November 30, 2010

Miffed

OK, I just got back from some food shopping. It's time for a compare and contrast ...

I have "bonus cards" for two stores -- Acme and Shop Rite. I usually go to the latter as, as a whole, their prices are lower (and even though the Acme is closer). But today I was miffed. Here's why:

Last week I stopped by my very-close Acme to pick up some odds and ends. One of these, a bottle of skin moisturizer, had a sale tag on the shelf. That's why I bought the brand I did, natch. However, when I rang it up at the self-checkout, it was $2.00 more than what the shelf tag said. The [very nice] lady overseeing the area hustled to check it out. She came and said "You're right -- and you get it for free as that's our guarantee." I told her I'd be content with merely the $2.00 advertised sale price, but she insisted on the store guarantee of free. I didn't argue!

This afternoon, I hit the Shop Rite. My first stop was the deli where I ordered some Swiss cheese that was on sale -- $5.99/lb. But when the guy puts the price tag on it, it says $7.99. I inform him of the sale sign right behind him, whereupon he says "Use your bonus card and the savings will appear. If that doesn't work, come back and we'll deduct the savings." OK, fine. However, when I go to checkout, the savings doesn't appear. I tell the cashier, whereupon a supervisor takes the cheese to the deli to check it out. After well over five minutes, she comes back and says that I ordered the wrong cheese. I reiterate what the guys told me at the deli. She then says, "Well, since you waited so long, I'll just take off the difference" -- like she's doing me a favor! Then, as I continue to run items through, a bottle of spaghetti sauce, which I wouldn't have even bought had it not been for the sale tag on the shelf, comes up at regular price! I tell the cashier about that. She acts irritated, as if I'm trying to put one over on her. As she's about to call for the super (again), I say, "Y'know what? Just delete the item from my bill. I don't want it."

A tale of two markets ... and of customer service. You can probably guess where I'll be shopping more regularly.

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Julian Assange as cowardly publisher

Victor Davis Hanson posits that Wikileaks honcho Julian Assange is as "brave" as newspapers who refuse(d) to publish cartoons that may be offensive to Muslims. Why?

... in cowardly fashion, he stays clear of getting involved with dissident leakers from those governments and groups — e.g., China, Iran, North Korea, Hezbollah, Russia, Syria — that (1) do far more damage to the global body politic than the United States, and (2) might well do bodily harm to Mr. Assange should he do to them what he does to Western interests.

Yeah, real brave. Like publishers or museum curators who "go out on a limb" to show offensive works like the National Portrait Gallery recently did. 'Cause Christians tend not to riot and/or kill people when somebody insults their beliefs. Similarly, Assange knows that the countries Hanson listed do not have to abide by the same rules of procedure that Western governments do. We'd have to file a lawsuit, go to trial, and hopefully get a conviction. The Russians may poison his soup with polonium, or Assange may find himself a victim of an unfortunate "accident." And considering this, I'm reminded of a George Will column I recall reading from decades ago, during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. While not endorsing the invasion by any means, Will compared and contrasted how the Russians and Americans dealt with murderous terrorists -- then, like now, fundamentalist Islamists. Some Afghan Islamists had kidnapped a Russian of some worth, threatening to kill him. The KGB in turn captured a relative of one of the kidnappers. They proceeded to cut off his balls and mail them to kidnappers. The Russian hostage was freed soon after.

A-holes like Assange ain't "brave." No at all. He's as big a p***y as newspapers who refused to run those Mohammed cartoons, or like the NY Times for reporting the recent Wikileak dump ... but not the e-mails that made climate change alarmists look bad.

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Religion of Peace

From the Wikileaks: Hizbollah smuggled weapons in ambulances.

Iran used Red Crescent ambulances to smuggle weapons and agents into Lebanon during Hezbollah's 2006 war with Israel, a leaked US diplomatic cable showed on Monday.

The 2008 classified cable which originated in Dubai quotes an Iranian source as saying the Iranian Red Crescent was used as a cover by members of the elite Revolutionary Guard to enter Lebanon during the conflict.

"IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to facilitate weapons shipments," said the cable that appeared on the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. It added Red Crescent staff had seen "missiles in the planes destined for Lebanon when delivering medical supplies to the plane.

Of course, this will never convince serial Israel haters / perpetual defenders of the "oppressed" Palestinians, et. al.) like our old pal Perry.

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November 29, 2010

I think the proper response would be "F%@$ you, Mr. President"

Obama humiliates a staffer over his weight:

In “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside Obama’s White House,” MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe, a writer sympathetic to the president, reports the prosaic backroom details of the White House struggles from early this year, but occasionally stumbles upon an off-the-cuff revelation that’s much more interesting.

One staffer was conspicuously overweight. The president, in an incident that Wolffe believes proves how caring the man is, took it upon himself to present the aide with a salad for lunch — “then listened to him protest that he could take care of his own health. ‘I love you, man,’ Obama said. ‘I want you to look after yourself. Eat the salad.’ ”

A few comments:

  • Someone favorable to the President recorded this anecdote because he thought it made Obama look good. As the linked article goes to mention, it actually makes the President look controlling and rude.
  • It shows the thought process that seems to inform his policies: he knows best, you should sit back and do he, your better, says.
  • Note that even after his staffer says he can take care of himself, Obama basically tells him he can't. How arrogant and insulting.
  • Also, he not only apparently didn't bother to talk to the guy in a side conversation, but he brought along witnesses as he essentially called this guy fat. (Does he think the guy didn't know?)
  • As a friend put it: "If that's true, the man is a complete, obnoxious, overbearing ass. If he wasn't the president, the guy would have punched him."

This story says about the character, or lack thereof, of the President.

The best comment on this, though, came from National Review Online's Jim Geraghty:

Chris Christie for President: Because the commander-in-chief and leader of the free world should never be telling you to eat a @#$%^ salad.

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Lives. We don't have them.

Searching for some meaning to their pathetic existences, the so-called "In Defense of Animals" group has a beef with Sarah Palin because she dared to ... kill a fish on her new TV show:

... the Republican politician and potential presidential candidate, has come under fire from the animals rights group 'In Defense of Animals', for beating a fish to death while filming an episode of 'Sarah Palin's Alaska', reports The Examiner. Palin and her daughter Bristol were video-taped 'clubbing' a large halibut after it was caught during a fishing trip.

However, one fisherman came to the defence of the Palins, saying the method of slaughter used is the most humane, adding, "These fish are enormous and to have them trashing about the boat can be dangerous. Clubbing the fish and leaving it to bleed out is the safest and most humane way, better than letting it suffocate". Despite this explanation, the Canadian based animal rights group claim that Palin savagely beat the fish to death while also suggesting that the politician 'enjoyed' doing so.

In other news, the group "Easy Wrappers" have lodged a formal complaint with the FTC for "less-slick wax wrappers on sticks of real butter."

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Question of the Day

... comes from a reader of Instapundit regarding Wikileaks:

Why is it that Wikileaks has been able to publish all kinds of classified State Dept. documents, but Obama’s Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard Law transcripts still remain confidential? Maybe we should have a university registrar’s office consult with the US government to assure that secrets remain secret? I’m just wondering, that’s all.

Indeed.

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Wikileaks, NOFOR and access

From The Guardian via Captain Ed to Ace to me:

Three Million People Have Access To Data Manning Leaked?

Meh. A non-story really. The Guardian may/may not be correct about the classification level but that has nothing to do with the access to the cables or documents.

As readers may know I'm on a government contract and as such was required to get security clearance. It sounds exciting and cloak and daggery but really it was a pain in the ass and required lots of forms and ID's and standing in line at various military bases to get my CAC card so I could log into the government systems. (The CAC card is a government photo ID smart card that I have to plug into my keyboard or laptop to enable it for logon. No CAC no logon. You are not even given a chance to log in w/o one. Remove CAC and the thing locks up.)

It's important to note that I'm a contractor. Not a military employee or civilian military. I'm not even with the primary contract holder. No, I'm an employee of a subcontractor to The Very Large IT Consulting Firm. Further, I'm almost as low on that totem pole as possible. I'm the FNG who's a sub to a primary with provisional clearance. In short, I'm just above whale poop.

That said, I have the appropriate clearance level for the Wikitraffic. Why? Am I working on some death ray laser? No. I'm doing infrastructure buildouts and other work that would require powerpoint, a glossary and about half an hour of me boring you to death. Why then, do I need clearance? Two reasons; first I work with/have access to PII that is Personally Identifying Information. Anyone who uses or has access to PII needs some form of clearance. PII is routinely used in many place in the military and the VA. Putting the combined support staff of the VA and the military together and you very quickly get a huge number of people. Second, it is not uncommon to have two networks as we do in my job. The "admin" side which is so named for all the administrative stuff you have to do. Email, timesheet, requirement docs and so on. Think of it as a DMZ network. On the other side we have the Out Of Bounds network or in gubmint shorthand; OOB. All the actual work goes on there. So I have "potential" access to the NOFOR stuff b/c I'm cleared and I'm on the OOB network. Right? Wrong. The OOB is highly compartmentalized and really quite secure. Much more so than any bank I've ever worked at and I've worked at many of the Fortune 25. I am required to wear a photo ID everywhere I go and have been challenged when I have not had it prominently displayed. We have Tiger Teams in there on the regular looking for poor security procedures. I was in one meeting where the Big Boss asked everyone to show their CAC cards. They are supposed to be in your possession at all times. He warned that next time, anyone who did not have it on their person would be at risk of termination.

In short "potential access" may be accurate (I have no idea) but it is also highly misleading.

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Superheroes get assist from federal judge

Only in Hollywood, folks:

Batman, Superman and other superheroes are getting some help from the feds for their caped crusades along Hollywood Boulevard.

U.S. Judge Dean Pregerson on Wednesday blocked police from cracking down on the costumed characters who perform and pose for pictures for tips along the fabled street. It may not seem like a traditional form of free speech, but their right to perform is protected under that provision of the U.S. Constitution, Pregerson wrote in the ruling that was welcomed by the performers.

Of course, business owners and others have complained that some of the heroes have been aggressive -- even threatening violence against folks who refuse to tip. I'm surprised Superman hasn't just flash-fried someone's wallet with his heat vision for refusing a tip.

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November 28, 2010

The ten best comics stories I have ever read

I was perusing the Colossus comics archives and I really noticed I never posted on such. That's weird. (Well, I sorta did here.) At any rate, I've had it with politics this Thanksgiving weekend and I was pontificating on why so much modern comics writing blows so badly. I've been managing to get my comics fix by reading and rereading old classics. And here's a list of the best stories I have ever read:

1) SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY. Kurt Busiek is at his pinnacle here with a largely action-less story that focuses on ... well, story. I doubt I've had a bigger smile on my face than when I finished the last page of S.I. It helps if you have kids, too, to really appreciate this book.

2) AVENGERS FOREVER. If you've never read (or barely read) the Avengers over the years, forget this story. If you are an Earth's Mightiest fan, this is indispensable. Also written by Busiek and drawn by the phenomenal Carlos Pacheco, several Avengers from different time periods are whisked to the present to stop the evil machinations of time-lord Immortus. Busiek is the undisputed master of continuity, and no other book displays this better. Except for maybe ...

3) MARVELS. Yep, it's Busiek again. Told from the perspective of Daily Bugle photographer Phil Sheldon, Marvels covers some of the most compelling moments in Marvel history, including Galactus' first visit to Earth and Gwen Stacy's death. But it was the chapter on the X-Men and anti-mutant hysteria that is best. Again, if you have children, you'll find it hard to hold back the tears regarding the tale of the little mutant girl Maggie. Slam-bang paints by Alex Ross.

4) THE KREE-SKRULL WAR. This early 70s multi-part epic featuring art by the great Neal Adams is tough to beat.

5) IRON MAN #78. Back in the day, when deadlines actually mattered in comics, "fill-in" issues were the norm when said deadline couldn't be met. One such "fill-in" edition turned into a masterpiece, and such is Bill Mantlo and George Tuska's "Long Time Gone."

6) SUPERMAN: RED SON. The politically risible-yet-talented Mark Millar's best work, this yarn imagines the Man of Steel as a Soviet superhero. Millar expertly weaves virtually all of DC's marquee characters into the story, and the ending is spot-on perfect!

7) ALIENS BOOK ONE. Writer Mark Verheiden's work in this first "what if?" look at post-"Aliens" happenings is simply sensational. The original is in black and white, and Dark Horse has since renamed the book (title escapes me at the moment), but just try not to be freaked out after reading this, especially the interlude "Theory of Alien Propagation."

8) DAREDEVIL "BORN AGAIN." Frank Miller and David Mazzuccelli's magnum opus on the title, it details what the Kingpin does to Matt Murdock upon learning he is really DD. In a word, "wow."

9) KINGDOM COME. This Mark Waid/Alex Ross masterpiece takes place in a DC future-world where its marquee superheroes have pretty much given up their "duties" as younger, less scrupulous meta-humans prowl the globe. Ross' paints are awe-inspiring.

10) IRON MAN #281-283. This introduction of War Machine by Len Kaminski and Kev Hopgood is the highlight of this iron duo's run on the book. The action is non-stop, Hopgood's pencils (with inks by Bob Wiacek) outstanding, and Kaminski's "take no prisoners" approach by Tony Stark/Iron Man/War Machine is stupendously kick-ass.

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This oughta be good

Via Ace: Wikileaks to reveal Obama opinions of world leaders.

With some 2.7 million communications from the US State Department about to be published online, Mr Obama is bracing himself for revelations that would not only be embarrassing but could also seriously damage his foreign policy.

Thousands of these documents are believed to be diplomatic cables from Washington to the US Embassy in London, including brutal assessments of Gordon Brown's personality and cold-eyed judgements of David Cameron's capabilities.

The ramifications for Mr Obama could be enormous. With his popularity flagging at home, one of his remaining political strengths has been his high standing abroad - assiduously cultivated in a series of speeches in which he apologised for past US actions and promised a kinder, gentler America. (Link.)

Is this why the Dept. of Homeland Security is going all-out seizing domain names?

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November 27, 2010

November 26, 2010

This is why I never go out on Black Friday

Via Ace:


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Surprise

The Philly Inquirer today runs an editorial endorsing airport pat downs.

I wonder how many editorials they've run endorsing profiling?

UPDATE: Reason has some amazing 180 degree opinions from MSM newspapers across the land:

New York Times: Some individual pat-downs have gone too far, and the T.S.A. was ham-handed in answering those concerns. But the Obama administration should weather this storm by realizing these attacks are purely partisan and ideological. Americans know the difference between a big scanner and big government.

Louisville Courier-Journal: At what point did Americans turn into a nation of crybabies?

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Don't like searches? Agree to body scan

Rochester Post-Bulletin: Grin and bear it

Houston Chronicle: The hysterical hullabaloo over airport security procedures is a waste of time

Bakersfield Californian: Assume TSA has good reason for intrusive frisking

Seattle Times: TSA is constantly evaluating and updating screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats.

And there's plenty more.

Again, how did these outlets opine on things like the Patriot Act, profiling and the like during a certain guy named "Bush's" tenure as chief exec?

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Watcher's Council winners

First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with JCS Mullen: ‘We Can Stop Islamic Extremism by Teaching People to Read The Qu’ran…’

First place in the non-Council category was Stop Shouting with My Rebuttal to a Progressive who Admonished Me to Play Nice ….

Full results are here.

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November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


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November 24, 2010

A-hole is as a-hole says

There isn't a container big enough for this jackass's ego:

Kanye West is still angry at Taylor Swift.

At a surprise performance of his acclaimed new album at NYC's Bowery Ballroom around 1 a.m. Wednesday, West, 33, launched another attack against the country star, 20, whom he famously ambushed at the 2009 Video Music Awards.

During his rant, West seemed to suggest that the Speak Now singer used the VMA brouhaha to bolster her fame.

"Taylor never came to my defense at any interview," West ranted. "And rode the waves and rode it and rode it," he sniped of Swift.

Uh, exactly why would Swift feel any need to come to your "defense," Kanye, after your ridiculously a-holed move during her getting her award that night?

Any additional fame Swift may have gotten from that incident is 100% entirely of your own doing, Mr. West. Now, grow the f*** up and realize that there are many [much] more talented artists than you out there.

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Campus speech codes morphing to "anti-bullying"

Via Insty comes word of the Left's latest attempt to squelch speech which they don't like:

…the [“Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act”] bill redefines [campus-based] harassment in a manner that is at odds with the Supreme Court’s exacting definition of student-on-student harassment, which successfully balances the need to respond to extreme behavior with the importance of free speech on campus. In Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999), the Court defined student-on-student harassment as conduct that is “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victim-students are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities.” This definition has been relied upon by courts for more than a decade and has been adopted by many institutions across the country, including the entire University of California system.

Flouting the Supreme Court’s carefully crafted balance, the bill removes the requirement that the behavior in question be objectively offensive. The loss of this crucial “reasonable person” standard means that those most interested in silencing viewpoints they don’t like will effectively determine what speech should be banned from campus.

And gee, just who do you think will be making such decisions? Yep, the vehemently PC totalitarian Left.

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Own petard, hoisted

I'd give Dennis Kucinich the benefit of the doubt, but does the Left ever do that for conservatives?

Reports of racial tension and personnel management issues within his office may have ended Dennis Kucinich’s run for the top Democratic spot on the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

As PJM reported, tensions exploded in Kucinich’s office between his staff director Jaron Bourke and 35-year staffer Jean Gosa, who is African-American. According to sources familiar with the situation, when word of the dispute got to [Congressman Edolphus] Towns he stepped in to attempt to mediate the situation.

According to a September 10 story in the Huffington Post, Gosa had complained repeatedly about the atmosphere within the office — using words like “plantation, slave, and overseer.” Her complaints were backed up by former staffer and current Huffington Post blogger Noura Erakat. (Link.)

"Progressives" (like the LGOMB) love it when a "family values" conservative get involved in some sex and/or marriage scandal ... y'know, the 'ol "hypocrisy" charge, "not living up to their rhetoric," etc. There's no benefit of any doubt at all given. So, as the Left is supposedly the ultimate bastion of racial tolerance and understanding in the US (and world), it should be quickly pointed out when one of their own is not "living up to their standards," right?

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November 23, 2010

Good news for the L.G.O.M.B.

Gonorrhea rates at lowest levels since 1941.

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Why can't this same statement be applied to profiling?

TSA Head John Pistole: If Passengers Don’t Undergo Screening, 'They Don’t Have a Right' to Fly:

“I see flying as a privilege that is public safety issue. So the government has a role in providing for the public safety and we need to do everything we can in partnership with the traveling public, to inform them about what their options are,” Pistole said at a breakfast with reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “I clearly believe that passengers have a number of options as they go through screening. But the bottom line is, if someone decides they don’t want to have screening, they don’t have the right to get on the plane.”

I certainly agree with that -- that flying is not a "right," just as driving, say, isn't a right. (Don't want to endure DMV to get a license? Fine, don't drive!) However, it seems to me that Pistole's stance could still be implemented but without the ridiculous spectacles we've heard about the last week or so. To do would be called ... profiling:

Security officials should pay less attention to objects, and more attention to people.

The Israelis do. They are, out of dreadful necessity, the world's foremost experts in counterterrorism. And they couldn't care less about what your grandmother brings on a plane. Instead, officials at Ben Gurion International Airport interview everyone in line before they're even allowed to check in.

And Israeli officials profile. They don't profile racially, but they profile. Israeli Arabs breeze through rather quickly, but thanks to the dozens of dubious-looking stamps in my passport -- almost half are from Lebanon and Iraq -- I get pulled off to the side for more questioning every time. And I'm a white, nominally Christian American.

If they pull you aside, you had better tell them the truth. They'll ask you so many wildly unpredictable questions so quickly, you couldn't possibly invent a fake story and keep it all straight. Don't even try. They're highly trained and experienced, and they catch everyone who tries to pull something over on them.

Because I fit one of their profiles, it takes me 15 or 20 minutes longer to get through the first wave of security than it does for most people. The agents make up for it, though, by escorting me to the front of the line at the metal detector. They don't put anyone into a "porn machine." There's no point. Terrorists can't penetrate that deeply into the airport. (Link.)

The problem, of course, is that groups like the ACLU, CAIR and like-minded organizations would be waiting voraciously to pounce -- legally. Somehow, it is perfectly OK to grab someone's breasts or balls in the name of "security," but dare a TSA official ask a Muslim to step aside to answer a few questions? "Humiliating." "Racist." "Islamophobic." "Fear mongering." Just take a gander at the case of ACLU official King Downing:

Downing sued the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, and Massachusetts State Police, alleging they violated his constitutional right against unreasonable search. A trial in the case began Monday in U.S. District Court.

Downing, who is black and wears a short beard, said in his lawsuit that he was stopped by a state trooper and asked to show identification after he left the gate area and made a phone call in the terminal.

"Unreasonable search" -- after merely being asked to show ID. As opposed to full body scans and groping pat-downs. Check.

Keep in mind that race/ethnicity is merely part of effective profiling at airports. Note again the Israeli example above. Nevertheless, the American public supports [racial/ethnic] profiling at airports. (In full disclosure, they also support full body scans -- but not the intrusive pat-downs.)

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November 22, 2010

Philly's WPHT radio ditching Beck, Hannity

... due to going to a more "local" format:

While Hannity and Beck - nationally the No. 2 and No. 3 most-listened-to talk hosts behind Rush Limbaugh - are scrambling to find a new home in America's fourth-biggest media market, the shuffle means a more prominent role for locally based Michael Smerconish.

The station announced that Smerconish would return to the afternoon drive-time slot, with a local hour at 3 p.m. and then his nationally syndicated show from 4 to 7 p.m. Another longtime local host, Dom Giordano, takes over for Beck from 9 a.m. to 12, while a new hire - Kansas City conservative yakker Chris Stigall - will do the morning-drive slot. The changes are slated to take effect in mid-January.

[More] locally, WDEL did something similar some time ago, going to virtually exclusive local programming morning and afternoon alike. When I asked WDEL afternoon talker Rick Jensen how this transition was for the station, he said that "Our move to being the local Delaware radio station with multiple platforms online and HD has been a great benefit for listenership, revenue and value for our advertisers."

Speaking of Limbaugh, he'll be the only nationally syndicated talker remaining on WPHT -- in his usual spot of 12 noon to 3pm.

Personally, I think Smerconish is as wishy washy as they come; he used to be pretty staunchly conservative, yet when he got a few guest slots on MSNBC, his politics seemed to change ... and he even backed Barack Obama in 2008. It'll be great, however, to hear Dom Giordano a lot more regularly. Dom doesn't take any crap, and is vehemently anti-PC -- right up my alley.

What doesn't make sense is hiring someone from Kansas City for the coveted morning drive spot?? If the concentration is on local programming, WTF is a Kansas City-an gonna know about Philly?

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Philly Inquirer beats a dead horse

... over supposed "equal pay for equal work." They did it back in March (among others), and as you might suspect, it's nothing but crap.

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November 21, 2010

I stopped reading when ...

... I got to the part mentioning UD "professor/researcher" Yasser Arafat Payne.

I wonder what other choices his parents considered (or himself, if he unilaterally changed his moniker). Pol Pot Payne? (Has a nice ring to it -- "Triple P!") Chairman Mao Payne? Josef Stalin Payne? Saddam Hussein Payne?

And, of course, our illustrious News Journal doesn't bat an eye at such an appellation.

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Fill in the blanks in this editorial

No one I know has ever looked to the Wilmington News Journal as a bastion of intellectual heavyweights, and today's editorial about US schools (Delaware, in particular) vs. those in China and Taiwan proves it again by missing (on purpose?) one HUGE point.

Can you figure it out?

An update if no one can or there are no replies.

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November 20, 2010

Boston Globe's 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

Yet another list which was fairly intriguing. I don't agree with a few of these, but so what? That's what makes lists like these so great! The ones I've seen are in bold.

50: Arachnophobia
49: The Innocents
48: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
47: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Wha-a-a-a ...??)
46: The Wicker Man (1973 version)
45: The Blob (1988 version)
44: Rosemary's Baby (Scared the living crap out of me as a kid.)
43: The Brood
42: Event Horizon
41: Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)
40: Eraserhead
39: Amityville Horror (1978 version) (Again, wh-a-a-a-a?? This film is a pathetic version of the classic book.)
38: Pet Sematary
37: Open Water
(Freaked me out!)
36: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 version)
35: The Fly (1986 version)
(Not very scary, in my opinion, but rather gory and sci-fi-ish.)
34: Salem's Lot (1979 version)
33: Gates of Hell
32: Session 9
31: In the Mouth of Madness
30: Altered States
29: The Mothman Prophecies
28: The Mist
27: Videodrome
26: Se7en
25: War of the Worlds (1953 version)
(Still holds up extremely well today; if this made the list, I'd certainly put Spielberg's 2005 version in here too.)
24: Saw
23: Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters)
22: The Silence of the Lambs
21: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 version)
20: Hellraiser
19: The Changeling (1980 film with George C. Scott)
18: 28 Days Later
17: Pan's Labyrinth
16: Jacob's Ladder
15: Jaws
14: The Exorcist

13: Quatermass and the Pit
12: Cloverfield (Should not be this highly ranked.)
11: The Shining (1980 version)
10: Audition
9: Halloween (1978 version) (Still scary today after over 30 years.)
8: Evil Dead II
7: Dawn of the Dead (1978 version)
6: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version)
(By far the spookiest of the remakes and worthy of this high ranking.)
5: Alien (This scary-as-shit flick will forever be in moviedom's Top 5.)
4: The Ring
3: [REC] (Saw this for the first time in the summer of 2009; WAY better than its US counterpart.)
2: Ju-On
1: The Thing (1982 version) (WOO HOO! One of my favorite films of all-time, scary or otherwise. And this sure IS scary. And unintentionally funny, too!)

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Clueless is as clueless does

Check out the responses by outgoing House Speaker Nancy "Botox" Pelosi during an interview with the New York Times Magazine (via Weekly Standard Blog):

Q: As the speaker of the House of Representatives, where Democrats just lost 60-odd seats as well as their controlling majority, you led your party into the worst electoral defeat in decades. And yet you chose to run for Democratic leader in the next Congress. Why not just step down?

A: Well, don’t forget that I led the party into the strong victories of ’06 and ’08. And now we are prepared to win again.

"And now we are prepared to win again"?? WTF??? You were just handed the worst congressional defeat since 1938 and now you're "prepared to win again??" Give me what she's inhaling!

Q: Your decision surprised many Democrats, who say you’re a poor communicator.

A: The thing is, I keep saying — show me all these men who are very communicative!

WTF does gender have to do with it??

Q: Ha. What about John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is expected to succeed you as House speaker in January? Did you see him tearing up on election night as he addressed his supporters?

A: You know what? He is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills. If I cry, it’s about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics — no, I don’t cry. I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that’s always a possibility, and if you’re professional, then you deal with it professionally.

Ah, so Boehner is not a professional, but you are. Check. Maybe Boehner oughta bring gender into this subject!

Q: O.K., but you could admit to having deep emotions about your setback in the House.

A: I have deep emotions about the American people. If I were to cry for anything, I would cry for them and the policies that they’re about to face.

Can anyone BE so delusional, clueless and sanctimonious?

Q: Are you referring to the repeal of the health reform law, which the Republican leadership is threatening to do?

A: That’s why I ran. That’s one of the reasons I ran for leader — to fight any changes. Any undermining of the health care bill, of the Wall Street reform bill, of the consumer protection bill — I’ll fight that.

Earth to Nance: THIS IS LARGELY WHY YOU LOST OVER SIXTY F***ING SEATS, YOU CRETINOUS SOD!!

Q: In what ways is politics harder for women than men?

A: For example, when I became the speaker, we won 30 seats. It was a victorious thing — I was the first woman speaker. It didn’t get that much play. And I’m not a publicity seeker, so it was O.K. with me. Boehner, before the election, they had him on the cover of Newsweek. Now he’s on the cover of Time, and women are coming to me and saying, “Is the job less important when a woman holds it?”

Yeah -- Time and Newsweek, those bastions of liberal PC and dogma, are biased against women and Democrats! But look at it this way: You're "more professional" than Boehner because he cries.

Nance, get some lithium. Quick.

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough suspended for political donations

Now let's see if his suspension is as short as Keith Olbermann's.

Full story here.

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No one cares

The AP via Four Color Media Monitor:

Has Spider-Man spun his final web?

Marvel Comics said Tuesday it will unveil a story line in Ultimate Spider-Man - a separate imprint from its other comics - with a title that may prove unsettling to the webslinger's fans: "Death of Spider-Man."

The publisher is playing coy about what fate may befall Peter Parker, but the story is likely to be groundbreaking given that the Ultimate Comics line has been less than kind to several characters in the past, killing off Magneto, Wasp, Wolverine and others for good.

"For good?" Has time stopped? You really think that (especially) Magneto and Wolverine were killed off "for good," Ultimate line or not?

Cheeyeah, right. NO character stays dead "for good," and especially not marquee heroes/villains. So, does anyone really believe that, if Spidey is killed in the Ultimate line, he won't be brought back at some point? Remember, he is the symbol of Marvel Comics.

Honestly, I can't think of any Marvel character that stayed dead "forever." Even fairly minor characters. Take a gander, just off the top of my head:

  • Captain America. Recently "killed" and brought back.
  • Bucky. Cap's partner from WWII was believed "killed" in the accident that threw Cap into suspended animation for some 20 years. Guess what? Bucky was too -- except that he was recovered by the Soviets.
  • Iron Man/Tony Stark. In a ridiculous attempt to attract younger readers, Marvel "killed" Iron Man in 1996 and had the Avengers bring forth a teenage Tony Stark to "replace" him. It was a marketing disaster of monumental proportions. So, the omnipotent Franklin Richards (son of the Fantastic Four's married couple) "reintegrated" adult Stark a couple years later.
  • Jean Grey/Phoenix. In one of the greatest comics stories ever, Jean Grey of the X-Men could not control the Phoenix power she inadvertantly inherited some 20 issues prior. She had already destroyed a solar system, and now the aliens wanted vengeance. Instead of risking Phoenix rising from her again, she committed suicide (see panels below). But ... she was brought back years later.

  • Wonder Man. Definitely a minor character, he was first killed way back in Avengers #9 but then resurfaced in the #150s -- apparently from a "latent state." He was "killed" again a couple decades later in Force Works #1, but a few years after that Kurt Busiek revived him -- again -- in the pages of volume three Avengers.
  • Gwen Stacy. Peter Parker's first true love was killed by the Green Goblin in the classic Amazing Spider-Man #122. She was brought back (usually as a clone ... or two or three or more) not to mention that so was ...
  • Norman Osborn. The original Green Goblin who "killed" Gwen apparently died when his glider, which he had hoped to impale Spider-Man with, missed and zapped him instead. But guess what? Right -- he wasn't dead! Most recently, Osborn has morphed into one of Marvel's most dastardly villains, even donning an Iron Man suit and leading a team of "heroes."
  • The Original Human Torch. Even one of Marvel's original superheroes couldn't be left in peace. Artist-writer John Byrne brought the Torch back in the 1980s and had him join the West Coast Avengers. He's since been "killed" again.
  • Kang the Conqueror. One of the Avengers' biggest nemeses has been "killed" and brought back too many times to shake a stick at. Perhaps the most head-shaking moment was in Avengers #143 when it was stated that, after Thor pummeled the living sh** out of him, his "atoms had been dispersed across time and space, never to be reintegrated" (or something like that!). But a few years later -- yep -- tantalizing Earth's Mightiest yet again.

Sales of comics are nowhere near what they were a decade ago. It's certainly just my opinion, but I think fans (like myself) have just grown weary of the endless gimmicks -- including "deaths" -- which they know ultimately mean nothing in the whole scheme of things. This is why I ceased purchasing new comics over two years ago. It just got plain ridiculous.

Just give me a good writer and a good story and I'll be happy as a clam. (Try "Superman: Secret Identity" by Kurt Busiek and "The Walking Dead" by Robert Kirkman, now an AMC original TV series.) No need for grandiose nonsense.

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Watcher's Council results

Since I was too busy to post the nominations this week, I'll post the winners and their corresponding places:

* *First place with 2 1/3 votes! – Bookworm Room - Our de-aspirational society; or a society aiming for victimization and tawdriness
* Second place with 1 2/3 votes – GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD - Reach Out!
* Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes - Mere Rhetoric - J Street Co-Founder Daniel Levy: Israel’s Creation “An Act That Was Wrong”
* Third place *t* with 1 1/3 vote – Simply JewsThe unbearable dilemma of an “anti-Zionist”
* Fourth place with 1 vote - Right Truth - Tipping Point – My Head is Exploding
* Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – JoshuapunditThe TSA Goes Berserk
* Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey“Because of Olbermann’s (short) suspension …”
* Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Glittering EyeWill the Deficit Panel Report Be DOA?
* Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – VA RightIt’s the Way Earmarks Are Used the Makes Them Evil

First place in the non-Council category was American Front with One Of Many American Military Heroes.

The rest of the non-Council results are here.

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November 18, 2010

Ah, those leftist dictators

Back in 1979, a guy named Daniel Ortega led a revolution over a nasty dictator in Nicaragua. He was successful in large measure because he and his cohorts -- the FSLN or Sandinistas -- weren't entirely truthful about their revolutionary intentions. They were, in fact, Marxist-Leninists. So it was such that new American president, Ronald Reagan, began a counter-revolution led by the "Contras," mostly disaffected Sandinistas fed up with Ortega and co. The ensuing civil war was largely successful in that Ortega eventually agreed to free elections, and to his huge credit he actually went along with the results -- his defeat in 1990.

Well, he's been back since. In 2007 he was elected president of the country again. And no good leftist bigwig can stay true to his word for long, it seems. Lately, many of my friends from Costa Rica have been really upset. Why? Ortega has swiped a Costa Rican island for Nicaragua:

Unfortunately throughout both countries’ histories, it has become a norm that the Nicaraguan political class picks conflicts with Costa Rica in order to distract attention from domestic problems and rally nationalist support at home. Ricardo Jiménez, a Costa Rican president in the early 20th century, once said that Costa Rica had three seasons during the year: the rainy season, the dry season, and the season of conflicts with Nicaragua.

This time around hasn’t been different. Approximately 20 days ago, a dredging project of the San Juan River, whose right bank serves as the border between both countries, led to an incursion of the Nicaraguan army into Costa Rican territory. The conflict area is an uninhabited island (approximately 60 square miles) at the mouth of the San Juan River. Aerial pictures show the destruction of tropical forest in the island—which is part of a protected area in Costa Rica—in what seems like an effort to detour the San Juan River at the expense of Costa Rican territory.

Just like his buddy Hugo Chávez of Venezuela (and too many other nutjob lefty dictators), Ortega is using this home-spun aggression as a rallying cry against, remarkably, “Costa Rica’s expansionist agenda” -- even though Costa Rica hasn't had an army since 1949. And, just like idiot Chávez, Ortega has attempted to prolong his power despite constitutional restrictions:

Since the Nicaraguan constitution bars him from running for a third term (he was president in 1985-1990), Ortega tried unsuccessfully to have the constitution amended by the National Assembly, where his Sandinista party lacks a majority to do so. However, through judicial shenanigans facilitated by a Supreme Court and an Electoral Tribunal packed with Sandinista allies, Ortega is likely to run again next year.

Costa Rica's only recourse is to protest at various international organizations. And where's the United States, for cripe's sake? The Messiah was all up in arms about Manuel Zelaya's ouster as president of Honduras back in 2009 because of similar constitutional shenanigans in his country -- and despite Honduras' legislature and Supreme Court supporting his removal from office. So why isn't he at his teleprompter telling Danny O. to get the f*** out of the Switzerland of the Americas, a pacifist nation with no armed forces??

He's taking a neutral stand in it all. NEUTRAL!!!

State is taking a carefully worded, almost neutral stand in the dispute between Costa Rica -- our ally, and the world's most pacifist country -- and Nicaragua, a key player in Hugo Chavez's group of Latin strongmen.

Last month, Nicaragua sent troops into a jungle area at the mouth of the San Juan River, which has long been determined by mediators to be on Costa Rica's side of the border. The excuse for the invasion: Google Maps recently showed the area as part of Nicaragua.

State Department spokeswoman Viriginia Staab told me yesterday that "we encourage both sides immediately to distance any armed military and civilian security forces from the disputed area and avoid provocative rhetoric and actions."

Costa Rica's deputy UN ambassador, Saul Weisleder, told me Washington's low-key support of his country is meant to avoid riling the region's anti-Yanqui-imperialist hotheads while other countries do the heavy lifting. But, really -- "Both sides"? "Armed forces"? "Provocation"? Again, Costa Rica has no military -- it merely sent some policemen in to stare at the troops occupying its soil.

Indeed, State should be doing more, if only because Google was relying on State Department data when it mislabeled the land in question. (Link.)

If Obama is SO apologetic for America's past actions in the hemisphere that he cannot even defend a peaceful, army-less country, then he is a much bigger dolt than I ever thought possible.

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November 17, 2010

Amazing soccer choke

Wow, I thought it was going to be the goalie!!

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"We know what's best for you"

Via Insty -- "progressive superiority" at it again:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said using a cell phone while driving is so dangerous that devices may soon be installed in cars to forcibly stop drivers — and potentially anyone else in the vehicle — from using them.

“There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that,” said LaHood on MSNBC. LaHood said the cellphone scramblers were one way, and also stressed the importance of “personal responsibility.” …

“I think it will be done,” said LaHood. “I think the technology is there and I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones. We need to do a lot more if were going to save lives.”

"So dangerous?" Say Anything begs to differ:

The fact is that traffic accidents and fatalities have trended down to a 60-year low according to the NHTSA despite the rise in cell phone use while driving. There’s also a more recent study released by the CDC which shows that traffic accidents among young drivers have dropped 36% over the last five years despite an increase in cell phone use.

Plus, there’s absolutely zero evidence to indicate that bans on cell phone use while driving have done anything to make roads safer where they’ve been implemented.

Look, I'm annoyed as anyone else when I get caught behind some dolt who's going 40 on I-95 because he can't drive the speed limit and talk on his cell at the same time. But still more annoying is the continued penchant of faux progressives to increase their control over individual freedom. This, despite The Messiah's claim that his administration would "return to following the science." Except for inconvenient statistics, however. And if it conflicts with its radical goals ...

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November 16, 2010

Awesome

Here's how to end the ridiculous TSA screening procedures at airports, via PoliPundit:

Have Arizona pass a law saying that illegal aliens will be subject to these procedures as well! The federal government would immediately ask a judge to ban full-body scans.

Sounds ridiculous, but sadly it'd probably work!

Coming next to your local airport:


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November 15, 2010

Dopey Philly Daily News Letter of the Week

Charlotte J. Mears of Philly offers up this gem:

I JUST WANT to thank all the people who on Nov. 2 voted "Bush" back into office for literally destroying the lives of poor people all over this country. I can't believe people could be that stupid. But then I have to remember that I'm living in the United States of America.

I've never seen so much hatred and racism come out of the woodwork as I have since President Obama took office. The Tea Party should change its name to the Ku Klux Klan because that's exactly who they are!

And Sarah Palin is nothing but white trash, and a political joke that will keep us who have any intelligence laughing right into the 2012 election. Which I must add, from this so-called "historic" election, has all but guaranteed our president's re-election in 2012 - because when these Republicans get through with these racists in this country, they will be screaming to the rafters for the Democrats to take back the control that they had.

Thank you to the racists across this country. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

Just another typical faux "progressive."

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Why Superman doesn't work

Morgan has a bit about yet another reboot of Superman. Yawn.

Morgan seems to have liked the last one which I watched with disinterest. It was different in that this time we didn't have to sit through the origin story we've all seen before. Rather, he skipped town because he was sad or something. He came back and did some things like being shot at by a machine gun while slowly advancing toward the bad guy. He also lifted some huge thing or another and saved Lois.

I remember the effects being quite good but that's about it. The guy who played Superman (I can't even be bothered to look him up) was dull but frankly didn't have much to work with. Maggie Gyllenehalallenlellallall was annoying and odd looking as per normal.

Rebooting the franchise again won't work. No matter how many times you try, it won't work. Simply put the story sucks.

Fleeing dying planet and last surviving Kryptonian works. Fish out of water works OK too. I'll even buy the yellow sun makes me super somehow bit. Fine.

Right about there, the story fails. Superman is effectively invincible. He is bulletproof, fireproof and cannot be felled by any physical force. Oh, except bits of his planet from across the universe. Yes, the rocks from his home planet make him vulnerable. How this is so is never explained. It just is. In one of the Christoper Reeves movies Kryptonite even renders him unable to swim. Odd substance that.

For argument's sake let's go along for the ride. Let's assume that we agree that these rocks make him moral. Fine. We know that his dad put him in the Superbaby Space Capsule and shot him light years across the universe when Krypton exploded. Where are all these Earthbound villians finding this stuff? Where exactly did Lex Luthor come up with a store of rocks more rare than Protactinium? (Yeah, that one I had to look up)

Sorry, I call bullshit. Wikipedia has an entry that explains it thusly:

"Kryptonite" was introduced in 1943 on the Superman radio series, as both a plot device and to allow Superman's actor, Bud Collyer, to take occasional time off. The substance played a part in at least one major plot-line during the course of the program. It was not until 1949 that comic book writers incorporated kryptonite into their stories, as both a convenient danger and weakness for Superman and to add an interesting element to his stories. Kryptonite is most commonly depicted as green in coloring, with a few exceptions; it was red in its first appearance in Superman #61 (November 1949).[2] When Superman followed the time trail of a piece of red rock that weakened him, he was able to trace his origin back to Krypton for the first time. Other colors of kryptonite, having different effects, began to show up frequently beginning in late 1950s comics, reaching a peak in appearances in 1960s Superman series. Kryptonite, in its first comic appearance (Superman (volume 1) #61 in 1949), was quite rare. It came to earth inside a single meteorite from the exploded planet Krypton. Superman captured the two small pieces of kryptonite, one from a fake swami (pretending to 'hex' Superman with it) and another he purchased from a jewelry store, and threw them into Metropolis' river. Over time, kryptonite was depicted as being so abundant that many ordinary criminals kept a supply as a precaution against Superman's interference. In several accounts, it was explained that the explosion of the planet Krypton had opened a "dimensional warp" (similar to a wormhole in modern theoretical physics) which allowed the vehicle carrying the young Kal-El to reach Earth in a relatively brief time, and a large amount of planetary debris had also passed through this "warp" and emerged near Earth at virtually the same time, accounting for the seemingly improbable abundance of kryptonite material and its availability to Superman's enemies.

See? They created Kryptonite to give the radio guy a vacation. They didn't even figure out that an invincible hero was boring until years after they invented the stuff.

Bottom line; Superman is boring and no amount of stupid color permutations to permit plot points changes that.

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Video roundup

I know you were all glued to your sets on Sunday morning for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. Five drivers were in contention for the championship. The eternally classless Fernando Alonso was leading into the last race. The title was his to lose. To my delight, lose he did and badly. Sebastian Vettel become the youngest F1 champ of all time. He was so overwhelmed he didn't know whether to laugh or cry...literally. Check out Alonso at the 2:38 mark for his utter lack of class.

The only thing I'll say about football this weekend is that this is the best play of the weekend:

Up next, quantitative easing explained

How about 10 centuries of geography in 5 minutes

Africa wins again


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November 14, 2010

On a lighter note ...

(E-mailed to me by a friend):

WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can be President. (Wait -- you mean women can't??)

You can never be pregnant.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Wrinkles add character.

Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

You almost never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

Everything on your face stays its original color.

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

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Dopey Philly Inquirer Letter of the Week

Kent D. Lollis of Yardley serves up the most tired excuse of the modern age -- yep, "racism":

The remorse is related to what I perceive to be the real problem with Obama's election - that race relations have not matured enough in this country to accept the president. I feared that white America, especially those from blue-collar and red-state backgrounds, would unite against a black president unlike anything we have ever seen before. Now they have found comfortable proxies for racism to attack his leadership over taxes (that most of them don't pay), the size of government (don't cut their Medicare and Social Security), and a federal budget deficit (that most of them don't understand).

If Obama does not pull the miraculous turnaround that Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan experienced following their midterm losses, it is because this country cannot accept the president because of his African American origins.

Or, contrariwise, one might say that Kent is so intellectually vacuous that no matter WHAT reason one may offer to criticize Obama, it'll ALWAYS be "racism" to Kent.

Race relations certainly matured enough in this country to elect a black man as its leader; they obviously haven't matured enough to realize that legitimate criticism does not always (or even sometimes) signify racism.

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First look at next year's "Green Lantern"

Via Comic Book Resources:

The star, Ryan Reynolds, already has played a few comics-inspired characters -- Hannibal King in "Blade: Trinity," and Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

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How many of us warned this before election 2008?

Top Senate Democrats say Obama doesn't know what he's doing.

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November 13, 2010

I blame liberal hate rhetoric

So much for Jon Stewart's call for more civility in our discourse today, eh?

Jon Stewart's bold statements about creating more of a "Rally for Sanity" sphere for civility in public discourse certainly aren't rubbing off on his employees. Daily Show correspondent John Oliver proclaimed in a "comedy" routine that he hated Denver Broncos quarterback/Christian missionary Tim Tebow so much he'd shoot him before he'd shoot Osama bin Laden. Barry Rothbard at Power Grid posted video of this jaw-dropping attempt at laughs:

I dislike Robert Mugabe. I hate Tim Tebow. If I was in a room with Tim Tebow and Bin Laden and I had a gun with one bullet in it, I’d shoot Bin Laden. I’m not a monster. But if I had two bullets – I’d shoot Tim Tebow first.

How dare you thank God before thanking your offensive line…If I was an offensive lineman for Tim Tebow and I heard him thank god instead of thanking me at the end of the game I’d find myself lining up for the following game and say ‘oh Tim I heard your press conference at the end of the game last week, great to hear Jesus get a shoutout. Wasn’t he fantastic for us? Wasn’t God great, especially in that fourth quarter?

Folks, you must understand that "progressives" do not really want more civility in everyday political discourse. For them, "civility" means "agreeing with them." If you do not agree with them, then there is no such thing as civility. Period. (Locally, just take a gander at the main "progressives" that infest one of my favorite stop-over blogs.)

So, do not believe your local "progressive" when he makes such declarations. At least not at first. Because chances are he in no way means it.

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Watcher's Council results

First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with Jews, Democrats And ‘Progressives.’

First place in the non-Council category was Sultan Knish with A Smiling Obama Returns to Bloody Jakarta.

Full results are here.

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November 11, 2010

Today in "Imagine if a Republican said it"

Recently defeated Democrat PA Congressman Paul Kanjorski on newly elected Florida Governor Rick Scott:

"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida," Mr. Kanjorski said. "Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him [sic] and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."

It goes without saying that if Kanjorski had an "R" after his name, the MSNBC, CNN and other MS< talking heads would be apoplectic over his "hate rhetoric." And why is it that liberals/Democrats are SO insistent on granting murderous terrorists habeas corpus rights, the right to a civilian jury trial, and other legal safeguards enjoyed by your average American citizen (who don't wantonly kill people), yet Republican politicians aren't permitted to utilize same?

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November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday, Marines!!

This day in 1775, the greatest fighting force in world history was born. Here's hoping the United States Marines enjoy another 235 years of helping America's enemies die for their country.

Click through to see some great quotes by and about Marines.

I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.
Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

Hell, these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Bagdad ain't shit.
Marine Major General John F. Kelly

The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952

I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950

We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff
during the assault on Grenada, 1983

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.
RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995

They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or "we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow," which means "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake".
Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.
Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997

Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?
GySgt. Daniel J. "Dan" Daly, USMC
near Lucy-`le-Bocage as he led the 5th Marines' attack into Belleau Wood, 6 June 1918

Don't you forget that you're First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!
Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC
in Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918

You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are.
Father Kevin Keaney
1st Marine Division Chaplain
Korean War

By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy

I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world.
Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchhill

The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.
Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, U.S. Army
Commander of American Forces in World War I

Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army.
Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War;
shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered
to not wear their khaki leggings.

They (Women Marines) don't have a nickname, and they don't need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere, at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines.
LtGen Thomas Holcomb, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1943

"Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction." (Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.)

"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!" (Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC, Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943.)

"Once a Marine, always a Marine!" (MSgt Paul Woyshner, a 40-year Marine, is credited with originating this expression during a taproom argument with a discharged Marine.)

"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." (Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)

"Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)"
GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD

"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won't get away this time!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC

"Retreat hell! We just got here!"
CAPT. LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC

"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!"
MAJ. GEN. FRANK LOWE, U.S. ARMY

"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES."
CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR

WE STOLE THE EAGLE FROM THE AIR FORCE, THE ANCHOR FROM THE NAVY AND THE ROPE FROM THE ARMY.
ON THE SEVENTH DAY WHILE GOD RESTED, WE OVERRAN HIS PERIMETER, STOLE THE GLOBE AND WE'VE BEEN RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW EVER SINCE.
WE LIVE LIKE SOLDIERS, TALK LIKE SAILORS, AND SLAP THE HELL OUT OF BOTH OF THEM.
WARRIORS BY DAY, LOVERS BY NIGHT, PROFESSIONALS BY CHOICE, AND MARINES BY THE GRACE OF GOD.

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Watcher's Council nominations

* Simply Jews – Mutual backscratching society
* Joshuapundit - Jews, Democrats And ‘Progressives’
* Right Truth – Obama Forces Jihad Down India’s Throat, and America’s
* The Colossus of Rhodey – Election Post-Mortem
* Rhymes With Right – Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC — UPDATED
* Bookworm Room – Why I am a fascist (according to my liberal friend)
* The Razor – California: SNAFU
* GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Asking For It
* Mere Rhetoric – J Street Candidates Wiped Out In Senate, Lose More Than Half Of Competitive House Races
* VA Right - The Bush Administration Never Fondled Our Genetalia
* The Glittering Eye - Divided Government

And, as usual, the non-Council nominations are here!

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November 09, 2010

This is the guy we need to vote out of office in Delaware

And his name is Tom Carper:

A bipartisan pair of senators has urged President Obama’s debt commission to consider raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects.

Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) have written to the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform advocating for a 25-cent per gallon tax increase. [...]

The lawmakers suggest that 10 cents of the tax increase should go to deficit reduction and 15 cents should go to funding transportation infrastructure improvements.

It is one of many tax increases Congress is likely to consider in the months ahead as it wrestles with finding ways to reduce the nation’s $1.5 trillion budget deficit. (Link.)

Veronique de Rugy figures that up to a whopping $15.2 billion would go to deficit reduction. "A drop in the [proverbial] ocean," she says. Indeed. Furthermore, why use fifteen of the 25 cents towards more spending?? SPENDING IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!

Carper is up for re-election in two years. C'mon, First State -- let's get a [much] better candidate than Christine O'Donnell this time and dump this aloof career politico.

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Hey!

Remember all those breathless, sanctimonious screams by the MSM during the heyday of the Tea Parties about "inciting violence" yada yada yada? Check out what happened on MSNBC's "Dylan Ratigan Show" yesterday afternoon:

Yep, that's radical cartoonist Ted Rall who's arguing the case for violent overthrow of government.

Quoting John Locke, Rall argues that “the people have an obligation to revolt,” and that “nothing will radicalize the American citizen more than being thrown out of their home by a bank.” Citing frustration with both parties, who he called “in bed with the duopoly,” Rall also noted that “the American left has been very peaceful since the early ’70s… and where has it gotten us?

Ratigan did not seem particularly flustered by the proposition, though he did ask if Rall saw any alternatives, especially peaceful political dissent, or what he called “European semi-violent revolt.” “If you could get everybody to do it,” Rall responded, “it could work, but you can’t even get everyone to stop littering.”

So yes, the [clip above] is a discussion on cable news over the various merits of violent left-wing overthrow of the American government – signed, sealed, and delivered with a cherry on top for those on the right looking for evidence to counter the claim that it’s their side that’s doing the fearmongering.

Check out the update at the bottom of this post for more enlightening tidbits of Rall's "Anti-American Manifesto."

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Because of Olbermann's (short) suspension ...

... the only admitted socialist in either house of Congress wants to block the merger of Comcast-NBC:

[Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)] said Comcast's attempt to acquire NBC from General Electric would result in "another media giant run by a Republican supporter of George W. Bush." [...]

The senator pointed to Comcast's COO Stephen B. Burke's history as a major fundraiser for former President George W. Bush as a reason why the deal, which has drawn criticism from other lawmakers for different reasons, should be blocked.

“As Vermont’s senator, I intend to do all that I can do to stop this merger. There already is far too much media concentration in this country," Sanders said. "We do not need another media giant run by a Republican supporter of George W. Bush. That is the lesson we should learn from the Keith Olbermann suspension.”

*Sigh.* One can only wonder about the very sanity of this dolt Sanders if he's so preoccupied with -- GASP! -- a media outlet with a right-of-center view -- especially since all the other major networks (and newspapers) are dominated by liberals/Democrats. This doesn't matter to far-lefties like Sanders ... and Olbermann, for that matter. Socialists only want their point-of-view to be disseminated, and certainly would not defend a dissenter's right to support a politician of his/her choice.

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Can someone get China on the phone?

Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast

Great. So now we have someone launching missiles off the California coast. Let's ask the Navy:

"A Navy spokesperson told KFMB it wasn't their missile. He said there was no Navy activity reported in the area Monday evening."

Please let this unnamed spokesperson be completely uninformed.

It ain't the DPRK despite their recent saber rattling. If it's not the USN, then I'm thinking China. Why would they do something so provocative? That's not usually their style.

Thoughts?

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November 08, 2010

Busted. Again.


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November 07, 2010

Classic: Joe Biden turned to Keith Olbermann for anger management!

Too loopy to not be true:

Keith Olbermann is asserting that Vice President Joe Biden asked him for anger management advice. I kid you not. Here is the perpetually outraged Olbermann making his claim:

Is it fair to describe you as the first left winger to express anger as a television host? Fury used to be the province of right wingers, until that day in 2006 when you delivered a tirade against Donald Rumsfeld.

I once had a conversation with the man who is now the vice president when he was still in the Senate, who asked me for advice about how to turn anger into righteous inspiration.

Joe Biden took you to lunch to ask you for tips on getting angry?

He said, ‘‘I just come across like I’m angry and out of control, and you seem to focus it and make it look useful and expressive.’’

What show was Joe watching??

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So What Now?

Shirley Vandever (formerly of Delaware Curmudgeon) shared this article on Facebook. In it, Frank Luntz offers five proposals that the Tea Party put forth that have broad approval that he feels the Republicans need to act on. The list, with my opinion of them, follows:

1) Balance the budget as quickly as possible through meaningful spending reductions, a hard spending cap and a constitutional amendment so that it never gets unbalanced again. - I'm somewhat agnostic on the Balanced Budget Amendment, depending on how it's written. For one, there needs to be an exception for time of war or other national emergency. Additionally, I'd like to see a separation between capital and operating expenses. For example, if we're going to build a building that will be used for 75 years, it makes perfect sense to pay for that building over 75 years, rather than pay for it all in one in the name of "balanced budget." Just like when buying a house, carrying debt does makes sense in limited circumstances.

2) Eliminate all earmarks until the budget is balanced, then require a two-thirds vote by Congress for future earmark legislation. I would keep earmarks eliminated completely. They're an invitation for corruption and, even with the two-thirds vote requirement, too many will be approved in the name of collegiality.

3) Keep taxes down by requiring supermajorities for increases, and eventually enact tax reform with a simple, low, fair rate that drastically reduces the length of the IRS code. Supermajorities should be required for raising taxes. When a private citizen takes money from someone else without permission, it's called stealing. We grant the government an exception, due to the responsibilities the government has, but it's a power that should be used as sparingly as possible, since it's still taking money from someone else to give to a third party.

4) Create a blue-ribbon task force that engages in a complete, line-by-line forensic audit of federal agencies and programs to end waste and reduce red tape and bureaucracy. Definitely. As Ronald Reagan once said, "[A] government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth." A government program that is no longer needed or is wasting money is wasting money that can be put to better purpose and should be eliminated.

5) And require Congress to provide specific constitutional authorization for every bill it passes so that the government stays within the boundaries imagined by the founders. This has become a popular argument, but I'm skeptical of this requirement. For one thing, it could likely be easily waived on a bill by bill basis or even repealed by future Congresses. Additionally, it could easily be effectively ignored by lame, generic appeals to the "necessary and proper" clause or the 14th Amendment. (Much the same way the Supreme Court has repeatedly found new "rights" by appeal to those same clauses.)

These proposals are a good start, but ultimately, our future will come down to our leaders actually changing the way they act, thinking ahead and putting the country first instead of interest groups as the past Congress did.

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November 06, 2010

Support Project Valour-IT

Please consider giving a donation to Soldier's Angels annual Project Valour-IT fundraiser which helps purchase technology for wounded veterans.

You can donate in honor of any of the branches of the service, but I'd recommend giving through the Marines if for no other reason than you don't want to piss off the Marines.

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Liberals' Calls for Compromise Always Mean Conservatives Giving In

Obama calls for compromise, but refuses to do so himself:

Days after Democrats received a self-described "shellacking" at the polls, President Obama called for an end to campaigning and an embrace of compromise.

But he signaled no willingness to bend on the first challenge likely to face him from a Republican House as he advocated the permanent extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year despite the GOP's resolve to extend the tax cuts for all income brackets.

Perhaps the Mainstream media and other Democrat partisans will criticize Obama for refusing to compromise, but I wouldn't hold my breath. I'm sure it will all be chalked up to "Republican intransigence." (Note that all those entries are just the last four days of results.)

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November 05, 2010

Big media news of the weekend

MSNBC has suspended its heavy hitter, Keith Olbermann:

MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely today after news broke that he had given the maximum allowable contribution to three Democrats without disclosing it to his viewers.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

Olbermann, who does not hide his liberal views, has acknowledged donations of $2,400 each to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords during this election cycle.

NBC's ethics policy generally bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, according to a 2007 story on MSNBC.com.

"Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest," it says. "Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee."

If he broke the company rules, that's the company's business (but please -- NBC "standards??" Olbermann??). But as much as I personally detest Olbermann, as noted, his views are hardly a secret, so I should think people would expect him to donate to progressives/Democrats ... just as I bet people would expect Sean Hannity, say, to donate to Republicans. So, anyone on the Right who is all aghast at this news is probably fooling him/herself. Olbermann isn't a journalist, after all, he's a commentator. He offers his opinions.

When I first read it, I was like "This is news?" Not that I didn't allow for a snicker or two. Or three. ;-)

UPDATE: Bill Kristol shares the same view:

First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting.

Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.

Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations. GE executives and, I’m sure, NBC executives give money. Why can’t Olbermann?

Perhaps Olbermann violated NBC News “policy and standards.” But NBC doesn’t have real news standards for MSNBC — otherwise the channel wouldn’t exist. It’s a little strange to get all high and mighty now.

But there’s now a Republican House, and perhaps GE is trying to curry favor by dumping Olbermann?

Republicans of the world, show you believe in the free expression of opinion! Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—keep Keith!

UPDATE 2: Jonah Goldberg:

Yes, I’m enjoying it because Olbermann and his bosses created this petard and then seized the hoisting opportunity. And yes, given his potshots at Fox etc, Olbermann’s actions were stupid on their face. But, on the merits I think the suspension is unwarranted and more than a little stupid. Or rather I think the rule is stupid but the suspension is warranted if you’re actually going to have the rule in the first place.

UPDATE 3: TV Newser says "insiders we’ve talked to say" that Olbermann won't return to the network.

UPDATE 3: Andy McCarthy:

If this hadn’t happened, and we didn’t know about NBC’s cockamamie policy, wouldn’t you have assumed that Keith Olbermann donated money to left-wing candidates? I certainly would have — if I had cared enough to give it a second of thought.

One of two things must be going on. Possibility no. 1: NBC News really is clueless: i.e., they actually believe, when they put Olbermann on “news” shows with other “objective, non-partisan journalists” like Chris Matthews, that we don’t realize opinion is being masqueraded as news — and thus they’re worried that Olbermann’s political contributions risk revealing the charade. Since it is a charade anyone who cares is already on to, consider the more likely possibility no. 2: as usual, there’s more to the story than we’re hearing.

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Watcher's Council winners

First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with NPR’s carefully crafted tales — and why I don’t listen anymore.

First place in the non-Council category was my submission of Big Questions Online - In Praise of Irrational Exuberance.

Full results are here.

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Islamophobia

Saudi Prince opposed to Ground Zero mosque in New York:

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has said he is against the construction of a mosque close to the 9/11 site in New York and also he had no part in financing the controversial project.

"I am against putting the mosque in that particular place. And I'll tell you why. For two reasons: first of all, those people behind the mosque have to respect, have to appreciate and have to defer to the people of New York, and not try to agitate the wound by saying 'we need to put the mosque next to the 9/11 site'," he was quoted as saying by the 'Arabian Business'.

No word yet on whether the MSM will pick up on this and/or refer to the prince as an "Islamophobe."

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November 04, 2010

Ace nails O'Donnell's latest

This time, she blames "Republican disunity" for her defeat.

Yeah, that was it. Read Ace's take-down.

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O RLY?


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Fair and Balanced: O'Reilly much more so than Olbermann, hands down

The proof.

The Money Shot:

Here are the totals for the week:

"The O'Reilly Factor" welcomed 20 guests from the right, 11 from the left and seven who were neutral. Left and neutral voices combined almost equaled those from the right.

"Countdown with Keith Olbermann" had 20 guests from the left, two neutral and not a single voice from the right. Zero voices of dissent.

So, if you never want to hear anyone challenge liberal views, lock in on Olbermann. While progressives disdain Fox's claim of being "fair and balanced," "The O'Reilly Factor" does present opposing views. O'Reilly will cut them off in midsentence, true, but he even does that to people who agree with him. (Shock therapy might help.) Olbermann seems unable to even listen to anything other than progressive orthodoxy.

If the tea party wants a "theocracy for white males," as he said, Olbermann could be an imam. He offered a paltry four women among his 22 talking heads, 18 percent. (Wasn't Joy Behar available?) Only two African Americans got face time.

O'Reilly had three African Americans and scattered 18 women among his 38 guests, for 47 percent. (Don't expect NOW to give him an award.) O'Reilly had three Hispanic-surnamed guests; Olbermann had two.

When it comes to their sources of news, too many Americans live in "silos," protected from contrary views. We'd do better, learn a bit more, by listening to some opposing ideas.

You get that from Fox's O'Reilly, not MSNBC's Olbermann.

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Bruce Wayne Admits Financing Batman

From Fox Philly:

After a lifetime spent wearing the cowl — and a scowl that's made him the scourge of Gotham's madmen — the fictional billionaire is taking full responsibility for keeping the caped crusader financed to fight crime.

The admission is unveiled Wednesday in the final pages of "Batman and Robin" No. 16 that marks the last issue in a run by Scottish writer Grant Morrison.

The acknowledgment in the final pages comes as Wayne holds a news conference where he asks those gathered: "Some of you may have wondered ... how does a man like Batman afford to constantly update his crime-fighting technology? Where does his money come from?

"Well, the answer is me."

The confession, Morrison said, is part of a detailed effort that puts into motion a plan for Batman Incorporated, a global network of Batmen from China to Argentina to fight crime worldwide.

Morrison told The Associated Press that the decision was made to protect Wayne's secret identity by deflecting attention away from speculation it was he who wore the cape.

Call me crazy, but wouldn't Wayne's "admission" of financing the Dark Knight lead to even more suspicion of his actually being Batman? Like, "Hey, nice attempt at cover there, Bruce, but we ain't buyin' it"?

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"Settled science"

Uh huh. The Competitive Enterprise Institute vs. NASA.

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Taking a break from politics for a moment...

I present to you, the world's fastest goalkeeper:


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November 03, 2010

Laugher of the Day: Hateful scumbag complains about "hatred"

The guy who once advocated that all Republicans be rounded up and shot, Delaware Douche, now has this "lovely" little post up.

And you know what's scary and laughable at the same time? Chris Coons and other state politicians actually talk to these a**holes.

They can gloat all they want about the political state of the state; however, one small, short glance around the nation kicks them right in the groin. (I'd say "balls" if they actually had any.)

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Best post-election political cartoon

... is here.

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The Top Five MSDNC Moments of Election Night

Courtesy of the Daily Beast.

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Watcher's Council results

* Simply Jews – The dull, throbbing anxiety of Jonathan Franzen’s potential reader
* Right Truth – Changes in Fighting Terrorism and the Conservative Tsunami
* Joshuapundit - Reconquista: The Democrat’s Civil War Surfaces
* The Colossus of Rhodey – Well, knowing Channel 28 …
* GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Miss Beautiful Morals
* Bookworm Room – NPR’s carefully crafted tales — and why I don’t listen anymore
* The Razor – Life in the Echo Chamber
* VA Right - Vote!
* Rhymes With Right – A Quick Note On Texas Poll Watchers Standing Behind Voters
* The Glittering Eye – Tyrant For a Day

And the usual non-Council nominations are here!

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Election Post-Mortem

WINNERS:
* Sensible anti-Obama candidates. The vast majority of the GOP House winners were common sense conservatives who took advantage of the disaffection with Obama's policies. Bigger gains than 1994 is highly significant.

* The public. They were pissed off and they stopped one-party government.

LOSERS:
* Obama's policies, by and large. The public was ignored by the administration regarding many of its biggest initiatives and the public sent a strong message.

* The state of California. The most populous state in the Union voted to keep Barbara Boxer in the Senate and rehash "Moonbeam" Jerry Brown as its governor? The state is in dire straits, and they turn aside very politically attractive candidates Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman? They deserve whatever comes their way.

MIXED:
* The Tea Party. Its candidates were most significantly represented in some key Senate match-ups across the country. The biggest success by far was Marco Rubio in Florida. The biggest loser was Sharron Angle in Nevada, allowing the risible Harry Reid to remain in the Senate. And it appears that Sarah Palin's US Senate pick in Alaska, Jim Miller, is going to lose to former GOPer-turned write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski.

What happened?

If Delaware's own Christine O'Donnell's candidacy is any indicator, Nevadans and Alaskans suffered a similar fate with Angle and Miller (albeit to a much lesser extent). As I've noted here at Colossus numerous times over the last couple months, O'Donnell was an awful candidate. Being a native Delawarean all my life allowed me to have a more intimate knowledge of the minutiae surrounding O'D's campaign than a casual observer somewhere else. So, if Angle's and Miller's campaigns were in any way similar -- and they were in some respects (the locals would certainly know better than I) -- that would account for their losses. Clearly, if [Tea Party] Delaware and Nevada had chosen better, they would have fared better.

The idea behind the Tea Party remains a good one, certainly, but its disciples have to recognize that, although America is a right-center nation, "center" is part of that description! O'Donnell, Angle and (perhaps) Miller were judged more "right" than "center," whereas Marco Rubio was not. Here in Delaware, I understand the desire to replace Mike Castle (as Christine O'Donnell did) but one has to remember the old "battle vs. war" adage. Trashing virtual sure things so that your state becomes bluer than blue is not a winning strategy.

Lastly, how'd I do with my pre-election predictions? I had said:

House: GOP +53 -- looks like I underestimated by roughly ten!
Senate: GOP +8 -- looks as if I'll be 2-3 seats short there.
Upset: Murkowski wins in AK -- currently looks as if this will hold true.

Highest Ranking Loser: Harry Reid -- oops. Ugh.

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November 02, 2010

Thanks, D.O.J.!

Via Breitbart: Same New Black Panther; Same Polling Place; Same Polling Threat:


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Most satisfying Democrat loss of the night

This putrid scumbag:

Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida.

¡Hasta luego, pendejo!

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Oh, but they're "not like Fox"

Indeed -- MSNBC is even more biased.

Here's their Election Night coverage panel: Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Norah O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, and Eugene Robinson. All well-known libs.

Over at Fox? Juan Williams and Joe Trippi (liberals), Karl Rove and Brit Hume (conservatives).

"Lean Forward?" Try "Lean Heavy Left."

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VOTE!!

That is all.

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Question:

What does the MSM keep saying that Obama has only had eighteen months to turn the economy, etc. around? Come November 20, I count twenty-two months which he'll have been on the job!

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There's nothing much more satisfying ...

... than proving someone who cries "racism" at the drop of a hat so dead wrong. Case in point: Eugene Robinson's latest column which rehashes a lot of the tired drivel that opposition to Obama is, well, y'know ...

One thing that struck me from the beginning about the tea party rhetoric is the idea of reclaiming something that has been taken away.

At a recent campaign rally in Paducah, Ky., Senate candidate Rand Paul, a darling of the tea party movement, drew thunderous applause when he said that if Republicans win, "we get to go to Washington and take back our government."

Take it back from whom? Maybe he thinks it goes without saying, because he didn't say.

On Sunday, in a last-minute fundraising appeal, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee implored his supporters to help "return American government to the American people."

Again, who's in possession of the government right now, if not the American people? The non-American people? The un-American people?

I ask myself what's so different about Obama, and the answer is pretty obvious: He's black.

Uh huh. Perhaps Robinson can explain the following then? (Courtesy of The Corner)

Oops.

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He's got my vote


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Stretching -- another reason to dislike the Tea Party

They capitalize words too much.

*Sheesh.*

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"Captain America" movie update

Kinda appropriate for Election Day in a way ...

Screen Rant has some definitive details (and pictures!) about what we'll see in "Captain America: The First Avenger" next year:

Here’s what we know so far:

* "The First Avenger" will take place mostly during WWII.
* It will be an origin story.
* The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) will be the villain with Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) as a secondary villain.
* Cap’s sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and love interest Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) are secondary characters.
* “The Howling Commandos” will be an international team of soldiers Cap works with.
* The Red Skull will be using a cosmic cube as part of his nefarious plot.
* The terrorist organization Hydra will be involved.


Comicbook versions of the Red Skull and Arnim Zola.



The Red Skull ogles the Cosmic Cube!



Comicbook versions of Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter.



(Nick Fury) and his Howling Commandos. I doubt Fury
will be involved in the film as it's been established
in the films that he is a black man (Samuel L. Jackson
-- Marvel is using the "Ultimate" version of Fury).
This probably wouldn't fit well with the WW II time frame.



The terror organization HYDRA.

Still more tidbits:

* "The First Avenger" will open and close with Cap being frozen in ice; the WW II origin story will fit in between.
* As rumored, Cap’s classic comic book costume will appear in the movie (wings and all) as part of a humorous scene where Steve Rogers (Evans) is used as a propaganda tool at a USO show.
* Rogers hates the USO gig and goes to see Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper playing Tony Stark’s dad) to have a more official battlesuit created.
* The Red Skull will be Hitler’s head of advanced weaponry and will seek a cosmic cube t0 harness its mystical powers for evil. The cube will be known as “The Tesseract.”
* To help the movie play better across the pond, it MAY simply go by the title of "The First Avenger."

Fortunately, the film seems to be a lot more positive than the (unfortunately) same old leftist drivel seen in Cap's comics over the last few years. Four Color Media Monitor's Avi Green has the latest details.

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Polarized politics comes at too high a price

... especially when Republicans do it, according to the Wilmington News Journal. First they quote this:

Polarization is not disagreement or rivalry. It is when, in the words of political scientist James Q. Wilson, the commitment to a candidate or issue is so intense that those who disagree are regarded "not simply as wrong, but as corrupt or wicked."

then go on to conclude this:

Today, polarization has imposed this zero-sum approach on a system built for cooperation. Therefore, we see judicial nominations and foreign policy caught up in scorched-earth political fights. Thus, we hear Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell say the GOP's primary goal in the next two years is to stop the re-election of Barack Obama.

Joblessness? Deficits? A nuclear-armed Iran? Forget it. The problem is President Obama. Any wonder distrust is so high?

Right. It seems our illustrious News Journal forgets that "those who disagree are regarded 'not simply as wrong, but as corrupt or wicked'" was utilized by them -- and much of the rest of the MSM -- to paint virtually any opposition to President Obama (Mitch McConnell's recent comments notwithstanding) as "racist," "hate-mongering," "fascist," and numerous other epithets.

Puh-lease.

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November 01, 2010

Just remember -- they're the "educated" ones!!

Via Weekly Standard Blog: Stewart Rally-goers: Obama Isn't a Keynesian -- He Was Born in Hawaii!


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What liberal media?

ABC News caves to lefty blogosphere pressure and decides not to put Andrew Breitbart on the air. Then they lie about it. And Breitbart has proof.

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Quote of the Election Cycle

Noel Sheppard:

"Isn't it amazing how these same people that were thrilled by the idea of America electing as president a junior senator from Illinois with little qualifications for the most important office in the land are now scared to death about who may be going to Congress next January?"

In a word, "indeed."

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Well, knowing Channel 28 ...

... they probably did forget to air the damn things. Not that that's any excuse:

Christine O'Donnell hoped to win over a big chunk of Delaware voters at the last minute by airing a 30-minute campaign ad, just like Barack Obama did in 2008. But O'Donnell's campaign didn't bother to buy network airtime until it was too late to schedule it, so the Tea Party-backed candidate had to resort to public access television. On Sunday, at 11:29 p.m., O'Donnell excitedly tweeted, "1 minute until the premiere of our 30 minute feature. Tune in to meet all the heart warming people I've met on the campaign trail. Ch. 28," but sadly, the ad was not to be. The TV station "forgot it air it," The Washington Post's Philip Rucker reports.

O'Donnell did not give up, alerting her Twitter followers that her ad would air at 10 a.m. Monday. Minutes later, the candidate tweeted, "This isn't our show either! We are told channel 28 'forgot' to air it...both times... even though we paid for the time slot last week."

If anyone from the local (New Castle County) viewing area has Comcast Cable, you've gotta be a bit familiar with the amateur operation that is Channel 28. From Tim Qualls' incessant promotions and golf outings, to Hazel Plant's and Norman Oliver's Sunday night show, it makes "Wayne's World's" fictional amateur cable production look like a $200 million James Cameron-created spectacle.

Just make sure you get your money back, Christine!

UPDATE: Who knew? Tim Qualls actually runs Channel 28 and he says he never got O'Donnell's ad in time!

Qualls told CNN that the campaign was given a Friday afternoon deadline to submit the ad and failed to deliver it on time. He says he needs 48 hours from delivery to be able to put an ad on his channel.

"We didn't receive the show until Saturday night," Qualls said in a phone interview. "They showed up at my employee’s house…at 11 p.m."

Qualls, who said he's been inundated with phone calls, said he supported O'Donnell but "she's losing my vote rapidly."

"I hate the fact that she's put it out there that it's politics," he said.

Qualls also said he hasn't seen any payment from the campaign. Surprise that!

Well, well, well. What a surprise all. First, piss on state conservative media (WGMD's Dan Gaffney and WDEL's Rick Jensen) and then cheese media supporters by ... lying? Christine O'Donnell?? NAWWW ...

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