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RIP: Leonard Nimoy

Posted by V the K at 2:38 pm - February 27, 2015.
Filed under: Big Hollywood

I expect Obama to commemorate the occasion by tweeting a picture of himself.

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Shock: Big banker, up to no good, would rather not be audited

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:51 am - February 27, 2015.
Filed under: Depression 2.0,Economy,Socialism in America

Refresher: The Federal Reserve Bank is not a government agency. It is the world’s largest private bank. Government has given it special privileges to basically:

  • counterfeit money (i.e., create it from thin air);
  • fix key prices in the economy (interest rates);
  • tax Americans indirectly (by creating inflation/money and financing government with the proceeds);
  • goose the financial markets for the proverbial “one percent” – which includes government officials themselves;
  • bail out irresponsible/incompetent banks – and (via measures of “regulation”) prevent up-and-coming banks from challenging them;
  • generally plan the markets (create bubbles, followed of course by crises);
  • plan the number of crappy, part-time jobs that Obama’s economy can create for the little people;
  • and escape the Freedom of Information Act.

So, from The Hill’s coverage of Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday:

The biggest challenge to the Fed’s structure is the growing movement to Audit the Fed via legislation from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)…

A GOP-controlled Congress has given the bill its best chances yet of passage, and that renewed interest led Yellen to deliver her most spirited opposition yet.

“I want to be completely clear,” she said. “I strongly oppose Audit the Fed.”

Surprise, surprise.

Hat tip, ZH.

Oh, Good Lord…

Posted by V the K at 7:39 am - February 27, 2015.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Meanwhile, over at Wesleyan University (annual tuition, $47,972)…

Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf–k, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.

Why not LGBTTQQFAGPBDSMPEDOK9DOA? Why all the hating on pedophiles, zoophiles, and necrophiles? So much for being inclusive.

How far can this go? In the words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “Plenty more letters in the alphabet.”

HT: The Other McCain

The Trouble with Jeb

Posted by V the K at 7:32 am - February 27, 2015.
Filed under: Jeb Bush,Post 9-11 America

Cracked.com (which has started to list decidedly to port) has a pretty good article on how Hollywood misrepresents poor folks.  Basically, Hollywood has no concept of the money problems faced by real lower income people. In TV and movies, they live the same consequence free lifestyles as the moneyed Hollywood elite; never fretting about a car repair, a reckless expenditure, or a sudden need to travel.

Our political elite is equally as ignorant of how people in the lower three-fifths of the income quintiles live.

Take Jeb Bush for example. (But this is just as true of Hillary, Biden, Obama, or most any other name-brand politician.) Do you think he has ever had to sweat losing his job because his car broke down and he didn’t have the money to fix it? Do you ever think he was kept at night worrying how he was going to make the mortgage payment *and* pay for his kid’s orthodonture? Do you think any of them has ever seen the discount rack at Kohl’s? (Scott Walker has.)  Do you think he’s ever saved money at Food Lion (or as we call it, Nom Kitteh) by buying meat with the orange sticker on it? Or even been inside a Nom Kitteh for that matter?

All the Bushes are Patricians, Gentry with the same view of the American middle class and working class as their openly Progressive Democrat counterparts. They see us as peasants and customers for Government.  “Kinder Gentler Gentler Nation” (Bush 41) “Compassionate Conservatism” (Bush 43) “Right to Rise” (Bush Wannabe) are all the same damn thing; lipstick slogans on the pig of Progressive, Big Government, Rockefeller Republicanism.

It’s why they make no distinction between Americans and illegal immigrants; alike, we are all the peasant class to be ruled over. No one in the Bush family is ever going to lose out on a job because an immigrant will work cheaper; nor are they going to miss out on an educational opportunity because Affirmative Action will favor immigrants, illegal and otherwise. Policies that beggar the working classes only mean more dividends in their portfolios.

And, Ra forbid, Bush somehow manages to become President, he’s only going to surround himself with other clueless 1%er elitists. While I am sure the guy means well, like the rest of the political class, he is so detached and insulated from the consequences of his policy choices that he cannot help but be indifferent to damage he causes.

Snowden watch

As I’ve blogged before, I have mixed feelings about Edward Snowden and his revelations about U.S. government spying on everybody. I understand why some consider him a traitor – because yes, we do need to fight Islamic terrorism.

And I understand why some consider him a hero – because we need to fight Islamic terrorism with appropriate tools; not tools that expand government power to the point where it could easily be used (and perhaps already gets used?) for purposes of tyranny. With that in mind, here are a couple of news items:

  • China drops Apple, Cisco, Intel and other U.S. tech leaders from its “approved state purchase lists”. China’s action may have several motives; but fear of the expansive NSA spying (that Snowden revealed) is surely among them.
  • Snowden gets libertarian, arguing for limited government and the right of the governed (us) to reject excessive government control.

    There must always be a balance of power between the governing and the governed…

    Our rights are not granted by governments…They are inherent to our nature. But it’s entirely the opposite for governments: their privileges are precisely equal to only those which we suffer them to enjoy.

    A viewpoint which all Americans ought to support, considering our origins.

Your thoughts?

While we’re at it: According to The Guardian (a left-wing British paper), Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Police are running their own black site for secret interrogations – and not just for anti-terrorism. True? Exaggerated? From the comments: A Chicago cop says it’s BS.

The Closed and Locked Minds of the Left

Posted by V the K at 8:28 am - February 26, 2015.
Filed under: Liberal Intolerance

Feminist K.T. Bradford wants people to stop reading anything written by white, heterosexual males.

Every time I tried to get through a magazine, I would come across stories that I didn’t enjoy or that I actively hated or that offended me so much I rage-quit the issue. Go through enough of that, and you start to resist the idea of reading at all.

Then I thought: What if I only read stories by a certain type of author? Instead of reading everything, I would only look at stories by women or people of color or LGBT writers. Essentially: no straight, cis, white males.

Cutting that one demographic out of my reading list greatly improved my enjoyment of reading short stories…

Sidenote: Is it just me, or does it seem like until 1 or 2 years ago, the word ‘cis’ didn’t really exist; but now it’s everywhere throughout the social justice world as their epithet of choice to demean and ‘otherize’ normal people?

Hat Tip: Sondra K

Race-Baiting MSDNC Host Admits the Trayvon Martin Narrative Was a Lie

The Progressive Democrat Left continues to promote the myth that Trayvon Martin was an innocent black schoolboy brutally gunned down by a trigger-happy white racist. The only true part of that narrative is that Trayvon Martin was black; but that was the only part that mattered. The rest of it was all “Narrative,” which is far more important on the left than truth. A Narrative of a racist white America where young black men are gunned down with impunity helps advance the socialist, big Government, agenda of the Progressive Democrat Left. The truth, does not.

However, MSDNC host Melissa Harris-Perry accidentally let the truth slip out during a speech at Cornell University.

Harris-Perry’s address, which was captured and uploaded to YouTube by the university’s conservative group, the Cornell Review, continued: “And I hope he whooped the s–t out of George Zimmerman. And it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.”

So, Tray-Tray wasn’t just gunned down while innocently walking home with Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea. (cough… purple drank… cough). He was in the process of pounding a man into unconsciousness on a concrete pavement. Isn’t that interesting.

Ms Harris Perry also ranted against ‘Stand Your Ground Laws,’ which had no bearing on the Trayvon Martin case, but which the Progressive Democrat Left despise because ‘Stand Your Ground’ means if you are obeying the law and a criminal thug threatens you, you are allowed to defend yourself. The Progressive Democrat Left prefer the doctrine of “Duty to Retreat,” which means if a criminal thug threatens you, you are obligated to defer to him and let him have his way.

The Progressive Democrat Left consistently sides with criminal thugs over law abiding people, from “Duty to Retreat,” to disarming law abiding citizens through gun control, to making heroes out of thugs like Che Guevara and Mumia Abu Jamal, to granting amnesty and welfare to criminals who break immigration laws, to demanding that violent felons be allowed to vote.

This woman is a professor at Wake Forest University

This woman is a professor at Wake Forest University

Roommates from Hell

Posted by V the K at 12:57 pm - February 25, 2015.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs

From Ace

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It’s funny when progressives claim that they’re actually normal people.

 

Secular Progressive Journalists Baffled by Common Everyday Activity

Posted by V the K at 12:44 pm - February 25, 2015.
Filed under: War on Christians

Secular progressive journalists find themselves baffled by a mysterious phenomenon by which Christians claim to be able to interface directly with God, seek His counsel, and even discern His Will.

It’s called prayer, you nitwits.

When any Christian Conservative politician claims to be seeking the Lord’s counsel, he is relentlessly mocked as some sort of weird mystic rube; although the majority of Americans find prayer to be an important activity within their lives.

But when Obama speaks of having “an ongoing conversation with God” these same secular Progressive journalists don’t bat an eye.

Probably because they imagine Obama relates to God on a peer-to-peer basis.

Will the Left call this kid “racist”?

Note: CJ Pearson is probably a descendant of the African-American slaves. Barack H. Obama, by his own official biography, is not.

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Liberals Really Are Less Patriotic than Conservatives

Posted by V the K at 11:48 am - February 24, 2015.
Filed under: Liberals

The left has been in a lather because Rudy Giuliani stated that a President who refused to wear an American Flag lapel pin while campaigning, grabbed his crotch during the pledge of allegiance, vowed to ‘fundamentally transform’ America, has apologized abroad for America’s “arrogance,” has said that American “exceptionalism” is no more real than Greek exceptionalism, and who has systematically undermined the economic and international standing of the United States through his policies… does not really love his country in the sense that the term “love of country” is generally understood.

The left gets pretty defensive when their patriotism is questioned, but the truth is, holding contempt for everything America is supposed to stand for (free enterprise, individual rights, freedom of religion) is a pretty unpatriotic belief system. The data back this up.

A Pew Research survey last year found that 46 percent of “steadfast conservatives” believed that the U.S. stands above all other countries; only 11 percent of “solid liberals” believed the same. Seventy-two percent of steadfast conservatives said they often feel proud to be an American; only 40 percent of solid liberals said they do.

This is really not a shocker. Most conservatives have liberal friends, we went to college with liberals, we were taught by liberals in schools, and we get liberal messages from a media that is about 96% controlled by liberals. We have heard you guys tearing down America, expressing contempt for America, American History, American values. So, don’t even play this game where you get all haughty and offended when your patriotism is questioned. Liberace used to get just as offended when people suggested he wasn’t into women. 

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Sharpton’s 360 review

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 10:31 am - February 24, 2015.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

I once worked for a company proud of its “360 degree” employee reviews – where you were reviewed, not only by your boss, but also by your colleagues, subordinates – and if possible, your customers.

What do Al Sharpton’s “customers”, such as the families of African-American victims, think of him? Project Veritas has an answer.

‘Violent Extremists’ of No Particular Religious Persuasion Threaten Gays… Again

Posted by V the K at 9:03 am - February 24, 2015.
Filed under: Religion Of Peace

The Islamic State threatens to conquer Italy and murder gays with pizza, or something. 25EB9ABB00000578-2963229-image-a-8_1424551823062   … Remember, your genius President says they have ‘legitimate grievances,’ unlike those wingnut Tea Partier

The gender pay gap: a myth?

Like others, I don’t care much about the Oscars. But I understand that Patricia Arquette made a stir on Sunday night, with her speech about “All women deserve equal pay”.

Let’s be clear: Women and men absolutely deserve equal pay, when we’re talking about equal work. That is: work of the same category and experience level, that either a woman or man could do, done with equally good results, under equally good (or bad) conditions.

The point of contention is: Are left-wing feminists really talking about that? Are they correct to claim a large gender gap exists? And are left-wing politicians correct, when they claim to be the answer?

Powerline reminds us of research from 2011 about the gender gap being a myth. And also how, on the surface at least, Hillary and Obama are hypocrites – for example, Hillary has paid her women 72 cents on the dollar (compared to her men). While left-wing hypocrisy is a delightfully inexhaustible subject, the first piece is most interesting for the points it makes.

Basically, research supports the idea that men *on average* tend to choose more dangerous (or less popular) careers; more stressful specializations within the same career; and more uncomfortable and undesirable work locations. And tend (on average) to work longer hours including more nights and weekends, and to take fewer lengthy mid-career breaks. When adjusted for such factors, the gender pay gap disappears – or even turns slightly in favor of women.

If you disagree, please feel free to post your facts/logic in the comments.

UPDATE: Peter Schiff makes a good point, that if he *could* pay a woman less for the same work, women would have a competitive advantage. He “would be an idiot to hire a man” – and would gladly hire nothing but women. He doesn’t, because it just isn’t so. (At least in financial services. Maybe, over in show business, George Clooney’s career will indeed age better than Patricia Arquette’s.)

UPDATE: At the same link, Schiff adds, “in adult entertainment [as opposed to Arquette/Hollywood] women are paid much more…this disparity has nothing to do with discrimination…The porn audience cares about the female stars…So pay rates reflect market forces…I wonder if at the next Adult Video News awards a male winner will demand equal pay during his acceptance speech?”

The Nut Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Posted by V the K at 7:09 pm - February 23, 2015.
Filed under: Gay Culture,Gay Politics

Sally Kohn… the lesbian pundit who thinks we shouldn’t be bombing ISIS because that’s what they want us to do, who doesn’t understand that its the job of the legislature to pass laws, who thinks Christians and Jews commit terrorist attacks at the same rate Muslims do, and is just, generally… a very, very stupid person, now says she hopes her daughter grows up to be a vapid, militant lesbian… just like her.

I live in the liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where no yuppie would ever admit to wanting their kid to be anything in particular, other than happy. But more often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat.

I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.

Pretty sure Ms. Kohn would accuse normal parents who hope their kids grow up to be normal of homophobia. So, let’s just let everybody figure out the math here.

Obama Regime Panders to Gay Progs by Creating Useless Postion

Posted by V the K at 6:38 pm - February 23, 2015.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands

Because there are no serious diplomatic or international issues to tend to, the Obama/Kerry State Department is able to indulge its social justice whims by creating a special envoy for sexual minorities.

Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally — the heart and conscience of our diplomacy,” Kerry said in a statement.

His job is going to amount to giving speeches in front of people who think that LGBT Rights are a serious human rights issue in which he will tell them that “LGBT Rights are a serious human rights issue.”

“But what about the gays slaughtered by the Iranian Regime Obama is desperate to sign a treaty with?” you may ask, to which the Obama Regime will reply, “Shut up, birther!”

This is what you get when your country is ruled by adolescents who are only interested in looking cool in front of the other adolescents.

Greek drama update

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 2:21 pm - February 23, 2015.
Filed under: Debt Crisis,Leftist Nutjobs,Politics abroad

Greece’s Syriza-led government has basically folded, for now, in its debt negotiations with the rest of Europe.

A “complete political surrender to the world of reality” was how [one European bank analyst] put it. [Other analysts] labeled it a “u-turn” by Tsipras, who won election Jan. 25 promising an end to budget cutting.
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At last week’s meeting, Greece signed up to all the conditions of its current package and to continued international oversight, ditching plans to win back control of its purse strings so it could raise wages and pensions.

You can find GayPatriot’s backgrounder here. And some details on the new agreement, here.

Needless to say, many Syriza supporters are outraged. For example, one Syriza veteran of WW2 said, “…[Syriza’s] promises have not turned into practice…On my part, I APOLOGIZE to the Greek people because I have contributed to this illusion.”

My feelings are mixed. Pleasure at seeing a gang of socialists having to learn math, combined with dismay/sympathy for the Greek people – who probably shouldn’t cave in; they probably would be better off, in the long run, if they defaulted on their debt and left the Eurozone.

I don’t think this drama is over. I think it ends with either Greece or Germany leaving the Euro currency (later this year or perhaps in 2016), as the Eurozone simply isn’t big enough for both of them. But, as the saying goes, “we’ll see.”

Oscar Story

Posted by V the K at 7:40 pm - February 22, 2015.
Filed under: Big Hollywood

I never really gave a spit about the Oscars; just a hyperexpensive orgy of self-congratulation by a bunch of celebrities I can’t stand. Could. Not. Care. Less.

But this story is kind of neat; the actor who played the kid version of Forrest Gump could not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in 1995 because his family was too poor to afford the tickets and apparently multi-zillionaire Tom Hanks couldn’t find his wallet to help the kid out. Kid went on to join the Army and serve in Iraq.

Child star Michael Conner Humphreys – who played a young Forrest in leg braces – missed out on his big chance to attend the biggest showbiz event on the planet.

His parents were offered the chance to buy tickets for the most important night of their son’s life but, unable to find the cash, eight-year-old Michael and his family watched the show at home on TV.

Michael served four years in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier, which included an 18 month tour of duty in Iraq.

On the whole, a way better outcome than say, Lindsay Lohan or Brad Renfro.

The Entire Obama Presidency Summed Up in 1 Image

Posted by V the K at 1:35 pm - February 22, 2015.
Filed under: Obama Incompetence,Obama Watch

Leftists banned DDT (and sentenced millions of humans to death) because junk science said it would harm Bald Eagles. Now, windmills slaughter eagles by the hundreds, but it’s OK because every windmill is a temple to Gaia.
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Gee, Guess What the NY Times Is Accusing Those Who Question Obama’s Love of Country With

Did you guess “Racism?” Of course it’s “Racism.” With the New York Times, all criticism of Obama is always racism.

When Rudolph Giuliani said that he does “not believe that the president loves America,” he became the latest in a long line of public figures to question the loyalty or allegiance of the country’s first nonwhite president. While these criticisms are ostensibly directed at Barack Obama’s worldview, as Mr. Giuliani later said, they appear to reflect — or exploit — the tendency to associate being American with being white.

Yawn.