Water Cooler 4/21/2018 – Open Thread – Mueller, Standing Rock, Morrissey


  • Three articles that caught my eye this week. The first two are quite long, but dig in if one catches your eye.

Mueller

Streiff posted an article yesterday about how Comey’s briefing of Trump on “the dossier” was likely a setup. It cited a Mollie Hemingway piece at The Federalist. The day before, she had another great piece reminding us about Mueller’s many failings and abuses as FBI Director. (My apologies if someone else covered that one and I missed it.) Summary:

  • Anthrax attack – Ruin an innocent man; murderer of five people is free.
  • Sandy Berger – Let a guilty man go with barely a slap on the wrist.
  • Scooter Libby – This debacle has had plenty of coverage since the pardon.
  • Ted Stevens – FBI throws out trumped-up charges just before an election.
  • Phantom Israaeli spy ring – 3-1/2 years of wasted effort.
  • Incompetent supervision – Destruction of Arthur Andersen by an underling.

Standing Rock

I came across this interesting story about how some liberals raised and at best wasted or at worst made a killing off of the oil pipeline protests. There were two sets of victims: the donors and a bunch of veterans who looked to join the protests. One of the early players was Wesley Clark Jr. It’s typical of how some liberals always manage to cash in on protests.

Morrissey

If you don’t recognize the name, he was the lead singer of the well-known ’80s band The Smiths from Manchester England. He’s a flaming insufferable liberal (“Meat is Murder” was their second album for example) who in solo shows often lectures the audience about his pet liberal cause du jour. It came as an interesting surprise to see him completely go off on the London mayor, liberals, and political correctness. (Note: the video at the link is for a different interview.)

Morrissey was the face of The Smiths and wrote the lyrics, but they wouldn’t have been as popular without their great guitarist Johnny Marr, who was only 20 when they started out, writing the music. If you’re a Smiths fan, you may enjoy this look back.

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Water Cooler 4/14/2018 – Open Thread – Bipartisanship isn’t always bad


I was born and raised in New Orleans. Maybe you feel the same about where you are from, but New Orleans gets in your blood. Here’s a cool story about a great guy that came out Thursday.

Who is Steve Gleason?

That’s a question you won’t hear from anyone who’s lived in New Orleans for any amount of time. He was already popular, but he became a legend by blocking a punt against the hated rival Atlanta Falcons in the Saints first game back in the Superdome after Katrina. He later retired and was living the good life with his new wife.

Oh okay – what’s the point?

They’d only been married about 18 months when at about the same time they learned she was pregnant, they also learned he had ALS, aka Lou Gehrig Disease. His work since then has made him a real-life hero, not just a football hero.

Conservatives and liberals in Louisiana and in Washington state (he was a Washington State Cougar) have begun a push to award him the Congressional Gold Medal. It’s worth ten minutes to watch the two videos in this SI piece about it.

He kept his keen sense of humor

Ten years after the game that made him famous. He visited with Cooper Manning, aka Peyton’s and Eli’s brother. His humor and positive attitude are both fully on display here.

His tweet after the last-second playoff loss to the Vikings

If you were watching any NFL playoffs this winter, you saw the incredible ending of the Saints-Vikings game. It sucked! Words like “devastating” and “heartbreaking” are understatements. Steve Gleason’s wit on Twitter is well-known. His take ….

His reaction to the potential Congressional Gold Medal

So it’s not always the case that when you hear about bipartisan agreement it means that the parties are uniting to screw us.

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Water Cooler 3/23/2018 – Open Thread – Things you DIDN’T see in the Austin bomb story

This struck close to home – literally

I followed Wednesday’s events more closely than most of you. In this map, (1) is the bomber’s block, (2) is approximately where his parents lived, and (3) is my block. We were ~100 yds from the edge of the area they evacuated while checking the houses.
Pville map

These cops have some freaking cojones

Obviously they preferred to take this nutcase alive if possible. The early part of this presser Wed night got lots of air time, but listen to the last couple of minutes of Q&A that got zero air time outside Austin. If it doesn’t make you start clenching certain body parts, you were not listening closely enough.
https://youtu.be/4qyez4sOOKw?t=25m30s

About APD’s “Chief” Manley you saw so much of

He is actually Interim Chief Manley. You wouldn’t believe this is I didn’t have proof, but he has been the Interim Chief for more than 17 months. To say the People’s Republic of Austin has a bunch of dipsticks as leaders is an insult to dipsticks. There are now plenty of calls for this ridiculous situation to end.

Another outrage courtesy of the Austin Politburo

The Austin Police Association, Austin’s police union, spent ages working on a new city contract. The moronic Austin leadership threw it out just before Christmas. The primary reason was that the whiny liberals in Austin who believe APD does nothing except look for innocent black/Hispanic people to gun down felt it didn’t give them enough power to screw cops. Maybe those losers could have done a better job finding the bomber.

I’m not 100% sure of this, but I believe the civil service contract they fell back on screws the cops on overtime vs what they would have gotten under the old or new contracts. If so it’s absolutely pathetic, and it makes me loathe Austin snowflakes even more than I already did.

On the bright side, our small town values came through

Pflugerville used to be a little bedroom community sitting more or less between Austin and Round Rock. We moved here 25 years ago when it was just starting to grow. Population growth is insane, just like everything around Austin:
1980: 745
1990: 4,444
2000: 16,335
2010: 46,936
2018: 60,000+
But thankfully we maintained a small-town atmosphere. Here are few examples that warmed my heart.

The tiny lady on the left is our Chief. She’s an interesting character who is very visible in the community. Best description I heard of her was a rookie male cop telling another young cop: “Have you ever worked out with her? She’s a f-in beast!”
Chief Robeldo

I’m sure other people were doing the same thing all day long, but late in the afternoon I ran over to Aldi and grabbed about $20 worth of snacks to bring over there, figuring most of them were bored out of their minds at that point. Of course as luck would have it, they reopened the street that had been blocked off just before I got there, so things were winding down. Rats! The first LE I came across were a few state troopers, and they acted amazed. I said no biggie – share it with the PPD guys and it’ll get around. People are always dropping off goodies at dispatch, but I didn’t want to bother them yesterday.

One of the locals who is well-known for his fantastic BBQ (I’d be willing to bet he makes the next Texas Monthly Top 50, which will only be meaningful to Texans) wanted to make sure other local businesses who were shut down got lots of business today.
John Brotherton

This great little local baker decided to reward the people who helped out those other businesses.
Chef Juan

This burger joint down the street from the affected area sent this to the Chief and she replied.
Big Al's

Way to go people of Pflugerville!

Nice timing Fort Hood!

Fort Hood is about an hour north of Austin and maybe 40 minutes from the area where the bomber attained room temperature. They’ve engaged in various live training exercises over the past six months. Last night was one and as luck would have it, the sound carried particularly well. People across a wide swath included the area where it ended were frantically calling in reports of explosions.

A wounded warrior friend of mine said someone at Fort Hood caught hell for it. I can’t find a link about it last night however.

Your turn

This is an open thread – Fire away!

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Water Cooler 3/12/2018 – Open Thread – A Few Quickies


I saved up a few links to pass along. A couple have shown up on RedState since I had set them aside earlier this week, so I’m only doing ones I don’t recall seeing here. This is an open thread of course, so please feel free to toss in a few of your recent favorites or weigh in on any of these.

Who is this Beto dude who thinks he can beat Ted Cruz?

He was “Rob” when he was on the rowing team at Columbia. But in getting into politics in El Paso (his dad was a judge BTW) he decided that an old nickname “Beto” would trick Hispanics into thinking he was one of them. In reality he’s a foul-mouthed jerk who’d fit in better in San Francisco than in Texas. Here’s a sampling of some Betoisms I’m sure we’ll get to see a lot more of between now and November.
https://www.youtube.com/…

People who’ve been screwing Chevron got screwed

I’m sure you’ve seen stories in recent years about how Chevron was getting reamed in Ecuador. The day of reckoning has come for one of the lawyers. I’d love to see more of these.
https://hotair.com/…

Well whaddya know – here’s another one

A Florida woman who is a giant eco-shakedown artist took a beating. And the company she was trying to shaft could have made it even worse for her. Too bad they didn’t if you ask me.
http://sunshinestatenews.com/…

We’re only talking about Jews, so who cares?

We’ve all seen stories of how the Canadian government loves to crush people who say even the mildest negative thing about Muslims or Islam. Not surprisingly, they ignore anti-Semitic acts so vile even fellow Jew-haters think they crossed a line.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/…

A sweet pro-life story

I may have shared this earlier this year; if so I apologize. I came across it this week while writing a story on our local Christmas parade. This young mom-to-be had to be getting hammered from every angle about why she should get an abortion, but she did not. The result was a beautiful boy who only lived four years but has brought joy to thousands of local kids.
https://www.statesman.com/…

Adoption is pro-life too right?

A kid who graduated from the same high school I did (except 38 years later haha) worked for the past several years to create this half-hour long story of meeting his birth mother, who was moments away from aborting him. You can watch “I Lived on Parker Ave” for free on-line if it strikes your fancy.
http://www.theadvocate.com/…

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Water Cooler 3/10/2018 – Open Thread – A Few Quickies


I saved up a few links to pass along. A couple have shown up on RedState since I had set them aside earlier this week, so I’m only doing ones I don’t recall seeing here. This is an open thread of course, so please feel free to toss in a few of your recent favorites or weigh in on any of these.

Who is this Beto dude who thinks he can beat Ted Cruz?

He was “Rob” when he was on the rowing team at Columbia. But in getting into politics in El Paso (his dad was a judge BTW) he decided that an old nickname “Beto” would trick Hispanics into thinking he was one of them. In reality he’s a foul-mouthed jerk who’d fit in better in San Francisco than in Texas. Here’s a sampling of some Betoisms I’m sure we’ll get to see a lot more of between now and November.
https://www.youtube.com/…

People who’ve been screwing Chevron got screwed

I’m sure you’ve seen stories in recent years about how Chevron was getting reamed in Ecuador. The day of reckoning has come for one of the lawyers. I’d love to see more of these.
https://hotair.com/…

Well whaddya know – here’s another one

A Florida woman who is a giant eco-shakedown artist took a beating. And the company she was trying to shaft could have made it even worse for her. Too bad they didn’t if you ask me.
http://sunshinestatenews.com/…

We’re only talking about Jews, so who cares?

We’ve all seen stories of how the Canadian government loves to crush people who say even the mildest negative thing about Muslims or Islam. Not surprisingly, they ignore anti-Semitic acts so vile even fellow Jew-haters think they crossed a line.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/…

A sweet pro-life story

I may have shared this earlier this year; if so I apologize. I came across it this week while writing a story on our local Christmas parade. This young mom-to-be had to be getting hammered from every angle about why she should get an abortion, but she did not. The result was a beautiful boy who only lived four years but has brought joy to thousands of local kids.
https://www.statesman.com/…

Adoption is pro-life too right?

A kid who graduated from the same high school I did (except 38 years later haha) worked for the past several years to create this half-hour long story of meeting his birth mother, who was moments away from aborting him. You can watch “I Lived on Parker Ave” for free on-line if it strikes your fancy.
http://www.theadvocate.com/…

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Water Cooler 2/26/2018 – Open Thread – Winter Olympics Edition

The Winter Olympics.

O Canada!

Two sports where Canada has always done well were busts this year, even though their overall medal total is high. Canada got only one silver and one bronze from Men’s and Women’s Curling and Ice Hockey, while the USA took gold in Women’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Curling. Canada did pick up a gold in the newly-added Mixed Doubles Curling competition, however.

Women’s Curling

Canada won gold in 2014, silver in 2010, and bronze medals before that. This year they went 4-5 in round robin play and were eliminated early – a huge disappointment.

Men’s Curling

Canada won the last three gold medals. They advanced to the semifinals despite their first-ever Olympic loss to the USA on the last shot of an extra end. Shockingly, they fell to the USA again in a shocker. Canada looked to settle for bronze but did not even get that, falling to Switzerland.

Women’s Ice Hockey

As everyone expected, the gold medal game was Canada vs the USA. Canada hadn’t lost an Olympics game since losing to the USA in the finals in Nagano in 1998. The USA nearly broke the streak in 2014 in the finals in Sochi, but lost a lead late in the game and then fell in overtime. Canada beat the USA 2-1 in round robin play this year, but the USA finally turned the tables in the finals. The teams traded leads, went scoreless through 20 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime, and ended up even after 5 shootout rounds. The USA finally won it in the 6th round. The game had everything, including a vicious cheap shot and a fantastic Peter Forsberg move shootout goal.

Men’s Ice Hockey

The NHL for a change didn’t agree to open up a gap in its season to let its players join their Olympic teams, so the flavor was changed a bit. Even so, no one would have expected the Canadian men to lose to Germany – Germany!?! – in the semifinals, but they did. Canada bounced back and beat the Czech Republic to take bronze.

The Dan Jansen of Curling

John Shuster was the lead on the USA’s 2006 bronze medal team and was the skip during the 2010 and 2014 debacles, where they finished last and second to last. He was effectively thrown out the door after that by the US Federation, who wanted to find someone else to send. But he formed a team and worked his way back up the ladder and eventually gained the 2018 spot. After another terrible start of 2-4, they completely flipped and won three straight to make the semifinals. Shuster made a number of great shots down the stretch, including one for 5 vs Sweden in the finals. The Swedes had been mowing everyone down until then, but John Shuster’s redemption was finally complete.

Blame it on Trump and Pence I guess

Before play got underway, three USA athletes that I can recall were trashing the President or the Vice President. Lindsey Vonn has a great history in Olympic skiing, but she came away with only a bronze medal. Adam Rippon managed a bronze medal in Team Figure Skating after he finished in 10th place in his part. Gus Kenworthy ended up with a broken thumb, a huge bruise, and no medals. I’ll let you look up links to them on your own.

Do you have any favorite moments? Forget the North Korean cheerleaders – the South Korean Women’s Curling team maybe?

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Water Cooler 2/24/2018 – Open Thread – Winter Olympics Edition

My belated WC today includes thoughts on the Winter Olympics.

O Canada!

Two sports where Canada has always done well were busts this year, even though their overall medal total is high. Canada got only one silver and one bronze from Men’s and Women’s Curling and Ice Hockey, while the USA took gold in Women’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Curling. Canada did pick up a gold in the newly-added Mixed Doubles Curling competition, however.

Women’s Curling

Canada won gold in 2014, silver in 2010, and bronze medals before that. This year they went 4-5 in round robin play and were eliminated early – a huge disappointment.

Men’s Curling

Canada won the last three gold medals. They advanced to the semifinals despite their first-ever Olympic loss to the USA on the last shot of an extra end. Shockingly, they fell to the USA again in a shocker. Canada looked to settle for bronze but did not even get that, falling to Switzerland.

Women’s Ice Hockey

As everyone expected, the gold medal game was Canada vs the USA. Canada hadn’t lost an Olympics game since losing to the USA in the finals in Nagano in 1998. The USA nearly broke the streak in 2014 in the finals in Sochi, but lost a lead late in the game and then fell in overtime. Canada beat the USA 2-1 in round robin play this year, but the USA finally turned the tables in the finals. The teams traded leads, went scoreless through 20 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime, and ended up even after 5 shootout rounds. The USA finally won it in the 6th round. The game had everything, including a vicious cheap shot and a fantastic Peter Forsberg move shootout goal.

Men’s Ice Hockey

The NHL for a change didn’t agree to open up a gap in its season to let its players join their Olympic teams, so the flavor was changed a bit. Even so, no one would have expected the Canadian men to lose to Germany – Germany!?! – in the semifinals, but they did. Canada bounced back and beat the Czech Republic to take bronze.

The Dan Jansen of Curling

John Shuster was the lead on the USA’s 2006 bronze medal team and was the skip during the 2010 and 2014 debacles, where they finished last and second to last. He was effectively thrown out the door after that by the US Federation, who wanted to find someone else to send. But he formed a team and worked his way back up the ladder and eventually gained the 2018 spot. After another terrible start of 2-4, they completely flipped and won three straight to make the semifinals. Shuster made a number of great shots down the stretch, including one for 5 vs Sweden in the finals. The Swedes had been mowing everyone down until then, but John Shuster’s redemption was finally complete.

Blame it on Trump and Pence I guess

Before play got underway, three USA athletes that I can recall were trashing the President or the Vice President. Lindsey Vonn has a great history in Olympic skiing, but she came away with only a bronze medal. Adam Rippon managed a bronze medal in Team Figure Skating after he finished in 10th place in his part. Gus Kenworthy ended up with a broken thumb, a huge bruise, and no medals. I’ll let you look up links to them on your own.

Do you have any favorite moments? Forget the North Korean cheerleaders – the South Korean Women’s Curling team maybe?

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Water Cooler 2/17/18 – Open Thread – Joe Manchin; The Indictment


A short one from me today.

Joe Manchin

You’ve seen at RedState how Joe Manchin felt about Democratic behavior at the State of the Union address. And how he really really doesn’t want any Senators to say bad things about him.

Here he goes again. If a WV voter asks Manchin whether he is pro-life or pro-choice, the answer is “Yes”.

The Mueller indictments

You can have some fun opening the indictment and browsing or searching through it. Pages 17-23 go through various Twitter accounts, Facebook groups, and Instagram accounts they set up. It’s an impressive line-up. They obviously figured a Sanders-Trump matchup was a win-win for them, and the end they even tried to get Hillary voters to choose Jill Stein instead.

On or about November 3, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators purchased an advertisement to promote a post on the ORGANIZATION-controlled Instagram account “Blacktivist” that read in part: “Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein. Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote.”

This is a water cooler, and an open thread so feel free to add other topics. Have a great weekend!

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Water Cooler 2/10/18; A Few Things That Caught My Eye


I’ve got a few quickies and then a meatier one for you this week.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

SI’s annual swimsuit edition is a big moneymaker. It barely involves more “clothing” than ESPN the Mag’s Body Issue. But in the name of political correctness, they have to pretend it’s something it’s not. So if you’re naked but have “MeToo” written on you with a sharpie, then you’re no longer just an “object”.

Is Bill de Blasio guilty of serial sexual assault?

Why hasn’t network or cable news informed us of this outrage? I’m sure any day now there will be a women’s march on the mayor’s mansion demanding he resign immediately.

California wants to block offshore oil from its highways

This move is supposed to stop Donald Trump and Rick Perry from drilling off the CA coast. Ok fine, as long as the feds also stop all oil or gas trucks from entering CA via NV and AZ. Just think how great that would be for California’s environment!

The Endless Cycle of Drug Addiction

I happened across this very long piece the night I was drafting this water cooler. I felt drained by the time I finished reading it and couldn’t even remember how I had come across it in the first place. It’s a fascinating read and an emotional rollercoaster. It alternates between being a beautiful story of redemption and a heartbreaking story of relapse.

If only we had more true journalists like this today! Trivia note: I was a Tulane freshman working at the Hilton Inn (the original airport Hilton) when the Vikings stayed there for Super Bowl IX.

I forwarded the article to a friend of mine who is also from New Orleans and whom I know went to the same high school at around the same time. (One of the weird quirks for New Orleanians is that you are identified by which high school you attended.) He sent me back this reply. Small world….

Yes, I knew Jackie . He was a decent athlete in his youth. Actually, we lived around the corner from each other when he played for the L.A. Rams. The last time we spoke was about two weeks prior to his last training NFL camp. He never returned to the neighborhood and I lost track of him. I had heard that he was having tough times , but was unaware it was this bad.

I also know the coach mentioned in the article ( Burton Burns ). He lived 4 houses from me. Burton has been the coach of the Running Backs at Alabama ever since Saban has been the Head Coach.

Thanks for reading today’s watercooler, RedStaters. Meet me back here next Saturday! Enjoy the open thread!

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Water Cooler 2/5/18; And Then There Were None

My very belated latest water cooler goes back to the marches for life in January. Ours in Austin was the weekend after most others. Thankfully there was added police presence this year and, unlike the past years, none of the small band of “protesters” physically interfered with the parade or tried to assault one of the Bishops. Gov Abbott spoke and stayed for over an hour during the rally after the march.

I’ve mentioned Abby Johnson here before. She’s a remarkable person who lives nearby – so perhaps she is better-known here than in other places. The title of this entry comes from her abortionworker.com website. Her idea is: No abortion clinic workers, no abortion clinics, no abortions. It starts with the workers.

She used to be the director at a PP clinic in Houston until her conversion that came while witnessing an abortion on a 13-week-old fetus on an ultrasound machine. This open letter to abortion workers describes where she came from and what she does. Key part of her message: NO ONE GROWS UP WANTING TO WORK AT AN ABORTION CLINIC.

Abby has a very different attitude than we see from many anti-abortion folks. She believes that we need to be careful how we treat abortion workers, regardless of how obnoxious they may be to people who are praying outside abortion clinics. Her results include more than 400 ex-clinic workers, with half a dozen or more former abortion doctors among that number. Her charity provides a range of services that help get these workers into something more production than killing babies.

She doesn’t tweet or retweet a lot compared to some folks, but she could be worth following for those of you who are twitter users (which I am not).

This is longish (12:30 or so), but Abby says this is a good way to learn about her. It ends with her bringing one of the former Gosnell workers up with her. His being a hopeless monster doesn’t mean everyone who worked for him is also beyond reach.

As always, this is an open thread so feel free to jump in with your favorite topic of the day.

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