95 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Comments

  1. Well, there goes another one down the tubes that I never watched to begin with. Who knew that the Today show was still around. My first thought is that Ms. Kelly probably had a hand in this. Is there a pattern developing here? I checked outside, and the deer, the raccoons, the foxes, and even the skunks don’t seem to care much about it either. Maybe I’ll go down for the Olde Pharts coffee this morning and get a reading on their opinions about it. Meanwhile, I’m working on my “todo” list while I have coffee. Have a great day.

  2. Never in a million years would I have imagined the wholesale slaughter of the smug, sanctimonious media/political jackasses like we have witnessed in the past few weeks.

    It’s like pulling up your trotline and having a fish on every hook, over and over.

  3. So, the Feminazi’s on the networks, finally figured how to get rid of their male competition?
    Just scream RAPE!?
    Mornin’ Gang

  4. Didn’t this recent round start when the Dems and Mitch McConnell decided to go after Judge Moore on some trumped up charge that supposedly happened 40 years ago? Seems to me that the Dems, proudly claiming support of feminism and protectors of the weaker sex, are racking up the most losses recently. None of this would be happening if the wimmenz were at home cooking and doing laundry like they are supposed to instead of strutting around out there trying to land a big fish.

  5. It’s downright Froggy down here by the Bay, IFR conditions all the way in. You have to be careful coming in the back gate or a deer might run into you.

  6. Good really foggy morning Hamsters. We had a coolish, very dampish 61 at 5:30. Breeze is finally awake out of the NW heralding the cool front, still 61, and the dense fog will eventually be chased out.

    Applause as another sanctimonious liberal is exposed and actually punished, though as El Gordo said (#5) he never watched him anyway. Neither did I, and I blissfully could not recognize his picture.

    Having read Texpat’s excellent OC piece from yesterday, I can from personal experience and observation concur with the points raised on white liberal meddling in the 60s having midwifed the birth much of the mess now responsible for the rot in universities, colleges, high schools, grade schools, and even pre-Ks. Duh, just where did anyone with half a brain cell think the hippies of the 60s landed and prospered? And Martin Luther King continues to spin in his tomb.

    Reading the above makes clear the movement and machinations behind BLM and the take a knee plot to gut the NFL by making enough black players useful idiots, as only the Left can get away with.

  7. #13 Hamous

    LOL. Well his brain maybe.

    Surely by now Las Vegas has a pool going on which celebrity will be next, no matter from what field of notoriety he comes from.

  8. Career advice for all you media/entertainment people out there:
    1. Keep your pants on at work
    2. Don’t touch other people you work with in their bathing suit areas


  9. I think with the little Greek boy, it will be a male intern that drops him in the grease. Perhaps the Gaystapo will prevent this from happening.

  10. The little Greek boy just wanted to pitch for a change instead of catch; how much harm could he possibly do?

  11. Strange things going on in the O&G world too. GE seems to be moving all of their O&G businesses under the “Baker Hughes, a GE Company” umbrella. Kinda looks like they’re planning to exit the industry.

    What have you heard, Wagonburner?

  12. It’s like pulling up your trotline and having a fish on every hook, over and over.

    RE: Rose Lauer

    I still gotta point out these men are losing their jobs on the basis of an accusation. There has been no charges filed just an accusation and the alleged events occurred a considerable amount of years ago. How in the hell would any of us fight those type of accusations?

    How long till this filters into our world of the less famous. How long till we see our friends on Texpat’s trotline?

    There is no way I am gonna rejoice and I do not see it as funny.
    No Schadenfreude here.

    One caveat—– These men (Lauer Rose etal) are guilty of false accusation towards innocent people themselves. They have ruined innocent mens live as they willingly “report the news”. On that point I must admit I do find a bit of satisfaction and the the irony is not lost on me. However, Clarence Thomas and Calvin Murphy are rare success stories surviving the lies. They were charged and defended themselves in court.

    Another thing that has always bothered me is Bill O’Really. Here is an a example of a guy that got accused for years and “just paid the women” (his words) to make them go away. The weight of the accusations were so heavy that he finally quit. BUT no charges were ever filed (O’Really has filed defamation of character charges that are working their way through the courts.

    Charges need to be made either by the women accusing or the men need to file defamation suits.

    Oh and before I go………. I do think many, many of these slime balls are guilty as sin.

  13. I still gotta point out these men are losing their jobs on the basis of an accusation.

    Yup. If you’re any two of the three (white, male, conservative) it’s open season and no bag limit.

  14. I’ve been reading more stories about robots and the workplace.

    I have to wonder…

    The calls for immigration were for “jobs Americans won’t do” (stop here to metaphorically roll the eyes). Also, there are studies about birth rates and the ability of a civilization to survive. A lot of European countries and the USA are at bare survival birth rates or below, meaning that immigration – in Europe, primarily Muslim immigration, and here in the US, southern border immigration and Muslim fertility – will mean that those cultures will be changed or lost completely.

    Will robotics stem this tide? Has civilization reached the point where birth rates are no longer as important as in the past? Can our culture survive on a lower birth rate, since robots will take over some of the jobs that otherwise would go to immigrants?

    I am, of course, disregarding the political desire of immigrating voting patterns, and the politics of buying votes with housing, etc. Robots don’t really need housing, food, welfare – and they don’t vote.

    Deep thoughts for hump day.

  15. The patriarchy goes flaccid and dies.
    The NWO matriarchy is ascendant.
    All men will be Pajama Boys.
    Glad I’ll be gone.

  16. In the Matt Lauer case, there was certainly a platoon of highly paid attorneys on staff and of counsel to NBC in this situation. I have no illusions about the integrity or honesty of NBC senior staff, but I don’t think they would have fired him without some pretty damning evidence. It doesn’t get any higher profile than this and if they weren’t absolutely sure, NBC would be open to a huge lawsuit from Lauer.

    Rose didn’t deny any of the charges other than blame faulty memory and did make a public statement that was a thinly veiled confession. I can see guys down the totem pole getting falsely accused and fired, but I think the stakes are so much higher at the prime time, on-air talent, 10 million-a-year level.

  17. 29 Shannon

    Being a mother or a father, however, means that you have a very real stake in the future of the country you lead. Europe’s most important leaders leave no children behind.

    Europe’s most important leaders are all childless: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. The list continues with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

    As Europe’s leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. German philosopher Rüdiger Safranski wrote:

    “for the childless, thinking in terms of the generations to come loses relevance. Therefore, they behave more and more as if they were the last and see themselves as standing at the end of the chain”.

  18. Texpat
    The one branch of this story that I find really disturbing is the Conyers angle. I have read where there are 30 plus congress/senate people that have used a “slush fund” aka our tax money to pay off women for their silence. Congress/Senate knows who they are. These men need to be outed, evidence presented, run out of Washington and summarily shot.

    Bring back tar and feathering and the stocks for these men. I am tired of waiting for election day to remove these people and sadly (AGAIN) the electorate is to blame. “They” know and continue to reelect these scum bags.

  19. 32 Squawk

    My position is any member of Congress who thinks they need “Sexual Harrassment Training” should quit or be fired immediately. We are now going to spend taxpayers’ money to hire some clown consultants to teach representatives and senators what they should have learned by the time they were 12 years old ?

    And I want complete and total exposure and transparency for every damned dollar paid to any staffer or person because of stupid, wrong sexual behavior by a member of Congress or their own staff members.

  20. Texpat
    (I am getting angrier as I type this)
    These bastards in Congess etal think that sexual misconduct sensitivity training and “just” doing away with the slush fund is enough.

    As far as i am concerned

    Note to Congress: For these reasons and many more, you no longer have the consent of the governed.

  21. Hubs noticed a nice spider web across the walkway this morning when he went out to get the HouChron for me. If the fog had not left so much water condensed on the web, he prolly would have walked right into it.

  22. #24 Squawkster, I agree 100%, I was thinking the same thing this morning. I wonder just how low the bar will be set for inappropriate behavior, touching, winking, saying “Good Morning”?
    This is all setting a very bad precedent.

  23. I’ve been reading more stories about robots and the workplace.–I have to wonder…

    I have to wonder too…

    Will robots gender identify?
    Will robots demand safe spaces?
    Will robots claim racism, opression and robot discrimination if/when insulted?
    Will robots take a knee?
    Will robots demand Facebook and Twitter accounts?
    Will robot lives matter?
    Will robots claim sexual harassment when their tubes are lubed as part of regular maintenance?
    Will robots be brainwashed by college professors?
    Will robots become fascistic and join Antifa?
    Will robots claim to be part Cherokee Indian to get ahead in the workplace?
    Will sex robots be able to file sexual harassment suits?

  24. Congress is delusional. Media is delusional. The NFL is delusional.

    As Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, and the NFL engage in an ugly internal fight over the future leadership of the NFL, TV partners at CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC are staring at their own internal conflicts — namely a substantial decline in NFL ratings that is on pace to cost the four networks up to $500 million in lost revenue.

    Already several hundred million in lost revenue has been booked in 2017 and it has the league’s top executives and television partners scrambling to figure out what went wrong. How did a league that was setting ratings records in 2015 suddenly see its audience fall by nearly 20% just two years later.

    While much of the attention has focused on the protests, according to ongoing conversations with several people close to the league and its television partners over the past couple of months, the ratings decline that will cost the TV partners up to $500 million can actually be attributed to four primary factors.

  25. GE merged practically all of its GE Oil & Gas unit with BH back in July. Those assets are now owned by BH, a GE Company. GE owns just shy of 2/3 of BH, a GE Company.

    GE appears to now want to divest it holdings in BH, a GE Company earlier than the two-year limit stated in the merger agreement. This must be approved by the BH, a GE Company board, which shouldn’t be a problem since GE has a majority.

    This whole merger thing appears to have been a vehicle for GE to unload its O&G division.

  26. Meanwhile, back in May…

    “It was almost embarrassing!” the source claimed. “Matt had no idea how much he was disliked until he saw how many people wanted to get away from him.”

    “Some producers want to move because they are excited by working with Megyn,” the insider conceded, “but it seems like most of them signed up just to get away from Matt.”

    That number is only expected to increase, the insider said, after Kelly’s impressive showing in the office on Monday.

  27. #39 – I hate to bring this to your attention, but we have had robots making all these demands for several years now. They congregate generally under the umbrella of the Dem party, but they are really robots. They don’t think for themselves and do nothing unless they are instructed to do so. Yes, they are robots despite their claims otherwise. If they were ever able to overcome their sexual frustrations they might appear more human like, but until then, they are just unhappy robots.

  28. Too funny.

    President Trump’s top spokeswoman celebrated news Tuesday that CNN would be boycotting the White House Christmas party this year.

    “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.

  29. Oops, I was just stirring around picking up stuff and doing odds and ends and I think I saw the nap monster headed for the back bedroom. Think I’d better go check to see if it’s really him. I’ll let you know later how it turns out.

  30. Limbaugh just related a story about how Katie Couric said the most irritating thing about Matt Lauer was that he used to pinch her on the azz a lot. Henceforth, the perp shall be referred to as The Pinchy Matt Lauer.

  31. Another thing that bothers me about all this crapolla is I know that 99% of the accused are indeed guilty.
    And it has been known for years
    And no one cared
    And this crappola became a resume enhancement

    But I suppose i should be glad “it” is finally coming to the surfce and I would love to see a mass resignation of congressenators. Whoohoo talk about a special election circus. BRING ON THE MAYHEM


  32. 47
    You may have a point El G-Man.:)

    But I still wonder….

    Will Mayo Stained Schumer create a robot diversity lottery where robots from other countries can scratch and sniff a lotto ticket at the local Jiffy Lube and come on over?

    Will robots supersize it?
    Will robots choose onion rings or fries or whichever has the most grease?
    Will robots listen to Styx?
    Will robots watch the Terminator movies?
    Will robots be programmed to say “ahhhll be Bhack?
    Will robots wear those hipster Henry Kissinger eyeglasses?
    Will some robots become SpyDuckus Robots?
    Will robots administer Nutsy Pelosi’s next botox injection?
    Will some robots pretend to be Super Con-servative robots serving truth, justice, purity, apple pie and the American way?

    Look!!…Up in the sky!….It’s a bird!..It’s a plane!…It’s Mr. Haney!…No it’s SuperCon-servative Green Eggs&RoboticHamMan!!

  33. Izzit possible? Another NPR puke bites the dust.

    NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney has left the public broadcasting company amid sexual harassment allegations.
    Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, announced Sweeney’s departure in an an email to staff Tuesday.

    “David Sweeney is no longer on staff,” Turpin wrote. “This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I’m committed to supporting all of you as we move forward. I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can.”

    Sweeney’s departure follows a former internal review, after three current and former NPR journalists made formal complaints against him. Sweeney had been on paid administrative leave as NPR investigated the allegations.

  34. Ed Morrisey says HuffPo was working on an even bigger story when they stumbled onto the Lauer scandal several weeks ago.

    Hang on.

  35. Brother Phil

    Speaking of robots being so perfect they are thought to be human…. an interesting movie on the subject is Ex Machina. A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
    Turing test

    a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.

    It is rated R for ummmm some stuff more than nudity. But it is a thought provoking film and damn scary.

  36. Keillor got fired because he looks like he walked face-first into a speeding bullet train and had the unmitigated audacity to make physical contact with a woman. If he looked like [insert sexy Hollywood star here] he’d be sleeping with her now.

  37. #40 Texpat

    Rush was quoting from this today and opined that none of the entities mentioned as being delusional have the slightest clue how angry and disgusted the rapidly disappearing fan base is over the mismanagement of Goodell in many things and the owners’ flimsy response to the knee takers so-called protest.

  38. #57

    Speaking of robots being so perfect they are thought to be human…. an interesting movie on the subject is Ex Machina.

    I actually posted that I’d watched that movie a few weeks or so back. It is frighteningly scary, and quite foreseeable, given today’s technology.

    Is the matrix on the way?

  39. Just to follow up on my #50, sure enough he was hiding back there. I stepped over near the bed and he jumped up and wrestled me into submission. After about an hour I was able to escape.

  40. While my guests were here over the holiday, we binge watched Lilyhammer on Netflix. That’s still a good series – clever writing, and a good parody of the socialist state dealing with a self-starting entrepreneur. You do have to turn on the sub-script unless you understand the Norwegian language.

  41. How about that? I’m smarter than Gerard Van der Leun!

    But should you have a taste for tedium, should boredom be like mother”s milk and daily bread (lots of it) to you, you will be surfeited by this otherwise antiquated mode of travel. Indeed, for sheer, mind obliterating tedium; for the kind of vacancy induced only by event horizons with no events and fewer horizons; for a feeling that arises in no experience other than incarceration, there is nothing that can beat the tedium induced by that modern masterpiece of torpor, stupor and pointlessness, the Cruise Ship. [ ]

    This marvel of contemporary capitalism — a hotel that takes its patrons far out of reach of any competition — has no peer when it comes to simultaneously suspending and extending time. At sea, the ship’s clock is all there is and its pendulum pulses exceedingly slow. After a day or so, you exist in this world with either way too much time or outside of time altogether. Either way the first thing to leave your mind and judgment is your mind and judgment. This is hardly noticed by most since management has arranged for a host of activities so mindless that you will be convinced for days that you are actually in possession not only of your mind, but in your right one at that.

    The sane reaction to a cruise, once one has trapped oneself on board and has perceived exactly what sort of fresh and renewing hell one is in, would be to wait until midnight and throw yourself off the ship in the hopes that the props would convert you to chum before the sharks found you.


  42. This gives me the shivers.
    WARNING: if you are a bug-a-phobe do not watch this.

    Why the wiss he didn’t seal up the shed and bug bomb it first is a mystery to me. I would have been a whole lot safer if all those fargin bugs were dead or at least real sick.

  43. Babylon Bee is reporting a noticeable rise in sea level due to sweat from celebrities, media personalities, and Democrats waiting to see if they will be outed as perverts.

  44. The problem is, since the mid 80s, the Congressional HR Department has been providing this video as an instructional video on sexual dos and donts in the congrassinal workplace and no one caught it until now.

    Just another congressional oversight and all affected are “deeply troubled” by this revelation.–Aren’t they always “deeply troubled” by something whenever they don’t want to do anything about it or when they’re caught red handed?

    It’s always one of the two.

  45. On the county road leading to my place is a dead hog. Which means it was hit some time today because it wasn’t there this morning.

    Hope it wasn’t one of those little cars that flit around here.

  46. 67 Shannon

    We have several couples, two in particular, good friends, who hound us constantly to go on cruises with them. They are a few years older.

    Not one chance in HELL. Both of these couples are fully retired, all four from well paid government jobs with juicy pensions, and all they think about is eating or, I suppose, when their next doctor appointment might be. I look at them and just get miserable from the thought of their lives. They’re lovely people, but they got nothing going on.

    Her Highness and I are busy and working and have no intention of living otherwise. These friends seem to be just bored with their lives. I don’t understand it.

    Anyway, I read that entire column from Vanderleun this morning to Her Highness and we enjoyed a huge laugh over coffee.

  47. I’ve never seen one in broad daylight around here…it’s a pretty busy road.
    I almost plowed through a herd of them one night, though.

  48. My new son-in-law has invited me to the Union League Club in Manhattan for next Thursday evening. They are having a book fair with author signings along with a huge, fancy buffet. I love going to this place.

    One of the authors featured that night will be Megyn Kelly hawking her new book. I want to get a selfie with Megyn just so I can send it to Phil.

  49. I like cruises. We quit going on them a bunch of years ago when we realized there were likely about a thousand thug Eastern Europeanians lurking behind the walls on a ship at any given time.

  50. Dear Honkies,

    Your DNA is an abomination. Whiteness will be over because we want it to be. And when it dies, there will be millions of cultural zombies aimlessly wandering across a vastly changed landscape. Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all… Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.

  51. I’ve only been on one cruise, but I loved it. The kids were kept occupied, and for once we went on a vacation where I didn’t have cook, clean, wash clothes, or try to organize an outing/entertainment. I actually was able to relax and do nothing for a few days.

    It was awesome.

  52. Brother Phil etal
    Another really good movie addressing AI is The Machine. Alttle bit different in the plot twist in that the evil MoD interferes with a self aware AI

    Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defence (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers’ work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body.

    How cumzittis that all the robots in these movies and even real life try to resemble really hot babes?

  53. You will be extremely disappointed on a Euro Cruise. If you like to party like it is 1999 three quarters of the day it is okay, but for sight seeing it sucks. I stayed drunk or hungover the whole cruise cause I was bored to death and the ports of call were like 4 hour stop overs that you can take tours that you are hurried through.

    Now an Italian Perillo Tour that thing is worth every penny. A nice balance of on board fun and port of call interest. BUT EXPENSIVE with air fare, hotel and eats getting to from from you can get in on the cheap for about $3500 to $4000.

  54. If Donald and Kim can settle their differences you can see Pyongyang and the DMZ over Christmas for €445 / €595 plus air fare to and from and a one night stay both ways in China.

    Think of it Christmas in North Korea. WHOOHOO

  55. #68 Adee

    Mother Nature’s finest lace.

    Hubs ran right into it early afternoon when he went to check the mailbox. It must have dried out and didn’t show up as well by then.

  56. What the hell. I’ve seen Europe.

    For nine grand I can stay a long time somewhere on the Texas Coastal Bend.

  57. The University of Tennessee is in the market for a football coach, and the AD has really botched the case. Now they are in trouble as all the good ones are being rapidly snapped up by other schools. Iowahawk Twitter is on the case.
    David Burge‏ @iowahawkblog
    7h7 hours ago

    RT if you’ve been offered the head FB coach job at Tennessee
    52 replies 724 retweets 666 likes
    David Burge‏ @iowahawkblog
    6h6 hours ago

    CONSUMER ALERT: If you receive an unfamiliar phone call from area code 865, do NOT answer! It could be the University of Tennessee trying to trick you into accepting a job as head football coach
    36 replies 814 retweets 1,176 likes
    David Burge‏ @iowahawkblog
    6h6 hours ago

    Iowa has had a lot of luck with walk-on players, maybe Tennessee could hold open try outs for professors interested in the coaching job


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