September 29, 2015

Marvel is officially off the rails. Completely.

The company is "celebrating" the 50th anniversary of SHIELD with a ... "special" issue.

(Before we continue, bonus points for anyone who knows what the acronym SHIELD means -- there's three versions, actually.*)

Fury #1 features both Nick Furys -- the original (white) guy, and the former "Ultimate" (black) version modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. Apparently some crazed individual plans to travel back in time to ... assassinate a young Barack Obama in 1965. (The prez was born in 1961.)

Now, you may ask "Why? What could possibly be gained by doing that?"

All you need do is scope out these panels. There it is -- (black) Nick Fury examining scenes of 1965 America and 2015 America. In the former, we witness a black youth being beaten by police. In 2015 we see -- wait for it! -- the 'ol "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," a black youth standing with his hands raised in front of police decked out in riot gear and pointing rifles at the kid:

Of course, that expression and the whole movement based on it was a fraud, but what does writer David Walker care? He's a got a narrative to push, and in a nutshell that narrative says "Nothing has changed at all in 50 years for African-Americans."

But back to the president. Check out this panel:

Well, duh -- temporal mechanics says killing anyone in the past will "change the world as it's supposed to be." But really -- other than being the first black president, which certainly is a symbolic event -- what has Obama done that has been so "world changing"??

Have race relations improved since his election? Not according to this recent NY Times/CBS News poll:

... nearly six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad, and that nearly four in 10 think the situation is getting worse.

By comparison, two-thirds of Americans surveyed shortly after President Obama took office said they believed that race relations were generally good.

Anyone remember Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention?

Maybe that's why people had such a positive view of race relations prior to him being elected. Then his actual actions spoke for him, and, well, see those current poll numbers again.

I'm sure writer Walker could care less about those numbers, and would probably blame it all on "racism," as asinine as that would be, natch. It shouldn't be the least bit surprising, though, for, after all, he adheres to the fictitious story surrounding Michael Brown. So hell, why not create a story where we're supposed to believe that, other than pure symbolism, Barack Obama is some mythical, larger-than-life figure whose presence in history needs to be preserved at all costs?

Martin Luther King Jr., who truly is a monumental historical civil rights figure, and whose actions truly effected great (racial) change, would have been a much more logical focus of such a story.

* Original: Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.

1991 meaning: Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate.

Movie/TV show meaning: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

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September 28, 2015

New 'Black Panther' writer is obsessed with race

Ta-Nehisi Coates is his name, and is considered (mainly by the Left) one of best contemporary writers around.

Unfortunately, he's obsessed with race. Which, naturally, would explain why the Left likes him so much.

“‘White America’ is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies,” he writes in his book Between the World and Me.

And that's only the beginning.

So, it really should come as no surprise that Marvel Comics has nabbed him to write a year-long series for Black Panther.

Coates says he was offered the gig after interviewing Marvel editor Sana Amanat, one of the creative forces behind (the Muslim) Ms. Marvel. Surprise, eh?

"T'Challa will reportedly come into conflict with a superhuman terrorist group called the People that incites a violent uprising in Wakanda," reports Newsarama.

If I had to fathom a guess, the People are white supremacists or, at least, backed by white supremacists. I can't see something that Coates will write as not about race/racism.

"I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” said Coates. “I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”

Uh oh.

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It's Bisexual Awareness Week

... and Wonder Woman is one. Supposedly.

*Yawn*

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September 23, 2015

PETA: Monkey should get ownership of 'selfie'

Seriously. PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is suing a photographer "in hopes of giving a monkey copyright ownership of a selfie."

Yet, we still have the ridiculous argument about whether a fetus is actually a "human." Hell, our US Senate won't even pass a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Where are all the American "progressives" citing the typical "we need to be more like Europe" now? Oh, that's right -- because Europe is actually quite a bit more conservative in the abortion realm.

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September 22, 2015

Carson, Trump deal with elitist, media backlash

Meanwhile, it was Hillary Clinton who started the whisper campaign that Boss Obama is a Muslim.

Dr. Ben Carson is dealing with more than Trump in that arena, currently, after he said he "would not advocate for a Muslim" to be president.

Personally, I think it was a stupid answer not just politically, but personally. If a (Muslim) candidate for president puts the Constitution before his faith, wants lower taxes, less government, etc, ... anything that any good conservative believes ... I'd have no issue voting for the guy.

In any other election, Carson would be toast by now. But this isn't any other election. The three leading GOPers at this stage are all non-politicians -- and two of them, Trump and Carson, have said some (politically) suspect things.

But is hasn't mattered.

Despite his inarticulate statement, people are willing to give Carson the benefit of the doubt on his statement. He did say personally that he would not advocate for a Muslim to be the commander-in-chief. That's his opinion. As Bill O'Reilly said on his show last night, the US was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and if Dr. Carson sees that as an impediment for a Muslim to hold the presidency -- especially in this current time where radical Islam is running rampant in various areas of the planet -- so be it. People may not agree with him, but they can see where he is coming from.

Oh, and people quoting the Constitution's Article VI (like Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Earnest, et. al.) can stop -- Carson did not say Muslims cannot serve as president. See above.

SEMI-RELATED: Muslim petition to end Oktoberfest in Munich because it's "intolerant" and "anti-Islamic."

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Autism and public spaces

For the uninitiated reader(s), I have a son with severe autism. He is non-verbal, low functioning and "high behavior" as they say. "High behavior" is code for "breaks things and hits people".

He usually breaks things because he's not using them as intended (like toys) or because his OCD is acting up and he feel compelled to slam the door until it breaks. (For reference, he banged on our dining room window yesterday until it broke)

So there's story in the news about a family being "driven out of their home" because the neighbors want their autistic son declared a "public nuisance."

Some highlights:

"Neighbors said he had pulled other children's hair, slapped a baby, purposely cycled into people and sat on a cat"

"Nurse Sue Alford, 61, lives on the street and said: 'It was painful. We all met with them and talked to them about their son, but they didn't see our point of view. We wanted the street to be a safe place for other children.'"

My son usually keeps his hands to himself with strangers but not always. For that reason alone, we are very careful about taking him to public places. The idea that we would let him roam the neighborhood unattended is just absurd.

In this dispute, I side with the neighbors. There is simply no excuse for this kid to be hurting other people and animals. The idea that this is going to lead to wholesale evictions based on nothing is just not likely.

This kid needs constant supervision and I sympathize with the parents. I know, first hand, how exhausting that is but that's their job. They have to keep other children safe and their own under control. If they cannot, then they should be seeking residential placement or other support services in their home.

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How Posh are you?

So the Daily Mail (don't judge) has a quiz about how cultured you are.

Let's take the quiz, shall we?

1. Go to the theatre
I have been to the theater but I don't go regularly

2. Can recognise paintings/art
Varies wildly. I can recognise some of the more well known artists and paintings but beyond that, no.

3. Visit local heritage sites
I drive past Cooch's Bridge quite often, does that count?

4. Listen to classical music
Yes.

5. Go to the ballet
I live in Delaware, so...no.

6. Know what wine goes with what
Yes.

7. Don’t skip the news when it’s on TV
No, I don't watch TV news.

8. Watch documentaries
Yes

9. Can read music
To a degree, yes.

10. Take an avid interest in politics
Keenly, yes.

11. Read daily newspapers
Yes.

12. Take countryside walks
I would...but I'm time poor.

13. Read a book before bed
Yes

14. Choose city breaks over beach holidays
No.

15. Watch Question Time
No.

16. Host dinner parties
Nightly. I have 5 kids.

17. Know about cheese
Um...what?

18. Enjoy crosswords or Sudoku
Yes

19. Go to vintage markets
No.

20. Know about cuts of meat
Yes

21. Watch tennis or cricket
No.

22. Read a book before the film comes out
Yes

23. Watch Antiques Road Show
Yes

24. Own a library card
Yes

25. Watch films with subtitles
Yes

26. Visit farm shops
Sometimes

27. Use chopsticks over a knife and fork
Yes

28. Drink 'proper' coffee - not instant
No, tea. Coffee is for heathens.

29. Know how to pronounce 'quinoa'
Yes

30. Grow your own fruit and vegetables on an allotment
Yes.

31. Go to music festivals
No

32. Collect music on vinyl
No

33. Read Wikipedia articles
Yes

34. Only eat local produce
No

35. Get the conundrum on Countdown
No

36. Wear bow-ties or brooches
Sometimes.

37. Get food from supermarket 'finer' ranges
I don't know what this means

38. Drink herbal tea
Chai. Daily. s'truth.

39. Put on an accent to pronounce foreign words
Rarely. It's pretentious and annoying.

40. Avoid generic superstore furniture
Like do I buy custom couches and such? No.


So 17/40 = 42.5% Posh. Solidly middle class I'd say.

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September 18, 2015

Let's check in with the moonbat comics creators!

Poor Ron Marz. Always looking for something with which to rip that "other" political party. Here, he's jumped on a comment by Jeb Bush (made at the most recent GOP debate) regarding his brother Dubya:


Indeed. Not even eight months on the job after his predecessor, Bill Clinton, turned down an offer to have Osama bin Laden handed over to the US ... because supposedly the legality was dubious.

How many were cheering Clinton on for that?


This is in response to fellow comics guy Fabian Nicieza tweeting that Ben Carson "was probably a great neurosurgeon, but can someone please tell me based on WHAT QUALIFICATIONS should he be President?"

Hmm, as opposed to what -- a community organizer, say?

Oh, and Marz and Nicieza must be RACISTS for mocking Dr. Carson.


Isn't that special. Apple, tree and all that. (Note: I've deleted the previous "offspring" reference as, after consideration, it's out of bounds. Even though Marz brought it up for his own silly purposes, I should have left it alone. Bigger fish and all that ....)

And, as "good" "progressives" always do -- jumping on the SJW bandwagon for ridiculous causes -- here's the gnomish Dan Slott on the Texas clock-making kid:


Oh gosh -- CNN's tweet was "offensive." You know why you've never seen Slott tweet about the many other students younger than Ahmed who were ridiculously disciplined for antics supposedly involving "guns?"

1) Because like all SJWs only "certain" people matter;
2) Slott hates guns and as such probably secretly agrees with what happened to those kids, and
3) Slott is a douche.

Of course, many other creators jumped on the Ahmed bandwagon. We all know why, too.

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September 17, 2015

The insanity regarding #IStandWithAhmed

Yesterday, a 9th grader at a school in Texas brought a homemade clock to school. According to reports, Ahmed Mohamed, a supposed technology aficionado, wanted to show it off to his engineering teacher.

But apparently it began beeping in English class, and when Ahmed showed it to that teacher, she said "It looks like a bomb."

Here's a pic of Ahmed's device.

The English teacher held on to the clock, and, it seems, notified the principal. A little while later, the principal and a cop pulled Ahmed out of class. And that's when things got a little ... silly.

They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”

Ahmed felt suddenly conscious of his brown skin and his name — one of the most common in the Muslim religion. But the police kept him busy with questions.

The bell rang at least twice, he said, while the officers searched his belongings and questioned his intentions. The principal threatened to expel him if he didn’t make a written statement, he said.

“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.

“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”

“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”

The police believed Ahmed was being evasive. Nevertheless, they ended up not pressing charges after they were convinced everything was kosher.

It's seems highly unreasonable that Ahmed had to be cuffed and fingerprinted.

The police ended up not charging him with anything after everything settled down.

But the social justice warriors were aghast. Automatically, as if on cue, social media lit up blaming the fact that Ahmed is Muslim for his treatment. That (like the quote above says) because his skin is brown.

A popular former Delaware blogger took to social media yesterday too, emphatically stating that "His name is Ahmed -- that's all you need to know."

To all of which I say, "Bullsh**."

Ian Tuttle at The Corner shows exactly why:

  • "In Maryland, there was the seven-year-old Maryland boy who bit a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun." He was suspended.
  • There was a five-year-old who had a bright red cap gun. He was suspended.
  • There were "three six-year-old boys suspended for making 'finger guns' during a game of cops and robbers." All were suspended,
  • There was an "eleven-year-old who said the word 'gun' on a school bus." Suspended.
  • "There was an eight-year-old finger-gun wielder in Florida." Also suspended.
  • "There was the 12-year-old keychain-gunslinger in Rhode Island." Guess what? Suspended.
  • What about "the two Virginia seventh-graders who were playing with airsoft guns at one of the student’s homes"? SUSPENDED!

And the list keeps going.

As Tuttle says, the story isn't about “Islamophobia” and “white privilege”— "it’s about a few people in positions of authority who overreacted to the possibility of a weapon. Which, as it happens, is a too-frequent occurrence all over the country, regardless of the color of your skin."

The real difference between Ahmed and all those above is that the former got invited to the White House and numerous other places as a result of his school's actions.

You can probably figure out why, in part. That bullet list (no pun intended) features discipline related to guns. All Ahmed did was make a clock that just happened, at a glance, to look like an explosive device. (/sarcasm)

If race/ethnicity played any part in this whole fiasco, in the long run it was to Ahmed's overwhelming benefit. What did all those (younger) kids get for their even more obvious innocent actions?

I dunno. Do you?

John Nolte has still more.

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September 16, 2015

'Hart to Hart' to be rebooted ... as a gay couple

This past weekend I wrote about "retroactive repression" -- a term used to make us feel all giddy about our contemporary moral superiority by altering the past with modern sensibilities.

The latest: The early 80s mystery show "Hart to Hart" starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers will be rebooted ... featuring a gay couple.

According to Variety sister site Deadline, who first broke the news, the new “Hart to Hart” is described as a modern and sexy retelling of the classic series that focuses on “by the book” attorney Jonathan Hart and free-spirited investigator Dan Hartman, who must balance the two sides of their life: action-packed crime-solving in the midst of newly found domesticity.

Isn't that special.

h/t to Paul Hair.

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September 15, 2015

And it continues: Batman to go into 'Black Lives Matter mode'

"[T]he book holds 'white readers accountable for their complicity in the real-world situations that the comic analogizes,'" says comicbook critic Emma Houxbois.

But of course.

*Yawn*

Read more about the storyline from my pal Douglas Ernst.

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September 14, 2015

The Fifth Horseman

I saw this via Ace and my first instinct is to roll my eyes at the inanity and insanity of it all.

Rather, the answer is to fight. This level of stupidity is pervasive and growing. Colleges are incubators for this nonsense and need to be cleaned out like the Augean stables.

This person is purportedly a college student at a well regarded university. If she is falling apart when someone uses a Spanish word in a manner she doesn't like, she is bound to be one of two things. A SJW drain on the economy in the form of vexatious litigation to force goodthink and punish badthink or become the embittered crazy person you meet on the subway who takes everything as a personal slight/insult. Neither is a good outcome.

The whole idea of "cultural appropriation" is just bullshit. You like something from another culture, enjoy it. You want to wear a kilt or a sari or a thobe, have at it. Is it cultural appropriation for me to like Chinese opera? I can't speak Spanish now unless I'm Latino? If that's the case, why the hell is this Latina woman speaking English? Isn't that cultural appropriation? If not, why not? My heritage is Irish and German. Am I permitted to speak Gaelic and have a Guinness? How many generations removed from the Auld Sod can I be before I get in trouble?

Should the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra just close down?

We need to draw a line in the sand and stop this crap now. The Eco Justice Warriors were bad enough but this is going to be cultural death if the SJW's get their way.

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We're doomed. Pack it in.

From the NY Times this past Sunday: Are College Lectures Unfair?

The notion may seem absurd on its face. The lecture is an old and well-established tradition in education. To most of us, it simply is the way college courses are taught. Even online courses are largely conventional lectures uploaded to the web.

Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that the lecture is not generic or neutral, but a specific cultural form that favors some people while discriminating against others, including women, minorities and low-income and first-generation college students. This is not a matter of instructor bias; it is the lecture format itself — when used on its own without other instructional supports — that offers unfair advantages to an already privileged population.

At this point, I'm surprised that the college lecture hasn't been blamed on global warming.

And if the lecture discriminates against women, especially, how is it that that group makes up the majority of the college population ... and its graduates, hmm?

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September 10, 2015

Tom Brady got off because he is white?

That's what New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall says.

Actually, Brady might not have even been a target at all in Deflategate had not now-Commissioner Roger Goodell done such a lousy job handling the Spygate scandal in the early-mid 2000s. Many see Goodell as "trying to set things right" by coming down hard on Brady and the Pats now after letting them off lightly then.

If you still think the Patriots are above board and legit, I suggest you read this exhaustive ESPN exposé.

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September 08, 2015

Aaaaand ... it gets still 'better' at Marvel

The new Daredevil creative team will be giving the Man Without Fear an ... illegal immigrant as a sidekick.

Remember -- Matt Murdock is a lawyer.

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The new Incredible, er, 'Totally Awesome' Hulk is Korean-American

Because why not, right? It's a lot easier to reappropriate classic characters than to actually create new ones.

This will be the first time in Marvel’s history that they will publish a series starring a Korean-American character made by Korean-American creators – writer Greg Pak, and artist Frank Cho.

The key difference between this new Hulk and the traditional Bruce Banner version is that Amadeus Cho is going to actually enjoy becoming the Hulk.

“[Amadeus] is going to be a very different kind of Hulk. He’s 19 years old, he’s on top of the world, he thinks he’s right about everything…and he might be,” Pak told Entertainment Weekly. “Or he might not be. But this is a kid who’s got a ridiculous amount of confidence. A lot of it has been justly earned, but he may be in over his head, and he’s going to come in here and he’s determined to be the best Hulk there’s ever been. He loves being the Hulk. And that may cause massive trouble for everyone else in the Marvel Universe. It’s just a great recipe.” (Source)

The article notes that Cho is "officially the 7th smartest character in the Marvel Universe, just behind Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, and Beast."

That's only four ahead of him, so who are the other two? And why is Cho ranked behind four white guys, hmm? Not to mention, isn't Cho being so smart and into science kind of stereotyping Asians?

More here.

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September 07, 2015

How Star Trek changed after Roddenberry

Great read via The Claremont Institute titled "The Politics of Star Trek."

It's a topic I've covered numerous times before; however, I thought this nugget was particularly interesting:

This clear-headedness had evaporated by December 1991, when the movie sequel Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country appeared, only months after Roddenberry’s death. The previous films had focused on questions of loyalty, friendship, and Spock’s need for feeling to leaven his logic, but this one, written in part by Nimoy, would be the first devoted expressly to political subjects. It comments on the waning of the Cold War by portraying the first steps toward peace with the Klingons. Yet the price of peace, it turns out, is not merely to forgive past crimes, but for the innocent peoples of the galaxy to take the guilt upon themselves.

Star Trek VI opens with a shocking betrayal: without informing his captain, Spock has volunteered the crew for a peace mission to the Klingons. Kirk rightly calls this “arrogant presumption,” yet the Vulcan is never expected to apologize. On the contrary, the film summarily silences Kirk’s objections. At a banquet aboard the Enterprise, he is asked whether he would be willing to surrender his career in exchange for an end to hostilities, and Spock swiftly intervenes. “I believe the captain feels that Starfleet’s mission has always been one of peace,” he says. Kirk tries to disagree, but is again interrupted. Later, he decides that “Spock was right.” His original skepticism toward the peace mission was only prejudice: “I was used to hating Klingons.”

This represented an almost complete inversion of Star Trek’s original liberalism, and indeed of any rational scale of moral principles at all. At no point in the show’s history had Kirk or his colleagues treated the Klingons unjustly, whereas audiences for decades have watched the Klingons torment and subjugate the galaxy’s peaceful races. In “Errand of Mercy,” they attempt genocide to enslave the Organians. In “The Trouble with Tribbles,” they try to poison a planet’s entire food supply. The dungeon in which Kirk is imprisoned in this film is on a par with Stalin’s jails. Yet never does the Klingon leader, Gorkon, or any of his people, acknowledge—let alone apologize for—such injustices. Quite the contrary; his daughter tells a galactic conference, “We are a proud race. We are here because we want to go on being proud.” Within the context of the original Star Trek, such pride is morally insane.

Roddenberry was so bothered by the film’s script that he angrily confronted director Nicholas Meyer at a meeting, futilely demanding changes. He and those who helped him create Star Trek knew that without a coherent moral code—ideas they considered universal, but which the film calls “racist”—one can never have genuine peace. Star Trek VI seemed to nod contentedly at the haunting thought Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn voiced in The Gulag Archipelago: “No, no one would have to answer.”

The above is truncated a bit, so for the full meaning by all means click the link.

I had no idea Roddenberry despised the script for Undiscovered Country, and after this piece it makes quite a bit of sense.

However, despite my siding with Kirk's feelings about the Klingons, I've always considered ST VI along the lines of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty from the late 70s. Then, the leaders of both countries (Begin, Sadat) had to get beyond their own -- and their constituents' -- misgivings in order to make a lasting peace.

Granted, the analogy is far from perfect, but, overall, if any sort of peace is to be achieved leaders must go above and beyond grievances (past and present) in order to obtain it.

Certainly, in ST VI's case, the Federation easily could have made certain demands before entering into a peace agreement. Keep in mind that at the time it was stated that the Klingon Empire "had 50 years of life left." What were the Federation's demands? I don't recall them making any. Why not? Were they afraid of the Empire making a last-ditch "kamikaze" effort against them for their "insolence?" If so, that shows how (politically) weak the Federation had become even back then ... which is probably, partly, what the Great Bird (Roddenberry) was so cheesed at. After all, when the US had two of our greatest enemies beaten (Germany and Japan), we did indeed assist them in rebuilding themselves, but we didn't just send them cash and material assistance and have no say in the whole deal. We kept garrisons of military troops within their borders, and overtly guided the countries' transition to representative democracy.

Star Trek VI would have us believe that the Klingons had to give nothing, other than the promise of no further hostilities, for the goodwill of the Federation.

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September 04, 2015

Trump's immigration policy

I was in a Muslim bookstore in NYC last week and I thought I'd have some fun with the owner.

"Do you have Donald Trump's book on immigration? I forget the title"

"F#$K You! GET OUT, STAY OUT AND NEVER COME BACK AGAIN!"

"Yes, that the title. Do you have it in paperback?

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Bernie Sanders was also against the 1991 Gulf War

And was proud of it, too:

“I think historically, in too many instances the United States has gone to war, often unilaterally, when we should not,” Sanders said. “I think my vote against the first war in the Gulf region was the right vote I think we could have gotten Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in a way that did not require a war, and I think certainly--”

At this point, anchor Martha Raddatz felt obligated to interrupt the kumbaya talk.

“Even though he had invaded Kuwait?”

“But the point was you had the whole world united against him, Martha,” Sanders snapped. “Do we need to go to war in every instance, or can we bring pressure of sanctions and international pressure to resolve these conflicts?”

Hey Bern -- please define "too many times." And as for "unilaterally," I'm thinkin' "OK, Vietnam, but then ... ??"

No, George W. Bush did not go to war unilaterally in 2003.
Korea was not a unilateral venture.
Grenada doesn't even remotely qualify as a "war."

Help us out here, Bern.

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September 02, 2015

Compare and Contrast

First up:

A federal judge has ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her deputies to appear in his courtroom Thursday and explain why Davis should not be held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses. … In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage-equality demonstrators who crowded into her office, the clerk repeatedly refused to comply with the court order.

“Under whose authority are you not issuing marriage licenses?” someone in the crowd asked Davis.

“Under God’s authority,” she responded.


Second:

A Muslim flight attendant has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol

Why would a devout Muslim want to be a flight attendant when half your job is serving alcohol.

This is just like the devout Muslim who sued soft porn retailer Abercrombie and Fitch because she wanted to wear the hijab.

The EEOC is suing Star Transport for rightfully terminating two Muslims who refused to do their job. If these Muslim truck drivers don’t want to deliver alcohol, then they shouldn’t have taken a job in which part of their duties would be to deliver alcohol. It’s that simple.

So, we have the government going to bat for some religious liberties but not others.

The job is the job. If your personal moral or religious code prevents you from doing the job, you should be rightly fired. However, if you are a private entity you should be allowed to provide service to whomever you wish and deny whatever you wish. It is wrong to compel a observant Muslim or Jewish restaurant to serve pork. I would be wrong to ask them to cater an event where pork or pigs were a major factor.

It would be wrong for a wedding hall that caters to Muslims or Mormons to be forced to allow alcohol on its premises.

Why can't we get this right?

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September 01, 2015

The complete buffoonery of Univision's Jorge Ramos

It's bad enough he pretends to be a journalist (I'm no Donald Trump fan, but The Donald was 100% in the right when he booted Ramos from his press conference last week), but now he makes me wonder if he's a complete imbecile:

On CNN this weekend, Ramos responded to O'Reilly's questions about Kate's Law, condemning it as "completely unfair" because it promoted a "stereotype" of the Hispanic community.

"I think it is unfair that because one undocumented immigrant killed a wonderful human being that all immigrants are being blamed for that killing," said Ramos. "It is so unfair. It's as unfair as if we were to criticize all white men in the United States for what happened in that theater in Aurora, Colorado."

Let's see ... Kate's Law would impose a mandatory five-year prison term for illegal immigrants who have previously been deported ... but who illegally enters the US again (and is caught).


I have to work hard at being stupid!


Ramos, as many immigration radicals do (on purpose), fails to distinguish between illegal and legal ... and being deported already vs. being a first time offender.

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Two quick items

There is much ado about Pope Frank giving priests the OK to forgive women who have had an abortion. This is not news. JPII did exactly this in 1995

I am completely unbothered by Obama changing Mt. McKinley to Denali. Seriously. We live in places with names like Wissihicken, Hockessin, Ho-Ho-Kus, Lake Hopatcong, Conowingo etc. What the hell difference does it make what we call the mountain? Personally, I think Denali sounds nicer anyway.

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