There are two measures by which the future Trump Administration will be measured.

One of them is the standard of conservative wonks like me who are looking for specific things, the wall, a proper vetting of legal immigration, the war on Islamic terror, pro-life justices on the supreme court. A person like me is going to judge the success or failure of a Trump by his ability to achieve, or failure to do these tangible concrete things.

However there is a 2nd standard, a standard that is the one generally used by those who do not follow politics every single day. The standard of expectations. Will a Trump administration be as good or as bad as they expect?

This standard rather than objective is subjective and thanks to our friends on the left, Trump is well on his way to winning this expectations game even before being sworn in.

Right now the most ignorant and crazy of leftists are carrying the message, in bought and paid for protests all over the nation that a Trump administration is going to bring internment camps, midnight raids on innocent civilians, the end of contraception in America and the re enslavement of blacks etc etc etc. True to form the MSM in print, online and on TV are repeating and amplifying this message convincing many on the left that it’s the gospel truth.

But what happens when after four years of Trump as president and the GOP in control of the house and senate:

Black America not only finds themselves unenslaved but with their voting rights intact
Gay Americans still find the LOGO network on the air, gay bars not closed & themselves not closeted?
Muslim Americans find themselves still living in their homes and operating their businesses?
Latinos Americans (as opposed to illegal immigrants) completely unexpelled?
American women find that contraception is not outlawed and regularly available anyone?

I’ll tell you what, both the Average citizen and the college leftists who has been assured that all these things were inevitable will find themselves thinking that Donald Trump isn’t bad, particularly if all this is accompanied by economic growth here and the containment of terror abroad.

That’s why Trump isn’t giving all that much attention to the protestors and their media allies, if they insist on setting the bar as low as humanly possible Donald Trump will go along

After all it’s easy to hurdle a bar that’s buried underground.

forwardBy John Ruberry

There are thousands–maybe hundreds of thousands–of explanations about why Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last week that you can find online and in print, as well as why the Republicans maintained control of Congress and gained governorships.

Here’s another one, although this discussion confronts one angle, what I call “inevitable leftism.” Barack Obama was the “Hope and Change” candidate for president in 2008; four years later, “Forward” was his rallying cry. Some conservative pundits noticed that “Forward” has a long history as a communist and socialist slogan.

Leftists, Obama is one, firmly believe that their cause is one of inevitable success, that humanity is headed towards–choose your term–a collectivist, socialist, or communist utopia. They view popular leaders such as Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan, as atavistic aberrations, mere potholes that can be paved over when the time is right, sooner, as opposed to later.

Except when they are wrong.

The French Revolution, still idealized by the Left, deposed a king and disestablished the Roman Catholic church, and replaced the Ancien Régime with an atheist republic that executed thousands, which was quickly transformed into a dictatorship led by an Italian. Along the way the days and months were renamed in a new decimal calendar–hours and minutes were divided by ten too, as were weights and measures. A couple of decades later there was a king again in France, the Catholic church was the state religion–but the metric system survived, yet strangely enough, it still hasn’t completely caught on in the United States.

Maximilien Robespierre, the guiding force of the French Revolution, and his inner circle were certain they were guiding the world on the right path. He may have even held on to that belief as he walked up to the guillotine, two years after Louis XVI after made the same, final stroll.

The Russian Revolution’s state, the Soviet Union, was similarly hailed by the Left as a societal inevitably, it also led to regicide, and tens of millions were killed. Because the USSR survived much longer than the French Republic, it succeeded in shattering Russian culture. But the surviving Russian nation is a South American-style sham democracy run by a thug, not a nation consisting of a populace that lives “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

Barack Obama is not a psychopath or a murderer. But he’s a leftist, albeit one along the lines of French President François Hollande. Obama decided that America needs government-run health care in 2009 but he knew that what the Democrats euphemistically call single-payer would be unpopular, so a hybrid program, quickly dubbed ObamaCare, was developed as a bridge to that health care utopia. ObamaCare is deeply unpopular, and it was one reason for Trump’s win. The president-elect says he will repeal most of ObamaCare. The Democrats’ push for gay marriage is another page from the book of Dem inevitability, but only 21 nations allow same-sex marriages, none of them are in Asia, and South Africa is the only country in Africa that allows it.

It was the Democrats who, through their many friends in the judiciary, that created the so-called crisis surrounding the minuscule segment of the population who feel compelled to use the washrooms and the locker rooms–even in high school–of the opposite gender. They view choose-your-own-bathroom as their next social inevitability. The Democrats are the party of the confused horny teenage boy who wants to shower with girls.

Next year France will hold a presidential election. Marine Le Pen, a far-right politician with a fierce anti-immigrant stance, whose election as president last year ago seemed as likely as Trump moving in to the White House was, is confident of her chances. Hollande hasn’t declared himself as a candidate. Is Le Pen, another atavistic aberration, the inevitability of France?

France is ten percent Muslim. With the higher birth rates of its Muslim citizens a majority Muslim France could be possible by the end of the century. Gay marriage has been legal in France since 2013. Will it be in 2113?

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

The policy of open borders is also viewed as the next level of human achievement by the Left. It has worked well for the European Union, but there’s a big difference between thousands Germans buying homes in Italy and thousands of Middle Eastern migrants arriving in ramshackle boats there. Democrats, and even some Republicans, have been ignoring calls from ordinary citizens, now dubbed “the Forgotten Man,” to secure the southern border for decades. Opposition to open borders was the main reason why British voters voted to leave the EU.

Of course no one can predict the future. Not even leftists, even though they never tire in telling you how smart they are.

In the United States the hubris of inevitability led to the defeat of the Left last week.

Forward was the wrong way.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Mary Cooper: [To Leonard] When your mom gets back, I’m gonna need to apologize for the way I spoke to her.
Penny: Well, come on now, she did kind of start it.
Mary: Doesn’t matter, a good Christian would’ve turned the other cheek. On the other hand, a good Texan would’ve shot her, so, I just kind of split the difference.

The Big Bang Theory The Maternal Combustion 2015

Tessio:  I understand thirty thousand men enlisted this morning.
Sonny Corleone:  A bunch of saps.
Michael Corleone:  Why are they saps?
Connie Corleone:  Sonny come on we don’t have to talk about the war.
Sonny Corleone:  Hey beat it — you go talk to Carlo alright. They’re saps because they risk their lives for strangers.
Michael Corleone:  Now that’s Pop talking.
Sonny Corleone:  You’re goddamn right that’s Pop talking.

The Godfather Part 2  1974

Saturday night I got myself playing Civ five and ended up staying up all night so I was hearing about the Pulse shooting almost from the start and was able to follow the reactions on social media between turns and watched the news, only pausing long enough to do my podcast before finally hitting the sack just after 2:30 pm (finally got 4+ hours around 2 pm).

Before I went to bed I noticed both the coverage on the networks and the meme on twitter and it was all about protecting Islam and pushing guns as the cause for the mass murder in Orlando, the only exception was the several hours that Jake Tapper was on CNN where he played it straight.

When I woke up CNN was in full, “hatecrime not Islam mode” and on twitter the attacks on conservatives and defenses of islam was unrelenting.

Again this was less than 24 hours after 50+ were slaughtered and blood was still on the floor in Orlando.
And of course conservatives, supporters of the 2nd Amendment and Christians on twitter were under attack by the left for daring to warn them about the people who are trying to kill them.

This leads to two questions, both which are extremely disturbing:

How would the reaction currently being directed toward Conservatives & Christians by the left online be any different if a conservative 2nd Amendment Christian had actually done the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando rather than an Islamist?

The answer: In my opinion it wouldn’t be

Given the first question why should, when Islamic Terrorists target and murder those on the left, any Conservative Christian show any sympathy or expend any effort to protect these folks who hate us so from such attacks?

The answer to the 2nd question is rather easy, it’s a non-optional doctrine of Christianity directly ordered by Christ here:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?

Matthew 5:43-47

And that, along with the American in me outraged over an Islamic attack targeting my countrymen, will continue to trump the Sicilian in me, no matter how much the left attempts to convince me otherwise.

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Voiceover: Already Neutron – who, you will remember, is infinitely the most dangerous man in the world, he really is – was gathering allies together.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus Mr. Neutron 1974

Monday I talked about the idiocy that is the Bundy Militia in Oregon, Tuesday I talked about the stupidity and weakness of this administration in dealing with them, today it’s time to talk about the reaction of the left to all of this.

The Bundy’s have been stupid giving a pretext for Obama’s acts on guns, the administration has been stupider trying to cede control of the situation, but the far left has been the most stupid of all, trying to pretend that Oregon is the 2nd coming of ISIS.

We have seen stuff like this:

And even dumber things like the #vanallaisis hashtag and calls for extreme force to be used to put them down. On Radio I’ve heard reliable liberals call for the bombing of the Federal compound where these guys are and of course there is CNN:

Tuesday’s CNN Newsroom gave a platform to left-wing commentator David Love, who asserted in a Monday column for that “if Black Lives Matter protesters were to take over a federal building armed to the teeth with firepower — and they certainly would not do this — they would wind up dead or in prison for life on terrorism charges.” Love criticized the handling of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon: “It seems that this country has a double standard. I would say it’s a color-coded system when it comes to defining terrorism.

All of this of course brings one thing to mind. The Monty Python episode Mr. Neutron

The Humor of the episode comes from constant build up of Mr. Neutron as the greatest threat in the history of history even though he spends his entire time in the episode having afternoon tea with friends or pruning pants in the garden or wallpapering a room and contemplating ice cream.

Mr. Neutron: I have just won a Kellogg’s Corn Flake Competition.
Mrs. Scum: Oh Mr. N! That’s wonderful!
Mr. Neutron: I got the ball in exactly the right place· The prize is £5,000 in cash, or as much ice cream as you can eat.
Mrs. Scum: £5,000!
Mr. Neutron: I was thinking of taking the ice cream.
Mrs. Scum: Oh no!
Mr. Neutron: It’s been so hot recently.

Mrs. Scum: You couldn’t eat that much ice cream Mr. N.
Mr. Neutron:
Mrs. S, I can eat enormous quantities of ice cream without being sick.

In the end he is a threat so dangerous that a top secret US agency decides to bomb the entire world from the Gobi Desert to the Yukon to stop him.

This is the left on the self exiled Bundy Brood.  The attempts to build them up as a terror threat might be credible if it wasn’t for the fact that their big aggressive move is to park themselves in the middle of nowhere where they can’t hurt anybody and threaten to stay there for years.

Contrast that with the liberals who occupied the Wisconsin capital disrupting the people business.

or the  occupods who disrupted cities and whose camps became centers for the rape of women.

or the Black Lives Matter Crowd and the riots and arson they brought with them.

or radical jihadists who have bombed public events like the Boston Marathon or shot up San Bernardino

and of course ISIS which enslaves and rapes women and throws gays off buildings has a body count that makes Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit combined look like Utopia.

All of these things have happened in our cities or on our TV sets in front of our faces yet the left wants us to be afraid of the Bundys.

To conflate these fools with ISIS is an insult to the intelligence of even low information Obama voters,

not to mention the memory of the people who have actually been slaughtered by real terrorists.  As I’ve already put it:


What would the world in general and the American public in particular give to persuade ISIS en masse to park themselves in the middle of nowhere and stay?   A threat to nobody but trees and birds.

In fact if I was the federal government I’d put a cordon around this area, declare it a minimum security federal prison and leave these idiots there.

and yet our friends on the left are actually trying to make the case that these fools are the greatest terror threat in the history of history.  Furthermore rather than calling us to reflect on root causes, asking us to understand them or wondering how we offended them they demand that we slaughter them without mercy.

Yes they really think people will fall for this.

Now granted the public can be gullible on occasion, after all they elected Barack Obama twice but it’s amazing how, when it’s a matter of one’s personal safety how well people can figure things out.  I’ll give the last word to CS Lewis

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method…you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.


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By John Ruberry

My daughter, Little Marathon Pundit, started college the day after Labor Day. She’s attending an arts school in downtown Chicago. LMP has already joined three clubs at Columbia–an improv group, a Harry Potter club, and a Doctor Who collective.

What could possibly go wrong?

During the introductory roundtable at each club meeting, members were instructed to state their names and their preferred gender pronoun. I would say, “My name is John and my preferred pronoun is ‘He.'” Eric Idle’s Stan character in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, who wants to be a woman named Loretta, would pick “she.”

There’s a term for this nuttiness–preferred gender programs, or PGP.

Children know their own gender and that of others before they can say “boy” or “girl.” Leave it to so-called higher-education to attack reason.

PGP-talk isn’t limited to my LMP’s college. The same protocol takes place at Chicago’s DePaul, which is nominally a Catholic university, a co-worker told me yesterday. A quick internet search confirmed my fears–PGPs are nationwide and they’ve entered the classroom too.

Let’s say you are not sure if you are a man or a woman? What pronoun do you use for yourself? You use “ze.” Of if he pronoun is the object of a preposition, it’s “hir,” which is pronounced the same as “here.”

The virus has escaped the lecture halls. At last year’s left-wing NetRoots conference, the “Hello my name is” badges included space for a PGP. 

Will delegates at next year’s Democratic National Convention be asked what their preferred gender pronoun is?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

Later today a committee will reveal the 68 teams that will participate NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is commonly known as the Big Dance or March Madness. All of the games will be televised–and during halftime, public-service ads about the participating teams will air–they will be milquetoast pieces–focusing how each school contributes to the community and if applicable, how many Nobel prizes the colleges have collected.

What will be left out of those PSAs is that there are many hard-core leftists on the faculty of every college participating in March Madness.

For instance…

Duke is in the tournament almost every year. miriam cooke (she does not capitalize her first or last name) is a professor of Arabic in the African & Asian Languages & Literature Department. She blames the first Gulf War and the establishment of Israel for the 9/11 attacks. cooke was one of the Group of 88 who signed a hateful letter that appeared in Duke’s student newspaper condemning the since-exonerated Duke lacrosse players who were accused of raping a black stripper.

The University of Kentucky is a favorite to win the tournament. Ihsan Bagby is a professor in the UK’s College of Arts and Sciences. He once wrote, “Ultimately we [Muslims] can never be full citizens of this country [the U.S.] because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”

Temple University is a tournament bubble team. While their Big Dance status is in doubt as of this writing–what is absolutely clear is that the Philadelphia university forces its students to take its two-year Intellectual Heritage course series that is heavy on Marxism but light on the damage caused by this failed philosophy. The professors who teach those classes certainly aren’t Ronald Reagan conservatives.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

The teams not among the field of 68 can be invited to three other post-season tournaments. One of those is the NIT, my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is expected to be an NIT team. The U of I counts a convicted murderer and former Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist, James Kilgore, as one of its instructors.

You’ll find a lot of hot air and any many air balls in higher education. That is the real madness.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Those championing Edward Snowden as an international hero for the Cause of Free Speech have taken another hit.

The choice to flee to Hong Kong had already provoked reactions such as this one from Bob Schieffer on Face the nation:

I don’t remember Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks running off and hiding in China. The people who led the civil rights movement were willing to break the law AND suffer the consequences. That’s a little different than putting the nation’s security at risk and running away.

Well obviously in an era of Drone strikes and targeting of political foes in America some sacrifices had to be made so libertarian favorite Wikileaks sprang into action.

WikiLeaks said in a statement on its Twitter feed that it had “assisted Mr. Snowden’s political asylum in a democratic country

A Democratic country, an excellent idea for champion of free speech and press freedom! There are plenty of good choices that could certainly provide a world-wide platform in the internet age.

Perhaps Norway or Sweden the countries tied for first in Freedom House’s rankings for worldwide press freedom. I’d heard rumors of Snowden going to Iceland, a good choice as it makes the top 10 list tied with Liechtenstein who nobody has mentioned in connection with Snowden.

If he didn’t want Europe, St. Lucia would do. It’s 12th in the Rankings but #1 in the Americas. If the Americas were too close to the US for comfort New Zealand or Palau can suffice, they’re tied at 13th one spot behind St. Lucia but are also tied for #1 in the Asia-Pacific Region.

All the above are great choices for a free speech and free press hero. So what is the itinerary of Edwin Snowden’s Magical Mystery Tour?

Well he left Hong Kong (ranked 71) for Russia (Ranked 176), to be followed by a stop in Cuba (191 of 196) and from there he is to finish at Equator (Ranked 134)

Venezuela (Ranked 168) apparently didn’t make the list perhaps the death of Chavez made it unsuitable.

Maybe it’s me but maybe, just maybe that’s not the itinerary of a free press champion. The only location on the list above that isn’t ranked “Not Free” is Hong Kong (Ranked Partly Free) which is in fact controlled by China (Ranked 179) and as for Ecuador, Human rights watch had this to say just a week ago:

The Communications Law that the Ecuadorian National Assembly approved on June 14, 2013, seriously undermines free speech. The law includes overly broad language that will limit the free expression of journalists and media outlets.

you don’t say

“This law is yet another effort by President Correa to go after the independent media,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director. “The provisions for censorship and criminal prosecutions of journalists are clear attempts to silence criticism.”

While the irony might be lost among the hate America crowd the Irony is not lost on the National Journal

So say you’re a citizen of Hong Kong, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela or Ecuador, and you want to protest against your government, maybe even leak some big secrets. What kind of conditions and treatment might you expect? Nothing close to Snowden’s standard for his own country, that’s for sure.

Or Doug Powers

Is there a country called “Irony-Land” Snowden could flee to? That would be the perfect fit.

Edward Snowden’s fans are certainly the big losers by his choice of destinations, but I submit and suggest there are two big winners in his choice of stops…

…Barack Obama and the MSM that loves him. Why? That’s my follow-up post…


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David Endocrine: You’re said to have only killed about 600 Joker. Now don’t take this the wrong way but I think you’ve been holding out on us.

Dr. Bartholomew Wolper: This is a sensitive human being Dave I won’t let you harass

The Joker: (interrupting) I didn’t keep count.  (Long Pause) I’m going to kill everyone in this room.

David Endocrine: Now that’s darn Rude!

Batman, The Dark Night Returns #3 May 1986

When I read the incredible quote from Melissa Harris Perry insisting that the terrorist’s in Boston’s religion (Islam) had nothing to do the terror attacks in Boston I immediately thought of Dr. Bartholomew Wolper in the old Dark Knight returns mini Series from 27 years ago.

Dr. Wolper is the psychiatrist who treats first Two Face and then the Joker insisting that both of them are victims of Batman’s Psychosis.

He continues to do so right up to the point he accompanies the now released Joker on the David Endocrine (read David Letterman) show and one of the Joker’s mechanical puppets snaps his neck before a live studio audience…

…which immediately becomes a dead studio audience as the Joker kills them all.

Rick Moran at PJ media reacted thus:

If I didn’t know that this surreal discussion was taking place on a major news network and was recorded, I never would have believed it.

I watch MSNBC regularly I’d believe it in a heartbeat.

Ms. Perry has a perfect right to her opinions, MSNBC has the perfect right to have her host a show on their network and any and all of you who wish to buy this nonsense are more than welcome to do so.

But if a single one of you choose to risk your lives, or the lives of anyone in your family based in this opinion then I submit and suggest that you are and deserve to be in the running for a livetime achievement award from the people who give out the Darwins.

You can bet your bottom dollar that Ms. Perry won’t take that same risk, and if she would, then the more fool her.

You have been warned.

I’m prepared too, I have your home address and I noticed that your preparations are light on defensive weaponry.

Dilbert July 31st 2011

Dryden: How did he die?

James Bond: Your contact? Not well.

Dryden: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn’t worry. The second is…

[Bond shoots Dryden]

James Bond: Yes… considerably.

Casino Royale 2006

Our friends on the left have a particularly view of gun owners, best represented by this clip from the Movie Highlander and the character played by Christopher Malcolm:

This is the perfect image to them, to them, the crazy ex-vet, white, disturbed, just waiting for the moment to crack.

The absurdity of the argument comes from the lack of violence from all those folks that the Journal News is so anxious to pinpoint as a public service, but let’s play that game for a moment.

For the sake of this post, I’ll stipulate it’s all true; Gun owners are dangerous and we of the right who oppose Barack Obama and gun control are a bunch of violent, heavily armed racist rednecks just waiting for a Glenn Beck or the NRA to give word turning us loose for an orgy of annihilation on an unsuspecting public, particularly women, blacks and gays.

If this is true, even a little bit, is it wise to provoke us with moves like this:

President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,”

Given as stipulated the vast majority of the right is one step away from the cliff of slaughter, might saying: “Next year we’ve coming for your guns” less than two weeks after Andrew Cuomo said “Confiscation could be an option“, be the push to send a bunch of heavily armed Chick-Fil-A eating psychopaths over the edge?

It’s gasoline on a fire ready to engulf the country in flames with only the police, the army and power of the presidency to hold back the impending holocaust of good and decent Obama voters.

Liberals, be afraid, be VERY afraid…

…the rest of us will be out and about living our lives, pointing at you and laughing.

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Update: Here it comes from Stacy…

UPDATE: Headlines from the Drudge Report:
Buyers flock to gun shows in VA…
‘It’s Never Been Like This’…
Backorders Up To 6 Months From Manufacturers…
Only 1 Person Shows Up To Protest Show In Denver…

Obama: The Greatest Gun Salesman in American History!

“You mean to tell me—HA HA HA—that there are actually people—HOHOHOHO—who—GASP GASP— FALL for that STUPID disguise?”

Ambush Bug to Clark Kent/Superman Action comics 560

After putting out this tweet yesterday

Some members of the left are understandably upset so Jonathan If you don’t believe Obama is up in the polls you’re a “poll denier” Chait has decided to respond:

Oops sorry that sure sounded like him, here is what he actually said:

This is a bluff. Romney is carefully attempting to project an atmosphere of momentum, in the hopes of winning positive media coverage and, thus, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For those of you still able to read this because you weren’t drinking in front of your PC’s or laptops let me explain the the error of he that NY Mag sees fit to pay for this nonsense

Mr Chait has fallen victim to his own propaganda, like General Beauregard who was shocked to discover that the elaborate designs to invade the North early in the war propagated by Albert Sydney Johnston was an elaborate bluff, Mr. Chait has fallen victim to the rest of the media’s similar moves in this election cycle.

Mr. Chait may I be so bold as to note that during the month of September while the media was assuring us Barack Obama was mopping up the floor with Mitt and the only question left was: “Would Mitt abandon Ohio as hopeless?” the people with skin in the game were busy giving the GOP an 80+ Million cash advantage?

May I remind Mr. Chait that almost no candidate in a close race has been willing to appear with Barack Obama and if he was on any fewer web sites of candidates seeking office they would have milk cartons all over swing states.

And may I finally remind Mr. Chait that the MSM would not decide to give favorable coverage to Mitt if Christ himself came down from heaven with JFK & FDR to endorse him for the presidency the media would hit Mitt for crossing the line between the religious and the political

Mr Chait, I hate to disappoint you but not only IS Romney winning, but he has been winning for a lot longer than the media has been willing to admit. If Obama was any more toast he would be served with your breakfast with a pad of butter and a side of Jam at your favorite local diner.

But by all means believe what you want to believe and when Mitt Wins (and wins big) you can push the stolen election meme that the UN observers are undoubtedly preparing to write.

Much simpler than sell examination.

Editors note: It goes without saying that this entire piece assumes Mr. Chait believes this nonsense and is not trying hie best to stem the tide of a depression so deep among Democrats that they fear losing the coveted Honey Boo Boo endorsement.

If you want to understand how the left thinks, this week we have seen the perfect expression of it in the reactions to two images/videos

When the Morning Joe folks and the Left saw this image:

Their reaction was non-existent except to attack the right as either being phony supporters of the 1st amendment or nuts for suggesting that the detention of a person over the making of a video no matter how bad (and I’m sorry Zilla but this movie was so bad lemmings use it as a training film)

Nope, nothing wrong, nothing to see here.

Yet when they see this video of Mitt Romney

the entire left is declaring that it means Mitt Romney is unfit to be president

So nighttime arrests of film makers is OK but saying suggesting people who don’t believe in personal responsibility aren’t going to be persuaded by such a message That’s disqualifying.

This is the left’s reality, this is what the left actually thinks. That’s why they actually think the 1st image will be have no effect on the re-election prospects of Barack Obama but the Romney campaign video that’s death.

This is delusion on a grand scale, in November these guys are going to get the shock of his life.

…it’s people like this:

It was a mistake, Rothschild says, to retreat into the recall effort instead of fighting Governor Walker “with mass civil disobedience.” Think of the “creative strategies” that were not tried:

The Teamsters with their 18 wheelers, whose support was so emboldening, could have driven down Interstate 90 and 94 at 45 mph all day long for a week’s time to demonstrate that workers in Wisconsin weren’t going to take this lying down.

Okay, let’s be creative! Let’s imagine what would have happened, if Teamsters with their 18 wheelers had driven down down Interstate 90 and 94 at 45 mph all day long for a week. Rothschild — he’s so creative! — seems to imagine that the public would become enraged at Scott Walker and demand political change. That’s the progressive fever dream.

That’s the occupy mentality in a nutshell, if we trash your public park and make it unusable by you, you’re not going to blame US your going to blame the people we oppose.

The most amazing thing about all this: People in the media and the Democrat party actually believed this to be true. Why? Because feudal lords that they are, they were not the folks who were going to be inconvenienced so of course the consequence never hit them.


BTW most of the leftists I know personally here in Massachusetts and I suspect most of those who read and comment here are much too smart to think that pissing off the average voter that way would win them friends. If the left put people like my arch enemy friend Chris on their payroll, they’d do much better for themselves.

They said that he will print anything Media Matters will give him, and look who is still leading the drumbeat vs Rush on Memeorandum ten days later:

Think Progress and…..Greg Sargent.

Meanwhile as large chunks of the left talk to themselves some members of the left (via legal insurrection and my under the fedora column) demonstrate they can still count:

The dustup over Sleep Train, along with the blowback suffered by Carbonite over that company’s public denunciation of Limbaugh, demonstrates that the iconic radio talk show host is dealing from a position of strength in the campaign to deprive him of advertisers. One tends to prosper when one advertises on Limbaugh’s show. But cross him, and one will suffer.

The one overwhelming fact is that Limbaugh commands many millions of listeners. There is no evidence that any of them have stopped listening because of the kerfuffle with Sandra Fluke. Indeed, one suspects that Limbaugh has gained listeners, curious about what the fuss is all about. As long as the show maintains its listener base, it does not matter if any advertisers bail on Limbaugh for political reasons. There will always be others who will want to take their place, because it is good business to advertise on the most listened-to radio talk show on the planet.

Remember Dan Riehl mentioned on Friday a story the left was crowing about that seemed too good to be true for them

I don’t know, I’m no industry expert, but I’d be skeptical of a big story like this breaking on a Saturday. I could be wrong, but I think I’ll wait until I hear what, if anything, is said about all this on Monday when most radio talkers are back on the air.

Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect that if there was a true mass exodus of advertisers from Rush the MSM would have spent yesterday crowing and would still be doing it today.

Yet there are only the three Memeorandum leads, two by the same person Judd Legum from Think Progress and Greg “Anything you want it that’s is what I’ll print it” Sargent and the lefty blogs that mimic them. If it wasn’t for Sargent’s position at the Washington Post it would be a total case of crickets.

And the post actually pays him for this!

Pittsfield Massachusetts is a city in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.

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The population of the city is 40,958, just around the size of Fitchburg where I live.

The voter breakdown in Pittsfield according to this table leans considerably left. In a state where the vast majority of voters are “unrolled” 52% vs 36% Democrats and 11% Republicans. Pittsfield has a ratio of 45% Democrats and 45% unenrolled with only 10% republicans. A full 25% increase on openly declared democrats over the state and county figures.

As you might guess from those numbers I don’t have much of a following in Pittsfield. According to my Google stats Pittsfield ranks 120th in cities in Massachusetts and 1882nd nationwide in terms of visits to my site over the last year although I am of course very pleased to have each and every one of you in Pittsfield and throughout the western part of the state.

Considering the population of Berkshire County and the size of Pittsfield it would be fair to say that nationally it is not a city of special significance, nor is a large media market. It would be what the left would consider “flyover country” in terms of media and national political significance.

So imagine my surprise when I saw Pittsfield all over Memeorandum today

And the linkage to that media powerhouse New England Public Radio News:

A commercial radio station in Pittsfield, Massachusetts — WBEC 1420 — says it is dropping the Rush Limbaugh show in the wake of Limbaugh’s comments on contraception last week.

and they are joined by another media powerhouse!

KPUA -FM in Hilo, Hawaii, has also announced it will drop Limbaugh’s show.

So let me get this straight, after nearly a full week of non-stop attacks on Rush Limbaugh the left is reduced to crowing over two small radio stations in tiny markets in two of the bluest states in creation and in the WBEC’s case a station that serves a market so far left that it is 25% to the left of Massachusetts? Is the cry of the left “As Pittsfield goes so goes Hilo?”

And advertisers are actually afraid of these people?

Oh and I invite the outnumbered conservatives of Pittsfield to join WCRN AM 830 Saturdays starting at 5 a.m. and stay though my show from 10 a.m. to noon if they wish to hear unafraid conservative talk.

I see the hand wringing concerning Wikileaks “accidental” leaking of totally unredacted US cables and I find it an insult to my intelligence.

Every generation we seem to have these groups or organization that cry freedom but tend to oppose only US interests.

We saw it in the anti-war groups that opposed the US but love Chavez and Cuba

We saw it in the human shields who were ready to protect Saddam from US attack but not willing to protect Iraqi civilians once Islamists were bombing them.

We saw it in the European protestors in the 80’s opposing US missile deployment.

We saw it in the protestors against US involvement in Vietnam

and we saw it in the defense of Alger Hiss and the Rosenburgs

Over and over we have seen this type of thing. As time passes people are shocked when history shows the Rosenburgs guilty, Hiss actually being a spy, the Iron Curtain supporting and funding protestors in Europe etc etc etc.

Now Wikileaks which somehow manages to get their hands on US secrets (but strangely enough never finds, Russian, Iranian, Chinese , Cuban, etc etc etc cables to reveal) has “accidentally” leaked the lot and people actually think it’s a surprise or an accident?

It takes a certain type of person to believe this, perhaps the same time of person who bought this bill of goods:

It has been lost in the American press, but until he issued his televised “rivers of blood” speech from Tripoli in February, Saif was the darling of Europe’s political establishment. He socialized with members of the House of Lords, Tony Blair’s cabinet, Prince Andrew, and well-heeled environmental activists. Saif had seduced Europe’s intelligentsia and the Continent’s left-leaning cognoscenti.

“The political class in this country have courted him,” said Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, chairman of a British parliamentary group on Libya, in an interview with the UK’s Guardian.

The bottom line is the left always manages to find any person or cause against the US worthy of admiration from dictator’s wives to leakers of US documents.

Glenn Reynolds famously quips “They’re not anti-war, just on the other side” and I think that’s true concerning many but never forget DaTechGuy’s rule of human nature:

“When explaining bad behavior, given the choice between malice and stupidity, always bet on stupidity”.

Update: Another vote for stupidity.

…you end up with analysis like this:

Datetechguy then touted Bachman’s winning every unopposed election in her racist ass District in the State of Minnesota. Where DateTech fails is in touting the popularity of racists among racists, he doesn’t address the issue of competency and in fact is implying that racism is indeed the only measure of competency that should be considered. DateTech even suggested that Bachman won the debate in a room full of idiots where the bar was so low a two year old baby midget could have skipped over it.

Go read the entire piece and count the number of times (I counted 13) “RealBrother” uses a variation of “racist” in his little piece.

I’ve had words with “Realbrother” on twitter on occasion but was unaware of his blog until Darleen Glick saw the above post thinking it was a parody, alas no. I left the following comment in return, I include it here in case he chooses not to approve it or edit it beyond the one spelling error I had:

Although I like your choice of wordpress themes frankly this post is nonsense.

Not only do you blindly accuse racism, but you fail to link to my piece on the subject,, which is understandable as it would prevent your readers from actually seeing what I said. I include said link here:

As for Wisconsin can you explain how district after district suddenly has money to hire teachers under the current plan? Details here:

Your constant cry of Racist this Racist that convinces me that if you didn’t have the race card to play you would have an empty hand. I see no difference between your generalizations about me or the tea party than Janice Hahn’s lilly white campaign implying the Rappers CueDog and Uncle Head from Splack Pack (who were on my radio show yesterday) were racist over a rap video

(details on that here

Considering our exchanges on Twitter I didn’t expect much better from you and frankly was unaware of your blog until a commentator pointed me to this post, but fair enough, its your platform, make your case and if your readers wish I happily invite them to check out my blog and radio show and what I’ve said.

I trust them to decide for themselves who is obsessed about race and who is not, who is racist and who is not and who has an actual case to make and who does not.

That doesn’t even count the fact that apparently he can’t tell the difference between MSNBC can CNBC and Fox in my embedded videos. Of course this would would explain why he didn’t bother to link back to the post he attacked.

Normally one doesn’t give attention to the attacks of an obscure blogger crying race but I’ll happily share my readers with him. I think it is instructive for them to see unfiltered the really far racial left in all its glory.

I’ve made the Satchel Page/Jackie Robinson vs Pumpsie Green argument concerning Obama in the past, via Allahpundit Cynthia Kounaris is trying to make it via Palin and Bachmann:

Now, back to the bad news. The first woman elected as president of the United States has to be exceptional. Superior. The smartest, best educated and most rational person in the room. So, not Palin, not Bachmann. Why? Because failure is not an option.

Never Mind that Palin had an 80+ rating in her state before McCain picked her for Veep and the left decided she must be destroyed (unsuccessfully by the way). Never mind that in blue Minnesota Bachmann wins election after election and her Tea Party Caucus is the single most important group in the house. They are not good enough even through Bachmann is winning debates in rooms full of men.

And tell me Cynthia how is it that in Wisconsin that went the route Palin fought in person, is generating surpluses while California going the Obama way, is losing Amazon?

What little credibility her argument might have hoped to command disappears with a line more suited for the first weekend in April than the first weekend in July:

Barack Obama carries that burden for African Americans. Happily, he carries it well. Regardless of your politics, you have to admit (really, you have to!) that he is well-educated, competent, rational, even-tempered and intelligent.

For the moment lets forget Palin’s & Bachmann’s degrees. Our president is so even tempered that his spokespeople call networks if he is insulted.

He is so competent that Blacks voters tell him to his face they are exausted of defending him

His economic stimulus program (opposed by Palin & Bachmann) is so successful that business receiving funds rather than hiring as promised go bankrupt:

And apparently the left outside of Cynthia Kounaris thinks so much of him that he is begging for $5 bills and can’t generate sufficient support on TV shows on MSNBC where democrats outnumber republicans 10-1.

But he flunks a more basic test. I talked to two women last week who were staying with relatives because they had lost their house. When I asked them about the president they told me, the president thinks he is a movie star and is not interested in them.

I would challenge Cynthia to come with me door to door to businesses in blue Massachusetts and repeat that line about Obama. I suspect even if her leftist beliefs are a religion the looks she would get would from those small business owners would convert her fast.

of Fascism and terrorism:

Make no mistake about it; this is a political attack on teachers for supporting democratic leaders who have stood up for education in our state. If passed, these fascist measures will silence the voice of teachers working to improve our schools, communities and our state.

and this:

“He has the power to stop this madness now,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said to loud shouts of approval at the teachers rally. “Governor Haslam, if you’re listening, please stop this terrorism against our teachers.”

Terrorism! (You know that a certain section of this crowd was, about three years ago, in the streets, marching and protesting that the Bush administration was over-hyping the threat of terrorism and complaining that the term “war on terror” was too broad and was an imprecise definition.)

One of the things I’ve noticed in interviewing people is that those who have actually lived under communism or fascism tend not to make these kind of statements, but leftism has as I’ve said before morphed into a quasi-religion where if you have the right beliefs are you counted among the righteous no matter how much money you take from murderous dictators.

All of this self-righteous posturing is all about being part of the suffering masses in the mind and has no relationship with actual reality:

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method—by making him a kind of Childe Harold or Werther submerged in self-pity for imaginary distresses—you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

I really thing that the left started to believe its own rhetoric during the Bush years and has never gotten over it. It’s going to take a really nasty piece of reality to shock them out of it.

When Morning Joe went long with Rolling Stone great Military expose four days ago I said this:

WOW that’s absolutely positively…ordinary

Today at Hotair Bruce McQuain tells why Rolling Stone gathered no moss.

Hastings apparently took the word of LTC Michael Holmes as the premise and theme of his article. In fact he sets it up with a quote from Holmes:

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”

Except LTC Holmes job wasn’t “in psy-ops” (Psychological Operations) nor is LTC Holmes trained in PsyOps. That is a very specific Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) that requires school training. The place in which PsyOps is taught is the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, NC. According to Special Operations Command, the Special Warfare School has never heard of LTC Michael Holmes.

His conclusion?

In short Hastings was gulled by Holmes. If anyone was a victim of “psy-ops” here, it was Michael Hastings. His lack of knowledge about the command plus an apparent desire to put another general officer notch in his journalistic belt left him open to a sob story from a disgruntled officer that may have sounded good to him, but appears to have little or no basis in fact. A story from an officer who had already been reprimanded for making a false official statement.

Go and read the whole thing. Joe Scarborough? Better luck next time, will be interested in how you will report on this stories crash and burn. As for Rolling Stone…I suggest you stick to Bieber manina.

The Big Picture is all a flutter with this headline:

Roger Ailes to be Indicted

OMG this is a story that will rock the nation! Let’s take a look at the basis for this incredible story:

Someone I spoke with claimed that Ailes was scheduled to speak at their event in March, but canceled. It appears that Roger’s people, ostensibly using a clause in his contract, said he “cannot appear for legal reasons.”

I asked “What, precisely, does that mean?”

The response: “Roger Ailes will be indicted — probably this week, maybe even Monday.”

That’s it? This is what makes a story a headline on Memeorandum?

Barry I don’t know you but C’mon!

I predict that the left will get all Fizsmasey over this nonsense and will be sadly disappointed when nothing comes of it.

You heard it here first.

Morning Joe was breathless today reporting that the well-known bastion of journalistic mud-racking on government issues Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that our troops were using “psi-ops” against US senators.

Joe breathlessly reported this as a turning point, Norah O’Donnell subbing for Mika talked about it breathlessly and then when the panel started talking about it, the one person who had actually read the article, found very little there there:

So I figured I’d take a look at rolling stone, to see what that pillar of serious news had to say.

In between their world-class coverage of Justin Bieber Superboy and their big exclusive on The Return of Bevis and Butthead to MTV I found the military story and what a story it is.

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war

WOAH! sounds nasty! No wonder they hate soldiers at Columbia. Did they bug their hotels looking for dirt, plant hot blonds to snooze them and take pictures? Maybe they waterboarded or drugged them? What nefarious methods did Rolling Stone uncover that the Evil US army used against senators:

According to Holmes, who attended at least a dozen meetings with Caldwell to discuss the operation, the general wanted the IO unit to do the kind of seemingly innocuous work usually delegated to the two dozen members of his public affairs staff: compiling detailed profiles of the VIPs, including their voting records, their likes and dislikes, and their “hot-button issues.” In one email to Holmes, Caldwell’s staff also wanted to know how to shape the general’s presentations to the visiting dignitaries, and how best to “refine our messaging.” emphasis mine

…WOW that’s absolutely positively…ordinary, but I’m sure that it gets worse because in the very next paragraph it says:

According to Holmes, the general wanted the IO team to provide a “deeper analysis of pressure points we could use to leverage the delegation for more funds.” The general’s chief of staff also asked Holmes how Caldwell could secretly manipulate the U.S. lawmakers without their knowledge. “How do we get these guys to give us more people?” he demanded. “What do I have to plant inside their heads?”

Wow he wants to find pressure point, he want to plant stuff inside their heads, boy this sounds a lot like…..lobbying.

But it’s not like Holmes the source for this story had a grudge. After all any soldier could be the subject of an Ar 15-6 investigation. And I’m sure many Colonials and their female Majors under them get reprimands over an “inappropriate relationship”. After all Rolling Stone covers stuff like this all the time and married or no they understand that as Holmes wrote: “Gimmee a break a man has needs you know.”

So this is the breathless story that Morning Joe started the show with and Norah O’Donnell in their first hour. It flew like a lead balloon and made such an impact that they followed up with their 2nd hour to go long with the crank call to Gov Walker before trying once again to sell this story as the template for the anti-war left, this time without Jamie Rubin who had popped their bubble in the first hour as MSNBC runs with the story.

The real problem lately has been reports out of Afghanistan have been encouraging and the agenda of the left when it comes to Afghanistan is the opposite of Reagan’s “We win they lose”.

One of the people who I ran into CPAC was the young lady who last year worked for Joe Scarborough who had given me the high compliment of saying I was tough but fair on him. When she greeted me I mentioned that I was even harder on him lately, she approved and it was suggested that he was more concerned these days with being accepted by the cocktail set.

When I talk about Morning Joe these days I’m often teased that I follow it because so few people watch it. The more I see of it lately the more that critique seems justified.

Yglesias links and quotes Ayaan Hirsi Ali on what is coming in Egypt

Ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali warns us to be very afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power in Egypt. And maybe she’s right. But it’s difficult to take her word for it. After all, she thinks that Islam in general needs to be extirpated from the planet:

He then quotes her piece, bolding certain bits:

“I’ll tell you why: because Islam is the new fascism. Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate – a society ruled by Sharia law – in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. Young Muslims need to be persuaded that the vision of the Prophet Mohammed is a bad one, and you aren’t going to get that in Islamic faith schools.”

Now of course bolding a piece is meant to draw your eyes to the bolded section and to avoid the unbolded sections. Yglesias having a liberal audience is trying to stress Ali “intolerance”. How dare she be intolerant of Islam. Now lets look at the same piece with different words bolded:

I’ll tell you why: because Islam is the new fascism. Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate – a society ruled by Sharia law – in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. Young Muslims need to be persuaded that the vision of the Prophet Mohammed is a bad one, and you aren’t going to get that in Islamic faith schools.”

Now I would think that these things about Islam and Sharia law would be significant to liberals. After all if I as a believing Roman Catholic am repressive because I oppose sex before marriage, gay marriage and believe in God, how much more would they oppose Sharia, which stones women, beats (and kills) gays and slays apostates.

But we can’t stress these facts, because it promotes “intolerance of Islam”. Maybe it’s just me but I think we shouldn’t tolerate Sharia law, stoning of women, beating of gays, and killing of apostates.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali “intolerance” of Islam is based on a standard of Islam’s actions. Yglesias critique of Ali and defense of Islam is based on a standards of her thoughts.

That to me is the perfect illustration of how liberalism works.

Allow one caveat to personal friends of any of the victims for the next 24 hours or so as they have been subject to an angry shock and are likely not thinking straight today let me give you the following rule to follow:

If you are blaming Sarah Palin and/or the Tea Parties for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords you are self identifying yourself as a person who is so deranged with hate that you should not be taken seriously on any issue.

Hey if you are on the left and you think that Gitmo is unjust don’t worry about the news about about keeping it open

The just-passed National Defense Authorization Act includes language that forbids using Department of Defense money to transfer Guantanamo detainees stateside, even for a trial. National security staff have been trying to figure out whether to try accused terrorists–most notably Khalid Sheikh Mohammed–in civilian court or a military tribunal, but the defense bill makes tribunals the only option.

* Plus, Obama Will Issue an Executive Order Calling for Indefinite Detention

Hey folks on the left don’t worry you KNOW that this eyewitness testimony is sure to win people over:

The strangest things kept happening to Walid Muhammad Hajj during his years as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay. “Once, when I was sleeping – on the floor, not on a bed – I suddenly felt that a cat was trying to penetrate me”, he told al-Jazeera in a recent interview. “It tried to penetrate me again and again.”

Then there was that “incident with a guy who sat next to me in the morning. When they brought the milk, he began to urinate into the milk.” “That’s when we knew that he was under a spell,” Mr Hajj recalled. “After he had recovered a little, after we read Koranic verses to him, he said to me: ‘The birds on the barbed wire would talk to me, and tell me to urinate in the milk.’”

Jewish staff in Guantanamo Bay, Mr Hajj concluded, practiced witchcraft on the inmates.

You can’t get more credible than that can you? I guess Gitmo is radicalizing people isn’t it?

Hey with all that Witchcraft being practiced by the Jews at Gitmo no wonder Seattle was going to put anti-Jewish stuff on their buses, that is until my show 4 guest Pam Geller decided to buy counter ads and then guess what:

two days after my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, announced that we would be running king-sized pro-Israel ads on Seattle buses to counter their hate ads, King County Metro Transit folded: Transit officials issued a statement Thursday saying that they would be refusing the anti-Israel, antisemitic ads. They were “changing their policy.”

I always thought the best answer to speech is more speech but apparently Seattle thinks otherwise, but Pam being Pam isn’t going to stop there:

The Jew-hating, anti-Israel ad didn’t “pose an unacceptable risk of harm, disruption and interference with the transportation system and other breaches of the public safety, peace and order” until we responded with fierce truth. And then they said, never mind. But they won’t get off so easy. This is actionable. Legally actionable.

We will pursue this battle legally and roll out the pro-Israel bus ads elsewhere. My life-saving bus ads for Muslim apostates were banned in Detroit. We had to sue to get them up in Miami. We had to sue New York transit to get Ground Zero bus ads up.

Speech is free as long as you demonize Jews or Christians.

But we will not stand for it. And you shouldn’t, either.

Hey, whose side are you going to take, some Jewish Woman from New York or that sage of Islamic rationalism Walid Muhammad Hajj?

Is that it answers Max Blumenthal who frankly deserves no answer only scorn.

With all due respect (very little is actually due here) one wonders if Blumenthal is off his proverbial rocker. This claim of anti-Muslim “hysteria”, without which his conspiracy theory unravels, is insanely false. One might even say it’s spastic. More accurately, it’s just another “astonishing act of left-handed legerdemain” of the sort that Blumenthal routinely engages in as he touts the very same falsehoods we are used to seeing from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The latest statistics from the FBI tell quite a different story.

Max makes his living the way he makes his living, he frankly isn’t worth the attention but enough well-financed left leaning outlets promote him that it becomes necessary to make sure that voices of sanity are not crowded out by the dollars of the left.

Pay particular attention to the chart on page two, of the piece, it speaks volumes.

Meanwhile there is no comment about this poster from a banned Islamic group concerning the evils of Christmas out of England. I’m sure Max will get around to condemning it as soon as someone pays him a higher wage to do so.

Take a look at this ad that Moveon has produced by merging youtube videos together:

What do you have here? A group of self identified dupes who actually believed the hype that we conservatives and some liberals saw in 2008. It is like a political Darwin award.

Oh and to the woman who says she doesn’t need the Money let me remind her of the Surber Challenge:

From Glenn Reynolds: “Hey, Fareed: The Treasury accepts donations. Make one, and post the receipt.”

This triggered a thought. Why don’t we skinflint conservatives with our miserly ways and narrow minds write a check to the Treasury and show that even though we oppose higher taxes, we are willing to — as patriotic and loyal Americans — voluntarily bail out our national government?


While liberals talk, conservatives act.

So I wrote a check for a hundred bucks today to United States Treasury and mailed it to:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Don Surber’s challenge was only for $10 but he ponied up, have you? Has Moveon?

There is an old saying about how it is better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. The people in this video were played in 2008 and at the urging of Move-on now have been played for suckers twice.

It’s pretty sad, but as always in the US we get the government we collectively deserve.

If it’s not Greenwald objecting to the methods it’s Johnson crying that the right will hit Obama for it.

Patterico makes the first point that needs to be made:

According to the story, Mohamud was corresponding with an overseas terrorist and looking for ways to become involved in “violent jihad.” This is when the FBI entered the picture, with an undercover sgent who pretended to be an associate of the terrorist willing to help Mohamud assemble a bomb to kill men, women and children at a Christmas tree lighting event.

According to the FBI, Mohamud had a thumb drive with detailed instructions for making the bomb. He mailed bomb components to the investigators so they could assemble the bomb. He set off a practice device. And he mailed passport photos to the investigators as part of a getaway plot. And so on and so on. He was quite serious about this.

Maybe it’s just me but I like the idea of the FBI (under this administration or ANY administration) nailing these guys before they can get very far.

McCain makes the 2nd point:

Michelle Malkin does make an important point when she says, “Violent jihad. Two words the current occupant of the White House won’t say together and about which he remains in stubborn denial.”

But then again, Malkin also often excoriated the previous occupant of the White House — that would be the Republican, President Bush — when he rhetorically obscured the specific nature of the jihadist danger.

It would be wiser if the administration would admit violent Jihad is the cause of this nonsense, but since we are getting the right results that might actually suggest that although out-loud they might be more likely to blame fans of Petticoat Junction than Violent Jihad privately they are apparently still managing to get the bad guys.

What really bothers me is this from Nice Deb:

check out the comments at FireDogLake. Ay-yi-yi. I was expecting at least some to say, “WTF, dude! This guy was no victim!” But no…. they all agree. It doesn’t occur to any of these commenters that capturing someone with the hateful and murderous worldview of Islamofascism before he kills, is a good thing. Why?

How can these people defend someone who has dedicated his life to killing as many innocent Americans as possible?

Honestly I think that the far left at once time encouraged this as a weapon against the Bushes, however the result is they managed to create an actual core of true believers who believe we deserve to be slaughtered.

My biggest worry had been that this administration shared that worldview, although diplomatically it has been juvenile, the results in terms of preventing attack and prosecuting the war has been admirable and in the end those results are all that count.

One of the things that drives me nuts is the denial of things directly in front of you.

The first comes from Isreallycool as he demonstrates the dire conditions that Palestinians in Gaza

My point is not that there is no hardship in Gaza, but rather that the situation is a far cry from what is being presented by the Palestinians, their supporters and the mainstream media. Introducing Al-Azhar University, Gaza’s second largest university with over 11,000 registered students between eight faculties: Pharmacy, Medical Professions, Science, Agriculture, Education, Arts, Economics & Administrative Sciences and Law.

And don’t forget the Mall photos of course.

The second is even more serious and comes from Shrinkwrapped, it’s pure unadulterated 100% Racism:

When considering the possibility that a third force, such as NATO, could be given the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the planned agreement, Mahmud Abbas imposed a condition: that there should not be a single Jewish soldier and any Israeli. “I am ready to accept a third party which supervises the implementation of the agreement, NATO forces for example, but I will not accept the presence of Jews in these forces or a [single] Israeli on the Land of Palestine.”, emphasis mine

Is such a demand tainted with antisemitism? It should not come as a shock, if we remember that Mahmud Abbas defended his doctoral thesis which was based on Holocaust denial at a school for political indoctrination in the Soviet Union.

Some may see a polemical and ideological expression in the term “racist,” but Mahmud Abbas’ demand with regard to NATO leaves no doubt in this respect.

I am constantly amazed that those who refer to Israel as an “apartheid state” never address the need for arabs to demand that any “Palestinian” state be completely Judenrein? Shrinkwrap continues:

For the American left the rationale for ignoring violent eliminationist rhetoric from all corners of the Muslim world is two-fold. We quite reasonably want to minimize the power of the Islamist narrative that posits a civilizational war between Islam and the West; in addition, ignoring the Islamist rhetoric while violently addressing those who attempt to put such rhetoric into action allows us to keep the war relatively hidden from the home front. Unfortunately, the outcome of such denial is an enemy that has command in the information war and the loss in small bits of our civilization’s legitimacy.

And this continues, Just this week a scandal erupted in Iran over a weightlifter (winning a silver) appearing on a podium next to an Israeli (who won the gold) even though he refused to shake the Israeli’s hand.

And back in August we had an Iranian “competitor” fake an injury rather than face a Jew in the final:

Alex Gilady, an IOC member from Israel who handed out the medals for the competition, said it was a tactic by Iran to avoid violation of Olympic rules.

“Once he (Soleimani) was injured, that meant he still would win the silver … have to stand on the podium and listen to the Israeli anthem and see the Israeli flag over the Iranian flag,” Gilady said. “They put him in an ambulance so at least they would not create a crisis that would have demanded further action. So it looks like everything is OK.”

Every time the left passes on this stuff without comment they further cement their cowardice and irrelevance.

About 15 years ago when the first talk of civil unions came up when people were talking about a constitutional amendment to enshrine actual marriage explicitly in the constitution the media and the pols pooh poohed the entire idea saying that nobody is talking about Gay Marriage and the idea it was going to come up was nonsense.

People who had more sense on the state level decided not to take chances and passed constitutional amendments to their own state constitutions.

Interestingly enough we are seeing this phenom again in Oklahoma:

Oklahoma is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban state judges from relying on Islamic law known as Sharia when deciding cases.

The ban is a cornerstone of a “Save our State” amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that was recently approved by the Legislature.

The amendment — which also would forbid judges from using international laws as a basis for decisions — will now be put before Oklahoma’s voters in November. Approval is expected.

Well this is a victory for liberals surely, Sharia law being so oppressive to women and gays and restrictive on sex etc etc I’m sure that our friends on the left will be cheering the chance for the voters to reject such a set of misogynistic rules right? Apparently not:

Reps. Duncan and Moore’s “us vs. them” mentality exemplifies the mainstreaming of extreme right-wing Islamophobia. Once hawked by fringe figures, the “creeping Sharia” delusion is finding champions among staunch conservative leaders like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose crusade against all-things-Islamic culminated in his call for “a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States” at the Value Voters Summit this month.

Ah it’s all about Islamophobia, there is actually no reason why Sharia is something to be worried about, it can’t happen here. Next thing you will be telling me is that honor killings are taking place in America or something.

Jay Nordlinger identified these people long ago:

During the Cold War, we used to speak of anti-anti-Communists. These were people (on the left) who were not exactly pro-Communist. But they so hated the anti-Communists, they were . . . well, anti-anti-Communists — the best, the fairest name for them.

Today, there are anti-anti-Islamofascists. They are not on the Islamofascist side in the War on Terror. But they hate those who are fighting, or attempting to fight, the Islamofascists more than they could ever hate the Islamofascists. They are anti-anti-Islamofascists.

The similarities between yesterday’s anti-anti-Communists and today’s anti-anti-Islamofascists would make a very good essay — perhaps by David Pryce-Jones or Norman Podhoretz. Of course, many of today’s anti-anti-Islamofascists were yesterday’s anti-anti-Communists — I mean, the same people, in the flesh.

The day these people hate actual oppressors as much as they hate their pseudo oppressors will be a marvelous day for this country, and for themselves.

Stacy notes the results of a conference call between liberal bloggers and David Axelrod, apparently it didn’t go all that well.

The call seemed to perfectly capture the tense dynamic that exists between the White House and the online and organized left: Though White House advisers in the past have dumped on the left, anonymously and even on the record, Axelrod repeatedly pleaded with the bloggers on the call for help in pumping up the flagging enthusiasm of rank and file Dems.

Mind you this is a liberal blogger who has the ear of the architect of the Obama campaign. I’m with Left Coast Rebel, being constantly shocked and honored when I get the attention and respect I do from candidates and people with authority in government. The woman in question has the ear of David Axelrod and thinks she thinks she’s treated like Dangerfield?

Stacy decides to provide an education starting thusly:

The conservative blogosphere staged an uprising when the GOP establishment tried to shove Charlie Crist down our throats, fought tooth and nail to defeat a sitting Republican senator in Alaska, and recently dumped the ”safe” Mike Castle in favor of Christine the Teenage Witch. We’re rather lose an election than to get screwed over by people who don’t respect us.

Our liberal moonbat counterparts dismiss us as dangerous extremist wingnuts, but we actually expect the politicians we support to pursue our wingnut extremist agenda — whatever that agenda may actually be, because at this point, all we care about is electing people who will vote “no” to Obama’s agenda.

Ms. Madrek took exception to Stacy’s post and his looks. All I know is there never seems to be a shortage of women of spectacular mind and appearance who wish to take a picture with Stacy. (I’ll have to loan her one of my fedoras). As for her anger Stacy comments again:

You’ve got nothing to complain about, ma’am. You are the author of your own disgrace, having devoted years to the advancement of false ideas and false leaders. Rather than blaming the people who have deceived you, or blaming yourself for believing their lies, instead you continue to blame the same old bogeymen: Republicans, Christians, “Corporate America,” capitalism, patriarchy, etc.

So as Glen Reynolds said:

JON STEWART ON OBAMA: “I thought he’d do a better job.” You did, huh? Based on what, his extensive experience? Rube.

Don’t feel bad Ms. Suzie look at the bright side, there are absolutely millions of Americans who feel just as used as you by this administration, at least you get to tell them this directly.

Memeorandum thread here

Update: Pundette on the dazzling speedo

….has it’s uses.

Does the left actually understand how they look when they decide the Delaware election should turn on WitchCraft and masturbation as opposed to say….jobs and the economy?

The fact is the left would likely actually approve of the witchcraft business, the idea is to convince people who might vote for O’Donnell on the right that she is unsuitable for support, electoral or financial.

The problem here is that their vision of the right and the tea party is a parody of what they think the right is.

As long as that parody is their vision they will continue to fail, so more python moments please.

Oh and Mr. Soros, whatever you’re paying your guys, it’s much too much.

Update: It’s Michelle for the defense

Update 2: Instalanche thanks Glenn (love the Taft line). Hi people, nice to have you around. Got a lot of new entries (including gateway pundit) in DaTechGuy’s field guide to Bloggers, livebloged from WCRN this weekend (might be able to get a show of my own if I can get sponsors hint hint), I covered the 9/12 rallies extensively (the most important interview is here) Check out my interview with Jim McKenna whose successful sticker campaign has set him up to beat Martha Coakley and Bill Gunn who will send John Olver home in MA-1. Learn why Christine O’Donnell is a leader and I invite you to join me in defying murderous barbarians.

If it is not then it says more about the fantasy world of Brent Budowsky than anything about the administration:

Within hours and possibly minutes I expect the president will name Elizabeth Warren to lead the new consumer protection agency, and if he does, the Democratic base will erupt and turn out to vote in far greater numbers than any current poll suggests.

I could be wrong; Obama might give up at the last minute, which would be the last betrayal of the Democratic base and very possibly the death knell of the Democratic House of Representatives. But if he names Warren, the pundits be will amazed, astonished and flabbergasted by the lift this would give to the Democratic base and by the voter turnout that would follow.

After all the one thing the American people are worried about is who is going to lead the consumer protection agency.

Assuming it is not a parody the amount of delusion necessary for such belief is ….interesting.

memeorandum thread here. Why does such nonsense have a thread?

Just one minute nails it:

I think Mr. Budowsky has lost the distinction between “the base”, live voters, and people with whom he Tweets, i-chats, and chirps. I have no doubt the nomination of Elizabeth Warren will prompt lefty bloggers to swoon, for a day anyway. But over in reality, the economy will still be what it is, and Obama will still be talking about something else and preparing his imminent pivot to jobs, jobs, jobs.

Has this guy ever met anyone who lives outside of the beltway?

Update: Professor Bainbridge maybe wrong about Sarah Palin but he nails it here:

This has to be about the dumbest piece of political prognostication I’ve ever read.

Look, I have tremendous respect for Elizabeth Warren. She is a very smart bankruptcy law professor with an enviable publication record and tremendous success as a policy entrepreneur. On the couple of occasions that I’ve met her, moreover, she has been unfailingly courteous and friendly.

But the idea that her appointment would turn around the fundamentals driving the 2010 elections is just absurd

I dearly hope that the left believes this nonsense, not only will it help them lose, it will make it very funny…”it’s not possible that we lost Elizabeth Warren has been on the job for three weeks!