A certain blogger of the left has published what he considers an appalling collection of Tweets by conservatives (and David Frum) commenting on the Paris Massacre. (Screencaps after break.) Needless to say, there’s not a one among them I disagree with.
FWIW, my guess is that the number of Christians offended by Starbucks cups is far, far smaller than the number of leftists who were outraged because a fictional character raped another fictional character on a TV show whose trademark is sex and violence. In fact, it looks like a single attention whore is behind whatever controversy there may be.
This story is very little more than hype, driven by the secular media and left-wing websites like Buzzfeed so they can say, “Oh, look how crazy and thin-skinned Christians are.” It also helps trivialize legitimate assaults on religious freedom.
Also, Starbucks coffee is mediocre and overpriced. And the cups look like the Solo cups they play beer pong with at frat parties.
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 tragedy of 9-11-2001 is an object lesson in the failure of Government.
The Government failed to prevent the Terrorist Attack (are we still allowed to call it a terror attack? Or is it random violence now?) because the massive Federal bureaucracies that have been massively funded to prevent this event massively failed.
The bureaucracy knew that foreign Mohammedans were taking flight lessons in preparation for the attack, but did nothing; in part because of Clinton-Era policies that prevented intelligence agencies from sharing information, and politically correct aversion to “racial profiling.”
The bureaucracy had been aware that Mohammedan terrorists had been planning exactly this type of attack since the mid 1990′s, and had alerted the Clinton administration to this in 1998. But nothing was done to prevent it.
The terrorists came to the USA on business and tourist visas, and were not tracked down after their visas expired. In effect, the terrorists were illegal immigrants. And the bureaucracy… which should have tracked down and deported them, did nothing.
On the morning of 9-11-2001, the terrorists waltzed through airport security without a single challenge or alarm being raised and then carried out their diabolical scheme.
The Lesson of 9-11 is that the Government failed; and the only successful anti-terrorist actions that day were taken by private citizens aboard United Airlines Flight 93.
I would answer that it’s partly because Americans are a fair people, and we don’t want to blame an entire people for the actions of a deranged minority; however broadly sympathetic the rest of that people might be toward their actions.
However, we have also been cowed by the elite political and media classes, who find it crass and vulgar to suggest that there may be a streak of conquest and depravity woven into the fabric of Mohammedism. Our “betters” tell us we must turn a blind eye to violence when it committed by “historically oppressed” and “disenfranchised” groups; and reserve all of our hatred for Republicans, Christians, southerners, successful businessmen, and cops.
Increasing numbers of law school graduates fail the bar exam. Increasing numbers of law school graduates fail the bar exam. Bar Examiners tell law schools to do a better job preparing their graduates. Law schools respond, “Your letter suggesting our graduates are not prepared for the exam offends us and hurts our feelings. We demand apologeez!” Hilarity ensues.
The left has decided that the greatest monster of the human race is a clerk in the backwoods of Kentucky who doesn’t want to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and that this particular
news story two minutes hate is far more important than Iran getting nukes because of Obama’s terrible deal. (Isn’t it interesting that we know everything about her background, but nothing about anything sleazy that might be in the background of the gay couples that were seeking marriage licenses? Curious that.)
FWIW, I agree with Carly Fiorina.
“First, I think that we must protect religious liberties with great passion and be willing to expend a lot of political capital to do so now because it’s clear religious liberty is under assault in many, many ways,” she said. “Having said that, when you are a government employee, I think you take on a different role. When you are a government employee as opposed to say, an employee of another kind of organization, then in essence, you are agreeing to act as an arm of the government.”
Fair enough. But I can’t help but notice that leftists don’t get that upset when other Government employees decide that their personal beliefs outweigh the law. For example:
- The Democrat mayors of ‘sanctuary cities’ that refuse to follow Federal immigration law.
- The Democrat bureaucrats that issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.
- The butchers at Planned Parenthood illegally harvesting and selling the organs of unborn babies.
- Bureaucrats in cities like Washington DC who refuse to issue concealed carry permits despite multiple court rulings.
- The states of Washington and Colorado that have decided to openly defy Federal Drug Laws, and progressive cheer.
- Hillary Clinton. Private Email server. Classified materials. Influence Peddling. Destruction of Evidence.
So, apparently the rule is, it’s okay to ignore the law when leftists do it.
Some Lesbians were going to have a “Lesbian Luau.” It sounds like it was going to be fun.
But Social Justice Warriors hate fun. Especially since a photograph promoting the event had … HORRORS… a Confederate Battle Emblem visible in the background. The social left feels the same way about the CBE as the Taliban feels about about 3,000 year old statues of Buddha. So that was an issue.
Local activists also distributed an online flyer titled “Not in Our Communities” protesting the event’s cultural appropriation of Polynesian culture. A consortium of “queers, people of color and white accomplices” asked that members of the community not attend the luau because of “silencing and ignoring community concern,” cultural appropriation, and the fact community members did not feel it was a genuine lesbian party.
So then the luau was canceled. The social justice left’s campaign to end all fun everywhere scored another victory. But they could not celebrate it, because surely, someone, somewhere, was having a good time and there was not a social justice warrior to ruin it for everyone. Their work is never done.
The modern social left outdoes the dour Puritans of old in their absolute hatred for people having fun.
The Radical Left has been very successful at using the hurt feelings of gay people as a cudgel to undermine First Amendment protections of free speech and freedom of religion. So now they plan to go after Second Amendment rights using the same theory of victimhood.
The left is busy designing a new and seemingly absurd civil right, which threatens to undermine an actual right under the 2nd Amendment. This new “civil right” is to live in a society free of guns and/or “gun violence.” Bolstered by the success of the gay rights movement, anti-gun activists are already attempting to impose gun control by urging the federal government to force states to impose regulations under federal civil rights and disability statutes, by filing civil suits under the same theories, and by pursuing dubious appeals to public health (as in the anti-tobacco crusade.) They hope activist judges will further manipulate the 14th Amendment and statutes derived from it, to impose countervailing rights to that of keeping and bearing arms. Like the gay rights movement and the campaign against cigarettes, the focus will be on victimization (at the expense of personal choices and responsibility) in the expectation that American political views on guns will “evolve” over time with the helpful analysis of elite experts and unelected judges.
The Progressive left used to mock the notion that they were Socialists; now they are eagerly slapping “Bernie” stickers on their Priuses and Lesbarus. Similarly, the left used to claim libertarians and conservatives were paranoid for thinking that they were “coming for our guns.” Now, they openly admit that their agenda is a “Gun-Free Society.”
Just assume the left are lying whenever they claim their agenda isn’t Venezuelan style Marxism and you’ll be right most of the time.
As anyone familiar with the progressive left would have predicted, the #LoveWins crowd has extended the expected level of grace and decency toward those who disagree with them.
Despite getting financial and moral support from some unlikely allies, Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who were fined $135,000 after they declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, have also received their fair share of nasty and threatening messages.
One such response that was emailed to the couple on Sunday carried with it a cryptic threat for the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery owners.
“The lord has spoken to me and said you must die for your sins and your shop will be blown up,” the text read. “I will be coming to you, I know where you live … Don’t fall asleep.”
How dare these people whine about their phony made up persecution.
While much of Oregon is fairly conservative, it is dominated politically by the radically leftist city of Portland and surrounding Multnomah county; populated by hundreds of thousands of devoted Democrat leftists. This is one reason the state has been so especially enthusiastic about persecuting Christian bakeries. Its contempt toward norms of morality and decency has also been expressed by dangling hundreds of dildos on power lines throughout Portlandia.
Portlandia and the rest of the uber-leftist Pacific Northwest is sitting on a geological time bomb.
When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries. Some of that shift will take place beneath the ocean, displacing a colossal quantity of seawater. … The [seawater] will rush east, in a seven-hundred-mile liquid wall that will reach the Northwest coast, on average, fifteen minutes after the earthquake begins. By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”
If and when the Cascadia Subduction Fault gives, among the first people on the scene will be Christian (especially LDS) relief agencies and the National Guard. Portlandians will be dependent on the mercy and forgiveness of the very people toward whom they have hated so completely and so thoroughly for such a long time. And the Government they worship… well, we saw how well they handled Katrina and Sandy.
Fair to say, Christians will treat the social leftists of Portlandia with far more kindness than the leftists of Portlandia have treated them.
Obama’s is proposing that ISIS be defeated with “better ideas,” an idea he got from a 1977 Ford Maverick ad.
So, whenever anyone says Democrats haven’t had a new idea since 1968, you can prove them wrong now.
A group of gun-hating leftists on the East Coast are appalled that one of the states in flyover country has adopted laws that it does not agree with; laws that enable citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment and Human Rights of self-defense. They are urging their Prius-driving, Whole Foods-shopping membership to boycott Kansas. (Graphic below fold)
Of course, this is a typical leftist ploy for easy sanctimony; make a big deal out of not doing something you were never going to do anyway. What left-winger would visit Kansas voluntarily?
Sidebar 1: The ultimate goal of every gun control organization is to outlaw the private ownership of firearms.
“The first problem is to slow down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition–except for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors–totally illegal.” – Nelson Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., the forerunner of the Brady Campaign
What the leftist gun-haters are pushing currently and always are steps along this agenda; the constant call for universal background checks, for example, is because background checks will set up a de facto national gun registry; a database with the name, address, and particulars of everyone who buys a gun. Some blue states like New York and New Jersey have already set up draconian restrictions on ammunition purchase that congressional Democrats want to make national. Since the SCOTUS has held that the right to self-defense is an individual not collective right, the left seems to be, for the moment, aiming their sights at reducing the 2nd Amendment to a symbolic right, “The rights of certain people to keep and bear a very limited number of arms under conditions that make them ineffective as instruments of self-defense shall not be infringed as much as we would like.” [“We will still allow you to have one gun and one bullet. See, you’re bearing arms!] [They would also like to make ‘Free Speech’ a conditional, symbolic right, too.]
Sidebar 2: The gun control debate is one of the lines that are really splitting the states. New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland have passed draconian gun control laws, while states like Texas are embracing a more Constitutionalist vision of the right to self-defense. Maryland’s laws were a significant factor in my recent decision to relocated to a state with much more favorable laws. It shows where the political faultlines are shaping up and how the country will eventually, inevitably, split up.
If only the left applied the same slogans to guns as they claim to apply to abortion and gay marriage; if you don’t like guns, don’t own one. And if the right approached gun rights the same way the left approaches abortion and gay marriage, they would demand that the state subsidize gun purchases and that businesses be forced to sell guns whether they wanted to or not.
A Georgia middle-school teacher embracing the progressive ethos that since kids are gonna do it anyway, they should be encouraged to explore sexuality in a safe, responsible way… he decided to let them have sex in his classroom.
Considering we have a Safe School Czar who encouraged teenagers to have sex with strangers in bus station bathrooms, the classroom seems like kind of a step up from that.
But instead of rewarding him for creating a progressive, sex-positive, inclusive environment… the school board fired him
I mean, it’s not like he was one of those right-wing nutjobs who encourage kids to be abstinent.
The cable series ‘Mad Men’ – which leftists love, apparently, because it’s some sort of bash on Republicans — finaled last night. But before it went, it inspired an article that probably raised some hackles. “New York Women Secretly Wish They Lived in the Mad Men Era.”
In synopsis, it’s because women really came out on the short side of the sexual revolution. Most women, deep down, want a man who is professionally successful and committed to a relationship. Because of the sexual revolution, men have easy access to sex and no longer have to commit to women to get it. And the rise of slacker culture means even men who live in their parents’ basement can still get sex, or get enough pr0n that sex is not a priority.
Here’s the bit that stuck out for me.
Says Ellie, 42, a student on Manhattan’s East Side who used to work in publishing, “Technology is supposed to bring people closer, but especially in the context of dating it pushes people further apart. It used to be a guy had to call and leave a message and you called him back and you made a date.”
Now, says Ellie, it’s just “texting that leads nowhere.”
Or… or… maybe men see getting involved with a 42 year old student as a thing that leads nowhere.
For years, the Michigan’s Womyn’s Music Festival had a strict “no penises” policy. Not only were men excluded, but even male toddlers, and … naturally… no transgendereds.
But, like everything else in society, liberty eventually had to give in to political correctness, and transgendereds will now be allowed at the festival over the objections of purists who believe that someone with a penis isn’t really a woman. Although it is not clear from the article whether only men who identify as womyn are allowed, the article isn’t clear how it works for womyn who identify as men, or how it applies to the 56 other genders.
I visited my son in West Virginia today. I wanted to try out my new .308 — which is brilliant, BTW. I have never been a good shot by any measure, but I was nailing targets at 150 yards — so we went to the outdoor rifle range at a nearby state park. It was unusually active today, and at one point, there were about a dozen locals besides of us, and almost all of them were firing AR-15 variants. (I’m sure some of them were ghost guns capable of firing 30 magazine clips per second.)
So there I was, surrounded by rednecks with “assault rifles;” a liberal gay’s nightmare.
But I felt perfectly safe, and found the other shooters perfectly friendly.
Afterwards, we went here for lunch.