Tuesday, December 31, 2013

pajamaboy

via imao and elsewhere, many have been having fun with a character that is almost, but not entirely, unlike leonard hofstadter.

directly:
nuking politics
michael ramirez ibd
vdh
politico
the real revo
sad hill news

and indirectly:
american thinker
pj media
wapo

why not, i'll pile on too:


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

thought of the day 11

via imao via twitter

@exjon
Too bad anti-stalker laws exclude the government.

some networks just aren't safe

...when the nsa is on the prowl

some networks just never learn

via usa today
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, under fire for using a discredited source for a 60 Minutes story on the Benghazi attack, has agreed to take a leave of absence... The segment's producer, Max McClellan, also was placed on leave.

"There is a lot to learn from this mistake for the entire organization," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes, said in an email to CBS employees Tuesday.
i find it rather interesting that they didn't learn from their previous mistake...


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

thought of the day 10

via imao via twitter

@hale_razor
One tragedy of firearm violence calls for an overhaul of gun rights, but systematic IRS abuse is fixed by shuffling people around. #LibLogic

Monday, November 25, 2013

thought of the day 9.5

greg gutfeld on facebook:
"...Americans can't keep their healthcare but Iran can keep their nuclear program..."

thought of the day 9

via imao via twitter

@AceofSpadesHQ
Twitter is where I get to see the thoughts of everyday, regular stupid people that I've excluded from my actual life.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

thought of the day 8

via imao via twitter

@JordanPeele
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say ketchup packets could be like three times bigger.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

thought of the day 7

via imao via twitter

@ChaseMit
The vegan option at my barbecue is "leave."

Friday, November 22, 2013

let it go guys

eulogies shouldn't last fifty years.

thought of the day 6

via imao via twitter

@iowahawkblog
The main function of the White House is apparently to read 3-day old newspapers.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

underestimating the engine temperature of idiots

that's the dustburian title i would have given this article about "idiot lights" in cars

thought of the day 5

via imao via twitter

@yidwithlid
BREAKING! Obama Blames IRS Scandal On Anti-Accountant YouTube video

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

thought of the day 4

via imao via twitter

@amandacarpenter
You want better care for women? How about you subject Planned Parenthood to the same health standards as say, your local freaking nail salon.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

some of us already knew these

, but frank j reminds us.

thought of the day 3

via imao via twitter

@keder
Soon, Obama will vow to get to the bottom of who's currently running the executive branch.

Monday, November 18, 2013

thought of the day 2

via imao via twitter

@daveweigel
In the future, if any Tea Party group wants to dodge the regulators, just rent an office in a Philadelphia abortion clinic.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

unconstitutional big government

didn't start in 2008:
Part of the reason for the importance of Abraham Lincoln in the iconography of the left is explained by the Whig Theory of History which is shared by most leftists in one form or another. The Whig Theory of History holds that.. freedom broadening down from precedent to precedent as progress is made away from tradition, authority, monarchy, and aristocracy toward democracy and egalitarianism. The leftist adherents to the Whig Theory of History see Lincoln as part of a continuum running from Runnymede to Cromwell to the so-called Glorious Revolution to the American Revolution to Lincoln to Wilson to Roosevelt to Kennedy and beyond.

Of course, this Whig Theory of History is preposterous and fallacious and maintained only by a thoroughly dishonest editing of historical events... let us examine the real Abraham Lincoln and his true place in American history.

thought of the day 1

via imao via twitter

@longwall26
One day, some dude was all "You know where we should save our money? Inside a statue of a pig," and everybody went "That is a GREAT idea."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Alec Baldwin stalking case

When I first heard mention of the Alec Baldwin stalking case involving Genevieve Sabourin, I wasn't sure which would be the plaintiff and which would be the defendant . . .

the looking spoon

there's only one image currently on this site's front page that i can't recommend - look at them all and guess which one!

preferred phraseology

i looked at my stats page and noticed a referring site "flopping aces", which kindly mentioned this site as being where he found a favorite quote: "It’s Gilbert Gottfried loudly narrating your life wherever you go." I had compiled it in a list of obamacare metaphors, but the author took it in a (very slightly) different direction.

it turns out that he returned the favor, and now i have a new word to describe the original topic of obamacare - the vulgarity-implying but entirely-applicable "clusterfix". :)

sporadicitylessness

as you may have noticed, i have trouble maintaining a steady pace of posting here. i've heard that some sites pre-plan their posts and let the site automatically publish them at some set time. i'm going to try that too (and admit it up front).

the following series was collected (and occasionally slightly edited) from imao's "wisdom of the day" series, which they in turn collected from twitter. done without explicit permission, but judging from past experience i think that everyone's cool with it - especially because they're linked and attributed.

enjoy!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Time Magazine Cover

Governor Christie isn't the only one getting a non-flattering treatment by the red rag:

Monday, November 04, 2013

divided by zero

local malcontent compiled a list, without even mentioning solyndra and government motors...

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

imaolanche!

thanks imao for the recent linkage:

to tantra
to miley

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

three more questions

monday evening pointed to 76 questions to ask of any technology, which inspires a couple more questions:
  • how much worse will things be when the government abuses it?
  • when will everyone realize that technology is almost entirely neutral, and that any ethical considerations are created by the people who invent, manufacture, and use said technology?
  • why do people still pay attention to french philosophers?

ventilation

dustbury corrects a conflation:
The conflation of "health care" and "health insurance."
It should be obvious that these are not the same thing and never can be; if anyone over the age of seven with an IQ above room temperature believes that they are, it has to be due to the ongoing bipartisan effort to suck as much money as possible out of the middle class for the alleged benefit of the poor and the ill-concealed benefit of the wealthy. My own insurance, which costs somewhere on the wrong side of $5,000 a year, makes it possible for my own doctor to collect $30 from me for an office visit and some minor lab work, followed by $47 from the insurance carrier, once he's filled out several tedious forms. You can't tell me he wouldn't be happier doing this for a flat $60; for one thing, he could probably afford to lose one or two staff members who do nothing but tedious forms, and for another, if you're not spending upwards of $417 a month for insurance, you can presumably pop for that extra thirty bucks yourself. And since my knees are giving me no small amount of grief at the moment, let's say I have to have both ACLs repaired. I can give these guys $13,600; or, I can run up a six-figure tab at the local "non-profit" (a legal term, not a financial one) hospital and be responsible for only twenty percent of it, which ultimately will cost me twice as much. Who benefits by this? Hint: not me.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

ray stevens

in case you didn't know, that novelty singer is still not very p.c.

obama budget plan & god save arizona

Friday, October 11, 2013

is "tantra" the plural of "tantrum"?

here are some of the less profane items about president hussein found on iowahawk's twitter page:
Are you President of the US, or a 7 year old having a meltdown after not getting their allowance raised?

Please lecture us more about "overheated rhetoric," Poindexter.

You know who had awesome poll numbers? Every Detroit politician since 1960.

Difference between Obamacare and a time share condo sales pitch? Time share condo salesmen can't arrest you for not buying.

I hope the Obamacare website gets fixed soon, so I can laugh at more idiots discovering they actually have to pay for it.

10 PRINT HappyPeople.jpg
20 PRINT "What is your name?"
30 INPUT A
40 PRINT "Send $2500" A
50 GOTO 40
#KathleenSebeliusadvancedwebsitedesign

Let's hope the drones aren't programmed by the same people who wrote the Obamacare website

How many essential government employees does it take to put steel barricades around a light bulb?

See these orange cones? Every single one is the President's middle finger pointed at you.

So when does the White House scramble fighter jets to enforce no-fly zones over National Parks? Airline passengers might peek at them.
found via imao

Thursday, October 10, 2013

twins!

Identical twins Bill the Cat and Miley Cyrus get back together to sing a duet to benefit the Cure Shameophobia Foundation.



"Reunited
And it sounds so bad.
Reunited
What a passing fad.
We twerk and we hiss, baby,
We both smell like fish.
Ain't nobody excited that we're
Reunited.
ACK PHBBTHBHHTTHHH!"

--

Update - overheard after the concert: "What's the difference between Bill the Cat and Miley Cyrus? Bill doesn't need autotune."

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

parasitocracy, too

failure of leadership indeed...

parasitocracy

read it all

Add a Word Ruin a Movie

so there's this new twitter meme, #AddaWordRuinaMovie. since i don't twit, here are my contributions - which are hopefully more arcane than the rest:
  • Butterflies are Free Loaders
  • Martin Lawrence of Arabia
  • Time Magazine Bandits
  • Gerald Ford Fairlane
  • The Longest Day Bed
  • 2001 A Parking Space Odyssey
  • Children of the Corn Chips
  • Dawn Detergent of the Dead
  • Laundry Pod People
  • Pink: Floyd The Barber's Wall
  • Great Balls of Fire Ants
  • Spies Don't Like Us
  • Ugly Little Women
  • Taco Bell, Book, and Candle
  • Punky Brewster McCloud
  • Enemy Mine Craft
  • Less Than President Zero
  • Swiss Cheese Family Robinson
  • Not All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Jason Bateman and the Argonauts
  • The Fresh Prince of Egypt
  • The Fifth Element: Boron
  • George Will of the Jungle
  • Tom & Jerry Maguire
  • The English Muffin Patient
  • Total Cereal Recall
  • Three Men and a Baby Hippo
  • My Left Foot Itches
  • Don't Say Anything...
  • Obama's Idiocracy

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Two Americas

instapundit:
There are two Americas, all right. There's one that works -- where new and creative things happen, where mistakes are corrected, and where excellence is rewarded. Then there's Washington... One America can launch rockets. The other America can't even launch a website.
read it all

Government Shutdown Survival Guide

He's from IMAO and he's here to help.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

into the woods

i am not a fan of musicals, but this performance at howard payne was great. i wonder if the movie version will live up to it...

Monday, September 30, 2013

down with the establishment!

greg gutfeld explains how to rebel:
How do you come out of the closet, as a rightie, without ruining your life?

The animus directed at one who leaves the fold explains the value of the journey out. Its struggle dictates the meaning. The slings and arrows one experiences means, quite simply, that you are onto something. For the anger toward your move is a sweaty reaction to courage that others (like the attackers) lack.

There is nothing more rebellious, truly, than turning right. There is nothing more daring than standing alone, facing the onslaught of a smirking media, and saying, "Here I am, I am not you." There is nothing edgier than saying to the edgy, "You lie. You are as edgy as a frisbee."

The colonial rebels were resisting the same thing. They didn't want to be overtaxed, controlled from afar, or have all aspects of their lives regulated. They were TRUE rebels, not fake Sean Penn champagne rebels. That's what the country was founded on, and that's what we're in danger of losing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

recursing

obamacare is train wrecks all the way down

update: imao has better metaphors
  • It’s the Hindenburg crashing into the Titanic.
  • It’s a nuclear bomb that only wipes out hospitals and your savings.
  • It’s a train crashing head on into another train and they’re on a bridge and all the train cars rain down onto an orphanage below.
  • It’ll be like you’re trapped in a burning building, but instead of “Break Glass in Case of Fire” to get to the extinguisher it’s “Open Clamshell Packaging in Case of Fire.”
  • It’s Gilbert Gottfried loudly narrating your life wherever you go.
  • It’s New Coke, except it’s mandatory to drink and trying to obtain Classic Coke will get you arrested.
  • It’s Miley Cyrus.

Friday, September 20, 2013

based on an actual blog post

an adaptation of someone else's hopefully-fictitious story:
"When I was growing up, I kept getting into fights.

In third grade I fought a boy named Jerry, and he knocked out three of my teeth and broke my wrist.

In fifth grade Tim picked a fight with me. He threw me against some concrete steps and knocked me out; I woke up in the hospital four days later.

In eight grade I picked a fight with Ricky, and ended up with a couple of broken ribs.

In tenth grade I pushed Sam down a flight of stairs. He got up, pulled a knife, and chased me down. I needed eighteen stitches on my forearm and six down my right side.

After that, I decided that I'd rather be a lover than a fighter.

..

..

..

And that hasn't worked out too well either."

isms, in my opinion...

lileks slams the idiocy of modernism:
"(youth culture is) yammering infantile babblings that shoved all the marginalia into the center of our field of vision and demanded that we pretend it mattered just as much as the serious concerns of previous eras.

But modernism was youth culture. It had the same old predictable motivation: down with Daddy.

Every era rebels against the precepts of the previous iteration, but after the Romantics it was no longer a matter of stylistic variations. Heart over head. The inauthenticity of artifice, as if artifice isn’t an essential quality of creation. Movements like this begin well, handled by the capable hands of people who have skill and understand form, but the torch is always grabbed by those who are attracted to destruction more than creation. The French and Russian revolutions began with the convening of popular assemblies, but there are always those guys in the back, chewing their nails, one leg jackhammering up and down, waiting for the moment to use the tools of reason to level the old bad world and build utopia. They are consumed with the notion of sin, but it’s sundered from the old conceptions. No longer a matter of the individual and God. There is no true individual, only masses, There is no God; there is the state. The slate must be cleared. The fresh slates must be reserved for those who write what is helpful. The chalkmakers must be purged lest anyone outside the circle write something contrary.

The primary urge of the revolutionary and the modernist and the adolescent: impatience."
this one's a must-read-it-all piece.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

not rhetorical

if progressives were really progressive, shouldn't they want to progress past their failed century-old dogma?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

voyager has left the solar system again

dustbury went on one tangent from that statement, and i went on another in the comments - where i used the term "google-fu" for the first, and hopefully only, time ever.

Friday, September 13, 2013

hussein's on first

truly you have a dizzying intellect!

gore's on second...

(extra credit: list every pop culture reference in this post and both linked posts.)

screen caps twofer

out of sheer boredom curiosity i surfed around a few sites that i don't frequently frequent, and found a couple of funny juxtapositions:


fron drudge:


from usa today:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

the syria stimulus package

it's funny because it's true-ish!

nothing shocking

update & bump 2: a picture in celebration of tonight's weinerspitzer defeat... (aftermath via imao).

update & bump 1: the looking spoon wants to make tv even trashier.

frank j at pjm:
We especially shouldn’t be surprised by behavior like Filner’s and Weiner’s from Democrats; when you have creepy old guys so excited to make sure young women have cheap access to contraception and abortion, you kinda get the impression they have other intentions for these women than just “respecting” them.
read it all.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

for science! (tm)

i don't think this is what adam savage has in mind...

A: less than zero

Q: what has obama done right?

update & bump: there is no win possible in syria:
I think only a tiny number of Americans have actually thoughtfully considered the chain of events unleashed when engaging in a tactical attack on civilian infrastructure in foreign countries . . . .[1]
To put this in perspective, consider this great pretend Obama quote devised by The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz:
Let me be clear. Our goal will not be to effect régime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end. We will simply do something random there for one or two days and then leave.
H/t: James Taranto. The responsibility to protect "doctrine" of very, very recent vintage, let it be said, did not extend to our own people in Benghazi but it now applies to strangers caught up, innocently or otherwise, in a civil war between parties who despise us with equal passion. Apparently, the United States haven't learned their lesson about involving themselves in the Muslim world whose politics and religious savagery defy comprehension. Even when the national budget is succinctly defined by the word "hemorrhage," the insane desire for mindless foreign military involvement is as ever-present in the White House as Reggie Love.

The supposed responsibility to protect raises the question, "Protect against whom?" "President Assad!" is the immediate Obama/Kerry answer with the U.S. intelligence community said to be four-square behind them. However, apart from the facts that:
  • chemical weapons are indiscriminate weapons that depend on favorable (and accurately perceived) meteorological conditions,
  • there was no tactical or strategic advantage to Assad to have used them given that he appears far from defeated, and
  • it's probably unwise, on balance, to taunt even an unstable, inexperienced American president (even if protected by a lap-dog national press establishment),
there are reports that the chemical agents were supplied by the the Saudi intelligence chief and/or some "Saudi militant" and mishandled by the "rebels" and that it was the "rebels" who initially denied United Nations inspectors access to the supposed attack site (H/t: New Zeal Blog) not Assad.
....and read these two follow-ups.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

to boldly go

bbca has been re-running star trek next generation a lot lately, so i just now noticed this... you know how movies and tv have ratings systems to warn viewers of content that could be offensive? before the tv ratings system was formalized, star trek next generation pioneered a new rating that should have been on that list:

a few episodes were rated Q for being completely unwatchable.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lanky Skanky Ho

Apologies for the risque-nities; the subject demands them :(

With absolutely no apology to Billy Ray Cyrus, here's "Lanky Skanky Ho".

---

Montana was a name
That brought the gal some fame,
The parents once liked her cleancut ways.
But then she did a dance
A-bulgin' from her pants
That made folks want those long-gone days.

She got on MTV
for everyone to see
She's not a little kid no more.
Like Madonna's early years,
Like Gaga, Pink, and Spears,
Now she is this year's singing whore.

But don't tell the ho, the lanky skanky ho,
She's got a really lousy dad.
And if you tell the ho, the lanky skanky ho,
"Get decent" she'll probably get mad.


You can tell your kids
To close their young eyelids,
Ignore the pornographic shows.
Or tell ol' Robin Thicke
"Stop acting like a dick.
Go watch your dad's old videos".

That foam finger was vile.
With writhing so nubile.
She thinks she's giving us a shock.
Playing hooker just for fame -
That act is old and lame.
I'm bored with all the nasty schlock.

But don't tell the ho, the lanky skanky ho,
To stop her epileptic twerk.
And if you tell the ho, the lanky skanky ho,
She'll think her dad's a lazy jerk.


But don't tell the ho, the lanky skanky ho,
She's just another skinny slut.
And if you tell the ho, the lanky skanky ho,
She might go cover up her butt.

---

update: as usual, lileks does better, just not by as gargantuan a margin this time imnsho.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

now i'm looking forward to age 72

good news arrives in the empire of texas - just 30 years too late.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

geoguessr

update & bump 2: i've discovered a new malady - geoguessosis - a condition where, when presented with a view of majestic wilderness scenery, one's first reaction is "phooey, no road signs".

update & bump 1: new high score: 30942 (same conditions as before)

my new favorite online game: geoguessr

my new geoguessr high score: 28148 (which took patience, highway signs, and guessing a bit of cyrillic - and no googling anything :D )

must. not. title. this. "n-tolerance".

nuking politics via imao: sensitivity training

update: via sultan knish "The liberal media cannot be parodied, because it overshoots all parody with unintentional self-parody... A liberalism that plans sex ed for elementary schoolers thinks a clown in an Obama mask is somehow inappropriate for children. Maybe if he gay-married the bull, they could have gotten behind it."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

speaking of phony scandals...

(with an insincere apology to Hoyt Axton), here's "Phone-y Scandals":

Well the law's upside down 'cause of Eric Holder,
Lost my job to appease shareholders,
Global warming's made it all gone colder,
But maybe things'll get a little better in the mornin'
Maybe things'll get a little better.

Constitution is in disregard,
The shining city has been darkly marred,
Got beat up by crackheads in my yard,
Maybe things'll get a little better in the mornin'
Maybe things'll get a little better.

Now they're spying on my phone - what does he say?
Phone-y Scandals, Phone-y Scandals.

I've been broke since just about two-thousand-eight,
Payin' for the stinkin' bureaucrat deadweight,
Bein lied to by the fourth estate,
Sayin' maybe things'll get a little better in the mornin'
Maybe things'll get a little better.

Now they're spying on my phone - what does he say?
Phone-y Scandals, Phone-y Scandals.

The grass is legal and the prayer is not
The whole darn world is a-goin' to pot
Hard to fight this kind of foul onslaught,
But maybe things'll get a little better in the mornin'
Maybe things'll get a little better.

Now they're spying on my phone - what does he say?
Phone-y Scandals, Phone-y Scandals.
Now they're spying on my phone - what does he say?
Phone-y Scandals, Phone-y Scandals.
Now they're spying on my phone - what does he say?
Phone-y Scandals, Phone-y Scandals.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

obliquely optometrically optimistic

update & bump: more clues
  • the night-vision halos from the implant are no worse than the globby halos i've always had.
  • the headaches from mismatched eyes are mild and should only last another two weeks.

i'll give you several clues - in an uncharacteristically upbeat form - to figure out what's been going on with me this week:
  • legal blindness is to actual blindness as dirty windows are to concrete windows.
  • medical advances can correct many vision problems, and have recently made multi-focal replacement lenses available.
  • i did not waste money previously on a lasik procedure.
  • the total cost of repairs will be less than 40% of the cost of my car, and those costs will be offset by less expenditures in the future on glasses.
  • recovery times are far less than in the past.
  • obamacare has not yet crippled the eyecare industry.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

parsing

trying to be fair on obama's comments about the trayvon martin case (etc.) today, because i heard both good and bad portions:
First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
very true.

so have zimmerman's.
...The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that's how our system works.
also true.
But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling.
how did i know there was a "but" coming?
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.
we knew about the drug use. were you into guns and mma smackdowns too?
And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
understandable - but dwelling on that past won't solve anything and usually makes things worse (see also: middle east).
There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me -- at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

And I don't want to exaggerate this...
if true, please tell your msm, naacp, and black panthers to stop exaggerating it.
...but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.
inescapable? so you're saying that community is incapable of progressing out of their bias? if so, perhaps you should stop condemning those "bitter religion and gun clingers" for "bringing their experiences to bear" (not to mention homophobes, klansmen, pedophiles, and those who suffered reverse discrimination under affirmative action.)
The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
certainly if any racial disparities still exist in our justice system, they should be purged - according to rule of law, not fiat and witch hunt. but again (as you mention later), things are getting better.

and please remember, there are two kinds of disparities. those stemming from inequities in the law should be dealt with through legal channels. but i suggest that much of what is perceived as disparity comes from actual, objectively measurable, differences in who commits the crime to begin with (as admittedly you do allude to that below). since the amount of original crime stems from cultural dysfunctions, it would be best to cure those dysfunctions than "reverse discriminate" in enforcement and prosecution of crime. nobody should "get out of jail free" because of their skin color (and its history) - from manson to madoff to mumia.
Now, this isn't to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact -- although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.
actually the whole "holder, sharpton, and matthews, et al" protest industry relies on that naïveté, and demonizes everyone who does not share their delusions.
And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent -- using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.

I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied.
so, which side of the fence are you on? you cite statistics that prove a difference (racist (tm)!) but that they're only an excuse and therefore not valid.

please pick one and stick with it - i know that's difficult within the chicago/beltway machine...
And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.
racist (tm)!
Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family. But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do.
much better.
I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here.
oh goody! is he going to "fast and furious" some guns into chicago and detroit, or just pardon some more black panther goons this time?
Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff, so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.
speaking of "traditionally"... presidents used to uphold and defend the constitution, but that hasn't stopped you alinskyites yet.
Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.
once someone who actually believes in justice heads that department, that will be a great idea.

so fire holder now.
When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.
you might not want to brag on that "collected data" at the moment, big brother.
And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.

So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them would be. And let's figure out are there ways for us to push out that kind of training.

Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it -- if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
ummm, sure.

where there's actual injustice, let's fix it. though that centralized planning approach you're so fond of is rife with injustice.
I know that there's been commentary about the fact that the "stand your ground" laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case. On the other hand...
a.k.a. "but", again.
...if we're sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there's a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we'd like to see?
the kind of peace and security and order that i'd like to see has nothing to do with your nanny-state solution for every single problem.
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these "stand your ground" laws, I'd just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
the answer is not ambiguous: if zimmerman had waited for martin, jumped out, hurled racist epithets (like "creepy ass cracker"), broken his nose, and repeatedly slammed his head in the concrete, then YES.
Number three -- and this is a long-term project -- we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys. And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?
yes yes yes! (if by "invest" you mean values, morals, and ethics, not some clintonesque midnight basketball nonsense.)
I'm not naïve about the prospects of some grand, new federal program.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!!!!!!!!!
I'm not sure that that’s what we're talking about here. But I do recognize that as President, I've got some convening power, and there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes, and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African American men feel that they're a full part of this society and that they've got pathways and avenues to succeed -- I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we're going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.

And then, finally, I think it's going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching.
(after gasping for air and wiping away the tears of laughter) ah, whew, much better.
There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race.
tip one in that conversation: stop screaming "racist" every time the topic is broached.
I haven't seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.
true. also true of other talking heads besides politicians. (i'm looking at you, sharpton... (not literally))
On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there's the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.
a very good idea - i hope you're suggesting all races do this instead of just the honkies?
And let me just leave you with a final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them interact, they’re better than we are -- they’re better than we were -- on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

And so we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues. And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union -- not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.
very nice, a good ending. (provided the "union" you're talking about is america and not the afl-cio or n.w.o.)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sympathy for the Green Bean, v.2

update and bump: this article was ahead of its time - plants can talk to each other

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Vegetable-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that vegetables -- contrary to stereotype -- are intelligent, sensitive entities no more deserving of being eaten than fish. Called the 'Think Vegetatively' Project, the campaign reflects a strategy shift by People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables as it challenges a diet component widely viewed as nutritious and uncontroversial.

"No one would ever pull a fish out of the ground and eat it." said PETV's Fred Fennel. "Once people start to understand that vegetables are just as intelligent as we are, they'll stop eating them."

The grass roots campaign is still in the germination stage and will likely face a hailstorm of skepticism. Most established health organizations recommend vegetables as part of a healthy diet, and many academics say it is wrong to portray the intelligence and pain sensitivity of vegetables as comparable to fish. University of Seattle scientist Rose Jimson contends that "while vegetables are very complex organisms that do all sorts of amazing things, to suggest they are aware and concerned about what's happening to them, that's simply not the case."

For years, the PETV, headquartered in Greenleaf, CA., has campaigned against farming and gardening, challenging claims by Jimson and others that harvested vegetables do not feel pain. PETV is also concerned about the high levels of manure in the environment of many vegetables.

The 'Think Vegetatively' Project has two goals: to depict the common practices of farming as cruel, and to convince consumers that there are ethical reasons for not eating vegetables. The project was inspired by several recent scientific studies, which discovered that certain vegetables' intelligence actually exceeded that of the researchers.

"Vegetables are so misunderstood because they grow in such distant foreign lands, like Nebraska," said Robin Carrotson. "They're such interesting, fascinating individuals, yet they're so incredibly abused." University of Edinburgh biologist Kale Green agrees, "Most people dismiss vegetables as dimwits, but in many ways, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of 'higher' vertebrates, including activists and protestors."

"There's no doubt that vegetables of all kinds are capable of learning fairly complex tasks," Green said. "They can learn from their environment and experience." Sao Paolo University researcher Rudy Baga de Treesa, for example, reported that the Chilean cave beet is able to draw detailed mental maps of its surroundings in Photoshop and post them on the internet.

To press their argument, PETV activists plan demonstrations starting next month at selected vegan restaurants and salad bars nationwide. PETV also will propose changes to standard farming practices, such as requiring that farmers perform Broadway musical numbers for the crop before the harvest.

National Farm Institute president Larry Redcorn says "It's irresponsible to discourage people from eating vegetables at a time when doctors and dietitians advise eating them twice a day. If anything, we should be eating more vegetables." He also questioned the high level of support for sparing cute vegetables such as tomatoes and carrots yet minimal concern for species like bok choi and jicama, suspecting a root of ethnic bias in those preferences.

The PETV, ignoring such criticisms, remains undeterred. Her voice quivering with emotion, Robin Carrotson exclaimed, "Won't someone please think of the cabbage!"

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Inspiration for this came from this article, which was so bizarre it required little editing to produce a 'Scrapplefaced' version. For a somewhat more violent take on the topic, see also the lyrics to "Carrot Juice Is Murder".

Update: Welcome Carnival of Comedy #3 visitors.

(s/quantum theory/experts)

xkcd is thinking small

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Texas Abortion Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators descended on the Texas Capitol Monday, the majority expressing their opposition to new abortion restrictions that a Democratic filibuster and raucous protests derailed last week.

Lawmakers convened a new special legislative session aimed at reviving the bill that would limit where, when and how women may obtain abortions in the state. Supporters say it will protect women’s health and fetuses, while opponents say it is designed to shutter the state’s abortion clinics.

More than 5,000 demonstrators gathered at noon to oppose the new abortion restrictions... State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Forth Democrat whose filibuster in the last session helped catapult her into the national spotlight, told the crowd that their support helped her maintain the effort.



...hundreds of protesters in the public gallery and surrounding Capitol corridors cheered so loudly that senators on the floor weren’t able to hear, and the bill died as the clock ran out.

With lawmakers heading back, Sen. Donna Campbell, a New Braunfels Republican said, “I believe more presence by law enforcement will help keep disruptive behavior from thwarting the democratic process.”

She said more families may turn up to express their views and “every Texan’s voice deserves to be heard. Not just the noisiest and unruliest.”

Lainie Duro sat on the Capitol floor at 8 a.m. Monday with a stack of feminist literature and sex education books.

“I’m always part of the unruly mob. We refuse to be ruled,” she said. “Poor women, women of color, rural women. If they need abortion they will not be able to get an abortion.

strategery

i'm pretty sure "lurch(ing) from disaster to scandal and back again" is his strategy...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

at least it wasn't a mitsubishi ad

one wonders what lurks in the calculations of google ad algorithms...



maybe it's just supposed to be a pun about targeted ads ;)

click the link, and your airspeed may vary

Saturday, July 13, 2013

pirates of the colorado

tonto say "ugh" about the new lone ranger movie? no, it was the audience.

update: there's already a poster for the sequel

does anybody remember laughter?

graphic humor ahead:

phones
clocks
movies
and a graph

public lynchings

sultan knish, again:
The Romans had their arenas, Elizabethan England had bear baiting and Obama's America has the trial. HLN has already shot past CNN with wall-to-wall coverage of the latest trial whose defendant is indistinguishable from a celebrity and whose coverage is barely distinguishable from that of the movie premiere.

But in between the usual criminal cases whose defendants seem like failed aspirants for the Big Brother house or Survivor, reality TV stars who found fame with a butcher knife, are the politically edifying cases. The ones that aren't just meant to humiliate and degrade the participants and the viewers, but to indoctrinate them as well.

It is into this category that the Zimmerman trial falls. It's an involuntary case based on insufficient evidence whose course was compelled by government intervention. And like the tribunals of the French Revolution or the Moscow Trials; it's there to teach us something. And the thing it's there to teach us is racism hysteria.

Racism is the new sex for a creed of politically-correct puritans who are obsessed with a new kind of prurience. As the last sexual taboos fall by the wayside, the new taboos are political and the new witch hunts are all about exposing hidden reservoirs of bigotry among celebrity chefs and lurking White Hispanic menaces.
read it all, and the preceding article.

a (sadly) hilarious must-listen

as the page suggests, listen to both links in order - james lileks on hugh hewitt

Friday, July 12, 2013

yes, let's have that conversation...

Some questions should be asked after (black) Ashley Jacob stabs (white) Heather Burke on the NYC subway:On second thought, we all know what those answers are - sadly.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

An Open Letter to Wendy Davis

matt walsh via imao:
...congratulations after that abortion rights filibuster you pulled off in the Texas senate this past week. The media tells me it was “historic” and “game changing” and “epic,” and I know it must have been because they only use those terms to describe, like, ten or twenty different events every day. What a heroic performance it was. You were like Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Harriet Tubman, all rolled into one. Except they stood for courage, righteousness, truth, peace, and love, while you stood for the billion dollar abortion industry. They protected and defended life, while you protected and defended your right to destroy life. They faced grave danger, you face the adulation, admiration and campaign donations of the media, Hollywood, the president, pop culture, the abortion lobby and millions of Americans. The parallels are striking...
read it all

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

algore is below sub-zero*

apparently reagan's cfc cleanup did more to slow global warming than algore's carbon credit scam ever did.

* bonus points for anyone who gets the title reference

Sunday, July 07, 2013

one does not simply walk into the beltway

believe dustbury:
...there are creatures far worse than Nazis out there, and rather a lot of them are holed up even now in Mordor-on-the-Potomac
among them wormtongue pelosi and the mouth of socialism.

...and the burning O has spies everywhere...

Friday, July 05, 2013

revolutions vs liberty

sultan knish:
Some countries have revolutions all the time. After a while revolution becomes a national sport. In banana republics, the overthrow of one dictator to make way for another gives everyone a day off from work. But these revolutions, no matter how they are cloaked in the familiar rhetoric of liberty, are nothing more than tyranny by other means.

What made the American Revolution unique was that its cause was not the mere transfer of power from one ruler to another, or one system to another, but a fundamental transformation of the nature of rule. Every revolution claims to be carried out in the name of the people, but it's never the people who end up running things.

The Declaration of Independence did more than talk about the rights of the people. It placed the people at the center of the nation and its government, not as an undifferentiated mass to be harnessed for whatever propaganda purposes they might be good for, but as individuals with hopes and dreams.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

That is not merely some bland reference to a mass of people. There is no collective here, only the individual. The greater good of independence is not some system that will meet with the approval of the mass, but that will make it possible for the individual, each individual, to live a free life, not a life lived purely for the good of the mass, but for his own sake.

In a time when government mandates caloric consumption, cracks down on cold medicines and regulates every aspect of daily life for the greater good - the declaration that started it all declares that the purpose of government is not social justice, a minimally obese population, universal tolerance or even equality. Equality is acknowledged as a fact, not as a goal...

We live in an age of collective tyrannies under systems that seek to maximize the ideal welfare of the group. They care nothing for the happiness of the individual. And they care even less for the notion that the individual has a right to achieve that happiness by pursuing it on its own terms, rather than through their socially-approved and market-tested form of happiness.
as always, read the rest.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

insta-roundup

cause you probably missed seeing them on that obscure little site :)

the wind dies down
i'm no greenie, but i do applaud *real* efforts to try energy sources that do not burn irreplaceable resources.

filing false reports is a crime
but what else do you expect from a mob of baby-killers?

it will happen
we just don't know when or where.

it's worse
flyers can't have shampoo.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

rage rage against the dying of the left

Sultan Knish is a new favorite of mine, for posts like this:
It is the petty anger of men who have put so much of themselves into their hobbies because their shallow egotism permits them no more human a connection and tolerates not even the slightest slights against the objects of their impeccable tastes. It is the anger of an old elite that has become foolish and deranged and does not really know why it is angry anymore... except perhaps because it is dying.

Liberalism in those northeastern circles used to be a matter of good taste. There is nothing good about it anymore. It has become a suicide pact for angry lonely men who wait in imaginary oyster bars for a waiter who will never come, for an Age of Aquarius that will never be born and a transcendence of government that will never arrive no matter how they twist their hands, tug at their red napkins and lean forward.

Liberalism has become sick with its own disease. It is as dogma-ridden as any Red drinking sour beer in 1920s Chicago. It has nothing to offer to anyone except the ideological denunciation of thought crimes and the attendant superiority of being on the right side of the guillotine. And it has the misplaced self-righteousness of those who are busy pretending that they are angry about what is being done to other people, rather than their own egotistical anger with which they confront their sense of futility.

Liberalism, like all trends, seeks novelty, it burns brightest among the young, it plots to escape from history through the engine of progress only to discover that the mortality that is the greatest fear of the intellectual mayfly outlives the schemes of men.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

expect his speech to contain the phrase "ich bin ein ost-berliner"

...and praise for the stasi.

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update: thanks for the imao link. comments there predict also:
"Hitler seen on a bill board saying “Miss me yet?”"

“Let me be clear… Mr. Putin, rebuild this wall!”

"The Merkel & Urkel Show"

offensive pictures

at today's bleat, jon comments:
...on a 'defining deviancy down' level, Rudy Giuliani's later tiff with the Brooklyn Museum about what government supported art should be showed that approved targets by the cultural elite for boot stomping now had open support for their actions among those same elites, no matter how crude the symbol. That is even though those same elites would never give up the comfort of their own personal privileges (or sensibilities -- try picturing a mural unveiled in a public or a government-owned building in New York that, even in abstract, depicted the horrors of Kermit Gosnell's clinic in a similar fashion to Picasso's Gurnica. The Valspar gallon white flat buckets and rollers would be on that thing within 24 hours of its unveiling).
also, a related comment links a much larger ugly picture

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

refutation of time travel

i had read this hilarious short story elsewhere before, but recently saw it again on a site with comments, one of which is interesting:
Very entertaining to engage in the impossible paradoxes, but it's all still nonsense:

BACK TO THE NOW - Why time travel is not possible

Forget even getting to the array of unworkable paradoxes if you were to visit the past or future, there is no such thing as the past, future or any related potential to visit or interact with. By the most accurate accounting of the phenomena known as our conscious life experience, reality is only witnessed by us as individuals alone and not collectively as any universally observed form of influence we’re all being controlled by or through. We are each alone and uniquely different in how we see reality or passing time around us constantly. No such ‘universal mind’ or so documented universal account of passing time exists now, in the past or future that runs continuously, like a movie, potentially over and over again. The fact we’re all interacting with the same earthly plane of existence is somewhat deceptive in this context and in large part inadvertently serves to lend the idea that time travel can have a potential point of arrival in the past or future.

Recorded historical events, as representing the complete event from every aspect of how it was experienced by every individual who attended the event involves something that cannot be replicated or experienced in quite the same way again, even if the exact same series of actions could be observed again. Time travel is flat impossible because by definition passing time doesn't exist as another removed or detached potential destination anyway. History or the future exists strictly on record, in our memories or in our plans and dreams in our minds alone, and not as some potential real world breakthrough we can physically experience in life. It’s amazing how much energy and financial commitment from some very bright minds is being wasted on fervently attempting to find some way to make time travel in this sense a reality or proving it’s possible. I’m scarcely trying to rain on innovation, but how so many who are so very smart can appear to be so oblivious of what ought be amongst the most elementary observations of basic reality that we all experience 24/7/365 is beyond me. Just as we always hear, life is only in the progressing moment right now, and at no other time.
update: even talking about time can be difficult :)

picture roundup

my, what big ears you have!
who turned out the light?
collect call charges.
dirty words.
let them eat cake.
voices carry.
accessory to murder.
and in contrast, some obama supporters.

all via imao.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

saturated with beauty

almost-unnatural nature photos

a bad trade

vodkapundit:
The Federal government has laws on the books and regulations in the registry for just about everything, except for the “just about.” And we’ve seen what happens when “everything is a crime” or when permission must be obtained before being allowed just to politic.

“Being allowed to politic.” There’s a phrase that would have driven our Founders to take up arms. After a few minutes spent weeping in sorrow for a once-free people, that is.

We used to petition our government for redress of grievances, but that’s become difficult-to-impossible under a politicized and partisan IRS following through on “suggestions” from on high.

We used to vote the bastards out when they got too big for their britches, but the permanent campaign, enabled by MSM hacks, has set that bar higher than ever. Our intelligence agencies listen in on pretty much whatever they want, without so much as a how-do-you-do. What do they do with it all? Nothing innocuous — they assure us. Even our nation’s top bodyguards are knee-deep into drugs and hookers.

So what do people do? What can we do?

... A government with the legal authority to listen to anything and classify everything, is a government that has lost any kind of legal restrictions on its behavior.

We’ve traded a lot of liberty for zero security.

When a state becomes this big and this lawless, it usually means a long period of stagnation... those elections seem to mean less and less, and the security apparatus keeps getting bigger and more intrusive. Better armed, too.

It’s not too late. But the clock is ticking.
that site also has a chart you should see

Thursday, June 06, 2013

random thought

"Souvenir bats" means something entirely different depending on whether you're in Wrigley Field or Carlsbad Caverns.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

power pigs

obama-irs collusion targets conservatives,
obama arms the irs to target conservatives,
obama-tranzi collusion to target conservatives,
obama-islam collusion to target conservatives,
obama death panels to target conservatives,
obama-epa collusion to target conservatives,
and as a sorbet,
biden points out american soldiers to the enemy.

(s/this planet/obama/)

one big gulp for mankind

sultan knish via dustbury (slightly edited) :
There are reports that Mayor Bloomberg received letters that tested positive for Ricin. I'm sure his butler and his butler's butler and his butler's butler's assistant are all very worried about their health. Not Bloomberg though, who is immune to Ricin, the Ebola virus, cholera, nerve gas, U-238, foxglove, typhoid fever and rabid bats...

Reports that Bloomberg can be kept away by wearing cloves of garlic are untrue. Bloomberg can stand exposure to garlic and sunlight. However, anything with a lot of calories will send him fleeing into the night. If you walk down the street wearing a string of ketchup packets around your neck, no Bloomberg can harm you. If you light up a cigarette while doing it and swig from an open bottle of liquor, you can hear his thin keening cries of pain drifting up or down all the way from 77th Street.

If you find yourself being chased by Bloomberg late at night, instead of trying to run, bend down and erase a bicycle lane. Bloomberg will compulsively redraw it, leaving you free to enjoy your evening. You can also distract Bloomberg by picking up a soda can and exclaiming, "I bet this is good for me."

If you find yourself backed into a corner, grab a restaurant menu without any calorie information next to the servings and recite over and over again, "It's only a tiny little steak. How many calories could it have." If you truly believe it, then Bloomberg will vanish in a puff of smoke and be reborn as an ashtray.

Other charms and unguents efficacious for deterring Bloomberg include, NRA decals, a dash of water from the Gowanus canal, cars that aren't energy efficient, two ostrich feathers tied together, a photo of Rudy Giuliani, a rare Madagascar blue chicken born at midnight, and the United States Constitution.

If your demesne is haunted by Bloomberg, try and lure him into a private jet with a trail of urban reform studies, fly him to Shanghai and hope he adapts to his native habitat in the Communist Party.
also links to this:
Psycho is the great-grandfather of scores of copycat films of diminishing quality over the decades. It presents Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) who runs an out-of-the-way motel and apparently has little contact with the outside world. His alternate persona is governed by his dead mother. "She" comes to life when temptation crosses his path. The voyeuristic sight of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) in semi-undress in one of his motel rooms triggers in Norman an urge to kill and eliminate the temptation. A cross-dressed Bates stabs her to death in the shower, then disposes of her body and car in a neighboring swamp. A detective, Arbogast (Martin Balsam), investigating Crane's disappearance is also murdered by Bates-as-Mother, to protect Norman from the consequences of his actions.

The parallels with Islam here are fairly obvious...
there are many more here

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I.t R.eally S.tinks

NRO:
...the problem (of the IRS) is a perversely complex regulatory framework that gives the IRS — which should simply collect taxes based on an easily knowable formula — enormous discretionary power to discriminate and intimidate. That makes the IRS an un-American weapon, particularly when it is controlled by an Alinskyite will-to-power administration.

Sure, we can worry about prosecuting the weapon-wielders at some point. The urgent problem here, though, is the weapon itself. Our energy should be devoted to exposing the scandal in the light of day and shaming Washington into dismantling the IRS — which is actually planned to swell markedly, and grow even more intrusively offensive, under Obamacare...

...The moment a prosecutor — special or otherwise — takes over, the public flow of information stops. All witnesses will claim that the pendency of a criminal investigation means they cannot discuss the matter “on advice of counsel.” They will cease cooperating with congressional investigators. The prosecutor will claim that grand-jury secrecy rules bar comment about the expansive investigation (a claim the government routinely makes, even though the rules actually bar comment only by the prosecutor, investigative agents, and grand jurors — not the witnesses).

Public disclosure should be the goal here. It is the one thing that has driven the IRS story to this point. Public disclosure of the shockingly intrusive harassment of the president’s political opponents, the prohibitive legal and regulatory expenses imposed on ordinary people for merely exercising their right to participate in the political process, is what has broken through the administration’s Obamedia fortress. Yet public disclosure is precisely what would be lost if Congress were to punt its oversight responsibilities to a special counsel.

It's no Watergate


update 1: read related

update 2: The Virginian - and his commentors - go farther (read it all):
(edited)

(on the plus side,)
Richard Nixon:
  • ended the Vietnam war,
  • ended the draft,
  • started arms talks with the USSR,
  • pried the Communist USSR-China alliance apart,
  • opened China,
  • began the USA's support for the dissidents inside the USSR,
  • (aided) Israel during the Yom Kippur war,
  • got Egypt to break from the USSR and expel the Soviet military,
  • ensured NASA could land a man on the moon,
  • integrated the officers' clubs in the military,
  • signed the first clean air/clean water act,
  • did not plot the Watergate break-in,
  • appointed William Rehnquist,
  • (and) The Nixon IRS never actually went after Nixon's enemies.
A lot of pundits on both sides are telling people that (x) incident under the Obama administration should not be compared to Watergate - where x could equal anything below:

During the IRS incident, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress directed the IRS to deliberately and illegally delay the applications of conservative (and not liberal) non-profit groups.
    During the Benghazi incident, the Obama administration:
    During the AP spying incident, the Obama administration directed the Justice Department to deliberately spy (in an illegal, i.e. warrantless, manner) on the contacts of a press organization.

    The Obama administration has knowingly appointed numerous tax cheats to high office, while directing the IRS to harass his opponent's contributors.

    During the Solyndra incident, the Obama administration:
    The Obama administration's Eric Holder has perverted justice by:
    Under ObamaCare, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have:
    And on countless occasions, the Obama administration has lied to Congress while under oath.

    Now to be fair, let's include the facts about the Watergate scandal: Nixon operatives drew up an 'enemies list', then carried out two burglaries. Then Nixon and several members of his administration engaged in illegal wiretapping, destroyed a few documents, and perjured themselves before Congress.

    Conclusion: The pundits are correct that it is wrong to compare Nixon to Obama - but only because it's so insulting to Nixon.