous video made its way to Twitter where it was retweeted over 37,000 times.

Gazda didn’t have an audience of his own, but other people with bigger numbers of followers discovered the video and retweeted it. According to Sysomos, one of the first accounts to give it the biggest bump was @WHPressCorps, which has about 59,000 followers, including plenty of mainstream journalists. 

Google searches for “Hillary Clinton collapsing” spiked after 11 AM ET.  Searches for “Hillary Clinton 9/11” also peaked around that time.  The situation had already spiraled out of the control.  Within 12 hours of the video spiking on social media, cable and broadcast news, someone pressured persuaded the AP to take the video down.

Desperate to change the optics for Granny, her handlers decided that James Brown’s “I Feel Good” would be just what the doctor ordered as she returned to the campaign trail.  Mind you she was dressed in a long-sleeved, thick material pantsuit for a temperature of 86°F in Greensboro.  Hardly a wise decision for someone who easily gets “overheated”. 

She’s got to show stamina, vigor and endurance every single day from now until Election Day.  Her honest and trustworthy ratings are a dumpster fire for which no counter-strategy can combat the revelations from the hacked emails of former Secretary of State Colin Powell who noted, “Hillary has not been covering herself with glory. For good reason she comes across as sleazy.”

Her health is now a bona fide concern.  Blasting “I Feel Good” over a gymnasium’s speakers isn’t going to convince anyone.  You want to convince me?  Do like the “Godfather of Soul”.  Get on the good foot and give us your best “Funky Chicken”.

Oh, and one more thing…Granny’s people might want to rethink the James Brown connection.  The first female nominee for president shouldn’t be touting an artist who recorded a song titled “It’s A Man’s World.”  Hee hee.

UPDATE:  The Gazda video is still on Twitter and can easily be found elsewhere on the Internet including on YouTube™.  The man who shot the video on his iPhone merely wanted to profit from its licensing.


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