September 30, 2012

Hypocritical Eye-Rolling Goodness of the Day

The Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers takes on former Christine O'Donnell goon Evan Queitsch who's apparently running for (DE) state representative. (Yes, I said "apparently" because I don't much follow local First State politics. Because usually watching paint dry is an exciting experience by comparison.) It seems lunkhead Queitsch sees a conspiracy in something called "Agenda 21." The LGOMB is correct (yes, a rarity) in calling him out on this lunacy.

But, then again, recall that LGOMB founder Jason "Trust Fund" Scott once wrote this on their blog:

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" type event to happen in order to create a pretext for attacking Iraq.

Yep, "Trust Fund" Scott is apoplectic about a nobody like Queitsch seeing black helicopters, but "reasonable people" can come to the conclusion that our former president had prior knowledge that al Qaeda planned to ram four planes into buildings on US soil. That's beyond rich, don't'cha think?

And then there's El Somnambulo, a failed DE state representative candidate himself just like Queitsch soon will be, who wrote the post in question. His blog avatar continues to be a photoshop of George W. Bush posing for mug shot. Because, y'know, he is a war criminal. Or something. Yet somehow our current president doesn't warrant any such graphic design ingenuity because, y'know, he never continued any of G.W. Bush's policies nor upped the ante on them now, did he? (/sarcasm)


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September 29, 2012

Laugher of the Day

Mediaite's resident idiot Tommy Christopher offers up this knee-slapper: "MSNBC runs a significant amount of conservative programming every day."


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Where I agree with Spinoff's Graeme McMillan

... about "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (it's its 25th anniversary, after all). McMillan writes

Here’s the terrible secret about The Next Generation: The first year is kind of terrible. At first I thought that, perhaps, I was being a little too harsh on it – I’m not the biggest fan of the series, and, I figured, perhaps there are some odd charms that I’m missing because I’m not one of the hardcore – and so I asked Twitter for some guidance, only to receive a quick affirmation of my original feeling: For those looking to make a start on the show today, you might do well to skip that first year.

(That’s not to say that there aren’t any good episodes that year, but they’re few and far between, and even the best don’t compare that well with the average episode from, say, season three or four.)

The second season, too, may be better left untouched, at least to start with, if the Twitteratti are to be believed. That’s a fair assessment; although the show had improved greatly on its first outing, too many things are still falling into place to be able to convince the uninitiated. The second season makes for a fine place to back up and revisit once you’ve decided that you actually like this whole Next Generation in the first place, but considering everyone is still wearing their onesie costumes and there’s a replacement doctor for the whole year, maybe it’s not a good place to throw yourself into without some immunization.

He goes on to note that TNG really begins to rock with season 3, and I totally agree. I didn't really get into TNG until then, and you can instantly tell that that's where the series finally caught its stride. As Graeme advises, I caught seasons one and two in reruns years later. I realized (easily) I didn't miss very much.

Here's the most worthy episodes (very subjectively speaking, of course) of TNG's otherwise dismal first two seasons:

SEASON ONE:

  • "11001001." The Binars hijack the Enterprise because they need its computer core to save their planet. Or something. Oh, and Riker falls for a holodeck character.
  • "Conspiracy." Foolishly never referred to in later seasons (or movies) it details how a parasitic race has infiltrated Starfleet and the Federation. Thankfully, Picard and the Enterprise crew thwart the conspiracy before it's fully implemented. But at episode's end, the head parasite had sent an SOS beacon to its (supposed) home planet ... yet we never again heard about 'em. Bummer.
  • "The Neutral Zone." Good in two ways: The Enterprise rescues a trio of 20th century humans from cryogenic freeze, and reintroduces the Romulans to Trek lore.

SEASON TWO:

  • "A Matter of Honor." A Klingon and Riker swaps roles on a Starfleet-Klingon officer exchange. Best part: Riker sampling Klingon cuisine in preparation.
  • "The Measure of a Man." Picard must defend fellow officer Data before a Starfleet JAG officer on the basis that he is a sentient being and not merely a machine. What Trek is all about.
  • "Contagion." The Enterprise becomes infected with a computer virus from a mysterious probe, and Picard and Data try to track down its origins on the legendary planet Iconia. Worth viewing if only for the destruction of the Enterprise's sister ship Yamato.
  • "Q Who?" Forget about another appearance of the omnipotent Q; this episode introduces the Borg, and, well, 'nuff said.


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Refreshing

Typically in-the-tank-for Boss Obama Soledad O'Brien laughs at Delaware's own [Governor] Jack Markell for his silly pro-Obama spin:


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I'm sure it was just a coincidence

Check out the photos the AP and Reuters chose to use of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the other day:

To put it mildly, what scumbags.


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Photoshops of the Day

(h/t to Insty.)


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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with Bowing To The Mob.

Full results are here.


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To quote Instapundit ...

... "this feels wrong" (Insty link here):

The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that has inflamed parts of the Middle East was arrested Thursday for violating terms of his probation, authorities said.

[The filmmaker] has been on probation for a 2010 federal check fraud conviction that brought a 21-month prison sentence. Under terms of his probation, he was not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer…

A U.S. District Court hearing was scheduled for [him] on Thursday afternoon. It was closed to media and the public.

'Ya think if George W. Bush's DOJ investigated a dude who, say, put up parody of American troops torturing Iraqi civilians and then was subsequently arrested on a parole violation ... that the mainstream media would ignore it? No, neither do I.

Meanwhile, "Piss Christ" is on display this week in Manhattan. No word yet on whether the Boss Obama administration will produce a commercial for Manhattanites (like it did for Pakistan for the YouTube video) urging them to remain calm in the face of this blasphemous disgrace, and reminding them that the administration "had nothing to do with it."

UPDATE: The inimitable Hans Bader thrashes the Boss Obama administration for its handling of the YouTube video/Islamist riots in an aptly titled post, "Scapegoating Free Speech." An excerpt:

The Obama administration has not advocated criminalizing speech against Islam. But at the United Nations, it has argued in favor of civil liability for speech that incites “discrimination” or “hostility” to Islam, based on the false assumption that civil liability is less subject to First Amendment limits. (The Supreme Court’s Hess and Brandenburg decisions protect even speech that incites violence or legal violations unless the speech intends and is likely to cause imminent lawless action. The Administration is apparently unaware of, or does not agree with, federal appeals court rulings that apply those decisions to bar civil liability for speech that incites “discrimination.”)

To this, I point to this recent post of mine. Because it explains the Boss Obama mindset to a tee.


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September 28, 2012

Penn gets it right

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September 26, 2012

Right's 20 Rules of Racism

Sci-fi author Tom Kratman (Caliphate) has come up with "The Right’s Twenty Rules of Racism." My faves:

3. Racism could be eliminated in the United States if we could just eliminate the white liberals who so plainly depend on it so much and do so much to keep it going.

8. It’s not racist to note that white liberalism managed to do in about thirty years something that three hundred years of slavery could not, seriously damage the black family, generally though not universally, and ruin it completely over wide swaths.

12. The system of education that white liberals have inflicted on inner city blacks is a crime against humanity. No amount of money that they toss at it helps to overcome the elimination of discipline liberalism has caused. It’s neither racist to note this…nor wrong.

18. The worst racists are liberals, mostly white ones, who assume that blacks and hispanics are so inferior that only affirmative action in perpetuity would give them a remotely fair chance. (That this also keeps a lot of liberal white social workers and bureaucrats employed is, of course, merely incidental. Ahem. Dipshits.)

Be sure to check 'em all out.

(h/t to Right on the Left Coast.)


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But she meant well

CNN/MSNBC talking head gets arrested for vandalism.


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Ten worst calls in sports history

The Daily Caller has a montage of blown calls, some of which certainly would have made my list. Ones I recall personally:

  • #7: 1985 World Series. My buddy Schmitty is a huge St. Louis Cards fan and we were watching this game live. The ridiculous call of "safe" at 1st base led me to never seeing Schmitty angrier.

  • #6: 1972 Olympics USA vs. USSR in basketball. I was only seven years old at the time, and my entire extended family was riveted to the TV during this game. I never heard so many expletives from family members ever, I think. The a-hole refs added time to the clock twice, the second of which caught the US team going "WTF?" as the Commies inbounded down court and put in the winning basket.

  • #2: Diego Maradona's hand ball. I was at Newark's now-defunct Crab Trap watching this game (amazingly on TV at the time as soccer was hardly ever given air time, even the World Cup) and when well known a-hole Maradona blatantly used his hand to knock the ball past the English goalie, the whole bar went "Did you see that??"

Should have been included:

  • Tom Brady and the "tuck rule." Possibly the worst call in the history of the NFL, in the 2001 season playoffs, the Oakland Raiders were about to defeat the Pats on their home field in the snow. QB Brady fumbled, basically giving the game to the Raiders. But upon further review, the refs ruled Brady's fumble an incompletion. Or something. I thought an instant replay overturn was supposed to be based on "indisputable evidence." Right.

  • Drew Pearson's offensive pass interference. I was a lad of all of 10 years at a neighbor's house whose dad just happened to be a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. In the 1975 NFL playoffs, the Cowboys ended up beating the Minnesota Vikings on a bomb from Roger Staubach to Pearson. But Pearson very clearly got away with shoving the Vikes' defender (Nate Wright), a missed offensive pass interference call.

I take issue with:

This #9 "blown" call by the Bleacher Report. Yes, I'm biased because it affected my St. Louis Rams, but the rule at that time basically stated that no part of the football could touch the ground in the course of a catch. As the Tampa Bay Bucs were driving late in the 1999 NFC Championship game, receiver Bert Emanuel made a great catch -- but it was overturned after review because the tip of the ball had hit the ground first. But, again, that was the NFL rule at the time, despite it being a bad rule. The league recognized this, and revised the rule, naming the revision after Emanuel.


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Just like they did with color-blindness, "progressives" re-examining the First Amendment

Ace links to a ridiculous Slate piece by Eric Posner who informs us that

... Americans need to learn that the rest of the world—and not just Muslims—see no sense in the First Amendment. Even other Western nations take a more circumspect position on freedom of expression than we do, realizing that often free speech must yield to other values and the need for order. Our own history suggests that they might have a point.

Let that sink in for a moment. "Free speech must yield to other values and the need for order." Now, that second part actually makes some sense. In our (US, that is) history, during times of war and domestic disturbances (riots), limits on free expression have certainly be implemented. But even with these, as Posner notes, the second half of the last century witnessed an expansion of 1st Amendment rights during such moments, notably during the Vietnam War.

But consider the first part of the statement: "Yield to other values. Folks, this is precisely what the Left wants. Because it'll be their values that will supercede free speech. Don't believe me? Check out what goes on at college campuses. Universities routinely impose "speech codes" and other provisions based on the "values of the community." Fortunately, thus far, groups like FIRE have been quite successful in thwarting many (most) of the more egregious examples of this anti-First Amendment nonsense.

But for how long?

It's been shown that Boss Obama is an acolyte of "Critical Race Theory." As previously seen at Colossus, CRI is insidious to the 1st Amendment in that it

... has as one of its foundations the idea that the American (and Western, for that matter) political system -- equal justice for all, due process, equal rights ... even freedom of speech -- is still oppressive if it doesn't take into historical account the plight of minorities. This is at the heart of "white privilege" -- since whites have constructed the very system under which we [all] live, it inherently will "maintain" the dominant culture (or race).

You see what this means, right? The freedom to post a video which insults the prophet Mohammed doesn't apply to a white person -- because since the whole political and legal system was constructed by whites, it is for the benefit of them, not minorities, so the "white privilege" of the video maker "blinds him" to the injustice his video has done to [Islamic] minorities. (Of course, Muslims are not a minority in the countries in which they rioted; however, I am certain CRI would posit that since the white/Anglo world power structure has "exploited" these countries historically, and on a "transnational basis" the videographer still does not possess freedom of speech if it insults Islam.)

Make no mistake about our current administration's posture on this. Boss Obama talks about freedom of speech, but his entire academic and legal background was flooded by stuff like Critical Race Theory. If you're a product of the Martin Luther King Jr. era and utter something like "I don't see color," or "I treat everyone the same regardless of race," that is a huge no-no according to this academic sophistry. To adherents of CRI, "that is the most overt kind of racism." Or, "to ignore race is to be more racist than to acknowledge race." CRIers call that "neo-racism."

Posner, in his Slate article, points out that "progressives" may be having second thoughts about all their hard-fought free expression gains during the late 20th century ... just as conservatives have now embraced them. In addition to campus speech police, liberals have been keen on hate crimes legislation and sexual harassment laws. But, "for the left, the [1st] amendment today is like a dear old uncle who enacted heroic deeds in his youth but on occasion says embarrassing things about taboo subjects in his decline."

Ironically, Posner writes that

Salman Rushdie recently claimed that bad ideas, “like vampires … die in the sunlight” rather than persist in a glamorized underground existence. But bad ideas never die: They are zombies, not vampires. Bad ideas like fascism, Communism, and white supremacy have roamed the countryside of many an open society.

And what did the Left do when the Right trounced on the First Amendment, especially during the 1950s during the Red Scare (see: Communism in the above quote)? Right -- they (rightly) screamed bloody (unconstitutional) murder at guys like Joe McCarthy. And "progressives" today still admire Communism -- that "bad idea" that's like a zombie, according to Posner. Indeed, academics and Hollywood types have little qualms about hanging out and lauding guys like Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro ... and no one can do a thing about it. Because these mental midgets have free speech. Yet these very same people would squelch others' First Amendment rights if it offended some value of theirs. Just. Like. Chavez. And. Castro. Have. Done. Routinely.

If it's scary that our president believes in such legal principle, it's even more worrisome that members of the US Supreme Court do, too. Recall this post where Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg expressed agreement with many similar legal precepts. If judges like Ginsberg ever gain a majority sway on the high court, especially together with a liberal chief exec like Boss Obama, you can kiss the 1st Amendment as we know it today goodbye.

Maybe this will never happen. I certainly hope so, and there are bright spots of legal sanity among Ginsberg's philosophical brethren. The highly liberal Ninth Circuit's Alex Kosinski tore asunder concepts put forth by Critical Race Theorists, stating CRIers "have constructed a philosophy which makes a valid exchange of ideas between the various disciplines unattainable." Indeed.

But that won't stop Critical Race Theorists and other "progressives." No way. These "theories" are merely yet another exercise in their grabbing of power -- the power to stop the speech of their political and philosophical opponents. And all in the name of "community values," "tolerance," and "mutual respect." But these excuses weren't good enough for them when it was their speech being quelled ... and they won't be sufficient for non-"progressives" today. Not as long as we remain vigilant.


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September 25, 2012

If Obama was Grand Moff Tarkin


We've analyzed Romney's attack, sir, and there IS a danger:
You absolutely SUCK as president.


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Such "brave" comics writers

Nate Winchester at Hunting Muses strikes again -- and perfectly so, I might add. This time he addresses the silly PC surrounding DC's new Green Lantern -- an American Muslim who supposedly suffered in post-9/11 America. Nate begins by shredding the entire "woe is me" premise surrounding the new GL, Simon Baz (emphases mine):

Then, we get the “crime” scene. Main character “Simon Baz” steals a van that just happens to have a bomb in it. He gets arrested, questioned, then interrogated. Here’s everything wrong with pages 3-15:

1) Again, he steals a van that “just happens” to have a bomb in it. Seriously, how do you do that? Shouldn’t car thieves like… check their targets just to be sure they’re not accidentally kidnapping someone or something?

20 The investigating officers (who are both white, isn’t that racist?) don’t believe Mr Baz’s alibi. Except… it’s not really an alibi, it’s more of a claim that he didn’t intend to blow up his former employer. We, the readers, sort of know he’s being honest (well, no more context than we’re given) but c’mon, if ANYONE told you that they were just stealing a van, and it just happened to have a bomb in it, so they drove it to a place they knew was empty and it just happened to be a former employer, NOBODY would believe it (regardless of the suspect’s “profile”). Well, you might give it a slight benefit of a doubt as it’s almost too stupid to be a lie…

Nate goes on to (rightly) wonder why Earth has to have five Green Lanterns out of a whole freakin' universe, not to mention another American. (And, as I noted, aren't GLs supposed to be essentially "pure of heart?" How does a part-time criminal so qualify?) Nate also correctly calls out DC for being just like MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell -- they're "real brave" in taking the PC stand that Arab-Americans were so badly "mistreated" in post-9/11 America; however, how about

... a little event happened called the Arab Spring? You’re telling me that a person from one of those countries, fighting to overcome the reigning government at that time has less fear to overcome than a Muslim in America who had to wash off some graffiti? A woman who wanted to be able to drive and stood up to demand her right to do so can’t overcome great fear as well as Simon Baz? No, I call bullshit. Let’s be honest here people, bravery in America is cheap. There are thousands, millions of Arabic Muslims out there who truly overcome great fear every day that are far more deserving of the Green Lantern ring. Or maybe an Arabic Christian or Hindu. If DC is really looking to show more of Islam, they could have one of the GLs convert which would then at least allow the story to organically explain Islam instead of the hamfisted preaching we’re probably going to get in coming issues. (if anything, I extend my sympathies to Muslims because when these people try and write religion… it’s never pretty).

The fans will call bullsh** too, Nate. This stuff is becoming nothing but self-righteous sanctimonious unintentional parody. Contemporary comics writers think of themselves as "relevant" and "valiant" for "taking on" such "hot" topics. Except that when one of their own actually was brave -- Frank Miller wanting to do a Batman story where he takes on al Qaeda -- these egotistical bozos threw a hissy fit.

Screw 'em all.


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September 24, 2012

Modern Hitler addresses U.N., U.S. delgegation listens during entire speech

Brutally disappointing especially considering he brought up Holocaust denial -- again.


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'Ya think?

But he's so cooooool! Wolf Blitzer: Going on The View 'Missed Opportunity for Obama to Meet With Some World Leaders'.

Oh wait -- calling Boss Obama "cool" is racist. I forgot.


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New at the Watcher's Council

Watcher’s Forum: How would you change the role teachers unions play in public education?

Yours truly would have loved to participate in this one, but he's been very busy of late with school and change of domicile matters. :-)


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Every Apple Fanboy ever


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September 22, 2012

Pretty accurate

(h/t to RWR.)


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September 21, 2012

Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was The Diplomad 2.0 with We Are Not at War…Just Under Attack.

Full results are here.


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Now this might be interesting

I don't think this has even a remote chance of happening but I didn't think I'd live to see the Supreme Court decide who won the presidency either.

By midnight, all the races are called. Romney has picked up North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, and Nevada — all well within his reach. Obama has scored Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado and Virginia. It's settled. Neither of the candidates have hit 270. They're tied at 269.

I cannot imagine the wall to wall, 24 hour conniption from the media and the blogosphere. Hell, I'd be freaking out as much as the next guy.

I don't want to live in interesting times any more.

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I have a question

I want a serious answer from all political stripes:

What margin of victory would be considered a mandate from the American people?

The polls are dead even now which means you should be able to give an unvarnished answer.

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September 19, 2012

Punisher Fan Film (NSFW)

This is interesting.

Fair warning: NSFW, violence, language etc.


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Captain America to become president

Via FCMM we read that the Ultimate version of the star-spangled hero will be elected chief exec in Ultimate Comics Ultimates nos. 15-16.

Knowing modern Marvel (and DC) as we do, watch out. According to Avi Green the Ultimate Cap is supposed to be more conservative than the mainstream Marvel Universe Cap; therefore, if this Capt. America becomes president it is a pretty safe bet that he'll either be a miserable failure, or the epitome of corruption a la Richard Nixon.


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Well how about that?

It seems there is a one to two minute gap in the tape Mother Jones clandestinely took of Mitt Romney.

Y'know, a la Richard Nixon.


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September 18, 2012

"Engage"

If you can conceive of it, we can build it:

A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television's Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.

A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.

Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, potentially bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.

Word has it the first flight will be ready on April 4, 2063 and launch from an old missile silo in Montana.


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Oh no! Romney gaffed!

The mainstream media is (surprise!) all self-righteously indignant about this (supposed) "gaffe" by Mitt Romney; I just have something to offer up in return:

And then what about the tape of Boss Obama heaping praise on Yassir Arafat mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi in 2003 -- which the Los Angeles Times still hasn't released??

So, spare us all you phony "progressives" and sanctomonious a-holes in the MSM. Until you begin really doing your job as you're supposed to, go pound sand.


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September 17, 2012

This is relevant today, especially

This exchange between Representative Trent Franks and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez occurred in late July. Now consider its relevance today:

That explains this, then:


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Further proof the Boss Obama admin. is clueless

Our Pentagon at work:

Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers have been killed by “green on blue” attacks this year alone. The situation is so bad that the training of Afghan forces has been temporarily suspended.

How has the Pentagon responded?

By blaming our troops.

Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops.

If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities. Don’t kick your feet up on a table, for instance, and never ask to see a picture of their wives and kids. “There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview.

Of course, the fact that we're there to thwart, y'know, radical Islamist barbarians from torturing, mutilating and killing Afghan civilians can in no way excuse occassional lapses in cultural judgment now, right?

Absolutely unbelievable. Get. Our. Troops. Out. Now.


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Latest useful idiot

Bill Press:

Now here's the question though and the question that I ask you and it's not an easy one, I understand that. What, if anything, should happen to the people who made this video? I gotta tell you, I think they are as guilty, that's my opinion, I think they are as guilty as the terrorists who carried out those attacks against our embassy in Libya.

Un. Real.


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Boss Obama's alternate reality

Via Insty, the Morning Examiner:

President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, hit the Sunday talk show circuit yesterday to defend the administration’s Middle East policy in light of a week’s worth of spreading violence and the first murder of a U.S. ambassador since Jimmy Carter was president. In the course of defending Obama, Rice claimed: 1) that the security at the Benghazi consulate was adequate; 2) the attacks on the Benghazi consulate were not pre-planned; and 3) all of this violence is due solely to one 11-minute video on YouTube. All three of these positions are preposterous.

The reality is that Obama has failed internationally for the same reason he has failed at home: arrogance.

Here's just a bit more of Boss Obama's alternate reality:

And on and on and on ...

The good news is that, in this latest Boss Obama fiasco, the American people -- unlike the current administration -- recognize that freedom of speech is more important than the delicate sensibilities of people who maintain seventh century moral and societal codes.


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September 16, 2012

Still wondering about "many"

Back on the 12th I wrote about Delaware GOP Lt. Governor candidate Sher Valenzuela's claim that "many" school employees in Delaware make more money than Governor Jack Markell. Based on a Delaware Online report from at least three years ago, I counted two (school administrators) who made more money than Markell.

After I contacted Valenzuela spokeswoman Kim Hoey Stevenson about how a whole "two" could be defined as "many," she directed me to the Caesar Rodney Institute's database for state employees where, according to her, she got her information. She indicated that using this database she counted seventeen school employees who made over $170,000 (Markell's salary) and under "a broader search" found "even more than that."

So, naturally, I journeyed to the CRI database and did my own checking. The nice thing about this database is you can pretty much define the parameters as you wish. I set them for "K-12 employees" and "highest paid" first. Here is what I found based on the latest figures, 2010: There are six K-12 state employees who make more than what Governor Markell makes per year. Again -- six. Upon forwarding this info to Ms. Stevenson, she said she would recheck the site and her figures. I have yet to hear back from her.

Feel free to peruse the CRI database yourself (you'll need to register first) and double check my own count. But, as it stands currently, I still do not see how a total of seventeen employees was arrived at, not to mention "even more than that" using a "broader search." And in my book, "six" still does not equal "many."


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It's official: P.C. now rules America

Via Rhymes With Right comes word that the Boss Obama administration has officially intertwined political correctness into our Constitution. Federal agents took into custody the alleged maker of the anti-Muslim YouTube video which radical Islamist barbarians used as an excuse to go on a rampage and kill (among others) our ambassador to Libya. They did this based on supposed "parole violations" the filmmaker allegedly engaged in.

Uh huh.

As Insty says,

WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who made a film that made the Obama Administration uncomfortable:

As DE Libertarian's Steve Newton notes, "I have a simple, politically incorrect answer for this (Muslims being offended by a silly video): Tough shit.

UPDATE: Insty provides the following and asks readers for more:


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September 15, 2012

Guffaw-inducing comment of the week

Boss Obama spokes-mouth Jay Carney: "the protests in the Middle East are not directed at the United States.”

Uh huh. And chickens have lips.


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Hans Bader's latest and more

Disturbing Calls For Censorship In America By Professors, Journalists, U.S. Diplomats, And Egyptian Government.

In response to a film that mocked Mohammed, journalists on MSNBC, a professor, and the Egyptian government called for punishment of the film’s producers. Prominent left-leaning law professors have similarly advocated that such speech be restricted, citing customary international law. Their position, if accepted, would seriously menace free speech in America, and harm the publishing and film industries. (At the UN, the Obama administration has also lent qualified support to restrictions on “hate speech” and speech that incites hostility to Islam and other religions.)

We've already shown what two MSNBC idiots said regarding this issue; Hans notes an Ivy League professor saying the same thing. Elsewhere:

(h/t to Hot Air for several links.)


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September 14, 2012

A racial huckster is back

It's those ridiculously racist "Courageous Conversations" again, led by the "heh -- we suckered you out of your school tax dollars again" Pacific Educational Group. This time they're infecting a school in Portland, Oregon ... where peanut butter sandwiches are -- you guessed it -- "racist." Yep -- "white privilege" is responsible for a "misguided" lesson that uses the bigoted sandwich.

Remember, "Courageous Conversations" are anything but. "White privilege" is all they look at ... and blame for social ills. They should be called "Cowardly Conversations."

*Sigh*


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Watcher's Council results

The non-Council winner was Michelle Malkin with Chicago thuggery personified: Meet Chicago Teachers’ Union president Karen Lewis.

Full results are here.


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September 13, 2012

It's QE3!

Fed Pulls Trigger, to Buy Mortgages in Effort to Lower Rates

This is open ended. $40,000,000,000 per month from now until doomsday.

A few weeks ago when Wall Street analysts predicted this (and I thought they were going out on a limb) they sent out an email with this gif:

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This means debt is going to get cheaper and your purchasing power is going to drop even further. Wheee!

Also get into precious metals. Goldbugs are going to be thrilled. Do not, however, overlook silver. It's been very very good the last few years.


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The Volokh Conspiracy » All of You Who Harshly Condemn Anti-Homosexuality Religious Beliefs, Take Note: "And same for all of you who mock young earthers, or devout Scientologists, or believers in miracles — and all who say that, for instance, racist or sexist religious beliefs are contemptible — and maybe even all those who, even politely, contend that rival religions’ views are wrong and will deny salvation to the holders of those views:

"The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others."

Indeed.

There's also this:

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I'm sure the State Department will be issuing a reminder to those folks too as soon as Jews figure out they need to riot and murder when insulted.


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September 12, 2012

Important news of the day

Yahoo! News tracks down an attorney who thought Paul Ryan's marathon story was sketchy:

"I just wanted to know," [Bill] Walker said in an interview posted Wednesday on LetsRun.com. "If he had really run a marathon in that range, I would be impressed because I know the effort that goes into a sub-three-hour marathon. But, if he was lying or really stretching the truth, I thought that would be significant since he had just been nominated to run for Vice-President on the Republican ticket."

Walker says he is a registered Republican, but will be voting for President Barack Obama in November.

Of COURSE he will! And that's why "journalists" like Yahoo!'s Chris Moody are eager for guys like Walker to "speak out!"

One wonders if the Chris Moody's of the American media will ever track down evidence of Boss Obama's college experience ...


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Define "many"

We received an [unsolicited] e-mail a week ago from the campaign of Sher Valenzuela, candidate for Delaware's Lt. Governor. In an otherwise sensible note about getting more money into our state classrooms rather than administrative overhead, we read this: "Many administrative employees in our school districts make more money than the Governor, and he makes $171,000 dollars a year!"

"Many"?? Simply by using Google I found this site at Delaware Online. Though a few years out of date, I found exactly two school administrators who made more than the governor: The [former] superintendent of the Colonial School District ($193,000) and the [former] super of the Red Clay District ($171,543). Now, is it possible that this meager figure of a whole two has risen in the few years since? Sure. But would it be "many?"

Doubtful. More likely that Ms. Valenzuela possesses that ever-popular politician's tool of silly hyperbole.


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And from the "Imagine if this was a Republican" file

Three proud words: "Made in the USA."

Just following in the footsteps of his veep, I guess:


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Question of the Day

Our ambassador to Libya was killed yesterday in that country's riotous attack on our consulate in Benghazi. KILLED. Our AMBASSADOR. And this is Boss Obama's response?

"I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens."

If Mitt Romney cannot capitalize -- rightly -- on showing Boss Obama and his cohorts to be the incompetent boobs that they are, then say "hello" to another four years for the current dolt in the White House.

Meanwhile, look at what complete idiots Mike Barnicle and Donny Douche suggested today on MSDNC's "Morning Joe":

MIKE BARNICLE: Given this supposed minister's role in last year's riots in Afghanistan, where people died, and given his apparent or his alleged role in this film, where, not yet nailed down, but at least one American, perhaps the American ambassador is dead, it might be time for the Department of Justice to start viewing his role as an accessory before or after the fact.

DONNY DEUTSCH: I was thinking the same thing, yeah.

How are these cretins even in the position they are?? They'd run roughshod over the 1st Amendment ... because a bunch of radicals with a Bronze Age mentality can't control their animalistic impulses and kill people as a result? I reiterate from yesterday: Would these two buffoons wish to prosecute Andres Serrano for his insulting "Piss Christ"? Cheeyeah, right. They'd be the first to scream and holler about any threats and violence offended Christians engaged in.

In effect, Barnicle and Douche -- like those who believe Voter ID laws are voter "suppression" -- are engaging in the bigotry of low expectations. We somehow cannot expect Muslims to behave rationally when some dolt puts out an offensive video.

Here's the vid of these two numbskulls:

RELATED: Has Egypt apologized? Not quite. The government there has said the "U.S. government should not be blamed" for the offensive film, and that the attack on our embassy was "regrettable." But it was only "regrettable" because the US government had nothing to do with the film, not because the rioting Egyptians acted like complete a**holes.

Egypt's president also said,

“We ask the American government to take a firm position toward this film’s producers within the framework of international charters that criminalize acts that stir strife on the basis of race, color or religion.”

Sorry dude. How about you try elevating yourself to the 21st century where words and actions are two entirely different things. But then again, considering who occupies the White House presently, I fear you might just get your way.

ALSO RELATED: Hans Bader shows that the lame Boss Obama excuse that the Cairo embassy issuing its statement without "clearing it" first is, well, just that -- lame.


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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council submissions are here!


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September 11, 2012

Message from the U.S. embassy on the situation in Cairo

Somehow, the word "pu**ies" comes to mind:

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement -- September 11, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

Uh, no. Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of American democracy, and the respect for religion, such that it is a "cornerstone," applies only to government. The only reason these PC dolts in our Cairo embassy are issuing this statement is the same reason hypocritical socialists like Lawrence O'Donnell act the way they do: because when fanatical Muslims act like spoiled children when someone says/does something which offends their precious religion ... they're scared to death of them. Period. O'Donnell admitted as much. On the other hand, when someone (like Muslims, for example) criticizes/offends Christianity or Judaism, then free speech is of paramount importance. That's brave, then, after all, because no Catholics and Protestants went on a rampage through the streets when Piss Christ, for example, was displayed. Indeed, that work of "art" was partly funded by our government.


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That's two middle fingers

First the spectacle of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and God being excised from the Democratic platform; now, Boss Obama nixes a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The excuse? Tight campaign schedule.

Uh huh. Maybe Boss Obama oughta change his mind -- especially since that "Arab Spring" he (and his acolytes in the mainstream media) touted is disintegrating into a frigid winter.

UPDATE: Unbelievable: The US embassy in Cairo APOLOGIZES on behalf of "misguided individuals" who may have offended the "religious feelings" of Muslims. (Why are they upset? See the second link in the original post. Same 'ol f***in' story.)


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But this isn't racist

H/T to Buckhorn Road who suggests a counter-button which says "Once you vote white, you have done what is right." But ... that would be racist.


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Remember the victims

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Never forget.

"War, until the last breath" - Oriana Fallaci


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September 10, 2012

But remember -- voter fraud ain't that big a deal

Democratic House Hopeful Quits Amid Voter Fraud Allegation.


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September 09, 2012

Spare us the sanctimony

Avi Green over at Four Color Media Monitor and Carl at Carl's Comics have reported on the new Green Lantern -- an American Muslim. As you may know, I don't follow contemporary comics much anymore due to precisely this sort of supposed "relevant" political correctness; however, I could really care less who becomes the Lantern -- especially since whoever's chosen is supposed to be pure of heart.

But that ain't really the case with this new one, Simon Baz. He's a crook. Worse than that, writer Geoff Johns (who apparently desires to excise Muslim stereotypes) latches on to a scenario which never saw the light of day: that of virulent anti-Islamic sentiment and violence following the days after 9/11/2001. In fact, anti-Jewish hate crimes continue to far surpass those of an anti-Muslim nature by a huge magnitude.

Seriously, what's absolutely hilarious is Johns' (and DC's) attempt at "educating" us, and lecturing us against stereotypes. But these sanctimonious putzes won't waste a country second doing JUST THAT when it comes to anything conservative and/or Republican. (See here, just for starters.) "Creators" like these are precisely like the dolts seen in this video -- they're supposedly so "tolerant," "open" and "progressive" ... right up until the moment they're faced with someone who disagrees with them.


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Common sense


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September 08, 2012

Larry Flynt offers $1 million for Romney tax returns

No word on whether he's offered same for Obama's college records.


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And Jeffrey Dahmer merely had an "eating disorder"

Well, he did if we follow this Gawker editor's point-of-view (h/t to Noel Sheppard): 'Pedophilia Is a Sexual Orientation'

Y'know what? Even if we can some day chemically correct whatever imbalance pedophiles (or those like Jeffrey Dahmer) have, I can virtually guarantee you that editors like this Cord Jefferson would be the first to call such a correction "unnatural," and any attempt to force it on one who committed a crime "perverse."

Count on it.


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Slavery didn't end with the 13th Amendment

In fact, according to Rep. Yvette Clark of Brooklyn, it didn't even end at the turn of the 19th-20th century:

“Some have called Brooklyn’s decision to become part of New York City ‘The Great Mistake of 1898,’ ” Colbert said. “If you could get in a time machine and go back to 1898, what would you say to those Brooklynites?”

“I would say to them, ‘Set me free,’ ” Clarke responded.

Pressed by Colbert to say what she would have been freed from, the black Democrat responded, “Slavery.”

“Slavery. Really? I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898,” Colbert followed.

“I’m pretty sure there was,” Clarke continued.

“Who would be enslaving you in 1898 in New York?” the quick-witted comic questioned, never one to let slip a priceless live TV moment.

Clarke responded: “The Dutch.”

Check it out (the congresswoman appears at approx. 1:42 in):


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Boss Obama and Chicago politics in action

You know the answer in that if a GOP administration did this ....

Gallup Sued by DOJ after Unfavorable Obama Polls, Employment Numbers:

Senior Obama Campaign adviser David Axelrod reportedly contacted The Gallup Organization to discuss the company's research methodology after their poll's findings were unfavorable to the President. After declining to adjust their methodology, Gallup was named in an unrelated lawsuit by the DOJ.

How convenient. Don't like the polls, so you sue them. Oh, and that "unrelated lawsuit?" Check it:

Since Axelrod first contacted Gallup, the DOJ has become interested in an old allegation made by a former Gallup employee, claiming that the firm violated the False Claims Act by overcharging on their contracts with other federal agencies. Michael Lindley, a former Gallup employee, filed suit against Gallup in 2009 and Gallup was served and responsed to Lindley's suit in 2010. The DOJ signed on to Lindley's suit in August of 2012.

Lindley, was a former field organizer in Iowa for the Obama campaign in 2008.

Surprise that!!

Be sure to also see this.


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September 07, 2012

Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with The Terrifying New Normal.

Full results are here.


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Americans Unite!

Friends, Americans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears;
I come to bury this movie, not to praise it.

Seriously, we have some major disagreements in this country but I think we can all agree that this fiasco has to be destroyed:


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Politics roundup

Yay abortion! Boo God!

I guess they're booing God because they already have their Messiah:

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Ha! Yes, I know they weren't jeering at the Almighty. Rather that it was included in the platform after being removed. I think they were doubly pissed that they were steamrolled and the vote was not at all clear. I'll leave it to you to decide if there is any analogy to people who call themselves Democrats ignoring the vote in favor of the answer they wanted.

Even the teleprompter was against them

Ban corporate profits!

(I know Hube beat me to it but I'm posting it again anyway)

Even Paul Begala knows this one was toxic: And over at CNN Anderson Cooper says the "no discord" line was "from an alternate universe". The CNN panel is laughing at her.

Democrats are all about tolerance, right? (I beat you to this one, too, Duff! --Hube)

Well, how about bipartisanship?

Rahm Emmanuel's version of bipartisanship:
"We have the votes. F--- 'em,"

But Obama is charismatic and a super gifted politician, right?

"Obama doesn't really have the joy of the game. Clinton basically loved negotiating with a bunch of pols, about anything," Summers said. "Whereas, Obama, he really didn't like these guys."

He knew? No, he didn't:

Oh, wait, yes he did.

"Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, a campaign source said, but did not seek to change it until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday. And even then, it had to be forced through a convention hall full of delegates who nearly shouted down the change."

Too late! I was too slow.

Down the memory hole!

WOW:

Get this guy on the 8:00 PM slot. He's Romney's greatest gift.

Remember when the President promised to turn this around in three years?

Do those voices speak for you?


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September 06, 2012

Civility

I admire John Lewis greatly for what he endured during the struggle for equality in the 50s and 60s, but c'mon -- electing Mitt Romney will "take us back" to the days when blacks were beaten??


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Irony gold

Via Hot Air, this Daily Show clip details PERFECTLY the utter hypocrisy that is modern "progressivism":


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Thursday round-up

USA Today unbelievably fact checks the first night of the DNC. Thanks to Steve Newton for the h/t.

Speaking of fact checking, the WaPo (also unbelievably) dissects Bill Clinton from last night.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Idiot cancels interviews due to the Democrat platform snafu about including "God" and "Jerusalem" in said platform. Best part of this is CNN's Anderson Cooper saying Wasserman-Idiot lives in "an alternate reality." And speaking of alternate realities, an alternate Debbie Wasserman-Idiot must have made these remarks about how the GOP is "dangerous" for Israel.

This should entertain the conspiracy theorist in you.

MSDNC, er, um, MSNBC "correspondent" Melissa Harris-Perry wears a uterus button while on the air.

Have fun watching DNC drones expressing their desire to ban corporate profits.

Bill Clinton chastised the GOP last night for criticizing Boss Obama for modifying the welfare reform work requirement. Except that, well, he did. And the Government Accountability Office says Congress legally should have a say in whether Boss Obama's "tweaks" be allowed.

Boss Obama's latest excuse for his ineptitude: His family.


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September 05, 2012

Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!


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Private cities

Is this the beginning of Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong?

Honduras signs deal to create private cities

Amazing.

I, for one, would love to see this in action. This has been the rallying cry of Libertarians, anarchists, anarcho-capitalists, Randians etc. for half a century. It appears this is in the nascent stage so it's too early to say much about it. Who are the unnamed backers? What is their plan for these cities? I fear this will be one of those things that fizzles as the corruption and graft in Honduras bleeds the investors dry. An intrepid reporter (I'm looking at you Reason) would do well to head down there for this story once it gets going.


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Wednesday roundup

Rahm says Obama is a "once in a generation" president. For once I really hope he's right.

Take note Pro-Israel people:

Washington reportedly sends Tehran indirect message saying it will not back Israeli strike on nuclear facilities as long as Iran refrains from attacking American facilities in Persian Gulf

Awesome. Good idea. Thank you. My only hope is that this is coming from State who is making nice viz. oil going through the Strait of Hormuz to keep Iran quiet until after November.

Democrat platform whitewashes history (let me guess, that's racist too?)

Well, yes. They will weasel and say that those people weren't Democrats, they were Conservatives who then then left the Dems for the GOP so technically it's correct. Bullshit.

Organic farms are worse for the environment. Yes. Most Lefty initiatives have the exact opposite effect of what is intended. The only part of the actual mission it accomplishes is making them feel smug and morally superior.


Here's an incomplete list of ways we're not better off under Obama. Look, if the economy wasn't in the shitter President Post Turtle would be beating that narrative like a bongo drum. Instead the Democrat convention is going to be an all out frightfest. Terrify the undecides with tales of what horrors will visit them should Obama lose.

Question you will not get answered by Democrats: Which Bush policies created the recession and which Obama policies ended it? Be specific and cite facts. I can give you the fast and loose answer which is that TARP and QE1 and 2 somehow saved America without have any detrimental effect on the labor force. Hilarious.

How Bill Clinton has a hand in the housing bubble. (Call it Bubba's Bubble). Indeed. Barack Obama even sued lenders on behalf of clients who were denied loans and claimed discrimination. Out of the 180 odd clients, only 19 are still current with their mortgages.

Politics 101. Funny

This made me laugh

Fact checking the DNC convention from USA today. Don't look to NBC/ABC/CBS/CNN to do this kind of work. They already picked a side a long time ago. How would they be able to show themselves to their friends if they had any hand in not getting the President re-elected.

Update: I forgot to include this comment I found on teh interwebs. I quote w/o cite b/c I cannot find the source.

"…I’ve got to say, in all sincerity: I appreciate their brazenness in building a convention around the theme of a “war on women” while not only inviting Bill Clinton to be a headline speaker but having a video tribute to Teddy to start things off. They’re all but admitting that their pretense of moral superiority really is just a pose taken for political effect. If John Edwards had walked out onstage to a standing ovation after this clip ended, it would have been one of the most honest moments in recent convention history."


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September 04, 2012

"Progressives" in a nutshell

This is sure to win over those indies:

"The government is the ONLY thing we all belong to?" To which Scott Shackford responds "And you silly rubes think the government belongs to us."


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Tweet of the Day

Racist "progressive" Touré:

Girls, get your abortions NOW in case the Republicans win
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Idiot talks to an idiot

That's what you get when an MSNBC "pundit" talks with an intellectually challenged Democrat member of Congress. In this case, Thomas Roberts queries Sheila Jackson-Dunce, er, uh Lee if Voter ID laws are basically a poll tax:

“One issue impacting minority voters is voter ID – early voting restrictions,” Roberts began his question. “In your home state, a federal appeals court tossed out a voter ID law last week saying that it was an ‘unforgiving burden on the poor.’ Governor Rick Perry responded saying, ‘chalk up another victory for fraud.’ With 19 states now involved in this fight, why does the Republican Party – the party of smaller government and less taxes – want to institute more red tape and basically a poll tax on Americans to vote?”

Earth to Roberts: Poll taxes are unconstitutional, you complete cretin. As such,

[E]ach state that has imposed a strict requirement that voters must present photo identification at the polls has also made free identification available to voters that do not have them. Had those states not done so, the question of whether voter identification requirements constituted a poll tax would be valid.

But some loony "progressives" have even argued that using a stamp to register to vote (like I recently had to do because I had moved) is a freakin' "poll tax." Cripes, what's next -- using gas to drive to your polling place? Makes about as much sense as the cost of a f***ing stamp, after all!

The US Supreme Court has ruled favorably in voter ID cases, where the Texas case will end up and be heard next year. Meanwhile, Georgia and Indiana have had voter ID laws on the books since 2006, and Boss Obama won the latter in 2008 -- the first time a Democrat won that state since 1964. B-b-b-b-but how did he do that with that "voter suppression" ID law in place? Good question, as minority voter turnout increased after the Indiana ID was passed!

Go figure. Remember -- the usual racialist rhetoric about the poor and minorities when it comes to having an ID is merely the bigotry of low expectations. After all, you'll have to show ID several times this week at the Democrat National Convention, and there'll be plenty of minorities there, right?


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September 03, 2012

One teacher evaluation system that is pure B.S.

Check out what teachers in Denver, CO will have to do in order to get the highest rating available:

According to NBC affiliate KUSA, Denver Public Schools is implementing a new system to evaluate teachers. In order to achieve a coveted “distinguished” rating, teachers at each grade level must show that they “encourage” students to “challenge and question the dominant culture” and “take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice.”

Thankfully, the policy is not yet set in stone and already there's an uproar ('ya think?). “I really don’t think it’s the right place for the school district to expect teachers to push students to become activists,” [History teacher John] Peterson said.

Pam Benigno, the Director of Education Policy for the Independence Institute, a libertarian-leaning Colorado think tank, said the policy is an abuse of power:

Younger children could become confused after receiving encouragement from teachers to attack the dominant culture, Benigno suggested. She also wondered how the new criteria would be used to assess algebra and music teachers.

“Half of the kids in DPS aren’t even reading at grade level, yet the school district wants to make them into little social activists,” Benigno said.

Heh. I suppose music teachers could concentrate on revolutionary music from across the ages, right? Spanish teachers could focus on Che Guevara, the Sandinistas, and the works of Shining Path, and phys. ed. teachers could focus on drills for urban guerrilla warfare. I'm sure these would make Debbie Hearty, executive director of the Office of Teacher Learning and Leadership at Denver Public Schools (the idiot in charge of this insane idea) very happy.


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New "Trek" series starring Worf?

Screen Rant has the details. But based on the (hilarious) video below, is Starfleet really ready for a starship-leading Captain Worf?


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Words of wisdom from Jay Nordlinger

On the absolute insanity that is the modern Left's obsession with race:

You just can’t win, if you’re a Republican. No matter what you say, you’ll be a racist. You know this — but here is an illustration, and one that features golf:

Two or three weeks ago, Bill Maher said about President Obama, “In many ways — especially for progressives — he is too white for them. He plays golf, he’s too cozy with bankers.” So, golf is white, in the “progressive” mind (or at least in Maher’s).

But then comes Lawrence O’Donnell to say, No, golf is black — and if you’re associating Obama with golf, you’re associating him with blackness. (Or Cablinasianness or something.) (Years ago, Tiger Woods coined the word “Cablinasian” to encompass his mix of races.)

Remember, if you’re a Republican, you can’t win — you just can’t. So you might as well just go ahead and live life.


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Wisdom from the Libertarian Party

As seen on the Libertarian Party's Facebook page:

Republican Party, you did this to yourself, you managed to alienate such a huge percentage of the populace that you can't beat a guy who has alienated an almost equal percentage of the populace.

You just couldn't leave social issues alone. You just couldn't end the wars. You just couldn't actually prove to be fiscally responsible, or even understand the Fed's effect on the economy.

Don't blame us when you don't get elected.. blame yourselves.

As many regular Colossus readers may know, I consider myself more libertarian (or, as I prefer, "classical liberal") than pretty much anything else, and as such, the above really hit me. Really -- how is it that a guy with the economic record that Boss Obama has is ... deadlocked with the GOP nominee?

Despite the fact that mainstream media indeed has gone overboard in overblowing insane statements like those made by Missouri's Todd Akin, the fact that there are Akins out there in the GOP -- and the fact that they seek to legislate their beliefs -- let's face it: it's a big problem for the GOP. Yes, the Democrats' and the MSM's "GOP War on Women" prattle is 99% ideologically motivated drivel. But, there are many women across the political spectrum who say to themselves "If the GOP is for less government, then why do they want more of it when it comes to my personal life?"

Of course I recognize that abortion is a very delicate issue. It's certainly not, as dogmatists on both sides of like to make it, an "always or never" proposition. The vast majority of the American public have a middle-of-the road approach to the subject. Just take a look at these recent polls. The first question asks, "Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?" A total of 82% believe in the first two. When it comes to various exceptions for allowing abortion, 88% believe it should be allowed when the woman's life is in danger, 83% when the woman's physical health is in jeopardy, and 83% in cases of rape or incest. On that last one, 76% of Republicans agree. (90% of Democrats agree, and 81% of Independents.)

Clearly, the above is a problem for the socially conservative segment of the GOP -- the segment which has maintained a strict pro-life platform for some thirty years now. Now I know that party platforms do not actually mean much anymore, and that the plank on abortion the way it's written can leave wiggle room for the exceptions noted above, especially at the state level. (Which, by the way, would be what would happen if Roe v. Wade was overturned -- a return to letting states decide, not a comprehensive ban on abortions altogether, which is a common --usually liberal -- misconception.) Mitt Romney has stated that he believes in exceptions in the case of rape, incest and the health and life of the mother, putting him clearly in line with the plurality of Americans' views. His running mate's views are another matter, however, and tie directly into the Libertarian Party's point.

Seven years ago I posted why I was against the Iraq War. And while I do not believe that the US should vacate all its foreign obligations, especially where danger still lurks (such as towards Israel and South Korea, to name two), and shouldn't look the other way when countries which harbor those who attacked us (Afghanistan), why should we commit the lives of our own boys and our tax dollars to "nation-building" to countries that don't want it (or aren't ready for it)? And continue to maintain bases/troops in regions which are clearly capable of taking care of themselves (NATO countries, Japan)? A GOP which seeks to claim the high ground on fiscal responsibility, yet is engaged across the globe in a mostly out-dated Cold War posture, has definite trouble reconciling the two, no?

Remember: Voters tossed out 1994's historic Republican Revolutionaries after a measly dozen years. How come? Because these revolutionaries gave way to those who spent money like drunken sailors. They expanded government (Bush's No Child Left Behind, anyone?). The GOP only recently regained power (in the House, at least) because ... Boss Obama was spending money like a drunken sailor.

So, 'ya get it yet, Grand Old Party? People want you to be true to your word. Be fiscally prudent. Be consistent about less government. You're tied in the polls with this train wreck of a chief executive because people are wary -- they don't quite believe you mean what you say. They want proof, based on one of the oldest maxims of all: Actions speak louder than words. It might be wise to listen a bit more to your libertarian-minded brethren.


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Watcher’s Forum: How Would You Grade Mitt Romney’s Acceptance Speech?

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September 02, 2012

Your favorite episode of "Star Trek: TNG"

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hit show, CBR is asking the title of this post. I'm a huge fan of a the series, and 'tho some aspects of it are already dated (away teams don't take miniature cameras with them so the poor captain has to sit and imagine what's going on, like some 1930s radio listener?), aside from most of the first two seasons, the episodes are pretty well written.

I've been pretty consistent in ranking my top five entries of TNG over the years, although they may have switched places here and there:

1. "Yesterday's Enterprise." A rift in time propels the Enterprise-C twenty-two years into the future to encounter the Enterprise-D, drastically altering the timeline. The Federation and Klingon Empire are at war, and the former is losing. The older Enterprise must return to its own time at all costs -- but will it make it?

2. "The Inner Light." Capt. Picard is zapped by a beam from an alien probe and lives out an entire life as a member of that alien species ... in the span of 25 minutes. Patrick Stewart is at his Shakespearean best. (A drastically aged Picard at left, actually only about 20 minutes old.)

3. "The Best of Both Worlds." This season 3 two-parter is a no-brainer, really, as while it didn't introduce the Borg (that occurred in season 2's "Q Who?") it put them front and center as the Federation's newest -- and greatest -- nemesis.

4. "Parallels. Worf is propelled from reality to reality while his crewmates try to figure out just WTF is going on. One of the "solutions" ends up bringing hundreds of thousands of Enterprises (all from other realities) into a single reality, including one captained by a cheesily bearded Riker whose reality has been overrun by the Borg. Classic.

5. "The Measure of a Man." A no-action masterpiece, it features Picard defending the right of the android Data to exist as a sentient being: "The goal of Starfleet is to seek out new life! Well, There. It. Sits!!"

Honorable mentions:

-- "The Drumhead." A McCarthyite Federation admiral sees a conspiracy among Picard and the crew of the Enterprise. Picard's stoic rebuttal in the final hearing is something we should never forget.

-- "Unification." Generations meet as Spock essentially gets suckered by unscrupulous Romulans into believing they want to reunify with their Vulcan cousins. Picard and Data go undercover as Romulans to set him straight.

-- "First Contact." We finally get to see how the Federation goes about revealing itself to civilizations that are on the cusp of interstellar travel. And it doesn't always work out as planned.

-- "Darmok." Basic communication thwarts the Federation from establishing a relationship with the Tamarians ... until drastic action by a Tamarian captain makes Picard realize the race communicates ... entirely by metaphors.

-- "The Nth Degree." Recurring guest star Dwight Schultz reappears as the aloof Barclay and here he is zapped by an alien beam which makes him a super-genius. He takes over the Enterprise and devises a means to travel 30K light years in seconds, bringing the ship to an advanced civilization in the center of the galaxy. In short, Barclay was "programmed" to do just that by the beam, because the aliens "explore" the universe by bringing others to them.


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Thanks for the black eye

Teacher, class, abuse and bully kid in math class:

"Highlight": The teacher was merely transferred to another school.


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September 01, 2012

Responsibility

(h/t: RWR)


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