April 30, 2011

Love it

Due to the recent plethora of "progressive" labeling of [all] Birthers as "racists" -- which, let's face it, is just the latest extension of so labeling ANY criticism of President Obama -- a Tea Partier came up with the perfect appellation for people who do just that (again, blame "racism" for any criticism of the Commander-in-Chief): Racers.

BREWER: There were people who took that very exact same stand (questioning his birthplace) when George W. Bush was president. They said the exact same words that you're saying about President Bush, and they never demand – wait, wait, wait, wait - and they never demanded to see a birth certificate.

KATZ: They didn't say it was race. Everything that comes out of the racers, and they exist - the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Huffington Post", some people at your very network, and you know I enjoy having these conversations with you. They are so focused. Everything is about race. It's not about race. When we talk about Obama and the policies, it's about the awful policies. It's about the inability to bring down debt. It’s about the inability to tackle the deficit. And when everybody says, “Oh, they're just after this because of race,” it is nonsense. It's a way to stop people from having conversation. Political correctness at its worst. If we want to talk about the issues, let's talk about the issues.

Of course, as Noel Sheppard notes at the link above, no one questioned George W. Bush's birthplace and hence, his citizenship. (Amazing, these mental giants the networks have on camera.) Nevertheless, "she was actually making Katz's point for if the same kind of attacks were being lodged against a white president, they can't stem from racism."

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April 29, 2011

Good Lord ...

... what would have happened if he was singing this instead?

Story here.

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From the "Don't Worry About High Gas Prices" file

Via the AP (surprise): $4-a-gallon gas may be lifting your fund portfolio: Pain you're feeling at the pump may become a little easier to bear.

But of course!

From the Colossus archives: "Don't Sweat" High Gas Prices -- They're a "Good Sign," and Economist: Rising gas prices 'good sign.'


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Watcher's Council results

First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with What happens when government (state or federal) is pathologically hostile to business.

First place in the non-Council category was Barry Rubin with How the West Is Being Turned into a Version of the Middle East.

Full results are here.

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April 28, 2011

Live by the sword ...

The Donald had better realize that if he wants to play hardball, he'll get his wish:

On Tuesday, Greg Kelly, co-host of Good Day New York, queried Donald Trump about his experience during the Vietnam War. “You were 22 years old in the summer of 1968,” Kelly began. “Somehow, you avoided the draft. I want to know how you avoided it and why.”

“Well, I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number,” Trump replied. “I was sitting at college, watching. I was going to the Wharton School of Finance. And I was watching as they did the draft numbers and I got a very, very high number and those numbers [they] never got up to.”

The problem is that the first lottery wasn't until December 1, 1969. What did Trump do to avoid the draft for over a year ... until that date?

To me, the answer is pretty obvious.

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Fun with MSNBC

Via Ace:

Chris Matthews and Clarence Page: Trump Must Be Talking About Bush When He Says "How Did He Get Into a Good School" (Chuckle, Chuckle)

Chris Matthews Ten Minutes Later: No One Would Ever Question the Academic Chops of a White President!

The very LAST thing Chris Matthews should be doing is giggling about somebody else's intelligence.

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Layers upon layers of fact checkers

Cheeyeah, right. And they're SOOO much smarter than us, too:

On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, outgoing anchor Katie Couric began the broadcast by declaring: "It was an extraordinary moment, President Obama went on national television today and did what no other president has ever even been asked to do, prove he's a natural born U.S. citizen." On Thursday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, host Andrea Mitchell similarly proclaimed: "I mean, people who want to raise these conspiracy theorists – theories – and there is no other explanation other than, you know, sort of pure racism, because it's never been raised about a white president." (Link.)

Except that, it has. Chester A. Arthur faced similar questions about his birthplace during the 1880 presidential campaign. Democrats even hired a lawyer to discredit Arthur, claiming that the Republican was actually born in Quebec, Canada.

But hey -- after all, we're talking about the modern MSM and a Democrat in the White House. Oh, and that Democrat happens to be black. This means THE NARRATIVETM is in 100% effect, and the actual facts be damned!!

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ABC News channels Daily Kos?

Check out the graphic from the current ABC News.com front page:

Yep, that middle pic caption actually says "Repuglican 'Not Spooked' By ..." Although considering the proximity of the "G" to the "B" on a standard keyboard, I'm not prepared to scream "BIAS" just yet ... ;-)

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Hilarious "We Already Know the Answer" Question of the Day

MSDNC's Ed Schultz asks Al Sharpton: "If this had been a white president, would we be seeking his birth certificate the way they have been doing this on President Obama?"

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The definitive list: Marvel Comics movies from Best to Worst

Once again, because no one demanded it, the crack staff (to borrow a phrase from the now-defunct but still-great Hatemongers Quarterly blog) here at Colossus has compiled the DEFINITIVE (and quite subjective) list of Marvel Comics films from best to totally dreadful. Omitted from this list are made-for-TV productions, but included are flicks that ended up going straight to video (or were sorta meant to -- see #24). Also, omitted is "Elektra," which we (remarkably) haven't seen yet.

#1. X-2: X-MEN UNITED. Has it all, frankly: Superb, smart script, constant action and a fanboy orgasmic cliffhanger. Nasty government agent William Stryker mounts an assault on the mutants, and Prof Xavier's team has to team up with Magneto's squad.

#2. IRON MAN. Just a smidgen behind "X-2," Robert Downey Jr. is stupendous as Tony Stark/Iron Man in this brilliantly done origin tale by director John Favreau.

#3. SPIDER-MAN 2. Pete Parker battles his classic nemesis Doc Ock in this sequel. Alfred Molina as the villain is perfect, although he shouldn't go shirtless when on the attack in Manhattan (see left).

#4. BLADE. Marvel's first "big" feature flick, it was a chance, too, with its "R" rating. And it proved awesome: Wesley Snipes shines as the protagonist and Stephen Dorff is delightfully diabolical as the baddie. Not to mention, the opening sequence is slam-bang hard to beat.

#5. SPIDER-MAN. Superbly done origin tale with Tobey Maguire superbly cast as teen geek Peter Parker who chances into amazing powers. Willem Dafoe is villain the Green Goblin, but they should have allowed his helmet to show his naturally disturbing facial features.

#6. THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Light years better than the first Jade Giant flick (see waaaay below), you rarely can go wrong casting Edward Norton in a starring role. And Tim Roth as villain the Abomination and Liv Tyler as Norton's love interest? Hoo-yah!

#7. IRON MAN 2. A worthy sequel to be sure with more Iron action than the debut movie, but at the same time it loses some of the story-telling magic of its predecessor. Oh, and I know I'm in the minority, but Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes is still way better than Don Cheadle.

#8. X-MEN. Marvel's skillfully done first "mainstream" blockbuster featuring the merry mutants. Hard to go wrong with folks like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen at the helm. Hugh Jackman debuts as Wolverine making him a household name. Too bad Wolvie is actually supposed to be about five feet tall, and Jackman is 6'4".

#9. X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND. The cinematic take on the "Dark Phoenix" saga, it succeeds pretty darn well. Jean Grey's dark side takes over, and she threatens the entire planet. Kelsey Grammer's Beast is terrific.

#10. DAREDEVIL. Ben Affleck does a neat job portraying one of his favorite comic heroes. The story gets a bit bogged down trying to do too much (Elektra, Bullseye, and the Kingpin in one film), but overall it's better than many people remember. Colin Farrell is delightfully wicked as Bullseye, too, by the way.

#11. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. Good origin yarn about the Canuck mutant. I still think Wolvie would have been in a lot more agony when he got his adamantium, and the whole Sabertooth thing (why's he look so different in "X-Men" and why does he not mention his kinship to Wolvie?) leaves one scratching his head.

#12. BLADE 2. The vampires come to Blade to help them track down and eradicate a mutant strain of their own dubbed the "Reapers." Why? Because the Reapers feed on vampires as well as humans. D'oh!

#13. SPIDER-MAN 3. A good example of "trying to do too much" in a second sequel, Spidey takes on no less than the Green Goblin, Sandman and Venom in this flick. Loses [major] points for the total silliness of Parker's antics after the Venom symbiote affects his personality.

#14. BLADE: TRINITY. Cool concept in having Blade tackle the ultimate vampire -- Dracula -- but hindered by the silly, snappy dialogue of Ryan Reynolds and the vampires that awaken Drac. Bonus points, however, for Jessica Biel as Whistler's daughter.

#15. FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. The FF films are known as Marvel's "family" flicks, but the addition of the Sentinel of the Spaceways (voiced by Laurence Fishburn) adds some decent pep to this story. Lameness: Galactus as a big "space cloud," and Julian McMahon as Doc Doom (again).

#16. PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. Marvel's third attempt at a Frank Castle flick, and it's their most violent, garnering a Blade-ish "R" rating. But third time's not a charm, even though this is the best of the three tries. And WTF is up with Ray Stevenson's Bazooka Joe-esque wardrobe?

#17. FANTASTIC FOUR. Cookie cutter fare with a total miscasting of Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom, not to mention giving Doom cosmic ray-spawned powers just like the FF. Also misplaced was the subplot of Ben Grimm (The Thing) feeling sorry for himself and ditching the team. Ugh.

#18. GHOST RIDER. Since Nick Cage's best acting performance was 28 years ago ("Valley Girl"), only the smokin' Eva Mendes elevates this origin tale. But hardly. (At right: Cage's acting skills go down in flames.)

#19. HULK. Lame reworking of the origin, lame casting of Nick Nolte, and lame idea of making Nolte an Absorbing Man-type villain ... coupled with herky-jerk split-screen antics? LAME.

#20. THE PUNISHER. Straight-to-video (in the US) offering starring Dolph "Ivan Drago" Lundgren as Frank Castle. No, Lundgren doesn't say "I must break you" to the thugs he offs. (At left: Lundgren says of his latest victim: "If he dies, he dies.")

#21. THE PUNISHER. Remarkably, lamer than the Lundgren version. Thomas Jane's dye job looks ridiculous, and John Travolta as the villain is at his "Battlefield Earth" worst.

#22. HOWARD THE DUCK. Yep, this is a Marvel property, and yep, they made a rather pathetic film out of it starring 80s film fave Lea Thompson.

#23. CAPTAIN AMERICA. A unattractive protagonist with the physique of a 60 year old? Check. The Red Skull an Italian instead of Hitler's right-hand man? Check. Cap thwarting a missile attack on Washington DC ... by kicking the missile off course? Yep. Worth "Mystery Science Theatre 3000"-style viewings only.

#24. THE FANTASTIC FOUR. What do you do when you have only a $1.5 million budget and you're about to lose film rights for the property? You make this dreadful fiasco. Only available via bootleg copy (it was never released, even straight to video), the plot, effects and acting are so pathetic that it makes the above "Captain America" look like an Oscar-winning film.

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Superman renounces U.S. citizenship

This shouldn't come as surprising considering the silly leftward tilt that mainstream comics have taken in the last decade or so, but alas ...

The key scene takes place in "The Incident," a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman consults with the President's national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East. However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.

First of all, who the f*** really cares what a corrupt, insane terrorist regime like Iran thinks? And for that matter, who the f*** really cares what latest gimmick some other "progressive" writer has decided to come up with to make him and/or a big superhero "relevant" (again)?

I certainly don't, but you might ... hence this post. Avi Green at Four Color Media Monitor has more.

UPDATE: Let's pull a Whoopi Goldberg and play that card, so to speak: “I can’t believe they’re making Superman a racist! It would be one thing if he renounced his U.S. citizenship under The Evil George Bush. But he waits until a black man is in charge? Way to join the Kryptonian Klux Klan, Kal-El.”

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April 27, 2011

Obama gas price myths

Aside from the fact that the MSM has such an ephemeral memory about gas/energy prices now that a Democrat is in the White House, The Foundry takes a gander at The Messiah's top six gas price claims (myths):

  • Speculators Are to Blame. Law of supply and demand doesn't back up this claim.
  • Price Gouging Is to Blame. “Presidents typically stage fraud probes when gas prices spike. Fraud is almost never found.”
  • The Solution Is Alternative Energy. "We simply need to 'invest' more in alternative energy." But the president never says this action will lower gas prices ... because it doesn't.
  • The President Wants Lower Gas Prices. Indeed. We've proved that here a few times already.
  • More Biofuels Will Solve the Problem. "... a few large oil rigs in the Gulf would replace all of the energy produced by biofuels."
  • There Is Nothing President Obama Can Do About Gas Prices. Obama can begin issuing drilling permits immediately and get the EPA off the oil industry's back.

Be sure to read the more in-depth analysis for each myth here.

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Birth certificate finally revealed

Finally ending (hopefully) the conspiracy theories, The Messiah apparently saw some political advantage in revealing his actual birth certificate today:

In a press conference announcing the release of his long form birth certificate, Obama denounced the “silliness,” the “sideshows and carnival barkers” that forced him to release a completely unremarkable document after years of speculation on the issue had metastasized into a political phenomenon he could no longer ignore.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve,” the president said.

Minutes later, he boarded a helicopter, bound for Chicago where he will interview with Oprah, the queen of daytime TV talk shows who recently launched her own network.

Of course, the silliness could have been ended a lot sooner if The Messiah obtained, as noted, this "completely unremarkable" document and released it. But let's face it -- by not doing so he made a lot of people look like idiots (Donald Trump being not the least of which). So ... why the revelation now? Something must be up. And it certainly ain't about ending the "silliness" and getting down to work; if The Messiah was actually concerned about that then WTF is he doing going on Oprah??

And Obama's bitching about the supposed media coverage of the Birther issue is just that -- bitching. The fact is, there hasn't been much coverage of it, The Donald notwithstanding. And the network that kept the issue alive the most? Nope, not Fox. It was MSNBC.

Heh.

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April 26, 2011

Very well said Sir

Here's an actual rocket scientist talking about the challenges we face and why we lose when we fail to dream big. We waste money endlessly without anything to show for it. When will we try to recapture that which made us truly great?


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Baseball's greatest save

35 years ago today:

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But does anyone even get this channel?

"Countdown with Keith Olbermann" is back -- this time on Al Gore's Current TV network. The premiere is June 20.

Does Comcast or Verizon even carry this channel?

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But ... Obama has the D.O.J. looking at speculators!

... and "price gougers!"

How 'bout looking within, dope:

The Obama administration continued war against oil drilling as the Shell Oil company threw its hands up in the air and scrapped efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The reason? EPA regulations.

The needed air permits were approved, but after a challenge by an environmental group, the board changed it's mind. Here's the "fun" part. The reason the EPA refused to grant the permit was the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. This is a very remote section of Alaska, the town of Kaktovik is the nearest community to the drilling site, its 70 miles away, occupies one square mile and has a population of 245. There is very little chance for Kaktovik to be affected by the drilling. (Link.)

Remember -- The Messiah doesn't care if gas prices go up. Period. Any obfuscation to deflect from this fact will be utilized.

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N.L.R.B. sues states that oppose card check

It's bad enough that The Messiah and his National Labor Relations Board is threatening Boeing if they don't build their latest airliner in a union-friendly state; now they're suing two states because they've passed constitutional amendments banning the ridiculous process known as "card check":

On the heels of President Obama’s union-controlled National Labor Relations Board complaint telling the Boeing Company where it should locate its second 787 assembly plant, the NLRB has now decided to sue two out of the four states where voters audaciously passed constitutional amendments last fall requiring secret-ballot elections on unionization. Previously, the NLRB had threatened to sue all four states. However, those plans were delayed for a period of time as compromise talks began. However, those talks broke down when the NRLB wanted the talks to be conducted in secret. Now, the NLRB in an effort to save money, has announced it would be suing two states–Arizona and South Dakota–to invalidate their constitutional amendments.

Gotta love that -- they sue states because said states want a secret ballot for union votes ... but they wanted talks about it all conducted in secret. 'Ya can't make this up.

The good thing is, all four states' Attorneys General will vigorously defend their states against this inanity.

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April 25, 2011

Obama to dump Biden?

Why, you ask? Just that the latest batch of "Obama 2012" bumper stickers right here in Delaware don't have Joe's name on 'em:

For those who are seeking signs and portents for the 2012 presidential matchup, may I suggest a trip to Delaware? Here’s what you won’t be seeing: Joe Biden’s name on the “Obama 2012” bumper stickers.

Yes, even though it’s only April 2011, the latest Obama bumper stickers have arrived, along with the heavy spring pollen count. But I thought it was curious that the campaign hadn’t done a special run, at least, of “Obama-Biden” stickers for the Blue Hen State.

In 2008, in addition to the usual “Obama-Biden” stickers, local Dems sported special “Delaware’s Joe Biden” stickers on their cars.

Too early to tell, of course. Stay tuned ...

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What's the Easter Bunny doing today?

An oldie, but a goodie:


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April 24, 2011


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Worse than "Batman and Robin"?

Maybe. Cracked.com thinks that these films are worse; well, again, maybe -- but only because most of them were made-for-TV flicks with, obviously, inferior budgets.

First on their list is the TV Captain America movie. Yes, the origin is silly and the costume is as well (though careful -- the upcoming movie has him wearing a helmet, too!); however, tell me with a straight face that star Reb Brown isn't light years better as Steve Rogers than pathetic Matt Salinger.

Next on the list is the Nick Fury film starring The Hoff -- David Hasselhoff. And, as bad as this was, it's still rather debatable that it's worse than "Batman and Robin." The Hoff as Fury was a dubious choice, but he actually doesn't do that bad a job ... for TV.

Next is the first "The Punisher" film starring Dolph Lundgren. I've only seen it once, but of all the films on this list this one is definitively better than "B&R." In fact, it may be better than the two Punisher films that followed it (since they were pretty bad, also).

Next up is the -- again -- made-for-TV "Dr. Strange" flick. I saw this when it came out (when I was a teenager) and yeah, it totally sucked. But so did the "Spider-Man" made-for-TV movie (and series) and just about every such 1970s offering (like "The Hulk"). But given the huge disparity in budgets (and available F/X technology, is this really a fair comparison?

And, at last, the never-released Roger Corman-helmed "Fantastic Four" holds the #1 spot. OK, it's surely lamer than "B&R," but really? You wanna compare a budget buster to this? Give anyone the budget of 1994's FF and it ain't gonna look much better (though, hopefully, the plot would!).

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"Wrong" is right, in this case

"Wrong" [Ron] Williams is actually right in his News Journal column today regarding Delaware's still-new hands-free cell phone law. He writes,

Whenever I tell myself and colleagues that it can't get any worse on the state's highways, it does. And it's not slowing down one bit, especially the violators of the newest safety measure that outlaws handheld cellphone use and texting while driving.

The other day, I was stopped in heavy traffic on Del. 1. A woman to the left of me had a cellphone planted in her ear. The woman driving on my right had a cigarette in her left hand and the cellphone in her right. The driver behind me had a cellphone to her head and the passenger was feeding her mustard on soft pretzels.

He's totally correct. Here's what I've seen just this past week:

  • Driving back from my girlfriend's earlier this week along route 40, a dude in front of me was going unusually slow and weaving right and left in his lane. I thought he might be drunk. He was texting.
  • I was running yesterday, and while re-entering my neighborhood, a lady turns into the entrance, makes a ridiculously wide U-turn (with me halting my run awaiting to see just WTF she was doing), and heads back out. Cell phone in her right hand/ear.
  • On my way to work this past Weds. I made a note to count all those on cell phones in my scant 8-minute commute. I counted four.

I used to blame the state for not advertising the law well enough on our roadways. That still may be the case; although on I-95 signs now clearly denote the new law, I've seen little in the way of advertising on state routes. And, ya'd think with the state's financial woes, the cops'd be out there writing tickets en masse, eh?

FWIW, I think the hands-free cell law is stupid; if you wanna go after people for reckless driving then do just that. But there are plenty of folks who drive just fine while talking on a cell. However, texting certainly is a different animal, and I support that law wholeheartedly. Texting while driving is just crackers.

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April 23, 2011

Presented without comment

Japanese Spider-Man (yes, this was real):

Speaking of which, how many of you are old enough to have remembered this piece of sh** TV series from 1977:

Talk about your low budgets -- Spidey never talked, never fought any his rogue's gallery of villains (like the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, or Sandman), had only one web-shooter (which ejected something akin to a rope), and his "spider sense" was a pathetic photograph negative image-like thing that caused even my young teenage self to guffaw at the cheesiness.

A possible saving grace was Robert F. Simon as J. Jonah Jameson since his recurring General Mitchell character in M*A*S*H was sensational. However, unlike the movie version (played by J.K. Simmons), Simon's Jameson was dreadful ... like everything else in the series.

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The force of freedom

Man, I never knew this was made into a cartoon! Surprisingly, it's only moderately more awful than the second (and third) movies of the same name.

Questions:

  • Why's Rambo scratching his balls in the opening scene?
  • Is Rambo really the "only person" who can stop [the ridiculously named] General Warhawk?
  • Why does Rambo have on only a sleeveless shirt at that "remote [snow covered] mountain peak?" (Looks familiar, too!)

(via Heavy.com)

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Sign him up, East Anglia!

Heed the advice of global warming scientist Charles Manson:

Everyone's God and if we don't wake up to that there's going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we're doing bad things to the atmosphere. (Link.)
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Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Beautiful tune by the inimitable Carol C. and Si*Sé -- here's "Buscaré":


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Earth Day instead of Easter?

Some Catholics are concerned with what they see as an attempt by environmentalists to hijack Easter for their own Earth Day purposes.

In a letter dated April 1 to churches across the country, the environmentalist group Earth Day Network encourages priests to remember Earth Day Sunday, even though Easter is that same Sunday.

“This year we again invite you to celebrate Earth Day Sunday and share with your parishioners a story of creation care that will impart to them the importance of protecting a nurturing the planet that was provided to us,” the letter reads. “Earth Day Sunday is a great way to bring your parish together through community building and sharing the faith with those in the community while improving the world around us.”

From The Daily Caller.

Now, the letter was dated April 1st, so maybe it's all a joke, but given environmentalists known lack of a sense of humor, I doubt it.

I would just suggest that if your pastor would rather talk about Earth Day than Earth, you might want to find a new church.

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April 22, 2011

This is what it's devolved to

... over at MSNBC. Now, your cell phone is racist:

Friday on MSNBC’s daytime programming, host Thomas Roberts explained that in the wake of revelations the iPhone tracks your movements with its operating software, minorities, specifically blacks and Latinos are most vulnerable, since they use their cell phones more than whites according to a Nielsen study.

Even "better" is the "explanation" by David Wilson (see link above), founder of MSNBC.com's TheGrio.com. Try to suppress the chuckles.

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Wonder why Johnny can't write?

Read this.

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The road to hell ...

... and you know the rest.

This article caught my eye today because I just had a sort-of scary experience with a CFL light bulb this past weekend. From the article:

Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals.' Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.

Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”

The bulbs are already widely used in the UK following EU direction to phase out traditional incandescent lighting by the end of this year.

But the German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.

Terrific. Now, this past weekend an old incandescent bulb had burned out, so I went to grab a CFL I had pruchased a few months ago to replace it. However, when I opened the box, I noticed that the top "spiral" (CFL bulbs are sprial in shape) had a crack in it. When I went to remove the bulb from the packaging, the top spiral came apart. Now, if you know anything about CFLs, you know that they contain a small of mercury. I immediately put the bulb back in the box, washed my hands, and checked the Internet for specific information about what to do about such a situation. Of immediate concern was the fact that a break in a CFL emits a mercury vapor; the info I found recommends that one opens windows in the room where the break happened, and to turn off the heating or air conditioning system in the house. I did both of these. Of course, the break could have happened long ago when the bulb was being packaged or stacked on the store shelf, but I didn't take any chances.

Still, based on this site, I need not worry overmuch. Incandescent bulbs actually emit more mercury than CFLs via their use, but it's CFLs that pose a handling and disposal hazard, if even a relatively small one. And given that hazard, wouldn't you expect there to be a [much] more convenient way to dispose of them? Nope. There's a whole TWO recycling centers for all of New Castle County, [by far] Delaware's most populous county! I was completely ready to drive up to the general recycling center about two miles from my home just to properly dispose of this one CFL light bulb, but it seems they do not handle CFLs!

Consider: Does it make sense not to have readily available recycling spots for an everyday necessary household product -- one that in its general use is fairly significantly more dangerous than its predecessor? Not only that, but how many average folk will actually dispose of CFLs properly anyway ... let alone be cognizant of the dangers of handling a damaged/broken bulb? My guess is "not many."

Will CFLs end up being a green fad that actually is not any better for the environment than what it replaced (or semi-replaced), much like ethanol? Batteries for electric cars? We'll see ...

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Make us citizens ... or else!

We saw yesterday how idiot liberals will stretch guilty by association to the Nth degree to politically assassinated an opponent; btu what happens when an idiot liberal actually makes threats of physical violence?

Juan Jose Gutierrez, the president of an immigration activist group called Vamos Unidos, predicts that hundreds of thousands of people will march in Los Angeles on May Day, demanding legalization for illegal immigrants. In an appearance Sunday on the Univision program "Al Punto", Gutierrez said that legalization is the only way out of the current policy stalemate. Expressing alarm that federal authorities have deported more than 800,000 illegal immigrants during the Obama administration, he warned that unless Congress passes immigration reform, mounting frustrations with enforcement of immigration laws could lead to violence. Here is an excerpt from his comments:

What is the country going to do? When are they going to start arresting – not 800,000 – all of us? When are they going to declare war on us? When will there be a civil war in this country? Is that what the country wants? Is that what the president wants? Is that what the leaders in Congress want? That there be conflicts like we had in the sixties, where the violence explodes? Because our people – it has to be said clearly – can't take any more.

Now, first, imagine if someone from the Minutemen had made a statement like that, warning of violence if the government doesn't seal the border with Mexico because American citizens have had enough. The usual suspects in the MSM would do their usual schtick, decrying the "lack of civility" and branding the Minutemen and anyone remotely associated with them as "racists." But Gutierrez's warning won't be met with shock and horror by the usual "progressive" swill and MSM; indeed, if his minions do resort to violence because they don't get what they believe the government should do for them (ironically, it's not even their government!), any violent response to their violence is what will be criticized. We'll hear countless anecdotes of family hardship endured by [illegal] Mexican immigrants and about "the lack of political will" to "do something" about their plight.

That these immigrants illegally entered our country doesn't matter. That American border towns are subject to crime and violence doesn't matter. That illegal immigration costs border state governments countless millions of dollars doesn't matter. These don't fit ... THE NARRATIVE TM.

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Watcher's Council nominations & results

Things were hectic this week what with the holiday of Passover, so here are this week's winners, followed by the Council nominations:

First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with The Real Battle In The Middle East: Syria .

First place in the non-Council category was Zombie/Pajamas Media with Tea Party vs. US Uncut: A San Francisco Tax Day Showdown.

This week's Council nominations:

Honorable Mentions:

The week's non-Council nominations are here.

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April 20, 2011

Obama channels Christine O'Donnell

Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell had a problem with exaggeration -- OK, the truth -- during her failed office run; it looks as if our chief exec is taking a page from her playbook:

The Messiah says he lost Texas "by a few points;" he lost by 11.7%.

As Jim Geraghty says, "But when you throw that into Obama’s '57 states' and his pledge to enact a 'net spending cut' during his presidency, it becomes clear that Obama has always been a verbal guy, not a math guy."

Indeed.

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Talk about stretching it

Y'know, the usual MSM bozos whined incessantly that we shouldn't view Barack Obama negatively because he sat in anti-Semitic/anti-American Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years. That we shouldn't connect Barack Obama to unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. That we should just shrug off Obama's hiring of Truther radicals like Van Jones.

But when if you're a fan of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged? Careful -- you may have terrorist tendencies:

In a segment about Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposal to reduce the deficit, which includes simplifying the tax code and eliminating deductions to lower overall rates, [reporter David Cay] Johnston called in to question Ryan’s legitimacy, as he’s a fan of Ayn Rand. And according to Johnston, in Rand’s book, “The Fountainhead,” the fictional character Howard Roark blows up a building, and that means people should evaluate the possibility Ryan is a proponent of blowing up buildings.

“You know, Congressman Ryan requires his staff to read Ayn Rand, whose fictional hero, Howard Roark, is a man who blew up a building because it wasn’t built exactly to his specifications as the architect,” Johnston said. “I mean, that’s the kind of society we want where our leaders say, not only are we taking from the sick and poor but we’re going to hold out as a model people who commit felonies like blowing up buildings. We really need to dig into understanding the kind of people who would put forth these ideas.”

Except that, Ryan requires his staff to read Atlas Shrugged, not The Fountainhead, Mr. Johnston. And you won a freakin' Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting? Did "beat" in that case mean "worn out" or "exhausted"?

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Greg Mortenson -- meet Rigoberta Menchu

Based on a story today in the Wilmington News Journal, it appears that Greg Mortenson, author of the award-winning Three Cups of Tea story about his work in educating women in Afghanistan, is a fraud:

The book also was added to reading lists in many schools in the state and was the University of Delaware's choice as the book to be read by all incoming freshmen.

But a report on CBS' "60 Minutes" found that Mortenson exaggerated the number of schools he built. It also alleged that a large portion of the revenue from his charity, the Central Asia Institute, is used to promote his book, which is partly about his happening upon a village while lost during a hiking trip. Mortenson invented portions of his experience in the region, according to the CBS report.

You just gotta love the reaction by the professional educationists, too, in response:

Regardless of whether the allegations about Mortenson prove correct, UD students benefited from the broader subject matter of the book, [faculty director of first-year seminars Avron] Abraham added.

"It was really about building schools and educating women," Abraham said. "It was a great story about Greg Mortenson, but it didn't hinge on that. There's no doubt that he built schools and had an impact. How many schools? Those are all allegations I wait to see what his rebuttal is."

Ah, the 'ol "it doesn't really matter if it's true, it's the overall 'meaning and 'benefit'" bit. Which sounds very much like what occurred in the early 1990s with another "author," Rigoberta Menchu. Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her supposed autobiographical I, Rigoberta Menchu. But there's a problem: It's a fraud. But that hasn't stopped colleges from using "her" book; indeed, many educationists are outraged -- not at Menchu's fraud, but at those who exposed it. Professors, like Abraham above, invoke "the larger meaning" (Menchu's experiences in poverty-ridden Guatemala), and truth be damned. Much like the infamous Duke "rape" case (the accuser of which now is charged with murder), and/or the infamous Tawana Brawley hoax, which, as legal scholar Patricia Williams put it, "No matter who did it to her, and even if she did it to herself, Tawana Brawley has been the victim of some unspeakable violation." Menchu's "story," such that it is, must be so compelling that despite its lie has the Southern Poverty Law Center still maintaining classroom lesson plan information about Menchu up at their Teaching Tolerance website. And don't forget about the myriad fake "hate crime" instances scattered across the land (usually adjacent to schools or college campuses because the [phony] perpetrators certainly know their audience).

Ironically, as you may have noticed, Mortenson's phoniness being embraced by academia is sort of an anomaly in that he "reported" on the savagery of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Usually "progressive" educationists frown upon anything that puts "historically oppressed groups" in a bad light. (Admittedly, they face a conundrum with Mortenson's work -- women and fundamentalist Muslims are the subjects, and while the Taliban subjugates its women, the Taliban is, after all, a "victim" of Western imperialism and colonialism, not unlike how countless academics view the Palestinians in contrast to Israel.) Menchu was embraced wholeheartedly because "her" story was a distinctly concrete example of Western colonialism and imperialism, and of rich vs. poor. The Duke lacrosse players were "automatically" guilty because their accuser, a black woman, exemplified the long history of oppression against both African-Americans and women. Same with Tawana Brawley.

Etc., etc.

Semi-related case in point: A college professor responding with a "F*** you" is supposed to be OK because of the "historically oppressed" nature of her subject area (and possibly herself).

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April 19, 2011

Not well thought out

Yeah, I'm sure the customers were just thrilled about these fat slobs getting in their way with that line dancing ... in support of the Teamsters. And it seems not many viewers of the vid think highly of them either: at current count, 59 people dislike it, while a mere five like it.

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Bad enough The Donald is a Birther; he's no believer in property rights, either

I remember seeing this on the news and reading about it in the paper.

So, never believe that Trump is "for the little guy."

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Late credit

Uber edu-blogger Joanne Jacobs had a post up last week about giving -- or not giving -- a penalty for late work in school. She quotes two other edu-bloggers, pro and con. What caught my eye more than anything, however, were the comments by teacher "Cal":

I don’t assign math homework. When assigning history and English homework, I make it clear that the work will be on time, and if it isn’t, then they’ll will be staying in at lunch or missing any interesting classwork until it’s done.

Most of my students turned in the work on time and, if they forgot occasionally, got it to me the next day or so. The students who were consistently late at first changed their behavior because they didn’t like staying in at lunch and after a while, they got the idea that they were going to have to do it anyway, so may as well do it sooner rather than later.

Teacher convenience is, I’m sorry, just a ridiculous reason to use late penalties. So what if it makes your life a bit more difficult? It’s part of the job. Cope.

Later on, "Cal" calls teacher late penalties ridiculous "morality plays," and says that such is to prepare students for the real world is "nonsense."

Many other commenters address Cal's points quite aptly (especially Michael Lopez, one of my favorite all-time bloggers who now writes at Joanne's site), but I'll throw my own two cents in here.

First of all, Cal is correct in that not handing in assignments does not denote academic ability in the subject matter. The key is finding an adequate balance of assessments. But Cal's issues with late penalties have several flaws:

1) The SES (socio-economic status) of the children. He says that his students will miss lunch / any interesting classwork until late assignments are complete. My guess is that, by making this very statement, he teaches relatively well-off students where such penalties are much more easily enforced. You think such a ... demand would be effective in a tough inner-city school? Not a chance:

"Brian, you're going to have to miss lunch today so you can finish that homework assignment from three weeks ago."

"F*** you, Mr. Cal."

And that's the end of that!

2) Grade level of students. Based on the fact that Cal said he teaches multiple [diverse] subjects it's a good bet he teaches elementary school. It's certainly easier to enforce such things as a lunch detention to get past-due work done, or make kids come after school to do it. Middle schoolers and especially high schoolers are much more likely to say "screw that."

3) Teacher convenience is a legitimate issue. As Michael Lopez notes in the comments in response to Cal,

Why should you get to turn it in after the assignment is due? Should students just get to turn ALL their work in ten minutes before the teacher has to file his or her grades with the front office? Of course not. A group of students that did this would receive F’s, and rightly so, because they missed their chance to demonstrate their skill level. And why would they have missed their chance? Because teacher convenience matters, and administrative convenience matters.

Indeed. Teachers have deadlines to get interim reports done in addition to the usual report cards. Imagine if 100 students handed in a late assignment (and a lengthy one, at that) the day before report cards had to be done by the teacher. In an nutshell, there simply isn't enough time in the day to grade these assignments and get the report cards finished. Period.

4) The real world is a relevant consideration. Let's follow Cal's logic to its logical conclusion through various "real world" examples:

  • It shouldn't matter if college students hand in, let alone do, research/term papers for their classes. After all, does such an assignment really measure whether you've mastered the subject matter? Why can't you just take a test at the end of the semester to make such a determination?

  • Why does it even matter if students come to school on time? Most schools have a homeroom period at the beginning of the day where attendance is taken and whatnot. As long as the kid makes it to school before the actual subject matter day begins, right ...? And for that matter, why have late penalties for being late to class? Does one minute really make a difference? Two minutes? Even three?

  • Why does it matter if you're late to work, too? As long as you're getting your job done, right ...? And speaking of which, why would an employee have to concern him/herself with getting, say, various paperwork done at a certain time? As long as he/she knows how to do the job ...?

You can see where this is going. The real world requires punctuality quite often. There are deadlines in the real world, just as teachers have deadlines. The great NFL coach Tony Dungy wrote "Being late means it’s not important to you or you can’t be relied upon." I personally find it amazing that schools today are expected to be virtually everything to kids these days, yet people like Cal would not require that basic punctuality be enforced -- perhaps the most important "real world" skill needed as an adult?

I've no doubt that there are teachers -- too many, perhaps -- who assign tedious class and homework assignments with little or no real assessment value. Such has little value period let alone if a late penalty is added for it being handed in tardy. As I noted above, the key is finding a balance, so here's how I've done my grading for over 15 years:

  • Tests, quizzes and [major] projects are 60% of a student's total grade.

  • Homework and classwork are 40% of a student's total grade.

  • Virtually all homework and classwork can be corrected, and subsequently handed in again for a higher score. This enables students to recognize and rectify any errors, and get assistance on any particular problem if needed. (Yeah, it's essentially double work for me, but it's worth it.)

  • My late policy up until a few years ago was actually considered fairly liberal: A letter grade point deduction was assessed for each day late past the due date; after the 5th day it became a "zero." However, our school recently adopted a school-wide late policy of 50% credit if not turned in on the due date, and an assignment [still] becomes a "zero" if not turned after a week (five days).

Seem fair? I haven't had any complaints about it since I implemented it.

So, in conclusion, let's face it: As one "moves up the ladder" in our district, then on to college, and then the working world, the penalties for being late increase in severity. Not having tangible consequences for is doing a disservice to kids.

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Still more coherent than most of his defenders

Excuse list:

1. He's young
2. He hasn't been in office long enough
3. It's complicated or something
4. He's also young
5. Mumble mumble, whole approach, something something.

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Bearded Spock World

"I want to embrace the country that I love. The country that I know is positive and fair and there’s so much of that out there, that’s it very easy to kind of push the other stuff aside and not take it in. It's easier than you'd imagine," Michelle Obama said.

I jest about the First Lady being swapped with her Bearded Spock doppleganger. Frankly, this is the kind of stuff she was supposed to be saying in 2007. Looks like her numbers are very low and she's starting a charm offensive in preparation for 2012. I'm guessing she doesn't want to be sidelined like last time.

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April 18, 2011

Faith Newton for Red Clay School Board

Visit her website here.

Her platform: Choice, Charter and Magnet schools, discipline, high academic standards (but only after the discipline piece is in place).

Hard to argue with those!

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Time magazine attempts to make you feel guilty -- again

... with a story of yet another invention-of-convenience that is "killing" the planet.

I've soooo had it with these pretentious preachy elitists. But I'm tired of endlessly rebutting their idiocy and hypocrisy, so I'll just give them this very useful link.

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Proposed ballot 2012

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This is awesome

Watch the one guy who just backs up and starts to leave. He realizes that the analogy is dead on. He then refuses to sign it and leaves.

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Fastest goal in soccer history?

Way to take the spirit out of your opponent.

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April 17, 2011

Boy, do I feel like a chump

Because I just sent in a fairly hefty check to the feds for Tax Day. Perhaps I should have just bagged it and said "I was unaware."

US Attorney General Eric Holder and his brother failed to pay the property taxes on their childhood home in Queens, which they inherited last August after their mother died, The Post has learned.

And because their ailing mom, Miriam, was already behind on two quarterly tax bills when she succumbed to illness on Aug. 13, the charges went unpaid for more than a year -- growing to $4,146. (Link.)

Holder and his bro said they "were unaware" of the missed payments. I wonder if that excuse would work for me.

How many Obama administration officials does that make, now, who've had tax issues? Five? Six?

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Another bit of doctoring from CBS?

Or just an instance of [yet another] idiot "progressive?"

In a video report about Sarah Palin's visit to Wisconsin, did CBS News ... use a different -- i.e. old -- tape to purposely exaggerate the size of the anti-Palin (union) crowd?

Here's the video link. Now, check it out around the 17-19 second mark. "comps4spice" over at Free Republic made a screen capture of it:

Notice the placard for "Vote for Kloppenburg for Supreme Court" ... on April 5!!! Why would someone be carrying such a sign when that election day occurred over ten days prior?

Some folks in the comments over at F.R. note that the sign is legit -- that it was indeed at the rally. So, then, we're left with two options: Either CBS is at it again with being deceptive, or the "progressive" at the rally holding that sign is a total and complete moron.

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April 16, 2011

Hube's Comicbook Quirk of the Week

As I was casually checking out some late-1970s back issues of various DC titles (courtesy of Soccer Dad), I came across a title called Star Hunters (which I had never heard of) and Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes (which I had heard of). In the handful of issues I happened to grab, there were two ridiculously silly instances of dialogue -- especially since both of these titles take place in the future.

Here's the first, from Star Hunters:

And the second, from Superboy and the LOSH:

So, OK tell me -- where in the 20th century do pirates talk like that anymore, let alone in the far future?? Totally cheesy, and I'm sad to admit that one of my most revered comics writers -- David Michelinie, who wrote many issues of Iron Man in the 70s and 80s -- was the scribe of Star Hunters.

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"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" trailer

"Apes" hits theatres August 5th.

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Last refuge

Is this any surprise? Supporters of Philly schools chief Ackerman call protest against her "racist":

State Rep. Jewell Williams, NAACP honcho J. Whyatt Mondesire, and some others suggested people opposed Ackerman because she's African American. [Parent Sylvia] Simms isn't sure. "The thing is, there's always going to be prejudice that exists in the United States. I believe that if it was a Caucasian man, there wouldn't be this treatment. I just think that people think they can bully a woman - not just a black woman, any woman."

This is a terrific strategy when you think about it -- no matter how lousy a leader the person is, if he/she is an African-American, merely pointing this fact out (a lousy leader, that is) is "racist." Because, y'know, the person is black. That's all.

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April 15, 2011

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Jackie Robinson

I would be remiss in my duties as Minister of Baseball for this site if I didn't point out that today is the anniversary of one of the most significant moments in Civil Rights history: Jackie Robinson made his debut as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Family Ties

On the day former Phillie Lenny Dykstra was arrested for fraud, his son Cutter (yes, his real name) played in Wilmington for the Potomac Nationals.

I do have to say that anyone taking investment advice from Lenny probably got the returns they deserved.

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Watcher's Council results

First place in the Council category was The Noisy Room with Rumors of Beck’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated.

First place in the non-Council category was Yid With Lid with A Science Fiction Story That Predicted The Manner of Western Suicide.

Full results are here.

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April 14, 2011

Don't worry, Mr. Vice-President ...

... I know it's all a bunch of horsesh**, too!


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Political correctness round-up

Be sure to check out this superb article about the nonsense that is PC -- by the always-excellent Hans Bader.

You won't regret it.

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China bans time travel from TV

CNN reports that the paranoid commie chiefs over in China have mandated NO science fiction on TV that involves time travel:

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

“The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

CNN's Kevin Voight wonders how several noteworthy time travel yarns would be "acceptable" for Chinese censors; here's a few more for 'ya:

  • The Terminator. Since Kyle Reese doesn't travel back in time to impregnate Sarah Connor -- who would eventually give birth to John Connor -- all Ahnuld Schwarzenegger does in 2029 is go around killing any human he comes across until they're all dead.

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Since Kirk and crew don't go back to 1986 to retrieve now-extinct humpback whales, the film features Earth succumbing to the alien probe which is turning our oceans into vapor. Possible name change: "Star Trek IV: The National Geographic Special."

  • Star Trek: First Contact. Since the Borg don't go back to 2053 to stop Earth's first warp drive flight, they're destroyed by the Federation armada in the then-present late 23rd century. Which makes it the shortest Trek film ever, clocking in at about 15 minutes.

  • Planet of the Apes. Since Chuck Heston and company don't get time-warped to Earth's future (which is ruled by apes), they eventually make it to that planet they were originally supposed to journey to. They land, pick up a few rocks, and then return home.

  • Somewhere in Time. Christopher Reeve's constant -- and unsuccessful -- attempts to journey back to 1912 to meet Jane Seymour cause him to go completely insane. Most of the movie features Reeve in an institution staring into space muttering to himself "It's 1912, it's 1912, you know this to be true ..."

(h/t to my pal Brent for the link.)

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Hypocrisy Inc.

Resource Generation is "a national nonprofit organization that supports and challenges young, progressive people with wealth to leverage their privilege and resources for social change."

“Our current tax system perpetuates inequality,” states Elspeth Gilmore. “Wealthy people can really change that narrative.”

Resource Generation recently teamed up with another nonprofit that organizes affluent activists, Wealth for the Common Good, to form a Progressive Tax Campaign. They will be organizing and advocating a change in the policy, laws and perceptions of our tax system. Specifically, the campaign aims to draw attention to the social services that taxing the wealthy could fund, and advocates higher tax bracket rates for top income earners, as well as higher taxes on investment income.

It’s a concentration Resource Generation thinks could have a big impact, even if it focuses on the mundane world of taxes. “It’s definitely not sexy,” Gilmore admits. “There’s a lot of myths around it, and it takes education and time to understand. But it gets right to the root of inequality and wealth disparity.” (Link.)

Check it -- these rich cretins created a TAX-EXEMPT organization (that's what a "non-profit" is) in order ... to lobby for the wealthy to pay more taxes!!

You just can't make this stuff up, folks.

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Brilliant


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The Godfather in brief


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April 13, 2011

Mixed feelings

Heard about this on the radio en route to school this a.m.: "Boobies" bracelets OK in schools, judge says.

Breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim "I ♥ boobies!" are not lewd or vulgar and can't be banned by public school officials who find them offensive, a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Tuesday in a preliminary ruling.

The ruling is a victory for two Easton girls suspended for defying a ban on their middle school's Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

"The bracelets ... can reasonably be viewed as speech designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and to reduce stigma associated with openly discussing breast health," U.S. Judge Mary McLaughlin wrote in a 40-page ruling issued Tuesday. She added that the school district had not shown the bracelets would be disruptive in school.

I am a big proponent of free speech, (which should come as no surprise if you've ever read this blog!); however, the issue here is age appropriateness. Obviously the judge sees little hassle with 12-14 year olds using a slang term for "breast." Yes, the context is breast cancer awareness; so, why not have bracelets that say just that? After all, would a "I [heart] titties" be an acceptable phrase, then? How 'bout "I [heart] knockers"? Or "I [heart] nice racks"? These are middle schoolers. They laugh at anything even remotely connected to sex and/or genitalia. I can only imagine the innuendo that occurs with these bracelets and I'm sure that's what teachers and administrators were concerned about. High school is a different animal; the [student] maturity level is markedly higher, as a whole.

I actually hold the makers of these bracelets more accountable than the school(s). What were they thinking, distributing them in middle schools? Again, why couldn't the message be more direct and concise, like "Say 'no' to breast cancer"?

WPHT morning host Chris Stigall posited the following this morning: What if boys started wearing bracelets that said "Save your nuts" on them -- for testicular cancer awareness?

Where's the line drawn?

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Higher Education Bubble update

Breitbart.tv » College Students Lament Being in Debt: ‘I Might Have To Do a Job I Don’t Want”

Welcome to the club, it's called "Everyone". We meet at the bar on Friday nights.

The rest of the point about "good" debt is a matter of perspective. I'm one of those people who thinks that education, any education, has intrinsic value. That is not to say it will make you smarter but it will probably make you more informed. The problem is that we tend to conflate education with critical thinking. The two are very different.

Instapundit has been tracking what he's been calling the "higher education bubble". I agree that the path its on is unsustainable. They're going to have to cut something. You can't keep providing more and more and charging more and more. If this does pop as expected I think we might see the rise of more vocationally oriented schools. More people taking certification classes rather than bachelor degree classes. Frankly, I would have done better to take technical certification classes and started working earlier rather than waiting until after the B.A. That is not to say I regret getting a B.A., far from it. Rather, I wonder if it was worth what it cost.

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April 12, 2011

Of course -- you lost!

Nancy Pelosi earlier this week: "... the fact is that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do..."

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Quote of the day

Quotes of the day « Hot Air: "“Is it unfair, all you birthers out there? Sure, it’s unfair. Republicans waiting for the media to be fair to them will be waiting a long time. The Barack Obama birth certificate story is very similar in nature to the George W. Bush AWOL story. Both have no merit, both are the ‘smoking gun’ opponents hope will end their hated politicians career. Of course, our venerable media picked over the Bush records with a fine tooth comb. Associated Press sued to get the documents. Dan Rather and 60 Minutes wanted so badly to believe that the president had fudged his service that they aired the most obvious forgery of all time in primetime.”"

p.s. can you tell we're having server trouble today?

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End of world delayed yet again

New warning on Arctic sea ice melt: "Scientists who predicted a few years ago that Arctic summers could be ice-free by 2013 now say summer sea ice will probably be gone in this decade.

The original prediction, made in 2007, gained Wieslaw Maslowski's team a deal of criticism from some of their peers.

Now they are working with a new computer model - compiled partly in response to those criticisms - that produces a 'best guess' date of 2016."

How much you wanna bet there will be another revision in, oh I don't know, 2015?

Anyone who's paying attention can see that these guys are hucksters peddling their wares to get more funding. They're the travelling tent revival shows from the Dust Bowl era. Repent ye the end is nigh. Oh, and make a nice donations if you please, I have kids to feed after all.

Not buying it. Sell crazy somewhere else. We're all full up around here.

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And that's why he's David Beckham and you're not

Love him or hate him he's freakin' awesome.

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April 11, 2011

and also from the wonderful world of education ...

...a Seattle school has banned the term "Easter egg" and in its place utilizes -- wait for it -- "Spring Sphere":

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

Of course, 'ol Seattle is perhaps best known for its ridiculous definitions of "racism," as well as its "diversity" training. So this latest idiocy should come as little surprise.

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Chicago school becomes Borg collective

Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home.

At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."

I wonder if, aside from her teaching/administrators degree, Carmona has a degree in nutrition.

Unbelievable.

(h/t to Jonah Goldberg's tweet for the title.)

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Can't get much worse than this

The Republicans "want to destroy the whole world!"

Pretty hard to top that. Unless some other "progressive" nutjob suggests the GOP wants to eradicate the multiverse. I wouldn't put it past them!

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The most sensible proposal you will read today

Instapundit » Blog Archive » SO OBAMA’S PEOPLE ARE TALKING TAX INCREASES AGAIN. Here’s my proposal: A 50% surtax on anything ea…: "Here’s my proposal: A 50% surtax on anything earned within five years after leaving the federal government, above whatever the federal salary was. Leave a $150K job at the White House, take a $1M job with Goldman, Sachs, pay a $425K surtax."

If you do not support this proposal, I'd like to hear why.

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Hot Sauce Committee Part II

awwwwwwww yeah

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This woman is 57 years old

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1. Hotter than most women half her age.
2. Billy Joel is a fool.

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April 10, 2011

Reminder: You wanted this job!

Our president:

"I just miss - I miss being anonymous," he said at the meeting in the White House. "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk.

"I just want to go through Central Park (in New York) and watch folks passing by ... spend the day watching people. I miss that."

The Messiah also claimed that he's not the golf "fanatic" that people make him out to be. In fact, "It's the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch," he said. That, and the mean Secret Service will only allow stuff like golf.

Right.

(h/t: Ace.)

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A tale of two price rises

Anyone remember just a few years ago when gas prices approached $4.00 per gallon? The mainscream media was yelling and hollering on a daily basis (hourly, actually) about what President Bush was going to do about it. And, there was usual innuendo about how Bush actually liked the price hike because it benefited him and his oil company "buddies."

You hear much MSM yammering now? Hell no. And what has been Barack Obama's reaction to the ever-rising gas price hike? He tells Brazil that we'll support their new drilling efforts so we can be a customer! Worse, he mocks average Americans when they ask about these insane prices -- telling them to "think about a trade-in" for a better MPG automobile if they don't like gas prices!

If the MSM was as conspiracy-minded as they were with George W. Bush, they might ponder that Obama wants gas prices to continue to hike. After all, there is evidence to support just that.

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April 09, 2011

The perfect statement on Starship Troopers

Declaration Entertainment's Bill Whittle says what I've been saying for years about how Hollywood thoroughly destroyed one of the greatest science fiction novels ever -- Starship Troopers.

More from Whittle on Troopers here.

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Totally unsurprising headline of the day

Multiple shooting victims at Chester party.

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April 08, 2011

New Leftist Meme

Democrat candidate wins: Of course! It's the will of the people!

Democrat candidate loses: Fraud!

Trying to keep up with these guys is giving me whiplash.

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It sucks, I know, but ...

congressional pay cannot be suspended if the government shuts down. Why? A "little" thing called the 27th Amendment:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Of course, this amendment's purpose was to prevent Congress from voting themselves pay raises at virtually any time they wanted; however, it unfortunately is having the opposite effect now.

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Watcher's Council results

First place in the Council category was GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD with The Little Satan Posse.

First place in the non-Council category was Doug Ross with In the spirit of bipartisanship, Mr. Speaker, let the Senate Democrats shut the government down.

Full results are here.

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Total Idiot of the Day

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) has stated that freshmen GOP representatives came to Washington to -- wait for it -- kill women. She also said GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood were akin to those of Nazis.

“This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because the numbers of people elected to Congress. I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus," Slaughter said. "In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.

Check out this mental midget:


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April 07, 2011

Watcher's Council Head to Head

Shutdown, Or Compromise? It's Noisy Room vs. Soccer Dad in this week's Head to Head!

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Heh

Usual idiots jump the gun bragging ... a big oops, at least at this point.

UPDATE: Heh!

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Cluelessness personfied

Listen to how one lives "paycheck to paycheck" on $174,000 per year:


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Best Masters moments

National Review currently has a slide show montage of ten great Masters golf tournament moments (not a true "top ten," however, they note). I like every one, although my personal pick for overall best moment is a tie between Jack Nicklaus winning his sixth green jacket at the age of 46 (at the 1986 tournament) and Tiger Woods tremendously dominating the 1997 tournament and setting three records in the process: youngest champion (age 21), lowest total score (270), and largest margin of victory (12 strokes).

One notable moment omitted from the NRO montage is Greg Norman's epic meltdown in the year before Tiger came on the scene (1996). "The Shark" went into the final round with a seven stroke lead, only to self-destruct on Sunday and allow Nick Faldo (who played brilliantly, by the way) to take home the victory.


Nicklaus guides a putt in en route to victory in 1986.



Tiger finishing his incredible 1997 Masters run.



Faldo tells Norman "Thanks, mate!"

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Dopey Philly.com Letter of the Week

Yet another misinformed person wants to lecture us on what the landmark Brown v. Board of Ed. Supreme Court case supposedly means:

IN 1954, in Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court held that our public schools had to integrate racially "with all deliberate speed." After a courageous battle, Thurgood Marshall and his team prevailed. Or did they?

On March 16, as reported by the Daily News in "School Districts on Border Patrol," students from Philadelphia public schools are still trying to find ways into suburban schools because they and their parents recognize that the education in city schools isn't equal to the education in a suburban school. Apparently, the passage of nearly 60 years still isn't long enough to satisfy the Supreme Court's requirement of "all deliberate speed."

Let's stop worrying about where my kid is going to school and let's start worrying about where our kids are going to school. Let's put the haves and have-nots in the same school. Just imagine really mixing kids of every race, creed and economic means in schools that have equal resources.

Once AGAIN, Brown v. Board of Ed. did NOT require that all schools HAD to integrate racially. What it did was sunder the barriers of LEGAL segregation; in other words, black children did not have to drive miles past a [white] school due to the requirement of attending an all-black school. All-white schools and all-black schools based on the LAW were to cease to exist. In other words, "Discrimination is forbidden, but integration is not compelled."

And letter writer Gino Benedetti is also misinformed about the supposed "kumbaya" effects of mixing children of all races and socioeconomic statuses in schools. It's been tried all over the country, most notably right here in New Castle County, Delaware, and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Delaware has since enacted a "school choice" law, enabling students to attend a school of their choice anywhere in the state. The fact of the matter is, it's nowhere near a panacea. Obviously, there's a lot more involved in raising the achievement of children and in what makes a "good" school.

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Best (Scariest) Movie Monsters of All-Time

Because nobody demanded it, it's time for another Hube entertainment-based list. Again, because NOBODY demanded it!

1. Alien (from the "Alien" franchise). Still by far the freakin' scariest damn creature ever to come out of Hollywood to date, the original "Alien" film (made over 30 years ago) rivals any modern CGI-enhanced flick. I mean, how frightening is this: A spider-like creature latches onto your face, shoves a tube down your throat, and lays an egg -- which quickly turns into the dreaded "xenomorph." Soon after, the damned thing busts its way out through your chest cavity, causing immeasurable pain and agony (and, of course, death). Then it quickly matures into the creature seen below, and proceeds to obliterate anything that tries to f*** with it -- and even things that don't f*** with it -- usually via its jackhammer-like secondary jaw with razor teeth.


Why's it need those handle bars on its back??



2. The Thing (from John Carpenter's "The Thing"). The 1951 original scared the beejeebees out of my father as a kid; the 1982 "remake" (quotes because the only thing really "remade" was its Antarctic location) is not only freaky scary, it's funny as well! In the opening sequence, a Norwegian helicopter is chasing a dog towards an American Antarctic outpost. The copter is very obviously trying to kill said dog; they fail, and unfortunately for the Americans, this "dog" turns out to be an alien organism that can slowly take over -- and mimic -- any lifeform. Slowly, one by one, the Americans fall victim to it, leaving everyone wondering just who's who -- or what.


100,000 years under the ice tends to piss one off.



3. The Predator (from the "Predator" franchise). It ain't much scarier than an alien civilization that stops by your planet every so often and hunts you (unless you're an Alien xenomorph or the Thing, that is!). That's what Ahnuld Schwarzenegger and his special ops team had to face in the original film; Danny Glover had to deal with them in the first sequel (which is better than you remember, by the way). Skip the "Aliens vs. Predator" films -- they suck. Instead, read the original Dark Horse "Aliens vs. Predator" graphic novel -- it's outstanding.


One ugly muddahfuggah ...



4. The Cloverfield creature (from "Cloverfield"). One of the best "alien invasion/monster" films of the 2000s, "Cloverfield" is actually the code name for the "incident" that occurred in New York City where a behemoth creature of unknown origin decimated the city. No one knows where the creature came from or why it was so damned pissed off. We do know that smaller spider-like creatures dropped off the big monster and attacked individual people -- and if bitten by said creatures a person would quickly become ill and ... explode. Word of warning: If you have a weak stomach, you might wanna avoid this film. Not because of gore or anything, but because of the herky-jerky camera work in the film. (See Colossus's review of "Cloverfield" here.)


New York -- my kinda town.


5. The Demons (from "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"). This is a TV flick from 1973 that still gives me shudders when I think about watching it as a young boy. Kim Darby stars as the wife of a couple who move into a [scary-looking] house, and things get really freakin' creepy after they remove the bricks from in front of the fireplace. Extremely well done as a TV horror film, and the "demons" that infest the house are definitely nightmare-inducing.


Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

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April 06, 2011

Most anticipated summer comics flick
Thor
Captain America
Green Lantern
X-Men: First Class
  
pollcode.com free polls

Personally, I'm going with "Cap." I've never been a huge Thor fan, although I admit the film's trailer looks great. I dig Green Lantern, but its trailer looks hokey. The "X-Men" trailer looks just plain bad.

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Colleges -- just like lower ed!

At least in terms of screwy situations. Case in point -- Valdosta State University:

A mass media professor is facing battery charges in connection with an incident that occurred in his 10 a.m. law class Friday, March 25.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Frank J. Rybicki, was arrested Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to the Valdosta State University Police Department.

Dr. Rybicki is free on bail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff Department.

According to the original incident report, a 22-year-old female student went to the VSUPD to report an assault involving a faculty member in the mass media building.

The altercation occurred when Dr. Rybicki allegedly closed a laptop computer on the hands of the student, said Dorsena Drakeford, another student in the class and Spectator sports editor.

Dr. Rybicki closed the laptop because he thought the student was on non-class related websites. The student began to argue with Dr. Rybicki about closing the laptop and about the websites she visited while in class. Class was dismissed early because Dr. Rybicki seemed upset by the incident, Drakeford said.

As Joanne Jacobs notes, many students in the comments section of the article have voiced support for the professor. Indeed, based on the information provided, arresting the prof for battery seems fairly extreme, to say the least. Did the student go to the hospital for treatment to her fingers? Are they even bruised?

I totally understand the prof being upset. But I learned early on not to mess with students' stuff. At most, if kids take out their cell phone(s) in class (prohibited), or have, say, a magazine out that you've already told them to put away, teachers are allowed to take it until the end of the day ... and then give it back. If a student refuses to give up the cell phone/whatever, it becomes "defiance" and then they can be requested to leave the class and face further consequences.

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Awesome Mascot Prank


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Culture shock defined

Some interesting observations. I'd like to see the whole thing.

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April 05, 2011

Change you can be suckered into

Barack Obama in January 2009, signing a resolution that the Gitmo prison will be closed in one year:

Eric Holder in April, 2011 explaining that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others will be tried NOT by a civilian court as he and Obama wanted, but by military tribunal ... at Gitmo:

Obama in 2012: We Learned Along the Way ... the Hard Way.

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Oh really. Bring it, then

This time you won't get the Sinai back:

Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who had previously announced his intentions to run for the presidency of Egypt, said Monday that “if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime."

What's the definition of "insanity," again? Trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result ... ?

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Because no one matters but my kid

Mom complains of "excessive force" when police use pepper spray on her kid:

Teachers were so scared of the boy that they barricaded themselves in a room and called police because he was "spitting" at them and had broken "wood trim off the walls and [was] trying to stab [them] with it."

The report said the boy, identified in the news report as Aidan, told police, "I wanted to make something sharp if they came out because I was so mad at them. I was going to try to whack them with it."

The report also said when police arrived Aidan "was holding what looked like a sharpened one-foot stick and he screamed, 'Get away from me ...'."

Police told the boy to drop the stick twice but he refused so officers used two doses of pepper spray to subdue the youngster.

Mom said "I'm sure what he was doing wasn't right, but he's eight years old..." and that the police used excessive force. Well that's a relief! She's sure what her kid was doing wasn't right! Remarkably, mom said the kid wasn't on any meds nor has a mental illness. Might wanna look into that, mom, as well as examining the rationale that police were not only protecting other people from your kid, but from himself, as well.

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If Protack wins the state GOP chairmanship ...

I'm switching to "independent." Tennessee Walker has a post up at DE Politics in reference to a News Journal article about the GOP chair battle, and rightly points out how pathetic a candidate Mike Protack is. For the record, Protack has YET to win an election ... or even a primary. There's nary an office for which he won't run, which begs the question "Why does he keep at it?" What's he after? 'Ya'd think someone would get the message that people aren't buying what he's offering after so many defeats.

For me, it's a matter of believability and character.

As the News Journal and TW note, back when Dave Burris ran the Delaware Politics website, Protack's IP address was traced to several nasty comments on that blog. Protack's reply was that someone must have snatched his wireless signal to post said comments. Uh huh. Then there was the matter of the infamous pink postcards for which Burris made a compelling case that Protack was the originator. Protack threatened to sue Burris; uh huh -- such a suit never materialized. More recently, Protack was caught changing his story about in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants. Protack's response to this was to claim the video "was doctored." Uh huh.

In myriad blog discussions, Protack's replies often display contempt and irritability towards views that challenge his, even when said views are posted in a very civil manner. Is that how you treat people you want to represent??

In my opinion, Protack keeps at it for one reason: Power. Since he hasn't realized no one's buying what he's selling, and based on how he deals with people, it's really the only conclusion I can come to.

Past Protack gems:

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April 04, 2011

Buy Bookworm's book!

Fellow Watcher's Council member Bookworm Room has a Kindle edition book available via Amazon.com -- a collection of her greatest blog posts titled The Bookworm Turns: A Secret Conservative in Liberal Land.

Be sure to check it out!

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April 03, 2011

Our government at work

Harry Reid: 'We'll look into' Quran burning:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CBS's Bob Schieffer on Sunday that some members of Congress were considering some kind of action in response to the Florida Quran burning that sparked a murderous riot at a United Nations complex in Afghanistan and other mayhem.

"Ten to 20 people have been killed," Reid said on "Face the Nation," but refused to say flat-out that the Senate would pass a resolution condemning pastor Terry Jones.

Reid said they'll "take a look" at this whole matter and perhaps consider hearings.

Now, imagine what this idiot's reaction would be if Tea Partiers killed 10-20 people in reaction to some dolt burning the American flag. Think Harry would consider "some kind of action" against the flag burner??

The bigotry of low expectations: We can't just expect Muslims to behave rationally in response to someone exercising his free speech rights.

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Luckiest people on Earth


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First GOP political ad of the season

(h/t: Buckhorn Road.)

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April 02, 2011

Local b-ball hoop controversy rolls on

And now, former Christine O'Donnell goon Evan Queitsch has inserted himself into the whole ordeal.
Aside from his myriad obnoxious comments and posts across the local blogosphere, Queitsch might be best known for his thuggish behavior towards anyone who dared to ask the aforementioned O'Donnell a question that required an answer of words of more than one syllable.

Hey Queitsch -- how 'bout this: I move in next door to you and let my grass grow to about chest-high height. Now, don't dare get upset and/or complain to the county. After all, remember -- "It irritates [you] when the government starts encroaching on people's freedom and taking their property." It's my "freedom" to grow my lawn as a I wish, and the grass is my "property."

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A-Team to blame for anti-government sentiment

That's the message from David Sirota, author of the book Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, who appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show last night:

The A-Team was one of the top-rated shows among pre-teens in the mid-1980s. It had a big effect on people. And think about what the story of The A-Team is, right? The government unduly incarcerates our heroes. They escape, because the government can't even keep them incarcerated. And they solve the problems that the government refuses to solve. In fact, they're solving problems while the government is trying to apprehend them for solving society's problems. Obviously we can see the analogue now. This is how our political culture talks about government. That you can't rely on the government. You have to rely on outsiders, you have to rely on the Blackwaters, the Halliburtons, to solve our society's problems.

Shorter Sirota: How can I take a shot at the current Tea Party and Ronald Reagan? And, of course, this idiocy doesn't even scratch the surface on the subject of the "progressive"-loved anti-American films such as "Rendition," "In the Valley of Elah," "Redacted," "The Green Zone," "Lions for Lambs, "Stop Loss," "Avatar" and many more. How can Sirota examine government incompetence surrounding the A-Team, but at the same not these films, but to name a few?

The sad fact of the matter for Sirota and other government-loving dogmatic "progressives" is that people can't rely on government. For, if you do, you get situations like what we saw during Hurricane Katrina. We get situations like our current federal and state government financial mess(es). We get situations like IRS enforcement where the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" are completely reversed. And at a more local level, we get situations like the DelDOT basketball hoop controversy. Face it: when it's government vs. free enterprise, the latter comes out better the vast majority of the time. How many examples of this do we need? This entire blog could be filled with such.

Perhaps the best entertainment-based example of government incompetence-compared-to-that of private enterprise is the 1985 film "Brazil. Robert DeNiro has a cameo as a "rogue" air conditioning/heater repairman who's in hot demand because government workers do crappy work and/or plain do not care ... mainly 'cause they're getting paid anyway.

But c'mon. We don't even need entertainment examples. Just look at the West vs. the old Eastern bloc ... and/or the still-barely surviving economies of Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela, for starters. Ask Costa Ricans how service is with their ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad). Or hell (again), what about back here at home -- where do you get better service? At a US Post Office branch or Fed Ex? How's the service at your local DMV?

See?

UPDATE: Yet another example, this time regarding automobiles.

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April 01, 2011

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Watcher's Council results

First place in the Council category was New Zeal with “Responsibility to Protect” – The End of National Sovereignty As We Know It?

First place in the non-Council category was Sultan Knish with Saving 1 Billion People From Themselves.

Full results are here.

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Just as the big report on Philly school violence comes out ...

... we read what some City of Brotherly Love parents and school officials are really concerned about.

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Hube's Top Ten Lawyer Flicks of All-Time

After catching one on the list for the umpteenth time on Encore a few days ago, it hit me -- here's a film list that I haven't blogged yet -- "Best Lawyer Films!" ('Cuz I usually concentrate on stuff like comics and scifi, natch.) So, here they are, in no particular order:

The Verdict. Paul Newman does a phenomenal job as Frank Galvin, a hard-drinking, down-on-his-luck attorney who refuses a large settlement from the Catholic Church after one of its hospitals botches an anesthesia procedure. A classic "David v. Goliath" scenario, it co-stars perennial supporting actor Jack Warden and the inimitable James Mason.

A Few Good Men. Best known for its instanty classic Jack Nicholson-uttered line "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!' it also stars Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon. The film neatly mixes military culture with the legal system.

... And Justice for All. Al Pacino shines in the late 70s offering about a young attorney disillusioned with the system who's forced to defend an ethically challenged judge who's charged with rape. Also starring the previously mentioned Jack Warden as an insane, suicide-by-crazy stunt judge.

To Kill a Mockingbird. What else can be said about this classic starring Gregory Peck? A white lawyer defending a black man in the Depression-era South -- and the film was made in 1962?? 'Nuff said.

Philadelphia. A gay lawyer (Tom Hanks) contracts AIDS, is fired from his firm, and hires homophobic attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to represent him.

Law Abiding Citizen. Fairly smart until the very end, it stars Gerard Butler as a tactical genius whose wife and child are murdered. Hotshot lawyer Jamie Foxx accepts a plea deal for the killers without consulting Butler. As a result, Gerard methodically goes about teaching Foxx -- and virtually the entire city government of Philly -- "a lesson."

Kramer vs. Kramer. This "Best Picture" Oscar winner stars Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep as a couple divorcing and the subsequent parental custody courtroom battle.

Sleepers. After a childhood prank ends up disastrously killing a man, several young boys are sent to a juvie detention center where they're raped and brutalized by several guards on a regular basis. Years later when two of the boys (now adults) recognize one of their former molesters, they shoot him in cold blood in a restaurant. One of their other buddies (Brad Pitt), also a past victim of the guards, is now an attorney, and he manipulates and pulls numerous strings to get his pals acquitted.

The Firm. Tom Cruise joins a prestigious law firm only to discover its involved with organized crime. Either he cooperates with the feds who need his help in bringing down the firm, or he continues knowingly working for criminals. Some choice, eh?

The Accused. Jodie Foster got the Best Actress nod for her portrayal of a hardened biker-type chick who gets gang raped at a local watering hole. Kelly McGillis represents her as they struggle to get witnesses to testify ... and to figure out how to get a jury to believe them.

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Hey "Boss" -- why don't you donate, then?

From the "Shut Up and Sing" files: Bruce Springsteen at odds with N.J. Gov. Christie's budget.

Bruce Springsteen has weighed in again on politics, this time in a slap to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's budget plans and their impact on state services to help poor people.

In a letter published in his hometown newspaper, The Boss thanks the Asbury Park Press for a March 27 front-page story entitled, "As poverty rises, cuts target aid."

"The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other."

With an estimated net worth of $500 million, I think The Boss is in more than a position to make any necessary donations to his pet causes, eh?

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Where's the "sensitivity?"

Interesting turn of events in Iowa via Best of the Web:

An anti-terrorism drill based on a fictional scenario involving white supremacists angry over an influx of minorities and illegal immigrants was canceled Friday after officials of the school that was hosting the training exercise said they received threatening phone calls and emails.

You read the rest of the article for various reactions to this; nevertheless, the point in posting this isn't to criticize the school for the drill or even its choice of terrorists (because there are, after all, white supremacist terrorists!). The point is, what if the school made the terrorists Muslims -- or even illegal immigrants themselves? As James Taranto notes,

Is there any doubt that the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the NAACP and other such groups would object? Our surmise is that such scenarios were never even considered because officials have internalized a sensitivity to that kind of stereotyping. Why would anyone be astounded that [groups like] the Minutemen are as sensitive as CAIR or the NAACP?

I do believe that surmise is 100% dead-on.

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