Monday, July 29, 2013

Twenty Traits of Malignant Narcissism

Twenty Traits of Malignant Narcissism - The CatBox - Trubble's CatBox: "1. THE PATHOLOGICAL LIAR is skillfully deceptive and very convincing. Avoids accountability by diverting topics, dodging questions, and making up new lies, bluffs or threats when questioned. His memory is self serving as he denies past statements. Constant chaos and diverting from reality is their chosen environment. Defense Strategy: Verify his words. Do not reveal anything about yourself - he'll use it against you. Head for the door when things don't add up. Don't ask him questions - you'll only be inviting more lies.

2. THE CONTRACT BREAKER agrees to anything then turns around and does the opposite. Marriage, Legal, Custody agreements, normal social/personal protocol are meaningless. This con artist will accuse you of being the contract breaker. Enjoys orchestrating legal action and playing the role of the 'poor me' victim. Defense Strategy: Expect him to disregard any agreement. Have Plan B in place. Protect yourself financially and emotionally. "
The description of Obama goes on and on .. and on...  RTWT.

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Palpations Beneath Contempt

Don't miss the finale:

The Domestic Roots of International Contempt | Online Library of Law and Liberty: "Perhaps, however, the very ludicrousness of being lectured on civil liberties by Russia, one of history’s paragons of despotism, and on tolerance by the Islamic Republic of Iran for which oppression of any and all diversity is the very definition of justice, may cause our ruling class to reflect on its errors and on the truths of national existence.

1. However convenient it may be not to constrain the Muslim regimes that foster terrorism as well as to focus on their domestic sympathizers, treating all Americans as if any is as likely as not to be an enemy ends up making the government into the enemy of all Americans.

2. However politically convenient it may be to raise the consciousness of any group of Americans against any other group, the resulting national division will make all groups, together, playthings of foreign enemies."
But this should cause great gas pains as well:
The NSA’s universal elimination of the privacy of Americans’ communications is neither more nor less than the electronic version of the universal virtual undressing and palpating of passengers at airports.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Libs Toure'ing Peruvia

Ace of Spades HQ: "Peruvia

Hidden high in sparking snow of the Bavarian Alps, this vibrant and diverse country is famed for making goose sausage, torch-skiing at night, and baffling simpletons on MSNBC.

Peruvia, you should know, is not the sort of country you want to visit; their national flag is just a cellphone picture of five drunken Peruvian thugs beating the shit out of a lost and terrified Belgian motorist. Their national motto is "Learn to Read a Map, Pierre.""
And what language does he think is spoken there, si?

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Because Shut Up (Part 84,915)

REPORT: Injured Benghazi Hero Waited 20 Hours For Help: "Fox News: “David Ubben waited for twenty hours after he was hit on that rooftop with Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty. His leg was shredded. We know that he has been recovering for ten months at Walter Reed as Catherine has just reported. He was defending the US consulate and then no medical aircraft was apparently sent to this scene to get him out of there. How could this be?”"
And you all aren't bright enough to understand you're being gaslighted by a malignant narcissist, no?
In a short sentence, gaslighting is a technique used to manipulate or even destroy someone’s perception of reality.
RTWT. And for God's sake don't miss this part:
One error “normies” (normal people or those who were not raised in a narcissistic household) frequently make when dealing with narcissists is to base their opinions on their own selves. “Why would anyone want to do that?” they might ask. Unable to relate to gaslighting or why someone would gaslight another, too often the uninitiated are unable to grasp the motivations of the narcissist and turn it around to blame the victim: “what did you do to cause her to do that?” or even outright disbelief, which is tantamount to calling the victim a liar.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

In Our Own Image?

Open thread: Robot nails landing on quadruple backflip « Hot Air: "This is, of course, terrible news. Anyone who read Ed’s review of Pacific Rim should already know that robots are trouble and will eventually result in the extermination of mankind."
Maybe not:
Scared yet?

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Turn. Off. The. T. V. (Part 56,491)

Spengler » Dumb, Dumber, Dumberer in Washington: "Half of Egypt’s people live on $1.65 a day or less and the country imports half its food. Its economy is in ruins and cannot be revived by an IMF austerity package, as Gerecht seems to imply. Morsi fell when he ran out of money. The Saudis and other Gulf states refused to bankroll the Muslim Brotherhood, which is seeking to overthrow the Arab monarchies, but immediately lent $12 billion to Morsi’s successors, averting starvation in Egypt for the next year."
...and follow the money instead...

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Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand's Starnesville come to life – Telegraph Blogs: "Alexis de Tocqueville wrote 150 years ago:
"After having thus taken each individual one by one into its powerful hands, and having molded him as it pleases, the sovereign power extends its arms over the entire society; it covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated, minute, and uniform rules, which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot break through to go beyond the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes your acting; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
Just as the intellectual life-blood of Ayn Rand's Starnesville fled despotic rule, Detroit's productive have similarly abandoned their city. Just as de Tocqueville suggested Detroit lies in ruin and the remaining sheep are at risk from the gangs of despots who remain."
And yes, you need to read Hannan's piece also...

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EurAARPean Baby Holiday

The Graffiti on the Wall :: SteynOnline: "Timing is everything, even in apocalyptic doom-mongering. When my book America Alone came out in 2006, the conventional wisdom was that its argument about Europe's demographic death spiral was "alarmist" (The Economist). Seven years on, it's so non-alarmist that even the Washington Post is running stories about the Continent's "plummeting" birth rates. The Post's focus was on a small corner of the Portuguese interior, wherein their reporter met Maria Jesus Rodrigues, 87, who recently moved into the old folks' home from her nearby village. The youngest resident is 57. Not in the old folks' home, but in the village. That's to say, the entire parish qualifies for membership in the AARP, which regards you as a potentially "retired person" from the age of 50."
Lame and tasteless as they are, you may have noticed that my headlines are commonly my entire commentary about the posts.  Because art imitates life and my jaw just goes slack too soon most of the time because of it...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

COTD: Double Header

Judge Rules That Detroit's Bankruptcy Is Unconstitutional, Ruling That It "Dishonors" Obama" 741 The judge says that there is no way that Detroit can avoid paying pensions even though they don't have the money.

What to do? What to do?

Well, we know that lefties are all on board with euthanasia for old people who's medical costs have gotten too high. Killing retirees who's pensions have gotten too high sounds like just another application of an already established principal.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-hole at July 19, 2013 07:54 PM (31Nrp)

742 so a town of 500 can give themselves pensions of a billion/person ... and demand the state fund them ... or it would dishonor Obama.

The Obama part is most important ... no room for sacrilege.

Posted by: Illini Bill at July 19, 2013 07:54 PM (Zm1k8)"

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Of Which There Are Too G*dd*mned Many

Beijing Subway Can Get A Wee Crowded In The Mornings | Beijing Cream: "What you are looking at is Beijing Subway’s Line 13 on the morning of Thursday, July 18, around 7:30. It’s likely the Xierqi station — a picture of which, tweeted out by Joe Xu, we linked to on Friday — which is a transfer station and one of the cleaner, better-looking ones in the system. It has, like other stations in Beijing’s vast underground transportation network, built-in artificial bottlenecks intended to relieve congestion in the form of gates and narrow staircases. On some occasions, however, those fail. For you see, in China, sometimes there are simply too many goddamn people.

China is explained for you in this one video. Want to know why this country is the way it is? People. Many of them. Why is the pollution so bad? Too many people. Why are people pushy? Too many people. Why is there no soft power? The government censors too much shit and suppresses expression because they’re afraid of the people — the people of which there are too goddamn many."

On the one hand I cried with laughter and even some sympathy watching the sheer frustration of this. On the other hand, this is the home of our new Borg rulers.

Did I forget to mention how many of them there are?

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Saturday, July 20, 2013


Ponzi-Scheme Expert To Oversee Detroit Bankruptcy | Zero Hedge: "He'll rule all right... until the 2013 equivalent of 2009's Steven Rattner has a screaming fit at the Judge, and delivers the proverbial tap on the shoulder from Obama, advising him Superpriority is only to be followed in non-special situations, and that despite what he may know about conventional waterfall schedules, the rights of retirees and labor always trump those of creditors in the New Normal Pro Forma Chapter 9.1, adjusted for the "Obama provision" of satisyfing voting constituents first and foremost."

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Friday, July 19, 2013

COTD: On Michigan Taxpayers Keeping Their Money Is Unconstitutional

Judge Rules That Detroit's Bankruptcy Is Unconstitutional, Ruling That It "Dishonors" Obama: "56 So. America sure deteriorated quickly.

Posted by: Lauren at July 19, 2013 04:42 PM (ELdpj)"
And then U.S. taxpayers keeping any of their money instead of bailing out Michigan taxpayers will be racist or something.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Essential Reading: The Eye that Watches and the Hand that Feeds

The Eye that Watches and the Hand that Feeds: A Requiem for the Revolutionary | Jason Jordan: "Yet the laudable contempt libertarians have for the State and its agents has perhaps become a liability; it has led them to underestimate their sworn enemy. While our government has proven abysmally incompetent at governing, the primary concern of all governments is never to govern, but to preserve their power; and to this end governments have proven able indeed.

This particular talent is rarely taken as seriously as it warrants. In spite of the arithmetic of our current predicament, neither an economic breakdown nor subsequent revolution is quite so obviously entailed. Indeed, the putative inevitability of our reckoning has engendered a dangerous complacency on the part of many enemies of statism. They have become almost Marxist in their outlook: the collapse of the welfare state and the revolution to follow is increasingly seen as historically necessary. This is a profound error. A collapse of sorts may be inevitable, but any revolution to follow not merely contingent, but doubtful."
If you're sentient, you will read this and be enlightened. No it's not perfect, but pretty damned impressive -- for instance on the timing vis-a-vis Snowden's revelations.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Scintilla Lost

IRS Scandal: Harassment vs. Routine Scrutiny - Carol Platt Liebau: "and again, the grandaddy of them all

(3) Why only conservative groups have been able to document harassment from the IRS.  

When Democrats can bring forward lefty groups like all the conservatives who testified before Congress, that's when their claims that the targeting was incompetent -- and bipartisanly so -- will begin to gain even a scintilla of credibility."

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Without Comment

Zero Hedge: "Presented with no comment..."

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Congress Is Less Popular than Cockroaches, Lice, Root Canals, Colonoscopies, Genghis Khan, Communism, King George | Zero Hedge: "Business Insider notes today:
A June Gallup poll [showed that Congress] had a 10% approval rating [while] and one in March that showed North Korea with a 12% favorability rating among Americans."

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Jefferson On The Reign O Witches

Votelaw, Edward Still's blog on law and politics: Advice from Thomas Jefferson: "Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798, after the passage of the Sedition Act: A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to it's true principles. It is true that in the mean time we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war & long oppressions of enormous public debt. ... If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, & then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are the stake. Better luck, therefore, to us all; and health, happiness, & friendly salutations to yourself. -- T. Jefferson to John Taylor, 4 June 1798"
Plus ca change...

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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Tools For That Are Guns

Moonbattery » Why Switzerland Has Such a Low Crime Rate and Never Gets Invaded: "This is how firearms are treated when the government represents rather than rules its population:"

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Tweet Of The Day: If I Had A Race-Baiting President… He Would Look Like This | The Gateway Pundit

Tweet Of The Day: If I Had A Race-Baiting President… He Would Look Like This | The Gateway Pundit: "The best photo tweet of the day from EricaRN4USA (iowntheworld):"

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Still Smelling Fresh

Why, Heritage, You’ve Quite Stolen My Heart « Megan McArdle: "I hardly know what to say about this monstrosity.  So I’ll just quote PJ O’Rourke: “Farm policy, although it’s complex, can be explained. What it can’t be is believed. No cheating spouse, no teen with a wrecked family car, no mayor of Washington, DC, videotaped in flagrante delicto has ever come up with anything as farfetched as U.S. farm policy.”

He wrote that in 1990.  Almost 25 years later, it sounds as fresh as if he were blogging it from the Starbucks at 1st and E Street NW.  Which itself basically tells you everything that you need to know about our agricultural policy."

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Behavior Changers

IRS Gets a Dose of Its Own Medicine from the GOP: "While Democrats and Republicans wrangled over tax policy and various proposals for reform and greater simplicity, the IRS’ budget hardly caused a ripple of controversy on its own.  As one Democrat wondered aloud during an early hearing into the abuses uncovered by the Inspector General, why would anyone vote to reduce funding for an agency that collects badly-needed revenue in an era of deep budget deficits?

Perhaps a quote from Lois Lerner might explain the necessity. Blogger Patrick Frey found this potent advice from the woman at the center of the targeting scandal from a November 2011 interview with Bloomberg Business Week  that could explain quite a bit about the IRS’ motivations. 

Lerner, interviewed at the time in regard to an investigation into not-for-profit colleges and universities, underscored the importance of aggressive interrogatories to discourage organizations from pursuing tax-exempt status. Business Week reported Lerner’s response: “Receiving a thick questionnaire from the IRS, she says, is a ‘behavior changer.’”"
Say, you don't suppose that those non profit colleges and universities Lerner "behavior changed" would be disproportionately conservative in sponsorship, do you?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Deltas Won And All

Watch and Weep: Here’s a Video of People Signing a Petition to Repeal the Bill of Rights | Video | "Despite his controversial background, though, that doesn’t make the video any less depressing.

Watch and weep:"

Wow. Put a fork in it.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Eternal Value of Privacy

The Eternal Value of Privacy: "The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?"

Some clever answers: "If I'm not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me." "Because the government gets to define what's wrong, and they keep changing the definition." "Because you might do something wrong with my information." My problem with quips like these -- as right as they are -- is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It's not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect. 
Two proverbs say it best: Quis custodiet custodes ipsos? ("Who watches the watchers?") and "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." 
Cardinal Richelieu understood the value of surveillance when he famously said, "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." Watch someone long enough, and you'll find something to arrest -- or just blackmail -- with. Privacy is important because without it, surveillance information will be abused: to peep, to sell to marketers and to spy on political enemies -- whoever they happen to be at the time. 
Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we're doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance."
RTWT and then see that all your friends do also.

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Scheming Demons Dressed In Kingly Guise

Unconstitutional Monarchy | National Review Online: "When legislatures pass laws but the head of state decides which ones he’ll implement and which he won’t, that is a monarchy – and not a constitutional but an absolute one. When the English were as mad with James II as the Americans later were with George III, they spelled it out in the first charge of the 1689 Bill of Rights:
Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom;

By assuming and exercising a power of dispensing with and suspending of laws and the execution of laws without consent of Parliament;
President Obama has developed a habit of “dispensing with and suspending” all manner of laws from health care to immigration. If he gets to choose which laws he’ll enforce, do we get to choose which laws we follow?"
Post title stolen from Rush's "Farewell To Kings" which clearly not enough people paid attention to...

"Cities full of hatred, fear and lies; Withered hearts and cruel tormented eyes..."

Follow that link to the lyrics.

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Hail To The King And His Sycophants

Instapundit » Blog Archive » WELL, OKAY THEN: Obama: “The government is us, and we’re doing things right.” If by “us” he …: "WELL, OKAY THEN: Obama: “The government is us, and we’re doing things right.” If by “us” he means “a collection of rent-seekers and power junkies,” and if by “doing things right” he means “sucking unmolested at the federal teat,” then he’s basically right.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:49 am"

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Wow: How We Got Ted Cruz

Rafael Cruz at Free the People: "I understand a little bit more why our Junior Senator is pretty friggin awesome."

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Not A Single Personal Bodyguard?

Doug Ross @ Journal: You know that totally insane Benghazi conspiracy theory? It keeps getting less totally insane by the day...: "Also starting in June, Ambassador Stevens' security teams are systematically removed from Libya, despite increasingly urgent requests and dire predictions. By the time of the 9/11 attack, Stevens has not a single personal bodyguard. These stunning actions effectively remove any barriers to the capture of the Ambassador for use as a hostage."

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Dumb or Dumbest?

Raul Castro Asks: What’s Wrong With You Cubans? | Power Line: "So, after more than half a century of lies, brutality and corruption, you have finally figured out that society doesn’t thrive without the bourgeois virtues? And that Communism extinguishes virtue of every sort, save for the courage of those who resist it? Do tell! Fidel, one of the most cynical men ever born, knew exactly what he wanted, and he got it. But you, Raul? Are you really the dumbest man on the face of the Earth? Or are you just pretending?"

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The Oblivious NYeT: The Weiner-Spitzer Ticket

HotAir — Politics, Culture, Media, 2012, Breaking News from a conservative viewpoint:
"NYT - Weiner’s surprising rebound from scandal
NYT- No joke: Eliot Spitzer running for NYC Comptroller"
People ask me, how do I make stuff this hilarious up?  If only I did...

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Happy Daze(d)

Unemployment holds at 7.6% !! 195,000 jobs added!!! Now turn that frown upside down ….[Darleen Click] | protein wisdom: "As a reminder: jobs have quantity and quality components. The quantity component was good enough to convince the 10 Year the taper is imminent (if not stocks, which continue to trade dislocated from any and all fundamentals). But how about the quality? In a word: not good. In June, the household survey reported that part-time jobs soared by 360,000 to 28,059,000 – an all time record high. Full time jobs? Down 240,000. And looking back at the entire year, so far in 2013, just 130K Full-Time Jobs have been added, offset by a whopping 557K Part-Time jobs. And there is your jobs “quality” leading to today’s market euphoria (if only for now)."
That means that even holding aside the droves of people leaving the workforce, only 20% of the paltry numbers of new jobs created this year are full time.  Have some more choom.

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Orwell Had No Comment...

Washington state gets rid of sexist language - Yahoo! News: "In Washington state, the word "freshman" is out. And "first-year student" is in. In total, 40,000 words have been changed as part of an effort to rid state statutes of gender-biased language.

The bill, signed into law earlier in the year by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, went into effect this week.

And it was no small task. "This was a much larger effort than I had envisioned. Mankind means man and woman," Democratic state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle told Reuters.

"Fisherman" is now a "fisher." "Penmanship" is called "handwriting." And "manhole cover" is, well, still "manhole cover." Some words don’t have an easy replacement." he has long since been stuffed down his own memory hole never to be heard from again.

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The Belated Independence Day Post

In case you've noticed that the ruling class never really seem to be begging you read the Declaration of Independence, you might want to start with the first two paragraphs:

Today’s Required Reading: The Declaration of Independence | "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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 whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world."
Note that you do have to possess an attention span longer than that of a fruit fly to read the second para -- which rules out most of today's "citizens" deltas.

And then there's this grievance list item in particular: "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance." They really, really don't want you to know about that one.  Stories like this one may hit a bit too close to home...

Maybe now you'll go read the whole list...

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Who Could'a Seen This One Coming? /sarc

Oh, good: Broke cities looking to unload expensive retirees on ObamaCare, i.e. taxpayers « Hot Air: "But, heck, as long as ObamaCare is offering what we’re promised will be this miraculously subsidized (affordable?) health care system, why shouldn’t municipalities with insolvent pension and benefit programs take this wondrous opportunity to siphon off some of their incurred costs and just ease them onto the national system? Problem, solved — amirite?"
Designed to collapse.

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Tricky Dick -- and the Stazi -- Were Amateurs

Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm | The Cable: "The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.

The firm Schulman and Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenesin, a former investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and its contractors ranging from illicit drug use, soliciting sexual favors from minors and prostitutes and sexual harassment."

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Egyptian Protests? What Egyptian Protests?

Predictable History, Unpredictable Past: Pharaoh Morsi, Let Your People Go! (Pics/UPDATES) - Part II: "Women in Cairo in the women's section to protect against sexual assaults, which are rampant.  There is some news coming out that most of the rapes have been committed by MoFoBros gangs attempted to punish Morsi opponents."
And of course Obama tried to blame the protesters for the rapes. I'll bet Morsi wrote that for him.

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Designed To Fail

Instapundit » Blog Archive » TWEET OF THE DAY: Obamacare was so popular it had to be passed in the dead of night and delayed unt…: "TWEET OF THE DAY: Obamacare was so popular it had to be passed in the dead of night and delayed until after two elections.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:49 pm"

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