AZ Governor Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed the controversial "religious freedom" bill which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people.
Supporters said the measure would protect religious freedom. But opponents said it would allow business owners to discriminate against gays, lesbians and others.
Brewer said she was supporter of religious liberty, but she questioned the need for such a law and expressed concern that it could be misapplied.
She added that the bill "does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty," and that "the bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences." It is likely, however, that the bill was a response to a few instances in other states where gays sued businesses for refusing service to them based on religious objections. For instance, in New Mexico a photographer faced a lawsuit for refusing to snap pics of a gay wedding, and in Oregon a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding faced a complaint.
Debate has been all over the map about this. For example, students in schools do not have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance if there's a religious objection. Would a gay owner of a business have to provide service to, say, members of the Westboro Baptist Church? What about Muslims or Orthodox Jews having to serve pork products? Why should it be illegal to refuse service to homosexuals on a religious basis, but unions are exempt from harassment laws?
I'm not a big Sean Hannity fan, but this interview with Mike Dickinson, the Democratic challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is wince-inducing. Wince-inducing because of how easily Hannity makes Dickinson look like a complete moron:
We covered some of Dickinson's ridiculous tweets here.
Delaware's own gaffe-laden son utilized what by now is a tiresome, yawn-inducing line yesterday: That voter ID laws are "hatred of black people."
"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden said during a reception commemorating African-American History Month at the Naval Observatory, according to a pool report. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."
If this is "reasonable," then Plugs, Boss Obama, and the entire Democratic Party must hate African-Americans -- and especially Hispanics -- since a requirement for utilizing ObumbleCare is showing an ID. Not to mention, the Spanish language ObumbleCare website has been riddled with myriad language and grammar errors.
Doesn't this crowd repeatedly tell us that health care is a right? Then why the onerous requirement of mandating a photo ID for these populations which are less likely to possess one, huh??
*Sigh* Anyone who takes this administration even remotely seriously anymore is just a demagogic true believer.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
An op-ed in today's Wilmington News Journal by Melva Ware and Laurisa Schutt (the former "a former associate director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education," and the latter "executive director of Teach For America-Delaware") argues that minority students need to see more faces like themselves as teachers:
The Center for American Progress' report, Teacher Diversity Matters, tells us that students of color taught by teachers of color perform better across several core academic performance metrics. Low-income students of color in particular need to see and identify with a range of caring adults to provide role models and resources to help them imagine and plan for expanded opportunities in life.
Of course, the Center for American Progress is a left-wing outfit so naturally "diversity" is one of their religions. And if you read the report, you won't find a reference to a study showing students of color do better in school if taught by someone "who looks like them." Correct me if I missed it. In addition, perhaps the CAP could explain why urban schools -- which as a whole tend to have more teachers of color -- don't perform as well as other schools with significant minority populations ... but with less teachers of color. Certainly [many] other factors come into play.
And what about Asian students? Asian consistently out-perform every racial/ethnic group in academic performance (even the less affluent in the group), yet they have virtually no teachers "who look like them" in schools. What explains this? Ms. Ware and Schutt share the opinion that "diversity" equates to academic progress. But this is not the case as we've pointed out many, many times here. Diversity is not a bad thing per se, of course, but it's not the end-all to be-all that academic "progressives" would have you believe.
Of note in the study are methods by which to increase teachers of color to go into teaching. The difficulty with this is that every employment arena is looking to increase minority numbers. Education is at a disadvantage since it generally pays lower than industry. I certainly favor streamlined methods to certify teachers (many "required" classes "necessary" for teaching are completely and utterly useless) as the study advocates, but will that really attract the numbers folks like Ware and Schutt want? I doubt it.
Ace: Washington Post Rates Obama's "7 Million Have Signed Up for ObamaCare" Claim ... Four Pinnochios, the Highest Rating for Deception
Oh boy, you know what that means:
According to one Harvard student, the “doctrine of academic freedom” should be replaced by a standard of “academic justice.”
“If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’?” asked Sandra Korn, a member of the class of 2014, in an editorial in the Crimson, Harvard’s official newspaper.
Korn proposes instead that “[w]hen an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.”
Of course, you know by now that to radical "progressives," "justice" is whatever they deem it to be. In effect, no matter how factual or scientifically-based, Korn would thwart a study or class being available to students because it may fly against her supposed notions of "[academic] justice."
By the way, Korn "is a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality" major. So, this ridiculous edu-garbage is pretty much what you'd expect.
The original article is here.
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Muslims are demanding citizenship for millions because of those expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. They base their demand on the fact that a recent law gave Sepharic Jews the right to citizenship when they were expelled in 1492.
Only fair, right? Wrong.
Jews were ousted from Spain out of pure religious bigotry. Muslims were ousted because they were a conquering colonial force for 800 years. Weird how they forgot that.
... you're -- what else? -- a racist.
No, writer Joseph Phillip Illidge doesn't actually say that, but it's more than obvious via his between-the-lines snark. Just like with our president, any dislike just couldn't be due to his policies, right? No, it's his COLOR, dammit!
Hey, if Marvel wants to change one of their longest-established characters for no other reason than to just do it, go for it. And if those who love this move want to keep referring to those who don't as wannabe Klan members, go for that, too. It's not my fault if you like coming off as microcephalic jackasses.
So reports CBS Sports.com:
John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league's competition committee to enact a rule at the owner's meeting next month making it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, with a second infraction meriting an ejection.
First, this Alliance must be doing a poor job if they're mission is "monitoring diversity" as the NFL is overwhelmingly black. Second, being that this is the case, is using the "N" word really so prevalent that it would warrant special consideration? Third, is the Alliance concerned with blacks saying the word to other blacks? If so, isn't this violating the tenet we've continually heard that "it isn't the same" when the word is used among African-Americans? Fourth, why aren't other slurs subject to a penalty -- terms like "cracker" or "honkie" or, now that Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to [likely] play in the league, homosexual slurs?
Wooten said he'd be "shocked" if the league doesn't uphold his recommendation.
The Corner's Thursday Links yesterday included a link to the Top Ten Coolest Guns in Sci-Fi. I was a bit disappointed as they were just hand weapons/rifle-style gizmos. So, as a result, you know what that means: Because no one demanded it, here are Hube's Coolest Sci-Fi Weapons (not just guns) of All-Time! I've limited the list to film -- TV and/or movies. If I included print, this list could be interminable.
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE:
THE COMET EMPIRE:
KRENIM TEMPORAL WEAPON:
WAVE MOTION GUN:
The non-Council winner was Doug Ross@Journal with Dear beautiful America, please, stop moving Forward (Guest Post by Aleksey).
Full results are here.
On second thought ...
So let's see -- two of the most prominent GOP candidates for the presidency in 2016, New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker, just happened to have scandals erupt ... even as Boss Obama's poll numbers continue to plummet. As you know, Christie is dealing with "Bridgegate," whereas Walker is now dealing with a campaign finance matter. Naturally, the mainstream media is (and was, in Christie's case) is frothing at the mouth. As if this is really a surprise, right?
Now, just compare Christie and the whole bridge imbroglio to Boss Obama and the IRS scandal. Which do you think is a more important matter? Then compare Walker's investigation to that (if there even was one) of Boss Obama's 2008 presidential campaign's failure to enact proper security measures for online contributions, which included being able to verify the identities of donors. The MSM's response then? One big collective yawn.
The right-leaning (and many independent) American public is really growing quite weary of this media nonsense. Christie's favorability among conservatives has risen in the wake of Bridgegate, largely as a result of MSM overkill. If the Walker matter proceeds as Bridgegate did, expect same from the GOP and conservatives there, too. Anyone recall how Newt Gingrich rocketed up the standings in 2012's GOP primary?
AAAAAAND, in the wake of all the above, Boss Obama's FCC wants to have a "representative" "monitor" newsrooms and radio stations for "appropriate content":
Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
If this doesn't chill you to the bone, then you're a complete moron. (The FCC has said they'll "re-evaluate" the program after its existence was leaked. Right.) I'd be saying the same exact thing if George W. Bush was in office right now. The difference with that, however, is that the mainstream press would be screaming about it ad nauseam too. But since liberal Democrat Barack Obama is doing it, again, there's a big collective MSM yawn and only the right-leaning press is covering it. At least as long as they're able to continue covering it if these Obama "monitors" begin showing up in newsrooms!
The U.S. currently ranks 46th in press freedom. It has dropped thirteen places in the latest rankings. Does anyone recall the media fracas when Robert Novak printed the name of Valerie Plame in 2003? "How dare a member of the GW Bush administration commit such a leak which could have repercussions to our intelligence community!" we were lectured. The coverage and punditry on the case was endless. Fast forward to today: The feds seize phone records and snoop on the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer is mysteriously hacked. The feds also spy on Associated Press phone records. Where is the continuing coverage of this?? Why does the mainstream press appear to give less than two hoots??
The president of Venezuela has threatened to boot CNN from his country for doing some actual reporting on the current goings-on there; how is what Boss Obama is planning all that different with regards to his FCC move, not to mention his and his acolytes' continual war on Fox News and talk radio as "all lies" and "not real news?" The reason the US isn't worse than #46 on press freedom (when there's a liberal Democrat in the White House) is because of Fox News and talk radio. And more and more, right-leaning Internet media.
This is another perfect example of what I meant when I wrote that "progressives" view their domestic political opponents as worse than actual threats like al Qaeda.
Boss Obama: Climate science is "irrefutable."
We've discussed the rumors of Jordan, a black actor, playing the blond-haired, blue-eyed Johnny before; however, looking at the images of the entire quartet -- especially Teller as Reed -- all one can say is "WTF????" As someone noted in the comment section of the first link, what is this -- "Fantastic Four 90210??" Teller looks like he's thirteen. Bell doesn't appear much older. And the only one of the four I've ever seen in a film (which doesn't mean much, admittedly) is Mara (she played Heath Ledger's oldest daughter in Brokeback Mountain).
And, naturally, the PC Police are out and about, crying "racism" when anyone dares to take issue with Jordan playing the Torch. The funniest thing about this is that at least one commenter takes this on in ... an ironic way:
Why Jonny?[sic] Why not Reed? A black guy can't be smart? He has to be the dumb jock?
Really, I think Reed being black makes a ton more sense if you were going to racebend anyone. Not that they should be. They should be promoting black heroes instead of using white ones with black actors.
At the CBR forum on the topic, this comment might be even better: "Like someone suggested they should turn Richards and Grimm into gay lovers to fill the quota."
Philly.com (and many other news outlets) are up in arms over members of Phillipsburg High School's (New Jersey) wrestling team posing with a wrestling dummy with a rival's jersey on it ... and with a noose around its neck. (Philly.com featured this story right smack at the top of its website this morning.)
Tuesday night, the Gloucester County NAACP issued a statement saying that it would request a meeting with Paulsboro officials and would seek an investigation. The NAACP also said it wanted "a letter of apology from the offenders to Paulsboro . . . and the Gloucester County community."
The superintendents of both districts met and said "actions were taken by the district consistent with its policies." What actions were taken, though, aren't as yet known.
Reading through the comments of the story shows a few readers stating that many wrestling "practice dummies" are, in fact, black in color. (If you're skeptical, just see this Google image search of "wrestling dummies" with no reference to color added.) And a Google image search of Paulsboro wrestling shows, well, overwhelmingly white faces. So was this photo really racially motivated?
Yes, the fact that this dummy was black in color, and yes, the fact that it had a noose around it appears racially insensitive. That this picture was taken at all is an exercise in extremely poor sportsmanship ... period. But the NAACP, before jumping the gun on this matter, ought to get its own house in order regarding racial insensitivity. And Philly.com ought to dig a little deeper before, as it does all too often, alluding to "racism."
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that no way will ObumbleCare cost any jobs. "No evidence," she said, and "every economist will tell you that," she added.
A recent CBO report said the economy "will lose the equivalent of over 2 million jobs because Obamacare will incentivize people to not work or to work fewer hours, and the taxes and mandates of the law will cause some jobs to be cut."
Meanwhile, Sebelius was also getting flack for the Obama admin's obvious racism -- the ObumbleCare website still isn't ready with authentic Spanish translations Recall the early mess this issue caused..Some of the examples sound just like my old Spanish teacher used to chide us about. For example, the website, "when trying to say 'out-of-pocket costs,' uses gastos de su bolsillo, which means 'cost of my pocket.'” One silly anecdote I always recall was one less-than-able student telling my HS Spanish teacher Dame mi pluma espalda. He wanted to say "Give me my pen back," but espalda means "back" as in "the back of your body."
The Spanish version of healthcare.gov ain't much better, it seems.
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Co-host of Fox News Channel's "The Five" Bob Beckel on the UAW's loss at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant:
“Let’s face it, Volkswagen has the kind of unionization it does because V.W. had a long, storied history with Hitler and the Nazis. You can’t raise these things because history — history dictates a lot of things! If you don’t think Volkswagen had a long, storied history with the Nazis, it’s the reason that they got unionized. It’s the first company to unionize in Germany, when the Americans took over.”
Waddya think? Silliest invocation of Godwin's Law ever?
Here's a tweet from comics moonbat Gail Simone yesterday:
The old farts next to us are whining about political correctness. I want to punch them a lot.— Gail Thorkenstonen (@GailSimone) February 18, 2014
What -- political correctness is not a legitimate topic for debate? So much so that one should be compelled to resort to violence? Maybe Simone is still smarting from her ridiculous The Movement being cancelled.
What is it about these supposedly "tolerant" "progressives?" Do we need any more evidence that their tolerance ends -- utterly and completely -- when they simply disagree with you on an issue? And always remember this lovely example.
Like "climate change." First, "Lurch" Kerry, our illustrious Secretary of State, told Indonesia of all places, that climate change (not global warming) is like a weapon of mass destruction, and "the greatest challenge of our generation."
Elsewhere, Boss Obama ordered truck efficiency standards raised because, y'know, climate change.
Good thing the Boss Obama admin is keyed right in to the cares and worries of Americans, eh? I mean, climate change is WAY up there on the list of public priorities, right?
*Sigh* Amazing how we're supposed to be chomping at the bit to somehow curb climate change so that 500 years from now things won't be a bit warmer. Meanwhile, our federal debt screams along out of control, and no one seems to care one about that much more immediate concern not one bit. Anyone who makes an issue of that is demonized to the Nth degree as "holding the country hostage."
Here's the solution: Become a felon.
A statewide initiative will start to expand opportunities for prisoners to get college degrees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.
Cuomo said New York's recidivism rate for incarceration is 40 percent, and the state spends $60,000 a year to house each prisoner. He said the program would help keep prisoners from returning to jail and will start by partnering local colleges with 10 prisons, which are mainly upstate.
Cuomo said the program will cost about $5,000 per year to provide a year of college courses for one inmate. The program will be funded through a partnership among the colleges, state and private sector.
Yeah, notice how "state" was neatly inserted into the middle there, as that means taxpayers. You can sure the "state" will pick up the lion's share.
Play by the rules and lead a clean life? "Screw you," says Cuomo. He'll just add you to the list of folks already persona non grata in the state.
Former US Rep. Mel Reynolds of Illinois was nabbed in Zimbabwe for possession of pornography (yes, a crime there). Back in 1995, Reynolds was convicted of sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography charges.
Yeah, this guy's a real winner. Another "winner" was Bill Clinton who commuted his sentence in 2001 just before leaving office. Other "winners" are those in this district; when Reynolds attempted a comeback in 2004, he was trounced by ... Jesse Jackson Jr. And we know how that turned out.
Mike Dickinson, the Democratic challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is really a piece of work. He seems to revel in tweeting how the FCC should get in there and regulate dastardly Fox News for "telling nothing but lies":
Wow haha. We stirred the pot by saying Fox News needed regulation for telling nothing but lies. Many Foxheads came out the woodwork. Good.— DickinsonForCongress (@VoteMike2014) February 18, 2014
Dickinson is the real deal true believer, folks. He goes further:
Fox News does nothing but tell lies and mistruths. They have unqualified political analysts. We need FCC to monitor and regulate them.— DickinsonForCongress (@VoteMike2014) February 18, 2014
Cheeyeah. Somebody tell Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, and Catherine Herridge, among others.
Lastly, the coup de grâce:
Fully support first amendment. News is news, entertainment is entertainment. Fox News is in the later category.— DickinsonForCongress (@VoteMike2014) February 18, 2014
But he fully supports the First Amendment!!
Be sure to click the link above to see the rest of the douchebag's tweets. Moonbat entertainment at its finest.
CBS News's John Dickerson says "Let's all agree to not talk about Monica Lewinsky for at least two years." He notes, too, that bringing Lewinsky up "diminishes you in the process." As Insty says, "Hmm. Nobody minded talking about Mitt Romney’s much more distant past."
Insty also notes that Lewinsky is most relevant in the age of "progressives" screaming about conservatives' so-called "War on Women." If these hypocrites are really concerned about this "war," then Bill Clinton's treatment of not only Lewinsky, but Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones -- and Hillary's own campaign against these women -- are more than fair game. In addition, based on the media's past actions, anything in Hillary's past is up for scrutiny: Whitewater, the travel office firings, and her conduct during the Watergate investigations/hearings. Again, if Mitt Romney's past from high school and his 1980's business dealings were legitimate, as were George W. Bush's National Guard Service, anything related to Sarah Palin, and, to be complete, John Kerry's military background, then any protestations by [liberal] media members (like Dickerson above) should be laughed at.
... but since "progressives" always like to bring them up, not to mention declare themselves the "party of science," this is worth showing:
Yes, that graphic shows that more Democrats believe that astrology is a legitimate science. Maybe, like "global warming" was smoothly transitioned to "climate change" when the evidence didn't work out as the alarmists screamed about, these folks can likewise re-dub "astrology" as "stellar interpretation science."
Via Weasel Zippers:
This was an advertisement for Al Gore's enviro-nut outfit? Niiiiice. But hey -- why do they assume aliens want a warmer planet? Was Gore part of The Arrival's conspiracy?
We always knew it'd happen fairly soon; it was just a question of when:
Less than three weeks after the final issue of DC Comics’ The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires arrived in stores, Gail Simone has announced the cancellation of its companion series The Movement with May’s Issue 12.
"Unfortunately, this book just never found a big enough audience,” the writer posted Sunday on her blog. “The people who loved it, loved it hard, but that number was too small. I am bummed about it, we wanted to do a book that didn’t read or look like anything else out there, and I think we accomplished that. I take the responsibility, I think it took a little while for people to really adopt the characters, which was a conscious choice but also a risky one in this very cautious market where people have to be extra careful of which books they choose.”
Gosh, what a shame. Not.
Best comment at the story link is this one.
NBC's Christin Cooper interviews USA ski team medalist Bode Miller, whose younger brother had passed away:
NRO's Rich Lowry says Cooper "should win a Peabody for Exertions Undertaken to Make an Athlete Cry."
Boss Obama: "I think America is stronger where everybody's being treated ... with respect and dignity."
California Democratic congressman Xavier Becerra said that the major f*** up that is ObumbleCare requires Boss Obama to take unilateral action to "fix it" because it is like -- wait for it! -- a national security emergency.
Forum: Can America’s Republic Be Saved?
Well, to be fair, comics nutjob Gail Simone had backed "white privilege" whiner Suey Park up on Twitter, but then refused to outright answer Park's contention that only white people could be racist. But maybe this retweet by her settles the matter:
It is not safe to be Black in America. Antiblackness is lethal, and it has had a global impact that spans generations.— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) February 16, 2014
Knowing predictable "progressives" as I do, I surmise Simone and Ms. Kendall are miffed at the trial of this person down in (again) Florida? But unlike a certain other racially charged trial (thanks for the mainstream media, natch), this gent has actually been convicted. It may not have been what certain folks wanted (and the defendant may stand a retrial on the desired charge of murder one), but it's obviously enough to begin another ridiculous "progressive" hate-fest, along with the wildly hyperbolic and specious claims of moonbats like Simone and Kendall.
... his judges don't know what's in it:
“Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us,” wrote Allen in a tautological pronouncement that cited a unilateral assertion of sovereignty penned in response to 18th-century British abuses of power, rather than the supreme law governing the U.S.
The New York Times gave no indication it noticed Allen’s glaring error, dedicating most of its 761-word article to sniffing at opponents of same-sex marriage.
Yep, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen used the Declaration of Independence instead of the, y'know, Constitution. "All Men are Created Equal" comes from the Declaration. It'd be one thing watching Jay Leno asking people on the street this question; it's another for a federal judge to not know.
Today is Valentine's Day. A moonbat at the New Republic complains that this day is bad for -- wait for it! -- global warming. Because of all the Valentine's Day cards.
The non-Council winner was Michael Totten with The Truth About Che Guevara.
Full results are here.
As I said, perfect:
Poaching: If Obama is presuming to poach Congressional power, why doesn't the House of Representatives poach back?
Let the House pass a bill stating that no business has to comply with this, as it is unconstitutional.
Let them say further that their statement of intent on this matter shall be a perfect defense to all prosecutions or attempts of the executive to enforce the clause.
And let the House start doing more than that: Let the House pass a bill that in its opinion Obamacare is simply no longer the law of the land.
Now, Obama will object: One House of Congress has no right or authority to do this.
Lot of that going 'round, huh?
Idiot WaPo sports writer: Sochi "is whiter than an episode of 'Downton Abbey.'”
One phone call from new socialist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio got a buddy out of potential jail time.
State-wise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide Jerome Hauer was caught illegally carrying a firearm ... and was retroactively issued a waiver after the revelation.
In "progressive" banana republics, this is how things work. No wonder de Blasio was a huge fan of Nicaragua's Sandinistas.
The dude won over a vastly more qualified attorney general candidate in 2006 because of his name. Give the state of the Delaware GOP, I'm sure he'll do it again. Sadly.
Joseph Quinn of Wilmington wants us all to be safe in our schools ... by eliminating one of our fundamental rights:
The cost of locking down classrooms is $4 million. That comes to $300 for each classroom and only $15 for each student. We are not talking about a lot of money, people. I suggest increasing gun licenses and taxing gun purchases to cover the costs. The increased fees should be applied to all current licenses. I also suggest everyone read the related article, “Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue,” in Feb. 3’s paper. The only real answer is to get rid of the guns from the violent American society in which we live.
What other constitutional rights should we abrogate to make us "safer," Mr. Quinn? The Fourth is already well underway what with NSA revelations coming forth seemingly every day. Is that OK by you? Do you concur, Mr. Quinn, with the myriad college administrators who routinely stifle First Amendment protections in the name of "tolerance" and "understanding?" What about the Fifth Amendment? Wouldn't compelling people to testify whether they want to or not increase our safety, too?
Quinn is just another statist who believes rescinding individual freedoms in the name of the "greater good" will make us all more secure. Spare me.
... and then completely back off and endorse the idea. Remember when the GOP wanted a one year delay in ObumbleCare in exchange for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling last year. "Forget it," said Boss Obama and the Dems. Yet, somehow, Boss Obama has unilaterally done just that for various provisions of his law -- even more so with the employer mandate. The GOP got pilloried by the MSM for their "intransigence," etc., and of course, President Lemon gets a free pass as per usual.
Now, Ace brings word that "Abortion Barbie" Wendy Davis (Democrat gov. nominee in Texas) who made her name filibustering a Texas bill which would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks ... now says she's OK with the idea.
There's a bit more to it, natch, but *SIGH*
And the non-Council submissions are here!
Philly airport, the "local" airport for many in my neck of the woods, rates as the third worst airport in the country. Only NYC's LaGuardia and LAX beat it out. Also on the list are NYC's Kennedy and Newark, NJ. I've been to all of the worst five except LAX, and they all deserve to be on this list, based on the airports I've been to across the land.
If there's the slightest inkling of "homophobia" by a non-politically correct entity, BEWARE the mainstream media enforcement mechanism. For instance, watch out if Michael Sam is drafted lower than the power-that-be think he should be. Hell, just look at all the media attention already given to the man.
But what if a fellow Hip Hop artist was gay? What would happen then?
[Rapper T-Pain] told Vlad TV that he believes the perception that rap has become more 'gay-friendly' in recent years is a little off the mark. "I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly," he said. "I don't think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs.
"I know n***as that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay ...
Don't expect much scrutiny to this. After all, we're talking about two "oppressed" categories here. Just as Muslim feelings towards homosexuals are rarely scrutinized by the MSM, so it is with those of African-Americans. Just consider a few years ago with California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. 70% of blacks voted for the measure. They, along with mostly Catholic Hispanics, cast their vote based on their faith.
How about that, eh?
"It's the law." Yep, when the GOP was contemplating changes and/or outright repeal, this is what we heard. Yet, somehow, our president is permitted to change the law all by himself.
MOST RELATED: This administration has big cojones, I'll give 'em that. Today, Boss Obama's HHS is requiring employers to certify
... that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a "self-attestation" on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.
Penalty of perjury?? When this sour lemon keeps changing a LAW over and over again so that no one knows just WTF is going on??
... but you get suspended for the one instance of responding in kind. Such is what happened to Philly sports talk host Mike Missanelli. After years of receiving e-mails from a deranged fan, e-mails which included "the use of racial epithets, threats against Missanelli's daughter and calling an ex-girlfriend a whore," Missanelli finally responded. But -- gasp!! -- he used a "homophobic" slur in said response! In today's world, there's no greater offense! As such, Missanelli got a week suspension.
This is relevant to this post from yesterday, where a member of the LGOMB thinks it's no big deal if a gay (man) scopes out another (straight) guy's package. But heaven forbid if a (straight) guy objects! Or, makes a comparison to (straight) gender differences and how they're analogous.
Boss Obama: “That’s the good thing as a president. I can do whatever I want.”
Insty: Those who strongly agreed that “the government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” gave away $140 on average to charity. Among those who strongly disagreed, the average gift was $1,637.
Full article here.
Here's Delaware Douche at the LGOMB (that's Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers) making the case:
Whatever locker room disruption there was by having a gay teammate was minimal and was overcome, and did not prevent the team from having success. And yet there were the bigots on the radio this morning, talking about how it would disrupt the lockerroom, because they all shower together and the gay one would looking with lust at his teammates, echoing Jonathan Vilma. I always laugh at that. If a gay teammate looks at your naked body, so that fuck what? What harm is being done to you? Are you so insecure in your manhood that you don’t want any one looking? (Indeed, wouldn’t you be more worried if the gay teammate was not looking? But I digress).
Douche is referencing the story of Michael Sam, a top NFL prospect from the University of Missouri who just the other day came out as gay. You gotta give Sam his due taking this action before the NFL draft, since this news could potentially affect his NFL "worth." Still, reading about his story, it was pretty much common knowledge among the town and Sam's teammates that he was gay. As long as he doesn't pull a Chris Kluwe and constantly yammer about being gay so as to distract from the team, he should be an asset to any NFL squad.
But back to what DD writes above, and it's a point I've written about before, mainly regarding gays in the military: If the matter of straight and gay men showering together is a matter of "so the f*** what," then so the f*** what if straight men and women shower together, right? Douche asks "what harm is being done?" if a gay man checks you out in the shower; what harm is there if a straight dude checks out a female in the shower, eh?
Please, someone fill me in as to how this is a bad comparison. If you say that "the two instances aren't the same," be sure to explain precisely why. If Douche's treatise is legit, yet mine is not, then you are basically saying that homosexuals have greater hormonal urge control than straights. That sounds pretty heterophobic to me.
Real Clear Politics has the story. He was there when I was a student. Who knew? Nevertheless, the article paints a pretty good picture of the NJ governor, much to the dismay, I'm sure, of "progressives."
Simple: Don't pay for 'em.
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This is what our resident Delaware blogging lunatic known as kavips wants Israel to do -- so as to end the cycle of violence in the middle east:
Israel. One must realize that Israel’s existence creates an world’s most expensive arms market involving Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, That is huge money for America’s defense industry as well as those of other nations. However having peace and cooperation in the Holy Land would be far better for the American people. Just think: no terrorism. Telling Israel to stand down, would benefit all of the American people; doing so would cut into the profits of those arm’s dealers who readily exploit the fear of both sides to get supply contracts signed. No fear; no contracts.
Let's see, first 'vips states that Israel's existence is what's fueling terrorism in the region, and then later she says we (the US) should tell Israel to "stand down." So ... does this "stand down" mean that Israel should disintegrate as a nation?
This is a perfect vista into the mind of a modern "progressive." It's Israel's fault that there's terrorism in the mid-east because, well, they exist. It isn't the surrounding Arab states' fault for their anachronistic belief systems based largely on religious hatred. If Israel suddenly ceased exist, somehow terrorism in the region would end. And bears would stop shi**ing the woods, too, I suppose.
People like kavips instinctively side with the 7th century barbarians (in this case) because they're the underdogs, you see. They're dependent. Impoverished. In other words, just the way "progressives" like 'em. Israel, on the other hand, began impoverished, but actually rose up and made something of itself. Something "progressives" loath.
kavips' outrageous anti-Semitism aside, it's also humorous to point out how "progressives" clamor about the "illegality" of various Israeli actions (the "occupied territories" being the main one) based on United Nations resolutions; however, they always conveniently forget that the MAIN resolution by the world body -- that which, in 1948, created the Israeli nation in the first place -- was shat upon by the Palestinians (and their Arab brothers), and led to them attacking the Jews with the goal being their obliteration.
Over at Bleeding Cool, Brad Faye wants you to contribute to his effort to publish One Nation: Out of Darkness. Here's his tale of the story's origins:
It was around the time that I began to shape this character that I also began to learn more and more about the Islamic religion, and how much the truth conflicted with the ideas I’d conceived following the events of 9/11. As a New York native who was living in Arizona the day of the attacks, I can vividly recall the scare my family went through while making sure our loved ones were safe, and I remember how that fear was quickly replaced by anger. Instead of asking what would lead somebody to do something so heinous, or rather than researching Islam myself, I took the easy road and demanded revenge against those who had the gall to attack us on American soil. And since the terrorists who had physically conducted the attacks were already dead, all I could do was root for vengeance against those who were still among the living. Not helping matters much was that the very first thing I remember seeing after turning on my television that morning was footage of people in Palestine celebrating the attacks. This footage – which came to me courtesy of FOX News – gave me the embodiment to which I could channel my anger and aggression – the Middle East and its dominant religion of Islam. In a very short time, I was drinking the USA Kool-Aid and felt anger towards anyone who wasn’t.
He goes on to say that, years later, he can only "shake his head" at his "ignorance," and is "thankful" for the "enlightenment" that he eventually discovered. Got it.
Let's consider Faye's statement above. Did his enlightenment lead to him to understand that there is no "understanding" people like Osama bin Laden? If we gave in to "what led" bin Laden's purported reasons were for his attacks, then we'd all be living under Sharia law, and Israel wouldn't exist. Next, what is wrong about seeking vengeance among the living? Faye's nebulousness can lead to believe he (and other Americans) desired to kill any Muslims following 9/11; that is just plain silly, of course, and there is (was) absolutely nothing wrong with counter-attacking al Qaeda and Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan ... which is precisely what we did.
In addition, Faye shows himself to be the usual "progressive" blowhard by intimating that those Palestinians dancing in the streets after 9/11 was a fiction created by that dastardly Fox News. This is patently ridiculous and utterly false (as someone thankfully pointed out in the comments section). Did Faye's "research" about Muslim reaction to the attacks include anything like these? Or how about this poll which shows that a majority of Muslim nations do not believe Muslims were responsible for 9/11? And did Faye know that it isn't Muslims who face the greatest threat of violence due to their religion/beliefs in the US, it is Jews? It appears Faye is still drinking the Kool-Aid; he's just switched flavors.
Lastly, this yarn is about a female Muslim teenager? Hasn't Faye checked out one of Marvel's latest??
Fellow Watcher's Council member Bookworm Room has a second collection of essays out -- The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama's America.
The only way to get journalists to recognize the oppression of Russia and the former USSR? Put them in the "middle" of it:
Kill 20 million of their own citizens? The Russians are misunderstood! Not have toilet paper for American journos? Russians are monsters!— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) February 5, 2014
And what, precisely, is Professor Benjamin Kline Hunnicut a professor of? Wait for it!! Leisure Studies. Leisure F***ing Studies at the University of Iowa.
They must be so proud to have him.
Speaking of the NAACP, in North Carolina for a protest against voter ID measures, the group required participants to bring with them ... a photo ID:
Life imitates lunacy in "Progressiveville."
The Massachusetts NAACP is supporting a convicted woman-beater, who just happens to be a member of the State House who was recently booted from the body. Why?
Well, first, his case is being appealed. He was already convicted, mind you, but to the NAACP we should leave him alone until all appeals have been exhausted. Second, there's "there is currently no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions."
Yep, these are the arguments one of the oldest civil rights organization in the country is using to back the woman-beater, Carlos Henriquez. The real reason, of course, is because he's a black liberal Democrat. Sit tight for the accusations of racism. But keep this in mind when the mythical "War on Women" raises its silly head again.
That is what Ted Kaufman should be saying today for this ridiculous piece of dreck in today's News Journal. He wants his beloved IRS to be spared budget cuts. Worse, he offers up this whopper:
Last year, you will recall the “IRS scandal” involving a local office that allegedly targeted conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status. The office had identified groups with terms such as “Tea Party” in their names for scrutiny. As it turned out, they also targeted liberal groups using words like “Occupy” in their names. There is no question it was ham handed, but the IRS’s explanation has at least until now held up.
Uh huh. And you're a blithering dolt, Ted.
He'll be played by Paul Bettany who voiced Jarvis in the Iron Man and first Avengers flicks.
I recall Bettany best from his role of the savior angel Michael in the so-so film Legion.
Biden: ‘No Obvious Reason’ Not to Run in 2016.
Cracked has a [brief] list of The 3 Most Depressing Minor Characters in Famous Movies. But they missed one. Here's Jonah Goldberg (via his e-mailed "G File"):
But it leaves out The Gimp from Pulp Fiction. I understand it's awkward since the man the character is based on is now the vice president of the United States. But come on.
Via Carl: That's what LZ Granderson should be saying after writing this "Jerry Seinfeld is a product of white privilege" nonsense.
What we do or don’t do shouldn’t be an indicator of gender, or race or sexual identity. I mean, we can make guesses, but that doesn’t tell you who you are inside, and it’s the inside that really counts, or so years of cartoon morality lessons have taught me. There’s no such thing as “not black enough” or “you act too gay to be straight,” because that says more about the person making those statements than the person they’re defining. The United States started out as just some humble little colonies trying to forge their own identity, coming to America to be themselves.
Let that sink in for a moment.
OK, ready? IT IS "PROGRESSIVES," MS. HOFFMAN, WHO DEFINE PEOPLE BY THEIR SKIN COLOR, GENDER AND SEXUAL IDENTITY. That is what. They. Do. This is what Marvel and DC do, via their writers, artists and editors. It's what "progressive" politicians do, too: If you're black or Hispanic (but especially black) and conservative, you're "not authentically black." If you're a woman and staunchly pro-life, you're not "authentically female."
I wonder if Ms. Hoffman is "pro-diversity." If she says "yes," why, exactly? The only diversity truly worthy of the term is diversity of opinion and experience. And Hoffman has already noted that skin color/gender/sexual ID has nothing to do with that. Thus, the supposed need for set numbers -- the so-called "critical mass" argued for by racial bean counters in academia -- is moot.
The non-Council winner was Stormbringer with The Real Afghanistan: A Marine Point Of View.
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MSNBC resident microcephalic Chris Matthews yesterday: "Let me finish tonight with something that's been bothering me. Why do people hate this president so much?"
*Sigh* Of course, it's not hate. It is, as with anything else political, a disagreement and if anything else, a dislike. Ignore Matthews' absolutely false narrative as to why people (mostly GOPers and conservatives) "hate" Boss Obama; here's the real scoop (as if any loyal Colossus readers really need this, eh?) including many recent occurrences/revelations:
Make no mistake -- this is a "f*** you" appointment by Boss Obama. And if confirmed, you can bet Adegbile will try to do still more about Abu-Jamal. Is a Boss Obama pardon for the cop killer in the works? Why not? It'd just be one more middle finger he's given the American people.
The list could go on and on, natch. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. Unilaterally altering laws. And Matthews knows -- KNOWS -- if Obama was a Republican he's be in grave danger of impeachment about now.
Via Doug Ernst: This shouldn't surprise a soul:
Buzzfeed Editor Editor Peter Lauria: I have noticed that most of the guests are mostly white males. Of 22 episodes you’ve had —
Seinfeld: Yeah, let’s get into that. Take a look over here, Peter. What do you see? A lot of whiteys! What’s going on here?!
Oh, this really pisses me off. This really pisses me off, but go ahead. [...] There were a lot of things about ‘Comedians and Cars’ from the very beginning — the first ten I did were all white males and people were writing all about that. People think it’s the census or something. It’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that, but everyone else is kind of calculating ‘Is this the exact right mix?’ To me it’s anti-comedy. It’s anti-comedy. It’s more about PC nonsense than “Are you making us laugh or not?”
In response, complete dolt Kyle Chayka at Gawker says Seinfeld is a racist:
Jerry Seinfeld, the most successful comedian in the world and maker of comedy for and about white people, isn't interested in trying to include non-white anything in his work.
Which is too bad, because Seinfeld is downplaying the work of everyone from Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby to Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, and Eddie Huang, who are all in various stages of their own sitcoms that just might turn out to be the next Seinfeld.
In conclusion: Yes, comedy should represent the entire pie chart of America, and the glorious, multicolored diversity pie should be thrown directly at Jerry Seinfeld's face.
Hmm. Let's see what sort of "multicolored diverse" articles Mr. Chayka has written of late:
Of course, you see how utterly ridiculous this is. And for "progressives" like Buzzfeed's Lauria and Gawker's Chayka, "multi-colored" and "diversity" are only necessary when it comes to Caucasians. Unless, that is, when it comes to applying the concept to themselves. (See also here and here.)
Maybe next Chayka can do an article on this worthy topic: Using white paper can cause racism in young children. I sh** you not. So says, natch, an “early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.”
The very best thing we can do to such complete nonsense is just what Seinfeld did -- laugh at them and look 'em in the eye and tell 'em how f***ing ridiculous they are.
It could happen, according to Bleeding Cool:
But surely the most interesting proposition they raise is that Josh Trank and Fox are open to gender-swapping iconic F4 villain Dr. Doom, who is expected to be the Big Bad here as well. Here’s how they’re approaching casting the character: the studio is likely to go for a big name and isn’t ruling out switching genders for the role.
Uh ... whaaaaat??? Last May rumors surfaced that a black actor may take over the role of the Human Torch; now we possibly may get a Doc Doom with breasts. Why not change the team moniker to the Politically Correct Four? And why stop at the Torch and Doom? Why not an Asian Reed Richards and Native American Sue Storm? And, how about making the Thing out of dry ice instead of rock, so that when his body sublimates there can be ample room for a discussion of anthropogenic global warming?
And the non-Council nominations are here!
... why is new IRS chief John Koskinen apologizing for targeting conservative groups?
Yes! what Mark Blake says. Arrest and prosecute those Conservatives with illegal firearms….
You ran too easily. no one said guns have particular political affiliations. Just like cars don’t have political affiliations. Unlike guns, Conservatives DO have political affiliations. If you do a close reading of my text, you will notice I am talking about Conservatives, not guns.
If Benedict Arnold were alive today, and trying to underpin America by selling us out to another foreign power, would anyone be on his side? That is what conservatives are doing. Selling out the American Middle Class to 1% of the population who couldn’t care less about America.
For that reason, any Conservative should be arrested and prosecuted for possession of illegal firearms… Just as one would arrest Benedict Arnold….. or any other Tory walking through the countryside in 1782….
If no judicial court be handy, rolling them in hot tar until they scream, and then cooling them off in chicken feathers, would be a good secondary alternative….
Bottom line; no difference between Benedict Arnold and say, Sean Hannity.
How many times have we said it? Too many to count: "Progressives" don't just view their American ideological opponents as just that -- fellow citizens with differing points of view. They view them as the enemy. Evil. To be extinguished. They're even worse than, say, al Qaeda.
Remember the good 'ol times when "progressives" screamed for free speech, and how "dissent was patriotic"? Remember how toxic phrases like "America -- love it or leave it" were? But now that they've gotten power, to hell with all of those concepts. Free speech from conservatives has to squelched "for the greater good." Dissent is now, like kavips says, traitorous. If you disagree with "progressives" now, leave America.
kavips doesn't sound any different than this mental midget. No wonder she enjoys commenting where she does.
And both come via Philly.com, natch. The first is an AP story out of Oregon that (amazingly-but-not-really) gets national headlines: Trader Joe's backs black-neighborhood store plan.
The Trader Joe's grocery-store chain has dropped a plan to open a new store in the heart of the city's historically African-American neighborhood after activists said the development would price black residents out of the area. Critics said the development would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in one of the most rapidly gentrifying ZIP codes in the nation.
The Portland African American Leadership Forum said the development commission had in the past made promises about preventing projects from displacing community members but hadn't fulfilled them.
It sent the city a letter saying it would "remain opposed to any development in N/NE Portland that does not primarily benefit the Black community." It said the grocery-store development would "increase the desirability of the neighborhood," for "non-oppressed populations."
TJ's is too pricey? My daughter works part-time at a local TJ's and always begs me to come shop there because many of their prices are cheaper than "big name" chain supermarkets. And she's right. Still, haven't we heard about how some health issues in the African-American are due to not having "healthy" foods available in their communities? Why yes, we have. So, why then would this community want a supermarket known for its healthy products out of the community??
Elsewhere, in Philly, women are complaining about men not protecting them from a rash of purse snatchings:
"Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?" [Tyema] Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. "Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected."
One may wonder why Philly.com chose to emphasize this part of the story since it's actually only a small part of it. And one may also wonder why there was no Women's/Gender Studies professor was interviewed to say how wrong-headed Ms. Sanchez is for demanding that those with Y-chromosomes protect her. After all, how long have we been conditioned now to view the sexes as "equal" in every arena imaginable ... despite how silly the notion is?
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Boss Obama lashes out at Fox News during O'Reilly interview. He blamed the network for promoting the notion that he didn't call the Benghazi attacks "terrorism," and for clamoring about the IRS scandal: "These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them," President Lemon said.
Correction, Mr. President: Fox News mentions them because they're doing the job the rest of your lapdog media won't do.
What doesn't it cause, uh?
For months after Hurricane Sandy sent nearly six feet of water surging into her home in Long Beach, N.Y. — an oceanfront city along Long Island’ s south shore — retired art teacher Marcia Bard Isman woke up many mornings feeling anxious and nauseated. She had headaches, and inexplicable bouts of sadness. She found herself crying for no apparent reason.
What Isman is experiencing is one of the little-recognized consequences of climate change, the mental anguish experienced by survivors in the aftermath of extreme and sometimes violent weather and other natural disasters. The emotional toll of global warming is expected to become a national — and potentially global — crisis that many mental health experts warn could prove far more serious than its physical and environmental effects.
“When you have an environmental insult, the burden of mental health disease is far greater than the physical,” said Steven Shapiro, a Baltimore psychologist who directs the program on climate change, sustainability and psychology for the nonprofit Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).
Nice title. Yeah, this guy doesn't have an agenda.
Next up: Global war- er, um, climate change is responsible for acne and prostate enlargement.
... if he suggested that the BET Awards stage a drive-by. Think it'd be "funny" then?
What do 'ya think? This Boss Obama pass:
A) went three feet
B) was so soft it was picked off by a six year-old girl
C) was used for a "If you like your football, you can keep it" commercial
D) ended up in Benghazi and a video was blamed
E) died because it couldn't afford its health plan deductible
Other Obama sports "classics":
By the way: Broncos over Seahawks 24-21.
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