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Happy Friday

Well...Skinnydipinacid appears to be busy, so here is a new open thread for the weekend with some appropriate music:

Have a nice weekend.


The Holy Smokes I Sure Have Missed Out on a Ton of Crazy Top Stories Open Thread

So I'm finally moved in (well... mostly) and settling into my new community here in NW Arkansas.   Seems like forever since I last posted even though it was only 2-1/2 weeks ago.  My how time drags when you have nothing to do.

On the bright side, new homes come with some exciting things, like "Welcome to the Neighborhood" mailings from the US Postal service that include attractive coupons to some of your favorite stores... like this one:

... now, if I could just find a way to travel back to early 2008 and use it we'd be set.  Maybe pick us all up some CD's or DVD's.   I think those were still popular back then.

I've also missed out on pretty much everything that has happened over the past couple weeks due to having no cable or internet until tonight... which is both good and bad.   Bad because I have litererally no idea what to joke about in regards to current events, but good because I haven't allowed a single moment of my free time to go waste focusing on all the ridiculous crap going on.

While I was too busy taking care of this monstrosity...

(yeah, that's a 26'er... filled to the top all the way through)

...apparently lots of crazy things have happened.  

For instance:

- Jared Fogel should probably never show his face in public ever again

- Hillary goes all "it depends on what your definition of 'wiped clean' is"

- Hackers quit waiting for Ashley Madison to act and dumped all their users' info online (sorry honey)

- California hopes to ban guns for 10 years AND take farmers' land via emininent domain

- There's finally hope for liberals worldwide

- Windows 10 can go away already for all I care (now how do I make my update icon disappear?)

...and that's just since my internet got (finally) hooked up down here in lovely Arkansas.  

I can only imagine the obsurdity that's ensued the past couple weeks during my digital seclusion.   Not that I want to know.   I really have enjoyed not knowing.   It's been quite serene.   Heck, maybe I should make it a thing.  Be that blogger that comments only occasionally on things he doesn't even follow.  Could be my niche.   What do you think?


Thread's open...  but then again you probably already knew that.

(See? Already off to a bang!)



A Skinny-less Weekend Free-For-All Thread

While he's traipsing off to the wilds of Arkansas, leaving us slowly twisting in the breeze, here's an open thread for the weekend.  Next week we'll take a vote as to his punishment for going AWOL. 


LA Court Blocks Release of Further Planned Parenthood Videos... Center For Medical Progress Responds by Releasing a 4th Video

I like their style.   CMP may just be my new favorite organization.



Oh, and since it's somewhat on topic, this year's RINO of the Year award will be shared between Mark Kirk ("R"-IL) and Susan Collins ("R"-ME)...  thought that might be worth noting.   They up for re-election and apparently "vulnerable" after all.   

Also, I'll be off until at least Tuesday moving myself and the family to Arkansas, so enjoy the weekend you lumps of flesh, stem cells and boy parts (that sick joke is funnier if you watch the video.... "it's a boy!").  

Consider this an extended weekend open thread until I get new internet service or somebody else gets motivated... whichever comes first.





This Anononymous Hack Could Get Very Interesting... With Bonus Video

This time it's Planned Parenthood.  It's already creating a lot of buzz following in the wake of the two most recent abortion videos (with a confirmation that there are indeed more videos to come), which has led to Planned Parenthood already running to their defenses ("heavily edited", "extremists", "hoaxers", the usual rhetoric).

But this one could get very damning.   The hackers are threatening to leak sensitive emails (i.e. not setup/edited/hoaxes). 

Planned Parenthood Chief Information Officer Tom Subak told the Daily Dot on Sunday night that the organization was previously unaware of a breach in their systems.

“We think we have really good security, especially on flagging suspicious behavior,” said Subak. “We have not [received any flags].”

Subak was unable to provide additional information early Monday morning. 

In a statement emailed to the Daily Dot, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood's U.S. federation, said they are investigating the hackers' claims.

“We've seen the claims around attempts to access our systems,” said Laguens. “We take security very seriously and are investigating. It's unsurprising that those opposed to safe and legal abortion are participating in this campaign of harassment against us and our patients, and claiming to stoop to this new low.”

The hackers involved say that they plan to decrypt and release internal Planned Parenthood emails “soon.” No emails have yet been released in the dump. 

The hacker known only as "E" called this hack politically motivated  and went on to say:

“We've noticed quite a lot of attention has been diverted to a supposedly malicious organization known as Planned Parenthood. The actions of this 'federation' are not seen as right in the eyes of the public. So here we are, the social justice warriors, seeking to reclaim some sort of lulz for the years and thousands of dollars that Planned Parenthood have wasted and made harvesting your babies.”

I guess they're hacking back for all the baby hacking they've done.

The group also tried to redirect all of Planned Parenthood's web traffic to the hacker group's Twitter account to brag about their success, however could not accomplish this because (according to Planned Parenthood reps) the site's “backend is so terribly configured” which made it hard to gain further administration access to the site.

...but claim "they have really good security" and "take security very seriously".

I guess this is what Anonymous would classify as a serious case of the lullz.

But wait... it gets more interesting.   There's now a 3rd video featuring a whistleblower:

This video catches Planed Parenthood doctors Katherine Sheehan and Savita Ginde discussing and arranging for the sale of aborted baby body parts.  "Heavily edited" my guess.


Open Thread: Tell it Like it is 

First Alan West in Times Square:


Then Ted Cruz calling out Mitch McConnell as a liar on the Senate floor:


Can't forget Trump putting a reporter in his place...  (@ 2:40 mark):


And lastly, Marco Rubio pooling Trump and Obama into the same, uh, "class":


Thread is open...  Tell it like it is...  and of course, have a great weekend.    


They're BAAAA-ack...

Oh, Planned Parenthood...  I'd feel bad relishing in your downfall if I didn't despise you so.

First there was this revealing video and now they're hit with a second damning video:


Yup... a Lamoborghini...  don't we all?

After somewhat agreeing on $100/organ Mary Gatter (Medical Director for Planned Parenthood) says she had to call the other California affilitiates of Planned Parenthood to see what they're getting, just to make sure they weren't getting substantially more....   which of course they'd just laugh at her, right?  Because Planned Parenthood doesn't profit from tissue "donations" in any way... right?

Now... Will the media talk about it or will we have to wait for the other videos to drop?

(Guess we'll see...)



Liberal Fantasy-Fiction Writers at Rolling Stone Talk About That Time the Union Really Showed That Disgraceful Scott Walker a Thing or Two

That title was intentially left way too long to fully illustrate just how funny this was:

 Yup, Union fat toe with a mustache takin' care of biz...  and only a few years too late.

"DESTROYED!"  (Totes adorbs!)

Rolling Stone's Simon Vozick-Levinson (don't ask me why it looks like he sports a maiden-name) had to REALLY stretch the significance of AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka's remarks.    He even goes on in his joke of an article to complain about Walker, calling him one of the most hardcore right-wing extremists andRepublican zealot, before finally complaining about how bad he's destorying things by doing the job he was elected to do...  you know, the usual article written by a progressive "journalist.

But the elaboration over this Trumka's quote definitely takes today's cake:

Oh, BURN...  you totally got the best of him Dick.


(This is certain to get good)


The FORBIDDEN Open Thread

Seriously... I tried to post this earlier, but apparantly, in my attempt to be a good website manager, I broke something on my end:

Heh.... so I'm locked out at work, which is okay really because I finally put in my notice, started packing my things, and in just 3 short weeks will be on my way to sunny/humid Arkansas (assuming everything goes according to plan).

I'm not holding my breath however because TECHNICALLY we should have been moving tomorrow, but the yahoo buying our land (/seed money) couldn't come up with the loan and tried lying us into dropping the price $200k, claiming their assessment "could or could not confirm whether or not hazardous material had been dumped on the land and COULD (or could not) require an EPA evaluation down the road"  (empahsis... mine) which I asked, "so... you have nothing?"

It of course was a ploy, and we called his bluff when we told him that all the material dumped on the site was clean fill material from the city only and had documentation for everything dumped there... "oh, and by the way, we are testing the area in question and should have results for you by the end of the day."   Needless to say he backed out after that, just 3 days before our land was supposed to close off a 90-day contract, which would then be the down payment on our new house.

Fortunately we had aces in our back pocket and the deal is still going through.  It will be purchased by a nice, more trustworthy person, who we've loving he nicknamed "the Lorax" because one of his selling points to him buying our land was that he wanted to save the trees.  More importantly, his funds are in place, so that's good... so we can still move this summer while the kids are out of school, we just got delayed a few weeks.  

Ernest money is on the way via certified mail (thank you US Postal Service for taking your jolly sweet time) so I guess now I can call myself a soon-to-be Arkansanian... or whatever they call themselves down there.    Ankansawyer?  Banjo player?   I dunno, does it matter?   

At least we'll have something to talk about:

...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  GOOD times!

Well, that's really all I got, and it's getting late, so have at it...


Obama Administration Goes Full-Frontal Stupidity on Illegal Immigration & Gun Control

What more can you expect from people that jump all over one tragedy until the next to score political points any time they can?

First the real tragedy of this story... this young woman, Kathryn Steinle, is dead today.  She was murdered on Thursday by the hands of Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who'd been previously deported FIVE (5) TIMES and currently resides in the beautiful, bustling, sanctuary city of San Francisco.


He was arrested in March on a drug warrant and turned over to San Francisco Police Department.  He was later released by the SFPD after charges were dropped, despite ICE listing him as a priority and requesting he be turned back over to them before his release so they could take him into custody and deport him (again).

Bottom line... this piece of trash should have never been wandering any of our cities' streets. 

Cue the city of San Francisco in all their brilliance:

In May 2014, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced his “no-holds ICE policy,” saying the department would no longer honor immigration detention requests “unless they are supported by judicial determination of probable cause or with a warrant of arrest.”

“We followed both the city ordinance and our policy, which is that we don’t honor ICE detainers — which are a request, not a legal basis,” Freya Horne, an attorney at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, said Friday.

...because really, what's the worst that could happen by releasing illegal immigrants with at least 7 felonies to his rap sheet back onto the street despite the federal government's pesky little "requests" to deport?

(Oh yeah... murder)  

But the story goes on...  

Bring out the White House's Josh Earnest, Chief Liar for President Lies-a-Lot to do his usual pushback of the left wing narrative (i.e. lie some more), all while refusing to comment on a damning issue... right after he chose to cast the blame all on the GOP...

...and of course the growing gun violence they created:

 (because illegal immigrants don't kill people... gun violence caused by Republicans kill people)

When asked by reporters about critics of President Obama’s immigration enforcement policies, Earnest insisted that it was actually Republicans who are fault for voting against the Gang Of Eight bill last year, pointing out that it contained funding to increase border security.

“The fact is that the president has done everything within his power to make sure that we are focusing our law enforcement resources on criminals and those who pose a threat to public safety and it’s because of the political efforts of Republicans that we have not been able to make the kind of investment that we’d like to make in securing our border and keeping our community safe,” Earnest said.

Francisco Sanchez was charged with shooting and killing a 32-year-old San Francisco woman last week, lleading to criticism from illegal immigration activists. Earnest deferred questions about details of the case to the Department of Homeland Security.

So Obama's mouthpiece with a tie decides to go all Louis Lerner on us by refusing to take questions while at the same time deflecting any criticism by blaming "the other guys" instead.   Must be a popular strategy, especially after it worked out so great for her, and appears to be doing equally as well for him... especially when the left has consistently been the biggest opposition to the right's calls for increased border security.

He continued by plugging the Obama policy of refusing to tear illigal immigrant families apart:

Oh, you mean families, like... this one?

(Never let a good crisis go to waste)

So bottom line, if I get what the White House is saying here...  pay no attention to the violence sanctuary cities can attract, but instead focus on gun violence, despite this man's inability to acquire one legally because a) he's an illegal and b) he's a felon.


Happy Independence Day Open Thread

I should post something honoring the good ol' Declaration of Independence but after watching this next video I lost faith in the intelligence of the general public and became afraid some first time visitors to the site might not understand what I'm talking about:

Have a Happy 4th,

- SDiA


Trump Dumped by NBC Universal 

NBC has dumped Donald Trump for "derogatory statements" made about illegal immagrants from Mexico.   

Here's NBC's official statement:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

No, it's not a joke... NBC, parent of MSNBC, says they respect all cornerstones and values.

I bet she has a great personality(I know, I kid...)

Now the funny part is this comes right after Univision picked a fight with Trump over the same comments.  First they dropped his Miss USA pagaent, which led to Trump banning them from his golf courses and Univision telling their employees not to stay on Trump-owned properties.   The icing on the cake was when Univision's President of Programming and Content Alberto Ciurana compared Trump to the Charleston gunman (who's name shall not be named) before quickly deleting it (Yeah, that rarely makes it go away unnoticed).

The Univision exec tried to issue an apology to Trump, but the Donald has made it clear he wants no part of any apology acceptinng, and plans to sue Univision for "a tremendous amount of money."

Now comes NBC...  bring the beer and popcorn... there's certain to be fireworks.



I REALLY Hope This Is Just Somebody at Townhall's Idea of a Sick Joke

Okay, first off... call me a sucker.   I have a tendancy to complete online polls that pop up when scouring pages and pages of internet articles each day.   It's a bad habit, I know...

... but as Johnny Number Five used to say   ==>

Unfortunately it doesn't stop there.   I click on sidebar images (i.e. "click bait") that say "Check Out These Botched Prison Tattoos", "You Won't Believe What These Famous Hotties Look Like Now", "These Natural Medicines Could Be the Keys to the Fountain of Youth" or "You HAVE to See (insert whatever sexy, funny or bizarre time wasting fascination you might want to see)".  

I can't get enough... even though in back of my head I ponder what new computer virus each press of the button will invite in.  It doesn't matter, I keep clicking.  One distraction after the next.  I even get distracted by bright flashing lights.   If I die and get reincarnated as a mosquito it's almost a certainty that I'll die (again) by flying towards that bright, buzzing blue light of a bug zapper.

Sure, it'll shock me, but will it shock me as much as the wacked out poll results I saw tonight from a Townhall pop-poll question I decided to answer, after landing on Hot Air upon, get this, jumping all over even more click-bait: 


(as of Saturday night at 9:30pm when I took this poll)

Mitt Romney      <=  Wait... Seriously?  (SDiA)
Ben Carson
Scott Walker
Ted Cruz
Write-in        <=  Mickey Mouse still has a sporting chance (SDiA)
Rand Paul
Sarah Palin
Marco Rubio
Jeb Bush       <=  I wish he was much further down (SDiA)
Mike Huckabee
Allen West
Chris Christie  
Paul Ryan
John Kasich
Rick Perry
Bobby Jindal
Carly Fiorina
Rick Santorum
Donald Trump     <=  This is who the media will air nonstop until Iowa (SDiA)
Jim Demint
John Bolton
Lindsey Graham  <=  Heh  (SDiA)
John McCain       <=  Heh, just for seeing him mentioned (SDiA)
Michelle Bachmann  
George Pataki
Mike Pence
Susana Martinez
Total Votes: 64,212



An Overtly Offensive Weekend Open Thread

Thought you got rid of me, huh?   Nope... always time for zingers like this:

Hey... relax, it's just a battle flag chocked full of Democrat ideologies.   I'm trying to coexist here!  How about you haters just take a step back and conform already?  Sheesh.  You're acting like it's perverse.   We're just trying to have a good time.   Friggin' commies!  COMMIES!!

Of course, there's always gonna be some rabble-rousers.  

(that last link is for Red... i know how much he "loves" the Huckster)  /sarcasm

Feeling like all hope is lost yet?  Don't worry, there's always next week.  Maybe we'll find out what happened to Hillary's lost emails now that we're finally seeing what happened to Louis Lerner's hard drive...  apparently it failed due to impact... we have a lead... cue the video footage:

(good thing it was shredded afterwards)


That's about all I got at the moment...

Don't forget to watch, uh, women's soccer tonight, or something...

Drinking game for tonight:  

Take a swig every time you think a dirty thought that involves Hope Solo!


... and yes, I just started drinking.   -SDiA