Obama’s aides want you to know that just because Obama was yukking it up and fist-bumping literally half an hour after eulogizing James Foley after he was beheaded by Mohammedan savages (or as Obama calls them “folks“), that his actions “did not reflect the depths of his grief” over
Foley’s brutal death missing that two-foot putt on the 13th hole.
Chicks on the Right thought you might want to know a little more about Obama’s golfing buddies.
Center: Glenn Hutchins, mutli-millionaire founder of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners (which was a defendant in a collusion lawsuit this year along with Bain Capital and recently settled out of court for $30-million)
Right: Cyrus Walker, a millionaire lobbyist for Chatman LLC, a lobbying firm for the health insurance industry in Deleware
Left: The current President who campaigned against both private equity firms and also political lobbyist organizations, whose golf game apparently comes before important matters as well as his own integrity
And yet, there are lot of stupid people who believe Democrats are “the party of the little guy.” (You know who you are.)
What could bring San Francisco Progressive Leftists and German Neo-Nazi skinheads together in harmonious unity? Why, Jew-hatred, of course. (And also authoritarian fascist socialism, but mostly Jew-hatred.)
In San Francisco (CIty Motto: “More exposed wangs than a whole season of Game of Thrones”), that bastion of progressive leftism, protesters turned out to oppose the only state in the Middle East that recognizes gay rights and support a regime where the only debate about gay rights is whether they have the right to be thrown off high buildings or crushed under rocks.
And in Berlin, a combined anti-Jew protest organized by Mohammedans and German Neo-Nazis erupted in periodic chants of “Gas the Jews! Gas the Jews!”
I guess these groups have to unite in order to destroy Jews and Christians; because Jews and Christians are so intolerant.
When a viewpoint (leftism) goes against reason, logic and civil society – when its basic doctrine is in essence an attack on the rights of the individual – we should expect at least some of its adherents to be rude, “entitled” people in the encounters of daily life. Because the person and the viewpoint gravitate toward each other. Leftism fundamentally denies other people’s rights to life, liberty and property. Therefore, committed leftists should tend – not always, but on average and over time – tend to be unreasonable people who disrespect others.
It’s much better to laugh at these people than to feel upset by them. Consider this an open thread for posting your own favorite “ridiculous leftie encounter” stories, in the comments.
I’ll start with a very little one, that just happened. Picture a large gym, a bank of 12 large TVs shared by many exercise stations. Ridiculous Leftie is exercising in front of TV #4. She watches #4 intently, with perhaps an occasional glance to TVs 3 or 5. TV #2 is far out of her field of vision, and clearly nothing that she’s watching. So she won’t mind if I change it, as I’m about to work in front of #2. I pick a sports channel. Oops! TV #2 had been set to MSNBC, and she’s a Ridiculous Leftie who must dictate everything that happens. She stops exercising and strides to the far wall just to change #2 back to MSNBC, glaring at me with vicious hostility. And then – get this – she *still* doesn’t watch it. (Probably since she would have had to strain her neck, to keep it up for long; or do even liberals dislike MSNBC?)
The story ended OK for me (I did speak with her and have reason prevail) but that’s enough. Tell yours!
If you’re a lawyer and you defend a man who brutally raped a woman before shooting her and burying her alive, you’ll be a hero in the legal profession.
If you defend a brutal cop-killer, President Obama might appoint you to be in charge of Civil Rights for the entire country.
If you defend terrorists who murdered American soldiers and innocent civilians, Obama might appoint you Attorney General of the United States.
And if you’re an unscrupulous ambulance chaser who acquires a vast fortune by using Junk Science to sue baby doctors out of existence and cheats on your wife while she’s dying of cancer, the Democrat Party considers you presidential timber.
All of those causes… rapists, murderers, terrorists, suing baby doctors… fully supported and respectable for the legal profession.
But defend traditional one man + one woman marriage? Well, that’s just beyond the pale.
Joan Biskupic writing for Reuters reports on the fear in the legal community that has caused large law firms to refuse to take on clients who support keeping the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage, U.S. law firms flock to gay-marriage proponents, shun other side (h/t@AdamLiptak):
In fairness, this probably has more to do with the bullying tactics of the fascist gay left than with ethics. Still, it’s worth remembering when lefty lawyers clap themselves on the back for having the “courage” to defend unpopular causes; they risk nothing for defending rapists, murderers, and terrorists are are often, in fact, rewarded for it.
The Texas GOP passed a resolution vowing to keep “Gay Reparative Therapy” legal in Texas, and the leftists are throwing their daily all-day hissy fit about it. As usual, the left, who were clearly the cultural aggressors in this (after New Jersey and California made sexuality choice therapy illegal) are now playing the victim.
It’s easy to imagine they would be equally outraged had banned sex change operations and cheered if a blue state vowed to keep them legal. Apparently, the right to undergo chemical and surgical mutilation to change one’s sexual identity is a sacrosanct right. But the right to change one’s sexual orientation, if that’s what one wants, not so much.
I’m not sure such therapy is even very effective, but I think people ought to have the right to pursue it if that’s what they want.
One wonders, if there were therapy that could make a straight person gay, would the left be against it, or would they demand that it receive federal subsidies, like Sandy Fluke’s birth control?
Those of us on the conservative/right-wing/libertarian side tend to believe that people generally have a right to make their own decisions so long as those decisions don’t hurt anyone else.
The progressive left, on the other hand, believe that people have a right to make choices so long as the progressive left approves of those choices. And, furthermore, choices the progressive left approves of should be mandatory and/or subsidized. Those the left disapproves of should be illegal.
William Nicholson complains that his movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, didn’t get him the accolades he was aiming for, because another movie used up audiences’ racial guilt that year:
“Unfortunately it didn’t get the kind of acclaim that I wanted. It didn’t get Oscars,” Nicholson said, because 12 Years a Slave “sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available.”
“[America] were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t think there was much left…”
Nicholson, however, also laid blame with…the civil rights hero’s “boring” rhetoric. “I know it sounds outrageous to say a thing like that, but when he came out of prison he made a speech and, God, you fell asleep,” he said.
- Nicholson doesn’t think all that highly of Mandela.
- He made the movie to get an Oscar.
- His intended tactic was to manipulate people, specifically their sense of guilt.
- The world cheated him of his Oscar, since another movie got to people’s guilt, first.
Umm, what about art?
This has been circulating on Teh Twitters and Teh Reddits.
Apparently, Jill Abramson thought New York Times management really meant all of that stuff about “War on Women” and “Equal Pay.”
Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs… A third associate told me, “She found out that a former deputy managing editor”—a man—“made more money than she did” while she was managing editor. “She had a lawyer make polite inquiries about the pay and pension disparities, which set them off.”
Also, apparently she was #Bossy.
“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.
The left has gone from #BanBossy to #CanBossy.
Update: John Ekdahl has discovered a long trail of New York Times sanctimony on the subject of pay equity. I wonder if the Times’ bosses will claim she got paid less because she was less experienced, or because the paper has been less profitable, or some other explanation the left routinely derides as an excuse for “sexism.”
Just kidding, they only go after the religion that *doesn’t* kill you for offending them.
Despite condemnation by the Archdiocese of Boston, Harvard Chaplains, student religious groups, and many alumni and students on campus, an organization of Harvard Extension School students will move forward with plans to host a staging of a satanic “black mass” on campus on Monday.
A black mass ceremony is a ritual performed by satanic cults to parody the Catholic Church Mass. Historically, the ceremony features a ritual of sacrilege of the Catholic host, or the sacred bread used in the Eucharist, which becomes the body of Jesus Christ upon consecration.
But remember, mocking the beliefs of Mohammedans is “racist” and “intolerant.”
Update: Canceled… with whiny little note from the organizers.
“The point of this event is to challenge the stigmatization of marginalized groups.”
Q. Why do Democrats think business is corrupt and rich people don’t pay taxes?
A. Because rich Democrats are corrupt and don’t pay taxes.
The family bicycle business of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (“I believe people should pay their fair share” – Ed.) has not paid state income taxes for more than three decades.
Trek, which claims its bicycles can “combat climate change,” has sales of roughly $900 million. However, according to records from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue obtained by Fox 6 in Milwaukee, Trek Bicycle has not paid net income taxes since at least 1982.
And wait, it gets better.
The company also received an $875,000 loan funded by Wisconsin taxpayers, while Burke was serving as Secretary of Commerce for the state.
Trek used the loan to build a new facility, and $392,300 of that loan was forgiven, according to Bjorling.
If they weren’t protected by judges and prosecutors just as corrupt as they are, the Democrats would be prosecuted under organized crime and racketeering laws.
Barney Frank says Alec Baldwin is a great guy.
When asked about that unpleasant episode by an audience member, Frank said in no uncertain terms that he had no problem with Baldwin — a position he had emphasized on the red carpet before the screening, saying that, “his outbursts to the contrary notwithstanding,” Baldwin “has been very supportive of gay rights.”
And now you understand how Don Sterling won two NAACP Lifetime Achievement Awards.
[HT: Peter H.]
Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College (Tuition: $60K per year) was quoted in her student newspaper with the following:
‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’
And Rutgers University answers: “Right on, Sister.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice abruptly withdrew Saturday from speaking at Rutgers University’s commencement address amid protests at her selection from faculty and students and denouncements of her as a “war criminal.”
The largest student newspaper, The Daily Targum, also urged the school to reconsider in a strong editorial that said that none of their commencement speakers should have “questionable politics.”
Other Rutgers campuses followed suit in calling for the forced withdrawal of Rice and students and faculty at the main campus staged a sit-in protest on Monday. During that protest, some participants held up signs that read “No honors for war criminals,”War criminals out” and “RU 4 Humanity?”
One notes that the Little Fascists of Rutgers had no protest at all when another Iraq War supporter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, spoke on campus. Curious, isn’t it?
Today is Earth Day, a day started by Left-Wing Environmental Extremists and murderers to help further the cause of dismantling global free enterprise and human advancement generally. Mr. President Obama has an aggressive Urf Day agenda:
Today is Earth Day. President Obama will mark the day by flying from Washington, D.C. to Washington state — 2,328 miles, generating 568,032 pounds of carbon emissions at 244 pounds per mile — and then beginning his week-long trip to Asia, flying tonight to Tokyo — 4,792 miles, an additional 1,169,248 pounds of carbon emissions. The two trips add up to 1.73 million pounds of carbon or 868.64 tons.
For perspective, the average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.
This figure does not count the carbon emissions from the president’s backup plane, cargo planes transporting the president’s limo and helicopter, advance staff, etc.
However, in a move even his most ardent supporters identified as blatantly political, Mr. Obama once again delayed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. A San Francisco based billionaire hedge fund manager heavily invested in solar and wind projects had pledged to spend $100 Million to help elect Democrats in 2014 in return for blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.
If this were published in The Onion, people would think; “Ah, once again, those clever Onionistas have adroitly par0died our zeitgeist.” (Some people would think that. Probably) But IRL… Paul Krugman – the New York Times economitician who rails constantly against “income inequality“… is going to be paid $225,000 by a publicly-funded university for… well, no one can really say exactly… but it has something to do with an “Income Inequality Initiative.” (Perhaps, they think there isn’t enough.)
According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest role in our public events” and “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative.” It is not clear, and neither CUNY nor Krugman was able to explain, what “contribute to the build-up” entails
Maybe Krugman’s advice to CUNY will help them as much as it helped Enron back in the 2000′s.
FWIW: At 2014 rates, Krugman’s stipend would pay a year’s tuition for 39 CUNY students.
BTW: The Leftist Sycophants at the New Republic are 100% OK with this.
More Sweet Irony: SEIU — one of the Democrats many favorite labor unions — wants to unionize workers at Left-wing FoxNews haters and champions of the proletariat “Media Matters for America.” The good lefties at MMFA have responded by hiring a law firm that specializes in “union-busting.”
Left-wing NYC Mayor de Blasio has released his tax return. Guess what?
- “$165,047 in total income” (probably includes his “$52,000 in rental income”)
- “Mr. de Blasio’s effective tax rate was 8.3%.”
- “reported $5,597 in gifts to charity, roughly 3%”
So de Blasio got a 6-figure income and gave basically 11% back to the society in which he lives.
I seem to remember lefties screeching with drama and contempt in 2012 when Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of 14.1%, plus another whopping 29.7% to charity, for a total give-back to society of 44% of his income, or four times the rate of de Blasio.
They’re still claiming that any opposition to leftism could only be motivated by racism. Here, Rep. Steve Israel (D) says it back-hand style:
Candy: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?
Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.
They’re still demanding that their failures be subsidized and bailed out. Here, a “green” solar company sues the government for only having dished it $250 million of taxpayer money, instead of millions more.
They’re still using highly questionable statistics to demagogue the issue of equal pay for men and women.
They’re still fighting their ‘war’ on Fox News, and failing – sometimes with hilarious results. The video shows Greta van Susteren cornering an aggressive Democrat into admitting that he lied about his resume.
They’re still racially divisive with amazing double standards. Here, a Democrat belittles her African-American GOP colleague for being only “half” black. Which, remember, happens to be what President Obama is.
They still have amazing double standards on the issues of Islam, free speech and women’s rights. Last week, leftists hit a triple (the wrong positions on all three) when Brandeis snubbed Ayaan Hirsi Ali after considering her for an honorary degree.
They’re still screeching “McCarthyism!” to deflect attention from their misconduct, as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) did last week, when questions arose over his own staff’s collusion with the dangerously out-of-control IRS.
UPDATE: At least there’s hope for Wisconsin:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately. He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black…A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments. Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series. (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll). Walker’s lead is fueled by a 19-point advantage among independents…
From Kelly Riddell at the Washington Times:
With a cadre of like-minded, wealthy donors, Mr. Soros is dominating the pro-legalization side of the marijuana debate by funding grass-roots initiatives that begin in New York City and end up affecting local politics elsewhere.
Wait a minute, “grass-roots”? I get the pun, but when a billionaire secretly bankrolls groups to push his agenda, isn’t the proper term “astro-turfing”? Anyway:
Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994…
His spending has been supplemented by [recently-deceased billionaire] Peter B. Lewis…an unabashed pot smoker who channeled more than $40 million…
What is it, with the Democrats/Left giving a pass to all their manipulative billionaires?
Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundations have annual assets of more than $3.5 billion, a pool from which he can dole out grants to pet projects, according to 2011 tax returns, the most recent on file for his charitable organizations.
David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who often are cited for their conservative influence, had $308 million tied up in their foundation and institute in 2011.
Finally, I may as well state my own view, and readers can agree or disagree. I do oppose prohibition of marijuana for the same reason I oppose prohibition of alcohol: the prohibition doesn’t work and creates more problems than it solves. Having said that, I don’t use the stuff and find its heavy users (or addicts) repellant.
In the comments to V’s post, Even Andrew Sullivan Is Disgusted with the Gay Left, commenter Donny D has kindly pointed us to Signorile’s scoop that proves the Left’s sincerity about rainbows and tolerance:
Dear Andrew Sullivan, ‘Left-Liberal Intolerance’ Did Not Bring Down Mozilla’s CEO…
According to Sullivan, the gay mafia has struck again, destroying [Mozilla ex-CEO Brendan Eich] and bringing him down because he would not conform to its thinking…
But…it wasn’t the Prop 8 contribution, and Eich’s refusal to renounce it, that eventually did Eich in. He was being defended by company executives…Eich only announced he was stepping down after it was revealed late Wednesday that he’d given money to Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992, and later to Ron Paul’s campaign…
It all just became too much for Mozilla to bear…It’s about a company based in Northern California that has many progressive employees…
Get it? In Signorile’s world,
- left-wing progressives *are not* a Mafia that viciously hounds anybody who deviates from their orthodoxy of thought…
- because left-wing progressives *did not* destroy Eich over his crimethinkful deviation on Prop 8 (a deviation shared by a great many Obama supporters that year, 2008)…
- rather, left-wing progressives destroyed Eich over his crimethinkful deviations on Ron Paul, and on Pat Buchanan way back in 1992.
Which deviations naturally merit a campaign of personal destruction, making the destruction perfectly understandable within a proper concept of tolerance. (cough)
To be clear, I don’t like what Buchanan stood for in the 1992 campaign, either. But “that was then” and, rather more importantly, I get it that freedom is a 2-way street. “Freedom means freedom for everybody.”
And Signorile’s use of Ron Paul is fascinating. Signorile is saying, in effect, that consistent support for small government and individual liberty (what Paul stands for) is unforgiveable. Boy, I sure am impressed with the Left’s wonderful tolerance for freedom of thought, now.
Democrat California State Senator Leland Yee has been a strong advocate for every gun control bill the far left People’s Republic of California has passed. Now, in addition to bribery and corruption, Senator Yee has been charged for illegally importing and selling the same guns he would outlaw to his law-abiding constituents.
The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.
Or, maybe he’s just following the example of his party’s leader; making it illegal for law abiding citizens to own guns while supplying guns to criminal drug gangs.
Update: Oh, my, it seems like Sen. Yee also offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 Million in cash.
In the video after the break, Senator Yee explains how he wants to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. “To protect the general public is my priority.”