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Hillary Maybe Isn’t So Smart

Posted by V the K at 10:29 am - September 30, 2015.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton

In the new book, Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary, Edward Klein claims that Bill Clinton once pushed Hillary to hire Steven Spielberg to help make her more appealing. The book is intended as a hit-piece on the Clintons, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not accurate. It is intended to portray Hillary as callous, unsympathetic, and downright unlikeable.

She also doesn’t come across as very smart.

In an excerpt from his book in the New York Post, Klein reports that Hillary reluctantly agreed to the sessions. “I get $250,000 to give a speech . . . and these Hollywood jackasses are going to tell me how to do it!” she reportedly said.

Hillary doesn’t seem to realize that her supporters were not paying her $250,000 per speech because of her penetrating insight or soaring oratorical skills. They were buying access and influence.

In any case, the sessions apparently went over… not so good.

“I decided I had enough with the camera and the recordings and the coaches,” Hillary allegedly said. “I got so angry I knocked the f- -king camera off its tripod. That was the end of my Stanislavski period.”

As the author correctly points out, Stanislavski taught stage acting, not acting for the camera. Someone of Hillary’s alleged intelligence should be aware of this. Hell, *I* was aware of this.

Hillary’s supporters think she is the smartest woman in the world, or, possibly the second smartest after Michelle Obama. They excuse … no, embrace… her reputation for being a rhymes-with-witch because she’s a rhymes-with-witch that gets things done;  a rhymes-with-witch who has earned the right to be a rhymes-with-witch by fighting her way to the top of her profession in a male-dominated culture; like Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada.

But really, Hillary seems to be closer to Meryl Streep’s character in Death Becomes Her; a shallow, venal, not-so-bright woman who owes what she has to the talent of her husband. (more…)

International Geopolitics Abhors a Vacuum

Posted by V the K at 11:24 pm - September 29, 2015.
Filed under: War On Terror

Russia is setting up shop in Syria, deploying a massive amount of military power in support of the Assad Regime. This places Russia in position to be the power broker in the Middle East, filling the vacuum created by America’s weakness and retreat under Obama. Syria stands to become the base from which Russia expands its security arrangements and becomes the dominant power on the Arabian Peninsula. He’s also proposing a coalition of military power to take on ISIS, and openly questioning Obama’s policies that have turned Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen into dumpster fires.

“Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster — and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life,” Putin said through a translator. “I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?”

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, whose “Hashtag Diplomacy” was so effective in taking down Boko Haram and getting Russia out of Ukraine (/sarc), has his own strategy for defeating ISIS. It involves consulting with Hollywood to figure out how to make catchy videos to counter ISIS propaganda and turn them away from violent genocide. I am not making this up.

The Obama administration is turning to HBO, Snapchat, and a controversial, Oscar-winning screenwriter to help them fight ISIS.

Earlier this year, the State Department convened a group of friends in the U.S. film industry, social media, and premium cable TV to brainstorm ways to counter jihadist propaganda.

The administration claimed Benghazi was caused by a YouTube video. They now think ISIS can be defeated by YouTube videos. I think they vastly overestimate YouTube’s influence.

Either that, or they simply are not serious people.

Vladimir Putin, whatever else he may be, is a serious man.

You don’t have to be a supporter of Putin’s domestic to recognize that he is successfully expanding Russia’s influence and strengthening his country’s global position, while Obama has thoroughly squandered American prestige, abandoned allies, embraced our enemies, and reduced American influence to third-rate status.

This Seems Kind of Stupid and Petty

Posted by V the K at 10:58 pm - September 29, 2015.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness

So this gay couple drove two states over to buy two pizzas from Memories Pizza and make a video of themselves doing same. They served the pizzas at a gay wedding reception.

What asinine point were they trying to make

Michael Sam Cannot Accept That He Just Isn’t As Good As People Who Don’t Like Football Think He Is

Posted by V the K at 1:13 pm - September 29, 2015.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Gay Politics

Michael Sam is claiming the only reason he doesn’t play in the NFL is because of the gay thing. (Because, remember how he got absolutely no support from anyone when he tried out for the NFL? Remember how brave and courageous nobody said he was?)

Cut. Jib. Newsletter. has a riposte.

I wonder whether Sam realizes that NFL teams gleefully employ murderers, strong-arm robbers, drug dealers, drunk drivers, wife beaters (did I miss anything?) and other assorted delights. In fact, the only thing they don’t like is the conservative and religious values of Tim Tebow! If Michael Sam were good enough to play in the NFL, he would be playing in the NFL. That he couldn’t cut it in the Canadian Football League is a powerful argument that he just isn’t good enough! After all, Canada is an enlightened, modern country, without America’s irrational hatred of homosexuals.

Breaking News from 1994

Posted by V the K at 9:11 am - September 29, 2015.
Filed under: Pop Culture

Waylon Smithers is gay.

Apparently, this is supposed to be a big deal. But I feel more like…


Climate Change Rally Falls a Little Short


ManBearPig may not be the winning issue progressive Democrats think it is.

The faith-based climate rally that took place Thursday in Washington drew a much smaller crowd than anticipated, though organizers say they still managed to convey their message. The Moral Action on Climate Justice network, which worked with the Earth Day Network, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club. Friends of of the Earth and other groups to organize the event, originally asked the National Park Service for a permit for 50,000 attendees. But Park Service countered the permit should be closer to 200,000, organizers said, given the popularity of Pope Francis. In the end, according to several observers, the overall attendance was closer to 2,000.

Think Progress — which is published by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress — estimated there were “hundreds of activists” on the Mall for the event, which started early Friday.



The Waters of Mars

Posted by V the K at 1:33 pm - September 28, 2015.
Filed under: Pop Culture

NASA announced today that they found liquid water on Mars. Now, I can’t get this out of my head.

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The Democrats Really Are a Party of Mindless Borg Drones

By astonishing coincidence, every Democrat had exactly the same reaction to Hillary’s Meet the Press Interview.



The Moral Relativism of the Left Is Rotting Out Our Military

Posted by V the K at 1:08 pm - September 28, 2015.
Filed under: Hatred of the Military

Obama has done great damage to our military, reducing its size dramatically, cutting back on procurement and forcing them to use aging equipment, and leading it to demoralizing defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, as Kurt Schlichter argues in the Federalist, the worst damage that’s being wrought on our military is the moral rot of leftist relativism.

The problems with America’s military—which has now failed to win three wars in a row against backward fanatics whom the nineteenth-century Brits would have handily dispatched to hell in time for tea—are not merely budgetary. You can’t buy real leaders, leaders with strategic competence and moral courage. Aging equipment, while a problem, is nothing compared to the incompetence and moral cowardice of our military’s senior leaders.

He rightly notes that this rot didn’t begin with Obama’s presidency, but it has broadly metastasized. Our troops were not just handcuffed by highly restrictive Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan that have led to many, many unnecessary American deaths, but utterly shackled in dealing with Afghanistan’s culture of child rape. The senior staff of the military forces (career bureaucrats) decided on a semi-official policy of “See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil,” and put troops on the ground in the wretched position of either tolerating child-rape or sacrificing their military career.

So, if the captain acts according to Army values and puts a stop to the child rape, he’s wrong. If he does nothing, and later some congressman or reporter asks the general why his troops aren’t stopping child rapes, the captain is going to be wrong again. If you think the general is going to say, “Oh, the captain as just following my order to allow child rapes occurring in front of him to continue,” you are delusional.

Do you want to lose wars? Because this is how you lose wars.

We have the greatest troops in the world, probably in all of human history. Fighting with old, worn equipment is a challenge, but that can be overcome. The lack of competent, morally courageous senior leaders can’t be.


Posted by V the K at 8:59 am - September 28, 2015.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands


Sending the Wrong Message

Posted by V the K at 6:01 am - September 28, 2015.
Filed under: Gay Culture

That kid from ‘Who’s the Boss’ who surprised no one by coming out as gay has just come out as HIV positive, and now he wants to be “a beacon of light” to other gay people.

“It was terrifying, and there was a sense of relief,” he says. “It’s backwards. You’ve spent so much time terrified that you’re going to get it, and then you have it. You don’t have to be terrified anymore.”

“What I want my community to realize is we need to take better care of ourselves,” he says.

And what message is he going to be conveying? “Don’t be an idiot like me who used crystal meth and got infected with HIV through promiscuous unprotected sex?” Or, “If you use crystal meth and get HIV through unprotected anonymous sex, the LGBT Community will make you a hero and praise you for having the exquisite courage of a butterfly flying against the wind?”

John Boehner Admits the Republican Party Is Useless

Weepy, ineffectual Speaker of the House went on Face the Nation this morning to trash Conservatives in his own party. (Criticize Democrats? Of course not.)

Boehner ticked off the biggest legislative victories he had in the House ‘all voted against by my most conservative members’ because, as the Speaker put it, the bills weren’t ‘good enough.’

‘Really? This is the part that I really don’t understand,’ he said, shaking his head.

Continuing the tirade against the right flank of his party Boehner said, ‘absolutely they’re unrealistic,’

The problem is not that the Conservative Wing of the party is demanding perfection; the problem is that the conservative wing is getting nothing. There has not been a single piece of Conservative Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law since the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.  Even during the period 2003 – 2007, when Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, no substantive conservative legislation was passed. Under George W Bush, plenty of Progressive Legislation was passed… No Child Left Behind, the creation of the TSA, McCain-Feingold, the Sarbanes-Oxley Financial Regulations, and the Prescription Drug Entitlement, to name but a few.  The only thing remotely conservative passed in the Bush years were some modest, temporary tax cuts; but even these were essentially progressive in that they did not substantially reform the tax code.  Meanwhile, the Bush Administration lavished spending on the Federal bureaucracy, with all Departments receiving massive increases in their budgets.

The Republican leadership thought they could appease the Conservative base with symbolic, meaningless votes against Obamacare and endless hearings on the Obama scandals (Fast and Furious, IRS Targeting, NSA Domestic Spying, Benghazi, Hillary’s Emails, and now Planned Parenthood) that were just for show and accomplished absolutely nothing substantive. How long did Boehner and Company think they were going to keep the right satisfied with meaningless show votes and waste-of-time investigations?

Boehner and the Establishment complain about an unwillingness to “compromise,” an unwillingness to “work together.” But the fact of the matter is, compromise in Washington means promoting the progressive Democrat agenda. Boehner has done so, fully funding Obamacare, Fully funding Obamamnesty, and twisting arms to pass Obamatrade.

Granted, Obama and the Democrats are an iron wall, unwilling to compromise on anything in their agenda. Granted, the Senate Democrats filibuster all House legislation that doesn’t support their agenda, and Obama will veto anything that doesn’t give him exactly what he wants. But part of the job of an opposition party is to make the case why the dominant party is wrong. That is where the Republicans are failing the most.

Take Executive Amnesty, for example. The Republican Congress not only fully funds it, but only offers a weak, procedural argument against it that “the president is abusing his authority.” First of all, the Congress should not be funding unconstitutional acts of the president. But second, whining about process just sounds like you’re whining about process. If you want the public on your side against Executive Amnesty, you don’t just whine that the president isn’t playing by the rules. You go to the people and you tell them why the president is wrong. Illegal immigration is hurting people’s communities by taking resources away from schools and infrastructure. Illegal immigration is hurting the middle class by taking jobs and driving down wages. Make a case that people can relate to, don’t just argue like law school professors in a faculty lounge.

If Republicans are just going to go to Washington, and then whine that they can’t do anything but go along with the Democrat agenda, what is the point of the Republican Party?



Posted by V the K at 1:40 pm - September 27, 2015.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs

A Transgender Activist in San Francisco is marketing child-sized dildos to “transgender” children; to create the illusion that there is a “bulge” in the child’s pants. Because that is very important, apparently.

I sincerely hope this is some kind of hoax. But it seems to be a real thing.

This issue does have a lighthearted side, though. Reflecting on her search to find her son appropriate products, Ellie describes her situation as “tragicomic.”

“I’m an adult, married heterosexual woman who doesn’t have a child with a penis,” she says, “I don’t really know what children’s penises look like and yet I’ve had really explicit conversations with strangers about children’s penises.”

I always wonder how much of the left’s obsession with “LGBT Youth” is thinly veiled … you know what.


And Now, Some Trans-Feminist Crazy Stuff

Thank you, Protein Wisdom.

Question: It’s concerning to me that you’re telling lesbians they are bigoted/transphobic/vile for being exclusively attracted to females (referring to the female sex, to clarify), and accusing lesbians of contributing to the deaths of trans women by not having sex with them. Is it very difficult to understand that people have reasons for not wanting to have sex with male bodied individuals including previous experiences and also just the fact that their sexuality is inherent? Requiring sex as a form of validation from females comes across as worryingly entitled and very coercive.

Answer: There is no “female sex”.

Coercively gendering biology is violence.

Trans women are not “male bodied”. You’re assuming you know a trans woman’s biological features, for a start. Some trans women have penises, some have vaginas, some have other genitals. Some trans women have oestrogen dominant hormone profiles, some have testosterone dominant, some have other hormonal makeups. Some have boobs, some don’t. But in all cases, they are women, they are female, and therefore – as long as they choose to define themselves as such – they are female bodied.

This is why it’s so hard to distinguish parodies of progressive thought from actual progressive thought.


The Shame of Raising a Cis-Gendered Boy

Posted by V the K at 11:48 pm - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Humor


I had failed society once again. Perhaps I had been too sloppy. Too careless. Perhaps it was from the times when I brought him into the men’s restroom instead of the unisex room. Perhaps it was when I would take more groceries than Gwen when we were carrying them inside. Perhaps I didn’t wear dresses and skirts in the house enough times. Either way, it was clear that I had created, not a gender-fluid feminist, but a son.

Both Gwen and I are ashamed, but working to accept our son’s choices. We hold out hope, as Sally Kohn does, that our child will at least be gay. Perhaps during his adolescent years he will discover Tumblr, and that community will get the message across better than we. Every parent has high hopes for xer children, even in the face of severe disappointment and failure.

How to Stop Bullying

Posted by V the K at 9:20 pm - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Heroes

Bullying is a huge cause for the progressive left, and they have put forth their usual array of “solutions” to the problem of bullying; such as talking to each other about how bullying is bad, sending social workers into schools to lecture kids that bullying is bad, wearing ribbons to raise “bullying awareness,” and making lots and lots of simpering YouTube Videos.  Most of this is intended not to put an end to bullying but to allow progressive leftists to posture sanctimoniously about how much they care about the issue of bullying.

That doesn’t stop bullying. This does.


Democrats Lament Resignation of Key Congressional Ally

Posted by V the K at 7:50 pm - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Congress (general)

Several Democrats today expressed their sadness over the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, and their gratitude for his work in ensuring that so much of Obama’s immigration, health care, regulatory, and trade agenda was not obstructed by fiscal constraint or concerns over the abuse of Constitutional authority.

Barack Obama

“John Boehner is a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House,” Obama said. “He cares about his constituents and he cares about America.”

Harry Reid

“By ousting a good man like Speaker Boehner — someone who understood the art of compromise — the party of Eisenhower and Reagan is no more.”

Compromise is, of course, a Democrat word meaning “giving Democrats everything they want,” which is apparently something Boehner is going to be working on during his last month in office. Then, it’s off to K Street for a plush job with a lobbying firm; where he can make sure that wealthy, well-connected cronies continue to receive corporate welfare and favorable tax treatment and have potentially innovative competitors stifled by regulations.

The take on the left is that Boehner lost because of “the crazies;” and they define “the crazies” as Republican congressman who were elected on promises of fiscal responsibility and undoing some of the damage Obama has done to the country through Obamacare, a permissive attitude toward illegal immigration, out-of-control spending, and abuse of executive authority. It says a lot about the left that fiscal responsibility and realistic ideas about the practical limits of Government are their definition of “crazy.”

When the “Gun Sense” people claim they aren’t out to take away your guns… they’re lying.

Posted by V the K at 8:24 am - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Gun Control

Anti-Second Amendment activists in the leftist stronghold of San Francisco (Most Urine-Smelling City in the Western Hemisphere since 1998) have succeeded in driving the last licensed gun shop out of the city. Henceforth, the only way to purchase a gun in San Francisco will be through an illegal, back alley transaction with a criminal.

High Bridge Arms has been a defiant fixture in San Francisco’s Mission District, but a coming wave of new firearms restrictions has prompted the last gun shop in the liberal City by the Bay to pack it in.

The proposed new city regulations, which could only be aimed at High Bridge Arms, would have required the shop to take and preserve video of all transactions and turn customers’ personal data over to police on a weekly basis. General Manager Steven Alcairo said the shop’s owners finally threw in the towel after years of what they consider being unfairly targeted with burdensome rules and regulations.



Euphemism of the Day

Posted by V the K at 10:18 pm - September 24, 2015.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Multi-Partner Fertility

Poor families are far more likely than better-off families to experience multiple-partner fertility, in which mothers have children with more than one father. Though children in some multi-partner-fertility families thrive, Cherry has observed that multi-partner fertility is associated with high levels of father abandonment and child maltreatment.


Competition and Capitalism Are Good For Your Soul

Posted by V the K at 10:32 am - September 24, 2015.
Filed under: Free (or Private) Enterprise

In the area were I live, there are a number of different supermarket options. There’s a Kroger that’s nearly as nice as the Wegman’s “Back East,” and another Kroger that’s as a nasty as the Weis “back East.” There’s a chain of upscale fresh/organic supermarkets, clean and immaculate. And Another large supermarket is in the midst of a massive renovation and upgrade to keep up with the nice Kroger across town.

Someone like Bernie Sanders thinks this is a terrible waste of resources. Supermarkets remodeling when “children are going hungry?” Oh, how awful. And why do there need to be so many different options for people to get their food? And, you know, people don’t always make the kind of nutrition choices the Government would like them to.  Wouldn’t it be more efficient if food were simply distributed at plain gray warehouses by unionized Government employees. You would be assigned one food distribution center in your district and that would be the one you were required to use. (Or pay exorbitantly to use members-only markets accessible only to party apparatchiks and elites, like in the Soviet Union.) That would, the socialists believe, free up money for things like public education.

Leftists believe they know what’s best for everyone, but the philosophy they embrace is ultimately dehumanizing. Getting your allotment of rations from the State-Run Ration Distribution Center might possibly be more efficient if the system were run to the perfection leftists believe they can achieve (Spoiler Alert: they can’t and it wouldn’t be. Venezuela tried this, it doesn’t work). But in robbing people of the opportunity for choice and self-sufficiency, they also would make the world a far more drab and dreary place.

What Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and Pope Francis are pushing is a philosophy that ultimately dehumanizes and crushes the soul.