Matt Yglesias seems to be unclear on the concept of damage control when a colleague has said something really offensive:

Indeed, precisely the crux of our problem is that climate chaos isn’t divine retribution for pollution.

So rather than suggesting that is the divine curse of Gaia that those GOP voting areas are subject to devastation, Yglesias mere bemoans the fact that it is not…

…and although he does give space to hit my friend Tabitha Hale he still doesn’t has space for a charity link or two Here are some quick giving options in case you think differently

* Red Cross, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to relief efforts
* Catholic Charities
* Samaritan’s Purse
* Text “Give” to 80888 to give $10 to Salvation Army relief efforts.

Personally I’m much more offended by Yglesias’ piece than Johnson’s. There is the possibility, however slight, that Johnson’s piece was typed up in haste and posted intemperately. We’ve all hit the “post” button on occasion when we shouldn’t. There is no chance in Yglesias case. He saw Johnson’s piece, and the reaction, and then wrote what he wrote.

Whatever Soros is paying these guys it’s too much.

Update: Johnson doubles down but this time includes a donation link. I guess that’s progress.

and this nonsense:

“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims.

“Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”

Well Jonah Goldberg calls them:”…the canaries in the coal mine leading to the end of civilization.” for the sheer nonsense of it, I think it’s actually worse.

You see it’s all a question of the right enemies. If you talk about insulting animals you appear to the eyes of the right people moral without risk.

If you talk about this or this, then you are not only racist, but you are making enemies who will do more than make jokes concerning their dogs.

reported by Zombie (incredibly NSFW)

1. He is exactly right that if it was a group of Christians making fun of Gays in the same manner it would be front page news on every paper, held up as a sign of intolerance and condemned by every major media outlet. The MSM will never cover this event because they understand what the reaction of the general public would be.

2. Considering that gays are actually killed today under Sharia law it would be interesting if these same people would hold a similar festival during Ramadan attacking Islam or holding a “hunky Mohammad” contest.

3. As a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular this kind of stuff is part of the job description. We will always be mocked, Christ said so. The proper response to such mockery is to pray for them.

4. No word on if Michael Bower will be devoting a show expressing his outrage concerning this event.

5. It would be very interesting to find out if any Federal and or state funds are used for this event. If so it would be more interesting to ask state and federal elected officials if they support the use of said funds for this event.

6. Under local standards and law, the people of San Francisco have a perfect right to hold events of this nature if they want. The people involved are certainly welcome to continue to do this every year and hedonisticly mock Christianity and Christ for the rest of their lives…

…after that they’re on their own.

Yesterday I was flipping through the radio dial and as I was driving home and heard Michael Bower on 96.8 FM speaking of his outrage concerning a proposed Tennessee law concerning the discussion of homosexuality before the 9th grade in school and making fun of southerners in general.

One might debate the wisdom or necessity of such a law but the fact that it is even being debated shows a lot of people are missing the point concerning the purpose of public education.

I would think we might do better as a nation if our schools spent their time talking about things like Math, Science, English, History, Economics and Computer technology and the Arts. I know compared to homosexuality and identity politics stuff like Algebra, Astronomy, Calculus, HTML and Physics, Geology, Music and the American Revolution are trivial matters to the education and future success of grade school and junior high school students but I suspect even they might have their place.

This nonsense can’t help but remind me of a story concerning my first Job with a defense contractor back in 85. The big boss had a meeting with his managers and during the meeting the subject of the games on the Mainframes, came up. He went around the table to get their opinions and they varied. Some said we needed the space (this was back in the days when 1 meg was a LOT of memory) others thought the games were a good way to acclimate people to the computer system. When it finally got back to the Boss him he looked around the table and said in a decisive voice dripping with incredulity:

This is a place of Business! We are not paying people to play games!

The games were removed from the system directly afterward.

Eyes on the prize folks, eyes on the prize.

Oh btw as you might guess the techs very quickly put the games on a tape and restored them to a disguised directory. Geeks haven’t changed in three decades.

A depressing story to start your Easter Sunday:

Raymond Mitchell, 34, had only popped into the restaurant to buy a hot chocolate.

But he apparently caused offence after splitting up two men fighting in the queue.

One of them, who had several gold teeth, shouted at Raymond: “You are gonna die tonight, you are not gonna see the morning.”

The thug is then said to have phoned an accomplice to fetch a gun, yelling into his mobile: “Bring me that thing.”

Raymond left the 24-hour McDonald’s but was chased into a cul-de-sac. The gun was then delivered and Mr Mitchell was beaten and pistol-whipped before being shot three times in an alley in Brixton, South London, at 6.50am on Sunday. Raymond, nicknamed Brown, was taken to hospital but died hours later.

One neighbour, who saw the shooting but was too terrified to be named, said: “He was begging, literally begging for his life. I didn’t dare look out my window in case they saw me. I heard them laughing and swearing at him, calling him a ‘b***h’. I heard them laughing afterwards as well.”

There was a time in England where Mr. Mitchell might have had a pistol of his own but in England he has been disarmed that allowing him to be in the words of the article the “bitch” of the men who were less worried about legalities.

I can’t help but think these two articles concerning London are related:

He said: “There were disadvantages to the old culture, it was a bit stuffy and it was more sexist and more racist. But it was an educated and middle-class culture. Now it’s a yob culture. The values are so strange.”

He added that he preferred living in Bath to London because the capital no longer felt “English”.

“London is no longer an English city which is why I love Bath,”

“He” is John Cleese, the great comedian and strong financial supporter of liberals in England. And it was the pols he supported that brought about the cultural change that turned London into a city no longer English. Lucky for Cleese despite an insane divorce settlement he can afford to live somewhere else to escape it, leaving men like Mr. Mitchel to live with the consequences.

In yesterday’s Dr. who episode The Impossible Astronaut (very good BTW) The doctor is in the oval office surrounded by security with guns. The Doctor suggests they won’t shoot and River Song runs out of the TARDIS to intervene shouting “They’re Americans”! That might be a good joke in England but I suspect Mr. Mitchel and company and his neighbor who lives in fear are not laughing.

Never forget England you did this to yourself. You became more vulnerable. Nobody made you do this. You threw away the greatest culture in history so you could feel better about yourselves to the point where parts of London are under defacto Sharia Law.

Free societies get the society they choose, to paraphrase Mark Steyn when your country chooses to be more outraged by an armed citizenry than an armed assailant then all that can be said is: May you be happy with your choice and may others learn from it.

Let’s set the table. Major public figure, best-selling author, former VP candidate for national party and possible presidential candidate in 2012 has Down Syndrome Child. Said Down Syndrome Child is attacked on his birthday by prominent leftist site that has appeared on Morning Joe, CNN, etc.

Prominent people on both sides of the Aisle condemn it, editor defends, then slightly backs off, then blames Major Public figure for encouraging sleazy behavior in her children (such as fighting in Iraq?). This is followed up by a twitter campaign targeting advertisers. In less than 24 hours major advertisers such as Papa Johns, Huggies, Nordstrum and Vanguard pull their ads and a twitter campaign exists to pressure others to leave. Said grass-roots campaign is thanked directly by said public figure. Site then scrubs author’s name from site and deletes hundreds of comments from readers encouraging the attacks on the child. Author then follows up with an update saying he “regrets” post but blames parents for their “use” of their child.

One might think that would be a story, and it likely would be if the major public figure was named Clinton or Obama and the web site involved was conservative.

Alas, the public figure is Sarah Palin and the Web Site is Wonkette. This makes it a twofer. It portrays the left in a poor light for a start and any such story might create sympathy for her at a time when the Republican Nomination is up in the air. So starting with Morning Joe and continuing with all the MSM’s morning shows this has become a non-story. Not even a scroll at the bottom of the screen.

Yesterday Dave Weigel answered a post of mine concerning Palin coverage saying in part this:

But here’s a scoop: Few speeches get covered the way politicians would like them to be covered.

That’s a fair point concerning Palin’s Wisconsin speech, it doesn’t explain the non coverage for drowning out 14-year-old girls and a reverend giving an invocation or assaulting old ladies at tea party events, and it certainly doesn’t explain why this kind of story that portrays the left poorly is ignored by the major media.

And this is why Ace and Hotair are wrong. If we don’t link and tell this story the MSM will pretend it never happened and the invisible left will remain invisible.

Yesterday the story was the actions of one lefty site going to far. Today’s non-coverage transforms it into a story of the journalistic (journo-listic?) malpractice as the mainstream media shields the left.

Update: It just hit me, do you remember when Governor Palin mispronounced “skirmish”? I recall Morning Joe finding time to play that video, much more newsworthy than this, isn’t it?

Update 2: Stacy Gives away the game.

Decent Americans recoil in shock at the latest eruption of Palin Derangment Syndrome

…and that’s exactly why the MSM will do their best to make sure decent Americans don’t find out.

Today’s Saturday Diner is The Grill at Park Hill in the Park in Fitchburg Massachusetts

It’s located at the ParkHill Plaza next to Aubuchon Hardware in Fitchburg

The first thing you notice about the place is the counter, unlike most diners it snakes up and around the place from one end to the other.

Like many Diners it is a meeting place for the men in the morning


And the customers keep the waitresses busy.

But it’s the breakfast that is the star of the show.


Park Hill’s Breakfast will fill you up without emptying your pockets, but make sure you bring cash because they don’t take plastic. Here is where you can find them:

…is just a short leap:

Newspaper ads for the “Trinny & Susannah Do Israel” show have sparked a row among Muslims, as they show the two British fashion advisors dressed in immodest clothing against the backdrop of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Western Wall.

Channel 10 apologized for the incident on Wednesday evening and promised to change the ads immediately.

May I point out that if a Christian preacher had complained about this they would have laughed, but then again regardless of what some would have you believe a christian preacher would not be leading mobs to kill UN workers.

When you give rewards for violence you tend to get more of it.

No not because his excellent daily cartoon Day by Day is now available at DaTechGuy’s blog but because of today’s cartoon:

Countdown to FATWA in 3...2...1

The really sad thing about this; it’s not a joke. It has reached a point where such a drawing is an act of courage, where radical Islamists will condemn such a drawing and murder over it. Even worse it has reached a point where people of the west will attack Muir for incitement. It would not surprise me if as Hitchens puts it we see

… self-righteous frenzy married to a neurotic need to take offence; the easy resort to indiscriminate violence and cruelty; the promulgation of makeshift fatwas by mullahs on the make; those writhing mustaches framing crude slogans of piety and hatred, and yelling for death as if on first-name terms with the Almighty. The spilling of blood and the spoliation of property — all for nothing

Yup, likely we will see more of this and it won’t be confined to Chris Muir via Little Miss Attila and Rogers Rules we see another candidate for Fatwa

I’m not a fan of burning books or offending people’s religion but can someone explain to me why this is being condemned by senators and presidents…

…and this is not:

As a Catholic I am outraged by the above video but it is important to show it to make the following point: I don’t recall Harry Reid’s or Lindsey Graham’s condemnation of the desecration of the body of Christ. I don’t recall breathless news stories about P. Z. Myers and his various physical attacks on the Eucharist (oddly enough his own tearing of the Koran elicited no response either) and tell me why when this is brought up the first response (particularly from our atheistic friends) is a history of the sins of Christianity when our response to online Eucharist desecration is this:

and Islam’s response is this:

The truth is that those who attack Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular know there is virtually no risk or danger to do so. They do however know that such attacks against Islam can lead to this:

Theo Van Gogh murdered Nov 2, 2004 on the streets of Amsterdam

Exit question, can someone explain to me why it is was a free speech imperative to defend the Nazi’s right to march in Skokie but not Terry Jones or Ann Barnhardt right to burn the Koran?

Update: Cross posted at The Minority Report