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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Al Sharpton Got What He Wanted

Two police officers are dead. It happened in Brooklyn. Two cops, one Hispanic and the other Asian were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car. Let us hope that Saint Louis Rams players who entered the playing field displaying the "hands up don't shoot" shtick, MSNBC hack and Obama's personal ambassador to the grievance community Al Sharpton and especially NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio who sided with rioters against his own police force can tone down their victory celebrations. They got exactly what they wanted.
Retired NYPD detective Harry Houck blasted Al Sharpton while appearing as a guest on CNN. "Al Sharpton got what he wanted."

Al Sharpton may say otherwise but it is an indisputable fact that his entire career has been built on misinformation and racial discord. There are pimps and drug dealers with more morals.
The killer was identified as  Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia and Brooklyn and there is no doubt about his motivation. “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” he wrote in his Instagram post. The chrome plated automatic with the wooden grips was found on his body.

Needless to say New York's finest have had their fill of Mayor de Blasio. Just last week cops began signing a “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver, distributed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, that warned the mayor and speaker to stay away from funerals of cops killed in the line of duty.
The New York Post reports;
City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio were less than welcome guests at the poignant gathering.
“We’re all in this together,” the mayor told grieving cops, according to a cop who was there.
“No we’re not,” one officer said tersely in response.

Come to think of it, if Barack Obama had a son he would look like Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

Update: New York police officers turned their backs toward Mayor de Blasio as he entered a press conference.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hacked Sony emails reveal secret plan to revive SOPA

It's an ill wind that blows no good. The mystery hackers who have left Sony reeling in embarrassment and discord were good enough to leak evidence that 6 Hollywood studios were secretly trying to resurrect the odious SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation. SOPA and its companion Senate bill, Protect IP, gave the Tea Party its first warning that Senator Marco Rubio and Congresswomen Marsha Blackburn were not to be trusted.
Readers will recall that SOPA pitted chiefly Google but other internet entities such as Wikipedia and Reddit against the movie and music industries. The hacked emails reveal that the motion picture industry has broken the uneasy truce that existed between it and Google, code named Goliath.
The Motion Picture Association of America is "trying to secretly censor the Internet" and revive the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, Google general counsel Kent Walker claimed in a blog post Thursday. The 6 studios budgeted $500,000 each and MPAA poured $1.175 million into the campaign. SOPA would essentially meddle with the search engine’s indexing of websites, something countries like China have been placing restrictions on.
The Times reports the industry group went so far as to hire a law firm to help Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood draft subpoenas and legal briefs in a case he brought against Google. Hood's letter to Google can be viewed here.
On a philosophical note copyright laws must evolve with changing times. Older readers will remember that it was once illegal to Xerox copyrighted material even if it was but one page from a 500 page novel. To assert, as MPPA does, that something as innocuous as autocomplete is a threat to their precious content is patently absurd. MPPA can rejoice that the Bit Torrent site, Pirate Bay, was taken down last week by Swedish authorities but can furnish the persistent web citizen with more movies than Netflix. Perhaps MPPA and Sony should worry more North Korea than Google and Angelina Jolie.

From Oprah & Michelle, kiss our rings, knaves

  So Michelle Obama's phony Target run in which she was asked to pull down a detergent bottle because she's tall has been hooted and catcalled around the Twitterverse.
  AND it's pretty much been disqualified as true, in comparison with FLOTUS's description of a"feel good" moment on the Letterman show.
  You may not have heard a woman's call to the GB show, claiming to be the sister of the short detergent Target buyer. Here it is from The Blaze, along with the picture of FLOTUS who has changed her story from being "undercover"  to "not highly disguised":

  Soooo sunglasses, cap, hair pulled back, casual clothing pushing a cart at Target.
  Who knew?
  Apparently not the short teacher who's also an Obama voter, according to her sister.
  Now let's remember this.
  White people ushered the Obamas into office. He was reelected.
  They spend millions of Target customers' tax dollars for jet fuel to fly wherever they want around the world, including vacation and fundraisers, sometimes taking separate planes on the same day.
  This "racist" incident reminds me of the Oprah incident in which a shop girl was widely ridiculed, branded racist because she told Oprah the $38,000 hand bag she asked to see was very expensive.
  Oprah interpreted that as racism, which seems to be the de rigueur slur rich people slap at the commoners.
  To say these folks are pampered, overly sensitive, elitists is probably inadequate.
  What on earth can these people be thinking, accusing the working class who are just trying to pay the bills AND their taxes of being racist?
  But it's nice to know that they're looking for menial labor jobs for their daughters, just so they can experience what we commoners experience. Daily Caller:
“We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a paycheck is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair,” President Obama said in a hard-hitting interview in Parade magazine. “But that’s what most folks go through every single day.”
Michelle Obama also chimed in.
“I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work,” she said.
“That’s what life is,” the first lady added.
  They say this even though the Obama girls know poverty because they have poor relatives. 
  Let's remember that Oprah is one of the richest people in the US. Likewise the Obamas have raked it in, ever since he was paid to write a "memoir" in his twenties and she, as a state legislator's spouse, was given a $300,000 job for doing just about nothing and sometimes not even showing up for work.
  So, yeah, ladies. Get a grip.
  You ARE the 1%. We're not. 
  But we're not going to kiss your rings or bow to you or accept your petulant, demeaning, condescending charges of racism.
  YOU ARE the 1%.
  You'll never live a life such as we do.  That's fine. Just lay off lobbying for sympathy by  whining and false accusations.

McSally wins!

  Kudos to Martha McSally, who's won her recount to grab the Gabby Giffords seat in Arizona, giving Republicans the largest majority since 1929.
  McSally is the first female combat Air Force pilot and the woman who won her suit to not be forced to wear the hijab as an American military officer in Saudi Arabia.
  Next up, Trey Gowdy as Speaker of the House?
  People have been wondering what Obama has on Boehner to get him to capitulate so quickly on the budget.
  How feasible is the possibility of a Gowdy Speakership?
  Take a look at these.
  Maybe not.
  It appears unlikely Paul Ryan will challenge Boehner, though he appears to be more likely to win than Gowdy.

Rioting in Toledo...for shoes

  One indoor mall survives in Northwest Ohio; you can see the remains of some of the other malls here and here. 
  Southwyck Mall is gone, a wasteland of concrete and bouncing dust balls, in part due to "youths" who barricaded entrances and attacked shoppers, gathering at night to "rabble rouse."
  Franklin Park Mall is the only one left; it's a nice area but has had difficulties with attacks and brawls, even starting urban myths about abductions, thus scaring off many shoppers.
  So Dec. 17 when hundreds of people lined up before 6 a.m. to buy shoes, it's probably no surprise that it turned into a brawl.
  Police were called.
  What spiritual vacuum must exist in the souls of people who do this.  
  For shoes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's a sad day when federal bureaucrats have to do the work that journalists won't do!

I have never seen a federal agency respond to a media article with such vehemence and precision. The US Energy Information Agency, one of the few federal agencies Obama has not been able to politicize, went after Nature Magazine like Bill Buckley on Norman Mailer after Nature published Natural gas: The fracking fallacy. The Nature post essentially repeats the Obama mantra ""We can't drill our way out of this problem." It cites a study by a team at the University of Texas the finds that fracked wells decline in production more rapidly than conventional well ergo the vision of energy independence is a mere mirage in the visions of Sarah Palin and Rick Perry and Obama's Luddite proclamation is as sound as e=mc squared. The EIA responded to Nature as UVA should have answered Rolling Stone fallacious reporting.
In a letter to Nature bearing the Department of Energy letterhead Deputy Administrator Howard Greunspecht eschews the usual bureaucratic gobbledygook and goes after Nature like a literary critic.
"EIA would expect a journal of Nature's reputation to adopt a scientific approach to journalism, pursuing information and having the story follow where the information leads, rather than selectively collecting information and sources to fill what appears to be a dramatized story line built around the journalistic device of a (false) conflict meme...
While recognizing that different standards apply to editorial opinions and news features, the article and the accompanying editorial (The uncertain dash for cash) appear to function as an integrated newsatorial..."
The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology (UT/BEG), the team Nature implied had debunked the fracking fallacy was not pleased either. In its letter it accused Nature of cherry picking its finding in order to set up dueling theories of the merits of fracking when in fact UT/BEG and EIA were in accord on most points.
"With due respect, in our opinion, Nature is lacking in objective and balanced coverage of broad energy research. Just as in climate, biotech, medical, and physics, there is rigorous research being conducted in energy-all energy. We question why Nature would not ask the BEG team, rather than a freelance writer, for a manuscript discussing our work."

Hats off to the EIA!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Obama thinks soldiers are Santa, bombs are gifts

President Obama said, "We are free and safe and secure over here because you are willing to serve over there," adding "You never stop serving, you never stop giving, you guys are like Santa in fatigues.[silence] Although I bet one of those C-130's is a little more efficient then Santa's sleigh."

  In this age of perpetual outrage, isn't it interesting that there's not even a kerfuffle when Obama compared US soldiers to "Santa in fatigues" and the C-130--which carries warriors, equipment and occasionally BOMBS--as Santa's sleigh.
  I mean, it's a bad joke admittedly, but, hey, Code Pink. CAIR.
  Where are ya?

My cultural insensitivity

  I have to confess that the older I get, the less I understand this culture. Sadly, I must conclude that my mother was right.
  It's unreasonable to expect, nowadays, that the privileged among us studying law at major universities take their final exams when they've been traumatized, indeed, in "total despair" and devolved into "inconsolable tears" over the "psychic effects" of current events, so much so that one of the privileged is motivated to publish a long exegesis explaining that it's not because they're "coddled weak millenials" but because they're strong.
  Around the country, then, protesters are protesting the color of the skin of protesters. See, the culture will cure itself of racism by being racist.
 The complaint over in San Francisco was that the "white guys are trying to take over the microphones," which would be a bad thing presumably, because the color of your skin is more important than the content of your character, I guess.
  We learn that (in a slap to white Leftist sympathizers) "Dear white protesters, this is not about you" which I guess means shut up, stupid, I'm the center of attention not you, reinforced here at SFGate,:
The sentiment was forcefully articulated in a widely distributed Tumblr post this week in which an unnamed, apparently African American poster wrote: “Dear white protesters, this is NOT about you,” and urged whites to “hand over the bullhorn to a Black person (because your voice doesn’t need a bullhorn to be heard ...).”
And it erupted Tuesday on the steps of Old City Hall in Berkeley, when City Councilman Kriss Worthington, who is white, was repeatedly interrupted as he denounced aggressive police before a crowd of protesters.
“Let a black person talk!” one yelled. “We’ve heard from enough Caucasian men!” yelled another. Worthington handed the mike over to Councilman Jesse Arreguin, who is Latino — and after similar heckling, the megaphone was passed to a black UC Berkeley student who was warmly welcomed.
  But this blog post isn't about race.
  It's about (I think) the spiritual vacuity in the lives of people who seem to have nothing to do but complain about everything while trying to change everybody else with more rules, regulations, condemnations and a few shoes thrown at your head now and then.
  Even laundry detergent isn't safe in I HATE THIS PLANET psycho world.
    This, yes, this new "Flirty Shades of Surf" , a womyn claims, "glorifies and normalises abuse of women and is not appropriate to be sold as a laundry product."
  Originally, this move away from our Father God as the Judeo Christian west has traditionally viewed God sprang from the Age of Reason's confidence in mankind as a rational being.
  Here you can see, all previous rationale has been breezily tossed out the window like a gum wrapper on a Texas highway.
  Then there's Sally Kohn's squawk, er, tweet that "If a bunch of Sony execs can be so blatantly racially biased, should be easy to realize such bias exists in baking, schools, police, etc."
  So, um, yeah, racist baking. I understand Ms. Kohn omitted a letter there, but, yeah. Is this so hard to believe?
  And while the sane among us (which currently outnumber the insane, at least for now) queue up to pile flowers at the site of another Islamic terrorist attack, an Australian newspaper pleads for sympathy for the violent Islamic murderer who "must have loved ones too" except, yeah, he killed her. 
  Happily, journalistic endeavors rarely involve research and common sense anymore. No wonder The Toledo Blade is piling up on our driveways every day, unwanted but free.
  Not to kill even your Christmas spirit, but Katherine Timpf over at NRO has a list of shopping tips from the culturally sensitive, though I'm sure their sensitivity does not tip toward the unborn, Christians, Jews, Catholics, conservatives, Republicans, ok, I'll stop.
  Anyway, here are some of the "shopping tips" she offers from the "PC police":
Toys like army men promote aggression in boys and can lead them to abuse women later in life. ( army men.)
Fight against sexist “princess culture” by giving girls one of these books about environmental activist, “gender-nonconforming” princesses. ( princesses.)
Give the “traveling man” in your life a shawl! And if you don’t think men like shawls, you’re sexist. ( cardigans.)
  But, but, BUT,  don't even THINK about buying a "normal size Barbie" doll, either, because she's too pretty.
  WELL, we can take care of THAT in actual HUMANS by encouraging WOMYN to dye their armpit hair, a topic so important that the Washington Post has illustrated it here.
  And, hey, those climate change formerly global warming CHRISTmas carols are a real lift to the spirit! 
  (silent night! Endless night! All is dark, there’s no light. Cyclone clouds have blocked out the sky, We’re almost out of our dry-meat supply. Sleep in uneasy peace. We may have to eat Aunt Bernice.)
  And then there's the big rape culture hoax, embraced by many college students who diligently berate and ban conservative viewpoints but are eating their own these days, just as their Communist professors have diligently taught them but are shocked by the boomerang.
 These people really are (thankfully) in the minority.
  Maybe it's because I live in a Great Lakes state that I find this all so banal, so indicative of restless, empty spirits searching for meaning deeper than oneself.
  All I can say is that people aren't going to find meaning in their lives by dyeing their armpit hair, acting like Grinches at Christmas or even by buying normal sized Barbie dolls.
  It takes a little more work outside oneself.
  Like maybe trying a selfie with the God who is there
  Just be sure to avoid Dr. Frank & Edith (whom I met) Schaeffer's apostate son Frankie, whose Christianity has apparently been subsumed by the most impressive American cultural trends.