Overnight Open Thread (29 May 2015)
Standby for the Taliban Five world tour.
Interesting read on the windshield-pitting mystery of 1954 and then think about the ongoing rape culture propaganda, human caused global warming, the Koch brothers, etc.
Redneck Fathering Tip
Murder Weapon At Museum
No Shit Sherlock
So San Andreas hits the theaters this weekend. Is it wrong to think that a movie featuring Alexandra Daddario and a very strong earthquake as Oscar worthy?
Celebrities And Conspiracy Theories
Yup. Celebrities will believe anything. That chemtrails conspiracy is so stupid.
7 life lessons you can learn from DIY projects. However, when your DIY project goes really wrong, it can be frustrating as hell. That's why I measure 3 times and cut twice.
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Politico: "Phoenix Braces for Anti-Islam Rally"
Less than a month after a shooting at a similar event in Texas, an anti-Islam rally in Phoenix has scheduled its own Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest.
The competition is set to take place Friday outside the Islamic Community Center in the Arizona city where Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi -- the perpetrators of that attack -- used to worship.
In a Facebook event for the contest, titled "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II," organizer Jon Ritzheimer wrote, "This is in response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorist, with ties to ISIS, attempted Jihad."
Ritzheimer, a former Marine, also wrote that protesters should come armed, expecting a confrontation.
Riot enthusiast and occasional racial-murder booster (he was a fan of that black California cop who went on a white-people-killin' spree) Marc Lamont Hill just can't even.
So a group of people are going to stand outside a mosque toting guns and wearing t-shirts that say "F*** Islam." How is this not terrorism?— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 29, 2015
And on top of that, you organize a contest solely designed to offend the adherents of the religion? Again, why would you WANT to do that?— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 29, 2015
These people see no irony in saying that their actions are designed to "expose Islamic intolerance." Huh? You guys think THIS is tolerance?— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 29, 2015
John Podesta Comes Out as a Graftosexual
What Team Hillary Means It To Say: We're fun, silly, and gay friendly
What It Actually Says: We'll give under-bridge hand-jays in exchange for donations to our "charity"
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A Tsunami of Graft: Bill Clinton Heroically Raised Money for the Tsunami Vicitms, By First Securing a $500,000 Payment For his "Charity"
There is a special place in hell for this clan of grifters.
Deborah Sontag reports:
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.
She booked Cipriani 42nd Street, which greeted guests with Bellini cocktails on silver trays. She flew in Sheryl Crow with her band and crew for a 20-minute set. She special-ordered heart-shaped floral centerpieces, heart-shaped chocolate parfaits, heart-shaped tiramisù and, because orange is the charity's color, an orange carpet rather than a red one. She imported a Swiss auctioneer and handed out orange rulers to serve as auction paddles, playfully threatening to use hers to spank the highest bidder for an Ibiza vacation.
The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton.
The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening's net proceeds -- enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.
Happy Hearts' former executive director believes the transaction was a "quid pro quo," which rerouted donations intended for a small charity with the concrete mission of rebuilding schools after natural disasters to a large foundation with a broader agenda and a budget 100 times bigger.
"The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium," said the former executive director, Sue Veres Royal, who held that position at the time of the gala and was dismissed a few weeks later amid conflicts over the gala and other issues.
A longer digest at Business Insider-- which notes it is "extremely rare" for one charity to pay money to another so-called "charity."
It also notes the charity that was supposedly getting the benefit of Clinton's star power raised less money the year he got his "award" than it did the previous year.
Meanwhile, the New York Times' resident Goof Nicholas Kristof claimed that we shouldn't blame the Clintons for the "charity" greed -- we should blame the campaign finance system.
One problem with this absurdity. Okay, two problems. Obviously, this is the go-to spin whenever a Democrat is found to be dirty -- it's the fault of the system, not of the person.
But Jim Geraghty points out a a problem so glaringly obvious you may have missed it -- The Clinton "charity" is not about financing any campaigns, at least not admittedly, and if we ever discover this "charity" is in fact about financing Hillary Clinton's campaign, it will be a serious criminal breach demanding of serious jail time.
This "Charity" is about personal enrichment -- and what the fuck does that have to do with campaign finance?
Leak: Hastert Made Secret Payments to Pay Off Male Victim of Sexual Abuse
I was asked yesterday what I thought Denny Hastert's big secret was.
I said, "Diddling a boy during his wrestling coach days."
Ding ding ding ding, says the LA Times.
Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said "Individual A," as the person is described in Thursday's federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
"It goes back a long way, back to then," the source said. "It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office." Thursday's indictment described the misconduct "against Individual A" as having "occurred years earlier."
He stepped down after Republicans lost the House majority in the 2006 midterm elections. Those elections took place in the middle of an investigation into the GOP leadership’s handling of allegations that a Republican Florida congressman, Mark Foley, had engaged in inappropriate explicit communications with House pages, who were of high school age.
Economy Contracted by 0.75% In the First Quarter
This must be due to the lingering effects of the Bush economy, now six and a half years in the past.
No wait, this must be due to the 2013 Republican Government Shutdown.
May 29, 2015 - BEA Reveals that 1st Quarter 2015 GDP Shrank at -0.75%:
In their second estimate of the US GDP for the first quarter of 2015, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the economy was contracting at a -0.75% annualized rate, down a full percent from the +0.25% estimated last month, and down sharply (-2.97%) from the +2.22% growth rate recorded for the prior quarter. And according to the "real final sales of domestic product" (BEA's very own "bottom line" for the economy), the economy shrank at more than a percent (-1.08%) during the quarter, down -3.40% from last quarter's +2.32%.
A look at the details provides little comfort....
The markets fell on the news, as well as some other bad economic news:
OTHER BAD DATA: Investors also had two other disappointing pieces of economic news to work through. A Chicago manufacturing survey fell to a reading of 46.2, well below the reading of 53 that economists were hoping for. Also a report on consumer sentiment for May fell to a six-month low.
This sounds like a perfect time for Obama to Pivot to Foreign Policy or whatever.
One more negative quarter and we're officially in recession.
WH spin on negative GDP: ...the result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand, and consumers saving windfall from lower oil prices.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 29, 2015
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Friday Morning Phoning It In
Sorry, busy this morning.
Morning Thread (5-29-2015)
Late start this morning. I blame the central time zone.
Overnight Open Thread (5-28-2015) - Slapdash But Legally an ONT Edition
Well with the help of commenters I was able to finally find it in Tuesday's Morning Jolt.
TC: How do you find your obsession? Then, how do you turn it into a lucrative career?
GM: Just watch less TV, I don't know. It's hard to tell people how to live their lives, but just work hard. Find your compulsion and do it, become consumed by it. Charles Bukowski was all about this; he said he didn't even like writing, but he couldn't not write. It's like these kids with Asperger syndrome. They become obsessed with one thing at a certain age. They're looking at dryers and that's it. The only thing they care about for the rest of their life is dryers. They end up working at Maytag or whoever makes dryers because they know everything about them and they love their job. I don't think it matters what your obsession is and it doesn't have to be an Asperger's level of obsession, but if there's enthusiasm, it will work out. Look at Nick Weidenfeld; he took over Comedy Central's Adult Swim because he went to interview the head of it, Mike Lazzo, and Lazzo could sense his enthusiasm. Nick had no experience with television or the entertainment industry, but he got the job because he was obsessed with it and he did well at it, too. Opportunities just come when you blindly tumble through life with your eyes open.
TC: So recklessly and passionately pursue your gut instincts and impulses.
GM: Yeah, and don't complain. I don't have any sympathy for complainers in the Western world in 2012. All this shit about the middle class. "they have no jobs," "they can't pay their bills." I have been creating my own jobs out of thin air for twenty years and I was providing shit to people for free. When I couldn't do that I was planting trees, or teaching English, or traveling the world and staying in squats.
TC: The appetite grows while eating.GM: Exactly, "If you want something done, ask a busy person." If I email Jimmy Kimmel and ask him a question, there's an answer a few minutes later. Then you ask someone who is unemployed and five days later they say "Oh, sorry for the delay, man, I was very sick."
And here is Gavin in rare form live trolling/dropping truth bombs on Tamara Holder on Hannity:
As for domestic politics, Saul Alinsky, leftist agitator and author of Rules for Radicals, was Hillary Rodham's mentor. As her faculty adviser recalls, she "read all of Alinsky, and she was able to go and see him."
It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Hillary was involved in bringing Alinsky to Wellesley to speak. She also interviewed him for her senior thesis, an analysis of Lyndon Johnson's Community Action Program. Known as CAP, this was an anti-poverty program based on the idea of the federal government circumventing local politicians to some extent, and empowering radical community activists (or community organizers, if you prefer).
Alinsky's thinking had inspired CAP. However, he was highly critical of the program because he thought it did not sufficiently empower the poor.
Hillary Rodham's thesis was under lock and key at Wellesley when Brock wrote his book and, to my knowledge, still is. However, in 1993, she told the Washington Post that "I basically argued that [Alinsky] was right. . . .You know, I've been on this kick for 25 years."
When Hillary Rodham graduated from college in 1969, Alinsky offered her a paid position as a trainee with a new institute he had founded to train activists. Alinsky died in 1972, but his institute would endure, helping to train generations of "community organizers."Hillary turned down Alinsky's offer, opting instead for law school. In an interview with the Chicago Times, she said she agreed with Alinsky about the need to obtain political power with which to push for more radical change than the Great Society envisaged. However, she questioned whether fighting for such power from outside the system would work. As she put it, Alinsky's approach would not go over well with "the kind of people I grew up with in Park Ridge."
Not to be confused with his Dark Age rape fantasies. But he knows why there are hungry children in America. And the reason is too many consumer choices.
Bernie Sanders, the Brooklyn socialist who represents Vermont in the Senate, generated a great deal of mirth on Tuesday when he wondered aloud how it is that a society with 23 kinds of deodorant and 18 kinds of sneakers has hungry children. Setting aside the fact that we must have hundreds of kinds of deodorant and thousands of choices of sneakers, Senator Sanders here communicates a double falsehood: The first falsehood is that the proliferation of choices in consumer goods is correlated with poverty, among children or anybody else, which is flatly at odds with practically all modern human experience. The reality is precisely the opposite: Poverty is worst where consumers have the fewest choices, e.g., in North Korea, the old Soviet Union, the socialist paradise that is modern Venezuela, etc. The second falsehood is that choice in consumer goods represents the loss of resources that might have gone to some other end - that if we had only one kind of sneaker, then there would be more food available for hungry children.
Jaime Weinman has a column up at MacLean's looking at the work of Mike Judge (Office Space, King of the Hill) with the headline "Does satire need to be progressive?" He was kind enough to ping me for my thoughts on Judge's political temperament;
...This idea that (some!) leftists hold-that only obviously, pedantically leftwing satire is of value-never ceases to amuse me. As if the only humor of worth is that which defends your worldview-that which never makes you question whether or not your preferred priorities are obviously correct. I remember having a hearty laugh at a 2014 essay on Judge's brilliant, reactionary movie Idiocracy. Its title? "Idiocracy is a cruel movie and you should be ashamed for liking it." The nut graf:
We're frustrated by the world, believing that encouraging smarter people to breed would somehow fix our problems. But it simply isn't so. It's a distraction from the institutional problems of our society. The problem isn't that stupid people (again, read: poor) are having too many children. The problem is that we aren't living up to the ideals and promises we've given to each generation of Americans that have come before us. A livable wage, paid maternity leave, proper funding of scientific research - these are the things a functional, civilized society are built upon; the ways that we can improve our world. We don't build a better society by getting more smart people to fuck each other.*
Hear hear! As we all know, the founders jettisoned the Brits and the Greatest Generation stormed Normandy so we could have government-mandated paid maternity leave. This comedian's failure to properly impart that lesson is a real disgrace.Or, you know, maybe not. Simply put: Mike Judge isn't here to push your agenda. He's here to cast a skeptical eye on your dogma. And I think that's why conservatives love him, even when he's ribbing them.
Drive through this working-class suburb filled with 1950s cottages and you will see many edged and weeded lawns. You'll also notice orange sticky notes on the doors - at least one or two per street in many parts of town.
They are warnings the city gives to residents who violate local ordinances. And in this community of 3,304 residents, the list of what earns a ticket and fine is long.
Among the things that will be "closely monitored" through the spring and summer, according to a newsletter that recently went out to residents:
Pants worn too low or grass grown too high. Children riding bikes without helmets. Barbecue pits or toys in front yards. Basketball hoops in the streets.
There's no loitering - described in city code as "the concept of spending time idly" or "the colloquial expression 'hanging around.'" And, despite a citywide 20 mph speed limit, there's no playing or walking in the street.
Faye Millet, one of the aldermen who wrote the newsletter, said the ordinances are aimed at safety and quality of life. Pagedale is in the midst of a massive redevelopment effort, aimed at drawing businesses to its main corridors and restoring a population that has fallen off since the 1960s.
"Even I have a letter from the city saying I have to do certain things to my property," she said, pointing out that nobody wants to be surrounded by derelict homes.
But there's more to the story.
Pagedale handed out 2,255 citations for these types of offenses last year - or nearly two per household. That's a nearly 500 percent increase from five years ago, according to an analysis of state court data by the Post-Dispatch.And yet none of the fines and fees from these offenses count under the Macks Creek Law. The law is the state's one tool for keeping cash-hungry municipalities from relying too much on court fines for revenue.
Josh Duggar's sexual offenses weren't quite the incest they've been made out to be but they were still quite serious and disturbing - and not dealt with properly at all either then or now. By not disclosing them Josh smanaged to screw over both the TV network and the Family Research Council. Not exactly a shining example for anyone else to live by.
If the past 30 years of very public Christian scandals should teach us anything, it's that no one should put their trust in famous Christians. They often can't even get the basics right, much less serve as shining examples of faith lived the right way. In the case of the Duggar family, they hid sexual abuse from everyone but those they most trusted, delayed notifying the authorities for months (and then afterward telling only a close family friend), escaped prosecution only through the expiration of the statute of limitations, and then had the audacity - knowing full well that these events had occurred - to put themselves out to the public as a role-model family. The abuser himself decided to become a leader in the Christian pro-family movement, as the executive director of the Family Research Council.
The researchers said they believe that awe induces a feeling of being diminished in the presence of something greater than oneself. It is this diminished sense of self that shifts focus away from an individual's need and toward the greater good, they wrote.
"When experiencing awe, you may not, egocentrically speaking, feel like you're at the center of the world anymore," Piff said. "By shifting attention toward larger entities and diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, we reasoned that awe would trigger tendencies to engage in pro-social behaviors that may be costly for you but that benefit and help others."While the findings supported the researchers' initial hypothesis, the scientists were surprised at how consistently different types of awe and different elicitors of awe were able to promote cooperative behavior.
Clown survival tip no. 36. Never turn your back on a circus tent
happy hot ending as promised. It's like you can't trust anyone these days.
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Denny Hastert Indicted For... Withdrawing Money From His Bank
As you may or may not know -- well, you almost certainly know it; I don't know why I'm low-balling you here -- it's illegal to "structure" withdrawals from a bank in order to evade the IRS $10,000 (?) threshold which triggers a reporting requirement.
Well, Denny Hastert did that, feds claim. He is indicted for Malicious Withdrawals of His Own Money.
Now, the reason he seems to have done this is to pay off an alleged "victim" of "prior bad acts" -- someone I guess who could expose him. Maybe a blackmailer, maybe not. So he took the money in sub-$10,000 withdrawals to avoid federal reporting and embarrassment about paying off a legitimate victim and/or blackmailer. (Sometimes it's hazy.)
Now, those "Prior bad acts" are not specified, and further, are not part of the charges against Hastert -- whatever those acts are, they are not the feds' concern.
However, they are indicting him for Withdrawing Money With Intent To Withdraw Money.
Someone on Twitter -- didn't see who -- noted that they wouldn't be crying for Hastert, as Hastert is a member of the political class who has conspired to make everything illegal, and how he's hoist upon his own petard.
I think it's about time we stopped merely complaining about this shit and started demanding the feds repeal this bullshit law and their many other we'll-get-you-on-something laws.
DC Metro Suspends All Political Issue Ads, Rather than Run Pam Geller's Mohammad Ad
They have to be viewpoint-neutral in decision-making. They can't just not run her ad because they don't like it. So, they've decided to "neutrally" ban all issue ads.
Question: How on earth is this "neutral"? Philadelphia did the exact same thing. The decision to accept issue ads at all is Not a neutral one when they accept issue ads so long as no one wants to run an anti-Sharia ad.
This doesn't even have the superficial look of a "viewpoint-neutral" decision. They have decided against issue ads, all of them, based on their disagreement with the viewpoint of Pam Geller's ad.
She should re-sue, and force them to accept issue ads again, including hers -- or else at least they should be forced to demonstrate that they were already planning on rejecting all issue ads independent of Geller's offer.
If this decision was made due to Geller's proposed ad-buy, then the decision is not viewpoint-neutral.
As Allah points out, at least the DC Metro is admitting why they're not running the ad.
Metro official says agency fears a cartoon ad of the Prophet Muhammad would make buses and subway stations "terrorists targets."— Paul Duggan (@dugganwapo) May 28, 2015
I just love how immigration-without-assimilation is transforming America.
It's becoming such a better place, don't you think?
Biased, Politically-Ambitious Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Favorited Tweets Calling the Cops She's Prosecuting "Thugs;"
Claims her Twitter Account Was Hacked By People Who Just Wanted to Favorite Tweets
By the way, there are a bunch of headlines I have to do so I'm going to start banging out very thin link-posts like this. Only way I can catch up.
Senator Bernie Sanders, Democrat/Socialist Candidate For President: All Men Dream Of Tying Up and Sexually Abusing Women, And All Women Fantasize of Being Raped By Three Men
MRC dug up Sanders' 1972 essay, "Men-and-Women." Why the headline has weird punctuation, you'd have to ask this old chicken-necked pervert.
Anyway, this fruity weirdo has some problematic notions of male/female sexuality. MRC quotes him:
"A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy," wrote Sanders. "A woman on her knees. A woman tied up. A woman abused."
Sanders didn't specify as to how he had gained such a deep understanding of the male psyche.
In terms of his understanding of female sexual fantasies, Sanders provided similar insight.
"A woman enjoys intercourse with her man--as she fantasizes about being raped by 3 men simultaneously."
Charles C.W. Cooke says that we should not unduly persecute Bernie Sanders for his sexual heresies, so you have some idea of the perverted antiques roadshow Cooke has going on in his bedroom.
You know how it is with British men. The bizzare seeds planted in boarding school sprout wicked fruit throughout their lives.
Cooke is arguing for what he conceives of as free speech absolutism -- one does not demagogue speech to whip up feeding frenzies of angry lynch mobbers about something merely said.
I agree with this, naturally, except that I don't. As a tactical matter, there is no way to get the left to stop with its incessant Censorship Crusades except to visit equal pain upon them.
The greatest ethical precept in the world is the do-unto-others-test, which I usually think of as the shoe on the other foot test.
One can discover a lot of moral and ethical rules -- and separate out actual rules of good behavior from self-serving rationalizations designed to punish one's enemies -- by always asking, "Would I support this rule if I were forced to live under it?"
The trouble is, of course, the left is almost never asked to wear the shoe on their own foot.
They think censorship, Speechcraft Trials, and mob justice for Thought Heretics is just awesome.
And why shouldn't they?
These things are almost never visited upon they themselves-- they have only the upside of a dark, censorious, paranoid regime. Almost all of the downside falls upon their enemies-- just where they'd want it.
So the question is, and this is where I depart from Cooke, how best to secure an open, vibrant and, I'll say it, sophisticated public culture?
I disagree that this will arise from treating the left as we would wish to be treated. The left is unscrupulous, nasty, and often borderline insane, and will take the benefit of that bargain every time.
Punish my enemies with Speechcraft Trials while my enemies scrupulously refrain from doing the same to me? Yes, please!
No, the right way to bring about a more open, permissive, and adult tone in civic culture is to treat the left according to its own obscene rules, while always making it clear: We are prepared to abandon these darkly stupid rules you've constructed the minute you agree to do the same, Genius.
You may wonder why I am still so opposed to demagoging ordinary civilians: Well, because they're ordinary civilians. Bernie Sanders is not an ordinary civiilian, he is a politician, and a well-compensated and donor-cash-rich avatar for Social Justice. He also has a Big Microphone, unlike your average everyday citizen caught up in a Social Justice Lyniching.
As I've said before -- I support political tactics, such as whipping up public opinion against someone, in actual political circumstances, with respect to actual political actors (including the undisclosed lobbyists of the media) -- but not in everyday life.
from Bernie Sanders' collection of classic 8-tracks
People don't like the Tit For Tat regime because it sounds simple-minded, punitive, and awful. Well, it is these things.
It is also, as Steven den Beste persuasively argued, very effective for bringing about a more ethical environment. Meaning that while it may be crude in method, it is enlightened in outcome.
After introducing the well-known Prisoner's Dilemma game, den Beste observes:
There's been a lot of analysis of this, and it turns out that honesty isn't the best policy. One guy decided to run a computer tournament; people were permitted to create algorithms in a synthetic language which would have the ability to keep track of previous exchanges and make a decision on each new exchange whether to be honest or to cheat. He challenged them to see who could come up with the one which did the best in a long series of matches against various opponents. It turned out that the best anyone could find, and the best anyone has ever found, was known as "Tit-for-tat".
On the first round, it plays fair. On each successive round, it does to the other guy what he did the last time.
When Tit-for-tat plays against itself, it plays fair for the entire game and maximizes output. When it plays against anyone who tosses in some cheating, it punishes it by cheating back and reduces the other guys unfair winnings.
No-one has ever found a way of defeating it.
Now let's analyze two different and even more simplistic approaches; we'll call them "saint" and "sinner". The saint plays fair every single round, irrespective of what the other guy does. The sinner always cheats.
When a saint plays against another saint, or against tit-for-tat, the result is optimum but more important is that everyone gets the same result. When a sinner plays against another sinner, or against tit-for-tat, everyone cheats and the result is still even, though less than optimal.
But when a sinner plays against a saint, the sinner wins and the saint loses.
Which brings me back to the point of all this: Is there anything I would rule out in war? Nothing I'd care to admit to my enemies, because ruling out anything is a "saint" tactic. The Tit-for-tat tactic is to be prepared to do anything, but not to do so spontaneously. In other words, if the other guy threatens to use poison gas, you make sure you have some of your own and let him know that you'll retaliate with it. That means that he has nothing to win by using it, and he won't. (A war is a sequence game and not a single transaction because each day is a new exchange. If you gassed my guys yesterday, I can gas yours today.)
I think it's pretty stupid to demagogue people over statements like this, honestly. I know where Sanders go this from: He got it from Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, supposedly a book containing all of women's private fantasies (she says she surveyed women), and rape was indeed a major part of the female sexual imagination, she was surprised to find. (Psychologically, it has been explained to me that women feel guilty about sex, but still enjoy sex; the fantasy of being under someone else's sexual control allows the woman, in fantasy, to enjoy sex, because she's not making any of the decisions that she would otherwise feel guilty about.)
I don't know if I buy any of that; I'm just remarking that this isn't the first time I've heard this.
I do know that if I wrote that paragraph not in response to Bernie Sanders, there's a pretty good chance that the left would demagogue me and Speechcraft Trial me as a Thought Rapist.
And that's why we must do the same to Bernie Sanders, and make him defend these So Problematic You Guys words.
The left has drawn us all into its insecure, neurotic, grasping, wanting, stupid, paranoid darkness. They have effectively criminalized it to say anything other than "Women are just terrific" and "everything is awesome!"
They are broken, warped people inflicting their psychic tumult on the rest of society.
I would like to get to place where we have conversations which are no longer mediated by the mentally unstable and undermedicated.
But to do that, we have to teach these wretched monsters the evils of their own ways. And to do that, we need to play tit ofr tat.
"This Sculpture Just Screamed 'Mansplaining'!"
Tell me again you're serious people, and not vapid little children in need of instruction.
That tweet went viral over Memorial Day weekend. It all started when Ash Hernandez saw the statue on her way to take a teacher's certification test. She was so outraged that she ran back to her car to get her phone to snap a picture.
"The sculpture just screamed mansplaining," Hernandez told Women in the World, a New York Times affiliate.
Hernandez sent the picture to her friend Cathy de la Cruz, who tweeted it out. The tweet went viral, prompting other Twitter users to post photos of statues they found sexist.
Look, I have bad news for everyone: The world's about to be destroyed. How, I'm not sure. But destroyed it shall be.
Now what I propose is the building of three Space Arks.
The second arc, Ark B, is the one I really want to talk about. On this Ark, we'll put all the most important people in our society: The radfems, the genderf*cks, the censors, the quivering priestesses of false rape allegations, the trans-women seeking abortions, Matt Bai.
We'll send this Space Ark first because it's imperative that whatever planet the rest of us settle on be certified, from the start, to be gender-sensitive and trans-friendly.
What do you guys think of my plan?!?!
Matt Bai: Unlike in 2012, What America Really Needs Now is a Distant, Ultra-Wealthy Elite With a Sense of Noblesse Oblige
Charles Cooke discovers, get this, Matt Bai making a case for Hillary Clinton quite opposite to his former rhetoric about Mitt Romney.
Bai, quoted by Cooke, is responding to Bernie Sanders' (mild) attacks on Hillary Clinton as "not like us."
Hillary Clinton's not like the rest of us? Good!
Senator Sanders made this comment while sitting in what CNBC described as a “bistro near the Capitol,” which doesn’t exactly sound like Applebee's, but you get the point: Clinton is out of touch with regular Americans because she doesn't buy used cars or stockpile CVS coupons or save up for Disneyland like the rest of us do. To which I would only ask: why on God’s earth would we want a president like us? . . .
If you're asking me to choose between the self-made man or woman with resentments and identity issues, on one hand, and some arrogant oligarch who serves no financial master and is compelled to seek office mostly by some patronizing sense of altruism on the other (Michael Bloomberg, New York’s former mayor, comes to mind), then I'll take out-of-touch every time, and so should you.
Well gee that's awfully funny because the American people could have elected such a man in 2012 but the Matt Bais of the world screamed about Car Elevators.
Gioachimo Galbusera (Gioachino), "Landscape in Autumn Forest" (n.d.)
Thursday Morning News Dump
- Bernie Sanders's Dark Age Economics
- Overhead Costs Exploding Under Obamacare
- The First Principle Of US Foreign Policy
- International Soccer Governed By Clueless Hacks
- Will Millennials Start Buying Homes?
- Why The Next President Will Face A Dangerous Predicament Abroad
- China Puts Weapons On Its New Artificial Islands
- Bernie Sanders Save The Children Fund
- The Media Is Gladly Playing Along With Hillary's Staged Events
- Immigration Overhaul On Hold
- She'll Continue To Poll Badly And Still Win
- Clinton Foundation Received Money From FIFA
- This Is CNN
Morning Thread (5/28/2015)
"I don' know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies." ~ Hillary Clinton, later today. Probably.
Overnight Open Thread (5-27-2015)
Thanks to a sinus infection that's been grinding me down please accept this stripped-down even pithier ONT.
Oh and I agree about the superheroics to a certain extent but I think the real issue didn't start with Stan Lee as much as it did the people after him. Yeah, he only hired fellow political travelers but I doubt even he realized how far they would go. I doubt he thought they would quit writing to kids either and write comics solely to aging leftists and weird grad-school sex-scenester kids (LGBTABCEFG) to slowly diminishing returns propped up only by films and cartoons for children. In fact, if anything, that's the biggest knock on what superheroes have become. It's adults stealing the dreams of children to prop up their own sad fantasies. Sort of a good picture of the current Left in the world. Globalized and living off the young for the privilege of the few. Who'd a guessed there was so much in comics
-- Greg Nielsen in an email to Mark Steyn
There's a certain kind of behavior in the Arab world that, to me, resembles the way young men behave when there is no significant influence from women in their lives.
-- PJ O'Rourke
One of the scariest aspects of our times is how seldom either people or policies are judged by their track record.
-- Thomas Sowell
She's now senior advisor for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry and will play a key role in developing communication strategies for our negotiations with Iran over how they'll keep their nuclear weapons program. It's nice to see that all her hard work, consistent stylishness, and peppy can-do attitude was finally recognized by the
Pan-Hellenic Council State Department.
According to unnamed sources Harf is already bursting with ideas to make this year's negotiations the most AWESOMEST EVER! Now don't get too excited but rumors are that Lady Gaga(!) has already been booked and that Aerosmith(!!) may make an appearance during the karaoke cruise!!!
We're in the best of hands.
So we have that going for us.
But hey here's some Kate Upton to cheer you right up!
Apparently as part of a movie scene. In real life models just grab the first non-serial killery-but-has-a-401K guy they see and ask to borrow his car for a while and continue on their merry way.
So do you know when this year's "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day is? Answer here: Everyday is "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day.
Well the NRA went a bit too far in lumping all opposition to allowing hunting on Sundays in NC as animal rights activists but then Rev. Creech has no real argument for keeping hunting illegal other than his holy book says so (according to his interpretation). I see no reason for the state to enforce restrictions on legal activities by weekday that are unique to a single religion.
After transferring money to straighten out their finances with the bank, the Bednars learned just what had happened with the $115,018.01 they had in their bank account: The United States Secret Service seized the money.
"We got no warning," Tom Bednar said in an interview with The Daily Signal. "Nothing."
After months of litigation against the United States government, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen West moved to dismiss the case earlier this month, meaning the Bednars will get their money back.However, the government refused to cover the Bednars' $25,000 in legal fees, which the couple is entitled to under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.
Note that this is all due to the crime of 'structuring' where perfectly legal activities - depositing or withdrawing amounts under $10,000 - become a felony when done a little too often. So how often and how close to $10,000 do you need to be to be guilty of 'structuring'? Well that's up to the government to decide. Because the war on drugs that's why.
In 2013, a CBS News reporter asked Berry Gordy Jr. at age 83 about his success. He replied, "I took some risks, and they all paid off, big time. I mean, really big time."
The risks he took helped improve race relations at a time of national angst over integration by putting together the songwriters, singers and musicians who would turn the Motor City into Hitsville USA with a little record company called simply Motown. But he had no such lofty, altruistic goal. He told the same reporter, "My thought was make the music, make the money, and get some girls. That was it. Not necessarily in that order."
Born in Detroit on November 28, 1929, Gordy was the seventh of the eight children of Berry Gordy Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy, who had moved to Michigan in 1922 seeking to escape the poverty, segregation and cotton of Sandersville, Georgia. His grandfather was the son of plantation owner James Thomas Gordy and one of his female slaves, Esther Johnson, which made Berry Gordy Jr. a distant relative of President Carter.
Berry Gordy Jr.'s first pursuit of fame, females and fortune -- not necessarily in that order -- came as a professional boxer. He dropped out of high school in 11th grade, which would be like dropping out of college today. Nevertheless, early on his relatives considered Gordy the black sheep of the family. He did well as a boxer, winning ten bouts, losing three and drawing twice. But in 1951, the Army drafted him and sent him to the war in Korea. Discharged in 1953, Gordy opened a jazz record store in Detroit. His customers wanted blues music. His store failed.He married the former Thelma Morrison and went to work as an upholsterer for Lincoln-Mercury, a job that paid well but he wanted more. He wrote songs. After two years, he had enough with assembling cars and tried his hand as a full-time songwriter. Had he hung on just another 28 years, he could have retired with a nice pension in 1984 at age 55.
But he gave up that good union job anyway.
Because everyone needs to be notified about your latest weight. </sarc> On the other hand I do see a market for what I refer to in my investor pitches as 'StoolGram'.
This scale is retailing for just under $150 by a company called Withings. Previous versions of this scale allowed you to track your weight and other data such as heart rate and body fat percentage from your Apple Iphone. I guess they needed to take it a step further and allow you to auto tweet or facebook your weight for the world to see.
Remember her vote counts just as much as yours. Well okay when she finally turns 18 and remembers to actually vote that is.
The Group knows your sins but doesn't care so long as your offenses don't conflict with theirs.
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Freddie Gray Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby (nee James) Was On Judge Judy?
For the Haters of Me: It's all too real.
France: "No" To Any Iran Deal, Unless We Have Full Access to All Nuke Sites, Including the Military Ones Where, Duh, Nuclear Development Will Actually Take Place
Last week, Supreme Shaman Khamenei declared that not only would he not permit Iran's military sites to be inspected for violations, but that he would not even permit its scientists to be interviewed about the work they were doing.
"The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achievement but no such permission will be allowed," Khamenei told military commanders in Tehran Wednesday, in remarks broadcast on state TV. "No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed."
Khamenei said interviewing Iranian nuclear scientists would be an affront to Iran's dignity.
"I will not allow foreigners to interview -- which is tantamount to interrogation -- the prominent beloved scientists and sons of this nation," he said.
Of course, Obama is desperate to give Iran the bomb. England is basically an ISIS outpost with some past connection to the Beatles.
But France, along with Germany, continues to have a more adult view of Iran.
"France will not accept (a deal) if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites," Laurent Fabius told lawmakers .
"'Yes’' to an agreement, but not to an agreement that will enable Iran to have the atomic bomb. That is the position of France which is independent and peaceful."
We're once again forced to witness the spectacle of a leftwing American President being contradicted by an avowedly socialist, but less leftwing, French administration.
Has Obama Lost the Cher Vote?
Jen Psaki: Obama's Strategy In Iraq, Which Is In All Ways Perfect, May Need to be Adjusted
The White House had previously sworn on the Bible that their strategy was perfect and flawless.
Now they continue to make that same point -- but Jen Psaki acknowledges we may have to "adjust" the perfect plan.
The White House has altered its language in defending their strategy against the Islamic State, finally admitting that they must "adapt" its strategy.
Jen Psaki, White House communications director, dismissed Sec. Ash Carter's comment that Iraqi soldiers "showed no will to fight," directly contradicting the vice president’s words. The allegation undermines the White House strategy to equip and train Iraqi soldiers so that U.S. involvement can remain minimal.
"They've taken on this fight; they're continuing to, but we need to adapt our strategy too and adapt to the type of equipment that we’re providing as time goes on and as ISIS adapts," Psaki said Wednesday morning on CNN.
In total, Psaki mentioned "adapting" six times in a four-minute interview, despite downplaying losses by claiming the fight against IS will have "good days and bad days."
When do we have the good ones? Video of the hapless babbling fool Jen Psaki at the link.
In addition, you will be happy to know that the Obama White House is taking the fall of Ramadi with an increased sense of urgency.
Previously, the White House had called the sacking of the capital of the Anbar Province a "tactical setback."
Today, it acknowledges that the setback was more serious than that.
Why, they even go so far as to call it, using a passive-voice-style double-negative construction, a "not unsubstantial setback."
"I think there are a variety of contributors to what happened in Ramadi," press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked about Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s contention that the Iraqi army showed no "will to fight" and essentially ran from Ramadi. "The first is that there -- the Iraqi security forces, who were fighting in Ramadi, and have been fighting in Ramadi for a year and a half, didn’t have the benefit of the training of the United States and our coalition partners. There were clearly, as the Iraqis have indicated, some military command and planning problems that occurred. And we saw a pretty effective tactic used by ISIL. And all of that led to a not unsubstantial setback in Ramadi."
Obama is a not uncatastrophic president.
Let's talk about this "lack of a will to fight" comment.
While there may be merit to it -- I'll need more than the Obama Administration's spin of events before saying -- it has to be noted that the Obama Team's first, best, and only response to any failure is to claim that it's someone else's fault.
The only thing this Administration actually does is shift blame.
Now, we could talk about why American planes are only making thirteen airstrikes a day in Iraq and Syria. (For comparison, we made 800 per day in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and more than 1300 per day in Desert Storm.)
We could ask, if the US is only bringing air power to this fight, why we are bringing so damned little of it-- almost as if Obama wants to be seen as if he's "trying something," but in fact is set upon losing the war (as usual).
Such talk would bother Obama, who has maintained, since he came into office, that he has not made a single mistake, except for failing sometimes to communicate how awesome his decisions and policies are. (No really -- the press was always asking Bush if he made mistakes. They've only asked Obama a couple of times, and Obama always says no, not one mistake, but he allows his communications may be better.)
So the Iraq forces just lost a major town, and the US forces were doing, basically, doodly-squat while it happened.
So of course Team Obama must go into overdrive insulting the Iraqis.
Andrew McLean writes:
Toxic Nation: After Ramadi, USA Shows Itself to be the Worst Kind of Friend
These remarks constitute the latest evolution of administration talking points on our failing campaign against the Islamic State. Shortly before Ramadi fell, U.S. officials were complaining to the press that its coverage of the war was biased against American efforts. In particular, the officials wanted television news to stop recycling old B-roll footage of IS from 2014, showing the fighters moving in mass formations of vehicles. The argument was that because our bombing campaign was so successful, IS could not and did not operate "in broad daylight" like that anymore.
The only wars this administration cares about are publicity wars.
With Carter's questioning of the courage of the Iraqi forces, the administration’s spin has evolved from "everything is going great," to "this is not a big deal," to "it's not our fault--it's those cowardly Iraqis who can't get it done."
We refuse to share any risk with our Iraqi partners, and then call them cowards in public when they fail. As a strategic matter, who will want to fight alongside us in the future after a display as pathetic as this?
[I]t is a strange sort of strategy that is based on an expectation that, "over time," we will have any friends left, if our leaders continue to find it politically expedient to belittle allies after sending them out to die alone. The only thing being degraded in the campaign against the Islamic State is American prestige.
Everything is Awesome Update: The Obama Administration Theme, suggested by Bob's House of Flannel Shirts.
Hillary Clinton's Doing Her Vile Fake Southern Accent Again
She's just awful in every way imaginable, and in several more you couldn't even think of.
"She needs to stop doing that risible fake accent," emails Madonna.
Compare to her her "I don' feel no ways tired, I come too faaahr" Negro accent from 2007.
Corrected: I put up a pic of what I thought was Hillary eating a fish. It wasn't Hillary; it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
But I think this is a good replacement:
Okay media, time to be fair and ask Hillary Clinton if she agrees with Bernie Sanders on the unemployment rate pic.twitter.com/yPNWxfPVFG— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 26, 2015
Gallup: American Support for Liberal Social Positions at Historic Highs; "Social Liberals" Equal "Social Conservatives" For First Time in Poll's History
This only goes back to 1999, but this is the first time that social liberals and social conservatives are at parity, per Gallup's polling. The two groups are now both at 31%.
On specific issues, there is a shift in favor of the left, with many socially-left positions now receiving historic levels of support.
A big surge in support for gay relationships, which you might have guessed, as well as for sexual relationships before marriage and divorce as well.
Support for abortion has ticked up, but only a bit.
Rush was talking about this, saying that the whole point of the poll was to demoralize social conservatives, or get the Establishment Republicans to abandon the socially conservative wing. (Not a hard sell for Establishment Republicans, in any case.)
I don't buy that. The questions have been asked since 1999 and 2001, respectively. I don't think someone could claim that Gallup only asked the question about gay marriage in 2004 in order to demoralize liberals, back when more were against homosexuality.
I do think this represents an actual change. A permanent one? Who knows. What's permanent in the world?
Anonymous Writer Asks NYT's "Ethicist" Columnist: A Rape Occurred In a Political Campaign I Was Involved With, and the Higher Ups Covered It Up; What Should I Do?
My first job out of college was at a major political campaign. Late in the year, an intern told me she had been raped by one of my colleagues and that campaign higher-ups made the problem go away. I'm not sure what that means, but the police weren’t involved, nothing made the news, all the people involved kept their jobs. To my knowledge, this young woman told me and one other colleague. I kept the secret to myself for the last seven years until the other night. I let slip to a journalist friend the very basics of what happened, and now I’m being asked for contacts who can confirm that it happened.
The candidate I worked for is running again. I still support the candidate, and I do not want the opponent in office. On the other hand, I am aghast that the organization would cover up such a heinous crime.
You know, not for nothin', but Hillary Clinton was still running for president 7 years ago, wasn't she?
OMG So Adorbz
So this is pretty adorable.
Baby bears -- that's adorable right there -- are play-boxing with each other, but they're kinda clumsy and ineffectual because they're babies.
This is so cute it turned me full-on gloryhole gay.
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Peder Mørk Mønsted, "A Cottage Garden with Chickens" (1919)
Supreme Court to Consider Whether the Constitution Requires 'One Person, One Vote' or 'One Voter, One Vote'
Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to resolve a redistricting question that has been simmering for over fifty years: does the equal protection clause require that state voter districts be apportioned according to the number of residents or the number of eligible voters? States have, generally, been allowed to decide for themselves whether to use the total state population or some more restrictive population—say, one that excludes temporary residents and aliens—when drawing districts.
But this question has profound implications for states with large populations of residents who are ineligible to vote like, for example, the state of Texas, where this case originates. Counting residents ineligible to vote for the purposes of apportioning districts tends to give more weight to votes in districts with large numbers of such residents. The argument in this case is that this inequality of voting power violates the equal protection clause. It would be an unusual constitutional standard that allowed votes in some states to be diluted at the whim of the state legislature or (perhaps worse) independent redistricting commissions.
This quickly becomes a political question. Residents not eligible to vote—like aliens and felons in many states—just happen to be concentrated in urban districts, which also tend to be Democratic districts. Shifting voting power from such urban minority districts to rural, generally older white districts will launch a hundred screechy tirades on the internet, but this lawsuit finds support in decades of progressive jurisprudence. The case law implementing the Voting Rights Act has required using population of eligible voters, not population of residents, as the baseline when drawing minority districts. The petitioners in this case want the Supreme Court to find the same principle is required by the equal protection clause.
One thing that the Supreme Court justices will no doubt want to know: how accurate is the states' count of eligible voters? The census gives a pretty good idea of how many residents live in a particular area, but it was not designed to give a precise count of eligible voters. If the high court decides that the equal protection clause requires 'one voter, one vote' districting, how accurate must the count of eligible voters be? Also, this is a state redistricting case, but it is not hard to see how the principle could be extended to congressional redistricting, which would cause some big changes in the House for states like Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, and (gulp) California.
Wednesday Morning News Dump
- Huckabee's Anachronistic Brand Of Progressivism
- EPA Poised To Issue Landmark Water Regulations
- Clinton Criminal Empire Conveniently Omits Shell Company From Public Financial Files
- Adultery, Adulteration, And The Historical Married Woman Limitation
- How To Fix An Unfair Debate System
- Elected Democrats Want A Pay Raise
- Fail Upwards In The Obama Administration
- Read This Headline And Try Not To Have An Aneurysm
- Fiorina To Hold Press Conference Outside Staged Clinton Event
- I Feel Like Will Be A Standard Future After All The LAsu
- Lot Of Important Supreme Court Cases Coming Up
- Obama's Legacy Is In Increasing Legal Jeopardy
- When It Comes To Global Warming, The Media Only See What They Want
Morning Thread (5-27-2015)
According to leading Climate Scientists™, it apparently never even rained in Texas until last weekend.
Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" (cover of a 1958 original, FYI) now seems eerily prescient.
Overnight Open Thread (5-26-2015)
An upcoming workshop scheduled to take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to teach campus radicals and socialists how to manipulate campus resources to advance their agenda. One of the group's overall goals, according to their website, is to "reveal and challenge the North American university as a site working at the junction of settler-colonialism, neoliberal capitalism, hetero-patriarchy, white supremacy and other systems of domination and exploitation." The event includes sessions investigating what it means to be a thief, how to construct political narratives, and how to destabilise hegemonic spatial representations.
Being expected to pay your bills as agreed - say, those misspent student loans - is, we learn, a "means of oppression." Because destabilising hegemonic spatial representations is something that someone else should be forced to pay for.
-- David Thompson
"The line between free speech and X" is often the rhetorical equivalent to "the line between vegetables and rutabagas": the author doesn't have a coherent argument that rutabagas aren't vegetables, but doesn't like rutabagas and thinks you shouldn't either.
In short: immanentizing the eschaton.
For the secular leftist, the end state is social and necessarily political. It is all about getting everybody else on board and herding them into his imagined utopia. There are so many "problematic" aspects of life that need to be reengineered, so many vast social systems that need to be overthrown and replaced. But the rest of us are all screwing it up, all the time, through our greed, our denial, our apathy, our refusal to listen to him banging on about his tired socialist ideology.
For the Christian, the ideal end state is safely in the next world and therefore is never in doubt. For the individualist, it's in his own life, and it's mostly under his direct control. For the leftist, however, it is all outside his control. It requires other people, a lot of other people, and those SOBs usually refuse to cooperate. Talk about rage-inducing.
If the whole focus of your life is on getting everybody else to agree with you on every detail of your politics and adopt your plans for a perfect society, then you're setting yourself up to be at war with most of the human race most of the time.Which means an awful lot for the Angry Left to get angry about.
Almost certainly he's the only human being ever to survive both a Nazi concentration camp and a North Korean POW camp and to eventually be awarded the Medal of Honor. There's an amazing movie in his life story - if only Hollywood was willing to make it.
He was born in Hungary in 1929, and at age 15 was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. His first day there an SS captain told the assembled, "None of you will get out of here alive." Ted turned to the man next to him and said, "Nice fellow." Ted survived the next 14 brutal months of captivity, but most of his family perished. His father died in Buchenwald. His ten-year-old sister Elonja was sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz, and his mother Rosa, who was slated for forced labor, chose instead to face death with her daughter. Mauthausen was liberated by the U.S. 11th Armored Division on May 5, 1945. With nothing left for him in Hungary Ted emigrated to the United States. He promised himself that he would show his appreciation to the country that gave him his freedom, and saved his life.
Ted joined the Army in February 1950, and five months later landed in Korea with the 3rd battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, one of the first American units sent to help repel North Korean invasion forces. Ted was soon involved in the fighting withdrawal to the Pusan perimeter. In one engagement near Chirye, Ted's company was redeploying from one hill to another, and he volunteered to stay behind to keep the enemy guessing until the movement was completed. As Corporal Leonard Hamm relates, "the North Koreans, thinking the hill was still occupied by a whole company, made an all out offensive with all their available troops. PFC Tibor Rubin had stocked each foxhole with grenades, and during the attack the following morning made his way running from foxhole to foxhole, lobbing, one after the other, grenades down upon the enemy, he became almost hysterical in his actions but he held the hill."For this and other actions, Ted's immediate superiors recommended him for the Medal of Honor. However, before the paperwork could be processed these officers were killed, and a sergeant who might have sent the papers up refused to do so because Ted was Jewish. "Not on my watch," he said. After the Inchon invasion, the 8th Cavalry Regiment moved north towards the Chinese border, and was at the forward edge of the U.N. offensive when the Chinese Red Army entered the conflict. Ted's battalion was destroyed at the Battle of Unsan in early November 1950, while fighting a delaying action against Chinese forces swarming south from the Yalu. Hundreds of Americans were captured, among them Ted, who had manned a machine gun to hold off the enemy as the rest of the unit attempted to withdraw.
And then his life got really interesting.
You can see why this is problematic right? No? Then try relaxing your mind, working outside the logic box, and coming up with the most racist thoughts that those other bad people must have in their heads. Ok see it now?
Yes, it's ludicrous and pernicious, and not at all accidental. Dr Golz and her peers are in effect saying to students, "You should want to be the guy who bitches about the alleged racist subtext of party snacks. And if you do choose to behave that way, we'll reward you and flatter you and make you feel important, while making other people jump through clown hoops to appease the feelings you pretend to have." And the more implausible and contrived the claim of victimhood is, the more status points accrue, supposedly on account of the complainant's heightened sensitivity and mental prowess. He has fathomed an injustice mere mortals cannot see.
And bewildered onlookers are expected to pretend that this is a high and noble function of an academic institution.
New ONT Feature - The ISIS View: Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?
By Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah, ISIS magazine columnist. [No this is not satire silly kuffir.]
Saby (taking slaves through war) is a great prophetic Sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits, regardless of whether or not the people are aware of this. The Sirah is a witness to our Prophet's (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) raiding of the kuffar. He would kill their men and enslave their children and women. The raids of the beloved Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) convey this to us....
The scholars of Sirah mentioned that the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) took four slave-girls as concubines, two of them being Mariyah al-Qibtiyyah and Rayhanah an-Nadriyyah [Zad al-Ma'ad].
...Yes, Allah has opened the lands for His awliya', so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffar, capturing their women, and enslaving their children.
I write this while the letters drip of pride.Yes, O religions of kufr altogether, we have indeed raided and captured the kafirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword. And glory belongs to Allah, to His Messenger, and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know!
But then he had to go there.
And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama's price won't even exceed a third of a dinar, and a third of a dinar is too much for her!
Where everything is nearly free and no one has to work too hard...you may say they're dreamers, but they're not the only ones...
Ellen Pao, interim chief executive of Reddit, announced last month a ban on salary negotiations at the social media company. Her stated goal: to eliminate the persistent disadvantage that women have at the bargaining table.
..."Men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate," Pao said. "So as part of our recruiting process we don't negotiate with candidates. We come up with an offer that we think is fair."
According to Feminists women are akin to mentally challenged children who must be protected and coddled from a harsh patriarchal world, and also Sisterhood is Powerful - well unless she happens to dig your husband.
Two exit questions:
1) Do you think Ellen Pao tried to negotiate her salary before taking the job at Reddit? Or do you think she said, "I am a girl. I must obey and accept whatever is offered" without asking for more?2) Given her history, do you think the Reddit's board of directors should try to keep her away from male employees who are married?
If it was good enough for ole Vincent P., it works for me.
On November 21, 1975, horror movie icon Vincent Price appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and proceeded to horrify the audience with his strange and abhorrent behavior. He cooked salmon in a dishwasher.
Price was a gourmet cook, which is another story entirely. The real takeaway here is that he may have pioneered-or at least popularized-the art of dishwasher cuisine, using the appliance's steam-filled enclosure to poach food in a manner MacGyver would envy.
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Rubio: Christianity Is On the Edge of Being Declared a Hate Crime
Depressing, dark truth for you.
Hollywood Hates You and Spits On All Of Your Values
The proof: This remake.
Because a character as compelling as "Jonny Utah" couldn't be allowed to sit the twenty-first century out.
Oh by the way, thanks to @rsmccain, here's your daily dose of pointless, frivolous little-girl feminist "rebellion."
At least it's actual children engaging in this silliness, instead of 37-year-old womgirls.
Update: Coming soon -- Goonies 2.
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Bad News: Muslim Cleric Declares Fatwa on Wanking Off; Says That Those Who Masturbate Will Have "Pregnant Hands" In the Afterlife
A Muslim televangelist has advised male followers to stop masturbating -- because it will leave their hands pregnant in the afterlife.
Turkish preacher Mücahid Cihad Han told viewers that masturbation was forbidden in Islam.
"One hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights,' he said during his program on private television station 2000 TV, according to The Hurriyet Daily News.
Here are some pictures of the crusading cleric.
Dalga geçmek için haber yaptılar ama,günah olduğunu bilmiyorduk Allah razı olsun diye mesaj atanlar var elhamdulillah pic.twitter.com/eUyeoV5JfS— Mücahid Cihad Han (@mucahid_han) May 25, 2015
Well sure I can see why this guy can pontificate against masturbation. I mean, look at him. He looks like he's waist-deep in p***y.
Bro, do you even lift?
And now, for rebuttal: A nervous goat.
"Everything that just guy said is bullshit!"
Good News: Yesterday, Obama Announced The End of War In Afghanistan
Not So Good News: The Taliban Is Still Killing American Soldiers in Afghanistan
Actually, this is an example of a politician endlessly re-declaring the same thing to get more free media out of it. Obama declared the end of War in Afghanistan last December.
The enemy, Jim Geraghty notes, was unimpressed.
A 22-year-old member of the US Army from Whitinsville was killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier attacked his American allies earlier this week.
John M. Dawson, an Army specialist, died in Jalalabad from wounds suffered when he was hit by small arms fire while on an escort mission, the Defense Department said in a statement.
That story is from April 10, 2015. Wow, that's practically as ancient history as World War II.
Robert Tracynski notes the Passive Voice President says these wars "came to an end" -- certainly not that America won these wars.
There are good men who gave their lives, or left behind an arm or a leg, to keep Islamic terrorists from establishing a home base in Iraq. Having achieved that victory, they then had to watch as it was all thrown away....
[W]hatever this administration's role, it is disturbing to see the president touting the peace that we are supposedly enjoying after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have "come to an end." That’s an appropriately passive expression, since President Obama can't say that we’ve won those wars, only that they have "come to an end"--and only for us. I should also add: and only for now.
I hate this asshole.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Injunction Against Obama's Executive Amnesty, Blocking Enforcement of the Amnesty Until a Full Trial on the Merits
A lower court had issued an injunction staying enforcement of the amnesty. The Obama Administration appealed that injunction, seeking to go ahead with the amnesty until/unless a full hearing confirmed the amnesty as unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against President Obama's new deportation in a ruling Tuesday that marks the second major legal setback for an administration that had insisted its actions were legal.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written.
"The public interest favors maintenance of the injunction," the judges wrote in the majority opinion.
The full amnesty had been scheduled to begin last week, while an earlier part had been slated to accept applications on Feb. 18....
This is not a final ruling on the merits, but it is reason for optimism.
Hillary Clinton, The Candidate Who Will Sell You Cheap Crap
The New York Times notes that the Hillary Clinton "keepsake" shop is open, serving as yet another progressive tax on stupidity.
I guess maybe I approve of that. Frankly, we should have more progressive taxes on stupidity. It's been subsidized way too long.
So you can buy a t-shirt that looks like one of Hillary's sexless, charmless, formless pantsuits. No really -- she calls it "The Everyday Pantsuit Tee." She throws a "The" in front of it because that's what lame outlets do, they say they're selling you "The Cable-Knit Sweater" or "The Six Dollar Burger."
What Team Hillary Wants It To Say: I'm fun, fashion-forward, and not without a sense of whimsy
What It Actually Says: I work the tapioca line at the Group Home
Here's the "Stitch by Stich Throw Pillow."
What Team Hillary Wants It To Say: A little subversive wit delivered with old-world charm
What It Actually Says: Old ladies collect throw pillows like junkies collect pill bottles
That's fifty bucks, by the way.
For $25, I'll sell you a pillow that says "There's SomethIng Deeply, Badly Wrong With Me."
This t-shirt is called "The Supporter." I think it's deliberate that "The Supporter" is a male, or sort of male, at least. I mean, he'd be on that side of the spectrum if you graphed it.
You know -- men are the supporters, #Women are the #ActionHeroes. #Progress.
What Team Hillary Wants It To Say: Mom, Dad, I'd like to talk to you about Hillary Clinton
What It Actually Says: Mom, Dad -- I'd like to talk to you about what happened to me at summer camp
Another Much-Hyped Rape Claim Proves False
What is more dangerous -- "Rape culture," or "rape culture" culture? That is, the witch-hunting, lunatic sexual paranoia about the existence of a so-called "rape culture"?
The victims of "rape culture" culture are starting to pile up.
A high-profile LAPD raid on Venice High School that made international headlines after 15 male students were arrested on charges of sexual assault has resulted in prosecutors' decision not to prosecute anyone in the case.
The large number of students arrested in mid-March and the high number of law enforcement personnel that descended on the school’s campus and led students away in handcuffs drew widespread attention on the case. But now, over two months later, prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office cited "insufficient evidence" as the reason that no charges would be pursued, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Teenaged girls are famously sober and reserved in their judgment.