(Bumped to top due to new happenings -- see updates below.)
Apparently the obvious goes right over Superior Spider-Man writer Dan Slott's head:
Still scratching my head over why ANY retailer would openly slag a book either at their store-- or on a message board or twitter feed. #Why?— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 28, 2013
Why would a retailer want to alienate one of those readers? To curry favor w/ others? To push customers more towards that retailer's tastes?— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 28, 2013
So, you're saying this doesn't make much sense, right Dan? I wholeheartedly agree. Why the hell would a comic shop retailer want to potentially axe some business? So how 'bout this: Why would a comic creator "openly slag" the political views of fans (and potential fans) of his own product? What's the essential difference there, Dan? Do you think Marvel is happy that you opine on social media about stuff political ... thereby alienating a substantial portion of your audience?
Don't misunderstand -- you certainly have every right to do so. And you've even stated you're willing to accept any consequences that come your way as a result of being outspoken. That's certainly ballsy, I'll give you that. But, again, what the difference between the comic shop guy you note above, and you spouting off on a controversial political issue? Remember, Michael Jordan once said, "Republicans buy shoes, too*."
RELATED: Doug Ernst details how Slott was tickled pink at the show The Big Bang Theory ripping his Spider-Ock character, and how Dan is obsessed with how people think of him on social media.
UPDATE: Slott implies legal action against Ernst for Doug's "spreading gross falsehoods" about the creator online. Give me a royal break. Good luck with that, Danny.
UPDATE 2: Slott really likes to make Doug's point:
Some people travel in packs. Nice to know if 1 blogger says misinformation about you, he has 2 fellow bloggers who'll immediately reblog it.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 29, 2013
You mean, Dan, like how you and your fellow contemporary creators all think alike politically and socially? Y'see, the problem with that is that when you never hear dissenting opinions you're shocked when someone actually utters one. Sort of like Pauline Kael, y'know.
UPDATE 3: Apparently Slott is still in elementary school. He recently tweeted a massive treatise about Doug, whining about how "bad" a person he is because he [supposedly] called him anti-Semitic in this post. Read it and you be the judge on that. For me, any reasonable person would come away noting that Slott's new "hero" (Dr. Octopus in Peter Parker's/Spider-Man's body) wanted to transcend what Hitler and other maniacal despots did. But don't bring up something like the Holocaust; Slott believes that this is a prodigious affront -- because he himself is Jewish.
*Sigh* How does a guy become obsessed with what average people (like Doug and I) think about his work, when he himself constantly brags about how popular his product is? And how a top-rated TV show just mentioned it? GROW UP!!
* Jordan made the comment while refusing to endorse Harvey Gantt who was running against Jesse Helms in the 1990 North Carolina Senate race. Jordan didn't endorse Helms either, of course. Yours truly never was a Helms aficionado, nor did he approve of his notorious campaign ad against Gantt. Nevertheless, Jordan's comments make complete sense from a business perspective.
Being a Rams fan is bad enough (sorry Hube) but now there's this:
... Cheney University is claiming "racism" for its cuts.
Titled "Age of Ultron," natch:
Local story: The winner of the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant was stripped of her title when it could not be proven she was actually Hispanic. Jakiyah McKoy is black, but anyone with a smidgen of knowledge about Latinos knows there are many blacks included in that demographic. So, what do we see now?
Blacks are making accusations of racism. Hispanics are facing the hypocrisy of lack of proof of ethnicity ... due to illegal residency in the US. McKoy's backers claim one of her grandmothers was from the Dominican Republic, but resided in the US illegally, thus there is no documentation to prove her background.
If this didn't involve young children it would be hilarious. Be sure to read through the article because you'll encounter so many ["progressive"-based] hypocrisies as to defy description:
As we've noted myriad times here, it's always entertaining to see what happens when political correctness, [radical] multiculturalism, racial bean counting, and identity politics come together ... and tear themselves asunder.
All that being said, pageant officials could have avoided all this had they not allowed McKoy to participate knowing she did not have the necessary verification. And they did know. So, the fault ultimately lies with them.
Yeah, I didn't hear about this either. If the hues were reversed, natch, plastersville for weeks on the MSM: Greenville Wal-Mart Shooter Picked Victims By Race.
Via the Indy Star:
White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer: Negotiating with the GOP is like “negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chests,” and adds “It is not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say, ‘Give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down.’”
#1: Recognize that even when your good intentions are truly good, that's totally meaningless. Great advice. This applies to virtually all "progressive" policies, most recently the total boondoggle that is [Boss] ObamaCare.
#2: If you feel defensive when talking about race with a woman of color or reading about race in a piece written by a woman of color, assume the other person is saying something especially true. Uh huh. There'd be no reason at all to get defensive about hearing/reading "Only white people are racist" and/or "White people are the bane of civilization." No reason at all. Whoever says such (especially a minority) is "especially correct."
#3. Look for ways that you are racist, rather than ways to prove you're not. And they do exist, dammit. You're white. So quit trying to prove otherwise. Especially when a minority is telling you so. Because what they say is especially true.
#4. Listen to people of color, even if you don't know many. Anyone else now thinking of George Costanza's methods of proving he wasn't a racist?
#5. Use your feminist powers to identify instances when people of color are under-represented or misrepresented, and speak out about it. "Proportionate representation" at all costs. But remember -- if people of color are over-represented, keep your damn yap shut.
Y'know, the lame "What Would You Do?" segments. As you'd expect from an arm of the MSM, the show focuses on perturbations of what's politically correct, not stuff that actually happens. Their latest nugget that caught attention was a cheesy 20-something in a "patriotic" T-shirt who was berating customers for patronizing a café run by Muslims. An American soldier happened to be waiting in line, and upon hearing the twit's bigoted rant, soldier guy reamed the twit out. Apparently this was so surprising, so unexpected ... that outfits like the HuffPo used headlines like American Soldier Responds To Anti-Muslim Comments In An Incredible Way on 'What Would You Do?' (My emphasis.)
But why doesn't John Quiñones and co. set up shop, say, in a situation like when General David Petraeus was screamed at by radical students in New York? Or, when right-leaning speakers are routinely shouted down during talks/lectures at various campuses across the country? Ha. We know why ABC won't. The show that is concerned about feelings, mores and attitudes -- especially towards minorities -- couldn't care a whit about viewpoint diversity. Which brings me to this item from Ace today: A gay rights group in Italy called Equality Italia is calling for a boycott of Barilla Pasta because its owner, Guido Barilla, said in an interview that he "would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family."
Oh, but he added "... not for lack of respect but because we don’t agree with them. Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role.” Equality Italia called this ... an "offensive provocation." Barilla, like pretty much anyone attacked by PC Orthodoxy crowd, went on to explain his comments a lot further, saying he "simply wished to underline the central role the woman plays within the family," that he has "the utmost respect for gay people," and "respect[s] gay marriages."
It won't suffice. Twitter was already off an running blasting Barilla's "homophobia" with the #boicottbarilla hashtag.
Now, as Ace notes, "homophobia" now means you must "affirmatively campaign for their political agenda." We've also seen this with other PC darlings like "racism" -- being against affirmative action, for instance. And hell, during these last five years we've seen that mere opposition to President Lemon's policies is "racist." Just because he's black. Here's just one of the latest examples.
UPDATE: As if on cue, insulated northeast big city white "progressive" John Featherman of Philly.com invokes Godwin's Law and quotes Martin Niemöller, Protestant pastor and public foe of Adolf Hitler, about all those "they came for." And, Barilla is "homophobic." And, Featherman won't eat Barilla anymore. Even though Barilla agrees with gay marriage but has the audacity to believe in smart marketing that makes his company money.
The non-Council winner was Victor Davis Hanson with Our Truest Lies.
Full results are here.
... to be called "racist." In a tweet of his, below-average comic writer (who also possesses below-average political intelligence) Marz defends former SHIELD creator Jim Steranko from charges of racism:
If you're out there thinking @iamsteranko is a racist, pull your head outta your ass.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) September 26, 2013
What, precisely, did Steranko say/do to prompt these charges? It must have been when he said (regarding Marvel's Agents of SHIELD premiere) "he felt it was a bit too pat and 'P.C.' to have the Hooded Hero be a black man." (See also here.)
Now, does anyone who knows his schtick think idiot Marz would give any other person the benefit of the doubt and/or defend him ... if said person was a conservative? And if Marz did not know him? Chee-yeah, right.
Welcome to the world of what those right-of-center on the political spectrum encounter on a daily basis, Ron, you pathetic twit. And you and your ilk are on the front lines making those accusations of racism. But now that one of your buddies is so accused, you're all indignant and tell people to "pull their heads out of their ass."
The reality is, the day you follow that advice is the day political dialogue (and comics) will be greatly improved.
Check out this Nancy Pelosi gem: ObamaCare essentially destroying the 40-hour work week means you "will really free Americans to 'pursue your happiness … follow your passion.'” She added, “Overwhelmingly, for the American people, this is a liberation.”
Of course, she never bothered to ponder just how these newly "liberated" Americans will be able to "follow their passions" when their paychecks are [a lot] less due to their employers cutting back on hours ... not to mention the [lied about] increased healthcare premiums thanks to ObamaCare.
But it's easy when you already have a ton of dough, right Ms. Botox?
Via Taranto comes word of yet another instance of race-based politically correct hilarity:
Don Terry of the Southern Poverty Law Center reports on a "hate crime" in New York City, under the headline: "Columbia University Professor, a Sikh Physician, Injured in Teen Mob Attack." Here's the post's first paragraph:
Shortly after a white supremacist stormed into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six worshipers last year, Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a Sikh-American physician and assistant professor of international affairs at Columbia University, co-wrote a column for The New York Times noting the "long history of discrimination and hatred directed at Sikhs in America."
There's that old trick of "Let's get what we want in the part everybody will actually read" while obscuring the reality. In this case, we find way down in the eighth paragraph:
The band of teenagers was reported to be mostly black, but Amardeep Singh [program director at the Sikh Coalition] said that both the Sikh Coalition and "the victim"--Dr. Singh--declined to answer questions about the race of the attackers.
Decline to answer questions ...? How come?
"It's not helpful," Amardeep Singh told Hatewatch. "We don't think it's helpful in reducing racial tensions. We're trying to get the country to live up to its best values. We're a community that is profiled. There's no reason for us to profile anyone."
Oh, I see. Unless you're white, though!
Woman of the Year candidate:
The answer is: When an idiot member of the MSM says so.
Check out Neanderthal former Obama car czar Steve Rattner referring to Republicans as "terrorists" because no one (supposedly) can negotiate with them over a debt ceiling hike. When show co-host Joe Scarborough asked him if Boss Obama was a "terrorist" because he opposed said hike in 2006, Rattner begged show co-host Mika Brzezinski to "help me out here," and then lamely offered "it's complicated."
Yeah, it's about as "complicated" as turning on a freakin' faucet, you tool. View the hilarity:
Robot 6 says for "Banned Books Week" it's going to take a look at "corrupting" comics. The question is, though, why are some of those on its list ... "corrupting"??
The second item on its list -- how is this "corrupting"?
The third item is about the graphic novel March, about the American Civil Rights Movement. It had direct input from Rep. John Lewis, who lived through it. How is this "corrupting"?
How is the third item "corrupting"?
In fact, how are any of the entries aside from the first "corrupting"? (That has to do with the classic book Seduction of the Innocent about the -- here it is! -- corrupting influence of comicbooks on youth.) The last entry discusses a bit about diversity in comics, but what, exactly, is "corrupting"? There's a mention of a panel discussion about "Representations of race, ethnicity, gender, and disability in comics," but again, I fail to see the "danger" in that.
This isn't the first time Robot 6 and others have made questionable judgments about comicbook "banning," potential or actual. Back in March they were miffed that the graphic novel Persepolis was taken out of a high school library, despite adult content. Here's some other examples. As noted at the immediate link, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sure seems ... "choosy" about whom it protects and goes after.
The Northern California Federation Youth Football League changed its “mercy rule” this season, imposing hefty fines on teams that beat others too badly, a local television station reported.
If a team with players between the ages of 7 and 13 beats another team by 35 points or more, the coach will suffer a one-week suspension and the team will face a penalty of $200, KCRA reported.
Robert Rochin, the deputy commissioner for the league, said the league was losing a lot of players each season because some teams were getting creamed so badly. Really? Well maybe Rochin and co. could do a better job of evening out the choosing of players so there's more parity among teams? Geez ... or, what about a "mercy rule" like baseball and softball leagues have -- like when a team is winning by more than ten runs after five innings the game is over?
Cali, like in many other instances, resorts to PC overload. Obviously, you'd wish that coaches would be sportsmen and not run up the score, would play second and third stringers, and simply run the ball a lot. Then again, even given all that, if there's such a disparity in talent levels, a crushing score difference may just be inevitable. Case in point: For a couple seasons when I was coaching girls basketball at my school, we were insanely loaded with talent. We'd play our starters for the first quarter or two, and then typically put in the second and third stringers. But even they were magnitudes better than the other teams' starters. How do you tell your girls not to score? Of course, certain things were off-limits -- fast breaks, steals, virtually no defensive pressure, 3-point shots -- but if you tell your team to just pass the ball around, it looks like you're belittling the other squad worse than scoring a ton on them. It's a delicate balance. You cannot satisfy everyone. And you'll never satisfy the PC Police. Ever.
This, according to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) Executive Director Nihad Awad. Shortly after condemning the attacks in Kenya, he wrote (in Arabic, natch):
The common denominator between the extremists and advocates of Islamophobia (creating fear of Islam) is that both believe that a perverted view of Islam is the foundation of religion.
First, why not state that in English? Second (and why the f*** this actually needs to be said is ridiculous), the difference between folks like the Kenyan killers and those who are "Islamophobic" is ... the latter don't routinely go around slaughtering people, you pathetic lunkhead.
California's so-called Trust Act police "would be prohibited from helping deport some illegal immigrants." The problem? Welllllllll, like part of Arizona's past "controversial" law, it conflicts with federal law:
The California District Attorneys Association and the California Sheriffs' Association oppose the law, in part because it also conflicts with federal statutes.
"It makes no sense and is unconstitutional," said former ICE Director Julie Myers Wood. "The federal government has sole authority to enforce immigration law. In this instance California is telling the feds what you can and cannot do."
I like this line: "While supporters say the law is designed to protect otherwise innocent illegal immigrants charged with misdemeanor crimes ..." Just let that complete disaster of logic sink in for a moment.
Under federal code 8 1373(a), a state "may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status ... of any individual."
A dozen Cali cities boycotted Arizona over its law; now, they have no hassle challenging the feds themselves. Because f*** you.
I hope that hell-hole of a state falls into bankruptcy and complete and utter social chaos. It deserves nothing less.
Tom Buglio of West Chester, PA chimes in on American gun violence with ever-so predictable dogma. To wit:
More people have died by gun violence in this country since 1968 than in all of the wars in American history. Yet, there is no sense of urgency to do anything about it, other than seven states that have enacted tougher laws.
According to PolitiFact, this tidbit is true. However, what Buglio leaves out is that this figure includes suicides and accidental deaths. Buglio also ignores other PolitiFact nuggets like this: "According to the FBI, in 2011, 1,694 were murdered with knives, 726 with hands or feet, 496 with clubs or hammers, 323 with rifles of any type." That includes the "dreaded" semi-automatic so-called "assault weapons."
Buglio then has a problem with democracy:
Colorado was one, and what was the result – the gun-rights advocates, funded by the National Rifle Association, engineered a recall election that ousted two brave legislators whose only ‘crime’ was passing universal background checks and 15 bullet magazines. With only 11 percent of voters weighing in, this was truly the will of the rabid minority over the will of the people.
Damn them! How dare a "rabid minority" organize and go out and vote for an issue they feel passionate about! Amazing that suddenly it's "bad" to vote when we hear endlessly from "progressives" about how stuff like Voter ID laws are "voter suppression." (Quick -- someone complain about Christine O'Donnell's primary victory over Mike Castle as being led by a "rabid minority" -- please!) And, of course the NRA helped fund the recall effort. But they were outspent by the gun control lobby $3.5 million to ... $500,000.
Meanwhile, in Washington, Congress has far more important things to attend to, like voting to repeal Obamacare for the 41st time, or deciding whether or not to keep the doors of government open.
Aren't we lucky to have guys like Buglio out there to tell us what's really important?
Can anyone imagine what the mainstream media -- and complete tools like these -- would be saying if a Republican was about to implement the complete and utter disaster that is ObamaCare? Let's face the facts: This plan makes what Hurricane Katrina did to the Big Easy look like a gentle rain. Even the WaPo knows this. Anyone who bought what President Lemon was selling you about this debacle should take a basic skills test now. You know you just failed.
Don't take it from me. Take it from Boss Obama's traditional allies. Union leaders: "The unintended consequences of the ACA [Affordable Care Act] are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.” And then there's
-- Far from “bending the cost curve down,” consumers in many states will find coverage offered through the ObamaCare insurance exchanges stick them with average premium prices next year that are 30% or 40% higher than what they would have paid last year.
-- The federal government’s new “data hub” that the state insurance exchanges will use to screen applicants won’t be fully functional in time. Thus, the exchanges won’t be able to verify some applicant’s incomes when determining how big a subsidy they get. They also won’t be able to verify if the applicant has employer coverage, and thus is ineligible for subsidies.
-- The federal government may also be unprepared to protect ObamaCare’s information technology system from hackers and identity thieves. Security testing is months behind schedule, Reuters reports. Writing in The Weekly Standard, former HHS General Counsel Michael Astrue warned that unless delayed and fixed the ObamaCare exchanges will inflict on the public the most widespread violation of the Privacy Act in our history.
Of course, there's a lot more. But you won't hear about this insanity from the MSM. Or, very little. And then, it'll usually be speckled with excuses or "it's not all that bad, actually" kind of stuff.
If this was a Republican rolling out such a boondoggle, the MSM would be relentless, and we'd see protests (all covered prodigiously by the MSM) all across the country -- all with loving commentary. With the actual situation,there are protests, but since they're from folks like Tea Partiers, they're dubbed "extreme," "far right-wing," and, of course, "crazy." Just look at what Texas Senator Ted Cruz is dealing with. (Remember, 'tho, what happened when another person from Texas pulled a filibuster defending her position. Yeah, quite the opposite of what Cruz gets.)
But we deserve every bit of this crap. The original bill passed the Senate by one [filibuster-proof] vote (which later led to Massachusetts' Scott Brown's election to the Senate), and complete twits like Nancy Pelosi said stuff that-would-be-headlines-for-weeks-had-a-GOPer-said-it like "We have to pass the bill see what's in it." And then we re-elected President Lemon last year. So, again, we deserve what we get.
Last night was the long-awaited debut of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD on ABC. While it was good, it certainly wasn't great. It was definitely formulaic, clichéd, and predictable, but it had its moments.
*Agent Coulson. Of course, there's a ton of speculation about how he survived Loki's death stroke in The Avengers. Or, did he? Ron Glass's character Dr. Streiten (Glass played Harris in the 1970s sitcom Barney Miller -- how many of you knew that?) brought up the most significant point regarding that, leading me to conclude that Coulson is ... an LMD -- Life Model Decoy. Also, for me, Coulson's humorous side in Agents didn't really jibe with his [very] serious demeanor in the Marvel films.
*The gadgets. This is what SHIELD is all about, natch. It was great to see they pulled no punches when it came to such.
*Ming-Na Wen's Melinda May. She's probably the best actor on the show, and as such drastically assists the show's gravitas. We know there's something in her past that discomforts her, and she wears that burden "well," so to speak.
*The connections. Not only were there myriad mentions of the Iron Man films and The Avengers most especially, but hat tips to the comics, as well. Tell me you didn't know the SHIELD flying car wasn't going to pop up at some point? (The effects were too cheesy, though.)
*Agent Coulson. There were as many negatives as positives regarding Clark Gregg's character. As mentioned, he seemed out of character from that of the films. Some of his dialogue seemed forced, and again, the humor seemed too out of place, even though there's certainly room there for it.
*The Brit twins. Sorry, but give me the Gaffer any day over these mewling twits. (That's right -- I meant twits, not twins.)
*Chloe Bennet's Skye. If she's this annoying already, I worry 'bout the future. Plus, as Bleeding Cool notes, how does an anarchist hacker who lives in her van look so good?
*Beware plot convolution. I always worry that a show like this will devolve into what became of Lost, Battlestar Galactica and/or The X-Files. In other words, logic-defying plot ideas, complete nonsense, and/or ties to other episodes that make no sense or are completely ignored. I never really watched Lost so I cannot speak to that personally, but I know many folks who hated what became of it. Regarding BSG you may have read my many posts about it. And as for X-Files, even with the two films you still gotta be going "WTF???"
Of course, I'll stick with it (hey, I did with Falling Skies, after all, for a season), but if the BAD above occur, I'll be saying "see 'ya" very soon.
UPDATE: Noted SHIELD creator Jim Steranko rips the show's premiere.
It's always a contest between the talking heads at MSNBC to see who's the biggest idiot, but Touré certainly has to be in the top three. Here's why:
That's right. He said, "Here’s your Monday geography refresher: Kenya is located on the northern coast of Africa right next door to Somalia."
Hey, at least he got the second part right.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Many people do not like the so-called "common core" curriculum. Their reasons are numerous but a bit of googling will tell you why. What if your DOE had a meeting with parents designed to show you just how excited you are about Common Core. Well, let's let the Educrats speak and then field some pre-planted softball questions and everyone goes home happy, right? No. One parent, who knows that Common Core is crap decided to ask a question. He had the audacity to contradict The Party. His reward was being ejected and arrested. If you ever doubted that the schools have no interest in you or your kids and only exist to serve the big moneyed interest of the Unions, look closely. The Educrats are literally aghast at the temerity of a lowly parent to doubt their wondrous plan. They are so threatened that their unleash their lapdog on the man who immediately goes into bully mode. Watch the officer's demeanor. Does that man look like a reasonable person? Not to me. I see someone who is furious that anyone thought they had any right to do anything other than what he told them.
How much more are we going to roll over and take?
The IRS targets political apostates.
They collude with the FEC to steer elections.
The President allows Americans at a diplomatic post to be overrun and murdered so he can get some sleep and be bright and bushytailed for his fundraiser.
They ran guns into Mexico and tried to blame it on gun shop owners who outsmarted them by videotaping the encounters with the ATF.
The NSA is reading your email, tapping your phone, tracking your metadata, and still can't stop terrorists in Boston.
The police now track you everywhere you go with license plate readers they keep just in case they want to know where you are.
They're inflating your money away when they're not giving it away to cronies.
We're sending weapons to terrorists in Syria because they're the good guy terrorists or something. I never really got a good answer on this one.
Our VP says we need to spend money to keep from going broke and nobody bats an eye.
The Speaker of the House says we need to pass a law so we can find out what's in it and nobody bats an eye.
The President says that raising the debt ceiling and then spending up to that new limit is not raising the debt and nobody bats an eye.
Really? We're putting up with this? What's left? How much more will it take before enough is enough?
How cash hungry are the regulators? Is there no amount of intrusion that is too much? How about getting a ticket for parking in your own driveway?
As I've said before, put all monies generated from fines and fees and licensing into the general fund rather than allowing the agencies to keep it and let's see just how dedicated to enforcing such laws becomes.
Forum: What’s The Most Memorable Place You’ve Ever Been?
Yours truly has an entry.
Because I came across this today: Some genius writer is retconning Tony Stark's origin -- he was genetically engineered by aliens to wear a "Galactus-sized Iron Man suit."
Gag me with a spork.
UPDATE: My bud Carl goes off on this nonsense.
Because of people like this idiot woman:
Then in May, the school year ended and my daughter came home for the summer. After being away for so long, she could barely wait to see her boyfriend. He moved into her bedroom the night she arrived and hardly ever left, except to attend his last few classes of high school.
The two of them were so enamored of each other, I didn’t have the heart to separate them. I assumed they’d soon grow bored with seeing each other every day and he’d go home. This didn’t happen.
The biggest problem was that my daughter and her boyfriend brought with them a level of messiness I had grown unaccustomed to. They shed clothing like dogs shed fur, peppering the apartment with sweatshirts, T-shirts and underwear. They preferred my shower to hers and soon the drain was clogged with hair.
While I was out of town on business, they moved into my bedroom, too; I have a king-size bed and they found it roomier. They produced mounds of laundry, garbage and recycling. The water and electricity bills both shot up.
Be sure to read the whole thing. I don't which is scarier: This woman's utter cluelessness, or the fact that the New York Times saw fit to print it as some sort of ... I don't know, "life style complaint." But the author's friend most likely has it right; in the article he said she has "Liberal Mother Syndrome."
H/t: American Digest
... new Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames Spider-Man for the high violent crime rate in his country.
Carl sends me word of the latest issue of Daredevil whose writer, Mark "Go F*** Yourself" Waid, has included a brief Trayvon Martin allegory. But first, just so you know Waid's mindset on that whole deal, let's go back to the time of the George Zimmerman verdict:
Zimmerman initiated the conflict. That is the bottom line. Had he done what 911 TOLD him to do, that kid would be alive today. Full stop.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) July 14, 2013
Remember, it's Racism Savings Time tonight. Don't forget to set your clock back 60 years before you go to bed.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) July 14, 2013
@AcidAttack89 Agreed system is flawed, but if races were reversed in this case, defendant would be on death row right now.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) July 14, 2013
And, of course, there were the typical "come backs" by Waid to those who dared to question his tweets on the issue, such as:
It's times like these that you get to see just how many of your followers are racists.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) July 14, 2013
And there's plenty more where they came from. *Sigh*
So now we have Daredevil #31 where DD is fighting against ... the Sons of the Serpent?? This shows you how pitifully desperate Waid is to keep his ridiculous NarrativeTM alive. The SoS have been around since Marvel's earliest days. They're a -- wait for it! -- white supremacist group! But, y'see, Marvel's earliest days weren't exactly great days for American blacks. The Civil Rights movement was still in its infancy, after all. (One of the SoS's earliest appearances was in the pages of The Avengers where they went after Giant Man's [black] assistant, Bill Foster, who later assumed the role of Goliath himself using Pym's growth-changing formula.) But that doesn't matter one iota. They're a perfect way for Waid to make his "point" about Trayvon Martin in 2013! After all, we know how widespread and numerous white supremacist organizations are these days, right? I mean, other comicbook writers have told us so, too. There was Ed Brubaker in Captain America, and even Rob Liefeld in the same title.
Here's the panels from the issue of Daredevil in question. Now granted, when Carl tipped me to this, I was expecting a bit more. The whole Sons of Serpent stuff is just one of a few plots that Waid is juggling around here. But in these two panels, look at what Waid says. The "suspicious-looking Black teenager" line is patently obvious (and notice he adopts the PC capitalization of the word "black"), but notice the others -- the defendant is an "entitled society harpy" with a "long and recorded history" of racism, and the black teenager who was shot was an honor student who happened to be tutoring another kid. Of course, the only real connection to the Zimmerman/Martin matter is the line "suspicious-looking Black teenager." To me, it's a good bet Waid is counting on people making that obvious link, and then hopefully buying the rest of the "connections," which actually happen to be total bullsh**. George Zimmerman certainly ain't "entitled," nor is he a member of the hoi polloi. (And, he's not even white.) And Trayvon Martin wasn't an honor student who tutored other kids. (Ironically, it was Zimmerman who did that.)
Oliver Sava at AV Club says the above
... is a great way for Waid to explore a major theme of the series in a different context. Fear is an essential part of Daredevil’s character, and Waid’s plot looks at fear on a broader scale as New York City citizens rebel against a justice system that has betrayed them. This anger is bred out of fear that the system in place is no longer serving the best interests of the public, and all it takes is the smallest spark to turn that fear into a raging fire.
Which makes sense. Waid didn't necessarily have to get all the facts about the Zimmerman case right to make the [supposed] larger point that Sava notes above. The problem is, in the Zimmerman case, the justice system (and the mainstream media, natch) had a bias against Zimmerman from the very beginning. From constantly referring to Zimmerman as a "white Hispanic" to completely ignoring cases that mirrored his (with the races reversed), the verdict then led to preposterous yammerings like "Keep your black/boys inside, now!" as if white-on-black racist killings and a crooked justice system are today akin to those of 1950s Mississippi. The sad fact is that young men like Trayvon Martin have much more to fear from other teenagers ... who look like him. But just don't bring that up to Waid, though. Besides referring to you as a "racist," he may shout something like this.
Alas, this is all totally predictable. Waid, like other comicbook "geniuses" Erik Larsen, Ron Marz, Dan Slott, and, regrettably, Kurt Busiek, lives in an insulated bubble, a product of northeast urban liberalism which essentially deifies certain narratives. And, again, the comicook fan has to ask him/herself: "If this guy feels the way he does about my cultural and political beliefs, then why the f*** should I turn my hard-earned money over to him?" The answer is you shouldn't. But it is your choice, of course. I chose long ago not to part with any cash to purchase something by someone who vociferously trashes my political (and other) beliefs. It's perfectly natural, after all. Waid and other "progressives" do it all the time. Just ask Orson Scott Card, among many others.
Avi over at FCMM has more.
Check out the tweets from Allan Brauer, the communications chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, about Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter for Ted Cruz:
@amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarpenter's asshole. How's your day so far?— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
Then, of course, like many other a "progressive" pu**y, he cries and whines when the blowback occurs:
I'm being attacked on Twitter for wishing one of Ted Cruz's pubic lice to experience the pain her boss is inflicting on Americans.— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
Yes, your party takes bread from the mouths of starving children and medicine from the sick, and I'm the problem. Got it.— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
This piece of excrement sure sounds an awful lot like his brethren here in the First State, doesn't he?
The non-Council winner was Walid Shoebat with John Brennan has a New Benghazi Problem.
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Larry Correia rips apart a moron who claims to "know" about guns. Well worth your time.
In this article, entitled JPMorgan Hit With Puny $920M Fine Over ‘London Whale’ Debacle. The writer shows a staggering lack of knowledge about capital markets, banking, finance, economics etc.
For lying to multiple governments and its own investors about losses of $6 billion, however, the bank will have to pay just $920 million, or 0.03 percent of its current holdings. With total assets of $2.35 trillion, JPMorgan could pay the same fine every hour for three months, or every day for seven years, before their coffers would run dry.
Where to start. Well, one of the first commenters takes him to the woodshed:
Secondly, however, you need to get your basic financial knowledge straight. This is especially difficult for banks because what is an "asset" and a "liability" for a bank is somewhat counterintuitive. Let's start with the basics: Yes, JPM has a total of 2.36T in assets. It also has 2.15T in liabilities. The company's total market cap is only ~200 billion, not 2.3 trillion (2,300 billion). Big difference. Secondly, most of those "assets" are unavailable for use in paying this fine. The vast majority of JPM's assets are "long-term assets" which for a bank means (basically) "loans". JPM has loaned out 1.65T to individuals (mortgages primarily, I would think; also personal loans, car loans, what have you) and to corporations. These are liabilities on the balance sheets of the borrower but assets on the bank's balance sheet (I take out a $500,000 mortgage means I have a $500K liability but the bank has a $500K ASSET).
The bank's cash on hand is approx $471 billion, which means the $920M fine is approximately 0.2% of what it has available to pay, not 0.03%. Sounds minor but that's an approx 7-fold difference.
Indeed understanding what those "holdings" and "assets" are and to whom they belong is critical. Leftist types seem to forget that the bank's assets aren't really theirs. They belong to the investors and the banks are either the custodians or managers (or both).
Down further another commenter expands on this point:
Dimon should step down because of a 6B turn in a book that is over 1 trillion dollars large?
Even if the entire amount of the loss was attributable to poor risk management (which it wasn't), you fire one of the best CEOs in the world, a guy watching over a systemically important firm, for a 3% oversight?
Your comment regarding punitive value would be right on point..if you were penalizing the people who have some control over the process. We have laws to punish people who commit financial crimes, and massive regulations that banks need to operate under.
Anyway - couldn't disagree more and thankfully the regulators, even in their over-zealousness, don't steal money from pensioners out of spite that often.
None of this matters of course. A 3% variance on a balance sheet is enough to make them scream for lynchings. A brief glance at the balance sheet of the US Government somehow doesn't merit so much as a frown. I'll wager if you took all the economic horror and pitched it to them as the doings of a nefarious Big Corporation they would wail and rend their garments.
Via the Daily Caller by way of Insty:
“First we learned that Alexis didn’t use an evil AR-15 to kill all those people. Instead, he used a nice, friendly, Biden-approved shotgun . . . Now we learn that Alexis was a Prius-driving, African-American liberal who liked Obama. Facts aren’t much fun, eh, libs? So now the MSM narrative will magically transform this mass murder from ‘yet another damning indictment of gun-toting, right-wing racist America’ to ‘the completely isolated actions of a misunderstood victim of society.’ Just watch. It happens every time. And every time, they think we won’t notice. Meanwhile, their ratings and their circulation numbers continue to plummet, and they blame everybody but themselves.”
We've said this for years. The perfect example is why Fox News crushes its competition, and why right-wing talk radio has no [political] talk radio peer. "Progressives" will offer every inane excuse they can think of as to why this is ... except the actual one. And that actual reason is because liberals already dominate every other network, Hollywood, and the universities. Conservatives and myriad independents had been craving news outlets which would give their views a fair shake (let alone cover them at all), and talk radio followed by Fox News did just that. So, of course their ratings are huge.
Why would someone want to listen to the now-bankrupt Air America when all you got was pretty much what every other MSM outlet was saying? Does MSNBC really think they're "setting a trend" by highlighting moonbat commentators all the time -- who just delve into "progressive" issues to the Nth degree moreso than CNN, ABC, and CBS?
Well, they did catch her eventually ...
Embattled Syria analyst Elizabeth O'Bagy now admits she was never enrolled in a Ph.D. program despite claims to the contrary as she rose -- and quickly fell -- as a prominent scholar whose writings were used to make the case for military intervention in Syria.
O'Bagy initially stated she had already defended her doctoral dissertation and was "simply waiting" for her degree, but later admitted she was never enrolled in the [doctoral] program at Georgetown. Nice.
And the non-Council submissions are here!
Check out what happens when Skyview HS players celebrate prematurely after blocking opponent Columbia HS's last second winning field goal attempt:
Whoops! Yep, the ball was never officially downed. So, Columbia picked up the ball and ran in for the winning touchdown! I just hope the kicker got the last word against the Skyview chump who mouthed off to him after the blocked FG!
Here's one for 'yas: As it seems now, that the Washington Navy Yard shooter had numerous mental health and anger issues ... which should have precluded him from obtaining a weapon, should the following two individuals be so prevented as well -- based on their following statements?
You f***ing Republicans are all to blame. Your advocacy of deregulation for the last 30 years is responsible. The greed that underlies your policies and that invades your supporters was your motivation. You put yourselves and your wallets first, and our country last. You should all be round up and shot. Seriously.
That's Delaware Douche of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers. If a person gets so worked up over political disagreements that he wishes his opponents dead, should such a person be permitted to own a firearm?
While reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, nobody disputes the fact that he wanted a "pearl harbor" [sic] type event to happen in order to create a pretext for attacking Iraq.
This is Jason "Trust Fund" Scott of the same blog. Should someone who believes that it "is reasonable" to think our previous president actually allowed 9/11 to happen, and claim that nobody disputes that the for POTUS wanted a "Pearl Harbor" event to occur, be permitted to own a firearm? Doesn't this suggest serious mental health issues?
It's inevitable. They just can't help it. It's in the Alinsky playbook, after all: Y'know, "Never let a crisis go to waste." Even when there isn't really a crisis. Such now is the case in the aftermath of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. After all, here's what the 80-page "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging produced by three Democratic consulting firms says:
The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak. The debate over gun violence in America is periodically punctuated by high-profile gun violence incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts sustained media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts.
We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence. Compelling facts should be used to back up that emotional narrative, not as a substitute for it.
Next up, there's the idiot from Salon.com Joan Walsh, a frequent yes-man on MSNBC:
Please stop with the "violent video games." Sadly, a lot of folks play them. A handful kill. It's not a motive.— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) September 17, 2013
Of course, it never occurred to this 'bat that this very same argument applies to gun control: A lot of folks own guns, but only a handful actually kill with them.
Locally, the wisher of death upon all Republicans thanks the NRA for the shooting. Then, "Trust Fund" Scott apparently doesn't let having had everything handed to him in life get in the way of getting angry. Here he lets loose with the predictable profanity against the proprietor of the First Street Journal blog, Dana. Oh, here, too. Then he bans the guy for 48 hours. Just because Dana made him look foolish. (Not that difficult, I know.)
CNN 'bat Piers Morgan ranted about the AR-15 supposedly used by the shooter; however, the FBI says now that there was no AR-15 used -- only a shotgun and two pistols. NARRATIVETM busted again. A**hole.
Not necessarily related directly but certainly indirectly is AMSCO's textbook United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. Keep in mind that last part: Advanced Placement. Now check out how it "writes" the Second Amendment: "The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia." Authors John J. Newman and John M. Schmalbach should be incredibly ashamed of themselves. I mean ... ADVANCED PLACEMENT, for cripe's sake!!! And the Second Amendment ain't all. These dolts also use the phrase "separation of church and state" in the First Amendment. Y'know, even though it ain't actually there. Bryan Preston has contacted the publisher (again, AMSCO) for comment. Stay tuned.
The politically correct verbal gymnastics that the MSM will do so as not to appear "racist" are downright pathetic. Amy Ridenour notes how the WaPo noted the race of the Washington Navy Yard shooter yesterday:
"He was a tall black guy," said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black. "He didn't say a word."
Ridenour also notes how the paper had since edited their original story to omit any mention of the suspect's race. Nevertheless, she made a screen cap of the original story. But I'm actually willing to give the WaPo a bit of a break here, since, as more info became known and the shooter's picture became widely available (it's at the top of the various WaPo webpages now), including quotes about the suspect's race are moot.
Then again, why even bother to make such edits? What's it really matter?? Does anyone think the paper (or any other MSM outlet) would be so ... sensitive about such if the guy was a Tea Party member? And is the shooter (Aaron Alexis is his name) just black? Are we sure he isn't a black Hispanic? ;-)
Guest post from Nate Winchester:
The following is a true story*.
Where I grew up is on the border of rural and suburban (subural? rurban?). A little less than a mile from that house is a neighbor, we'll call 'Ed.' He's an older fellow, the spitting image of what pops into your head when you picture "old farm boy." Yeah, a walking cliché of "rough around the edges."
This road I grew up on is one surrounded by farm lands behind and around all the houses lining it. Some of the farms hold crops, others livestock. One day, a bull owned by another neighbor escaped from his field and attacked Ed who was working outside in his yard. Now, if you're pretty citified, the most exposure you've had to bulls is probably the Spanish fighting ring and rodeos. You might even believe the clowns of the latter are more of a threat than a walking steak. So let me explain how a bull attacks someone: the one ton plus animal likes to body slam its target, which will knock said target to the ground nine times out of ten. Once the target is on the ground, the bull proceeds to continue to ram its head, body and front hooves into the target over and over and over until the target has no more bones. Needless to say, it takes awhile and is fatal.
Luckily for Ed (well, as much luck as he could have after somehow getting a bull mad at him**) a bull attack isn't exactly silent and several neighbors heard what was happening and came running to help. From what I understand, they started shooting the bull. It wouldn't stop. Neighbors had to keep escalating firepower before they were finally able to stop the beast. If I heard correctly, they started with a pistol, then tried a shotgun, finally someone had to use a high-powered rifle and even that took more than one shot.
Now this story does have a happy ending. Although it was iffy for awhile, Ed ended up recovering and after a long stay in the hospital, is now back home (it helps that decades of hard work have made the guy too tough to die). So what was the point of this story? Only as an answer to those who want to ask "what do you need ___ for?" when it comes to the gun control debate. What do you need "assault weapons" for? Because less firepower only makes the bull mad. Why do you need a greater than 10 bullet magazine? Because those first shots may not slow the bull down.
I will be honest here. Had gun legislation gone through and kept weapons out of the hands of Ed's family & neighbors, do I think the supporters of such legislation would have wanted Ed to die? Of course not! That's why such things are called unintended consequences. Because nobody intends them. Heck, during the entire gun legislation debate, I never even considered such a scenario as an argument for the gun rights side. In a country of millions, none of us have any hope to realize every possible scenario on how a law will affect one of those millions.
Thus we should all approach law with humility and the realization that there will be unseen costs to our actions. If we are not willing to pay them, then we should reconsider.
*I hate to make a claim without some evidence (especially with all the hoaxes that happen on the internet) but after a lot of searching, I never could find a local news article covering the incident. I also know how some people can be outright assholes when it comes to people challenging their notions so I'm not giving any more details to allow jerks a chance to harass Ed. (Though do you really want to mess with a guy who survived a bull?) If you're with a legitimate news organization and would like to verify the story, talk to Hube.
**To this day, nobody knows why the bull hated him so much. Sometimes you just get a nemesis.
Noel Karasanyi, owner of the New 3rd World bar in Philly, believes complaints against his establishment are -- wait!! -- racist:
"We think there's racism involved in this, because bars in the same neighborhood, they're not going after them," St. Hill said. "Who died and left Spruce Hill in charge of the entire United States?"
Karasanyi owns three total establishments. One was closed by the state Licenses & Inspections Bureau for lack of a valid food license. Another was closed up for failure to pay back taxes. And now New 3rd World was notified that if it doesn't update its food license, it'll have to cease operations as well. Court records show that Karasanyi "has been sued in Philadelphia civil court at least 24 times by loan companies, the school district, vendors and the city of Philadelphia."
In addition, "neighbors say that public urination, drug use, illegal dumping, loud noise and after-hours serving" are commonplace at New 3rd World.
Karasanyi thinks it's "unfair" that he's "targeted" because of failure to pay taxes. Maybe he try the "racism" excuse with state/federal officials and see how that goes. He also said he does't have a trash dumpster because he got "fed up." Further, he said his bar's after-hours serving was merely "an oversight."
But ... all this, to Karasanyi, is because of ... racism.
Gov. John Hickenlooper claimed today that the recall election defeats of two anti-gun Democrat state lawmakers "shouldn’t be seen as a litmus test for the rest of the nation — or even the rest of the state."
Uh huh. This, along with one of the defeated lawmaker's claims that her loss was due to "voter suppression," are real knee-slappers to be sure. And naturally, there was little MSM coverage of these losses, yet, of course, plenty of excuses and ridiculous spinning.
I mean, really -- does anyone doubt that if these two bozos won their recall elections that the MSM wouldn't be hailing it as "major victory" for gun control and "vindication" of President Lemon's anti-gun efforts?
Jason Richwine examines this claim made by the OECD, "a group of the world’s industrialized nations." It seems it says American teachers work more hours than any other industrialized nation ... except Chile. The problem? The OECD relies "on the federal government’s School and Staffing Survey, which directly asks American teachers how much time they work."
Richwine notes that contractually, American teachers work 37 hours per week. Now, except for the biggest lemons in the profession, let's be honest -- no teacher works 37 hours per week. Especially English and math teachers in this Age of Testing. Richwine goes on to claim that the figure is probably around 40 hours per week, even though the self-reported hours the OECD uses state teachers work 53 hours. This is based on a "special time-use survey" which the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses. I still find that hard to believe. But ... are teachers' summer hours factored into this 40 hour figure?
Personally, I'd estimate I put in 45-50 hours per week in my subject area. My GF puts in probably more than that (she's an English teacher). There are some weeks where grading papers is at a minimum, others where I am swamped.
But ... the issue is: so what, really? Good teachers work hard, just like any other good employee in whatever profession. The typical difference is, teachers enjoy a lot of time off, and usually, pretty good benefits.
The non-Council winner was Glenn Reynolds with Obama is a Laughing Stock.
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Hey, remember this post from August 29? In it, we heard from Shaniqua Davis, age 20, who "lives in the Bronx with her boyfriend, who is unemployed, and their 1-year-old daughter." She complained about not having enough cash, due to her minimum wage job, to pay for "food, diapers, subway, taxi fares and ... cable TV."
Cable TV, eh? Well, the AP did up a sympathetic story about Ms. Davis, and not only does she have cable TV, just check out her TV:
And that's not all. Did you spot the laptop computer at the very beginning of the vid? And why did she work only a bit over ten hours ... in a two-week period? Making a $15/hour minimum wage while only working ten-plus hours in two weeks certainly ain't gonna improve anyone's financial situation much.
... let's jump on rapper A$AP Rocky who committed the sin of standing an "awkward distance" from gay NBA player Jason Collins when the duo introduced the next act at the MTV Video Music Awards, and appeared to make "mocking facial expressions" toward him. Philly.com's Gabrielle Bonghi writes that A$AP's actions "sparked outrage of all kinds on the internet."
But of course. But the PC Police and radical multicultis are once again in a bind. They're outraged at the rapper's supposed homophobia; however, he is a minority, so they cannot show too much outrage at him.
Also, here's a good question for 'ya: what's more shocking: A rapper being homophobic, or being charged with assault?
Thanks to a tip from my comics pal Carl, I say THE question is: Think there would be an outcry if a popular movie's writer was a known Obama Birther?? Cheeyeah ....
The writer in question is Roberto Orci. It seems Orci has a reputation on Twitter (and elsewhere) as a conspiracy theorist, specifically about the aforementioned Sept. 11 terror attacks. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that someone who believes such is ... "socially accepted" enough to gain a position as a writer of one of Hollywood's biggest franchises. And not only that, but actually write such conspiracy mongering into his scripts. If you have't already seen it, Into Darkness is very much a 9/11 [Truther] parable. You can check out our past summary of the flick here.
Now, imagine if Orci were a Birther ... and Into Darkness included a sub-plot about Admiral Barnett not being actually born on a Federation planet, thus being ineligible to be the head of Starfleet Academy. What do you think the media would say, then? Orci would be denounced as a complete lunatic, much like what Orson Scott Card has faced with his comicbook writing, and most recently with his film Ender's Game. With the mainstream media (and Hollywood), it's very simple: Trutherism = good, Birtherism = bad.
UPDATE: Carl has more here, including why Orci deleted his Twitter account, and an interesting tidbit regarding Ender's Game.
From David French:
Within moments the most horrific images of 9/11 were scrubbed from our televisions, and within hours the academic-thought police began its vigilant lookout for Islamophobia.
The result? Twelve years later our national and even military policies are shot-through with heartbreaking and inexcusable naïveté (the stories of our misguided rules of engagement in Afghanistan, for example, are infuriating), and the result is more suicide bombings, burning churches, public beheadings, and — just last year — a savage attack on a diplomatic outpost left vulnerable in part because of that same naïveté. In some quarters — mainly in the academy and mainstream media — truth is treated as virtual hate speech, and we can’t bring ourselves to acknowledge evil.
Those of us with actual brains knew it was just hype all along. Nevertheless, Americans Rate Obama’s Foreign Policy Same Or Worse Than Bush’s.
Now, what to make of this? This take from Instapundit says it best, IMO:
“That’s pretty harsh on Bush.” Yeah, but that’s what’s striking — Bush’s image is filtered through a decade of nonstop media negativity; Obama’s through nearly a decade of nonstop media promotion. And yet Obama only scores “Same or Worse.”
Or, you could look at it this way: "Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing." Just imagine how much better President Lemon's poll numbers would be if he had even a semblance of a clue, especially given the MSM adoration.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Remember what this day was really like. It's not about pictures of flags or eagles or buildings and monuments. It's about the victims:
In general, the study suggests that moving up the professional ladder in any occupation results in sleep losses for blacks but gains for whites, Jackson says.
One possible explanation: Some black professionals adopt an "extraordinarily strong work ethic as a way to cope with negative stereotypes" and discrimination at work, she says. That could lead to getting up early or staying up late to work. Stress and low levels of social and professional support also could contribute. Blacks also are more likely to hold jobs requiring shift changes, which play havoc with sleep schedules, she says.
Another possible explanation: Most mattresses owned by black professionals were manufactured by George Zimmerman.
Run of the mill fraud/embezzlement story, right?
Defendant: Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Filed: April 10, 2013
Charges: Money laundering and making a false statement before a grand jury
Details: Wright, described as a “close associate and friend” of Regina and Ronald Evans, is accused of aiding the Evanses in their money-laundering scheme.
Not so fast. Who is Jeri Wright? Just the daughter of Jerimiah "God Damn America" Wright. Spiritual mentor to Barack Obama. See this one on the news did you? Me neither. Odd thing that.
Let's not forget this guy is Chelsea Clinton's father in law. I don't believe people should be responsible for the crimes committed by their family members but I do think this would be wall to wall national news if this were, oh I don't know, Jenna Bush.
Let Delaware Libertarian's Steve Newton tell you why:
While I rarely agree with Senator Chris Coons' politics, I always thought he was a pretty smart guy.
Here's his quote today as he is one of the few Obama loyalists still stooging for a US strike in Syria:
“I do think we know what the consequences of inaction will be,” Coons said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. Coons said Assad “will continue to use cluster bombs and scud missiles and chemical weapons to massacre thousands of his own civilians.”
Go read the whole take-down. Please.
And that would be this one:
That's Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Bucs pushing Jets QB Geno Smith out of bounds with mere seconds left in the game. David was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and the additional 15 yards for New York put them in field goal range. Jets Kicker Nick Folk then promptly booted the game winner.
Keep watching that image. Smith is not yet out of bounds when David makes contact with him. And David merely shoves him, he doesn't all-out tackle him. But the latter is irrelevant -- if Smith is not yet out of bounds, David has every right to shove him there, despite whether Geno was obviously heading there or not.
The referees gave this game to the Jets, period.
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders -- could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest of the United States.
We are a nation run by idiots. They honestly believe they can convince the Iranians to abandon Syria for them. They cannot even muster support from their fellow countrymen on much smaller matters and they're going to convince the Iranians to support military action against their own ally in their own backyard?
However, there's this:
And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.
As our reader well knows, I am no fan of Obama or his administration or policies or pretty much anything else he's done.
Threatening to rape and murder the man's daughter? It is motherfucking on. Now. This goddamn minute. I want the President to use every tool in the toolbox to go after this motherfucker personally and make an example out of him.
It's not entirely clear from the article but it appears this piece of shit is named Alireza Forghani. If so, you've just put your name in the black book.
And yes, I'd call in a marker from the Israelis for this one. They have been doing very good work in wiping out the Iranian nuclear team and I have little doubt they could ice this guy in very short order.
I assure you if this were my child she would be yanked back home from that school she'd have whiplash.
It takes effort to be this stupid.
LA Times op-ed by Nelson Lichtenstein, who teaches history at UC Santa Barbara, and directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy: Obamacare: New fight, old tactics. Opponents of the healthcare law are following in the footsteps of Southern segregationists half a century ago.
Yeah, it's totally about what you'd expect from someone who teaches history at UC Santa Barbara, and directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy. *Yawn*
The non-Council winner was The Elder Of Ziyon with Bashar Assad’s grandfather’s amazing 1936 letter to France.
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If Obama were Republican, every newscast would be opening with montages of his 20+ contradictory statements on diplomacy & war.— Will Antonin (@Will_Antonin) September 6, 2013
Ah, the administration of President Lemon continues to amaze. Now? They actually thought they could get -- wait for it! -- Iran on our side ... against Syria:
"... we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein’s monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing its people.”
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has warned the Obama administration against any proposed military strike on Syria.
Khamenei, who wields the ultimate authority in Iranian affairs, said Washington would "certainly suffer loss" if it attacked Bashar al-Assad's forces.
"In the case of Syria, the chemical attack is a pretext. The Americans try to play with words and pretend that they've become involved in this case for humanitarian aims.
"The Americans are making mistakes in Syria and they have felt the impact and will certainly suffer loss," the Iranian leader said.
Gad, isn't it wonderful to be led by such "smart" people?
Of course, where else but Philly.com would you find [yet another] article lamenting the so-called gender "wage gap?" They even use the term "unthinkable" (gasp!!) in the headline!! Let's see what article author Juilette Fairley actually has to say:
Women have the worst earnings compared to men in nearly 114 of the most common jobs with female insurance sales agents facing the largest wage gap, according to a new study.
"Year after year, it is occupations with high commission payments that do worse for women," said Ariane Hegewisch, the study director from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). "Given lack of pay transparency, we have to rely on lawsuit evidence showing that women are not less likely to work hard in these jobs but are less likely to be given the higher earning accounts or work in the big buck sales departments."
The IWPR study found women insurance sales agents earn $641 weekly compared to $1,026 for men.
Reality check: The wage gap shrinks dramatically when multiple factors are considered. Women with similar levels of education and experience earn as much as their male counterparts. You never, ever seem to read anything like this in articles like these screaming about the "unfair" wage discrepancy.
What is the main cause of that oft-cited "77 cents to the dollar" stat?
Further, occupations dominated by women pay lower wages and women are twice as likely as men to work in occupations with poverty wages.
Common occupations for women include waitress, cashier, housekeeper, maid, psychiatric nursing and home health aide.
But this is Fairley complaining about such, not pointing out this is the main "gap" producer overall. What does she suggest? Raising the wage of a maid to that of a surgeon??
*Sigh* Predictably, Fairley cites "bias" as the main culprit. Well, actually, it's the above-noted Institute for Women's Policy Research. But of course such an institute would blame such. For, how else would such continue to exist?
'Ya just gotta hand it to NBC News. No matter what, they'll always have President Lemon's back. Case in point:
President Barack Obama was intent on getting the upper hand as he greeted Russia's Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit on Thursday, according to body language experts who watched the frosty exchange.
From a jacket-buttoning pause to a hard-pumping handshake, Obama displayed tell-tale signs of dominance after he alit from a limo in front of St. Petersburg's Konstantin Palace, where Putin waited to meet him, communication experts said.
"It looks like Putin's basically a hotel greeter at a five-star establishment and Obama is coming out of the limo as the important invited guest he's not particularly thrilled to see."
"This is a show of power," she (body language expert Tonya Reiman) said. "In addition, he leans in toward Putin with his upper body, placing himself slightly into Putin's personal zone. Notice Putin pulls back ever so slightly, which indicates that Obama has the upper hand."
"Putin is intimidated by Obama, Obama is not intimidated by Putin," [psychology professor and body-language scholar at Boston College Joseph] Tecce said.
Anyone who seriously believes this crap raise your hand.
Yeah, that's what I thought. I mean, really -- as Jim Geraghty says today in his e-mailed Morning Jolt: "Right. The lifelong KGB officer is quaking in his boots at the sight of the community organizer."
Courtesy of MSNBC's Ed Schultz and socialist Rep. Bernie Sanders:
“Who’s going to pay for all of this stuff?” Schultz asked the Vermont senator. “Can you trust the Republicans that they’re not going to come and say ‘Gosh, we spent a bunch of money on Syria, we have to have offsets’?”
Sanders told Schultz he had similar concerns, especially since Republican lawmakers have expressed opposition to further tax hikes. “What may well be happening is the cost of this war is more kids being thrown off Head Start, senior citizens being thrown off Meals on Wheels programs, educational programs being cut,” he said.
“The Republicans would go in that way to pay for this war,” Sanders added.
Courtesy of one Anthony Weiner:
I'm a bit disappointed that the constituent didn't simply say "Yes! I am superior to you! Because I don't conduct myself in any way that is even close to the way you do! And neither does the vast majority of the public!"
And to cap it off he could have added "You hear me you total f***ing douchebag??"
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Hey, everyone remember in the early 2000s how the Left pointed to this photo of Don Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein back during the [early days of the] Reagan administration ... and how this was supposed to show how hypocritical he was for now pushing us into a war with the guy? Even though the pic was taken twenty years prior?
Well golly, look at this. And this. Yep, that's then-House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi courting Syria honcho Bashir Assad in ... 2007. And now-Secretary of State John "Dick Tracy Villain" Kerry and his wife dining with Assad ... in 2009. Indeed, Kerry met with the guy at least six times over recent years, and spent a lot of that same time period trying to convince everyone that we judged Assad "too harshly." Now, Kerry is comparing him to Hitler and -- wait for it! -- Saddam Hussein, and invoking the Holocaust.
But just remember, dammit -- Kerry won three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and Silver Star. How dare anyone question him.
This time, he's denying he set that "red line" against Syria on using chemical weapons: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”
Oh, wait -- he also blamed Congress: "And Congress, Obama said, 'set a red line when it ratified that treaty.'”
As the cliché goes, "Let's go to the videotape":
Y'know, at this point, the only thing anyone should ever say when this dope utters a word is simply "Yeah, whatever dude ..."
How dare an elected representative of the people question an administration official about possibly getting into another war!! I mean, c'mon -- Kerry served, Mr. Paul, and you didn't:
I keep forgetting, is it Rand Paul or John Kerry who has a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts?— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) September 3, 2013
Maybe the dope Marz forgot that Kerry "gave back" those medals in protest? And I wonder if Marz was as vocal about service when it came to anything John McCain said/advocated, especially in 2008?
Cheeyeah, right. Once again, Marz is just another "progressive" hypocrite of the highest order. But hey -- at least he didn't tell Rand Paul to just "STFU."
How bad is the US policy in the Middle East? This guy nails it:
Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no “international community” ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be.
Countries do not have friends. They only have interests. Russia's interests and our do not overlap very often. They, along with China, want to be hedgemon. They are doing their best under Putin to do so and while China has several problems bubbling under the surface they still have designs on Pacific Rim dominance at minimum and if they can expand their navy, become a major player globally.
This merits a much longer entry than I have time for at the moment but the wonder of this administration has been just how completely the liberal/progressive narrative has suffered at the hands of reality. Keynesian economics has proved an abject failure and now "smart power" is shown to be anything but. "Dangerous naivete" is a more fitting name. I'm amazed (though I shouldn't be) that Obama is doing everything that the Left has been screeching about for the last ten years. Domestic surveillance? Check. Shutting down political enemies with the power of state? Check. Go it alone cowboy interventionism? Check. Arrogance combined with ignorance? Check.
Can you hear the foundation cracking?
From Jim Geraghty's e-mailed "Morning Jolt" -- it so perfectly describes President Lemon's administration to a tee:
As we await Congress's decision on authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria, Democrats are suddenly realizing that their foreign-policy brain-trust completely misjudged the world.
Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no "international community" ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be.
You can pin this on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, but most of all, the buck stops with the president. Those of us who scoffed a bit at a state senator ascending to the presidency within four years on a wave of media hype and adoration are not quite so shocked by this current mess. We never bought into this notion that getting greater cooperation from our allies, and less hostility from our enemies, was just a matter of giving this crew the wheel and letting them practice, as Hillary Clinton arrogantly declared it, "smart power." (These people can't even label a foreign-policy approach without reminding us of how highly they think of themselves.) They looked out at the world at the end of the Bush years, and didn't see tough decisions, unsolvable problems, unstable institutions, restless populations, technology enabling the impulse to destabilize existing institutions, evil men hungry for more power, and difficult trade-offs. No, our problems and challengers were just a matter of the previous hands running U.S. foreign policy not being smart enough.
Read the rest of this spot-on gem here.
Look no further than this chart courtesy of Slate:
There's been a lot of talk about the absence of a strong and visible anti-war movement, the way there was during the George W. Bush Presidency. While there are protests against intervention in Syria, in general the movement seems to be a lot weaker under Obama. If you guessed that this had something to do with the fact that Obama is a Democrat, you'd be correct! In 2011, Professors Michael T. Heaney and Fabio Rojas published a study titled: The Partisan Dynamics of Contention: Demobilization Of The Antiwar Movement In The United States 2007-2009 which looked at nearly 6,000 surveys of anti-war demonstrators between January 2007 and December 2009. This [above] chart basically tells the whole story. The percentage of Democrats attending anti-war protests collapsed at the end of 2008, and in early 2009.
But any clear-thinking person knew this already, of course.
Looks like ABC News thinks so circa 8pm:
Not to sound like a broken record, but can anyone see ABC in 2002 posting a pic of GW Bush with the headline stating Al Gore thinks no action in Iraq/Afghanistan would be "catastrophic"?
Via Insty: Walter Shapiro's ridiculously pathetic (and perfect illustration of the current MSM) headline today at Yahoo! News: Obama's history-defying decision to seek Congressional approval on Syria.
Except that, y'know, George W. Bush went to Congress for action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Somehow I don't recall the MSM ever calling that "history-defying."
RELATED: Predictable -- Delaware's trio of US lawmakers all support President Lemon in taking military action against Syria.
"Operation Enduring Hesitation." (courtesy of Ace commenter "garrett")
Inspector General's report: Obama’s IRS ‘HINDERED’ Efforts To Stop Illegals From Misusing Social Security Numbers.
Just another day in the administration of President Lemon.
Forum: Have You Ever Personally Seen Or Experienced Racism?
Moonbat cartoonist Rob Tornoe, a contributor to the LGOMB (that's the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers), displays all the hypocritical Left's pastiche for "civility" and "sensitivity" as you'd expect in today's Philly.com:
Unfortunately, there's no sign Tebow is set to give up trying to be a quarterback in the NFL. He tweeted on Saturday, "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
That's the problem with faith... sometimes it can overcome logic. The only team that I could see possibly taking a flyer on Tebow would be Buffalo. Due to injuries, they may be forced to start undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel at quarterback in week 1 against the Patriots, so maybe Tebow can give him some inside information the way Lawyer Milloy did when he signed with the Bills back in 2003.
You can view Tornoe's "sensitive" cartoon here, which hypothesizes that Tebow may have a concussion for being adamant he can still play in the NFL.
Now, I actually have little issue with the concept that Tebow probably doesn't have what it takes to play in the NFL anymore. But that's not what guys like Tornoe really care about anyway. For them, it's an opportunity to mock those with faith. Plain and simple. As it always has for much of the MSM. I mean, hell -- if someone had the gall to point out in any number of News Journal "tug at your heart strings" articles about a 28-year old single mom with three kids by three different fathers who harbors dreams of becoming a physician that she, in any sense of the term "reality," has no chance of seeing that coming true, well, to the 'bats you're a heartless (and possibly racist) SOB who is deserving of the utmost scorn.
But what would expect from a contributor to Media Matters, and an associate of one who wishes death upon all Republicans, eh?
“Awwwwwwwww. I bet this makes the Baby Jesus weep. Tim should have prayed more.”
“Hey Tim, are you getting the message now? Nothing fails like prayer.”
“If Tim Tebow spend as much time concentrating on playing football as he did worrying about promoting his religion, he might not be getting cut.”
“We’re all going to hell and we’re excited about it. Don’t be jealous.”
“It would have been different for him had he kept his religion home and just been a regular ball player.”
“Where’s your god now, Tebow?”
Classy, eh? And what has this guy done to deserve such? He didn't get arrested. He didn't have multiple kids out of wedlock. He didn't get drunk and use racial slurs. He didn't get caught using drugs.
None of that. He's a Christian. That's all. "Great job," Tornoe and co.
Today's News Journal: Park visitors down after rapes
Amazingly, yesterday, the Journal printed a race description of the attackers (which I think must have been added after the fact as I, and as a few commenters noted, didn't see one originally). Yet in an instance of cognitive dissonance, today the Journal writes "Detailed descriptions of the boys were not available Saturday."
Yeah, I guess breaking their editorial policy once was [way] too much for them.