Friday, January 30, 2015
I need a hashtag
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Are women without genitalia the result of Republican budget cuts or the Koch brothers?
Nikolai Yezhov, walking with Stalin in the left photo from the 1930s, was killed in 1940.
Following his execution, Yezhov was edited out of the photo by Soviet censors/
Friday, January 23, 2015
A Tedious, Recycled State of the Union
Before the financial crisis, Obama ran on “investing” in education, health care, renewable energy, infrastructure, and so on. After the financial crisis hit, presumably our needs changed, but not Obama’s agenda. Suddenly, what America needed to do to respond to the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression was to again “invest” in education, health care, renewable energy, and infrastructure. And now that the “shadow of crisis has passed,” as he announced on Tuesday, the same investments are needed. Why? Because he said it before, of course.The same holds true with his foreign-policy agenda. As a candidate, Obama vowed that we needed to pull back from the War on Terror. After the rise of the Islamic State and the metastasizing of jihadist terror around the world, we must stay the course. Even when events deviate from the president’s well-worn script, what matters is that the script never change so Obama can keep talking and talking and talking.
"This isn't ISIS"
So little attention has been paid to ISIS lately that President Barack Obama was able to boast in his State of the Union address that an American-led coalition has stopped the terror gang’s advances without drawing a derisive laugh from his audience. That claim is not corroborated by any press reports we’ve been able to hunt down, and will surely come as a surprise to the unfortunate residents of Mosul and Fallujah and numerous other cities that once enjoyed the protection of American troops but are now beleaguered by ISIS’ murderous gangs, and is acknowledged as a falsehood by Pentagon officials, but that’s easily overlooked when there’s a charge afoot that a professional football team might have deflated a ball. The president further claimed that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has been halted, that Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program in gratitude for the president’s protection from economic sanctions, and that he somehow deserves credit for America’s recent oil boom, but until some photogenic sports star draws attention to such balderdash it will also go largely unnoticed.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Nazis Were Socialists, Not Right-Wingers
Monday, January 19, 2015
Nothing to Do with Islam. Move Along.
Charlie Hebdo and the aftermath.
What should we say about the Muslim terror attacks in Paris and Charlie Hebdo? Having waited a decent interval for the dead to be buried and the marchers to go home, for the hot outrage to have cooled, let's have a discussion.
Few people were aware of this magazine before the assault by Muslim terrorists. It's circulation is modest and it's treatment of its subject matter is tasteless. Charlie is a virulently anti-religious magazine but it has the distinction of including Islam as a target. Most other Western publications use a deferential tone when discussing Islam, referring the Mohammad as "The Prophet" and endlessly referring to Islam as the "Religion of Peace." These same publications are uninhibited in their discussion of Christianity, and evangelical Christianity is mocked mercilessly. The press does not refer to Christ as Messiah Jesus. Unlike the Koran, the Bible is often referred to, not as Christianity's "Holy Book" but as the object of "Bible Thumpers."
Different patients hurt at different places. Just because my sensitivity is my Prophet, does not mean yours has to be a divine figure as well. For Jews, Moses may be fair game, but mocking the Holocaust is not. For Christians, ridiculing Jesus causes varying levels of angst. For Blacks, the N-word is off-limits. And certain ridicule has left the LGBT community so terrified that it hurts all over.
It's largely our social — not legal — codes that bar us from poking at others' tender spots.
And when these codes are violated, we rush to amend. When PepsiCo released an ad for Mountain Dew in 2013 that was deemed racist and misogynist, it was axed. When Snickers launched a 2007 Super bowl ad showing two straight men accidentally kissing, it was considered to be homophobic and benched. When a Jewish-owned company created a billboard ad for a budget vodka, boasting "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing," it was quickly pulled.
Yet, no one thought it was the end of the First Amendment. Why then, can the American Muslims not ask for the end to hurtful material against Prophet Muhammad without getting a free speech lecture shoved down their throats?
If "nothing should be off limits," as American Muslims are reminded, then why do we mollify other groups? Why do we lionize free speech only when it ridicules Prophet Muhammad?
....Charb’s wide repertoire of freaks and grotesques, who range from the various popes to Jesus himself, depicted nude and sodomizing his heavenly father
Trey Gowdy on the role of the House of Representatives
About that "warmest year" hoax.
The Nasa climate scientists who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 per cent sure this was true.In a press release on Friday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) claimed its analysis of world temperatures showed ‘2014 was the warmest year on record’.The claim made headlines around the world, but yesterday it emerged that GISS’s analysis – based on readings from more than 3,000 measuring stations worldwide – is subject to a margin of error. Nasa admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all.Yet the Nasa press release failed to mention this, as well as the fact that the alleged ‘record’ amounted to an increase over 2010, the previous ‘warmest year’, of just two-hundredths of a degree – or 0.02C. The margin of error is said by scientists to be approximately 0.1C – several times as much.As a result, GISS’s director Gavin Schmidt has now admitted Nasa thinks the likelihood that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just 38 per cent. However, when asked by this newspaper whether he regretted that the news release did not mention this, he did not respond. Another analysis, from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, drawn from ten times as many measuring stations as GISS, concluded that if 2014 was a record year, it was by an even tinier amount.Its report said: ‘Numerically, our best estimate for the global temperature of 2014 puts it slightly above (by 0.01C) that of the next warmest year (2010) but by much less than the margin of uncertainty.
‘Therefore it is impossible to conclude from our analysis which of 2014, 2010, or 2005 was actually the warmest year… the Earth’s average temperature for the past decade has changed very little.’
The earth's average temperature has changed very little over the last decade. When skeptics say this they're compared to Holocaust Deniers.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Native Hawaiians Seek Independence
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Meet the honor brigade, an organized campaign to silence debate on Islam
How Islamofascists try to control the narrative. When you hear someone described as "Islamophobic" it probably started in the Honor Brigade.
It was the first time a fellow Muslim had pressed me to refrain from criticizing the way our faith was practiced. But in the past decade, such attempts at censorship have become more common. This is largely because of the rising power and influence of the “ghairat brigade,” an honor corps that tries to silence debate on extremist ideology in order to protect the image of Islam. It meets even sound critiques with hideous, disproportionate responses.
The campaign began, at least in its modern form, 10 years ago in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, when the Organization of Islamic Cooperation — a mini-United Nations comprising the world’s 56 countries with large Muslim populations, plus the Palestinian Authority — tasked then-Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu with combating Islamophobia and projecting the “true values of Islam.” During the past decade, a loose honor brigade has sprung up, in part funded and supported by the OIC through annual conferences, reports and communiques. It’s made up of politicians, diplomats, writers, academics, bloggers and activists.
In 2007, as part of this playbook, the OIC launched the Islamophobia Observatory, a watchdog group based in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, with the goal of documenting slights against the faith. Its first report, released the following year, complained that the artists and publishers of controversial Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad were defiling “sacred symbols of Islam . . . in an insulting, offensive and contemptuous manner.” The honor brigade began calling out academics, writers and others, including former New York police commissioner Ray Kelly and administrators at a Catholic school in Britain that turned away a mother who wouldn’t remove her face veil.
“The OIC invented the anti-‘Islamophobia’ movement,” says Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a frequent target of the honor brigade. “These countries . . . think they own the Muslim community and all interpretations of Islam.”
Alongside the honor brigade’s official channel, a community of self-styled blasphemy police — from anonymous blogs such as LoonWatch.com and Ikhras.com to a large and disparate cast of social-media activists — arose and began trying to control the debate on Islam. This wider corps throws the label of “Islamophobe” on pundits, journalists and others who dare to talk about extremist ideology in the religion. Their targets are as large as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and as small as me.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
four years after the start of the Arab Spring, the new Middle East looks more and more like the old one—only worse.
From the Wall Street Journal
While U.S. airstrikes have put Islamic State forces on the defensive in Iraq, they haven’t had the same effect in Syria. Our story looks at why military action by the U.S. has not stopped Islamic State militants from expanding their control in Syria and considers the implications of this failure. We note that some administration officials have been pushing America to focus more attention on Syria, but powerful voices oppose any idea that would drag the U.S. military deeper into a country where few see options that will improve the situation. However, the “Iraq-first” strategy is likely to be questioned in the coming weeks when the new Republican-controlled Congress holds hearings on the president’s game plan in the Middle East. Meanwhile, we report that the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is coming under growing criticism in Iraq, complicating the mission as Washington ramps up its forces in the country. And we look at the wider region, noting that four years after the start of the Arab Spring, the new Middle East looks more and more like the old one—only worse.Before we deployed Barack Hussein Obama's SMART DIPLOMACY in the Middle East as the Arab Spring unfolded the area was controlled by a few long time dictators and Arab "royalty" who were content to not cause trouble. Today, after deaths counted in the hundreds of thousands, crazies are roaming the sands forests bringing back the 7th century and importing it into a Western world which though it left that all behind centuries ago.
Well, (as Glenn Reynolds often notes) this is the 21sc Century, you know.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Why I am a Conservative
Stacy McCain has a great essay on the horrors visited on people by "progressives" and Liberal philosophers.
What is remarkable is the extent to which French intellectuals have caused this endless tide of human misery.“We are not the converts of Rousseau; we are not the disciples of Voltaire; Helvetius has made no progress amongst us. Atheists are not our preachers; madmen are not our lawgivers. We know that we have made no discoveries, and we think that no discoveries are to be made, in morality; nor many in the great principles of government, nor in the ideas of liberty, which were understood long before we were born, altogether as well as they will be after the grave has heaped its mould upon our presumption, and the silent tomb shall have imposed its law on our pert loquacity.”— Edmund Burke, 1790
Burke’s insight into the fundamental error of the French Revolution — its inspiration by such philosophes as Rousseau and Voltaire — could be extended to every “progressive” movement ever since.The modern Cult of Progress, the characteristic “presumption” of the intelligentsia in their belief in their own superiority, has repeatedly afflicted humanity with enthusiastic schemes for political, social and economic change. Always these innovations require us first to destroy “hitherto existing society” (to quote the Communist Manifesto), and to entrust our future to the control of elites. Always the result is the same. From the Reign of Terror in revolutionary France to the Bolshevik Terror in revolutionary Russia, from Kristallnacht in Germany to the “Great Leap Forward” in China to the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia, the path of “progress” is a trail painted in blood, littered with the corpses of those murdered or starved to death for the sake of political theories.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Grubering Junior College
Islam's youth movement
Am I the first to notice that the Muslims beheading, shooting, bombing, kidnapping, raping and enslaving people are the youth movement of Islam? These are the true progressives.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority
Meanwhile, under the watch of the man who masquerades under the moniker of president of the United States, someone who can barely muster a dopey three-minute speech filled with banalities about the killings in France, radical Islam has metastasized across the world in a manner only dreamed of on 9/11. A map on Gretawire shows terror networks cutting a wide swathe across the planet, from South America through North Africa on to the Indian subcontinent and then into South-East Asia. In a sense the map should already include Western Europe, the way things are going.And most likely things are going to get worse. Al Qaeda (operating with impunity in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere) and ISIS (with a state of its own the size of Indiana) are in a pissing contest for terrorist maniacs of the year while Boko Haram is doing its best to exterminate everyone in Nigeria, andapparently succeeding – all in the name of Allah. And our president never uses the word “Islamic” or acknowledges that we are at war — even though, quite obviously, the Islamists are at war with us and with Western civilization. And they seem just to be getting started. Only the morally narcissistic buffoons at the New York Times would think otherwise.Which brings us to the 2016 presidential election. I have written before, “We need a wartime consigliere.” (Yes, yes, I know the consigliere isn’t the boss — but you get the reference.) We need a wartime president. Hillary Clinton, obviously, is as far from that as you could get, except for Barack Obama. So we have to look on the Republican side.I’m not prepared to comment on any of the candidates now. I don’t know enough. But I will say this: In this time of war, I will be looking, far above all things, for the best possible commander-in-chief, man or woman. Put another way, how much does the person resemble Winston Churchill, the ultimate wartime leader, in my view? That’s not an easy thing. Churchill had a great verbal skill and certain unique charm that could inspire people. I can’t immediately think of anyone who has that. But Churchill was a figure of legend, someone even the oldest of us see from afar or on old news clips. In his day, we know he was reviled by many.So maybe someone will emerge. We are in desperate need of that person after the last six, soon to be eight, years. What has been lost domestically is certainly significant, but pales in comparison to the global situation and the religious war that we are in. If America continues to lead from behind after 2016, it will cease to be America. The world will shortly be in chaos and we will all be back in the Middle Ages. Sound excessive? I wish it did.So I implore those of you reading to put aside your special interests for the moment, or at least soft-pedal them. Most of them can wait and if we lose the war against Islamic terrorism, which, believe it or not, we are currently losing, they will all be irrelevant, the unread text of Obamacare buried in the sand like Shelley’s statue of Ozymandias. Civilizations have died before. Let’s not let it be ours. Let’s overcome the reactionary leaders in our own country and in Europe, who suffer from such extreme cognitive disorders that even after #CharlieHebdo they insist on delinking Islam from terrorism. Let’s find our Churchill — and now.
You no doubt remember Barack Obama's boast, what seems a generation ago back in 2007, that he had the capacity to unite Americans better than anyone else in that presidential competition."What the American people need and what the Oval Office needs right now is good judgment," Obama told the Washington Post.Then, the freshman senator added, "I don't think there is anybody in this race who's able to bring new people into the process and break out of some of the ideological gridlock that we have as effectively as I can." It hurts too much now to laugh at those early Obama false claims.
Read the whole thing.
'Fears of man-made 'global warming' were greatly exaggerated'...
Record Snowfall Florida...
Teams to Fight Frigid Air in Green Bay, New England NFL Playoffs...
Indian Science Conference: 'Fears of man-made 'global warming' were greatly exaggerated'...
WASH POST: Arctic blast helps burn fat...
150-car pileup closes MI interstate...
Video: Truck carrying fireworks explodes...
The economy on DRUDGE
Unemployment drops to 5.6%...
BUT Wages fall...
AND Record 92,898,000 Americans Out of Workforce...
WITH Record Number Of Women...
Two female Marine officers who volunteered to attempt the Corps’ challenging Infantry Officer Course did not proceed beyond the first day of the course, a Marine Corps spokesperson confirms to the Free Beacon. The two were the only female officers attempting the course in the current cycle, which began Thursday in Quantico, Virginia.With the two most recent drops, there have been 29 attempts by female officers to pass the course since women have been allowed to volunteer, with none making it to graduation. (At least one woman has attempted the course more than once.) Only three female officers have made it beyond the initial day of training, a grueling evaluation known as the Combat Endurance Test, or CET. Male officers also regularly fail to pass the CET, and the overall course has a substantial attrition rate for males.
DRUDGE In Paris Terror Ending
THREE DAYS OF TERROR COMES TO END IN FRANCE...
'Wife' of Kosher supermarket killer becomes most wanted woman after going on run...
MURDOCH: Muslims Responsible for 'Jihadist Cancer'...
Britain's MI5: Al Qaeda planning mass attacks on West...
Landmark synagogue shut on Shabbat first time since WWII...
FBI, State Dept issue new terror bulletins for Americans...
More calumny from the Virginian Pilot
Labels: Virginian Pilot
Friday, January 09, 2015
DRUDGE roundup on Islamofascism
EURABIA DEBATE ERUPTS...
Fear, paranoia in wooded area where suspects hunted...
Police find abandoned car with Molotov cocktails, Jihadist flags...
Kouachi Rap Video...
Female cop killed in separate Paris shooting...
Before attack, French began ceding control of neighborhoods to Islamists...
Jewish residents fleeing...
WIRES: REUTERS... AFP...
LIVE: FRANCE 24...
Europe's anti-Islamisation groups look to spread movement...
Le Pen: 'Time's up for denial and hypocrisy'...
Muslim Cleric Defends Slaughter...
NYTIMES deletes Islamic proselytizing during attack...
'You must convert to Islam, read the Quran and cover yourself'...
Cleric asks radio host: Are you Jewish?
Islamic immigration to USA on rise...
Britain's MI5 warns al Qaeda planning mass attacks on West...
HEBDO SUSPECTS CORNERED
WANT 'TO DIE AS MARTYRS'
Imposing Islamic Culture
Bud Norman on the Gathering Storm
Europe is being forced to confront the broader war within its own borders. Shortsighted immigration policies have left many European nations with large Muslim populations that are rapidly growing while the indigenous ethnic population is at or below replacement levels, and the newcomers are not assimilating to the existing cultures but rather attempting to impose their own culture on their hosts.
The political consequences are either submission of the original culture to Islam or ...
Anti-immigration parties are finding increased support across Europe, and although the European and American press like to describe them all as “right wing” some are merely urging reasonable restrictions on immigration and assimilation policies for those already in the country along with the same sort of economic agenda that conservatives offer in America, but there are parties with a more authoritarian style that will also make gains in countries where the more established parties refuse to offer viable solutions to the pressing problems posed by an increasingly radicalized Muslim population. Wherever any resistance to the Islamic immigration is considered beyond the respectable limits of discourse, the disreputable parties will become increasingly popular.
Students of history know that Hitler was = for many Germans - the preferred alternative to the economic and cultural chaos in Post WW1 Germany.
The gathering storm in the U.S.
The United States has a smaller, albeit growing, Muslim population, and it is not segregated and alienated to the same extent as In Europe. Nor are the parameters of the debate about Islam’s uneasy coexistence with the West so severely restricted, despite the best efforts of politicians and the academy and the establishment press and the entertainment industry. The death toll from radical Islam’s war against the West is nonetheless high here, and likely to grow higher, and the same willing blindness to the problem too often prevails at the highest levels of power. The anti-social ethos that Theodore Dalrymple describes in the ghettos outside Paris is eerily similar to what is found in the ghettos within America’s cities, right down to hip-hop music and fashion and government-subsidized bling, and the reaction by America’s intellectual elites to its anti-social and police-hating ethos is pretty much the same, and all that’s missing is radical Islam’s appeal to the spiritual void of those angry young men and its promise of something more meaningful. Post-modern Europe has nothing similar to offer, and America needs to recall the vision that once served that purpose.
The same apologetic and appeasing offer of debilitating support that America has offered its ghettos since launching a “War on Poverty” is what it now offers the Islamic world, but generous welfare systems and a condescending multi-culturalism are no more likely to work here than in France.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Holy shit, literally MT @anjemchoudary how we go to the toilet & even in which direction we relieve ourselves, must be based on revelation
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 8, 2015
Stacy McCain does his usual understated, but accurate report.
Here's what Anjem Choudary, Muslim cleric, had to say:
Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.Although Muslims may not agree about the idea of freedom of expression, even non-Muslims who espouse it say it comes with responsibilities. In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.Muslims consider the honor of the Prophet Muhammad to be dearer to them than that of their parents or even themselves. To defend it is considered to be an obligation upon them. The strict punishment if found guilty of this crime under sharia (Islamic law) is capital punishment implementable by an Islamic State. This is because the Messenger Muhammad said, “Whoever insults a Prophet kill him.”However, because the honor of the Prophet is something which all Muslims want to defend, many will take the law into their own hands, as we often see.Within liberal democracies, freedom of expression has curtailments, such as laws against incitement and hatred.The truth is that Western governments are content to sacrifice liberties and freedoms when being complicit to torture and rendition — or when restricting the freedom of movement of Muslims, under the guise of protecting national security.So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine Charlie Hebdo to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?
It is time that the sanctity of a Prophet revered by up to one-quarter of the world’s population was protected.
DRUDGE on Islamic Terror in Paris
Before attack, French began ceding control of neighborhoods to Islamists...
Video Threatened Jihad...
Jewish residents fleeing...
TENS OF THOUSANDS RALLY IN PARIS...
'JE SUIS CHARLIE'...
WIRES: REUTERS... AFP...
LIVE: FRANCE 24...
White House Questioned French Magazine's 'Judgment'...
Attack Reflects 'Dangerous Moment' for Europe...
Le Pen: 'Time's up for denial and hypocrisy'...
Islamic immigration to USA on rise...
Female cop killed in separate shooting...
Suspects spotted, manhunt continues...
YEAR STARTS IN HORROR
The future belongs to those who have a better idea
Barack H. Obama and his acolytes have now been reminded numerous times of his famous words before the United Nations General Assembly when he blamed a video which no one had ever seen for the attack in Benghazi. “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”
The grisly Islamist terrorist assault that left 12 people dead at a French satirical magazine Wednesday came against a backdrop of mounting xenophobia and tension boiling over Western Europe, where traditionally secular societies are struggling to absorb surging Muslim immigrant populations ...Mr. Landis said the attackers mostly likely sought to feed rising European fears of what some anti-Muslim groups have dubbed a rising “Eurabia.”The rise of the term coincides with a wider question about whether nations like France have simply failed to successfully absorb such immigrants, either economically or culturally.
The murders in Paris are only the latest atrocities in a longstanding war against anyone making critical comments regarding anything Islamic, which began during Mohammad’s lifetime and has been especially troublesome since the fatwa was issued by the mullahs of Iran against Salman Rushdie in 1989. Since then the Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh has been brutally murdered, the publishers of a Danish publication have gone in hiding, riots have raged through Egypt over a rarely seen YouTube video, and now 12 brave Frenchmen are dead. The response from the same western civilization that once protected free speech as a foremost value has thus far been acquiescent. The Dutch politician Geert Wilders was tried under his country’s restrictive “hate speech” laws for questioning the wisdom of unfettered immigration from Muslim countries, the masterful essayist Mark Steyn has found himself on trial before a Canadian “Human Rights Commission,” and Van Gogh’s courageously outspoken collaborator Aayan Hirsi Ali has been forced to leave the country for America and been banned from the graduation ceremonies of this country, where the maker of that rarely seen YouTube video was also sent to prison on questionable parole violations after the government officially condemned his views and falsely blamed him for the murder of four Americans at a consulate in Libya.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
NY Times "French massacred, Muslims worst hurt"
Here's How the NY Times views the murder of 12 Frenchmen by Islamic terrorists;
The sophisticated, military-style strike Wednesday on a French newspaper known for satirizing Islam is sure to accelerate the growth of anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe, feeding far-right nationalist parties like France’s National Front.
When French people get killed why do bad things always happen to Muslims?
Wow, the Associated Press says its policy is to censor the Mohammed cartoons. MT @MiriamElder: http://t.co/x159wKhwaY pic.twitter.com/c4nMpUPwH4
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) January 7, 2015
Hands up, don't shoot
Drawing the line on free speech.
Psst: Don't mention Muslim
If this was terrorism
WH spokesman for President "Workplace Violence" Obama, stated this morning, "If (IF?) this was a terrorist attack.." https://t.co/3qOOzx3wAA— Rob Cunningham (@Rob_Cunningham) January 7, 2015
Has the media blamed a "White Islamist" yet?— John Nolte (@NolteNC) January 7, 2015
.@katebevan We live in a world where every Muslim is obligated as a matter of religious faith to destroy our civilization. Priorities.— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 7, 2015
The Press and Islam
Now it's time for US newspapers to produce oblique, weepy, poignant cartoons disapproving of murder without offending anyone in particular.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 7, 2015
Labels: The Press
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.Barack H. Obama
Twelve people have been shot dead at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris
Two masked gunmen are reported to have stormed the offices of the controversial publication, which has previously been attacked over its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.
According to the AFP news agency, the attackers shouted: "We have avenged the prophet."
They are believed to have been armed with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade.
The gunmen are still on the loose. Developing ....
“A jail sentence doesn’t matter anymore. The only thing that gets you shunned in New York society is poverty.”
The Liberal fat cats seem hell-bent on proving Muslims are right when they call Americans degenerate perverts.
Just so. Keep in mind that Hollywood still supports Roman Polanski even after he was convicted of raping a 13 year old girl.Last spring, Epstein completed a 13-month sentence for soliciting prostitution from a minor in Palm Beach. Now he was hosting a party for his close friend, Britain's Prince Andrew, fourth in line to the throne.When a photo later surfaced of the two men walking in Central Park that weekend, the British press seized on the story, spinning out weeks of headlines about the 16-year relationship between Epstein and Andrew, with salacious details of underage "masseuses" and even a cozy weekend in Balmoral. ... But the uproar over "The Prince and The Perv"—as the British headlines screamed—mysteriously drowned in the Mid-Atlantic. New Yorkers barely batted an eye about the scandal-mongering across the pond. "A jail sentence doesn't matter anymore," says David Patrick Columbia, founder of New York Social Diary. "The only thing that gets you shunned in New York society is poverty.""In the Midwest, where I am from, he would be a social pariah," says Lorna Brett Howard, a political activist and wife of Irving Post Capital CEO and Aeropostale director John Howard. "What I see here is if you have big money or are famous then you get a pass."
The two police officers shot by a Bronx robber they were trying to arrest would have rather not gotten visited by Mayor de Blasio, family and fellow cops told The Post on Tuesday.
The father of the more seriously wounded of the pair, Officer Andrew Dossi, 30, said his son “wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit.”
“He deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support — come on,” Joe Dossi said, referring to the feud between the NYPD’s rank and file and de Blasio over unrestrained anti-cop protests and the mayor saying he had cautioned mixed-race son Dante to be wary of cops.
You get to know a lot about people by those they hang out with.
On the evening of December 2nd, 2010, a handful of America's media and entertainment elite—including TV anchors Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos, comedienne Chelsea Handler, and director Woody Allen—convened around the dinner table of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It wasn't just any dining room, but part of a sprawling nine-story townhouse that once housed an entire preparatory school. And it wasn't just any sex offender, but an enigmatic billionaire who had once flown the likes of former President Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak around the world on his own Boeing 727. Last spring, Epstein completed a 13-month sentence for soliciting prostitution from a minor in Palm Beach. Now he was hosting a party for his close friend, Britain's Prince Andrew, fourth in line to the throne.
Keep this in mind when you recall that Obama hung around with racist preachers, Leftist bombers, crooked politicians and slum lords.
Bob McDonnell just got two years for accepting a Rolex watch. He made the mistake of being a Republican.
ANDREA MITCHELL REJECTS OWN NETWORK'S POLL SHOWING AMERICANS AGREE WITH CIA INTERROGATION TACTICS
Jounolists: politicians with bylines. Typical of the ruling class. Mitchell is the Jonathan Gruber of journalism.The poll Mitchell wasn’t buying was an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released earlier that day. The poll revealed that 51 percent of respondents felt that the interrogation practices used during the Bush era were acceptable. Only 28 percent said they went too far and were wrong.But speaking to NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, Mitchell warned her audience against her own network’s polling, saying that polling is “always an imprecise measure because of the way questions are asked.”Engel seemed to agree with Mitchell’s intimation that the poll could be wrong. He told Mitchell that those who answered the poll were just responding emotionally and that they might be proven morally wrong by “history.”Then Mitchell seemed to announce her distrust of democracy itself, saying, “Should public opinion really be setting policy?”
Monday, January 05, 2015
Desperate to protect the Obama administration
Labels: The Press
Noah Rothman at Hot Air came across a BBC documentary about North Korea that described the repressive regime as not really communist and actually described the nation as ‘far right.’ That riled up some people on Twitter.
Read the whole thing.
That "5% GDP Growth" number is misleading.
Does that make you feel richer already? No?
Well take a look at how Team Obama managed to create that 5% figure.
Here's how they took it out:
Here's a little secret: the government gets to revise the numbers for months and quarters in the past under the assumption that given more time they get more and better data. I found this out years ago when I hears a talk by a very smart - and witty - Wall Street analyst who made great fun of government economic statistics by quoting numerous revisions for GDP numbers for the same period. It was eye-opening, and I have never viewed government statistics in quite the same way.
Revising economic data as better information is gathered sounds plausible, but it also gives the government the opportunity for political mischief. Thanks to the "polar vortex" of early 2014 that slowed the economy, the government statisticians figured that the 1st quarter was so bad that they may as well use it as a "kitchen sink" quarter. Via Zero Hedge:
Back in June, when we were looking at the final Q1 GDP print, we discovered something very surprising: after the BEA had first reported that absent for Obamacare, Q1 GDP would have been negative in its first Q1 GDP report, subsequent GDP prints imploded as a result of what is now believed to be the polar vortex. But the real surprise was that the Obamacare boost was, in the final print, revised massively lower to actually reduce GDP! ... Because the brilliant propaganda minds at the Dept of Commerce figured out something banks also realized with the stub "kitchen sink" quarter in November 2008. Namely, since Q1 is a total loss in GDP terms, let's just remove Obamacare spending as a contributor to Q1 GDP and just shove it in [a later quarter]......In short, two-thirds of the "boost" to final Q3 personal consumption came from, ... the same Obamacare which initially was supposed to boost Q1 GDP until the "polar vortex" crashed the number so badly, the BEA decided to pull it completely and leave this "growth dry powder" for another quarter. That quarter was Q3.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Want to influence a casino bid? Polish your corporate image? Not be labeled a racist?Then you need to pay Al Sharpton.For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.
- Wal Mart
- General Motors
Richard Fernandez ponders the problems with Western culture that's incapable of creating a belief in justice.
In the Western legal model it is illegitimate to impose “collective punishment” and being unable to do so, nothing is done. There is a strict injunction against profiling Muslims and other groups precisely because group guilt is forbidden. And that is as it should be, if the taboo is to be maintained. Collective punishment is a very destructive and blunt model which arises from a lack of information and a conviction that discrimination is a hopeless task.But the prohibition does not run the other way. There is no strong taboo among ISIS or al-Qaeda, for example, against punishing individual Jews for the collective guilt of Israeli existence. It is enough to kill a Jew, any Jew. It doesn’t matter who. Their model of punishment doesn’t require detailed information.The key distinction between lawfare and warfare is that the former recognizes only individual guilt, while the latter consists of nothing but collective punishment. Warfare is an information-poor form of conflict. In World War 2 style conflicts all the necessary information was encapsulated in the uniform. The people in American uniforms shot the people wearing German uniforms. The moral state of individual wearer of the uniform mattered not a whit. Anyone wearing an German uniform was liable to be shot, burned, blown up, stabbed or run over by a tank operated by an individual with an American uniform and vice versa. It was collective punishment all the way.A whole system had to be brought down. An entire state and perhaps even an entire way of life had to be terminated. Under these conditions, the only information required was ‘whose side are you on?’Provided the soldiers obeyed the conventions of war, they might kill hundreds or thousand and acquire no individual guilt at all. Paul Tibbets may have been proximately responsible for piloting the Enola Gay to Hiroshima, but the act was America’s. The foremost hero of the underground resistance, Wing Commander Forest Frederick Edward “Tommy” Yeo-Thomas GC, MC & Bar, also known as the White Rabbit was “a surprise defence witness in the war crimes trial of Otto Skorzeny, particularly on the charge of Skorzeny’s use of American uniforms in infiltrating American lines. Yeo-Thomas testified that he and his operatives wore German uniforms behind enemy lines while working for the SOE.” As far as the White Rabbit was concerned, Skorzeny had no individual guilt even if Skorzeny had caused the death of hundreds in the course of his illustrious military career.When hackers bring down companies or terrorists commit outrages and then obfuscate their identity, the Western moral code goes “tilt” because it cannot resolve the contradiction between having to punish somebody and not knowing the name of that someone to punish. Although we might guess the identities of the guilty parties — more or less — that’s not good enough to mete out only individual punishment. Without the names of individuals to punish the whole Western defense and legal mechanism grinds to a halt. Without information and the ability to punish individuals lawfare is nothing but a pitiful, helpless giant.Terrorism uses obfuscation to defuse lawfare knowing that the West will not turn to the alternative form of warfare.The danger of course is that a “pitiful, helpless giant” sooner or later loses the the legitimacy to govern. A sufficiently enraged public will demand something more than impotence. Collective punishment is what happens when individual justice is seen to fail. When lawfare collapses then warfare eventually ensues, a point which I made in the Three Conjectures. Maybe not immediately, but inevitably, with all the tragedy that implies.
At some point, people in a culture that does noting effective to protect its citizens against aggression will see a backlash. That's happening in Europe now, with the growth of political movements that oppose the unlimited immigration of Muslims who are violent and have no desire to assimilate.
Generations of Americans experienced actual trauma. Our greatest generation survived the Depression, then fought the worst war in humanity’s history, then built the United States into the most successful nation that has ever existed. They didn’t accomplish any of that by being crystal eggshells that would break at the slightest provocation, they didn’t demand society change to protect their tender feelings. They simply dealt with the hardships of their past and moved on. Even my great uncle, the Korea Marine, never expected us to tiptoe around him. He wouldn’t talk about his experience, but he didn’t order us not to.
So again, fuck your trauma. If your past bothers you that much, get help. I honestly hope you come to terms with it. I hope you manage to move forward. I won’t say anything meant to dredge up bad memories, and don’t think anyone should intentionally try to harm your feelings.
But nobody, nobody, should censor themselves to protect you from your pathological, and pathologically stupid, sensitivities.
Maybe I’m not paying attention, but I have never heard a trigger warning used in any other way. And today is the first time I have ever heard the term microagression – although the concept the term describes is certainly familiar to me.One final word…you say “our universities” and go on to cite the goings-on at UCLA. I have worked on a university campus for 13 years and can assure you with 100% certainty that UCLA is an outlier and is most definitely not representative of what occurs on campuses elsewhere.
You’re the second person who works at a University who’s told me they’ve never heard of these problems on campus. I’m encouraged by that, but these concepts (along with “white privilege”), seem to be most pervasive at colleges. Last month a Georgetown University student wrote an essay saying he’s not angry at the two young men who robbed him at gunpoint, because his white privilege means he deserved it (my interpretation).
Saturday, January 03, 2015
It’s a journalistic travesty that Rolling Stone’s discredited and disgraceful University of Virginia rape story ever made it into print.What’s more shameful is how so many people actually hoped the gory – and phony – tale of the fraternity gang-rape was true.It’s as if many activists and politicians wanted a freshman named Jackie to have been brutally assaulted in September 2012 by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi frat house. It’s as if they hoped she had gone through a three-hour ordeal that ended in her fleeing the house party in a blood-stained dress.Because as horrific as all that would have been, it would have helped their agenda.It would be convenient fodder for liberals crowing about the rape “epidemic” sweeping American universities, where, according to an oft-cited but thoroughly debunked academic study, “1-in-5” college women are sexually assaulted.It would have bolstered their canard that colleges can’t properly deal with campus rapes, and are in need of “fixing” through expansive new federal legislation.And it would have dovetailed nicely with the overall “war on women” theme Democrats will trot out between now and 2016, when Hillary Clinton, or possibly Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., runs for president.But instead, the implosion of the ginned-up UVA rape tale – much like the yarn Hollywood it-girl Lena Dunham spun about being raped by a “moustached campus Republican” named Barry – only erodes public trust in the veracity of bona fide incidents of rape.
And the faculty and administration of UVA headed by President Teresa Sullivan are doubling down, demonizing men in general and making the hot-to-trot "ladies" on campus appear to be victims. It's almost like the Feminists of all sexes want to drive heterosexual men away.
A Denver newspaper columnist is arrested for stalking a story subject. In Cincinnati, a television reporter is arrested on charges of child molestation. A North Carolina newspaper reporter is arrested for harassing a local woman. A drunken Chicago Sun-Times columnist and editorial board member is arrested for wife beating. A Baltimore newspaper editor is arrested for threatening neighbors with a shotgun. In Florida, one TV reporter is arrested for DUI, while another is charged with carrying a gun into a high school. A Philadelphia news anchorwoman goes on a violent drunken rampage, assaulting a police officer. In England, a newspaper columnist is arrested for killing her elderly aunt.Unrelated incidents, or mounting evidence of that America's newsrooms have become a breeding ground for murderous, drunk, gun-wielding child molesters? Answers are elusive, but the ever-increasing toll of violent crimes committed by journalists has led some experts to warn that without programs for intensive mental health care, the nation faces a potential bloodbath at the hands of psychopathic media vets."These people could snap at any minute," says James Treacher of the Treacher Institute for Journalist Studies. "We need to get them the help and medication they need before it's too late.Don't believe me? Check the graph, it's science. You don't want to be a science denier do you?
Despite of the ever-growing and bloody toll of victims of media-related crimes, some observers counsel against jumping to conclusions. Among the defenders is University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds."I think it's unfair to single out journalists as thieves, or violent, or drunks, or child abusers," says Reynolds. "Sometimes they're all of the above."
Read the whole thing.