Just like the Al Gore campaign attempted to disqualify military ballots in Florida in 2000, the Boss Obama campaign in 2012 has won the first round in nixing early voting for military personnel in Ohio. (Or, as Boss Obama spells it, "O-I-H-O")
If you restrict the supply of something, the price will go up. It’s one of the laws of supply and demand. Thus, cap-and-trade energy rationing schemes drive the price of energy up, by capping the supply. President Obama has conceded that in his unguarded moments. In a January 17, 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Obama said that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” under his cap-and-trade plan to fight global warming. He also said that under his plan, “if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
But journalists are not economists, and often have difficulty understanding the most basic principles of economics. (Some cannot even do basic math). What is clear to any economist or any college graduate who has taken Econ 101 seems disputed or unclear to many journalists, who are more familiar with trendy fads in college English Departments, and left-wing critical race theory, than they are with basic economic truths.
So it is that PolitiFact Virginia erroneously rated as “mostly false” the claim that cap-and-trade would naturally lead to “higher” energy bills for Virginia households. It admitted that “analyses of two measures that have been before in Congress in recent years concluded that cap-and-trade carries a cost for most consumers,” but then claimed that such costs could somehow be offset, even while capping energy use, and result in “an average lower cost for consumers.” While their effects on the environment may be disputed, it is clear that they raise energy costs for consumers by reducing the supply of energy. (As a CBS analyst once noted, a Treasury Department analysis pegged the cost of the Obama Administration’s cap-and-trade plan at $1761 per year per American household).
Read the whole thing at the link, which includes many more reference links.
UPDATE: Hans has more here.
And that's Newsbusters head honcho Matt Sheffield's column today on supposed media "fact checkers."
Today's entry comes from Jeffrey Cochran of Elkton, MD who claims, like many far left radicals do, that voter ID laws are "disenfranchising":
This week, we the public, are seeing and hearing more about voter suppression being upheld by state governments that are controlled by right wing zealots, that were voted into office to destroy the 1965 Voting Rights Act and to defame the Constitution.
What is disgusting is that a republican would deny the rights of this country's citizen to vote and the walk around and say they are a patriot and forgetting that all the deaths from wars by our citizens was to insure we have a democracy in electing our representatives.
Notice that this dope Cochran doesn't even mention "voter ID" and there's probably a good reason for this. And that's because it would show that he is in the distinct minority on this issue, not the "right wing zealots" he speaks of. That's right -- 75% of the American public supports showing identification at a polling place, yet radical left wing zealots like Cochran think this is "voter suppression" and "disenfranchisement" affecting mainly seniors and minorities. The public, however, think this is just plain common sense. Y'know, since the public needs a photo ID for myriad other aspects of everyday life. Not to mention that countless other countries require showing an ID at polling places.
The "supression" argument doesn't hold a lot of water, especially when the [ultimately losing] lead plaintiff against Pennsylvania's voter ID law ended up ... getting a photo ID. Imagine that!
The non-Council winner was P.J. O’Rourke with Of Thee I Sigh: Baby Boomers Bust.
Full results are here.
I see my boy Duffy beat me to it today; great minds, and all that. Nevertheless, this insanity comes from admitted socialist and admitted coward (he noted he would never criticize Muslims out of physical fear, but Mormons, for example, are fair game) "Crazy" Larry O'Donnell of -- of course -- MSNBC. He amazingly said the following after a portion of GOP Senator Mitch McConnell's speech the other night at the GOP convention:
MARTIN BASHIR: We have seen an early draft of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration. Can I quote something from you? “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems, he hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He has been working to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.” How about that?
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there. He is trying to align to Tiger Woods and surely, the — lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth. They find every way they possibly can to –
Now, you tell me -- here is what McConnell said in his speech that led to "Crazy" Larry's truly crazy remark:
For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation's problems. He hasn't been working to earn reelection. He's been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.
Really? Really?? REALLY???
Just the other day I was involved in a slightly heated message exchange with our old friend Mike Matthews about "crazies" in the Republican Party, and conservatives in general. He hilariously stated "Where are the crazies in the Democrat Party? I don't see 'em." Yep, he said that. Such a statement rivals that of O'Donnell's absolutely gut-busting attempt to claim McConnell was linking Boss Obama to Tiger Woods' questionable (personal) lifestyle. There are thousands of pro golfers, whom one of the best happens to be black -- and that's what O'Donnell sees. It just couldn't be the fact that Boss Obama has played an insane amount of golf while the country suffers through the worst "recovery" in seventy years.
Credit, by the way, goes to fellow MSNBC talk host Martin Bashir for pressing O'Donnell on his asinine statement.
On August 19th, three Kiwi soldiers were killed in an IED explosion. This is how their comrades honor their sacrifice. Truly moving.
Tagging on to Hube's post below Chris Matthews has now decided that "Chicago" is a racist term.
It goes something like this: Republicans refer to Obama's cheap shots (i.e. accusing him of killing cancer patients and not paying his taxes) as "Chicago style politics". That is, cheap, nasty and corrupt just like Chicago. Chris Matthews who is, in my opinion, a bigot of the first order, interprets that to mean "black". Why? There are a lot of black people in Chicago. That Chris Matthews continually hears dog whistles of racism in words like "welfare" and now "Chicago" says much more about his preoccupation with race than anything else. To me, when I think Chicago style politics the first person I think of is Rahm Emmanuel who is widely known to have a horrible temper and a foul mouth. He is also the prototypical win at all costs and burn the house down bareknuckle brawler. There is no level he will not stoop to in order to win. Some might admire his zeal but to me he epitomizes everything wrong with politics.
Chris Matthews is a former Democrat operative and is well connected to the Democrat machine. This desperate attempt to smear Romney/Ryan with the brush of racism, misogyny and hatred of poor people etc. tells me that my instinct is correct. The Democrat internal polls much be pretty grim and they're looking at a loss, perhaps a big one in November.
Have you seen Obama/Biden running on anything other than aspersions and mudslinging? Has there been one mention of Obama's record or his accomplishments in office? No. It's fear mongering about what Romney might do when elected or how horrible he is because of of this or that. Keep an eye on the tenor of the campaign. The more histrionic it gets tells you how bad their campaign is going.
Update: The insanity continues. According to the State department phrases like "Rule of Thumb" and "Hold down the fort" are to avoided. They both have horrible historic legacies. So you may think holding down the fort means simply to keep an eye on things while I'm gone. No! I means to beware of savage, marauding Indians. Never mind that no one has had that thought in mind in say the last 150 years or more.
The one that is patently absurd is the "Black and Tan" phrase. Seriously. I'm one of those annoying Americans of Irish descent who has read a bit about Irish history and yes, I know who the Black and Tans were and the evils the visited upon Republicans and even innocents during the Irish war for independence. I have been to NORAID bars and other Republican strongholds in NYC where they flew the IRA banner openly and sang the most ardently anti-union, anti-British, anti-crown songs you've ever heard and you know what, you order a Black and Tan at that bar and they don't kneecap you. Or give you a blanket beating or even toss you out. They pour you a drink. If that group, the most hypersensitive Irish Republican group on the planet isn't bothered I think we can let this one go.
Update 2!: Now if you talk about Tiger Woods, that's racist! Or something. Stay with me here. Mitch McConnell took a swipe at Obama's numerous rounds of golf. Intimating that he's been skipping out on his responsibilities and playing so much golf that he's trying to become a top ranked golfer. In this case, Tiger Woods. To Lawrence O'Donnell this means Obama is a serial womanizer and banging every chick he could get his hands on. Um, Larry? While we do remember the scandal with Tiger Woods and his divorce and so on, I gotta tell you, that's not the first thing I think of when it comes to Tiger. It's not even the second, third or fourth. I pretty much think of him as one of the greatest golfers ever. Once again, this says much more about you than I could. Please join Chris Matthews on the couch for some group therapy.
Update 3!: Matthews shoots self in foot yet again:
But I go back to living in DC all these years. I've lived there 40 years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in Washington and drive down North Capitol (Street) and drive past Florida Avenue, sees nothing but youn-, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to work. That's where they're going, to work, and not at big-wage jobs and not to get a welfare check, they're out working hard all day and not coming home with a fantastic paycheck. So this notion of blacks live on welfare and whites live on work is a brilliant political ploy but it's not true, Rachel (Maddow). And you know it, I know it.
Precisely. I know it too. So do the vast majority of the voters in this country. We know that being on welfare does not equal black or even minority. Only small minded bigots think along those lines. The objection here is not to someone who cannot work. It is to someone who will not work. Who would rather not take an entry level job because it is beneath them. Your grandfather had a word for that job. The word was opportunity.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Just how big is Africa? Really, REALLY big.
What do you do when your record is abysmal and have really nothing to run on? Play. That. Card. And get your mainstream media buddies to assist you all the way.
You've probably seen the vid of MSDNC's Chrissy Matthews ripping RNC chief Reince Priebus, but here it is just in case:
Thankfully, Newt Gingrich later on that day gave Matthews a taste of his own medicine:
I especially love Matthews gets all hissy, condescendingly asking Newt if he really believes that it's people like him (Matthews) that are the problem. Matthews loses it when he says "You've got that diabolic smile of yours, and I know you think you’re winning here, but everybody out there who’s black or white knows exactly the game that’s being played here." No, Chrissy, everybody who's a radical "progressive" who's black or white "knows exactly the game that’s being played here" -- and it's so much bullsh**. Republicans/'conservatives can NEVER win when it comes to issues that surround race (most especially in the MSM), however peripherally, and Matthews knows this. And he exploits it for all it's worth. He's upset at any mention of "welfare" or "food stamps" because the implication is supposedly a negative stereotype of African-Americans; however, Matthews' ideological brother on his same network, Chris Hayes, recently complained because a Mitt Romney didn't include black people! Wha-a-a-a-a ... ??
Then there's idiot deluxe Michael Tomasky of Newsweek/The Daily Beast comparing Mitt Romney to Richard Nixon. Why?
And yet, different as they are, their campaigns, their appeals, are undeniably similar: Nixon led, and Romney is now leading, a vengeance campaign against an Other America, an America their supporters despise. Romney’s is a campaign that seeks to win, that can only win, by dividing the country into an “us” and a “them.” I confess that I’ve been genuinely shocked by the baldness of Romney’s lies about welfare and Medicare and about the way he’s racialized this campaign. I guess that’s precisely because, whatever he seemed, he did not seem sinister like Nixon.
The Left really is insanely obsessed with race. Say something seemingly innocuous and it's "coded racism." Don't say/do something and it's ... [fill in the blank] racism. Is it because the Democrat Party is dreadfully ashamed of the past racial history (as it should be) that it acts this way? So much so that it even feels like it's the arbiter of who is "authentically [fill in the race/ethnicity]?"
Guess it's time to break out this 'ol sign again:
The Forum – Do You Consider America’s Political Climate Dysfunctional? What Changes Would You Make?
That's right -- with a photo of himself. Surprise, surprise.
NEWARK, Del., August 10, 2012—In violation of its legal and moral obligation to protect students' First Amendment rights, the University of Delaware (UD) has adopted a prohibition on "bullying" that subjects students to punishment for constitutionally protected speech, including "teasing" or "ridiculing" other students.
"No one likes bullying, but most conduct that could be called bullying on the college level is already illegal. This policy goes much too far by prohibiting constitutionally protected speech," said Samantha Harris, Director of Speech Code Research for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
The policy, which FIRE has named "Speech Code of the Month" for August 2012, defines "bullying" as "[a]ny deliberately hurtful behavior, usually repeated over time, with the desired outcome of frightening, intimidating, excluding or degrading a person." Examples of bullying include "teasing," "ridiculing," and "spreading of rumors." The broad wording of this policy makes it highly vulnerable to abuse, with the potential to silence a great deal of protected speech such as parody and satire (which often ridicule their targets) and political speech.
As FIRE notes, doesn't UD ever learn?
Jay Nordlinger nails it:
. . . is that you can’t do it about Obama. You just can’t. The “culture” — the media, academia, etc. — won’t let you. He is off limits. A holy racial object — a holy racial left-wing object. He won’t joke about himself, and others aren’t allowed to. Therefore, he is unjoked about. Unjokable about. Or something.
Remember this past week when Mitt Romney made a cute little quip about his birth certificate? MY GOD! WHAT A NO NO!!
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign quickly hit back at rival Mitt Romney’s birth certificate joke, declaring that America “doesn’t need a birther-in-chief.”
“Embracing unfounded conspiracy theories, distracting from real issues,” the [new Obama ad] narrator says. (Link)
Yeah -- you mean unfounded conspiracy theories like Mitt Romney hasn't paid ANY taxes in ten years? Like that?
This is what you do when your record is beyond pathetic. You turn obvious little humor bits into political anathema. But if you keep it up, maybe Romney will call your ridiculous bluff and point out that Obama has no one to blame but HIMSELF for the conspiracy theory that is Birtherism. And you can bet this is why he keeps his college records sealed.
NBC News, at your service:
Hans takes on the ridiculous Dept. of Justice hiring scandal. Yours truly gets a mention.
An refreshing editorial from our local paper today which calls out Senator Chris Coons for requesting the Justice Dept. begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs in the wake of that shooting a week or so ago:
No doubt that particular attack was motivated by hate. The killer followed some twisted logic that parlayed his ignorance and paranoia into murderous acts. As horrible as that crime was, we do not expect the FBI statistics to begin showing a pattern of bias-fueled attacks on members of the Sikh faith. We suspect that except for delusional minds the biggest challenges come from prejudice born of ignorance. When something goes beyond a hostile attitude, state laws typically are well equipped to handle the problem. Adding a special category of “hate crimes” won’t help. Murderers should be prosecuted for being murderers and so on. How do we define a hate crime? Was the shooting of a guard at an anti-same-sex marriage group in Washington, D.C., a hate crime because the shooter opposed that view? A common-sense definition would say yes, but the law says no.
The “hate crime” category is usually added when public outrage over an incident forces politicians into their “do something-do anything” mode. The show of concern is more important than an action resulting from the law.
Quite refreshing, yes. Indeed, the shooter at the Family Research Council cannot be charged with a hate crime, yet the moron who dumped bacon onto a football field where Muslims were soon to gather can? Why is that?
As I've noted previously, I was swayed in my initial opinion of hate crimes in that, like degrees of murder, an additional criminal charge can be added if [the crime] was solely based on hate of a particular group. But also as I've noted, this standard is rarely consistently applied.
The non-Council winner was Andrew McCarthy/NRO with Egypt’s Military and the Arab Spring.
Full results are here.
Republican opens his mouth and says something stupid and he's skewered for a week. Meanwhile, prominent Democrat holds a rally for a man convicted of sexually assaulting two women. I'm sure those self same voices will erupt in outrage any time now.
Intolerant leftists trample rights of religious minority. Remember this one when they start carping on about how all Republicans are intolerant and anti-Muslim and blah blah blah.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Whether She Misrepresented Romney's Position: 'It Doesn't Matter' When you've lost Anderson Cooper, you've lost pretty much everyone.
Looks like the Amazing Spider-Man will be getting a side-kick.
Color me bored. That, and the art absolutely blows.
(Thanks for Carl for the tip.)
The ... misguidedness that are "hate crimes" laws strikes again -- this time in New York where a gathering of Muslims was threatened with ... meat:
Police are investigating an unusual bias crime on Staten Island. Muslims who gathered for prayer to celebrate the end of Ramadan in a city park found bacon scattered on the ground, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Monday.
With Ramadan ending this past weekend, Muslims celebrated the end of fasting with prayer. On Staten Island an outdoor service was held Sunday on a New Dorp football field, attracting some 1,500 Muslims.
But before most of the faithful arrived for Morning Prayer, it was discovered that someone had scattered a quantity of raw bacon on the field.
As James Taranto says, "We can see why this would be classified as a hateful act, but what exactly is the crime? Littering?" NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said his "Hate Crimes Task Force" has determined that this spreading of bacon is a "bias event." Which should surprise no one since something called a Hate Crimes Task Force sounds like it would be clamoring for something to do every eight-hour work day.
The task force is also investigating "derogatory comments" found on the Muslim group's website. Someone posted a comment “…That he or she was going to do something with a fat pig right at the time of morning prayer.” Man, I wish I could get some of the nasty comments posted here at Colossus investigated if this is the standard! I also think Maneer Awad, executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on Islamic Relations, is out of line when he says “Whether burning crosses or swastikas, a small minority are trying to threaten other people.” Threats? Um, while tossing a dietary no-no onto a football field (a field which, by the way, uses a pigskin to play its game ... go figure) is insensitive and even possibly "hateful," it doesn't rise to the abhorrent standard of cross burning or swastikas -- which actually led to the murder of [many] innocent people. Let's get a little sense of proportion here, please.
The PJ Tatler has obtained documents from the Justice Department detailing efforts to recruit attorneys and staff who are dwarfs or who have “psychiatric disabilities” or “severe intellectual disabilities.” On May 31, 2012, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez issued a directive to affirmatively recruit people with these “targeted disabilities.”
This DOJ policy does not merely involve prohibitions against discrimination, but rather the documents reveal deliberate recruitment efforts to hire as attorneys and staff for the Department of Justice people suffering from psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. Moreover, applicants can “self-identify” their disability by means of the “Standard Form 256, Self Identification Disability.”
Those with “targeted disabilities” may be hired through a “non-competitive” appointment. That means they don’t have to endure the regular civil service competition among applicants, but can be plucked from the stack of resumes and hired immediately instead.
According to the documents, those with these “targeted disabilities” may be hired “before the position is advertised” and even “before the position’s closing date.” Moreover, lawyers with psychiatric disabilities and “severe intellectual” disabilities receive a waiver from the requirement that a new DOJ employee have practiced law for one year before being hired.
Considering some of the decisions to come out of the DOJ these past few years, I'd say they have quite of few of these folks already.
The country is in the very best of hands.
Let's see ... where is the party affiliation noted in this MSNBC-forwarded article about Minnesota representative Kerry Gauthier -- who had a rest stop sexual encounter with a 17 year-old boy? The "DFL" -- Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party -- is noted only by its letters, which mean nothing to a reader outside of Minnesota. That aside, Gauthier is a Democrat.
News Journal headline today: Woman injured when car hits building released from hospital.
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell attempts to further tie in the Romney-Ryan campaign to idiot Todd Akin's insane rape comments with this gasp-inducing headline: Ryan backed more than one 'forcible rape' abortion bill. In the article, O'Donnell makes a big deal out of the term "forcible" as if to imply that if there wasn't much violence during the rape, then it is more "acceptable," and that if the rape wasn't "forcible," then the woman is out of luck if she wanted an abortion:
The Todd Akin episode invited a closer look at Ryan's record on abortion and social issues. While Ryan has flatly rejected Akin's reference to "legitimate rape," Ryan's name and his vote are tied to instances in which the term "forcible rape" appeared in legislation. The bills sought to place limits on access to abortion or health insurance coverage for an abortion.
BUT!! If you read on (always a must, especially with NBC), we see that these bills included [abortion] exceptions for "forcible" rape:
The Ryan-Johnson failed amendment did specify limited exceptions, permitting abortion coverage including when the life of the mother is at stake and in line 16 of the proposed text "... unless the pregnancy is the result of an act of forcible rape or incest."
Those italics are O'Donnell's in the original. Again, we're supposed to believe that Ryan/the GOP/conservatives have some dastardly intention with that term "forcible." Could it be ... true? Is everything the mainstream media has been saying about the GOP and women ... accurate?
Well ... no. Because at the very end of the article O'Donnell writes this:
For broader context, the term "forcible rape" appears to have roots in the legal community, where it has been used by prosecutors to distinguish that crime from "statutory rape," which involves a minor unable to legally consent or a person who lacks mental capacity for legal consent.
W-w-w-w-wha ...?? How 'bout that? Lawmakers -- using legal terminology!!
Funny how Kelly couldn't include that at the onset. Then again, she probably knows that most folks won't read down to the very end of the article for that "broader context."
Surprise! No, not really.
It goes without saying that I vehemently abhor 99.9% of what the LGOMB stand for; however, once in a blue moon, they nail a post. This is one of those blue moons.
There's a lot wrong with the First State's GOP, and Mike Protack is certainly included in it.
... in one line. Via Comic Book Resources:
Rob Liefeld, who teased last month on the heels of Grant Morrison that he too would be leaving DC Comics soon, announced his abrupt departure this morning with a flurry of tweets criticizing his editors and the handling of the New 52. Although he’s listed in the solicitations for Deathstroke, Grifter and The Savage Hawkman through November, the writer/artist states that next month’s zero issues will be his last.
“This is the 4th time I quit in the last 4 months. This time it will stick,” he wrote from a theater, where he was watching The Expendables 2. “Never thought the Image section of my book would be topped. This last year was a humdinger. The DC52 chapters will go top all of it. [...] Reasons are the same as everyone’s that you hear. I lasted a few months longer than I thought possible. Massive indecision, last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything. Editor pissing contests…
Commenter Jason Green echoed my first immediate thought: "Another reason not to like Rob Liefeld: he uses his phone during movies! HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS!"
And to the actual issue -- that of DC's internal hassles -- hack Liefeld may be right about all of it, but his past track record makes him not exactly reliable, in my book. I'll listen to George Pérez's complaints long before I'll turn up the volume on Robbie.
And the non-Council submissions are here!
Another milestone for Kill-mington, Delaware: Parenting magazine has ranked it the most dangerous city in America on a per capita basis. And that ain't all:
Wilmington ranked ahead of much larger cities – such as St. Louis, Baltimore and Kansas City – as the city with the most violent crime per 100,000 people, according to the magazine. The publication also said Wilmington came in the top spot for sex offenders per capita.
And on top of that, the city has got to deal with creeps like this! Yeesh!
Workers at a Dover, Delaware childcare center are arrested after forcing toddlers to fight.
Ah yes, another Republican has made a dumb -- outrageously dumb -- comment, this time about rape. US Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin, who had a terrific opportunity to get the GOP a new Senate seat this fall, said that "in instances of what he called 'legitimate rape,' women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy." Dumb? Yep. Stupid? Sure. Preposterously outrageous? Definitely.
Of course, the mainstream media predictably is having a field day with this. ABC notes that Akin's comments "may have repercussions for Mitt Romney." CNN points out that abortion is now at the center of the 2012 campaign debate, while its 9:00pm EDT host Piers Morgan notes that Mitt Romney has his "worst nightmare" with the controversy. MSNBC, to virtually no one's surprise, is using Akin's comments to tarnish the entire pro-life plank of the GOP. And, of course, Boss Obama chimed in (naturally), saying "rape is rape":
"Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."
Ah! Is that so, Mr. President? Would you parse words about abortion considering you favor legal abortion for sex selection? Would you parse words about infanticide considering you opposed a state law in Illinois that would protect the life of a newborn after a failed abortion?
And where was all the mainstream media attention given to these way-out-of-the-mainstream positions that Boss Obama held (holds)?? Absent, as per usual.
And while the GOP was almost universally vocal in condemning Akin's comments, the usual MSM idiots -- like Piers Morgan above, and Juan Williams on "O'Reilly" last evening -- perpetually strive to paint the statements of one moron as "representative" of all the Republican Party ... just like they always do when there's been [politically motivated] violence. When Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot by a lunatic, these media dolts immediately jumped on Sarah Palin's use of "target" lingo as "the cause" -- despite the fact that Democrats had been using the same terminology for years. Cretin Brian Ross virtually immediately tried to implicate the Tea Party with the Aurora, Colorado shooter despite there being ample evidence via Google to prove the T.P. was in no way involved.
On the other hand, when a volunteer at a local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual center walked into the Family Research Council HQ in Washington, DC last week armed and then shot a security guard, well, let's just say the MSM took its sweet time even mentioning the story. And when they did finally "discover" what happened, coverage wasn't exactly in-depth. Oh, and did I mention that at least one prominent "progressive" talk show host said the shooting was the target's -- the Family Research Council's -- fault! Hey!! That sounds like someone telling a rape victim that she "asked for it" because she was dressed provocatively ... doesn't it?
*Sigh* It's the world we live in, after all. Conservatives/Republicans will never get a fair shake in the mainstream media merely because of who they are -- what they believe. And the old guard MSM will continue to (ridiculously) insist that they're fair when they're anything but, and that Fox News isn't a legitimate news organization ... ignoring against all evidence that that news outlet's meteoric rise is the ratings is precisely due to the MSM's preposterous bias, and that center and center-right individuals were craving a fair shake in news reporting -- reporting that Fox News gives them.
Lastly, maybe Fox can pick up this story about a Democratic Minnesota lawmaker who got caught a sex scandal with an under-aged boy. It can ask whether this will "put pressure on Barack Obama's campaign," and if this is Obama's "worst nightmare." But they won't. Fox does some silly stuff, yes, but they don't attempt to turn the actions of one individual into an indictment of a whole group. That's the MSM's and "progressives'" job.
UPDATE: Hey, has anyone heard of this Democratic US Senate candidate from Tennessee? Neither have I. That's probably because he's an anti-gay Democrat and the MSM can't be seen as reporting on something "so out of the ordinary," right?
Look what our "investment" to Solyndra led to: Glass tubes used as modern art.
Watcher's Council Forum: Illegal Migration And What To Do About It.
I used to engaged with KAVIPS back when he/she was reasonable. Sometime back the author went around the bend. Today the blog is rife with castigation, logical fallacies, economic idiocy, mischaracterization and self-delusion.
If I need to sum up how far gone the blog has become witness this gem:
This is not hyperbole nor is it intended to mean "Pay 100% of their taxes due without deductions". This is a demand to make all businesses unprofitable. There's a word for a government that confiscates all profits from private industry. I'm sure you can figure it out.
Goodbye KAVIPS. My hopes for a sane, rational voice from the left side of the blogosphere is well and truly dead.
A "DLer" being a member of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers, by the way. At any rate, the Boss Obama campaign actually wants you to believe that it's limiting the size of its campaign crowds because, well, check it out (h/ to The Corner):
“We have plenty of time for big rallies,” a campaign spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said between the rallies on Thursday. “Our focus right now is on exciting our supporters and winning over undecided voters and the smaller and medium-size events are the best venue to accomplish that because the president can closely engage with the crowd.”
Big rallies are expensive, especially given the logistical and security challenges for a president as opposed to a mere United States senator. And Obama campaign operatives, both at the Chicago headquarters and in swing states where Mr. Obama recently has stumped, say the campaign intentionally limits crowds by restricting tickets. The reason is to allow the president to better connect with supporters, aides say.
And Guantánamo would be closed in one year. And the stimulus would bring unemployment down to six percent by this time. And Boss Obama would halve the deficit by the end of his first term. And ...
The lead plaintiff against the Pennsylvania voter ID law ... has gotten an ID.
Ayn Rand is always something of a minefield but...I can't help myself.
From Atlas Shrugged:
“He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he? He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”
“He didn’t dig that ore single-handed, did he? He had to employ hundreds of workers. They did it. Why does he think he’s so good?”
She was wrong about a great many things but some of them are eerily prescient.
9/11 Truther and co-host of his own MSNBC show Touré is at it again:
Yes, he said "ni**erization." He also offered this nonsense:
But they're (the Romney campaign) talking to people who are trained to hate him, who want to hate him. It's a base turnout election, so this is how we can rev up the base to, to work against him.
Um, if these people already "hate" Boss Obama, why the hell would Romney waste time speaking to them? He already has their vote!
That'd be "tough guy" Eric Boehlert.
If the Boss Obama campaign wants Mitt Romney to release five more years of tax returns (supposedly in return for not mentioning it ever again -- cheeyeah, right), here's the deal I'd make: I'll release five more years of returns if Obama releases all of his college records and transcripts.
Boss Obama moans that Ms. Extravagant Vacation (aka the First Lady) doesn't get paid.
The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with The Most Divisive Campaign in American History.
Full results are here.
Hearty congrats to this guy:
Here's how the WaPo titled its headline about today's Family Research Council shooting: "Police: Suspect disagreed with Family Research Council."
Did we read a headline about the dude who shot several Sikhs in Wisconsin that read "Police: Suspect disagreed with ethnic Americans"? Or about the Aurora, CO movie theatre shooter: "Police: Suspect disagreed with DC Comics"?
As Jonah Golberg says, "'Disagreed'? The suspect shot someone. 'Disagreed'!? Why so bombastic? Why not say that the would-be killer 'had a different perspective’?"
Well, he's lied so f***ing much already these past three and a half years, what the hell would it hurt with yet another one?
Some Democrats are up in arms about a request that the presidential candidates be asked about the Simpson-Bowles National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform -- like what they like/dislike about its recommendations.
Well hell -- if I was Boss Obama, I sure as hell wouldn't want to be asked about it, either!
Maybe we ought to ask the debate commission to also ask about:
Getting the picture yet?
Oh the sweet sweet irony.
Much to my surprise and his credit he appears to have had a road to Damascus conversion on the issue. I hope he learns the errors of his ways.
How about an invisible airbag bike helmet?
Funny how he's running for the hills once this comes to the fore. I suppose he's up for re-election and needs to get away from this thing as fast as possible.
I don't know. She does seem to have undue influence for someone with little background. Indeed she was at the center of that party crasher thing a few years ago and I've heard her name bandied about from both pundits and bloggers. Color me unconvinced but still considering
Why does Joe get a pass? I've asked myself this often and the answer I come up with is that nobody really takes him seriously. He's a fixture in Washington and probably an amiable enough guy but he's harmless. Ryan is scrutinized because he's on his way up, not out like Biden.
Tagging on to yesterday's post about Biden possibly leaving:
Biden's upcoming family emergency?
This one seems awfully thin to me. I don't doubt the anger at not being taken seriously or that he's seen as less intelligent than Ryan but the rest doesn't sound solid.
ITEM: Jason "Trust Fund" Scott spews what we've come to expect -- and laugh at -- from him:
Romney goes into this election, as he has lived his life – with a great many advantages. The Bush economy and the nation’s short memory of how we got here. The political press in the employ of his major financial backers. One third of the country being died in the wool racists. The list of reason why Romney should win goes on and on.
As DE Libertarian's Steve Newton points out, that makes about 100 million racists in these United States, and is, as you'd expect coming from a member of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers, absolutely horsesh**. Steve goes on:
As I walk the streets I realize that, in jason's world, 206,000 of Delaware's registered voters are racists. How can I know which ones? Ah! I see: there are 183,645 registered Republicans. We can assume by definition, according to jason, that ALL of them are racists. (Sorry, Joan Deaver. Sorry Joe Miro and Mick Manolakos.) That would also mean that another 22,435 of Delaware's independents, Greens, and Libertarians are racists (because, you see, only Democrats are not racists in jason's world. It's sort of like a reverse Germany in the 1930s and 1940s where we should have two-thirds of the people wear big "Ds" on their jackets so we could know they are not racists.)
ITEM: Here's an AP headline today for 'ya: Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer. *Sigh*
ITEM: The author of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, doesn't much like the GOP:
"The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants."
ITEM: When hecklers briefly disrupted a Paul Ryan rally it is described by USA Today as a "spirited crowd."
ITEM: The NY Times gets caught (again, natch) with a little ... "embellishment."
ITEM: VP Joe Biden on his "VP of Comedy Tour" told an audience in Virginia (which just happened to include many African-Americans) that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are "going to put y'all back in chains." He then forgot he was in Virginia, mentioning "North Carolina."
ITEM: I love it when leftists suddenly "find Christ." Yeesh.
ITEM: Here's another laugher -- CNN says it's the only unbiased source of news this election season. Hopefully, you didn't spit out your coffee on that.
ITEM: Ron Dzwonkowski of the Detroit Free Press highlights a study supposedly showing there's no liberal bias in the media. But aside from the fact that this study's sources are exactly, well, noted, here's the kicker: In the study, Dzwonkowski's own paper is listed as an exception to the rule as it "was quite different from most other traditional print publications and showed a larger than 2-1 ratio favoring Democrat voices, as opposed to the media as a whole ..." D'OH!!
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Here's a fascinating read on why one Westerner is leaving China.
Read the whole thing. It's long but worth your time. Combine that with this and it gets even more interesting.
"The building binge was overwhelming," said Ralph Leszczynski, the Beijing-based head of research at ship broker Banchero Costa & Co. "People earned so much money they didn't know what to do with it. The Chinese started opening shipyards every day. But it created a bubble. Now everyone is paying for the hangover."
Indeed. Much as Portugal, Spain and Greece are paying for it. Likewise the US. The difference is that the Yuan is not convertible and that means the only way to increase your wealth is to put it into real estate. That's great until the bubble bursts and you're portfolio is now worth less than half of what you paid. They can't unload US debt as that would depress the dollar against the yuan and create inflationary pressure at home further exacerbating their problems. Chinese goods become more expensive and the dollar weakens compounding the effect.
I think we've seen China's nadir for now. They have too many problems to become hedgemon. Their demographic tree has too many bare branches. They've been very coy about their banking stability and debt to gdp ratio. We know they've been suppressing the yuan for a decade and opening the books would lead to some real solvency issues along with wild fluctuations that would shake confidence in their market. To me it's looking like the last days of the USSR. I don't think the Party will lose control of the country. We've seen the measure of their resolve in Tianamen Square and I have little doubt they'd repeat that one. Either way things are about to get interesting.
These are either very prescient of very stupid:
Joe Biden will not be the VP nominee. He will retire for either health reasons or to spend more time with his family
I don't think he adds much to the ticket any more. He's been a one man gaffe machine since taking office (and quite a bit before that). I think Obama will shake things up to try to bring excitement and energy to the ticket.
Mitt Romney wins the presidency but a comfortable margin but not a landslide
Not sure how it will break out but the tenor of Obama's campaign tells me their internals are not good. Likewise they are spending money in states that are supposedly leaning Obama
GOP/Fox/Rush will declare a mandate from the American people
The inverse will be true if I'm wrong.
Democrats will complain about being outspent and will suddenly be concerned about voter fraud
Inverse rule applies here. Bonus points for mentions of "Dielbold", "Koch Brothers" and "intimidation"
The MSM will "wonder" whether racism played a part in Obama's defeat
Remember it is impossible to disagree with Obama's policies without the stench of racism.
Romney's rollback of Obama's initiatives will pay dividends in the first year of his presidency. Any economic growth will be attributed to Obama's policies suddenly bearing fruit.
How this is so will not be explained. Similarly he will be accused of "war on women", "war on the poor" and "gutting" this or that entitlement program. Expect and uptick in newly homeless stories. The word "unexpectedly" will now apply to positive economic indicators in news reports.
Continuing with the theme highlighted by Hans Bader regarding the Obama administration's pressuring school districts to implement what are, essentially, quotas in school discipline, Heather Mac Donald follows today with a rather lengthy -- and scary -- essay on the topic. Here's something we've heard of before -- and an example of the type of teacher we need more of to speak up against this politically correct garbage:
Aaron Benner, a fifth-grade teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota, scoffs at the notion that minority students are being unfairly targeted for discipline. “Anyone in his right mind knows that these [disciplined] students are extremely disruptive,” he says. Like districts across the county, the St. Paul public school system has been on a mission to lower the black suspension rate, following complaints by local activists and black parents. A highly regarded principal lost his job because his school had “too many” suspensions of black second- and fourth-graders. The school system has sent its staff to $350,000 worth of “cultural-proficiency” training, where they learned to “examine the presence and role of ‘Whiteness.’ ” The district spent another $2 million or so to implement an anti-suspension behavioral-modification program embraced by the Obama administration.
Benner sees the consequences of this anti-discipline push nearly every day in the worsening behavior of students. He overheard a fifth-grade boy tell a girl: “Bitch, I’ll fuck you and suck you.” (“I wanted to throw him against the locker,” Benner recalls.) The boy’s teacher told Benner that she felt powerless to punish the misbehavior. “This will be one of my black men who ends up in prison after raping a woman,” observes Benner. Racist? Many would so characterize the comment. But Benner is black himself—and fed up with the excuses for black misbehavior. He attended one of the district’s cultural-proficiency sessions, where an Asian teacher asked: “How do I help the student who blurts out answers and disrupts the class?” The black facilitator reminded her: “That’s what black culture is”—an answer that echoes the Obama administration’s admonitions to teachers. “I should have said: ‘How many of you shouted out in college?’ ” Benner remarks. “They’re trying to pull one over on us. Black folks are drinking the Kool-Aid; this ‘let-them-clown’ philosophy could have been devised by the KKK.”
Delaware's Christina School District gets a mention, too. It seems it was the target of a federal investigation into "disparate" discipline procedures because it supposedly "failed" to properly distinguish between a white first grader's Cub Scout tool (“a combination of folding fork, knife, and spoon”) and and 11 year-old black girl's box cutter. The girl claimed she had no idea how the box cutter got there. When school officials moved on expulsion, the mom screamed "racism" to the Delaware Human Relations Commission, and the rest is history.
And "history" is what school and classroom order will become very quickly if the current administration gets its way. Delaware already has the highest percentage of school children per capita attending private/parochial schools. Stand by for a national upsurge in such ... or, at least a lot more vociferous demands for charters, vouchers, and school choice.
Via CNN's Ruben Navarrette Jr.: American Medal Winner Waves Mexican Flag.
So why did Manzano carry two flags with him on his victory lap? As the world looked on, he held up both the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag. Not a good look. And not a good idea.
Manzano posted messages on Twitter throughout the competition -- in Spanish and English. After his victory, he tweeted, "Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!"
That's funny. I only saw one set of letters on his jersey: USA.
Manzano's father came to the US illegally, and brought his son four years later. The son, Manzano, eventually became a US citizen which gave him all the opportunities his father had desired -- including the means to train for the Olympics. The logo on Manzano's jersey read "USA," not "Mexico." It'd be one thing to say he was proud of his Mexican heritage in post-race interviews/tweets, but to state he "represented" two countries ...?
There were no hybrid jerseys at the Olympic Games, Mr. Manzano. You represent one country at the Games, and you chose to represent the United States. If you want to represent Mexico, then wear their jersey. OK?
The conventional wisdom is that Paul Ryan is smart. And I certainly agree. But these candidates were also considered smart/intellectual:
On the heels of Maryland's educational head-scratcher regarding "proportionate representation" in school discipline, a school district in Florida is now the target of a federal lawsuit based on the same principle:
A federal civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against Flagler County schools alleges black students are suspended and expelled at a rate far higher than white students.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights against Flagler County and four other Florida districts -- Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa and Suwannee.
Black students made up 16 percent of Flagler students but accounted for 31 percent of the in- and out-of-school suspensions in the 2010-2011 school year, the complaint states. Black students accounted for 69 percent of those expelled and 22 percent of those held back a grade.
Flagler Superintendent Janet Valentine said the district will "take it very seriously," but she can't explain the disparities in the discipline rates for white and black students.
I wonder if it ever occurred to Ms. Valentine to ponder if it's because latter are ... more disruptive in school/class? Or, is that just way too anti-politically correct to even suggest?
As Hans Bader noted in his article about Maryland's shenanigans,
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.
It's a wonder why school districts faced with such nonsense complaints don't stand their ground more often, based on such legal precedent. If there's the documentation to back up the statistics and consistency of applied discipline, there should be little to legally fear. Then again, maybe not: the ever-present (and ludicrous) fear of being labeled "racist" by groups like the SPLC and NAACP (among others) can override all rational thought and considerations.
If groups like the SPLC and NAACP are successful in getting schools to implement "proportionate" discipline statistics, it will lead to chaos, frankly. Teachers and adminstrators will be reluctant to discipline minority students out of fear of being called "racist" and/or "increasing the [minority discipline] figures," whereas white students will be disciplined more harshly for even innocuous infractions.
In addition, the SPLC and NAACP are miffed that there aren't sufficient numbers of blacks in gifted and AP classes. While it's certainly easy enough to increase these figures -- just add more black students to these classes -- the practical effect is too often ignored. As in higher education, the concern that black students are successful is of secondary concern; as long as the enrollment numbers are there, "all is good." So, sure, increasing the black enrollment in AP and gifted classes is easy. But what happens if they're in [way] over their heads? Then we have a widening of the achievement gap, which is yet another academic area which is too often addressed by PC means.
Perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP ought to look at more carefully at this racial disparity (snippet from here) and the role it plays on academic achievement and disruptive behavior.
(h/t to Shirley.)
Seemingly filling in as a member of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers, David Pody of Middletown jumps right in to blame the Tea Party for the white supremicism that led to the killing of several Sikhs in Wisconsin:
It is no wonder that the drooling morons who fester on the roles of the Klan, the Neo Nazis, and the white supremacists can't fathom the concept of e pluribus unum, but the rantings of the fringe members of the Tea Party whose insistence that America is only a Christian country founded by Christians, for Christians, has given those hate groups a feeling of legitimacy.
We rail against the countries who seek to control the religious beliefs of their people, but we don't see it in ourselves, and we forget the lessons of our forefathers.
First of all, when/where did the Tea Party "insist" that America is "only" a Christian country? Pody did include the word "fringe" in there, after all; who are these "fringe" members? How many of these fringe members are there?
Oh, and how do these fringe members stack up to the mainstream elements of the Occupy movement, hmm?
Spare us all, Pody. You're just yet another moonbat "progressive" who seeks to thwart those with whom you disagree by assigning blame to them -- based on their speech -- for the actions of a lunatic. It's beyond pathetic.
Felix has put up some really good links lately to our buddy Hans Bader's education-related articles; I found this one to be particularly interesting considering my feelings on our last US Senate election. The [local] money quote:
The ideological-purification strategy fails in the short run. In 2010, the Tea Party Express helped hand the Democrats control of the Senate through a small-tent strategy grounded in wishful thinking that conservatives can do well in any state without tailoring their message to moderate voters. Candidates it helped nominate for the Senate in Delaware, Nevada, and Colorado went on to lose elections that their primary rivals would have likely won. These candidates all made needlessly controversial ideologically-loaded remarks about subjects that had little relevance to the issues before the U.S. Senate.
In Delaware, which went for Obama by a 5-to-3 margin, it was obvious that only a moderate Republican could possibly hope to win the general election in Delaware’s Senate race, and it was mathematically impossible for even a seasoned, well-qualified staunch conservative to win. But some Tea Party activists, in a fit of wishful thinking, successfully pushed the nomination of a conservative neophyte with no experience in government, who ran a memorably awful TV ad saying, “I am not a witch.” They shunted aside the state’s veteran moderate Republican congressman, who would surely have won the general election had he been nominated, since he led comfortably in general election polls, was well-liked by independent voters in Delaware, and had voted against unpopular legislation like Obamacare and the $800 billion stimulus package.
Only one guess as to who that "conservative neophyte" happened to be.
I admit I am not exactly thrilled by this choice. Ryan is smart as a whip, no doubt. But where is the charisma factor? I don't see it. Romney, who's not exactly exciting himself, needed someone, well, who is. Paul Ryan is not that guy. Personally, I was a Marco Rubio fan.
Perhaps Romney was afraid of the "Palin Factor" -- that "going outside the box" would have the same results that John McCain ended up with. I dunno. At any rate, Pollster Scott Rasmussen tweets: "Romney must feel he's weathered the Obama attacks pretty well if he's willing to go with Ryan."
Earlier polling found that 39% of all voters had a favorable opinion of Ryan, while 25% offered a negative review. Thirty-five percent (35%) express no opinion of Ryan. The congressman is relatively unknown to the nation at large. Only a third of voters have a strong opinion in either direction.
Well, let's see what happens!
As we noted back on the 3rd, this remake is due to hit theatres just before Thanksgiving.
Two things about the trailer: It looks like the North Koreans make use of an EMP to disable a section of the country (or maybe all of it -- "central command" is mentioned as being "taken out"). This (thankfully) makes sense as there's no other feasible way the Norks could mount an invasion without something like that. Second, the head Nork baddie is the same actor (Will Yun Lee) who played the Nork bad guy in Pierce Brosnan's last Bond flick, Die Another Day.
Oh, and one more thing: How many homages to the original film can you spot in the trailer?
Go read this superb letter by Wilmington's John Dente now.
Chee-yeah, right. Up is down, white is black, right is wrong. Mitt Romney has to release a lifetime's worth of tax returns, but Boss Obama's college records remain sealed. Heck, even Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman's academic records have become known!
UPDATE: As if on cue, the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers' Jason "Trust Fund" Scott praises a Boss Obama ad which "kick(s) Romney while he is down." He also likes how "this ad slyly revisits Harry Reid’s '0%' tax rate assertion."
Hilarious. These moonbats will jump on the far-right's use of, say, Birtherism in less than a heartbeat; however, Harry Reid's use of a total fabrication is "a bare knuckle beat down." Then again, Scott is the same 'bat who once said that "reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks."
'Nuff said, natch.
My favorite entertainment mag features readers' takes on the best and worst movie remakes of all-time. One asterisk means I've seen only the original; two asterisks only the remake; three asterisks I seen both original and remake. (Of course, no asterisk means I've seen neither.)
First, the best:
#10. The Fly.***
#9. Dawn of the Dead.***
#8. The Magnificent Seven.
#7. 3:10 to Yuma.
#6. The Birdcage.
#5. The Thomas Crown Affair.**
#4. The Thing.***
#3. True Grit.
#2. The Departed.
#1. Ocean's Eleven.**
#10. Conan the Barbarian.*
#9. The Longest Yard.*
#8. Clash of the Titans.*
#7. The Day the Earth Stood Still.***
#6. The Women.
#5. Planet of the Apes.***
#4. The Pink Panther.*
#3. The Stepford Wives.
Admittedly, I've been remiss in not yet catching True Grit and 3:10 to Yuma from that "Best" list. They're highly recommended from what I've heard. And you really can't blame one for not seeing some of those lame remakes -- what incentive is there, really? For instance, I loved the original The Longest Yard (see right), but then read that the remake was beyond awful. Why would I want to see it -- even for free on HBO or Encore?
The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with California: The Road Warrior Is Here.
Full results are here.
Two follow-ups to this post from lawyer Hans Bader; the first is Hans' letter to the Maryland State Board of Education about their racial quotas in school discipline, and the second is titled "Obama Administration Aggravates The Minority Achievement Gap, Increases Risk Of School Violence."
Be sure to check them out!
The NY Times' Jere Longman thinks that US Olympic track star Lolo Jones relies way too much on her great looks rather than her actual accomplishments on the track:
Still, Jones has received far greater publicity than any other American track and field athlete competing in the London Games. This was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign. Essentially, Jones has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be — vixen, virgin, victim — to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses.
Women have struggled for decades to be appreciated as athletes. For the first time at these Games, every competing nation has sent a female participant. But Jones is not assured enough with her hurdling or her compelling story of perseverance. So she has played into the persistent, demeaning notion that women are worthy as athletes only if they have sex appeal. And, too often, the news media have played right along with her.
Longman goes on to quote some academic comparing Jones to tennis player Anna Kournikova who was quite beautiful, yet never won a singles tournament in her sport. (Personally, I'd also add in golfer Michelle Wie who insisted on playing in men's tourneys before she ever did anything on the women's tour; she has only two victories on the LPGA tour at present.) Jones, in a subsequent interview, expressed sadness and disappointment with the article.
But is Longman being even close to fair with regards to Lolo? Not even close.
Check out Jones' vital stats. National indoor titles in the 60 meter hurdles in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Two gold medals in the World Indoor Championships in that event in 2008 and 2010. She holds the American record in the 60 meter hurdles, for cripe's sake. In 2008 in Beijing, Jones was favored to win the 100 meter hurdles and was on the verge of doing so -- until she tripped over the second-to-last hurdle, and finished seventh. Longman does mention the Olympics in Beijing and that Jones was leading the race in his column, but neglects to note she was the favorite and most likely would have won if not for the trip, which is a fairly common occurrence in hurdles.
Are these accomplishments Anna Kournikova or Michelle Wie-like? No freakin' way. Far from it.
Longman's column was so off-base that Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane felt compelled to respond:
I believe writers like Jere Longman, who does have a long and worthy track record at The Times, should have some room to express their hard-earned perspective. But this piece struck me as quite harsh and left me, along with others, wondering why the tone was so strong.
Bravo to Art for that.
What's even more hilarious than how off-base Longman's main point was is the notion that Jones shouldn't attempt to take advantage of her inherent beauty for monetary gain. In contemporary America, there's nothing more "American" than this, and media outfits like the Times are responsible for a lot of it. And you know what else? Why doesn't Mr. Longman write up a column about possibly the greatest style-over-substance personality in modern memory: One Barack Obama, president of the United States, and a person the NY Times has supported without fail since he became a candidate for the highest office in the land?
Through his 30-minute speech to Ohio Democrats, [Montana Gov. Brian] Schweitzer repeatedly boasted of his gubernatorial achievements, putting special emphasis on the Indian Education for All project. Schweitzer spearheaded the program, which requires Montana school children to learn both American-Indian and U.S. history.
Why did Schweitzer shepherd the innovative and groundbreaking program? Well, because Montanans are a bunch of white, racist rednecks – the governor’s words.
“All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”
The governor delivered the program to sway the minds and hearts of Treasure State youngsters. “So, I decided, I can’t turn the heart of a 45-year-old redneck,” Schweitzer said.
How 'bout that? You'll actually -- before too long -- hear someone say something racist (uttered by a white person) in Montana. I wonder how that is significantly different from any other place in the freakin' country. Of course, the way "racism" is defined today, one can try to imagine just what standards Schweitzer has in defining the term.
But that's beside the point. He's mandating a curriculum because of ... what he overheard an occasional insensitive dolt said about the First Americans? YEESH. And ... WTF is that state doing with a Democratic governor anyway??
Here's Deputy Boss Obama Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter saying “I don’t know the facts of when Joe Soptic’s wife got sick, or when she died.” This, in regards to an outrageous ad in which Mitt Romney is laughably blamed for Mrs. Soptic's [cancer] death:
May 14, 2012: Mr. Soptic, talking about his job loss and death of his wife, saying "Now I’ll turn the call back over to Stephanie.” Ms. Cutter: “Thank you, Joe. We really appreciate you sharing your experiences”:
Wow. Then, based on this standard, Boss Obama has caused almost sixty thousand deaths.
New Castle County (DE) Register of Wills Ciro Poppiti III thanks Occupy Delaware for its -- *YAWN* -- "symbolism":
I cannot remember anyone being grateful for their presence. Because no one said “thank you.”
I think it is time I did.
I don’t agree with everything Occupy Delaware stands for nor do I agree with all of their protest tactics. I do, however, appreciate their anger.
Every morning for the past nine months, Occupy Delaware has been in my face. They have reminded me that, as an elected official, I took an oath to protect the public trust. As such, I have an obligation to act with integrity and honesty, rather than gaming the system to my own benefit and to the benefit of those who can help me politically. Thank you, Occupy Delaware, for that wonderful reminder.
Now, I wonder if Poppiti ever wrote a similar "thank you" to the Tea Party which stands for everything he wrote above??
The Tea Party wasn't nearly as "angry" as the Occupy movement (despite what the mainstream press said) -- didn't have the minutest fraction of arrests nor cause the slightest fraction of disruptions that the Occupiers did -- preferring to work more within the system. Don't they deserve a "thank you" op-ed from an elected official, too? Or is that anathema for Poppiti because he is a Democrat (he was New Castle County Democrats' vice chair), part of the one-party system that has plagued Delaware for a couple decades now?
And the non-Council nominations are here!
In "another" election that took place in 2008, Republican Norm Coleman took on Democrat Al Franken for a US Senate seat in Minnesota. After winning the initial election and subsequent recount, Coleman then faced a number of legal challenges and further recounts. When all was said and done, Franken emerged the victor -- by a tad more than 300 votes.
Here's, in the words of Independence Day's Dr. Okun, "the really icky part":
There were a lot of irregularities in that race, where a blizzard of magically appearing Franken ballots put the old notion of squeaky-clean Minnesota elections to rest forever. But one specific data point has become inarguable, thanks to the work of authors John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky: the number of outright illegal votes cast by felons in the election far exceeds Franken’s margin of victory.
To date, 1099 felon votes have been identified, and 177 people have actually been convicted of voting illegally, with 66 more awaiting trial. This is all the more remarkable because a simple claim of ignorance is good enough to avoid conviction – as York puts it, “the accused can get off by claiming not to have known they did anything wrong.” Furthermore, it took quite a bit of shoe leather for conservative group Minnesota Majority to find state prosecutors willing to work the vote-fraud cases. (Link)
So, the next time some doltish "progressive" screams "voter suppression" or some such bullsh** when they hear the words "voter ID," just point to this. (Of course, the same buffoons will claim that the felons should have been allowed to vote anyway, so be ready for that goal post move, and don't take the bait.)
... because the suspect in the shooting of several Sikhs in Wisconsin is a white supremacist. This means, of course, that all the mud throwing by moonbats such as these regarding any act of violence has finally borne fruit: A far-rightist is actually responsible.
Now we await all the predictable calls for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, et. al. to be thrown off the air, for Fox News to be "held accountable" for its reporting and programming, and ... well hell, you know by now.
Instead of using the comment section to answer Paul regarding this post, I figured I'd respond thusly:
1. Blade Runner was a superb scifi film. It is quite refreshing in that it makes one think rather than relying on special effects and explosive action. It's only real downside is that its timeframe predictions are woefully off-target.
2. I agree "Firefly" was overrated ... because I never saw a single episode.
3. I like Superman and Batman both. They're quite different, despite modern comics creators' efforts to "darken" the former.
4. I agree that Natalie Portman is beautiful, not sexy.
5. The only Beatles album I purchased was when I was a pre-teen. Which means my parents bought it for me.
6. I have just two Rolling Stones songs on my iPod: "Start Me Up" and "Waiting on a Friend."
7. I had never seen the Godfather films until very recently. I was stupid for waiting so long. As a few commenters noted, the original is superb, but Part II is even better. (Part III pretty much blows, however.)
8. I don't know why Paul refuses to watch Forrest Gump; it ain't a bad film, but it isn't as great as some make it out to be, either.
9. Nope -- "Seinfeld" was easily the best comedy of the 90s. (In fact, the best comedies of my "growing up decades" were: 70s -- "M*A*S*H," 80s -- "Cheers," and 90s -- "Seinfeld.")
10. Don't really care about Derek Jeter. I hate the Yankees.
11. I agree that Bill Clinton was the most conservative president since Reagan. Conservatives/Republicans give Bill way too bad a rap.
Regarding numbers 12 through 14, Paul is spot-on.
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I'm going to say a few things that may be considered heresy in some circles but they need to be said.
Flame away if you must, but in your heart, you know I'm right.
On the heels of their BEST all-time comicbook film performances list, Newsarama now has their WORST such performances top ten. There's definitely some head-scratchers on their list; here's their entire ten:
OK, I exempt myself from commenting on #7 or #2 because I haven't (mercifully) seen the films. #1 is the best call, for, as Newsarama says,
We don't think actors like George Clooney, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Val Kilmer and yes, even Arnold Schwarzenegger, all inexplicably turned in their career-worst performances in those movies. We just think they were hung out to dry in perhaps the most ill-conceived comic book project ever put on film (Jonah Hex notwithstanding).
I have real issues with having Maguire, Reeve and Routh on the list. While Andrew Garfield is definitely better than Maguire as Pete Parker/Spider-Man, Maguire wasn't so miserable as to make a top ten list like this. And Reeve (and Routh, whose performance was so similar) on the list is way too nit-picky; Newsarama just doesn't like the way he portrayed Clark Kent/Superman, not so much that his acting and characterization was bad. And was January Jones that bad as to make this list? Not in my view.
Here's some notable omissions. (And note that Newsarama purposely omits some of these as "unworthy" of mention. Aside from Roger Corman's never-released Fantastic Four, I don't think that is really fair):
Anyone we're missing?
... because some people -- the usual suspects, of course -- ONLY see such.
Such is the case with racialist Anna Holmes' soliloquy on race and sports at Yahoo! News. Thankfully and mercifully, as evidenced by the thousands of comments, your average folk are simply TIRED of this sh**. And that's exactly what Holmes' article is: One big pile of smoldering feces.
It took all of a minute. I’m corroborating it now. I’m telling you now. So I am calling on Barack Obama to release his Harvard transcripts, based this call. I got a call from a guy at Harvard who claimed that Obama’s got the lowest grades anybody who went there and didn’t even go to class sometimes, and the professor’s covered for him. It’s up to Obama to prove it. The allegation’s out there. It’s up to Obama to prove it. I got this call from Harvard, and the guy — he sounded smart — said he went to Harvard. He knew enough to call a phone number that would get to me. This guy found a way to get to me.
If this is truly the game they want to play, then the above is WAY in-bounds and fair. So c'mon, Mr. Obama -- prove you didn't have the worst grades in Harvard history!
An ICE agent faces suspension for ... doing his job -- right here in Delaware:
A veteran Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is facing suspension after he refused to release an illegal immigrant who was not considered a priority target under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies, according to documents provided exclusively to Fox News.“They’re punishing law enforcement officers who are just trying to uphold U.S. law,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. Crane is a union representative acting on the unidentified officer’s behalf.
And, ready for this? "The acting field director sat down with the illegal and explained that he was going to be let go because he was not a 'presidential priority.'"
The ICE agent faces suspension, but the illegal -- who is here illegally and has ten traffic violations -- is free to go.
Welcome to Boss Obama's America, folks.
November 21st, to be exact. And it stars Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers) -- big names, eh? Well, the flick was shot back in 2009 before these two became big names. Kinda works to the studio's advantage! Still, check out the plot:
In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.
Gosh, what was omitted? That the invaders are North Korean. That's right, North-freakin'-Korean. A country which can't even feed its own people, and they're gonna invade and occupy us. In the original [reboot] script, the invaders were Chinese, but apparently this didn't sit well with the ChiComs. And the studio was worried about losing profits from the huge Chinese film market.
But ... North Korea? I certainly hope this is more of a "terrorist"-style invasion -- that the Norks invade a small geographical area and hold it hostage for some devious deal-making purpose. If it's akin to the original 1984 film where the Soviets (along with some Cubans and Nicaraguans) invaded the entire United States, it'll be laughable on its face ... and hence only worth a DVD viewing Mystery Science Threatre 3000-style.
The non-Council winner was Sultan Knish with Invaders from Outer Space.
Full results are here.
This is essentially a follow-up to my buddy Carl's reaction about Four Color Media Monitor's post (whew!) about comics hack -- yes, hack -- Rob Liefeld. While I have absolutely no way of knowing if it was really Liefeld who commented on on the post, I stand 100% by what I wrote in response:
LOL ... if that's really Liefeld, yeah, you're such a genius. The only genius you demonstrate is marketing yourself as some superb comics artist and/or writer. I'll give you that much. Don't know how you did it because, frankly, people like Neal Adams, John Buscema, Kurt Busiek, Steve Englehart and many more each have more talent in their NOSE HAIR than you in your totality.
I wonder how many people -- thinking, intelligent adults, young and old -- really think Liefeld is a superior talent in the comicbook realm. If you really believe he's in that upper echelon of comics creators, please please PLEASE take a gander at this post of mine from my old comics blog from over three years ago. Take a look at how he seems to have a difficult time coming up with original ideas, too. And this site is a must see for forty of Liefeld's "greatest of lamest" art offerings.
If you (or your phony blog troller) see(s) this, Rob, here's the deal: You're a fair comics talent who's gotten way more praise than what he rightfully deserves. As I said at FCMM, you've only a fraction of the talent that guys like Adams, Buscema, et. al. possess, but you've certainly managed to market yourself a helluva lot better. I wonder how some of their classic comics' values stack up against yours. Those outrageously over-speculated 90s sales figures don't do a thing for true value, amigo.
And, as Carl writes,
And furthermore, why do you care about what other people think of your work? If you don't like what someone written about you, just ignore it. You have to live with criticism. It's normal. And no offense, Liefeld, but you've kind of earned your notorious reputation since your stories were thin on plot and character development and had more brainless action than any interesting plot points.
The master of the comics Top Ten lists, Newsarama, has up a Top Ten Comicbook-Based Movie PERFORMANCES of All-Time. It should be no suprise that Heath Ledger's Joker comes in at #1, while Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man ranks #2. You can check out the rest for yourself, but who did Newsarama omit? I can sure think of a few ...
Terence Stamp as General Zod (Superman II). Seriously? Is there anyone out there who would argue that Stamp doesn't deserve to be on this list? If so, check your papers. Stamp's Zod set the stage for comicbook film villainy, even moreso than another omission ...
Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor (Superman, Superman II, Superman IV). Although his role was a bit diminished in Supes II, Hackman was at his deviously hilarious best here. "BOW, YIELD, KNEEL!" he openly mocks Zod, and as the general is about fed up, Superman appears ... and then Luthor exclaims "Superman, thank GOD! I mean, GET 'IM!!"
Michael Fassbender as Magneto (X-Men First Class). He's simply brilliant as the troubled mutant who eventually parts ways with friend Charles Xavier to lead his own team against humans who would subjugate them.
Wesley Snipes as Blade (the Blade films). He's best in the first film, adding in his unique blend of cocky humor as he decimates vampires right and left. The fact that it was rated "R" works perfectly for Snipes.
On the heels of the First Lady Michelle Obama wearing an almost $7000 dress, NBC.com features the following promo on their main page today:
That's right -- "Secrets for Looking High-End Without the Big Spend." If NBC thinks seven grand isn't a "big spend," then maybe they ought to use Ann Romney as their model. She only spent a measly $900 for a t-shirt.
This looks totally kick-ass:
And the non-Council nominations are here!