As we’ve noted many times here there are two ways media bias works.

The first, and most common is bias of comission where the MSM/left promotes stories or meme’s to attack the right, usually as wikileaks confirmed at the direct behest of the left.  A great example of this are the attacks and ridicule of Ben Carson on CNN.

Removing all pretense of substantive discussion, Don Lemon, Marc Lamont Hill and Peter Beinart began openly mocking the nomination of Dr. Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The scope and severity of the exhibited ridicule was so over the top, fellow CNN panelist Brian Stelter was both visibly trying to hide his glee and simultaneously uncomfortable joining in amid the laughter and mockery.

If this was any other media panel mocking and ridiculing a black nominee for an Obama administration the calls of racist outrage against the network would be overwhelming. However, as customary within their hypocrisy, the pontificating left-wing ideologues cannot even fathom anyone taking exception.

Once again proving that if the left didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all.
But the greatest sin of the media is  the ability to define a story as not worthy of promotion as a national story, like this one:

Germany’s leading news programme has been slammed for failing to report the rape and murder of the 19-year-old daughter of an EU official by an Afghan ‘refugee’.

maria-ladenburgerThe Tagesschau show, produced by ARD, the world’s largest public broadcaster, claimed that the story was “too regional”. Others, however, blame political correctness and an establishment desire to silence criticism of mass migration.

Last week’s revelation that 19-year-old Maria Ladenburger – a medical student, migrant home volunteer, and daughter of a prominent European Union (EU) official – was attacked and killed by a recently-arrived 17-year-old migrant shocked the nation.

Despite having a budget of €6.5 billion (£5.5 billion) and 20,617 employees, the public broadcaster decided not to allocate resources to bringing the story to national attention.

ARD’s editor-in-chief, Kai Gniffke, played down the decision, arguing they “very rarely report on individual criminal cases”.

By deciding this news wasn’t fit to print, german media were basically protecting Angela Merkel and her supporters from the consequences of their open borders policy.

Merkel, who recently announced plans to run for a fourth term in September, has seen her popularity plunge in the last year in large part due to her staunch refusal to accept demands from her party’s right wing to limit migrants entering the country to 200,000 per year.

She did not comment on the slaying in Freiburg and has remained determined to keep Germany open to refugees.

That’s the real reason why the MSM hates Breitbart news and Trump’s twitter account.  Liberals like the Kellogg’s people want to delegitimize Breitbart because they dare report stories like this that don’t fit the MSM narrative:

Immigration advocacy groups are asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to “block federal access” to the database containing names of gang members in the state.
The goal is to block access before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, thereby preventing his administration from seeing the names of individuals who could find themselves on a the deportation short list.Immigration advocacy groups are asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to “block federal access” to the database containing names of gang members in the state. The goal is to block access before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, thereby preventing his administration from seeing the names of individuals who could find themselves on a the deportation short list.

Yeah because nothing would unite the rest of the country against the rule of California Liberals like protecting gang members here illegally from deportation.

And they really hate Trump and his tweeting because in 140 characters he can force a story like the Steinle murder onto the national stage that the MSM is determined to bury.


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Leonard Hofstadter: Got any advice?
Beverly Hofstadter: Yes. Buck up.
Leonard Hofstadter: Excuse me – you’re a world-renowned expert in parenting and child development, and all you’ve got is “buck up”?
Beverly Hofstadter: Sorry. Buck up, Sissy Pants.

The Big Bang Theory The Skank Reflex Analysis 2011

A few days ago we had a sponsored post called Technology Jobs with High Salaries, which talked about certain hi tech jobs that will get you a big paycheck.

All of those jobs have one thing in common, the ability to handle stress and deal with real world problems in real time.

This is apparently not a skill that $41,096 annually will buy you at Edgewood College

The operations of Edgewood College were brought to a swift halt by a sticky note making fun of students traumatized by the election of Donald Trump.

The sticky note — which read, “Suck it up p–—s!” followed by a winking smiley face — coincided with a campaign to encourage students to express their feelings about the election by posting the 3-by-3-inch adhesive placards on a table in a common area.The operations of Edgewood College were brought to a swift halt by a sticky note making fun of students traumatized by the election of Donald Trump. The sticky note — which read, “Suck it up p–—s!” followed by a winking smiley face — coincided with a campaign to encourage students to express their feelings about the election by posting the 3-by-3-inch adhesive placards on a table in a common area.

That paragraph is bad enough but the reaction of the college administration was worse:

According to the letter, the Post-it caused “[a] great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff,” was “a targeted act of intimidation and cowardice,”According to the letter, the Post-it caused “[a] great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff,” was “a targeted act of intimidation and cowardice,”

Maybe it’s just me but if you’re part of  the faculty and staff of a college and you are intimidated by a post it not with a winking smiley face you have no business being in any position of authority or responsibility.

And if you think that letter was bad their final reaction clinched it:

According to Chambers, “the group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime, based on guidelines from the Jeanne Clery Act and state law.”

He adds the group acted according to college policy and reported the incident to the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department, which is currently investigating it as a “Hate Crime,” and that it is also being investigated through the college’s Student Conduct Process.According to Chambers, “the group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime, based on guidelines from the Jeanne Clery Act and state law.”  He adds the group acted according to college policy and reported the incident to the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department, which is currently investigating it as a “Hate Crime,” and that it is also being investigated through the college’s Student Conduct Process.

Seriously, you called the cops over a post it note? Seriously?!?

Now the problem reaction to all of this is of course uncontrollable laughter

Unless of course you are

  • A parent who is paying $40K plus annually for a school to teach them to be unprepared to deal with a post it note
  • A student at a job interview who has to convince a hiring manager that your Edgewood education qualifies you for a position.
  • A member of the alumni who has wondered what they’ve been spending the check you’ve sent them on
  • A Madison taxpayer who realizes their police are investigating post-it notes instead of dealing with actual crime.

No hiring manager in his or her right mind would even consider hiring a person who has spent four years in an environment where people are trained to call the police over a post it note.

My suggestion for parents of Edgewood college students.  If you want your son or daughter to learn how to function in the real world get them out of Edgewood and have them take a job at McDonalds.

Sooner or later lawyers will figure out that colleges like this which fail to prepare students for life are class action suits waiting to happen, then the facades will start falling rapidly.

Closing thought.   The unwillingness of the university to comment other than to acknowledge the letter as real tells me that these folks know that what they are doing is idiocy but as long as they work and dwell inside the bubble they are too afraid to say so.  How pathetic is that?


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Yesterday I talked about how Hillary Clinton and Democrats were caught flat footed by the FBI re-opening their email investigation. but what’s been really interesting is how the line of James Comey have changed with the same GOP member praising this decision who called him corrupt a few weeks ago and Democrats who praised his integrity a few weeks ago crying “foul!

In the last 36 hours FBI Director James Comey has been slammed by the full force of the progressive left media. I noted yesterday that, within hours of the letter being released, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman was accusing Comey of trying to swing the election for Republicans or, at a minimum, of trying to preserve their control of congress. A Democratic PAC filed a complaint with the DOJ that Comey had violated the Hatch Act by publishing the letter. A CNN legal analyst wrote today that it was time for Comey to resign…

…With all the accusations flying, I thought it was a good moment to recall a Washington Post editorial from back in July. That was when Comey announced he would not bring charges against Clinton. In an editorial titled “Republicans attack Mr. Comey for doing his job” the Post rebuked the right for for questioning Comey’s decision making:…

…A few months ago, criticizing Comey was risking damage to the rule of law. Now that it might be Hillary’s ox getting gored, bashing Comey is just fair game.

It brings to mind the Climatic Scene from Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice where you have Shylock saying lines such as: A Daniel come to judgment, yea, a Daniel!—O wise young judge, how I do honor thee!, O noble judge! O excellent young man! Oh wise upright judge, when granted the pound of flesh from his bond, and then, when the same judge said that you aren’t allowed any blood and if you shed any you lose your goods suddenly it was Gratiano saying: O learnèd judge!—Mark, Jew, a learnèd judge! An upright judge, a learnèd judge! A second Daniel!

So what is actually going on here? Is Comey a Clinton dupe or not? Here is what I think

I still think James Comey was as a Clinton dupe, didn’t mind playing the game and seemingly didn’t care about the blowback as long as it was about him. I think because of this when the compromised Loretta Lynch advised him against the release of this letter to congress:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised FBI Director James Comey against sending a letter to Congress to inform them about the reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

She and team Clinton had every expectation that her advice would be followed. That’s why Clinton allies were blindsided and reacted thus:

“I’m livid, actually,” one Clinton surrogate told The Hill. “This has turned into malpractice. It’s an unforced error at this point. I have no idea what Comey is up to but the idea this email issue is popping back up again is outrageous. It never should have occurred in the first place. Someone somewhere should have told her no. And they didn’t and now we’re all paying the price.”

So why the change of heart, well the clue is here:

In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source. But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.

“Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Comey wrote. “I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.

You see, when he thought the storm would only affect him and his reputation that didn’t matter, but then it produced stories like this:

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Richard Nixon could only wish he got Hillary’s FBI treatment.

and this

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, IT’S OLD NEWS, TIME TO MOVE ON: Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife.

and this

JAMES COMEY COULD NOT BE REACHED TO IGNORE THIS ACCUSATION. Newt Gingrich on Veritas Videos: ‘Where’s the FBI?’

and this

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: New FBI files contain allegations of ‘quid pro quo’ in Clinton’s emails.

and this

THE FBI REVOLT BEGINS: A retired FBI agent says “The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time. I hold Director Comey responsible.”

and a hundred more like it, that’s when he realized that not only was the reputation of the entire FBI compromised ,but story after story of the rank and file of the FBI bitterly resenting the tarnishing of the entire agency image over his attempt to cover for Hillary Clinton meant trouble in the ranks.

I suspect Comey didn’t anticipate this, but now he’s discovered that the FBI is not the MSM.

The ability of the chief national law enforcement arm to protect the country from things like Islamic Terror, properly enforce the laws, or even hunt fugitives is difficult if not impossible without the cooperation of law-abiding citizens.  I suspect James Comey didn’t anticipate his acts would convince a good chunk of the country that the FBI was no longer a law enforcement agency but just another arm of the Democrat party and would enforce the law accordingly.

The MSM can successfully function even if half the citizenry dismiss them as corrupt tools of one political party and treat them as such. The FBI can not.

I think Comey decided that it’s one thing to cover for the Clintons it’s another when running that interference takes down your entire agency.

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Senator Joseph Paine: I know how you feel, Jeff. Thirty years ago – I had those ideals, too. I was *you*. I had to make the decision you were asked to make today. And I compromised – yes! So that all these years I could stay in that Senate – and serve the people in a thousand honest ways! You’ve got to face facts, Jeff. I’ve served our state well, haven’t I? We have the lowest unemployment and the highest federal grants. But, well, I’ve had to compromise, had to play ball. You can’t count on people voting, half the time they don’t vote, anyway. That’s how states and empires have been built since time began. Don’t you understand? Well, Jeff, you can take my word for it, that’s how things are. Now I’ve told you all this because – well, I’ve grown very fond of you – about like a son – in fact, and I don’t want to see you get hurt. Now, when that deficiency bill comes up in the Senate tomorrow, you stay away from it. Don’t say a word. Great powers are behind it, and they’ll destroy you before you can even get started. For your own sake, Jeff, and for the sake of my friendship with your father, please, don’t say a word.

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If you want to really understand the mindset of the “Personally Opposed” argument on abortion let me illustrate this with a reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew augmented by the Holy Gospel according to Sen Tim Kaine. (The Gospel of Kaine being unitalicized and indented).

Now on the occasion of the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called (Jesus) Barabbas. So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Which one do you want me to release to you, (Jesus) Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over. While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.” The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.

Matt 27:15-20

And Lo in the crowd stood Tim, who had heard the words of Christ over the last three years.  And he turned and spoke to the guy standing next to him in the crowd and said:

“You know I’ve heard and seen Jesus.  He’s done wonderful things and teaches as no other does. He’s certainly not guilty like that horrible Barabbas”

The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!”

Matt 27:21

And Lo Tim who had seen Christ called for Barabbas even louder than the rest.  And the guy standing next to him seemed confused and was about to ask him about it when Tim continued: “In fact I think Jesus is the messiah for he has  done miracles from God that no one else could have.”

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”

Matt 27:22

And Lo again Tim did scream “Let him be Crucified” even louder than the rest.  And again the man next to him seemed confused and prepared to ask Tim about them but before he could say a word Tim spoke:  “Yes sir Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God all right!”

But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!”

Matt 27:23

And again Tim shouted it louder than the rest and he turned to speak to the fellow next to him but he, not able to stand it any longer, turned to Tim and spake:  “Tim I don’t understand it? You say that Jesus is the messiah, the son of God, you say nobody could do the things he has done yet you are publicly crying for him to be crucified?  Why?”

When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.”

Matt 27:24

And then Tim turned to his friend and said:  “Well you must understand while I’m publicly committed to supporting the chief priests in the condemnation and  crucifixion of Jesus Christ I think it’s a bad idea and am personally opposed to it.”

And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”

Matt 27:25

and then after Tim joined in this cry his friend looked at him incredulously and spake: “Well that makes all the difference doesn’t it?”

Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged,  he handed him over to be crucified.

Matt 27:26

here endith the lesson.


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What else can one conclude when you see this

Twitter confirmed it has permanently banned Breitbart Tech editor and alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for allegedly violating its “hateful conduct policy”.

The contretemps has been brewing all week, as Milo engaged in a barbed to and fro with embattled Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones over her Twitter feud with trolls who hated her new movie. At one point the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey intervened himself, asking Jones to direct message him. Milo himself said nothing racist, though he joked that Jones’ grammatically challenged quips at him were “barely literate”, said America needs better schools and referred to Jones facetiously as “a black dude”.

Breitbart has more

Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been suspended from Twitter once more just 20 minutes before his “Gays for Trump” event takes place at the Republican National Convention.

The justification for the suspension is currently unknown, although it could be as a result of Milo’s run-in with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones on the site. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly reached out to Jones late on Monday evening after she complained about “abuse” on the platform. Milo was suspended despite the fact that he sent no abusive tweets to the actress.

BuzzFeed gleefully reported that the suspension is permanent, citing a statement from Twitter promising a clampdown on “targeted abuse.” Milo has also received a message from Twitter confirming that that his ban is permanent

Let me clue you in a sec.

Actual strong women are, well strong. They can take critique, they can handle being quoted and are able to take care of themselves.

Weak women fall apart when critiqued and run for others to defend them if anyone says a word that gives them the vapors.

Apparently Twitter believes women need to protected from any word or phrases that does not fit their worldview.

Apparently Twitter believes women need to be protected from public debate as it might disturb them.

Apparently Twitter believes that women are so weak that they are incapable of defending their positions and statements for themselves.

To put it simply Twitter want to put feminists back into an 1880’s box and their feminist allies rather than objecting are calling it being empowered.

What a bunch of losers. I’ll give Milo the last word:

“No, of course, I don’t have any regrets,” Milo told Heat Street. “But feminists on the other hand should have regrets that they have taught strong women that they are victims and attacked people for having different opinions to them on Twitter.”

FYI Feminism not withstanding don’t think for one second this isn’t about silencing a high profile Gay Trump supporter who a huge megaphone at a time when Hillary is tanking at the polls.

Update: Analysis True


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At DePaul University we once again saw the commitment of the left to the principle of free speech

DePaul University Black Lives Matter protesters shut down a Milo Yiannopoulos event on Tuesday night. They justified their illiberal actions on grounds that Yiannopoulos’s speech spreads hate and violence—which, incidentally, is true, given that the students retaliated by literally attacking him.

In video footage of the event, a female protester can clearly be seen striking Yiannopoulos in the face. This took place during the Q and A, which was interrupted by the female student and another activist, student Edward Ward. They were joined by ten other irate students. Yiannopoulos’s supporters tried to stop them, and police and security were called.

There was security on hand, but…


neither the police nor campus security did anything to stop the activists. This was ironic, because DePaul had forced the College Republicans to pay several hundred extra dollars for security for the event, according to The College Fix.

The college president responded by sending out an email referring to Yiannopoulos and his ilk as “entertainers” and “self-serving provocateurs”, calling his actions his “shtick” and praised protesters who were: “working to calm each other, and at times, even hold people back from hasty decisions,”

That being said he also had this to say:

“Yesterday’s speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who interrupted the speech were wrong to do so. Universities welcome speakers, give their ideas a respectful hearing, and then respond with additional speech countering the ideas. I was ashamed for DePaul University when I saw a student rip the microphone from the hands of the conference moderator and wave it in the face of our speaker,” he wrote.

Given his attack on Milo’s opinions, praise of protesters and the inactivity of the security that the university required him to pay for the president words ring hollow.

Glenn Reynolds as one suggested effect to this cause:


Sounds like DePaul has created a hostile educational environment on account of race. I hope that some DePaul students file a complaint with the Department of Education, then publicize the response. You know that if the races had been reversed here there would already be feds onsite.

But Charlie Kirk on Twitter notes an effect that is more likely to produce change

The withholding of contributions both big and small is the best way to persuade the university to actively support the principles they claim to hve.

That a Catholic University that has allowed this is an embarrassment to me but I suspect DePaul’s “Catholic” identity these days only exists to attact the dollars of faithful catholics who unlike the Cardinal Newman Society have no idea what DePaul’s has been up to these days.

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Yesterday there was a story about a cowardly town that was spooked into removing a display honoring dead vets by a single phone call.

A Memorial Day display featuring dozens of white crosses to honor fallen soldiers was removed from public property in Georgia after someone complained.

The 79 handmade crosses in Hiram were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars, officials told Fox News.

Hours after the crosses were posted along Highway 92, an unnamed resident called the office of City Manager Barry Atkinson and asked whether a Christian display was appropriate.

“They asked were all those fallen soldiers Christian, and the answer to that was not, they obviously weren’t,” Mr. Atkinson said, a local ABC News affiliate reported. “It opened our eyes that we missed something here, and we immediately took corrective action.”

It’s always sad when you discover city officials who are easily intimidated but if there is one bright side, it’s that if a person is cowardly enough to be afraid of a single complaint, you can easily use that same cowardice in your favor with a larger crowd:

A Memorial Day cross display honoring fallen soldiers is back up Wednesday along a state highway in Georgia, after it was taken down last week amid controversy.

and nothing generates a larger crowd like social media

The cross memorial ignited fierce debate on social media — with many people saying its removal is political correctness run amok, while others argued all faiths should be represented.

At the city council meeting Tuesday night, many spoke in favor of the memorial and pushed for it to be restored. Tommy Dingler, whose son Joshua was killed in Iraq, held up a photo of the 19-year-old as he addressed the council, Fox affiliate WAGA-TV reported.

“A cross has been used for fallen soldiers from the time of the Red Coats, Patriots, Yankees, Rebels — they all used it,” Dingler said.

Other attendees accused the council of cowering to one complaint, while failing to honor the families who want their loved ones remembered. The city council eventually agreed, voting unanimously to put the crosses back up.

If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

It’s been said by Hillary Clinton that social media and the internet has become a weapon in the war on terror. In one respect she is absolutely right.

As we have seen in Brussels, Israel and Syria Islamists of military age, men and women are actively attacking the people they consider their enemies, regularly risking death and capture to kill as many of their foes as possible, while their older leaders urge them on.

These people are terrorists, these people are evil, but because words mean things, you can’t credibly claim they are frightened of us.

What does that have to do with social media? Well when these Islamists go on social media and examine those of Military age of the west, what do they see?

Chalked messages such as “Vote Trump 2016” appeared on the school’s sidewalks Monday.
Many students said they were ‘in pain’ and felt ‘frustration’ and ‘fear’ because of the chalk messages.
The school’s student government vowed to use emergency funds to help support those traumatized by the messages.

They are reading things like this:

It was like cross burning,” Tucker told me. “It was on private property. It was extremely damaging and the students and faculty were totally embarrassed…it was absolutely intended to intimidate everyone and it worked.”

and hearing students say this:

“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

and when it comes to their elders, those who are in charge who might lead these people, when ISIS looks online this is what they see:

Emory University President James Wagner will not allow an act of pro-Trump political advocacy to go unscrutinized: the administration will review security footage in hopes of identifying the person or persons who committed the heinous act of scribbling “Trump 2016” in chalk all over campus.

Of course they might think that’s an isolated incident, but then (via Glennthey read this:

I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets, though they’re going to send an officer to check because no one has cleared it with them. They thank me for reporting it.

Just ROTC candidates going about their business. But that’s not enough for the professor, up to her eyeballs in threats and micro aggressions and macro aggressions and whatever other aggressions she could concoct in her fervid imagination.

 

So the west is unwilling to watch Islamic enemies and will attack anyone who dares suggest one must be vigilant concerning potential Islamists but will use the resources of the law and wealthy institutions to stop chalk marking, or American soldiers marching or publicly claim that straight white males are more dangerous than the people doing this.

If you had foes so cowardly, so craven and so wiling to advertise those facts to the world, would you be afraid of them, or be doubtful of your eventual victory?

I submit and suggest our intellectual class is worth 10,000 fighters to ISIS and I further suspect that if ISIS or their Islamist ever came to power, these folks who are willing to bravely stand up to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump or sick Twitter Safety on Robert Stacy McCain will happily submit to the veil.

And I bet the Islamists we are fighting are counting on the same thing.
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draw-mohammedAs longtime readers of this blog know I’ve been interested in the case of Molly Norris from the very start:

I call on bloggers today to put up a post proclaiming they remember Molly Norris.

I call on talk radio and Television hosts to mention this anniversary and express their outrage

I call upon our representatives to pass a resolution of outrage over this Fatwa and in support of Molly Norris.

And have stayed angry about it

Every day this stands the first Amendment is desecrated and our rights are become simply words on an old piece of paper. If we don’t fight this and continue to fight it, then not only will we forfeit the rights our forefathers died to bequeath us, but we will have proved ourselves unworthy of those rights.

The failure of the American Public to be outraged over an American Journalist working and living in America forced to go into hiding under an assumed name due to threats from Islamic terrorists is to my mind one should be a matter of personal and Public disgrace to the American People and our media.

Thursday I saw this tweet from Zilla Stevenson

It links to this post at frontpage mag which reminds of this disgrace:

So Molly Norris no longer exists. But whatever name she now goes by, she can’t work as a cartoonist, because a cartoonist’s style is as recognizable as her handwriting – and in any case, what previous work, signed “Molly Norris,” could she submit in applying for jobs? Relatives and friends must worry about meeting with her, or communicating by phone or email, for they have to assume that Muslims determined to find Molly Norris will know who her relatives and friends were before she changed her identity and could conceivably be watching them, hoping they will lead to Molly Norris. She is “in effect, being put into a witness-protection program – except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab.”

How does she survive? With what handful of people does she allow herself to associate? What kind of life must Molly Norris be living if the government provides no support?

But most disturbing of all is how Molly Norris has been essentially abandoned to her fate, and has had both to “disappear herself” and to endure having “disappeared” from the American public’s consciousness.

 

And suggests one of the candidates for president do something about it:

Imagine that if even one of the candidates were to talk about her, what good he might do. Let’s imagine what he might say:

We no longer have free speech in this country, because those who are most outspoken about Islam have been threatened with death. Many have been scared into silence, and others have had to change their lives.

Take the case of Molly Norris, forced to go into permanent hiding, and to change her identity, because she dared to suggest an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” in solidarity with cartoonists in Europe threatened with death for having drawn what we now call MoToons. When she was threatened herself, the most that the American government would do for her was to suggest that she go into hiding. The government did not offer to support her, or to pay for her security: it was “a witness-protection program without the government picking up the tab.”

Now imagine that same candidate brings up the story of Molly Norris at every gathering, forcing the media to report to the broad public what he has to say about her monstrous situation, imprints her story on the public consciousness, causes people to bethink themselves about how our officials have behaved in their insensate determination not to fight but to give in to Muslim threats.

Now the odds of our Democrat friends who will never oppose radical Islam as much as they do republicans are as great as my odds of winning the next Papal election but if either at tonight’s debate or sometime soon one of the GOP candidates, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump would bring it up tonight, particularly Trump who the villains at CAIR are attacking.  They would do a positive service both for the country and for free speech.

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As long as we remain silent on Molly Norris the image above isn’t a net meme, it’s reality.

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I already linked to the Debra Saunders piece earlier as part of a post on the MSM discovering the Twitter Safety gulag, but there is something in her particular piece which really highlights the difference between Stacy McCain and his foes that deserves extra attention.

I reached out to Sarkeesian: no response. I reached out to a woman who tweeted that McCain harassed her friend: no reply. McCain would talk. He noted that of the 40 organizations on the Twitter Council, many are left-leaning and none is conservative or libertarian. The Twitter Council is an echo chamber. “There are some people who just can’t stand the idea that someone could have access to Twitter or anything, or a platform to be able to criticize them,” McCain told me. They don’t believe in freedom of expression for others. Free speech is not safe. And Jack Dorsey has made them Twitter’s bouncers.

That’s the difference.  the people at the Twitter Gulag are silent because to defend their action against Stacy McCain is to expose themselves for what they are.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain has talked to me, talked to Buzzfeed, talked to Debra Saunders and of course at his own blog he continues to fight

The proximate cause of the current problem at Twitter is Anita Sarkeesian (@FemFreq), so if you’re on Twitter, make sure Ms. Sarkeesian knows you hold her accountable for the implementation of these totalitarian policies. Some people are deleting their accounts, but my guess is that if you tell Ms. Sarkeesian what you think of her — and don’t forget to include the #FreeStacy hashtag — Twitter will be happy to ban you, too.

and fight

It is not my job to say which issue is more relevant to you, the reader, but when the Democrat-Media Complex takes sides in a public controversy, my hunch is they are on the wrong side. Liberals are deeply prejudiced and, to anyone who has studied their belief system, the things that liberals hate — capitalism, Christianity, the U.S. military, etc. — are as obvious as the things they love, e.g., sodomy, treason and socialism. Exactly how these liberal prejudices relate to #GamerGate, I’ll leave for the reader’s judgment. For now, the more relevant question is whether these biases of liberalism explain why my Twitter account was suspended last week. Did my prior encounter with Nicholas Edwin “Sarah” Nyberg (a/k/a “Sarah Butts”) in some way influence this otherwise unexplained action?

and fight:

What Ms. Sarkeesian failed to do, of course, was to explain why she is so hated in particular (Answer: Because she lies) or whether the suspension of my account was prompted by a complaint from her or one of her allies.

You see that feminism’s hegemonic cultural authority is the real “status quo” in 2016, and what better “warning” — “designed to foster fear” — than to silence the social-media voices of those who “challenge” the lies told by Anita Sarkeesian. She has never dared to debate any of her critics, and why? Because liars are always cowards, and feminism is always a lecture, never a debate.

and fight

WHAT? The “rhetoric” of two British homosexuals “is incredibly harmful” to the LGBTQ “community” in Ann Arbor? HOW? Students “felt threatened by the debate”? WHY? Are these students incapable of distinguishing between words and actions? Ideas and emotions? Fantasy and reality? My little grandson got a bit frightened during Mighty Joe Young, but he didn’t need a “safe space.” Have college students today never been told to grow up and stop being scaredy-cats?

One more thing I left a message on Stacy’s answering machine asking about how this has affected his traffic here is what he replied:

The past four days have been phenomenal in terms of traffic to the blog. Saturday, my page-views were more than four times the previous Saturday’s, and triple my daily average. The boost to traffic made last week the best week I’ve had in six months. With five days left in the month, February traffic is already greater than the 31-day month of January.

And of course in addition to supporting Stacy McCain by buying his book, visiting his web site, when it’s not under DOS attacks and promoting his posts on twitter  (which will REALLY upset the Twitter Safety crowd) and retweeting the #freestacy hashtag.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942

It’s a good thing that The Few Sacrificed so much to prevent the Nazi’s from conquering England and installing a government that would punish men for saying what they think.  Perhaps they shouldn’t have bothered.

Police have arrested a 40-year old man in Scotland over a number of allegedly “offensive” Facebook posts about refugees.

Police in Scotland said that a man had been held under the Communications Act, which bans “grossly offensive” and “menacing” posts on online platforms.

Ahhh those quaint old days when England believed in personal freedoms.  Pam Geller is right, the nation that gave us Magna Carta is dead.  Perhaps we should strike the “Great” from Great Britain

That this happened in Scotland is even more interesting,  Can you picture a Scotsman being arrested for speaking his mind?  I’m sure Edward Longshanks would have approved.  No wonder so many Scots came to America.

This is coming to America, have no doubt about it and don’t doubt for a second that there are people on the Supreme Court right now who would go along with it.

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“The target audience for all this activity was 535 people in Washington,” Treglia says — 100 in the Senate, 435 in the House. “The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot — that everywhere they looked, in academic institutions, in the business community, in religious groups, in ethnic groups, everywhere, people were talking about reform.” …

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Dr. Peter Blood: Nuttall, me lad, there’s just one other little thing. Do you think you could find me a good stout piece of timber? About so thick and so long?
Honesty Nuttall: Yes, I think so.
Dr. Peter Blood: Then do so and lash it to your spine – it needs stiffening. Courage!

Captain Blood 1935

Yesterday I talked about my fear that the only thing standing between us and the loss of the republic is the courage of the GOP senate.

It didn’t take long for my fears to begin to be realized.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, who said Saturday it “only makes sense” to let the next president pick the justice, wouldn’t rule out holding hearings for Obama’s eventual pick.

“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions,” Grassley told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday, according to Radio Iowa. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”

Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, also sounded skeptical of simply rejecting any nominee at the outset. 

“I think we fall into the trap if we just simply say, sight unseen—we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” Tillis said on The Tyler Cralle Show.

What’s most interesting the sudden cracks in the wall is the difference between the reality and the propaganda.

The reality is that the Senate Republicans have the absolute power to stop president Obama in his tracks.  No amount of editorializing, speech making or angst on the part of the President, Democrats and the NY & Washington Based media changes this fact.

The only thing these people can do is generate fear, and that’s the plan.

You will see editorial after editorial, story after story, advocate after advocate appearing on cable news channels, in newspaper editorials, on sunday shows, in tiny protests stage-managed for the eyes of the press,  on college campuses, on radio news at the top and bottom of the hour excoriating the GOP about how upset the public will be about them failing to confirm Barack Obama’s Supreme Court Pick and how that backlash is going to doom them.

This despite the fact that the same predictions concerning a government shutdown preceded the GOP taking of the Senate in 2014

and stuff like this (emphasis mine)

In July of last year, popular perceptions of the conservative jurist were evenly divided, with 29% seeing him favorably and 27% unfavorably. Scalia, whom one prominent legal scholar named “the most influential justice of the last quarter-century,” was nonetheless unknown to nearly a third of Americans (32%) and generated no opinion from another 12% in 2015, Scalia’s 29th year on the nation’s top court.

So let me ask the obvious question:

Assuming I’m right about the media meme that’s about to be sold to members of congress, how can said meme be accurate if 44% of the pubic doesn’t even know or care who Justice Scalia was?

and provide the answer:  IT ISN’T.

The left’s media meme and online blitzs that are coming are the equivalent of John Magruder or Nathan Bedford Forrest marching the same group of troops over and over again around a hill to make a small force seem like a mighty host, and like their modern democrat successors using the same tactic, their success in that endeavor was dependent on their foes falling for that ruse and losing their nerve.

Don’t fall for it, and if you want to be afraid of something ask yourself this:  Do you really think that the Tea Party and the NRA will forgive and forget if you give in to the Democrats on this?

I’ll give the last word to Jake Tapper

Antonin Scalia pray for us.

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Just saw his on twitter:

Now there are logical strategic reasons for Donald Trump to skip the last debate.

He is far ahead of the polls and avoiding the last debate makes it unlikely that he will make a mistake that could imperil that lead.

By skipping the Debate he is able to hold potential ratings hostage and gives cnn & MSNBC a chance to run the Donald Trump event as counterprogramming as a shove to Fox.

By giving Ted Cruz the center stage he makes him the visible target for other members of the GOP to attack rather than him.

Al of these things add up the Prevent Defense

However in the end this is really STUPID.

1. If the debate draws strong ratings, Trump undercuts himself.

2. By making Ted Cruz the alpha male on the stage he allows him to show as a leader

3. The unwillingness to face Megyn Kelly undercuts the whole “Strong leader” image

But the most devastating take away is this:

Donald Trump has been playing the Alpha Male but the reality is that his events are low risk and well controlled. He doesn’t take a lot of questions from people, he holds his press conferences BEFORE events so that press that wants to follow up on what he says had to wait the next day.

In the last debate Donald Trump and Ted Cruz went head to head, Trump landed a good rhetorical blow on NY values, but Cruz landed plenty as well.

Most importantly unlike every single other person who has taken a Donald Trump punch, Ted Cruz rather than moderating came back countering strong, with ad after ad hitting Trump’s using his own words.

Not ten days ago I was calling Donald Trump vs Ted Cruz Ali Frazer but after this move the best description will have to be Leonard Duran 2 which ended like this:

If I’m Ted Cruz I’ve got a web ad with the clips of people talking about the great Trump/Cruz fight then ending with the Leonard / Duran clip and #NoMás

Closing Thought: Donald Trump has run a nearly flawless campaign to this point.  He remains my 3rd Choice (although Rubio is knocking).  That being said I can’t think of a bigger mistake he can make at a more critical time, but in the end Trump is no fool. If he has made this decision it suggests he’s a lot more worried about Iowa than he’s let on.

Update: Tweeted by a trump supporter defending his decision to not show

The Irony here is amazing.

Meanwhile Ted Cruz has challenged him to a one on one debate with no Megyn Kelly around.

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I had to laugh when I saw this piece at the Hill where John Podesta was so worried about this answer to a Town Hall question by Bernie Sanders:

“But I hope he’s not thinking about going there, because, again, I think what Trump has done to go in the gutter is reprehensible,” the Clinton campaign chairman added.

Sanders fielded a question late Friday at a town hall in Iowa about Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. What Bill Clinton did, I think we can all acknowledge was totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable. But I am running against Hillary Clinton. I am not running against Bill Clinton,” Sanders told the questioner, according to The Washington Post.

Podesta’s warnings to Sanders are laughable as he has as much chance of costing Bernie his seat in VT as I have of being named Secretary of Time Travel in a Ted Cruz administration but more importantly it combined with these little Riffs on Morning Joe crystallizes the problem for a certain group of Democrats and media folks of a particular age.

During the Clinton impeachment hearings Democrat pols and the media that serves them knew what Bill Clinton was and what he had done, they had a choice:  They could back him up, despite the facts OR they could pressure him to resign and be replaced by Al Gore.

They choose the former.

Perhaps because the rest of their caucus couldn’t stand the scrutiny (think Ted Kennedy).  Perhaps because they thought it would lead to a GOP victory a la 1976 or perhaps they decided they didn’t want to risk emboldening a GOP that had only just won the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.

But whatever the reason they not only stuck with Bill Clinton  defending him en masse but for 15 years afterwards proceeded to pretend that nothing had happened acting as if, at worst Bill Clinton was the victim of a partisan witch hunt.

Thanks to Donald Trump and Bill Cosby that position is no longer tenable so plan B has become to acknowledge that what Bill Clinton did was wrong (How many times can Harold Ford say “I’m not defending” ) while maintaining that bringing it up in the context of Hillary is beyond the pale.

In other words: talking about what Bill Clinton did to women is,  in his and people like Donna Brazile’s eyes,  far worse than what he actually did to women.

This reaction is of course completely understandable because if one does not have this reaction it begs the question that nobody in the MSM wants to ask or be asked:

If what Bill Clinton did to women was “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” then why did the media elites and Democrat pols not only defend him at the time but spend that last 15 years treating the ex president as if he had never done a wrong thing?

I submit and suggest that people from Podesta, to Andrea Mitchell to Harold Ford and many others all know the answer to that question, which is why they can’t bear to have it asked.

If you remain indifferent in time of adversity, your strength will depart from you. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. If you say, “I know not this man!” does not he who tests hearts perceive it? He who guards your life knows it, and he will repay each one according to his deeds.

Proverbs 24:10-12

Barack Obama: ” I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. “ Jan 12, 2016

Joe Biden: “One of the boats had engine failure and drifted into Iranian waters. The Iranians picked up both boats, as we have picked up Iranian boats that needed to be rescued and took them to — I’m not sure exactly where. I don’t want to misspeak here. And realized they were there and distressed, and said they would release them, and they released them like ordinary nations would do.

Jan 13, 2016

John Kerry “I want to express my gratitude to the Iranian authorities for their cooperation is resolving this matter quickly”

Jan 13, 2016

US Sailors Captured by Iran
US Sailors being “rescued” by “cooperative” Iranians Jan 12th 2016

I don’t expect any better from Barack Obama, Joe Biden or John Kerry, to them the humiliation of America is a feature not a bug. Nor do I expect better from the press who believes the same or any of their enablers in the Democrat party. In this I disagree with Noah Rothman:

If these people had any sense of shame they would not be defenders of this administration

What really hurts is that I DID expect better from the American People, but perhaps I was a fool in doing so.

Update: Trump nails it

“She is right. I am angry, and a lot of other people are angry too at how incompetently our country’s being run,” Trump said Wednesday night on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront.”

“I don’t care, let her refer to me. As far as I’m concerned, anger and energy is what this country needs,”

I wish I was more angry & less resigned over this
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Do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

Winston Churchill arguing against the Munich Pact in parliament

 

A few days ago yet another liberal who was losing an argument with me on the concept of God given rights decided to throw the Church’s sex scandal in my face asking about Priests and Boys.

He ran for cover after I pointed out he was talking about the rape of Children by Gays but his bringing up the subject the same day as the Shooting of a police officer in Philly by a man saying he did it for Allah and a week after the mass rapes in Germany & elsewhere got me thinking about the parallel involve here.

The reason why the Church’s sex abuse scandal went on so long wasn’t a lack of local laws in the community nor rules against these grave sinful acts.  They went on because of unwillingness of various bishops to forthrightly address the issue and enforce said rules and bring in police to enforce local laws.

In short they failed to treat the priests in question like the criminals there were.

If the first Bishop who discovered the first priest abusing the first child turned him into the police, publicly denounced his actions,  apologized profusely to the public, defrocked him and took a tough look at the seminaries remove any unsuitable candidates for the priesthood or teachers not enforcing the vows of celibacy this would have changed everything.

The certainty of temporal punishment and exposure would have changed the equation and nipped this in a bud pretty early.  I suspect that the Vatican would have backed up such actions by a Bishop (it would have been tough for even the biggest squish in the Curia to argue against it) and even those who argued for forgiveness & mercy would be forced to concede that temporal punishments for criminal acts is completely separate from and does not preclude sacramental forgiveness. If it did than priests wouldn’t hear confessions of criminals in jail.

Instead too many bishops were worried about scandal and we saw the result.  Bad priests passed around, bad candidates passed in seminaries, causing thousands to suffer and when the Church finally acted it did so at a huge cost both spiritual and financial.  It would take many years of weeding out bad priests, tighter discretion at seminaries and solid rules and training in parishes to solve this problem and it will likely take a generation or more of careful attention and watchful vigilance to rebuild the trust that was thrown away due to inaction..

The driving force behind this was fear. Fear of scandal, fear of a lack of mercy, fear of what higher ups would think, fear of litigation.  In short fear of dealing with an unpleasant reality.    Instead of trusting Christ’s words: “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” the church let fear drive them and the sexual sin of individuals became instead the sins of cowardice, indifference  and apathy of the whole church.  Sins that our church is still paying the price for.

The exact same thing is happening in the western world in regards to Islam.

Before the mass immigration of Muslims to the west (and I’m not talking about the current refugee crisis I mean way before this) it was a given in the west that the secular laws would be enforced regardless of religious affiliation.  That rape, theft, beatings were not acceptable.  That the freedom to practice any religion or not religion, the freedom to change religions, the freedom say what you think, say , write and act as you want, provided it did not violate existing law, was a given.

When the first wave of Muslims came, and these rules were questioned or ignored the state could have taken action.  If when the first wife was beaten by the such an immigrant the perp was punished to the fullest extent of the law, if the first rape of a child, assault of a woman, beating of a gay man, attempt to enforce Sharia law in neighborhoods or discourage the enforcement of the common law in neighborhoods was answered with the firm conviction that there was one law in the land and it applied to all those who could assimilate and lived by these rules would have done so and those who could not or would not would have either been punished to the fullest extend of the law or been deported back home.

Instead like the church for political, economic or cultural reasons the countries of Europe hung back and the communities became isolated and unassimilated.  And when the cultural effect went beyond the results have been devastating, In Rotherham, in Birmingham, in Cologne, in Oslo in Paris and in literally thousands of other places the authorities have decided to go all in with a comfortable lie.  They have chosen to pretend that millions of unassimilated muslims in the west are not a problem, they have chosen to ignore the no go zones, the violence, the murder of their citizen and even the rape of their women and children for the sake of proclaiming that none of these things have anything to do with Islam, its practice or its culture.

Even in the United States  in San Bernardino, at Fort Hood, in Boston  in Philly and in Dearborn US Citizen have been killed and assaulted and killed in the name of Islam for asserting rights they’ve always possessed while our government insists that even when a killer declares they are doing these things in the name of ISIS (the ISLAMIC state of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (the ISLAMIC state of Iraq and the Levant) or even just in the name of Islam authorities insist it has nothing to do with Islam at all.

Like the church scandal the driving force here is fear and a desire to put off a confrontation that this big lie is making more a more likely.  And like the church scandal the longer the west remains in denial the greater the cost of solving the problem and eventually if the government refuses to face facts the people will choose to do so:

Thousands have pledged their support to a German vigilante group which has vowed to protect women from migrants in the wake of the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne.

A week after a mob of ‘drunk and stoned’ migrants sexually assaulted and robbed 100 women on the streets of Cologne, a group known as ‘Dusseldorf is Watching’ has gained more than 8,000 Facebook members.

The group says it wants to make the streets safer through ‘presence’ alone but police have warned that ‘searching for offenders is not a job for citizens’.

All of his is because Europe having reaquired freedom at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and having remained free because tens of thousands of troops and many Billions of dollars were spent over the course of five decades to keep it free has decided the cost of those freedoms are too high.

In America we’re lucky. Our founding fathers gave us the 2nd Amendment and despite Barack Obama’s best efforts in the end individual Americans are too well armed for the country to be lost, as a certain fictional barkeep once said to a Nazi: “Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” and there are some parts of Europe where you don’t hear about local women being bothered by migrants, Sicily for example (I suspect it’s due to rash of Heart Attacks) and some nations have bluntly said enough.

But mark my words Europe every day you spend ignoring the problem the more likely it will take bloodshed to solve it and every year you wait to solve it the possibility arises that if civil war comes, you’ll lose.

Take a lesson from the mistakes of the Church and don’t repeat the mistakes we made.  Your very lives depend on it.

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Isaac Barclay: Proactive is one thing but This is blooming suicide.

5th Doctor: Quite possibly, but at least if you’re right you’ll have the satisfaction of telling me “I told you so.” Then I’ll have the satisfaction of not being able to hear you.

Doctor Who Big Finish #129 Plague of the Daleks  2009

Sheriff Langston: Today, my jurisdiction ends here.

Silverado 1985

You might recall that the origin of the slutwalks, that is western women marching in states of undress, was when a Canadian policeman’s remark about women avoiding “dressing like sluts“.

There was outrage, there were apologies and in the end there were a bunch of women who decided to march wearing very little under the argument that “blaming victims of sexual assault is not OK” and any suggestion otherwise such as suggesting the sentences:

The responsibility for a sexual assault belongs to the person who commits it.

and

It’s a good idea to avoid being drunk at a frat party if one wants to avoid sexual assault

are not mutually exclusive might get a reporter ejected from such an event if you are covering it.

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was ejected from the Amber Rose Slut Walk in Los Angeles [Saturday] afternoon. Slut Walkers could be heard yelling to police officers, “Thanks for taking out the trash!”?

Given this history one would expect that these remarks by the female (sorry CNN) Mayor of Cologne Germany,

Would produce slutwalks en masse in Germany.  After all if the suggestion that not getting drunk at a parties (advice that is extremely sensible) is offensive & sexist, then this:

The suggested code of conduct includes maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers, to stick within your own group, to ask bystanders for help or to intervene as a witness, or to inform the police if you are the victim of such an assault.

coming out as an official suggestion from local government should of course be beyond the pale and produce slutwalks galore all over Germany.

I suspect it will not. for reasons such as this:

Witnesses and police have described men working in ‘coordinated’ groups to grope women who were unable to escape, while two women reported they were raped.
Michelle’s shocking testimony comes as the city’s own council today admitted its town centre was now a ‘no-go area’ for women, while it has emerged similar attacks occurred the same night across Hamburg and Stuttgart.

And for all their bravado when it comes to marching the leaders of the slutwalk movement know that while they are at no risk when they march in Boston, or Washington or Seattle this is not the case in Germany today which has demonstrated by their attempt to cover up these events given the choice between protecting women and children and challenging Islamist culture or letting women and children fend for themselves and backing away in fear, Germany and the west will take the latter every time.

If you think comfortable western feminists who boldly march in America are going to risk their necks when the police don’t have their backs then I have bridges in Rotherham and Birmingham to sell you.  As Stacy McCain put it:

American feminists, who have incited irrational hysteria over a non-existent “rape epidemic” on U.S. college campuses, will ignore this news. American feminists never said a word about the Rotherham Horror, in which English girls as young as 11 were pimped out by Muslim predators. American feminists don’t want to call attention to certain crimes committed by certain criminals, and it is not just Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton that feminists demand that we ignore.

Of course I could be wrong, this could be the event that finally causes Europe in general and Germany in particular to say “enough!” and fight back against Islamic Sharia culture whereby woman are simply objects and rules are published on when you can and can not rape your slave. In fact there has already been one march of 300 people protesting these events:

Protesters held aloft a sign reading, “Arm Cologne” as up to 500 people rallied against attacks by members of the migrant community during the city’s New Year celebrations, and the authorities’ failure to stop dozens of sexual assaults which took place.

But until either Feminists somehow obtain the courage of Pam Geller I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting to see the slutwalks marching anywhere in Deutchland.

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Raj: Incredible, you managed to screw up the screw up

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Yesterday I, along with Ted Cruz, hit the Bundy Brood in Oregon, although in fairness Senator Cruz was more diplomatic than I saying:

“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Cruz told reporters at campaign event in Iowa, according to NBC News.

“But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence on others,” he said. “And so it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.”

While I am still seeing them as Al Bundy’s dumb relatives.

But while some in the media might find this amazing my shock is reserved for the White House who given a golden opportunity by these idiots is punting:

“Ultimately this is a local law enforcement matter and the FBI is monitoring the situation and offering support to local law enforcement officials,” Earnest said.

Yeah because armed men grabbing Federal Buildings (even one in the boonies) has noting to do with the government.

Actually, it’s not a local law enforcement issue, although I’d bet the FBI and White House wish it was. The larger reservation on which the federal facility sits is the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, created by a Teddy Roosevelt executive order in 1908. If the Bundy group is breaking the law on federal property, the jurisdiction properly belongs to federal law enforcement, not local police. Or has the Obama administration ceded the facility to the state of Oregon?

I guess I misjudged this White House, it isn’t a question of them being willing to fight enemies at home while cowering in fear at them abroad. Apparently they are willing to punt responsibility whenever facing an armed foe. Even when they can take responsibility without a lot of risk.

My God these people are cowardly,  no wonder our enemies walk all over us.

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Caleb: There’s no virtue in dying, Leela.
Leela: That rather depends on what you do to avoid it

Doctor Who, The Face of Evil 1977

There is one more point I would like to make concerning Linda Stasi’s Piece in the NY Daily News beyond what I said yesterday

There is a sentence in said piece where Stasi was condemning one of the terror victims from San Bernardino that our friends at Gateway Pundit highlighted.

The killer, however, became half of an Islamic Bonnie & Clyde, while the other died as the male equivalent of Pamela Geller.

This line speaks volumes and I submit and suggest that this was not a coincidence or just a bit of hyperbole, this was a dog whistle.

This was a message to potential Islamic killers that the New York Daily News and Linda Stasi believe that their sworn enemy Pamela Geller a US citizen who has spoken out about the dangers of Jihadist terrors are considered beyond the pale by them and that while it is required of them to offer pro-forma condemnation of any attempt to murder her, as far as they are concerned she has it coming.

It is a very public proclamation that while you might have a few disagreements on issues such as gay marriage (or more relevant concerning ISIS gays being tossed off of roofs) the NY Daily News and Linda Stasi are not completely unsympathetic to Muslim grievances and feeling that apparently drive them to murder.

Jake Tapper in a tweet yesterday noted the oddity of the tone that he is seeing concerning San Bernardino

Jake I don’t think it’s strange at all. The whole concept of joining the “kill me last” caucus is about establishing to the potential killers you should not be considered a legitimate target. Of trying to preserve one own’s life, unlike the secondary target of the Daily News Piece Pam Geller who bravely asks the question Stasi, the Daily News and many journalists will not.

American Muslims for the umpteenth time are wailing about a fear of reprisals – reprisals that never actually come in reality, but are always the focus of media obsession after every jihad attack. The blood of American Christians and Jews is still on the floor and the walls of a Christmas party, and they are playing the victim. How savage.

Why aren’t American Muslims mourning our dead? Why aren’t American Muslims using their money and influence to call for an “enlightenment” in Islam, a purge of the Quran and the Islamic texts and teachings that call for jihad and genocide?

The difference is quite striking isn’t it.

I’m fond of life and I’m sure Pam is too, but may I never be so fond of life that I would treat those who would murder either a friend such as Pam Geller or a person I hold in contempt such as Cecile Richards, with sympathy simply to increase the odds of saving my own skin.

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One of the things biggest difference between an MSM reporter and a blogger is editorial discretion.

Individual bloggers are their own editors. On an individual blog with nobody looking over your shoulder you are more likely to get not only the occasional spelling and grammar error but, depending on the blogger, to get occasional f-bomb, vulgarity and outrageous opinions that would never make a newspaper.

In contrast when I do an occasional piece for watchdog.org I have an editor who occasionally send pieces back for rewrites or rejection if it doesn’t meet their needs or standards. When my Weinergate blogpost was rewritten as an opinion piece in the  NY Post (leading to my appearance on Fox Boston) the Post was very careful with it taking several drafts & making sure nothing I made no unsubstantiated claims.

It is this fact that makes the placement of Linda Stasi’s piece in the New York Daily News worse than the content.

To be sure the content itself is reprehensible

They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage.

One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion.

The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied.

and has drawn rebuke from folks from Erick Erickson:

The left keeps reaching new lows. This really is amazing. The New York Daily News’ Linda Stasi has penned a piece attacking one of the victims killed by the terrorists in California.

Turns out he is an evangelical, born-again Messianic Jew and NRA member. Therefore, he can be attacked and defamed after being killed by terrorists

To Rod Dreher

It is vile, utterly vile, that Linda Stasi and the Daily News would speak of a murdered man that way. So, what, does the Daily News now reserve the right to look into the opinions of all murder victims, and if they don’t like what they see, publish columns saying that they are no better than the man who slaughtered them?

Stasi here reminds me of the old black-humor joke: “Sure, Hitler hated the Jews. But to be fair, the Jews also hated Hitler.”

And if this was Linda Stasi writing on her blog for all the well deserved critique it might draw it would be of no more consequence than the ravings of the assorted twentysomething feminists that Stacy McCain mocks. It would be a blogger ranting and the onus would rightly be exclusively on her.

But that’s not what happened.

This piece didn’t run on a person blog, it ran in the New York Daily News (Alexa Rank 783) a major American Newspaper in the Largest City in the United States and decided to put it under the masthead.

Think about that.

Not only did the layers of editor and fact checkers at the New York Daily News decide that Ms. Stasi’s piece was worthy of publication in their paper, but they upon consideration concluded that it belonged under the masthead for every reader to see.

To put this in proper perspective imagine if the New York Daily News running such a piece attacking a 9/11 victim on September 14th 2001.  Or maybe on the next anniversary of 9/11 picture the city removing the names of any victims who were members of the NRA.

To be sure Linda Stasi has a first amendment right to say, think and write what she wants. She has a right to try and distribute those opinions to as wide an audience as she can muster by whatever platforms are willing to give her space to do so.

She however doesn’t have a first amendment right to the Masthead of the New York Daily News, that had to be given to her by the paper’s affirmative consent and the New York Daily News and it’s editorial board should be judged accordingly.

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Constable Nicholas Angel: Sir, this doesn’t make any sense.
Inspector Frank Butterman: The adjudicators arrive tomorrow. We had to get everything ready.
Constable Nicholas Angel: Are you saying this is all about winning the Best Village Award?
Inspector Frank Butterman: This is the best village, Nicholas. You’ve seen the people.- They’re happy, contented.
Constable Nicholas Angel: They’re living in a dream world.

Hot Fuzz 2007

This morning I posted about the left’s quest to make sure nobody implicates Islam in terror as a function of keeping things nice and quiet, well we now have a report out of England that gives us the end result of such things:

Rotherham has become infamous for the city’s covering up of the child sex slavery rings because they were committed by those of [REDACTED] ethnicity and [REDACTED] religion.  Turns out that an even bigger city has been quashing the truth in order to protect child sex slavers for decades

The story is in the Birmingham Mail and it’s devastating:

Birmingham City Council ‘buried’ a report linking Asian private hire drivers to child sexual exploitation victims 23 YEARS ago, the Mail can reveal.
Researcher Dr Jill Jesson was asked by the authority to look at the issue of child prostitution involving girls in care back in 1990.

The following year, after six months research, she produced a critical two-part report which showed child protection failings by social workers and other agencies.

The idea of social services failing those they are meant to serve is not a huge shock and might have resulted in action but there was something else to consider

Her report also highlighted claims that some Asian private hire drivers were linked to the sexual exploitation of young white girls in care, including some who had been cautioned for prostitution offences.

It should be pointed out that in England “Asian” is routinely used to describe Pakistani immigrants which as Pakistan is in asia is not inaccurate.

So how did the city react to this report?

 when Dr Jesson presented her draft findings to a steering group, she was ordered to remove all reference linking ethnicity and the private hire trade.

Incredibly, her full amended final report was never published. A meeting planned to discuss it was cancelled – and all copies were to be destroyed.

Now mind you this is only coming out 2 1/2 DECADES later and a year after the abuses of Rotherham were all over the British press

“The sad part of this story is not the suppression of evidence but that the relevant organisations have failed to address this problem.’’

that’s because of two things, 1.  The problem didn’t affect their kids & families so it was not a priority.  2.  To confront this problem meant opposing Islam and not a one of these people wished to risk doing so remember what I said this morning:

It’s one thing to critique the NRA, the Catholic Church pro-lifers, the tea party and the GOP because for all the left’s protestation to the contrary, they know that none of these groups can affect their comfortable lives, let alone harm them.

Islam is the great barrier breaker, if a person has decided to kill you and more important doesn’t care if they live through the attempt then all bets are off.

And even if there was not physical danger at the time there was political danger.  The political left in Britain had already made a policy of mass immigration to change the country’s demographics (and voting patterns)

Labour’s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working class vote”.

As a result, the public argument for immigration concentrated instead on the economic benefits and need for more migrants.

Critics said the revelations showed a “conspiracy” within Government to impose mass immigration for “cynical” political reasons.

Are you going to risk calls for your removal, to be deemed a racist and to bear the answer of the political left just to protect a bunch of lower class white girls that you never come in contact with anyway? Well if you’re city of Birmingham England apparently you’re not!

And don’t think that Birmingham was alone in their fear of electoral consequences:

West Midlands Police withheld a report warning that more than 100 predominantly white children – some only 13 years old – were at serious risk of child exploitation for fear it could inflame racial tension ahead of a General Election. It was finally revealed today, under the Freedom of Information Act, that Britain’s second largest police force withheld the March 2010 document – ‘Problem Profile, Operation Protection’ – which set out how grooming gangs of 75 mainly Muslim men from Birmingham targeted schools and children’s homes across the West Midlands.

Alas for these girls and all those who followed them, if it was ONLY a catholic priest or members of the UKIP or supporters of Israel that were grooming them for sex slavery, then perhaps something could have been done.

These girls simply needed more political correct oppressors.

Via RS McCain

Update: A thought, you might ask if this well eventually happen here, I think the answer is a function of how successful the left is in disarming the fathers of those potential victims.

Update 2: Funny the silence of the feminists on this issue isn’t it?
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Habris:  We are outnumbered. Unless you aid us, we shall all be killed.
Aukon:  Then die. That is the purpose of guards

Doctor Who State of Decay 1980

Michael Corleone: If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.

The Godfather Part II 1974

It is said that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, the corollary being of course that as long as a liberal does not have to deal with unpleasant realities, they will have no reason to remove oneself from their beliefs.

This explains the streak of liberalism in the very very rich. Once you reach a particular level of wealth there is very little for you to actually fear, the basic needs that everyone has, food, shelter, safety, medical care, are taken care of while the things that add to life: companionship, sexual desire (there is nothing that makes you more attractive to the opposite sex than wealth, if you don’t believe me ask Summer Redstone), entertainment, prestige are available with very little effort or at a price that can be afforded.

It also explains the liberalism of those in particular jobs, a tenured college professor for example has a secure job for life. While they don’t have the lifestyle of the very rich barring massive stupidity the basic needs will be set and many of the things that add to life come with the job at no additional charge.

This extends to a lesser degree to people who have jobs they can’t be fired from (think government bureaucracy) , pols and the press at the highest levels who thanks to their position and connections have entrée to many of these things. The big variable for them are the approval of those above them who have the power to take these things away.

This is the thing you must understand before anything else when you look at the left’s reaction to San Bernardino.

Many of us on the right are completely perplexed by their reaction. From the pushing of gun laws that would be totally ineffective against the problem to pushing of a “workplace violence” meme to the avoidance of naming Islamic Terror their memes are, to they eyes of us conservatives, a completely illogical reaction.

This is not the case.

The mistake that conservatives make here is looking at the situation though our eyes and value systems which makes such reactions seem warped. If however you look at this through the eyes of a comfortable liberalism it all makes perfect sense.

In the safe space of liberalism, all of these events are things that happen to other people. The only way they become your problem is if you make it your problem. So how do you keep it from being your problem? Change the subject

Make this a “guns” issue along or a “workplace violence” issue. These are things that have no connection to the liberal world. Thus it doesn’t affect their status quo.

After all if the issue is guns, then as people either with bodyguards or working in a place with a guarded building the removal of weapons from others doesn’t affect them. If the issue is workplace violence, again that doesn’t phase them, they see themselves as not being in such an environment themselves.

But more important than this is the concept of doing all that can be done to avoid giving offence to radical Islam even to the point of promising to prosecute those who defame Islam.

Again this is completely rational.

It’s one thing to critique the NRA, the Catholic Church pro-lifers, the tea party and the GOP because for all the left’s protestation to the contrary, they know that none of these groups can affect their comfortable lives, let alone harm them.

Islam is the great barrier breaker, if a person has decided to kill you and more important doesn’t care if they live through the attempt then all bets are off.

Suddenly the reporter is in danger on every assignment, suddenly the professor is insecure in their classroom, suddenly for the celebrity every entrance and exit to an event is a choke point to be ambushed in. Even the swankiest restaurant is not safe, remember the fanaticism of Islam is not restricted to the poorest of the poor.

In other words they have something to lose, and they certainly aren’t going to risk the comfort they possess to fight a threat that likely isn’t going to be able to get them anyways, particularly if you are a secular progressive who isn’t expecting anything better after this life.

So they attack climate change, or shared bathrooms or guns or any other made up threat and not speak of radical Islam expect to denounce those who warn of the danger:

Pam and those who warn of Radical Islam are Fiver calling for help for those caught in a snare. Her detractors are Cowslip the head of the snared warren. To oppose radical Islam requires a courage they don’t have and to openly admit appeasement acknowledges a cowardice they can’t bear. Much easier to not talk about it and preserve their illusion of dignity.

Much better to remain in the comfort of their walls both physical or mental, after all it’s unlikely the Islamist will get around to them in their lifetime if they just keep their mouths shut.

Update:  This fyi also explains the liberal reluctance to take on the gangs in the city, why put yourself at risk when it’s only poor blacks and Hispanics that will vote for you anyway who will die?

Update 2: If you want to see the end result of the “Kill me last” caucus meet the “rape me last” caucus.

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Before we begin with my objections to yesterday’s proceedings let me tell you a few things I DON’T object to.

I DON’T object: To the current speaker pushing his deputy for the job. As a member of the house in good standing he has every right to support his favorite candidate as any other member.

I DON’T object: To the establishment GOP doing their best to line up votes for said candidate in the house. This is an election and they are trying to win it, that’s how elections work.

I DON’T object: To the establishment using the media to their advantage, this is s political fight and in such a fight you use the assets you have.

I DON’T object: To these guys arguing against a tea party candidate. They believe it is in their best interest to defeat us, so naturally they are going to make the case against, that’s how politics works.

Stipulating all those things and giving our friends in the establishment GOP all of those caveats let me say this.

I object in the strongest possible terms for the GOP to cancel the leadership elections after their candidate drops out.

We keep complaining that the Democrats in the Senate block votes and don’t allow the representatives of the people to make a decision but now just as the caucus is preparing to vote, with three declared candidates ready to make their case, one of them drops off and suddenly the election is off?

This is the type of BS that conspiracy theorists talk bout.

If Steve McCarthy decides to drop out of the race because he put is foot in his mouth, or because he doesn’t have the support or if he’s afraid of scandal that’s on him, but there were two other members in good standing of the House of Representatives GOP caucus ready for the vote who weren’t running away from the decision of the caucus. It was incumbent on the officials there to make a decision rather than string along the nation.

That’s just cowardly BS, our fix isn’t in so we’re not going to vote anymore, what a bunch of losers.

If the members of the GOP aren’t capable voting for a declared candidate for speaker how are they going to be able to make decisions that actually matter?

I’d remind each one of those members that they begged the people at home for the chance to do that job and there are literally dozens in not hundreds of people in each of their districts who would love to have that position if they don’t want it anymore.

…For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 18:37b-38a

James Hacker:  Will you answer a direct question?

Sir Humphrey Appleby:  I strongly advise you not to ask a direct question.
James Hacker:  Why?
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  It might provoke a direct answer.
Yes Minister, The Moral dimension 1982
One of the arts of Diplomacy is the ability to make a statement targeted to mollify a particular nation or group but to do so in such a way that does not explicitly state what said group wants to hear.  By definition the ultimate expression of this craft would be an official statement so carefully crafted and so expertly parsable that two warring sides in a battle to the death can each interpret said statement as an endorsement of their cause.
A perfect example of this is conveyed by this exchange from the initial meeting of newly appointed Crown Minister James Hacker and career civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby in the opening episode of Yes Minister:
Bernard Woolley:  I believe you know each other?
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  Yes we did cross swords when the minister gave me a grilling over the estimates in the public accounts committee.
James Hacker:  I wouldn’t say that.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  You came up with all the questions I hoped nobody would ask.
James Hacker:Well opposition is about asking awkward questions.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  And government is about not answering them.
James Hacker:Well you answered all mine anyway.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:I’m glad you thought so minister.
Yes Minister,  Open Government 1980
That is precisely the goal of the Diplomat to be able to answer questions in such a way to satisfy a person without actually answering said question.
While this description of “diplomat” is a constant the world over a problem arises when the diplomat is at the Vatican and is an ordained priest whose primary duty and vows are to follow Jesus Christ.  Diplomacy might prefer a deliberately obtuse statement Christ’s position on this is rather direct:

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:37

So for a priest in the Vatican Diplomatic corps the question becomes who do you choose as your model?  “Sir Humphrey or Jesus Christ?”

The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in  Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion.  In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.

The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.  [all emphasis mine]

Look at the words emphasixed, each of them were carefully chosen to allow one group of people to have a particular interpretation of the meeting between Kim Davis and the Pope while still allowing a different group of people to hold a completely opposite interpretation of that exact same event.

Perhaps if Father Lombardi was present at the trial of Jesus he could have issued a similar statement to mollify the crowd that had gone from crying “blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to “Crucify Him” in under seven days they might have had 2nd thoughts about crucifying Christ.

Advantage Sir Humphrey.

Closing thoughts   today I consulted a friend with a decade of experience at the Vatican and a great familiarity with the language and the culture of same.  When I told him of Father Lombardi’s statement implying that the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis did not imply support of her, he answered with a single abrupt phrase:

Riiiiight!

I saw this tweet from the University of Colorado English Department this evening:

I didn’t realize today was Orwell’s birthday but the irony of that quote is astounding considering Justice Robert’s Old Yellowstain’s words here:

The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60-vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159–167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.

and this other Orwell quote on language:

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

applies here as well

Petitioners’ plain-meaning arguments are strong, but the Act’s context and structure compel the conclusion that Section 36B allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any Exchange created under the Act.

  I think these examples confirm the truth of Justice Scalia’s dissent and confirms this tweet of mine in response to the Colorado English Department acknowledgement of Orwell:

I think George Orwell’s birthday deserves recognition but I suspect it would have been better for the country if they just sent flowers.

Update:  An old question answered:

Of course they could both be true depending of how she defined “diabolical”.

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What else can one conclude after reading this story:

The Washington, D.C., transit system banned all “issue-oriented” advertisements from Metro stations and buses on Thursday, after receiving a request to run ads showing the Prophet Muhammad.

The Metro board agreed to a motion from Chairman Mort Downey to ban political, religious and other issue ads through the rest of the year, a spokesman confirmed.

Now I’ve seen ads on the metro hitting Israel and this ad is currently running on the metro

But for all the international critique of Israel as violent oppressors and for all the pols who have insisted buffer zones are needed to protect innocent abortion providers from ladies with rosaries praying near them,  neither the anti Israel ads, nor the pro abortion ads nor any other were rejected on the grounds that they posed a safety hazard to the public.

Yet this cartoondraw-mohammad

is considered enough to cause the DC metro to suspend the 1st Amendment for all

he says current board members are “obviously in a bind because we know what happens when you criticize Muhammad, we know how some people react to that. I don’t think we ever had a situation [in the past] where someone threatened to blow up a bus.”

Graham says he’s not aware of any credible threat in response to the ad, but that, “We know worldwide what has happened to others who have gone down this path.”

What does that tell us?  Since no other ad has caused this kind of reaction we must conclude that in the Metro’s opinion  Muslims are so violent, so savage, so barbaric that the risk of a murderous response by members of the Religion of Peace™  exceeds the risk of offending any other group in the Metro’s history.

Three years ago I commented on the silence of the west on the exile of Molly Norris:

 their unwillingness to question call on the west’s Muslims to speak against the violence coupled with their previous actions concerning the Mohammad Cartoons and their silence on Molly Norris suggests they believe the west’s Muslim’s are barbarians pretending to be civilized men and are afraid of angering them for fear of their own lives.

That makes the MSM by their own standards, both racists and cowards.

We must conclude from this decision that if western Muslim are in fact barbarians giving the pretence of being civilized men, said pretence is not very effective.

If I was a Muslim I’d be insulted by the implication that my religion is full of barbarians, unless of course I prefer  the power of  people deferring to me out of abject fear.

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On twitter there is a big move to start a “boycott Indiana” movement for its decision to be the 20th state to pass a Religious Freedom Law to protect Christians from persecution for refusing to support Gay Marriage.

By an odd coincidence the same media types who have been attacking the Gov of Indiana have been cheering the opening of the (Ted)  Kennedy Center

Instead, Vice President Joe Biden will preside over a full-size replica Senate chamber at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, with current and former senators at their desks, high school students on the floor and Kennedy family members in the gallery.

The institute opens Monday with a dedication speech by President Obama.and a who’s who of Massachusetts politicians, United States senators and Kennedy kin.

What’s odd about this is it was Ted Kennedy who gave this speech:

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Senator Hatch and I, and 23 other Senators have introduced, would restore the compelling interest test for evaluating free exercise claims. It would do so by establishing a statutory right that adopts the stand­ards previously, used by the Supreme Court. In essence, the act codifies the requirement for the Government to demonstrate that any law burdening the free exercise of religion is essential to fur­thering a compelling governmental interest and is the least restric­tive means of achieving that interest.

It was this law championed by Kennedy that is the basis for the laws in the various states that the left is calling “bigotry” and “hate”

Yet I haven’t heard a single one of the people who spent the weekend comparing supporters of this law to KKK members or Jim Crow fans calling for a boycott of the Kennedy event today or urging the President and Vice President to give it a miss.

I’m shocked at the prospect that the outrage of the left might only be based on political advantage.

Aren’t you?

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As we approached the brow of the hill from which it was expected we could see Harris’ camp, and possibly find his men ready formed to meet us, my heart kept getting higher and higher until it felt to me as though it was in my throat. I would have given anything then to have been back in Illinois, but I had not the moral courage to halt and consider what to do; I kept right on. When we reached a point from which the valley below was in full view I halted. The place where Harris had been encamped a few days before was still there and the marks of a recent encampment were plainly visible, but the troops were gone. My heart resumed its place. It occurred to me at once that Harris had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him. This was a view of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards

US Grant Memoirs 1885

At the Witness for the Church blog author Barona notices something consistent with a point I’ve been making for a while concerning how Pope Francis’  words are being reported”

Pope Francis: “children…not even allowed to be born…” ~ Why is the Holy See Press Office censoring the Holy Father?

He goes into more detail:

They were busy away distorting the Pope’s words last October 3rd,  when he addressed the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe. At that time, The Holy See Press Office released thisdocument. But the actual words of the Pope were these. The Pope also spoke these critical words that are totally missing from the Holy See Press Office’s official document: 

Europe has discarded its children. A bit triumphantly. I remember that when I was studying in one country the clinics that did abortions then prepared everything to send it to cosmetic factories. Makeup made with the blood of innocents. And this was something to brag about, because it was progressive: the rights of the woman, the woman has the right over her body.


Once again, to find the true mind of the Holy Father I am forced to search about the Holy See’s website in Italian. One will notice that texts are not being translated into major languages. Catholics are not receiving the teachings of the Pope. This is intolerable! This is a scandal! 

Now he blames this on a corrupt Vatican press office pushing a false agenda (he points to said office as the reason why the press got the wrong idea at the Synod of the family) but while this is certainly possible there, one should not that there have been plenty of orthodox moments that WERE available in English that the press has simply ignored.

I suspect there is a cause that he is missing that is easily explained:

If there is one thing Pope Francis has managed to do is get positive press from a western media that is almost uniformly anti clerical and certainly anti-catholic (at least any Catholic that, you know actually believes in what the church teaches).  This holy father has been a notable exception to the point where some conservatives have actually bought the liberal line that the post is planning to remake the church in their image.

The reality is this Pope emphasizes mercy & forgiveness and confession but all of these things presuppose sin that needs to be forgiven and changed

I suspect the real driver here is cowardice.   A fear that if Francis’ words actually get out to the English Language press, suddenly all the favorable press will evaporate as the leftist media considered their hopes betrayed and this pope will be attacked as savagely as the Pope Emeritus.

One would think that they would have trust in the Holy Spirit but that if that is not the case perhaps they should consider the quote by US Grant that this piece leads with and remember that they press is much more afraid of Francis then the Vatican press office should be of them.

Consider, in an age where right and wrong, good and bad, proper and improper are based on race, ancestry and where you are from does the western press REALLY want to spend their time attacking the first Pope from Latin America who is universally loved by a whole continent?

And remember in the US where every single pol is courting the “Latin” vote who wants to be the first pol to attack Pope Francis for condemning abortion, for emphasising marriage as it has always been, for describing the sanctity of the Eucharist?  How well would that play with people who share a primary language with the Holy Father?  How much time would it take for any such pol to have radio ads in spanish played against them in their district?

That moment terrifies them and they will do all they can to avoid it.

So let me close by suggesting said office takes this bit of advice from President Grant to heart:

This was a view of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards

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Just Imagine how history would have been different if Sony & Paramount were in the room when great decisions were being made.

We had better let Saddam keep Kuwait, we don’t want to make trouble.

I’m sorry President Reagan we can’t tell the Soviets to “tear down this wall.” They might get upset.

I’m sorry Mr. Lech Walesa we can’t have a solidarity movement, the Communist Authorities might get angry.

I’m sorry president Kennedy, if we quarantine Cuba over the missiles what will the Russians say.

We’d Better not march on Washington, Doctor King Segregationists might not like it.

I’m sorry Mrs. Parks it’s much took risky for you to try to get that spot in the front of the bus.

We can’t sign Jackie Robinson, Mr Rickey, fans might object.

We had better not say anything about North Korea invading the south, President Truman who knows what might happen?

We can’t give England Lend Lease, resident Roosevelt the Germans might get upset.

You can’t bust those Trusts Teddy? What would big business say

We had better evacuate Fort Sumter Mr. Lincoln, South Carolina might get mad

We’d better evacuate the Alamo Col Travis We don’t want to upset Santa Anna.

President Madison just because the British want to take men off our ships and impress them, we had better not do a thing.

If we Declare independence we could get in trouble we’d better drop it Mr. Jefferson

We’d better not hold that tea Party Mr. Adams, What would England say?

And finally. I’m sorry Jesus I just think going to Jerusalem is going to upset too many important people

There are so many depressing stories to write about today I scarce know where to begin.

#1 The first Post american President continues his Post American program.

Obama had traded away concessions for “symbolic gestures,” and that Obama was “the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president…maybe in the modern history of the country.”

I really missing having a president who is on our side.

#2. Trauma at Harvard:

But while emotional pageantry in lieu of a logical contention may yield spectacular results in the political realm, it remains insufficient in the eyes of those trained to argue the law. At least, that is the impression one gets from reading the reactions to this sloppy effort by a third year Harvard Law School student and an editor on the Harvard Law Review who recently argued in favor of delaying exams because of his perceived and vicarious emotional trauma.

“Our request for exam extensions is not being made from a position of weakness, but rather from one of strength and critical awareness,” wrote William Desmond in The National Law Journal.

You know there was a Day that Harvard produced the type of men so strong that even having their ship cut in two under them in the dark of night didn’t paralyze them into inaction.

#3 Mass Murder in Pakistan

The Pakistani branch of the Taliban has attempted to justify its attack on a school on Tuesday in the city of Peshawar that left 132 children and nine staff members dead, calling it revenge for the army’s offensive against the group. The attack has been condemned by world leaders, including the government of Iran as well as by the Afghan branch of the Taliban.


Yes these are the terrorists this president is negotiating with.

#4 Cowardice in Hollywood:

The top five theater circuits in North America have decided not to play Sony’s The Interview.

Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film.

“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” Regal said in a statement to THR Wednesday.


Oh for the days of when men like Leslie Howard defined the Nazis

#5 and finally courage in Iraq at a terrible cost both depressing and inspiring:

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants rounded up the four under 15-children and asked them if they would followMohammed and live or chose any other religion and live. The courageous died hard Christians replied the militants saying, “No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us.”

According to the report by Orthodox Christian Network, the four boys were beheaded by the militants after refusing to accept Islam as their religion.

I would suggest that a cause for canonization begin at once.

Given what we’ve seen the last several months there are several lessons we have learned concerning police & muslims.

It is perfectly acceptable to suspect police, imposes rules and sanctions on all police, march against police, make songs against police and demand that all police change their behavior and submit themselves to close scrutiny if there is any suspicion concerning improper behavior in the death of a person during the line of duty.

It is completely unacceptable to suspect muslims, impose rules and sanctions on muslims, march against muslims, make songs about muslim and demand that all muslims change their behavior and submit themselves to close scrutiny if a Muslim commits an act of terror and murder against innocent bystanders.

The occasional unplanned death of a person resisting arrest is proof that the police are fighting a war against black people and reflects on all police.

The deliberate planned attacks on non muslims “infidels” and the calling for others to do so in the name of the Islamic state not only doesn’t reflect on Muslims in general but doesn’t prove that the people committing said actions or those calling for it are actually muslims.

It is the positive responsibility of every police department to take steps from body cameras, to training to publicly policies to prove that the police are not targeting people of color and if they choose not to do so, that proves the police are racists.

There is absolutely no responsibility for any Muslim organization, particular Mosque, or Iman to make any public steps, to proclaim any teaching to their congregations or to even co-operate with the government to prove that their are not aiding abetting or recruiting members who are planning or enabling terror attacks and any person who suggests any of these steps are racists or “Islamophobes.”

If a grand jury chooses not to press charges against police after an investigation of facts it doesn’t mean one must discard the evidence that said grand jury rejected.

If an individual is a muslim and demands an ISIS flag while taking hostages we can not draw any conclusions from this.

and finally:

If you die in an encounter with police you are a martyr to be celebrated and remembered by the nation and promoted by the media, even if you were violating the law and committing violence on camera before said encounter.

If you are forced to change your name and go into hiding because of threats from Muslims, you are to be forgotten, even if you are a reporter in America who was exercising her first Amendment rights. Your name is not to be spoken on television or radio except by the odd conservative blogger who insists on shouting the name Molly Norris.

Oh one more.

College students and activists will happily march against police violence knowing that not only will they be celebrated for it, but during said march the same police they are decrying will protect them from harm

Nobody except people like Pam Geller will speak against, let alone march against against Islamic violence because not only will they be pilloried for it, but they are afraid of fatal retaliation from Islamists.

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One thing about online polls they are designed to draw hits to your website but apparently.  This is why Time Magazine has an annual poll of which word should be banned.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t like the people being drawn to their website such polls

TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.

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Or more accurate according to Time’s customer base which is apparently confined to the MSM and people who want to control the clothing decisions of scientists objected

One might think that in the magazine era you would want to grow your customer base of course if you kick potential new customers in the teeth their arne’t likely to come back.

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James Taylor: The chips are down. I want you to keep everything that Smith says out of all our newspapers and all the others you can line up in the state.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

Dalek: Do not deviate.

Doctor Who Destiny of the Daleks 1979

A lot of bloggers have already written plenty of words on the newly released Gruber Video extolling the virtue of tricking voters.

But there is one aspect of his words that is, in my mind, more outrageous than anything else.

It’s not the suggestion that lawmakers were trying to hide the true meaning and costs of the law. After all lawmakers have spun or twisted law for the sake of personal power, pandering or achieving particular ends since before Daniel was tossed into the Lion’s den but something more subtle.  Take another look at the clip in question.

What is implicit is the idea that said deception would be entirely successful. Why? Because he understood that the media would not reveal and/or report on it.

There is a specific reason why the Bill of Rights after explicitly protecting freedom of speech specifically mentioned the freedom of the press, it’s because the press has the power to amplify that freedom far beyond the individual. While one might be able to downplay or defame an individual making a claim such tactics are considerably less effective when applying them to a press organization (although in fairness the administration has done their best when it comes to Fox News).

Because of that explicitly granted privilege the press has an obligation to honestly and accurately report the goings on of government in order that the people deciding who shall rule them can make their decision based on the merits.

That the press didn’t do their job in reporting on this deception is despicable but the fact that the administration and their allies took it as rote that said press act in that fashion should be a matter of personal disgrace to any person who claims the Constitutional protections of a journalist.

Postscript. That being said this report was almost a given:

Since the video was uploaded, the major English and Spanish broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, and Telemundo have chosen not to cover this devastating video on either their morning or evening newscasts.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Update: Dave Weigel’s piece about the fellow who first posted the clip makes my point:

Weinstein, back at home, was stunned at the reaction. Why did he keep finding Gruber gaffes? Why didn’t the press glom onto this stuff first?

“It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is,” he says. “I really do find this disturbing.”

No it’s the difference between making an effort to find something and making an effort to not find them.
Update 2: Glenn Reynolds answers the question from Dave Weigel’s piece on why the press didn’t glom onto this stuff:
If the Gruber video had come out before the election, would the GOP have picked up Virginia and New Hampshire? Quite possibly.
Democrats with Bylines indeed.
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I’m old enough to remember when reporters had a reputation of fearlessness so I submit and suggest that if you are a writer and this sentence linking to a post of yours:

NEW FRONTIERS IN TOADYING: Jonathan Capehart Steps Up To Defend Valerie Jarrett From Those Meanie Journalists At Politico and TNR.

Causes you to block Instapundit on twitter you have no business writing for a major American Newspaper

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Harvard is now up to its 3rd revision of its “official response” to the Harvard Black Mass scheduled for tonight.  As this statement doesn’t acknowledge the previous statements or that anything has been revised, rather than just posting it I’m going to fisk it.  My comments in Red italic

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The following statement was issued by Robert Neugeboren, dean of students and alumni affairs at Harvard Extension School:

The first major change is the inclusion of an actual named person rather than something just unsigned.  Apparently it is better for one man to take the heat than the entire university.

Students at the Harvard Extension School, like students at colleges across the nation, organize and operate a number of independent student organizations, representing a wide range of student interests. The Harvard Extension School does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization. But we do support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.

This is pretty much the original first two paragraphs slightly rearranged and it sounds just as weaisly.   Not only do you have the vanilla 1st amendment defense but note how Harvard suddenly becomes just like “colleges across the nation” rather that THE elite university of the United States

In this case, we understand that this independent student organization, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, is hosting a series of events—including the reenactment of a “Black Mass”—as part of a student-led effort to explore different cultures.

Yea the Black Mass is just one of MANY student events.  but gone are the comparisons to the Shinto Tea Ceremonies, Shaker events and Buddhist Meditation.  The sudden need to no longer mention these events in the same breath as the Black Mass illustrates that the Black Mass is not just another cultural event

We do not agree with the student group’s decision to stage an event that is so deeply disturbing and offensive to many in the Harvard community and beyond.

Translation:  After a weekend of national coverage that has not been favorable having no opinion o this event is  no longer tenable, and note the use of the word “we” who is “we”?  Is it we the university, we the exchange club, we the people fielding the phone calls from all over the nation? 

While we support the ability of all our students to explore difficult issues, we also encourage them to do so in ways that are sensitive to others.

If you are going to mock Roman Catholic belief, you need to do it in a sensitive way.

To that end, the Harvard Extension School has worked with the club’s student leaders to address specific concerns that have been expressed. For instance, we have ensured that no consecrated host will be used as part of the reenactment.

How have you “ensured this?”  What steps have you taken?  Does that not suggest that Harvard is participating in the event in a supervisory manner as the Romans did at the crucifixion? 

Also, in an effort to help broaden the educational nature of this series, the Harvard Extension School has urged the Cultural Studies Club’s student leaders to reach out to Catholic student organizations on campus to foster a positive dialogue about the Catholic faith. The club’s student leaders have agreed to this proposal.

 If the cultural club was holding a minstrel show in blackface as an “educational” event,  would having the club “reach out” to campus Black organizations without cancelling the event be an acceptable choice? 

We hope these efforts and this dialogue will help address some of the most severe concerns about the event,

We hope that you crazy Christians stop calling and e-mailing us and about this event, we said we didn’t’ like it ….we said we don’t like it, isn’t that enough

while also helping students in the Cultural Studies Club better understand the perspective of many Catholics on these and other issues.

You guys better not put us on the spot like this again, especially if it risks donor dollars are put at risk.

Questions about the event should be directed to the Cultural Studies Club at culturalstudiesclub@gmail.com.

This is the ultimate Pontius Pilate moment, no longer is the contact   jeff_neal@harvard.edu if you want to send complaints send it to that e-mail account we at Harvard wash our hands of the whole thing.

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This statement is another exercise in sophistry.  They “do not agree” and say the club should be “sensitive” but are not willing to call the event “wrong” or “insensitive”.  They claim they are making sure the that a consecrated host is not being used while trying to distance themselves from an event being held on the Harvard Campus by a club bearing Harvard’s name as if they have no power to do anything about it.  Finally they not only redirect complaints from the adults at the university who are supposed to be in charge but to a gmail account that one might not even associate with the university.

This is what  THE elite university in the nation is reduced to.

Why any person who professes belief in Christ would pay money to send their child to be educated by these people is beyond me.

 

Update:  the President of Harvard has five days after the story broke weighed in,

The reenactment of a ‘black mass’ planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment to foster a community based on civility and mutual understanding.

No it doesn’t, it questions if Harvard will allow a club that bears its name to hold the Black Mass on their property.

Vigorous and open discussion and debate are essential to the pursuit of knowledge, and we must uphold these values even in the face of controversy. Freedom of expression, as Justice Holmes famously said long ago, protects not only free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.

This isn’t a debate, this isn’t a protest,  this is an event being held on Harvard’s property sponsored by a Harvard club.  If it was just about education the club could have gone off campus and visited The Satanic Temple’s location and observed the Black Mass there.  Nor is it a question of thought, nobody is complaining about Harvard’s thoughts, they are talking about Harvard’s actions.

But even as we permit expression of the widest range of ideas, we must also take responsibility for debating and challenging expression with which we profoundly disagree.

Again this isn’t a “debate about ideas”.or engaging in protest against the church and it’s beliefs.  It is a specific ceremony,  a proactive action against Christians in general & Catholics in particular.

The ‘black mass’ had its historical origins as a means of denigrating the Catholic Church; it mocks a deeply sacred event in Catholicism, and is highly offensive to many in the Church and beyond. The decision by a student club to sponsor an enactment of this ritual is abhorrent; it represents a fundamental affront to the values of inclusion, belonging and mutual respect that must define our community.

This is the best part of the statement, gone is the “disagree” from above replaced by actual words of condemnation.

It is deeply regrettable that the organizers of this event, well aware of the offense they are causing so many others, have chosen to proceed with a form of expression that is so flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory.

Not as regrettable as Harvard choosing to allow this event by a Harvard club to be held on campus.

Nevertheless, consistent with the University’s commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs.

I am innocent of this man’s blood… 

At the same time, we will vigorously protect the right of others to respond—and to address offensive expression with expression of their own.

The suggestion that we who intended to respond to this event needed our right to do so to be protected by Harvard is both laughable &  disingenuous.

I plan to attend a Eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction at St. Paul’s Church on our campus on Monday evening in order to join others in reaffirming our respect for the Catholic faith at Harvard

You and everyone else who comes would be most welcome, but a better demonstration of that respect would be using your power to not allow the Black Mass on campus

and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is not censorship, but reasoned discourse and robust dissent.

 Apples and orange this is a dodge.

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Let me conclude by saying this is by far the best statement from Harvard.  It comes from the president on the main Harvard site and it, unlike previous statements explicitly acknowledges what the Black Mass is, what it is intended to do and why it is wrong. Compared to Harvard’s previous response it is a great improvement.

However that statement, in all its glory is sophistry, it draws a false equivalency to excuse inaction.

The president is correct that as a rule, the best answer to offensive speech is more speech.  People do not have the right to not be offended and the best way to deal with that kind of speech is to produce speech of your own.

However this is not speech being made by a group of people in the public square, or online or  a debate show.  Nor is this a  protest being held against the church, its beliefs or positions.  If it was it would be protected speech and no matter how offensive such speech might be it must be allowed under the First Amendment and the principles of academic freedom.

This is instead a specific event with a specific meaning being held by a club that bears Harvard’s name  at a venue on the Harvard Campus that  Harvard’s President has decided to allow.

Furthermore the propose of this statement all about mitigating the outrage that this event is producing while providing Ms. Faust cover to refrain from using the power & authority entrusted to her.

It’s not a statement it’s an excuse and frankly unworthy of the president of the most prominent university in the United States .

President Faust’s presence at the Holy Hour not withstanding if the Black Mass takes place on campus it should end with Ms. Faust’s resignation.

Period!

Update: Ed Morrissey isn’t buying it either:


Well, if Faust finds it “abhorrent” and a “fundamental affront,” why not force its cancellation? The ceremony — excuse me, performance art — will take place in a pub on university grounds, and the club is affiliated with the university. Harvard claims it can’t do anything about it on the grounds of intellectual freedom, but local priests scoff at that notion, especially given the intentionally sacrilegious nature of the black mass. One priest wondered whether Harvard would allow a re-enactment of a KKK ceremony as educational

 

Truth, even unto its innermost parts

Brandeis University Motto

As you likely know Brandeis University has withdrawn an honorary degree from Ayaan Hirsi Ali and uninvited her to speak at next month’s commencement.

 I’m old enough to remember the days when a Black African  atheist feminist as a recipient for an honorary degree would be a gimme for any liberal university.

Not anymore

I’m old enough to remember when a woman who critiqued a religion that doesn’t allow women to be ministers, that allows a man to divorce a woman by simply say “I divorce you” three times and that counts a woman testimony as half the value of a man’s would be cheered by any liberal faculty.

Not anymore

For Brandeis University those values can’t compete with their fear of offending Islam and the Saudi dollars that fund CAIR.

Now if she had critiqued the Catholic Church in the way she has hit Islam,  the faculty would have carried her to the  commencement day podium on their shoulders but when your convictions involve no risk it’s easy to critique an organization, a religion or an individual.

Ms Ali is not of that sort

Mark Steyn told us the sort she is

She lives under armed guard and was forced to abandon the Netherlands because quite a lot of people want to kill her. And not in the desultory behead-the-enemies-of-Islam you-will-die-infidel pro forma death-threats-R-us way that many of us have perforce gotten used to in recent years: her great friend and professional collaborator was murdered in the streets of Amsterdam by a man who shot him eight times, attempted to decapitate him, and then drove into his chest two knives, pinning to what was left of him a five-page note pledging to do the same to her.

 

Most people would run and hide under such a threat, not Ali

After the threats against the Comedy Central show South Park the other week, Ms. Hirsi Ali turned up on CNN to say that the best defence against Islamic intimidation is for us all to stand together and thereby “share the risk.” But, around the world, every single translator of her books has insisted on total anonymity. When push comes to shove, very few are willing to share the risk.

In London, the historian Andrew Roberts calls her “the bravest woman I know”. I agree. There’s nothing hypothetical about the danger she lives with.

so it’s no surprised that she has nothing but disdain for Brandeis’ cowardice: 

What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The “spirit of free expression” referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much.

Some have asked the obvious question:

Who will speak for Morsal, a German Afghani young woman of 16, stabbed twenty-times in a parking lot by her brother? Who will speak for Rasha Abu Arra killed in the West Bank in a so-called “honor killing.” She was a mother of six children and her body was left hanging on a tree. She could not exercise her right to free speech. She could not exercise her right to disagree. She could not exercise her right to freely express. So who will speak for her? Will you speak for her? Or are the petty hurt feelings of dissenting naysayers worth more than her life?

Ah the innocence of youth.  Our friends on the left aren’t interested in who speaks for these ladies, certainly not when those calling for silence are backed by Saudi oil dollars and the physical threats that radical Islam brings.

Rather as Michael Graham notes the left will only learn one thing from this:

If the era of Obama, liberals have embraced their inner fascists. The only lesson they’ll learn from Brandeis’s shameful behavior is that it worked.

The greatest irony of the radicals of the 60’s is this.  They disdained the values of their father and grandfathers, the greatest generation that saved the world from a tyranny that would have engulfed it because they convinced themselves they were better, smarter and more enlightened that the generations that came before them.

Instead given the seats of power that they once protested against, they have proven themselves at best the cowards that their grandparents never were and at worst no better than the totalitarians that they fought.

I suspect the irony is not lost on them and that they will continue to spend the rest of their lives trying to convince themselves it isn’t so.

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Yesterday we had a field day with Wendy Davis latest Flip Flop both on this site and on Twitter with the hashtag #wendydaviscorebeliefs

It was a lot of fun but Wendy Davis was not the only Texan who flipped on a position this week.

24 hours after we talked about Nancy Pelosi telling her caucus not to gloat over the Debt bill while John Boehner wondered why his caucus wasn’t cheering a senator from Texas was scurrying to find another Senator to do his dirty work for him.

It started when Ted Cruz said he would insist on the 60 vote threshold for the debt ceiling bill

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could stage another filibuster – this time in an attempt to raise the debt limit…

The bill on Wednesday moves to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to pass the legislation later this week.

Cruz plans to object to hold a simple majority vote, thus seeking a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

But while Cruz got headlines his move had big implications in the upper house. It meant the bill couldn’t pass without at least 6 republican votes but WHICH republicans would flip?

Republican leadership worked the floor as they searched for votes. Finally, several Republican leaders exited the cloakroom and changed their votes, as if to say “let’s all hold hands and jump together.” First, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn cast yes votes, with the latter having initially voted no. emphasis mine

Excuse me? Am I to understand that less than 24 hours after Wendy Davis flipped on the debt ceiling Senator Cornyn facing a primary fight from Dwayne Stovall flip flopped on the debt ceiling? Not only is the answer “yes” but it’s worse than it sounds

Senators said four Republicans were willing to join all 55 Democrats, but that left them one vote shy of the 60 needed to break the filibuster.

Ultimately, Mr. McConnell came to the well of the chamber and cast his vote as the crucial 60th supporter.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican, then switched to join Mr. McConnell in opposing the filibuster. He and other allies then went to try to persuade other Republicans to join them in a show of solidarity.

Apparently the fix was in.

Now I understand the argument the political argument for this vote:
It’s better to get rid of this issue for the left can’t use it to bombard the GOP in the midterms. With the MSM behind them Democrats, as Glenn Reynolds put it, have air superiority & would use it.

But if you actually believe this was the case, the honorable thing, the thing a leader does, is make that argument openly and out front, both to the voters and on the Senate floor.

As much as I disagree with John Boehner on this he made that honorable argument leading from the front.

John Cornyn can’t say the same. He didn’t even have the propriety to abstain from voting then joining his leader. He was a “No” right up until the moment his boss discovered no other Senator drive off the cliff for them. Then like Louise to McConnell’s Thelma Cornyn jumped in the car grabbed his partner’s hand and switched.

Bart Stupik who provided the cover to pass Obamacare would be proud.

People wonder why ordinary folks don’t trust Washington pols say or why the Tea party is so fired up about challenging the GOP establishment.

I don’t

Final thought: If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day

Update: That didn’t take long

“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

“Sen. Cornyn betrays the trust of Texas and votes with the Democrats at every opportunity. A vote for John Cornyn is a vote for more debt that enslaves us, our children, and our grandchildren. I’ve said throughout my campaign, and I will say again, I will never vote to increase the federal debt. Now I pledge to filibuster every bill that seeks to do so. We cannot continue on this unsustainable path.”

“I will never do procedural bait-and-switch voting like John Cornyn.

He didn’t spare Steve Stockman hie ire either referencing this story in the Washington post

Among those voting with Boehner were Reps. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who just three weeks ago refused to support Boehner in the formal vote for House speaker. Later, after the measure easily amassed enough votes to pass, Stockman joined some other conservatives in switching his vote to “no” — a sign that he opposed the measure but was willing to support Boehner if his vote had been needed.

One of the things Ted Cruz decried in this long speech last October was his disgust with people who cast meaningless votes to cover themselves. This is a great example of it.

Update 2: Smitty is not happy and his unhappiness is not restricted to Cornyn:

What’s actually wrong here is that voters have tolerated such an egregious evasion of responsibility for so long. Our representatives, one might have been tempted to think, are elected to do mature, adult work on tough issues like budgets. And here we see a ‘clever’ system whereby the cloture vote is the one that matters, and the simple majority vote on the legislation is an afterthought, so that Senators can do their foul deeds while piously claiming to vote against them.

This pattern is not dissimilar from one a couple thousand years ago involving the Sanhedrin and the Romans.

Why is this November’s election not a sure thing for the GOP? Because it’s entirely unclear that, given majority power again, the GOP would be any less wretched than Reid, Pelosi and crew.

There is a reason why Tea party types don’t trust the GOP, stuff like this is it.

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Lewis Morris: Mr. Secretary, New York abstains, courteously.

John Hancock: Mr. Morris, WHAT IN HELL GOES ON IN NEW YORK?

1776 (1972)

In the special election to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry this year Gabriel Gomez only drew 45% of the vote that Scott Brown managed in 2012. Although I supported him once he was nominated many conservatives including Michael Graham refused to go along.

they didn’t like his running against his party or his positions on subjects like Immigration or gun control and when yesterday I suggested he might have superior judgement than Ed Markey on a vote concerning war my friend John LaRosa disagreed tweeting

 

That is true, it’s very possible that Gabriel Gomez would have voted with the president if he sat on the armed services committee and I might have strongly disagreed with his position…

…but at least he would have taken one.

The Massachusetts lawmaker, sworn in to office in July after winning a special election, voted “present” on a resolution giving President Obama limited authority to use military force against Syria. Markey, a liberal who often votes with Obama, didn’t vote “yes” as 10 of his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues did.

He also didn’t vote “no” with seven others, including two Democrats. The “present” vote means Markey was there, but didn’t want to state which side he’s on.

Here is the vote

If he thought there was not enough evidence and needed more time for a vote he could have objected to the unanimous consent resolutions and have requested that additional time be granted. He might have been able to get enough votes to get such a delay.

But that would require the courage of his convictions, something apparently Senator Markey doesn’t possess. He actually makes Obama look decisive.

That vote is a disgrace to state of Massachusetts and there is no question who is to blame for our disgrace before the entire nation and world.

The voters of Massachusetts.

The citizens who voted for Ed Markey should be ashamed of themselves for knowingly voting for a hack pol with a history of expedient votes.

We who voted for Gabriel Gomez should be ashamed they were unable or unwilling to do their utmost to persuade enough people to join us.

Oddly enough the majority of Massachusetts voters who didn’t bother going to the polls should be overjoyed. They couldn’t be bothered to make a decision when it was time to choose a senator and he could be bothered to make a decision when it was time to decide to authorize their children to fight or not. He couldn’t have represented them better.

I thought this state was incapable of surprising me anymore. I was wrong.

Closing thought: Today should be the best day on the job that Kirsten Hughes has had since her election. How she handles this totally unexpected gift will say as much about the GOP’s choice of her as party chair as yesterday’s vote said about the state’s choice of Ed Markey as senator.

What else can one conclude by this story:

“They’re (police) saying it (Tower Hamlets) is a Muslim area but to me there is no Muslim area, there are just areas of my capital city that if I have to walk from A to B then you have to walk through.”

“Obviously I don’t want to get arrested and I don’t want to get in trouble so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

Scotland Yard said the conditions were imposed because of fears the march and the gathering would result in “serious public disorder” and it had warned that a breach would lead to arrest.

An Englishman arrested in England for walking down an English public street wearing a shirt that says “support our troops”.

What the hell did the few fight and die for?

Before you go on about the EDL ask yourself this question. What would you say if Martin Luther King was denied the right to walk through a White neighborhood, or Malcolm X or even Bill Ayers?

More here and here. I thought the banning of Pam Geller & Robert Spencer was bad but these are Englishmen walking in their own country.

It’s monstrous, absolutely monstrous!

If England has reached this point there is very little if any time left. I would advise the British people to awake, because if you let this stand your only solution is to apply for a visa and escape to here while you still can.

(of course if you can’t wait I’d head for our southern border and sneak in. You’ll get in much quicker and instantly become a member of a protected class. If anyone asks say you’re from “Hispanica“.)

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Ironically if I made the mortgage today I’d also make the weekly paycheck.

I could deal with that.

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Hey remember when the left and Jim Graves was talking with bated breath about having another go in Minnesota’s 6th district?

Nevermind:

Later this morning he will circulate a press release to this effect. But he says he will not take questions about it today, nor is he particularly interested in hearing from various Democrats who might want to talk him into changing his mind. In fact, his plan is to give no interviews for a month so the spotlight can shift to others who want to enter the race from which he is withdrawing.

Nothing says “I’m the right guy to represent your district” than pulling out of a race that you lost by a few thousand votes the last time around be.

Hmmmmm, that seems odd, wasn’t it a few days ago when the left was telling me how great his chances were in 2012 are we to understand that Graves thinks that after losing by just a few thousand votes last time he is not capable of convincing the just a few more voters that’s he’s the right choice.

Of course the democrats still plan on running against her and fundraising on off of her, after all when you don’t have good ideas that people like what else can you do?

My question to Minnesota voters if all the Democrats have is “We hate Palin, We Hate Bachmann, We hate the tea party” why would anyone in their right mind vote for them?