... from Matt Petrillo at Philadelphia Weekly just three weeks ago. It began thusly: "It’s been 11 weeks since the School Reform Commission unanimously voted to fire public school boss lady Arlene Ackerman." A quick visit to the relevant page at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry would appear to indicate that Ackerman should not get unemployment benefits, and that it shouldn't matter whether the district contests her claim:Who Can File for Benefits
Any individual who has become unemployed may file an application for UC benefits. Eligibility to receive those benefits will be dependent on whether the worker meets the various requirements specified in the Pennsylvania UC Law.
... To be Eligible to Receive Benefits
A worker may be eligible to receive benefits if the worker
- is unemployed through no fault of the worker;
So if you were fired, you can't collect benefits, because it's your fault (nebulous or not) that you don't have a job.
Here's hoping the state will put its foot down on this pompous idiot's claim -- the sooner, the better.
ABC's Georgie Stephanopoulis nailed down an interview with the latest Herman Cain accuser -- Ms. Ginger White -- and when Steph asked her why she decided to come out with this revelation now, here was her response:
I wanted to come out with this to tell- to tell my side of the story. I came out being very honest. And, so far, I have been absolutely humiliated, embarrassed, and I look at the women who came out with, you know, the sexual harassment allegations. And, you know, we're really comparing apple to oranges. But, it's been very, very hurtful. I feel their pain. This is a completely different scenario. But I'll be honest with you, it's not been fun. And, you know, have I had financial problems? Absolutely.
"Her side of the story?" But ... Cain never even brought up his side of it (if there even is one)! He never mentioned it at all, let alone hinted at it! YOU came out of the woodwork, Ms. White. So, 1) spare us your protestations about being "humilated," and 2) don't dare wonder why many people are doubting your sincerity.
As you may know, Herman Cain never was my favorite GOP candidate; however, either show some freakin' concrete proof that he is the over-sexed ogre that you (and others) say he is, or STFU. Period.
Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
From the NY Times (via an e-mail from a teaching colleague): Principals Protest Role of Testing in Evaluations.
President Obama and his signature education program, Race to the Top, along with John B. King Jr., the New York State commissioner of education, deserve credit for spurring what is believed to be the first principals’ revolt in history.
As of last night, 658 principals around the state had signed a letter — 488 of them from Long Island, where the insurrection began — protesting the use of students’ test scores to evaluate teachers’ and principals’ performance.
Their complaints are many: the evaluation system was put together in slapdash fashion, with no pilot program; there are test scores to evaluate only fourth-through-eighth-grade English and math teachers; and New York tests are so unreliable that they had to be rescaled radically last year, with proficiency rates in math and English dropping 25 percentage points overnight.
Why should this be of local (Delaware) interest? If you're a First Stater the answer is obvious: Delaware was one of the first states to get Race to the Top federal funds. And a "race" it has been: With those funds has come a rapidity of ludicrous initiatives, many -- most -- of which are noted in this article about New York State. Administrators, who've evaluated countless teachers through the years, are required to attend "training" sessions to ... evaluate teachers. And then there's the so-called "experts":
The trainers at these sessions, which are paid for by state and federal grants, have explained that they’re figuring out the new evaluation system as they go. To make the point, they’ve been showing a YouTube video with a fictional crew of mechanics who are having the time of their lives building an airplane in midair.
The article goes on to state that the above “was supposed to be funny, but the room went silent ... these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about.” Indeed! These evaluation systems -- admittedly established "on the fly" -- will "judge" whether teachers and administrators are doing their job "adequately."
And it certainly seems what has happened here in the Diamond State has also happened in NY State:
She (Katie Zahedi, principal of Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook in Dutchess County) said one good thing about the new evaluation system was that it had united teachers, principals and administrators in their contempt for the state education department.
As I've stated here numerous times, I don't know of any teacher who has a problem with a fair evaluation system. As previously alluded to, Race to the Top is aptly named -- states are racing against the clock to get whatever assessment system they can cobble together ASAP. And you can see the results of this in the first blockquote above. If states won't take the time to come up with fair and sensible evaluation systems, then with all of this cash being dropped in their laps, why not take a few master teachers from each subject area and pay them to, say, three times a year visit the classrooms of district teachers for the latter's evaluations? The obvious benefit of this is that not only would these evaluators be experienced teachers, they also know the subject area as well. Most administrators that have traditionally evaluated teachers only know one subject area well. And you know what? I bet this idea'd be a heck of a lot cheaper.
Lastly, if this miasma of confusion doesn't cause the NEA, ATF and many teachers in general to rethink their lock-step/no questions asked support of Democrats and the Democratic Party, then I don't know what will. George W. Bush was blasted by these folks for No Child Left Behind, but Obama's initiative is NCLB on steroids.
After being given an almost one million dollar severance package, former Philly schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has ... filed for unemployment compensation.
... is pretty much how I felt right after my Thanksgiving meal:
The long anticipiated "Alien" prequel may leave fans disappointed. Not disappointed with the quality of the film -- disappointed that the ruthless xenomorphs might not play as big a role as we were teased previously. Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" will take an in-depth look at the basic origins of the human race, and the film's title will certainly have meaning:
As for the title, what is Prometheus? A ship? A character? Simply an allusion to the Greek myth? Or will the alien be revealed as a Frankenstein-like human creation? (Remember, the full title of Mary Shelley’s tale was The Modern Prometheus.)
“We’re not going to talk specifically about how it connects into the movie, but yes, [in Greek mythology], Prometheus was a titan who stole fire from the gods because they were keeping it for themselves and worried about what mankind would do if we got our paws on it. That’s a resonant theme. What are humans doing that we shouldn’t be doing?” Lindelof says.
Color me intrigued. "Prometheus" opens June 8, 2012.
Extraterrestrial origins of humanity has long been a popular theme in science fiction. Some of my favorite writers have extrapolated on such in incredibly interesting ways, and I wrote about 'em here.
Only in America would people violently trample each other for discounts, exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have...
... he'd finally get the Left miffed at his shenanigans. Y'know, like Jared Loughner in Arizona, even though there was no evidence he was influenced by the Sarah Palin political ads. As it is, an Occupy Carolina protester writes on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's Facebook page the following:
I hope someone murders you before I do. How’s that for freedom of speech?
Video of the jackass being arrested at the link above.
Don't hold your breath.
Remember that "infamous" UC Davis pepper spray incident that made international headlines? Well, just like when police moved against Occupy Oakland protesters, it seems they were provoked:
"We encircled them" when "they (the cops) were trying to leave." We told them that if they wanted to clear the path "they would have to go through us."
I wonder if host Ellen Goodman was as miffed as MSNBC's Larry O'Donnell (when interviewing an Oakland protester) when the TRUTH was revealed. And tell me again why these dolts -- not to mention the idiot international media -- are so freakin' self-righteously indignant about this?
RELATED: Idiot OWSers crash Wal-Mart during Black Friday, gather no sympathy or support ... except support of handcuffs:
Via Deadline, former James Cameron spouse (and scifi heavy hitter in her own right) Gale Anne Hurd is currently shopping for a buyer for her "Area 51" series:
The hourlong project, which will be taken out to the networks shortly, will be written by feature scribe Karl Gajdusek. It will follow two men working on the base who are thrust into danger when they uncover secrets that the government will protect at any cost. Gajdusek, who was brought in by Valhalla executive Beatrice Springborn, will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Hurd.
The show is based on Annie Jacobsen’s book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base.
Here's what gets me about the teaser above (and what could ultimately lead to the series' downfall): The two dudes who work at the base will be made into martyrs for trying to "inform the public" about what they've discovered, and of course the [US] government will once again be the ultimate bad guys -- ruthless killers determined to silence any potential whistleblowers no matter the cost.
In a word: YAAAAWWWWN.
Been there, done that. Again and again and again. That was a big hassle with "The X-Files" -- the stand-alone episodes of that series were usually superb; however, the on-going (and interminable) plot about alien occupation of Earth and subsequent government cover-up was so convoluted and non-sensical that all one could do after a while was sigh a big "WTF??" Even the movies failed to resolve the issue.
Hey, look, I'll be the first to say that skepticism about our government is a damn good thing. But perpetually portraying it as an inhuman ogre (no alien pun intended) is not only not realistic, it's not smart from a business angle. If "Area 51" threaded the needle between the usual "evil government conspiracy" stuff and instances where secret US intervention actually benefitted the country (and humanity), then I think you'd have a winner. No one wants to constantly be told that their country sucks, even with regards to clandestine machinations. In the immediate post-nuclear age, most entertainment was brutally lopsided as portraying the US as uniformly positive. The last thirty years or so, such has taken an almost 180 degree turn. As the current demand in Washington DC these days is compromise and balance, Hurd would do well to heed this advice.
First paragraph in an MSNBC.com story about how OWSers "celebrated" Thanksgiving yesterday:
Most Americans spent Thanksgiving inside their homes with families, food and football. Others used the day to give thanks alongside strangers at Occupy encampments, serving turkey or donating their time in solidarity with the anti-Wall Street movement that has gripped a nation consumed by economic despair.
Uh huh. Seen at the very top of MSNBC.com's main page as of right now:
Yep -- these countless numbers of shoppers sure seem "consumed by economic despair" a'ight.
The strongest indicator that a civilization has reached the point of no return is the disappearance of public shame.
... unless it's online:
Plenty more vids of such madness here.
Via the PJ Tatler: What a banner to have up a mere day after JFK was killed:
That's what modern "progressives" are all about -- the government doing for them.
Then there's this supposedly educated buffoon:
Because the first one was such a terrific example to follow!
Many many more pics here.
Since only 1.6% of OWSers are black (but remember -- it was the Tea Party which only featured white faces), what are guilty "progressive" OWSers to do to rectify this intolerable situation? Why, organize an Occupy the Hood group:
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Occupy Austin announced on their Facebook page an event tomorrow that they have dubbed “Occupy the Hood”. Similar “Occupy the Hood” events will take place in cities around the country.
Occupy Austin organizers are promising to address African-American issues.
“We need a large turnout of angry, upset, pissed-off citizens to come out and join us in saying that it is time to put the people FIRST and to insure equal access to opportunity.”
But the choice of the name “Occupy the Hood” isn’t sitting well with some Occupy Austin supporters.
African-American Jessica Brown wrote on the Occupy Austin Facebook page, “I think the first thing to ensure African-American issues are addressed is not to call it Occupy the hood, not all african americans live in the “hood” or “ghetto”.
Aw, c'mon Jessica! These are progressives. You know they mean well!! They want to help you and your fellow African-Americans, don't you know that? Just as long as you never forget that you need their help (and always will), everything will be just peachy with them. Dare to think differently, and, well, just look at how "progressives" treat people like Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele and the like.
"Burning an effigy of anyone is offensive, let alone the first black President of the United States. The overtones are deeply unpleasant," lawmaker says.
1) How often did we read protests against GW Bush as "by left-wing students?"
2) And, of course, these right-wing UKers must be racist.
Police said Mr [Eloi] Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening."
Kit-Kats for everyone? Sounds like my kinda future!
... but when OWS pays the bail for one of their own who threatened to toss Molotov cocktails around to "burn down" New York City? Nada.
Meanwhile, how many jobs could have been created with $13 million? Because that's what OWS has cost the cities they've been polluting.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Listen as two "victims" of the "torture" pepper spray incident smile and giggle at how horrible it was:
And, of course, it wouldn't be a California campus without a groveling chancellor ... and her totally unforgiving horde of pampered, spoiled charges:
Yep, you heard that right -- this pepper spray incident made international headlines. The myriad instances of OWS violence, property destruction, rape, theft, disease and DEATH? Not so much. In other words, we have an international mainstream media (along with the OWSers themselves) craving a Kent State moment by which to rally around.
Good luck with that. At Kent State, you had kids with real gripes, most especially that of conscription, which in Vietnam's case frequently meant death. The National Guard actually killed several students during a protest. The OWSers' gripes are not even close to being on par with that 'Nam generation's, and being pepper sprayed for absolutely refusing to move while you're blocking normal business and refusing numerous police orders ... is supposed to get my sympathy?
Cheeyeah, right. I happen to think that was the wrong tactic by the police; however, the denunciations that those cops are getting when compared to the pathetic shenanigans demonstrated by the OWSers is preposterously lopsided. Which, knowing our media, should be no surprise at all.
Check out this unintentionally hilarious Al Sharpton ad for MSNBC:
Now this dialogue would be a lot more accurate:
"You know, I grew up on this street on Brooklyn ... and it was in this very neighborhood where me and a few other racial hucksters took full advantage of the Tawana Brawley situation to totally smear some police crackers. So the f*** what if we made all this sh** up and I had others pay that honky Steve Pagones what the court said I owed him. You may think I had blueberry on my face -- but that would make you a racist."
MSNBC -- Lie Out Your Ass.
Latin America's best band ever, Soda Stereo led by Gustavo Cerati ... with the awesome acoustic version of "Disco Eterno":
Occupy Milwaukee openly commits vote fraud -- and offers minors cigarettes at the same time!
Oh, and look! OWSers are ... Truthers! Who'da guessed??
Elsewhere, OWSers openly call for killing cops if they're about to be arrested.
Just another day in Occupyville.
Imagine if this was related to the T.P. and Second Amendment rights:
One significant and somewhat surprising finding was that Occupy Wall Street supporters believe violence is sometimes necessary against the government, said Phil Hardy, a Benedictine assistant professor of Political Science and one of the survey organizers.
Though the Occupy Wall Street movement has been largely peaceful, 58 percent of Occupy Chicago survey respondents agreed that violence against the government is sometimes justified.
Well well. Imagine that. Oh, and this is surprising to whom, exactly? As John Nolte notes, "Only to those without access to television and the Internet. Only to those in the MSM with an agenda who dare define this mob as 'largely peaceful.'”
Warren Buffett, who has been running around complaining that the government should "stop coddling the super-rich" and should raise taxes, is reportedly suing the IRS to avoid $643 million in taxes that the government says Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets subsidiary owes the government for failing to collect ticket taxes from NetJets customers (who include Mr. Buffett himself).
(Added for the slow -- aka donviti): The suit against the IRS is filed by NetJets Large Aircraft Inc., not by Mr. Buffett himself, but Mr. Buffett is CEO of NetJet parent Berkshire and its largest individual shareholder.
Now, why doesn't this hypocrisy surprise me in the least?
EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.
Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
A meeting of 21 scientists in Parma, Italy, concluded that reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could subsequently control.
Prof Brian Ratcliffe, spokesman for the Nutrition Society, said dehydration was usually caused by a clinical condition and that one could remain adequately hydrated without drinking water.
He said: “The EU is saying that this does not reduce the risk of dehydration and that is correct.
“This claim is trying to imply that there is something special about bottled water which is not a reasonable claim.”
"Something special" about ... drinking water?? Isn't water ... water? Who cares if it's bottled or not? Bottled, tap, filtered ... they all help prevent dehydration. I mean ... wait, why the hell am I even bothering? This whole thing is just f***ing NUTS!!
pandora over the LGOMB doesn't think Herman Cain deserves Secret Service protection: "There are reasons why a candidate may need Secret Service protection, but keeping the press at bay isn’t one of them."
Figures. Bet if one of the white candidates needed such assistance she wouldn't bother posting about it!
"Occupy Comes to Salisbury" is a headline in today's News Journal.
Uh huh. Look at the picture. Five demonstrators (the article claims a whole ten) get a lengthy article.
"We are out here, as few as we are, because we are dedicated to the idea that we should be protesting and demonstrating and rallying in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement," said Ron Pagano, founding member of the Coalition of Eastern Shore Progressives. "Our group is growing, believe it or not; we have doubled in membership in the past three months."
Y'mean like doubling from five to ten like the picture and text of the article? LOL!!
During Thursday's protests, Pagano said polls show an increasing amount of people agree with the message of Occupy protesters that big business and not necessarily big government caused the financial crisis.
"The middle class has been decimated by this financial meltdown, which was not created by big government, but created by big, greedy banks and corporations," Pagano said. "We are here to let people know we care."
Sorry Mr. Pagano, but the polls aren't working in your favor. And big government isn't the problem? Pure delusion. (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac anyone?) Big government is in bed with big business and that is the problem we're facing. Protesting one but not the other is totally worthless -- and purely dogmatic. Of course a "progressive" would attempt to soothe over concerns about big government.
Elizabeth Warren, that "classy" supposed founder of the Occupy movement, has refused to sign a petition supporting the Occupy Harvard movement -- which is in her very own backyard: Check out what her spokesperson said:
"Elizabeth hasn’t signed the petition, but she’s been standing up to Wall Street and the big banks for years and that’s what she’ll do in the Senate,” said Sullivan in a statement. “People are frustrated and protesting for change, Elizabeth understands that.”
Except that she won't sign the petition that supports the very movement she claims she founded.
Bonnie J. Marshall of Newark is delusional:
I support the Occupy Delaware movement in all of its incoherence. They are trying to complete the work left to do from the 1960s and '70s.
With the success of the civil rights movement, remember there were several groups of Americans out there during that turbulent time. Much good came out of it, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The liberal Supreme Court gave us Roe v. Wade, which allowed women the privacy to have an abortion. Many of those involved in the Occupy movement are old enough to have been around during that magical time in the country.
No wonder Marshall likes incoherence. What else would you dub it when you call the right to abort your baby a "magical time?" Not to mention comparing the 50s-60s Civil Rights Era to the unkempt OWS cretins?
Ye gad ...
Delaware Douche today over the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers:
Federal law enforcement authorities yesterday arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of shooting with a semiautomatic rifle at the White House on Friday night, as the Secret Service reported finding that at least one bullet had indeed struck the presidential residence.
In response to this, on Twitter, the president of the College Republicans at the University of Texas, Lauren Pierce, had this to say: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”
DD titled this post "Just Evil."
Flashback to September 2008:
Let’s be clear, without this massive bailout, the economic system of the United States would collapse into a depression worse than the Great Depression. The system would “meltdown.” The Dollar would be worth nothing. Senator Christopher Dodd said that is what lawmakers were told last night.
You fucking Republicans are all to blame. Your advocacy of deregulation for the last 30 years is responsible. The greed that underlies your policies and that invades your supporters was your motivation. You put yourselves and your wallets first, and our country last. You should all be round up and shot. Seriously.
The person who wrote that was ... none other than Delaware Douche. Now, much later on DD apologized for it (after getting endless heat, notably by yours truly), saying it was "out of anger." I guess that's supposed to make it OK, right? But that's not good enough for Ms. Pierce, though! Douche writes of her excuse: "Of course, after she called lambasted on the Internets for her evilness, the coward Pierce says it was a joke, as if joking about something is a get out of jail free card in the conservative mind."
You just can't make stuff like this up, folks. The standards that these pathetic mental pygmies apply to everyone else never apply to them. And then they have the cojones to sit in moral judgment on everyone else. Their constant blasting of the Tea Party is yet another example; as we've shown, they spared no expense in attempting to portray that group as a wacky, dangerous and violent group -- despite the evidence. But when we all witness a real wacky, dangerous and violent group -- the Occupy movement -- what do these dolts do? Adhere a banner to the corner of their site stating they support this movement!
The U.S. Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile at a site like Match.com.
In a statement obtained by CNET that's scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, the Justice Department argues that it must be able to prosecute violations of Web sites' often-ignored, always-unintelligible "terms of service" policies.
What makes this possible is a section of the CFAA that was never intended to be used that way: a general-purpose prohibition on any computer-based act that "exceeds authorized access." To the Justice Department, this means that a Web site's terms of service define what's "authorized" or not, and ignoring them can turn you into a felon.
On the other hand, because millions of Americans likely violate terms of service agreements every day, you'd have a lot of company.
How 'bout that? So if you wanna make yourself sound a little better to potential suitors by fibbing about your weight or height on Match.com or any of its competitors, you could be brought up on charges by the DOJ. On the other hand, if you blatantly and outright intimidate voters at a voting station during an election, you have nothing to worry about. Funnel firearms to Mexican drug lords? No problem. Look the other way while illegal immigrants game the system? Ain't a bother.
If there ever was a reason to ditch Obama next year, this is it.
Who knew Hawaii is in Asia?
More Americans now view Tea Party more favorably than Occupy Wall Street.
Well, what do you expect when you see all this day after day after day?
In other news, if this dude was a right-wing Tea Partier, how soon would it be for the moronic LGOMB (Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers), among others, to get posts up blaming right-wing "hate speech," Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, GOP "target" ads, and elephant underwear for his actions? Any possible connection to the GOP and conservatives would be spared nothing ... yet this dude is suspected of being a resident of Occupy Washington DC. Let's see how this connection is played.
... go check out kavips' ruminations about the OWS movement, beginning with this latest. There's also this, this, and this.
But please keep in mind that kavips is a good and decent progressive. Unlike these idiots.
And the non-Council submissions are here!
Gee, I dunno ... maybe this video can explain. (Watch the dude right in front of the trash can in center of the vid):
Yep. He took a sh** right then and there. Didn't wipe. Didn't wash his hands.
Judge Mike Stallman has ruled that the Occupy Wall Street protesters do not have the right to occupy Zuccotti Park.
... comes from Delaware's own Christine "I Can't Spell" O'Donnell:
Heard about Obama's latest scapegoat? He's blaming our economic whoas on China. Their response: a hearty chuckle!
My response: A hearty chuckle as well!
Occupy activists settle peacefully into Wilmington's Spencer Plaza is the headline in today's News Journal. Let's be all nosy and take a gander!
"It seems to be growing," John Bezerra of Newport said Sunday night. "This is the right time and right place for this, and things are happening."
No, the "right place," John, is Washington DC. Shouting at local banks is pretty much totally useless. And what "things are happening?" Have you all actually decided on a coherent message yet? That'd be nice for starters.
On Facebook, Occupy Delaware boasts 2,000 followers. At the site where Occupy Delaware has set up tents, the public drops off donations and encouraging words, they say.
That's really nice. These bozos are getting donations that could otherwise go to people who really need 'em. Y'know, like the homeless, the addicted, the elderly and the handicapped.
"I want to see a million people here," said Angie Phukan, who was at Spencer Plaza with her dog Stella.
Perhaps Stella knows that the entire state of Delaware doesn't even house one million people, Angie. Hopefully that was wishful hyperbole.
"What I don't see here is the diversity that exists in Delaware," she said.
In other words, all that "racist" and "not a brown face in the crowd" stuff directed at the Tea Parties holds true for you guys. Imagine that!
"I guess they think we are all just a bunch of dirty hippies," said Lauren T.
"I don't think most people know what the real movement is about," she said. "Everybody is so scared of us, but I don't know why. It's going really well here."
Tell 'ya what, Lauren -- when you guys figure it out, clue the rest of us in!
In related news, men also like women's breasts, buttocks and legs. In addition, the Pope is Catholic. And bears shit in the woods.
The Occupy Delaware movement still is garnering too much coverage from the state's largest paper. Yesterday, about 100 OWSers marched in front of several banks. Let's take a look:
About 100 Occupy Delaware protesters marched through downtown on Saturday, stopping in front of several banks to shout their frustrations over inequality, corporate greed and political corruption.
"Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" they chanted in front of Bank of America.
"The people, united, will never be defeated!" they yelled at PNC Bank and Citizens Bank.
Um, if the banks got bailed out, why aren't you protesting those who bailed them out -- namely, the Washington politicians??
[Jen] Wallace said she joined the movement over frustration for her 20-year-old daughter, who is in college.
"My husband and I told her to go to college and you'll get a good job," Wallace said. "I'm not so sure that's true anymore."
So, in other words, you're out here protesting your right to be a complete moron. Who tells their kid that going to college automatically means a "good job?" Y'know, there are many other facets involved in that ... like motivation, hard work, common sense and intelligence. All of which, it may be, mom and dad lack.
Bernie August of Newark said he was most concerned about the threat of nuclear weapons and "the machines of war." He wore a Soviet Union pin on his black beret and a Malcolm X pin on his fleece vest. He calls himself "a red" but doesn't consider himself a Communist.
"I'm a working guy, and the red represents the blood of the working man," August said.
Or, it represents the blood of the millions of victims of Communism, you friggin' idiot. God, get a clue.
Tony Vodvarka, 72, of Hartly said he's been donating to the Occupy Delaware movement, but Saturday's march was his first rally with the group. He said he came with his wife and sister to protest "the hijacking of the government by the banking corporations and the looting of the treasury."
And again, whose fault would that be, Tony? See the response to quote one, above.
RELATED: Police clear out Occupy Denver.
Joan Baez shows up at OWS. “She’s a war hero who served in Vietnam, I think,” said 19-year-old Luke Fields. No, Luke -- she actually worked on the first A-bomb and even flew the plane which dropped the second one on Hiroshima. Ye, gad.
Occupy Portland (OR) shutting down after another drug overdose.
A Denver high school teacher brings her students to participate in the Occupy mess. It's a $14K/year private school, too. Get your money back, parents.
Occupy Hahvad keeps it in-house. The 1% protesting themselves to make themselves feel good. Typical libs.
Delaware's own Joe Biden brags about he and Obama calling Jon Corzine for advice on the economy:
... ironically after The Guardian (UK) hypothesizes that his Batman would defend the Occupiers.
Here's part of Miller's diatribe:
Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:
The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.
“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached - is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.
Would the Dark Knight battle on behalf of the OWSers? Well, if you recall, Gotham City's politicians were virtually all on the take, so if anything, Batman would be doing his thing down in Washington first and foremost -- scaring the bejeebees out of Obama, the House and Senate. Second, he would have very little sympathy for the violence, drug use, and wanton aimlessness of too many of the protesters.
That is, of course, unless some radical lefty writer gets his hands on the title and totally retcons the character ...
I've read and heard this uttered by various OWSers over the last few weeks:
After the vote, Occupy participants shouted: "Tell me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!" (Source)
Except ... the United States is not a democracy. It is a republic. And it is for a reason:
A SIMPLE ILLUSTRATION: Five people are sitting in a room. Three are men. One of them proposes a new law making it legal to for a man to rape a woman (under certain circumstances of course). The three men vote yea. What happens next is "democracy" in action.
A SIMPLE DEFINITION: Pure "democracy" is rule by majority. In effect, it is mob rule.
You have to go back a ways but the distinction was clearly made even as late as 1929. The Army Training Manual of 1929 (PM 2000-25) contains the following definitions under the title of Citizenship:
Democracy: A government of the masses, authority derived through mass meetings or any other form of direct expression; results in mobocracy; attitude toward property is communistic negating property rights; attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences; its result is dem-o-gogism, license, agitation, discontent and anarchy.
Republic: Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best suited to represent them. Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights and a sensible economic procedure. Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles that establish evidence with a strict regard for consequences. A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass, it avoids the dangerous extremes of either tyranny or mobocracy. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice contentment and progress, is a standard for government around the world.
Yeah, that about explains the OWS "movement" in a nutshell.
"His name is Mike, is Mike, uh, Muckary, who, uh, whuh, has been allowed to continue as a coach until now."
Thusly -- with a nice body slam:
Courtesy Weasel Zippers.
Stolen from Steve Newton:
Something the OWSers really need to think about -- especially since the Occupy DC (as in Washington DC) "movement" looked like this yesterday marching down the street.
Best line in the article:
"Without tents, there's a lot of people who just health-wise cannot be here," Rivera said. "So the tents allow us to expand our freedom of speech."
And that gives it away right there! Pitching tents isn't "freedom of speech" -- it "allows them to expand" that freedom. Not to mention it's ironic Rivera mentions "health-wise" since Occupy DE's brethren in Atlanta decided to set up shop in a homeless shelter where a few people have tested positive for tuberculosis. Idiots.
So, with this ruling and capitulation by the city, I now expect all Delawareans to demand the state/city to waive any mandatory fees associated with using parks or other spaces ... especially our state park fees (just put a sign on your car and scream "BUT WHAT ABOUT FREE SPEECH??!!"), not to mention an abolition to all vagrancy and loitering laws. If I wish to pitch a tent on the shoulder along I-95 or the sidewalk along Concord Pike, I DEMAND that I not be arrested and allowed to continue my "protest." It's FREE SPEECH, after all.
UPDATE: Zombie covers Occupy Berkeley where students upset they’re in the 1% throw an Occupy tantrum.
This is what a complete douche (the article's author) looks like, FWIW.
“The right to free speech is of the utmost importance to a free society,” Glasscock said. “And the depravation [sic] of the right to speech is irreparable harm.”
This was in reference to the group's desire to set up camp in Spencer Plaza in downtown Wilmington. So, tell me: How is setting up tents "free speech?" How is not having the "right" to set up tents to camp out in "irreparable harm?"
In other Occupy DE news, the group turned down an offer of legal assistance from the right-leaning Rutherford Instutute in favor of that of the ACLU. Surprise that, huh? (Doesn't it occur to them how beneficial it'd look to have a conservative group helping them as opposed to just another moonbat group?) And lastly, WTF is the News Journal doing spending so much freakin' time covering this pathetic, TINY LITTLE group when there are plenty of more worthy stories out there?
Rus Slawter of Philly is a dope. Here's why:
I FOUND IT almost humorous that conservative talk-show host Dom Giordano stated that most of his callers are upset that Herman Cain is being picked on so much. They claim that President Clinton was not picked on like that.
First off, these Cain women were paid to keep the issue quiet. Second, I guess these people had their heads buried in the sand when their people spent millions of our tax dollars trying to have [Clinton] impeached. Clinton got [oral sex] from a consenting adult. Is that worse than sexual harassment?
Hey dope -- the issue is not Monica Lewinsky. It's 1) Paula Jones. 2) Juanita Broaddrick. And 3) Kathleen Willey. How much did the MSM care about these women, Rus? How much did it care that Clinton operatives like James Carville referred to them (well, Jones at any rate) as "trailer park trash?"
Answer: Not much. So spare us the phony comparisons.
Penn State fired Joe Paterno last night as head coach of the football team, after over 40 years in the position. At MSNBC.com today, we read the following:
And this is just at one MSM website!
Now, question: Did these same MSM outlets feature similar headlines about the Occupy protests going on across the country? Hell, no. Even at one of the most violent and destructive OWS protests -- Oakland, CA -- we read all sorts of "clarifiers" about the participants ... like "after a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality and police brutality," and "Although windows at two bank branches and a Whole Foods store were broken and graffiti was painted inside one of the banks, officials described the protests as peaceful and orderly ..."
The fact is that there are plenty of people -- associated with Penn State and otherwise -- who feel the Paterno firing was entirely justified and who feel the protesters are way off base. Were there any such "clarifiers" in the current Penn State articles like those about the OWSers? Not that I see, especially in this column. The things written in this could easily be said about the OWSers -- of which there are many, many more -- but haven't. Is it because the OWSers have a "more legitimate" gripe? Perhaps, but who is the MSM to decide that? Isn't it a legitimate view that Paterno is being made something of a fall guy for the entire Penn State institution, especially given what few facts the public actually has about the whole case at present? Sure it is, but it isn't as "correct" as having a beef against perceived "economic inequality" and "corporate greed" now, is it? And most especially since Paterno and the main perpetrator Jerry Sandusky are -- GASP! -- Republicans!!
UPDATE: Local media are doing the same thing. Here's Philly.com's headline today: State police, angry students clash at Penn State. And cripes -- just check out the photo gallery. The first twenty-five or so pictures are exclusively of student-police clashes. Have we seen that with OWSers? Cheeyeah, right.
Jonah Goldberg and I would really hit it off if we ever got a chance to meet, mainly because we seem to enjoy precisely the same sort of entertainment. About the only TV show I am regularly following now is AMC's The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's incredible graphic novel series, and today Jonah has a thorough dissection of why that series -- much like another big fave of ours, Battlestar Galactica -- is rapidly ceasing to make a lot of sense.
You may recall Battlestar's main failing (aside, that is, from the writers' winging it during the last couple seasons) was the utter ridiculousness of the human motivations and interactions based on an extinction scenario. Tens -- hundreds? -- of billions of humans were systematically exterminated by the Cylons, and what does that "ragtag fugitive fleet" led by the Galactica do? Worry about freedom of the press. Make sure there's a democratic government that rules over the military. Refuse to act on an opportunity to exterminate their genocidal enemy. In other words, things that make no f***ing sense whatsoever.
Which brings us to The Walking Dead. Goldberg covers many items that have had me scratching my head during this second season, such as:
* There needs to be more talk about the best place to hide from zombies! Indeed. So far the survivors seem determined to plunk around in rural -- and wooded -- areas which offer seemingly little safety from the zombie horde. The last few episodes they've lost one child in the woods, and another was accidentally shot. I've always thought about appropriating a nice little island somewhere; the water acts as a natural buffer to zombie incursions, and if you get a few boats you can occassionally send a party back to the mainland for supplies.
Or -- and maybe the series will get to this -- the group can hole up in a prison like it did for many issues of the graphic novel series. It served their purposes quite well, for the most part.
* A little more concern about blood spray. It's long been established in zombie lore that the zombie infection is spread via the undead's bodily fluids -- their blood and saliva. But the crew in The Walking Dead always seems to have little worry about blood spatter when they happily smash to hell a zombie's skull. (A head shot/wound is the only way to kill a zombie, if you recall.) One character recently got a really nasty open wound on his arm -- so much so that it became gangrenous -- but there he is, wacking away at the undead with wanton abandon soon after. Not to mention in last week's episode the crew was hilariously trying to remove a zombie who had fallen into a well -- so that they could drink the water?? Like, how long had the freakin' thing been in the well in the first place? And, he didn't excrete any nasty fluids all the time he was in there?? Yeesh.
Anyone remember 28 Days Later? That flick did the infection part to a perfect tee -- so much so that it included a close-up of a drop of blood from an infection victim falling directly into a survivor's eye ... which then led to the survivor's immediate execution by a colleague ... because he had become infected! 28 Days Later routinely pointed out how survivors had to worry constantly about the infected's fluids -- a [very] intelligent plot point.
Most of Jonah's other points are also very well taken, especially the seeming lack of concern for acquiring more firepower. But I don't worry overmuch about the scientific "plausibility" of a zombie virus other than his point about the aforementioned 28 Days Later making more sense (fast zombies vs. the traditional slow ones) when it comes to the rapidity of virus dissemination, and the inability to control it.
Hopefully Walking Dead's writers will rectify these concerns and make a good show even better.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
You can be sure the MSM will skip this:
"All those fat rich white people, you love protecting them, I'm sure." Nice, eh?
Every generation has to learn for themselves that hippies are assholes.
The News Journal has the most recent update on the pathetic movement known as "Occupy Delaware." Even after the state and city (Wilmington) bent over backwards, waiving fees and requirements, these dolts are still on whine overload:
The protesters, supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, continue inhabiting Wilmington locations and skirting laws, something they've been doing since Saturday, when they remained overnight in the state-operated H. Fletcher Brown Park despite being denied permission by authorities.
The state offered protesters a spot in Brandywine Park, even waiving the $75-per-day park fee and a $500,000 insurance requirement. But feeling the area of the park was too far from the downtown area to be readily visible, the group voted Sunday to occupy Spencer Plaza instead.
City officials allowed them to remain there overnight, but said the protesters had to obtain a permit Monday morning, which would allow them to stay for seven days. The group was given until 4:30 p.m. Monday to file the permit and pay a $200 fee for cleaning the plaza.
With the number of people still attending, they didn't -- or couldn't -- raise the meager $200.
"Protester Mike Mizner said he did not understand why the activists had to pay for trash pickup when they were already cleaning." Because everyone else has to pay such a fee, and the state and city has already been overly generous to you dolts as it is. But no -- waiving the per-day park fee and insurance requirement isn't enough ("We won't be visible! WAH!!") and now $200 is too much ("We're cleaning up after ourselves! WAH!") So, the few remaining cretins had to stand on the sidewalk all night instead hanging in Spencer Plaza. What a shame.
Lastly, comment of the day via the News Journal article by "treciama":
Ya gotta love how people clueless enough to think this group is presenting anything of value are quick to label their own vacuous ideas as "brilliant". We really are dealing with an era of underperformers who unfortunately were raised to think that every mess they make is a Picasso.
One of Obama's great gifts is the ability to say things that are absolutely absurd and make them sound not only plausible, but inspiring.
A few years ago, Joe Therrien, a graduate of the NYC Teaching Fellows program, was working as a full-time drama teacher at a public elementary school in New York City. Frustrated by huge class sizes, sparse resources and a disorganized bureaucracy, he set off to the University of Connecticut to get an MFA in his passion—puppetry. Three years and $35,000 in student loans later, he emerged with degree in hand, and because puppeteers aren’t exactly in high demand, he went looking for work at his old school. The intervening years had been brutal to the city’s school budgets—down about 14 percent on average since 2007. A virtual hiring freeze has been in place since 2009 in most subject areas, arts included, and spending on art supplies in elementary schools crashed by 73 percent between 2006 and 2009. So even though Joe’s old principal was excited to have him back, she just couldn’t afford to hire a new full-time teacher. Instead, he’s working at his old school as a full-time “substitute”; he writes his own curriculum, holds regular classes and does everything a normal teacher does. “But sub pay is about 50 percent of a full-time salaried position,” he says, “so I’m working for half as much as I did four years ago, before grad school, and I don’t have health insurance…. It’s the best-paying job I could find.”
Life is all about choices, Joe. You freely left your job as a full-time teacher to pursue a degree, and then hopefully subsequent career, in puppetry. You freely understood that jobs in such a field aren't very numerous, and the pay (and bennies)? Better than that of a NYC public school teacher? Heh.
"Surprisingly," when this didn't work out, you found you couldn't be hired back at your old gig. At least not full-time. So, naturally, instead of accepting the consequences of your free (and poor) choices and either waiting it out until times improve and/or still looking elsewhere, you've decided to join the OWS movement to ... protest the result of your freely chosen career moves.
Indeed, the article goes on to note Joe "was 'totally won over by the Occupation’s spirit of cooperation and selflessness,'” and
... has already produced a museum’s worth of posters, poetry readings, performance-art happenings, political yoga classes and Situationist spectacles like the one in which an artist dressed in a suit and noose tie rolled up to the New York Stock Exchange in a giant clear plastic bubble to mock the speculative economy’s inevitable pop.
Just imagine how Joe could be supplementing his income using that energy at a part-time job (or two).
Let's see if THE NARRARIVETM is true to reality:
Three people arrested Thursday night inside the Occupy Boston camp have been charged with dealing crack cocaine ... "Things have changed drastically. It seems to be deteriorating,” the man told Carl. “A lot of drug use, alcohol use, people getting into fights… It’s deteriorating pretty quick.”
In Los Angeles, OWSers shut down a Burger King in "protest":
Lauren Gill, an organizer at the camp, said the woman apparently died of a drug overdose. She said the death highlights the need for more addiction services because drugs are such a big issue in the city.
Three people were arrested Saturday as part of the ongoing Occupy Phoenix protest. Sgt. Trent Crump, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said two people were arrested at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix for breaking urban camping laws. One person was arrested on a felony warrant.
Here in Delaware, protesters are in danger of following in Phoenix's footsteps:
Occupy Delaware protesters, who are railing against perceived economic inequality and corporate control of government, thumbed their noses at Gov. Jack Markell again Sunday, rejecting a state permit to camp out in Wilmington's Brandywine Park.
But the protesters' decision to migrate to Peter Spencer Plaza, next to the Boggs Federal Building, could lead to a confrontation with Wilmington police this morning.
As you've no doubt surmised by now, my main objection to OWS is the preposterous media double standard with regards to it and its coverage of the Tea Party. Not to mention, the preposterous double standard by OWS-supporting "progressives" themselves. For example,
And on and on it goes. In other words, do not listen to one word of protest from a so-called "progressive" about the coverage/treatment of the OWSers ... until you've established that he/she wasn't ridiculously critical of the Tea Party and its motives/actions.
Tell me what these losers want, again?
In Washington DC:
Notice how the all-white crowd prevents a black man from getting his two year-old daughter safely home? Racists!
Of all people, the LGOMB's Delaware Douche posts this today:
“A danger sign of the lapse from true skepticism in to dogmatism is an inability to respect those who disagree” – Dr. Leonard George
Those who know their site well should have a lot of trouble controlling their laughter about now ...
It's bad enough here, political correctness; just thank the Maker we ain't over in Europe:
England branded racist by Sweden for raunchy, Abba-style football match advert
The Football Association has pulled an advert for an upcoming England match after it was branded racist.
Sweden was outraged by the 'racial stereotypes' used in the ad for their friendly at Wembley.
It featured a fake Swede using sexual innuendo over an Abba-style backing track to promote the game on November 15.
A voice says: 'And now a massage from the Swedish football team: Listen up, English football fans...'
The Football Association removed the talkSPORT commercial after England's upcoming opponents reacted angrily to the advert, according to the Daily Star.
Sweden -- outraged!! Ye gads, grow a freakin' pair, would'ja??
The article goes on to note that the controversy comes at a bad time because England captain John Terry is in racial hot water over comments he made to another player ... so much so that police are investigating!!
Yep, police are investigating Terry ... for his insensitive speech. Thank God for the American First Amendment, man. Otherwise, people like Tiger Woods' former caddy would be under investigation by authorities for merely being an idiot and saying stupid stuff.
(h/t to Tongue Tied.)
Via DE Politics:
GOP Chair Calls on Administration to Explain Special Treatment for Occupy DE WILMINGTON – Delaware Republican Party Chairman John Sigler called on the Markell Administration to explain the special and preferential treatment that the administration is giving to the Occupy Delaware protestors. “Today’s revelation that the Governor is allowing the Occupy Delaware protestors to camp out in Brandywine Park is a slap in the face to all those Delawareans who play by the rules and who go to the trouble and expense to obtain state park permits. The laws apply uniformly to all, and the Governor has no business waiving the rules for some, favored group, but not other groups. Why should some get special treatment simply because they happen to be favored by the Governor?” Sigler asked.
The DelawareOnline story about it is here.
I like what my old friend Dominique said about this on Facebook: "Definition of Hypocrisy: People demanding concessions so they can protest corporations that don't play by the rules."
Besides being an anti-Semite, among other things:
A man filed a lawsuit Friday claiming he was fired from the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition because he is gay.
Tommy R. Bennett claims Jackson fired him unjustly and the civil rights leader forced him to perform “uncomfortable” tasks, including escorting various women to hotel rooms to meet Jackson for sex, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
The claims mirror allegations Bennett made last year in a complaint to Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations.
Bennett claims he worked for PUSH starting in July 2007, and was both an organizer and Jackson’s travel assistant.
Bennett claims he received a letter in December 2009, in which he was told he was being laid off due to a “lack of funding.” But Bennett alleges someone else was then hired to replace him.
But c'mon, this simply can't be! Isn't Jackson one of the first people the mainstream media turns to when they require an opinion on a civil rights matter? He'd never do such a thing to a gay person!
Let's take a look:
Doesn't really seem like it!
81.2% white ... and only 1.6% black?
Moonbat pandora of the LGOMB exemplifies perfectly the duplicitous insanity that her fellow moonbats -- and the mainstream media -- exhibit when "examining" Tea Partiers and OWSers. She writes:
A Tea Party supporter calls Elizabeth Warren a “Socialist whore.”
Speaking in a packed VFW hall, Warren went on to address his question about her association with Occupy Wall Street. “I’ve been protesting what’s been going on on Wall Street for a very long time,” she said, but added that the movement has its own independent agenda and will proceed along its own course.
“Yeah, so has the Tea Party,” the man said, before losing his cool.
“Well, if you’re the intellectual creator of that so-called party,” he said, “you’re a socialist whore. I don’t want anything to do with you.” The crowd shouted him down as he added that Warren’s “boss,” presumably referring to the president, was “foreign-born.” He then attempted to storm out through a side door. Finding it locked, he retreated out the back of the VFW hall instead.
Warren afterwards said she "felt sorry" for the man and wasn't angry with him. Leaving pandora to conclude: "Let’s recap: Elizabeth Warren = Classy. Tea Party Supporter = Misogynistic, birther nutcase. In other words… the GOP base."
Is that so, pandora? If a single moronic Tea Party individual "represents" the GOP base, who do these people then represent?
So let's recap: Single Tea Party dolt = an individual cretin.
The Occupy Movement = Violent, destructive, profane, law-breaking. In other words ... the Democratic base.
Hey, I'm just using moonbattish pandorian "logic." Don't blame me.
And the non-Council winners are here!
Via FCMM we read Robot 6's sympathetic portrayal of the moonbat "superheroes" of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Wired also has the story, featuring a guy with a gimmick: Gan Golan hawking his own comic, The Adventures of Unemployed Man.
As Avi wonders in his FCMM post, will comics feature the negative aspects of the OWSers like it did with the Tea Party? Especially since OWS vandalism, violence, and other outright criminal activity far surpasses that of the T.P.?
Cheeyeah, right. Don't hold your breath.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has taken heat for her comments about Herman Cain's situation ("Our blacks are better than their blacks"). This isn't surprising, of course. Any inkling of racial "insensitivity" on the part of conservatives/the GOP is immediately pounced on with the predictable race card. Now, Coulter is far from my favorite person, and I think her comments were intemperate; however, let's take a gander (again) at the moronic no-last name Touré who was recently at it again over at MSNBC:
TOURE, TIME CONTRIBUTOR: But this is a major moment for the GOP because Cain is a really important candidate - perhaps more important than any of the other candidates - because he serves a massive psychological purpose because there's a lot of people in the GOP who have been critical of Obama and have been made to feel that they are racist because of their criticism. Some of it has been racist, some of it's been reasonable, some of it's been business-as-usual Republican-Democrat stuff, okay.
Cain comes along offering salvation, liberation: You're not racist if you support Herman Cain. So now they have this Herman Cain card that they can throw at us anytime they are made to feel racist, so this is like a beautiful thing for them. So they need him to succeed as long as they can deal with him so that they can get their Cain card and make it as valuable as possible. But, of course, this whole transaction is a canard.
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: In what way?
TOURE: Well, I mean, Cain is giving comfort to racism the way that he purports himself, as we've discussed before on this show, so, I mean, this is not the person that you can hold up as, well, see, I'm not a racist, I love Herman Cain.
Like Coulter, Cain himself took a lot of heat for saying that too many blacks are "brainwashed" for their lock-step loyalty to the Democrat Party. Yet this buffoon Touré holds himself up as a spokesman for not only all blacks, but all American voters by lecturing us that Cain is not "the right kind" of black to hold in high regard. And why? Because he dares to venture away from that which he referenced in his "brainwashing" comment. He dares to think differently and hold a different political point of view. And for racers like Touré, this is totally and completely anathema -- and is much like "progressive" dogma in general. That is, if you dare go astray, you must be destroyed. Period.
So, Touré is different from Coulter and Cain ... how?
Police in riot gear clashed with protesters in Oakland in the early morning hours on Thursday, firing tear gas to disperse demonstrators lingering in the streets after a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality and police brutality.
The clash and standoff came only hours after protesters shut down the Port of Oakland late Wednesday.
The confrontation, which erupted after midnight, appeared aimed at preventing the protesters from expanding their foothold in the streets around a public plaza that has become a hub for demonstrations in the northern California city.
Hmm, that doesn't sound too bad ... but that is from MSNBC, so consider the wording: "mostly peaceful rallies ..." "Against economic inequality and police brutality." So, let's take another gander:
The confrontation began after protesters started a large bonfire in the middle of a downtown street. Dozens of police in riot gear moved in on hundreds of protesters as the flames leapt more than 15 feet in the air from several large metal and plastic trash bins that had been pushed together.
Although windows at two bank branches and a Whole Foods store were broken and graffiti was painted inside one of the banks, officials described the protests as peaceful and orderly and said no arrests had been made.
Hmm, OK, that was the AP. It totally downplays the violence against these businesses with the clarifier "although." So, let's try elsewhere:
A roving group of about 100 mostly young men broke from the main group of protesters in a central plaza and roamed through downtown streets spraying graffiti, burning garbage and breaking windows. The police said some in the group briefly occupied a building on 16th Street near the port.
Some of the protesters blocked entrances to branches of Chase and Wells Fargo banks shouting: “Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”
That was the NY Times! Who'da thought?
The point being: If these people were Tea Partiers, would these MSM outlets take such pains to point out the "mostly peaceful" aspects of their rallies? And would the LGOMB be so proud as to hang a banner in support of them?
Just so you know.
Meanwhile, in a big flip, the American public is getting fed up with the OWSers:
A new poll from Quinnipiac University finds that more Americans view the Occupy Wall Street protests unfavorably than positively.
Just 30 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the protests, while 39 percent do not. Among independent voters, the spread is 29-42 against — a warning sign for Democrats who are trying to bring the movement into the mainstream.
Last month, a CNN poll found that 32 percent of Americans supported the movement, while 29 percent viewed it unfavorably.
It was easy to sympathize with the complaints of the OWSers, especially at the onset (big corporations getting bailed out, their execs getting insane bonuses, etc.); however, as I knew was inevitable, the more radical elements of the protesters couldn't contain themselves and have resorted to vandalism and violence.
Occupy Delaware is this Saturday!! The LGOMB has all the details here!! Woo hoo!!
If you stop by, be sure to ask 'em about all these folks!!
... when considering the Cain "sexual harassment" controversy, courtesy of Insty: There's a group out there called JournoList who "got together and talked about how to bury stories that hurt Democrats and push stories that hurt Republicans." Here's the complete list of the group.
Nevertheless, while obviously I believe the mainstream media has a preposterously brutal double standard when it comes to political scandals (particularly those involving sexual inpropriety), Herman Cain more and more demonstrates that he really ain't up to the job. I've previously opined on his absurd comments regarding Muslims, and now we read this:
JUDY WOODRUFF: Do you view China as a potential military threat to the United States?
HERMAN CAIN: I do view China as a potential military threat to the United States... we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defense a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes they're a military threat. They've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.
Dude -- the Chinese have had nukes since 1964. Regrettably, Ace -- to whom the hat tip goes for this story -- also doesn't know when China first tested a nuke, saying "For what it's worth, super-smart media genius Judy Woodruff seems to have not known China's been a nuclear power since the late 50s, too."
Close, but no cigar.
Speaking at the tribal headquarters of the Spirit Lake Sioux Nation, attorney Reed Soderstrom announced a lawsuit against the NCAA alleging copyright infringement and civil rights violations. The Sioux tribe supports the University of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo, but the NCAA has deemed them to be “hostile and abusive.”
“Today, the Spirit Lake Tribe of Indians, by and through its Committee of Understanding and Respect, and Archie Fool Bear, individually, and as Representative of more than 1004 Petitioners of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association in direct response to their attempt to take away and prevent the North Dakota Sioux Indians from giving their name forever to the University of North Dakota,” said Soderstrom in prepared remarks.
Soderstrom alleges that the NCAA has violated “the religious and first amendment rights of the Dakota Sioux tribes.” He also alleged a double standard in the application of the NCAA’s policy against the use of Native American names and imagery.
“Though the NCAA has decided ‘Fighting Sioux’ is derogatory, the NCAA supports the University of Illinois’ use of the name ‘Fighting Illini,’ and the use by Florida State University of the name ‘Seminoles’ along with the Seminole mascot – someone dressed in Native American attire who rides into the FSU stadium on a horse and throws a flaming spear before every home football game,” said Soderstrom. “The NCAA claims these are not derogatory depictions because the Illini people and the Seminole people approve of the use of the name and mascot. Inexplicably, the NCAA fails to accept the tribal vote and the sacred religious ceremony as endorsements of the name ‘Fighting Sioux’ by the North Dakota Sioux Nation.”
Maybe the we-know-better-than-you academic elitists at the NCAA will see the light. But then again, no one ever said that academic P.C. ever made any sense in the first place ...
(h/t: The Corner.)
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Zombie's done it again -- this time with a comprehensive list of some of more shady outfits that have demonstrated their support of Occupy Wall Street. Be sure to click the link above if you doubt any of these, as Zombie has 'em all sourced.
Now, you may be asking: "But Hube, isn't this sorta like guilt by association?" Well, let's see:
And what about this? Here, as demonstrated by local blogging harpy Nancy Willing (see the comments), the local KKK once had said they agreed with a piece of legislation (apparently anti-affirmative action) sponsored by former state representative (and eventual House Majority Leader) Wayne Smith. And what did our local Wilmington News Journal have to say about it? "Any bill favored by the KKK is bound to be racist" (April 29, 1996, p. 10A). And local moonbat columnist Ralph Moyed chimed in with “Shed no tears for legislator endorsed by Klan” (April 28, 1996, p. 2H). See also here at Colossus for more background.
So consider that lengthy list above again and consider where our illustrious mainstream media has been with such similar "kindred spirit" sentiments. Yep, that's right -- haven't been any, have there? Again, the Communist Party USA. American Nazi Party. North Korea. David Duke. The Black Panthers.
All you can do is just shake your head ...
UPDATE: Carelessly, I forgot to point out what the LGOMB (Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers) has at the upper left-hand corner of their main page at present (see above left). Therefore, can we conclude that they are sympathetic to all of those above??