“We reported a true story. I am not at CBS now because I and my team reported a true story. It was a tough story, a story a lot of people didn’t want to believe and it was subjected to a terrific propaganda barrage to discredit it.”
Dan seems to have forgotten:
Poor Dan. Maybe he can revitalize his career by spending a fraction of the effort with which went after Mr. Bush by doing some actual investigative work into our current president's past.
The Messiah razzing Mitt Romney on his supposed waffling statements about killing Osama bin Laden:
“I assume that people meant what they said when they said it,” Obama said at a White House news conference. “That’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.”
You can the full context of Romney's past statement(s) at the link, but just take in the absolute chutzpah of that first sentence from The Messiah. Shall we, Mr. President, take you by what you said when you said it? Y'know, like closing Guantanamo prison in one year.
How your stimulus package would keep unemployment below eight percent.
That you wouldn't approve of a budget that added one dime to the deficit.
That adding so much to the debt/deficit is "unpatriotic."
Shall I continue? If I did, this would probably be my longest post in the blog's history.
I really got a kick out of this: Elizabeth Warren, challenger to surprise 2010 Massachusetts GOP Senate winner Scott Brown, got caught -- caught labeling herself as a minority when she got employed by Harvard University. She claimed she was Native American. But thanks to the New Media, this has been shown to be false:
Apparently "family lore" has it that "both Warren's grandparents on her mother's side had Native American lineage." That lore may or may not be accurate. Genealogist Christopher Child "traced back Warren's family to her great-grandfather on her mother's side and couldn't find any proof of Native American heritage." He tells the Herald that "in her immediate pedigree there is no one who is listing themselves as not white," although he also says, in the reporter's paraphrase, "that finding Native American lineage is not always easy."
The Warren campaign says that the candidate "never authorized Harvard Law to claim her as a minority hire," and that she "'has no recollection of discussing her Native American heritage with Harvard Law School faculty' before her hiring." But Volokh Conspiracy blogger David Bernstein discovered Warren did just this elsewhere.
'Ya gotta love this. By Warren claiming Native heritage before Harvard, she automatically gained a certain status in such a politically correct environment. Confirming this background, as seen above, is problematic -- Native American history is frequently oral, hence no concrete records. And if one tried to make a big deal out of this lack of records, diversophiles would scream "white patricarchy hegemonic oppression!" and any and all heat on Warren would immediately cease.
But Warren has made the move beyond the comforting womb of the elite ivory tower into politics. Here, no one is really going to care about the PC mores of a university like Harvard. Hence, Warren is now caught -- caught between assuaging her former employer and convincing the Massachusetts public of her bona fides.
Welcome to the REAL world, Ms. Warren.
Previously: Warren, who claimed to be a founder of the Occupy movement, also claimed she is not wealthy ... despite a a quarter of million dollar salary and living in a five million dollar house.
I know The Avengers is slated to be THE money-maker of the summer, but in all honesty, this is the flick I'm dying to see:
This is what contemporary teachers have to deal with:
Caught copying another student’s homework, a California sophomore was kicked out of honors English. His parents admit he cheated, violating the Academic Honesty Pledge he’d signed at the start of the year. But the cheater’s parents are suing, claiming the teen’s due process rights were violated, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The boy’s father, Jack Berghouse, said the punishment is too severe and could make it harder for his son to get into a top college.
The school offered to let the boy enter the International Baccalaureate program in 11th and 12th grade with others in the honors track and to keep the cheating incident off his transcript. But that wasn’t enough for the parents.
Teachers who primarily teach low SES (socioeconomic status) students have to deal with constant unpreparedness, apathy, and disconnected parents. Teachers who teach high SES students have to deal with constant unpreparedness, apathy ... and parents like these. Both types of students have shocking degrees of sense of entitlement, for [obviously] different reasons.
And the public then often wonders about school discipline, values, and standards?
But, there is hope, to be sure. I recently caught two [very nice and smart] students copying off one another. School policy dictates a "zero" be given in such an instance. However, given that the students admitted to their error (without attitude, too), are historically excellent students, and were quite apologetic about it all, I merely gave them a sizable point deduction on the assignment. When the mom of one of the kids got my e-mail about the incident, she 1) thanked me for the note and for my generosity, 2) said she gave a stern reprimand to her son, and 3) told me she wouldn't have been as generous as I in that situation!
I still always try to live by a motto of the principal who first hired me, lo those many years ago: Have rules with a human face.
While moving some stuff around in the basement the other day -- including some old "long boxes" of comics -- I came across one of my favorite classic comic editions: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe -- Book of Weapons, Hardware, and Paraphernalia. The section on Iron Man's armor is especially intriguing because it offers up a novel technological "explanation" of the awesome armor that was never conceived of before:
You read that right -- Iron Man's armor was (and I say "was" because this issue came out in 1984) composed of bacteria. "Metal affinity" bacteria. And Tony Stark genetically engineered this bacteria to, when they expire, "deposit" various layers which his armor needs:
If this sounds incredibly fantastic, it, well, is. I mean, take a look at what these bacteria leave behind when they die:
Yep, when the bacteria die, they deposit things like a "graviton generator and magnetic beam path," a "magnetic beam generator," and an "integral electronic motor speed control." Pretty fascinating, huh?
The book is the brainchild of Eliot R. Brown who also did up the fantastic Iron Manual back in 1993. I'd say "seek this out!" if you're an IM fan, but I see that Eliot has the entire issue online at that link!
Baseball guy Tim McCarver jumps on the global warming bandwagon with a new theory on the increased number of homeruns (or, why the ball is "carrying") over the years: the air is thinning.
Not that the air is warmer, the air is thinning. And ... increased steroid/HGH, etc. use has nothing to do with the increase in baseballs "carrying," right Tim?
Ye gad ...
This is harsh to watch -- harsh because this idiot woman came on O'Reilly's TV show woefully unprepared. And if you do that, Bill will have you for lunch:
See also this post from earlier today.
That is, the NFL player who graces the cover of the popular video game usually encounters some sort of bad luck shortly thereafter? (It happened to my football god, Marshall Faulk, in the early 2000s.) In politics, there's the "Rolling Stone Curse."
Delaware's own Joe Biden informs us about the president's girth: “I promise you, the President has a big stick. I promise you.”
Best part: You can hear the audience laughter after the "punchline."
As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy asses.”
The speaker was Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars. Savage also writes a sex advice column called “Savage Love.”
Rick Tuttle, the journalism advisor for Sutter Union High School in California, was among several thousand people in the audience. He said they thought the speech was one thing – but it turned into something else.
“I thought this would be about anti-bullying,” Tuttle told Fox news. “It turned into a pointed attack on Christian beliefs.”
Tuttle said a number of his students were offended by Savage’s remarks – and some decided to leave the auditorium.
“It became hostile,” he said. “It felt hostile as we were sitting in the audience – especially towards Christians who espouse beliefs that he was literally taking on.”
Tuttle said the speech was laced with vulgarities and “sexual innuendo not appropriate for this age group.” At one point, he said Savage told the teenagers about how good his partner looked in a speedo.
Boy, what a class act. But the way the Left works, you can bet that Savage and his acolytes will try to turn this around and make those who were offended and/or left out to be the bullies -- because they dared to offend a homosexual.
Then we have a new video by MoveOn.org which attempts to make using the term "illegal immigrant" ... a hate crime. Suggested alternatives are the usual "undocumented worker," blah blah blah, but I think the best I heard was last night on a pundit show: "potential tax payer." The host was beside himself with unbelieving hilarity, asking the idiot who uttered this phrase something like, "What should we now call thieves and murderers? 'Potential law-abiding citizens??'"
This is the Age of Obama, where using actual, factual terminology is not only wrong, it may soon land you in jail.
The non-Council winner was Raymond Ibrahim with How the Media Whitewashes Muslim Persecution of Christians.
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Giant Freakin Robot has the pretty good synopsis.
I'm of mixed feelings about Enterprise. It always seemed to me that the writers didn't care about established Trek canon ... and worried about it all at the same time. For example, the show's very premise violates everything we'd learned about Trek and the Enterprise. I mean, the ship -- "NX-01"?? Since when? And who the hell was Capt. Archer? In the show's premiere, Earth/Federation history with regards to the Klingons is altered from what we know. On the other hand, when Archer is trapped in the past with the time-traveling Daniels, the writers seem to go out of their way to establish the canonical Earth-Romulan wars. The list is endless.
Nevertheless, BFR's Josh Tyler makes a good point in that the show's right-from-the-bat weakness is that it established time travel as the main plot device. Of the entire show. I'm a HUGE time travel aficionado, but even I saw that this was pretty weak -- and left too many "easy outs" for the writers if they needed 'em ... or, would allow them to just complicate the living sh** out of Trek canon even further. Honestly -- when news broke that the series was canceled, I seriously thought the whole Temporal Cold War stuff would act like the "Dream Season" of Dallas in which the whole series was erased from history.
And this all doesn't even address the insanity of dedicating an entire season (the third) to searching for a doomsday weapon. It gave "boring" a whole new concept.
As Tyler notes, the series seemed to have gotten its act together in season four, its last, but by then it was too late. It quickly (and very neatly) did away with the Temporal Cold War, and began to concentrate on story above all. Possibly the best episodes of the entire series were the "In a Mirror, Darkly" which used the long-established "mirror" universe (and, ironically, time travel) to tell an incredibly good story. But, alas, in the rush to tie everything up while running out of time, the finale hastily "established" the Federation ... with the lame plot device of the Enterprise-D's Will Riker using the holodeck to "live out" a history lesson.
But hey -- does any of this all matter, though? Star Trek has been rebooted, existing now in an alternate universe. Yeah, I know the Trek universe proper still exists (and many cool stories can be told!), but will we see any of it outside of novels, comics and fan fiction?
I tend to doubt it.
During an interview to promote The Avengers, as well as the documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Moviefone asked the legendary writer and editor (Stan Lee) about concerns — more like complaints, actually — that his co-creator’s name appears nowhere on the $220 million movie. Lee seemed genuinely perplexed, replying, “I don’t know how to answer that because in what way would his name appear?” before offering that “it’s mentioned in every comic book; it says ‘By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.’”
As Robot 6 notes, it's not entirely fair to ask Lee, but you can tell he's uncomfortable by the whole issue. I mean, c'mon -- "in what way would his name appear"?? How 'bout "co-creator," maybe? Y'know, like, because Kirby co-created the characters and the concept of the team?
Lee gets a certain percentage of the take on Marvel flicks mainly because he's been alive to negotiate such deals. No such luck Jack Kirby. But in my opinion, the very least Lee could do was demand Kirby's name appear in the freakin' credits as, mentioned above, "co-creator." That'd be the decent -- and right -- thing to do. Especially since Kirby was much more responsible for the storytelling of Marvel's titles in the 1960s than Lee ever was.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
We learn from the Washington Post that Democrats in Congress have a "fallback" plan in case the US Supreme Court upholds the Arizona immigration law. Included in that plan are the following:
NY Democrat Senator Chuckie Schumer said,
“If the court upholds the Arizona law, Congress can make it clear that what Arizona is doing goes beyond what the federal government and what Congress ever intended.”
He called the Arizona law an “assault on the domain of the federal government” that Congress will need to address if the court allows it to stand.
'Ya gotta love this, folks. As Mark Krikorian notes,
So, for open-borders legislators, running to the courthouse is Plan A, while actually going through the deliberative process of legislating is Plan B. Because, you know, they might lose if it were put to a vote, and there’s no sense in taking that chance if you don’t have to. That pretty much sums up the governing philosophy of the Left: Only when all else fails should you try democracy.
And, of course, if Schumer and his idiot pals had done their job long ago, Arizona might not have felt compelled to act on its own behalf.
Meanwhile, Congressional Dems and our illustrious Justice Dept. could care less about so-called "sanctuary cities" which outright ignore federal immigration laws by providing a safe haven for illegal immigrants!
A week after suing Arizona and arguing that the state’s immigration law creates a patchwork of rules, the Obama administration said it will not go after so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration enforcement, on the grounds that they are not as bad as a state that “actively interferes.”
”There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law,” Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., told The Washington Times. “That’s what Arizona did in this case.”
Right. Arizona doing what the feds essentially REFUSE to do is "actively interfering." In other words, the state is "actively interfering" in ... nothing. And the author of the actual law that requires -- requires -- [sanctuary] states and localities to cooperate with the feds when it comes to immigration laws says Eric Holder and the administration are full of it:
For the Justice Department to suggest that they won’t take action against those who passively violate the law who fail to comply with the law is absurd,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and chief author of the 1996 immigration law. “Will they ignore individuals who fail to pay taxes? Will they ignore banking laws that require disclosure of transactions over $10,000? Of course not.”
This is your modern Democrat Party, folks. Go after states/localities that actually enforce the law, and look the other way at states/localities that piss on same. And if the highest court in the land upholds the rights of a state to enforce federal immigration law, our Democrats in Congress will thwart the state by ... passing more laws. Which, again, Democrats will only enforce when they want to. And they won't want to in those sanctuary cities, just like they don't approve of voter ID laws. Because scamming a few illegal votes in the upcoming elections just might make the difference between victory and defeat.
... now that they've backfired on The Messiah. What a freakin' hypocrite, for as Greg Pollowitz notes,
Who’s the one “wasting” time on dog issues? Here’s video of Keith Olbermann discussing the Romney/Seamus story from a month ago. And here. And here, here, here, here, and here. You can spend all day searching for MSM stories on the Seamus story. And now it’s a waste of time?
Via the Washington Examiner:
"[Obama] now has a specific record of governing," MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry said today on her show. "A record that, I contend, because of his race will be held to a much higher standard than it would have been for a white incumbent. Those white voters who found what they were looking for in 2008 will not necessarily be so enthusiastic in 2012."
Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC's NOW, agreed. "I think race absolutely has to do with the conversation about reelection," she said.
*Sigh* Sorry, but that "specific record of governing" didn't help Jimmy Carter back in 1980, and Obama's "specific record of governing" is arguably much worse than his. Alas, though, this is to be expected from MSNBC and its fellow travelers -- that is, race will be blamed for virtually every criticism of the president this election season, just as it was back in 2008.
We already wrote about Mediaite's Tommy Christopher earlier this week; it's a two-fer now because of this hilarious article. In it, Christopher makes a big deal out of a couple past Mitt Romney gaffes where he momentarily confused "Obama" with "Osama" (he immediately corrected himself), but in the very same article he does just this himself. And to make matters worse, he (or his editors) later edited this mistake without notification. But no matter -- we have the screen capture! But first, here's the original text as it appeared:
Buzzfeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski has dug up a rather inconvenient photo from Mitt Romney‘s last presidential campaign, in which he poses with a sign that says “Say No To Obama, Osama, and Chelsea’s Moma (no, Chelsea Clinton does not own a Museum Of Modern Art, that’s just how these people spell),” which the candidate laughed off as a “joke” in July of 2007. That, and the video we found of Romney “confusing” then-Sen. Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden, are embarrassing on a number of levels, not the least of which is the number that Obama and Chelsea’s mama did on Osama, a move Romney said he wouldn’t have made in 2007.
It’s been a campaign of ruff optics so far, and while the sight of Romney posing with a nasty sign like that probably pleases the conservative base he so wants to excite, it serves only to remind other voters that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were sitting front-row when Seal Team Six punched bin Laden’s ticket. Ditto this clip from 2007, in which Romney “confuses” Osama bin Laden with the now-fish-feeding terrorist:
Of course, Osama bin Laden IS the now-fish-feeding terrorist. But, as noted, "Osama bin Laden" in that last sentence was later edited to [correctly] read "Barack Obama." So, here's that screen cap I mentioned:
Two words, Christopher: Hoisted. Petard.
(Cross-posted at Newsbusters.)
Courtesy of this Houston Chronicle editorial:
So Mr. Romney, do yourself and all of us a favor, and spend more time chatting with the press. Generally speaking, they're not liberal, and they're not conservative. They're trying to do their jobs. And engaging with them will help you do yours.
A definite case of acute self-delusion, for sure.
CBR reports that idiot Micah Wright is slated to return to comics with Duster -- a tale about "an errant band of Nazi war criminals who crash land near a small Texas farm" in the waning days of World War 2. But ... why is Wright a "progressive" liar? This is why:
My name is Micah Wright. I'm a former Army Ranger, and I've been lying to you. I've kept the secret for years now, but all lies grow and eventually get out of control. This is me coming clean about my Big Lie. What did I lie about? Oh, nothing much...
Except that I was never an Army Ranger. I never served a day in a Ranger Regiment. I never went to Ranger School. The closest I ever got was Army ROTC.
This entire Army Ranger thing is a stupid lie which has its roots back in college. When I was in the Army ROTC (and I really was, trust me), I met a lot of Rangers, and got to know some of these amazing men. They always impressed me with their inspired competence and their commitment to one another. Though I enjoyed my time in Army ROTC, I decided that eight years of military service was not for me and I left the program. That ended my involvement with the military.
The funny thing is, Wright was supposed to make his "comeback" four years ago with this Duster project -- I personally tipped off Michelle Malkin about it. And the current report states that the series won't be released until the end of next year. Yeesh.
At any rate, who the hell cares. I've no problem with someone making a "comeback;" however, I certainly won't be among those purchasing Wright's garbage (and I urge you not to, as well), not only because he's a lying punk who, even as people became suspicious about him, went on the offensive with his fables:
Another West Point Butterbar who can't read my bio page and figure out that while he was playing Mario on his Super Nintendo, I was shooting people for George Herbert Walker Bush the 3rd. Been there, done that, newbie. Lecture me after you've seen piles of dead people who stood in the way of a Bush President. For the last time, I'm a (expletive deleted) veteran. None of these posters mock the men and women in uniform. How is it that people are so stupid that they can't look beyond the image and understand the message?
... but especially because he's a far-leftist lying punk, with dreams of super-powered heroes instituting a coup d'etat against the United States. At any rate, I particularly enjoyed this comment on today's CBR story about Wright's new book: "Maybe [now] he fought Adolf Hitler too. Probably borrowed Marty Mcfly’s Delorean and battled the Nazi’s." Yeah, that, or Duster will somehow make comparisons to Nazi Germany and the United States -- y'know, how the two nations "weren't really all that different" when you think about it. Or some such crap.
I wouldn't put it past this a-hole.
... because the most preposterous charges of "racism" have begun to pop up re: the Romney campaign. Like Tommy Christopher over at Mediaite:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn’t Working”
Now, stop right there. What's the first thing that comes into your mind upon reading that slogan? Probably what popped into mine: The Obama administration has been a failure. But Christopher thinks differently:
... which is also the name of a website his campaign set up several months ago (in case you didn’t get the message from the banner, it was also on the front of Romney’s podium).
The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.
When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.
To which The Corner's Charles C.W. Cooke notes:
What actually is racist is for someone to look at a pretty standard campaign slogan, notice that it triggered racist thoughts within them, and then project those thoughts onto somebody else before publicly impugning their motives. It wasnt Mitt Romney who considered there to be a link between the banner and an ugly stereotype, it was Tommy Christopher.
Else, why would they take a position not supported by 75% of the state's public -- and over 70% nationwide?
Answer: Because like way too many other far-left wannabe authoritarians, they believe they know what's "best" for all of us. Even though it violates basic common sense.
The non-Council winner was Michael Totten with The Lost City.
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The hypothesis? Sex robots would become the leading ladies of sex-for-profit in the seemingly distant year of 2050.
The paper was called “Robots, Men and Sex Tourism,” a work that made its way into a journal called Futures, according to a report in The Dominion Post.
Part of their research involved the hypothetical creation of an Amsterdam sex club called “Yub-Yum,” where robot women create a land rife with “sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features.”
Far fetched? I doubt it. Remember Jude Law's character in A.I.? And in Isaac Asimov's classic The Robots of Dawn the author featured a "humaniform" named Jander who had a clandestine sexual relationship with one of the main characters, Lady Gladia Delmarre.
If Asimov, the master of robotics, hypothesizes that, you can bet it will probably happen.
David Brothers' column at Comics Alliance has made me reconsider my views that I voiced in a recent comics-related post. In my past post, I chastised comics great Alan Moore for being an egotist because DC is producing the series "Before Watchmen" ... and Moore ain't happy about it. But Brothers lays out an excellent case as to why Moore has a very legitimate right to feel as he does.
See? I am able to be persuaded to change my opinion!
That's according to one Lonnie Peek, a self-described "racial militant" from Michigan:
“A thousand dollars is a lot of money,” Lonnie Peek, one of the fortunate few to touch Obama personally, told CBS. “But other folks are kickin’ in for their candidates, so what you do is you bite the bullet. You wanna have your conscience good, to feel that this is what I did. You know, you go without a couple of meals. We can miss a couple meals.”
No wonder Obama still has so many supporters despite his dismal economic performance while in office. Soaring gas prices? We can go without driving if we can just shake The Messiah's hand. Pay more taxes? No problem -- I'll pay a grand, as long as I can shake The Messiah's hand. Most debt racked up by any president in history? Let me personally assist with $1,000 by being able to shake The Messiah's hand.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Get this: A ridiculous scene in the upcoming Avengers film had Captain America lamenting the loss of “loss of health care and welfare” in his country. Thankfully, it was cut from the final product by director Joss Whedon:
One of the best scenes that I wrote was the beautiful and poignant scene between Steve and Peggy [Carter] that takes place in the present. And I was the one who was like, ‘Guys, we need to lose this.’ It was killing the rhythm of the thing. And we did have a lot of Cap, because he really was the in for me. I really do feel a sense of loss about what’s happening in our culture, loss of the idea of community, loss of health care and welfare and all sorts of things. I was spending a lot of time having him say it, and then I cut that.
Aside from the ridiculous historical inaccuracy of such a statement (healthcare and welfare coverage have both increased dramatically since the 1940s, for heaven's sake), it's simply something that Cap would never say -- unless he's in the hands of a typical leftist contemporary comics creator. Some commenters at the article link say that Whedon is more a libertarian (he created "Firefly"), but Avi Green at FCMM believes the liberal slant given Whedon's abortion arc in Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics.
Nevertheless, Cap, over his long history, has been quite reluctant to get into political debates. In my view, Cap's philosophy is best exemplfied by the following panel from Daredevil #233, the "Born Again" storyline written by Frank Miller:
The Telegraph (UK) notes that President Obama made an "uncharacteristic" gaffe the other day by calling the Falklands Islands -- known as the Malvinas in Argentina -- the "Maldives." And it did so by pointing out ... that George W. Bush was more prone to such blunders:
Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W. Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.
While President George W. Bush certainly made his fair share of gaffes, one can certainly wonder if the former chief exec was indeed more apt to make such errors, or whether it was the media -- in this case the foreign press -- that highlighted them more often than it does those of our current president. For example, take Oliver Burkeman's "homage" to Mr. Bush in the [UK] Guardian just prior to the former president's departure from the White House in 2009: "The gaffes, the gibberish, the gurning. Admit it: there's a part of him you're going to miss" he writes. He then includes the memorable moment of Mr. Bush walking into a locked door while in China, followed by just about every memorable verbal/grammar gaffe of his presidency.
The [UK] Daily Mail giggled at the former president mixing up Austria with Australia, while the aforementioned BBC certainly had fun with the former president's blunders with British royalty. Ironically, our current president thought that Austrian was an actual language, and he's had his own share of gaffes with regards to the British and their royalty.
So, are such blunders, verbal and otherwise, "uncharacteristic" of President Obama? Let's take a look at some classics:
Newsbusters forum member Blonde has a handy-dandy reference guide for many other such goofs by our current chief exec.
The question to the UK Telegraph is: Was your sub-headline an actual fact -- or a blatant editorial opinion?
(Cross-posted at Newsbusters.)
He who came from money, attended mostly-white schools, and is a known 9/11 Truther ... the no last name Touré (his actual last name is Neblett) thinks he knows more about "being black" -- and what is racist and what's not -- than Bill Cosby.
I like what Deroy Murdock proposes today -- what Senate Republicans should propose as an amendment to the "Buffett Rule" debate today:
Call it the Buffett Box.
The Buffett Box will make life easy for such wealthy liberal tax masochists. The Buffett Box could be added to the IRS 1040 Income Tax form. It would read, more or less as follows:
If you believe you should be taxed at a rate above that assigned to your income bracket, please indicate in this box the higher rate that you prefer. Kindly enter your recalculated tax liability. Now send it in.
So people perpetually irritated at hypocritical "progressives" who routinely clamor for "higher taxes" can simply ask, "Did you fill in the Buffett Box?"
Don't expect an answer. Our old friend "progressive" Perry (commenting as "Wagonwheel") over at The First Street Journal is a perfect example: he has refused to answer just this question on many threads, even as he -- like way too many other liberals -- laments the "regressive" tax code, the "rich" who don't pay their "fair" share, and clamors for the ridiculous "Buffett Rule." Again, if you believe government needs more, why don't you just pay more than you legally owe? Or, if you get a refund, give it back to Uncle Sam? At least President Obama matches his words with deeds in that regard; he gave his tax refund right back to the feds. (Well, sort of -- he requested that it go towards his 2012 tax payment. But it's a lot more than other hypocritical libs would do.)
UPDATE: Several commenters on Murdock's article point out that the "progressive" state of Massachusetts has such a box for its state taxes -- the option of paying at the higher 5.95% income tax rate after a ballot initiative passed in 2000 to lower the rate back to 5%. Less than 1% of the tax-paying population volunteers to pay at the higher rate.
Via Rhymes with Right: Mom who thinks that disabling 58 school buses, disrupting the education of thousands of students, and costing the district lots of money constitutes a "senior prank", not a crime.
"It’s an emotional time for our family. Our kids have been plastered all over the news like they’ve committed a crime," said April Soza, Nick’s mother.
The students, their parents, lawyers and school administrators met on Friday to discuss future punishment.
Newsflash Mrs. Soza-Idiot: they did commit a crime. A real mom would have said "My son acted like a complete moron. He deserves whatever the school district and law enforcement decide."
The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with One Hundred Broken Mirrors.
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And once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career. And something that, could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot. Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling. And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work. And I know when she was with the girls she’d feel guilty that she wasn’t giving enough time to her work, and when she was at work, she was feeling guilty she wasn’t giving enough time for the girls. And like many of you, we both wish there were machines that could let us be in two places at once.”
Awwww ... poor baby!
Look, let's be 100% real here: The Obama's certainly DID have the luxury for Mrs. Obama not to work. My wife and I had that option, and I was then a lowly public school teacher with a mere three years experience under my belt. What was my salary back then -- the high $20 thousands? Low $30s? Obama was all the things he mentioned above; think he made more cash than I did? Without a doubt -- and a lot more.
As mentioned, this nonsense preceded idiot Hilary Rosen's remarks that Mitt Romney's wife "never worked a day in her life." Of course, Mrs. Romney was a stay at home of five children. "So what," many a "progressive" have said today on Twitter. "She probably had numerous housekeepers, au pairs, etc. doing all the work for her." Well, Mrs. Romney may have been like Sean Young as Mrs. Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, but Rosen doesn't know that, nor does any other idiot liberal gabber. Knowing the many Mormons as I do, I would tend to doubt it considering their views on family -- like the "Family Home Evening" just to name one example.
Honestly, I hope The Messiah and his acolytes keep this nonsense up. Mitt Romney is in a much better situation poll-wise than Ronald Reagan was at this time back in 1980; Obama's continued idiocy will only make this even better.
Catholic schools in Ontario, Canada will no longer be permitted to teach Catholic doctrine regarding to homosexuality. Glenn Murray, an openly gay member of Provincial Parliament, rebuked Ontario’s Catholic bishops for refusing to launch “gay clubs” in Catholic schools.
“I have to say to the bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore,’” said Mr. Murray, who serves as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As part of an “anti-bullying” effort, Ontario’s New Democratic Party intends to force the Catholic Church into naming clubs in its schools “gay-straight alliances.” Catholic bishops and over 2,000 concerned parents and pro-family advocates have protested the bill and called for its defeat.
Why not just ban religion outright, then? Or, like any communist country that has ever existed, make the state the official religion.
... here's a few things to keep in mind:
Everyone stay tuned ... as I know you will.
The deputy director of organizing for the AFT -- the American Federation of Teachers -- is named Shaun Richman. Now, just imagine if his credentials were the complete "opposite":
Richman’s previous organizing experience? The Socialist Party-USA. In 2001 he was quoted discussing the party’s plans to run candidates for office and in 2005, he was running the party’s national convention. In 2006, he was producing the party’s magazine. He’s a socialist true believer.
So he’s a socialist – what radical union staffer isn’t, right? But it gets much worse. He’s also an apologist for Osama bin Laden. In a 2008 article, CNSNews.comreported:
“The Socialist Party-USA does not believe that bin Laden is responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
“’I refuse to believe that Osama bin Laden...is behind all of these things he's been accused of,’ said Shaun Richman, the co-vice national chairman of the Socialist Party USA.”
To top it off, this socialist makes just under a cool $213,000 a year in salary.
And unions wonder why they get grief??
Spider-Man socks ... Al Gore! Via the Daily Caller:
I don't buy contemporary comics so I've no idea what set Spidey off there (although the panels give some indication -- apparently Doc Ock has swindled Gore et. al. into believing him), but that last panel sure is refreshing in an age where it seems only conservatives get mocked/beat up in the funny books.
"Progressive" talker Bill Press complains about media bias -- right-wing media bias -- in the mainstream media:
Press explained that he believes the right-wing bias isn’t just on Fox News — thanks to philanthropists Charles and David Koch, he said, the bias is apparent everywhere.
“It’s not just Fox, which you might expect, right? It’s much bigger than that and it really is an organized campaign led in large part by a couple of men who until about a year ago were under the radar, operated under the radar. And I’m talking about Charles and David Koch. And they are everywhere.”
“We have to get the message out, the truth out to counter the lies from the other side. It’s tough to do when there is such an imbalance in the media today… Of 2,000 news talk stations in this country today, there are maybe 50 — I’ll be generous, 50 — that are progressive talk stations — 1,940 of them are all right-wing all the time. So they start off at a huge advantage and they also have Fox News. Now, we’ve got MSNBC and now we have Current TV, but MS[NBC] is not all-progressive all day long, and Current doesn’t even have a full day of programming — yet.”
Of course, even granting Press's figures (and I don't), notice how he conveniently omits major newspapers (and even minor ones like our own News Journal), major network news, and ... Hollywood. The public consistently believes that the mainstream media is too liberal; here's a snapshot of a Gallup poll from last September:
And as I've said many times before, what does Press think accounts for Fox News's meteoric rise in popularity since its debut? Is it just clever marketing? No -- it's because the public (especially the conservative public) was craving a news outlet that actually covered their views, and covered them fairly. Press's complaints about MSNBC and Current matter little -- their ratings are atrocious, and are such for a reason: No one wants to watch them. And why would they? We already have ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, major newspapers, and all the networks' local affilliates.
Check out Press' delusions firsthand:
And the non-Council submissions are here!
(via the Right Scoop)
CBR reports that the Oscar-winning actor is in "final negotiations" to play the villain in next year's Iron Man 3. But despite yearnings for a Mandarin appearance/battle, don't count on it:
The odds would seem to be against Mandarin, though. While "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau wanted to include the character in the third film -- "You have to do the Mandarin," he told MTV in 2010 -- his successor Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") more recently dismissed the villain as a racist caricature. The criminal mastermind with ties to the Communist Party could also prove an obstacle to the all-important Chinese film market. Then there's the matter of the Mandarin's 10 Makluan rings, which even Favreau acknowledged "just doesn't feel right for our thing" (and, The Hollywood Reporter notes, edges a little close to Green Lantern's power ring).
Well, first of all, it was more than subtlely hinted in the first film that the head terrorist bad guy was the Mandarin -- or at least one of his acolytes. He kept twisting that ring on his finger and the name of his organization was the "Ten Rings." And given that Stark's captors were Afghanis/radical Muslims, why would Mandy have to retain his Chinese heritage for the film?
IM3 is set to loosely utilize the "Extremis" story arc which was done by Warren Ellis and artist extraordinaire Adi Granov (whose armor designs were used in the films). The story was pretty cool -- Stark literally becomes one with his Iron Man armor based on a nanotech "virus;" however, Ellis injected far too much leftist propaganda into the dialogue via reporter "John Pillinger" who's not-so loosely based on radical filmmaker John Pilger. Hopefully, this drivel will be excised from the film, otherwise it'll ruin the very successful franchise.
ABC News continues The NarrativeTM in the Trayvon Martin shooting case with the following report by Candace Smith:
Six shots were fired into an empty police cruiser early today in the Florida neighborhood where black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
The police cruiser was stationed outside of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla., the town that has been wracked with tension since the Feb. 26 shooting.
It was not clear what prompted the shooting, but it was the latest incident in which racists, neo-Nazis or white supremacists have used the controversial case as a rallying point.
Martin, 17, was unarmed when he was shot by George Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch captain.
A group of armed neo-Nazis from the National Socialist Movement have descended upon the town, touting their intention to patrol the town to protect whites against a race riot.
The ultra-politically correct "white Hispanic" nonsense shows up yet again; however, that isn't the biggie here. The so-called "descension" of neo-Nazis into Sanford is a myth -- which ABC would have known if they had but made a simple phone call. A phone call like that which was made by Legal Insurrection's William A. Jacobson:
My initial e-mail (which included an embedded link to the Memeorandum thread):
“There are a number of reports in the media that Neo-Nazis are conducting armed patrols in Sanford. Can you confirm or deny whether this is true, and provide any information you have on the subject? If someone is able to get back to me as soon as possible (and before Monday) that would be appreciated, since such rumors are spreading.”
Response from Sanford Joint Information Center:
“At this time the City of Sanford has not confirmed the presence of Neo-Nazis groups.”
My follow up:
“You say “not confirmed.” Is there any indication of such patrols that the Department is aware of?”
Further Response from Sanford Joint Information Center:
“We have no indication of any such patrols at this point in Sanford. The only large gathering was the children and their parents at the Easter egg hunt.”
Unbelievable. Jacobson wrote that back on April 7th, yet here we are three days later and one of the biggest news organizations on the planet is still running this false nonsense. Jacobson today notes how one MSM outlet, the New York Daily News, "retreated" -- somewhat -- in a headline today. It went from "Neo-Nazis patrolling streets of Sanford, Fla." to "Neo-Nazis pledge to descend on Sanford, Fla."
Back to Smith's ABC report, it's also sadly hilarious that she fleetingly notes "And the New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman." Gee, that's all they've done, eh? In addition, Smith highlights the director of a black student center at Ohio State University calling pro-[George] Zimmerman graffiti "a hate crime." But, "it was not clear what prompted the shooting" of the police cruiser. Of course.
The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting has decided not to take the case to the grand jury:
In Florida, the decision on whether to indict someone in capital cases must be made by a grand jury. In all lesser cases the decision to file charges are routinely made by prosecutors. But in highly controversial or difficult cases, prosecutors often defer to a grand jury, leaving the politically charged decision to a panel of citizens.
[Special Prosecutor Angela] Corey’s office pointed out that the decision not to take the case to a grand jury should not be taken as an indication of which way she’s going to decide.
“The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,” her office said in a release.
I think, based on this initial report, this is a terrible idea. As it notes in the highlighted text above, why not leave it up to a panel of citizens to decide? The case already has an aura of political shenanigans; won't this decision just add to that? The case had been scheduled for a grand jury tomorrow by the previous prosecutor; now, Corey will decide alone whether to file charges against George Zimmerman.
In an era of totally unnecessary movie sequels (The Amazing Spider-Man? Really? Total Recall?) we, the crack young staff of the Colossus of Rhodey (with apologies to the now-defunct Hatemongers Quarterly) have compiled a list of needed sequels -- sequels that make sense and would (or should) be eagerly popular. Of course, being that we, the crack young staff of the CoR are science fiction aficionados, be forewarned that the following list contains an inordinate quantity of said sci-fi hypotheticals!
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2. What's not to like? Aside from the insanely ridiculous method by which we defeated their alien vessels, the aliens themselves are hardly conquered. Sure, scads of them perished as their city-sized ships crashed all over the planet, but untold numbers of them would still be alive. And they have "bio-mechanical" battle suits. Oh, and they're telepathic. So, in what could be an awesome Battle Los Angeles-like extravaganza, ID2 could virtually exclusively focus on the battle that should follow after ID. Right after, y'know, our fighter jets stop shooting off fireworks and all.
STAR WARS EPISODE VII. Let's be honest: Did anyone really care about the prequels? Or, did you go see them because you wanted to check out just how insanely cool computerized FX had become, and how George Lucas took advantage of it? Exactly. Now, if Lucas had shown us how the remnants (and there is a helluva lot of them) of the Empire fought back against the supposedly victorious Rebel Alliance, well, now you're talking! There's still a ton of Star Destroyers and Super Star Destroyers out there with a prodigious quantity of firepower, and their occupants are gonna be royally pissed off -- most especially because a bunch of sub-60 IQ quasi-teddy bears somehow managed to help defeat the storm troopers responsible for guarding the second Death Star's force shield!
MAD MAX 4. After the ridiculously lame Beyond Thunderdome which vainly attempted to recreate the spectacular climax car chase from The Road Warrior, creator George Miller has to redeem this franchise/character. No matter that Mel Gibson is old now; it'd suit the film perfectly, some 25+ years after Thunderdome. Perhaps Miller can fill us in a bit more on just how the world came apart which led to the anarchy we see now, and maybe, just maybe, Max can be part of the planet (or, Australia, at least) getting its act back together.
THE THING 2. The 1982 John Carpenter version of this flick is a fave of ours; last year saw the release of a so-so prequel. But, like the Star Wars prequels, we already knew what to expect: bloody, gory mayhem via an alien organism. But at the end of the 1982 film, we see star Kurt Russell (MacReady) and Keith David (Childs) all alone, the sole survivors of the American Antarctic base's skirmish with the alien Thing. Once the fires from the base's destruction go out, the duo will freeze to death. And when the eventual rescue party arrives to see what the hell happened? HOOOO BOY! Of course, either Mac or Childs could be infected (most likely the latter as he disappeared for a time at the finale of the film) and the sequel could detail what happens when the organism is unleashed upon populated areas. How freakin' scary (and gory) would that be, eh?
CLOVERFIELD 2. One of the cooler sci-fi flicks of the last decade, the ending certainly leaves it wide open for a second parter. The obvious question is, WTF is the damn creature and where did it come from? Did our two protagonists survive the massive bombing that ended the first film? We know the government has files about the creatures and the incident as a whole. And we wanna know about 'em!
... our president is recycling speeches. And verbatim, too:
(h/t to Buckhorn Road)
A guest at an Ohio wedding wound up in jail charged with assault and intoxicated disorderly conduct. It all began when she refused to stop slow dancing with the groom, which escalated into a brawl with the bride and an attack on an off-duty police officer.
The bride said it all started when she'd asked Burke to stop slow dancing with her new husband. She said Burke became upset and started yelling at her, and at one point tried to hit her.
"Brooke turned around and started to approach the bride and began to yell at her and attempted to grab her," the police report stated.
Burke is believed to be the bride's sister in law, but neither responded to requests for comment.
Um, I surely hope that means she's the groom's brother's wife (or her own brother's wife), or this story is a LOT ... "funkier" than it already is!
A waitress at a Red Lobster gets attacked -- for bringing the wrong order to the table.
A simple "I think you mixed up the order" would have sufficed, don'tcha think?
Most implausible thing about James Bond movies: government workers inventing ingenious devices.
George Zimmerman apparently passed a lie detector test the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting:
George Zimmerman’s defense team is growing, suggesting that he’s planning for a grand jury indictment and a subsequent criminal trial. Interestingly, his new attorney has begun releasing some previously unknown facts.
Did you know that, on the night of Trayvon Martin’s death, Sanford police gave George Zimmerman a voice stress test?
They did, and the results probably contributed to his release.
A voice stress test is like a polygraph, but instead of measuring heart rate and blood pressure, it looks for changes in an individual’s voice patterns that are thought to suggest psychological stress. With the help of software, investigators record a suspect answering baseline questions and then compare them to answers about the case.
This technology is not unique to Sanford. The National Institute for Truth Verification, a manufacturer of the technology, claims that over 1,800 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies use their product. They also claim to have trained U.S. Military personnel.
Zimmerman apparently "came out clean," but a study by the Justice Dept. says this type of test is really "no better than flipping a coin."
No word yet on whether Zimmerman will appear on the Maury Show to see if he can pass his lie detector test ..
1) There already is an investigation underway. Try keeping up on current events, eh?
2) High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the one behind on current events, is South African. Considering her own country's outrageous crime rate, perhaps she ought to get off her high horse and worry a little more about that.
San Fran mom sues McDonald's over Happy Meals toys: “For the sake of other parents and their children, I want McDonald’s to stop interfering with my family.”
Here's a very simple solution to that, Mrs. Idiot: DON'T TAKE YOUR KIDS TO McDONALD'S.
But, alas, she is from San Francisco where cultural common sense is in short supply. Thankfully (and astonishingly), the judge tossed her "case" out.
Check out the video from Pajamas Media exposing the blatant, brazen hypocrisy of groups like the Center for American Progress regarding having a photo ID in order to vote:
I love this -- if these groups honestly believe that minorities and the elderly are the most likely not to possess a photo ID, then how can these said groups help those "vulnerable" individuals ... if those "oppressed" cannot even get into the building to see them??
The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with The New Anti-Semitism.
Full results are here.
Isn't that just sooooo special? They're showing their solidarity with Trayvon Martin! Even as ... the media narrative slowly collapses around them.
View the "courageous" segment here.
PREDICTION: If Sotomayor Votes Against ObamaCare, Libs Will Re-Classify Her Race ‘White Hispanic’.
And that is: We haven't yet totally succumbed to the absolute and preposterous inanity that is identity political correctness.
Example #1: In the UK, a country without a First Amendment, mind you, if you utter something "offensive," you can be fined ... and even jailed. Granted, a lot of what people have said there is offensive -- to me, at least -- but who is to judge?? Much like hate crimes law here in the US, these anti-free speech measures are selectively enforced, and I bet you can pretty much figure out just which groups benefit most. As John O'Sullivan writes, in the UK "it sometimes seems that the police are never too busy to investigate a Christian soapbox orator for quouting Deuteronomy but always too busy to chase a burglar or mugger before he gets too far away."
Example #2: In Canada, a guy who punched a bus driver in the face leaving him requiring plastic surgery was spared a serious sentence ... because he is part Native American:
Instead, citing Mr. Louie’s aboriginal ancestry as one of several mitigating factors, Provincial Court Judge Karen Walker handed the 22-year-old an 18-month conditional sentence to be served at a rehab residence, 200 hours of community service and two years probation. The Crown had urged a prison sentence of nine to 12 months.
In pronouncing sentence, Judge Walker acknowledged the severity of Mr. Louie’s sucker punch against a vulnerable victim, who was simply doing his job. But she said the Criminal Code requires that “all available sanctions” be considered before sending an aboriginal offender to jail. The section was recently upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Circumstances of aboriginals in Canada, given their traumatic history, are different from non-aboriginal offenders, Judge Walker said, citing previous court rulings. While Mr. Louie, with an aboriginal mother and father of Russian ancestry, does not live in a native community, he has been afflicted with fetal alcohol syndrome and psychological stress all his life, the judge told the court. “They were not of his making.”
But no worries: the judge "warned him that any breach of her strict conditions, including a ban on drugs and alcohol, would likely send him to prison. (My emphasis.) But I'm sure some other PC "extenuating circumstances" will pop up enabling her to remain lenient.
In late 2010 and early 2011 George Zimmerman, the Hispanic Sanford, Fla., man who shot and killed 17-year-old black teen Trayvon Martin, publicly demanded discipline in a race-related beating case for at least two of the police officers who cleared him after the Feb. 26 altercation, according to records obtained by The Daily Caller.
In a letter to Seminole County NAACP president Turner Clayton, a member of the Zimmerman family wrote that George was one of “very few” in Sanford who publicly condemned the “beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on Dec. 4, 2010, by the son of a Sanford police officer,” who is white.
TheDC has confirmed the identity of the Zimmerman family member who wrote the letter but is withholding that person’s specific identity out of concern for the family’s safety.
That sure sounds like a "racist" to me, all right.
We need "studies" to figure this stuff out, folks. From Delaware's own News Journal: Parent provide key to student success.
Jennifer Granholm, the former Democratic governor of Michigan and now host of a show on Current TV (y'know, the one which recently fired Keith Olbermann) aired three segments on her March 29 show ripping Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law which many blame for the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin. But there's just one thing: Granholm as governor signed into law Michigan's own Stand Your Ground law in 2006.
How 'bout that.
That would be one Keith Olbermann, of course. Details are emerging surrounding his ... departure from the barely-watched Current TV, and they paint a picture that should have been well known -- except that "progressives" perpetually kept their blinders on.
According to Mediaite, a source at Current TV said the former Countdown host went through eight different car services while working at the network, complaining that the drivers “smelled” and “talked to him.”
Furthermore, though Olbermann’s $250,000 studio was built to his exact specifications, he allegedly refused to use the set when there were lighting problems back in December. Not only that, but he refused to let guest hosts use the elaborate studio.
Current TV is also claiming that Olbermann refused to publicize the network and the show when he wasn’t hosting his program (and he took about half of January and February off). They say he even barred his staff from sending out related Twitter updates, and prevented guest hosts from promoting the show. (Jealous that they would get better ratings, perhaps?)
Just remember though -- he's on YOUR side!!
a) It wasn't autographed by Snoop Dogg
b) It wasn't an Abercrombie & Fitch
c) It didn't have that "new hoodie smell"
d) A guest host had wanted to use it
e) It was only 50% cotton
UPDATE: The Daily Beast has more details, including this:
Olbermann never came close to the more than 1 million viewers he had averaged at MSNBC, but his Current show was drawing more than 100,000 in the prized 25-to-54 age group last summer—and that gradually dwindled to 30,000.