Saturday, February 28, 2015

But we're the good guys!

Here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, at the intersection of leftist Amherst and super-leftist Northampton, a bunch of protesters took a stand at - of all places - a Whole Foods store.  This part cracked me up:
The demonstrators stood in silence until a Whole Foods employee approached and politely asked them to leave. That's when the blindfolds came off and the chant of "Whole Foods is a lie; animals do not want to die," began. The group made their way through the store, drawing much attention from presumably socially conscious shoppers, as they walked toward the exit.
This story makes me hungry for steak.  Let's hope they recycled their protest signs.


Coyote Blog: "On funding and bias in climate."  "I really, really did not want to have to write yet another post on this.  99+% of all climate funding goes to alarmists rather than skeptics."

Couldn't happen to a nicer city

Chicago Tribune: "Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating."  It's now two notches above junk status.

Extra - From Instapundit.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Great Paris

Fox News: "Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83."

In a career dominated by Spock, it's easy to overlook that Nimoy played Andrew "The Great" Paris on (my favorite) "Mission: Impossible."  He filled in the role of "master of disguise" after Martin Landau left the show.

Not a smidgen of corruption

Via Twitchy, this is an actual email from IRS saboteur Lois Lerner: "‘No one will ever believe’ two hard drives ‘crashed’ within a week."  Eric Holder just called to say: "Sounds plausible to me!"

Show them the money

This is a good overview: "The Clinton Foundation Scandals, ExplainedEverything you need to know about the shady dealings of the Clinton family's global corporate charity conglomerate."
Is it normal to be so rich, yet so obsessed with money?
It’s not unusual, but yeah, this is pretty absurd.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing: is this a psychological defect with the Clintons?  I know that Bill came from humble beginnings and maybe there's this urge for the security of financial means.  But the cash-grabbing of the Clinton Foundation is over-the-top.  Here's a tidbit from Powerline: "Will the Clintons' greed do them in?"
Moreover, there is reason to suspect that the Clinton Foundation has served as a slush fund to finance the Clintons’ private enjoyments. The New York Post reported in 2013 that the Clinton Foundation had spent more than $50 million on travel expenses since 2003. Think about that: $50 million! That would cover a lot of the globe-trotting for which the Clintons are famous.
Look, I realize this includes a staff and some far-flung locales, but $50 million?  C'mon.  I'm sure Hillary justifies it with the same mindset as the "woe-is-me we were dead broke" statement.

ICYMI - Cha-ching!  $300,000 payday on Tuesday talking to Silicon Valley corporations.  Nice work if you can get it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Court rules for Sam I Am

This is kinda funny: "Dr. Seuss comes to the Supreme Court"
Today’s dissent by Justice Kagan in fish isn’t a “tangible object” case has the first Dr. Seuss citation in U.S. Supreme Court history.
The citation in question was "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Politifact turns into Politi-fiction

Last week, Hot Air reported: "PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year of 2014 falls apart only two months later."

Today, Kevin Williamson recounts how Politifact beclowned itself by 1) suspending basic journalistic fact-checking to 2) reflexively defend Obamacare while 3) getting everything wrong.

I'll Cu later about this copper

I laughed old-style at this.

Sic semper tyrannis

Robert Reich is upset that "we're all becoming independent contractors."  He really doesn't like Uber because people use their free will to enter into an agreement to give rides to other people and make money using their own cars.  He would prefer if all Americans follow the General Motors model of generous benefits punctuated by periodic bankruptcies.

Clearly, such a change to labor laws compelling corporations to do away with independent contractors should be vetted in the appropriate Congressional committees, debated in the House and Senate, then passed on to the President for approval.

Ha-ha, just kidding:
Congress doesn't have to pass a new law to make this the test of employment. Federal agencies such as the Labor Department and the IRS have the power to do this on their own, through their rule making authority.
They should do so. Now.
For your own good, peasants.  Your Uber ride to the airport is now $230.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Protecting the homeland

Occasional crossword-puzzle clue Jeh Johnson will be on all the news shows this morning to warn that furloughing 30,000 out of 230,000 Homeland Security workers will let ISIS through the border.  Here's Mark Steyn:
I opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security on the basic Thatcherite principle that if you create a government bureaucracy in order to deal with a problem you'll never be rid of the problem. But I underestimated the creativity of our rulers: The DHS was set up because 19 Muslims flew planes into skyscrapers and killed thousands of people. Thirteen years later, the head of the DHS thinks his department's priority should be to "give voice to the plight of Muslims" who have the misfortune to live in America.
I don't want to see another partial shutdown but I understand holding back funding for an immigration policy that a federal judge has now deemed unconstitutional.


Cool video via Maggie's Farm.  I guessed five.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Obama's one great love

I've been trying to stay away from Obama Derangement Syndrome but feel the need to address the whole controversy as to whether Obama loves America.  I'm sure he does but I know Obama loves Obama more.  And when it's time to pump up Obama, Obama spares no effort.

Jim Geraghty has it spot on right here:
Every Obama speech has a villain, and that villain is often other Americans who disagree with the president. He doesn’t hesitate to paint a very dark picture of the country he leads: citizens who are xenophobic and paranoid about Muslims, abusive police forces unfairly focusing on Muslim communities, a public eager to forcibly deport good Americans who just want to serve their country, and lawmakers determined to deny good education to children.

Maybe Giuliani’s language is a bit overwrought or hyperbolic, but is it really that much overwrought or hyperbolic than Obama’s description of Americans who disagree with his policies? And if Obama consistently describes so many Americans as so prejudiced and mean-spirited… is Guiliani’s conclusion really that outlandish?
Thus, in the recent summit on Islamic extremism in which the main goal for Obama was to repeat that "we are not at war with Islam."  You'd be hard pressed to recount an actual short-term plan against extremism beyond "fight 'em on Twitter."  But the summit served the important purpose of allowing Obama to obliquely criticize all those villainous bigots and, more importantly, testify to Obama's virtuous tolerance.  What a great guy.

The Big Me was at it again on Friday at a DNC meeting.  It's not enough to offer "hope and change" and talk about strategy for the future.  It's just another opportunity to paint the Republicans as forces of darkness who have no motivation except malice in their hearts.  Who is standing tall against these malefactors?  Obama.

Why does Obama bad-mouth America?  Because it casts him as the beacon of tolerance, progressiveness, and virtue.

Extra - Oh, and if you don't love Obama, things are going to get difficult for you.  And you, too.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Narrative destroyed

Gateway Pundit: "Call Off the Race Hustlers… NAACP Office Was Not Target of Bomb Plot – Tax Preparation Office Was."

I laughed

You know, I didn't watch the SNL40 show the other night just because I felt like NBC was shoving it down my throat.  Plus, "Downton Abbey" was on.  But they're repeating it tonight and, gosh darn it, it's funny.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good question

Hit and Run: "If ISIS Isn't Islamic, Were Crusaders Christian? - A summit on violent extremism at the White House aims to tackle radical Islamism in part by quibbling over definitions."