July 31, 2012

What could go wrong?

ABC lands Texas militia drama.

The network has bought drama pitch Founding Fathers, from Di Bonaventura Pictures TV and ABC Studios. Written by feature scribe Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Woods, Thir13en Ghosts), Founding Fathers is described as “Donnie Brasco set in the world of Texas militias.” It centers on Nick Keating who, after serving a third tour in Afghanistan, returns home to find his small Texas town under the control of a militia group led by his older foster brother.

A mainstream media network ... doing a drama about an American militia group? Gee, what could it POSSIBLY be all about? Anyone wanna take a stab at the subjects broached on this show?


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Next up: John Boehner has a source that says Obama was born in Saudi Arabia

Looks like Senate Leader Harry Reid is using anonymous sources to smear Mitt Romney:

He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain … His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son.”

Oh, well, after the accusation he's "not certain!" What a f***ing tool.

Reid claims his source is a former Bain Capital investor, but won't reveal who he is. Oh, OK. Of course.


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Our M.S.M. at work

The Associated Press refers to a confessed -- he pleaded guilty -- Muslim suicide bomber as "alleged."

However, when a nutjob whose motives and background are entirely unknown, he might be "a member of the Tea Party."


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New from Hans Bader

Yeah, this will work out just dandy: Maryland Board of Education seeks racial quotas in school discipline.

This proposed rule violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution by pressuring schools to discipline students based on their race, rather than their individual conduct and the content of their character. That is at odds with court rulings like the federal appeals court ruling in People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education, 111 F.3d 528, 534 (7th Cir. 1997), which forbid both racial-balancing, and quotas, in school discipline.

Crimes and infractions are not evenly distributed among racial groups, as the Supreme Court noted in United States v. Armstrong, 517 U.S. 456 (1996). As that 8-to-1 Supreme Court ruling emphasized, there is no legal “presumption that people of all races commit all types of crimes” at the same rate, since such a presumption is “contradicted by” real world data. For example, “more than 90% of” convicted cocaine traffickers “were black” in 1994, while “93.4% of convicted LSD dealers were white.” Crime rates are higher in some ethnic groups than others.

But the Board of Education seems to have forgotten that reality in proposing a rule that would require school systems to discipline and suspend students in numbers roughly in proportion to their racial percentage of the student body, and require school systems that currently don’t do so to implement plans to eliminate any racially “disproportionate impact” over a three-year period. Thus, it is imposing quotas in all but name.

This is, simply, a recipe for disaster for schools. As Bader notes in the article, teachers and administrators will be skittish to discipline, say, black students but may be more inclined to administer severe discipline to a white or Asian student that would have gotten a black student a mere warning. All in the name of "proportion."


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July 30, 2012

More "progressive" pols looking to use coercion against Chick-fil-A

Now it's a Philly city councilman and the NYC City Council Speaker. The former tweeted last night

Hey all you gay hating, gun toting conservative twits, I have to work tomorrow. So, as much as I just love talking to you, good night, GodBless.

Wow. Again, this -- even though roughly half the country believes as the president of Chick-fil-A -- that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Who's the "hater?"


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A tale of two Washington Posts

Remember when Ann Romney wore that -- gasp! -- $990 t-shirt? The Wapo said that was "indicative of a tone-deaf campaign."

Fast forward to now. Boss Obama's wife Michelle dons a jacket worth $6,800. What does the WaPo say now? Its headline reads "Fit For a Queen (Truly)." It says the jacket is "very fancy," and costs a "princely" $6,800.

I suppose (besides the obvious MSM bias) that if the WaPo said anything negative about the First Lady, they'd be accused of ... you guessed it.

(h/t to NB.)


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New at the Watcher's Council

This Week’s Watcher’s Forum: Do You Favor Changes To Current Laws On Gun Ownership?


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July 29, 2012

The difference is coercion

What's the difference between so-called "progressives" and people who really believe in freedom of thought/expression/speech? The former believe they have the right to use government coercion to get their way -- and subsequently make you bow down to their will.

As noted earlier this week, Chick-fil-A came under fire because its owner is against gay "marriage." Several Democrat politicians -- like former Boss Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago -- believe that it is their job to enforce what they deem "American values" on the rest of us. Chicago alderman Proco Moreno said “Because of this man’s (Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy's) ignorance,” said Alderman Moreno, “I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward.”

Got that? Because Cathy is "ignorant" -- and doesn't agree with Moreno -- he'll be denied a permit to open up another store. Boston Mayor Tom Menino made similar threats.

Backtrack to the controversy surrounding the Ground Zero mosque. Two years ago I wrote

I happen to believe that Imam Rauf has the RIGHT to build his community center/mosque near Ground Zero. I also believe that people can protest his decision peacefully, in an attempt to persuade him otherwise.

I also expressed similar sentiments here.

I cannot think of any prominent conservative who advocated using government to thwart the imam and the mosque. (This isn't to say there weren't any, just that I do not recall them.) What they did was claim people peacefully protesting was a legitimate means to express their disagreement. And it was bad enough to witness to the media reaction to that. Just imagine if a few Republican mayors and other pols came out and said that "Muslims and their mosques weren't welcome in their communities." But hey -- come to think of it, religious Muslims have [much] stronger anti-gay beliefs than Cathy and most other Americans. Using logic (never a very strong "progressive" attribute), Emanuel and Menino should be even more outspoken against them. But to be so would cause all sorts of politically correct mental feedback and confusion. Or, is it fear? Remember, being outspoken against [American] Christians is safe. Being outspoken against religious Muslims can be dangerous. Don't believe me? Just ask admitted socialist and MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell.

Meanwhile, our local idiots not only lie about Chick-fil-A, they also show their legendary faux "tolerance" and "empathy."


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Whoops!

Pennsylvania's voter ID law not as "problematic" as first believed.

Amazing that the Philly Inquirer even bothered to report on this, considering their ever-present ridiculous bias.


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July 28, 2012

Boss Obama's Top Ten U.K. Gaffes

The mainstream media had a field day ripping Mitt Romney for his concerns over the UK's security at the Summer Olympics; however, they certainly didn't notice much when all of these occurred now, eh? My personal fave:

President Inspector Clouseau gifts Prime Minister Gordon Brown with a cheap box-set of DVDs incompatible with British DVD players:

As he headed back home from Washington, Gordon Brown must have rummaged through his party bag with disappointment.

Because all he got was a set of DVDs. Barack Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box set of 25 classic American films - a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.

Gordon Brown is a well-known movie fan so I'm sure he not only appreciated the White House laying out a cool two-hundred bucks or so for a pile of DVDs he couldn't watch, but also gifting him with movies any movie fan would already own.

And, who can forget (aside from the MSM) this classic Boss Obama moment?


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What could go wrong?

To quote Insty, that is. GM Ramps Up Risky Subprime Auto Loans To Drive Sales:

President Obama has touted General Motors (GM) as a successful example of his administration's policies. Yet GM's recovery is built, at least in part, on the increasing use of subprime loans.

Near the end of 2010, GM acquired a new captive lending arm, subprime specialist AmeriCredit. Renamed GM Financial, it has played a significant role in GM's growth.

The automaker is relying increasingly on subprime loans, 10-Q financial reports shows. Potential borrowers of car loans are rated on FICO scores that range from 300 to 850. Anything under 660 is generally deemed subprime.

Again, what could go wrong?


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July 27, 2012

Oh for cryin' out loud

It just never ends:

Mitt Romney’s plan of blatantly lying about President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech is clearly drawing blood. But what makes the attack work so well is not so much the lie itself but the broader subtext of it. Watch Obama’s delivery in the snippet put together by this Republican ad:

The key thing is that Obama is angry, and he’s talking not in his normal voice but in a “black dialect.” This strikes at the core of Obama’s entire political identity: a soft-spoken, reasonable African-American with a Kansas accent. From the moment he stepped onto the national stage, Obama’s deepest political fear was being seen as a “traditional” black politician, one who was demanding redistribution from white America on behalf of his fellow African-Americans.

*Yawn*

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg has more:

I don’t think liberals appreciate how much conservatives laugh at this stuff. We’re constantly being told we’re racists and that conservatism is full of racist codes and dog whistles aimed at conservatives. And yet the only people who consistently decipher these codes or hear these dog whistles are liberals themselves.

Indeed. The outrageousness is further exemplified here -- Slate's Tim Noah notes how journalists had to be careful not to call attention to the fact Boss Obama is -- wait for it -- thin. Goldberg responds: “Hey this Obama guys looks like he’s got a 32 inch waist . . . Wait. A. Second. He’s black! I can’t vote for him!”

Back in October I had a bit of fun throwing this "racism" nonsense right back at our local "progressive" lunatics. They were busy blasting former GOP prez candidate Herman Cain at every turn, whereupon I accused their criticism of being ... "racist." One of the LGOMB responded thusly: "Are you really this much of an idiot or did you just sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night?"

Thanks a million for making. My. Point. Perfectly.


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A gay man's view of the Chick-fil-A imbroglio

Fellow Watcher's Council member GayPatriot chimes in on the issue of Chicago and Boston using the power of government to bully Chick-fil-A just because its owner is a devout Christian who supports traditional marriage:

If you don’t like the fact that Chick-Fil-A’s president is a “devout” Christian who supports traditional marriage, then don’t buy his company’s product, but don’t attempt to impose your views on the rest of us by demanding that cities not grant permits to further franchises.

If cities determine to grant no business licenses to companies because of their management’s controversial politics, then we’d have to demand that cities grant no further licenses to Ben and Jerry’s franchises.

That said, the left-wing politics of that company won’t stop me from stopping by one of their stores on those occasions when I have a craving for a dish of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

Amen. I'll personally boycott various products if something the company or owner says/does that pisses me off. But I'm not gonna lobby my legislators to ban these products just because I have an issue with their politics. Chick-fil-A employs and serves gay Americans, just like it does all Americans. This, despite its owner's personal belief about traditional marriage. (A belief, by the way, that our own president shared up until a few months ago, and that almost half of all Americans still share.)

And, FWIW, in a debate last night on one of the pundit shows, the person supporting Chicago and Boston kept yammering about "discrimination" and "marriage equality." To that last point, his opponent asked, "Oh, then you support my desire to marry two women?" Flustered, anti-Chick-fil-A person stammered, eventually saying "We're talking about committed couples ..." Really? But why? If "marriage" is not to mean what it has for thousands of years, then why can't a man who wants to marry two women be included under the mantle of "marriage equality?"

As I've opined many times before, gay Americans seem to be obsessed with the term "marriage." Why not concentrate on the 14th Amendment aspect of the issue -- equal protection? It is not a separate but equal situation akin to that with blacks and whites; unlike skin tone, gender actually is a basic human difference. It's like radical feminists "arguing" that there's no difference between the sexes, that it's supposedly a "social construct." Of course, if we eliminated separate sporting events -- women's vs. men's golf, tennis, soccer, basketball, etc. -- there would be no females participating in these sports ... a small consideration such feminists and radical egalitarians always seem to gloss over. And why wouldn't there be any females in these sports? Because of the INHERENT gender differences which make men stronger and faster, that's why.

Get it? Men and women are different. It's a biological fact. "Marriage," as it's been defined for millennia, is between people of two biologically different genders.

Nevertheless, personally I could ultimately care less what two loving adults do, whether it's called "marriage" or whatever. It's none of my business. But it is my business if "progressives" use the coercive force of government to punish people (and businesses) for their beliefs -- especially beliefs which are quite mainstream ... and have been so for time immemorial.

UPDATE: JoshuaPundit has thoughts here and here.

UPDATE 2: It's not OK (if you believe in traditional marriage) to own a business like Chick-fil-A in Boston, but apparently it's just fine and dandy to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a mosque -- a mosque where one of its "spiritual guides" had this to say about homosexuality:

“[A homosexual should be given] the same punishment as any sexual pervert  . . . Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them.

As Insty notes, "Gay hatred's OK if it's diverse gay hatred.


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Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was Iowahawk wth You Didn’t Build That.

Full results are here.


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July 26, 2012

Why the lady is so pathetically stupid

You may have heard about this idiot state senator from Virginia who went off on Mitt Romney as simply appealing to racists everywhere in order to defeat Boss Obama:

The comments Friday by Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas during a local radio interview on behalf of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign have taken on a life of their own, particularly in conservative media.

On "The John Fredericks Show" on WHKT (1650 AM), Lucas said Romney is "speaking to a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or any other elected position."

Lucas was responding to a question from Fredericks about Romney's criticism of Obama for his lack of private-sector experience.

"Let's be real clear about it. Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don't like folks like President Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position," Lucas said.

Lucas reiterated, "He's speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position."

Now Ms. Lucas -- why would Mitt Romney even need to speak to such a fringe? If this segment of the population is so incorrigibly racist, doesn't it stand to reason that they'd never, ever vote for Barack Obama anyway? Romney already has their vote, then!

Incredibly (well, not really), Lucas "is a member of the Obama 'truth team' in Virginia, a roster of Democratic officials tasked with 'promoting the President's achievements, quickly responding to unfounded attacks on his record, and holding Republicans accountable for their actions.'"

Here's a definite bit of truth for 'ya: Ms. Lucas is a f***ing moron.


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The country's in the very best of hands

White House big mouth Jay Carney refuses to name the capital of Israel:

I'd like to grant that this is just a simple mistake, but I really doubt it.


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Tyranny of the masses

This is Hube's Dark Knight Rises review (because, as usual, no one demanded it). Let's just say this quickly and up front: If you're a so-called "progressive," you ain't gonna like this movie.

Wait a second -- if you're a radical "progressive," you might like this movie. You probably won't dig the ending, however.

SPOILERS BELOW THE FOLD. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.


First of all, this is one damn good flick. Chris Nolan tops even The Dark Knight, the second installment of his trilogy, with this almost three hour-long epic finale. The pace is quick enough that the "slow" spots in no way bog down the story. The villain, Bane, is an "excommunicated" member of Ra's al-Ghul's (Liam Neeson in Batman Begins) League of Shadows who seeks to finish Ra's' work in "cleansing" Gotham City. Ironically, Gotham has had numerous years of peace since the ending ofThe Dark Knight, the middle installment of the trilogy. Batman is believed to be a murderer, and Harvey Dent is made into a hero. Bruce Wayne is a self-imposed recluse in his mansion, never venturing outside.

The "trigger" for Wayne ending his exile is the appearance of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) in his mansion during a party. Wayne recognizes the pearls she's wearing as his mother's. Turns out Kyle is a "cat" burgler, or, if you prefer, the Catwoman. It also turns out that Kyle had snatched Wayne's fingerprints from his own safe for devious use later in the film.

Eventually Bane and his loyal League of Shadows followers infiltrate Gotham and begin to execute their plan of isolating the city for eventual destruction. Massive explosives are planted throughout the city, and Bane manages to snatch Wayne Industries' [secret] fusion reactor core. Bruce pulls his Batman uniform out of mothballs and goes after Bane -- but this first encounter goes horribly wrong. In a clear homage to the classic comic confrontation, Bane slams Batman's back over his knee, incapacitating him.

Bane uses the fingerprints stolen from Catwoman to deplete Wayne's vast fortune, and while Bruce languishes in Bane's old prison with a broken back, Bane and the League consolidate their hold over Gotham. The fusion core stolen by Bane will decay in five months, thus, of course, (conveniently) granting Wayne time to recover in prison to come back and save the day. In what (again) is a three-hour flick (which, though, doesn't seem that long at all), this is the most rushed portion of the story. Wayne's recovery and time in prison should have logically taken more of the film's content. Nevertheless, with the assistance of several other prisoners, Bruce's back gets fixed, and he escapes back to Gotham.

Once back in the city, Batman now teams up with [now-rationally thinking] Catwoman and the now-freed police force to wage war against Bane and the League. The main goal is to find the fusion reactor core, which Bane has hidden in a lead-lined truck which is continuously driving through the city's streets (along with numerous decoys). As Bats pummels Bane and is about to emerge victorious, Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) suddenly thrusts a knife into the Dark Knight's side! She reveals she is Ra's Al Ghul's daughter, Talia. (In the comics, Batman and Talia were once lovers and had a son, but no such connection is mentioned nor implied in the film.) As Bane recovers and is about to off Batman, Catwoman shows up and blasts the villain to Kingdom Come. But Talia has escaped and plans to set off the fusion core ASAP!

Needless to say, Batman saves the day and you should probably guess how if you have been paying attention to the film. And Nolan definitely leaves the trilogy wide open for a sequel (even though he has said he won't be the one doing it/them). I won't spoil these last five minutes or so of the movie ... because they're so damn awesome.

Now, the politics:

As I noted above the fold, if you're a "progressive," you won't like DKR. And if you do, you're a far-left radical "progressive." If anything should give away that villain Bane is no Occupy Wall Street-style hero, it's the brief early mention that he sold his [terrorist] services to a rich corporate type to assist in the overthrow of a small African nation ... to secure mining rights for the corporate type's company.

In essence, Bane's whole "revolution" can remind one of the French Revolution. What seems to have noble goals and purpose quickly degenerates into mass chaos -- or, the tyranny of the masses, if you will. Bane's "revolution" actually never has any noble goals like France's, although it certainly does appeal to many in the Gotham underclass as they ransack the "wealthy's" homes and businesses for their own, ironically, personal avarice. In France it was called the Reign of Terror which lasted for about one year. In Gotham, it persists for five months; as noted above, this is the duration in which Wayne Industries' fusion reactor core, captured by Bane and co., will decay and then explode, decimating the city. France's Revolutionary Tribunals meted out immediate and swift "justice" via the guillotine; Bane and the League of Shadows set up similar kangaroo courts (featuring head judge Jonathan Crane -- Scarecrow from Batman Begins), and their "guillotine" is "exile" -- walking across the frozen river surrounding Gotham which no one survives. Everyone eventually falls through the ice and drowns.

And Bane -- is Bane a Maximilien Robespierre analogue? Once Max was elected to France's Committee of General Security during the Reign of Terror, terror became its formal policy (my emphasis):

"It is time that equality bore its scythe above all heads. It is time to horrify all the conspirators. So legislators, place Terror on the order of the day! Let us be in revolution, because everywhere counter-revolution is being woven by our enemies. The blade of the law should hover over all the guilty."

Robespierre himself stated,

If virtue be the spring of a popular government in times of peace, the spring of that government during a revolution is virtue combined with terror: virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent. Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country ... The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.

Bane and the League of Shadows believed that what they were doing to Gotham was "virtuous" (just re-examine Ra's Al Ghul's speeches to Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins), and hence their terror was "an emanation of that virtue." Just listen to Bane's speeches to Gotham's populace at various locales, especially the football stadium -- where he also promptly breaks the neck of a scientist in the name of his "virtue." (Gotham's football team, by the way, was comprised of the roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers.) Bane was merciless -- just like Robespierre, who "saw no room for mercy in his Terror, stating that 'slowness of judgments is equal to impunity" and "uncertainty of punishment encourages all the guilty'." Backtrack to the "courts" headed by Scarecrow.

Catwoman, again played by (the amazingly built) Anne Hathaway, personifies the "second thoughts" about the "revolution." Never clearly having taken a side in the whole ordeal, Cat essentially rolls her eyes at her friend's exclamation that the contents of a ransacked (supposedly upper-class) home were "the people's" now. Despite her past self-absorption (and statement to Bruce Wayne that we've all seen in the movie's trailer about a coming class war), Cat realizes that she has to do something -- alongside Batman -- to thwart Bane and the League's plans for Gotham, for they've clearly gone way off the deep end.

And need I mention that the eventual authoritarian dictatorship that inevitably arises from such a "revolution" leads to what we've seen time and time and time again in the communist/socialist "paradises" from history? After Bane and the League take over, the residents of Gotham are routinely stopped by League members (secret police) asking what they're doing, and some are snatched up to face the Scarecrow kangaroo court. And perhaps most significantly, we see long lines in the streets waiting for basic necessities like food, clothing and fuel (ahem, like the old USSR, East bloc countries, Cuba, North Korea, etc.).

An aside here: Keep in mind that the American Founding Fathers abhorred direct democracy, which they rightly believed would lead to "tyranny of the majority" -- or masses, if you will -- a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in his classic Democracy in America. Aristotle said that "democracy [is] a perversion of constitutional government in the interest of the needy." Alexander Hamilton said, “We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.” The Founders codified republican measures in the Constitution, not democratic ones. Things like checks and balances. The Electoral College.

While it's obvious that director Nolan is no fan of the Occupy movement, especially its more radical strains, keep in mind this doesn't mean he lets corporations and their bigwigs off the hook. Indeed, as mentioned earlier, one of Wayne's business rivals had made use of Bane in securing mining rights in an African nation, and there's the undercurrent commentary that truly virtuous corporate types like Bruce Wayne can never -- or almost never -- really help out the community or world at large because their less virtuous rivals will always seek to stop them. Wayne's fusion reactor is the personification of this. Bruce never sought to activate the reactor -- which generates incredibly plentiful, and cheap, power -- in part because of just what Bane and co. did -- turn it into a weapon.

UPDATE: Check out Carl's review and Douglas' review as well!

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July 25, 2012

Georgetown pulls a U.D. Residence Life Program

You might remember several years ago the University of the Delaware was exposed to the sunlight -- or, that is, its Residence Life Program was. Before the exposure, students were required to attend a variety of controversial seminars and face numerous invasive personal queries. Now it seems its neighbor to the southwest, Georgetown University, is trying out something similar:

Enter the Community Scholars Program at the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. The CSP reaches out to disadvantaged youth and provides full scholarships and assistance for to GU. By all accounts it is a wonderful program that has great intentions and has helped many young people achieve their dream of attending college.

Sounds pretty basic. What is not included in this summary is one other workshop that students were required to attend as a part of the CSP. It was an LBGT “Sensitivity Training” course and apparently it was a requirement for students attending the program. According to multiple sources who wish to remain anonymous, although many students were uncomfortable about being forced to attend the training they were told they would face disciplinary action if they did not participate. One student who has yet to be officially named refused and was allegedly escorted off campus by Georgetown Campus Police. He was expelled from the summer program but there is a possibility he will still be eligible to attend regular classes in the fall.

More here.

I never get why campus ideologues feel it necessary to mandate -- force -- students into this stuff. And then they wonder why some rebel? C'mon. But this old UD student comment about their old program says it all about liberalism on campus: "I don't think mandatory participation is a problem -- if it wasn't mandatory then who would go?"

Yeah. Just imagine if a college had a mandatory program about, say, Christianity. Or Judaism. Think that would fly?


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July 24, 2012

NY Times speaks for Sally Ride

... now that the first American woman in space can't speak for herself since she passed away yesterday.

The Times' Andrew Rosenthal uses Ride's death to -- you guessed it -- spout off on completely irrelevant social commentary:

What’s less well known is that Ms. Ride was gay. Family and friends were aware of her 27-year relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy, but the wider public was not. I bring up this personal detail because, as numerous people on the Web and Twitter have pointed out, Ms. O’Shaughnessy is not entitled to any federal benefits.

Ms. Ride was not a public advocate for gay rights. Still, I can imagine what she might have had to say about the situation. In 1983, she was the subject of endless questioning about being the first American woman in space, a lot of which focused on things like whether she would wear a bra or makeup in space. At a NASA news conference at the time, she said: “It’s too bad this is such a big deal. It is too bad our society isn’t further along.”

Indeed. Ms. Ride kept to herself about her sexuality, but Rosenthal "can imagine" what she'd say about things like the Defense of Marriage Act. Maybe she couldn't have cared less about it, for all we know. Like, Ride's comments about bras and makeup perhaps weren't commentary about simply being the first [American] woman in space, but the lunacy of the modern media (and popular culture) and how that wasn't further along.


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ABC News keeps stepping in it

On the heels of POSs Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulis's utterly preposterous "investigation" which deemed Aurora, CO killer James Holmes "might" have been a member of the Tea Party, we see this. They're now doctoring quotes to get the effect they want?

Of course, they claim they did no such thing, but conveniently there's no recording of the conversation in question.

Who would you believe -- a known liar news organization, or a woman with no agenda who was awakened with news of the tragic events in Aurora?

(Image h/t to Looking Spoon.)


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New at the Watcher's Council

Watcher’s Forum: Should Mitt Romney Release Additional Tax Returns Beyond The Last Two Years?


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Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with The United States of Guilt.

Full results are here.


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July 22, 2012

Not-So-Settled Science

A few weeks ago, Wired.com published an article detailing how recent studies have overturned a long held assumption, backed by studies, about how evolution is influenced by mate selection:

The idea that animal evolution is shaped by males boasting and fighting to win female favor is a central biological dogma.

Females pick males whose exaggerated traits suggest virility, thus producing peacock feathers and sage grouse struts. Males compete for female favor, hence a stag’s antlers and fights for territorial domination. These are the main engines of sexual selection, the default explanation for differences between the sexes.

Under closer scrutiny, however, the dogma doesn’t seem to hold. A new replication of English geneticist Angust Bateman’s foundational mid-20th century mate-choice study, a study that reinforced sexual selection assumptions and shaped decades of research, came to very different conclusions than the original.

Basically, rather than males competing for female attention in mating as was commonly believed, there are in fact many more variables that come into play.

[Evolutionary biologist Patricia] Gowaty hopes that revisiting Bateman’s study will encourage people to see "alternative" mating strategies as unexceptional, though she said the fundamental implication is less about animal behavior than the importance of challenging received wisdom. "We believed the results so thoroughly, it didn’t occur to people to replicate the study," Gowaty said.

"I wonder if we shouldn’t all be a little more self-skeptical," she continued. "If we missed for so long that Bateman was inadequate to his task, what might we be missing in more modern studies?"

So wait, someone is challenging the conclusions of a belief long held by all the leading scientists of a field and confirmed by multiple studies over decades? How dare they question settled science? They're obviously deniers in league with big business.

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Hall of Fame

As part of my duties as "Minister of Baseball," I would like to point out that the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is this afternoon. In honor of one of the inductees, I link to my article from my old blog arguing why Barry Larkin is a no doubt about it Hall of Famer.

UPDATE (15:05): And Larkin just mentioned "Paul Smith" during his induction speech. Some might claim he wasn't talking about me, but we all know the truth, right?

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Vacay

I'm currently on a mini-vacation in the Bluegrass State and -- it figures -- my friend's modem gets fried in a lightning storm the day before my arrival! But, her new Android tablet comes to the (semi) rescue. Not exactly easy to blog using my right index finger.

At any rate, aside from the ridiculous idiots at ABC News, it was refreshing to see many of the usual suspects refrain from reflexively pointing their fingers at conservative groups as being responsible for the tragedy in Aurora. Even the mega-cretins at the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers have remarkably behaved themselves. Small miracles do happen, it seems. The latest reports reveal that the DKR shooter is "middle of the road," politically. Hear that, Brian Ross, you pathetic POS??


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July 19, 2012

"A lot on his plate"

Via Insty:


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Bulgarian suicide bomber was released from Gitmo

Mehdi Ghezali, who yesterday murdered five Israelis and a local bus driver in Bulgaria, was released from Gitmo in 2004. He "was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009."

Unbelievable. I await the reason(s) why this scum was released -- both in '04 and '09. I agree with Benjamin Kerstein: "Whoever signed off on Burgas suicide bombers release from Gitmo should be fired immediately. And issue a public apology. IMMEDIATELY."


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First paragraph in a Yahoo! News article today

Ready?

"I don't think Mormons are ready for a Mormon president," Kim Gardner told Yahoo News when we visited her in Arlington, Va., last month. "I don't know if the country is either. To me it seems like the craziest long shot to have a Mormon in the White House. It seems crazier than having a woman in the White House, or having a black man in the White House."

Yep -- that's the very first paragraph of an article titled "Road Trip: Mormon-in-chief? Latter-day Saints talk about what a President Romney would mean to them."


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Tweet of the Day

"Oh, you get laid last night? Sure, thanks to government roads. You're WELCOME." - Barack Obama

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July 18, 2012

Oh, by the way -- about Bane ...

... he's not new to the Batman movie scene. He was actually a bit character in the execrable Batman and Robin from 1997.

He was easy to forget ... as was the movie itself. Of course, however, if you're a Schwarzenegger fan, his cheesy one-liners as Mr. Freeze are for you: "Ice to see you!" "Let's kick some ice!" "Cool party!"


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Our president and success

(h/t to the H.F.)


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Dems attempting to capitalize on "Bane"

It was bad enough that Rush Limbaugh hypothesized that Hollywood was releasing The Dark Knight Rises -- whose villain is named Bane -- to coincide with the latest round of Boss Obama attacks against Mitt Romney ... those linking him (or not linking him) to Bain. Now, Team Boss Obama is doing the same in reverse:

"Bane" is the terrorist in the new movie who drives the caped crusader out of semi-retirement in the final Batman movie. Democrats, who believe they have Romney on the ropes over the president's assault on his leadership at Bain Capital, said the comparisons are too rich to ignore. "It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood," said Democratic advisor and former Clinton aide Christopher Lehane. "Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society," he added.

Umm, yeah.

Thankfully, one of comicdom's few conservative-leaning creators and co-creator of Bane, Chuck Dixon, throws ice water at this nonsense:

As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo. He’s far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you’re looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney.

The Washington Times' Kerry Picket continues:

The DC Comics character Bane is best known for releasing all of Gotham City's criminals from Arkham Asylum. Batman is pushed to the point of exhaustion as he rounds them all back up, but Bane is waiting for him and breaks Batman's back. Bane brings forth chaos, anarchy, and lawlessness. Mitt Romney is not the first person to come to mind as far as the character of Bane is concerned. In fact, the chaos that Bane brings is reminiscent of Occupy Wall Street protests.

If anything, Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, would be better suited to what the Dems have in mind -- based on what she whispers to Bruce Wayne in the flick's trailer: "There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."

That's still nonsense -- the premise that if others gain someone has to lose -- but it makes a helluva lot more sense than tryin' to make Mitt Romney out to be an Occupy Wall Street guy!


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Maybe you ought to reconsider writing articles like these ...

... when even your liberal readership rips you in the comments for the misplaced sympathy?

How many such lengthy articles like this has MSNBC.com written about law enforcement agents being verbally and physically abused ... and attacked/shot?


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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!


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July 17, 2012

Speaking of the Dark Knight ...

... here's what you get when you have a writer assigned to a topic for which he knows next to nothing:

Imagine that you are a child billionaire, orphaned in a mugging that goes terribly wrong. You decide to devote yourself to making sure that no one else will suffer as you did. But how? Do you open a series of outreach centres, hire probation workers, sponsor rehabilitation schemes? Or do you put on a rubber suit and prowl the streets at night, clobbering members of the underclass until they promise to stop breaking the law?

This is the Telegraph's (UK) Robert Colvile "informing us" just what Bruce Wayne/Batman is "really about." Because he wants to go on a rant about how the Dark Knight is supposedly a conservative's wet dream -- a protector of the "plutocracy." But, of course, anyone who is even remotely familiar with the Caped Crusader knows that it's hardly only "members of the underclass" that he goes after in his quest for justice. Granting that Colvile's never read a Batman comicbook, didn't he see Batman Begins and The Dark Knight? Organized crime and white collar criminals are hardly "underclass." More like [criminal] underworld, if anything. But hey, don't let reality get in the way of a good "progressive" diatribe.

But Colvile doesn't stop there. He then displays even greater ignorance by invoking the name Iron Man -- a certain Tony Stark -- next:

... the most popular superhero characters today – Batman and Iron Man – are both handsome tycoons”. Indeed. Iron Man is the ultimate carefree capitalist, who shuts down his weapons business not in the spirit of peace and love, but because he wants to fly around in a metal suit that fires, in the deathless words of Doctor Evil, frickin’ laser beams.

This is a total fabrication, even purely based on the movie(s) alone. Did Colvile miss the part in Iron Man where Stark witnessed the devastation his weapons wrought? So that, when he was finally rescued and brought back to the States, he announced he would be shutting down all weapons development in order to pursue more peaceful endeavors?? Becoming Iron Man was convenient side effect, if anything, of his kidnapping ordeal. In the Iron Man comics, being Iron Man wasn't even convenient at first; Tony Stark was constantly plagued by the need to monitor the power level of his chestplate device -- so that his heart would keep beating. Numerous early stories had him barely making it to a wall socket to recharge the thing!

In addition, Colvile never ponders why pampered rich guys like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark even bother to become superheroes in the freakin' first place. Gee, could it be ... to give something back to society? How many times have they saved average joes (let alone the whole damned planet) -- either by themselves or as members of their respective super-teams, the Justice League and the Avengers?

Indeed. Why bother to even consider such when it completely and thoroughly shreds your ridiculous premise? Cripes, it'd make a helluva lot more sense from a "progressive" perspective to make the case that our real modern-day capitalists ought to be a lot more like Wayne and Stark. But oh, that's right -- can't have that. Capitalism itself is an enemy of "progressives." How silly of me.


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Limbaugh thinks Dark Knight Rises' Bane is named such on purpose?

In the first hour of Rush Limbaugh's show today, he actually wondered if the release of the upcoming Dark Knight Rises wasn't so coincidental -- because the villain in the film is named ... Bane.

Ye gads. First of all, Bane was created back in 1993. Second, Dark Knight Rises has been in the works for a few years now. And lastly, not the least of which, many have opined that Bane and his actions are actually an allegory to the Occupy movement (just Google "Dark Knight Rises Occupy movement"), which could be seen is a detriment to Boss Obama, not Mitt Romney.

Conspiratorial nonsense.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter picked up on Rush's silly idea yesterday as well.


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Tweet of the Day

Obama to child building sandcastle: "you didn't build that." Child: "huh?"

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WDEL's silly headline

Green Party picks woman to run against Romney for President.

Um, isn't there another person running as well? Y'know, like the incumbent?

Yeesh.


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Where I lose a little respect for an iconic comics writer

Last week, a buddy of mine lent me a copy of legendary comics guy Roy Thomas's fanzine Alter Ego (no. 103, July 2011 edition). In it is a lengthy interview with prolific writer Steve Englehart, famous for his stints on Marvel titles such as Captain America and The Avengers in the 1970s.

I've given credit to Steve for his superb "Secret Empire" storyline that was directly analogous to the Watergate scandal. Then, I wrote

Steve Englehart's awesome "Secret Empire" series in Cap in the mid-70s was a not-so subtle analogy of Watergate. Yet even Steve didn't hit us over the head with a brick ... even though he could have (Richard Nixon was pretty much thoroughly disgraced on the left and the right).

And in the interview, Steve notes just that: He could have hit us over the head with a brick had he wanted to. Marvel would have imposed no censorship on him had he desired to explicitly name Richard Nixon as the head of the Secret Empire. And again, as noted above, it probably wouldn't have mattered all that much; Nixon was a pariah on both sides of the aisle by 1974.

But then, Englehart unfortunately lapses into standard "progressive" boilerplate:

It's not entirely clear whether Englehart is referring to the public, politicians or fellow comic creators when he says "nobody," but I believe it's the latter since he then says "I could not see any way that a character named Captain America could not react to something like Watergate." Which, then, is just sad. And patently false. I've meticulously documented the many instances of comic creators ripping the Bush administration quite overtly during the former president's tenure as chief exec. (If you're so inclined, see here, here, here, here, and here just for starters.) How Englehart can state "nobody seems to do anything about that" means he hasn't read a lot of the stuff from the 2000s, or he's being disingenuous. This doesn't even address the issue of "using lies as excuses" -- a quite common bit of "progressive" dogma regarding the Iraq War. I've been consistent in my opposition to that conflict; however, I never bought the "Bush lied" screed for mainly two reasons: One, Bush's predecessors in the executive and legislative branches all said the same thing(s) he did about Saddam Hussein's possession of WMDs; two, if Bush purposely lied about WMDs to begin a war against Saddam, why would he do so knowing that they weren't there? This make absolutely zero sense. Wouldn't Bush have ordered the CIA (or whoever) to plant some WMDs to thus justify his invasion? Why would order an invasion based on a premise which would undermine his whole presidency? (Which it pretty much did once no WMDs were discovered.)

I suppose such was inevitable; Englehart is a product of his era -- the late 60s and 1970s. He came of age during the Vietnam War and an era of highly progressive change. I suppose at some point we should've expected him to fall into a few typical (liberal) talking points. Still, when it mattered, Steve didn't bludgeon us to death on his pages with his politics, calling on us to denounce our country ... nor did he do it it himself.


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Yet another reason why I don't want my taxes raised

DE Libertarian has the sad details about federal tax delinquency ... among federal employees:

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.

The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.

The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.

The biggest offender is the US Post Office, with over 25,000 employees owing a total of almost $270 million.

Personally, I'd exempt active military members from paying federal income taxes (and others, too) ... for reasons I've made quite plain on this site numerous times.


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Famous first jobs

Fox News's John Stossel has a cool vid up asking some of the network's pundits about their first job(s). Many of them, not surprisingly, had [first] jobs that I had.

In more-or-less chronological order, here are some of my first jobs:

  • Paperboy (age 11-12)
  • Dishwasher (age 15)
  • Outdoor maintenance gopher at a local country club (age 16)
  • Busboy at same country club (age 16-18)
  • Waiter at same country club (age 18-23)
  • Grounds maintenance at a cemetary (age 21)
  • Bartender at same country club (age 21-22)
  • Waiter at Irish restaurant near Philly airport (age 23)
  • Pack-out guy for soft drink co. (age 24)
  • Sales rep. for soft drink co. (age 24)

What were some of your first jobs?


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July 16, 2012

Tweet of the Day

Breaking: Obama sues Starship over 80s hit "We Built This City," insists title be changed to "Big Gov't Built This City."

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Flashbacks?

A story from the Des Moines Register notes that a teacher's aide was fired from her private school for disrupting a classroom discussion about the novel Huckleberry Finn.

[Naiya] Galloway allegedly announced to a classroom full of students in October that Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was a racist book and should not be taught in schools. The next day, she was on a school bus with students when she allegedly renewed her criticism of the book as “racist,” forcing the bus driver to intervene, according to state records. School officials alleged she voiced objections to the book on numerous other occasions.

It seems Ms. Galloway didn't like it when the actual teacher brought up the Ku Klux Klan "in a discussion of historical and political events." She also allegedly accused a math teacher of being a racist on another occassion.

But what gets me is this:

At a public hearing dealing with her subsequent request for unemployment benefits, Galloway denied all of the allegations that she had questioned the school’s use of the book. She acknowledged that she had disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered “flashbacks,” noting that she’s both black and Japanese.

Flashbacks?? About what? She's 31 years old. That's obviously not old enough to have suffered through slavery or Jim Crow, nor the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans. The KKK is still around, yes, though greatly diminished from its heyday. Ms. Galloway did claim to have been a victim of racism in the past ... but never said it was via the Klan.


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Iron Man 3 armor revealed

... as well as confirmation of the villain:

The money shot involves the reveal of the film's villain -- confirmed officially to be Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. Though some prior moments hinted at his existence (a few glimpses of a samurai sword are interspersed throughout the footage), the end sequence makes it clear who the main antagonist of this movie is. Kingsley's introduction involves a shot from behind as he removes the hood of his cape, revealing a mostly-bald head with a samurai-style circular patch of dark hair in the middle, a long train of hair protruding from it. Slowly revealed from the front, the camera trains along his hand (rings on every finger), pulling out to show The Mandarin, face-on, seated and sporting a full, long, bushy, dark beard. Reading into his stature alone, Kingsley looks to embody the villain with appropriate menace and confidence.

Looks like all the guessing back in April was on the money. And while the "Extremis" storyline still looks to be in play for the sequel, the armor is definitely different from that arc:

The "Extremis" armor is actually the basis for the Iron Man armor we see in the first two films. But one would certainly expect to see something different for "Extremis," which includes a "bio-tech" aspect for Tony Stark to "armor up." And "Extremis" did feature a gold "under armor" that Stark utilized.

Iron Man 3 arrives in theatres May 3, 2013.


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Romney's old; what's Obama's excuse?

It's truly amazing how Dan Quayle-esque Boss Obama is. Of course, our illustrious mainstream media will never harp on it with regards to Obama like they did with Quayle (surprise), but the sad fact is that our Boss may actually beat the former veep for verbal blunders. Here's the latest:

Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.

Actually, Truman said "the buck stops here." Saying that Truman said "the buck stops with you" allows Boss Obama to point his finger at someone else -- "Yeah, you!" Y'know, like his favorite target for assigning blame: George W. Bush. And knowing Boss Obama like we do, he'll likely twist it further: "Well, he was president too, so the buck did stop with him!"

Nevertheless, Boss Obama's overall "point," such that it is, is beyond laughable. As Conn Carroll notes,

That is an interesting line of attack for Obama to be making. Romney is claiming he should not be held accountable for decisions made by Bain Capital from 1999 through 2002 because he was on leave and did not make any of the decisions in question. Sounds straight forward enough.

But what about everything that has happened under Obama sine he was sworn into office? The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Fast and Furious. The Solyndra bankruptcy. The GSA Las Vegas spending scandal. Twenty-three million Americans either under or unemployed. 8.2 percent unemployment.

Will Obama claim he’s been on leave since 2009? Who would Harry Truman say should be held accountable for all of that?

"On leave since 2009." Heh.


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Romney's right, but will it hurt him?

Romney firm on only releasing two years worth of tax returns:

"John McCain ran for president and released two years of tax returns. John Kerry ran for president and his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow this wasn't an issue," Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, said in the interview.

"The Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more, more things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to try and make a mountain out of and distort and to be dishonest about," Romney continued, reissuing his pledge to release two years worth of returns.

Mitt's right, of course. But will it hurt him? In the short run, yes, a little, but perhaps not as much in the long run.

I think Donald Trump is a pompous blowhard, but I agree with him here: Romney should agree to release more tax returns as soon as Boss Obama agrees to release all of his college records/transcripts. Fair enough? White House spokesmouth Jay Carney has already attempted to equate such requests with those of Birthers, but that's plain silly. If anything, what such a revelation may reveal is that Boss Obama himself lied about his birthplace in order to secure the college entrance that he did. After all, Obama's literary agency noted that he was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii" right up through 2007.

So, if the Obama campaign's mantra is that it is "impossible to know" whether Mitt Romney violated the law with regards to his relationship with Bain Capital, the GOP nominee should use the exact same terminology against Boss Obama: It is "impossible to know" whether Obama lied on his college application, especially since he spent his last two years in high school "in a daze" due to heavy drinking and drug use.


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New at the Watcher's Council

Watcher’s Forum: How Should Mitt Romney Respond To President Obama’s Negative Campaigning?


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July 15, 2012

Tweet of the Day

If Romney released more returns, Obama would lie about what was in there and then demand MORE information and it would start all over.

Link.

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Avengers director blasts capitalism

Of course, it's damn terrific when the system makes him a sh**load of money. Otherwise, it's nasty:

Joss Whedon launched into a fervent political rant at Comic-Con on Friday in which he savaged modern capitalism and said America was turning into Tsarist Russia.

Whedon began the panel, “Dark Horse Comics,” by noting he had nothing prepared because he had been speaking all day, so he opened it up to questions from the start.

Toward the end of the session, one woman noted the anti-corporate themes in many of his movies and asked him to give his economic philosophy in 30 seconds or less.

Whedon’s response?

“We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now,” he told the audience.

He added that America is “turning into Tsarist Russia” and that “we’re creating a country of serfs.”

Y'know, listening to ultra-hypocrite limousine liberals like Whedon (who was raised in the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan and taught that socialism was a "beautiful concept") spout their cliche-ridden screeds has become so tiresome that it fails to raise hackles anymore. The inherent comedy in it all is delicious. Breitbart's John Nolte's response to Whedon is best:

Good heavens, there are probably a hundred thousand people living in poverty around Los Angeles -- living on the streets, waiting tables, parking cars -- waiting and working and hoping for a taste of the success Joss Whedon's enjoyed. You know, the people Whedon is obviously referring to when he speaks of serfs.

I say, tear down those studio walls! Open those studio gates! Enough of Hollywood meritocracy! Spread the wealth!

It's time to produce screenplays written by nobodies and cast actors who aren't very good.

It's time to pay gaffers and production assistants and wardrobe and make-up personnel the same amount of money as, well, Joss Whedon makes!

Lead by example, Joss.

Show us the way.

Show us how it can work.

A hearty amen.


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Common sense prevails

Via The Hill:

The Obama administration has agreed to let Florida use a national law enforcement database to purge residents suspected of not being U.S. citizens from their voter rolls.

The decision was announced in a letter to state GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who has pushed for Florida to receive access to the Homeland Security (DHS) registry of noncitizen residents, the Associated Press first reported.

The administration had blocked Florida’s request for access to the database for months, but the decision to allow access was spurred by a court decision in another voting-rights case in favor of the state.

As a commenter to the article writes, "That the federal government would even attempt to block ANY state from this information is unconscionable." Well, it's not if you're afraid that common sense voter integrity measures will diminish the number of votes your side will receive in elections. Which, of course, is unethical as all hell, but this is what modern "progressives" have been diminished to.


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July 14, 2012

Sue-Happy America

(Click to enlarge)

We the Plaintiffs Infographic
Source: eLocalLawyers.com


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Romney's old; what's Obama's excuse?

Obama tells fainting supporters to get help from 'paralegals.'

Of course, you'll never hear about this Dan Quayle-esque gaffe in the mainstream media!


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July 13, 2012

News Journal continues to cover the ridiculous Occupy Delaware

Seriously -- does anybody care WTF these dolts are "doing," anymore?? (Well, besides the Local Gaggle of Moobat Bloggers, that is.)


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Civilization continues to crumble

Woman sues Justin Bieber and handlers, claims his show gave her permanent ear damage.

Stacey Wilson Betts has filed a lawsuit that claims after taking her daughter to the “Boyfriend” singer’s Portland, Oregon show on July 14, 2010, she suffered ear damage from his screaming fans and from a "heart-shaped aluminum/steel gondola" that Bieber got into.

As a result of singing in it, he "created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena. Then enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion,” says the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ.

She said the gondola was responsible for being a "sound conductor” that “permanently damaged both of my ears.”

Betts is seeking $9.23 million in damages for this and she’s not only suing Biber himself, but his record label, the concert promoter and the arena.

Ye gad. The loudest concerts I ever attended were at the old Spectrum in Philly (since torn down). I saw Genesis (1983), Yes (twice -- 1984, 1988) and took my then-young sisters to see Duran Duran (1984). And the Spectrum was loud. My ears would ring for at least a couple days afterward. But guess what? I knew that going in. If it was too loud -- to the point of actually hurting my ears -- get this: I'd leave. This idiot Betts woman could have done precisely the same thing. Period. End of story.

*Sigh*


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Nah, there's no need for voter ID!

Rhymes with Right fills us in on a little story:

I wrote about it one month ago today -- three voter registration documents for non-existent individuals arrived in my mailbox from a liberal group.

Looks like I'm not alone:

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston's name was complete, as was her Seattle address.

Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.

A group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of some 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos and young adults.

But residents and election administrators around the country also have reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.

Brenda Charlston wasn't the only person to get documents for her pet: A Virginia man said similar documents arrived for his dead dog, Mozart, while a woman in the state got forms for her cat, Scampers.

"On a serious note, I think it's tampering with our voting system," Charlston said. "They're fishing for votes: That's how I view it."

RwR has pics of the phony registrations mailed to him. Check 'em out.


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Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Is The Country Unraveling?

Full results are here.


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July 12, 2012

WTF? Alert: Newest "racist" term

And that is "kitchen cabinet." I'm not kidding.


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Amazing Spider-Man (brief) review

I finally got a chance to see this only-a-decade-later reboot starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as the geeky Peter Parker-turned-superhero.

SPOILERS BELOW THE FOLD!

I had only read one negative review of this flick going in, (by former MTV pundit Kurt Loder, now at Reason.com) so I was fairly optimistic. And ... the movie is good. No doubt about it. The big "but" is, however, is it good and different enough to warrant a huge reboot of the franchise after a mere decade?

The answer to that is "no."

I'll keep it simple here, breaking it down into the usual "Goods" and "Bads":

THE GOOD.

  • Garfield. His Parker and Spidey are much better than Tobey Maguire's. It's not that he's a better actor, just that he captures the essence of who Peter and Spider-Man are (or, should be). He perfectly personifies a contemporary nerd as Peter Parker, and the total wise-ass that is Spider-Man. (You probably saw the trailer where he sarcastically mocks a criminal who pulls a knife on him: "Oh no! You discovered my weakness -- small knives!")

  • Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Being that she's Garfield's real-life girlfriend, the on-screen chemistry between the two is sensational. She comes across as the very innocent daughter of a police captain (played by Denis Leary, by the way) that she was in the comics.

  • Mechanical web-shooters. I always hated the Sam Raimi era "organic" web shooters as Parker never possessed such in the comics. Peter is a genius who invented his own web formula (in the comics), and even though he didn't come up with the formula in this film (he did create the wrist-bonded shooters, though), this remains true to Spidey canon.

  • Simple plot. The last Spidey film (Spider-Man 3) tried to do way too much, and as such failed badly (not monetarily, though!). In 3 we had juggle sub-plots involving Harry Osborn, the Sandman, and Eddie Brock/Venom. Sheesh. In Amazing, all we had to take in was Curt Connors attempting to perfect a formula, and turning into classic Spidey villain the Lizard when it fails. Throw in the expected sub-plots of Gwen Stacy romance, origin, and the new mystery of Pete's parents, and the film is delightfully simple. Hell, even the only mention of the Daily Bugle was a brief glimpse of a headline about the Lizard!

  • Action. Amazing's action sequences are really no better than the Raimi era's (especially Spider-Man 2's, which are hard to beat), but the fact that they're at least equal to the original trilogy's is a positive.

THE BAD.

  • Too soon. As mentioned before, there isn't anything different (or good) enough to warrant a reboot of the character this soon. I know money-wise I would be wrong, but creatively I'm on solid ground.

  • Mechanical web-shooters. As mentioned above, in the comics Peter's a genius who created the web formula. Since Amazing shows Pete to be brilliant, why doesn't he create the formula? I've no problem buying that he uses the Oscorp "bio cable" formula made by the same type of spider which bit him (and gave him his powers), but the film doesn't adequately explain how Pete managed to obtain the "bio cable" -- one of Oscorp's most closely guarded products! I'll buy how Pete managed to sneak into the lab where he got bit; what did he do though -- steal a huge supply of the "bio cable" at the same time?? C'mon. Pete managed to devise the Lizard "antidote" at the end of the flick; her certainly could have devised his own web formula.

  • Flash Thompson. Why is the perennial [early] Parker bully even in the school -- named "Mid-Town Science School"? The school is obviously a charter or magnet school for those of higher-end intellect interested in the sciences. Pete and Gwen are shown to be quite smart; however, why is Thompson there? He's portrayed as your typical thuggish bully/jock whom everyone avoids or begrudgingly befriends out of fear. Of course, he could be a smart kid, but we're certainly not led to believe that. Not at all.

THE WHATEVER.
Guess who the "secret" bad guy was? Yep, Norman Osborn, whose henchman pressured Connors into using his formula on himself, turning him into the Lizard. Apparently Osborn needed a working formula for himself (for some undisclosed ailment), and in the after-credits scene we see some hidden dude (presumably Osborn) talking to Prof. Connors in jail asking if "Peter knows what really happened to his parents." MWAHAHAHAHAH!

YAWN. I never liked the fact that Marvel brought Osborn "back to life" after one of the best -- and tragic -- Spidey storylines of all. This scene could lead one to believe that a sequel could be this past story -- the Green Goblin causing Gwen Stacv's death -- but that would be silly for a couple reasons. One, the Goblin (Norman and Harry) was already used to death in the original Raimi trilogy. And two, any such parallel to issues #121-122 was already seen in 2002's Spider-Man, with Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson in place of Gwen (but obviously not dying). Of course, we could an entirely new Osborn/Goblin plot which leads to Gwen's death, but it'd still use Norman Osborn.

Be sure to also check out Carl's review.

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More "bigotry of low expectations" or ...

... yet another example of the ludicrous dumbing down of how "racism" works:

The Romney campaign has been accused of deliberately getting the Republican presidential candidate booed by black people during his NAACP speech to attract votes 'in certain racist precincts', by MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell.

Romney was booed for 15 seconds at the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People conference in Houston on Wednesday when he stated he would 'eliminate' unnecessary programmes like the Obamacare health reform.

Democrats united in saying that Romney planned to get booed to appeal to his conservative base. But O'Donnell and his guests went a step further by saying that Romney was making a play for white racists.

Hmm. So, according to admitted socialist O'Donnell, blacks can be so easily manipulated into expressing their displeasure merely at the utterance of a basic political campaign issue (ObamaCare, in this case). Just like, it seems, how blacks shouldn't be expected to possess savings accounts and/or find a way to work.

Always remember how "brave" Larry O'Donnell is, folks, when you consider what kind of "journalist/pundit" he is.


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A.P. gets busted deleting a laugher about voter ID

In its original incarnation, the AP's Henry Jackson included this howler about a government witness against the Texas voter ID law:

Victoria Rose Rodriguez, 18, told a federal court in Washington that she had limited documentation — a birth certificate, a high school transcript and a student ID card with a photo on it — but is currently a registered voter in Texas. She said her parents are too busy to take her or her twin sister to get the new voter identification cards required by the law.

J. Christian Adams of PJ Media shreds this utter nonsense:

Naturally, Henry Jackson doesn’t seem to note this obvious laugher, that Rodriguez has parents too busy to get the ID, but can hop a plane in San Antonio and spend at least a day in Washington, D.C., and then ride back home. In fact, Jackson (and the rest of press) simply laps up the government’s stories without question.

The AP excised the hilarious testimony after Adams wrote about the absurdity of it. But aside from this hilarity, just consider the broader picture: This is how our government is arguing its case against showing a photo ID -- by bringing forth a young woman who says her mom and dad are "too busy" to get state-accepted ID in order to vote ... but they can -- somehow! -- manage to find the time to jet off to the nation's capital to testify ... about how they don't have time to go get a photo ID!


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July 11, 2012

Who knew?

Golf is racist:

In the winter months, [Eric Jackson's girls] use an $11,000 golf simulator in the basement that the girls are rapidly outgrowing. Between practice, tournament fees, traveling, lodging, coaching and equipment, the family spends about $40,000 a year for the girls to compete.

"This is an expensive sport, and the better you get, the more expensive it becomes. The last club I bought Erica cost $1,000," Eric said. "I believe golf is designed to price black people out, and if these girls don't get the financial backing they need, it could be the end of them competing."

As Geoff Shackelford notes (from the link above), "Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but oftentimes golf prices just about everyone out. Especially at the prices quoted in this story."

Indeed. The most I ever paid for a golf club was $250, and that was for an oversized-head driver several years ago. I won a better driver two years after that in a raffle; that club was priced at over $400. It was considered to be one of the best drivers available, then, too. So, $1,000 for a freakin' club? $11,000 for a simulator in their basement? Cripes, who the f*** is Jackson kidding? Hardly anyone can afford that stuff, no matter what color.

(h/t to Right Field.)


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Is this an example of the "bigotry of low expectations?"

Charlette Stoker Manning, the chairwoman of Women in NAACP, after GOP prez nominee Mitt Romney spoke to the group:

“I believe his vested interests are in white Americans,” Charlette Stoker Manning, the chairwoman of Women in NAACP, told the website BuzzFeed following the Republican candidate’s Wednesday speech in Houston.

“You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work,” Manning said. (Link)

Wow. Just ... wow.


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Here's a list of which Democrats to not listen to regarding Romney's tax returns

Via ABC News: While Romney Is Poked, Tax Forms Are Tricky for Democrats, Too.

In a nutshell, outright ignore the harpy Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (national DNC chair), Robert Gibbs (Obama advisor, former Obama press secretary), several state Democrat party chairs (like Colorado and New Hampshire).

The article notes that Boss Obama and Joe Biden have released twelve years worth of tax returns, but this is easily countered by pointing out all these.

UPDATE: If this was Mitt Romney, the "progressive" cries would be "Come clean!"

UPDATE 2: Regarding Wasserman-Schultz: Heh.


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Is it P.C. to be a Truther?

Boss Obama quickly hired Truther Van Jones to his staff ... and remained on staff until [the conservative] media continued to point the ugly truth (pardon the pun) out. Most recently, MSNBC hired Truther Touré as part of its latest pundit show. Locally, Jason "Trust Fund" Scott of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers once wrote

While reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, nobody disputes the fact that he wanted a "pearl harbor" [sic] type event to happen in order to create a pretext for attacking Iraq.

Now, in Missouri, a prominent Democrat -- and 9/11 Truther -- is running for statewide office:

MD Rabbi Alam is an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities.

Alam, who was born in Bangladesh, served as a “satellite campaign manager” for then-candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 elections, and has since been invited to the White House.

Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease.

“Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?” Alam asked in an Internet discussion titled, “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??”

Alam went on to tout the 9/11 Truther film Loose Change 9/11, and challenged readers to “tell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy?

Asked in an interview Monday about his provocative views, Alam stood by his controversial writings, admitting that he has been “waiting to discuss it with somebody.”

“My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day,’” Alam said, maintaining that his inquiries are based on facts, rather than a bias against Jewish people. “Was there a single Jew killed on that day?”

For what it's worth, the State Dept. estimates that between 200-400 Jews died in the 9/11 attacks.

Don't politicians and pundits who even raise (not agree with) the issue of Obama's birthplace get roundly -- and quickly -- panned? Are there any Birthers with their own show (or routinely featured) on Fox News?


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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!


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July 10, 2012

Eric Holder: Voter ID laws like post-slavery poll taxes

Yep, that's what our illustrious attorney general said at the annual NAACP conference in Houston.

In a speech at the annual NAACP conference, in Houston, Holder said many voters would have to travel “great distances” to get a government-issued photo ID and that some would “struggle” to pay for the requisite paperwork. “We call these poll taxes,” Holder said.

I wonder if I can sue for an unconstitutional poll tax for the stamp I used to send in my voter registration form. Or for the gas cost incurred by traveling to my polling place.

But that sarcasm aside, the best part is ... a government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification, as well) was necessary to get in to the NAACP conference!

Gotta love it.


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July 09, 2012

Chutzpah alert

Obama Says Romney Needs to Be an ‘Open Book.’

President Obama is personally calling on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.

In an interview Monday night with Manchester, N.H., ABC affiliate WMUR, Obama stressed the need for transparency when asked whether Romney’s offshore finances, including a Swiss bank account, disqualified him for office or made him unpatriotic.

“What’s important is if you are running for president is that the American people know who you are and what you’ve done and that you’re an open book. And that’s been true of every presidential candidate dating all the way back to Mitt Romney’s father,” Obama told reporter Josh McElveen.

True for you, Mr. President? Riiiiiiiiight.

Doug Ross:

  • Why did the Obama 2008 website accept electronic donations from foreign countries?
  • Why did the Obama 2008 and 2012 websites both turn off all credit card security?
  • Why did Barack Obama list his birthplace as Kenya to market his books?
  • Why was the Obama campaign raising money in France last week?
  • And is Obama hiding his college transcripts because he used foreign-student status to gain admission to prestigious Ivy League schools even though he confessed to being a drugged-out stoner in high school?

"Open book" my arse.


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Don't read too much into this post

Boss Obama's 30 instances of saying “not to read too much into” monthly jobs reports. From November 2009 to June 2012.


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News Journal "brave" and "thoughtful" editorial stance

Parents should engage in children's education.

Stop the presses!


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Indian River district votes to keep Indian mascot

Past Dopey News Journal Letter writer Lloyd Elling not only whined in Delaware's largest newspaper about the southern Delaware school district's use of a Native American name and images, he took his complaints to the district itself. And he was shot down unanimously:

A recent request to remove the Indians as the name and mascot of the Indian River School District was unanimously rejected by the Board of Education.

Since 1967, the name has been synonymous with the school and the region’s history. Never before have school administrators heard an objection to the name, and they say one complaint will not be enough to prompt change.

And it wasn't just the school board. As I noted back in early June, it looked as if Elling was playing the role of the "Great White Hope" in [supposedly] taking up the Native cause. And I was right:

Delaware’s Nanticoke Indian tribe doesn’t find the mascot offensive, Chief Herman Robbins said.

Elling approached the tribe about his dissatisfaction, but Robbins said the Indian is fitting for Indian River.

“The [Wilmington High School] Red Devils is more offensive,” Robbins said. “Red devil is someone evil and wicked. We are not taking sides with [Elling]. We don’t find it offensive.

In a word: "Heh."


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Best comicbook time travel stories

Who else but the master of the lists, Newsarama, would come up with this one? It's actually titled "10 Mind-Bending Time Travel Stories," and I found this one particularly intriguing due to my affinity for such yarns. Admittedly, I was not familiar with half of the list (because some are DC, natch), but I also have my own thoughts (of course) regarding the choices, and ones that missed the cut.

At #10 is DC's Legion of Super-Heroes. I was donated a large quantity of this title several years ago, and I always hated how "easy" DC treated the concept of time travel. In this case, Superboy would frequently dash to the future (around the year 3000) to assist the Legion, and then dash back to the past. But!! He had no memory of what he did in the future.

At #9 is Fantastic Four #5 -- the first appearance of Dr. Doom. In this ish (one of Jack Kirby's best penciling efforts ever, by the way), Doom uses his iconic time platform to shunt three of the quartet to Blackbeard's time to heist a treasure chest. The outcast Thing enjoys playing Blackbeard ... so much so that he doesn't wanna go back to the 1960s!

#8 is the West Coast Avengers story "Lost In Space-Time." This is second time I've read about this arc at Newsarama and now I am officially beyond intrigued. So much so that I'm gonna have to order this trade paperback. I never was a big fan of the WCA, mainly because Al Milgrom's art usually sucked. But if Steve Englehart's story is this highly recommended ...

Coming in at #7 is one of my all-time faves: Iron Man creators David Michelinie and Bob Layton's "Doomquest." Shellhead and Doc Doom are shunted back to Camelot -- King Arthur's era -- where the former becomes the king's champion and the latter conspires with the evil Morgan Le Fey. Michelinie and Layton followed this up with two sequels: one in 1989 and the other in 2008.

At #3 is the supremely awesome Avengers Forever. I recently dedicated an entire post to this Kurt Busiek-scripted series.

The top spot is a terrific pick: "Days of Future Past" featuring the Uncanny X-Men. Two of my favorite comics editions ever (yep, it spanned only two issues, but countless stories later spun off of it), Kitty Pryde travels back to 1980 from a dystopian future where the Sentinels have taken over North America and murdered just about all mutants (and other superheroes). Her objective is to have the X-Men prevent the murder of presidential contender Senator Robert Kelly; his assassination led to the future she comes from.

What did Newsarama miss?

Giant-Size Avengers #2 and #3. The Marvel master of time travel, Kang the Conqueror, attempts to thwart his ultimate destiny in the former, and uses time-plucked villains (and heroes) to battle Earth's Mightiest in the latter. Both are written by Steve Englehart and both are drawn by Dave Cockrum, which means you know these issues are incredibly high quality.

Fantastic Four Annual #11 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1. The quartet travel back in time to retrieve a cylinder of vibranium that was accidentally shunted to Nazi Germany -- allowing Hitler to prolong, if not win, World War II. They meet up with the Invaders to do battle with the Third Reich, and later, the Thing journeys back solo to help finish the job.

Avengers (vol. 1) #56 -- "Death Be Not Proud." Earth's Mightiest agree to meet Capt. America inside Dr. Doom's castle in order to travel back in time to see if Cap's old partner, Bucky, somehow managed to survive Baron Zemo's exploding rocket. The conclusion is touching for its time, and it leads directly to one of the team's greatest alternate reality stories ever (Avengers Annual #2).


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Heh

President Obama’s Secretary Paid Higher Tax Rate Than He Did. But he wouldn't have been affected by the so-called "Buffett Rule."

So? Why the f*** doesn't he voluntarily pay more taxes, then?? It's quite simple, actually.


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New at the Watcher's Council

Watcher’s Forum: Whom Will Mitt Romney Will Pick As His Running Mate? Whom Would You Pick?


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July 08, 2012

Kill-mington

From WDEL.com:

Gunfire sends people fleeing from Wilmington's Eden Park, during an annual soccer game.

One person in a car that fled the scene was shot to death, and several other people were injured by gunfire.


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Ten Best Comicbook Films of All-Time

Courtesy of -- who else? -- Newsarama. The new Amazing Spider-Man incredibly makes their list at #5. I haven't yet seen it so as to make an informed judgment.

Yours truly did up his own list over a year ago, but it was limited to Marvel-based films only. And while I've certainly seen a ton of comics films outside of Marvel properties, there's probably enough I haven't seen to disqualify me from making informed judgments. Case in point: Newsarama's #10 is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Uh, who? See what I mean? However, that's actually the only one on their list I never heard of. But there are myriad other films based on comicbooks I had no inclination to see and/or never even knew they were based on comics.

But y'know what? The hell with it. Let's do it. It's a tough call, but based on what I have seen, here are (because NO ONE demanded it) Hube's Best Comicbook-Based Movies:

#10. Batman Begins. The beginning of the spectacular Chris Nolan Dark Knight series. (Newsarama's #10: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.)

#9. The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger is beyond sensational as the Joker. (Newsarama's #9: Batman from 1989.)

#8. Superman II. I find it very hard to fathom how this superior sequel didn't make Newsarama's list, but Superman: The Movie did. Terence Stamp's General Zod: 'Nuff said. (Newsarama's #8: X-Men 2.)

#7. Spider-Man. The movie ALL comics fan waited for, and it was well worth it. (Newsarama's #7: 300.)

#6. Blade. Marvel takes a chance on an R-rated film and it pays off not only in cash but in quality. Wesley Snipes is beyond bad-ass as the vampire hunter. (Newsarama's #6: Superman: The Movie.)

#5. 300. Based on Frank Miller's terrific work, Gerard Butler and his CG-enhanced physique Spartan minions defy the odds and Xerxes. (Newsarama's #5: The Amazing Spider-Man.)

#4. Spider-Man 2. Another superior sequel, Tobey Maguire's Spidey takes on Alfred Molina's Doc Ock. (Newsarama's #4: The Dark Knight.)

#3. The Avengers. See here. (Newsarama's #3: Iron Man.)

#2. Iron Man. Jon Favreau's masterpiece featuring my fave hero more than earns the runner-up spot. (Newsarama's #2: Batman Begins.)

#1. X-Men 2. The most awesome sequel and comicbook film ever, it features Xavier's good guys teaming up with Magneto's bad guys to stop an evil mutant-hating homo sapien. (Newsarama's #4: The Avengers.)


'DA WINNAH!


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The Harvard Crimson makes a correction

... at the end of this article:

An earlier version of this article used the pronoun "she" to refer to Vanidy "Van" Bailey, the newly appointed director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. In fact, Bailey prefers not to be referred to by any gendered pronoun.

Aww, isn't the so perfectly PC? And it sure is nice to know that our most esteemed American university has a director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life.


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Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was Potluck with A Tale of One Tragedy and Two Campaigns.

Full results are here.


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July 04, 2012

July 4th Ridiculous Hyperbole of the Day

The Philly Inquirer compares Boss Obama's fight for ObamaCare to ... what Lincoln faced prior to the Civil War. I kid you not.

UPDATE: The Inquirer ends its op-ed thusly:

Lincoln acknowledged the Constitution gives the states certain rights, but they aren't sovereign. He said the states' only legal status resides in the Union because the Union created them. Union isn't used anymore to refer our nation. But with as much division as there is now, union must be our goal.

Of course, at the time, that was highly debatable. Speaking of debates, the issue of Lincoln and secession was hotly discussed at Colossus over six years ago here, and again about a year later.


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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council submissions are here!


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July 03, 2012

The Avengers are racist

According to the New York Times, that is. Which should surprise no one as in the Age of Obama everything is "racist" to one degree or another. Only a moonbat outfit like the Times could ruin cookie cutter fun like the mega-smash The Avengers.

The world has moved on -- there’s an African-American man in the Oval Office, a woman is the secretary of state -- but the movie superhero remains stuck in a pre-feminist, pre-civil rights logic that dictates that a bunch of white dudes, as in “The Avengers,” will save the world for the grateful multiracial, multicultural multitudes. What a bunch of super-nonsense.

If this were true (it ain't), "progressive" outfits like the Times have no one to blame but their kindred spirit brethren in Hollywood. After all, just look at the teacher movies they've put out where some "great white hope" comes to a failing school to "save" the poor, unfortunate children. So, spare us. Hollywood (and the mainstream media) likes to lecture us beknighted peons? They can pound sand until they live up to their own professed ideals.

Now, while it is certainly true that the Avengers, when originally conceived in 1963 was comprised entirely of white members. But there was a woman on the team (the Wasp), and again it was 1963. And nevertheless, as I've written about numerous times, Marvel, to its credit, was way ahead of the cultural curve in addressing civil rights issues in its early days. Indeed, the film Avengers is actually based on an "updated" version of the team -- an alternate reality team called "The Ultimates," part of its Ultimate line of books. As Breitbart's Christian Toto notes, this team is led by a black man -- this reality's Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson). And isn't the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, a woman? What about Maria Hill, Nick Fury's right-hand woman? It's truly amazing how a paper like the Times employs writers so ridiculously uninformed about what they're writing.

Trivia Tidbit: "Proper representation" of minority members on the Avengers roster was addressed in two noteworthy instances in the long history of its comics. Back in 1979 in issue #181, writer (and Delaware's own) David Michelinie had team government nemesis Henry Gyrich dictate the actual membership of the group in order to regain federal government cooperation. Part of this deal was "equal opportunities for minorities," and hence the Falcon was put on the roster. (Former member Black Panther was unavailable to join at the time, just in case you were wondering!) Michelinie had several members make convincing counter-arguments such as "What are mutants? And androids?" but to no avail.


Gov. liason Henry Gyrich dictates Avengers membership.
Notice how Iron Man wants to sock him.

Fast forward to the late 90s and early 2000s when Kurt Busiek assumed control of the title. Busiek essentially re-ignited the issue #181 controversy with the introduction of the [black] character Triathlon (see below). Debuting in volume 3 #8, Avengers federal liason Duane Freeman (also a black guy, FWIW) suggests Triathlon as a member when, not-so-ironically, the head of Tri's "church," the Triune Understanding, accuses the Avengers of "intolerance" and "racism." The same anger and mistrust as 20 years prior are brought to the fore, but Busiek elaborates on these much more than Michelinie did, and does so fairly down the middle, too, to his credit.


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Just in time for the debut of Amazing Spider-Man

... it's Newsarama's "10 Worst Spider-Man Villains of All-Time!"

I'm unfamiliar with most on the list, the exceptions being #6 (the Kangaroo), #5 (Stegron), and #1 (the Big Wheel). Be sure to read the commentary on Kangaroo -- it'll definitely make you LOL. The write-up on #1's Big Wheel isn't as funny, but he certainly lives in humorous infamy among myself and my comics-loving amigos. The fact that he was "born" due to another ridiculous villain (the Rocket Racer) doesn't help, not to mention that Spidey himself constantly heckles the guy throughout their fight (such that it is).


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Just remember this about global warming:

One can never scoff about global warming when temperatures are frigid beyond belief and blizzards wrack civilization. The lectures then are "You cannot equate weather with climate."

However, when there's a blazing heatwave, well, we see mainstream media headlines like this: This US summer is 'what global warming looks like.' Ah, yes. Of course!

Just keep the following tidbits in mind when you hear a radical global warming fanatic who wants everyone everywhere to radically alter their lifestyle: One, according to global warming scientists themselves, given the current concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, there's precious little we can do to reverse our warming trend for about 1,000 years. And two, keep this article in mind by The Independent back in 2000 where global warming alarmists "informed" us that "snowfall is history in Britain."


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July 02, 2012

Kid, "grows up," changes politics

Hilarious. Jonathan Krohn, who at age 13 "took the political world by storm at 2009’s Conservative Political Action Conference when he delivered an impromptu rallying cry for conservatism that became a viral hit" has "grown up" according to Politico. he's now that ripe old age of seventeen and has shifted leftward. So, y'know, again, this means he's "grown up." At age 17.

But Krohn, has a "defense": “Come on, I was thirteen,” he said. “I was thirteen.”

Gosh. You sure sold me!


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Hube's James Bond Bests (and Worsts)

After watching several Bond flicks this weekend (Casino Royale, Tomorrow Never Dies, For Your Eyes Only) my creative "list" juices got flowing. I absolutely love James Bond films; I rarely will change the channel when one is on. And so -- because nobody demanded it -- here's Hube's list of Bond Best (and Worsts)!

HUBE'S FIVE HOTTEST BOND BABES.
Of course, the list could be much longer, but we got a lot to cover here, natch. Hube's judgment doesn't include just physical hotness, mind you, but an overall combination of beauty, sexiness, strength, and brains.

#5. Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin (Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997). Admit it -- you craved seeing Yeoh in something skimpier than that silver sequined dress at Elliot Carver's big celebration. But what makes Yeoh so damn attractive is that she can kick Bond's ass, let alone just about any other dude she comes across!

#4. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore (Goldfinger, 1964). I wasn't aware that she preceded another Bond girl, Diana Rigg, as the female lead in Britain's "The Avengers" TV series. Blackman is tough, smart, and sexy as all hell (her husky voice can melt a dude in mere seconds). Oh, and she's a pilot, too.

#3. Claudine Auger as Domino Derval (Thunderball, 1965). It was quite a step down when the unauthorized 1983 remake of this flick -- Never Say Never Again featuring the "comeback" of Sean Connery -- assigned Kim Basinger as the female lead. Auger's beauty is virtually unsurpassed -- my God just look at those eyes! -- and she made an otherwise so-so flick oh-so watchable.

#2. Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock (For Your Eyes Only, 1981). Absolutely the greatest natural beauty of any Bond girl, she was also tough as nails: She came from money, but that didn't stop her from going after some of the baddest asses in the underworld for the murder of her parents. She also saved 007's ass, too, by the way.

#1. Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier (Licence to Kill, 1989). I know I'm gonna get grief for this pick, but only Lowell rivals Bouquet for the top spot in natural beauty. But Lowell possesses that rough-edged American charm ... not to mention she's a CIA operative. After she cuts her hair in Licence and puts on that shiny silver gown ... whoa. Not to mention, check out the outfit she has on when Wayne Newton's character tries to make the moves on her!

DEADLIEST BOND VILLAIN PLOT.
Without a doubt it's Hugo Drax's brainchild of eradicating all humans on Earth and replacing them with his hand-picked genetically perfect specimens. (Moonraker, 1979.) Drax, before being offed by 007, managed to launch a trio of poison-carrying modules, each capable of killing 100 million people. But Bond's marksmanship saves the day, natch.

MOST RIDICULOUS BOND VILLAIN PLOT.
Without a doubt it's Hugo Drax's brainchild of eradicating all humans on Earth and replacing them with his hand-picked genetically perfect specimens. (Moonraker, 1979.) I mean, really -- how would Drax manage to employ hundreds -- thousands -- of workers, most of whom would have to be aware, even marginally, of his nefarious plot? C'mon -- building a massive, radar-proof space station? Building a space shuttle launch base ... in the Amazon River Basin?? And hey, if Jaws could figure out that he'd have no place in Drax's new world order, why the hell didn't all the other genetically imperfect employees inhabiting the space station?

BEST CHASE SCENE.
Without a doubt, it's Casino Royale's (2006) romp through the Madagascar construction site. And it's "merely" a foot chase. In case you're wondering, the dude Bond pursues is named Mollaka, and his skill is called "parkour running." What Bond lacks of this skill he more than makes up for in brains -- he analyzes every situation instantly during the chase and uses it to his advantage. (Need to descend quickly? No worries -- just hop on the hydraulic scaffold and hack off the hydraulic tubing!) Not to mention Mollaka can't come close to 007's fighting prowess, natch.

BEST INTRO.
Definitely Casino Royale. Chris Cornell's powerful vocals in the song "You Know My Name" alongside way-cool playing card-style graphics of 007 fighting bad guys can't be beat. And you know the babes were swooning at the conclusion -- the slow approach of the new Bond, Daniel Craig, vacillating between all-black and vivid color.

BEST BOND "GADGET."
One of the first is still the coolest: The Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. What wasn't to love about such a car in the mid-1960s? Machine gun fog lights? Check. Oil slick? Check. Passenger ejector seat? Oh yes.

BEST OPENING SEQUENCE.
Casino Royale's for several reasons. One, it's the only James Bond opening sequence done in black and white. The cinematography is perfect. Two, it details the very beginnings of James Bond as a double-oh. Third, the action is brutal and incredibly realistic. And lastly, the sequence's conclusion leads into the best song/intro in Bond history (see above).

HUBE'S TOP FIVE BOND VILLAINS.
#5. Hugo Drax (Moonraker, 1979). Masterfully portrayed by French actor Michael Lonsdale in an otherwise cheeky film, Drax had the most ambitious bad guy scheme ever: the death of every person on the planet (see above). Drax coolly dispatched of anyone who f***ed him over (like calmly snapping his fingers to release a pair of dobermans to tear apart a former female aide who had assisted Bond) and never lost his cool until the film's climax, when he merely raised his voice to reprimand fellow bad guy Jaws in his orbiting space station.

#4. Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977; Moonraker, 1979). The giant with the cobalt choppers was essentially turned into comic relief in his second outing, but you know he freaked you out back in those halcyon days of the late 70s!

#3. Auric Goldfinger (Goldfinger, 1964.) "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to DIE!" 'Nuff said. He employed babes (Pussy Galore, see above) and bad-ass enforcers (the razor-edged hat throwing Oddjob, who just missed this list), and devised far-out nefarious schemes (robbing Fort Knox). Oh, and he "neatly compacted" two agents inside their car. And almost lasered off Bond's private parts.

#2. Franz Sanchez (Licence to Kill, 1989). Sanchez didn't mastermind any diabolical conquering schemes; he was "just" a drug kingpin whom Bond's CIA cohort, Felix Leiter, happened to royally piss off. So, Sanchez kills Felix's new bride, and feeds Felix to a shark. Bond resigns from the service to get vengeance, and through a wacky twist of fate, lands in the drug lord's confidence. Masterfully portrayed by Robert Davi, he perfectly embodies Scarface-ish sociopathy and fierce loyalty.

#1. Le Chiffre (Casino Royale, 2006). Mads Mikkelson is creepily sensational as the terrorist who makes millions in the stock market by having underlings commit assorted acts of terror. He's also a mathematical genius, smoking opponents in high stakes card games. But if you start to get the better of him, he'll have your drink poisoned ... or even better, he'll tie you to a chair with the bottom cut out, and then smash your balls to jello.

HUBE'S TOP FIVE "OH, COME ON!" BOND MOMENTS.
#5. Jaws surviving everything. He lives through a cable car smashing through a massive concrete building. He survives falling into a circus without a parachute from thousands of feet in the air. And, most head-shakingly, he and his new girlfriend survive their descent from orbit in a busted piece of Drax's obliterated space station (all in Moonraker, 1979).

#4. Bond survives Gustav Graves' heat beam by wind-surfing on a tidal wave (Die Another Day, 2002). Aside from the fact that the heat beam still should've crisped Bond despite him hanging aloft on the side of the cliff, his escape via surfing atop the collapsing cliff's-caused tidal wave defies more belief than when 007 surfed into North Korea in the film's opening.

#3. Hugo Drax constructs space shuttle launch facilities in the Amazon jungle (Moonraker, 1979). I already mentioned this major head-scratcher, but it bears repeating: How in the hell does a major corporate figure manage to build such a base in the middle of the densest jungle on the planet ... with no one noticing? After such a massive intel failure, the CIA and MI6 should've been completely dismantled ... and then rebuilt from scratch!

#2. Casting Lynn-Holly Johnson in For Your Eyes Only. It's bad enough her movie name was "Bibi Dahl," but what were the writers thinking -- M would have to spring Bond from jail for statutory rape?? Johnson's "acting," such that it is, may be the worst ever witnessed in a Bond film, and her mere inclusion in the FYEO was ridiculously gratuitous.

#1. The "Bondola" in Moonraker. Cracked.com nails this one perfectly:

Sure, the Bondola looks like a Venetian gondola, but there’s one crucial difference: the Bondola is embarrassingly stupid. Okay, two crucial differences: with the flip of a switch, Bond (Roger Moore) converts the craft from mundane gondola into high-speed turbo Bondola to escape an assassination attempt. An enemy motor boat pursues the Bondola through the canals of Venice. At one point—this is hilarious—the bad guy boat slices a regular non-turbo gondola neatly in two. The two lovers on one half of the bisected gondola are so busy kissing they don’t even notice, while the gondolier in the other half keeps rowing.

The Bondola has yet another trick up its figurative sleeve. Bond presses a button labeled “LAME” and the turbo gondola turns into a hovercraft gondola. He drives that bad boy up on to dry land and across St. Mark’s Square, blowing everyone’s mind. A waiter spills wine on a patron, another fella decides to quit drinking on the spot, and a pigeon does a double-take. Yes, a pigeon does a double-take. The Bondola freaks that pigeon’s shit out! That is comedy Moonraker-style.

Maybe Bond skipped the class on keeping a low profile in Secret Agent School.

That's it for now, folks, but stay tuned for more still more Bond-related lists!


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New at the Watcher's Council

This Week’s Watcher’s Forum: What’s Your Reaction To The Supreme Court Decision On ObamaCare?


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July 01, 2012

Expect to see more of this

From MSNBC.com: Gov. Scott says Florida will not comply with health care law or expand Medicaid.

And why not? Boss Obama has refused to cooperate and coordinate with law enforcement in Arizona regarding immigration violations. Boss Obama has refused to deport certain illegal immigrants because, well, he doesn't want to. His Dept. of Justice refuses to prosecute the attorney general after he's held in contempt of Congress. Various liberal mayors and legislators refuse to go after illegal immigrants by declaring their towns "sanctuary cities." The feds suing states for requiring a photo ID to vote, yet refusing to prosecute outright -- and videotaped -- voter intimidation. A big city mayor ignores state law and allows gay "marriages" in his burg.

Why is it "right" when so-called "progressives" refuse to uphold and/or enforce laws, but it's anathema for people like Scott to do same? Obviously, a huge part of it is the mainstream media: The rule of law only matters when it benefits the interests of the Left. It is easily jettisoned when it contradicts those interests.

Keep in mind this isn't merely about legal and political disagreements -- it's the hypocrisy. If Boss Obama and his fellow "progressives" were at least even a little consistent in their application and enforcement of the laws, maybe you wouldn't see actions like this taken by Gov. Scott. Or, for that matter, actions like that taken by states like Arizona.


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Boss Obama and co. still not calling healthcare mandate a "tax"

Despite [at least some of the time] arguing just that before the Supreme Court and despite the Supreme Court majority agreeing with just that:

(h/t to RWR.)

UPDATE: I also like this (via Legal Insurrection):


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Proof


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