Naked Lady of the Week: Kristin Melnichuk

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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Melnichuk may sound like one of Putin’s super-secret nerve agents, but it’s actually the last name of this Ukrainian nude model, who also goes by Sigrid and Vanessa. Do Ukrainians hate Putin these day? I can never keep the Russia-Ukraine thing straight.

Here is a (presumably autotranslated) biography that I find on the internet:

I do not make conclusions without knowing the person. I have no enemies, I have them. I have an opinion, which I did not refuse. I have my principles that I hold. I’m not smiling people who I unpleasant. I don’t deal with people who did not interest me. I won’t gloss over the reality, I tell like it is. I do not accept the criticism from people who don’t know me. I accept your mistakes, but rarely mistaken. I can cry after watching the sad movie, but I don’t pay if some bastard would offend me. If I brief, it doesn’t mean that I’m silent. If I release, that doesn’t mean that I miss. I don’t try to please everyone. I am what you want to eat it or not.

She has a hesitantly sunny presence that makes me think of the weather in early spring. She’s pretty in an unforced way. For some reason I find it charming that her teeth haven’t been whitened.

She’s on Twitter but she doesn’t post much.

Nudity below. Have a great weekend.

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Jefferson on Judicial Review

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

You seem … to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps…. Their power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.

— Thomas Jefferson, 1820

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What I’ve Been Watching

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

Minimalist movie notes on the last 10 that I’ve seen:

47 METRES DOWN: Liked it.
LA NOTTE: Didn’t like it.
THE LADIES MAN: Liked it.
THE HISTORY BOYS: Liked it.
MISSISSIPPI GRIND: Really liked it.
LADY BIRD: Didn’t like it.
THE ODD COUPLE: Liked it.
THINGS TO COME: Liked it.
THE FLORIDA PROJECT: Really liked it.
DRINKING BUDDIES: Didn’t like it.

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The Law is a “Propaganda Weapon,” Says Former Supreme Court Justice

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

In today’s New York Times editorial page, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for the repeal of the Second Amendment. In doing so, he attacks the majority decision in DC v. Heller written by Scalia:

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.

That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.

So binding legal precedent, arrived at by following the well-established rules of due process, is nothing but a “propaganda weapon”? Good to know. The next time someone cites the majority holdings in Griswold, Roe, and Planned Parenthood — or Lawrence and Obergefell — I’ll follow Justice Stevens’s lead and airily dismiss them as mere propaganda weapons.

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Speckalatin’

Fenster speckalates:

1.

Trump did not unearth a hidden majority–only a large and neglected minority. The Dems could have found a way to reach out to him over common issues but instead adopted a scorched earth policy.

There were solid political reasons for this. Trump was toxic on culture, identity politics, and PC; and many Dems had become elitist without knowing it. So it would have been hard for the Dems immediately post-campaign to look for common ground, or even to articulate Trump-like positions on manufacturing, middle America, immigration and trade– reliable Dem go-to issues in the past.

So then came the Resistance.  But it perhaps was not completely a move of desperation.  It could have been in part a calculated risk.

The policy of Resistance left Trump with nowhere to go but to the Rs, who have in the manner of the scorpion crossing the river bitten the host frog on the journey–a murder-suicide because the scorpion could not help being a scorpion (Republicans own the name The Stupid Party for a reason).

Trump might have cured the Rs and if he had the party might have emerged as a real threat. Maybe the wiser Dems decided that the Republicans could not help but be stupid, reasoning that the Republicans would eventually stab Trump in the back and weaken themselves in the process.  They can then pick up the pieces–gingerly, hypocritically but probably successfully.

2.

Ah, but what of the Great Populist Moment?

The US was maybe fortunate to have avoided the occasion for socialism. Europe seems so nice to us in retrospect but it had a terrible history. Could be that where populism is concerned Europe will once again catch a deathly flu, owing to the EU’s stranglehold and the near inevitability of more mass migration from the Middle East and Africa? And that America will catch a nasty cold but, owing to its different political conditions and its geographic remove, it will get over it?

Many were surprised at the strength of the anti-elite mood in this country in 2016 but the surprise of it makes it easy to overstate the phenomenon. The fact is that while the most fortunate globalists are the 1% they have an awful lot of cooperative handmaidens. They got too big for their britches and will likely try to adjust them.

The parties have usually found a way to adjust policies and constituencies to arrive a near parity. Maybe this time they won’t make those adjustments on the traditional big government small government divide but on the new elite versus populism divide. The Dems don’t have to move that far to appeal to Trump voters (witness the midterms), especially if the Rs are determined to stay stupid. So this could be one more finesse, larger then usual but still a finesse, followed by a new normal.

3.

Ah, but can the Dems pivot, or are they too much hostage to their constituencies to even embrace parts of Trumpism without Trump?

Could be they are captive of identity politics.  But seems to me that identity politics in the first instance is for the most part eye candy.  Sure there are real things stuck in there but for the most part it is symbolic in nature.

Do the Dems do much for African-Americans? Does BLM? Blacks may not be able to look forward to full employment and stable communities but they can look forward to pride, attitude and the celebration of their culture.

That comes cheap in many ways to political and business elites.  Indeed in a post-industrial future it seems a reasonable though craven path to take.  Why bother integrating blacks into the workforce when they can be sidelined with bread and circus follies, with any blue collar jobs remaining after the impact of technology going to another wave of immigrants willing to work for even less,  and not complain, and vote Democratic to boot?

The Left has always had a problem squaring the white deplorables with minorities. But while that is a difficult problem it is not impossible. I am not sure the Dems have to publicly wean themselves of identity politics. Clinton had his Sister Souljah moment and everyone kind of got along after that for a while. Why can’t the Dems do a modified Sister Souljah on the one side and a modified Trump middle America on the other? Politics is mostly about messaging in our era and has stopped being mostly about real things. Couldn’t a master messenger figure out how to capture a good deal of populist energy without losing the identitarians completely?

In any event if the Rs self-destruct and Trump implodes the table will be set and we will see what happens.  It is quite possible that the twin collapse of mainstream Republicanism and the Trumpist challenge –if that occurs–will leave the so-called Trump coalition with few alternatives, and they can be had for cheap.  Buy low, sell high.

 

 

 

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Naked Lady of the Week: Emily Grey

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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Emily Grey is such a bright little thing. She’s fairly flat-chested. Does her backside makes up for it? I think so. In fact, I think it’s pretty fantastic.

She’s been working in “the industry” since 2013. Judging by her Twitter account, she still does videos and such.

Presumably her name was borrowed from Sasha Grey. Have you ever noticed that a lot of porn stars steal the names of other, more established porn stars? It’s weird, right? I guess it allows the starlets to share a bit of the established performer’s notoriety. Physically, Emily is a Sasha Grey type, so maybe the name helps her tap into an existing audience. Is she anything like Sasha Grey as a performer? I haven’t sampled her video work, so I don’t know.

Here’s a rather boring interview.

I enjoyed this profile, in which we learn that Emily “likes clothes but barely wears em,” and that she “smokes hookah and relaxes to electronic beats when ever possible.”

Nudity below. Have a great weekend.

Update:

My beloved co-blogger Enzo Nakamura, who, though he rarely blogs, often sends me comments about our Naked Ladies of the Week, has alerted me to the fact that Emily is a popular camgirl, who can be watched in real time at a site called Chaturbate. I’m not going to link to it, because the last time I linked to a cam site, WordPress nuked the entire blog. But you can go there and see her perform right now, in real time, while sitting on your couch and eating potato chips as Russian bots silently hack your democracy. Isn’t the modern world grand?

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Juxtaposin’: Boom

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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