Thursday, January 29, 2015

Did I Forget To Mention That Andrew Klavan Is Blasphemous?

[VIDEO] The reinstatement of blasphemy laws in the West: "Andrew Klavan takes on the new attacks on free speech. His video, as is to be expected, is appropriate, wise, and humorous, sometimes to the point of silliness. The only tragedy is that Klavan’s video won’t get the wide distribution it deserves.  After all, according to the mainstream media’s relentless meme, demanding actual free speech is the racist refuge of “they ought to be dead” white males and should therefore be suppressed:

Especially against Islamo-Liberal dogma bullsh*t...

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Instapundit » Blog Archive » REMY: I Need A Hashtag. …: "REMY: I Need A Hashtag."

Yeah, I think the "Stopped Clock Watch" has pretty much expired after this one, huh?

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COTD: Diaspora Long Gone

Two American columnists on the Greek elections: one who is hopelessly wrong, and one who is painfully correct: RobertArvanitis • 6 hours ago
(Orignally posted on an economics site; trust you can infer the underlying folly from the text)

Syriza is a disaster for Greece.

The hardworking Greek diaspora departed long ago, leaving behind a country over-weighted with the less-energetic.

That residuum consumed more than they produced. For a long time. As must happen, eventually the money ran out.

It is the nature of politicians to corrupt social feedback mechanisms (prices in markets, votes in politics). Societies thus seduced always end up with a katzenjammer in the morning. You may be right that Syriza is not the worst. But the remedy is not more alcohol.
I regret the cost to the youth, but that’s the tragedy of socialism.

It is unsustainable because it takes from the productive to subsidize the (unjustifiably) unproductive.

It is unsustainable because it borrows for current consumption, robbing the future of the young to satisfy the present.

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Never Over

Man Versus Man | Belmont Club: "It was only later that I ‘got it’, sort of: all he could offer me was hope. A paperback book assuring its readers that there was life even in Auschwitz — and therefore also in Bicutan, Crame or Laur.  The name of the prison might change but the nature of the challenge was essentially the same. Auschwitz was eternal and and so was the unchanging human determination to survive. They would always be at war and the miracle, or so Diokno hoped to convince me, was that the prisons would lose in the end. It was something Pepe Diokno believed which I had yet to to make up my mind about.  And I’m still not sure. A guilty civilization emerging from World War II promised posterity that Auschwitz would therafter mean “never again”. But today we know the promise was broken even as it was made; that it really signified — what it will always signify — is “until next time”. For as Camus put it, the plague never dies.  The huts, the wire, the silent iron gate only seem harmless now, but they’ll be back. It goes on.  The race is not — is never — over."

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stopped Clock Watch

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia - Yahoo News: "RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live. Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf."

It would be a vast understatement to say I have no respect for Michelle Obama. But credit where credit is due: She did the right thing here.  I'm shocked that Hussein let her.

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COTD: The Real Confederates

Obama's 529 Tax Plan Is Just the Beginning - Despiser_of_Libs • 11 hours ago
Democrats lost America's first Civil War because they enslaved Black people. Democrats are going to lose America's second Civil War because they attempted to enslave White people...

Not every Democrat was a KuKluxKlan member, but every KuKluxKlan member was a democrat.
Actually, they still enslave black people. LBJ was just a slimy asshole enough to lie them back into it. They're just expanding the portfolio to whites now.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Censoring Guns

Bookworm Room – Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.: "Thankfully, Caped Crusader is a stalwart friend who continues to send me the most amazing posters:"

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Projection Much?

Instapundit: "LEFTY BILLIONAIRE GETS OFF PRIVATE JET, SAYS AMERICANS HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF: “Billionaire property investor Jeff Greene recently spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying he believes people in the United States need to stop aiming so high and start living with less. . . . The only issue Americans took with the 60-year-old’s opinions was, well, everything, given he owns a $195 million palace in Beverly Hills, which has 23 bathrooms and a rotating dance floor, as well as four other blue ribbon properties, and is famous for throwing wild parties on a 145-foot yacht.”

Related: Hundreds of Private Jets Delivered People to Davos. Also, It’s Climate Change Day at Davos.

Plus, winning Twitter:"

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Spot The Difference: ISIS Or Saudi Arabia?

Spot The Difference: ISIS Or Saudi Arabia | Zero Hedge: "One is a terrorist organization, the other is America's most revered, oil-exporting ally..."

Thank Allah that the Saudi's aren't Islamic either or King Hussein would have some 'splainin to do...

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Number One With A Bullet

Bill Whittle: Number One With A Bullet | Truth Revolt: "Maybe it’s not the guns. Maybe it’s the people holding the guns."
There doesn't appear to be an embed version of the video. Just click the link right now and WTWT. Your jaw will drop.  This is one of Bill's best and that's saying something.

No excuses. I'm waiting...

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Did I Forget To Mention The Nazis Were Socialists?

The Nazis Were Socialists, Not Right-Wingers - YouTube: "The Nazis Were Socialists"

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Iowahawk Strikes Again

Twitchy | Who Said What: David Burge @iowahawkblog

Under King Abdullah, Saudia Arabia produced many reforms. Also, 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers.

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Costs And Corruption

An entitlement epidemic - George Will: "Eberstadt believes that the entitlement state poses "character challenges" because it powerfully promotes certain habits, including habits of mind. These include corruption. Since 1970, Americans have become healthier, work has become less physically stressful, the workplace has become safer — and claims from Social Security Disability Insurance have increased almost sixfold. Such claims (including fraudulent ones) are gateways to a plethora of other payments.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a lifelong New Deal liberal and accomplished social scientist, warned that "the issue of welfare is not what it costs those who provide it but what it costs those who receive it." As a growing portion of the population succumbs to the entitlement state's ever-expanding menu of temptations, the costs, Eberstadt concludes, include a transformation of the nation's "political culture, sensibilities, and tradition," the weakening of America's distinctive "conceptions of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and self-advancement," and perhaps a "rending of the national fabric." As a result, "America today does not look exceptional at all.""

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Final Frontier...

... is more final than we thought...

Ace of Spades HQ: "'Why is Beheading Always in the News, is This Really 2015?' Welcome to the 21st century where beheadings and crucifixions are back in style. But on the plus side you can read and tweet about them on your hand-computer that also makes phone calls."

Scotty! Beam me up!!!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Me The People

Artist's Impression Of America's "Imperial President" | Zero Hedge: "Me, The People..."

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Slip Slidin' Away

[VIDEO] Bill Whittle on how Leftists’ good intentions blind them to the Hell they’re creating: "Bill Whittle hasn’t been out with a video in a while. I understand why now. He was working on a really good one:"

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Watching The Playoffs

People Keep Bugging Obama About This Paris Thing | The Daily Caller: "People Keep Bugging Obama About This Paris Thing"

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Monday, January 12, 2015


Ace of Spades HQ: "Comment of the Day - On the Muslim Banlieues Where Police Fear to Tread

544 Let's call those 'No-Go Zones' what they are...they're Colonies.

It's not immigration if you are ceding them territory. It's Colonization.

Posted by: wheatie at January 12, 2015 07:40 PM (AQysw)"
...of the Caliphate.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

ISIS Crisis

Surprise: One of the Parisian terrorists claimed allegiance to ISIS « Hot Air: "More interestingly, however, is the fact that Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who killed a French policewoman and four others at a kosher grocery store last week in solidarity if not coordination with the Charlie Hebdo attackers, seems like a relative unknown to French authorities. That should not have been the case. In the last decade, Coulibaly was the subject of a magazine profile on youth unemployment. He had the opportunity to meet former French Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, but only after he had already served four prison sentences for robbery and drug trafficking. Now, a video has emerged purportedly showing Coulibaly saying that he not only approved of the attack on Charlie Hebdo but pledging fealty to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria."

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Custodianship Lost

Why Paris is even more shocking than Peshawar - The Times of India: "The moral equivalence between the West and Islamist jihadis is presented to the reader as an unquestionable truth. There is something deeply corroded and flaccid about the Left now. It is clapped out, morally. It cannot be the custodian of Western civilization any longer.

The assault on Charlie Hebdo — terrorists killing cartoonists — can have left no rational person unscathed. As an assault on the moral senses, it had, arguably, an even greater impact than the mowing down of schoolchildren in Peshawar only days ago. In that last attack the children were pawns who had death dealt to them because of their institutional association with the Pakistani army. Their deaths were blood-curdling, but also random. They were a hapless conduit to another target: the army itself, and, by extension, the Pakistani state.

In Paris, at Charlie Hebdo's offices, the dead were chosen by name—yes, names were called out, and men who answered to them were shot; men who had been staked out and stalked, chosen expressly for slaughter for acts they had committed in the pursuit of their profession."

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Real Muslims

Are the Saudis Muslims? | Power Line: "I wrote here about the silliness of the commonly-expressed view that Islamic terrorists can’t be *real* Muslims, and shouldn’t be referred to as such, since Islam is a religion of peace. I don’t suppose anyone would deny, however, that the Saudis are real Muslims. Thus, this story from Saudi Arabia is illuminating, even though it is not about terrorism. Raif Badawi is a Saudi blogger who had a web site called the “Liberal Saudi Network.” He criticized the Saudi regime and advocated free speech. In 2012, he was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including apostasy and insulting Islam. He was lucky: the apostasy charge, which carried the death penalty, was dropped. Instead, he was sentenced to ten years in prison–the original sentence was only seven years, but it was increased on appeal–a $266,000 fine, and 1,000 lashes."

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BarackNEstPasCharlie: Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris?

#BarackNEstPasCharlie: Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris? | Roger L. Simon: "There had to have been a reason for his non-attendance and the bizarre dissing of this event by his administration. I believe it stems from this: There are two words our president seems constitutionally unable to put together — “Islamic” and “terrorism.”  For Obama (and, as a sideshow, the zany Howard Dean), these terms are mutually exclusive, an oxymoron.  Appearing in Paris, Obama might be put in the unusual position of having to link them, our complaisant press rarely having the nerve to ask such an impertinent question.  Holder, in a television interview from Paris (I think it was CNN — there have been so many), danced around the question, hemming and hawing as if he couldn’t quite make out what was being said or had been asked an embarrassing question about  IRS emails.

This situation had already been amplified by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls doing something completely outrageous and unjustified, indeed anathema, in the Obama worldview.  He declared war on radical Islam. "

A joke in the comments over at Sultan Knish puts it in perspective:

A Communist, a Socialist and a Muslim walk into a bar.

The bartender asks: What are you having Mr. President?

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Up Next: Airbrushing Petraeus From Government Pictures

Razor on Twitter: "Guy who helped win war in Iraq to be prosecuted by man who lost it. #Petraeus": "Guy who helped win war in Iraq to be prosecuted by man who lost it. #Petraeus"

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Projection Much?

Islamophobia Is a Myth | National Review Online: "Islamophobia is a myth. Sure, some folks in Europe and elsewhere no doubt dislike Muslims, just as other losers hate the Irish or blacks or women. But the idea that there is a climate of Islamophobia, a culture of hot-headed, violent-minded hatred for Muslims that could be awoken and unleashed by the next terror attack, is an invention. Islamophobia is a code word for mainstream European elites’ fear of their own populations, of their native hordes, whom they imagine to be unenlightened, prejudiced, easily led by the tabloid media, and given to outbursts of spite and violence. The thing that keeps the Islamophobia panic alive is not actual violence against Muslims but the right-on politicos’ ill-founded yet deeply held view of ordinary Europeans, especially those of a working-class variety, as racist and stupid. This is the terrible irony of the Islamophobia panic: The fearers of anti-Muslim violence claim to be challenging prejudice but actually they reveal their own prejudices, their distrust of and disdain for those who come from the other side of the tracks, read different newspapers, hold different beliefs, live different lives. They accuse stupid white communities of viewing Muslims as an indistinguishable mob who threaten the fabric of European society, which is exactly what they think of stupid white communities."
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.

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The Canary In The Coal Mine Is Looking Rather Ill [CBD]: "21 Friend of mine used to say that gun crime in DC is high despite bans on guns because of lax gun laws in Virginia. My response was always: is crack legal in Virginia?
Posted by: gm at January 10, 2015 10:09 AM (K0tm3)"
Yes, it was the lax gun laws in Switzerland that lead to this outrage!  Sacre bleu! /sarc

Did I forget to mention they also had an RPG?  Now where did I put mine?  That was a great sale at the local gun store this Christmas!  /sarc /sarc

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Friday, January 9, 2015

COTD: Conned

Endgame | Belmont Club: "You see, in the case of Charlie, talking heads will be busy for weeks debating whether the cartoonists’ provocative actions lead to righteous indignation among Muslims, which erupted furiously. When done, obfuscation will be the order of the day. As for the kosher market killings, well, if Jews were not wantonly killing Palestinians and occupying Palestinian land it would not have happened. Again, relativity will prevail – six of one is a half-dozen of another. There will be no really bad persons and Islam will remain “the religion of peace.”

But, in Nigeria, the helpless victims of Islam had done nothing to provoke violence other than simply being non-Muslim. These villagers were not in the business of printing cartoons unflattering to the prophet and they were not staunch defenders of the hated Zionists. Nope, they just were not Muslim and that was enough to bring down the wrath of god. Muslims behaved as Muslims do when no one is watching. "

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Who Is Your Father?

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: 225 Years of an Unchanging Left | PJ Media: "Equally paradoxically, as the Left seeks to undermine and destroy the authority or the parents and make their children the wards of the state, à la Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, (a dystopia far more prophetic of the modern era than Orwell’s more famous 1984, in my opinion), they seek to extend the model of the family to the leviathan state, a fact which was not lost on many citizens of Warsaw Pact countries, as reflected in the following bitter joke:

A teacher asks one of the students in a class: “Who is your father?” The student answers: “The State!” “And who is your mother?” The student answers: “The Party!” “And what do you wish to be when you grow up?” The student answers: “An orphan!”"
The new religion. Worse than the old religion.

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They Already Have

Security Code | Belmont Club: "Speaking of cults, Dean sounds like a guy trying desperately hard not to lose his religion. Leftist orthodoxy now accepts the innocence of Islamism as an article of faith, on par with say, the enlightenment of the Buddha. It has to be true or else their little world falls apart. The belief in the existence of faceless second amendment cults has now become an existential value for the Left.

They are too completely invested in multiculturalism, social deconstruction and redistribution to doubt the faith now. To misgive their chosen pathway to power, is to fail at the last step. So they’ll grit their teeth and plunge on; they will never give it up on pain of anathema.

And therefore they will cling to their dogma, however improbable it might be, long past the point when any reasonable Leftist would have doubted it. This is the most dangerous aspect of the crisis facing the West. Not only are we in danger of tearing our politics apart, we must. It has now become a case of destroying our civilization in order to save it. We have to stay crazy to avoid the growing suspicion that we’re nuts. The cultural elites of the West are going to hang themselves in the morning according to a schedule that they themselves have devised.

Do you think our elites won’t punch the door buttons to let the killers in to shoot us? They already have. They already have."

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Saturday, January 3, 2015


Moonbattery » Open Thread: "Via Legal Insurrection, on a tip from JusttheTipHQ."

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Only Devoted Slaves

A Year of Anniversaries - Thomas Sowell: "Like Woodrow Wilson, our current president is charismatic, vain, narrow and headstrong. Someone said of Woodrow Wilson that he had no friends, only devoted slaves and enemies. That description comes all too close to describing Barack Obama, with his devoted political palace guard in the White House that he listens to, in contrast to the generals he ignores on military issues and the doctors he ignores on medical issues."
Thomas Sowell again -- the only man in the world still able to remember history...

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