Oh my: a black cop shoots an unarmed white teen. Grand jury doesn't indict the officer.
No outcry. No riots. No 24-7 media coverage. That last one is key, of course. The media is, and always has been, the driver of stories like Ferguson and last year's Trayvon Martin debacle.
And remember the "reverse" Martin case?
Without further ado:
Looks like we're in for some all-out Rebel Alliance vs. Tattered Empire action! The effects look killer (as you'd expect -- marvel at the wind effects as the Millennium Falcon whips around against the TIE fighters), and as long as we avoid
1) "cutesy" characters -- Ewoks, Jar Jar Binks, etc.,
2) anything about Naboo, and
3) anything about the Trade Federation, General Grievous and other essentially useless ancillary entities
we'll be golden!
Oh, and why didn't Han/Chewie/Lando repair the antenna on the Falcon after Return of the Jedi, hmm?
Ah, college students:
Via Ace: Chalk it up as yet another sequel we seriously don't need:
Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris Pratt appears to play the role Jeff Goldblum did in the originals, apparently. No, not the exact same guy, just a similar role. Even the lines he utters appear the same.
Which sorta makes sense, for, if anyone is ridiculously stupid enough to restart Jurassic Park after what happened not once, not twice, but three times (yes, there was a Jurassic Park III), then they definitely need a cliché-spouting cynic in their midst.
Maybe this is why Chuck Hagel was forced out? Nah ... he's not smart enough to have thought of this utter nonsense:
When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014.
Who's to blame? Congress, mainly.
Remember folks -- they want your money for their product, but if you disagree with them you're an instant pariah. And if you keep buying their product, they're laughing at you all the way to the bank. Hard.
Courtesy of the FCMM, here are some more creator tweets about Ferguson:
Fear, hate, bigotry, slander, and police corruption won Justice did not. #FergusonDecision— Daniel Kalban (@DanielKalban) November 25, 2014
And perhaps best of all, this:
Get it? Capullo knows Officer Wilson was guilty. He can feeeeeeel it, dammit!
But you gotta give props to Capullo for one thing:
I don't run away from people that have different opinions. I'm simply not that weak.— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) November 25, 2014
Good for him, as that makes him quite unlike most in his field.
Nevertheless, FCMM's Avi Green nails it after this Capullo tweet:
I will stand my ground regarding my opinion that there should have been a trial.— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) November 25, 2014
Avi: "And if there was he'd come to the same conclusion he did when the jury decided not to approve an official indictment."
Remember kids: Eat your vegetables, brush your teeth, and stay in school!
The term "charging" is -- wait for it! -- "racially tinged."
It will come as no surprise, but the usual suspects, of course, feel the need to "chime in" because, y'know, they're so "smart" and "up on things."
It's been a while since we've checked in on Gail Simone; but she sure didn't let us down:
Why are the protesters and families of the victims always the ones under the microscope? Why not the perpetrators?— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) November 25, 2014
We are failing.— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) November 25, 2014
I don't see how any parent could ever be okay with this. The inhumanity displayed from the event to this moment is shattering.— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) November 25, 2014
And then there was this lovely retweet from her:
My 7 year old son just said: "Don't worry mom. If we want to live, we just have to stay home". I'm turning off my tv. My heart just broke— Petty LaBelle (@d_Sassy1ne) November 25, 2014
The sad thing about all this is that "progressives" routinely claim to be those who believe in science -- y'know, deriding
global warming climate change skeptics as lunatics, laughing at disbelievers of evolution (rightly, of course), and right-wing historians who only want to emphasize the good America has done and ignore its sordid side (also rightly).
Yet, people like Simone will ignore all the evidence that grand jury saw, re-saw, heard, re-heard, debated, and re-debated ... all the science. Like, if the person whose tweet Simone retweeted really is worried about her son's life, she shouldn't worry about folks like Darren Wilson, but about residing in a predominately black inner-city community. The chances of being a victim of violence with the latter are magnitudes greater.
Remember, too: this grand jury included three African-Americans. Will these three now be referred to as "Uncle Toms?"
Maybe Simone is doing all this so that she can maintain her "progressive" cred. Maybe she feels guilty because she lives in a state with a black population of around two percent.
Either way, it's ridiculous and irresponsible.
Here are a few examples of some of our other "pals":
Disgusted by grand jury decision in #Ferguson. And not at all surprised.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) November 25, 2014
A Mark Waid retweet:
The #Ferguson Prosecutor McCulloch said that the grand jurors gave up their lives during this process. No, they didn't. But Mike Brown did.— BrianKeene (@BrianKeene) November 25, 2014
A Dan Slott retweet:
I am terrified for everything that will stem from this. This is a full on war now #Ferguson— Salena Johnson (@SalenaMahina) November 25, 2014
Remember, these are the folks that believe in SCIENCE! Except when it conflicts with THEIR political dogma.
And hilariously, many of these folks are criticizing the prosecutor (who's a progressive Democrat, by the way) for lambasting social media's role in the whole Mike Brown saga ... all while posting frivolous social media commentary like "I worked in a prosecutor's office once and I can tell you this is a travesty!"
Meanwhile, here's a "surprise" locally.
The Washington Post fact checks the Saturday Night Live skit from this past Saturday which mocked Boss Obama's executive order on immigration.
Because when someone -- a white person, that is -- offers some blunt honesty, it's merely “the defensive mechanism of white supremacy at work."
That, according to the master of pseudo psycho-socio babble, Michael Eric Dyson:
So, so much for "honesty."
UPDATE: Ian Tuttle on NRO:
The Left has a storied history of transforming legitimate disagreement into mental illness. Utilizing his influence as director of the Institute of Psychiatry of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, Soviet psychiatrist Andrei Snezhnevsky propagated throughout the Soviet Union and its satellites the notion of “sluggish schizophrenia,” a condition from which, conveniently, thousands of Soviet dissidents happened to suffer. Opposing official government policy, pessimism, religious practice — all were symptoms of mental instability, the solution for which was incarceration in a mental hospital.
The People’s Republic of China continues the practice. In September, watchdog group Chinese Human Rights Defenders reported that a blogger critical of the government had been seized in his home and committed. Another activist apparently has been in psychiatric detention since 2007.
The American Left has not set up hospitals, but one can see less extreme manifestations of the same impulse all about. Consider “sensitivity training.”
And certainly this impulse was on display in the quarrels above. How is one to debate whether Rudy Giuliani says what he does merely because he is a white supremacist? “But I am not a white supremacist!” he might object — which is, of course, what all white supremacists say! And when Blow claims that the president’s opponents are desperately clinging to power, how is such an opponent to respond? After all, doctor knows best.
To psychologize the question at issue in a debate is to remove it from the realm of debate altogether.
I can’t wait for President Scott Walker to unilaterally order all federal agencies to stop withholding union dues and refuse to enforce mandatory fees because Congress hasn’t acted on PEU reform quickly enough or to his satisfaction. Unions can then thank Obama for setting the precedent of presidential authority on Walker’s behalf
Indeed. Candidate Obama wanted a weak executive. President Obama realizes politics is hard and executive orders are easy.
They will, of course, rise and condemn Walker or any Republican without a trace of irony.
Check out how President Lemon twists and scrambles to make "sense" regarding how a future GOP president should NOT be able to do what he has done:
This guy's credibility has LOOOOONG been shot.
Our 'ol pal Ron Marz just never can seem to grasp what's known as "irony":
I would also like to point out that comics as a whole needs to do a much better job of policing our own when they behave abominably.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) November 21, 2014
So much to say to that ... but it's just way too easy.
Next, "brave" Marz goes after a dead guy:
Not lost on me: hardcore @NRA dude Charlton Heston is the one who destroys the world.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) November 22, 2014
Yeah, not lost on me: How the saving of a "progressive" pacifist prior to World War II ended up allowing the Nazis to win the conflict -- and eventually rule the planet ... and galaxy.
Except that ... actress Joan Collins, who played pacifist Edith Keeler, is actually right-leaning in her politics.
Sort of the reverse situation of Chuck Heston's Taylor in Planet of the Apes, who was a pretty liberal guy:
"Time bends. Space is...boundless. It squashes a man's ego. I feel lonely. That's about it. Tell me, though, does man, that marvel of the universe, that glorious paradox who sent me to the stars, still make war against his brother...keep his neighbor's children starving?"
"I'm a seeker, too. But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be."
"Imagine me needing someone. Back on Earth I never did. Oh, there were women. Lots of women. Lots of love-making but no love. You see, that was the kind of world we'd made. So I left, because there was no one to hold me there."
So, essentially, what we have is Ron Marz making not much sense as usual -- only trying to score more "progressive" cred, and further alienate any right-leaning audience he may have left.
He was "just an advisor" about the conflict, and even though he was, y'know, vice-president, he didn't really have any hand in war strategy.
In fact, George W. Bush "just heard about" Cheney talking about the war. He was "briefed" on it.
In fact, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he "never heard of" Dick Cheney.
Such is the complete and unbelievable nonsense that this farce of an administration -- and Democratic leadership -- has become ... especially with regards to Jonathan Gruber.
For your pleasure:
We saw a few days ago how one blogging Delawarean thinks about disagreeing with President Lemon; now, our old pal Perry has finally chimed in -- not only about the mid-term election results, but offers up a similar sentiment to "Progressive Populist" of the LGOMB.
Let's take the latter from Perry first, regarding ObumbleCare:
Sometimes the ends justify the means, and this is the perfect case for it. As a result, there are millions of people relieved who now have coverage which they could not have had before this law.
There you have it -- because Perry is a fervent believer in ObumbleCare, it should be implemented by any means necessary. Just imagine if George W. Bush and the GOP ... well hell, you know.
Next, here's some of Perry's nonsense about November 4th (my comments are in italics):
Republicans won without much of an agenda, but with lots of negative campaigning and racism in the South. (What about the racism of the Left/Democrats of which there was MUCH more?)
Republicans won without a mandate, with only a plurality of less than 50%, reminiscent of GWB. (And Bill Clinton in 1992.)
Democrats must retake the Senate and retain the White House to curb Republican extremism. (Uh, that's why the GOP won two weeks ago -- to curb Democratic extermism.)
Republicans, starting with Reagan and continuing with GWB, cut taxes, increased spending, therefore increased the deficit. GWB doubled it. (Selective amnesia, natch. Obama skyrocketed both the deficit and the debt. In fact, he increased the latter more than all presidents combined before him!)
Democrats under Clinton and Obama enabled the country to recover, prosper, while still slowing the deficit. (Nonsense. Clinton did so because he worked with the GOP landslide Congress of 1994; Boss Obama's policies have done nothing to initiate a "recovery;" indeed, the unemployment figures are largely smoke and mirrors as we've seen record numbers of people leave the workforce, and most of the new jobs aren't good-paying full-time jobs anyway.)
Yeah, 'ol Per sure is an easy target, but it sure is fun -- and scary -- to check in once in a while on how these not-so-closeted authoritarians think.
The Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers' "Progressive Populist" thinks that opposition to President Lemon's climate deal with China is ... treason.
Seriously. For real.
This is how the contemporary Left thinks -- not only that you're f***ing stupid (Gruber, Obama, most Democrats), but that opposing what they want is actually criminal.
Here's the latest hilarity from President Lemon, this time about ObumbleCare architect Jonathan Gruber and his damning videos:
I just heard about this ... the fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed his opinion that I completely disagree with — it is no reflection on the actual process that was run.
Here we go again. Either the president is outright lying (highly probable) OR he's ridiculously incompetent in that he's just now hearing about something important pertaining directly to him.
In today's News Journal: In tech world, minorities remain quiet about lack of diversity.
In other words, the lack of diversity in the tech sector is a "problem."
But ... why?
Here's something that should absolutely not concern you:
About 1 percent of engineers at Facebook, Google and Twitter are black, and around 3 percent are Hispanic. For all the success of women like Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, men fill nearly 70 percent of jobs and more than 80 percent of technical positions at leading tech companies.
The article also notes the complaints of some minority tech workers about their "activism" on behalf of more diversity. They're concerned that they'll be seen as less serious or detract from doing the actual job.
Well, duh. Maybe that's because most people could really care less about superficial inanities that really have little to do with the product produced by such companies.
Ah, the lack of historical knowledge:
It has often been said that in order to get elected, Republicans tell voters what they plan to do then don't follow through. Democrats lie about what they're going to do and then do it. I wasn't cynical enough to really believe that intentional lying and deceit was the purpose. I always chalked it up to lack of foresight and refusing to believe in immutable laws of nature and economics.
Along comes Jonathan Gruber to prove me wrong. He has said, directly, that he and the Democrats lied repeatedly and intentionally to get their law passed.
This is Chicago politics on a national scale. This is going to be Waterloo for the ACA. It is also going to be the beginning of the end of Federal domination of the states. California has decided it likes weed and Texas has decided it likes business and those two poles are going to pull and stretch until the fabric of federal micromanagement of the states is torn. Hopefully forever. I believe the next great political battle is going to be over federalism. Let's just hope the right side wins this time.
Here's what "comedian, educator and comic book editor at large" Tom Brennan tweeted the other day:
Just to be clear - when it comes to the environment, today we learned the government of China is more reasonable than the GOP. CHINA.— Tom Brennan (@Brennanator) November 12, 2014
Indeed, the very same China where one cannot see across the street because of the ridiculous amount of pollution it belches out, not to mention where people have to wear surgical masks to avoid the equivalent of several packs of cigarettes ... just from walking down the street.
"Oh," but Brennan says, "the scenes where we saw all that was like six years ago!" (Meaning, the 2008 Beijing Olympics.)
Eminem bombarded an audience filled with veterans with the f-bomb on Tuesday night as he performed on the National Mall at The Concert for Valor.
The 42-year-old rapper, dressed in cap and hoodie, yelled into a microphone: 'Happy motherf****** Veterans Day' before launching into the show's closing set which ended with the anthemic Lose Yourself.
Also causing a bit of a stir was Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and the Zac Brown Band doing a cover of the anti-war, Vietnam era "Fortunate Son." You can probably take the meaning, and writer John Fogerty said that the song was “my confrontation with Richard Nixon.”
Except that ... Nixon was anything but a "fortunate son." He actually refused the exemption he was permitted (he was a Quaker) to serve in World War II.
At any rate, why sing such a song at an occasion celebrating soldiers' valor?
So we can hear how stupid we all are while he's -- Jonathan Gruber -- under oath.
It goes like this. Senate Republicans would bring a reconciliation bill to the Senate floor. They would offer a one-line amendment: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is hereby repealed.” Democrats would raise a point of order against the amendment, most likely under the “Byrd rule.” There is some disagreement about whether the parliamentarian would uphold that point of order, but rather than get into the details, I will assume she does. The amendment would be dead unless Republicans could muster 60 votes to overrule the parliamentarian (technically, the presiding officer, Joe Biden), which they cannot do.
However: all Senate rules are adopted and can be amended by a simple 51-vote majority. Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his caucus reminded the nation of this fact when they “nuked” the filibuster for most judicial nominations.
Immediately after the parliamentarian rules the ObamaCare-repeal amendment out of order, therefore, Senate Republicans would give the required notice that they plan to change the Senate rules such that no budget-reconciliation point of order shall lie against any legislative provision repealing part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 . The next day, Senate Republicans would enact that rules change, and pass a bill repealing ObamaCare.
Just play the game they invented, is all.
Besides the quartet not "really being superheroes" (or something), now the flick's enemy, Dr. Doom, has a new last name and origin.
Are you ready?
In what [Toby] Kebbell describes as a mild change, he said, “He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m “Doom”.
In regards to how Victor Domashev fits into the overall picture, Kebbell explained, “Yeah, it was cool man. Josh, the whole deal, the lo-fi way he did it, the ultra-real. It was just nice to do that. It was nice to be feeling like we had to come to terms with what was given by this incident.”
Dr. Doom -- an anti-social blog troll.
God help us.
The following is a guest post by Nate Winchester:
Well, wasn't that a fun and exciting election night! Of everything to come out of it, this is my favorite cartoonic take.
But you know what's the funny part. I've been looking at some reactions around the web and this:
"Don't do something stupid like pandering to the small minority of ___"
Is a sentiment you can find EVERYWHERE on conservative enclaves on the web, with each site filling in the blank with someone different. Social conservatives, libertarians, neo-cons, business oriented, etc etc. I'm tempted to make it a game: "See if there's anybody you can mentioned as somebody the republicans shouldn't listen to!"
The worst part? Everybody's right! Time for a thought exercise!
Say there's 3 groups of people: A, B and C (exact identities don't matter). Now imagine there are 3 political issues: 1, 2, and 3. Group A favors issues 1 and 3, but hates 2. Group B favors issues 1 and 2, but hates 3. And C favores issues 2 and 3, but hate issue 1.
Now, how do you govern? Better yet, if you were one of 3 representatives from one of the groups, how would you weigh the issues? Would you join with B for issue 1, even though that will anger C and make it less likely that they'll work with you on issue 3? And notice that I never explained who was what group or what issue because the exact details don't matter, look at the issue logically and dispassionately. How could you solve the issue?
And this is just a thought exercise, deliberately simplified so as make it easier for our brains to grasp and unpack the issue. Imagine how it is in the real world with dozens and dozens of sub groups with each having competing priorities and deal breakers.
What's the answer? I honestly don't know. Maybe it's time we conservatives look not to our representatives, but to each other. Maybe we need to figure out compromises between our groups and realize that we can't all have everything we want. In a democracy, we're ALL minorities. And republicans...
Don't do something stupid like pandering to the small minority that doesn't want unity. ;-)
Line of the Day by Jason "Trust Fund" Scott: "What a fucking idiot I turned out to be."
Just figuring that out now, eh?
Line of the Day 2 by pandora: "I expect impeachment proceedings to begin sooner rather than later. It’s what Republicans do – it’s one of the only things they do. "
Uh huh. Don't count on it. Why get rid of the biggest vote getter the GOP has ever had? Recall what I posted back on Oct. 25.
But then again, never discount the GOP ability to act against its own interests ...
L.G.O.M.B. = Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers, natch.
Check out the latest from The First Street Journal. After FSJ's Dana took up Jason "Trust Fund" Scott's $50 bet about so-called GOP economics -- and did so completely and unswervingly thoroughly -- here was Trust Fund's reply:
Do you know who owns the Wall Street Journal? Probably not. You are an idiot. I’ll probably ban your ass for stupidity again pretty soon.
Enjoy talking to yoursf here in the meantime.
But of course.
FWIW, Dana provided several sources for his points besides the WSJ (Dallas News, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Sacramento Bee, and Wallet Hub), but to any radical nutjob "progressive," the mere fact that a conservative-leaning (well, the editorial board, at least) publication is mentioned is enough for complete disqualification.
Hey, look -- whenever you start thinking Trust Fund is a serious thinker, always remember this nugget: "While reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks ..."
Locally, 'ya gotta love this story: the hubby of State Senator Bethany Hall-Long was nabbed stealing GOP campaign signs from a roadside ... at 3:00 in the morning.
When asked for comment, Ms. Hall-Long said,
Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I'm disappointed and wish that it had not happened.
In Wisconsin, how did "journalists" not discover this little nugget about Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke ... until just now? Yeah, gee, I wonder ...
New York State Democrats who haven't voted in recent elections got "menacing" letters from the New York State Democratic Committee: “we will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014. . . . If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”
Not too creepy ...
In Massachusetts, you'd think a Dem gubernatorial candidate would be a shoo-in ... except here it's Martha Coakley:
Down in Texas, wanna know why Dem gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis ain't gonna win? Redistricting, says co-founder of the Daily Show, Lizz Winstead, on MSNBC. Chee-yeah, OK ...