Greg at Rhymes With Right ponders Rule 44 of the Supreme Court:
Rule 44. Rehearing
1. Any petition for the rehearing of any judgment or decision of the Court on the merits shall be filed within 25 days after entry of the judgment or decision, unless the Court or a Justice shortens or extends the time. The petitioner shall file 40 copies of the rehearing petition and shall pay the filing fee prescribed by Rule 38(b), except that a petitioner proceeding in forma pauperis under Rule 39, including an inmate of an institution, shall file the number of copies required for a petition by such a person under Rule 12.2. The petition shall state its grounds briefly and distinctly and shall be served as required by Rule 29. The petition shall be presented together with certification of counsel (or of a party unrepresented by counsel) that it is presented in good faith and not for delay; one copy of the certificate shall bear the signature of counsel (or of a party unrepresented by counsel). A copy of the certificate shall follow and be attached to each copy of the petition. A petition for rehearing is not subject to oral argument and will not be granted except by a majority of the Court, at the instance of a Justice who concurred in the judgment or decision.
What are the chances of this? "Not very likely," writes Greg. There's been no SCOTUS rehearing since 1969. What's more, a majority of the court needs to agree to rehear the case. Of course, all that would take in this instance would be for the Chief Justice to join the four dissenters ...
Look how Boss Obama celebrates the Supreme Court ruling from yesterday.
Nothing like hawking merchandise featuring a three-letter saying which includes the word "f***ing." On the president of the United States' own website.
That's it, alright -- courtesy of my buddy Greg at Rhymes With Right:
The non-Council winner was Natasha Smith with “Please God. Please make it stop.”
Full results are here.
Here's what the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee said in reaction to the SCOTUS ruling on ObamaCare today: "it's constitutional. Bitches."
(Just don't criticize him too hard -- you'll be "racist.")
McConnell: "The Supreme Court has spoken. This law is a tax. The bill was sold to the American people on a deception"
... but as a legitimate taxing power of the federal government (which was not argued by Team Obama), not legitimate via the Commerce Clause (which was argued by Team Obama).
Remember: Boss Obama argued vehemently that there was NO tax involved in his healthcare plan:
Hube's prediction: This ruling will benefit Mitt Romney and the GOP in the ultimate scheme of things. The SCOTUS basically said that the feds can only compel you to purchase health insurance by forcing you to pay a tax. And you know how Americans feel about that word -- especially in an economy such as we're facing currently. A pundit on one of the cable networks just read a comment from a GOP legislator that "the clock has been turned back to 2010" -- meaning that we may witness an election turnout this November similar to what we saw then. (And you know what happened then, right?)
UPDATE: The NY Times noted back in March that Team Obama argued that the healthcare penalty wasn't a tax ... except when it was. Again, however, just keep in mind my prediction: The SCOTUS validated the term "tax" in its ruling. Mitt Romney will use that to his advantage for all its worth.
Remember Mitt Romney talking about visiting the local "Wawas."
And the non-Council submissions are here!
... if states can no longer set policies dealing with someone’s immigration status, then sanctuary cities or states may find themselves in hot water.
“If this case stands for the point that only the federal government has power in the area of immigration, then let me suggest that sanctuary cities and sanctuary states are unconstitutional because they exist to defy federal immigration law,” [lawyer and radio host Mark] Levin said. “That’s number one. So folks out there that have standing, sue your cities, sue your states if they have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities or states because they do not have the constitutional authority to declare butkus. So turn this law against them.”
The same goes for states that offer in-state tuition at colleges for illegal aliens, Levin said.
But I'm sure Boss Obama will find some way to thwart these efforts, too, probably in a similar way he's "getting back" at Arizona.
Liberalism: a mom can determine when to kill her unborn child, but she is not capable of knowing how much soda the live one should have.
One James Carter, 39th president of these United States, blasts Boss Obama as a serial human rights violator:
[Carter] denounced the Obama administration for "clearly violating" 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, writing in a New York Times op-ed on Monday that the "United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights."
"Instead of making the world safer, America's violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends," Carter wrote.
While the total number of attacks from unmanned aircraft, or drones, and the resulting casualties are murky, the New America Foundation estimates that in Pakistan alone 265 drone strikes have been executed since January 2009 . Those strikes have killed at least 1,488 people, at least 1,343 of them considered militants, the foundation estimates based on news reports and other sources.
I cannot believe the outright and brazen racism of this former president! Doesn't he know Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for cripe's sake? Carter has to be a bigot. It's the only explanation!
In reaction to the mixed Supreme Court ruling yesterday on the controversial Arizona immigration law, our illustrious boss did the following:
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
To call this "immature" is an understatement. In essence, because Arizona prevailed in court in what was arguably the key part of its disputed law, our boss is saying "Oh yeah? Well how about this?? Nyah nyah!!" And it is a perfect illustration of why Arizona (and other states) have passed laws like the one that went before the high court: Because our boss picks and chooses which laws he likes and dislikes ... and doesn't enforce the latter. Y'know, even though that's what his branch of government is supposed to do.
And it gets better: Though Homeland Security may refuse to answer the phone from Arizona law enforcement, the Dept. of Justice has set up a special hotline "for those who believe their civil rights have been violated by local Arizona law enforcement officers." How 'bout that? As Susan Berry says over at Breitbart.com, "This is the response of Barack Obama, the leader of our nation who is supposed to have vowed to protect and defend us and our borders." Or, as Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in the Arizona case (my emphasis),
Must Arizona's ability to protect its borders yield to the reality that Congress has provided inadequate funding for federal enforcement—or, even worse, to the executive's unwise targeting of that funding?...What I do fear—and what Arizona and the States that support it fear—is that “federal policies” of nonenforcement will leave the states helpless before those evil effects of illegal immigration.
The federal government does not want to enforce the immigration laws as written, and leaves the states' borders unprotected against immigrants whom those laws would exclude.
President Obama once again shows us all that he is a boss, not a leader. Courtesy of a friend on Facebook, I found the perfect illustration which depicts the differences:
*Sigh* Those in the "Boss" column illustrate our current boss perfectly. Why border states like Arizona or New Mexico would ever consider voting for this boss boggles the mind.
Justin Frank in Time magazine makes the "case" that it's OK to be bigoted against Mormons. Obviously, the target is Mitt Romney:
But this pattern of lying and not acknowledging it, even when confronted directly, has persisted and led me to look for other sources of Romney’s behavior and of his clear comfort with continuing it. I think much of this comfort stems from his Mormon faith.
I found myself discussing this situation with several colleagues, and we agreed that Romney doesn’t lie. Let me repeat: Mitt Romney doesn’t lie. He is telling the truth as he sees it — and truth it is, the facts notwithstanding. This is not simply a case of Hamlet arguing about point of view, saying, “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” This is about a conflict between evidence and faith. There is a long tradition in the Mormon belief system in which evidence takes second place to faith.
Why does this seem like it could have been written in 1960 in reference to John F. Kennedy and his Catholicism? I thought we overcame such nonsense? Nevertheless, I wonder if Frank could have gotten this published had "Mormon" been replaced with "Jewish," "Muslim," or even a race/ethnicity like "black" or "Hispanic." Chee-yeah, right.
Also, on what would Frank blame Obama's penchant for lying? Sitting in the pews of Jeremiah Wright's church for twenty years, perhaps? Why not?
Well, them or the innocent rape victims of pedophile Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky:
In response to a subpoena, NBC News turned over three versions of Bob Costas’ NBC News interview with Sandusky, which aired last November on different NBC shows.
One of those versions, which was broadcast on the ‘Today’ show, contained an erroneous repetition of a key question and answer – about whether Sandusky was sexually attracted to young boys, Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general said on Sunday.
The repetition, Sandusky’s lawyers contend, made it appear to jurors that he was stonewalling.
Unsurprisingly, NBC didn't notice the error, Sandusky's lawyers did.
Via the 24/7 Wall St. Wire: Ten Brands That Will Disappear In 2013.
#3. Current TV.
Al Gore’s Current TV was on life support even before it fired its only bankable star, Keith Olbermann, in March following a set of battles with the host over his perks. He was replaced by serial talk show host failure Eliot Spitzer. Compared to Olbermann’s March figures, Spitzer’s ratings in April were down nearly 70%, according to TV audience measurement firm Nielsen. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Replacement Eliot Spitzer pulled an anemic 47,000 total viewers in the first outing of Viewpoint, with just 10,000 among adults 25-54. The weeks since saw an early rebound, particularly in the demo, but in its four weeks on air Viewpoint has steadily declined in both respects.” Reuters recently reported that Current TV’s audience had fallen enough that cable giant Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) may have the right to discontinue carrying the channel. The closest Current TV has to a star is talk show veteran Joy Behar, a former cast member of “The View,” who had her own show canceled by CNN’s HLN in November. Gore does not have the pockets to keep a network with no future going.
Gosh. That's a shame.
Just don't expect mocking coverage by the MSM and/or Chevy Chase:
Three a-hole gay activists give the Gipper the finger during a visit to the White House.
Activist Matty Hart "defended his gesture in the Philadelphia Magazine article. 'Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands,' he said. 'The man was in the White House as AIDS exploded.'"
Uh huh. And he was responsible for the "explosion?" Try again, you ridiculously PC nutjob. You and your radical extremists have no one to blame but yourselves for that, I'm afraid.
The non-Council winner was Gates Of Vienna with Multi-Culti Child Snatchers.
Full results are here.
That's how James Taranto ends his column today on "Race and Privilege." It comes from his last paragraph which reads,
In our view, cries of racism are becoming more intense because they are becoming less effective. Obama is in political trouble not because he is black but because he has done a poor job as president. We will hear a lot about the scourge of racism between now and November, in part because his supporters need to blame somebody other than him for his failures of leadership and in part because they hope that black fear and white guilt will help him to win re-election. In the absence of the latter outcome, things ought to calm down after the election.
The first sentence really says it all. Precisely because more and more people guffaw at spurious charges of "racism," the methods by which it is invoked then become more outrageous -- so outrageous, in fact, as to almost defy reality. Here's just a recent sampling:
I don't want to start too much forest fire here, but it is my instinct: Is this ethnic?"
And it'll only get more and more ridiculous as November approaches. And, if Obama wins re-election, all of the above will quickly be forgotten, and these folks will invoke the same meme as the immediate post-2008 election: That, despite the first black president being elected and then re-elected, race relations still have a looooong way to go.
After all, if they didn't, these folks would be out of a job.
Retiring Democratic Congressman: ‘The People Have Gotten Dumber.’
Right Wing News has up its 2012 list of "Hottest Conservative Women in New Media," and I'm seriously questioning a lot of the choices. I also question not allowing any Fox News babes; how are they not New Media? (After all, Sarah Palin, a frequent FNC contributor, is on the list.)
But first, let's go with those I definitely agree with:
#3 Michelle Malkin.
#4 Sarah Palin.
#10 Lila Rose.
#14 Jedediah Bila.
I'm tempted to include #7's Monica Crowley on the list, but she soooo needs a better bra than that in this first pic of her.
Those I've not agreed with certainly aren't unattractive, but top 20 worthy? Let's take a gander at who was omitted from this list (again, keeping in mind that FNC gals were stupidly exempt from the list):
Andrea Tantaros. Hel-loooo???
Kimberly Guilfoyle. Come on!!
Dana Perino. Yeesh!
Laura Ingraham. Yes!
Megyn Kelly. Yowsah!
Newsarama has yet another of its way-cool top ten lists up today, this time "Top Ten Superheroes Who Tried to Rule the World." Notice it says heroes, not villains, which means that (usually) these heroes had good intentions. But you know what they say about good intentions, right?
At #10 is Magneto which author Graeme McMillan admits is an iffy inclusion. It's always been debated whether Maggy is truly a "villain;" if your people have been perpetually persecuted and you fight back, is that really "villainous?"
At #6 is my second favorite hero ever, the Vision (at left). In the mid-80s, after being critically injured, the Android Avenger was hooked up to the super-computer ISAAC on Saturn's moon Titan. He shortly thereafter thought it'd be wise to impose a benevolent dictatorship on planet Earth ... in order to create a Utopia. He eventually was convinced to cease those plans.
In a very cool of What If? (volume 2, #19), we're treated to two views of what would have happened had Vision not ceased his takeover plans. In the first, Vizh succeeds in creating his Utopia, leading to Earth becoming a major player/partner in the galaxy. In the second, his actions lead to a dystopia, where Earth becomes like unto an authoritarian communist state, and then becomes a conquering star-faring power. The Utopia story, by the way, is continued in What If? vol. 2 #36, part of the "Timequake" storyline ... and it doesn't end well for the Vision.
#5 is Iron Man but I give it VERY short shrift. This is because it relies on the "Civil War" story arc which ludicrously turned Tony Stark/Iron Man into fascist who ok'd the use of, among other things, known heinous villains to subdue rebel heroes, and a Negative Zone prison to hold these rebels. Garbage.
At #4 is Watchmen's Ozymandias. I like how McMillan thinks in his write-up; however, a couple nits: One, at least tens of thousands, not hundreds, died in the "alien" attack on New York City. And two, his plan made a helluva lot more sense than that which was used in the film version of the story.
Coming in at #3 is one of my favorite groups ever, the Squadron Supreme. I won't waste a lot of space about their entry here, mainly because I did up a rather lengthy piece on them three years ago at my old comics site!
And, at #2 is the progressive's dream come true, the Authority. Like the Squadron Supreme, I won't waste a bunch of space here, since I already did so right here at Colossus. But I will say that, despite the overt radical politics of this title, the vast majority of its stories have been way above par.
Anyone wanna bet that when these students' parents were contacted, they were full of excuses for their "little angels?"
To say that these kids' language and behavior are appalling would be a severe understatement.
There's another video and more info about the incident here.
UPDATE: This video has apperently gone viral, and the woman has been the beneficiary of an Internet campaign to raise money for her. Unfortunately for these "little angels," though, this doesn't happen nearly enough anymore:
This all starts at home. When my Nephew (who was a foster child because his Mother was unfit) lived with my wife and me, we received a mail notice that he was harassing the school bus driver. I waited at the bus stop after school and before he and others could exit the bus, I walked up the bus stairs and made him apologize (in front of everyone) to the bus driver. As she thanked me I told her that she had my permission to stop the bus and make him walk if it ever happened again... it never happened again.
UPDATE 2: The woman, Karen Klein, said that she has never received an apology from any of the students ... or their "parents" (quotes on purpose). Surprise, that.
UPDATE: Flashback from 2007: Obama accused the Bush administration of “hiding behind executive privilege” after [Larry] King asked him for his opinion on its utilization.
And the non-Council submissions are here!
As usual, because no one demanded it, here now is your definitive list of lamest Iron Man villains in history. At least you know what I'm talking about with this topic!
In no particular order:
RAGA, SON OF FIRE.
In the Age of Aquarius early 1970s, I guess the then-Iron Man writers (in this case Mike Friedrich) were attempting to capitalize on what was ... "hip." In this case, we have a dude who was taught how to "channel his emotions" in order to project flames, increase hs strength, durability, etc. all while wearing a granola gang-style outfit. Yeah, whatever. Amazing how a dude like Shellhead ever managed to come into conflict with such a loser in the first place. (First appearance: Iron Man vol. 1 #52.)
This lame-o loser may be an even better example of a hippie-turned- villain than 'ol Raga. Supposedly, Mikas could draw on the Earth itself for any number of super-powers. It doesn't get much more tree-huggerish than that, people! Around this time it seemed as if some of Iron Man's issues were written while on acid, I tell 'ya. The only real positive about Raga and Mikey here is that they were drawn by one of my favorite IM artists, George Tuska. (First appearance: Iron Man vol. 1 #42.)
Not much is known about this dude other than he was responsible for tranferring the minds of Tony Stark and that of then-Crimson Dynamo Valentin Shatalov. Once Shatalov realized what happened, he tried to use the opportunity to snatch Stark/US government secrets -- not to mention blow Quincy's arms off with Iron Man's pulse bolts! (Really!) Eventually, somehow, Stark managed to get Quincy to activate the same power he used for the mind transfer so that everyone was their self again, but at the end of the issue you'll probably have a big "WTF?" (First appearance: Iron Man vol. 1 #255.)
Doll was basically a cheap knock-off of the Puppet Master, the perennial Fantastic Four foe. (Doll's appearance came about a year after PM's, in case you're wondering.) Unlike PM, however, Doll could only "inflict pain" on his subject by concentrating and touching his subject doll at various spots (gee, that sounds real good, eh?). Which makes sense since his original moniker was Mr. Pain -- but this was nixed by the Comics Code Authority. (First appearance: Tales of Suspense #48.)
The Crusher was a scientist in some unnamed Latin American country who devised a formula which gave the drinker massive strength and virtual invulnerability. He actually made the concoction for the country's dictator, but said dictator didn't trust Mr. Scientist, so had him down the potion himself. Big mistake, natch. For some reason, Crush decides to go to Stark Industries to prove his worth to Mr. Dictator by taking on Iron Man. Of course, IM dispatches of Crush, only to face him again several issues later. That fight didn't last long either. Maybe Crush could have bested Shellhead by more use of his cheesy Spanish accent (written in the word balloons of the time!). (First appearance: Tales of Suspense #91.)
Stark International London Branch Security Chief Tom Wilkins apparently was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. So, as a result, he took on the identity of Endotherm by snatching Stark inventions that were heat and cold-related. Stark journeyed to London to see what was up, and naturally the two tussled. Guess who won? (First appearance: Iron Man vol. 1 #136.)
An alien android that looks like a big caveman, Gargantus was supposed to "disguise" the arrival of an alien invasion force. I guess somehow these "advanced" aliens didn't notice that the human race had long ago evolved past the Neanderthal stage. They also didn't take into account that the light bulbs used for Gargie's eyes just might tip off an astute observer that the caveman wasn't actually, well, a caveman. I guess this lameness could be forgiven as Gargie appeared in Shellhead's very first post-origin adventure. (First appearance: Tales of Suspense #40.)
A villain so lame that he was dispatched by that assassin of lame villains, the Scourge, a dude with a gun that could melt IM's armor should have been a worthy foe. But he was never made such. In fact, in one waning Tales of Suspense issue, Melter coercively had Tony Stark himself devise a new melting beam for him -- one with controls that could also melt flesh, wood and stone. But, uh, doesn't the standard Iron Man armor-melting setting melt all those materials too?? Yeesh. (First appearance: Tales of Suspense #47.)
In true Stan Lee-esque vein, writer Denny O'Neill had scientist Alton Vibreaux (get it?) fall into the San Andreas Fault where he acquired "vibration" powers (see the pic above?). The only reason IM had a little trouble offing this loser is because inside the armor at the time was novice Jim Rhodes. (First appearance: Iron Man vol. 1 #186.)
(Many thanks to the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe!)
They got into trouble for selectively editing George Zimmerman's statements to make him look like a racist in the Trayvon Martin shooting; now, they're selectively editing Mitt Romney to make him seem way out of touch with the average joe.
Massachusetts Senator Scott
Walker Brown has (rightly) refused to participate in a debate against Elizabeth "Native American" Warren unless MSNBC is ditched as a broadcast partner. It's one thing to face tough questions from a hostile panel; it's another to be stupid by agreeing to face a panel/network that is guaranteed not to be fair in any way to you.
With four shootings in a week, violence in Wilmington is a hot-button issue at the Criminal Justice Council meeting. The last minute add-on to the agenda by the council chair, Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn sparked a fiery debate.
With $100,000 to spend, Lt. Governor Denn had hoped this money could be set aside with a smaller executive committee deciding where it could be best spent
But several members of the Criminal Justice Council (CJC) meeting spoke up saying, you can't just throw money at a problem. Among them, Chief Judge of the Family Court Chandlee Kuhn, who was quite vocal at the meeting, but refused to speak on tape with WDEL after the meeting.
She says "I don't think the community thinks we care, and we need to define our role in gun violence."
Another member on the council pointed out, "We don't know what the problem is, we just know people are shooting one another."
Whoever that member is, he/she ought to be checked to see if there's anything in his/her cranium. At least Wilmington Police Chief Szczerba doesn't act like a complete moron: "the problem is repeat offenders and a lack of personal responsibility, something police can't preach."
That's true. If police even try to preach about those things, they'll be called all sorts of names. You know what names by now. But at least he's not politically correct and plain outright stupid, like that unnamed council member.
"After graduating from college, we did everything we thought we should do to be successful -- Craig went to business school, I went to law school, we got prestigious jobs at an investment bank and me at a law firm. We soon had all the traditional markers of success: the fat paycheck, the fancy office, the impressive lines on our resumés. But the truth is, neither of us was all that fulfilled,” said Obama. “I was living the dream, but it wasn’t my dream. And Craig felt the same way, unbeknownst to me."
I wonder if Michelle is "fulfilled" now that she's been the First Lady and has had the opportunity to have the taxpayers pay for her luxury junkets in this time of economic despair -- y'know, as her husband says, "the worst recession since the Great Depression"?
Just a further follow-up response to idiots who somehow believe Obama was "disrespected" by a "racist" reporter for interrupting him during his immigration announcement last week:
Oh, g-g-g-g-gosh! Did those reporters interrupt Pres. Reagan before he was finished? Did they shout questions at him even after he said he'd take no questions?
MSNBC's Martin Bashir Show splices bus explosion footage into Romney bus tour montage:
That's via Newsarama, of course, master of the comics-related top 10 lists. I won't go through all ten, but I wanna point out a few that require comment from me. Like,
#10. CONTINUITY ERRORS/RETCONS. I don't mind the latter nearly as much as the former, mainly because the former is really inexcusable. Retcons, when done imaginatively and thoughtfully, can be worthwhile and make for great stories. Case in point. Even ones I didn't necessarily like made sense and were great reads (like John Byrne's work on West Coast Avengers).
#7. COMICS THAT PREACH. I've written about this ad nauseum. If you didn't know that, then check out the Colossus comics section. There's a plethora of such rants!
#6. UNEXPLAINED CHANGES. See #10 above. But this is even worse.
#5. STORYLINE REDOS. Creators will always yank (hopefully) the best aspects of good past storylines to incorporate into their own (hopefully) good stories. But lately, the Big Two (Marvel, DC), with their alternate universes, have allowed creators to redo past stories en masse. Some have been good (The Ultimates vol. 1, for example, on which The Avengers film was largely based) and some not so good (like J. Michael Strazynski's Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme) This lack of originality is also seen in films of late -- way too many redos (Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall being two of the upcoming ones).
#3. PERCEIVED 'DIVERSITY FOR THE SAKE OF DIVERSITY.' The issue here is the perceived forcing of diversity for diversity's sake. But unlike diversity in, say, education which has no tangible benefits in educational achievement, diversity in a field like comics actually can be beneficial by drawing in more readers. Expanding what is the old, traditional roster of mostly Caucasian heroes/villains is quite prudent with our rapidly changing demographics. The eye-rolling, though, comes about when established characters are changed for diversity's sake, like the recent "outing" of the original Green Lantern.
#2. DEUS EX MACHINA. These are comics, after all, so when things get rough and/or writers need a "way out," we get things like the Ultimate Nullifier (allows Earth to ward off Galactus) and/or a near-omnipotent Franklin Richards who creates a "pocket universe" in which heroes can live for a year, and then bring them back. Or, a character like Immortus who is made "responsible" for virtually every Avengers story ever written. But it does get weary if such is utilized too often.
#1. 'MEANINGLESS' DEATHS (AND DISAPPEARANCES). Amen.
Of course, these same dolts laughed when George W. Bush had a shoe tossed at him by an Iraqi reporter, and when Sam Donaldson interrupted, say, President Reagan ... well, that was just being a "good reporter." Oh, and who can forget Dan Rather yelling at, and then cutting off, then-presidential candidate George HW Bush in 1988?
If I didn't know better, I'd say these faux progressives were engaging in the bigotry of low expectations -- that Pres. Obama somehow can't handle such "tough" exchanges ... because of his color.
UPDATE: Jason "Reasonable People Can Disagree Whether George W. Bush Knew In Advance About 9/11" Scott of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers jumped right on the bandwagon with this crap ... as if his ultra-idiot self ever had any respect for any Republican. Alas, this sort of stuff is absolutely justifiable to him ... because the object of the "disrespect" were Republicans.
That is proprietor Steve Newton tearing apart the idiocy that is contemporary progressivism.
Here, here and here he trashes Delaware State Reps John Kowalko and Earl Jacques (not to mention a few cretins at the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers) for essentially copying and pasting a five-year old single-payer healthcare bill and presenting it as new.
Then there's Steve's magnificent tearing asunder of "El Somnabulo" of the LGOMB because the latter doesn't believe military veterans are any more deserving of state benefits than others -- say, like average civilians who may be out of work. Vets are, he says, "yet another 'protected' class."
Battle With Bloom over, War not over yet
Yesterday the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted to uphold Secretary O'Mara's decision to grant Bloom Energy the right to build their Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, called Bloom Boxes, on nine acres of land near the coastal zone. Bloom Energy says their boxes will be good for the environment, will lower energy costs, and will create jobs in the state. The Board decided this was good enough for them, and denied John Nichols standing, despite the fact that five hours earlier they voted 4-3 with 1 abstention to allow him standing to make his case.
We are disappointed, but not surprised, by the decision made by the Board. More than half of the members were appointees of the Markell Administration, whose appointees in DNREC are behind the decision to give Bloom Energy over $550 million in taxpayer subsidies to build their technology on land occupied by wildlife uncommon to the state of Delaware. Additionally, the decision means Delmarva Power customers will be on hook for over $620 million over the next 21 years to help subsidize the Bloom Boxes, as part of a deal Delmarva Power reached with the state and Bloom Energy.
We feel this is the incorrect decision. During testimony, despite repeated objections from the other side and from DNREC, we were able to show the public how secretive Bloom Energy was on their technology. Admitting they never shared with the public or DNREC what is actually in their boxes, we exposed their box's use of rare earth metals from China that are part of the box's manufacturing, and the byproduct is hydrogen sulfide- a poisonous gas. Forcing Delaware taxpayers, and Delmarva Power customers in particular to pay more than triple for less clean air and less efficient energy sources is not how Delaware needs to go about fixing our energy problem. Furthermore, the lack of transparency between the government and Bloom Energy Corporation was appalling to those of us who believe in an open government, and in free-market principles, where everyone has the right to do business in the state, not just the chosen ones.
Caesar Rodney Institute
Coastal Zone Board Approves of Bloom Box Construction, Despite Objections
By Sam Friedman
This past Wednesday in Dover, the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board (CZICB) voted 5-0 with 2 abstentions to deny John Nichols, of Middletown, standing to pursue his case against Bloom Energy.
This dates back to last year, when the Delaware Legislature ruled natural gas to be a form of renewable energy, yet decided only solid oxide fuel cells (of which Bloom is the sole manufacturer) were to be considered conduits of natural gas for the purposes of taxpayer subsidies. They awarded Bloom Energy a permit to build their Bloom Box technology on land owned by Delmarva Power, and paid for by both taxpayers and Delmarva Power customers over the life of a 21 year contract worth up to $530 million in taxpayer subsidies, and over $600 million from Delmarva Power ratepayers.
Bloom Energy says their Fuel Cell technology is energy efficient, cleaner than other forms of energy, and cost-friendly to consumers. Additionally, Bloom Energy says their company will create up to 900 jobs in the First State, between a new factory proposed to be built in Newark and installation and maintenance of the boxes.
During a public hearing last fall, Mr. Nichols, a retired salesman, challenged Bloom’s permit on the grounds that the company did not disclose proper information to the public and DNREC about their technology, and that the application was flawed. He focused on three main issues: One, that the boxes were harmful to the environment because a poisonous gas called hydrogen sulfide was a byproduct of the box’s technology, and because rare earth elements, all produced in China and not verified for safety, were used in the manufacturing. Two, that despite Bloom’s claims the boxes used energy to 60% efficiency, they were in fact less efficient than a technology Nichols proposed called Combined Cycle Natural Gas. And third, that Delmarva Power customers would see rates more than triple over the terms of the deal agreed to between the Markell Administration, DNREC, and Bloom Energy. He insisted jobs would actually be lost because of the higher energy costs.
The hearing was feisty, to say the least. During testimony from the Caesar Rodney Institute’s Energy Director David Stevenson, Bloom’s representation from Drinker Biddle, Joseph Schoell, joined with a lawyer from DNREC, Robert Phillips, to object to him speaking every time Mr. Stevenson went to speak- including giving his own name and credentials. Throughout the course of the hearing, both sides traded verbal barbs at how the other side was conducting their business.
Six and a half hours after the hearing started, the board voted to allow Secretary O’Mara’s decision to stand because Mr. Nichols did not have standing to bring a case against the government since he doesn't actually live in the coastal zone. At that point the last opportunity for Mr. Nichols and the more than three dozen members of the public who came out to see the hearing to put a hold on Bloom Energy’s plans passed when the board decided Bloom had provided sufficient data about their technology, despite acknowledging they had not shared proprietary information about the technology to the public and to DNREC when they voted to award Bloom a contract.
Stanley Tocker, one of the two members who voted to abstain, clearly had doubts about the science behind Bloom Energy’s proposal.
“I thought Mr. Nichols had a good case,” he said. “I was not sold on the science from Bloom. I would have liked to have seen more details (of their boxes).”
John Burton, Sr., one of the five members who voted against standing for Mr. Nichols, did not think there was anything wrong with Bloom Energy’s proposal.
“There was not enough evidence for me to want to overturn Secretary O’Mara’s decision,” he said.
Furthermore, he added, “I think any time we can get clean power we have to look at it.”
Samuel Friedman is the Communications Coordinator for the Caesar Rodney Institute. For more information on this case, you may call (302) 734-2700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Obama administration to offer Immunity to younger immigrants. Bypassing Congress. Y'know, the branch of government that makes the laws.
UPDATE: Saw this rather excellent question on Twitter: Why is Obama issuing work permits to people? It's not like they'll be able to find a job in the Obama economy.
The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with What Bill Clinton knows.
Full results are here.
He claims that Europe is the US's biggest trading partner.
URRRNT!! Try Canada.
If this was George W. Bush, this'd be the stuff of mocking humor for days.
Gee, and why do kids misbehave in school again ...??
Known as a socialist and feminist organization, the party claims that seated urination is more hygienic for men -- the practice decreases the likelihood of puddles and other unwanted residue forming in the stall -- in addition to being better for a man's health by more effectively emptying one's bladder, The Local reported.
Sorry, but I for one refuse to sit on public toilets unless absolutely necessary (meaning, an emergency). If this nonsense happens here, looks like I'll be getting ticketed.
The popular new show "Game of Thrones" uses the decapitated head of ... George W. Bush on a spike. But it wasn't political, says the show's creators:
The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.
Yeah, right -- and the Khmer Rouge has won numerous awards for its commitment to human rights!
Remember this recent post where a Congressional Black Caucus official said that using the word "cool" to describe the president was "racist?" Hmm ...
Yep, that well known white nationalist magazine Ebony is doing just what that official said!
(h/t to The Corner for the pic.)
A while back I posted about the nonsensical argument that Ronald Reagan couldn't win the GOP Presidential nomination today because the party has moved too far rightward. Unfortunately, this argument still pops up from time to time.
To show again that this argument is fallacious, let's take a look at the last five GOP Presidential nominations:
The question isn't was Ronald Reagan too moderate to win the GOP nomination now; it's was he moderate enough?
And so it goes: Three dead in separate shootings in Wilmington.
Since my own mega-review, I've been busy perusing the 'net checking out various reviews of the film and their own speculations regarding connections to the Alien-verse as a whole. Via the ever-awesome Screen Rant, I visited this site which confirms something I was uncertain about when watching the film.
Once again, SPOILERS BELOW THE FOLD!
And that is ...
... when the Prometheus away crew first entered the huge chamber that contained the black liquid-containing vases, there was an engraving on a mural which depicts an Alien -- the xenomorph -- seemingly as we knew it from the original film(s):
But does it really? Take a look at it again. Does it look like the Alien we all know and loathe? Or does it look like the so-called "proto-xenomorph" which bursts from the Engineer at the very end of Prometheus? It's hard to tell.
Next, I neglected in my review to address the Engineer ship seen in the original Alien. How did it get there? Why did it contain different xenomorphs (and their eggs)? We may never know these answers, but speculation allows that the Prometheus creatures continued to evolve/mutate, or that the xenomorphs from the original film were already known to the Engineers. Some speculate that the Engineer base at LV-223 was an Engineer attempt to re-create the xenomorphs -- that they're a naturally occurring species (perhaps died off) that our creators wanted to use for some [mostly] unknown purpose.
At any rate, what is fairly easy to now understand is why the Company (the Weyland Corp., or Weyland-Yutani if we include the Alien vs. Predator films) replaced the Nostromo's science officer with the android Ashe just prior to its departure from Earth in Alien: It had detected the Engineer ship's "distress" beacon on LV-426, probably recognizing its signature as similar to that of those seen/heard 30 years prior on LV-223, the events of Prometheus. Knowing what it learned on LV-223, it wanted an investigation -- and retrieval -- at all costs. Or, as Ashe said, "All other priorities rescinded."
The famous Blue Man Group founded an elite private school in NYC ($32,000 per year), yet parents are yanking their kids out -- because instruction is non-existent:
Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned.
One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”
Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.
This is a common thread in "progressive" education -- letting kids "discover" what interests them and letting them "discover" how things work. Unfortunately, this doesn't actually work very well when it comes to things like reading and mathematics. To wit: At this school, "School officials say students decide their own curriculum, and have no set arrival time." Yeah, that's terrific preparation for the real world now, ain't it?
In one of my first graduate classes -- a class dedicated to (supposed) classroom management (remarkably, taught by instructors with zero classroom experience) -- this "progressive" approach was highly favored. But in my final paper I spent considerable time refuting much of what had been "taught" in the course. I got an "A" on the paper, but the instructor who read it called much of what I wrote "visceral."
Yeah, well, maybe it was. But I'd rather it be visceral and have kids learn, than feel good about myself and produce a bunch of dopes.
A panel of "peace experts" from institutes and think tanks ranks Israel 150th of 158 countries "in terms of peacefulness" -- lower than (wait for it!) Syria and Iran. The only countries supposedly less peaceful than the only democracy in the Middle East are Central African Republic, North Korea, Russia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
In case you're wondering, Iceland is (supposedly) the most peaceful nation, followed by New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Austria and Ireland.
Yenta Joy Behar wishes Mitt Romney's house burns down.
And the non-Council submissions are here!
It's gone ahead and sued Florida to stop its "purge" list of non-citizens on voter rolls. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says the feds have failed "to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls." The Feds accuse the state of violating the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
On the scene reporter Marc Caputo says "So far, there’s less evidence of suppression and more evidence of fraud."
I'm almost as big an Alien-verse fan as I am an Iron Man fan, so the apparent Alien prequel was definitely on my list of must-see flicks this summer. Was it worth it? How were the connections to Alien? These -- and many more -- questions are answered below the fold!
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
I'm usually left confused by several aspects of any film (and usually have a friend or two there to clue me in), but there was really only one with Prometheus: The beginning. I admit I knew going in a lot of what to expect, thanks to my favorite movie site, Screen Rant. At any rate, we see an "Engineer" -- the supposed creators of humanity (who look quite like human beings, by the way) -- standing by a waterfall (with a huge starship in the background). He has a cup of some writhing liquid in his hand, which he then promptly drinks. The liquid has the effect of essentially (slowly) disintegrating him, and he then falls into the waterfall and eventually dissolves into the river below. Was this Earth thousands of years ago? Or was this the planet LV-223 which is where the Prometheus vessel travels to in this film? I could not tell.
After the prologue, the film begins in Scotland in the year 2089 where archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a star map -- a map that was also discovered among other famous cultures' ancient drawings and hieroglyphs. The duo (who are lovers, by the way) believe these maps to be a message ... to come find the "Engineers."
Fast forward four years. The Weyland Corporation has funded a trip to LV-223, the planet (a moon, actually) to which the star maps pointed. The Prometheus (name of the ship, just in case) lands near several clearly constructed edifices, and most of the crew journey inside. Once there, they discover that the Engineers were indeed remarkably human-like in appearance, and a sort-of holographic video seems to show that something went awry in the installation, causing the Engineers to flee and resulting in the deaths of some of them.
It's here that we first glimpse the eerie similarities to Alien. In the chamber where the huge Engineer bust is, there are hundreds of "vases" each containing a mysterious black liquid. ("The X-Files" fans will be thrilled at this, by the way.) The vases clearly are reminiscent of the Alien "eggs" the way they're arranged on the chamber floor. In the vases' black liquid there appear to be small worm-like things swimming around; the liquid and squirmy things appear to be what the Engineer drank in the film's prologue. The android David (played phenomenally by Michael "Magneto" Fassbender) ignores orders to "not touch anything," and not only touches the liquid, but secures an entire vase for retrieval (unbeknownst to the away team crew).
It's also here that we see the eerie similarities between David and Alien's android Ashe (played by Ian Holm). It's pretty clear by this point that David is operating at the behest of the Company (meaning Weyland), and that retrieval of anything deemed of value by Weyland is top priority. Back aboard Prometheus, David clandestinely adds a minute amount of the black liquid to Holloway's drink, thus beginning a slow transformation of the latter into ... something. Viewers, too, will cringe as Holloway and Shaw have sex shortly after David has infected Holloway.
Elsewhere, two crew members who wanted to leave the initial away trip early (because they're pussies) haven't reported back to Prometheus -- they're lost inside the edifice. This provides the convenient set-up for the already-known-by-now dastardly nature of the whole temple or whatever the building is. This duo eventually enters the same chamber that the main away crew went into, but somehow -- despite being scared shitless before -- these dudes become brave enough to touch the black liquid ... and even approach a mysterious snake-like creature which has popped up from a small stream of the black stuff surrounding the vases. And voilá -- the snake thing wraps itself around one of the dude's arms, eventually making its way inside his suit -- and stuffs itself down his throat! The other guy, in the struggle, was knocked down and his spacesuit's faceplate landed in the the "stream" of black liquid. Somehow this stuff is quite acidic (obviously another connection to Alien -- acid blood), melting the suit's faceplate and infecting the guy within with ... whatever the hell it is.
Aboard Prometheus, the predicament of these two has become known, and the away crew sets back out to (hopefully) rescue them. Holloway, however, is becoming more and more ill. After discovering that the dude who had the snake-thing go down his throat is dead, and that the melted faceplate dude also appears so, the away crew head back to the ship. But Holloway's "illness" has become acute, and leader of the expedition Vickers (played by Charlize Theron), acting in a very un-Ashe-like way, refuses to allow Holloway back on board -- and eventually blasts him with a flame thrower when he tries to force his way in!
Things begin to flow at break-neck speed now. Shaw, upon Holloway's death, realizes she'd better get a medical exam pronto (remember, the two had conjugal relations the night before!). David stoically informs Shaw that she is pregnant, and that the ... "child" is about three months along. He refuses to perform an abortion citing "danger," but by now we know his interest is Weyland's interest -- the same as it was in Alien: Bring back lifeform; all other orders rescinded. Shaw then quickly heads to an auto surgery recepticle where she promptly performs surgery on herself, extricating the creature from her body. The little monster looks like a small octopus, rather than the xenomorph we all know and loathe. Shaw manages to contain the creature within the recepticle's confines for the nonce.
Being the Alien-verse geek that I am, the auto-surgery machine and the small, wormlike creatures in the black liquid (see left) made me wonder if producer/director Ridley Scott had read Dark Horse Comics' Aliens: Labyrinth series, one of the f***ing scariest and gruesomest stories I've ever read in comics. If you don't believe me, then check out what Jeff says about the story at Sky-Ffy:
#3 was the first issue I had and probably my favourite, inside we get treated to a young Dr Church's ordeal inside a slightly different Alien Hive, described in vivid, visceral detail; quite possibly the most brilliant and disgusting Aliens story I've ever read.
If Scott is familiar with that series, he certainly picked the right one. As I (and Jeff) noted, you'd prepare yourself before reading, especially issue #3 -- possibly the freakiest of any comics series I've ever read. No joke.
Now that Shaw is Alien-free, she meanders around the ship and eventually comes upon a recently-awakened Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce). Weyland, near death, is surrounded by assistants, including the android David and Vickers. He's been on the Prometheus the entire time. Shaw asks "Why??" "To meet our creators," Weyland tells her. Indeed, David had discovered that inside the Engineer edifice is a starship -- exactly like the one discovered in Alien. He found the "pilot room" (as seen by Dallas, Kane and Lambert in the original film) and managed to activate its star mapping programs. During such, he saw Earth among the many planets and stars on the map. And ... he discovered that there was a surviving Engineer in the room -- in hypersleep.
Weyland, David, Shaw and a few crew journey back to the "pilot room" to awaken the Engineer. David, after all, has learned the alien's (not Alien's) language, so they can communicate with it (him?) Unfortunately for all concerned, once awakened, the Engineer promptly proceeds to rip David's head off, and bash the shit out of everyone else, killing them -- except Shaw who's managed to bolt down the "hall." Shaw frantically radios Capt. Janek back at Prometheus, informing him that he needs to destroy the powering-up Engineer starship, for it is heading to Earth to release the black liquid. (This is what David had revealed to Shaw a little while prior.) Janek complies, and rams Prometheus into the horeshoe-shaped vessel, causing both to tumble back to the surface. But the Engineer survives the crash, finds the lifeboat which just happens to house the auto-surgery recepticle, and proceeds to give chase to Shaw. Shaw leads it/him back to the surgery room where her "aborted" creature is. As the Engineer enters the surgery area, Shaw unlocks the door, and a now-massive octopus-like monster attacks the Engineer, who actually manages to put up a decent fight! But, eventually the Engineer succumbs, and the creature acts like a behemoth face-hugger, jamming a proboscis down the Engineer's throat.
Shaw is contacted by the decapitated David, who is then recovered by the archeologist. David informs her that there are other Engineer ships on the moon, meaning they can use one to get back to Earth. Shaw tells David "no" -- they'll use one to journey to the Engineer home planet ... to get answers to all her (their) questions. In the last few scenes we see in the distance an Engineer ship rising up and jaunting off into space, presumably Shaw and David en route to the Engineer homeworld. But the very last scene we witness is that of the Engineer attacked by Shaw's "offspring": its/his body convulses and jerks and then a creature burst forth from its/his torso. It clearly is a proto-xenomorph, the precursor to the Alien we all know and are scared shitless of!
Now, back to Shaw's and David's (and ours, natch!) questions:
* Why do/did the Engineers want to destroy us? We're their creations after all! The proof of this is shown after an examination of the remnants of the first Engineer discovered in the edifice: Its DNA and that of humans are an exact match. So, what's the deal? A clue is offered in the scene where the android David is talking with Holloway. Holloway has a rather condescending manner toward David, mocking his lack of emotions, among other things. But David has the last "laugh," so to speak: When David asks Holloway why humans created androids, Holloway replies "Because we could." To which David responds, "Perhaps that's why the Engineers created you." And, of course, human lore is replete with stories of human creations turning against its creators (contemporary ones include The Matrix, The Terminator, Colossus: The Forbin Project, I, Robot), so why wouldn't the Engineers fear the same? Of course, the Engineers originally planned to wipe out humanity millenia prior, so one may wonder what sort of threat humans of that time period actually posed. Perhaps the Engineers feared the rapid technological progress humans were making and decided to nip it in the bud, so to speak. After all, going from horse and buggy to faster-than-light travel in 200 years might be frighteningly fast.
* Why would the Engineers use stuff like the xenomorphs (Aliens) to eradicate us? Was it to "cleanse" our planet of the human scourge? If so, then wouldn't the Engineers have to then cleanse the Aliens afterwards? This doesn't make a lot of sense -- unless we take a clue from the prologue and from the holographic imagery seen when the Prometheus crew first enter the Engineer edifice. In the prologue, the Engineer who consumes the black liquid disintegrates, with his remains in the water supply leading us to believe this would infect the entire biosphere. Was this evidence of how the Engineers had always dealt with mistakes of their [genetic] experiments? As for the holographic film of the apparent disaster that befell the Engineers in the edifice, this leads us to conclude that their [genetic] experiments went awry -- that a contagion (the black liquid?) mutated and escaped, causing mass [Engineer] death. I say "mutated" because throughout the film this is precisely what we witness: Black liquid becomes "wormy" black liquid, becomes snake-like creature, becomes embryonic octopus-like creature, becomes massive face-hugger-like creature becomes, proto-xenomorph. The fact that the Engineers created us demonstrates that this is indeed what the Engineers were -- masters of genetics. But they're clearly not infallible despite their prodigious technological superiority.
* Why did the Earthly star maps point to LV-223? This is a great question. Why point to what is essentially a world where death is created, a planetwide [bio] weapons laboratory? Perhaps the moon wasn't always what it was in the film, or, maybe the star map served its purpose: If a race reached a level of intelligence necessary to comprehend and decipher the star maps, they'd then journey to this death-world and hence doom their race -- doing the Engineer's work for them (wiping out a threatening species).
My buddy Vic Holtreman wrote up a "Five Simple Changes That Would Make ‘Prometheus’ Better (For Fans Of ‘Alien’)" article over at his awesome site Screen Rant. Note that Vic isn't advocating such changes, just that these would placate hardcore Alien fans who wanted a more "direct" sequel. However, I personally side with script writer Damon Lindelof who said
If the ending to [Prometheus] is just going to be the room that John Hurt walks into that's full of [alien] eggs [in Alien], there's nothing interesting in that, because we know where it's going to end. Good stories, you don't know where they're going to end. A true prequel should essentially proceed [sic] the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters, have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world.
Obviously, since Shaw and David warped off to (we presume) the Engineer homeworld, a sequel is anticipated. There is one big thing we can conclude about this sequel already: The Engineers ultimately decide not to destroy humanity. How do we know? Easy -- we have Alien and its sequels, the last of which takes place over 200 years after the events in Prometheus. Either Shaw and David succeed in convincing the Engineers we're worth of survival, or perhaps the Engineers just don't care anymore. We have, after all, "unlocked" the scourge of the Alien, and perhaps our creators know that eventually it will be the death of us ... just as they always intended.
But of course!
Google search data proves it, says Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, who is a candidate for a Ph.D. in economics, and wrote a post for the New York Times' “Campaign Stops” blog entitled “How Racist Are We? Ask Google.” Unfortunately, the study is a classic case of confusing correlation with causation.
Stephens-Davidowitz used Google Insights, a service which tells researchers how often words are searched in different parts of the United States.
After ranking 200 metropolitan areas by their racially charged search data, Stephens-Davidovitz then came up with a way to compare it to the election results – a way that depends solely on his own conjecture about how many votes Obama should have gotten. In short, he assumes that Obama “should have received” more votes everywhere than John Kerry did in 2004, simply based on how much better Democratic congressional candidates did in 2008, on average, than in 2004.
The higher the racially charged search rate in an area, the worse Mr. Obama did,” says Stephens-Davidowitz. He concludes that “racial animus cost Mr. Obama three to five percentage points of the popular vote” and “racial prejudice gave John McCain the equivalent of a home-state advantage nationally.” (Link)
*Sigh* As Newsbusters chief Matt Sheffield notes, "There's no data anywhere which ties a specific person's voting record to their online search record, so Stephens-Davidowitz is only looking at two different sets of data and coming to a conclusion driven by his own assumptions. He went into the study looking for signs of racism, and, lo and behold, he claims to have found them."
Elsewhere, Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, has argued that opposition to Barack Obama this election year is -- wait for it! -- "racist!" But before you shake your head and roll your eyes, you gotta take a gander at the "reasoning" on this one:
She said that "a lot" of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word "cool" in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS superPAC.
"There's an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there's this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses," Rye said. "And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren't asking if Bush was too cool, but, yet, people say that that's the number one person they'd love to have a beer with. So, if that's not cool I don't know what is.
She added that "even 'cool,' the term 'cool,' could in some ways be deemed racial [in this instance]."
Time to break this out again:
Lloyd E. Elling of Ocean View takes it upon himself to speak for all those of Native American descent in calling for the Indian River School District to ditch any Indian (Native) logos, mascots, names, etc. Now, yours truly recognizes that this is a delicate subject; however, Elling makes it seem as if Native Americans as a whole are uniformly opposed to such logos, etc. This is not the case. Indeed, it is highly possible that opposition is more a figment of elitist liberal "we know better" political correctness rather than popular Native American opinion. Gee, isn't it possible that [quite a few] Natives just might think that such logos and mascots are a tribute to their culture? A tribute to Native American strength and bravery (among other attributes)? A poll in 2002 by Sports Illustrated found that
81% of American Indian respondents do not think high school and college teams should stop using Indian nicknames. As for professional athletics, 83% of Native American respondents said teams should not stop using Indian nicknames, mascots, characters and symbols.
What's more, Elling includes the name Bartolome de Las Casas in his letter as if he was some paragon of virtue via his advocacy for the Indians in the face of Spanish mistreatment. But Las Casas was a prominent advocate for African slavery to replace that of the Natives. (In his waning years of life, it is said he regretted this position. Well gee, don't we all have last moment regrets?) In addition, many historians point out that Las Casas either exaggerated or simply was ignorant of the effects of Spanish violence and war against the Natives, at least when it comes to figuring the population decrease of that group as a result of conquest and colonization. It is now widely established that European diseases were responsible for the vast majority of Indian deaths during the colonial era, accounting for upwards of 90% mortality.
I certainly concur with Elling that our history shouldn't be whitewashed. But it also shouldn't be "cleansed" in the other direction -- the PC direction -- which lionizes certain figures who don't necessarily deserve it, ignores facts which may be "uncomfortable," and this history shouldn't be "spoken for" by folks who want to make themselves feel good, most especially if it contradicts the opinion of those for whom they're supposedly advocating.
Via Reason. And there's many more examples other than those at the link, to be sure.
I had to chuckle at that line from a police officer in this News Journal article today. I took an interest in it at first because my daughter is down celebrating this very event, dubbed "Senior Week," but this line -- "It’s how it always is now” -- grabbed me because it was in response to how parents of kids react when their little angel(s) get busted by the cops:
Out of the dark came three teenagers carrying beer cans. When they saw Hocker in his marked police car, they tried to stuff the cans in their pockets.
The three Maryland teens, ages 16 and 17, were detained, questioned and warned about underage consumption and possession of alcohol. Eventually, they were released to parents.
Hocker called one of the mothers to let her know what had happened. Her response: “How do you know that he was drinking?”
“It’s how it always is now,” Hocker said. “They always want to know why their kids are in trouble, not what they did.”
I'd tell Officer Hocker "Welcome to my world," but then again, police and teachers share a heck of a lot in common. We have to deal with a society where there has been decreasing individual responsibility for one's actions, and an increasing demand for others to accept said responsibility.
Thankfully, my offspring is a damn good kid. But that certainly doesn't mean she's immune from engaging in "typical teen" behavior. This is why, before she left for the beach shortly after her HS graduation, I told her "Be safe, be smart -- and I don't want to get any phone calls." Meaning, phone calls like the one Lt. Hocker had to make. And if I did get one, the first thing out of my mouth certainly wouldn't be what that mom asked above. It'd be "I see. Thank you for contacting me. I apologize for any inconvenience my daughter has caused you."
Our idiot Attorney General, Eric Holder, who's aggressively suing states that pass voter ID laws because they're somehow "discriminatory," didn't know that federal courts require people to show a photo ID before being permitted entrance:
“If I were to go to the federal courthouse here in D.C., either as a party or as an attorney, wouldn’t I have to show a government-issued photo ID?” Lungren asked.
“That’s not been my experience, here in DC. I don’t — you know,” Holder replied.
“Some federal courts — are you aware that’s required in some federal courts in this land?” Lungren said.
“I don’t know,” Holder replied.
As Insty's Glenn Reynolds likes to say, "The country's in the very best of hands."
Four Color Media Monitor reports that one of Marvel's greatest-ever writers (and DC's, too, for that matter), Roy Thomas, ain't too keen on DC turning one of their well-established heroes into a homosexual:
Just learned of this this morning. I've nothing against gays, but I think the notion of making Alan Scott retroactively gay (even if this is a new Earth-2 version, an abomination of an idea in and of itself) is ludicrous and offensive.
It is also a slap in the face to Dann, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, and I, who co-created his children Jade and Obsidian... and of course Dann and I also engineered his fathership with Thorn and his later marriage to Harlequin... as it even undercuts the potential economic value of our creation.
I believe this concept shows contempt for us and for long-time faithful readers. And I think we should return the favor. But, in the end, it's all just word and pictures on paper (or in cyberspace), and is no more valid re the original Green Lantern created by Mart Nodell and Bill Finger than was the retroactive continuity we did back in the '80s.
Thomas is one of my favorite creators ever. His run on The Avengers in the 60s-70s is one of the best, and his injection of humor is only rivaled by the Man himself, Stan Lee. Now, watch as the Loony Left tears into Thomas, labeling him a "homophobe" and all the other garbage terms they use.
The first one comes from the nearby City of Brotherly Love where its idiot mayor, Michael Nutter, was mulling over what the idiot New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, did -- ban sodas over 16 ounces. But Nutter was doing this ... while cutting the ribbon at Philadelphia’s first Shake Shack, "a fast food restaurant that has gained cult status for its burgers, fries and frozen custards."
You can't make this sh** up, I tell 'ya.
The second story comes by way of my buddy Greg at Rhymes With Right:
A Marine veteran and Academy Award winning film producer said he was barred from speaking to a U.S. government class at a Montana high school because he was “a right-wing conservative.”
Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for co-producing Schindler’s List, had been invited to speak to a class of seniors at Ronan High School in Montana. He’s also one of the few conservatives working in Hollywood and is currently making a documentary based on Dinesh D’Souza’s book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.
Molen, who is a popular motivational speaker, said his speech was going to be apolitical. He had planned on reminding students of their individual greatness and opportunities for the future.
But when he showed up at the high school — about 90-minutes from his home in Bigfork, Mont. – the principal informed Molen that he would not be allowed to address students because he was a “right-wing conservative.” He was told that there had been some calls to the school complaining about the planned speech.
“He said some callers didn’t want kids exposed to that, despite not knowing what my message would be,” he told the Hollywood Reporter."
Got that? They didn't even know what Molen was going to talk about -- and they still wanted him banned.
Greg wants the principal and any district administrator who advised him to nix Molen fired. Be sure to stop over there and find out why.
The non-Council winner was George C. Gross with A Train Near Magdeburg.
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It's one thing to be an overtly liberal network; it's another thing to base your "journalism" on absolute garbage like this: Lawrence O'Donnell: Romney Has "Fetish" For Police Uniforms.
"And in tonight's episode of 'How Weird is Mitt Romney?' Mitt Romney has a thing for men in uniform. He has always wanted to be one," MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said on the Wednesday night broadcast of his MSNBC show "The Last Word."
"Nope, not a military uniform.," O'Donnell rhetorically said.
"Mitt Romney's fetish is police uniforms," O'Donnell claimed. "This one is his favorite. The Michigan state trooper uniform. That's the Michigan state trooper uniform circa 1966. When Mitt Romney wasn't gay bashing kids whose hair he didn't like, Mitt Romney's other favorite sick thing to do was to impersonate a police officer."
"In an exclusive article just released tonight by the National Memo, details emerge of a Mitt Romney, who has a college freshman at Stanford University allegedly admitted to fellow dorm mates that he sometimes disguised himself as a police officer and laid out on his bed was a Michigan state trooper's uniform."
First of all, how does a supposed "serious" pundit show have a segment titled "How Weird is Mitt Romney"?
Second, admitted socialist O'Donnell is all giddy about this apparent "exclusive" -- a prank engaged in by Romney when he was 18 years old -- while getting in every possible gutter-hoarding dig on the GOP presidential candidate: He was a "gay-bashing" hair-cutting bully, supposedly is "creepy" for engaging in this teenage prank, and had a "fetish" for a uniform other than a military uniform because, of course, he had four deferments from service during the Vietnam era.
Be sure to watch the video at the first link.
If one is even remotely honest, none of the opposite-ideology Fox News pundits engage in such absolute drivel. Hell, Bill O'Reilly, if a conservative reporter had written this "exclusive," would have had the author on ... to rip him and make fun of him for concentrating on such hooey.
In a follow-up to this post, we read this today: SC mom busted at kid's graduation: 'I cheered for my baby and I got the cuffs.'
A South Carolina mother says she was humiliated when she was arrested during her daughter's high school graduation last weekend in Florence, S.C., for cheering too loudly.
But police say Shannon Cooper's shouting was nothing short of disorderly conduct.
Cooper said she was whooping it up when her 18-year-old daughter, Christin Iesha Cooper, walked across the stage to get her diploma from South Florence High School on June 2.
Did the police go too far? Most probably. But, if this ceremony is like way too many others around the country today, parents and other relatives simply do not listen to the innumerable requests by school and district officials to maintain a dignified presence in the stands. Ms. Cooper admits she was "whooping it up;" what about the students who followed her daughter in getting their diplomas? Don't those parents have a right to hear their childs' names announced?
And that's precisely a major problem with modern culture today -- it doesn't matter much anymore what the rules are, and it doesn't matter what people say or request. Politeness and decorum are a thing of the past. It's all about ME and MINE. End of story.
I don't know exactly how I'd have handled this situation; perhaps the police could have taken the podium and made one final warning to the audience before taking any action ... or perhaps the superintendent could have warned parents/relatives that if behavior does not improve, there will be no future graduation ceremonies -- diplomas will simply be mailed home to students.
All I know is that my daughter's ceremony degenerated into a "whoop" fest pretty quickly. And it was absolutely ridiculous.
MSNBC's Al Sharpton claims the GOP used "'fraudulent tactics' to win yesterday's gubernatorial recall vote in Wisconsin."
Well, I suppose it's all they have left, right? Just make friggin' sh** up!!
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Because until this sort of crap ceases, I don't wanna hear anything about the "need" to raise my taxes. Period.
As you'd expect, it's with a combination of profanity, classlessness, derision, and elitist snobbery. Let's take a sampling, shall we?
Jason "Trust Fund" Scott (the founder of the LGOMB):
Former MSNBC butthead David Shuster, who's now with that incredibly popular network Current TV and who infamously perpetually predicted that George W. Bush aide Karl Rove would be indicted during that president's tenure, is now predicting that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be too.
LMAO ... can't wait to see how this theory turns out!
... I'll try to rectify that by making insanely irrational statements, says Jesse Jackson. Or, that's what he should have said. Crap like this:
Yes, that’s Schultz paraphrasing Jackson as saying, “He called this (Wisconsin recall) election one of the biggest moments in the history of our democracy. He compared it to Emmett Till’s Lynching and Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat.” And of course he then played the audio of Jackson comparing [WI Governor] Walker to segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace.
Geez, why stop there, Jesse? Isn't Scott Walker also like Hitler? Stalin? Genghis Khan? Idi Amin?
Please -- slither back under the rock of irrelevancy.
(Or Ultra-Right -- when they're that far afield, they tend to run together!) From the Newsbusters e-mail bag (which goes to all contributors, not just me) and it's signed! (But I'm not publishing the complete name.)
Dear Jews Busters,
Of course, Whoopi was right on both counts! Jews bombed Pearl Harbor, for the same reason they brought down WTC. How can the Jews be discriminated against, when they own the whole planet!? Come on! These Jewish wheedlings and whinings are getting a little worn out!
Dan G., Swedish Liberation Party "For a Jew-free Sweden!"
Apparently this Hitlerian nutjob's party has its own blog (which I'm not linking to because such nausea-inducing hysteria doesn't deserve such; but feel free to Google it if you so desire) which unsurprisingly (and thankfully) doesn't seem well put-together nor well visited.
As for the Whoopi reference, a search at Newsbusters reveals this past post which seems to be the one Danny boy is alluding to.
A National Guardsman who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gitmo has sued a landlady for refusing to rent to him ... because his service is at odds with her peace activism.
A National Guardsman who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay has sued a woman he tried to rent from, after she told him his war service and her peace activism presented a “conflict of interests” and suggested he seek housing elsewhere — though the Dorchester landlady insists his veteran status “would not impede his chances to rent from us.”
Sgt. Joel Morgan, 29, said the two-bedroom $1,220-a-month Savin Hill apartment that property owner Janice Roberts, 63, showed him in April was perfect. But he claims Roberts told him in an April 9 voicemail that renting to him would be a conflict, saying, “We are very adamant about our beliefs."
“It just is not going to be comfortable for us without a doubt. It probably would be better for you to look for a place that is a little bit less politically active and controversial,” Roberts told Morgan, according to his complaint. The voicemail was played for the Herald during an interview with Morgan last week at the Boston office of his lawyer, Joseph L. Sulman.
Roberts counters that Morgan took a rental application but never returned it, and that she had around 30 people also interested in the apartment. Morgan says he didn't return the app after receiving Roberts' voicemail.
On matters such as this, I'm quite the libertarian -- I believe a property owner should be able to rent to whomever he/she pleases. So, ultimately, I side with Roberts on this one. It's her property, after all. However, as noted in this post's title, what if Roberts had refused to rent to ... a minority? Anyone else think this would be plastered over the front pages and heard endlessly on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, etc.? But ... in this case, she's a peace activist! Her motives are pure!
Not-so-fascinating-anymore story about how colleges are increasingly under pressure to coddle students to the Nth degree. Geez, and I thought it was bad enough in lower ed!
Writing In defense of the F-word in K-16 education, J. Martin Rochester, a political science professor at University of Missouri in St. Louis, shares an e-mail from a student who failed his course. It was her first F ever, she wrote.
"I complied with the paper and the two tests, and you mean to tell me I did not get anything from the class. I will appeal this because who is the failure? You are the teacher whom I relied upon to teach me about a subject matter that I had no familiarity with, so in all actuality I have been disserviced, and I do expect my money back from the course, you did not give me any warning that I was failing! You should be embarrassed to give a student an F.”
Thus, on my campus and many others, “retention” centers are proliferating along with “early alert” warning systems designed to help students by sending them regular reminders to come to class, turn in work by the due dates, and perform other basic obligations that can be gleaned if they simply read the syllabus.
This is virtually incomprehensible to me. My daughter enters college this coming August and if I ever saw / heard about an e-mail she sent like this to a professor ... well, let's say the punishment would be quite severe. I mean, come on -- when do we expect these adults to grow up? Is not 18 the legal age of "adulthood?" Do these [clueless] students actually believe that their future employers will baby them so?
Hah. If these "adults" have never experienced tough love at any time through college, it'll certainly come about in the real world, that's for sure.
Speaking of my daughter, her high school graduation was last evening. I was appalled at much of the behavior among the relatives and friends and in the bleachers. Today, I came across this post by Darren at Right on the Left Coast (via Joanne Jacobs) which totally hit home:
Women, this one goes out special to you. You know that high-pitched screaming thing you do? It's like an icepick through my temples. Do you not know how loud you are, how high-pitched that yell is, how little anyone around you wants to hear that? Ugh.
And for all you people who bring air horns and vuvuzelas and such--yes, I know you want to cheer for your kid, and you want your kid to hear you cheer for him or her. What you clearly don't consider, though, is that the kids are going across the stage at a rate of 10 per minute, one every 6 seconds. While you're having a great old time, not only are the people next to you covering their ears to lessen the 120 db horns you're blowing, but the family of the child whose name is announced immediately after your kid's cannot hear their kid's name being announced because you're too busy acting low-class and selfishly trying to hog some limelight. Ugh.
Spot on. Despite the school principal's request, and despite the district superintendent's request for "respect" and "dignity," once the students began to line up for their diplomas those requests (if they were ever heeded in the first place) went right out the window. There were two early 20s-ish gents behind us talking loudly the entire time, and didn't seem at all worried about their constant use of profanity. To my left, an entire family began stomping up and down on the bleachers not when their relative got his diploma, but when he was merely in line. What about all the poor folks near us who may have been trying to hear their kids' names? (Thankfully, it was relatively quiet when my daughter's name was announced. If not, I may have started an incident.)
I particularly liked Joanne Jacobs commenter "Stacy in NJ's" remarks:
Now, manners are for suckers and modesty for tight-*sses. Now, everyone must loudly and sentimentally display their emotions and minor achievements with an excessive celebration and a tattoo. We are a classy bunch.Yep. *Sigh*
... Democrat Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren is claiming she'll be "the first Native American Senator" from that state.
Is there any doubt in your mind that if Warren was a Republican and was attempting to claim such ancestry that she would be a nationwide laughing stock? (See: Delaware and Christine O'Donnell.) Yet, amazingly, she is right on opponent Scott Brown's heels in the latest poll.
And nothing ever changes ...
This Week’s Watcher’s Forum Question: What’s Your Opinion On President Obama’s Treatment Of President Bush During His White House Visit?
Due to my daughter's high school graduation activities, yours truly was unable to participate this week.
Paul Krugman: 'It's Terribly Unfair Obama's Being Judged on the Failure of the Economy.'
Color me beyond bored.
... but, as usual, it's up to the New Media to toss some cold water reality on the situation. Greg Pollowitz, in this case:
Just to follow up on my post yesterday on Florida cleaning up its voter rolls, MSDNC’s Martin Bashir goes and proves my point with his rant yesterday, “Why is the Sunshine State in the midst of a purge that even Josef Stalin would admire?”
Please, please if you are truly interested in this story, set a Google News Alert for Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald and start following his pieces on the issue. Here’s a recent article by Caputo on what’s going on. Hint, it’s not Stalinism.
Florida has essentially been begging the Dept. of Homeland Security to assist it with efforts to ID non-citizens who may be on the state's voting rolls. Still, DHS refuses. Why? The state is being a lot more diligent than it was in 2000 when it did more-or-less blanket purges of its voter rolls that contained (or may have contained) convicted felons. So, why won't DHS cooperate -- especially when the Dept. of Justice is now threatening the state about its current actions?
Right here in Delaware, too.
(h/t to CoR reader John Galt.)
Want to to go the Democratic Party convention this summer? You're gonna need a photo ID.
B-b-b-b-b-but ... I thought Democrats said that requiring a photo ID is RACIST!!!
Fortunately, the vast majority of the American public recognizes that this phony racism charge is pathetically ridiculous.
The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with The Facebook Caliphate.
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