Archives for August 2015
Reviewing the transcript, one is struck that some of the GOP candidates were eager to show off their middle-class bonafides.
MARCO RUBIO: You know, both of my parents were born into poor families on the island of Cuba.
CRUZ: I’m the son of a pastor and evangelist and I’ve described many times how my father, when I was a child, was an alcoholic. He was not a Christian. And my father left my mother and left me when I was just three years old.
JOHN KASICH: Well, Megyn, my father was a mailman. His father was a coal miner. My mother’s mother could barely speak English.
CHRIS CHRISTIE: Listen, I was born into a middle class family in New Jersey. My dad came home from serving in the Army after having lost his father, worked in the Breyers ice cream plant in Newark, New Jersey. Was the first person to graduate from college. He put himself through college at night. My mom was a secretary.
It’s been done better.
After checking the comments at a couple of sites and on teh Facebooks and Twitter-machine, one is left with the impression that if one watched the Republican “debate” last night, one came away feeling that one’s preferred candidate was great, the other candidates one likes did OK, and the candidates one doesn’t like sucked.
It’s difficult to muster much enthusiasm or interest in these events. The country’s fiscal, economic, and social courses are unsustainable, and no “viable” candidate has the will to alter these trajectories. It’s like 17 people who all want to be the Captain of the Kobayashi Maru.
Meh. It’s not so much that she blew Chris Matthews away so much that anytime a Republican responds to a media attack with anything other than Droopy-the-Dog resignation it is a remarkable thing.
The Republican Party in its current form is simply not inspiring. The Republican Senate “Leadership” announced this week that they will not “shut down” the Government no matter what. Which basically means they will let Obama and Harry Reid get all the spending they want; Planned Butchershop, Obamacare, Obamamnesty, the EPA… all will be protected and fully supported by our cowardly Republican Majority.
A lesbian couple scrawled homophobic abuse on their garage before burning down their own house in Tennessee then calling it a hate crime, a court ruled.
The court heard how the couple spray-painted the word ‘queers’ on their garage and later blamed their neighbor Janice Millsaps.
They claimed that, a month before the blaze, Millsaps said: ‘Do you know what is better than one dead queer? Two dead queers.’
Funny how you have to go to a British news site to read about this stuff.
The Caitlyn Jenner reality series lost more than half of its premiere haul on Sunday night, per live-plus-same-day ratings. The episode averaged 1.3 million viewers, down from 2.7 million viewers the week prior.
America isn’t nearly as obsessed with transsexuals as transsexuals are obsessed with themselves.
The taxpayers of Wisconsin (and the US generally) are paying a moonbat professor $87,224 for engaging in left-wing activism and teaching completely useless classes.
Prof. Karma R. Chavez is an associate professor at UW-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. According to a UW employee salary database maintained by the Wisconsin State Journal, Chavez made $87,224 during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and has achieved tenure at the school.
Chavez teaches seven different courses, ranging from “Queer Theory” (CA 969) to “Queer Migrations” (CA 610) and “Rhetoric and Queer Theory” (also CA 610).
Chavez takes pride in her work co-founding of the Queer Migration Research Network, and the UW’s Comparative US Studies (CUSS) group. “I work with various grassroots social justice organizations and collectives,” claims on her official UW biography.
The Queer Migration Research Network describes what it does as, “Queer migration scholarship critically explores how sexual and gender normativities shape, regulate, and contest contemporary international migration processes that stem from histories of colonialism, global capitalism, genocide, slavery, and racialized patriarchy.”
This is why there is a Higher Education bubble fixing to burst. The American system of higher education no longer exists for the purpose of teaching valuable knowledge and useful skills. It is welfare system for radicals, a state-subsidized operation to provide employment for unemployable radicals, and a means for leftists to use taxpayer fund to finance left-wing activism and social destruction.
Imagine the poor saps who graduate with $100K of debt after studying a useless curriculum of “Queer Migration Studies.”
Prosecutors said Elliott doused the bar in alcohol, wrote gay slurs on the wall, then lit it on fire.
Previously, the owner played the victim card to the hilt.
The club’s owner, Frank Elliot, said earlier that he believed the blaze was suspicious because derogatory messages were scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club. Authorities were seen removing a piece of concrete wall and loading it onto a truck.
“I’m beyond shocked,” said Elliott, 25. “I have nothing.”
“My stomach has been in knots since 6:30 this morning,” Elliott told WGN-TV. “My whole life, everything that I’ve worked for … my whole life is on the line and I don’t know what to think or even begin with.”
Social leftists are dupes and victimhood is lucrative.
There is a strain of fascism that runs through the Modern Democrat Left. A decade or so a go, such a statement would have been outrageous, over-the-top, hyperbolic.
Nowadays, not so much, it seems. Check out what happens when a reporter asks Hillary Clinton supporters if they support a hypothetical plan to repeal the Bill of Rights.
Hat Tip: Weasel Zips
Roger Simon watched the GOP mass interview yesterday and graded the candidates. Simon also had a rather harsh assessment of those who have no intention of voting for big government enthusiast Jeb Bush.
Look, the worst thing about Jeb is, sadly, his name. [Editor’s Note – Um, no, that is far from the worst thing about Jeb.] Call him a RINO or whatever, but he jumped in tonight to say that our enemies were in a war against Western civilization. Can you imagine Obama, Hillary or any Democrat saying anything like that? … As for the Jebster, he’s not my favorite candidate, but those who say they would stay home if he’s nominated are themselves at war with Western Civ
So, does he mean that not supporting Jeb Bush is tantamount to jihadism? It couldn’t possibly be that some of us look at the last two disastrous Bush presidencies and don’t see the point in continuing this particular dynasty, could it?
Seattle CEO Dan Price won raves from the economically-illiterate press when he announced some months ago that he was raising the minimum wage at his company to $70K per year. Many on the smug ignorant left were elated, “See, you selfish conservatives, it is possible to be financially successful and egalitarian.”
And those of us who actually understand how economics works endured the smug snottiness because we wanted to wait and see how it worked it.
I’m working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,” he told the Times in a video that shows him sitting on a plastic bucket in the garage of his house. “I’m renting out my house right now to try and make ends meet myself.”
The Times article said Price’s decision ended up costing him a few customers and two of his “most valued” employees, who quit after newer employees ended up with bigger salary hikes than older ones.
“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are the least equipped to do the job, and the ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump,” Gravity financial manager Maisey McMaster, 26, told the paper.
She said when she talked to Price about it, he treated her as if she was being selfish and only thinking about herself.
“That really hurt me,” she said. “I was talking about not only me, but about everyone in my position.”
Approaching burnout, she quit.
I have come to believe that what makes a man conservative is simply understanding economics and human nature. On the other hand, I suppose there are leftist leaders … Castro, Mao, Obama, Chavez … who don’t necessarily misunderstand them so much as exploit the ignorance of their followers on those topics.