A Glengarry Christmas (h/t to The Provocateur):
The original (Alec Baldwin's best-ever performance in motion pictures):
Via Fox News, of course.
Politico's Michael Calderone has 'em.
Very appropriate for our recent spat of weather, I'd say! Here's -- you guessed it -- Los Amigos Invisibles with their hit "Playa Azul" ("Blue Beach") from their album The Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol. 1:
According to the Telegraph (UK):
1. Master and Commander
2. Black Hawk Down
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
5. The Pursuit of Happyness
6. The Dark Knight
7. The Hurt Locker
8. Hotel Rwanda
9. The Lives of Others
Honorable mentions: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Cinderella Man; Gran Torino; Juno; The Passion of the Christ; Rocky Balboa; Tears of the Sun; United 93; We Were Soldiers.
Of the top ten, I only haven't seen The Lord of the Rings flicks (I'm not a big "fantasy" genre fan) and The Hurt Locker, the description of which is as follows:
Kathryn Bigelow’s critically acclaimed tribute to the heroism of US Army bomb disposal experts in Iraq has already been nominated for three Golden Globes. It is a searing and tense war film that has been the surprise hit of the year in the United States. What is refreshing about the film is its willingness to portray the US military presence in Iraq in an overwhelmingly sympathetic light, and the al-Qaeda-backed enemy as barbaric and fundamentally evil. There are no shades of gray in The Hurt Locker, and this is a strikingly patriotic motion picture that has been embraced by an American public weary of the anti-Americanism churned out by Hollywood in its portrayal of the War on Terror – from Rendition and Lions for Lambs to Redacted and In the Valley of Elah. The Hurt Locker is by far the best conservative film of 2009, and one of the greatest of the decade.
I think all of the ten are very good choices; I HIGHLY recommend "The Lives of Others" if you haven't seen it. (Be aware: it's all in German but with English subtitles.) As the description offers, it's one of the "surprisingly few films made about the massive human cost inflicted by Soviet Communism, and its ruthless dominance of eastern and central Europe over the course of nearly four decades." Its drab colors and cinematography remind me of "1984," and if you're not praying to the Maker thanking Him for letting you be born in the free West after watching this, you've no heart.
The two films any UN bureaucrat should be MADE to watch (as well as any UN-loving "progressive") are "Black Hawk Down" and especially "Hotel Rwanda." Those who believe Barack Obama's economic strategy is the bee's knees should watch "The Pursuit of Happyness;" Neville Chamberlain-style appeasers should view "300" and "The Dark Knight," while those who guffaw at the notion of personal determination should scope out "Master and Commander" and "Gladiator."
White House takes four days to respond to terror attack, but responds to Cheney criticism in a matter of hours?
The Top Ten Cable Shows for 2009:
1. The O'Reilly Factor - 3.34M
2. Hannity - 2.51M
3. Glenn Beck - 2.32M
4. Special Report - 2.04M
5. On The Record - 1.97M
6. The Fox Report - 1.88M
7. O'Reilly Factor (11pm Rpt) - 1.51M
8. Your World - 1.48M
9. Americas Newsroom - 1.43M
10. Studio B - 1.21M (Source.)
In case you're unaware (as I'm sure many "progressives" are), all these shows are Fox News Channel programs. Now ... how is it that FNC has every single one of the top ten shows for the entire year? Here's some typical excuses "progressives" will give you:
Here's the simple FACT as to why Fox News is so freakin' popular, people: Because it recognized that a huge segment of the American public's views weren't getting a fair hearing on the so-called mainstream media news broadcasts. It's the same reason conservative talk radio exploded over the last couple decades or so.
Occam's Razor, people. It applies here, and how.
(At top left: Keith Olbermann's reaction to this news -- "Shh! Don't tell anyone! Please!")
(h/t to The Corner.)
Napolitano is an apt representation of Obama-style detachment from national security: She doesn't know where the 9/11 hijackers came from; she doesn't know illegal immigration is a criminal offense; she won't utter the word "terror" (it's a "man-caused disaster," just like, say, a forest fire); she thinks the real terrorists are "right-wing extremists" aided and abetted by our soldiers returning home from their missions; when a jihadist at Fort Hood massacres more people than were killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, she won't call it terrorism and worries mostly about racist blow-back against innocent Muslims; she doesn't see any indications of a larger terrorist conspiracy even after a captured — er, arrested — terrorist tells agents he was groomed for the airplane operation by al Qaeda in Yemen; she thinks the "system worked" on Christmas when every element of it failed; and even her walk-back on the "system worked" comment — i.e., that it worked after the fact because all the planes then in the air were notified to take extra precautions "within 90 minutes" of the attack — is pathetic. You may recall that on 9/11, the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. and the second at 9:16 a.m.; the Pentagon was struck at 9:37a.m., and, thanks to the heroic passengers of Flight 93, the last plane went down a little after 10 a.m. — about 20 minutes from its target in Washington. A lot can happen in 90 minutes.
Personally, with the recent terror attack attempt, I think many conservatives have gone too far in their criticism of Obama for "not addressing the nation quickly enough," or "continuing to play golf." (Both Bushes did the same to one degree or another during comparable incidents.) But the Obama Team -- most especially Napolitano, as McCarthy notes -- has a putrid politically correct history that not only drives rightists batty but independents as well. Top it off with AG Eric Holder who has taken up the "cause" of allowing Khalid Sheik Mohammed a civilian trial in NYC, and who refused to prosecute a most-obvious case of voter intimidation by Black Panthers in Philadelphia ... and people wonder why your average joe has doubts about The Messiah's abilities on national security?
Received this from a friend via e-mail:
It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons: (Democrats, Republicans, Independents)
You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars
AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??
pandora over at the LGOMB writes the following:
Mr. Traditional Marriage, Karl Rove, gets divorced. And… it isn’t his first one. Oh, sweet hypocrisy! So much for those traditional little clauses, such as: “till death do us part” and “that which God has brought together, let no man put asunder.”
So, because Rove (and people like him) believe that "marriage" should be defined as "between a man a woman," they're somehow "hypocrites" ... because they get divorced? Like, there thus can never be an instance where NOTHING is permitted go wrong? No possible irreconcilable differences? What if his wife cheated? What if she became a drug addict? Etc.?
It's just plain ridiculous.
Are gays who get "married" hypocrites if they get divorced -- especially if those same “till death do us part” and “that which God has brought together, let no man put asunder” clauses are in their vows? If not, why? Is it because they don't believe in "tradition?" Then, why use those phrases/lines in their vows -- let alone demand the TRADITION that is "marriage"?
But never let it be said that logic will stop a moonbat.
UPDATE: Not only logic, but apparently recent factual events, too:
Conservatives are simply incapable of grassroots efforts. Liberals might be a little too good at them! And that, my contrary friends, is the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
Yeah -- "incapable." What's actually "incapable" is the LGOMB's ability to think.
* Wolf Howling - Ashura – A New Phase To The Revolution
* Right Truth - 300 terrorists in Yemen planning terror attacks: Bare your body and pay them money!
* The Razor - Hard Choices Needed to Stop Terrorism
* Bookworm Room- The Princess and the Frog — Disney’s Gift to American Blacks
* The Provocateur - Sarah Palin: Crazy Like a Fox
* The Glittering Eye - The Underwear Bomber
* Soccer Dad - What’s There To Debate
* Mere Rhetoric - Obligatory Post About New Organ Harvesting Story That Provides “No Evidence” For Organ Harvesting Libel
* The Colossus of Rhodey - Liberal Trek
* American Digest - The Emperor’s New Speech Impediment
* Rhymes With Right - A Global Warming Observation
* Joshuapundit - The Christmas Crotch Bomber – How He Almost Succeeded And How To Stop Him In The Future
Also check out the non-Council submissions here.
"Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus."
Anyone who seriously believes that (as if ANY government program has done so) needs serious psychiatric help (and not those who are skeptical about man-made global warming!). Further evidence from the UK:
Spending on NHS bureaucracy has risen by 50 per cent in just four years, according to "heartbreaking" government figures.
The increases include a 43 per cent rise in the costs of managers, while spending on clerical staff rose by 78 per cent at Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), which decide how NHS funds should be used. Meanwhile, their expenditure on management consultants and temporary staff more than doubled.
Patients' groups accused the Government of wasting "ludicrous and heartbreaking" sums expanding an army of administrators while starving the frontline of resources.
But hey -- it'll be different here! I mean, Barack is, after all, The Messiah!
The Messiah yesterday: "We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable."
TEEING OFF: A half-hour after President Obama vowed to catch the terrorists behind a plot to blow up a plane on Christmas, he arrived at 10:40 a.m. at the Luana Hills Country Club, where a golf course winds through a rain forest, the pool reports. The club is below inland cliffs and the towering Mt. Olomana.
You must now by now that if this was G.W. Bush, the usual idiots would be festering in their rampant BDS like lepers in their colony.
(h/t to Campaign Spot.)
Idiot Janet Napolitano today:
... [she] said on Sunday that there was so far no evidence of a wider terrorist plot in what federal authorities said was an attempt by a 23-year-old Nigerian man to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day.
Except that, well, there was:
American officials have cause to worry there may be more al Qaeda-trained young men in Yemen planning to bring down American jets. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told FBI agents there are more just like him in Yemen. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon.
Yep. More just like him looking to wreak "man-caused disasters." And our Homeland Security chief is clueless.
Delaware Dunce, the "progressive" who once wished that all Republicans be rounded up and shot, now shows what a complete philistine he is by attempting to opine on a show I bet he never (or rarely) understood. (He also says TNG was "one of my favorite childhood shows," showing that he is still quite wet behind the ears.) Of course, he only gives you part of the story. Here's the rest of the National Review The Corner article (by Mike Potemra) he criticizes:
I asked an NR colleague about it, and he speculated that the show’s appeal for conservatives lay largely in the toughness of the main character: Jean-Luc Picard was a moral hardass where the Captain Kirk of the earlier show was more of an easygoing, cheerful swashbuckler. I think there’s something to that: Patrick Stewart did indeed create, in that character, a believable and compelling portrait of ethical uprightness.
I wonder what someone with the "morals" which rationalize the murder of mere political opponents has to say about Jean-Luc Picard -- a man who once rhetorically torn down a Starfleet admiral for acting in a manner very much like Delaware Dunce's own.
And just to point out the obvious: Potemra's invocation of the "liberal" values of "peace, tolerance, due process, progress" would be more accurately expressed as the "unrealistic liberal imagining of peace, tolerance, due process, progress." I mean, anyone with half a brain had to be screaming at his/her TV during TNG's second season "Q Who?" which introduced the Borg. Though a "moral hardass" perhaps, at times Picard was hopelessly naive (and was told so by the omnipotent Q) as in this episode where he, no matter what, kept trying to reason with the Borg. And then later, when he acquiesced and withdrew his support for introducing an invasive program that would have decimated the Borg once and for all. (See my recent post about this tidbit, and more, here.) It is that type of blind, irrational "tolerance" and "peace" that drives conservatives nutty, for it ultimately leads to disaster. (See one Neville Chamberlain in real life; see the result of Picard's refusal to introduce that invasive program in "Star Trek: First Contact." Oh, and yet another excellent scifi example of such liberal "tolerance": The original "Battlestar Galactica" movie where the Council of Twelve ridiculously falls for the Cylon "desire" for "peace.")
A notorious Holocaust denier convicted of attacking Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel in an elevator has now set his sights on an 80-year-old Pembroke Pines woman whose memoir recounts her ordeal in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
In a lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court, Eric Hunt alleges that the The Fifth Diamond: The Story of Irene Weisberg Zisblatt is full of "vicious lies" and "fantastical tales" that turn Jews into haters and torment non-Jews.
Zisblatt's son-in-law, who is a lawyer, called Hunt's lawsuit "absurd" but expressed concern for his elderly relative's safety.
Hunt, 25, of Archbald, Pa., filed the libel suit in Broward Circuit Court on Oct. 6 and is demanding a jury trial and punitive damages of "not less than $60 million."
Only in America, folks.
You've probably heard by now about the botched terror attempt aboard that Detroit-bound airliner the other day. What you probably haven't heard about are the ultra-moonbats who are trying to justify the terrorist's actions:
Nigerians celebrate Christmas with setting off fire-crackers. The questions are, is this particular Nigerian visiting the United States for the very first time? Was he engaging in his country's practice of celebrating Christmas with fire-cracker? Did he choose the very worse place to engage in his celebrations?
In Nigeria, folks regardless of their faith celebrate Christmas collectively by setting off fire-crackers like we do on July 4th. You do not have to be a Christian to engage in this practice.
HC bill passes, Al Q pops up with....firecrackers? Interesting timing.
I think the initial firecracker reports were the truth and then someone in the administration saw it as an opportunity to turn it into terra, say al qaeda, and promote fear... again :sigh: Bu$h may be gone but the new boss is the same as the old and they need evidence of why we need to kill innocents in Afghanistan until the oil pipeline is finished.
I find it interesting that everytime something like this happens, it's some bozo who can't even do it right. Ever notice? Makes me wonder if it's just another attempt to make us afraid.
There's plenty more, all courtesy of the Democratic Underground. And speaking of which, we have our own local version of the DU right here in the First State, colloquiallly dubbed the LGOMB (Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers).
NASA's James Hansen, a prominent global warming alarmist, complaining about some of his critics:
Fast forward to December 2009, when I gave a talk at the Progressive Forum in Houston Texas. ... The next day another popular blog concluded that I deserved capital punishment. Web chatter on this topic, including indignation that I was coming to Texas, led to a police escort.
How did we devolve to this state? Any useful lessons?
Um, maybe this is how, doc:
James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.
But by now you know the story: Hansen just "means well," and his [ridiculous] proposal is "for the good of all."
My favorite scene from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Best line (from Steve Martin): "Oh, and when you're telling these little stories, here's a good idea: have a point!"
And my favorite single moment of the flick -- Steve Martin unknowingly drying his face with John Candy's underwear!
Via Lester Hunt at Liberty & Power blog:
As I was sitting through its 162 minutes, my mind began to wander from the vulgarly eye-popping sights on the screen: Gee, I thought, I can’t think of a single business corporation that engages in those particular practices. Office Depot doesn't, and I'm pretty sure Mircrosoft and Dell Inc don't either. Still, such behavior has been far from uncommon throughout history. I can think of any number of corporate bodies that have, to one extent or another, engaged in these very practices.
When I got home, I consulted my research assistant, Ms. Google, for some examples. What we came up with includes, to give a woefully truncated list: the Kingdom of England, the Mongols, the Russians, the Spanish, Umayyads, the French, the Abbasids, the the Almoravids, Portuguese, the Achaemenids, the Sassanids, the Japanese, the Romans, the Uyghurs, the Macedonians, the Ottomans, the Italians, the Dutch, the Germans, the Shaybanids, the Byzantines, the Khazars, the Bactrians, the Belgians, the Assyrians, the Malians, the the Carolingians, the Merovingian, the Thais, the Swedes, the Khmer, the Avars, the Kanems, the Bulgars, the Akkadians, the Ghanians, the Bagans, the Hyksos, the Visigoths, the the Lydians, the the Ostrogoths, the Hittites, the Armenians, the Carthaginians, the Babylonians, the Aztecs, and the Incas. This is not to mention whole series of Chinese states, Indian states, Persian states, and Egyptian states too numerous to mention. Last, but hardly least, there is of course the United States of America.
Of course, some may argue that some of those listed above are beholden to corporations to one degree or another. And, since "Avatar" takes place about 150 years in our future, one commenter noted "It's also not impossible to imagine a future world where mini-states are called, or even evolved from, corporations."
Indeed. One of the greatest scifi epics of the 1970s extrapolated on that very concept:
First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with The Communist Cat is out of the Climate Change Bag.
First place in the non-Council category was Michael Yon with Arghandab & The Battle for Kandahar.
Full results are here.
John Hood at The Corner writes the following comparison between "Star Trek" and "Star Wars":
In Star Trek, evil characters are frequently considered to be the product of a poor environment, a bad childhood, misunderstanding, or miscommunication. It turns out that Captain Kirk and the other original cast members just didn’t understand the Klingons, for example, or the Romulans. The Gorn, a lizard-like race that does a Pearl Harbor on the Federation and kills many innocent people, are later excused from culpability because they say that they saw peaceful Federation colonists as “invaders” in their territory. Killer clouds of space gas or giant space amebas threatening the lives of billions turn out to be lost children or mindless things just trying to survive. Even the Borg, a great source of villainy from The Next Generation, are humanized in subsequent stories.
Kirk (and the Federation) "couldn't understand" the Klingons or the Romulans?? Since when??
In "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," it is plainly evident that Capt. Kirk hates the Klingons; they murdered his son ("Star Trek III") and he tells Spock in "Country" that they "are animals." And, when Spock informs him that the Klingons "are dying," Kirk simply responds "let them die." Granted, we see the first-ever high level meeting for peace in "Country" where the Klingon chancellor's daughter chastises the Enterprise crew for their phrase "human rights" (which was stupid, of course, since it is obvious that by "human rights" -- an innocent slip of tongue by Chekov -- the meaning is "rights for ALL species") as if the Federation is implicitly racist and therefore no better than the Klingons, but overall I fail to see how Trek writers attempted to ... "equate" the Federation, Klingon and Romulan Empires in moral terms. The latter two are clearly military dictatorships, despite the Klingon "High Council" and Romulan "Senate," whereas the Federation is akin to democratic republic. Right there any moral comparison should cease.
The Klingons and Romulans routinely brutalize and torture their subject races and enemies. (Just to name a few: Kirk and McCoy on the dreadful Klingon prison planet in "Trek VI;" the murder of Kirk's son David by Klingons in "Trek III;" the attempted destruction of the Enterprise-A by a Klingon ship in "Trek V;" the torture of Geordi by Romulans in the TNG episode "The Mind's Eye;" the Romulan subjugation of its "sister" planet Remus as noted in "Star Trek: Nemesis;" the attempted destruction of the Enterprise-D by Romulans in TNG's "The Next Phase.") So, [whoever can] spare me the "bad childhood, misunderstanding, and miscommunication" argument. "Poor environment" may work, only in that their entire societies and cultures are "poor."
I really do not see all that much in Trek lore that excuses the Klingons' or Romulans' actions.
The Borg, on the other hand, are a different story. In TNG's "I, Borg," Whoopi Goldberg's character Guinan ridiculously falls for some of the crew's pleas that the captured Borg "Hugh" be allowed to go free with his newly developed sense of individuality, despite her initial protests. She even convinces Capt. Picard to go along. And the Enterprise crew does just that -- lets Hugh go despite LaForge and Data devising a logic program that would have decimated the Borg once and for all! But even with this "Aw, COME ON!" moment, in a subsequent episode a Starfleet admiral berates Picard for his decision on Hugh, ordering him to, if given the chance, to utilize that destructive logic program once and for all. This neatly balances Picard's bleeding heart (ie, stupid) act of letting Hugh go. (Besides, how could they have made the best TNG major motion picture "First Contact" if the Borg were toast?)
A lot of inconsistency in Trek is seen when it comes to that "lost floating amoeba" stuff. Several TNG episodes featured Federation types being chastised for not realizing (or ignoring) they were messing with [usually] a microscopic, yet sentient, lifeform. On the other hand, when the "Crystalline Entity" murdered thousands of Federation citizens, it was "misunderstood;" the Fed scientist who destroyed the Entity (in "Silicon Avatar") was taken into custody for doing just that ... despite the Entity's past actions. In another episode, a "two dimensional" cloud of intelligent particles almost annihilates the Enterprise-D ... because it was "merely" heading to its home -- a "cosmic string." No matter the thousands they were about to kill on the Federation flagship!
Overall, I think what we see on Trek does make a lot of sense when you consider it. Earth (and the Federation at large) is a utopia. There certainly wouldn't be a need for physical punishment in an age where the chemicals in the brain can be altered so as to rectify any behavior. And, given such a mind-set, it would be natural to presume the "best" of any situation and grant the benefit of the doubt to another party in a dispute ("After all, look what we did," eh?). The Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, and Borg all have given reasons for Federation doubt, but that doesn't mean they won't jump at a chance to rescind that doubt (again, see "I, Borg," and the Enterprise-D crew's very first reaction to the Borg in "Q Who?").
Via the AP:
ROMULUS, Mich. - A Nigerian man tried to light a powder aboard a commercial jetliner before it landed Friday in Detroit in what senior U.S. officials called an attempted act of terrorism.
Flight 253 with 278 passengers aboard was 20 minutes from the airport when it sounded like a firecracker had exploded, witnesses said. Passengers saw the attempted attack, and one of them jumped on the man and subdued him, an airline official told NBC News.
Ah, but in the Star Trek timeline proper, the planet no longer exists!
With apologies to Andy McCarthy:
To All My Liberal Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To All My Conservative Friends:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
CPS: Lawmaker owes $500,000 in back rent, taxes is the headline at the Chicago Breaking News Center.
State Rep. Monique Davis owes the Chicago Board of Education close to $500,000 in rent, back taxes and fines for a South Side building she has been using rent-free as a legislative office for 7 years, according to a report from the school system's inspector general.
The school district has taken legal action against the long-time Chicago legislator, suing her for $83,737.35, according to court documents filed in November. The district is not seeking compensation for property taxes and associated fees. The Illinois attorney general's office has filed an appearance to represent Davis but did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
No mention what political party Davis belongs to. No wonder.
"This could wind up being a historic event," said Louis Uccellini, a winter-storm expert who is director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, outside Washington. . . .
"It looks really impressive," said Henry Margusity, a meteorologist with Accu-Weather Inc., the commercial service in State College, Pa. . . .
The latest forecasts are starkly different from the outlooks earlier in the week when the computer models that meteorologists use to forecast the weather had the storm passing out to sea, with minimal impact on Philadelphia.
Uccellini said that some of the early model runs had heavy snow in Delaware and nothing in Philadelphia. However, subsequent runs have brought the snows farther north and west.
"The computer models play their own games," said Margusity, "but the reality is they always come farther north."
Yep, our predictions and our computer models can't even accurately measure what a major storm will do on a daily basis, yet thousands -- even millions! -- of years of climate change on our planet cannot be debated because the science is "settled" and the argument "is over": Global warming is gonna kill us all.
From the Weekly Standard blog:
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) pointed out some rather astounding language in the Senate health care bill during floor remarks tonight. First, he noted that there are a number of changes to Senate rules in the bill -- and it's supposed to take a 2/3 vote to change the rules. And then he pointed out that the Reid bill declares on page 1020 that the Independent Medicare Advisory Board cannot be repealed by future Congresses:
"it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."
I ain't too worried, 'tho. As the Democrats continue to drive themselves right off the proverbial cliff, I'm sure the GOP will find some way to ditch this idiocy. Probably by utilizing the same illegal tactics as Reid, so it'll all equal out.
That's what we all hear from the religiously dogmatic adherents to man-made global warming. "We gotta do something NOW, dammit!!" the Al Goreists shout until their vocal cords are frayed apart.
Then why the f*** do we read things like this: Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges???
On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen's biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the "summit to save the world", which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.
"We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention," she says. "But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report."
Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. "We haven't got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand," she says. "We're having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden."
And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? "Five," says Ms Jorgensen.
Ever hear of teleconferencing? The free Skype download?? Nothing like preaching about how everyone needs to "do something NOW," then generating the carbon footprint of the country of Morrocco from 2006!
And then even when sensible measures are taken to switch to cleaner power, we see idiots like Diane Feinstein getting in the way:
Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind farms planned for the region.
Oh no! The plan might affect some monuments! So much for our impending doom from global warming -- a crisis so severe that a couple of monuments thwart the construction of facilities to produce clean energy!!
But the dogmatic rock on ...
Aww. The LGOMB's pandora is upset about the filibuster. Oh, because, of course, the GOP is now using it to their advantage.
Of course, if the situation was reversed, she and the rest of the Gaggle would singing the tactic's praises to no end. Count on it. Hell, even so-called "professional" jounalists can't resist being total a-hole hypocrites on this topic.
Really. It's to the point that these people should be mocked incessantly:
Climate Progress's Joe Romm says this weekend's blizzard that rocked the Eastern seaboard was caused by global warming.
"As for the East Coast storm, my home in DC did get 18 inches of snow — although if this had been a true blizzard, I doubt my flight from Copenhagen on Saturday would have been allowed to land in Dulles airport and I wouldn’t of been able to get home 12 hours after I left Denmark. [...]
If having snow around the holidays on the East Coast were strange, I doubt the song “White Christmas” would have been written.
So it is inane for anyone in the media to cite this massive DC snowstorm as somehow counterintuitive or ironic against the backdrop of Obama’s Copenhagen deal.
In fact, this record-breaking snowstorm is pretty much precisely what climate science predicts." (Source.)
How do 'ya like that? First Romm downplays the significance of the storm ("I wouldn’t of been able to get home 12 hours after I left Denmark ...") then right after says the storm was "massive" and more importantly "record-breaking!" So WTF is it, prof?? It's just like Newsbusters' Noel Sheppard points out:
Global warming is responsible for:
• Excessive heat
• Excessive cold
• Warm winters
• Cold winters
• Hot summers
• Cold summers
• Autumns with great foliage colors
• Autumns lacking foliage colors
• Lack of snow
• Abundance of snow
It's precisely like this idiot Romm's "I couldn't have made it back from Denmark in 12 hours if this 'massive' and 'record-breaking' snow storm was really all that bad!!" Self-contradictory!
By the way, Romm also thought GW was responsible for the 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse.
Reihan Salam in Forbes states it perfectly about the rich, obnoxious and holier-than-thou Hollywood bigwigs:
The villains of "Avatar" are, well, you and me. Rapacious humans from an environmentally devastated Earth have arrived on an alien moon called Pandora in search of a precious resource called "unobtainium." The only hiccup is that the richest source of unobtainium lies beneath the habitat of the Na'vi, a race of long-limbed humanoids who live in blissful harmony with their environment. So naturally the humans, being ruthless and acquisitive by nature, decide that corporate profits matter more than the lives of the Na'vi, and they launch a brutal military assault that, as you can no doubt guess, ends in tragedy. Throughout the film, the Na'vi are portrayed as superior to the humans. The irony of Avatar is that Cameron has made a dazzling, gorgeous indictment of the kind of society that produces James Camerons.
Read that last sentence again. It is the pinnacle of irony. The Na'vi sound incredibly similar to the desired (yet flawed) "ideal" of Native American society, yet Cameron could never have achieved what he has had he lived in such a society. It sure is easy to pontificate on the supposed ills of American society and its economic system after you've acquired riches beyond avarice, isn't it?
Just look at Oliver Stone with Castro. Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte with Hugo Chávez. Matt Damon (and now many others) shilling for and quoting Howard Zinn at every opportunity. Etc. etc. etc.
Via the Newsbusters e-mail tipline, which goes out to all contributors and not just myself:
YOur site is such a waste of space. R U really for free speech [sic]. The half a brainer you have writing for you clearly is biased. Oh, it is ok to be biased as long as you are a white conservative. Above, you claim you are not interested in submissions that advocate for or against political parties or politicians. Right, could you have made the plug for McCain anymore subtle? God forbid the poor folks who should say anything positive about Obama. Misterbill makes up names to try to prove his point and to incite hate against anyone who does not share his view. Whatever ever happened to spirited debates without personally attacking the author? You are not for free speech you are clearly for speech that upholds your view. Stop fooling yourselves! What you do is slander innocent people on your site because they chose to share their view. Soon enough you will be sued for all the harm you and so [sic] "writers" do to citizens. Hopefully Misterbill has left the country by now with Obama as president. He should go back to where his ancesters [sic] came from....I am sure he is not native american! [sic]
Dr Nathan Grills from Monash University in Australia said the idea of a fat Father Christmas gorging on brandy and mince pies as he drove his sleigh around the world delivering presents was not the best way to promote a healthy and safe lifestyle among the young.
Writing on bmj.com, Dr Grills said: "Santa only needs to affect health by 0.1 per cent to damage millions of lives."
And in a further blow to one of the central symbols of Christmas, Dr Grills claimed Santa also had the potential to spread harmful diseases.
"If Santa sneezes or coughs around 10 times a day, all the children who sit on his lap may end up with swine flu as well as their Christmas present," he said.
Let's come out and say it plainly: Dr. Grills is just a dick.
UPDATE: Doh! Looks like I -- and others -- got played. It was a joke!
Check out this AP bit on climate change:
A pivotal meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007 set a two-year timetable for the world to produce a grand new agreement to cut even deeper into the greenhouse-gas emissions largely blamed for global warming.
Every one of the thousands attending that U.N. conference saw the problem, however: The U.S. administration of President George W. Bush had blocked progress on climate change for seven years, and would do so for one more.
*Sigh* First, as James Taranto notes, "did the AP interview every one of the thousands who attended the conference in Bali? Or is this 'reporting' on the level of elementary-school gossip: 'Everyone hates you'?"
Second -- AGAIN -- it was under the Clinton administration that the Kyoto Protocols were rejected ... by a virtually unanimous US Senate (95-0).
First place in the Council category was The Razor with Obama Versus Carter.
First place in the non-Council category was Zomblog with Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason.
Full results are here.
From the NAS e-mail bag:
MINNEAPOLIS, December 17, 2009—The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities is defending its plans to enforce a political litmus test for future teachers in the face of national outrage. The plans from its College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) involve redesigning admissions and the curriculum to enforce an ideology centered on a narrow view of “cultural competence.” Those with the “wrong” views are to receive remedial re-education, be weeded out, or be denied admission altogether. After an anonymous source at the university contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help, FIRE called on the university to end its plans, but the university has defended the program by publicly misrepresenting it.
“The University of Minnesota should be ashamed to pretend that these plans are only about helping future teachers learn about other cultures,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “In reality, this program would scrutinize the thoughts, values, attitudes, and beliefs of prospective teachers and demand conformity or else require ‘remedial’ re-education. By the plain language of the program, anyone who doesn’t conform will be considered unqualified to be a teacher.”
The proposal, from the college’s Race, Culture, Class, and Gender Task Group, would require that each teacher recognize how minority students suffer from “white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and internalized oppression.” Education students would be made to “discover their own privilege, oppression, or marginalization”; “develop a positive sense of racial/cultural identity”; and “recognize that schools are socially constructed systems that are susceptible to racism … but are also critical sites for social and cultural transformation.”
FIRE wrote University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks on November 25 after it became clear that the task group’s proposal was being implemented in month-by-month plans beginning immediately, as stated in a funding proposal to The Bush Foundation. The foundation is providing $4.5 million to implement the program.
In response to the controversy, CEHD Dean Jean Quam and university spokesman Dan Wolters have misled inquirers and defended the proposal as though it is merely a way to teach future educators about different cultures. In a brief response to FIRE’s letter dated December 8, Bruininks failed to respond substantively to FIRE’s concerns but instead referred the matter to legal counsel.
“This is a moral matter as well as a legal one,” Lukianoff said. “This is a proposal that says teachers need a specific ideology to be considered qualified. It violates the autonomy and private conscience of faculty and students alike, and it rejects the very pluralism and diversity that the program claims to care about. Doesn’t the university understand that great teachers come in all shapes and sizes and with a wide variety of political views and beliefs?”
The Supreme Court invalidated mandatory allegiances to political ideologies at public schools in the landmark 1943 decision West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette. In that opinion, issued by the Court during World War II, Justice Robert Jackson wrote: “Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order. If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” The University of Minnesota’s proposed program starkly violates these guiding principles.
The university’s Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee met last week with Dean Quam and is scheduled to meet tomorrow with university counsel. Committee meetings are normally open to visitors. Friday’s meeting is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in 300 Morrill Hall on the Twin Cities campus.
“To learn about other cultures is one thing, but to say someone with the ‘wrong’ political views should not be allowed to teach is unacceptable,” said Adam Kissel, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program. “We would defend the University of Minnesota professors who proposed this program if they were censored or punished for expressing their points of view, but they have gone too far by demanding that everyone in the program share their views.”
Previous Colossus coverage here.
Linda Wallace in a column in last week's Philly Daily News typifies the utter nonsense that is the modern "diversity" and "multicultural" movement, not to mention the modern hypocrisy on matters racial. Titled "The true value of A.I." (as in Allen Iverson), the third paragraph alone signifies how clueless Wallace is:
In many ways, Iverson was a 21st-century barrier-buster. Like Jackie Robinson, the little guy with the big heart challenged America's racial biases. He was the first NBA player to wear cornrows, which prompted some to wonder if he was "too black." His off-court fashions came straight from music videos: do rags, baggy pants, crooked baseball caps and oversize T-shirts.
The fact that Iverson decided to be himself, rather than a sanitized and safe commercial version of an NBA star, won him both enemies and allies. His habitual lateness, "keeping it real" pronouncements, tattoos and music prompted more than one sports journalist to ask: Is white middle-class America ready for an Allen Iverson?
Actually, the question should be, "Why should white -- and all -- America be willing to glamorize a guy who is so self-absorbed and puts himself above that of his team?" I mean, really -- is Wallace actually defending a multi-millionaire athlete who is late to practice -- and even games? Why should any American be "ready" for that sort of crap? Iverson wasn't only habitually late, he didn't even care about practice period. (See below.) (Interestingly, another famous African-American athlete/coach, Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts, wrote in his book a couple years back about those who arrive late: It means either you don't care, or we can't count on you. I wonder if Wallace thinks white America was "ready" for Tony Dungy ...? Or 49ers coach Mike Singletary?)
Why should America be "ready" for a multi-millionaire with his rap sheet, legal and professional? Why should America be "ready" for a pampered punk who willingly and knowingly parks his six-figure automobile in handicapped parking spaces? Is it because Ms. Wallace, like way too many others -- black, white and whatever -- thinks there is something called "authentically black?" We've heard this sentiment many times, from celebrities and politicians alike. (Just see here, here and here for a few.) Somehow, somewhen, to a degree, "authentically black" became associated with spurning anything typically associated with "whiteness." To the extent that it affected things like academic achievement, the results are short of catastrophic. And here's Ms. Wallace wanting people to accept even the ridiculous aspects of The Answer? Habitually being late to practice ... or not showing up at all? Epithet-laced rap music? Purposely violating the law?
Sorry. No thank you.
Oh, and comparing AI to Jackie Robinson? That is just plain insulting.
Courtesy of the European Foundation via the UK Daily Express.
UPDATE: Here's what you do when you face the "sacrilege" of someone questioning your religious belief in global warming (fast forward to 5:55 in the clip):
Good (surprise, at that) editorial in the Philly Daily News dealing with the attacks on Asian students at South Philly High over the past month or so. Like Mayor Nutter's ridiculous statement: "All of us responded very quickly, very swiftly and very directly." Um, twelve days after the attacks is "very quick/swift?" Nutter also stated that Philly Superintendent Arlene Ackerman "jumped on [the matter] in the most immediate fashion." To Nutter, "immediate" equals eight days.
In a related matter, Sgt. Robert "Sarge" Samuels is a police officer who was reassigned to South Philly High because he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese (both Chinese lingos that are quite distinct from one another, FYI). But -- uh oh -- some people think Samuels is a "bully":
... his detractors say that he's a bully with a short fuse and a penchant for violence. Yesterday, Samuels allegedly handcuffed a student for mouthing off.
The controversy about Samuels surfaced after two Frankford High School police officers were accused last month of beating a student who had arrived late.
On Monday, members of the local chapter of the National Action Network, the group led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, called for the district to investigate the Frankford matter and Samuels' reassignment.
The group said that complaints had been lodged against Samuels for alleged actions during his time at Olney High, including accusations that he put on boxing gloves and roughed up students.
Other complaints are that he handcuffed students for various infractions, including lateness. Oh, and what a surprise -- Sharpton's group is right on top of the Olney student complaints, but as existent as Pres. Obama's deficit reduction plan regarding the abuse of Asian students nearby.
OK, obviously I've no idea whether these issues/complaints (against Samuels) are legit or not. But what I do know is that school students are among the very best embellishers of stories that I know. For instance,
[Tamika] Brown said that Samuels ordered her handcuffed in Room 106, the room where students are interviewed by school police. She said that her infraction yesterday was being late for one of her classes.
After being turned away by her teacher, Brown said, she hung out in a stairwell with another student. She was later caught and escorted to Samuels, who she said was yelling at other students.
Now, in my almost 20 years of teaching, I've heard MANY excuses along the lines of these. In other words, some school authority's actions were entirely unjustified because a student essentially "did nothing." Handcuff a student ... for lateness? Yeah, sure. I'm certain that was the ONLY thing Tamika was doing. And oh no -- a school cop ... yelling at students!! Like, that's NEVER justified! I've done enough "time out" and in-school suspension room duties (among other things) to know that the vast majority of this sort of student beef is total nonsense. Much more often than not there was some other misbehavior going on other than, for example, mere lateness. After all, take Tamika's case -- there is NO place for students who arrive late to go? She HAD to hang in the stairwell? So then why does the article say that she was "caught" and taken to Officer Samuels?
But hey -- even if every single allegation against Samuels is true, why not just use the 'ol Philly School District method of treating the problem? Y'know, blame "society at large" for his behavior (or no one in particular), and have him attend a diversity seminar.
(Thanks for Colossus R&D man Gooch for the assist on this post.)
That is, if the Obamanauts actually know what science is:
In July 2009, Obama’s mighty automotive team arrived to talk with David E Cole. Sadly, he has "no experience" in car production, apart from being chairman of CAR (Centre for Automotive Research), Professor at the University of Michigan, and a trained engineer and being boss of a huge car industry.
Anyway, he was in a meeting with an Obama team sent to help him run the industry. They had read on a few websites that it was a good idea for cars to be run by combined electricity and liquid natural gas (LNG), to run for 500 mile without stopping. Cole explained they would need a trunkful of batteries and a gas container bigger than the car and, anyway, there were problems related to the laws of physics.
Now, don’t smirk, but this is what one of the expert team replied: “Those laws of physics? Whose rules are those? We need to change that.” Someone apparently wrote down the cited ‘laws pf physics’ so that he could look them up later. The expert told Cole “We have Congress and administration. We can repeal that law, amend it, or use an executive order to get rid of that problem. That’s why we are here, to fix these sorts of issues.” (Source.)
If what this Cole guy says is on the level, WHOA!
Al Gore, fairly fresh off his "the center of the Earth is several million degrees" whopper, is now touting this new "fact": The Arctic ice may be gone in about five to seven years:
New modelling suggests that the Arctic Ocean could be almost ice-free in the summertime as early as 2014, Al Gore warned delegates Monday at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.
The projection, based on computer models showing several years of dramatic losses of polar sea ice, suggest the ice cap could vanish well before 2030, as forecast by the U.S. government eight months ago.
"Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months will be (nearly) ice-free within the next five to seven years," Gore said.
... the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.
“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”
Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.
The embarrassing error cast another shadow over the conference after the controversy over the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, which appeared to suggest that scientists had manipulated data to strengthen their argument that human activities were causing global warming.
Others said that, even if quoted correctly, Dr Maslowski’s six-year projection for near-ice-free conditions is at the extreme end of the scale. Most climate scientists agree that a 20 to 30-year timescale is more likely for the near-disappearance of sea ice.
“Maslowski’s work is very well respected, but he’s a bit out on a limb,” said Professor Peter Wadhams, a specialist in ocean physics at the University of Cambridge.
Dr Maslowki, who works at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California, said that his latest results give a six-year projection for the melting of 80 per cent of the ice, but he said he expects some ice to remain beyond 2020.
But, like any other type of religion, the followers will keep following the Reverend Gore ... right to the brink of ultimate irrationality.
Uh oh -- wonder when Sharpton and co. will begin the protests:
First place in the Council category was Wolf Howling with Obama Fails His First Test As Commander In Chief.
First place in the non-Council category was Gateway Pundit with Fistgate II: High School Students Given “Fisting Kits” At Kevin Jennings’ GLSEN Conference.
Full results are here.
Asian students to file federal civil rights complaint against Philly School District.
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman still doesn't get it: She "announced new security measures and diversity programs" and said "We're not going to continue to make this an Asian vs. African American thing. This is not just about demands of one racial group. It is about the needs of everyone." In addition, she "suggested the attacks were being sensationalized by the media, and urged the community to stop assigning blame and move forward."
And the kicker: "Also at the news conference, Ackerman and some South Philadelphia students said that the problem was more a cultural one - those who speak English not understanding those who don't."
Unbelievable. In other words, since you can't understand what they're saying, it's OK to kick the sh** out of them.
Yep, this is what you do when the real issue ... "inconveniences" political correctness. You blame "the community." You blame "cultural misunderstandings." Or you just blame no one in particular. Whatever you do, just don't address the actual problem!!
Looks like I won't be standing in line for James Cameron's "Avatar":
Set in 2154, “Avatar” is a thinly disguised, heavy-handed and simplistic sci-fi fantasy/allegory critical of America from our founding straight through to the Iraq War. Sam Worthington is Jake Sully, a paraplegic Marine Corporal sent to the planet Pandora after the untimely death of his brother. In a plot-thread built up to promise much that never pays off, Sully has none of the training his brother benefitted by: years of schooling in the Avatar Program to prepare him to infiltrate the indigenous species of Pandora called the Na’vi, who are the only things between Earth’s RDA (Resources Development Administration) and a precious energy resource “ironically” called Unobtainium.
Because the air on Pandora is toxic to humans, the RDA developed the Avatar Program to create clone-like avatars from both Na’vi and human DNA (which is why they need the untrained Sully) that allow for a human to transfer their consciousness into the 10-foot native blue beings and safely explore the planet. The scientists want to use the program to study Pandora, the military wants to conquer it, and the RDA wants to strip mine it. At first Sully’s unconcerned with these dueling tensions and agendas. Once a marine always a marine, and when his commanding officer, the beefed up genocide-happy Col. Quaritch (Stephen Lang), asks him to infiltrate the Na’vi and do recon for a probable attack, Jake is more than ready. Hoo-rah. (Source.)
Gee, how predictable. Looks like Cameron didn't learn anything from the flop anti-war/big name star flicks of the past few years. And, yet again, we see a common scifi premise that defies all common science sense: Why, with the stars at our beck and call, would we have to decimate another intelligent species (surely a rarity in the universe) to get some sort of resource? Especially when it is much more likely -- and cheaper -- to mine it from lifeless planets and/or asteroids?? This nonsense is the premise behind other flicks/stories such as "V" (they want our water[!!]) and "Independence Day" (they want to mine our already depleted planet[!]), to name but two. These might make for good visual entertainment, but for much more logical scifi, better to read a book by the likes of Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov or Greg Bear.
Remember: Just ACCEPT MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING. DO NOT QUESTION IT.
Headline: Struggling? Maybe you should get a federal job.
Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time -- in pay and hiring -- during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector, according to a USA Today analysis of federal data.
Federal employees making $100,000 or more jumped from 14 percent to 19 percent during the recession's first 18 months -- and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries of $170,000 or more.
The six-figure salary trend is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules.
And you're paying for this, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer. Meanwhile, in the real world private sector, unemployment is still in double digits (despite The Messiah's claims that the "stimulus" would prevent it from going higher than 8%), people are underemployed, part-time employed and have had their salaries cut or frozen.
But this is what liberals and "progressives" want, after all -- to make you dependent on them. THEY know what is "best" for you, y'know. And don't dare argue with them. You'll either be 1) going against "the consensus," 2) a "racist," 3) some other kind of "-ist," 4) "anti-intellectual," 5) "mean-spirited"/"cold-hearted," or 6) all of the above.
The complete and utter joke that is Keith Olbermann: He calls for the firing of an ABC reporter for "selective editing," then for "proof" of his allegations he shows ... a selectively edited clip!!
This douche has called for the ouster of numerous folks over the years. It's time he called for his own.
44% of Americans would like to see George W. Bush back as president.
See if you can find the term "hate crime" in this Philly Inquirer article about the ongoing travails of Asians students at South Philly High. And perhaps the most troubling aspect of this whole mess is this: Staff members who [allegedly] stood by and did nothing or even encouraged the violence against the Asian students, not to mention usage of the basest of stereotypes against same:
" 'As soon as we open our mouths and speak, they treat us like we're animals,' " Ellen Somekawa, executive director of Asian Americans United quoted a Vietnamese student.
" 'Where are you from?' 'Hey, Chinese.' 'Yo Dragon Ball.' 'Are you Bruce Lee?' 'Speak English!' '' Somekawa said the students are told.
Those aren't the words of the students who harass Asians, she said.
"They are the words of the adult staff at South Philadelphia High. So stop blaming the children and start owning the responsibility."
Troung, the South Philadelphia student, recited a litany of problems with school staff. She singled out the security officers, who she claimed forced Asian students to follow them into a lunchroom where they were attacked and who directed the frightened students to leave school after they were beaten.
Yan Zheng, another student, said that when students were fighting in the lunch room last Thursday, "the lunch lady did not do anything to stop them, and went around cheering happily. . . . The staff shouldn't just stand there and watch and say, 'Stopping fights is not my job.' "
Duong Thang Ly said the school's security officers "are the big problem," saying they looked the other way when a group of African American students interrupted a lunch line and heckled a group of Asian students. They ignored groups of students as they roamed during class time, Ly said.
And the incompetence/ridiculousless goes right to the top, apparently. School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman blamed "societal racism" for the problem, warned everyone "not to blame one racial group for the violence," and then did the do-nothing chore of appointing a "Task Force for Racial and Cultural Harmony" to "recommend changes" not only at South Philly High but across the district.
"Changes?" Regarding what? Hopefully it's about the preposterous nature of the school staff's reaction to Asian students who are in danger. And what's a "task force" gonna do? What it should do is recommend the obvious: that students that target and attack other students because of their race be expelled from school. Period.
In a nutshell, the Inquirer's reporting of this imbroglio, as well as the district's response to it, are rooted in modern political correctness and radical diversity/multiculturalism. I think it goes without saying that if the attackers were white and the targets black, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the entire MSM would have descended upon Philly like they did in Jena, Louisiana demanding [straightforward] action. And [sadly] it isn't all that surprising to read the district's lame response to the situation. After all, we have seen how the educationist diversophiles and multicultists seek to rationalize everything from poor grades to poor behavior time and time again. When it's not [white teacher] racism, it's just "the students' culture." Just check out the litany of "cultural differences," for example, that are utilized to "explain" the disparity in racial discipline rates.
I've a feeling Asian students at South Philly High aren't gonna get any satisfaction anytime soon ...
Nancy Unwilling at her virtually undecipherable blog Delaware Way:
Well, color me astonished: Ted Kaufman did not side with gender equality in health care yesterday. What other nasty surprises might be in store from the Junior Senator from Delaware?
Now, what exactly is Kaufman's beef with "gender equality?" Ah, yes -- federal funding going for abortions. Somehow, in the mind of a "progressive," women aren't "equal" if the government doesn't pay for their pregnancy-ending surgery.
I wonder if men aren't "gender equal" since they 1) have NO voice in the matter over a child they helped create, and 2) if they wish NOT to have a child themselves, they still must pay child support!
Sort of puts Willing's ridiculous verbiage in context, doesn't it?
... goes to Donny Douche, er, uh, Deutsch:
DONNY DEUTSCH: I'm still trying to understand why the analogies he's made are wrong. Obviously, the issue here is that any great change throughout history has the naysayers saying "it's not time, it's not time." So why was that an irrelevant analogy?
MICHAEL STEELE: I won't even dignify that with a response. This --
DEUTSCH: What do you mean, dignify? It's a question, it's a genuine question.
STEELE: Next question.
DEUTSCH: It's a genuine question.
STEELE: Next question. Come on. I'm sorry, sir. I'm not going to sit here and say it's an appropriate comparison to slavery.
DEUTSCH: He's not. He's comparing it to dramatic change, and the naysayers to change.
STEELE: Next question.
DEUTSCH: That's a great response. Very, very intelligent, brave response.
STEELE: It is. As was your question. (Source.)
I'm sure Douche would have been perfectly happy with proffering various rightists' contentions that Obamacare is like Nazi National Socialism, right? Right?
Check out the video:
Fifty Asian students who fear for their safety today boycotted South Philadelphia High, where after dismissal others said racial tensions have long been a fact of life there. "It's been going on for years," senior Danni Glenn said. "Now it's getting bigger and bigger."
According to students, fights between African American and Asian students started last week on the streets and spilled over Thursday into the 900-student building on South Broad Street.
The breakdown of school enrollment is 70 percent African American, 18 percent Asian, about 6 percent white, and 5 percent Latino.
Ten students were suspended, and criminal charges are being investigated.
How and why are there "racial tensions?" Did the fights just suddenly come about? Who instigated them? Will "hate crimes" charges be filed against the perpetrators?
Just more journalistic cowardice (remember!) courtesy of your local MSM.
Via the Newsbusters e-mail tipline, which goes out to all contributors and not just myself:
No, I don't have a story tip, but I do have a bit of advice to your movement. You claim to bust the most liberal of stories in order to expose their bias, when in fact you are just as, if not more, biased as an organization. We as liberals really don't care what you have to say, as you seem to denounce everything we try to say, even when we are right. You are a disgrace to the conservative right, and well, everyone.
ALSO, stop talking about "ClimateGate." More importantly, don't call it that. Watergate is completely different than this. Don't make this a bigger issue than it really is. Do some research on the effects of CO2 on the atmosphere. Then go check out how our production of oil releases a bunch of CO2 into the air. Then try and defend your argument that humans in no way affect the environment.
It would be great if you could e-mail me back and tell me how you sleep at night, filling the internet with such garbage. Thanks a bunch!
How 'bout that, eh? Those behind Newsbusters shouldn't be able to sleep at night. I wonder if this idiot has sent off similar e-mails to this site ... or this one ... or this one. Doubtful, I know. And, of course, we shouldn't make Climategate "a bigger issue than it really is" ... because, after all, it just might destroy the "progressive" religion that is [man-made] global warming. (Brit Hume made an excellent point about this last evening -- Climategate threatens one of the Left's biggest dogmas, that "evil" corporations are "destroying" us with their [carbon] pollution. Therefore, all must be done to belittle the significance of the scandal.) The "threat" of global warming is all about power -- that of government(s) so loved by the Left. That was what Kyoto was and what Copenhagen is. What "cap and trade" is. It is the power over your lives with which the Left is perpetually enamored. They can only do this by sticking to their guns, no matter what, on this issue. They've invested too damn much into it. Don't believe what they say? You're crazy. Literally.
No matter that strict regulations based on GW fears will hurt those whom the Left claim to care about most -- the less fortunate. Poorer countries will have to scale back industrialization that will improve the quality of life, whereas the poor in the already-industrialized nations will suffer as well due to even stricter overall regulations. And all based on what?? Computer models that have already shown to be compromised/falsified/manipulated? How is it that we are so concretely certain that GW will decimate the planet when just a mere 30-some years ago these same scientists were screaming about the next Ice Age?
Man's industrialization over the last 150 or so years (most especially the last 50) is but a small blip in the lifespan of the planet. A picosecond, if you will. To seriously contend that we will irrevocably destroy our home with such a small quantity of time pumping industrial pollutants into the air is to suspend all rationality. Just consider the epochs through which our planet has lived before. Then, consider that fossil fuels, the main culprit behind GW, are finite, and that mankind will gradually wean itself off of them beginning this very century. And to say that if "we don't act now" it'll lead to "catastrophe?"
Perhaps, but only to the power desires of the Far-Left demogogues.
(Thanks to CoR reader "cardinals fan" for the last link above!)
Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.
According to a source, Liasson was summoned in early October by NPR’s executive editor for news, Dick Meyer, and the network’s supervising senior Washington editor, Ron Elving. The NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisan, and they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network.
At a follow-up meeting last month, Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network, the source said.
Good for Liasson. Look, I freely admit Fox is biased, mainly 'cause they are. Most every other news outlet recognizes this as well. The thing is, I just wish these same news outlets would recognize that they're biased too!!
First place in the Council category was Mere Rhetoric with Leaked Global Warming Docs: “Publicity Machine” Used To Manipulate Journalists And Intimidate Scientists.
First place in the non-Council category was Victor Davis Hanson with Dithering And Trashing America.
Full results are here.
Unbelievable article by the AP's Jesse Washington yesterday which utilizes some of the most base stereotypes of African-Americans one can imagine:
Amid all the headlines generated by Tiger Woods' troubles — the puzzling car accident, the suggestions of marital turmoil and multiple mistresses — little attention has been given to the race of the women linked with the world's greatest golfer.
Except in the black community.
When three white women were said to be romantically involved with Woods in addition to his blonde, Swedish wife, blogs, airwaves and barbershops started humming, and Woods' already tenuous standing among many blacks took a beating.
"Thankfully, Tiger, you didn't marry a black woman. Because if a sister caught you running around with a bunch of white hoochie-mamas," one parody suggests in song, she would have castrated him.
"The Grinch's Theme Song" didn't stop there: "The question everyone in America wants to ask you is, how many white women does one brother waaant?"
As one blogger, Robert Paul Reyes, wrote: "If Tiger Woods had cheated on his gorgeous white wife with black women, the golfing great's accident would have been barely a blip in the blogosphere."
Washington goes on to note how "there is a call for loyalty (in the black community) that is stronger in some ways than in other racial communities," and how the "color of one's companion has long been a major measure of 'blackness.'" Woods also ticked off many in the black community because he declined to ID himself as "black." (Maybe that's because he's not, completely, that is.)
Need I say "just imagine if the races were reversed"?
Carmen Van Kerckhove, founder of the race-meets-pop-culture blog Racialicious, asks "Would we question when a Jewish person wants to marry other Jewish people? It's not racist. It's not bigotry. It's cultural pride."
An interesting question, to be sure. First, there is an actual difference between religion and skin color, you know. Second, would it be "cultural pride" and not bigotry if a white family wanted its son/daughter to only marry another white person? Or, would such a family be portrayed as "the new face of the Klan," and would the MSM be treating us to specials about the "new racism in America"?
I think the latter is much more likely.
Personally, I think it wrong whether the issue is race or religion. My only first cousin married a Jewish man, and she later converted so that they could raise their children Jewish. The ire of some of my relatives was certainly raised; however, I (and many of my younger relatives) couldn't have cared less. After all, if we're to "make a better society for all" and become the "accepting" and "tolerant" people that [those on the Left constantly preach about, especially] want us to be, these sort of "distinctions" shouldn't amount to a hill of beans.
But this where the Left's hypocrisy has the sunlight shown on it, and quite brightly. It's evident due to the simple fact that the topic of this article is given serious merit. "Cultural/racial pride" is treated as a topic worthy of consideration, whereas, as I noted above, if Woods were white and various whites spoke favorably of cultural/racial pride, they'd be portrayed as subjects of a "Jerry Springer" episode.
Don't believe me? OK, just look back at what was considered "racist" during this past presidential campaign (and beyond). Just look at what university professors and educationists proffer as "training." And people of good will who actually believe in Martin Luther King's dream (not the ridiculous bastardization of it served up by our current crop of race hustlers) who dare to question these absurd and (ultimately) superficial double standards are -- surprise! -- labeled racists themselves!
So, why would folks react in astonishment at why these people of good will -- of all colors and creeds -- express sentiments akin to this gent's:
So writes AWR Hawkins:
... Gore is as blind to his own hypocrisy as he is to reality. And he apparently doesn’t want to take the risk of being corrected. He has refused to engage in an honest debate about the doomsday claims he’s made since he grew concerned over the threat human beings posed to “the spotted owl and the snail darter” in 1992. This was obvious when Gore finished speaking to 500 “environmental journalists” in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 9, 2009. After the speech, Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer “[asked] Gore to address nine errors in his film identified by a British court in 2007.”
Gore dodged the question. So McAleer pressed further, and Gore had McAleer’s microphone turned off.
In other words, the same fraud Esquire magazine referred to as a “lunatic” for claiming “the Earth’s got a fever” is also a full-blown scaredy cat when it comes to undergoing a critical examination of his science claims.
And while everybody has known this, most have put up with Gore’s incoherent ramblings — until now.
In the wake of Climategate, his continued global warming proclamations and his refusal to debate are simply untenable. Thus after Britain’s Lord Christopher Monckton recently challenged Gore to a debate, Monckton afterwards added: “If you don’t dare [debate], I want you to remain silent about [global warming] forever from now on.”
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has grown so tired of Gore’s unwillingness to debate that they are openly mocking him — offering to pay him $500.00 if he’ll debate Monckton. But with all due respect to CEI, there’s no reason to believe a scaredy cat like Gore, who is positioned to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire,” will expose the error of his ways to a sound thinker like Monckton.
Instead, he’s more likely to make himself even harder to reach in order to be sure he doesn’t have to defend his global warming assertions. There’s a good chance this was the motive behind the cancellation of his scheduled appearance at the Copenhagen climate conference later this month. Although people had already paid $1200.00 to meet the former vice president, the outcry over Climategate may have persuaded Gore that allowing people to get close enough to shake hands would be tantamount to allowing them to get close enough to ask tough questions.
Regardless of Gore’s motivation in backing out of Copenhagen, it’s understandable that he avoids debate at all costs. He is, after all, a fraud — about whom Bob Carter of Australia’s Marine Geophysical Laboratory, said: “Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic.”
Watch how Al Gore "welcomes" debate:
These aren't exactly the actions of one who is very sure about his argument now, is it? Why doesn't the Inventor of the Internet invite debate if he is so convinced he is correct -- if the facts are indeed on his side?
Answer: Because they are not. Look at how Gore "addressed" the issue of polar bears. When the gentleman points out that the polar bear population has increased, Gore just keeps asking "So, you don't believe they're in danger?" as if some sacrosanct belief is being spat upon. Heresy, if you will!
This nonsense is at the heart, the very essence, of Climategate.
Check out this AP article via the Washington Post. All about the big Copenhagen climate summit; nary one word about Climategate.
Meanwhile, here's what you do when people ask about the "uncomfortable" Climategate topic: Call them an "a**hole."
The Messiah -- using a racially insensitive term?
At a town hall in Allentown, PA today, Pres. Obama said he is seeking to regulate health insurance companies to make sure that people don't get "gypped."
vb gyps, gypping, gypped, gips gipping, gipped
(tr) to swindle, cheat, or defraud
1. an act of cheating
2. a person who gyps
[back formation from Gypsy] (Source.)
I saw it live. You can watch it here.
Of course, if George W. Bush or some other Republican had said that ...
George Stephanpoulos: "Lou Dobbs Now Too Soft for Hard Right Immigration Group." The "hard right" immigration group is question is ALIPAC -- Americans for Legal Immigration. Notice the word "legal" in there.
Since when did supporting legal immigration and speaking out against illegal immigration become "hard right"?
MSNBC.com headline on page at this moment:
Wow! All CAPS! Inflation "only" 10%! Everyone rejoice!
From the News Journal: 26 Asian students attacked at Philly high school.
A number of Asian students at South Philadelphia High School are staying home after some say they were targeted for attack.
A counselor at the Chinatown Development Corporation says 26 Asian students were beaten in the hallways by a gang of other students throughout the day Thursday.
Seven of the victims were treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises.
School district officials say 10 students have been suspended.
The Philly papers? The Daily News's report on the incident is, at this moment, devoid of any text (I checked on both IE and Firefox). The Inquirer? Nada. Only an article about how violence in general in Philly schools hasn't decreased.
Let's see ... members of a minority ... selectively targeted? Yet, no mention of hate crime! No mention of racial prejudice! Hmm. Why is that?
Maybe it's because they "get preferential treatment."
UPDATE: The Daily News's article text is up. It's no better than the News Journal's, though.
UPDATE 2: Looks like one outlet was a bit "braver" than others in its reporting.
Two Academy members want Al Gore to give his Oscar back.
UPDATE: The secretive and data-manipulating scientists are being "Swiftboated!"
Soccer Dad - The Warming Concensus
The Razor - ClimateGate Shows the Importance of the Amateur Scientist
Joshuapundit- Obama – The War President And The Speech
Right Truth - It’s All About The Boobs
Bookworm Room - The incoherence emanating from the White House
The Colossus of Rhodey - Once again-why Schools of Education Are A Waste of Time
Rhymes With Right - Are Nicholas Kristof And The New York Times Going To Let John Die?
The Glittering Eye - The Lessons
The Provocateur - Between Left and Right lies the truth
Mere Rhetoric - Leaked Global Warming Docs: “Publicity Machine” Used To Manipulate Journalists And Intimidate Scientists
Fai Mao’s Sandbox - The death-rattle of a movement – except in Hong kong
Unstable Mental State at the LGOMB posts about how a member of the Ugandan Parliament -- who's a member of the religious group “The Family” -- is sponsoring a bill there "under which any person 'convicted of gay sex is liable to life imprisonment.'”
This is a quite ridiculous idea, to be sure. But UMS doesn't just post about that. She "convicts" several members of the US legislature (John Ensign, Tom Coburn, Mark Sanford and Bart Stupak) because they're also members of this group. Get it? Since Ensign, Coburn, Sanford and Stupak are members of this same [worldwide] organization, they therefore must share the beliefs/values of this Ugandan dude. Does this then signify that all folks within an organization must share the same views? What sort of organizations would be "exempt" from such?
The reason I ask is because the LGOMB (and the Left in general) indulge in this sort of "kindred spirit" argument quite often. Like, somehow, Ensign, Coburn, Sanford and Stupak also believe that those who have gay sex should be imprisoned. Or, because Rush Limbaugh et. al. regularly talk about the evils of a large federal government, they then are "complicit" when some lunatic goes off and shoots some federales. Etc.
Which then begs the question: Why is another member of the LGOMB so upset with me for questioning why she freely chooses to associate with [the other] quite caustic -- not to mention hateful -- "people" at the LGOMB?? I mean, isn't choosing to blog with a [small] number of people quite a bit more ... "intimate" than belonging to some same worldwide organization? Or being just one of millions of radio listeners? Sure it is. Not to mention that setting up one's own blog is 100% cost-free and pathetically easy to do.
Yes -- pandora got all in a tizzy because I dared to suggest she "look at her own [political] house" before casting judgments on those of others. But to her this brief suggestion was "thread-jacking." Also, I should cease my "constant sniping."
But ... why?
This is the sort of stuff the LGOMB does each and every day. And "civil discussions?" The LGOMB knows not the meaning of the term, especially since they delete comments en masse simply when they don't like them. And pandora is part of this. She chooses to be part of it. The LGOMB isn't a worldwide group or a radio audience numbering in the millions, after all.
This is why I called her a fraud. It is hypocrisy, pure and simple. You simply cannot freely associate with such a small group of people who say what they do ... and then not only make lame excuses ("I am my own person!") but then also blast those on the other side of the aisle for what they say and do. pandora (and LiberalGeek) are usually fair and rational people. I've said as much numerous times before here and there. It thus ill-behooves me why they choose to remain at the LGOMB.
Environmentalists just don't care about Climategate. No matter what.
It really is a religion to these 'bats.
... and the supposed racism he invokes.
That's because now it's a Republican [former] governor -- Mike Huckabee -- who commuted the sentence of killer Maurice Clemmons. (See also here, among many other MSM stories.) I wonder if the MSM will have some of the usual talking heads on to proclaim the 24-7 coverage of this case is "subliminally racist" (see first link above), or some other such inanity, a la the Willie Horton coverage/politcal ad.
Hey, don't get me wrong -- Huckabee deserves ALL the crap that's being flung his way. WTF was he thinking?? Say "adiós" to your presidential aspirations, Mikey. Good riddance.