August 30, 2014

Clueless "poet" cleverly omits key facts to make dopey Gaza-Ferguson point

Naomi Shihab Nye in today's News Journal, like way too many other anti-Israel zealots, omits tons of key facts regarding the current plight of Palestinians/Gazans.

Oppression makes people do desperate things. I am frankly surprised the entire Palestinian population hasn’t gone crazy. If the U.S. can’t see that Palestinians have been mightily oppressed since 1948, they really are not interested in looking, are they?

*Sigh* If I've documented once, I've documented it a million times. You have only your Arab neighbors to blame for any oppression you suffer, Ms. Nye. If "the entire Palestinian population hasn’t gone crazy," it sure isn't because of lack of effort by the likes of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, et. al.

For they gobbled up the land allocated for the Palestinians in 1948, and then they, along with the Palestinians, attacked the nascent Israel. They lost. And they kept losing every other time they tried.

You casually mention the Six Day War without reference or context. This is not, sadly, surprising in the least.

It's really just boring already, Ms. Nye. Sympathy and needed change begin with taking responsibility. Try taking a page from the late Anwar Sadat and see if things don't begin to look different.

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August 29, 2014

The post-racial presidency

Via Weasel Zippers:

Say what? A twelve percent drop for blacks since the start of President Lemon's tenure? How can that be?

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Matti Friedman/Tablet with An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth.

Full results are here.

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The perils of "diversity" and enforced political correctness

How about this from the UK:

An estimated 1,400 children were victims of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, according to an independent inquiry commissioned last fall by Rotherham’s Metropolitan Borough Council. But because the perpetrators were overwhelmingly “Asian” — for the most part, Muslim men from Pakistan — local authorities, from social-services managers to law enforcement, regularly neglected reports of rape, assault, and sex trafficking for fear of being deemed racist.

The Mirror notes that one teenaged girl was raped over 250 times during a two-year period. When she reported it to police, they did zippo: "She was told that, given that it was her word against her alleged abuser’s, her case 'probably wouldn’t go to court.'”

We've seen that here, albeit to a lesser extent (at least for now). The administration and the compliant media scoff at the term "War on Terror," and refer to acts of terrorism with ridiculous euphemisms like "Man-Caused Disasters." Identifying terrorists as radical Muslims, for the most part, is a big no-no -- we can't offend a religious minority, y'see ...

... and so on.

We don't have to go the UK route ... all we have to do is just wake the hell up.

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Obama EPA chief: "Fighting global warming is about protecting communities of color"

From the news of "Doesn't Surprise One Damn Bit," Boss Obama's EPA chief -- Gina McCarthy -- says that

"Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice ... if we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

She goes to claim

“In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those numbers go up from there.”

“These standards are also doing more than to just address public health. By the time these standards are fully in place in 2030, the average household will also save $8 a month on electricity and create thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.”

First, how in the hell can McCarthy make such predictions? Given just about everything else related to health in this administration, you can most probably take that 100K and 2,100 figure with a grain of salt.

Second, a whole eight dollars in 2030? By that time you'll be saving -- per month -- the price of a cup of coffee! WOW!

Echoing McCarthy, Deirdre Smith of the enviro-nut group 350.org says that it wasn't hard to make a connection between -- wait for it! -- the events in Ferguson, MO and climate change:

To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common sense and intuitive.

"Common sense and intuitive," huh?

Lord help us.

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August 27, 2014

Watcher's Council submissions

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What Do You Think The Grand Jury Will Decide In The Michael Brown Shooting? Why?

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August 26, 2014

Only self-avowed socialist in Congress: Paying higher taxes is patriotic!

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, ripped Burger King for making the move north to Canada to get a lower tax bill.

Sanders said BK's move would be "completely unpatriotic."

Hey Bern, 'ya know what else is unpatriotic? Moron politicians like you who tax the living sh** out of us yet waste gazillions of our money on complete bullsh** year in and year out. Not to mention putting us further into debt so that our grandkids are royally f***ed.

Go pound sand, Sanders.

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Blade Runner 2 "ready to shoot"

Unfortunately, director Ridley Scott is working on this at the expense of Prometheus 2.

Why do I say "unfortunately?" Because why do we need a sequel to the classic 1982 film starring Harrison Ford?

I dunno. But we do need to see what happened to Dr. Shaw and the android David from Prometheus.

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Imagine if George W. Bush did this

Your federal government will now track "false, misleading" ideas on Twitter. What could go wrong?

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

Ricochet's Jon Gabriel: "In 2004, dissent was 'the highest form of patriotism.' A decade later, it’s called 'subversive propaganda' ...”

And how 'bout this: "Truthy" would "add a button to Twitter so that people could report their neighbors and family members ..."

Again, look at the title of this post.

'Nuff said.

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What happens when you set yourself up as a paragon of virtue

As we noted yesterday, Marvel's Dan Slott -- certainly not the most mature gent on social media -- got hoisted on his own petard when he defended Marvel's use of this Spider-Woman cover by artist Milo Manara.

He now claims he hasn't defended the cover; however, what exactly do you mean here, Dan?

Oops.

Best of all, Slott is getting hammered by the Left. And why not? It consistently has been he, and his cohorts in the industry, who present themselves as paragons of virtue, lecturing everyone (especially those dastardly conservatives) about racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like.
Except when their employer(s) needs to make a buck.

Here's what The Mary Sue notes about the Spider-Woman title (my emphasis):

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, at a panel called “Women of Marvel,” the publisher announced a new ongoing Spider-Woman series. The series, part of Marvel’s “Characters and Creators” publishing initiative that “aims to speak directly to… women and girls,” joins nine other female-led series published by Marvel. According to company’s Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso, these superheroines “are not the big-breasted, scantily clad women that perhaps have become the comic-book cliché” but are “defined by many things—least of all their looks.”

I suppose Alonso has an "out" in that, on the cover in question, you can't tell if SW is "big-breasted" and she's certainly not "scantily clad." You could even argue against the "looks" aspect, although that'd certainly be pushing it. Having a perfectly shaped ass is part of (a girl's) "looks."

Still, it'd be amusing to see Alonso make the above "case," wouldn't it? Couldn't be any worse than Slott's meandering over the matter of this cover. But to the point: How freakin' hypocritical is it for Marvel to state what it did about Spider-Woman ... and then hire a dude like Manara who's known for drawing (overly) seductive poses like that on the cover? And then hypocrites like Slott and Tom Brevoort exercise verbal gymnastics in every way imaginable to justify it?

Nevertheless, Slott isn't giving up -- with being a SJW (Social Justice Warrior), that is. Here he is from yesterday:


In the back and forth in that thread, race is brought up, too. In SlottWorld, making sweeping generalizations about men ("all men are rapists!") -- and white people (Leonard Jeffries, anyone?) -- are permissible, because the "playing field" is not yet equal.

Whatever. There's so much ridiculous inconsistency in Slott's Twitter feed commentary as to defy description. No freakin' wonder the guy is such an Obamanaut.

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August 25, 2014

Let's check in with the moonbat comics creators!

It's been a while, and I see there was a recent "controversy" over a variant Spider-Woman cover, so let's get right to it ...

... the cover in question can be seen here, and was asked for by Marvel. Now, for the NON fun-extinguishers among us (i.e. the non-politically correct), this cover is no big deal. But for the 'bat creators this should be -- after all, how in the hell can Marvel commission such a flagrantly sexist and objectifying piece of art?

Dan Slott, who has no shortage of the "right" beliefs, amazingly defends the cover, calling the matter a "false controversy." And that's just for starters. Be sure to check out his Twitter feed, if you can stomach the hilarious hypocrisy.

Then there's our 'ol pal Ron Marz, who's miffed -- MIFFED, I tell you -- about some of the "abject and unapologetic racism" seen in Ferguson, MO. Of course, by that we know he means only white racism, but that aside, Marz is "concerned" about that, yet mocks comics blogger Avi Green thusly:


Not only has Avi brought up what a raving hypocrite Marz is for continuing to back a raging anti-Semite like (Pink Floyd's) Waters, yours truly has, too. Ya'd think that someone concerned with racism, bigotry, sexism, etc. 24-7 (like Marz) would take a stand ... shun Waters for his Jew hatred. But, nah -- the music's good! Funny how that didn't matter with regards to Orson Scott Card and Ender's Game, eh?

In addition, as Avi notes, unlike Dan Slott, Marz is upset at the Spider-Woman cover:


Except that ... "If only he'd admit he went overboard with Green Lantern's fridge scene ..."

Lastly, there's good 'ol Mark Waid, who back on the 19th tweeted the following (see if you can spot the irony):


"Non-hyperbolic," yet ... "hands-in-the-air," "in the back" ... Uh huh.

And so it goes ...

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The DOJ didn't ask the WaPo not to do a story on Officer Wilson?

Heck, no. In fact, the paper sent nine reporters to dig into the officer who shot Michael Brown's past:

The family later moved to the suburban Missouri town of St. Peters, where Wilson's mother again got divorced ( translation: broken family = unstable individual) and married a man named Dan Durso, records indicate.

Wilson attended St. Charles West High School, in a predominantly white, middle-class community(translation: he doesn't know how to deal with black people) west of the Missouri River. He played junior varsity hockey for the West Warriors but wasn't a standout (translation: not being a standout as a teen made him overzealous as a cop).

There were problems at home (see above re: divorce). In 2001, when Wilson was a freshman in high school, his mother pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing (translation: this somehow rubbed off on Darren. Somehow.) She was sentenced to five years in prison, although records suggest the court agreed to let her serve her sentence on probation (translation: did Wilson somehow have police "connections" even then) .

Remember what a no-no it was to release that surveillance video showing Brown robbing that convenience store?

And, as Ace of Spades notes, in the WaPo article "at no point is any mention made of Michael Brown's family nor how it may have lead to his criminal behavior."

Unless you're a real believer in the mainstream media, this should surprise you not at all.

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August 24, 2014

Priorities

Obama sent several representatives to slain Ferguson, MO teen Michael Brown's funeral, but passed on sending anyone to the funeral of the highest ranking serviceman -- Major General Harold Greene, a 2-star general -- killed abroad since the Vietnam War.

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August 23, 2014

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

It's actually a "Delaware Voice" column by retired poli sci professor Perry J. Mitchell. Despite making some legitimate points -- community policing, militarization of police -- most of Mitchell's column is essentially liberal media boilerplate:

The crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, brings into focus our latent problems of race relations in this country. The police in Ferguson see their citizens through a lens of distortion, perhaps racial bias.

Ferguson is a majority black city but governed by all white city council and almost all white police force. Their police see their citizens as likely criminals, see their citizen protest as riots and see law enforcement as a tool for racial profiling. This is not to say that the initial protests did not bring some looting and some unlawful conduct.

That's quite a jump there, prof. How exactly do you make the claim that Ferguson's police force see its citizens as "likely criminals?" That their job is to "racially profile?" That they cannot discern between a peaceful protest and a riot? Did you grow up there, prof? Live there at all?

Do the (black) residents of Ferguson see the police "through a lens of distortion, perhaps racial bias," too?

Moreover, we've heard a lot recently about how Ferguson, a majority black city, is governed by an all-white city council. (It's not all white, but let's not disturb the NarrativeTM too much.) But ... the council is elected. Again: It's elected. If blacks are a clear majority of the town, then here's what should be obvious: Why don't they elect black council members? Prof Mitchell blames this lack of interest/participation on the general economic disparities between whites and blacks. Hmm.

The racial imbalance in Ferguson has been reflected in other police departments across the country. In 40 percent of American cities, blacks are under-represented in the police force according to census data.

There are racial imbalances in every profession, every walk of life, for the most part. This doesn't mean that professions like police work should not make outreaches and work to recruit more minorities. It's quite logical for such jobs to have a sizable quantity of people "who look like" those in their community. But as the mayor of Ferguson has noted, new cops aren't hired every year, and his force has worked to increase the number of black officers. In addition (and this is often the case in the field of education), it's difficult to attract qualified (black) applicants as "other larger departments are better at recruitment because they can pay more and offer more opportunities for advancement."

There are other, important, factors about the Ferguson (and other) situation(s) that Mitchell felt no need to address. That's certainly his prerogative, but it doesn't really help in advancing those "real conversations" about race relations that we're told we need to have.

(Oh, and prof? Do yourself a favor and ditch the toup, huh?)

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August 22, 2014

Moonbat of the Week

Keli Goff, a columnist for The Root, a black-oriented news site, wrote earlier this week that “Before Putting Judges on the Bench, Make Them Prove They Have a Diverse Set of Friends.”

That's right -- what used to be a "progressive" snarky remark ("I bet you also have some black friends!") to someone defending themselves from (usually baseless) accusations of racism should now be used to determine judicial fitness.

“So instead of trying to decode what someone meant when she made a comment about a particular civil rights case, perhaps we should ask more pointed questions, like, ‘How many people of color do you know and know well; how do you know them; and, perhaps most important, are your opinions of them generally positive or negative?’”

Goff based her comments on a study which showed that judges with daughters tended to rule in a "feminist direction" (whatever that precisely means). But it doesn't say that these judges were asked about gender-related matters, let alone appointed based on their responses.

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Bergdahl prisoner swap broke law

In news that should surprise no one outside of the Boss Obama True Believers, news today says that President Lemon broke the law with regards to the prisoner deal for the Army's Bowe Bergdahl:

Officials neglected to give Congress a 30-day notification and illegally switched money from one account to another to conduct the swap, the Government Accountability Office said.

Mr. Obama defended the exchange as legal use of his powers as commander in chief and said he had to withhold information from Congress to preserve secrecy in delicate negotiations with the Taliban.

The GAO said the Defense Department did not break any law when it determined these five Taliban were no longer threats to the U.S. Rather, the violations were Defense officials’ failure to tell Congress ahead of time about the transfer and the $988,400 expenditure to conduct the operation.

Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Boss Obama's lawyers and the Justice Dept. said the deal was "a lawful exercise of presidential powers delegated to him as commander in chief under Article 2 of the Constitution."

The Justice Department? Of course it did!

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Kurt Schlichter with The GOP Needs to Return to a “Feared By Our Enemies” Foreign Policy

Full results are here.

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I have a new plan!

Families of suicide bombers get $5300 after their attacks

We should offer them $5301 to attack Hamas/ISIS/PLO

They would either, take the new bounty and help destroy our enemies or complain the Americans pay more and force a price war with them against us. We can continue to up the bidding until suicide bombing becomes too expensive to continue.

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August 20, 2014

More NarrativeTM fail?

From Reason: Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown Was "Beaten Very Severely" Before Shooting.

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

Reason, which has been critical of the police response in the aftermath of Brown's death, wonders why authorities waited so long to reveal this information.

The only source we've seen with this new info -- up until today -- was Gateway Pundit, which, as Reason notes in their article, relies on a single source for this claim about Wilson.

Stay tuned.

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August 19, 2014

The Limits of Academic Freedom

Jonathan Adler at The Volokh Conspiracy discusses the case of Steven Salaita, the former Virginia Tech professor who had been offered a gig at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Salaita's U. of Illinois job offer was abruptly rescinded after he had made a series of hateful tweets about Israel and defenders of that country. (The College Fix has numerous articles about the situation.) Immediately, many spoke out in favor of Salaita's right to free expression -- his "academic freedom," if you will. The support comes from both sides of the political spectrum, but has been most vociferous on the left.

Some of the pro-Salaita free speech arguments are persuasive (like FIRE's Adam Kissel's), but I find myself more in Adler's corner. He writes:

I largely share [Northwestern University law Professor Steven] Lubet’s views. His point about the disingenuous (or uninformed) characterization of the tweets in question is particularly well taken. As he notes, when defending Nazi marchers in Skokie, Ill., “the ACLU never soft-pedaled the Nazis as merely passionate critics of international banking.” I agree with Lubet that an academic should not be fired or denied a job offer, because of his or her political views, but I also question whether someone with Salaita’s record of hateful and offensive rhetoric is capable of being an effective academic and educator.

That last line really sticks with me. Trained in my last college undergrad years as a social studies educator, my (high school placement) cooperating teacher (amazingly, a conservative) was adamant about never allowing his personal opinions to leak into class discussions. He even outright refused to offer them when directly asked about them by students, in and out of class.

And these were mere opinions. We're not even talking about outrageous/vulgar/profane remarks in public forums.

Imagine if you were a Jewish student in one of Salaita's classes. What if his class was a requirement for your major? You think you'd get a fair shake knowing he knew you were Jewish? Or even worse, Israeli?

Which brings me to another aspect of this situation which really gets me: the brazen hypocrisy of "progressive" (I usually use quotes with the term because all-too often contemporary progressives are anything but) academics. They're often right on the front lines in the effort to abolish speech they do not like ...  often dubbing it "hate speech." Speeches against affirmative action are "racist" (or, at least "racially insensitive"), people against abortion are "anti-women," and those in favor of traditional marriage are "homophobic," are a few examples.

Yet, Salaita's vulgar anti-Jewish/Israel tweets were instantly defended by "progressives." "Academic freedom," you see.

If Salaita's remarks are to be inviolate due to academic freedom, would Salaita's defenders say the same regarding a white supremacist professor? How many of you reading this believe they would?

There's a substantial difference between having a political opinion ... and gross inappropriateness. Salaita's feelings about Israel and Jews could have been offered in a much more seemly manner; indeed they should have been, given his position.

This being said, I admit this is a difficult arena in which to tread. Too broad a brush should not be used in making judgments; each instance, including that involving Professor Salaita, needs to be considered individually and carefully.

(Cross-posted at The College Fix)

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The "J.V. squad" beheads an American journalist

Hey true believers -- regret that 2012 vote yet? No, I know 'ya don't. Dogmatists rarely, if ever, feel that emotion.

ISIS has beheaded journalist James Wright Foley. The Daily Caller has the linked vid of the butchery, so go forward at your own risk.

Remember, Boss Obama referred to these barbarians as the terrorist "JV team." They now hold a substantial portion of Iraq, and President Lemon had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the golf course to begin dropping a few bombs on 'em.

Fellow journalist Steven Joel Soltoff reportedly will be ISIS's next victim.

Someone tell Barack that when he makes the turn.

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August 18, 2014

Philosophy from Ace

Perfect:

The media is writing their reports like Children's Stories because they conceive of their audience as essentially children, whom you must protect from jarring facts which might teach "the wrong lessons."

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The Planet That Went Ape

With apologies to Mad magazine (the title above was originally theirs in their early 1970s satirical look at the classic Planet of the Apes films), a recent Facebook conversation with some friends made me look back on the delightful cheese that was the original Apes franchise. Timely, in a way, since the latest reboot film is doing pretty well at the box office.

THE ORIGINAL. At least the recent reboot makes a reasonable attempt to explain how apes got so damn smart. Could apes really just naturally evolve human-like inteligence in a tad over 2,000 years? C'mahn.

Wikipedia notes that Taylor (Chuck Heston) and company's ship was on a "long near-light speed voyage, during which, due to time dilation, the crew ages only 18 months." Aside from the amazing fact that such a vessel was constructed in the late 1960s(!), ya'd think, with such amazingly advanced technology that there'd be a computer on board which would have noted the course the ship had traversed over two millennia. I mean, really? Taylor and crew had no idea they were back on Earth?

I can buy that New York wasn't totally obliterated in the nuclear holocaust; the Russkies largely relied on bombers for their nukes in the 60s, and their missiles weren't very accurate. Hence, don't shake your head at the iconic final scene with Taylor and Nova at the Statue of Liberty.

BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES. Somehow the same interstellar mishap happens twice!! This time, James Franciscus has to deal not only with the intelligent, human-hating apes, but mutated humans with powerful mental abilities.

Riddle me this: If these humans have such mental powers, what the hell happened to their smarts? Worshiping a nuclear bomb? Making masks for their radiation scarred selves?

Biggest "C'MAHN!" of the film: The fact that the doomsday bomb had a cobalt jacket doesn't mean it has the destructive power to crack the Earth into a million pieces. Because of Beneath, for the longest time this is what I thought a "cobalt bomb" could do . Wrong. A cobalt jacketed device "merely" means that its radiation becomes incredibly deadly -- it has a very long half-life. In nuclear war vernacular, it's sometimes dubbed "salting the Earth" because radioactive cobalt will kill everything it can reach, and will continue to do so for loooooong time.

ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES. Let's just start and end with this: How the f*** do Zira, Cornelius and their pal dredge up Taylor's original spaceship, repair it, figure out how it works ... let alone fuel it and launch it into space?? And follow Taylor's course perfectly in reverse??

But hey -- it makes the case for the "circular" timeline used in the Apes film franchise. However head-scratching it may be.

CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Yeah, humans turned to apes when a mysterious "space virus" came down and killed off dogs and cats. Just in time for smart ape Caesar (the offspring of Zira and Cornelius from Escape) to lead 'em in revolt. Very convenient.

BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. Either this flick is pointless because we already know the ultimate outcome (especially due to a scene at the very end), or it means that the supposed "circular" timeline is anything but.

Anyone recall the (admittedly silly) ending scene where the statue of Caesar begins crying? This is after a line by the "Lawgiver" ape says "Who knows about the future? Perhaps only the dead." This to me says "Apes defeat humans, Earth blows up, this movie was pointless."

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This is certainly reassuring

Malik Zulu Shabazz, former chairman of the New Black Panther Party and the president of Black Lawyers for Justice, "informed" (Missouri) Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson that "his groups, along with the Nation of Islam, are controlling the situation in the embattled city."

Everybody can relax now. (/sarcasm)

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NarrativeTM FAIL

Via the WaPo: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system.

There's also been some audio evidence pop up of late which contradicts the "[Brown] was running away"/"He had his hands up" narrative. YouTube has numerous vids and transcriptions of what this witness said.

None of this, however, automatically vindicates cop Darren Wilson. What it does is further eviscerate the mainstream media. Just imagine if this was 1990 and there was no Internet, no Fox News, and very little talk radio.

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Amen, brotha

As we noted here and here, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted for "abuse of power" because -- wait for it! -- he had the audacity to demand the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after her arrest for drunk driving. Check it:

In April 2013, Lehmberg was arrested after a witness called 911, describing her as driving erratically, swerving back and forth into the bike lane, and into oncoming traffic. Officers at the scene reportedly found an open bottle of vodka in her car, and a blood sample obtained later that evening purportedly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.239—almost three times the legal limit—even that many hours later.

If you already haven't seen it, be sure to view this video of Lehmberg's police booking.

But to the point regarding this insane lawsuit against Perry, here's Insty's Glenn Reynolds:

If the GOP doesn’t like it, it needs to ruin lives and careers just like the Democrats do. If it’s not willing to do that, then it can expect more of the same. The GOP would do better to respond like Dems, going after the attackers mercilessly and standing shoulder-to-shoulder regardless of the issue.

However, Professor Jacobson notes that the Dems may have overreached in this instance, as the indictment is "uniting unlikely allies" against Lehmberg and co.

One of these is Boss Obama strategist David Axelrod.

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New at the Watcher's Council

Forum: What Is Your Reaction To Recent Events In Ferguson, Missouri?

I've been quite busy (hence the lack of posts here over the weekend), but Felix added his thoughts on the matter a few days ago, with some updates provided by yours truly.

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August 15, 2014

Hey, isn't it interesting ...

... that three of the major possible GOP presidential contenders -- Christie, Walker and now Perry -- have been the targets of prosecutors?

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Go figure!

Texas Governor Rick Perry gets indicted ("abuse of power") for vetoing some appropriations -- the veto being a specifically enumerated power for his office -- but Boss Obama and his acolytes in the media mockingly scoffed at a mere lawsuit that sought redress for his real abuses of power.

Un-freaking-real.

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Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Mark Steyn with You Want Nazis?

Full results are here.

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Here we go again

There's been another shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and what played out last summer is sort of repeating itself. To wit:

  • There are discrepancies of what actually happened
  • The victim's side says Michael Brown -- the suspect who was shot dead in Ferguson, MO -- did nothing wrong; the police claim otherwise
  • The media, and popular culture in general, are reviving the meme that this is yet another example of the "epidemic" of police brutality against black Americans
  • There are calls, again, for "honest discussions" about race in America
  • But, in these "honest discussions," just don't dare to raise the issue of wildly disproportionate black crime rates
  • Black American leaders and others are making the claim that black lives "aren't valued" as highly as white lives
  • But, again, don't dare bring up the "not valuing" of black lives with regards to the black-on-black violence which permeates (mostly) urban areas
  • Progressives are missing the point that the militarization of police forces is big government in action

Today the name of the cop involved in the shooting was revealed: Darren Wilson. His race, at this point, still remains a mystery, however. Also revealed was the situation which led to the confrontation between Wilson and Brown: It seems Brown was a suspect in a robbery.

Here is the Missouri statute pertaining to the use of deadly force to effect a felony arrest. Based on the police's initial statements, these (at least one, certainly) appear to apply to this case.

To be sure, the Ferguson police didn't do themselves a lot of favors with the delay in issuing Wilson's name and the account of the incident (which, I understand, still isn't 100% complete). Nor was, as noted above, the overly "military" nature of the post-shooting response to protests.

But also not doing anyone favors are responses like that of WDEL's Al Mascitti who today went on a rant about "white people" (especially Tea Party types, of course) being the only ones who support police in this case, and even made a comparison of the "hopelessness" of black communities across the country to that of ... Palestinians in Gaza. (He even said that people "know" Hamas rockets launched into Israel "don't hurt anyone," but they provoke an unreasonable response.)

The details will keep coming out, and the inter-political philosophy squabble of various viewpoints about the incident will make for interesting discussion.

But there's certainly one thing you can count on: The mainstream media has its NarrativeTM, and it will stick to it ... no matter the facts.

UPDATE (by Hube): The latest reports indicate that Wilson was unaware of Brown's robbery activity when he stopped him. Brown and a friend were stopped for walking in the middle of the street and blocking traffic.

UPDATE 2 (by Hube): This site notes that, although Wilson stopped Brown and friend for walking in the street, once he saw cigars in Brown's hand he thought he might be the robbery suspect.

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August 13, 2014

August 12, 2014

Just like "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor," right?

Seriously, how does anyone believe anything this guy says anymore?

Wait, I did find some suckers ...

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The Rev. Donald Morton avoids basic points

... because they'd ruin his argument.

Unfortunately for the readers of the News Journal, Morton is yet another selective history aficionado, picking and choosing points to make a case against Israel. I will not bore you with a point-by-point approach; here are just a few snippets towards the end of the reverend's piece:

Tell her the truth about her violation of international law and arrogant behaviors. Stand up for human rights, including Palestinian human rights.

With all due respect, reverend, you can pick any violation of international law you wish ... but any since 1948 is pretty much moot as the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors violated the very first of the Israeli-Palestinian UN edicts -- that which created the two states in the first place.

... we call on our public servants to stand up for what’s right and just! U.S. Sens. Coons and Carper and U.S. Rep. Carney, stop voting for military aid to Israel. Don’t say one thing and do another.

Good enough. Then also call on a cessation of aid to the Palestinians, Egypt, Syria, et. al. Especially until all parties agree in writing to recognize Israel and to cease any and all terrorist support/attacks against her.

We speak now to Palestinian people who are indigenous to their land – those who have been made to live in poverty and have been relegated to the margins – we are here to tell you that you are not forgotten!

And whose fault is that, reverend? The original 1948 Partition Plan created two states (just like the Palestinians and other Arab states claim they want now) -- one predominately Jewish and the other Arab. It wasn't the nascent Israel which gobbled up the land relegated to the Palestinians. The surrounding Arab countries did so, notably Egypt and Jordan. They are the ones who have "relegated (the Palestinians) to the margins" and have made them live in poverty for over sixty years.

Such historical ignorance like Rev. Morton's is disheartening, especially given his obvious good intentions. But the Palestinian situation is not very much akin to that of black Americans from fifty or so years ago and prior like he further claims.

To make it so, one would have to believe that black Americans had been kept as second-class citizens by other blacks from countries surrounding the US ... and that land given to them was appropriated by same. Then, black Americans would have been used as scapegoats by these other countries in the cause of destroying the United States proper, with black enclaves within the US launching terrorist attacks without.

That doesn't sound at all like the actual black American experience, does it?

The constant blaming of Jews and Israel for the plight of the Palestinians is truly baffling. Aside from the Partition Plan of 1948, the same Arab states which gobbled up Palestinian land in that year attacked Israel again in 1967 and 1973. In the former, the Israelis had had enough and kept some conquered land as "buffers" against future aggression.

If you don't believe Israel would be willing to trade land for peace, just ask Anwar Sadat (in heaven, mind you). He got Egypt back the Sinai Peninsula in exchange for peace with Israel. During Bill Clinton's presidency, Yasir Arafat had an opportunity to get most of the rest of the pre-1967 territory back. He declined.

Nevertheless, Israel still gave Gaza its independence ... and the powers that be there turned the territory into a terrorist outpost, launching rockets constantly into Israel. Does anyone seriously believe Israel wanted to blockade Gaza as a result -- knowing what the predictable reaction (like the reverend's) would be? Are Israelis simply gluttons for (world) punishment?

Get real!

So let's summarize:

  • The Palestinians had their state in 1948 with the original UN Partition Plan
  • The territory for that state was gobbled up by Arab neighbors in the (futile) attempt to drive out the Jews from the land allotted to them in the UN plan
  • The Palestinians and Arab countries attempted to destroy Israel again 1967 and 1973
  • The two attempts noted above are in addition to constant terrorist efforts against Israel
  • Israel gave back the Sinai to Egypt in exchange for recognition and a true peace
  • Years later, Israel offered almost all of the rest of conquered territory to Yasir Arafat. He turned it down.
  • Israel still allowed Gaza autonomy despite Arafat's refusal.
  • Those who run Gaza (like Hamas) turned the land into a terrorist enclave which constantly launched rockets into Israel and served as a base from which other attacks were generated.

But, somehow, the Jews are to blame for all of this.

Yes. Somehow.

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Film alternate endings?

Came across this site which notes some alternate endings of some classic (and not-so-classic) films. The second entry really blew me away:

Alien:

Now, this stands out as the ending which would have rendered the whole film hilariously awful had it been put in place. In one conceived ending, the xenomorph appears just as Ripley gets onto the spaceship, bites her head off, and uses her voice to communicate with earth. Ridiculous? Oh God yes, but think how much more entertaining the sequels would have been if they’d stuck with this terrible ending. That kind of avoidance deserves a medal.

In three letters, WTF???

Can you imagine walking out of the theater after viewing that ... especially after how awesome the rest of the flick is??

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Forum: What’s Your Prediction For The House And Senate Midterms?

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August 10, 2014

New smartphone app is -- wait for it! -- racist

There's a new app for your smartphone called SketchFactor which helps you avoid "sketchy" neighborhoods while you're traveling/visiting an unfamiliar town, but this doesn't sit well, natch, with the usual suspects. Take Gawker's Sam Biddle:

Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined? I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it’s really taking off!

Crain’s reports on SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding “sketchy” neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched all five seasons of The Wire.

Best response to this comes from Insty's Glenn Reynolds: "For a certain class of people — many of whom are white, work at Gawker, and avoid sketchy neighborhoods with care — everything is racist."

I also direct you to this recent post of mine, particularly the second paragraph.

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August 08, 2014

Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Roger L. Simon/PJ Media with Welcome To The 1930′s.

Full results are here.

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August 07, 2014

The border crisis in a nutshell

NRO's Jim Geraghty from his e-mailed Morning Jolt:

The unsecure border is an entirely theoretical problem for most of our political class. Lawmakers rarely if ever encounter illegal immigrants, much less dangerous ones, on Capitol Hill, or at their high-dollar fundraisers. Illegal immigrants don't climb over the fence of Camp David or the White House. The president isn't likely to run into many illegal immigrants in his upcoming two-week vacation at Martha's Vineyard.

Indeed. Just like Robert Redford's recent example of "doing as I say, not as I do" (cripes, how many examples of such "progressivity" do we need??), you don't see the likes of Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden (who yesterday said that the illegal children who have made it to the border and beyond are "our kids") lining up to open their spacious mansions for the very illegals whose "rights" they so vociferously defend ... do you?

This, and the predilection for the current administration to either thumb its nose at the law AND/OR sue anyone who gets in the way of what they want, is why I advocated what I did here: border state governors and other officials should do what they have to to secure and enforce the damn border. Let Boss Obama, Eric Holder or whomever else sue 'ya. And if you lose, just do what they've done: use agencies at your disposal to "do what you have to do." Y'know, like they did with the IRS. At least, in your case, you'll be adhering to and enforcing the law.

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Whaa ... ? I thought paying taxes was 'patriotic'

Good 'ol Bobby Redford is suing to get out of paying taxes to New York State.

But ... according to Our Dear Leader, trying to do that is unpatriotic!

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August 06, 2014

Don't know much about ge-og-gra-phy

It's bad enough when the vice-president -- a man in government for over forty years whose specialty is supposed to be foreign policy -- refers to the continent of Africa as "a nation" ...

... it's worse when a major news network -- which is supposed to have those "layers upon layers of fact checkers" -- botches a basic map of the same continent:

Oh, and how much you wanna bet that if the veep was currently a Republican, and if the network was Fox News, "progressives" and the mainstream media would be dubbing the goofs as "racist?"

Africa, after all, right?

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Watcher's Council nominations

Honorable Mentions:

And the non-Council nominations are here!

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August 05, 2014

John Scalzi's Old Man's War series heading to SyFy

The Hollywood Reporter (via Insty) notes that the "progressive" scifi author's Old Man's War universe is being adapted for the small screen on the SyFy Channel. It'll be titled "Ghost Brigades" after the second novel in the series:

The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films.

Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at 75 enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space. However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman, and at the same time, at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.

I was initially a big fan of Scalzi and the series ... that is, until two things transpired. First, the author became just like the usual "progressive" comicbook creator cadre on social media. On his blog and elsewhere, Scalzi has no compunction about belittling those with whom he disagrees, which, the majority of the time, happen to be conservatives/Republicans. Like I and many others have informed said comic creators, there's no better way to prevent future additional profits than pissing off a (big) portion of your audience.

Second, while Old Man's War (the first book in the series) was very good, the sequels devolved into the usual "blame the US humans first for all the ills of the planet galaxy" ... the worst being the latest installment, The Human Division.

Irony/Hypocrisy Alert: All those involved in the adaptation of Scalzi's series are ... white males. Why is that, John? What's supposed to be good for everyone else isn't good enough for you?

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Alternate reality



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A picture is worth 1,000 words

The administration in a nutshell:

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*Yawn* She's "tired of seeing white people" in movies

Olivia Cole, a "poet, author, and activist (of course)," is miffed -- MIFFED, I tell you! -- about the high quantity of those damn Caucasians on the silver screen. And she's GONNA TELL YOU ABOUT IT!!

First, let me note that I am white. I am a white woman who goes to the theater to see probably a dozen films (if not more) in a given year, a white woman who readily consumes TV shows and series and often blogs/tweets about them. I love film. I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don't love what it is, and that is a machine generating story after story in which the audience is asked to root for a white (usually male) hero over and over and over (and over) again. I'm tired. I'm tired of directors pretending that white actors are the default and that people of color are a distraction when it comes to filmmaking. I'm tired of black women in Hollywood being relegated to roles of slaves and "the help" over and over again. I'm tired of films convincing themselves that they are taking on something fresh and new, the likes of which the world has never seen, but in actuality adhering to tired tropes and stereotypes.

"First, let me note that I am white" ... Gee, I couldn't have figured that out by the photo at the beginning of your piece. I bet you have plenty of black friends, too, right?

*Sigh* This is just yet another in a loooooong line of never-satisfied cultural "progressives" who lack the enjoyment gene. How sad it must be to go through life always on the lookout for something to bitch about.

(h/t to Carl.)

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But the Tea Party is still worse!

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators chant "Heil Hitler" in Canada:

But remember: "The Tea Party doesn't do this, and gets called 'Nazis' anyway. Arabs do this, and the media covers it up.

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August 04, 2014

Yes, this happened

The creator of SyFy's hilariously dreadful "Sharknado" claims that, with global warming climate change climate disruption, a "sharknado" ... could actually happen.

Of course, it took place on MSNBC.

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Forum: What Are The Things That First Attract You In Someone Of The Opposite Sex?

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Why Schools of Education Are a Waste of Time

I had to slightly shake my head and let out a brief chuckle when I read Joanne Jacobs' post on college schools of education. Titled "Learning to reflect, but not teach," it refers to Boston middle school teacher Peter Sipe's piece in the Boston Herald, and it perfectly encapsulates much of my own experience, both as an undergrad and graduate student.

. . . a professor would speak for a bit on some theoretical matter, then we’d break into small groups to discuss it for an extravagantly long time, then we’d get back into a big group and share our opinions some more. I remember a class one evening in which you could not speak unless you had been tossed an inflatable ball. My wife’s classes did not go like this.

Sipes' wife was in medical school.

Two of the courses I had to take as an undergrad were "Historical Foundations of Education" and "Psychological Foundations of Education." Both were completely useless for what those planning to go into teaching actually need. The former was basically a history course about education in the United States. To be completely honest, watching paint dry would have been more exciting ... not to mention at least as useful.

As an undergrad I also took a course called "Educational Psychology" and later as a graduate a class titled "Psychology of Teaching." Maybe there was a substantive difference between the two, but I certainly don't remember any. I do know that not very much from these courses was actually handy in the classroom.

The absolute worst education-related class I took was "Language Development in the Classroom." To this day I haven't the slightest notion of what this (graduate) class was supposed to be about. Every time we met the prof (a sixty or seventy-something year-old woman who was certainly nice enough) would pretty much ramble about what was on her mind at the time, and then we'd get into groups to discuss ... something.

One time, in one of my grad classes, I sort of attempted to call our professor's bluff. She had asked the class for one-word, yes, reflections about an article we were supposed to have read the previous evening. This wasn't checking our knowledge of the material, you see, but more the prowess of our vocabulary. Many of the terms offered up by my classmates were ridiculously repetitive ("Thoughtful." "Provoking." "Engaging."), but nevertheless the prof excitedly wrote each one down on the chalkboard.

Having had enough, I turned to a teaching colleague of mine who was also a student in the class, and whispered, "Watch this." I then raised my hand. When called upon, I offered the term "good." That's right, just the generically vanilla word "good." The prof repeated "Good!" and enthusiastically put it on the chalkboard.

My colleague couldn't contain her laughter and had to leave the room for a few minutes.

This sort of nonsense is what way too many ed courses include, unfortunately, just as Mr. Sipe notes in his article. And I'd bet good money that most teachers would concur, to a very large degree.

I'd be remiss if I did not mention the courses that were beneficial for educators. The curriculum planning course prior to student teaching was incredibly practical for constructing units, lessons, and activities. (I believe this course was so because the professor was what you might call "old school"). "Measurement Applications in Education," a grad course, taught teachers how to properly create assessments -- even down to how exam questions appeared on the paper.

Once I became an employed educator, the vast majority of what I learned -- and used -- in the classroom was garnered from other, mostly veteran, teachers. If education schools want to be truly practical, keep the courses like those I noted, and cut (or make optional), classes like "Historical Foundations." Expand the time undergrads actually spend in schools observing and teaching with an experienced instructor. (I've learned that in recent years my alma mater has implemented much of that last recommendation; student teachers' time and duties in their placement schools have expanded quite a bit.)

"Learning by doing," the saying goes, right?

(Cross-posted at The College Fix.)

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August 03, 2014

Watcher's Council winners

The non-Council winner was Fred Maroun with What Do Israel’s Critics Really Want?

Full results are here.

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