February 28, 2011

Two words

That's all he knows, apparently:

And is that guy Michael Bowen, the preppy thug who beat up Nicholas Cage in 1983's "Valley Girl?"


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As Pavel Chekov would say,

"And Admeeral -- eet ees the Enterprise."

It's being deployed for possible Libya action.

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That about explains it

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Unions might be but grammar isn't.

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Never, ever listen again to "progressives" who demand "civility"

Wisconsin Democrat To Republican: “You Are F***ing Dead.”

Fox News reporter attacked by protesters.

Georgia's new governor calls those in favor of tough immigration enforcement Nazis.

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More Union Goon Violence

Union Goon Roughs-Up Tea Party Member in Atlanta

This guys is literally frothing at the mouth:

Breitbart.tv » The Latest Foaming at the Mouth (Literally) Union Protester

There are multiple reasons for these goons getting violent:

1. Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent
2. They know John Q. Public does not support unions and
3. They're fighting for their very survival.
4. They are attempting to goad Tea Partiers into violence so they can beat the hell out of them and the MSM will gladly blame The Tea Party for it.

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U.N. Human Rights Councilmember urges murder of protesers


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We live in strange times

Which of these is the greater irony?

Job Seekers Being Told ‘If You’re Unemployed, Don’t Apply’

Hillary Clinton gives speech condemning Libya for silencing protesters. During said speech protester is removed.


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February 27, 2011

Ted Kennedy -- acting in America's best interests

Cheeyeah, right. Just don't expect to hear anything about this in the MSM.

Move along! Move along!

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Excelsior! Stan Lee creates "world's first gay superhero"

Stan Lee's heyday was in the 1960s ... and he should leave that be. Ever since his masterpiece co-creations such as the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the Hulk and X-Men, his ideas haven't exactly been ... prolific. Anyone ever see the laughable "Lightspeed?" It's a good example of the quality of Lee's ideas since his high point. Well, for some reason Mr. Excelsior thinks this is a winner:

Lee has reportedly created a character called Thom Creed, a high-school basketball player who is forced to hide his sexuality as well as his superpowers.

It is not known what kind of powers Creed will display.

Lee developed the idea of a gay character from the award-winning novel Hero by Perry Moore, the Sun reports.

A television industry source told the paper: “It was only a matter of time before we had our first gay superhero. And if there is one man who can make him a success it is Stan Lee.

“There’s a real buzz among comic book fans.”

Really? Lee is the "only one?" Sorry, but hardly. Not anymore.

And "real buzz?" Yeah, fanboys may be talking about the premise currently, but unless this show is on the Logo network, I can virtually guarantee you -- it ain't gonna make it. First of all, Creed ain't the first gay superhero. At Marvel itself, the Canadian superhero team of Alpha Flight has a gay member, Northstar. Second, the whole "hide who you really are" motif has been done ad nauseum already with the mutant concept (X-Men, etc.).

Oh, and if you need further proof that Lee has lost it, just take a gander:

Lee recently told GQ magazine that the world needed an Economist Man and a Foreign Relations Man to help the world weather the global financial crisis.

"Being president these days is too big a job for someone with just one superpower. Though I do think Obama has a certain Mr. Fantastic quality," he said.

There 'ya go -- Lee actually believes that Barack Obama has a similar intellect as the Fantastic Four's leader. Right. And House Speaker John Boehner can bench press almost as much as the Hulk.

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February 26, 2011

I'm sure MSNBC and the MSM will be all over this

Pro-abortion activist threatens lives of pro-lifers:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday arrested abortion supporter Theodore Shulman, 49, and charged him with communicating interstate threats against two pro-life advocates. Shulman is currently being held without bond at Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, which is a federal holding facility.

Operation Rescue officials, who have been on the receiving end of Shulman’s threats, were informed about the information in the complaint against him before it went under seal. The two people Shulman threatened are simply referred to as Victim 1 and Victim 2 and the pro-life group told LifeNews.com it is withholding the identities in order to protect their safety.

In addition to the two victims listed in the federal complaint against Shulman, Operation Rescue’s two full-time staffers Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger as well as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek have been targets of the pro-abortion activist’s threats. Bryan Kemper, the founder of Stand true, the pro-life group that sponsors the red tape day for students to stand up in silent solidarity for unborn children at their schools, also received death threats from Shulman.

I blame the consistent hate rhetoric generated by sites such as this one.

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Movie updates

  • Comics writer Mark Millar's politics are execrable, but he's definitely right about this regarding next year's Avengers film, I'm afraid:

    Where I think it’s going to be difficult is once you’ve done that thing of putting all those characters in one film...you know, it’s like having Harry Potter, James Bond and Spider-Man all in one movie. I think what’ll be difficult then is to try and top that because people want to see it get bigger.

    So I anticipate things starting to slow down round about 2014 and 2015. I think that’s when it will really start to flat line a bit and we’re going to see our first failures.

    Hey -- every genre ebbs and flows. But having a ton of Marvel's marquee heroes all in one film? Good luck after that!

  • Did'ja know that there's a "Planet of the Apes" prequel in the works? James Franco stars in the film which details how man's own genetic experiments lead to heightened intelligence in apes, and the subsequent war for dominance.
  • The previously-mentioned-at-Colossus "Alien" prequel isn't really going to be ... a prequel. It's titled "Prometheus," and it will feature those lovable xenomorphs -- you just may not recognize them ... at first. That's because

    ... the first film's alien was so recognisably humanoid because it had grown in a human. The same applies here: generation by generation, the creature mutates. As 'Prometheus' begins, the xenomorph is not too recognisable. Sure, it has that alien DNA that Scott and Fassbender teasingly referred to, but it's missing… well, it's missing human DNA. Or dog DNA ...

    "Alien" remains the one movie to this day that consistently scares the living sh** out of me. I still cannot keep my eyes open when that "facehugger" leaps from the egg onto hapless John Hurt's spacesuit helmet!

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  • February 25, 2011

    Watcher's Council results

    First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with Thoughts about the Wisconsin teachers’ union. (Colossus finished in 2nd this week.)

    First place in the non-Council category was Pajamas Media/Zombie with Death Channels.

    Full results are here.

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    QOTD

    If you could decide which institution or entity would be next to have an insider to a document dump like Wikileaks which would it be? (zero points for choosing either the Republican or Democrat parties. Be creative)

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    Fun with the Delaware Human Relations Commission

    Be sure to read through the Delaware Supreme Court's decision regarding that preposterous "racist sold-out movie announcement" that remarkably went before the Delaware Human Relations Commission. Try not to chuckle at lines such as the following:

    • The Appellants’ specific claim is that Stewart “insulted, humiliated, and demeaned” them by making a public announcement asking a movie theater audience to turn off their cell phones, remain quiet, and stay in their seats before a movie showing at the Carmike Cinemas Dover location.

    How dare theatre manager Stewart make such a "racist" public announcement!

    • All the complaints alleged a violation of Section 4504 of the DEAL, specifically, that Appellants were denied access to a public accommodation (Carmike Cinemas) based on their race or color, because Stewart delivered his announcement in a “condescending tone” that deprived Appellants of their right to equal accommodations.

    How is remaining in the theatre and watching the film you paid to see a "denial of access to a public accommodation?"

    • In determining that Appellants had been denied access to a public accommodation, the Commission found that although all Appellants were permitted to watch the movie, the circumstances under which they did that were “hostile, humiliating, and demeaning,” and thereby constituted “receiv[ing] services in a markedly hostile manner and in a manner which a reasonable person would find objectively unreasonable.”

    Or, in the Commission's case, which unreasonable idiots would find subjectively unreasonable. Which the Delaware Supreme Court definitively smacks down here:

    “Substantial evidence means such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.” We do not “weigh the evidence, determine questions of credibility, or make [our] own factual findings.” Rather, we determine “if the evidence is legally adequate to support the agency’s factual findings.” Where the findings are not supported by substantial evidence, or are not the product of an orderly and logical reasoning process, “then the decision under review cannot stand.”

    Maybe the Commission can now find the Delaware Supreme Court in violation of the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law because it sure appears as if the court "insulted, humiliated, and demeaned" it, not to mention used a “condescending tone.”

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    February 24, 2011

    Guess the political party

    "Good Morning America" host and former Bill Clinton hack George Stephanopoulos doesn't think party identification is necessary in this story about the erratic behavior of Democratic Representative David Wu of Oregon.

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    Teacher treated like an elementary school kid?

    Teacher Hope Moffett spoke out against plans to turn her school into a charter school, and she was sent to what's colloquially known as the district's "teacher jail":

    Moffett faces an "investigatory conference" today after she openly criticized the district's plan to convert Audenried, at 33rd and Tasker streets, in Grays Ferry, into a charter school as part of the Renaissance Schools initiative to turn underachieving schools around.

    Moffett said she was first told that she was in trouble for "inciting a riot" after students protested last week, and that the district ordered her in a letter last Thursday "not to discuss this matter.".

    "Failure to follow this directive will result in disciplinary action," the letter said.

    Moffett hasn't stopped speaking her mind, however, including writing an opinion in Tuesday's Daily News, signed by six other Audenried teachers, outlining why community members and many staffers believe that the changes are unfair.

    "There's an attempt to silence anyone who asks a question, and that's not healthy for the district," said Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. "Teachers should be able to question what is going on. It's her personal business, and if she chooses to say something, then that's her constitutional right."

    It's a touchy matter, to be sure. As a public employee, a teacher does have greater flexibility when it comes to First Amendment protections than a private sector counterpart. And, I certainly wouldn't base an opinion on the Daily News's report alone. Failure to follow an administration edict can result in insubordination charges, which, in this case, means Moffett was sent to the "teacher jail." It doesn't say what subject Moffett teaches, so if she was discussing school district planning matters in, say, algebra class, the district can [legitimately] claim she wasn't doing her job. On the other hand, if she teaches English or civics, she might have a lot of leeway to discuss the subject, despite what the district actually desires. I'm sure there's enough of a gray area in various law to take both sides here.

    Still, a "teacher jail??" There isn't a more ... grown-up alternative? How cheesy is that?

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    2009? Why that means ...

    ... that George W. Bush can't be blamed! But don't worry -- the Left will figure out a way:

    The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized "psychological operations" team in 2009 to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.

    Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, ordered the operation, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday. (Link.)

    An officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, strenuously objected to the operation, and was reprimanded. General David Petraeus has ordered an investigation. If George W. Bush was still in office, you can bet the usual suspects would be clamoring that he personally ordered the operation.

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    Whadd'ya think?

    You've probably read about/seen by now the situation involving Holy Family University basketball coach John O'Connor and player Matt Kravchuk. If not, at practice during a rebounding drill, O'Connor got miffed at Kravchuk and shoved him to the ground, apparently hurting the player's wrist. O'Connor later apologized to Kravchuk and the entire team, but that wasn't sufficient -- for Kravchuk. He filed a criminal complaint with the Philly district attorney's office.

    Is Kravchuk going too far? I say "yes." I've opined on here before that as a society we are too quick to take offense, and too slow to accept apologies (and to forgive). Sure, this coach overreacted. No doubt about it. But to file a criminal complaint with the city about it -- even after O'Connor apologized shortly after the incident? Sorry, but that's going too far. Hell, as regular Colossus commenter "cardinals fan" can attest, our junior high school basketball coach was a hard-ass, and he verbally thrashed us regularly, not to mention forcefully grabbed our jerseys (and yes, occasionally shoved us) if we weren't making the proper moves during a [practice] play. Should we have filed charges? We weren't even adults, like Kravchuk is!

    Maybe John O'Connor can reprogram a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 and really teach Kravchuk a lesson! Oh, wait, that was John Connor ... nevermind.

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    I blame all the "progressive" hate rhetoric of the previous ten years

    Via the AP:

    A young college student from Saudi Arabia studying chemical engineering in Texas purchased explosive chemicals over the Internet as part of a plan to hide bomb materials inside dolls and baby carriages to blow up dams, nuclear plants or the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, the Justice Department said Thursday.

    "It is war ... until the infidels leave defeated," the student wrote in online postings.

    It's a conundrum! Based on "progressive" logic, we can either blame the hate rhetoric generated by the Left during the former president's terms in office, OR we can blame radical Islamist ideology. Since neither is an acceptable explanation for the Left (and, granted, the latter explanation is most certainly the reason why this cretin did what he did) , nothing will be blamed ... or, at least, very little will be so reported about it.

    On the other hand, of course, if this had been a white supremacist who had targeted, say, Al Gore's residence among other places, the MSM would be tying the goon to the Tea Party, the GOP, the Koch brothers, talk radio and Fox News in less than a nanosecond.

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    Name that object

    First one to ID the object held by this character in the upcoming Captain America movie gets a prize:


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    We'll tell you anyway!

    Gotta love Common Cause and its reaction to the events unfolding in Wisconsin:

    Common Cause isn't expert on the fiscal challenges facing Wisconsin or how the state should answer them. But it's clear that the course chosen by Gov. Scott Walker, a bill to end long-held collective bargaining rights for government employees, reflects the political agenda of one his most generous campaign contributors.

    I'm no expert on Common Cause, but it's clear they're idiots.

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    Serious QOTD

    Serious Question of the Day:

    If you have ever worked for a union, has it been positive or negative for you?

    If positive, why do you believe you cannot bargain effectively for yourself?

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    Prosecute this man

    "You're damn right I advocate deadly force,"

    He's talking about the protesters. A government official calling for violence against citizens exercising their rights.

    Fired is not enough. He needs to have is law license revoked and at least be on probation for five years.

    I hate the violent rhetoric of the left but this kind of crap from anyone in government is far beyond the pale.

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    February 23, 2011

    If this is the new Executive Branch standard ...

    ... then I'll expect the next GOP president to declare ObamaCare and a host of other laws he (and his party) do not like "unconstitutional."

    "Given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination," Holder wrote in a statement, "the administration has concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation must be subject to a higher constitutional standard than ordinary laws. And the federal Defense of Marriage Act does not meet that test," he says. (Link.)

    In other words, Obama himself has decided that the law is unconstitutional and therefore won't defend it anymore. Or, as Orin Kerr writes,

    By taking that position, the Obama Administration has moved the goalposts of the usual role of the Executive branch in defending statutes. Instead of requiring DOJ to defend the constitutionality of all federal statutes if it has a reasonable basis to do so, the new approach invests within DOJ a power to conduct an independent constitutional review of the issues, to decide the main issues in the case — in this case, the degree of scrutiny for gay rights issues — and then, upon deciding the main issue, to decide if there is a reasonable basis for arguing the other side. If you take that view, the Executive Branch essentially has the power to decide what legislation it will defend based on whatever views of the Constitution are popular or associated with that Administration. It changes the role of the Executive branch in defending litigation from the traditional dutiful servant of Congress to major institutional player with a great deal of discretion.

    As I said, if this is what Democrats really want, then get ready to see ObamaCare, etc., thwarted as soon as a Republican gets back into the White House.

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    Still more union thuggery

    Look at what happened to Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's car after he unveiled an education reform plan:

    Hey, I think his idea of basing 50% of a teacher's evaluation on student achievement (only one facet of his overall plan, BTW) is crackers as I've yet to see such a plan that remotely makes sense and/or is fair, but this is how you react?? Luna's also gotten death threats and a teacher even showed up his mother's house!

    The mainstream media had to make up stuff about the Tea Party so as to give credence to their preferred narrative. There's nothing to make up here, but don't hold your breath waiting to see this on the MSM.

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    Imagine if this were a Tea Partier

    Constant repetition on MSNBC, CNN and the rest of the MSM:


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    Advice for Wisconsin Governor Walker

    Use President Obama's own tactics in your battle against state public employees. Simply tell them "I won."

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    Reality bites

    "It's quite striking the way almost every lie the left ever told about the Tea Party has turned out to be true of the government unionists in Wisconsin and their supporters." -- James Taranto

    Let's take a gander:

  • Extreme rhetoric. Protesters put Gov. Walker’s face in crosshairs with the words “Don’t Retreat, Reload: Repeal Walker.” Another held a sign saying “Political Death to Tyrants.” Other placards had Walker as Hitler and Stalin. Still others said “Heil Walker! Stop the Maniac,” the governor was “exterminating union members,” Walker's a “Fascist Union Community Killer,” “Governor Mubarak,” “Midwest Mussolini,” and “al Qaeda Scott.” Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano, in "solidarity" with his Wisconsin brethren said "it is time to get a little bloody.” CBS's Bob Schieffer asked, "Is Madison, Wisconsin, the Tunisia of American politics now?"

  • Violence. Check out what Ann Althouse had to deal with in her reporting on the protests.

  • Partisan Astroturf. The Democratic National Committee's "Organizing for America" section (remember that from the 2008 Obama campaign?) is "playing an active role in organizing protests." BarackObama.com and MoveOn.org have also gotten involved.

  • Refusal to accept election results:

    In 2003, faced with a new Republican majority intent on redrawing an electoral map that preserved power for Democrats that the voters no longer gave them, the Texas Democrats fled the state. And in 2009, rather than allow a vote on an election security bill that they didn’t want, the Texas Democrats brought the state legislature to a halt — killing the voter ID bill and everything on the calendar that followed it. . . . So the Democrats are trying to bring both houses of the legislature to a full halt to kill the union bill. It may work, at least temporarily, just by running out the clock. But if what has happened in Texas is any guide, it will be a pyrrhic victory. Democrats in Texas have won very little since the 2003 run to the Red River. And after they filibustered the voter ID bill in 2009, which a heavy majority of the voters supported, they suffered an unholy beating in 2010. The Republicans now have a super majority in the House, and the man who led the filibuster, state Rep. Jim Dunnam, was defeated. He didn’t lose just because of that filibuster, but having that on his record certainly didn’t help him.” (Link.)

  • Stupidity. MSDNC's Rachel Maddow is either incredibly stupid -- or totally dishonest -- when she claimed that Wisconsin was actually running a budget surplus. Or take what Stacy McCain offers on the Wisconsin protesters:

    The unemployed, the under-employed and regular folks trying to pay their bills aren’t likely to have a lot of love for people who (a) have jobs, (b) work at taxapayer expense, (c) get paid more money than the average taxpayer, and (d) go on strike because they don’t want to pay a dime toward their own generous benefits.

    Not to mention that the public isn't exactly amorous with public sector unions.

    The most infuriating aspect of all this is the media's brazen hypocrisy and double standards. NEVER, EVER AGAIN listen to a liberal MSM pundit or a "progressive" bitch about "incivility," or "heated rhetoric," or "advocating violence." NEVER, EVER. They don't mean it. Or, rather, they mean it ONLY when it possibly -- even so remotely as to defy all sense of rationality -- can tar a conservative/Republican. Witness the reports on the Tea Party last year and most recently the garbage following the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. But you'll be hard pressed to see the scrutiny the Tea Party withstood put forth against the Wisconsin protesters. Not. By. A. Long. Shot.

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  • Delaware has a Human Relations Commission?

    Man, it's bad enough that non-First Amendment possessing countries like Canada have to deal with this crap; thankfully, our court system can counter these politically correct abominations:

    The Delaware Supreme Court overturned a decision by the state Human Relations Commission that the manager of a Dover cinema was racist when he used a "condescending tone" in telling a crowd of largely black patrons viewing a Tyler Perry movie to silence their cell phones and remain quiet.

    The commission also ordered the Carmike 14 Theater to pay nearly $80,000 for violating the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law after it determined the October 2007 announcement -- which was not regularly made in that way in other theaters -- "insulted, humiliated and demeaned" patrons in that manager David Stewart had singled out a black audience at a "minority-themed" movie.

    Juana Fuentes-Bowles, then-director of the DHRC, "said she was 'an attorney or someone who worked for an attorney,' then collected names and phone numbers of patrons who were offended." Back in 2008, "a three-member panel of the commission ruled that the announcement violated Delaware's equal access law -- though everyone in the theater was still able to see the film -- because the circumstances were hostile and one that any reasonable person would find objectionable."

    Apparently, the state supreme court is UNreasonable, then. Yeah. Hardly.

    The court noted that the theatre had made a similar announcement a week prior during a showing of "Halloween." Amazingly, no complaints were filed against the theatre for that.

    As in Canada and elsewhere where these travesties-masquerading-as-commissions exist, if you're a minority who supposedly has had your "feelings hurt," just give your local HRC a call. They'll be sure to "find" something to assuage your supposed whiny factor.

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    Wisdom from the Tao

    When taxes are too high, people go hungry.
    When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit.
    Act for the people’s benefit; trust them, leave them alone.

    ~ The Tao, 75th verse

    It was true when written two thousand six hundred years ago. It's true now yet we act like this idea is radical and untested.

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    February 22, 2011

    Wouldn't he be in agony?

    Check out what "Stone Cold"'s Brian Bosworth does to the balding guy in glasses' arm:

    He'd be screaming in agony!! And how lame is that fake arm? "Yeah, just shuffle me into the car ..."

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    What does it take to change the essence of a man?

    Let's ask that well known philosopher, Steven Seagal:


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    R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie

    Comics and cartoon writer Dwayne McDuffie has died.

    McDuffie is also known for the creation of the Milestone universe and the creation of characters like Static, Xombi, and Icon. Though many of the original Milestone books were canceled in the mid-90s, DC Comics has recently integrated the characters into the DCU proper. In addition, the writer was instrumental in the success and popularity of the beloved Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10.

    McDuffie was beloved in the comic book community by creators and fans alike.

    Dwayne apparently suffered complications from surgery he had yesterday. I'll always remember Dwayne because, back in the 90s when I ran an Iron Man issue review site, he took the time to comment on my reviews of a couple issues he had written about the Golden Avenger. I had trashed his storyline, but he was incredibly gracious and good-hearted about it, complimenting me for my work on the site.

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    The Wisconsin thing in one sentence

    “When school children start paying union dues, that 's when I'll start representing the interests of school children.”
    -Albert Shanker President of the United Federation of Teachers (1964 - 1984)

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    Defense Condition

    OK, it can be expected when someone like "The Situation" says it on "The Jersey Shore." No one believes that any of those reality TV stars are harbingers of stellar IQs, after all. Mike ("The Situation") said that a "prank war" wasn't a "Def Con 5" affair in last week's episode. (Yes, I admit it -- "Jersey Shore" is my current guilty pleasure.) As a fairly decent student of history, I knew that The Sit had reversed the actual "Defense Condition," which "Def Con" means, after all. "Def Con 5" is actually the least serious Defense Condition -- the "lowest state of readiness." It's "Def Con 1" which should have us doing a duck and cover -- it means "war is imminent."

    But today I read WPHT's Dom Giordano's article about a teacher who blogged about her students, and he writes "Instead, the parents of these brats, bullies and classroom cancers go into Def Com Five denial." Not only does the supposedly with-it Giordano reverse the Def Con severity numbers, he uses "Com" instead of "Con!"

    The Situation ... smarter than Dom Giordano? Say it ain't so.

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    50 movies every guy must see

    Saw this via Ace -- you have to ID the flicks from their pictures only, meaning (usually) you had to have seen them. I'll ID 'em in order, at least the ones I've seen; you help me fill in the BLANKS. (And NO CHEATING -- meaning, no clicking on the image to read the comments ... which usually contain the answer!) Some of my faves are in bold. And, obviously, this dude left off a LOT of worthy flicks so don't blame me ...

    - 300
    - Aliens
    - American History X
    - American Psycho
    - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (could only sit through 1/4 of it)
    - BLANK
    - The Big Lebowski
    - Blade
    - BLANK
    - The Bourne Identity
    - Braveheart
    - BLANK
    - Commando
    - Conan the Barbarian
    - Dumb and Dumber
    - Escape From New York
    - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    - Fight Club
    - Gladiator
    - The Godfather
    - Goodfellas
    - BLANK
    - BLANK
    - Jaws
    - Kill Bill
    - Lord of the Rings (but I never saw it)
    - BLANK
    - BLANK
    - BLANK
    - Old School (couldn't sit all the way through this one, either)
    - Predator
    - Pulp Fiction
    - Rambo
    - Reservoir Dogs
    - Robocop
    - The Rock
    - Rocky
    - Rounders
    - Scarface

    - Se7ven
    - BLANK
    - Shawshank Redemption
    - BLANK
    - Something About Mary
    - Star Wars
    - BLANK
    - Terminator 2
    - Top Gun

    - True Lies
    - BLANK

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    February 21, 2011

    New Watcher's Council content

    The Watcher of Weasels site, host of the weekly Watcher's Council contests, is expanding -- and one of the new features is content by co-bloggers not normally seen in Watcher posts. Colossus's Felix just had one put up, and be sure to check out the rest!

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    #5 is the main reason comics suck nowadays, too

    Cracked.com: 5 Hollywood Secrets That Explain Why So Many Movies Suck.

    #5 says "Writers Don't Come Up With the Ideas." Kind of explains the whole Marvel "Ultimate Universe" now, doesn't it?

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    Two excellent teachers' take on the chaos unfolding in Wisconsin

    Both fellow MU.NU bloggers -- one, the Confederate Yankee, and the other, fellow Watcher's Council brother Rhymes With Right.

    I particularly liked this line from Yankee:

    After engaging in the lowest form of politics and dragging a child into the pit with you, do you imagine his father will see you as an honest, dedicated teacher who is “protecting” his son? Would any parent feel that way? Do you imagine that Gov. Walker’s son will find you “inspiring,” should you eventually decide to return to the classroom which you have dishonorably abandoned? Have you obtained your fraudulent “doctor’s excuse?” Tell me Ms. Gustafson, what would you do with a student who skipped a week of school and showed up with a forged doctor’s note? If he said he did it for a worthy political purpose, would you excuse him?

    Great question!

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    How 'bout that?

    Mom makes son stand on street with sign announcing 1.22 GPA.

    And go figure -- someone reported mom to the Department of Children and Families. Yeesh.

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    February 20, 2011

    The latest reason to be against Wal-Mart

    It "makes you steal":

    [I]n the scruffy blocks around the corner of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Northeast Washington, where the first of four Wal-Marts planned for the District would probably be built, the residents have more immediate, street-level concerns...

    "There'll probably be a lot of shoplifting going on. They'll need a lot of security," Terriea Sutton, 35, said.

    Brenda Speaks, a Ward 4 ANC commissioner, actually urged blocking construction of the planned store in her ward at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW partly because of that risk. Addressing a small, anti-Wal-Mart rally at City Hall on Monday, Speaks said young people would get criminal records when they couldn't resist the temptation to steal.

    As Wade Chandler says at the link above, "Has the world gone totally and utterly insane?"

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    Well, it isn't racist when "progressives" do it

    That's the unwritten rule, right?

    A Broadview Heights woman is accusing state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of using a term that some believe has a racist connotation on a social networking site.

    Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown, used the term “buckwheat” in a Facebook posting Saturday.

    He said the posting wasn’t racist, and the attack on him is the tea party’s attempt to make him look bad.

    “I have a history of supporting equal rights and civil rights,” Hagan said.

    The Facebook discussion started between Hagan and Maggi Cook, of Southwest Ohio, regarding Wisconsin Senate Democrats not showing up at their Statehouse because of their governor’s attempts to remove collective bargaining rights and cut benefits for public workers. (Link.)

    Hagan went on to say he "has a lot of black friends;" indeed, he makes sure he has plenty of flavored soda, fried chicken, hot sauce and Dr. Dre records around when they stop by.

    (h/t: Insty.)

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    A word from the Angry Left

    Via the Newsbusters e-mail tipline, which goes out to all contributors (profanity edited):

    Yo Dip shits [sic]! Please stop your blatant IGNORANCE! RELIABLE media is reporting the TRUTH! ITS CALLED UNION BUSTING YOU F***ING IGNORANT SCUMBAGS!

    AND ITS BEEN STAGED TO LLOK [sic] LIKE A BUDGET ISSUE AND IF IT IS ITS BECAUSE THE F***ING CORRUPT ASSHOLE RUNNING THE STATE HANDED TAX CUTS TO THOSE THAT NEED THEM THE LEAST!

    WE KNOW WHO'S FUNDING THIS BULLSHIT AND THE WAR IS JUST BEGINNING!

    I'LL PUT IT IN TERMS THAT IGNORANT MORONS CAN UNDER STAND [sic] . . . USING THE STUPID C*NT'S WORDS WHO THINKS SHE'S CAPABLE OF BEING PRESIDENT AFTRE [sic] WHICH QUITTING A JOB SHE OBVIOUSLY COULDN'T HANDLE AND SOLD OUT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER . . .

    WE'RE LOCKED AND LOADED AND READY TO RECLAIM THE ONCE GREAT NATION THAT YOU AND THE KOCH BOYS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY!

    I FUCKING DARE YOU F***ING ASSHOLES TO CONFRONT PEOPLE IN PERSON . . . F***ING COWARDS!

    So much for that "new civility!"

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    Watcher's Council results

    First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with Turkish PM Erdogan Consolidates His Islamist Regime By Purging The Military.

    First place in the non-Council category was Gulag Bound with Top 5 Revolutions Backed by George Soros.

    Full results are here.

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    February 19, 2011

    An example of how the Left deals with congresspeople who do what they were actually elected to do

    Watch MSDNC's "Crazy" Larry O'Donnell harangue a GOP congressman about living out of his office:

    Indeed! Call that IRS immediately! After all, there are no pressing problems facing Americans like ... the massive deficit and debt, out-of-control spending, not to mention a history of politicians wasting OUR money.

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    February 18, 2011

    Surprise, surprise

    I always knew Noam Chomsky was a vile specimen; now we have even more substantial proof:

    “…From at least 1984 through 1992, [Noam] Chomsky corresponded with a man who, during those time periods, was one of the leading authors and editors in the Holocaust denial movement. And it was a very friendly correspondence, complete with praise for the denier’s work, and an offer of assistance on Chomsky’s part.

    The denier in question is L.A. “Lou” Rollins. At the time of the first Chomsky correspondence, Rollins was a writer and contributing editor at the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), the North American headquarters of Holocaust denial and Nazi literature. And although the IHR has, in the past two decades, attempted to reinvent itself as a “respectable” Holocaust denial institute by eschewing clumsy, vulgar anti-Semitism in favor of pseudo-academic “historiography,” back in 1984 there was no subtlety in the IHR’s presentation. The publishing arm of the IHR sold such titles as “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the “pro-Hitler” reprint of “Mein Kampf,” “The Testament of Adolf Hitler,” “The International Jew,” “The Turner Diaries,” KKK leader David Duke’s autobiography “My Awakening,” and various anti-Semitic and white supremacy booklets and leaflets. Contributors to the IHR included former SS Standartenführer Leon Degrelle, and former Nazi General Otto Ernst Remer….

    It is against this backdrop that Chomsky and Rollins corresponded. In the first of the recently uncovered letters, Chomsky expresses happiness that Rollins was able to find Chomsky’s anti-Israel book “The Fateful Triangle” useful in his work. Chomsky tells Rollins that he’s pleased to hear that he (Rollins) is writing about Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who Chomsky proceeds to call “one of the major frauds of our time.” He compares Wiesel to Nazi collaborators, and accuses him of “exploiting the Holocaust to justify oppression and murder.”

    Read more here.

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    Students -- see the world and keep your head on straight

    Interesting column the other day by National Review's Jason Fertig -- quoting Dennis Prager -- about how beneficial it is for students to study abroad. Prager says:

    All this travel has been life-changing and life-enhancing. For many years, I have urged young people to take a year off after high school to work and to take time off while in college to travel abroad, ideally alone for at least some of the time.

    Nearly everyone grows up insular. The problem is that vast numbers of people never leave the cloistered world of their childhood. This is as true for those who grow up in Manhattan as those who grow up in Fargo or Tokyo. And as for college, there are few places as insular and cloistered as the university.

    Insularity is bad because at the very least, it prevents questioning oneself and thinking through important ideas and convictions. And at worst, it facilitates the groupthink that allows for most great evils.

    Now, as neither my father nor mother went to college, they refused to allow me to take a year off to work, insisting that I remain in college to "get that piece of paper (diploma)" as my dad put it. However, as I was minoring in Spanish, when the opportunity arose to study abroad in the Central American nation of Costa Rica my junior year (spring of 1986), my parents shared my enthusiasm for the idea. First, a little information about tiny Costa Rica:

    • It has no army. It abolished its army in 1948 and poured those funds into education.
    • It's one of the longest-running (and strongest) democracies in Latin America, with a vibrant two-party system (although, like the US, numerous third parties abound).
    • The people are unabashedly pro-U.S.
    • It's sometimes known as the "Switzerland of the Americas" due to its peaceful nature and general neutrality in regional conflicts.
    • Its president, Oscar Arias, won the Nobel Peace Prize during his first term as the country's leader, in 1990 for his role in brokering a peace deal for Central America. (Guerrilla wars were being fought in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua at the time.)
    • Life expectancy in Costa Rica is 79 years -- not bad for a "Third World" country!
    • Its literacy rate is 95%, one of the highest in the world.

    One of the fascinating things about teaching Spanish now for 20 years is attempting to impart to young Americans a sense of how good they have it here in the U.S. And I mean really good. Despite the good demographic ratings for Costa Rica, there is real poverty there -- and I mean REAL. "Poverty" in the U.S. can mean you still have cable TV, air conditioning, a cell phone, a microwave, etc. ... even a car. Whereas in CR poverty means absolutely none of those things -- and possibly no running water, no plumbing, no electric power. Yet, you'll see the poorest of kids walking miles to school in their blue uniforms ... to attend classes alongside their better-off peers. The "uniform uniforms" for CR public schools means that class differences are barely noticeable. After witnessing what students in CR go through to get to school and to get an education, it miffs me when I then see the all-too common apathetic attitude of American kids today. Indeed, aside from living the example abroad, over the years I've talked to parents from foreign countries who have moved here, and many have expressed surprise -- and outrage -- at how American students could care less about their education ... let alone how they fail to appreciate everything that your average American classroom is equipped with. In Costa Rica (and many other countries), if there's enough desks, chairs and a chalkboard, that's "well-equipped." Of course, no matter what I say to my Spanish students, they'll never be able to truly grasp how fortunate they are to be living in the U.S. They, like I did, will have to experience it. (Ah, the 'ol adage "Talk is cheap ...!")

    To be sure, I didn't fully appreciate my experiences until several years after -- indeed, until I entered the "real world," i.e. post-college. One of the problems with a college semester abroad (as some note in the comments in the link above) is that some -- most? -- students will use such a time to merely party their asses off. Well, OK yeah, I did my share of that, I admit. Not to mention, if your accompanying professor is a rabid lefty (like mine was), you might just suffer a bit of indoctrination. As I noted way back in one of my first posts at Colossus, Dr. M, though one terrific person, made few bones about letting us know where his political sympathies lied. He was a big supporter of the Sandinistas in neighboring Nicaragua (who at the time were fighting against the U.S.-backed Contras) and all the guest speakers he "treated" us to were leftists, one of whom openly mocked the U.S. and its domestic and foreign policies. But again, Dr. M wasn't a "my way or the highway" type of prof; indeed, as noted in the linked post above, one of the ... funnier moments of the trip occurred when Dr. M invited a member of the new Arias government over for a political discussion, and the guy essentially mocked Dr. M's opinions and statements as unrealistic and even outright wrong. I don't think Dr. M expected that, because, as noted, only one side of an issue (the left) was usually explored in our classes and discussions. (And I think this was partly -- even mostly -- due to Dr. M believing we already were exposed to the other side via the media and conventional wisdom, so to speak ... even though that assumption was largely erroneous.)

    And ... I did fall for some of Dr M's indoctrination. We all did, the thirteen of us in the University of Delaware group, to some degree. I became sympathetic to the FSLN (Sandinista) cause (Dr. M had us read a book on the Sandinista literacy crusade; after completing it, it was quite difficult to find fault with anything Danny Ortega and Co. were doing!)

    Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya during our stay in CR, and a short time thereafter there was a grenade attack on our embassy in downtown San José, the capital. I had been out that night with my Tica (native slang for "Costa Rican") girlfriend and had no idea what happened. My parents were frantic, and called the house where I stayed all night, much to the chagrin of my host family! A few days later, the words "Reagan Terrorista" was spray painted on the wall right across the street from my house, with an accompanying swastika. I wondered if the culprits knew an American was living in the house across the street. Should I be worried? I was, but thankfully nothing ever happened to me. (The U.S. embassy was moved shortly thereafter to a more suburban location; in fact, it is now a mere 400 meters up the street from my in-laws' house. Yes, even though I split from my Costa Rican wife of 20 years a year and a half ago, I still call her parents my "in-laws" as I maintain an excellent relationship with them and they are, simply put, the nicest people I've ever known.)

    Speaking of my host family, they were the "poorest" -- monetarily speaking, purely -- of the thirteen host families for the UD group. Their house was located in downtown San José, and was quite old. It was certainly ... a shock, in terms of adjustment the first few days I was there. Ever see a palmetto bug? These sons of bitches were living in the walls of the house, and at night you could hear them munching on whatever house material they were, well, munching on! Zancudos, or what we cheerfully call "mosquitos," were endemic at night since, for some reason, many Tico households do not like screens on their windows. Eventually, I wised up and bought a package of "espirales" -- a spiral-shaped thingie that you light at night and keeps mosquitos at bay. My family didn't exactly take care of leftover food the way I was used to; I think that contributed to my getting the sickest I've ever been in my life a month and a half after I arrived in CR.

    But y'know what? They were some of the kindest, gentlest, politest and down-to-earth people I've ever met. The mom and dad had five children then; the oldest lived in New Mexico, and the other four were at home. Two of the girls have since passed away -- one, two years older than I, from cancer, and another, my age, from a car accident. They had run the cafeteria at a local private school, and I helped them out a few times when they were in a pinch. (Which was pretty neat, too, since it was a bilingual academy.) I'd visited them a couple times since 1986 -- once in 1992 (my first trip back to CR after being married), and again in 1999. In 2009, the last time I was in the country, they were no longer living in the house in which I'd visited them ten years previous (they had moved a couple miles from the 1986 house back in 1993). I asked numerous neighbors if they knew where they'd gone, but to no avail.

    I hope I'll track them down someday. I always look back at that spring of 1986 quite fondly. It made me very appreciative to have been born and raised in my own country, but also made me realize more than ever that material comfort and possessions are certainly not the end-all to be-all in life. And of course, it gave me a whole new perspective on looking at things, not just exclusively from the estadounidense angle.

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    February 17, 2011

    Watcher's Council nominations

    * The Noisy Room – Soros, the Youth, High Tech and the Fundamental Change that is Revolution
    * Joshuapundit -Turkish PM Erdogan Consolidates His Islamist Regime By Purging The Military
    * Simply Jews – In Doubt About Multiculturalism
    * GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – L’Etat C’est Moi
    * VA Right - Ron Paul’s Drug Problem
    * Snapped Shot – A Medicine Factory, Of Course
    * Bookworm Room – Obama suffers an empathy failure when it comes to Israel
    * Right Truth – Lies That Lead to Wars and Death
    * The Glittering Eye - From Memory
    * The Colossus of Rhodey – Let’s kill some minorities, even though it makes no economic sense!
    * The Razor – The Real Problem With Libertarianism
    * Rhymes With Right – Odd, No Liberals Objected To Political Activity By This Judicial Spouse

    Honorable Mentions:

    * The Grouch – Thank You FDA!
    * The Political Commentator – Lambs Being Led To Slaughter Or…

    And the non-Council nominations are here!

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    WaPo Headline FTW!

    Skywalkers in Korea cross Han Solo

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    Palin Derangement Syndrom an actual mental illness

    Remember that guy who shot his TV because Bristol Palin wasn't kicked of Dancing With The Barely Famous People?

    Now he's pleading not guilty by reason of mental defect.

    So, someone who actually suffers from PDS knows he's mentally ill. Can someone please swing by Andrew Sullivan's office and pick him up? Thanks.

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    February 16, 2011

    I am not making this up

    The owner of the Washington Redskins is suing Washington City Paper for using racist imagery of him by drawing devil horns and facial hair on his photo.

    Irony remains well and truly dead.

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    This man is my hero

    Phila. homeowner wins judgment against Wells Fargo over mortgage fees

    Frustrated by a dispute with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and by his inability to get answers to questions, the West Philadelphia homeowner took the mortgage company to court last fall.

    When Wells Fargo still didn't respond, Rodgers got a $1,000 default judgment against it for failing to answer his formal questions, as required by a federal law called the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

    And when the mortgage company didn't pay - does something sound familiar? - Rodgers turned to Philadelphia's sheriff.

    The result: At least for the moment, the contents of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 1341 N. Delaware Ave., are scheduled for sheriff's sale on March 4 to satisfy the judgment and pay about $200 for court and sheriff's costs.

    Rodgers owns a three-story, six-bedroom Tudor on a beautiful street not far from City Avenue. He paid about $180,000 for it in 2002, and for years handled his mortgage without dispute.

    But in mid-2009, his insurer delivered troubling news: His homeowners premium would more than double, because Wells Fargo was insisting that he insure the home's full replacement value - about $1 million worth of coverage, the insurer told him.

    (snip)

    But he knew that he paid a fraction of what his home would command elsewhere, such as across City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. That's one advantage of living, as he says, "a short clip away from the wrong side of the tracks."

    So let's recap:

    Guy buys undervalued home on the "wrong side of the tracks" not too far from a nice neighborhood. Has a normal relationship with lender. They lent, he paid. No mention of delinquencies or defaults. Lender decides to double the cost of his insurance because they say so. Or something. He sends them a letter asking them to explain their unmitigated bullshit. They refuse. He takes them to court and they lose by default. They STILL refuse to pay them so he brings in the law to enforce judgment.

    So far, he's playing by the rules and Wells Fargo got beat because they were lazy, stupid, greedy or some combination of the three.

    What do they have to say for themselves? Well, let's hear it from their spin doctor:

    Menke insists that the requirement "is primarily there to provide benefit to the customer." Without full-replacement coverage, he says, a total loss "would have a significant impact on a homeowner's ability to rebuild or replace the property."

    See but that doesn't matter. It's his choice, if he loses the house in a fire or whatever, to rebuild or not. He may take the payout and build somewhere else. Or build a smaller house on the same spot. The insurance is to pay off the EXISTING mortgage. Not to fund a new or replacement build.

    Wells eventually caved and sent the guy $1000. Doesn't cover the court costs and they never explained why they changed his policy that increases the costs by $500 per month. Petty revenge to be sure.

    Either way beating the bank by their own rules when they try to muscle you is a big bucket of win.

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    How bad is it?

    This one has been making the rounds:

    Frankly I'm amazed we've been able to carry this insanity this far.

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    February 13, 2011

    Multiculturalism at its finest

    Remember -- no culture is any better than another:

    BBC - Muslim students taught proper method for chopping the hands off of thieves

    Is it believable that in the 21st century, schoolchildren could possibly be taught that certain Jews were transformed into pigs and apes? Or that certain crimes should be punished by stoning?

    Both the BBC and the Telegraph newspaper of London are reporting that Muslim students within the borders of Great Britain are precisely being taught these things.

    And it doesn't end there. Students are taught at the age of 15 how to cut the hands off of thieves for their first offence and that their feet should be amputated for any subsequent crime.

    Students are also instructed by illustrated diagrams showing exactly where the specific cuts should be made. (Link.)

    Just don't raise any objections, though. Because, after all, in the eyes of a "progressive" multiculturalist, raising such objections is not only "Islamophobic," but much more heinous than the fact that these lessons exist in the first place!!

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    What is their expertise?

    According to the Wilmington News Journal, "a group of ministers wants to make unannounced visits to Wilmington's public schools to make sure students are getting the education they need to avoid lives of crime."

    Members of Interdenominational Ministers Action Council said they will be speaking to principals in the coming weeks to develop plans that would give them access to classrooms so they can monitor teachers, administrators and overall school performance.

    "We can't interrupt. We can't go in there and teach the lesson," said the Rev. Christopher T. Curry, chair of the council's education unit. "But we come in unannounced, we sit, we listen. We watch how the classroom discipline is, how the instructors are motivating our young people ...

    "If we see that it is not happening, we certainly would want to have this conversation with the principals who are involved. But if there is a rejection at that point, then we need to talk to the Department of Education."

    Thankfully, the state teachers union is against this silly idea. Unfortunately, the state secretary of education, Dr. Lillian Lowery, doesn't see a problem with it: "It sounds right on," Lowery said. "These are good people with good intentions."

    As you might expect (because, after all, it's not like you would the News Journal to actually focus on this aspect), many of the commenters to the article think the idea is ludicrous -- and think instead these ministers should make unannounced visits to the homes of these children to monitor how their parents are parenting:

    -- Or maybe these Ministers can "sit" in the houses these students come from and observe the root of their violent and defiant nature. Then they can see for themselves that schools are not the reason for street violence, nor will schools be the end to street violence.

    -- Question: Are they also going to monitor the homes of the children in their 'adopted' schools?

    -- Since it appears to be a well-known fact that many of the problems at school are as a result of lack of parenting at home, why aren't these ministers going to the heart of the problem? Perhaps conducting 'parenting classes' at their places of worship. Perhaps offering things to encourage parents to take an interest in their kids. Perhaps sharing with their communities the fact that out-of-wedlock children are not as likely to succeed as those from two-parent families.

    -- I want to know what the Ministers are going to do with the parents that are not sending their kids to school. The problem is not the school. It's the parents that are not raising their kids.

    -- Instead of walking into classrooms, why don't they walk into peoples homes and make sure they are being good parents.

    I was wondering what precisely these ministers would be looking for in terms of what is motivating children and in terms of discipline. And did these ministers wonder what sort of artificial effect their mere presence would have on a classroom during their visit? In other words, kids tend to behave better when they see other "official" adults in a classroom. Do these ministers have degrees in the subject of the classroom they'll be visiting? Are they familiar with the teaching methods for that subject? Are they familiar with what the state test requires for that subject? Are they aware of how/what disciplinary measures are permitted for the school and/or district?

    If, as I suspect, the answer to most or all of these questions is "no," then these ministers have no business "reporting" on anything from a classroom to a principal ... or anyone else. Personally, I don't have an issue with them visiting classrooms to make generalized observations -- as a public institution any member of the public should be so permitted (of course, with the usual school/child protection measures in place, i.e. administration chaperones, etc.) -- but the moment any sense of "officiality" about their observations becomes apparent, teachers (and their appropriate representatives) should speak up and have this practice cease.

    Further, this idea wiffs somewhat of the aborted Consent Decree that city representatives wanted enacted during the battle to have the federal desegregation order lifted from county schools in the mid-90s. Included in that agreement were items such as the following:

    • The requirement of teachers to "fill out numerous forms" and "attend several conferences" before any suspension of a disruptive student could take place.
    • Suspensions in the primary grades are to be used "only as a last resort and only after and in consultation with the District Supervisor."
    • Teachers are urged to "develop greater sensitivity" to the "supposedly different cultural styles of troublesome students." Sounds an awful lot like what's going on in Seattle public schools right now.
    • Special -- "culturally sensitive" -- exams for minority students.
    • An "integrated assessment system" that provides "culturally sensitive assessments," "alternative assessments," and "performance-based assessments" that "allow students to demonstrate proficiency in different ways."
    • All teachers should develop "nonconfrontational" methods for resolving conflicts with students.
    • As an incentive for teachers to "revise their tests and approaches to teaching and discipline," a provision for a "Parent/Student Advocate" (at $175,000 per year) whose office is to be in Wilmington city limits.
    • $220,000 for "intervention specialists" whose purpose is to "support youths who come into conflict with authorities at their schools."
    • Establishment of a benchmark of "reducing by 10% the number of minority students who drop out of school."
    • Recommendation of $58,000 be spent each year for a Future Educators of America club in each middle and high school with "at least one minority teacher" as an advisor.

    Unlike others noted in the article and in the comments, I've little issue with their presence from a religious angle. But as they claim, their mission is merely "evaluation," what sort of "remedies" would they offer?

    But even though Curry said this would be an "unofficial" evaluation, they would go to the district and education department if they find the school is not performing within the parameters they've set up.

    What parameters exactly? Why weren't these laid out in the article so we'd all know precisely what these ministers would be looking for? Would [some of] their solutions resemble those from above from the mid-90s -- those that were soundly rejected by the state legislature?

    I certainly hope not.

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    Aw, boo-freakin'-hoo

    First we witnessed the so-unbelievably-hilariously-hypocritical-comment-it-just-had-to-be-a-joke by the self-righteous Bill Maher in regards to Bill O'Reilly's Super Bowl interview of President Obama. (In case you missed it, here's what the douche said):

    I just feel like the most difficult part of his job must be to quelch the rage that somewhere must be inside him to say ‘I’m the President of the United States, you don’t talk to me like this. I’m not some left – I’m not Al Sharpton you know, I won this job.’ And Bill O’Reilly who claims he’s such a patriot – how unpatriotic it is in my view to treat a President that way. How does that look to other countries when you’re interrupting and belittling?

    BILL MAHER said this. It doesn't get more knee-slappingly delicious than that, folks.

    Now big Obama booster Oprah Winfrey is on the bandwagon:

    Of the negative mood of the country, Oprah added, “I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once.”

    She said the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that “even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.

    George W. Bush, when asked about these remarks, said "Heh. Where was all this concern about 'respect' in the mid-2000s?"

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    Spider-Man joins Fantastic Four

    Well, they're not gonna be known as "The Fantastic Four" anymore -- they'll be "The Future Foundation." Blue costumes? Gone. They'll be white now:

    And what exactly will The Future Foundation do? "Their mission is simple: save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising."

    Wow. Sounds significantly different from what the old Fantastic Four did, eh?

    Of course it's a cheap gimmick, and of course the Human Torch -- who was recently "killed" -- will be back eventually. Nevertheless, Spidey's long history has been intertwined with the FF since his very beginnings. Amazing Spider-Man #1 (see below) had 'ol Pete Parker trying to join the team ... to make some money! Unfortunately, he learned that the quartet was a non-profit organization.

    Roughly a decade and a half later, Marvel readers go to see what would have happened had the events in Spider-Man #1 gone the other way. It was the debut of one of my favorite Marvel titles of all-time, What If?


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    February 12, 2011

    Watcher's Council results

    First place in the Council category was my pal Rhymes With Right with A Message To The CPAC Boycotters.

    First place in the non-Council category was Foreign Affairs with Egypt’s Democratic Mirage.

    Full results are here.

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    February 11, 2011

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    February 10, 2011

    Just keep in mind, all those who say Egypt is "poised for democracy"

    Here's what a few notables said about the Iranian Revolution of 1979:

    ● President Carter’s U.N. ambassador, Andrew Young, called [the Ayatollah] Khomeini “some kind of saint.”

    ● William Sullivan, the U.S. ambassador in Tehran, compared Khomeini to Gandhi.

    ● A State Department spokesman worried about the possibility of a military coup, saying that would be “most dangerous for U.S. interests. It would blow away the moderates and invite the majority to unite behind a radical faction.”

    ● On Feb. 12, 1979, Time magazine reported

    . . . a sense of controlled optimism in Iran. . . . Iranians will surely insist that the revolution live up to its democratic aims. . . . Those who know [Khomeini] expect that eventually he will settle in the Shi’ite holy city of Qum and resume a life of teaching and prayer. It seems improbable that he would try to become a kind of Archbishop Makarios of Iran, directly holding the reins of power. Khomeini believes that Iran should become a parliamentary democracy, with several political parties.

    ● A New York Times editorial reassured readers that “moderate, progressive individuals” were advising Khomeini. The Times predicted the Ayatollah would provide “a desperately needed model of humane governance for a third-world country.”

    Also keep an eye on the dolts who are claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood is somehow "secular" and "democratic." Let's just hope it ain't '79 all over again -- on a much larger scale -- especially because we have a similar deer-in-the-headlights type of chief exec in the Oval Office.

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    We have CLOUT!

    Yep, that's right! Check it out from The Corner: Duffy: Use Unspent Stimulus to Reduce Deficit.

    ;-)

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    Let's kill some minorities, even though it makes no economic sense!

    Four Color Media Monitor reports on the dreadful remake of Wonder Woman supposedly in the works. In it is this pathetic piece of plot:

    The pilot episode, which Kelley notes is designed to run “without commercial interruption,” revolves around Los Angeles-based mega-billionaire Diana—who collects planes and a multitude of transforming aircraft called “Ultimates” (no invisible plane in sight here)—as she attempts to take down an evil pharmaceutical company run by morally corrupt scientist Veronica Cale, who is mass-producing a human-growth hormone that is causing its users, mostly black inner city youth, to die. Along the way, she tackles criminals, a Senate subcommittee, and a broken heart, the latter courtesy of lost love Steve Trevor.

    Indeed! That's a great way to make some cash for your "evil" company -- sell your product to "mostly black inner city youth" because, after all, we all know how affluent that segment of the population is. Somehow, purchasing human-growth hormone would be of no interest to upper-class suburbanite white kids who play football, soccer, baseball and the like -- and who statistically have a lot more cash on hand to buy it. But adding this to the plot would negate a "progressive" conviction -- that America is incorrigibly oppressive and racist. And yes, even though another such "progressive" conviction is that capitalism is evil, it is more to intertwine it with racism -- even though it makes zippo sense.

    Which sort of makes a bit of sense when you think about it -- because "progressivism" itself makes zippo sense.

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    Religion of Peace

    Baltimore man accused of plotting to blow up military recruiting station in Md.

    Antonio Martinez, 21, a U.S. citizen who recently converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Hussain, declared on his Facebook page that he hates "Any 1 who opposes Allah." Those kinds of postings, brought to the FBI's attention, sparked an intensive investigation involving an undercover agent, a secret informant and a chilling plot to kill military personnel in the United States because they were killing Muslims overseas, according to an FBI affidavit filed Wednesday. (Link.)

    At least our Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, is using the term "terrorism" again instead of the ludicrous "man-made disasters."

    Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, we see this:

    .. a 14-year-old girl named Hena was raped by a 40-year-old man, Mahbub, who is described in a report as her “relative.” Apparently — the report is not clear on how this happened — the matter was brought to the attention of the sharia authorities in her village of Shariatpur. You’d think this was a good thing … except, in Islam, rape cannot be proved absent four witnesses — i.e., it’s virtually impossible to establish that what happened happened. That’s a dangerous thing for the victim — deadly dangerous in this instance — because if she has had sexual relations outside marriage but cannot prove she has been raped, she is deemed to have committed a grave sin. In Hena’s case, the sharia authorities ordered that she be given 100 lashes. The young girl never made it through 80; she fell unconscious and died from the whipping.

    This is a textbook example of why "multiculturalism" and its tenet of "equally respecting all cultures" is absolute nonsense. Why should I or anyone else "respect" a culture that engages in this sort of depravity?

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    What is Robert Gibbs?

    Well, he'll tell you what he is not:


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    February 09, 2011

    Thanks for the black eye

    Via Ace, it's actions like these that give a certain profession of mine a bad rap:

    Ye gad ...

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    Watcher's Council nominations

    * Joshuapundit - Is Egypt The Next Iran?
    * The Noisy Room – Obama’s Pal George Soros and the Fall of Egypt
    * Rhymes With Right – A Message To The CPAC Boycotters
    * Simply Jews – Gideon Levy, the baron of deceit industry, strikes again
    * VA Right - Republican Victory in November Leads to Lower Unemployment – Now at 9%
    * GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Hyper Puissant
    * Bookworm Room – Defining our terms when we speak about Egypt
    * Right Truth – Irreconcilable Differences
    * The Colossus of Rhodey – “Cap” movie poster
    * The Glittering Eye - How Much Did the Stimulus Stimulate?
    * The Razor – Lost Friendship
    * Snapped Shot – Egypt In A Nutshell

    Honorable Mentions:

    * Boker Tov Boulder – Moslem ‘Authorities’ Dug up Temple Mount “to Erase Traces of Jewish Altar”
    * The Political Commentator – Financial Derivatives Explained As Only A Bartender Can!

    And check out the non-Council nominations here!

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    He's a "fit fun classy guy"

    Another GOP moron makes uncomfortable news:

    Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York. But when he trolls Craigslist's "Women Seeking Men" forum, he's Christopher Lee, "divorced" "lobbyist" and "fit fun classy guy."

    The woman says she cut off contact when she searched for Lee online and concluded he'd lied about his age and occupation. Then she forwarded us the correspondence.

    Check out the dorky pic he snapped of himself. Gee, Chris ... really dig that muscle your making with your free arm. But you might'a done something with that hair, dude.

    C'mon. You're married, a public figure representing thousands if not millions of people ... and you're prowling for babes on Craigslist? "Royal idiot" doesn't begin to cover it.

    UPDATE: The dolt has resigned.

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    Religion of Peace

    Indonesia:

    A Muslim mob burned churches and clashed with police in Indonesia on Tuesday as they demanded the death penalty for a Christian man convicted of blaspheming against Islam, police said. Two days after a Muslim lynch mob killed three members of a minority Islamic sect, crowds of furious Muslims set two churches alight as they rampaged in anger over the prison sentence imposed on defendant Antonius Bawengan, 58.

    A court in the Central Java town had earlier sentenced the man to five years in jail, the maximum allowable, for distributing leaflets insulting Islam. But this only enraged the crowd, who said the sentence was too lenient, police said.

    Indonesia's constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Just don't tell that to Mr. Bawengan. Or to that minority Muslim sect, who the police did not protect from that lynch mob. Or to Barack Obama, who, when visiting the country last November said the country is and “example to the world” and praised its "religious tolerance."

    (h/t to The Corner)

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    February 08, 2011

    Nickel and dimed

    After about six full years with the same cell phone, I recently buckled under my daughter's pressure and bought a brand-spankin' new one -- a Droid 2 Global from my local Verizon store. Even after six years, I didn't get the free upgrade because my daughter was made primary number since she has changed her phone several times (and hence gets the free upgrades). OK, no biggie. I get that. But then ...

    ... $15 for three plastic screen covers?
    ... $25 for a hard plastic case?

    I fairly reluctantly went along with these since everyone has 'em; indeed, they say they're virtually required. But then, I got home and the upper part of the phone's case had partially come off! Not only that, the extra space that part of the case/cover took up made using the tops keys of the retractable keyboard extremely difficult. My attempt to get the case back on was unsuccessful. Considering the pricey nature of this piece of plastic, I was miffed. I went back to Verizon and returned the case. But then the following took place:

    Salesman: "You want to get another case?"
    Me: "Nah, I'm good, thanks."
    Salesman: "Well, keep in mind that if you scratch or nick the phone your one-year warranty is void."
    Me: "Thanks -- I'll be OK."

    WTF???

    Later, at the mall, I spotted another Verizon place. I tell my girlfriend, "Give me a second. I'll be right back." I go in and ask the three salesdudes (no customers were in the store at the time) if what the salesman at the other Verizon joint told me about the warranty was accurate. "WHAAAAT?" they all said in unison. Then the last salesdude says, "If you get a large chunk or something taken out of your phone, maybe. But normal wear and tear will not void your warranty."

    So, even though I'm relieved at my decision to not get a new case, I'm pissed at that salesguy for trying to dick me over. Then this happens: While examining the phone's various apertures and outlets, I notice several scratches over the Verizon logo itself -- scratches that certainly weren't due to anything I had done, since I had the phone by then only a couple of days. (I hadn't noticed 'em before because you had to catch 'em in just the right angle of light.) Either this was a flaw in the manufacture, or the original salesdude did it when he put the later-returned case on it that very first day. I pondered not bothering taking it back since these scratches were hard to see unless seen at the right angle, but then again, hey! This is a brand-new freakin' phone!

    I went back. The original salesdude took care of me. His expression was somewhat along the lines of "You serious? For this?" but he did exchange my phone without much of a protest. I still didn't buy a case. But I probably will -- somewhere where a friggin' piece of plastic doesn't cost over $20. At any rate, I now possess a scratch-free, all-purpose smart phone. My monthly bill will now include the rate for an unlimited data plan, but fine -- I knew that going in.

    Then ... I read this today.

    The launch of the iPhone on Verizon adds to the mountain of evidence that you just can’t trust wireless carriers.

    On the day that iPhone preorders began last week, Verizon quietly revised its policy on data management: Any smartphone customer who uses an “extraordinary amount of data” will see a slowdown in their data-transfer speeds for the remainder of the month and the next billing cycle.

    It’s a bit of a bait-and-switch. One of Verizon’s selling points for its version of the iPhone is that it would come with an unlimited data plan — a marked contrast to AT&T, which eliminated its unlimited data plans last year.

    Verizon incidentally announced a plan for “data optimization” for all customers, which may degrade the appearance of videos streamed on smartphones, for example.

    In addition, for some reason the concept of "competition" seems to be eluding cell carriers. If cell carriers become like cable and Internet providers (little to no competition), I'll be yanking out my old 2004 phone and going back to simple voice and text messaging again.

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    How one county is saving $300,000 per week

    Pundits have been punditing on how we're going to sort out our economy. The Party of Hope has decided that everything will be funded by taxing rich people to create green jobs somehow. The Party of Shoot Itself In The Foot Again is making mewling noises about maybe spending slightly less than last year.

    Well, one Tennessee county has figured out a way to annoy both Republicans and Democrats:

    Republicans will hate this because now they'll have to mow their own lawns and Democrats will be apoplectic for obvious reasons.

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    William Gibson, call your office

    China to create largest mega city in the world with 42 million people.

    Can you imagine something 5 times the population of New York City? I don't know that this entire area will be entirely urbanized but I do know that I would never want to go there.

    Cities are fine but really? 42 MILLION people in one spot? Not for me thanks.

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    They must be racist

    The socialist government has recently announced that it plans to build a razor-wire fence along the border. It will, say officials, be equipped with sonar systems and thermal sensors and be modelled along the lines of similar "walls" in Spain, Lithuania and France.

    A few things;

    1. I thought only capitalist governments were racist
    2. Funny, when the US wants to put up walls we get heaped with scorn by oh, I don't know, Spain, France and Greece. Hypocrisy thy name is Europe.

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    February 07, 2011

    How our local lefties like to debate

    If they're not deleting your comments and/or banning you merely for the unforgivable sin of disagreeing with them, they want to beat you up. Here's what one LGOMBer said about Bill O'Reilly after his interview with President Obama yesterday:

    Seriously, if I ever run into that cheese-dick, I’m just going to nonchalantly kick him in the seeds. They can take me away in handcuffs, I don’t care.

    Oooooooh! Aren't you quaking in your boots? I'm sure O'Reilly is.

    Oh, and need I mention how "civil" that comment isn't ...?

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    Hube's Spanish Language Video(s) of the Week

    Los Amigos Invisibles' latest and greatest, "Dulce," from their last Latin Grammy Award-winning album "Commericial":

    And here's the English version of the same tune!


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    February 06, 2011

    A Gipper classic


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    February 05, 2011

    Yeah, this is a good idea!

    The Philly Inquirer soon to implement a pay wall?? Yeah, "terrific" idea, if as it seems.

    Idiots.

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    "Cap" movie poster

    Here's a first look at the "Captain America: The First Avenger" movie poster:

    Not well known is the fact that the title of the film has been changed for predominately "progressive" areas of the country. In these, the film will be known by several alternate monikers:

    • "Captain America: The First Oppressor"
    • "Captain Racism: The First Slaveholder"
    • "Captain Genocide: The First Mass Murderer"
    • "Captain Chauvinist: The First Rapist"
    • "Captain Hetero: The First Homophobe"

    In San Francisco and Berkeley, the film will be known by all five titles simultaneously.

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    February 04, 2011

    Super Bowl pick

    I love cheering for the underdog when I really don't care who wins, but ...

    ... I really think the Steelers are gonna do it: Steelers 30, Packers 24.

    In semi-related news, my boy Sam "The Ram" Bradford was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Congrats! Look for St. Louie to regain some of their former glory in the coming years.

    UPDATE: What the freak? The Packers are three-point faves? I figured since the Pack are a six seed, and the Stillers are a two seed ... ah well. My prediction stands.

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    Conundrum

    Falling ice at Super Bowl stadium injures workers.

    Who/what to blame -- the Tea Party or global warming?

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    Watcher's Council results

    First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with Lipstick On A Pig – Whitewashing The Muslim Brotherhood.

    First place in the non-Council category was TPM with Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story.

    Full results are here.

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    February 03, 2011

    Decline of modern American education

    Via Phi Beta Cons: Gaming Skills Become a College Course

    Problem-solving skills used in one of -- if not the most -- popular real-time strategy games of all time are not unlike those used in the 21st Century real world. At least that is the song that the University of Florida is singing.

    The school, located in Gainesville, Florida, is offering a two-credit honors couse titled, "21st century Skills in Starcaft." The eight-week class "does not teach about Starcraft," but combines weekly gameplay, analysis of recorded matches and "synthesis of real/game-world concepts," to develop workplace skills.

    I don't know what's sadder -- the mere fact that such a course is taught, or the fact that it's an honors course.

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    Complain about food, have your house seized

    Canada really needs a First Amendment badly:

    A Mississauga businesswoman whose home was ordered seized to pay an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal award to a former employee can keep her house — for now.

    The Superior Court struck down the “fatally flawed” decision as so unfair to defendant Maxcine Telfer — who represented herself in the hearing — that it was “simply not possible to logically follow the pathway taken by the adjudicator.”

    That October 2009 decision ordered Telfer to pay $36,000 to a woman who had been her employee for six weeks. Lawyers wanted the sheriff to seize and sell Telfer’s home to collect the money.

    The woman who lodged the complaint, Seema Saadi, told the tribunal she felt pressured to wear skirts and heels instead of her hijab. Saadi also said Telfer complained about the smell of food that she warmed in the microwave.

    Trust me -- our First Amendment is the only thing keeping "progressives" from doing that here. Don't believe me? Then try this.

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    Civility and hypocrisy

    Insty just scooped me on this one so you've probably seen this one:

    I'm all about peace but torture him. Right. Yep. Sure.

    How about calling for the death of Dick Cheney?

    Is that shocking and unacceptable hate speech? No no, it's "beautifully phrased".

    How about removing the motes and beams from thine own eye?

    The letter is bullshit http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/02/4-out-of-5-groups-cited-in-anti-glenn.html the truth isn't important. What (Media) Matters is winning.

    Also as part of the tone for "civility" is calling your opponents "crazy"

    Perhaps sexual innuendos and laughing at someone having cancer is civil?

    I've been told that Glenn Beck/Fox News/ et al. lead to the Giffords shooting. If that were true (it isn't) then here's the result of the above:

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/man-arrested-in-threat-made-against-stuarts-rep-1226131.html?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4d4961c3f587355e,0

    I've long been calling for the what I have named the "rule of the reflexive". That is, any statement you make should be able to be flipped 180 degrees and still be a fair statement. Example:

    "I think liberals are wrong about the economy." - Me

    becomes;

    "I think non-liberals are wrong about the economy" - My liberal opponent.

    contrast with;

    "Liberals hate our country."

    becomes;

    "Non-liberals hate our country"

    See? See the difference? The former is civility. I don't hate liberals who are forever wrong about almost everything. I hate what they're doing but I'll never call for them to be silenced let alone locked up, killed etc.

    I miss the days when liberals like Pat Moynihan actually wanted to debate. They believed so strongly in their arguments that they were fearless. Today's liberals want everyone who disagrees with them to shut up. Either by being cowed when they're called racist, homophobic etc or by force of law as in the inaptly named "Fairness doctrine".

    The people who used to clamor about "freedom" now want to restrict your choices in education, speech, how you spend your money, how you run your business, whether or not you smoke and so on.

    The people who used to clamor about "the politics of fear" have now decided that unless we enact their agenda the very future of life on Earth is at risk. First it was "the coming ice age" then it was "global warming" and now it's "climate change" (I think, I can't keep up.)

    The people who are always talking about the brotherhood of man and how we need to come together as a village are constantly pointing out our differences and putting us into segregated groups and calling for quotas.

    I could go on but if you've made it this far you get the point.

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    February 02, 2011

    Just imagine if someone had asked her for more wine

    The calls for "sensitivity training" and screams of "racism is alive and well" among other things would be plastered all over the MSM for days. But hey, this dude was just a decorated military guy:

    According to our tipster, [White House adviser Valerie] Jarrett was seated at the head table along with several other big-name politicians and a handful of high-ranking military officials. As an officer sporting several stars walked past Jarrett, she signaled for his attention and said, “I’d like another glass of wine.”

    White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, who was seated next to Jarret, began “cracking up nervously,” our tipster said, but no one pointed out to Jarrett that the man sporting a chestful of medals was not her waiter.

    No one pointed it out ... ? Seriously?

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    The New Age of Political Civility in action

    Funny how we haven't heard about this, eh?

    A self-described Massachusetts "political activist" was arrested Monday night and charged with sending a threatening e-mail to Florida Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, an hour after the Arizona shooting that killed six and critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

    The unsigned e-mail, sent to Snyder's state House of Representatives address on Jan. 8, told the legislator to "stop that ridiculous law if you value your and your familie's [sic] lives."

    Snyder has proposed a bill cracking down on illegal immigration for Florida in a manner similar to what Arizona has done.

    DFTN = Doesn't Fit The NARRATIVETM.

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    Anderson Cooper attacked in Egypt

    Anderson Cooper Attacked by Protesters

    which made me think they either:

    1. Must have seen his show
    2. Must be Tea Partiers!


    Update:

    Christiane Amanpour Gets Her Egyptian Media Beating

    I guess these people just really hate CNN

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    Bold prediction

    Prediction: If the wave of protests currently sweeping the Middle East end up with democratic and stable goverments the Left will hail Obama as The Great Liberator. They will cite his exceptional ability to dither in the face of events (or something). If they fall to thugs like Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood it will be Bush's fault. Or Sarah Palin's. Somehow.

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    February 01, 2011

    If it had been a cake knife ...

    ... he'd have been suspended for ten days. Plymouth-Canton School District Allows Ceremonial Dagger:

    A Detroit-area district says Sikh students are permitted to wear a small, religious dagger to school.

    The decision by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools reverses a ban put in place in December after a fourth-grader at a Canton Township elementary school was found with a dull, 3- to 5-inch kirpan.

    It's either utter stupidity gets in the way of common sense, or political correctness gets in the way of common sense. It's lose-lose either way.

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    On Paul Ryan and hypocrisy

    Don Viti has a post about "classic, I mean CLASSIC hypocrisy from a Republican." Now I'm all for hammering hypocrites of any stripe. Let's take a look, shall we?

    I know this is tough for liberals but here's an idea, let's look at what he actually said:

    We believe government's role is both vital and limited - to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense ... to secure our borders... to protect innocent life... to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights ... to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity ... and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

    emphasis added.

    So he believes that we have an obligation to care for those who cannot care for themselves. Whether or not a 16 year old boy fits that description is up for debate I suppose.

    Let's continue:

    Whether sold as "stimulus" or repackaged as "investment," their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

    And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten - along with record deficits and debt - to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

    We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.
    *****
    Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

    We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

    Didja get that? He's changed topics now. He's talking about the size, scope and role of governement in general. He sees that the endless expansion of the government will lead us to a place where what we have now becomes a safety net. Not that it is now, or that the people using those services now are using it as one. That, however, doesn't fit The Narrative so it's discarded.

    What liberals either don't understand or willfully ignore is the idea that Social Security reform doesn't mean eliminating it or defunding it or throwing old people out on the street. When I hear people talk about reform they talk about fixing it over the long haul not right now. That is, it is currently unfunded (remember "lockbox") and we have too few workers supporting too many people. That is undeniable and unsustainable. By some estimates like this one from

    National Center for Policy Analysis: "Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (the health care program for the poor) will consume nearly the entire federal budget by 2050. By 2082 Medicare spending alone will consume nearly the entire federal budget."

    Does that sound like maybe something that should be addressed? What's the Democrat plan? Keep raising taxes? Not possible. From the same report:

    "The lowest marginal tax bracket of 10 percent would have to rise to 26 percent. The 25 percent marginal tax bracket would increase to 66 percent. The current highest marginal tax bracket (35 percent) would have to rise to 92 percent! Additionally, the top corporate income tax rate of 35 percent would have to increase to 92 percent."

    Is that reasonable? I'll concede that projecting what's going to happen in the next 40+ years isn't particularly instructive unless, as noted, you're assuming this model continues on it's current course. Anything can happen in that time but we cannot afford to hope that we'll find a magical fix between then and now.

    Lastly, I believe that Social Security is akin to a contract. If you've paid into it, you have the right to take back at least what you've funded. Paul Ryan's father (presumably) paid into Social Security. Since he died, he wouldn't be able to collect that money, what is wrong with giving it to his now Fatherless son? He collected benefits until he was 18. When he was legally an adult he didn't collect any more. So a man died at 55 and his son collected SS for 2 years. Let's assume for argument's sake the father went to college and graduated at 23. He gets his first job and pays into Social Security for oh, about 30 years. You are then going to tell his widowed wife and fatherless son he's a hypocrite for taking 0.0666666667% of what he's given the Federal Government? Give me a break.

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    Ten things to "hate" about "Star Trek: TNG"

    Via Spinoff Online, Graeme McMillan offers up the following in bold, with my thoughts (if any) following each:

    * The Show Was Clearly A Product Of Its Time. Whaaa ...? McMillian writes, "... the show now looks more like something far cheaper and lower quality than the average Syfy Saturday Night movie, and it’s hard to get that out your head while you’re watching." Not even close. Given that TNG began in 1987 and ran through 1994 makes SyFy look pretty pathetic, especially given the quantum leap in computer technology over the last 16 years.

    * The Show Was Offensively Inoffensive (1) and (2). I agree with McMillan that, compared to the Original Series, TNG was inoffensive. There was no McCoy, especially, in TNG that kept things "interesting" with his perpetually embittered mannerisms and not-so-subtle xeno-racism. Still, McMillan is stretching when he says this:

    "Also, after the multi-cultural original cast, the almost entirely caucasian [sic] TNG crew seemed like a weird step backwards, especially considering one of the black actors played an alien, and the other spend most of his time keeping the engines running…"

    Dude. C'mon. This is what we call a "stretch." Let's see ... the original cast had an American white guy (Kirk), an alien (Spock), an Asian (Sulu), another white dude (McCoy), a black woman (Uhura), and a Scot (Scotty). (Chekov, a Russian, was added after the first season.) The TNG cast had: a Frenchman (Picard), an American white dude (Riker), a white chick (Dr. Crusher), a robot (Data), an alien woman (Troi), an alien security chief (Worf, played by a black guy), a black guy (LaForge), a black woman (Guinan), an an American white kid (Wesley Crusher). You might also count O'Brien (Irish guy) and Tasha Yar (white chick). Face it: Given the actors who played the characters in the Original Series, it wasn't any more multi-cultural than TNG.

    * This Here Is An Allegory. Though McMillan admits TOS (The Original Series) had its fair share of these, he seems to believe TNG took it further -- even though he admits it was only "at times." Personally, I don't believe TNG was any worse at this than TOS. Still, in its later seasons, TNG used more of a sledgehammer to make its "points." Anyone remember the episode where Wesley became some sort of "meta-human" ... and the Western conquest of the Americas allegory to the Federation selling out a planet of Indians to the Cardassians? How about how utilization of warp drive was made akin to using fossil fuels? Or treatment of homosexuals when Riker fell in love with someone from that "genderless" planet?

    * Riker And Troi: Science Fiction’s Most Passionless Unrequited Love. True, but not a big deal in the whole scheme of things. They finally got sexy in the movies (not to mention married), and there was that one episode where that duplicate Riker (from a transporter glitch, natch) had never changed his feelings for Troi and promptly jumped her as soon as he had the chance ...

    * Almost Everything About Data. While I certainly wondered at times why the Enterprise couldn't have run very efficiently with just Data and a few other crewmen, some of TNG's best episodes were about the android. The second season's "The Measure of a Man" is sensational, centering on whether an android has the same rights as humans. Then there's "Data's Day" centering on the android learning about human subtleties, among other nuggets. And don't forget "Time's Arrow" which has Data traveling back to 19th century San Francisco!

    * While I’m At It, The Rest Of The Crew, Too. I'm not sure I follow McMillan's point here, but if he was wanting top-notch acting outside of Patrick Stewart, he's definitely looking at the wrong show. But so what? TOS and every other Trek series was the same way. C'mon -- Kate Mulgrew's Capt. Janeway? Ugh. Scott Bakula's Jonathan Archer amazingly, was even worse. And then there's virtually "Voyager's" entire crew (sans The Doctor), DS9's Quark and Kira, and "Enterprise's" Tripp ...

    * The Borg. McMillan writes:

    "From exciting two-time problems – their first appearance and the “Best of Both Worlds” two-parter – to completely and utterly overused characters that ended up becoming boring as a result ..."

    Sheesh. "Completely and utterly overused" is what the Borg weren't in TNG. As a commenter noted in the article, TNG featured the Borg a total of six times. SIX! Where the Federation's greatest enemy was overused was in "Voyager" (which McMillan also concedes). But even that makes a sort of sense: The Borg are from the Delta Quadrant, where Voyager was lost. If anything, rag on the totally lame TNG Borg episodes "I, Borg" (where a spineless Picard refuses to off the Borg once and for all ... and is thankfully scolded by a Starfleet admiral for it in a later episode) and the awful "Descent" where the Borg from "I, Borg" are led by Data's evil twin Lore. Hey, come to think of it, fully half of TNG's Borg-related episodes suck! The good ones are "Q Who?" (where they're introduced) and the classic two-part cliffhanger "The Best of Both Worlds."

    * Those Uniforms. I agree with McMillan that the first two seasons' uniforms were dreadful. But those that followed? The only flaw I can see with them is that you always have to pull the top back down after sitting down (aka the "Picard Maneuver").

    * It Ruined The Franchise All The Way Until JJ Abrams Saved It. This is where McMillan really makes little sense. I mean, c'mon -- three Trek series continued and/or started after TNG left the air. If TNG "ruined" the franchise, why did DS9, "Voyager" and "Enterprise" all get on the tube -- and thrive? (The former two lasted seven seasons like TNG; the latter lasted four.) Th reason Abrams "saved" the franchise is because, like anything else, something that has lasted for so long can get a bit stale. Just check out Daniel Craig and "Casino Royale" and what it did for the [stale] James Bond franchise.

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    Civics lesson from those in charge

    NY Senator Chuckie Schumer on checks and balances:

    You know, we have three branches of government. We have a House. We have a Senate. We have a president.

    Um, Chuck?

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    The New Age of Political Civility in action

    DCCC Launches “Drive to 25” Ad & Grassroots Campaign in Targeted Districts. (Emphasis mine.)

    "Targeted?" "TARGETED??"

    As noted previously, "progressives" don't mean a single word they say when they claim they want "civility."

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