Moving the Russian Goalposts Redux

Some miscellaneous thoughts following my last post on the Case of the Mysteriously Mobile Russian Goalposts.


Priceless quote from the Carlos Slim blog, I mean the New York Times:

It is unclear whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the promised compromising information about Mrs. Clinton.

No kidding. LOL. This is like the hundred and twelfth paragraph, after they’ve spent the first hundred and eleven paragraphs trying to get their readers all riled up over this “story.”


In fact it’s not “unclear.” If the Trump campaign had learned any “compromising information about Mrs. Clinton” and used it against Clinton during the election season, the media would have provided a link to such a Trump speech or tweet by now. So Trump Jr. received no such information. But the leftist media (pardon the redundancy) is trying to suggest that he did. And the narrative is:

“Russia helped American voters to be more informed before voting!

And that’s horrible!”

At first I was going to say that this illustrates how intellectually dishonest the Left is. But then it occurred to me that there’s another possibility: Maybe they really do think it’s horrible for voters to be informed before voting. After all, it’s the left, for whom informed voters are a catastrophe.


Hillary! tried to get dirt on Trump via Russia, LOL:

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/10/forgetting-the-dirty-dossier-on-trump/


Question:
If an American campaign hearing facts from a Russian would have been treasonous foreign influence on our elections (WTF?) then what is encouraging illegals to actually vote in US elections?

Here’s a video of Obama encouraging illegals to vote. He tells some self-righteous little asshole, who admits that she’s an illegal, “When you vote, then you are a citizen.”

God, that man is evil.


And what was this non-existent info allegedly about? Check out this buried nuclear bomb from the above-linked NYT article:

“After pleasantries were exchanged,” he [Trump Jr.] said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton.”

Holy shit! The promised info was that the Clinton campaign, or at least the Democratic party, was being funded by Russia! Now that would be undue foreign influence!

The Left is saying, “A Dem candidate being funded by Russia would be no big deal, but if the GOP candidate learned about this from a Russian and exposed it, THAT would be a big deal.” How DARE you expose Hillary’s funding from Russia!

(NeverTrumper Megan McArdle: “People who love their country do not help rival powers intervene in their country’s elections, even if that intervention might have the lovely side effect of getting them elected.” Heh heh. Where “intervene in” means, “expose intervention in.”)

Or to put it even more tersely, “If we call out foreign contacts we’re being patriotic; if Trump had called out foreign contacts that not only wouldn’t be patriotic; it would be treasonous.”

This exemplifies what some of us mean when we say the Left has gone crazy.

Now. Based on all this we may make a confident prediction about how the Old Media will try to develop this story: They will continue to say, “It is unclear whether there was actually any compromising information about Clinton.” They HAVE to say this. Why? Because if they admit there was no information produced, the story goes away. But if they say there was information, they have to state what it was: And what it was, according to Veselnitskaya, was proof that the Clinton campaign was being funded by the Russian government.

So if they want to damage Trump, they have to leave the whole thing in a gray area, so they can keep saying, “There may have been some dirt on Clinton” …while hoping no one inquires too closely what that possible dirt would have been.


There’s something else remarkable: The brazen, in-your-face dishonesty of the Times. (Well, okay, NYT dishonesty hasn’t been remarkable for decades.) Bear with me through an extended quote here; there’s a reason for it:

When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.

But on Sunday, presented with The Times’s findings, he offered a new account. In a statement, he said he had met with the Russian lawyer… “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers… “It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Mr. Trump said.

In other words, he did not change his account of what happened. First he said it was primarily about adoptions, and then he again said it was primarily about adoptions.

The NYT, having presented its readers with the same account, then just brazenly says it was a different account.

This is something new. This is, “Here is what he said, plainly the same thing both times, and we are simply going to assert that they’re different things, even though you yourself can read, on this very same page, us informing you that it’s the same thing.” Wow. The left-wing press is now deliberately schlonging its own leftist readers.

Moving Goalposts: Russia Edition

The moving of the goalposts on the Russia thing has been astonishing, even for the Left. Each failed narrative, instead of inducing them to give up, only seems to intensify their psychological need for another narrative.

First it was, “Russia hacked Dem computers, and not Trump’s computers, and that’s not fair!”

Then it was “…and I’ll bet Trump knew about it!”

The phrasing was often “Russia hacked the election!” meaning, see above. Note the interesting use of the word “hack” to try to suggest that Russia accessed US voting machines.

Then they actually embraced that idiocy and tried to run with it, briefly trying to suggest that “Russia hacked the election” in the literal sense of Russia somehow flipping votes in the election. Even the Left didn’t actually assert this one outright, for the most part, but they tried to imply it. Unfortunately for this line of BS, the head of DHS has admitted that there is no evidence that even one vote was changed by Russia.

Let alone any votes being changed by Russia with the knowledge or cooperation of the Trump campaign.

Then it was, “Trump’s firing of Comey – whose departure we leftists were demanding yesterday – is obstruction of justice because Trump was not being investigated, and this constitutes an attempt to thwart that non-existent investigation!”

(Trump accused of murdering centaurs, hobbits, and unicorns. Film at eleven.)

Then it was, “OK, well, someone who used to be connected to Trump, and no longer is, was being investigated, and we’re sure Trump fired Comey to stop this investigation (and not for other reasons e.g. Comey’s blatant pro-Clinton corruption). Also, the fact that this didn’t actually hinder the investigation, as the FBI itself has said, proves that, um, let’s talk about something else now.”

Now it’s, “Trump’s son met with a Russian lawyer who told him she had some dirt on Hillary Clinton.” Yeah, so? Obviously all candidates try to get dirt on their opponents. God knows the Dems do. What’s the problem?

“This information was from a foreign source!”

Yeah, so?

“A foreign government, even!”

Yeah, so?

How is the government of another country telling us the truth a bad thing? Hillary broke national security laws. If we became aware of this because the Russian government told us, good. The appropriate response is, “Thank you, Russia.”

But that’s not what happened anyway.

Trump Jr. claims no such info was revealed during that meeting; the Russian lawyer just wanted to trick him into meeting with her so she could argue for a change in Russia-US child adoption laws. She didn’t actually have any damaging info on Clinton. More’s the pity.

So the claim now is, Trump’s son tried to get some dirt on Clinton, but failed to do so.

Seriously, lefties? That’s the claim you’re running with?

Making it more funny is the attempt to say that this “may have” broken campaign finance laws. That is, learning things from foreign sources is illegal. LOL. Even through your computer screen, you can smell the Left’s desperation.

Furthermore, Trump Jr.’s claim that there was no Clinton dirt is provably true, unless the Left can identify a piece of info about Clinton that (1) the Trump camp used during the campaign, and (2) that the Trump camp could not have received from any other source.

So what Clinton revelation, exactly, did they get from Russia that they used in the campaign and that they couldn’t have gotten anywhere else?

(Crickets chirping.)

Red Pill in Fiction: Bridget Jones’s Diary

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That mouth is… inviting. But bad boys only!

The “bad boy” thing from the horse’s mouth, in this case Helen Fielding, in Bridget Jones’s Diary:

• Sunday 15 October: Bridget and one of her friends compare Mark Darcy to the fictional Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice: “…we had a long discussion…both agreeing that Mr. Darcy was more attractive because he was ruder…”

• Saturday 11 November: “…Jerome, henceforth to be known as Creepy Jerome (it was going to be Heartless Jerome but we all agreed that sounded too interesting).”

• Monday 25 December: “Every time I’ve met Julio he has been clean and coiffed beyond all sense and carrying a gentleman’s handbag. Now he was wild, drunk, unkempt and, frankly, just the type I usually fall for.”


Index page for my Red Pill in Fiction posts:
https://neurotoxinweb.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/red-pill-in-fiction-index/

Trump the Ultra-Chad

To be quite honest, this is a level of Chadism that I thought was theoretically impossible.

You gotta read this:
http://mpcdot.com/forums/topic/8496-the-donald-trump-presidential-archive/page__st__26480#entry361984

The rest of this post is a selection of choice quotes from this excellent piece. Edited for brevity.


Upon witnesing President Trump’s CNN smackdown tweet today, I was left making much the same facial expression Laurence Fishburn makes at the end of The Matrix when he realizes Neo truly is The One.

Trump is not just a Chad, he is The Chad, in much the same way top-level Taoists claim to become the Tao. If you were to combine every star high school quarterback and Ray-Ban clad summer lifeguard into one, you still would not be scratching the surface of the Pure Chadism that flows through Donald Trump’s veins.

When you see Trump – the President of the United States of America, lest we forget – retweeting a meme of (real, actual) himself delivering a WWE Raw smackdown to the bugman hive that is CNN, you’re watching a completely autonomic response; trolling comes as easy to President Trump as breathing comes to the rest of us.

Many here have spoken at length of Trump’s anti-fragility in the vein of Taleb; I propose that Trump exists outside of the fragility continuum altogether.

When you’re watching Trump troll, you’re not merely watching a maestro at work; no, you’re seeing the very essence of trolling given human form… Trump is essentially delivering public, extrasensory wedgies and swirlies over the air to millions of bugmen at any given moment; to be quite honest, this is a level of Chadism that I thought was theoretically impossible.

Canadian Parent Wants Baby’s Sex Omitted From Birth Certificate

Canadian infant Searyl Doty used remorselessly for parent’s attention whoring:

https://pjmedia.com/parenting/2017/07/05/canadian-parent-demands-genderless-birth-certificate-for-baby/

God, this poor kid. The “parent” is some sort of gender-unspecified dumpster fire, and at first one can’t discern if it’s male or female. However, it’s eventually stated (see below) that the “parent” gave birth to the child, so the parent is a woman. If you check out some photos online, though, she has facial hair. She’s obviously undergoing some sort of hormone therapy to get that. Sick fuck. The photos of… her … are really disturbing. To see her holding a baby is horrifying. She should not legally be allowed within 50 miles of a baby.

This narcissistic asshole is going to fuck up her kid for life just so she can get five seconds of positive attention from other SJWs. Jesus, what the fuck is wrong with these people?

In one link (which I can’t find again) the parent said, “I don’t know Searyl’s gender, they haven’t told me yet.”

HEY ASSHOLE, YOU CAN’T “CHOOSE” YOUR SEX ANY MORE THAN YOU CAN “CHOOSE” WHETHER YOU’RE A MAMMAL OR A REPTILE. FUCK!

God, I thought the 1990s were Heinlein’s Crazy Years. I really did.

Remember how completely sane the 1990s were, in retrospect? It didn’t seem like it at the time, what with “President” Bill Clinton shoving a cigar into Monica Lewinsky’s vagina in the Oval Office and so on, but in retrospect all that stuff was solid, good old-fashioned sanity.

From The Blaze:

Canadian parent Kori Doty, who identifies as a walking cloud of mustard gas “non-binary trans person,” is fighting to make newborn baby Searyl Atli the first to be registered as “gender unknown.” Doty wants to allow Searyl to decide his or her sex, CBC News reported.

Doty identifies as neither male nor female, preferring the pronoun “they,” and wants Searyl, whose sex has not been entered into any government records, to have the same option. Doty gave birth to Searyl at a friend’s home last November.

So the parent is a female. In some technical sense.

So far, Doty said British Columbia is refusing to issue Searyl a birth certificate with no sex listed. The province has, however, issued the child’s health cards with a “U” for “undetermined” or “unassigned,” so Searyl would have access to medical services.

Doty’s lawyer, barbara findley, who refuses to spell her name with capital letters…

These people defy satire.

…said British Columbia allows for only male and female designations on birth certificates…

“When I was born,” Doty explained, “doctors looked at my genitals and made assumptions about who I would be, and those assignments followed me and followed my identification throughout my life.

“I’m obviously completely fucking insane,” she added, “and plainly I belong in a mental hospital.”

Okay, I may have made that last part up.

According to findley, the government does not need to know the child’s sex.

“Certainly, our culture is obsessed with [if a baby is] a boy or a girl, but the government doesn’t have any business certifying that information when they don’t know it to be true,” findley said.

I know it’s been said before, and I’m sorry to belabor the obvious, but the western world has become the asylum of the planet.

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By the way, while the news is almost 100% bad, it’s not entirely bad. There is one actual silver lining here, and one possible silver lining:

(1) Actual silver lining: Every incident like this advances the average person’s realization of how insane the left is. This can only help the right politically.

(2) Possible silver lining: If this push for genderless ID prevails – I hope it doesn’t, because sanity, but if it does – it deprives the state of a key piece of info about people. This sets a good precedent, now that the surveillance state is one of our biggest concerns. Also, when children under such a regime get old enough, it can have good consequences. E.g.: Should an 18-year-old be forced to register for the draft? If the state doesn’t even know if you’re male, how can it enforce this? (And if everyone has to register, that will make the average woman less amped about “equality,” which is also good, but I digress…) And it can only confuse SJW attackers about whether false rape accusations should be taken seriously. When the anti-male institutions can’t tell if you’re a man or a woman, they can’t tell whether to assume you’re guilty of a BS sexual assault accusation, or to assume you’re innocent. Obviously this isn’t foolproof, but anything that muddies the waters helps.

Update May 2018, a related story:

Ontario issues first genderless birth certificate to adult trans activist:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ontario-issues-first-genderless-birth-certificate-to-non-binary-trans-activ

Eerie Foresight

A passage from Alfred Bester’s The Computer Connection. The book was sci-fi, written 1974-5 and set in 2080:

The bods at Union Carbide, our local university, were mounting their ritual protest. It was the traditional daily rioting, with screamings, burnings, and killings. The only thing that changed was the cause… Jacy said he was going down to the campus to see if he could stop it. He was all for the kids’ goals but he didn’t like their methods.

“You don’t understand,” I told him. “They love their tradition of death and destruction. They don’t even ask what it’s for. They’re issued posters and scripts and then they have themselves an orgasm.”

The narrator and his buddies soon get to the university:

The campus was the traditional mess: missiles, lasers, firebombs, and burnings, so everybody was happy. They were chanting and shouting jingles. “One, two, three, four,” and something that rhymed with four. “Five, six, seven, eight,” and another rhyme with eight. They couldn’t go much higher because arithmetic was no longer compulsory.

CNN Sticks its Dick into the Beehive

CNN threatens to dox the person who came up with the “Trump slams CNN” vid meme. (See my previous post if you just got back from a trip to Ophiuchus.) Notably, they didn’t dox him and reveal the info or dox him and not reveal the info. They doxxed him and threatened to reveal the info in the future if he did anything they didn’t like. This is at least morally disgusting, punching down, bullying, and thuggish, and it is quite possibly legally actionable blackmail and/or extortion. It seems to me the guy would have a good case on at least the blackmail charge.

This was their attempt to say, “We’re tough guys, and you don’t dare mess with us!”

As a result, of course, seemingly the entire right-wing Internet started creating “beat down CNN” memes. For example, the Hulk/Loki scene from The Avengers, Trump/CNN style.

Jafrillions more are available elsewhere and more being created at a rate of a zillion per second. My humble contribution:

MemeShotgunEditThe entire Net, including left-wing commenters, has lit up with revulsion at CNN’s thuggishness. The hashtag CNNBlackmail hit Number 1 in the world on Twitter.

Here are some articles:

‘#CNNBlackmail’ trending No. 1 on Twitter
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/5/cnnblackmail-trending-no-1-twitter/

#CNNBlackmail: Outrage after network appears to threaten Reddit user
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/05/cnnblackmail-outrage-after-network-appears-to-threaten-reddit-user.html

‘CNNBlackMail’ #1 Twitter Trend As Network Threatens to Reveal Reddit User’s Identity
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/07/04/cnnblackmail-1-twitter-trend-as-network-threatens-to-reveal-reddit-users-identity/

CNN does not even understand the kind of war it’s in.

Contemplate the sheer stupidity and incompetence: CNN is apparently a media organization that has never heard of the Streisand Effect.

They’re literally that stupid.

As of this writing, all public-facing CNN Twitter accounts have gone silent and the offending page has been blanked.

From one of Vox Popoli’s posts on the imbroglio, Alice De Goon in the comments:

“Could CNN have stuck their dick any further into the beehive?”

I don’t know, but they’re probably trying.