Cardinal Borusa: As I believe I told you long ago, Doctor, you will never amount to anything in the galaxy while you retain your propensity for vulgar facetiousness.

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin 1976

As you, dear reader might have noticed I have an odd and occasionally twisted sense of humor that has its roots in a combination of the Three Stooges, Monty Python, augmented with a bit of the Marx brothers, 60’s TV military humor (F Troop & McHale’s Navy and Hogan’s Heroes) and assorted British Humor (Black Adder, Yes Minister, Red Dwarf) for good measure.  This sense is occasionally wildly inappropriate & even bordering on a violation of the 2nd Commandment requiring confession although I insist that God has a sense of humor evidenced by his creation of man).

What you may not know is that it occasionally takes a large amount of effort to resist deploying that humor either verbally or physical when such things occur to me on the spur of the moment.  One such moment took place at the during the CIS event at the National Press Club.

During a rather excellent presentation I found the call of nature stronger than the pull of Mark’s presentation and had to excuse myself hurriedly to the rest room, arriving there I found the men’s room was being cleaned and at the time I did not know the location of the alternative.

That’s when it hit me.

I was in Washington DC, a bastion of ultra liberalism, furthermore I was in the national press club and organization whose members have adopted liberal identity politics even to the point of the absurdity that if one does not accept the far left’s meme on the Transgender bathroom business you were a bigot, practically an unperson.

What would happen if instead of asking one of the very friendly staff of the press club I simply used the ladies room?

How would the press club react?  How COULD they react?  Surely the fact that I wearing a fedora , dressed in a suit and tie and clearly had not shaved (I forgot to pack razors) had no bearing on my sexual identity?  In fact those members of the press club unfamiliar with Doctor Who in general and the Fourth Doctor in particular might have decided my long multi colored scarf  (known as a  “doctor who” scarf) was a sign of membership or at least affinity in the LGBT community.

After all there are many events at the press club, many highly populated by liberals, what would a liberal woman say seeing me in the ladies room?
Would she dare question me, confront me, or even give me an odd look? Would she dare say a word to the people in charge?  Or would the fear of being accused of a proper lack of diversity drive her to silence?  She might find herself ashamed at even thinking such a thing and instead brag to her friends how accepting it was for her to be “comfortable” with a 270 man in the ladies room with her. Accommodating me was the ultimate in virtue signaling and if she was a proper liberal, particularly a liberal reporter tell the story with pride to everyone she knew.

On the other hand what if she DID report me?

Would the staff dare confront me? What would they say if I refused to give an explanation?  What would they do if they asked me my sexual orientation and I told them it was bluntly that not only was it none of their bus but how DARE they even question me upon it?  How would such a story play in the very papers where the member of that press club excoriate those who insist that there is in fact such a thing as men and women and act accordingly? Would they risk being seen as on the wrong side of an issue that the Democrat party is playing for all it is worth?

The comic potential for this decision was seemingly limitless!

Alas it was not to be, my comedic nature was overcome by my sense of prosperity, particularly as an invited guest and instead I asked someone where the other men’s room was and went there.

But I can’t help but think that it would be an interesting experiment, not only at the press club but at any liberal institution to see what might happen in that situation.

It would be fun to find out wouldn’t it, but it will take someone less invested in proprietary to do so.


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When I saw this tweet from the Atlantic:

I was shocked. Not by the fact that neither the Atlantic nor any other liberal publication would ever question abortion based on ending the life of a male, but that they had violated one of the new commandments of the modern left.

The very fact Atlantic has dared to suggest that there is such a thing as “male” and “female” and that such a thing exists in the womb before said child can even be exposed to social construct is a case of liberal heresy.

I await the massive condemnation of the Atlantic by all comers and their boycott by states and celebrities all over.

Break out the stoning scene:

Now you might think that stoning is a tad rough here but as the left has decreed that Monty Python is not comedy but a blueprint for life, I guess we have to do it.

A few days ago Wired gave breathless space to a piece about a couple of Bronx Rappers objecting to Ted Cruz campaigning in their area.

While there was a lot in the piece that was laughable there was one line that jumped out at me that is worth your attention: (emphasis mine)

“Ted Cruz has no business being in the Bronx. This is an immigrant community,” Rodrigo yelled as police escorted him out. “We deal with climate change every single day, and he wants to say it doesn’t exist. We’re one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, and to receive this right wing bigot is an insult to the whole community.”

Seriously nobody at wired thought the “We deal with climate change every day” was a bit suspect?

Am I to understand that the sea level has been rising in the Bronx to the left that the average person in the neighborhood is fearful? Have they stopped renting basement apartments because of the rising seas. Are the Yankees getting ready to put their stadium on stilts?

That wired could include that line and not ask the obvious question: “Can you substantiate your claim concerning Bronx residents ‘dealing with climate change every day’ and if so how?” tells you that to the folks at Wired, “climate change/global warming” is a religion believed so strongly that any statement concerning it must be treated as fact.

And they say Catholicism requires faith.

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Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head.

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters I

The latest planned parenthood video has come out and congress has now decided they want a closer look:

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena to the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) for all unedited video footage in their possession relating to the acquisition, preparation, and sale of fetal tissue. CMP is prevented from releasing footage due to a lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation to keep the videos out of the public domain.

This move has caused some panic among their fans but this one is my favorite


ppirony2

That image alone is enough to break irony meters.  A person who self identifies as “voice for the helpless” is upset about attacks on Planned Parenthood. Apparently the definition of “helpless” is so narrow that an unborn child doesn’t qualify. So let’s just look at the account page and exactly what is being talked about here..


ppirony1

I suspect that if planned parenthood did to whales and dolphins what they did to children this person would be absolutely horrified and outraged but because they are killing and dissecting humans they are worthy of not only existence but proactive defense.

However as this person is bothered enough by this situation to express her ire publicly, never let it be said that I didn’t offer a constructive solution to this person’s desire to end the attacks on Planned Parenthood.

If they did this the attacks on Planned parenthood would end almost instantly.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

The Kim Davis story has not been kind to our friends on the left.

First she definitely but respectfully refuses to violate her Christian faith by putting granting marriage certificates to gay couples on the grounds that with her name on them it suggests her cooperation in sin.

Then when the court orders her to do so she refuses again and rather than fine her the judge rightly concludes that someone would just pay the fine so her jails her, making them fear she will be perceived as a martyr.

Just as they fear Davis goes to jail, and even worse doesn’t mimic leftist activists attacking police or authorities, she accepts the sentence maintaining her determination not to violate her conscience.

And as she’s in jail people protest for her and unlike the black lives matter protests or the occupy wall street protests there is no destruction or violence.

Then the judge, a member of the GOP, with his prospects for higher position permanently dashed as the PR gets worse and worse for the left and as two presidential candidates show up to lead protests, releases her on the grounds that her deputies (well most of them) agree to issue licences.

Davis when released not only speaks only of God and promises not to violate her conscience, but declines the offer of an armed group to protect her from further arrest.

Now the last thing the left could hope for was that she would fire her deputies, allowing them to attack her for demanding a conscience exception while not allowing her subordinates to do the same.

Alas poor leftists, that was not to be:

Before starting her workday, Davis appeared defiant, saying she will not issue any marriage licenses that go against her religious beliefs. But she left the door open for her deputies to continue giving out marriage licenses to same-sex couples as long as those documents do not have Davis’ name or title on them.

The marriage license that the couple received said “pursuant to federal court order” on it, and instead of listing Davis’ name and Rowan County, it says city of Morehead, the county seat.

David said Monday that any such licenses “will not issued or authorized by me.” Her work-around is not to sign them but not interfere with her deputies who do give them out.

“(U.S. District Judge David Bunning) indicated last week that he was willing to accept altered marriage licenses even though he was not certain of their validity,” Davis said. “I, too, have great doubts whether the license issued under these conditions are even valid.”

Actually according to Kentucky law they would not be valid but that would wait upon yet another lawsuit if anyone cared to launch one, but what matters is this.

Kim Davis retains both her elected position and her freedom of conscience. She has been able to force the very compromise that the left was unwilling to consider less than two weeks ago and the precedent is now set for Christians to refuse to participate in mortal sin that risks their soul without costing them any elected office they hold.

That’s the worst possible result for the left unless she is re-elected in 2016, then That will be the worst possible result for the left.

This week the Guardian Newspaper & Martin Robbins  provided proof positive that there is no subject that can not produce liberal angst, even subjects that concerning things far in the future:

How can our future Mars colonies be free of sexism and racism?

The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American pioneers of Manifest Destiny still colour the space age, so is it a myth that we’ll turn nice on Mars?

This produced plenty of snark:

Reason:

Seriously, you’re talking about starting a colony on Mars (which thankfully—and unlike large swaths of colonies formed on Planet Earth—has no native population) and you’re stuck on GamerGate?

PJ Tattler

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too:

Samizdata:

I mean read this whole article, then I defy you to look me in the eye and tell me they are not taking the piss out of themselves.

Clayton Cramer:

Of course this is the same newspaper that marked the 100th anniversary of the invention of the airplane by turning into a commentary about Americans inventing it to kill people.

But all of joking aside Mr. Robbins dream of the liberal beta male colonization of space forgets ignore a basic reality the nature of the Beta Male vs the Alpha male to wit the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry

The very nature of both space exploration and colonization demands the Alpha male.

The Alpha Male is The person willing to take the chance, risk their life and live it to the full.

The Beta male doesn’t do this, he would like to do this, and on occasion may even rise to the occasion given the right inspiration but as a rule does not.

The Alpha male moves forward, doesn’t let complaint and risk stop him. The Alpha Male is James Kirk

The Beta male is Leonard Hofstadter and he is the type who offers tearful apologies if feminists are offended by his shirt.

Of course in fairness Kirk didn’t spend a lot of time in his shirt.

Star Trek Captain Kirk & his Crew inspired generation of kids & teen to want to go out into space and be like him.

And while some comic book & gaming geeks like myself like the idea that our hobbies are more accepted because of Sheldon & Leonard, the only thing about Leonard boys in school dream of being is laid by Penny.

In fairness there will likely be plenty of Leonards, and Rajs and Howards and maybe even a Sheldon or two on the team that gets the first Mars Colony ship into space.

But the Crew will be Full of Kirks and his crew who will be too busy going boldly where no man has gone before to give a damn what the Martin Roberts of the world think.

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Papa Bear:  That is something you must never do so let that be a lesson to you

Stan Berenstain The Bike Jesson 1964

Commander Sela: Come in, gentlemen. Take a seat, please. Excuse me, I’m just finishing up a speech. For you, Mister Spock. I rather enjoy writing. I don’t get to do it often in this job.
Lt. Cmdr Data: Perhaps you would be happier in another job.

Star Trek TNG Unification Part 2 1991

I read with some amusement this story concerning the delicate flowers empowered college women at Oberlin college reacting to Christina Hoff Sommers’ suggestion that if one’s major is not conducive to making a living perhaps one should choose a different one.

Mind you this is the same message she has given at other venues as well:

“A way undergraduate women can change the wage gap is to change their major,” Sommers said. “Of the college majors, naval architecture is 97 percent male. Early childhood education is 98 percent female, social work 88 percent female. There is a big difference in what they major in.”

If more women were to change their majors from lower-paying jobs such as childhood education to higher-paying jobs like petroleum engineering, the wage gap would not be such an issue, Sommers said.

Yet this dose of reality was so traumatic for the some in the student body (even before it was given) that some lashed out at those who invited her as enabling rape while others have answered with love letters to themselves or found the need for “safe spaces”

However while the proper reaction to such people is intense ridicule as the father of two sons one still in college I can’t fight the impulse to couple my ridicule with some practical aid:

Ladies if you will not believe that nasty scary Christina Hoff Sommers perhaps I can provide a witness more to your liking.

Meet Andrea XX

I have no idea why throwing bodyshaming/slutshaming at Miley is being allowed a free pass. It’s the propagation of heteropatriarchal crap.

— andria (@andria_xx) August 26, 2013

Her feminist bonafides are impressive:

“Honors BA in Social Justice and Peace Studies” and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies.

Her blog is no longer up but two years ago she was about to defend her Masters Thesis in Gender Studies so we can safely presume that by this time she has acquired said degree and while a Masters in any subject doesn’t impress either Dr. Sheldon Cooper or Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler it should be enough to convince those hiding in Oberlin’s on campus safe rooms that her opinion can be heard without trauma.

So Andrea XX tell us,  just how valuable is an Honors BA in Social Justice & Peace Studies & a Masters in Gender studies?

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

In fact it’s even worse that what it sounds:

andreaxx

Now while it is (almost) too late for Andrea XX to change direction if you are an Oberlin student you still have time to abandon majors that make you unemployable and make sure that you are at least in a position to pay off your college debt and have a life once you leave the safe room and enter the real world.

You won’t like the alternative, take andrea_xx’s word on it.

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IndianaBy John Ruberry

Twenty years ago if you were unhappy with a business, let’s say a check out clerk was rude to you or you were served a rotten meal, you had some effective ways of getting back. Of course these methods still exist. You can never patronize that business again and tell your friends not to do so as well.

Last week a South Bend, Indiana television reporter ventured outside of her city and traveled to tiny Walkerton, a place she probably never heard of before, where she interviewed one of the owners of Memories Pizza, a family business, who told the reporter that because of their Christian beliefs they would not cater a gay wedding–if they were was asked. The reporter found the “gotcha” story in the sticks that she was seeking in regards to Indiana’s new Religious Restoration Freedom Act.

Then the militant left went on the attack. The owners went into hiding after receiving a death threat.

And then the online attacks poured in Actually they’re still coming. Memories’ Yelp page has been inundated with “reviews” from people who lives almost everywhere but northern Indiana. On the other hand, a high school coach from nearby Goshen took to Twitter to suggest that Memories be burned down. She has since been suspended.  As I mentioned in my post here last week, Yelp’s CEO condemned Indiana’s RFRA, although just last month his firm opened an office in Illinois–which has a similar law.

Years ago I was at a concert where Elvis Costello answered a heckler who was shouting that he should play “Clubland,” by replying with something blues singer Little Willie John once said. “I remember the good old days,” Costello quipped, “they’re gone now. ”

True, very true.

But there is some good news. Supporters of Memories Pizza and religious freedom started a GoFundMe.com drive for the owners of the restaurant–and it has received $800,000.

The internet is a two-edged sword.

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Nothing illustrates the difference between the liberal understanding of the MSM and the conservative understanding of the MSM

Here is a video that perfectly illustrates the collective liberal reaction to the concept that media icon Brian Williams was lying through his teeth to the public.

And here is a video that perfectly illustrates the collective conservative reaction to the concept that media icon Brian Williams was lying through his teeth to the public.

Any questions?

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For all of those who are absolutely terrified by this report:

Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons.

And to all those organs of the left ready to demand billions of your tax dollars be spent worldwide to NGO & even more billions be extracted by people who actually build things and provide employment let me provide you with the one thing that their argument dreads the most:

Context.   

Fact #1

Here is a map of the world

SkyWorld

That blue part is something we call  the Oceans.  

There are a total of 5 oceans, and they are the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and the Antarctic Ocean. Out of these five, there are three major oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. They account for 90 percent of the area covered by oceans. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of oceans, its area is 181 million square kilometers, which covers nearly a third of the Earth’s surface. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest, covering 94 million square kilometers, and the Indian Ocean is the third largest, covering about 74 million square kilometers.

Back when I was a kid there were only 4 oceans what is now call the “Antarctic Ocean” was considered part of the Indian, Atlantic & Pacific Oceans but I digress.  The point is the oceans of the world  They’re big, really big.

How big?

The planet Earth is a planet of oceans. The total area of the Earth is approximately 510 million square kilometers and the oceans cover about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, which is about 360 million square kilometers.

Fact #2:

One of the things you will find traveling on the oceans are things called ships.  This is a type of ship we call an Aircraft Carrier:

aircraft carrier

 

A great example of an Aircraft Carrier is the US Nimitz Class.  Each one has a large crew and as far as ships go they’re pretty big.

The more recent Nimitz Class carriers (CVN72-CVN76) have a displacement of 102,000t when fully loaded. They have a length of 317m and beam of 40.8m.

That works out to about 4.5 acres  for  a carrier

The carrier reaches a maximum speed of over 30kt, and accommodates a complement of 3,184 personnel (with 203 officers); 2,800 aircrew (with 366 officers); and 70 flag (with 25 officers).

Notice that number 102,000 tons we’ll be getting back to that.

Fact #3

Aircraft carriers have around for 100 years (103 to be exact) but didn’t become common weapons of war till after world war 1.  Man made plastic has been around for a little longer:

The history of plastics goes back more than 100 years – however, compared to other materials, plastics are relatively modern. Their usage over the past century has enabled society to make huge technological advances to take us towards the new Millennium.

But mass production of plastic goes back to only the 1930’s.

Two developments during the 30s swept the plastics industry into mass production. Firstly, manufacturers learnt how to produce plastics from petroleum – polystyrene, acrylic polymers and polyvinyl chloride were all made in this way. Secondly, injection molding, which had always been problematical, became much improved and fully automated in 1937. Both developments were good news for the consumer as they brought down the price of the end-product and put plastics within easy grasp of everyone.

and it was during World War 2 when both Aircraft carriers & Plastics came into their own:

World War II meant a huge boost for plastics. As a domestically generated resource which had by this time become relatively cheap, plastic was able to take over from imported materials. In terms of design technology, consumer products benefited from the new techniques which had been developed out of necessity during the war. The production of plastics which are still used widely today – such as polyethylene, polystyrene, polyester, PET and silicones – all grew during the wartime period. Silicones, for example, became widely used as water repellants and in heat resistant paints.

So we are talking about 75 years of plastic being a common mass produced item commonly used by the average person.

So what do these three facts about the history of plastic, aircraft carriers & the size of the ocean tell us…

They tell us that in 75 years of mass use by the general public the entire amount of plastic pollution currently in the world’s 360 million square miles of ocean is less in weight than three Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

When you put it that way this isn’t the crisis that’s it’s made to be which means you can’t raise money, get grants, shake down people for taxes and spending or get the UN to host your NGO to solve this problem.  Such a thing could take thousands of leftists off the gravy train.

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Apparently a Feminist author has written a book suggesting that the daily consumption of hormones to avoid pregnancy might not be the best thing for your body.

And he tells the story with a bit of a prologue

It would seem to be just common sense that the long-term use of artificial hormones — for birth control or for anything else — could have harmful side effects. When I was in college, a guy who was into weight-lifting called me over to his dorm room one afternoon and asked me to read the very detailed warning included with the steroids (Dynabol, as I recall) he had somehow obtained on the black market.These warnings were written in a lot of scientific jargon that my buddy didn’t understand, and he asked me to translate them into plain English. So I was reading along through this lengthy list of potential side effects and reached the phrase “testicular atrophy.”

Oh, hell, no.

It kind of reminds me of all those commercials for all these various drugs for you to ‘ask your doctor about” where rather nasty side effects are listed while calm and pleasant images are on the screen to distract you from the fact that they are worse than the problem that you’re already used to.

And a Radical Feminist blogger who had her own unfortunate experiences with the pill notes

I was fascinated by Grigg-Spall’s discussion of the “dark side” of the pill. Apparently data collected from Bayer concentration camp experiments was used in developing the pill (p 31). The pill has negative side effects for women ranging from promoting bone loss (p 63) to blood clots to depression, etc. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the pill as a class one carcinogen alongside tobacco and asbestos (p 59). Apparently, Depo Provera is currently used in sex offender rehab programs to decrease sex drive (p 68).

These are just some of the negative aspects of HBC that third wave feminists and pharmaceutical companies routinely downplay.

Do you see what I mean about common sense? You don’t have to be a research scientist to figure out that if “testicular atrophy” is a potential side effect of a guy injecting himself with synthetic male hormones, maybe it’s not such a good idea for women to be gobbling down a daily dose of synthetic female hormones.

And given the protests over frankenfood I would think that would be an easy sell, but apparently when we are talking about contraception suddenly the standard changes.

So the radical feminist believes that the arguments of “sex-positive/mainstream feminism” are just coincidentally aligned with the interests of the pharmaceutical industry that promotes hormonal birth control. I’d bet that if a diligent researcher looked closely at the financing behind institutional feminism, they would discover that this alignment is not entirely coincidental, like how “mainstream feminism” sold out to the porn industry in the 1980s. People need to be more skeptical. Not everybody who says they’re your friend is actually your friend.

Liberals often accuse conservatives of being “science deniers” but apparently scientific principles, study and logic are only of value if they serve or can be twisted to serve their causes.

If man is just another animal on earth, not divinely inspired or created, why isn’t man’s tendency to subdue and the earth and other animals for their own benefit simply a natural part of the behavior of the human animal to be embraced, respected and celebrated as a natural part of natures’ circle of life rather than something to be controlled or held “responsible” for?

Remember if man is no different than any other species than we have no responsibility to any other i terms of survival or care.

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Overboard 1987

Since last year I’ve been writing about the inability of people on the left to name an actual Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State.

Today Bill Kristol illustrated this inability on a grand scale.

Appearing on MSNBC the subject of Hillary 2016 came up.  Kristol contrasted her with Sen Claire McCaskill and challenged the table to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

John Heilmann & Mika Brzezinski were sitting at that table so it should have been no problem for two professional journalists who have talked about Hillary’s inevitability for months to snap off an answer.

They did not.

Heilmann declined saying he would leave to the Hillary campaign as if it was not the job of a reporter to say such a thing, Joe Scarborough picked up on meme and repeated the question.  Chuck Todd danced around speaking of the difficulty of making the case as Hillary’s style is more subdued, not as visible as John Kerry.

When John Heilmann had a 2nd chance to speak the best he could come up with in the time he had to think, mentioned Hillary Clinton’s extensive travel,  as if she was the first Secretary of State to ever travel all over the place.

Meanwhile the great champion of woman’s issues Mika Brzezinski never said a word..

For a conservative like me this Hillary hilarity was priceless moment of comedy but for a liberal activist it’s something more serious, it’s a crisis of faith.

Picture being a member of the MSNBC partisan audience base sitting there at home watching. You’ve always taken the question of Hillary’s qualifications and accomplishments as a given. Suddenly you’re confronted with Bill Kristol’s direct question. A question so simple you’re tempted to laugh, instead you sit there in tongue-tied disbelief unable to answer yourself and watching the best and brightest of MSNBC fail to provide an answer for you.

That’s when the awful reality hits you.

The reason professional political reporters, people who have followed Hillary Clinton for decades and spent the entire Obama presidency sitting on that MSNBC set talking the issues of the day can’t name a Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State off the top of their head, it’s because she doesn’t have any.

How such a person reacts to that revelation, anger toward Kristol for asking the question or re-examining what they’ve been told will say much about who that person is.

Update: The Morning Joe Site no longer supports subclips so here is the full segment

What makes it even more dramatic is John Heilmann scoffs at the idea that McCaskill is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and that’s when Bill Kristol asks the $64,000 dollar question:

“What achievement, one sentence, was did Hillary Clinton done, what is her achievement in politics that qualifies her to be President of the United States?”

Look at the faces it’s speaks volumes.

Update 2: Here is the sub clip from Youtube it’s absolutely wonderful

Update 3: I’ll be Guest Hosting Conservatively Speaking this weekend and Mr. Kristol will be joining me in the 8 AM hour to talk about the Hillary segment.

Update 4: Ed Morrissey

What’s even more amusing is the suggestion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qualifications are. Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.

and At Ace of Spades HQ:

Hillary 2016: She’s Already Passed The Globetrotting Vacation Test

Update 5: Byron York reminds us that when asked Hillary couldn’t name one either.

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Captain Nixon: That’s because in this town you can’t deny being a true Nazi.

Band of Brothers Points 2001

I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the People who tell me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis

Glenn Reynolds on Global Warming.

If there is one thing that gets people on the left in an uproar it’s the global warming climate change debate,  well not the debate per-se, it’s the existence of any debate.

We’re reached the point where people compare those who “deny” global warming climate change to Holocaust deniers and  call on them to be arrested.  Nate Silver’s 538 site was pilloried for daring to allow a scientist to even suggest that the costs of national disasters are not tied to global warming.  This is no surprise after all as Senator Boxer reminds us “We can just look out the window to see global warming climate change”

So given the wide range of people I follow on twitter many who I disagree with odds are you are going to occasionally see a tweet like this

Most of the time I just let this stuff go since I’m a busy guy and it takes more than a twitter conversation to change minds, plus I have  a soft spot for Arclight, he’s an engineer and often make the lonely fight for reality on nuclear power on the left,  but this one was such a fat pitch right over the plate I couldn’t resist taking the swing.

Now that would seem an obvious point but when you consider the left near religious fervor concerning  global warming climate change manta, it goes beyond a clever riposte.  It’s a matter of moral indictment.  Consider this response to my tweet.

The obvious answer is  Tim Imholt’s PhD’s excellent piece but more  interesting is the implicit dichotomy of those tweets.

Both Arclight & A Green claim the mantle of Science, not religion mind you where faith comes into play but science.  They claim that man-made Global Warming is scientific fact, no more disputable than the existence of germs.  A person who would deny it is akin to a doctor who insists on bleeding a patient to equalize the body’s humors.

Now perhaps one might excuse say,  Theodoric Medieval Barber of York‘s ignorance of the true nature of science, but not a modern man, after all his ignorance kills.

But if willful ignorance is not excusable, wouldn’t the harshest condemnation go to someone who by their own admission,   understands science and data, states as fact certain actions risk killing humanity itself, and still does them?

I submit and suggest that if you are a person (particularly a scientist) who insists man made global warming is real, insists ignoring it risks the lives of millions,  condemns those who would deny the truth of the danger of global warming climate change…

…yet flies when they could skype or teleconference, drives when they could bike or walk, and has a house full of energy-consuming gadgets and buys still more,  is by their own standards,  akin to a death camp guard who regularly berates the local townsfolk for denying the existence of the camp he works at.

Actually that’s not fair, if such a guard walks away he risks getting shot, what’s their excuse?

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As it’s April Fools Day it’s appropriate to look at some liberal foolishness that is not restricted to today.

Obamacare is going to become popular even though gimmicks had to be used to pass it, democrats in the House had to be dragged screaming and kicking to pass it and ever Democrat in a swing state is ducking and dodging it.

When you make a law that dramatically increases costs for business if they hire fifty or more full-time employees they will simply absorb those costs out of their profit margin without raising prices, cutting employee hours or holding back hiring.

If you raise the minimum wage that a business has to pay any new employee doing unskilled work business will continue to hire unskilled labor at the same rate without cutting hours.

A criminal is more afraid of a law saying he can’t have a gun than someone who can shoot back.

If you give people benefits that exceed the value of work they will still decide they want to work.

If you teach people their failures come from others keeping them down, they will use it as an incentive to succeed rather than an excuse for failure.

A person who gets a degree in woman’s studies and ethnic studies will have people beating down their door to hire them at a high paying job for the rest of their lives.

The “greatness” of the greatest generation had nothing to do with the culture and values that they were taught and lived.

Increasing in the number of criminals in jail and decreases in the crime rate are totally unrelated.

When you set up a medical system that provides disincentives to medically treat elderly people they will still be treated.

It’s unacceptable for children to play games like dodgeball or get their ears pieced or be given an aspirin without parental consent but it’s perfectly acceptable to those same kids to have an abortion without telling their parents or choose their own gender.

A country that wants to expand their border or intimidate their neighbors can be restrained without the prospect of military force being used against it.

An internal investigation that clears a Republican governor is a white wash not to be trusted but an internal investigation that clears the IRS or State department in a Democrat administration is completely trustworthy and not to be questioned.

The only rich people trying to influence elections are the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson.

People today are so much smarter than their ancestors simply because they live today.

I’m sure you can add plenty more, feel free to do so in comments but let me close with the most foolish liberal thought of all:

If you elect a totally inexperienced Chicago Pol based on the color of his skin to the presidency he will lead the country and indeed the world to peace and prosperity and if he doesn’t, it’s not his fault.

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Jim Hacker: Nobody knows it’s not true. Press statements aren’t delivered under oath.

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

Do you remember when Wendy Davis because a hero to the left when she stood tall and strong in favor of the a woman right to knock off her 20 week old baby in the womb? I do. She gain accolades nationwide, prompting piece like this from Joan Walsh in Salon:

Let’s take a moment to remember what’s at stake here. Texas Democrats succeeded in blocking a lot of abortion restrictions until Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to push them through. SB 5 offers a revolting menu of bad policy for women: a 20-week abortion ban; new TRAP laws requiring abortion clinics to be certified as “ambulatory surgery centers,” which would close all but five of the 42 clinics open today, along with every clinic in West Texas. It would also require clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals and restrict the abortion drug RU-486. Opponents tried to block the bill’s passage in the House last Thursday with a “people’s filibuster,” but it ultimately passed.

I tuned in to Davis’ Senate filibuster after she’d been going about 10 hours Tuesday night, and I felt like I’d discovered a baseball game that was a no-hitter going into the ninth inning. On YouTube, almost 40,000 people were already watching; that ballooned to more than 150,000 after Dewhurst stopped Davis’ crusade on bogus procedural grounds. It was gripping.

Well Wendy Davis is running for Governor and with her manufactured history in tatters the Feminist Superhero has decided it’s time to play the “whatever works” card.

Davis said she could have supported a bill that contained only a 20-week ban, but the law’s restrictions on clinics and doctors have greatly curtailed access to the procedure in parts of Texas.

“It was the least objectionable,” she said. “I would have and could have voted to allow that to go through, if I felt like we had tightly defined the ability for a woman and a doctor to be making this decision together and not have the Legislature get too deep in the weeds of how we would describe when that was appropriate.”

Did I read that right, Abortion Barbie herself the woman that has all feminism aflame declared she could support a bill with a ban on abortions at 20 weeks?

I’d talk about what that declaration says about her, but more interesting is what it says about her supporters.

Last year Wendy Davis despite her filibuster that made her famous proclaimed herself “pro-life”, Last week despite her previous attempt to restrict guns Wendy Davis proclaimed herself in favor of open carry, and now Abortion Barbie herself is willing to say:  20 wk Abortion ban?   I could support that.

One would think progressives who have showered her campaign with 11.2 million last quarter would be demanding refunds.

They will not.

First of all as is the basic principle of Marxism the ends justify the means, if proclaiming herself pro-life, pro-gun and opposing abortion after 20 weeks they’ll pay for a million robocalls to the Texas electorate proclaiming it.

But more importantly as I’ve said in the past the left isn’t worried about any of these public proclamations by Wendy Davis because they know she’s lying and in the religion of liberalism as opposed to the Judeo-Christian culture Truth is an optional extra.

Update: Twitchy is having a lot of fun with this as are a few others like the Lonely Conservative and National Review but the prize goes to Allahpundit at Hotair:

At the rate we’re going, she’s going to end up filibustering a pro-choice bill before November.

Update 2: On a more serious note:

What are Texans supposed to make of Wendy Davis now?

Wendy Davis has either become thoroughly confused on what she really believes, has no core beliefs and does not really know very much, or she is just trying to confuse all of Texas with all of these absurd, near daily position changes.

I see no reason why they can’t all be true.

Update 3: Legal Insurrection says not Barbie but Gumby:

In hindsight, maybe the anaology to Barbie was inappropriate, but not for the supposed sexism reasons usually argued.

Gumby may be a more appropriate analogy, because on her personal narrative and key policy positions, Davis is infinitely flexible.

Sister Toldjah asks: Will the real Wendy Davis please stand up?

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I noted today, as has Stacy McCain that true believers in Barack Obama are alive and well.

In so noting however he repeats a question raised by Ace of Spades on the subject

And the Liberal Chattering Classes are facing a question now: “Will my reputation and sense of pride survive Obama’s incompetence?”

And: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?”

The question  has been answered by Newsbusters: or should I say they quoted Real Clear Politics answer

MSNBC blazed its own path, encouraging Chris Matthews to channel his inner advocate and hiring people such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Martin Bashir, even Al Sharpton. Not unintelligent people, certainly, but not reporters, either — and in some cases, not journalists at all. Meanwhile, except for the successful “Morning Joe” program, MSNBC dropped its token conservative voices and for the most part eschewed original reporting in lieu of talking heads.

The upshot has been uneven. More money for MSNBC, as it slipped by CNN in the ratings, but more controversy, too.

The key line is that screed is “more money for MSNBC” and this shouldn’t surprise anyone particularly not Stacy McCain:

But this false accusation — the Duke players did not have sex with the strippers, much less hold them down and f–k them against their will — is not enough to discredit Amanda Marcotte in the eyes of those who share her worldview. This is how the Ideology of Error operates: As long as one speaks, writes and behaves in accordance with the ideology, any resulting errors are written off as if they never happened.

Amanda Marcotte can be absurdly wrong and crudely offensive and yet still be endlessly applauded by her fellow leftists. This hate-filled lying fanatic is a valued contributor at Slate and a welcome guest at MSNBC not despite her fanaticism, but because of her fanaticism.

Given that  that MSNBC is more profitable now than it was before it decided to go full bore as an  affirmation machine for the people propping Obama up, I’m afraid the answer to Ace’s question: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?” is apparently “pretty damn absurd.

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There is one side effect of Chick Fil-A’s policy of not opening on Sunday that isn’t talked about much.

Because Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday the business that normally would go to Chick-fil-A goes elsewhere.

While that business likely isn’t as big as the rest of the week and there are likely a few people for who no chicken sandwich can replace Chick-fil-A (personally I think the spicy fillet at Wendy’s is better) There are a lot of small eateries that are very grateful to not have to compete with Chick-Fil-A for at least one day a week.

MSM in general and MSNBC In particular is a lot like Chick-fil-A on Sunday to conservative sites. Ignoring stories and giving us the business

Case in point, Project Veritas and the Obamacare Navigator story:

Last week we had three posts on the subject of Project Veritas’ video showing navigators advising people to lie concerning their income including an exclusive interview with Daniel Francisco recorded before the release of the first video.

Since that time a second interview has been released with more navigators illustrating that Juan Williams not withstanding, this wasn’t an isolated incident.

And Saturday I interviewed Daniel again on DaTechGuy on DaRadio

and yesterday Project Veritas tweeted us that more is coming…

 

But if you aren’t reading conservative site, or watching fox news or local news in Texas you still haven’t heard of this.

Just like the breaking Census scandal. This broke Monday Night at the New York Post. Yesterday the census department said this:

“We learned about the information today, and we’re reviewing the information contained in that article,” said Luiz Santos, the acting director of the division of congressional liaison and communications in the Department of Labor’s inspector general’s office. Santos said he could neither confirm nor deny whether the IG’s office had opened an investigation.

Zero hedge put it well:

Following the White House’s ignorance of anything that could be going on at the Census Bureau (apart from knowing for sure that the report on jobs data manipulation was misleading), the Census Bureau itself has chimed in…

*CENSUS BUREAU SEES NO ‘SYSTEMIC MANIPULATION’ OF JOBS DATA

So that’s good then – just unsystematic?

So this is the first they have heard of it and even if it happened it is “unsystematic”.

Not according to the latest from the post today:

I don’t know how high up in the Census Bureau the orders to fake employment survey data came from, but the director of the Philadelphia region was aware of those charges against one of his field representatives back in 2010.

Fernando E. Armstrong, the regional director at the time, admitted as much in an internal Census report I have reviewed.

And that field representative, Julius Buckmon, who filed as many as 100 fake reports a month — and admitted to me faking household survey reports — was not the only field rep to do so, according to a Census source.

Lets review:

1. We have a report of fraud to manipulate labor states before an election
2. a statement by the Census bureau saying they just heard about it and it’s not systematic
3. A follow-up report that directly contradicts the statement of the Census bureau.

There is a word for a story like that: Newsworthy

But not if you are the MSM, not if you are MSNBC and not if you are Morning Joe who has yet to find either of these stories worth their time.

Perhaps  this  might because they like to spread the wealth. Because they leave these stories to sites like mine they give us traffic and visibility. They are simply trying to help the little guy by giving us a chance by giving people a reason to visit us and hit or tip jars.

However a more cynical person you likely conclude this is because they don’t want to change the Obamacare story focus from the web site and certainly not wanting to deal with fraud before the president’s election. They want to protect this administration & this president.

Hmmm maybe they ARE like Chick-fil-A. It’s all about loyalty to the religion of liberalism and to their God.

Update: The new Veritas video is out:

I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow.

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Kay: There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet

Men in Black 1997

President Andrew Shepherd: Leon, somewhere in Libya right now, a janitor’s working the night shift at Libyan Intelligence Headquarters. He’s going about doing his job… because he has no idea, in about an hour he’s going to die in a massive explosion. He’s just going about his job, because he has no idea that about an hour ago I gave an order to have him killed. You’ve just seen me do the least Presidential thing I do.

The American President 1995

The story of Barack Obama’s presidency is still in the process of being written but there were three stories today that reminded me how far we have fallen as a nation in just five years of having this man in the White House.

The first comes from the Los Angeles Times

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” he said.

What?

The president of the United States, the “Most Powerful Man on Earth” the “Leader of the Free World” the man who was given the Nobel Peace prize in anticipation of what he was going to do is going to attack Syria:

1. Not to neutralize Syrian Chemical Weapons

2. Not to save the lives of the innocents in the crossfire

3. Not to give notice to the world that using Chemical weapons will not be tolerated

He is going to hit them to keep himself from being mocked?  What is he a ten year old on a playground?  It’s one of the most obscene things I’ve ever heard of in my lifetime.

God forbid his manhood is ever threatened if he has the nuclear codes nearby.

 

Then we have the legal process to authorize these strikes

 

While the left might howl & moan all of their complains concerning George Bush and “warmongering” can’t change the fact that not only did the war Iraq have a UN resolution in place but President Bush secured congressional authorization in both Iraq and Afghanistan that he spent months making the case for before the actual votes in order to win them.

Barack Obama administration doesn’t think that way.  While back in 2007 both he and his vice president were sure congressional action was required apparently the act of lobbying or making the case to secure the votes of the congress is not worth their effort nor is any attempt to make the case to the American People who might persuade the congress to go along:

But Obama doesn’t want to do this. Why? Because he fears Congress might, after the debating the issue, say No.

So of course that’s what the Constitution’s war-making clause means: You have to get Congress’ authorization, so long as you know they’ll say yes, but if you think they’ll say no, then of course all war-making power vests in One Man Alone.

This is his same reasoning on domestic policy, too. Sure, he’d prefer to have actual laws passed which execute his preferred policies into law, but since Congress disagrees with him, naturally all law-making power flows into his singular person.

And if trying to convince the American people or the congress isn’t worth his time.

And don’t’ even start talking about trying to talk the UN into anything.

and the media that went after George Bush about illegal wars like the NYT?

Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal

They’re singing a tune they wouldn’t play for a republican

Since Russia and China won’t help, Mr. Obama and allied leaders should declare that international law has evolved and that they don’t need Security Council approval to intervene in Syria.

When the president made his red line threat his job AT THAT POINT was to start making the case to the people and the congress why we had to back it up.  He had a lot of time to do this as he made his speech a full year ago.

But the reality is the “red line” speech was given in the middle of a re-election campaign to show that he was doing something, to give the image he was strong,  something just muscular enough to keep him from being mocked.

Some things never change.

Finally there was yesterday’s anniversary of the MLK march on Washington Event.  There are three branches to government the only Black US Senator wasn’t there (Tim Scott), the only Black Supreme Court justice wasn’t there ( Clarence Thomas) but the first Black President (Bill Clinton) was as was the current black president Barack Obama.

His presence was considered very symbolic , speaker after speaker , interview after interview and newsman after newsman spoke of how wonderful it was that on the anniversary of MLK’s speech a black president was to give the closing remarks.

Then came the speech itself.

The president’s speech writers produced a speech and Barack Obama stood at that podium before his teleprompters and gave that speech…

…and the media went wild!

Douglas Brinkley called the “beautifully written” speech “one of the best he’s ever given”

George Stephanopolus loved it

Ron Fournier said it should be on granite

The MSM’s praise was unrestrained and one might wonder the reason.

I don’t.

This president has failed on the economy, he has failed diplomatically, he has failed as a job creator, the scandals have been an ethical failure ,  he has failed as commander-in-chief in Benghazi, his position in Syria is self-serving and has certainly failed as a person who brought races together.

But there are two things he can do all day long.  He could be black and he can read a speech from a teleprompter with the best of them and because the media has no other reason to celebrate this president, they indulged themselves knowing the next day they would be back to covering a feckless president unable to lead, unable to govern.

All I can think of is this passage from the first Book of Kings Chapter 18 verses 26-29

Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying, “Answer us, Baal!” But there was no sound, and no one answering. And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.  When it was noon, Elijah taunted them: “Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating, or may have retired, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”  They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.  Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state until the time for offering sacrifice. But there was not a sound; no one answered, and no one was listening

The media is in love with their God and will stay loyal to that love, even as his administration mistreats them come what may.

What does it say when the supporters of a president and the media are more concerned with a good visual than with the coming of war and what does it say about our country that it has taken only five years to reach this point that would have been unthinkable before?

Remember America you did this to yourself.

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A few days ago I wrote the following about Barack Obama

What does it say about a leader if he needs somebody to prompt him to acknowledge he is not a god and what does it say when his followers are willing to play along?

Lo & behold what do I see at Instapundit when I woke up this morning:

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, HERETICS AND APOSTATES AND UNBELIEVERS WOULD BE PUNISHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “Excommunicated From The Clown Community.”

Ironically a Clown who wrote an Op-ed for CNN supporting the Ban on the Rodeo clown as James Taranto reports:

Quest is a member of its board and a past president. And COAI, as it’s known for short, does have a code of ethics, titled “The Eight Clown Commandments.” Here’s how it begins:

1. I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup. I will remember at all times that I have been accepted as a member of the clown club only to provide others, principally children, with clean clown comedy entertainment. I will remember that a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others.

Quest argues that the Missouri clown violated the First Clown Commandment:

I think given the reaction of the left they believe a different first commandment has been violated:

You shall not have other gods besides me.

Exodus 20:3

They are just talking about a different God.

Contrast that to the words of former congressman Allen West Friday in New Hampshire:

Something happens when a nation loses its faith, something happens when you lose such and important core part of your belief system the Judeo-Christian faith & heritage.  Then you start to now not believe and worship the God with the big “G”,  you start to worship the government with the little “g” and that is exactly what is happening …”

In a room with 170 people who have paid to hear him the message is not about himself and his ego, but what happens when you abandon something greater than yourself.  And moreover look at his conclusion:

You know when I go around here in NH and see that nice little license plate.  The license plate says “Live free or die” .  This is the challenge I’m going to leave with each and every one of you:  Does the journey to the American dream end on your watch?  If it ends on your watch, shame on you, because you will be the first generation that will not leave something better to subsequent generations and I will tell you when I know the sacrifices of my mother and father,  there is no way in hell I will not pass on something better to my two daughters. 

And I don’t care what people write I don’t care what people say it is the fight worth having because I will not dishonor the legacy of my parents.

The message is not about “I’m great” it’s about those who came before and those who came after and what they are owed.

You must NOT dishonor the legacy of your parents, your grandparents and our founding fathers. 

You must go home tonight and that motto of “live free or die” must become part of who you are.  And every single night you that you look at  yourself in the mirror you must ask yourself  “did I own up to that motto or are those just words on a license plate?

His message is not:  Follow the great and wonderful me it is:  GO OUT AND LEAD for the sake of those who came before and those who will come after.

No wonder the left hates him and the media calls him crazy. These very concepts are blasphemy against their God.

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That hardest part in trying to make a living as an independent reporting/blogger/writer supported by your readers is You never know how the weekly paycheck will go.

Last week I put almost 500 miles on my car covering RNC Boston, Allen West in NH and doing 3 radio shows on four stations in two cities. I recorded dozens of interviews and speeches that I will be posting on the blog over the next several weeks.

yet I didn’t even manage half of my weekly paycheck.

It just goes to show you ever know what people will want.

I likely won’t be traveling as much this week but the goal is still the same. A weekly $305 paycheck to pay the mortgage.

So I start this new week with the same goal as the week before 15 readers willing to kick in $20 to provide that paycheck.

I ask that you be one of that fifteen.

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Macro:   Although he is now a God he is still same lovable young man we’ve always known, I can attest to that. And to enable his relationships with all of us to continue exactly as they were he has decided for convenience to retain his mortal form. Oh by the way his sister Drusilla has become a Goddess. Any questions?

Senator Lentulus:   Well of course it is unusual but ah as Victorious Macro says that is the nature of miracles. Why one must ask oneself are Gods are only made after death? Sooner or later a man was bound to reborn as a God in our very midst… I think we should count ourselves fortunate to be living in this time. Gentlemen posterity will envy us!


I Claudius Zeus by Jove 1976

Seriously, my Lefty friends—do you not understand how CREEPY this is to normal people?

Michael Graham Sept 25th 2009

You know if this

A video posted to YouTube on Sunday quickly went viral, because it shows a little boy praying to, not for, the commander in chief.

Squeezing his eyes closed tight, the boy, Stephen, says, “Barack Obama, thank you for doing everything and all the kind stuff. Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with.”

“Thank you for taking the courage and responsibility for everything you’ve done for us,” the boy continues, adding that God has given the president “a special power.”

was a stand along story it really wouldn’t be a big deal, just a little kid who doesn’t know better.

But when you combine it with this

The Missouri State Fair imposed a lifetime ban on the rodeo clown whose depiction of Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike.

The rodeo clown won’t be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they’re also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday’s event.

Thou Shalt not take the name of thy god in vain
Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
The Noblest cause is to serve your  lord in all things
and with previous stories along these lines exile for questioning The One

It’s bad enough to question the faith but to question your Lord & Savor Barack Obama in public? In front of his high priestess?

Well that’s beyond the pale.

You shall not put their lord and god to the test.

 

and of worship

I’m honestly starting to lose count of how many of these there are. No “mmm mmm mmm” in this one or creepy substitutions of The One for Jesus, but kudos to the teacher who came up with the “change has come” drone. Reminds me of “one of us, one of us.”

I’m reminded of these words in 2009 from that fairest of fair-minded people the Anchoress:

I think it is wrong to jump the gun on this and make the accusation of idolatry. If we insist on hearing what may not be there, then we need to ask if our own ideology, which may tempt us to believe the worst simply because that’s what ideology does, is in charge of us. And if our ideology is in charge, name the Idolater.

It’s four years later and we have children praying to Obama, Stars referring to him as “our Lord and savior” without objections from clergy and those who make fun of him banished from employment in a state in their profession.

As I’ve said before, Liberalism is a religion, Abortion is their sacrament and apparently we’ve now established Barack Obama is its god and woe to them who would blaspheme.

and now begins the inquisition!

And let me remind everyone of one thing concerning this Abe Lincoln Moment:

Leaving their squalid houses and their tar-paper shacks, an impenetrable cordon of newly freed blacks followed Lincoln down the rubble-strewn streets, starting with a handful and swelling into a thousand. “Bless the Lord!” they shouted. “The great Messiah! I knowed him as soon as I seed him. He’s in my heart four long years. Come to free his children from bondage. Glory hallelujah.” And Lincoln replied, “You are free. Free as air.” “I know I am free,” answered one old woman, “for I have seen Father Abraham and felt him.”

One of Lincoln’s aides asked the mass to step aside and allow the president to proceed, but to no avail. “After being so many years in the desert without water,” a man said happily, “it is mighty pleasant to be looking at las’ on our spring of life.” Weeping for joy, they strained to touch his hand; dizzy with exultation, they brushed his clothing to see that he was real; fearing that it was only a dream, they wiped their tears to make sure they were in fact looking out upon his face. Moved, Lincoln ignored his bodyguards and waded deeper into the thickening flock.

One black man, overcome by emotion, dropped to his knees, prompting the president to conduct a curbside colloquium on the meaning of emancipation. “Don’t kneel to me,” said the president. “That is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will enjoy hereafter.”

Nobody had to prompt Lincoln to react this way.

What does it say about a leader if he needs somebody to prompt him to acknowledge he is not a god and what does it say when his followers are willing to play along?

I think it says it means the words Herod whispered under his breath after Lentulus’ speech apply to you.

Posterity will call you an ass. 

Me I won’t wait for Posterity to say so.

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Wednesday is here and Da Paycheck for the week remains at $2 out of $305.

It could be that my making fun of the new God of Liberalism is what’s holding me back, after all mess with a god and bad things happen.

However life being what it is it doesn’t have to stay that way. It will take less that 1% of you deciding to hit DaTipJar below to make all the difference and with God, the actual one all things are possible.

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I wrote about the Boston Globe being saved from the clutches of those nasty conservatives a few days ago. Red Mass Group expands on why John Henry of the Boston Red Sox is the perfect buyer for the paper:

John Henry on the other hand is a long time Democratic donor and activist. According to his donation records Henry has donated over $1.1M to Democrats and special interest groups, while $1000 went to a lone Republican.

$1,000 Republican
$1,003,250 Democrat
$101,500 special interest
total: $1,105,750

Seemingly the New York Times Corporation may have not fulfilled it’s fiduciary responsibility to get the most money for an asset it was selling. Furthermore, it seems to be based on the politics of the bidders.

The previous high bidder is not taking this sitting down:

“We bid significantly more than Henry,” said John Lynch, the CEO of U-T San Diego, one of the Globe finalists. “At the end of the day, I’m certain our bid was higher and could have been a lot more higher if they had just asked. I’m just stunned. I thought this was a public company that had a fiduciary duty to get the most by its stockholders. … From the beginning, I don’t think they wanted to sell to us.”

Lynch said the Times laid out three qualifiers for the deal: price, capability to close quickly and ability to finance.

“We had the money in the bank, we had the highest price and we rolled over (Friday) and accepted all their terms,” said Lynch.

As recently as 3 p.m. EDT Friday, Lynch said, U-T San Diego had an army of lawyers working to iron out a deal with the Times, and didn’t officially learn it had lost until they received an email at 3:30 a.m. EDT — some two hours after the Globe announced the $70 million deal on Twitter.

Hey what’s elementary economics when there is a neighborhood to protect?

A final thought. The New York Times is the leading proponent of social and economic Liberalism in general and Barack Obama and his economic policies in particular.

If you wonder why democrats in congress and on the White House have been so willing to put their party before the actual economic good of the country then you simply don’t understand liberalism.

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4:52 PM Just heard the Washington Post has been purchased by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com

In Theory Amazon hasn’t purchased it but in terms of advertising he will basically be paying himself. If he integrates the business and we know Bezos is skilled at this, then again will conservative book buyers decide to spend their money elsewhere if Bezos becomes the liberal angel.

I must admit I have no idea how this will turn out but it’s interesting to note that both the Post and the Globe buyers are successful businessmen who have plenty of money to lose if they wish.

The question becomes are they businessman’s trying to expand to succeed in a new business or Angels who have plenty of money to lose in pushing a viewpoint?

That’s the $64,000 questions or should I say the $250 Million dollar question

 

Why does Baldwin get a pass, because he can (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan) sing this song:

I am the very model of a modern Media Liberal,
I’ve information vegan, and organic and Earth-centrical,
I know all of the Kennedys, can quote court fights historical
From Roe v. Wade down to Prop eight, in order categorical.

I’m very well acquainted, with the need to tax the richest man,
I grasp John Maynard Keynes, and of State-spending I’m a real fan,
About Obamanomics I am teeming with a lot o’ news, (hmmm lot o’news…)
With many cheerful stats to show Recovery is not a ruse!

Media Chorus: With many cheerful stats to show Recovery is not a ruse
With many cheerful stats to show Recovery is not a ruse
With many cheerful stats to show Recovery is not is not a ruse.

I’m good with Krugman’s thought: indeed, I understand his calculus;
I know each species whose survival may indeed be grave at risk
In short, in matters vegan, and organic and Earth-centrical
I am the very model of a modern Media Liberal,

Media Chorus:  In short, in matters vegan, and organic and Earth-centrical,
He is the very model of a modern Media Liberal,

I know our mythic history, Marg’ret Sanger to Obama;
I follow all pop music and the best of Cable Drama,
I understand quite clearly global warning’s threat and dire purview
And laugh at every quip that shows the ignorance of W!

I’m comf’rtable with lyrics all Nicki Minaj has put to pen
But hear sublim’nal racism in all that Rush could ever ken
I see so very surely that Bill Clinton is a feminist (feminist, feminist??? ah why not.)
Unlike that Sarah Palin, who is simply just completely dense.

Media Chorus: Unlike that Sarah Palin, who is simply just completely dense.
Unlike that Sarah Palin, who is simply just completely dense.
Unlike that Sarah Palin, who is simply just completely completely dense.

I can detail the nature full of  Occupy’s most noble cause
And tell you that The Teaparty is astroturf, with many flaws:
In short, in matters vegan and organic and Earth-centricial,
I am the very model of a modern Media Liberal,

Media Chorus:  In short, in matters vegan, and organic and Earth-centricial,
He is the very model of a modern Media Liberal,

I know that G-m foods are bad for all the tragic poor to eat
I can’t abide a restaurant unless it serves organic meat
I know that an abortion is a right most constitutional
And citizens with firearms is strictly just militianal

I see Islamophobia each soul that’s pure quite right eschews
and, as we know, our problems come from Christians and religious Jews,
I clear see why conservatism is a racist strategy – (strategy hmmm)
You’ll say a better Liberal has never been on your TV

Media Chorus:  You’ll say a better Liberal has never been on your TV
You’ll say a better Liberal has never been on your TV
You’ll say a better Liberal has never been on your TV

I know the State of Israel’s the mirror of South Africay
And Say we must recall all troops right back inside the USA
In short in matters vegan and organic and Earth-centricial,,
I am the very model of a modern Media Liberal!

Media Chorus:  In short, in matters vegan, and organic and Earth-centricial,
He is the very model of a modern Media Liberal!

Want to get a media pass on any and every offense?  Learn to live this song.  Any questions?  (My thanks to James Marley for his invaluable help & critique)

Update:  Can’t you just see Steve Crowder making a video of this song?

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July has come. As I failed to may a full paycheck in any week in June (just missed it last week) and failed to make the Mortgage payment by nearly $400 dollars I’m not sorry to see it go.

Hopefully July will be more successful, but I don’t make that decision, you do.

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The Story of the liberal activist who faked Rape threats about herself:

A well-known female liberal blogger and radio host at the University of Wyoming (UW) is being accused by police of fabricating a rape threat against herself to appear as if it came from a conservative.

The obscene message directed at activist Meg Lanker-Simons was posted on a college “crush” Facebook page earlier this week and immediately ignited outrage from the college community..

Has drawn many comments from Gateway pundit on the Ayers connection, This Ain’t Hell on her pages now gone, and Stacy on the silence of her allies:

Perhaps more mysterious is why some of her allies are silent about this suffering victim:

Lanker-Simons’s “Cognitive Dissonance” site was recognized for an award last year by the Center for American Progress’s Think Progress site.

And what is their reaction to the victimization of this liberal blogger whose award-winning excellence they recognized?

While the Jim Crow South and the framing of Blacks for Crimes they didn’t commit instantly came to mind for me, my second thought came as a man who just had his 25th anniversary.

This woman is Married.

At this point we don’t know if her husband KNEW if this complaint was false or not.

It’s he did it’s bad, he’s an accomplice and should be treated as such, but it’s much worse if he didn’t.

Imagine how YOU would feel if your wife was threatened this way? How outraged? What would you do? Skip a day or two of work to be sure she’s safe? Buy a gun? Make sure she’s not alone? And that’s the reaction she would see, how would he be felling? How many of your friend would you have keeping an eye on the house, on people going by? How frustrated would he be about his wife in danger and being unable to protect her?

I know how I would feel and do, it would become the focus of what I did and God help the guy . It would tear me apart.

As a married man I almost hope he WAS in on it, I would hate to think a wife would put her husband through something like this just to score a political point. That’s not love.

Think of where that puts you on the list of her priorities.

Meg Lanker-Simons may have retained counsel to protect her legally, but what is she going to do about her husband.

Then again after seeing this line from Viral Read

Katherine Timpf of Campus Reform reported that Lanker-Simons “is a member of the University of Wyoming Gender & Women’s Studies group as well as the school’s chapter of The Nonviolent Communist.”

he should not be surprised, for the Communist the ends always justifies the means.

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Speaking of happy Husbands and wives if I can get that last $74 to make this weeks paycheck Just four of you kicking in $20 (OK four kicking in $18.50 to be exact) that will make my wife very happy particularly since we got a $492 oil delivery (that was a $245 delivery when Bush left office)

One black man, overcome by emotion, dropped to his knees, prompting the president to conduct a curbside colloquium on the meaning of emancipation. “Don’t kneel to me,” said the president. “That is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will enjoy hereafter.”

Shelby Foote. The Civil War a Narrative Vol 3

First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama.

Jamie Foxx

Yesterday the internet was all abuzz as Matt Drudge gave the front page treatment to this story out of Moorehouse college

The Rev. Kevin Johnson, a Morehouse alumnus and the senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, Pa., wrote an opinion column earlier this month in the Philadelphia Tribune accusing Obama of neglecting the black community in his cabinet picks–they’re overwhelmingly white–and broader political agenda.

The day after the article ran, Johnson said, Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. phoned to express reservations about his “untimely” comments regarding President Obama. Johnson asked administrators to honor their invitation, but learned days later he had been replaced by three alternate speakers.

A lot of people on the right including friends of mine like Kevin Jackson are objecting LOUDLY

the issue those on the Left should be concerned with is their amazingly intolerant behavior against their own.

Rev. Johnson has been and remains an Obama supporter. So the fact that he is being reprimanded for his opinion SHOULD bother Liberals. Liberals seem to have a real fear of the truth.

The person in charge of retrieving the runaway slave? Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. It was Wilson who telephoned Johnson, asking him to step down. Wilson had to show solidarity to the tribal leader.

Now I respect Kevin Jackson and normally I’m a free speech absolutist, but I have to say he is dead wrong on Morehouse. They were absolutely correct in cancelling Rev Johnson.

Why? Freedom of Religion.

You might recall I objected to Barack Obama giving the commencement speech at Notre Dame because as a Catholic College Barack Obama and his publicly expressed beliefs were totally contrary to the School’s religious beliefs.

The exact same dynamic is in play here.

Lets take a close look at the word Reverend Johnson wrote:

Why are we so loyal to a president who is not loyal to us?
What is it about our community that we continue to support candidates nationally and locally just because their skin has been “kissed by nature’s sun”?
And more importantly, why are we loyal to a Democratic Party that often ignores us and takes our votes for granted?

My questions do not suggest that we should necessarily change political affiliation, but they do suggest that the African-American community must hold political leaders accountable and change our strategy to ensure that we are fully engaged in the political process beyond November elections.

Now while I don’t subscribe to the religion of Liberalism if I did that’s clearly blasphemy against the faith. And if you read the article it’s even worse:

In 2012, two prominent Philadelphia lawyers convened a meeting between White House senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, and a cross-section of Philadelphia’s African-American leadership. The purpose of the meeting was to candidly discuss the president’s re-election strategy and policies toward African-Americans.

The meeting was initially cordial until I mustered the courage to ask Jarrett a question I have heard repeatedly in the African-American community, “Over the past four years, what has President Obama done to help Black people?”

It’s bad enough to question the faith but to question your Lord & Savor Barack Obama in public? In front of his high priestess?

Well that’s beyond the pale.

And not only has he doesn’t all these sacrilegious things he publicly proclaimed this near Apostasy in the Philadelphia Tribune.

All of this being the case and Moorehouse College being a Bastion of the liberal religion I can’t see how I can object to their removal of a man who has violated the most cherished beliefs on the religion they profess so strongly.

After all as my religion commands: You shall not have other gods besides me. I have been a defender of Orthodoxy in my religion, I certainly don’t have any business complaining when a different institution demands the same.

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While Conservatism isn’t my religion I still have faith that my readers can help me make that weekly $300 paycheck.

Religion or no show your faith in Conservatism, and consider hitting DaTipJar

Marion Cunningham: …and when the fire goes out and the last marshmallow is eaten they’ll go into the woods and…OH MY GOD! (dishes crashing)

Happy Days

Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.

Monty Python: The Life of Brian 1979

Remember the old movie Porky’s where the boys had a hole in the wall so they could watch the girls shower?  Welcome to 21st century Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Education on Friday issued directives for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.

It gets better:

The document said whether a student identifies as a boy or girl is up to the student or, in the case of younger students, the parents.

The lawsuits will be spectacular. You disagree? Consider:

You’re a teacher or guidance counselor. A boy goes into the girls shower room, you try to eject him he identifies himself as “gender neutral” or “confused”.

You lay one hand on him, say one thing to him, suggest for even a single moment that he might be faking and now you have a discrimination lawsuit on your hands, the school district’s hands and the city’s hands. Such a suit would be worth at least tens of thousands of dollars.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you think for ONE MINUTE you won’t find high school boys horny & desperate enough to try to pull this?

2. Do you for ONE MINUTE that it will be difficult to find a personal injury lawyer or any lawyer not able to find gainful employment who won’t take this kind of suit?

3. Do you think for ONE MINUTE that such an administrator or school aide in this economy will risk their job, add the good benefits that come with a public school position to stop such a boy?

4. Do you think for ONE MINUTE in this age of phantom disability claims you such a student or family will be able to find a psychologist to testify to the boys “confusion” and demand the school cover the expense of regular professional counseling?

5. Do you think for ONE MINUTE that a school facing such a suit and worried that a radical group will decide to make an “example” of them on behalf will not settle, even if its a low 5 figure amount to make such a suit go away?

Who needs a hole in the wall of the girls shower anymore? In Massachusetts all you need is a teenager desperate enough to see actual naked girls in the shower and viola you have access, and if those girls cover up, or scream or run into a stall to avoid you, remember THEY are the ones being unreasonable:

Scott said disciplining students who won’t acknowledge a student’s gender identity is appropriate because it amounts to bullying

Got that? If you girls don’t totally welcome Pee Wee into your locker room you are a BULLY and we all know how bad bullying is!

And we haven’t even gotten to any ADULTS who might be at the school for whatever reason who claim different gender.

And remember these are the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Education Department!

The irony? This “progressive” change is going to have it’s greatest traumatic effect on, you guessed it, young girls for a start. And because more affluent parents will be able to send their daughters to private or Catholic schools it will  be the young girls of the poorest who will bear the burden.

The headline? Mass Department of Ed issues Transgender Guidelines, Women & Minorities hardest hit.

Just remember we NEED public schools to make sure our kids get a quality education so they can get a job.  I don’t know about a job but the kids are going to get an education all right.

via Culture news

Update:  The word Not didn’t belong in the paragraph beginning The Irony… corrected

“The Empire grew quickly, nobody likes to have their planet blow up beneath them.”

DC Comics Presents 36 1981

I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse

The Godfather 1972

Yesterday Victor Davis Hanson wrote a bit about liberalism do as I say liberals, mentioning Hollywood

The public wonders why Hollywood is so liberal — is it the Bohemian culture surrounding the arts? The natural creative temperament of actors? The Lotus-land surf and sun of the southern-California beach milieu? Perhaps. But penance plays a role as well. For the overpaid and pampered Hollywood movie star, calling for raising taxes, banning guns, ending global warming, and legalizing gay marriage means never having to feel too bad about living on the beach and making, under our capitalist system, more money in a month than do many Americans in a lifetime.

His point is well taken but this is the carrot that he’s talking about, he is ignoring the stick.

It is the stick that makes all the difference.

It is the stick that says, if you don’t give lip service to the liberal cause you won’t get that first job.

It is the stick that says if you are publicly conservative you won’t be considered for that guest role.

It is the stick that says if you are out campaigning for conservatives you won’t get that series.

It is the stick that says if you aren’t pushing our causes will will not get the face time on the talk shows, you will not be sitting on the late night shows and you will not find yourself passed over in a million different ways.

The pattern is not unique to Hollywood. I’m sure many Democrat pols who were brought up good Catholics were asked kindly to be silent on their city councils and selectman positions on certain issues out of party loyalty, but when they decided they wanted to advance beyond that counsel seat or that selectman position they are shown the stick and if they don’t give in, they don’t advance.

Never forget while the carrot is a motivator it is the stick that really makes the difference.

Daras: The Deputy Fuhrer is an authority on the genetics of racial purity. How do you classify this one?

Melakon: [regarding Spock] Hm. Very difficult. Note the sinister eyes… and the malformed ears. Definitely an inferior race.

Star Trek Patterns of Force 1968

“You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.

Leviticus 19:15


Our programming does not permit us to acknowledge that any creature is superior to the Daleks

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks 1975

Picking up from where I left off, when looking at some of the stories that I didn’t bother to write about in the last few days I find there is a common thread.

From the calls for death of Climate “deniers” to NRA members to the “not to be taken seriously” assassination list of earth first including Brandon Darby there is a single basic connection.

It is the idea that the people who are thus targeted or critiqued are not worthy of the same courtesy and standards of behavior that those making said declarations would hold for themselves.

Thus any critique particularly public critique of Professor Erik Loomas is beyond the pale but Professor Loomas’ connecting Sarah Palin with the Giffords shooting calling for the hunting down of Dick Morris to be skinned like a pig declaring for the world to see we need the heads on sticks of those who disagree is perfectly acceptable no matter what language he may employ or colorful metaphors used.

Now while members of the tea party, the conservative blogosphere and Republicans around the nation might object to this as a double standard,   we obviously are forgetting that this type of thinking from our democrat friends concerning Republicans is simply an extension of  science:

Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.

On the otherhand, they have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.

It’s the very same principle that another Democrat echoed describing republican opponents on another critical matter:

All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity

Being fanatics with a species of insanity,  we don’t understand why someone like Brandon Darby, who had the audacity to believe that bombing the GOP convention might not be the appropriate response to political disagreement, is clearly unworthy of standards of society, let alone the consideration   for his acts that an Erik Loomas should expect.

And we of the right like Darby, being unworthy of the consideration for the standards or support of society due to our mental impairment, dare I say mental inferiority why stop there?  After all, if conservatism is a form of irrational insanity that as some say, has “blood on their hands“,  what rights do conservatives have that should be respected by he left and the media culture that support them, particularly if these opinions lead to the violent death of women and children?

If such insanity could somehow be restrained, then the enlightened could solve problems from the economy to gun violence unrestrained.  There is a precedent.  In fact there’s a whole Supreme Court ruling, one of the most famous rulings in American jurisprudence, made by some of the most educated and elite democrats of their time that can be looked to for guidance:

We think they are not, and that they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States.

I don’t see a single line in the constitution protecting the rights of the insane fanatics.  Do you?

I know some might object to Democrats being connected these opinions of their party.  Their resentment to some degree is proper, after all the left goes after the right irregardless of race.  So what is the actual driver here?  Well that’s for tomorrow.

Update: Stacy McCain notes something at Occupy Rebellion that is relevant:

Andrew Breitbart was a career criminal who made it his mission to destroy people & their families. . . .
NO ONE linked to Breitbart has the right to ever claim their “victims” of anything. NO ONE linked to Breitbart has the right to ever “grieve” for anyone they know who died.

Stacy is stuck by this:

What is striking — and, in a weird ironic way, a tribute to Breitbart’s greatness — is how this obsessive hatred has persisted even after Breitbart’s death, so that now Rauhauser, “Occupy Rebellion” and others (most of them involved with the “Weiner Truther” cult) have transferred their “heroic hatred” to Breitbart’s associates.

Stacy Stacy Stacy, you just don’t get it. It’s not obsessive hatred, Breitbart obviously doesn’t have the right to be mourned because what he did and thought was obviously, as Dr. Stephens would diagnose, due to his insanity and any of us who wish to follow his example deserve no better.

There was, and still is a misunderstanding concerning what indulgences in the Catholic Church are. The best example I can give Civil vs criminal. The forgiveness of Christ means no criminal charges, an indulgence means no civil charges either.

There is however apparently a new indulgence now being offered today, an indulgence that is more impressive and more powerful in our modern society than any Plenary indulgence that prayer and fasting can bring. It’s an indulgence that can turn violence into legit protest, racism into innocent remarks and even overrides the famous words: “If it bleeds it leads”.

It’s the letter “D” and the liberal belief it represents

When one gives lip service to liberalism one is granted the ultimate indulgence

With that letter D next to your name, remarks that would disqualify you from office that would tar you as a racist become innocent.

With the letter D next to your name, you can skip the NAACP convention without judgement.

With the letter D next to your name sexual harassment suits become unnewsworthy and scandals that slay secret service agents and hundreds of innocents can be ignored.

With the letter D next to your name gas prices, unemployment and particularly black unemployment won’t will have no political consequences nor will the media find it worthy of note.

With the letter D you can vote for a tax one session then declare just as it is coming into effect that it’s a job killer that should be stopped yet you won’t be questioned.

And if you service the causes supported by the Letter D the power is even greater.

With the D before your name You can keep the poor in poverty in the cities yet you are considered their defender.

With the D upon you, shootings can take place within the minority community and nobody will march on your town.

With the D no amount of damage from a Hurricane nor tardiness of aid or bureaucratic problems can place blame upon you.

If you serve the D your violent movement and your motives are washed clean, no matter how many incidents of violence you commit.

With that Mystic Letter D, you can beat people on camera, call Black Men “Nigger” and destroy their business property and the media will say they had it coming, assuming they say anything at all.

You can even allow a successful attack on 9/11 and the death of American and with the letter D before your name no blame will fall upon you.

All from the power of the letter D and the indulgences granted by the media who are rewarded from above with fame, status and when high enough on the chain a well funded and a comfortable time for the rest you their days…

…but unlike the true indulgences of the church which come into play at that very time, after that, you’re on your own.

Legal Insurrection doesn’t get it:

The mainstream media is silent about the union violence in general because it does not fit their narrative, and the racist conduct of the union members is off limits. “Progressives” are spreading conspiracy theories that this all was staged.

This is covered by the indulgence, nothing to see here.

Lee Stranahan doesn’t get it either interview not withstanding:

Stacy Misses it too:

NBC/Universal, CBS/Viacom, ABC/Disney, CNN/Time-Warner — the highly profitable conglomerates that run Big Media are seldom called out by the lefties that rant deliriously against “Wall Street.” And whatever the idealism of their employees, there is something quaintly naive in the notion that the goal of Viacom is to tell the truth.

It has nothing to do with profit they support the left thus they are covered by the media indulgence.

Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours

C. S. Lewis Screwtape #7

Only today I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that “only such a faith can outlast the death of old cultures and the birth of new civilisations”. You see the little rift? “Believe this, not because it is true, but for some other reason.” That’s the game,

Screwtape #9

When reading about the trials of Liberal Christianity elaborated on at HotAir and the New York Times one harkens back to one of my very first posts back in January 2009 titled Why Believe or No? the Nitty Gritty of Christianity was laid out plainly:

Many people give many different reasons why they are Christian in general and or Catholic in particular. I maintain there is only one valid reason, and that reason should trump any and all others:

Because it’s true.

This should and must be the primary reason for being a Christian. No other trumps it. Christianity and the Church is either true or false, there is no middle ground here. If it is true then non belief doesn’t matter. The penalties and benefits are real and will have to be dealt with at some time in the future. Its like not believing in the wind. It doesn’t matter if you believe it it or not it is a reality to deal with.

Conversely if Christ is not the son of God then Christianity is just another Elks club that meets on Sunday. This is why liberal “modernized” Christianity has no meaning and can’t attract members. There are plenty of groups out there for various liberal causes that do not require a liturgy even one bastardized and watered down to avoid offense. If your cause is some other agenda than Christ and the Gospel then the need to attend a “Church” becomes superfluous.

So one might wonder why keep the denomination going? The answer comes from the British TV Series Yes Minister:

James Hacker: Humphrey, what’s a Modernist in the Church of England?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, well, the word “Modernist” is code for non-believer.

James Hacker: You mean an atheist?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, Prime Minister. An atheist clergyman couldn’t continue to draw his stipend. So, when they stop believing in God, they call themselves “Modernists”.

And not only is the stipend gone but you are much more likely to get coverage for your statement if you are the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church then the head of yet another liberal NGO decrying any attempt to declare any practice (other than the promulgation of Orthodox Christianity) a sin.

So this will go on until all that is left is a small office with a person calling themselves a Bishop with little or no flock sustained in the public eye only the leftist media’s desire that such a voice exist.

If you are a believing and faithful Christian in General or Catholic in particular and this post is a source of Schadenfreude, be wary…

Update: Via Glenn Walter Russell Mead talks about the decline in the moral authority of the Episcopal Church but doesn’t come out and say the reason. To have moral authority, one must believe in morality.

Update 2: meant to say “trials” vs “trails” corrected
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When via (Weasel Zippers) I saw this at the Obama campaign site:

All I could think of was this quote:

“If any one comes to me without hating his father 7 and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  Obama Luke 14:26

And this from Abe Lincoln who in addition to being tough on vampires, had a different view of the Presidencyemphasis mine

One black man, overcome by emotion, dropped to his knees, prompting the president to conduct a curbside colloquium on the meaning of emancipation. “Don’t kneel to me,” said the president. “That is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will enjoy hereafter.”

Talk about liberalism is a religion! Who wants to make book how soon this goes down? I don’t think it lasts past Monday.

Via Glenn we see the two generation rule in action:

When American cities embraced the high cost, high regulation statist model two generations or so ago, they were often the richest and most dynamic places in the country. Increasingly “progressive” policies, with higher wages for unionized teachers, bigger bureaucracies enforcing tighter regulations, more “planning” by qualified technocrats and more government services and benefits to improve the quality of residents’ lives were supposed to take the American city into a new golden age.

It’s hard to think of many social experiments that have more disastrously failed. Now many of these once flourishing cities are hollowed out shells, while around them suburbs and increasingly exurbs flourish away from the deadening influence of urbanist politics. None of this affects the hold of progressive and urbanist ideology on true believers; if anything, they believe even more passionately in the cause.

Yet on Morning Joe this morning the talk was all about the comeback of Detroit as if the Bankruptcy issue just didn’t exist.

As Greece is teaching us, reality tends to catch up with you and as Mark Steyn explains the idea that the social and fiscal issues are not connected doesn’t wash:

As almost all those fashionable split-the-difference fiscally conservative/socially liberal governors from George Pataki to California’s pathetically terminated Terminator eventually discover, their social liberalism comes with a hell of a price tag. Ask the Greeks how easy it is for insolvent nations to wean the populace off unaffordable nanny-state lollipops: When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you’re pretty much done for.

Modern liberalism, for all it’s self-righteousness is all about conformity to it’s totalitarian nature/religion, and if you don’t confirm, watch out.

There is a basic principle that needs to be said aloud concerning the Susan G. Komen business.

For Roman Catholics and Believing Protestants Abortion is an intrinsic evil. It is impossible for a person who opposes abortion to give to a private organization funding it without sin. So one might understand their reluctance to donate to Susan G. Komen over money spent on Abortion. They would be more likely to instead give directly to other charities that might do good work without dollars going to the number one Abortion provider.

Now the people on the other side claim that this is all about Woman’s Health. That it is politicizing women health and that women will suffer if planned parenthood doesn’t have this money.

How?

Susan G. Komen is giving grants to organizations who do work to prevent breast cancer. Presumably as they are grants that are applied for, more than one organization that does this work is applying for them. I may have joked about applying for a grant but I’m not getting one, you’re not getting one and Pizza Hut or Taco Bell aren’t getting one.

Yet for our friends on the left that didn’t matter. From Joe Biden to Andrea Mitchell to liberal groups all over they not only attacked Komen but they threatened their cooperate sponsors, if they continued to fund Komen.

Not because a single dollar less would be spent on breast cancer, not because Komen had not done good work for its existence,not because there would actually be a compromise of women’s health, but because some of those funds were not going to be funneled to Planned Parenthood.

I have often said Abortion is a sacrament to the left, apparently not only is Planned Parenthood is their church but is also their cult and like any cult if you try to leave you must be destroyed no matter how many women with breast cancer you might help.

It is axiomatic that Comedy central is an organ of the left in both its approach and its opinions, but every now and again it finds a situation so ironic, so simply incredible that no amount of political agreement or sympathy can override the comedy gold it produces.

There is a lot of commentary on the right concerning this:

Legal Insurrection:

This is from the “you can’t make this stuff up” files

The Mental Recession

The hypocrisy is mind-numbing, especially if the Daily Show has to point out something as being uncivil towards the Tea Party.


The Conservatory:

Beyond obtuse. Far, far beyond.

Moe Lane:

Nobody’s this clueless. Nobody.

Ace of spades:

1) Did she not know this was John Oliver from The Daily Show, and was she not aware of the kinds of things that typically happen during Daily Show interviews? 2) Was this a case of intentional hypocrisy on her part for rhetorical gain? Or was she acting out of complete ignorance?

Hotair:

…people like Harrop and the DNC’s current talking-points robot typically don’t do what they do because they’re blind to their own demagoguery, I think. To believe that is to let them off the hook for the cynical choice they’ve consciously made to smear their opponents for political advantage. There’s plenty of paranoia involved, no doubt, but it’s all in service to an agenda. If Harrop was genuinely this myopic, you could almost forgive her for it. Almost.


Small dead Animals
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Ms. Harrop claims she was in on the joke. Many think she was not.

And finally Robert Stacy McCain:

What creeps me out about X or a Froma is the matter-of-fact, calmly fanatic certainty with which they will tell you that Tea Partiers are terrorists and the U.S. is turing into a cauldron of sadistic carnal abuse. I told X words to the effect: “It would be interesting to see how you show statistically that humanity is any more depraved now than ever.”

This is the same kind of unquestioning regurgitation that fuels global warming hysteria.

I think it’s much more simple, and can best be explained by a quote a 1956 episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood titled The Scientist. Robin and his band are protecting Albertus of Oxford from Prince John who wants him to build a horrific weapon. Friar Tuck asks if other scientists have considered the theory behind the device and Albertus answers thus:

There was Claudius of Paris for one. He thought it too frightful to use, except against the infidel. Then there was Al-Dalim the great Arabian. He wrote ‘it was too frightful to use, except against Christians.’

To Froma Harrop and people like her, liberalism IS their religion. Conservatives in general and the Tea Party in particular are their devils thus the rules of civilized behavior not only do not apply but simply holding liberal beliefs grant automatic absolution for any line that might be crossed.

So it doesn’t matter if she knew what Comedy Central was doing or understood the cause in which it was done, it was all in the cause of defeating evil conservatives and isn’t that what it’s all about in the end?

Here is the episode, the exchange that leads to the clip is at 8:33

“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me.

Exodus 20:2-3

Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the “cause”… Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters VII (Glasgow: Collins, 1942

You must choose, but choose wisely

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989

As I have said in the past. I am not the least bit Jewish and can not claim the knowledge of Jewish thought that a man like Rabbi Joshua Hammerman can, but after reading his tirade on Tim Tebow I must conclude he has some real problems and they don’t involve football.

Tebow’s sanctimonious God-talk has led even pious peers like Kurt Warner to suggest that he cool it. Joseph could have used the same coaching.

If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.

I’m not bothered by this talk as Dwayne Lester is:

For some reason, this Rabbi (yeah, you read that right) thinks that all it will take is a Christian winning the Super Bowl for fellow Christians to turn into frothing, violent hate machines of destruction, and of course, our targets would be Mosques and gays. Oh, and those danged foreigners!

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman somehow believes the moral equivalency nonsense regarding Christians and Muslims. You see, if the Muslims will riot over a cartoon of Mohammed, then surely those football fueled fundies will go into a frenzy over one of their own beating all the odds and winning the Lombardi Trophy.

that standard liberal stupidity isn’t his problem nor is his lame attempt to make the game a “Christian vs Jews” issue:

While the Patriots are adored by their fans (myself included), to many nationwide they are regarded as the Sons of Darkness, with their perfectly coiffed Hollywood quarterback and their brilliant – one might say diabolical – hoodie-clad coach. And, oh yes, the most identifiably Jewish owner in sports.

As a fellow pats fan I assure you a last in the league defense,  so full of injuries in the secondary that they might allow Tebow to shine in all four quarters is a bigger problem than how Robert Kraft religion might affect how this game is seen.  But as I said football is not his problem.  His real problem is this: emphasis mine

Unlike some other blue-staters, I do not fear people of faith. I fear people of certainty. The worldwide struggle going on right now is not between good and evil, but between certainty and doubt. It cuts across denominational lines: Progressive and Modern Orthodox Jews lie on one side of the divide, joining mainline Christians and moderate Muslims; and those on the other side are also Jews, Christians and Muslims; the people of certainty.

Certainty is a problem? Really? You are a rabbi, your religion is based on eyewitness account of the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt.  A certainty.   The primary commandment of your faith is the worship of God. The certainty of the existence of God should be job #1 as a rabbi yet from this article you seem more committed to global warming than the primary law of your religion?

Yes Rabbi you do have a problem, you apparently have more faith and belief in your liberalism than your Judaism.

Rather than praying for the Patriots you might want to pray on this instead,  but beware, you will find that the religion of liberalism is much harder on their apostates than Judaism is.

Update: Shades of trigs crew stuff first the nastiest paragraph disappears then the whole column goes down the memory hold

In my post earlier today I talked about the shock of finding out about the crash and burn of a leading embryonic stem cell research company almost three weeks after the fact. I questioned why it got so little play:

the idea that a whole branch of scientific inquiry; A branch that the left promoted in print and broadcast news. A branch that was highly funded by taxpayer grants, A branch that leading celebrates used to paint Religious conservatives as heartless and anti-science. A branch that was touted culturally in film and media was as reliable as a “ONE OWNER” sign on a used car I’d say that was not only a story, but I’d call that a front page at the top of the broadcast story. Apparently the left would not.

So lets see how the Huffington Post, a leading organ of the left, did decide to report this story when it happened:

It was a roomful of giants: 66 of the world’s best stem cell research scientists and technicians. They had succeeded in the initial stage of the world’s first human embryonic stem cell trials. These were safety trials for GRNOPC1, a stem cell product which might ease previously-incurable spinal cord injury paralysis — they should have been lauded as heroes — instead they were losing their jobs.

It would be different if their experiment had failed. But they had done everything right, played by the rules all the way: and in so far as they had been allowed to go, they had triumphed.

Hold on a sec, they succeeded yet they were going out of business? That doesn’t make sense. Let’s read further:

By FDA requirements, the first trial for any new drug or therapy must be safety. Could the cells be injected into a newly-paralyzed person without doing them harm? Opponents of the research had always maintained that the stem cells would cause cancer.

Didn’t happen. There was no harm done to any of the patients.

That’s a triumph? “The research didn’t give the test subject cancer and didn’t do them any harm.” Are we judging under the “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” standard? Give me millions of tax dollars to feed test subjects sugar pills and I’ll wager I get the same triumphal lack of cancers in my patients too!

The second step would have been to inject significantly larger quantities of cells into other newly-injured patients, perhaps five times as much, to see if there was a positive effect. The cells injected would be increased from roughly two million cells to as much as ten million — a couple teaspoonsful, small in quantity but potentially huge in impact.

So the previous test did not produce any positive results (although its been reported the actual results weren’t released) and you want more funding to boost the dosage to see if a larger dose does? Simple question: How is it any less likely the larger dose might produce the harm the smaller dose did not as it is that the larger dose would produce benefits that the smaller dose did not?

But this next step, as well as the final one to try a much larger group of patients, will not take place with Geron.

Why were the trials stopped, if they were going well? The immediate answer is financial. To take a new therapy or medicine to market is incredibly costly. The price was just too high for Geron, a small company, though it always fought above its weight class.

But political harassment is part of the picture as well: the hate-filled propaganda the Religious Right and their allies in the Republican party had spewed at supporters of the research

So lets get this straight, the company financial failure is all about political harassment. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that after millions of taxpayer dollars over the years its initial tests produced the same results in test subjects that feeding them a Tomato a day would produce?

as well as actual political attacks, laws proposed to fine scientists, even jail them for research.

Yup, in the same sentence he accuses Republicans of both “hate filled propaganda” and wanting to jail scientists. Irony is apparently not his strong suit.

There was also favoritism shown the “less controversial” adult stem cell research, funded lavishly compared to the embryonic variety. In 2008, for example, human adult stem cell research received $297 million in federal funds — embryonic, only $88 million. Even now, under a far more progressive Administration, adult stem cell research receives nearly triple the funding ($341 million compared to $125 million) of embryonic.

Yeah, I’m sure Solyndra and Evergreen Solar would have kept their doors open if only we gave them more tax payer money too.

Now I feel sorry for the author Don C. Reed. He has an emotional investment in this as legislation that favored the company in California was named after his paralyzed son that he hoped would be aided by this research. So given that emotional connection lets add a few rational observations:

  • If these tests were so successful why not release the results? That’s what happens in (non-climate) science, data is released and studied by other scientists
  • The whole idea of medical research is to produce positive results, if Geron’s research produced positive results beyond “not causing cancer” I suspect we would have heard about them, particularly in this puff piece.
  • The potential market for successful treatments for spinal injuries etc is massive yet the company could not produce private funding. That speaks volumes, public funding involves betting the “house’s” (read other people’s) money, private funding does not. There is a reason why, for example Evergreen Solar and Solyndra both only avoided bankruptcy when financed by taxpayers.
  •  Mr. Reed put “less controversial” in scare quotes when referring to adult stem cell treatments, yet adult stemcells have produced actual breakthroughs:

The Japanese biologist Shinya Yamanaka found in 2007 that adult cells could be reprogrammed to an embryonic state with surprising ease. This technology “may eventually eclipse the embryonic stem cell lines for therapeutic as well as diagnostics applications,” Dr. Kriegstein said. For researchers, reprogramming an adult cell can be much more convenient, and there have never been any restrictions on working with adult stem cells.

For therapy, far off as that is, treating patients with their own cells would avoid the problem of immune rejection.

and not just theoretical, adult stem cells are curing blindness in Australia:

Researchers in Australia have come up with an outwardly simple but incredibly ingenious way of curing blindness caused by corneal damage: Take everyday contact lenses, already used by millions (including me), and infuse them with a patient’s own stem cells. After wearing them for about 2 weeks, test subjects reported a seemingly miraculous restoration of sight.

Aiding angina patients in Chicago:

New research published online today in Circulation Research found that injections of adult patients’ own CD34+ stem cells reduced reports of angina episodes and improved exercise tolerance time in patients with chronic, severe refractory angina (severe chest discomfort that did not respond to other therapeutic options).

The phase II prospective, double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial was conducted at 26 centers in the United States, and is part of a long-term collaboration between researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Baxter International Inc. The objective of the trial was to determine whether delivery of autologous (meaning one’s own) CD34+ stem cells directly into multiple targeted sites in the heart might reduce the frequency of angina episodes in patients suffering from chronic severe refractory angina, under the hypothesis that CD34+ stem cells may be involved in the creation of new blood vessels and increase tissue perfusion.

and were actually used in surgery on a current presidential candidate.

Texas Gov. and possible GOP presidential contender Rick Perry got everybody talking about stem cells again when he announced that he received an injection of his own stem cells during spinal fusion surgery

You would think that actual results like this rather than deserving scare quotes are not only worthy of funding but would be a cause for celebration.

You would be wrong, apparently to our friends on the left this stopped being about science years ago.

The truth is embryonic stem cell research was oversold and it appears researches knew what they were selling:

Members of Congress and advocates for fighting diseases have long spoken of human embryonic stem cell research as if it were a sure avenue to quick cures for intractable afflictions. Scientists have not publicly objected to such high-flown hopes, which have helped fuel new sources of grant money like the $3 billion initiative in California for stem cell research.

In private, however, many researchers have projected much more modest goals for embryonic stem cells. Their chief interest is to derive embryonic stem cell lines from patients with specific diseases, and by tracking the cells in the test tube to develop basic knowledge about how the disease develops.

Those two paragraphs from that Instapundit link are quoted from that right wing propaganda machine known as the New York Times. It was written in 2009 more than 5 years after Ron Reagan took the stage and the Democratic Convention describing embryonic stem cell research as

what may be the greatest medical breakthrough in our, or in any, lifetime

…and a lot of injured people and their families (including I suspect Mr. Reed who is understandably looking for any card to help his paralyzed son) were taken for a ride in the cause of financial gain for favored companies and political gain for the left.

I think the deception and use of these people in this way was obscene. And I think the attempt of those in print, television and social media to hide their own part in selling this snake oil while declaring their opponents “anti-science” is a story and a crime that I refuse to let them bury.

I don’t expect to see any media apologies or mea culpas over this, after all this became part of the abortion wars and abortion is one of the sacraments in the religion of liberalism but the facts on the ground and the continuing success in adult stem cell therapies will speak for themselves even if the media remains silent.

But don’t worry, it will not be so many years (4 years 53 days according to Rush Limbaugh’s Al Gore’s doomsday clock) when we will see this entire charade played out again as our friends in the print, television and social media will once again have nothing to say on the subject that they cling to with only less sacramental furor. The lesser sacrament of global warming. In fact considering recent news from Canada we might not have to wait at all.

Continue reading “The left and the science of denial”

There is a moment in the video that POWIP put up of Ed Schultz playing the voice of sanity (yes you read that right) that really says it all.

“If we let the other side take scalps, the right-wing is choosing our leaders for us.”

This is why she had no problem falsely attacking Andrew Breitbart, this is why she couldn’t name a left-wing extremest when asked by the Morning Joe crowd. This is why Amanda Marcotte can bemoan the loss of a congressman’s privacy when he sends a picture of his bulging penis to 40,000 people this issue and be taken seriously.

And if you think she was funny look at the comments in the piece like this gem:

The image is a tad blurry the text says:

i have been a member of handgun control inc. and have supported the brady laws. i do not own any sort of fire arm. that said, it would be a great comfort if somebody would shoot andrew breitbart in the face. james o’keefe too. it would give me great satisfaction to see this happen.

Someone explain to me how this train of thought is different from the fatwa against Molly Norris?

UPDATE wrong link above fixed

This is the modern left, this is the logical conclusion to the path the left choose when the democratic congress stood behind Al Gore after impeachment as he declared bill Clinton “One of our greatest presidents.”

As I said about the blogger at Cannonfire and about Charles Johnson, this is no longer politics, this is a religion, I think it is nearing the point where it might even be considered a cult. I’d have to ask Little Miss Attila for her opinion on that one.

Update: Ask of Little Miss Attila and you shall receive

To understand this, we might point to a milder version of the same thing, wherein a bit of “tribalism” creeps in, and one starts to think of politics as a kind of sport. Not a bad thing in and of itself, but it’s insidious, because instead of concentrating on arguments and pursuing the truth, one begins to frame everything in terms of whether it advances the team.

Not on whether it’s right–but on whether it gets that football closer to the goal posts. It’s a dangerous intellectual shortcut to take.

Well, the true believer has that same frailty, only he/she is no longer oversimplifying politics into a large-scale game of football–he or she has begun to frame it as a small-scale approach to theology.

Definatey worth a peek.