July 28, 2014

New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What Should Israel Do About Gaza?

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July 27, 2014

... and Speak-o was his name-o

In Dr. Jonathan Gruber's now famous "speak-o" response to the discovery of the 2012 video that went viral last Friday, he said, "I didn’t assume every state would set up its own exchanges but I assumed that subsidies would be available in every state."

As promised, watch the following video of Dr. Gruber from 9/27/12. It is unedited. Skip to the 6:50 mark for the important stuff. He clearly states that "...we're going to have 50 different exchanges..."

Can you have a "speak-o" within your "speak-o" explanation?

UPDATE: Welcome, Twitchy readers!

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Pawn takes Knight

By now everyone knows about Dr. Jonathan Gruber, the ACA architect that had, well, a really bad day yesterday. There was another guy that had a crazy day too. How about the guy that discovered the video? One minute you're posting a comment on Washington Post link from Instapundit, hours later Rush Limbaugh is talking about the White House response.

My world changed yesterday. Yep, it was me. It's a long story how it all happened. I've had that video since the winter. I knew it was important when I read about the ACA challenge from the State of Oklahoma. Nobody in the media would respond to me. I tried. Hard. Ironically the people I tried all commented yesterday. I basically spent the day in amazement as all the blogs I follow like Drudge and instapundit and Newsbusters were posting about me. How cool is that? I saw Gruber be forced to respond, twice. It was crazy. The video itself went viral. It had about 700 views when I went to bed Thursday night. It's over 30,000 now.

My title above is Pawn takes Knight. The little guy does have a chance. Jonathan Gruber's days of being a serious Progressive Knight are over because some nobody knows how to use Google.

Amazingly, after that incredible day, you know what nobody has considered? What else do I have Gruber saying on video? Yep. I have more. Lots more.

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Please welcome our new contributor: Richierich

And Mr. Richierich is already well known across the blogosphere and other media: He is the guy who discovered the video evidence of ObumbleCare architect John Gruber admitting to just what the DC Circuit Court ruled last week. That is, that "the ACA clearly prohibits the (healthcare) subsidy for purchases from the federal exchange."

Please welcome him. And stand by for more. See his post directly above on the main page.

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Delaware's own Joe Biden

Ah, Joe. Always demonstrating you've never recovered from the disease known as Foot-in-Mouth:

To wit: “You know,” Biden continued, “so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a view. You know what I mean? But my daughter is a social worker.”

As the IJReview notes, "... one of your other children is Delaware’s Attorney General, and the other is a lawyer who works for a Ukrainian gas company. I think you’ll be fine."

I thought Dems were the party of "compassion" and "for the little guy."

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Funny ...

... isn't it, that the News Journal hasn't reported on the 117 illegal immigrant children placed in Delaware since the initial story?

After all, said initial story only had the most comments I'd ever seen on a Delaware Online article.

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July 26, 2014

Saturday "progressive" nuttiness

First up: House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer says the Dems can win back the House this November. I'll have what he's smoking.

Next up: Bill Maher makes a comparison only a true "progressive" could make -- that ObumbleCare becoming law is a greater achievement than ... the moon landing. Somehow "WTF?" doesn't quite cut it here.

Lastly, "I'm A" Dick Durbin urges Walgreen to be "patriotic" and not move its HQ to Switzerland. Because, y'know, paying high taxes makes you wanna stand up and salute the flag ... especially knowing that complete blithering morons like Durbin are running the damn country.

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Does she really not see the irony?

The ever-politically correct Gail Simone tweets:

Yes, Gail, and YOU are one of the most willing. Any dissent from your far-left PC orthodoxy, no matter how innocuous and/or well reasoned, is labeled "racist," "sexist," "homophobic" and whatever other "-ism" or phobia you can think of.

You've been a big supporter of radical feminist Suey Park, she of "only white people can be racist" infamy. And when asked if you agreed with her statement, you refused to answer, and then proceeded to block on Twitter those who had asked the question.

Way to willingly embrace that Newspeak, Gail. Hypocrite.

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July 25, 2014

Absolutely beyond parody

It's bad enough (for the Boss Obama administration) that a recent court ruling said ObumbleCare subsidies are only available via states that have established health exchanges (as per the language in the actual law); it's worse that one of the law's architects said exactly that in the past.

Even though the administration, et. al. are arguing that the law "infers" that the federal government can offer subsidies.

Still worse are this architect's -- Jonathan Gruber -- pathetic excuses for his statements ... and the ObumbleCare law's actual language:

"It is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it's a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states."

Un-freakin'-real. The law has a TYPO, for cripe's sake. That NO ONE caught.

Then again, Nancy Pelosi did say that the bill had to be passed so that we could know what's in it, right?

"I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake," he (Gruber) said.

He continued: "There was never any intention to literally withhold money, to withhold tax credits, from the states that didn’t take that step" [of creating their own exchanges]. That’s clear in the intent of the law and if you talk to anybody who worked on the law. My subsequent statement was just a speak-o—you know, like a typo."

Got that? Even though this Obamanaut has more than once stated what the recent court ruling said -- that, again, only states with exchanges can offer healthcare subsidies -- he "misspoke" ... just like the "typo" in the healthcare law.

Anyone who still buys anything that comes out of this administration really is living in an alternate reality.

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with It’s Another “Death to the Jews” Weekend.

Full results are here.

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Governor Markell, like Boss Obama

The First State's governor sure has learned well from our president -- when it comes to lying, that is. Despite stating that Delaware had nowhere to place any illegal immigrant children that have been flooding our southern border, Jack Markell recently announced that 117 of these children have been placed with families in the state.

[Markell] urged lawmakers to "remain mindful that we are called upon to provide for the least of our brothers and sisters."

He called the U.S. a "nation of immigrants," saying "the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing dangerous situations at home does not just affect our border states; it impacts all of us as Americans. Whatever one's politics, we are a nation of immigrants."

*Sigh* The 'ol "nation of immigrants" schtick, eh? Conveniently forgetting the term "illegal," eh Jack? Spare me. Not to mention, the whole "fleeing dangerous situations" is mostly bunk. Interviews have shown that the vast majority of those arriving at our borders currently have fled not because of "dangerous situations at home," but because they think they can stay in the United States.

Markell also noted that "the presence of child migrants in Delaware may come at a cost for state taxpayers." Perfect. Just perfect.

He also pulled the racism card, saying "Unfortunately, the debate around immigration has been marked too often by scare-mongering and xenophobia." Again, perfect. *Yawn*

Markell, like Boss Obama, has become a laughing stock; however, unlike Obama and the Democrat Party nationally, Markell and his party will easily maintain power here in the First State. This fact shows how utterly moribund the GOP is here in DE.

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July 23, 2014

Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!

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July 22, 2014

Gotta love the headline

Check out this sidebar headline via ABC News.com circa 11:15am EDT:

Why should they? Who has been held responsible for anything in this administration since day one??

People learn by example, natch.

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'Bout damn time

Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border. But the Boss Obama administration suddenly is worried about the law and procedure:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House has not yet received the formal communication required for Perry to deploy guard troops.

If I were Perry, I'd simply sit back and let out a huge guffaw at that.

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July 21, 2014

New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What Will Be The Most Significant Technological Development of the Next Decade?

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July 20, 2014

Profs Given Grant To Overcome White Male Hegemony in Science Fiction. Or Something.

The year: 1968. A science fiction show called Star Trek makes history by featuring the first interracial kiss on American television.

The year: 1959. A writer named Robert Heinlein makes a Filipino young man his protagonist in what many consider to be his best work, Starship Troopers.

The year: 1973. Marvel Comics' Captain America title features its hero tracking down a villain who ends up being none other than President Richard Nixon himself. The event causes Cap to become highly disillusioned, and he gives up wearing the American flag for a time.

The year: 1980. Writer Gregory Benford's novel Timescape warns of global environmental apocalypse if humans aren't more careful in how they alter their surroundings.

Science fiction has always been an avenue through which creators comment on political, cultural and social matters. Like racism. The nature of society and government. Abuse of power. Stewardship of our planet.

But only in the hallowed halls of academia will you discover such is not enough for this creative genre. No sir. If the creators are not of the "right" color or background, and if the "right" issues aren't being addressed adequately, then there's a problem.

At the University of California, Riverside, a grant was needed to explore "ethnic futurisms" -- because, it seems, "there has long been an unacknowledged tradition of SF written by people of color."

“Alternative Futurisms,” which will launch in September 2015, will bring together African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American scholars, artists and writers to examine the colonial roots and legacies of science fiction and the power of speculative fiction as a tool for social change.

Science fiction fans and scholars are rethinking what counts as science fiction, explained Sherryl Vint, professor of English and co-director of the SFTS program with Latham. Vint is co-principal investigator of the Sawyer Seminar with Latham and Nalo Hopkinson, professor of creative writing and an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy.

“The canon is not monolithically white,” she added. “Questions of social justice are emerging, particularly with regard to colonialism, borders, DNA, and profiling. Our seminar will elicit and sustain dialogue among the many peoples of color who are using speculative techniques to combat systemic racism and will seek to displace the hegemony of the post-racial imaginary with a range of ethnic futurisms.”

The "colonial roots and legacies" of sci-fi? Sounds like yet another university-based grievance fest. And who wants to translate that last sentence? Any takers? Here, I'll give it a go:

"Our seminar, comprised almost exclusively of non-white folks, will discuss how science fiction can combat the persistently and incorrigibly racist Western societies, and will strive to abolish the popularity of racial unity themes in the genre and replace them with various racial and ethnic separatist group fictions."

How was that?

Unfortunately for UCR, other than that last deconstructivist-based sentence, there's little new "Alternative Futurisms" offers to science fiction. "Speculative fiction as a tool for social change" is, after all, what sci-fi is.

Invasion of the Melanin Deficient.

This story comes about, ironically, at a time when there has been considerable debate within the science fiction community about matters racial and sexual. The rise and popularity of social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, have served as a catalyst for such. This online brouhaha, for example, between conservative author Larry Correia and lefty writer John Scalzi is a (continuing) microcosm of such. Unfortunately, the predictable accusations of racism, sexism and homophobia by those in the latter camp mar real conversations.

Over the last decade or so, the "Big Two" comicbook companies Marvel and DC have made headline-worthy attempts to "diversify" their ranks -- characters and creators alike -- sometimes by turning long-established characters into something they're not. And, like the liberal (general) science fiction crowd, progressive comicbook fans and creators alike are quick to denounce any criticism of such, however innocuous.

Most recently, for example, it was announced the Marvel character Thor would become ... a woman. (This is in the comics, not the movies, so don't worry about Chris Hemsworth ladies. Oh, wait, was that sexist? My apologies.) Even reactions such as "it's just a cheap gimmick" have been met with angry counters, invoking "misogyny," "angry white males," "marginalization," and, of course, "racism." Like the movie industry's predilection for churning out "reboots" of even classic science films, such announcements, much like comicbook character "deaths," are merely short-term gimmicks, guaranteed to result in a sales boost, however fleeting. I suppose it's just too much work to actually create new (diverse) characters, much like it's the same situation with writing original movie scripts ...?

Science fiction aficionados crave good stories, no matter the race/gender/sexual orientation of the creators or the stories' characters. An all-consuming desire for -- and corresponding knee-jerk criticism toward dissenters of -- superficial "diversity" does little to enhance and encourage the human oneness much of science fiction envisions. Nor, for that matter, does seeking to "displace the hegemony of the post-racial imaginary" with cluttered, separatist racial/ethnic literary enclaves.

Lastly, in terms of access and availability, today there is little to prevent minority science fiction creators from getting their creations out to the public. They certainly don't face, for example, what Benny Russell did in my favorite Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, "Far Beyond the Stars." All it takes is hard work and a lot of persistence. Just ask sci-fi author great Larry Niven; even a trust fund (white) guy's stories like his got rejected a gazillion times ... but eventually one broke through. And I, for one, am glad he kept at it.

(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)

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July 19, 2014

Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with A Game Changer In Gaza.

Full results are here.

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First World problems

Feel for Madison Miller, everybody. Because "it happened to her." She was -- gasp! -- denied an IUD because of a religious exemption, just like Hobby Lobby.

Quote of the article: "I’m a little tired of having to stop whatever I’m doing to take a pill at the same time every day."

That's like a guy saying "I'm a little tired of having to open up that damn condom wrapper right at the key moment."

But, alas, it's a whole new world in this, the Age of Obama. Ms. Miller's learned well from the Boss, he who once noted that he didn't want his daughters "punished" with a pregnancy if/when they had sex and made a "mistake." Miller likens having the "right" to prevent a pregnancy to a runner having the "right" to prevent a twisted ankle.

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OK, Marvel is officially off the reservation now

Michael B. Jordan, the new (and African-American) Human Torch in the upcoming rebooted Fantastic Four flick, said that the film's story isn't exactly what we may be expecting:

It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can.

So, does the title now mean that "everyone is 'fantastic' in their own way" ... or something? Or, to put it another way: WTF???

At the very least, this'll give the self-righteous comicbook creators something else with which to prove their moral/cultural "superiority" ... especially moonbat Gail Simone who's never wasted an opportunity to make snide remarks about those who criticize such ridiculous PC moves.

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July 17, 2014

More comics news: The Falcon becomes the new Cap, and ... Superior Iron Man??

As reported by Doug Ernst and many others, aside from the ludicrous media stunt that is the female Thor, this fall Sam Wilson -- better known as The Falcon -- will assume the mantle of Captain America.

As Doug notes, this makes perfectly logical sense. Sam and Steve Rogers (Cap) have a long, storied history that dates back to the late 1960s. They even shared the marquee on their book for a time. Early 1970s Captain America features some incredibly biting social and racial commentary.

It's akin to Tony Stark and Jim ("Rhodey") Rhodes in the Iron Man title. Rhodes first appeared in IM #118, but chronologically the duo's first encounter -- Stark as Iron Man, that is -- took place during the Vietnam War. Rhodes first assumed the role of Iron Man in the early 1980s when Stark succumbed to alcoholism. He did it again in the early 90s when Stark's nervous system deteriorated. And, of course, he went on in his own suit of armor as War Machine.

Doug notes, too, how Marvel Political Officer Tom Brevoort continues to make an ass out of himself. Here's what he said about Wilson coming on as Cap (my -- and Doug's -- emphasis):

While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background. He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century. For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community. So he’s got perhaps a greater focus on the plight of the common man, and perhaps a greater empathy for the underprivileged than maybe even Steve himself.

First, read Doug's take on the "common man" statement. It fits Brevoort (and many at Marvel and DC) to a tee. Second (and admittedly Brevoort gets more leeway here since he used "perhaps"), what was Steve Rogers?? The kid grew up without a father, he and his mother (who died while he was still young) were dirt-poor, and he endured constant bullying due to his sickly, frail nature. Granted, being white as opposed to black in the 1930s was a whole different ball of wax than it is today, but if anything the Captain America title itself has shown time and time again how socially and racially progressive Rogers is.

One of the most poignant examples, in my opinion, was a more contemporary issue -- an annual of The Ultimates, if memory serves. It featured some in-depth conversation between Wilson and Rogers, with the latter remembering some days during World War II. Steve (as Cap) had just finished up attending a benefit party, and after practically everyone had gone, a few black soldiers approached him asking for his autograph. They had not been allowed to attend the party ... for obvious reasons. Rogers was not happy about that. At all.

Nevertheless, if history is any indication, you can bet that Brevoort and the usual cadre of creators will be quick to assign the "racist" label to anyone who doesn't like this Cap transition, even if it is completely devoid of any racial pretext. Because that's what modern "progressives" do. Just look at how these 'bats react to criticism of our president, after all.

Speaking of Iron Man, in other Marvel news there will be a new Shellhead title, Superior Iron Man. No, it won't be written by that idiot Dan Slott, but the premise does sound a bit like Superior Spider-Man:

"What you're seeing in 'Superior Iron Man' is a Tony Stark who’s seen both his worst and best impulses all let loose," (writer Tom) Taylor told Mashable. "It is Tony, but he’s going to be in a zone now where he’s never been. He's more ambitious, cunning, egotistical ... all of those quantities are unharnessed. He has a vision for the world. I like to think his position is defensible — controversial, but defensible."

In other words, Stark will be a dick. Granted, he's always had that potential, but Taylor is gonna "open it up."

Oh joy.

UPDATE: As if on cue, regarding Cap:

What'd I tell 'ya? And just wait until the actual stories in the new Captain America come forth. If they're anything like a lot of other contemporary comicbook tales (y'know, like the Cap vs. Tea Party yarn), it'll give even more of an excuse for guys like Marz to call out legitimate criticism as "racist."

But, alas, that's easier than thinking. Which makes sense since there ain't a whole of original thinking going on in the 'ol House of Ideas, that's fer sher.

UPDATE 2: This Graeme McMillan piece gives hyperbole a whole new dimension. Sam Wilson will be "working for a white master" because Steve Rogers will be "running Cap’s missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion” and will "also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield," etc.

I'm racist/sexist/homophobic if
I don't like a comicbook storyline?


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July 16, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron details arise

At least Marvel's film arm is rolling right along with little bullsh**; next year's Age of Ultron looks sensational if the early buzz is accurate:

The most interesting information is the quotes and story details the EW cover story also provides about Ultron’s new origins. Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man creates Ultron in the comics but we know Joss Whedon is changing that up for his film and what we suspected last year about Tony Stark being responsible is true. With S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer serving as Earth’s defense and first response against the unknown and other-worldly, it’s up to The Avengers. And to help them out and given them a break, Stark develops Ultron, a sentient program, an artificial intelligence that will help him to serve as an Avenger without actually suiting up himself – building off of what we saw in Iron Man 3 where we met an Iron Legion of automated suits in the final act.

This self-aware AI – perhaps an evolution of JARVIS from the Iron Man films and The Avengers 1 - can locate threats and control Stark’s legion of drone suits to deal with them… until Ultron decides that humans are the greatest threat.

The Entertainment Weekly cover is, well, awesome.

Also in the flick will be the Vision, played by Paul Bettany. And check it: Bettany "will have his real face like the Vision from the comics as well." Gotta love it. But since Ultron created Vizh in the comics, I wonder how the Android Avenger will come about in the flick. Maybe the same way? Sounds like it could work.

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Marvel gimmickry strikes again

You've probably heard by now that Thor will be a chick, now. Do it with me: Slow clap. That, or give a great big yawn. It's getting monotonous already.

Doug Ernst reacts as well as anybody to this (better, actually), so I direct you to his take. Here's Jonah Goldberg and John C. Wright, too, also worth your time.

UPDATE: Oops! Forgot the inimitable Furious D's take! (Thanks, Nate!)

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July 14, 2014

New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: How Would You Handle The Current Crisis On The Border?

Yours truly has an entry.

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July 13, 2014

Because there are no real problems in the world right now

Boss Obama's Dept. of Justice investigates ... a parade float critical of Boss Obama:

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”

The Nebraska Democratic Party called the float one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”

The Omaha World-Herald reported Friday that the Department of Justice sent a CRS member who handles discrimination disputes to a Thursday meeting about the issue.

"Discrimination??" Oh, sure, because this sure is an example of "discrimination," a'right.

My God, 2016 can't get here fast enough.

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Spare us the outrage

Here's Marvel's editor-in-chief Axel Alonso on the recent (manufactured) controversy surrounding Captain America writer Rick Remender:

"Let me be clear: An attack on Rick’s integrity is an attack on Marvel’s integrity."

Is that so. Gosh.

As was the point of this post last week, many of the creators at both Marvel and DC have helped create the very atmosphere which led to the silly Remender situation. Anything anybody says/does that (seemingly) goes against the prevailing "progressive" wisdom is immediately pounced upon by these creators ... unless it's (seemingly) done by one of their own. And then the self-righteous indignation begins in earnest.

It's quite obvious Alonso doesn't really believe what he said about Marvel, above. If he did, he'd tell guys like Dan Slott, Ron Marz, Mark Waid, and Gail Simone to curb their condescending, hostile, rude, and factually challenged social media behavior towards those who differ politically from them.

And just in case, spare me the free speech "argument." No one is saying those named above cannot say what they want. It's merely a matter of manners but most especially business sense. One wonders why Alonso hasn't said something like "When you behave like that on social media, it reflects poorly on Marvel."

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