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.”
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.
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…
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.”
In my occasional posting on “hate crimes” that were faked by the victims (usually leftists), like many people I call such incidents “hoaxes”. But is that the right word?
noun: hoax; plural noun: hoaxes
1. a humorous or malicious deception.
While faked hate crimes are malicious, in no way are they humorous. But I have a more serious objection. Calling these incidents “hoaxes” implies, not only that the incident was faked, but also that no real hate was involved. And I think that’s wrong.
We know that the Left is preoccupied with categorizing people by race, gender, orientation, etc. We know that emotions like envy, hatred, etc. are prevalent on the Left. We know that racism is a traditional province of the Left (such as the racism of Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood; or that of the Democrats who bequeathed the KKK and Jim Crow to America; or that of the Nazis, who were, after all, pro-worker advocates of ‘mixed economy’ socialism). And we know that even modern-day leftists will say the most racist things to be heard anywhere, if they think no one is listening except their fellow leftists.
Why, then, should we assume that a hate crime faked by a political lefty is really all that fake? When a leftist fakes a hate crime, he or she has tried to mislead people as to the crime’s author. But how is he or she not still doing a deeply hateful act?
For at least some modern-day leftists, it must be agony to have to be officially so anti-racism, all the time. Would not hate crime “hoaxes” express the repressed hatreds of their own hearts?
This question matters, because the word “hoax” sets up a dynamic where the leftist hoaxer is morally off the hook. “Oh don’t be hard on them, they just got carried away by their zeal to start a ‘conversation’ about race.” Golly, ya think?
Might it be that, due to their own racial preoccupations and (repressed) hatreds, lefties enjoy ‘conversations about race’ rather too much? A successfully-faked hate crime is a two-fer for the leftie hoaxer: He got everyone discussing his favorite obsession, and in the process, he actually hurt the victim group’s feelings (thus indulging his unadmitted hatred).
In creating a dynamic where the leftie hoaxer is morally off the hook, the word “hoax” also creates a dynamic where conservatives are still to blame, even though the crime was faked and even though a leftie did it. Because another implication is that if a conservative-leaning person had done it, it wouldn’t be a hoax. The implication is that a hate crime by a conservative is real by definition, because conservatives are h8ers who do such crimes; while a hate crime by a leftist is “just a hoax” by definition, because lefties are against hate crimes and never do them without a noble reason.
And that is, of course, total baloney. So, what would be a better word, for these faked hate crimes?
The year 2013 saw the Oberlin College racism hoax (which I commented on, here). Ugly, hateful racial comments appeared on the Oberlin campus, done by…two left-wing “progressive” students. Later, there was another hoax at Vassar College.
To keep up the tradition (I guess), we have the Grand Valley SU racism hoax of 2014. PuffHo commenters duly condemned America when it first came up but, in the words of the GVSU campus police, “The person believed to be responsible for the [hateful] drawing and language written on the dry erase board is a Grand Valley student and the owner of the message board.”
Lesson: When dealing with dramatic reports of hate crimes, wait for either (1) multiple, eyewitness reports of the deed as it was being done, or (2) a police report. Especially if it’s a college campus.
Citizen Senator from California once again makes the case for selling the place back to Mexico.
In his bedroom, which Cook described as a converted garage, the murder suspect had a copy of the Koran open to a page which talks about homosexuality as a sin, family advocate Quanell X told KHOU. The find may give some insight into Cosby’s disturbed mindset, the advocate said.
Man, it sure is a good thing he didn’t refuse to bake a cake for her wedding; then he would really be introuble with the gay activist left.
Idaho bakery declines to cater same-sex wedding: OMG JIM CROW Iran hangs gay men from construction cranes: whatever
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 3, 2014
MSDNC refused to air an ad from a gay rights group that criticized the network for interviewing the head of an “anti-gay” organization.
CNN and NBC both refused to air an ad from a religious group that sought to welcome gays into their congregations.
CBS refused to air an ad for a gay dating service during the Superbowl.
A while back, ABC refused to air an ad from the Gay Rights group “Human Rights Campaign,” as well as a lesbian-owned travel agency. More recently, an ABC affiliate in Los Angeles refused to air an ad promoting gay families.
Yet, all of these progressive-left run news organizations are foursquare behind the proposition that Christians (But not Muslims, conspicuously) should be forced under penalty of law to bake cakes and arrange flowers for gay weddings; under the principle that no business owner ever has the right to refuse to serve anyone.
Alec Baldwin, interviewed in a long piece for an obscure website, announces his departure from public life. He is moving to LA, like all other people who loathe publicity and want to live in privacy.
He is angry at the “Gay Department of Justice” for treating him the same way they would a Republican who used ghey slurs instead of giving him the pass he is entitled to as a left-wing progressive. So, like a comment troll who’s been challenged to provide links to Sarah Palin saying she could see Russia from her house, or where in the United States Constitution are listed the budget priorities Congress must fund… , he has flounced off and swore that he won’t be back because his critics are just too mean.
Also, Re: Mr. Piers Morgan, good riddance to bad rubbish. Ponder the irony of a Brit trying to take a former colony’s guns.
His Honor the Mayor of New York City — (who traveled to Nicaragua in the nineteen eighties to lend his support to the Soviet-backed Sandinista Communist Regime) — was caught speeding, running stop signs, and making illegal lane changes in his mayoral motorcade this week.
Just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths, CBS 2 cameras caught the driver of a car carrying the mayor violating a number of traffic laws.
But the NYPD responded Thursday evening that the mayor’s caravan, which is operated by police, sometimes has to use special driving techniques for protective reasons.
As CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday, the mayor’s two-car caravan was seen speeding, blowing through stop signs, and violating other traffic laws. Kramer reported that if the driver of the lead car, which carried the mayor in its passenger seat, had been cited, he would have racked up enough points to get his license suspended.
When the mayor announced his 62-point safe streets initiative, which includes lowering the speed limit to 25 mph, he said, “We want the public to know that we are holding ourselves to this standard.”
But of course, he’s a Democrat, his wife’s a lesbian, and his family is multi-racial … so… he gets an exemption.
Kevin Williamson has an interesting article on the massive wealth disparities and social divisions in the heart of progressivism. The Progressive Utopia of San Francisco, for example, has some rather interesting demographic quirks.
San Francisco, the world capital of progressive piety, has a population that is barely 6 percent black, but its population of persons arrested for drug felonies is 60 percent black. More than 40 percent of those arrested for homicide are black. In this bastion of well-heeled progressive governance, about half of the black households make less than $25,000 a year.
From this, we can only conclude that Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco is one of the most racist cities in the country.
The lavish state dinner attended by Mr. Obama’s wealthiest donors, his choice celebrities (Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis Dreyfuss), a few token gheys (Jason Collins and “friend), and his new Republican friends Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, also featured a 2,500 calorie menu that did not feature the carrot sticks and whole grain breads mandated by Mrs. Obama for the peasants.
The menu for the dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande featured a main course of dry-aged ribeye beef served with blue cheese, 12 varieties of potatoes and quail eggs.
The first course was American Osetra caviar, farmed from sturgeon in estuaries in Illinois, followed by a “winter garden salad.”
Dessert was a selection of sweets: a chocolate malted cake that combined bittersweet chocolate from Hawaii and tangerines from Florida, served with vanilla ice cream made in Pennsylvania. Also on the menu were fudge made from Vermont maple syrup, lavender shortbread cookies and cotton candy dusted with orange zest.
Estimated Cost of the dress Mrs. Obama wore to the State Dinner that Congressman Ryan attended: $12,000
US poverty line: $11,490.
But maybe she wore the dress to a party attended by some of her husband’s wealthiest donors in hopes of making a statement about income inequality. And that statement would be, “Income inequality, F— Yeah!”
So far, no confirmation that Mrs. Obama requested that leftover cake from the party be distributed to the unemployed.
Commenter runningrn remembers when the left got apoplectic because Ann Romney bought a $900 blouse with her own money.
(Note, this post was heavily edited because I was really, really tired when I first wrote it.)