Former stand-in Delaware senator Ted Kaufman falls into line with radical environmentalists with the usual apocalyptic swill. Most laughable part of the article:
An ICF International study commissioned by the NRDC concludes "the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants can save American households and business customers $37.4 billion on their electric bills in 2020 while creating more than 274,000 jobs. … The federal carbon pollution standard could fuel a surge in energy efficiency investments, creating new jobs filled by electricians, roofers, carpenters, insulation workers, heating/air conditioning installers and heavy equipment operators, among others."
Does anyone with a modicum of sanity actually believe this -- especially after all the other eco-nonsense from our administration since early 2009??
As I've said ad nauseam here, it is very hard to worry about appeals (like Ted's) to "my children and yours" when the same scientists Ted and other
global warming climate change climate disruption alarmists cite have told us there is nothing we can do about the quantity of the CO2 currently in the atmosphere ... for at least a millennium.
Couple that with this bit of Kaufman limousine elitism: "Who is right about the costs? It seems to me the question isn't very important if you are not in a state of denial about the NASA study." Uh huh. Easy for you to say, Teddy. Guys like you who're monetarily comfortable may not think costs are "very important," but ye gad, c'mon.
Here's an idea: How about you and yours do something about our sputtering economy and then offer up the worrisome platitudes about our nigh annihilation, huh?
That is climate change is to blame for the current crisis in Iraq.
That'd be Simon Waxman's contention that the US military's naming weapons after Native Americans (like the Tomahawk missile, for example) is as racist as the nation's capital's football team name.
(h/t Doug Ernst)
Forty years ago Republicans joined Democrats in shredding Tricky Dick Nixon regarding Watergate. And the then-IRS commissioner would have none of Dick's desires to use the agency as a personal Gestapo.
How times change, uh?
The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ E-Mails.
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The only problem is that 9/11 Truther moonbat Roberto Orci is still part of the creative team. I think the threequel could suffer from what has happened to a lot of third installments: They suck.
At the end of Into Darkness, Kirk and crew of the Enterprise were heading for deep space on their first five-year mission. To me, this sounds like a better jumping off point for a new TV series, not another flick.
Orci did make a good point in response to an all-too ridiculous PC question: What about an openly gay character in the cast? He says:
It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang…It doesn’t’ have to be like South Park, like ‘what have we learned today.’ It can be so normalized that it just exists. I agree it can’t be shoe-horned in. And it is not necessary for it to be the whole point of the thing. It is an ensemble and there is lots of people to represent so no one point of view should hog it.
But, admittedly, article author Devin Faraci also makes a good point in that, just as Spock and Uhura have an occasional scene romance, why not show same involving, say, Chekov and another dude, or better yet, Sulu? The latter would make a great homage to George Takei, the original Sulu who's been out as gay for many years now.
The economy is collapsing, the Mid-East is aflame, our veterans are getting f***ed over, the president has turned the IRS into his own personal mafia ... but our contemporary comics creators (in this case, Marvel's Dan Slott) go after ... Fox News.
UPDATE: Doug Ernst noticed the Fox News link today as well.
Hey, did anyone else catch the LGOMB's "El Somnambulo" on Al Mascitti's WDEL show yesterday? Did you hear his mocking Mexican/Spanish accent?
Do 'ya think if a conservative/Republican did something like that that the "progressive" crew over there would be whining about "racism?"
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Late last week I happened upon this article in The Federalist by Daniel Payne. He simply asks, "Why Do Teachers Complain So Much?" What struck me, in particular, was how even-handed Payne is. Many analysts of (public) education usually go all-out one way or the other -- either public education and its teachers are evil incarnate, or they're noble institutions and individuals, one step below deity status.
The object of Payne's interest is a teacher resignation letter published in the Huffington Post. Why, he wonders, do so many teachers feel the need to let the world know why they're bowing out? "Was the post office in Colorado Springs closed that day?" he asks. "Did she attempt to send the letter to her superiors and accidentally sent it to the editor of the website instead?"
Obviously not. Payne is right: Way too many educators travel to their jobs on a high horse. Too many think they're overworked and underpaid, and that somehow their situation is so different from that of other Americans in other professions. Early in my career at a school referendum meeting (my state requires that the public vote on raising taxes for increased school funding), a colleague stood up and, sounding all exasperated, exclaimed "Listen -- I got up at 5:30 this morning. I did not get home until 6pm. I was on my feet all day ..." The groans from the audience were quite audible. And my own was among them.
Nobody wants to hear that sort of whining, especially at a gathering where a community tax increase is on the table -- a tax that, in part, pays teachers. You think the guy who drives a delivery truck for ten hours across 150 miles of territory wants to hear such grousing? How about the woman who works retail at the mall and just spent nine hours on her feet, dealing with pushy patrons all day? You don't think they'd like a pay raise? Better hours? Improved working conditions?
The irony is, many of these teachers need to realize that they exist in a (teaching) world largely of their own making. By this, I mean their political and cultural philosophies. You're part of one of the most powerful unions in the country, so when you go on strike demanding salary increases and gold label health benefits - when you're already well compensated - it doesn't go over well with the Average Joe who works just as hard but does not enjoy such perks.
Granted, the strength of teachers' unions varies from state to state, as do the salaries and benefits. But keep in mind (and I know this will anger many teachers) the length of the typical school day, and the school year. Winter and spring breaks. Every holiday off. Half of June, all of July, and most of August ... off. Yes, yes, I know teachers will clamor that their day doesn't end after seven and a half hours, and that the numerous breaks and summer are filled with grading, book-keeping and professional development. Trust me, I know. I've put in many a ten-to-twelve hour day, and worked for weeks during breaks and the summer on lesson planning and curriculum.
But so what? Again, how is this so different from what any other person does in any other job? And, generally, what teachers won't tell you is how many in the profession don't do these things. Which makes the salaries and bennies even better, right?
And what about the teachers who have gone on to administration, both school-based and at the central office? Classroom teachers are renowned for their objections to inservice content (inservices are "workshops" that are supposed to enhance one's teaching abilities) but who do you think develops them? Former teachers. Or, at the least (worst?), those who have degrees in education and/or have worked in the field all their lives.
In 1979, President Carter and a Democratic Congress passed the Department of Education Organization Act, which established the federal Department of Education. Many (mostly Republicans and conservatives) thought the move was a Democrat payoff to liberals and the National Education Association (NEA), the largest union of any kind in the country. But even progressive-friendly media acknowledge that Carter had promised the NEA the new cabinet role.
What have we seen, in particular, over the last decade and a half from the NEA and others? Endless grumbling about educational federal mandates. It was easy enough when George W. Bush assumed office in 2000; he was a Republican. That Republican largely co-opted the typical liberal/Democrat tradition of intertwining the feds and education policy with No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The big difference here was that instead of largely throwing money at schools, Mr. Bush actually wanted something in return. The unions, and teachers in general, screamed and hollered about "unfunded mandates," "unrealistic goals," etc.
But in 2008 when Barack Obama came to Washington, his Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative was often referred to as "NCLB on steroids." The union and teacher complaints persist, although they were (are) less personal (Obama is a progressive Democrat, after all). With RTTT, not only was NCLB-based standardized testing continued with all the usual demographic components broken down and dissected as before, but selected states could now use federal monies to develop new teacher evaluation tools, and establish entities like "professional learning communities" (PLCs).
It's easy enough to understand the current kvetching. These new evaluation methods were too often hastily assembled and bring little to the table in terms of judging teacher effectiveness. I've personally seen outstanding teachers receive "ineffective" labels, and lemon instructors get "satisfactory" ratings based on the new assessment. Funding was provided for "data coaches" who are supposed to provide information to teachers on student progress. The problem, which no one could ever seem to answer, was when teachers would get this information and, more importantly, what to do with it.
To coin a cliché, haste really does make waste.
As someone who's been involved in public education for a quarter century I sympathize with many of my fellow educators' -- and union's -- complaints. The decline in student respect and discipline, to name one, remains a "bipartisan" issue, so to speak. But, as I noted previously, on whom can we blame a significant portion of that decline? And, even though left-of-center union complainers get most of the ink in the media, the general pubic should keep in mind that a large percentage of the NEA is comprised of moderates and conservatives, and many do not agree with the Association on national political matters.
The unions and statist educators may not have gotten what they wished for when the feds became a player in education thirty-five years ago. It was naïve to ever believe Washington would continue to throw money at schools ... and never demand anything in return. Grousing about that which you've been largely responsible, and doing so in wide-reaching public mediums, is unlikely to amass much general sympathy.
(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)
Want a $15/hr. "living" wage? Then be prepared to pay for it:
Got issues with the IRS? Give them the same excuses they're giving us. Douchebags.
LOL Alert: The LGOMB's "Trust Fund" Scott offered up an "update" to his possible challenge to Rep. John Carney. Judging by the number of comments, it seems there's just a bunch of eye rolling regarding this ... "challenge."
The SCOTUS has ruled that the Boss Obama administration's EPA lacks authority in some cases to bully companies regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Hey, it's a start.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has come up with the latest euphemism for "[illegal] immigrant" -- "New American." *Yawn* I like, too, how O'Malley, like other state and local execs, thumbed his nose at federal law to provide safe harbors for illegal immigrants. That is somehow OK, but when states/localities on the front lines in the border situation attempt to do the same but in reverse -- enact measures to stop illegals -- they're met with lawsuits from President Lemon. America: Gotta love it.
Like Obama, he has his grip on the pulse of America: John Kerry deals with yet another "crisis" facing the US -- he's "working hard to ensure that by the end of [his] tenure, we will have lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors ..." I wonder how this ranks on the list of concerns facing the American public.
Lastly, who else caught that crushing last second goal by Portugal to tie the US soccer team 2-2 last night? If the US had held on, we'd already be on our way to the next round. But protective play and sloppiness at mid-field did us in. Speaking of the World Cup, FIFA, one of the most corrupt organizations on the planet, is pulling a John Kerry -- concentrating on ridiculous matters instead, in this case, of just having good natured fun. Sheesh.
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The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with The Unmaking of the American World.
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Marvel dopey minion Tom Brevoort (who, I'm sorry to say, is a Delaware native) claims there is no blacklist at Marvel, and that Chuck Dixon -- who recently co-authored an article in the Wall Street Journal about comicbooks' liberal bias -- isn't banned from the company:
No, he isn’t.
Though, after this latest campaign, I don’t know that it would be easy to find an editor up here who’d want to risk working with him.
Nobody is refusing to look at Chuck’s work because of his beliefs. They might be refusing to look at his work because of his behavior. Different thing.
Given the way he’s comported himself, the things he’s said and how he’s said them, I would be reluctant to work with Chuck. I don’t work with people I cannot trust.
Chuck is a long-established, facile writer. He’s got proven skills. What seems to be short-circuiting his career at this point isn’t his politics, it’s his professionalism.
Are. You. Kidding. Me???
This hypocritical brazenness is without limit. First of all, what sort of "unprofessional" behavior is Dixon guilty of, Tom? Second, even a cursory examination of many creators' social media behavior -- especially that of Mark Waid, Ron Marz, and Gail Simone as we, Douglas Ernst and Avi Green have all documented scrupulously -- reveals unprofessionalism to the Nth degree. Where's your concern there, Tom??
I know, I know, but don't even bother. Hell, your very own Facebook thread on the Dixon issue proves our point perfectly. Just look at the aforementioned Mark Waid's childish antics (yet again) in the comments. The fact is, you don't CARE about behavior like THAT, Mr. Brevoort. Because it aligns with your own personal world view.
It's really that simple.
So, f***ing SPARE US your pathetically useless screeds about "behavior" and "professionalism." Standards only work in one direction in Bubble Land.
Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas has a bill up in the House which will let taxpayers use the same excuses the IRS has used in its dealings with Congress:
“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman. “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”
Under Stockman’s bill, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:
1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?
And it's only gonna get worse -- worse for the administration, that is -- if it keeps up with its pathetic nonsense.
Can someone please explain this to me?
Washington—Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein's premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department and other U.S. government officials said.
U.S. officials don't believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated...
Is this the same stockpile and facilities that did not exist? Do I have this right? The most left wing administration ever to occupy the Executive branch is now confirming that there are stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq now? How many years later?
I literally don't know what to say.
... about what Democrats said about Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and WMD before that dastardly George W. Bush actually did more than just complain:
Gee, whaaat?? Nancy Pelosi said Iraq had chemical and biological weapons ... there was no doubt about it??
As many regular readers know, I was against the Iraq invasion from the start, but this doesn't take anything away from the sickeningly brazen two-faceness of folks like Pelosi, Reid and "Plugs" Biden who, when things got tough, became whiny pu**ies merely for political gain.
And it worked: We got Boss Obama in 2008. Aren't we all happy with that?
Remember, these folks are putting out the funny books these days. Here's our 'ol pal Ron Marz retweeting Senate Leader Harry Reid's(!!) tweet:
The only thing I want to hear from Iraq war architects is an apology. pic.twitter.com/vPeGmOyP2W— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 18, 2014
Yes, this is the same Harry Reid who -- wait for it! -- voted to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq unilaterally. Note that last word, too.
Oh, but wait -- Reid and others (notably Hillary Clinton and "Plugs" Biden) would later claim their votes were "only to continue diplomacy."
Maybe Bush, Cheney, et. al. can claim "Oh gosh, sorry -- the plain language of the authorization fooled us. Mr. Reid, Biden, et. al. should have informed us what it 'really' meant."
... and have thousands of followers on Twitter, they're SO "smart!" Here's the gnomish Dan Slott attempting to make yet another gun control point:
So was slavery. RT @macattack50 The right to bear arms has been in our culture since the days of the Founders. You won't get rid of guns.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 18, 2014
Uh, Dan? Slavery, while an institution at the time of the Founding, was ended shortly after the Civil War with the 13th Amendment. But even before that, the Founders recognized the eventual demise of the vile institution, and at least set up legal means to outlaw the trade.
Can you show us a similar exercise with regards to firearms, Danny?
That's what I thought. But remember, everybody -- Slott just writes comicbooks. He ain't no historian, that's fer sher. Nor a legal scholar:
It's hard to argue about gun rights and keep passions in check. The stakes are simple & heartfelt: Potential Lives Lost vs Perceived Rights.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 18, 2014
"Perceived rights." The 2nd Amendment protects an individual's "perceived right," according to Slott, to bear arms. Even though the Supreme Court has affirmed the right (not "perceived"), at least twice, within the last fifteen years.
You're not a very smart man, Dan. Despite the comfy little Bubble you live in, and despite your legion of [mostly] mindless minions. After all, you just write comics.
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Bizarre wave of computer crashes destroys evidence sought by congressional committee. "Perfectly reasonable," says WH spox.— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 17, 2014
... Boss Obama was playing golf. While all this was happening (h/t to DrewM):
Yet, the true believers solider on ...
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Nixon Admin Watergate Communications 18 min gap; Obama Admin Lerner Communications 1,052,000 min gap. Difference? Not even a smidgen.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 14, 2014
Via FCMM: Marvel's Tom Brevoort commented that Marvel would "certainly be interested in the abstract" in hiring legendary Frank Miller to do a Captain America story ... as long as it's not akin to the creator's Holy Terror tale.
But, as Avi Green notes, Marvel had little issue with the ridiculous Truth: Red, White, and Black Captain America tale which painted American scientists as on par with Nazis.
Get it? OK to portray the US as Hitleresque; not OK to have a symbol of America go after Islamic terrorists.
This is the modern value system that Marvel and DC (and some other companies) possess at the moment.
The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with A Non-Debating Society.
Full results are here.
The Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers regarding the Las Vegas shooting last week:
And, laughably, "Trust Fund" Scott is pissed off at the local sheriff out there, for calling this an isolated case and pondering a motive. This, from a true Boss Obama believer ... an admin that gave us terms like "workplace violence" and "overseas contingency operations" and constantly warns us not to assign motives for beyond-obvious jihadist actions.
A few days later: Welcome Home, Bowe Bergdahl. Be sure to read the whole thing, then remember the bullet points above. This is Boss Obama's America, folks.
Oh, and speaking of "Trust Fund" Scott, check this out. If this is in any way true -- and happens -- here's my first press conference question: "Do you really believe that 'reasonable people' can disagree as to whether George W. Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks?"
Tweet from President Lemon yesterday:
Hey genius -- Americans didn't walk on the moon until 1969.
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Over at io9 there's a discussion about how the noted scifi author made the transformation from socialist to "right-wing" libertarian. That in itself is worthy of the read (it's based on a recent New Republic piece); however, since arguably Starship Troopers is Heinlein's most popular work, I see some of the same, tired objections to the story have arisen. Take NR author Jeet Heer from the start:
Heinlein was equally beloved in military circles, especially for his book Starship Troopers (1959), a gung-ho shout-out for organized belligerence as the key to human survival. A thoroughly authoritarian book, it included an ode to flogging (a practice the American Navy banned in 1861) and the execution of mentally disturbed criminals, yet Heinlein became a hero to libertarians ...
"Organized belligerence as the key ...?" Yeesh. It never ceases to amaze me the utter myopia exhibited by leftists when critiquing this book. This statement makes it seem as though the Terran Federation was actively seeking out conflicts with [alien] races to make humanity "safe." Poppycock. The novel clearly notes that the Federation has allies (the "Skinnies" who needed a bit of "persuading," courtesy of the Mobile Infantry, to turn away from a head-scratching alliance with the Bugs), and that the Bug War exists because 1) each side wants the same thing, and 2) absolutely no communication and discussion with each other has been thus far possible.
And "thoroughly authoritarian" is also complete nonsense. Statements like this make it seem like either Heer has either never read the book, and/or is solely relying on the film and correlated print stories. Through the numerous political discussions in the story, humanity enjoys every right currently afforded (in the US): freedom of speech, religion, press, etc.
But what about the franchise? A commenter ridiculously writes "Starship Troopers is not in favour of democracy since it advocates restricting voting rights to the 'worthy.'" But Heinlein addresses that very "concern" in the book, noting the franchise has always been restricted in some manner. In the US, you have to be at least 18 years old and a citizen to cast a vote, to which Heinlein had the iconic Colonel DuBois point out: What sense does it make to allow an adult moron to vote, but not a teenage genius? The only restriction to voting in ST is that one must have served a term of (mostly military) service. This commenter summarizes it quite adequately.
Just about every anti-Troopers narrative I've seen is that way because its author is simply anti-military. That being the case, examine why the system in ST was established in the first place. (Veterans Administration scandal, anyone?)
Much more from yours truly regarding Troopers here, from eight and a half years ago.
Nice to hear -- finally -- from some pros, after guys like Doug Ernst, Avi Green, Carl and myself have been doing it for years. Chuck Dixon and Paul Rivoche take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to pen "How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Superman." (If you Google the title you'll get around the pay wall.) In it, they note:
The 1990s brought a change. The industry weakened and eventually threw out the CCA, and editors began to resist hiring conservative artists. One of us, Chuck, expressed the opinion that a frank story line about AIDS was not right for comics marketed to children. His editors rejected the idea and asked him to apologize to colleagues for even expressing it. Soon enough, Chuck got less work.
The superheroes also changed. Batman became dark and ambiguous, a kind of brooding monster. Superman became less patriotic, culminating in his decision to renounce his citizenship so he wouldn’t be seen as an extension of U.S. foreign policy. A new code, less explicit but far stronger, replaced the old: a code of political correctness and moral ambiguity. If you disagreed with mostly left-leaning editors, you stayed silent.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, really. Much more in-depth examples are found in Colossus's comics archives, and at the aforementioned Doug Ernst and Avi Green blogs. Doug has his take on Dixon's and Rivoche's article here.
And just to throw a few examples in here, today here's our 'ol microcephalic pal Ron Marz not wasting a single minute to jump on the MSM bandwagon -- because finally it seems a shooting has fit their perpetually sought after NarrativeTM:
Well, gosh, so surprising that the people who murdered the police in Las Vegas were gun nuts and conspiracy loons. http://t.co/YIE9NQkipz— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) June 9, 2014
There's never a word from this dolt when it's a non-NarrativeTM shooting, most especially when the politics are aligned with his own.
But he cares, don'tcha know ...
And example #2: Mark "Go F*** Yourself" Waid:
I'll just keep saying it: You literally cannot spell "Reince Preibus" without "RNC PR BS." http://t.co/hqwXKCOVfs— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) May 30, 2014
*Sigh* Says a guy who lionizes a president for whom telling the truth is the most difficult activity imaginable.
President Lemon chews gum at D-Day ceremony.
Our comicbook-writing pal Ron Marz has a big problem with guys like Orson Scott Card -- y'know, because of his homophobia; however, he doesn't appear to have much of an issue with anti-Semites. Check it:
And now ... back to writing things you don't know about yet, and listening to @rogerwaters.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) June 5, 2014
Roger Waters? Waters is one of the creative minds behind Pink Floyd, in case you're unaware. He also has a big problem with Jews and Israel:
According to Waters, Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.” A great artist such as himself will not play in a country equivalent to “Vichy government in occupied France.” Likening Jews to Nazi collaborators was not enough. Waters then went further, comparing Israel to the Nazis themselves. “I would not have played in Berlin either … during the Second World War.” Waters believes that Israel is guilty of genocide, only “this time it’s the Palestinian people being murdered.”
To counter this idiot's "points" one by one is a waste of time, not only because I've done it so many times before, but because it would also be treating such outright ignorance with even the slightest modicum of respect. No dice.
So ... Marz? How does it feel to support a man who compares to Jews to Nazis? How would your colleague Dan Slott feel, considering the lengths he's gone through to denounce Douglas Ernst (whose comments he purposely misconstrued)?
But maybe you can have a chat with Danny about Waters' musical genius. Oh wait, that's right -- for you guys to be consistent, that should be completely immaterial.
It's still making a ton of cash and critics love it, but the radical PC crowd still has its collective panties in a bunch over X-Men: Days of Future Past. This past week we've seen articles lamenting its "lack of diversity;" now, because Wolverine replaced Kitty Pryde in the crucial story role, the film is "sexist."
Do it with me: Y.A.W.N.
Once again, who's a bigger box office draw -- Hugh Jackman or Ellen Page? Who's by far the more popular comicbook character, Wolverine or Kitty Pryde?
If you answered the first choice for each, you win.
Movie makers wanna make money. Case closed.
(Thanks for Carl for the article tip!)
The non-Council winner was Andrew McCarthy/The Corner with The Taliban Swap and “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” submitted by yours truly.
Full results are here.
"What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” asked Brandon Friedman, a Boss Obama official regarding Bowe Bergdahl.
This question should be asked about President Lemon and his administration. Actually, it should be a statement -- no "if."
Boss Obama makes no apologies for the swap of five high ranking Taliban barbarians for the highly questionable Bowe Bergdahl.
"I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents," President Lemon said, adding "we have a basic principle: we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind."
Yeah, nice choice of words. Those who died at Benghazi thank you.
Nevertheless, if the "anybody" wearing the uniform cares not a whit anymore for what said uniform stands for, then why the f*** would we trade some of the most valuable detainees in Gitmo for the guy? It truly is incomprehensible.
Boss Obama continued with the talking points about "deteriorating health" (highly questionable), and that he had to act without consulting Congress due to the "fragile" negotiations. Uh huh.
You have a couple of partners whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land... As commander in chief of the United States armed forces, I am responsible for those kids.
Again, tell that to the Benghazi dead, you pathetic man-child.
Yeesh -- here's yet another "progressive" happily proving his bonafides with another article lamenting the "lack of diversity" in, again, the latest X-film ("Days of Future Past"). Just take a look:
You get the point. I wonder what it's like to be perpetually aggrieved ... about something, anything, everything. And the only "joy" you get is by bitching about the most inconsequential stuff.
If you didn't think this recent prisoner swap was a bad idea, maybe, just maybe, some of this will convince you:
And remember all this from earlier.
It's certainly convinced hard-leftie Michael Tomasky, who's compared this situation to Michael Dukakis's Willie Horton moment. Our Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers are totally silent on it. They're true believers, after all.
Boss Obama has traded five high-ranking Taliban/al Qaeda types who were imprisoned in Gitmo ... for a dude who, according to those who served with him, is a deserter.
Not to mention, this deserter's father, Bob Bergdahl, has been tweeting in favor of releasing more Gitmo prisoners:
That isn't all. Bergdahl had deleted a tweet which was even more explicit:
And what about him praising Allah at the Rose Garden event, followed by President Lemon giving him a big hug?
If you don't think something is fishy about all this, then you're a true believer. Five top Gitmo detainees for a guy who left his post to wander off into the desert and was captured? Whose father is sympathetic to those who nabbed his son? What is the positive here? Jay Carney couldn't answer the simple question of whether Bergdahl was a deserter. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel kept referring to POWs in his statements, confusing the issue between "illegal combatants" which are what the Gitmo inmates truly are.
Then there's the issue of Boss Obama ignoring the law -- again. The National Defense Authorization Act says that "the president must give Congress 30 days’ notice before transferring war prisoners out of Gitmo, along with an explanation of steps taken to mitigate any potential threat the release poses to the United States." This did not happen.
Obama certainly may be playing to his base here, attempting to close Guantánamo before the end of his second term, as well as assuage anti-war lefties by trading for a dude like Bergdahl. But really?? What harm is this going to do to Hillary? How will she be able to shield herself?
In the words of Liam Neeson's daughter's Albanian kidnappers, "Good luck."
Jim Geraghty has much more about this dubious prisoner swap.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw shows yet again why she's just another wacky social justice warrior complaining about the usual "lack of diversity" -- this time regarding the X-Men movie franchise.
Seriously? Yes, unfortunately. Gavia acknowledges that the mutant characters "have always been good at building this political allegory (disenfranchised populations) without becoming overly preachy," but "they’ve also been downright abysmal at acknowledging people who face this type of discrimination in real life." Oh, but hasn't the author listened to Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott? These are only comicbook characters! Real life? C'mon!
Folks, if there ever was a set of mainstream comicbook characters (and stories) that best deals with bigotry and prejudice, it is the X-Men. Bitching that Wolverine has replaced Kitty Pryde as the main focal point of "Days of Future Past" (gasp! How dare a white male character be so damn popular!) will only make all but the most radical Maoist diversity nuts chuckle in disbelief.
The last we saw of Baker-Whitelaw, she was miffed at something similar. She still fails to grasp that green is the most important color to [comicbook] flick makers.