It's Not the ''Radical Shaykh'' it's Islam - Fahad Qureshi - YouTube: "It's Not the ''Radical Shaykh'' it's Islam"
... and the West.
Thank goodness it's mainstream and not radical...
It's Not the ''Radical Shaykh'' it's Islam - Fahad Qureshi - YouTube: "It's Not the ''Radical Shaykh'' it's Islam"
Nothing To Do With Islam | Power Line: "I’m always puzzled when government officials say that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. If that is the case, why are guards at Guantanamo Bay required to wear gloves when they handle the Koran? Why did we give Osama bin Laden an Islamic burial at sea? Somehow, when you investigate terrorism, Islam keeps popping up.RTWT. Not holding up would be an understatement.
The nothing-to-do-with-Islam San Bernardino murderers attended the Dar-al-Uloom mosque in Riverside. The mosque’s spokesman, cleric Roshan Zamir Abbassi, says that he barely knew Syed Farook and “didn’t know his terrorist wife at all.” But those claims don’t seem to be holding up."
Obama Claims People Dislike Him Because He’s ‘Different’ or Something | Jammie Wearing Fools: "He’s right. He’s different than presidents preceding him because he openly hates the United States. Remind us, wasn’t this clown supposed to be on vacation? Why the sudden media blitz?
President Obama has suggested that some critics have attacked him because he’s the first black president, and he accused Donald Trump of “exploiting” blue-collar fears.Because Obama would never exploit fears … oh my God , global warming!!!"
Drunkblogging CNN's GOP Debate | PJ Media: "DECEMBER 16, 2015 STEPHEN GREENYup. And now you know why I don't watch these debates.
Just give us Carson's patience and wisdom, with Cruz's constitutional smarts, Trump's go-to-hell spirit, Rubio's delivery, Christie's tirelessness, and Fiorina's fight.
We need a real-life political Dr. Frankenstein and a lab somewhere in Germany..."
San Bernardino Attackers’ Friend Spoke of ‘Sleeper Cells’ Before Rampage - The New York Times: "RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The regulars did not take it seriously when Enrique Marquez mused about terrorism at Morgan’s Tavern, a dank dive bar where Mr. Marquez hauled ice, cleaned bathrooms and checked IDs at the door. After a few drinks, he would just start talking — about his money woes, trying to lose weight, wanting to join the Navy. News reports about terrorism were just fodder for more bar talk.
“He would say stuff like: ‘There’s so much going on. There’s so many sleeper cells, so many people just waiting. When it happens, it’s going to be big. Watch,’ ” said Nick Rodriguez, a frequent patron who had known Mr. Marquez on and off for the past two years. “We took it as a joke. When you look at the kid and talk to him, no one would take him seriously about that.”"
Byron York: Trump and Muslims, by the numbers | Washington Examiner: "Read the numbers however you like. Some stress that large majorities of Muslims in the United States and in some other countries oppose such violence under all circumstances. Others point to those Muslims in the United States who believe it is justified in at least some cases — 13 percent — and say that is an unacceptably high number. And of course, Trump's proposal targets Muslims from other places in the world coming to the United States, which involves some Muslim-majority countries in which approval of violence in the name of Islam is alarmingly high."
Megyn Kelly Has On a Whistleblower Who Says He Was Investigating Groups Infiltrating US With Islamists, But State Department Shut It Down, Calling It "Problematic": "86 "Damn we should have been a religion.Andy McCarthy (summarized by neoneo here) has this nailed today...
Posted by: The Mafia "
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 10, 2015 10:16 PM (UQn9X)"
Donald Trump: British police officers warn about growing ISIS radicalisation in London | UK | News | Daily Express: "The anonymous officer wrote on the online forum Police.Community: “I’m not allowed to travel in half blues to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we're ’All at risk of attack’ - yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it's 'divisive.'"
He added: “In this instance he (Trump) isn't wrong. Our political leaders are best either ill-informed or simply being disingenuous.
“He's pointed out something that is plainly obvious, something which I think we aren't as a nation willing to own up to - do you think a US Police Department would ban officers from wearing their uniforms under jackets etc due to FEAR of their cops being killed by extremists?
“We implement half measures such as ‘No-one is allowed to come into work half blues, even in your own cars because if you get beheaded it'll be your own fault’.
“It would be seen as un-American, un-democratic, not the done thing... In the UK though we accept it”.
A Doctor Who Fled Iran Was One of the San Bernardino First Responders - YouTube: "A Doctor Who Fled Iran Was One of the San Bernardino First Responders"
Obama's Horrible Speech: Open Thread: "718 712 Thought the thousand points of light was Peggy Noonan and Bush Sr Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at December 06, 2015 08:47 PM (Kmr9I)
Bush Sr. - Thousand Points of Light
SCOAMF - Thousand Joints a Night
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2015 08:48 PM (uRmWf)"
Obama's Horrible Speech: Open Thread: "646 Back in August, we did an investigation -- the inspector General did -- of the Department of Homeland Security, and they had 72 individuals that were on the terrorist watch list that were actually working at the Department of Homeland Security. -- Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston)Notice that's a "D" fer Chrisake.
Posted by: Tom Ridge at December 06, 2015 08:36 PM (e8kgV)"
Obama's Horrible Speech: Open Thread: "668 Conclusion:
Americans, your government is extremely expensive, extremely wasteful and totally incompetent. Therefore you need more of it.
Posted by: Lemmiwinks at December 06, 2015 08:38 PM (z+4T3)"
Obama's Horrible Speech: Open Thread: "360 And I believe the law as written includes everyone on the terrorist watch list which is an larger, more loosely-defined list.
Posted by: Maetenloch at December 06, 2015 08:06 PM (wqVD1)
Yup. Funny that there are some Iranian groups no longer listed as terrorists now thanks to the Iran deal.
Posted by: CDR M at December 06, 2015 08:08 PM (SCx0h)"
BREAKING: San Bernardino Jihadists Were Constructing Bombs from Christmas Tree Lights - The Gateway Pundit: "A recent issue of Al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine instructed jihadists in the art of making bombs from Christmas tree lights.Maybe O'Duce wrote that last one.
Inspire’s issue number 14, posted this September, included a step-by-step tutorial offering an update on the familiar pipe-bomb concept. The leading image for the article, entitled “Designing a Timed Hand Grenade,” is shown above. The pages that followed, partial excerpt below, included detailed guidance in how to repurpose a small Christmas tree lamp by converting it to an electrically-powered igniter with a brief delay. (The article immediately followed another entitled “Assassination at a Workplace.”)"
Instapundit » Blog Archive » ROGER SIMON: From Paris to San Berdoo, Obama’s War on Western Civ Continues. To lay the blame fo…: "To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, “When somebody says it’s not about Islam, it’s about Islam.”
Syed Farook did not go to Saudi Arabia to study Zen Buddhism. America, and its trailing entities in Europe, has a problem now of gargantuan proportions. Barack Obama was and is precisely the wrong man, possibly the worst conceivable man, to be president of the United States at this point in history."
Ted Cruz & Jeff Sessions: Release San Bernardino Shooters' Immigration Records | National Review Online: "Their request comes as CBS reports that one of the shooting suspects passed the Department of Homeland Security’s “counterterrorism screening as part of her vetting” for a visa. Federal officials maintain that they have a rigorous and effective screening process in place for people from countries such as Syria that have significant jihadist movements, making the immigration records of the San Bernardino shooters a potentially significant piece of the debate over refugee policy.
“We are dealing with an enemy that has shown it is not only capable of bypassing U.S. screening, but of recruiting and radicalizing Muslim migrants after their entry to the United States,” Cruz and Sessions wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch."
Read this AND then this. I know it may be hard but try to hold their contents in your mind together for consideration. No cherry picking. Consider it all together.
And hardest of all you need to consider the possibility that Trump isn't rich entirely by accident.
For most of you that will be impossible of course. But some of you engineering and retrograde philosopher types may be able to pull the analysis off.
Get it now?
Yes, of course he's an actor. Remember Reagan? He's Trump though, not Reagan and perhaps ironically Trump is more of an actor to do what he does than Reagan was -- which is probably one of the key reasons why if anything he sets off the r-sels even more than Reagan did.
How dare he use our own cultural weapons against us! Everyone is just like us r-sels!
No, he's not -- he's a K-sel. And negotiates like one.
Eventually the work of E. O. Wilson, Anonymous Conservative, Molineux (start here with video #3), and others will form the intellectual foundation for a human society not doomed to historical r/K evolutionary cycles of extinctive civilizational catastrophe.
But unfortunately this is exceedingly unlikely before the looming end of this historical cycle. The post-Modern project to destroy the Enlightenment is now in its end game. I suspect the first real hints of understanding the evolutionary science behind politics have arrived too late.
The rebuilding will be for the few survivors of what I have long termed the "Tinfoil Apocalypse" but which I have more recently found that E.O. Wilson has much more eloquently described thus: "The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall."
That is if there are any survivors after the chief O r-sel finishes putting god-like technology in the hands of the primitive medievalists.
Because they're just like the rest of us
“Welcome women and orphans … ” [Darleen Click] | protein wisdom: "“Welcome women and orphans … ” [Darleen Click]"
I seem to be having even more difficulty than usual following the latest Post Modern suicidalist talking points.
It now appears that a few dead bobos have apparently very inconsiderately obscured the view of a possible poopstika sighting.
Bobos? Apparently our friend the creased pant admirer David Brooks coined the term "Bourgeoisie Bohemians" -- bobos -- a large number of crescent moons ago to describe France's version of our hipsters and it has taken root in France itself. The blood drenched arrondissements were bobo ground zero.
Instapundit » Blog Archive » QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We Have Contained Them.” —President Obama regarding ISIS, speaking with Geor…: "Southern Man
In Paris, apparently."
Ace of Spades HQ: "Completely ignored in most discussions of slavery is the fact that slavery was mankind's standard fare throughout history. Centuries before blacks were enslaved Europeans were enslaved. The word slavery comes from Slavs, referring to the Slavic people, who were early slaves. What distinguishes the West, namely Britain and the U.S., from other nations are the extraordinary measures they took to abolish slavery.
-- Walter E. Williams"
[VIDEO] Incredibly funny (but still useful) public service announcement: "With Daylight Saving Time almost upon us, Timely has issued one of the funniest PSAs I’ve ever seen. Enjoy it, and don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Sunday:"
Here we go: House Freedom Caucus to vote tonight on whether to endorse Paul Ryan for Speaker; Update: Supermajority of caucus backs Ryan; Update: Caucus issues statement « Hot Air: "“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it”
[VIDEO] Bill Whittle on guns, sons, missing dads, and Pajama Boy fads — plus commentary about narcissistic societies: "Bill Whittle is always good. A furious Bill Whittle is even better — and Bill Whittle is mighty angry as he looks at illiberal “liberals” who blame guns for the societal diseases they’ve created, diseases whose outbreaks take the form of angry, vindictive, fatherless boys who need desperately to make all men in the world finally pay attention to them. These are boys and young men, moreover, who are constantly being told that their innate manly virtues, things such as physicality, energy, and loyalty, are disgraceful flaws that lead to rape and murder, and that must therefore be eradicated so as to create the next generation of purer, more womanly man. (I, of course, believe those virtues must be channeled into becoming sheepdogs who protect society.)"
Nigel Farage Confronts Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande About Failure of EU, Currency and “Refugees”… | The Last Refuge: "Priceless. Absolutely priceless. Especially the aghast look on Merkel and Hollande’s faces."
Researchers Unable To Replicate Findings of Published Economics Studies - Slashdot: "With cancer studies and most recently psychology studies all having replication trouble, these economics papers have some company."
NASA's Photo of India-Pakistan Border Fence at Night Goes Viral - The Gateway Pundit: "The lights from the Indian border fence light up the sky at night and can be seen from space."
Whittle on Guns, Global Homicide Rates, and Gun Control | Truth Revolt: "Back in January, TruthRevolt posted this Firewall video by Bill Whittle on guns and homicide rates globally. In light of the current acrimonious debate about gun control after the recent shooting at an Oregon community college, now seems an appropriate time to repost Whittle's words of wisdom."
The Reign of Recycling - The New York Times: "He concludes that the social good would be optimized by subsidizing the recycling of some metals, and by imposing a $15 tax on each ton of trash that goes to the landfill. That tax would offset the environmental costs, chiefly the greenhouse impact, and allow each municipality to make a guilt-free choice based on local economics and its citizens’ wishes. The result, Dr. Kinnaman predicts, would be a lot less recycling than there is today.It isn't often I point out a RTWT in the NYeT but here it is. Of course it still assumes that saving 1/100th of a degree of temperature rise (which is likely wrong BTW but let's concede it for argument's sake) is worth trillions of dollars. Ugh.
Then why do so many public officials keep vowing to do more of it? Special-interest politics is one reason — pressure from green groups — but it’s also because recycling intuitively appeals to many voters: It makes people feel virtuous, especially affluent people who feel guilty about their enormous environmental footprint. It is less an ethical activity than a religious ritual, like the ones performed by Catholics to obtain indulgences for their sins."
The Curious Case of Oregon Shooter Chris Harper-Mercer – A Social Media Profile Shaped, Modified and Deleted… | The Last Refuge:
Sen. Cruz: The Real Story of What Is Happening in Washington - YouTube: "The Real Story of What Is Happening in Washington"
neo-neocon » Blog Archive » We have lost the courage to see things as they are: "I appreciate the Prime Minister’s [Chamberlain’s] love of peace. I know the horrors of war – a great deal better than he can. But when he returns from saving our skins from a blackmailer at the price of other people’s flesh, and waves…a piece of paper with Herr Hitler’s name on it, if it were not ghastly, it would be grotesque. No doubt he has never read Mein Kampf in German. But to forget, so utterly, the Reichstag fire, and the occupation of the Rhineland, and 30 June 1934 [the Night of the Long Knives], and the fall of Austria! We have lost the courage to see things as they are. And yet Herr Hitler has kindly put down for us in black and white that programme he is so faithfully carrying out…
…Mr. Chamberlain, canting of ‘peace with honour,’ has debased the moral currency of England…"
The Real Reason We Need To Stop Trying To Protect Everyone’s Feelings | Observer: "Let’s go back to 451, which I found myself re-reading recently. It begins with Guy Montag burning a house that contained books. Why? How did it come to be that fireman burned books instead of putting out fires as they always had?
The fireman have been doing it for so long they have no idea. Most of them have never even read a book. Except one fireman—Captain Beatty—who has been around long enough to remember what life was like before. As Montag begins to doubt his profession—going as far as to hide a book in his house—he is subjected to a speech from Beatty. In it Beatty explains that it wasn’t the government that decided that books were a threat. It was his fellow citizens."
Never Say "Never" | Zero Hedge: "Never... is a long time."
Instapundit » Blog Archive » WHY WSJ STAFFERS WERE PROUD TO HAVE STILL PUBLISHED THE DAY AFTER 9/11: Bill Power, news editor of t…: "UPDATE: In contrast, apparently the New York Times doesn’t consider the anniversary of 9/11 fit to print on the front page:"
Instapundit » Blog Archive » WOMEN AND CHILDREN LAST. IowaHawk: …: "WOMEN AND CHILDREN LAST. IowaHawk:"
'Firenado' on Kentucky Lake 'Brimming with Bourbon' - YouTube: "'Firenado' on Kentucky Lake 'Brimming with Bourbon'"
Remember the Law Is Only Sacred When It Furthers a Liberal Value - Reason.com: "Let's start with the prevailing hypocrisy surrounding the attacks on Davis, a Democrat, and what it tells us about the state of American political debate and policymaking in 2015—because as you may have noticed, the rule of law only seems to be sacred when it happens to comport with liberal values.
As far as I can tell, there are only three unassailable constitutional rights left in the United States: the right not to be "discriminated" against, the right to have an abortion and the right to have a gay marriage. In the eyes of liberals, nothing—not the freedom of association or religion or anything else mentioned in the First Amendment or Second Amendment—will ever supersede these consecrated rights.
The rest? Well, it's malleable, depending on the situation."
Bookworm Room – Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.: "In the meantime, I’ve got a superior collection of posters:"
Moonbattery » Judge Rules Illegal Aliens Have Right to Bear Arms: "I don’t know what’s crazier: pretending that people in the country illegally are entitled to constitutional protections, or asserting that the constitutional protections are irrelevant anyway because laws supersede the Constitution."
Instapundit » Blog Archive » BILL WHITTLE ON THE GREAT UNLEARNING: HOW OUR SOCIETY BECAME SO STUPID: In After America, Mark Steyn…: "BILL WHITTLE ON THE GREAT UNLEARNING: HOW OUR SOCIETY BECAME SO STUPID: In After America, Mark Steyn quoted from a professor of theoretical medicine at England’s University of Buckingham named Bruce Charlton, who posited in 2010 that “human capability reached its peak or plateau around 1965-75 — at the time of the Apollo moon landings — and has been declining ever since.” After watching the latest Afterburner video from Bill Whittle, I think Professor Charlton may be onto something:"
Socialism: The Most Corrupt Path to Great Wealth | Power Line: What does it take for a country to become wealthy:
1.) Rule of law
2.) Respect for property rights
3.) Limited government
4.) Government accountable to the people
5.) A free and inquiring press to keep the government accountable
Obama, like Chavez, is hostile to all of these.
Instapundit » Blog Archive » IN THE PAST, MAJORITY-CHRISTIAN NATIONS MIGHT HAVE INTERVENED TO PROTECT THEM, BUT NOW THAT’S RACIST…: "IN THE PAST, MAJORITY-CHRISTIAN NATIONS MIGHT HAVE INTERVENED TO PROTECT THEM, BUT NOW THAT’S RACIST OR SOMETHING: The Islamic State’s Christian and Yizidi Sex Slaves.
... (Another frequently cited option for Christian “People of the Book”, the payment of jizya, is a ruse, for the tax is raised until it becomes unpayable and property and lives are taken after all. Hence, last summer, Mosul’s bishops chose exile for their communities, rather than attend an ISIS meeting to learn of its jizya terms.) ...Hey, some dentist shot a lion."
The beheadings, crucifixions, and other means ISIS uses to slaughter unarmed Christian and Yizidi men—from priests and bishops to destitute migrant workers—have been proudly displayed by the ultra violent group on social media and have drawn condemnations worldwide. But the Islamic State’s “revival” of the institution of chattel slavery—sex slavery of Christian and Yizidi women and girls no less—has faded from public attention.
Moonbattery » One One-Hundredth of a Degree: "The reasoning is: Granted slitting our own wrists won’t appease the imaginary gods of global warming, but if the Chinese see us doing it, maybe they will do it too, and then we could theoretically reduce the temperature by 2/100 instead of 1/100 of a degree.
Again we see that not even the progressives imposing it on us believe envirofascism will do any good. Their ideology is based entirely on lust for power and malice."
An Affair of the Mind | Belmont Club: "Some people have argued in favor of robots on the battlefield, saying their use could save lives. Such weapons are still years away.Our political class does not excel in managing artificial intelligence. It is superlative however in expanding artificial stupidity. To return to the question: is the F-35 a good replacement for the F-16? Perhaps Stillion doesn’t provide the answer, but it is equally fair to say perhaps that’s not even the question."
But the scientists warned that, unlike nuclear weapons, once they are developed they will require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials – making it possible to mass-produce them.
“It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc.,” the letter said.
A co-founder of Greenpeace tells the truth on CO2 | Watts Up With That?: "Dr. Patrick Moore, who was one of the original founders of Greenpeace who left the organization in disgust of their current political zealotry, and Greenpeace is now trying to have him erased from history for daring to do that. He has now produced this interesting video in conjunction with with Prager University that is sure to put some people into conniption fits.
Global Warming activists will tell you that CO2 is bad and dangerous. The EPA has even classified it as a pollutant. But is it? Patrick Moore provides some surprising facts about the benefits of CO2 that you won’t hear in the current debate. "
Reynolds: Politicos put past before progress: "On Twitter, the other day, someone tweeted a quote from Will Spencer: “When life gives you lemons, apply for a business license, a food service license, and a sales tax license and make lemonade.”
This cynical-but-realistic statement drew a reply in the same vein from Tennessee Sen. Frank Niceley: “Then hire a lobbyist to make lemonade consumption mandatory and subsidize it.” Another cynic responded: “You then also need to require government approval to open new lemonade stands.” And the final word in this little colloquy was: “Then lobby again for regulations you can handle, but will bury your competition.”
Cynical or not, these statements accurately describe why economic progress is so much harder today than it once was. But why is it so much harder? And why are so many politicians coming out against innovative new services such as Uber or Airbnb? The answer, I think, is simple: Those new services offer insufficient opportunities for graft."
Dependence Day | Belmont Club: "In some sense the American War of Independence never ended. The issues that divided it remain alive to this day. Perhaps it will never be settled for mankind, which will always be divided between those who look up at Ultron and see Hope and those who wonder why anyone who broods on a throne should be trusted."
A Lifestyle So Good, It’s Mandatory | National Review Online: "On the subject of second-hand exposures to carcinogens from smoking and vaporizing, a critical issue seems to be temperature. A number of studies have suggested that low-temperature vaporizing produces only a tiny fraction of the already tiny amount of the substances giving the progressives in California and Colorado the fantods. But the debate will not be high-temperature versus low-temperature vaping. Why? Because vaping looks like smoking.You 'vill learn to love my craptastic fetishes so I can feel affirmed by you scumbags. Or something like that.
There are many conservatives who prefer organic food, who do yoga, who like trains, and who would prefer living in Brooklyn to living in Plano. De gustibus and all that. The difference is that progressives, blazing with self-righteousness, believe themselves entitled to make their preferences a matter of law.
And that’s the Left in short: A lifestyle so good, it’s mandatory."
Instapundit » Blog Archive » FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: “I’m so old, I remember when ‘American hostages in Iran’ was cons…: "FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: “I’m so old, I remember when ‘American hostages in Iran’ was considered such a journalistic priority that they invented an entire long running, critically acclaimed, class TV show to cover the story — and that in turn spawned a whole new broadcasting genre.”And apparently Lurch is disturbed. Of course, I knew Lurch was mentally disturbed quite a long time ago...
Today’s MSM? Attack the fellow journalist who dares point out that there are still hostages in Iran.
RELATED: Iran: Of Course We’ll Continue to Support Terrorists!"
Inside Look At US Government Cyber Security | Zero Hedge: "I have worked in cyber security for the federal government for 5+ years and let me explain some of the great things I have seen.
1. CISO, Directors and Managers without cybersecurity certifcations or experience.
2. Contractors who did not report malware traffic to the feds.
3. Federal officals who eliminiated contractors who spoke out
4. Federal officals who locked out other cerifified and experienced officals because they didn't want to look bad.
5. Contracting companies who hired foreign nationals to have complete administrative privilages.
6. CISSP who will not get promoted because some smuck who knows nothing yet has been around for 15 years gets promoted.
I am leaving DC for good and am leaving federal government work for good. I am not surprised the records have been stolen. I feel bad for the agents who have been fighting to keep the foreign nations from fucking us over. However, it is over. It is a counter intelligence nightmare. How easy is it now to plant fingerprints on a murder weapon? You would have to be crazy to work for NSA, FBI, DOD or CIA. Our federal government is failing us on so many levels.
I could go on an on but what is the point."
Their Supreme Leader on the Iran deal | Power Line: "Iran’s Supreme Leader Khameni spoke today for the first time since the parties concluded the agreement blessing and protecting Iran’s nuclear program. Unlike our Supreme Leader and Obama administration officials, whose every word on the subject is shot through with falsity, Khameni and the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran have proved relatively reliable sources of information regarding the proceedings going back to the interim deal. The same remains the case today with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Khamenei said. “They know it’s not true.”"
Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database | New York Post: "Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.... destroyed the very possibility of avoiding Chinese (and ever expanding Democrat) blackmail of the entire government including Seal Team 6 no less.
This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.
Big Brother Barack wants the databases operational before he leaves office, and much of the data in them will be posted online."
Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE DEAL WASN’T ABOUT IRAN’S NUKES: “If you think the United States just struck a poor nuclear…: "From the administration’s standpoint, the deal was a grand slam. If it left Iran as an official nuclear power on the perpetual verge of a breakout, well, that was always the bargaining chip to get everything else. And with the United States having shown extraordinary cooperation and forgiveness, the thinking goes, even a nuclear Iran will become a less bellicose and more collegial member of the community of nations. What good the deal has already done, the administration believes, will continue to pay dividends. As is his wont, Obama is now declaring as much. But by the time his vision is upended by facts, he’ll be out of office, and we won’t have the luxury of fighting reality with abstractions.QED:"
Rick Santelli Unleashed: It's Not The Economy, Stupid - "The Central Planners Are In Control" | Zero Hedge: "We are sure one day the world will realize the smoke and mirrors that have been promulgated as 'free markets' and 'free economies' has morphed into nothing more than an ongoing can-kicking exercise in futility as the endgame is self-evident - that which cannot go on forever, won't!"
Goodbye to the First Amendment [Darleen Click] | protein wisdom: "“What you need to understand, America, is that feelings are the New Truth, and truth is the new blasphemy.”"
Moonbattery » University Professor John Caputo Denounces Sanity as Racist: "Sanity itself is politically incorrect according to our moonbat ruling class. That isn’t hyperbole; it’s what students are learning at school — at least if they are taking classes from John Caputo:It appears that Frederick Douglass was wrong. I'm pretty sure based on this that reading is a “white male Euro-Christian construction.”
A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a “white male Euro-Christian construction.”
Prof. John Caputo was being interviewed by fellow philosophy professor George Yancy for the 13th installment of an interview series Yancy conducts with philosophers regarding racial topics."
Ace of Spades HQ: "What we take for granted, Douglass had to fight for.... you will be forever free. --Frederick Douglass
Of education being incompatible with slavery there can be no doubt. After all, an educated man might ask the question, why do I have to wear these chains? History teaches that an ignorant populace is the breeding ground for tyranny and despotism. Did you think Billy Ayres doesn't know this?"
Ruling class redefinitions no more equal protection: "“To learn who rules over you, find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.”
Moonbattery » Ruger Version of the Star-Spangled Banner: "What could be more patriotic on the Fourth of July than playing the Star-Spangled Banner with a Ruger 10/22? Chris Cheng demonstrates:"
And neo has a timely redux as well:
neo-neocon » Blog Archive » The Grand Inquisitor redux: "“Feed us first and then command us to be virtuous!” will be the words written upon the banner lifted against Thee–a banner which shall destroy Thy Church to its very foundations, and in the place of Thy Temple shall raise once more the terrible Tower of Babel…
…It is then that we will finish building their tower for them. For they alone who feed them shall finish it, and we shall feed them in Thy name, and lying to them that it is in that name. Oh, never, never, will they learn to feed themselves without our help! No science will ever give them bread so long as they remain free, so long as they refuse to lay that freedom at our feet, and say: “Enslave, but feed us!”"
E. O. Wilson - Wikiquote: "“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall.”"Of course the crisis really hit its stride as far back as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad" -- Longfellow
Bookworm Room – Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.: "Thankfully, Caped Crusader is there for me when I need him."
You are the Someone | Belmont Club: "The West is filled with millions of people like Alex, all of them waiting for Someone. They are the product of a multi-decade campaign to deliberately empty people of their culture; to actually make them ashamed of it. They were purposely drained of God, country, family like chickens so they could be stuffed with the latest narrative of the progressive meme machine. The Gramscian idea was to produce a blank slate upon which the Marxist narrative could be written.The first thing that must strike any outside observer is that Socialism, in its developed form is a theory confined entirely to the middle classes. The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous voice. He is either a youthful snob-Bolshevik who in five years’ time will quite probably have made a wealthy marriage and been converted to Roman Catholicism; or, still more typically, a prim little man with a white-collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting."
Too bad for the Gramscians that the Islamists are beating them to the empty sheets of paper. And they are better at it too. Maybe the old Bolsheviks could have given ISIS a run for its money, but today’s liberals have declined from their sires. George Orwell observed the takeover of hardcore Bolshevism by the periphery in the 1930s.
Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE HIGH PRICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS: Consider Tesla. The purchaser of each Tesla Model S th…: "AKA, “The Drawbridge Effect,” as James Delingpole dubbed it: “You’ve made your money. Now the very last thing you want is for all those trashy middle class people below you to have a fair shot at getting as rich as you are. That’s why you want to make energy more expensive by opposing Keystone XL; why you’re all for environmental land sequestration (because you already own your exclusive country property); and Agenda 21 – which will make all Americans poorer, but you not so much, because you’ve enough cash to cushion you from the higher taxes and regulation with which the greenies want to hamstring the economy.”"
Supreme Court Upholds Tax Subsidies Under Obamacare « CBS DC: "“The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so,” Scalia wrote. Scalia added, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state Exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’ And it is hard to come up with a reason to include the words ‘by the State’ other than the purpose of limiting credits to state Exchanges.”"
Charleston shooter Dylann Roof’s ‘manifesto’ revealed on ‘Last Rhodesian’ website | Daily Mail Online: "Roof says that East Asians could be 'allies' and some South Americans are 'worth saving'
Said Jews count as whites but wants to 'destroy Jewish identity'
Wished he could 'turn every Jew blue' to emphasize that they are different
Also contained stash of photographs showing Roof pointing a gun, posing with a Confederate flag and burning the Stars and Stripes"
Ace of Spades HQ: "Well we are in the Crazy Times. But the good news is that they won't last. Because they can't. The bad news is something will eventually bring the Crazy Times to an end and if we're lucky it'll just be very unpleasant."
Why The Left Needs Climate Change: "Try this out as a thought experiment: what would happen if, tomorrow morning, we had definitive proof that catastrophic climate change was impossible, wasn’t happening, and would never happen. Would Al Gore breathe a big sigh of relief and say—“Well good; now we can go back to worrying about smoking, or bad inner city schools, or other persistent, immediate problems.”
Of course not. The general reaction from environmentalists and the left would be a combination of outrage and despair. The need to believe in oneself as part of the agency of human salvation runs deep for leftists and environmentalists who have made their obsessions a secular religion. And humanity doesn’t need salvation if there is no sin in the first place. Hence human must be sinners—somehow—in need of redemption from the left."
Fascism and Communism – sister ideologies [Darleen Click] | protein wisdom: "This morning’s history lesson:"
Tomi Lahren & Tommy Sotomayor Get Real about Race: Lose the White Guilt - YouTube: "Tomi Lahren & Tommy Sotomayor Get Real about Race: Lose the White Guilt"
As I pondered this nascent "Our Political Class" series, my mind wandered back just a short interval to this post including Adams' classic quote: "I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two become a law firm, and that three or more become a congress."
And then I realized that the old joke about lawyers needs to be revised to "What do you call a thousand lawyers on the bottom of the ocean? No longer nearly a good enough start."
Instapundit » Blog Archive » AMERICA’S POLITICAL CLASS: “If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President…: "AMERICA’S POLITICAL CLASS: “If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.”"
Attention FIFA: Here’s how to take a bribe without getting caught - MarketWatch: "As late Boston political boss Martin Lomasney once said, “never write if you can speak, never speak if you can nod, and never nod if you can wink.”"
Will A Robot Steal Your Job? | Zero Hedge: "Will a robot steal your job?
It turns out that the answer depends on the prevailing macroeconomic conditions much more than people think.
In other words, in a technologically-advanced economy, cheapening capital by central bank decree can actually destroy jobs rather than create them. Try wrapping your head around that one Thomas Piketty.
It seems that many of our jobs are under threat as a result of policies that create severe economic distortions, much more than the robots per se."
Are All Central Bankers Idiots? | Zero Hedge: "Here's what he told us:
It is doomed, of course. But not necessarily soon. As long as the major tendency of the economy is toward deflation, central banks can print money without causing consumer price inflation. They can buy bonds and keep buying them. When they buy bonds, they tend to lower interest rates. They also finance government deficits. And, from Japan’s example, it looks as though they can do it almost indefinitely.That’s right: They can keep this gig going… until they can’t. When it ends is anybody’s guess. It is in the future, where no man goeth with GPS or map in hand…"
This typical sign of a stock market bubble is misleading - MarketWatch: "Martin Kenney is a professor at the University of California, Davis, and an expert on the IPO market. Kenney is also the senior project director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. In a recent interview he told me that, because of the ease with which private financing is available, the average startup is waiting a lot longer before going public.And from the comments:
How easy is it to get private financing? Take a recent comment from Stewart Butterfield, chief executive of Slack, the corporate-messaging app that last month raised $160 million from a handful of investors and is now valued at $2.8 billion. Butterfield told the New York Times: “It might be the best time for any kind of business, in any industry, to raise money for all of history, like since the time of the ancient Egyptians.”"
Hulbert has a good point. There certainly isn't the exuberance of past stock market bubbles, but there is a bubble nevertheless. It is a bubble in credit. Many have cited the PE ratios as the reason that this is not a bubble. They fail to realize that the current PE ratios would not even be possible if companies had not leveraged up with debt. In 1980, there were 60 major companies worldwide that possessed the coveted AAA rating. By 2000 that list had dwindled to 15, and today there are only five. When growth slows, revenues decline. If a company is leveraged with debt, even a slight decrease in revenue can result in default on that debt. Governments have also leveraged up with debt. In 2008, the global debt was $147 trillion, and today is $200 trillion. Debt is growing exponentially, like the shape of a hockey stick. We are at the "hockey stick" moment. Tick, tock!Nothing to see here, move along now...
Instapundit » Blog Archive » A VELVET FIST DICTATORSHIP: Do they not see the irony? The New York Times published an oped over t…: "A VELVET FIST DICTATORSHIP: Do they not see the irony? The New York Times published an oped over the weekend titled, “The New Dictators Rule by Velvet Fist,” penned by a couple of professors. Their thesis:Ugh.
[A] new brand of authoritarian government has evolved that is better adapted to an era of global media, economic interdependence and information technology. The “soft” dictators concentrate power, stifling opposition and eliminating checks and balances, while using hardly any violence.Um, yeah. Sound familiar? Eliminating checks and balances? Anyone?"
John Podesta Poses in Drag for Hillary …Twitter Paints the Dress Blue – With a Stain! | The Gateway Pundit: "It didn’t take Twitter long to paint the dress blue with a Lewinsky stain on the collar… Notice: The bus passengers are all Clinton victims including Ambassador Chris Stevens."
Quotes | John Adams Historical Society: "“I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two become a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.”Hmm. Perhaps there is a connection between these two quotes...
– John Adams
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
– John Adams"
Obama Insults Christians, Apparently Out of Ignorance | Power Line:
Deborah Brown · Follow · Top Commenter · Sentinel High School
I'll repeat a favorite line of my own: Obama's altar has a mirror.
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The Bookworm Beat 5-9-15 — the “I’m not all here” edition: "A few days ago, I did a post saying that, since blacks insist that everything whites do or have done is destructive to blacks, blacks might want to stop demanding our help and try to rebuild their culture without white interference. I even had proof that Martin Luther King felt the same way I do, at least when it came to responsibility (and for more on the subject of responsibility, you can go here):"
Illinois Supreme Court basically buries pension reform « Hot Air: "“Power is inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together in new shapes of our own choosing.” – George Orwell, 1984"
Megyn Kelly Indirectly Responds to O’Reilly on Geller: We Don’t Compromise Our Values - YouTube: "Megyn Kelly very blatantly and indirectly responded to what some of her Fox colleagues have been saying about Pamela Geller and the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest tonight."
MSNBC's Chris Hayes Nails It On Freedom of Speech And Drawing Muhammad | Truth Revolt: ""If we were going to do a segment that was about someone that was advertising on the network, and I was kind of on the fence about it or actually didn't even like the segment, right? I thought it was a little unfair maybe. But then someone came to us and said 'you can't do that segment because of an advertiser', I'd be like, well now we have to do the segment. Because it has to be the case that we can do that segment.""
What does it mean to blaspheme? What is blasphemy?: "Civil laws designed to prevent blasphemy have had mixed results. Scientists such as Copernicus and Galileo were charged with blasphemy for daring to posit that the earth was not the center of the universe. The Spanish Inquisition sought out blasphemers to punish. John Calvin and Martin Luther have both been accused of blasphemy and of supporting the death penalty for blasphemers. In many European countries, where religious and political leadership intermingled , blasphemy against God was equated with treason against the State."
Baltimore Is Nothing More Than an Informercial For U-Haul and The NRA - Breitbart: "Baltimore needs more government like Michael Moore needs more pie."Oof.
AND: Nor is Baltimore America’s problem. Baltimore is a Democrat problem. These riots are nothing more than Democrat infighting, and the videos of these riots are nothing more than infomercials for U-Haul and the NRA.
Firefighters Union RIPS Obama: You Say One Baltimore Protest Fire Was Looped on TV… Which One? | The Gateway Pundit: "And one burning building will be looped on television over and over and over again, and the thousands of demonstrators who did it the right way, I think, have been lost in the discussion.It’s not clear which burning building he was talking about… There were 159 fires set on Monday night by “peaceful” protesters in Baltimore.
The International Association of Fire Fighters asked President Obama on Friday, “Which one?”"
Did You Know the First Legal Slave Owner in America Was a Black Man? | The Gateway Pundit: "Here’s something you won’t read about in the US history books.
The first legal slave owner in America was black and he owned white slaves."
Opinion: CO2 is the Demon Because Malthus and Ehrlich Were Wrong About Overpopulation | Watts Up With That?: "Alarmism over population growth was central to the ideas of the Club of Rome. It received momentum through Paul Ehrlich’s even more egregious and incorrect book, “The Population Bomb.” The fact that every single prediction Ehrlich and John Holdren, advisor to President Obama for Science and Technology made, have proved completely wrong doesn’t stop extremists seeing the need for total control. Some believe people should not exist. Holdren thinks they should be limited and controlled as detailed in a list of his totalitarian proposals.He says his views have changed. Umhmm.
· Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
· The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
· Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
· People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
· A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force."
The Clinton Global 'Graft' Initiative (Summarized In 1 Chart) | Zero Hedge: "In 2010, when Barack Obama said, "I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money," he definitely wasn't referring to the Clintons.
Because it wasn't enough for Bill Clinton to sell sensitive missile technology to the Red Chinese for campaign donations. It wasn't enough for Hillary Clinton to sell America's most valuable nuclear technologies to the Russians for "contributions" to her family's personal piggy bank.
That piggy bank, otherwise known as "The Clinton Global Graft Initiative", had an interesting way of doling out the "contributions" it received."
[VIDEO] Obama’s 747 hypocrisy on Earth Day *UPDATED*: "The great David Burge nails it: “Cloud god angry! Sea god angry! Big power chief fly great iron bird to swamp village, make science dance for great Earth Mother!”"
Instapundit » Blog Archive » WHEN AMERICA SLIPS BEYOND PARODY: Bill Clinton’s Wife Condemns ‘Scourge Of Sexual Assault’ In…: "WHEN AMERICA SLIPS BEYOND PARODY: Bill Clinton’s Wife Condemns ‘Scourge Of Sexual Assault’ In First Big Speech.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 6:58 pm"
Holocaust Remembrance Day: "My Leftist friends cannot understand why, if Iran is going to go nuclear anyway, I’m opposed to Obama sitting down with them, signing on the dotted line, and pretending America is Iran’s new BFF in the hopes that Iran will be so taken by this charm offensive, it suddenly gives up on its genocidal goals. I’m offended, deeply, because if Iran is going to get the bomb anyway, it should be done in the face of America’s strident, unyielding opposition, with America doing everything in its power to stop Iran and help protect Israel. We should never, never get in bed with genocidal regimes. No political show ever justifies that."