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December 31, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 AM

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Buy one for your favorite moonbat. Via Knowledge Is Power.



Atheists Sue to Impose Their Religion on Inauguration

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 AM

Religions with limited appeal need to be spread by force. For example, atheism requires its adherents to believe there is no higher intelligence, and that all existence is a random, meaningless accident. This nihilistic view is both counterintuitive and unrewarding; consequently, its advocates prefer coercion to persuasion:

The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between "believers" and "those who don't believe" and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else's religious beliefs.
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration.
The 34-page legal complaint similarly seeks to enjoin Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., from adding the phrase "So help me God" to the presidential oath of office.

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from hearing any reference to religions other than atheism. But to moonbats, the Constitution is a "living document" that says whatever you want it to say.

On a tip from Matt L.



There Goes the Neighborhood

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:01 AM

The liberal elite is gifted at using black skin to advance its figureheads, but that doesn't mean moonbats want any darkies living in their neighborhood:

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) - As more and more black renters began moving into this mostly white San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors started complaining about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.
In 2006, as the influx reached its peak, the police department formed a special crime-fighting unit to deal with the complaints, and authorities began cracking down on tenants in federally subsidized housing.
Now that police unit is the focus of lawsuits by black families who allege the city of 100,000 is orchestrating a campaign to drive them out.

Ghetto denizens are pouring into suburbs like Antioch courtesy of Big Government:

An increasing number of poor families receiving federal rental assistance have been moving here in recent years, partly because of the housing crisis. A growing number of landlords were seeking a guaranteed source of revenue in a city hard-hit by foreclosures. They began offering their Antioch homes to low-income tenants in the HUD Section 8 housing program, which pays about two-thirds of every tenant's rent.

For liberals, blacks are a special class never subject to judgment, so long as they vote Democrat, keep their numbers under control with abortion, and live somewhere else. In contrast, allegedly racist conservatives just want everyone to take responsibility for their behavior. They can live wherever they can afford to live — on their own dime.

On tips from Viking04 and nanc.



December 30, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:56 AM

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On a tip from Burning Hot. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



No Bailouts in Communist Wonderland

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:50 AM

As whole industries whimper for bailouts, and irresponsible bureaucrats hurry to comply with grotesque bounties of free money stolen from our future, one guy is actually calling for realism and austerity. The only problem is, he's a communist dictator:

Cuban President Raul Castro called on Saturday for austerity measures including fewer subsidies for workers and stricter management to pull the country out of an economic morass aggravated this year by three hurricanes and the global financial crisis. …
"The accounts don't square up," he said. "You have to act with realism and adjust the dreams to the true possibilities," said Castro…
Castro said Cuban managers need to demand more from their workers, who receive free education and health care and subsidized food rations but on average earn only $20 a month. …
He expressed dissatisfaction with the system of subsidies for those who can work, but do not, saying government handouts discourage Cubans from being more productive.

Similarly, the Chicoms have reacted to the economic slowdown by reducing the tax burden.

Having been all the way down the road we're traveling, communists know enough to turn back.

Hat tip: Teh Resistance; on a tip from V the K.



John Kerry Character Witness Busted for Kiddie Porn

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:22 AM

Starting with Slick Willie if not earlier, the Democrat Party has been all about character — or rather, the absolute lack of it:

Remember Wade Sanders? He was one of the "band of brothers" — Swift Boat veterans who supported John Kerry's presidential campaign and appeared onstage at the 2004 Democratic National Convention before Kerry's "reporting for duty" speech.
On the campaign trail, Sanders was one of Kerry's nastiest surrogates. In August 2004, he likened the president to a "trapped animal." In September, he compared Karl Rove and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth chief John O'Neill to Josef Goebbels. He repeatedly referred to the president and his men as "chicken hawks," an especially nasty term because it is slang for a child molester as well as a derisive term for a nonveteran who favors a strong defense.

Speaking of child molesters:

A San Diego veterans activist and Vietnam War hero who served in a senior Navy post during the Clinton administration pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal charge of possessing child pornography.
Wade Rowland Sanders, 67, acknowledged in federal court in San Diego that last May, he possessed computer files containing 600 images of minors, including a 21-minute video that depicted girls engaging in sex acts with an adult man, according to court records.

Like others who have been nailed for kiddie porn, he was just doing "research." Sanders avers that his "motives were pure and innocent." No doubt the motives for his long campaign to discredit the Swift Boat Vets and POWs for Truth were pure and innocent too.

On a tip from Byron.



Global Warming Blamed for Earthquake, Cold Weather

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 AM

Are they pretending global warming causes earthquakes now? Or does this article make no sense at all?

Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal … an earthquake shook China's Sichuan province, leaving 70,000 dead, 18,000 missing and almost five million homeless, according to official figures…

To make matters worse,

Around 1,000 people died in a severe cold snap in January in Afghanistan, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan…

Not to worry, moonbat totalitarians have flown to the rescue in their private jets:

Last December, the international community agreed in Bali on a two-year roadmap culminating in a new global climate deal to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Unprecedented in scale and complexity, this accord, due to take effect from 2012, is meant to rein in the greenhouse gases that stoke global warming and throw a lifeline to poor countries exposed to mutated weather patterns.

A deliberately engineered global depression will be just the ticket to stop earthquakes and warming-induced cold.

Hat tip: Notoriously Conservative; on a tip from Burning Hot.



British Bureauweenie Calls for Internet Suppression

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 AM

You had to know moonbat totalitarians wouldn't let the Internet last forever. Britain's Culture Secretary plans his attack:

Andy Burnham says he believes that new standards of decency need to be applied to the web. He is planning to negotiate with Barack Obama's incoming American administration to draw up new international rules for English language websites.

Typically, the smothering of freedom is being excused in the name of protecting children from unseemly content. ISPs will be forced to provide child-safe services. But children of all ages will be protected for content bureaucrats deem inappropriate. Proclaims Burnham:

There is content that should just not be available to be viewed. That is my view. Absolutely categorical. This is not a campaign against free speech, far from it; it is simply there is a wider public interest at stake when it involves harm to other people. We have got to get better at defining where the public interest lies and being clear about it.

In other words, if liberal seat-warmers decide it isn't in the public interest, you won't be able to say it online. No doubt containing the menaces of "racism" and global warming denial will be high priorities when the Internet becomes the Nannynet.

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Squishy-soft Andy Burnham wants to control what we say online.

On a tip from V the K.



Liberal Denounces Parenthood, Calls for Extinction of Humanity

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:05 AM

The Guardian recently published a piece showcasing the cutting edge political correctness of Guy Dammann, who denounces parenthood as "parentitis" and expresses sympathy for the notion of the human race volunteering for extinction.

Parentitis is the well known if scarcely documented condition that transforms polite, environmentally-aware, socially co-operative adults into pushy bigots who, when they're not making innumerable short journeys in their 4x4s, are to be found at home amassing toxic nappy mountains, cooing noisily over waste matter and £500 pushchairs.

The cure for parentitis has been discovered by the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which calls for an end to having children on the grounds that they are harmful to the planet. Dammann is impressed:

[T]here is something magnificent about the thought of an entire species simply switching itself off, without violence or force of anything other than will, to make way for something more lasting. … But the absurdity lies not in the aim, which is in many ways laudable, but in the idea that the compassionate motivation in which it originates could possibly see the project through.

In less pretentious language: great idea, if only it could work.

The moonbats are right about one thing: it would be best for everyone if people who have degenerated to the level of thinking of children as a blemish on the planet refrained from reproducing.

Hat tip: David Thompson.



Moonbats Rally Around Hamas Terrorists

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:27 AM

In case there are any doubts about whose side CNN is on in the conflict between Islamic terrorists and Western Civilization, check out this headline:

World rallies around Palestinians amid Gaza offensive

Former Democrat Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney is equally subtle in her sympathies.

A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.

After all the military aide we've given Israel, couldn't they have managed to sink it?

McKinney whines that her "peaceful mission" in support of Hamas terrorists was "thwarted by the aggressiveness" of Israelis who insist on defending themselves.

As difficult as it is to take McKinney and CNN seriously, they play a key roll in the Hamas strategy. First the terrorists launch rockets at civilian populations again and again until Israel is forced to respond. Then they sniffle that they're being picked on while Western moonbats rush to their side, bellowing anti-Israeli propaganda on their behalf. If it weren't for moonbats, there would be no point in Hamas firing the rockets in the first place.

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Zippy the Pinhead sails to the rescue.

On tips from Cheetah, Al C, and nanc.



Socialized Medicine Kills Again

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:02 AM

Yet another precautionary tale from Britain, the land of socialized medicine:

Stewart Fleming, 37, arrived at his local hospital with his wife Sarah clutching an urgent note from his doctor saying he must be treated immediately.
But instead of being sent to the head of the queue, Mr Fleming had to sit and wait in agony as a virus ravaged his body, causing his organs to fail.

It took bureauweenies six hours to admit Fleming to the hospital. By then it was too late. They tried sawing his leg off and drugging him into a coma, but he soon died anyway.

But not to worry, National Health Service authorities have the situation in hand:

A spokesman for the Medway NHS Foundation Trust said it was 'sorry' about Mr Fleming's death and suggested the family contact its complaints department if they had concerns about his treatment.

This will be coming soon to the USA, compliments of the Moonbat Messiah. If we all expect someone else to pay our medical expenses, we deserve no better.

On tips from Lyle and El Presidente.



December 29, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM

Academia: sanctuary for the worst of the worst. Via the Moving Picture Institute.



Dope on a Rope

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:11 AM

Only Obamunism could produce soap guaranteed to make you feel dirtier.

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From the product description:

What we've all been waiting for — a little hope, and Barack's the man for the job. We made him purple, because we here at dugshop feel that he's a true uniter, there are no red or blue states, we're all purple.

You see, we're all united now.

Moonbats will be excited to learn that the soap is "vegan friendly," and that some of the profits go to the Carter Center, founded by Obama's malignant prototype.

On a tip from J.



Citizens Opt Not to Give Away Their Guns

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:43 AM

The alarming Ascent of the Obamessiah is hardly the time for grassroots campaigns against gun ownership, as was seen in Denver Saturday:

Organizers of a supposed gun buy-back had dozens of people lining up to turn in their weapons, although only 15 were collected today for the Denver Police Department to destroy and melt down.
Held at New Covenant Christian Church in Denver to raise awareness about gun violence, the gun buy-back turned into a gun give-back event when the program could not afford to pay $50 as initially advertised.

Even if they did cough up the promised $50, not many citizens would voluntarily disarm themselves. We need guns because moonbats might try to take them away.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Marines Unenthused by Moonbat Messiah Visit

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:23 AM

One reason moonbats are still gloating over the disastrous election last month is that it allowed them to poke a finger in the eye of the armed forces they so hate. Unsurprisingly, it is not appreciated:

President-elect Obama stopped by the Marine Corps base in Hawaii Kaneche Bay where servicemen and -women were eating Christmas dinner in Kailua Thursday evening. …
As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up.

W's reception tends to be a bit more enthusiastic. But then, W hasn't promised to gut the military, or to render heroic sacrifices made in Iraq meaningless by surrendering.

Elections have consequences; our shameful folly last fall will inevitably take its toll on military morale.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit; on a tip from Burning Hot.



New Yorkers Say No to Soda Tax

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:05 AM

For what it's worth, New Yorkers are overwhelmingly opposed to Governor Paterson's punitive tax on nondiet soda:

The Quinnipiac University poll finds that 60 percent of state residents don't believe the tax should be charged. … Even 58 percent of those who said they prefer diet soda also said they oppose the tax.

But Patterson needn't worry about it. Most voters are also opposed to massive bailouts, surrender to terrorists, partial birth abortion, race quotas, and the deliberate strangulation of the energy industry. Thanks largely to the media, Democrats manage to get elected anyway.

On a tip from Jon C.



Multiculturalism Brings Child Slavery

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 AM

Yet another example of multiculturalism enriching our society:

The trafficking of children for domestic labor in the U.S. is an extension of an illegal but common practice in Africa. … The custom has led to the spread of trafficking, as well-to-do Africans accustomed to employing children immigrate to the U.S. Around one-third of the estimated 10,000 forced laborers in the United States are servants trapped behind the curtains of suburban homes, according to a study by the National Human Rights Center at the University of California at Berkeley and Free the Slaves, a nonprofit group.

I would point out the downside of child slavery, but I wouldn't want to be judgmental or ethnocentric.

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Shyima Hall was a slave to California Egyptians from age 10.

On a tip from V the K.



Fitness Is Godly, Except When It's Creepy

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:33 AM

It's not what you do that matters; it's who likes you. Via IBD Editorials, here's the MSM on Obama's exercise regimen:

The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.

If the president thing doesn't work out, maybe Obama should model for the covers of bodice-rippers.

W likes to work out too, earning him the media's scorn:

Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy. … Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement? It's nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.

Sneers another propagandist:

Bush says exercise helps sharpen his thinking. But some of his critics view his exercise obsession as an indulgence that takes time away from other priorities.

Once again we see that pandering to the partisan moonbats who run the press is pointless. Whatever you do, it's good if they like you, bad if they don't.

On a tip from Dennis S.



Caroline: Obama II

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:18 AM

The Obama phenomenon has been such a success, it has already inspired an imitation. Caroline Kennedy may not have Obama's ethnic credentials or a name like a terrorist, but she is just as unqualified as the Moonbat Messiah, matches his aura of entitlement, and promises to do to nuclear power what The One wants to do to the coal industry.

Here's Obama's plan for the coal industry, which is primarily responsible for the lights coming on when you flip the switch:

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

In case New Yorkers thought they could get energy from emission-free nuclear power instead:

When asked about the future of the Indian Point nuclear power plant — which Schumer and her environmental activist cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr. want closed — Kennedy said she also thinks it should be shut down.
"We have an opportunity now," she said, "to really invest in alterative energy … I think we need to develop alternatives to Indian Point in particular."

"Invest in alternative energy" means flush taxpayer $millions down inefficient boondoggles, thus creating makework "green jobs." Since unlike windmills and pixie dust Indian Point actually provides substantial electricity to New York City, it doesn't qualify.

Caroline may do for "you know" what the teleprompterless Obama does for "uh." Via Perfunction, here she is in action:

According to Ben Smith, she managed to say "you know" 142 times in the course of an interview. Top that, Wizard of Uhs!

On tips from Wiggins and Burning Hot.



December 28, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:05 AM

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Just when you thought Obama worship could not possibly get more sickening. On a tip from J.



Uncle Joe Gets Rehabilitated

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:49 AM

Whether Obama is another Jimmy Carter or something even worse, he may well be remembered as a great leader, if this is any indication:

A nationwide Russian poll seeking to name the greatest-ever countryman is set to end Sunday, and former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is in the running for No. 1…
The broader campaign to revive Stalin as a "hero" appears to be coming from the highest levels of government.
A new manual has been given to history teachers in Russia's schools, which says Stalin acted "entirely rationally," the BBC reported.

Equally rationally, the Communist Party wants Stalin canonized by the Orthodox Church if he wins the poll. The church was repressed under Stalin's nightmarish regime, which killed millions and subjected millions more to slave labor and prison camps.

If state-controlled education and a compliant media can whitewash Joseph Stalin, a genocidal dictator, it should be a cinch to spin Obama as something other than an unqualified cipher riding a tidal wave of empty hype.

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Stalin's heroic handiwork.

On tips from Eoin and conservativeteen.



December 27, 2008

Pardon for Employing Illegals, Not for Keeping Them Out

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:39 AM

As feared, President Bush has neglected to use his pardon powers to free Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, the heroic Border Patrol agents who were railroaded after defending the country from a Mexican drug-dealer and given absurdly draconian sentences. But W's heart isn't a lump of ice; he did see fit to pardon South Texas rancher John Allen Aregood.

Aregood had earned a felony conviction for knowingly hiring the illegal aliens Compean and Ramos were thrown in jail for trying to keep out.

With the impending Obamunist regime, the treasonous insanity of a government that sides with foreign invaders against the native population will continue. But at least when Democrats are responsible, it should be easier to organize resistance to this moonbattery — provided RINOs like Juan McAmnesty are driven out of the GOP.

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Ramos spent another Christmas behind bars, apart from his wife.

On tips from Byron.



Ojamas

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 AM

Anyone not entirely satisfied with what Santa left under the tree for them can count themselves lucky they didn't receive a gift from Ojamas:

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Yes, those are little Obama symbols all over their jammies. Hammers and sickles are so 1930s.

Hopefully someone is collecting this stuff for a Museum of Obamunist Asininity, so that future generations can have some laughs to lighten the burden of the gargantuan debt and anemic socialist economy we'll be leaving them.

On a tip from J.



December 26, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:34 PM

Al Gore's 12 Days of Global Warming. Hat tip: Right Wing News.



2008 MRC Awards

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:22 PM

The Media Research Center offers a collection of 2008 lowlights from the moonbat media. MSNBC Obamunist Chris "Tweety" Matthews wins "Quote of the Year" for his on-air description of the sensation that overcomes him when he listens to Obama peddling the vacuous pabulum that covers his lunatic left agenda:

I felt this thrill going up my leg!

Other award-winning quotes:

The Obamagasm Award
"Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope." — Time's Nancy Gibbs in the November 17 cover story.
The Irrelevant Reverend Wright Award
"To see his [Jeremiah Wright's] career completely destroyed by three 20-second soundbites, all of the work he has done, his entire legacy gone down the drain, has been absolutely devastating to me — to him, sorry…We are still a racist country." —Washington Post writer Sally Quinn on PBS's Charlie Rose, April 30.
Politics of Meaninglessness Award for the Silliest Analysis
"Not doing it [fighting global warming] will be catastrophic. We'll be eight degrees hotter in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years, and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals." — CNN founder Ted Turner on PBS's Charlie Rose, April 1.
Madness of King George Award
"When somebody asks you, sir, about the cooked books and faked threats you foisted on a sincere and frightened nation; when somebody asks you, sir, about your gallant, noble, self-abnegating sacrifice of your golf game so as to soothe the families of the war dead; this advice, Mr. Bush: Shut the hell up! Good night and good luck." — MSNBC's Keith Olbermann in a "Special Comment" on Countdown, May 14.
Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity
"If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you 'Pope.' It's like, if you can't pay your mortgage, you're a deadbeat. But if you can't pay a million mortgages, you're Bear Stearns and we bail you out. And that is who the Catholic Church is: the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia." — Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time, April 11.

If current trends continue, MRC will have an even bigger job sorting through the mountains of media moonbattery for their awards in 2009.

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Tweety wins top dishonors for his slobbering devotion to moonbattery.

On a tip from nanc.



Moonbats: Christmas Causes Global Warming

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM

Another Christmas has come and gone; let's hope the planet can recover. From Down Under:

Wasted food at Christmas time is now being highlighted as an environmental problem.
Jon Dee, the chairman of Do Something, says gases from leftover food rotting in landfill are 20 times more potent than the carbon pollution from car exhausts. …
"Australians waste more than 3 million tonnes of food every year and of course a lot of that food is wasted at Christmas," he said.

This isn't the only way Christmas oppresses the planet:

Scientists have warned that Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs.
CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization] researchers said householders should know that each bulb turned on in the name of Christmas will increase emissions of greenhouse gases.

There's only room for one predominant religion. Thou shalt have no gods before neurotic enviroguilt.

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A Christmas tree causing global warming.

On tips from mega.



December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM

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December 24, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:15 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Feminazis Demand Cabinet Level Representative

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 AM

As left-wing extremists realize, the ascension of the Moonbat Messiah is a perfect opportunity to ram their depraved agenda down America's throat. NOW is encouraging feminazis to petition The One for a cabinet-level Office of Women.

The position won't be necessary to advance NOW's enthusiasm for abortion; only Heinrich Himmler could match Obama's extremism on that topic. But it would help the bean-counters ensure that gender is considered before merit as a job qualification, and that publically educated boys grow up hating themselves for being chauvinist oppressors.

If they get their cabinet seat, next will be the Office of Non-Caucasians, followed by the Office of Homosexuals, then the Office of the Differently Abled, the Office of Dwarves, et cetera ad nauseam.

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Behind the scenes at the Office of Dwarves.

On a tip from mandy.



NY Times Sits on Dissent to Bill Ayers

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 AM

On September 11, 2001, the New York Times ran a piece on unrepentant and unpunished communist terrorist Bill Ayers, the guy who launched Barack Obama's political career from his living room. Ayers crowed that he wished he had done more in the way of setting off bombs in public buildings. More recently, the Gray Lady ran an editorial written by Ayers himself, in which he attempts to portray his terrorist career as harmless and well-meaning.

Appallingy, the Times then refused to run a rebuttal by FBI informant Larry Grathwohl, who has first-hand knowledge to counter Ayers's lies. Fortunately, we can get information elsewhere. Grathwohl's rebuttal is online at Pajamas Media. He makes it clear that Ayers's goal was not to end the war in Vietnam, as he spins it now to purring liberal approval, but to destroy the USA — and he targeted not only property but innocent lives. An apt comparison is made:

I must conclude by acknowledging that in one respect Bill is probably being absolutely truthful. When he says that "I never killed or injured anyone," he is most likely being totally honest. Bill, like Charles Manson, never exposed himself to any kind of danger. He always gave orders and then left it to his then-girlfriend, Diane Oughton, and others to implement his plan. If you listen closely you can even hear the similarities in the arguments Manson and Billy use today to justify what they did: the 60s made me do it.

Grathwohl isn't the first to draw parallels between Obama's mentor and Charles Manson. His wife and fellow terrorist Bernardine Dohrn invented the "fork salute" in honor of the fork Manson's fiends plunged into Sharon Tate's pregnant belly.

These are the people the New York Times gladly provides with a soapbox, and whose protégés it helps install in the White House, while ignoring their detractors. It will be a markedly better world when this vile publication no longer exists.

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The Times provides a voice for vermin.

On a tip from V the K.



First They Came for the Roses

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:44 AM

It looks like the first casualty of Obamunism is going to be roses. There are plans to use 200,000 of them in his coronation ritual.

The national nonprofit Operation REACH organization has announced the quest to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bouquet of flowers. The Roses for Change endeavor seeks to get Americans to thank Obama "for the hope and inspiration he has given to our nation," by amassing the roses to be delivered on Jan. 19 to Washington, the day before the inauguration. …
If you're considering donating some roses, Operation REACH is recommending a red rose given to Obama to represent change…

Vladimir Lenin would agree that red is the right color to represent the change Obama offers.

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Wretched excess.

On a tip from Justin.



Ten Plagues Brought by Global Warming

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:23 AM

Fox News looks back on 10 things that have been blamed on global warming over the past year:

1. Cannibalism
2. The death of the Loch Ness Monster
3. More expensive beer
4. Pythons taking over America
5. Kidney stones
6. Skinny whales
7. Shark attacks
8. Black Hawk Down
9. Frozen baby penguins
10. Killer stingray invasion

Thanks to moonbattery, we'll be bequeathing a mountain of debt and suffocating regulations to the next generation, but at least we're also leaving the frozen future something to look back and laugh at.

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More expensive beer is actually caused by greedy tax and spend bureaucrats.

On a tip from mega.



Seattle Too Moonbatty to Salt Its Icy Streets

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 AM

Seattle moonbattery can be hazardous to your health, especially if you're trying to drive through all this global warming. The moonbats running the city won't use salt to keep its streets from turning into skating rinks, for fear it might end up in Puget Sound:

To hear the city's spin, Seattle's road crews are making "great progress" in clearing the ice-caked streets.
But it turns out "plowed streets" in Seattle actually means "snow-packed," as in there's snow and ice left on major arterials by design.
"We're trying to create a hard-packed surface," said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. "It doesn't look like anything you'd find in Chicago or New York."
The city's approach means crews clear the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains, Wiggins said.
The icy streets are the result of Seattle's refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.
"If we were using salt, you'd see patches of bare road because salt is very effective," Wiggins said. "We decided not to utilize salt because it's not a healthy addition to Puget Sound."

Puget Sound, which branches off of the Pacific Ocean, consists of salt water.

As usual, the only ones to benefit from the moonbattery are criminals:

The city's patrol cars are rear-wheel drive. And even with tire chains, officers are avoiding hills and responding on foot, according to a West Precinct officer.

Instead of salt, Seattle is using sand, which does not melt snow, but which does clog sewers. It also causes air pollution in the form of dust and runs into waterways. But at least it doesn't get any salt in the salt water.

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Moonbats also frown on driving SUVs.

On tips from LT Nixon, MP, V the K, Burning Hot, and mandible claw.



December 23, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM

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Via IBD Editorials, on a tip from Al C.



Chavez Steals a Shopping Mall

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 AM

This is why it is impossible to do business in socialist countries, which consequently are poor:

President Hugo Chavez says he was heading through downtown Caracas when he was shocked by the sight of a huge, nearly finished shopping mall amid the high-rise offices and apartments.
"They had already built a monster there," Chavez said. "I passed by there just recently and said, 'What is this? My God!'"
So the often-impulsive president told an allied mayor to halt construction and said this prime block of urban real estate should be expropriated. He said the sprawling six-story building might be put to better use as a hospital or university.
The exercise in drive-by socialism illustrates Chavez's tendency to govern from his gut, and to leap in when he thinks other government agencies — in this case city planners — aren't doing their job.
The new Sambil mall was scheduled to open in the La Candelaria district early next year, packed with 273 shops, movie theaters and offices.

As NewsBusters points out, the drive-by media doesn't seem to have a problem with drive-by socialism, spinning the story so as to play down the outrageous injustice and economic insanity that prevail when property rights are trampled.

On a tip from V the K.



Bailing Out Sharia

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:15 AM

Here's another one to file under Your Tax Dollar at Work:

The U.S. government's bailout of the American International Group is helping promote Shariah law, a lawsuit filed in federal court in Michigan alleges.
The suit — brought with the support of the Thomas More Law Center, a non-profit law firm that promotes conservative Christian values — claims that making U.S. taxpayers comply with Shariah, the Islamic legal framework based on the Koran, is unconstitutional.
This month, AIG announced that it would offer Shariah-compliant homeowner insurance policies, known as takaful, to U.S. customers through one of its subsidiaries. To be Shariah compliant, companies cannot earn interest and must agree to send a percentage of their revenue to Islamic charitable groups.

"Islamic charitable groups" often finance terrorism.

The lawsuit — by Iraq war veteran Kevin Murray, on behalf of U.S. taxpayers, against Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the Federal Reserve — claims that by subsidizing AIG, the federal government is conveying "...a message of endorsement and promotion of Shariah-based Islam … and [a] message of disfavor of and hostility toward Christianity and Judaism."
In September, the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve took a nearly 80-percent stake in AIG when it injected $150 billion to help prop up the troubled company.

But what's $150 billion of someone else's money? Apparently it's not enough to keep AIG afloat; some expect it to sink within the year despite the mountains of our money the government shovels at it.

On a tip from Matt L.



Not Only Gays Object to Warren Invocation

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:01 AM

Militant homosexuals aren't the only ones disturbed by Rick Warren offering an invocation at the Moonbat Messiah's coronation. From an open letter to the pastor from Joseph Farah:

Barack Obama is opposed to any and all restrictions on the killing of unborn children and has pledged to work against the few that remain. In fact, as a state legislator in Illinois, he pushed a law that would require the killing of babies born alive after unsuccessful abortions. You know he will also open the floodgates to the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund abortion overseas through groups like Planned Parenthood and agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund. You should note the U.N. supports forced abortions and sterilizations in China. He has even promised to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act, which would make illegal even peaceful efforts to persuade mothers from aborting their babies. In essence, Obama holds and has pledged to enforce, a radical pro-abortion position that will curtail free speech, freedom of religion and ensure that many more innocent lives will be destroyed. …
I'm trying to imagine Jesus giving an invocation at the inauguration of such a man.

He makes a point. Hopefully Warren will use the opportunity to make a point too.

On tips from nanc.



Hoaxer Hansen Predicts Record High Temps Soon

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:47 AM

After numerous earnest attempts, the global warming farce may have finally jumped the shark, with Al Gore sidekick and shameless AGW profiteer James Hansen screeching that despite the way they've been plunging, temperatures will rally and reach a new record high within the next 4 years.

Hansen also screams that if we don't sacrifice our money, our way of life, and our liberty to government bureauweenies like himself, a "runaway greenhouse effect" may extinguish all life on earth!

Combined with the Goracle's recent prophecy that the polar ice caps will be completely melted within 5 years, it looks like the hoaxers are pulling out all the stops. They must be counting on the Moonbat Messiah to impose draconian restrictions on economic activity, which will plunge the country into a depression, but which will be credited with saving the planet from cataclysm. Absent extreme measures, Gore, Hansen, and crew are going to have a lot of egg to wipe off their unsightly mugs after temperatures continue to cool for the next few years.

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Would you buy an extravagantly expensive global crisis from this skeevster?

On a tip from Charles O.



Gray Lady to Go Belly Up in 2009?

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 AM

Here is my favorite prediction for 2009: the New York Times, the appallingly irresponsible flagship publication of the liberal elite establishment, which lays down the marching orders for the propagandists of the alphabet networks, may finally roll over and die next year:

The New York Times (NYT) has to repay $400 million in debt in the first half of 2009. It does not have the money. It plans to mortgage its headquarters, but it is uncertain what that will bring in an uncertain real estate market. The firm's Boston Globe and regional newspaper operations lose money, so they will be hard to sell. NYT is controlled by the Sulzberger family which has super-majority voting shares. That won't matter much when the company runs out of money. Another big media operation, perhaps News Corp (NWS) which owns The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, will come in and auction off what it can and keep the flagship New York Times newspaper and NYTimes.com website.

The Times et al. managed to hype the Moonbat Messiah into the White House, but it may be their last hurrah. Rupert Murdoch of Fox News fame taking control of the Gray Lady's skeletal remnants would prove there's such a thing as justice after all. Here's wishing a Happy New Year to all the barking moonbats on the Slimes's editorial board!

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Sorry, Bill Keller. You'll have to clear the decorations with Mr. Murdoch.

Hat tip: Riehl World View; on a tip from V the K.



Santa Gets Greenwashed

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 AM

Not even Santa Claus can stand above the rising tide of enviromoonbattery that has been swamping every nook and cranny of our culture. The Culture and Media Institute reports on the new children's book Santa Goes Green:

"You see, it's like this Santa," the book reads. "I've adopted a polar bear named Leopold. He is in danger of losing his home. I'm sure you being in the North Pole you know about the melting glaciers. All I want this year Santa, is to save Leopold and his home."
Santa Claus visits the boy, takes him to see the polar bear and then in a moment of eco-awakening, he makes his operations at the North Pole green.
"They arrived back at the North Pole and Santa had a grand idea," the book reads. "He leaned in toward Swift [the head elf] and told him his new plan. 'We will collect all of the old toys, Swift, and make them new again. We will reuse last year's wrapping paper. And we will harness the great North Pole wind to help power up the toy shop.'"

Econazis are wise to direct their propaganda at small children, who will soon be the only people gullible enough to buy into the global warming swindle if temperatures continue to plunge.

At least the cover is heartwarming:

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For a more accurate depiction of how polar bears interact with little boys, here's Cute Knut:

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Some people have to spend their entire lives trying to sort out the lies they're fed as little kids.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit; on a tip from Burning Hot.



December 22, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 AM

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Mug Shot of the Year. On a tip from nanc.



Bush Administration Finally Defends Itself

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 AM

Over the weekend the New York Times came out with a front page hit piece blaming Bush for the mortgage crisis so outrageously unfair that the White House actually responded:

Most people can accept that a news story recounting recent events will be reliant on '20-20 hindsight'. Today's front-page New York Times story relies on hindsight with blinders on and one eye closed.
The Times' 'reporting' in this story amounted to finding selected quotes to support a story the reporters fully intended to write from the onset, while disregarding anything that didn't fit their point of view. To prove the point, when they filed their story, NYT reporters were completely unfamiliar with the President's prime time address to the nation where he laid out in detail all of the causes of the housing and financial crises.

Actual causes of the financial mess were ignored because "a review of these issues would wave complicated the reporters' myopic point of view that only Bush Administration policies could possibly be responsible for the housing and finance crises."

Too bad Bush didn't start defending himself from the mendacious ideologues running the MSM years ago. His administration would have met with a great deal more success.

Blaming Bush for this mess is particularly outrageous, given that he conspicuously attempted to forestall it. As Gateway Pundit observes, W called for reform of Fannie and Freddie 17 times in 2008 alone. But the corrupt GSEs were defended by still more corrupt Democrat pols — to whom they donated lavishly.

Here again are Congressional Dems defending Fannie and Freddie from the Republicans who wanted to rein them in before they could set off the crisis:

To blame Republicans for the mess resulting from Fannie, Freddie, and the race-based loans required by the Community Reinvestment Act is as crazy as blaming cold weather on global warming. What an upside-down world liberals must live in, if they take the NY Slimes's deceptive spin at face value.

On tips from Burning Hot and mandible claw.



Open Systemic Fraud in Minnesota Senate Farce

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:40 AM

Possibly the scariest aspect of today's Democrats is their increasingly open contempt for the democratic process. The liberal establishment in Minnesota is in the process of taking a Senate seat away from duly elected Norm Coleman and handing it to a slimy, unhinged, foul-mouthed comedian. Via John Lott's Website, here's a vote the Minnesota Canvassing Board changed from a Coleman vote to an Al Franken vote:

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This vote is claimed to be for no one:

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Another vote for no one:

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Why these last two weren't assigned to Franken is unclear.

Apparently Joseph Stalin had it right:

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

The left will keep pushing until it encounters resistance. If it doesn't meet with some soon, we're going to find ourselves in the Soviet Union II.

On a tip from Burning Hot.



Paterson's Tax Hikes to Cost New York Families $4,000 per Year

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:16 AM

Moonbattery isn't cheap, especially for New Yorkers under the regime of second-string governor David Paterson, whose extravagant tax hikes will cost the average family of four nearly $4,000 per year:

The average family of four in New York would have to dish out $3,875 a year in new taxes and fees if Gov. David Paterson's budget proposal is approved, a review Thursday by Assembly Republicans shows.

But at least in exchange for the money, Paterson will keep you safe from soda pop.

On a tip from Bradshaw.



Brighton, Michigan Bans Speech That Annoys

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:04 AM

Suburban Detroit has discovered a missing clause in the First Amendment. We have a right to free speech — so long as no one is annoyed by it.

The Brighton City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing police in the Livingston County community to ticket and fine anyone who is annoying in public "by word of mouth, sign or motions."
The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the measure is modeled on a similar ordinance in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

Southeastern Michigan now has a conception of free speech that fits nicely with its prevailing conception of capitalism. As Ed Morrissey comments:

Michigan finds itself in such financial distress that its Congressional contingent has successfully harangued the White House into multi-billion-dollar loans to private enterprise. I find that extremely annoying. Do we get to issue citations to the entire state of Michigan now?

Maybe next the Detroit area will offer a new version of the Second Amendment, by which you can bear arms but only if they don't work.

On a tip from V the K.



WaPo Lets You Parrot Its Propaganda for Only $10

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:41 AM

Here's your chance to become a part of history by lending your voice to the chorus of liberal establishment journalists singing the praises of the Moonbat Messiah:

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In case you can't read the fine print, it says:

All ads must be congratulatory in nature. The Washington Post reserves the right to reject any notice.

But so long as you praise The One with slobbering, abject adoration, you can say whatever you want for only $10.

On a tip from mega.



Manmade Global Warming Crisis Started Thousands of Years Ago

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:27 AM

Humanity's sins against Gaia didn't start with SUVs, or even the invention of the steam engine. We began to cause global warming by indulging in agriculture thousands of years ago:

[G]athering physical evidence, backed by powerful simulations on the world's most advanced computer climate models, is reshaping that view and lending strong support to the radical idea that human-induced climate change began not 200 years ago, but thousands of years ago with the onset of large-scale agriculture in Asia and extensive deforestation in Europe.
What's more, according to the same computer simulations, the cumulative effect of thousands of years of human influence on climate is preventing the world from entering a new glacial age, altering a clockwork rhythm of periodic cooling of the planet that extends back more than a million years.

How horrible: half the planet could be snuggled under a comfy blanket of ice, but we humans ruined it by insisting on feeding ourselves.

It's tempting to demand an immediate ban on both industry and agriculture. But the global warming priesthood has other solutions:

Global warming, some have argued, can be reversed with a large-scale "geoengineering" fix, such as having a giant blimp spray liquefied sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere or building tens of millions of chemical filter systems in the atmosphere to filter out carbon dioxide.

Trees wouldn't like it if we filtered out the carbon dioxide they breathe; they probably wouldn't like having the entire atmosphere poisoned with sulfur dioxide either. But trees aren't important, because when we solve the global warming crisis, they'll get crushed under advancing glaciers anyway.

Hat tip: FuturePundit; on a tip from mandible claw.



Shoe-Chucking Baathist: I'll Sue!

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM

America has certainly left its mark on Iraq. After severely embarrassing the Iraqi government by throwing his shoes at President Bush, moonbat hero Muntazer al-Zaidi is not having his fingernails pulled out before getting hauled in front of a firing squad, as would have been the procedure when his fellow Baathists were in power. Instead, he's preparing a lawsuit.

Al-Zaidi was roughed up in the course of his arrest, during which he's lucky he wasn't killed, considering that his attack could have been mistaken for an assassination attempt on both Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He sustained a couple of bruises, making him the victim, deserving of compensation.

The secret plan has succeeded: Iraq has been infected with moonbattery, and will never again be a threat to its neighbors.

On a tip from Wiggins.



December 21, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:57 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Obama Appoints a Pair of Lysenkos

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM

AP gets the prize for the weekend's most Orwellian lede:

President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named Harvard physicist John Holdren and marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to top science posts, signaling a change from Bush administration policies on global warming that were criticized for putting politics over science.

Holdren appears to be a militant leftist first, a scientist sometime afterward. As NRO notes, as recently as 2006 Holdren was still spewing long discredited antihuman rhetoric borrowed from Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, according to which we should all be dead by now of overpopulation. The ecofascist Holdren is opposed to free markets and in favor of nuclear disarmament.

Lubchenco too is a moonbat, whose career has been built on fluffy liberal pseudoscience involving biodiversity, global warming, "sustainability science," et cetera ad nauseam.

To suggest that these leftist apparatchiks represent putting science over politics is preposterous even by AP standards. But as usual, media toadies are only following The One's lead. Intones the Moonbat Messiah:

[P]romoting science isn't just about providing resources — it's about protecting free and open inquiry. It's about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. I could not have a better team [of hard left ideologues] to guide me in this work.

No doubt Joseph Stalin thought the same of Trofim Lysenko, whose crackpot ideology led to the starvation of thousands of Russians when it was imposed by the State.

President BHO will be advised that it is scientific fact that the planet is imperiled because there are too many humans and we are living too well. Obama's other advisors will be well-suited to provide solutions to these supposed problems.

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John Holdren sees the men in white coats approach with a butterfly net.

On tips from Lyle.



"Youths" Are at It Again in Sweden

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:00 AM

Large sections of Malmo, Sweden are devoid of Swedes, who have been driven out by welfare-financed Muslim colonists, or as the BBC et al. call them when they riot, "youths."

Dozens of youths have rioted in the southern Swedish city of Malmo for a second consecutive night, setting cars on fire and clashing with police.
"We've had a very difficult evening," a police spokeswoman told the AFP news agency late on Thursday.
"There have been fires burning since this afternoon… extensive damage to public property, and… stone-throwing and bomb threats against police."
She said the trouble was linked to the closure of an Islamic centre.

The Beeb gives a slight nod toward journalistic professionalism by obliquely admitting that the rioters are of course Muslims. But this was already obvious by the failure of most of the media to even acknowledge the riots.

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"Youths" bring multiculturalism to Malmo.

Hat tip: Power Line; on a tip from V the K.



Gray Lady Censored by Chicoms

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:37 AM

What goes around, comes around for the leftists at the New York Times:

China has blocked access to the New York Times Web site, the newspaper said Saturday, days after the central government defended its right to censor online content it deems illegal.
Computer users who logged on in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou received a message that the site was not available when they tried to connect on Friday morning, the paper said. …
It was not clear if the move was meant to block specific content on the newspaper's Web site or if it was a return to stricter censorship of the Internet in general. Beijing loosened some media and Internet controls during the 2008 Summer Olympics - gestures that were meant to show the international community that the games had brought greater freedom to the Chinese people.

No doubt the moonbats at the Slimes will be shocked to learn that China remains a police state despite the Olympic propaganda spectacle, just as it will amaze them that the leftist ideology they espouse is not conducive to freedom of the press.

On a tip from Wiggins.



December 20, 2008

Moonbats Wish They Had the Nerve to Throw Their Shoes at the President

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:32 PM

When moonbats lost the 2004 election, they demonstrated their profoundly irritating nature by posting pictures of themselves pouting and holding signs apologizing to the world out of shame for their country. When they won in 2008, they were suddenly ready for unity, posing with signs about how we are now all united beneath our revered President Elect. But then a fellow socialist threw his shoes at President Bush, reminding them that the Moonbat Messiah isn't the real president yet, so the peace and love will have to wait a few weeks. The latest exhibit of progressive classiness is a site entitled Thank You for Throwing Your Shoe. A few samples of the infantile liberalism on display:

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As you can see, reasoned debate with Obama's base is not an option.

At least when they have their chosen moonbat in the White House, they'll stop throwing shoes and rediscover reverence for the office of POTUS.

On a tip from Steve T.



December 19, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM

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Egypt soon if global warming keeps up at this pace. On a tip from Lyle.



California Court Okays Suing Good Samaritans

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 AM

No good deed goes unpunished — not when trial lawyers can use them as a pretext to sue:

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a young woman who pulled a co-worker from a crashed vehicle isn't immune from civil liability because the care she rendered wasn't medical.
The divided high court appeared to signal that rescue efforts are the responsibility of trained professionals. It was also thought to be the first ruling by the court that someone who intervened in an accident in good faith could be sued.

Next time you see someone unconscious in a crashed vehicle that might go up in flames, run away quick before you're seen. If you rescue them, they'll sue you. If you leave them to die, their estate will sue you.

What a wonderful world to be a lawyer in.

On a tip from Richard C.



As Economy Unravels, Congress Gives Itself a Raise

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 AM

The boobs in Washington have wrecked the economy for most of us, but not everyone is suffering. Congress is giving itself a pay raise:

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.
Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries…

The raise must be a reward for setting off the financial crisis by winking at the irresponsible government-sponsored entities Freddie and Fannie in return for massive bribes — I mean, campaign contributions.

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To say Pelousy deserves a raise would be something of a stretch.

On tips from nanc and Conan.



Another Adventure in Socialized Medicine

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 AM

From the UK comes yet another precautionary tale of socialized medicine — the story of the aptly named Angela Breeds:

An expectant mother of twins was ferried 250 miles between four hospitals only to have her babies separated as soon as they were delivered.
Angela Breeds, 30, was told she needed a Caesarean section when doctors found one of her unborn babies was too small and not getting enough nutrition.
But what should have been the most thrilling moment of her life turned into a five-day ordeal because the hospitals either did not have the right scanning equipment or the incubators.
Doctors finally performed the Caesarean and delivered Suzie and Sonny nine weeks early. But then Sonny had to be moved to another hospital five minutes after birth - again because of incubator shortages.
Miss Breeds and her partner, Lee Taylor, 35, are now getting up at 5am every day to take breast milk to the babies at each hospital.

At least the medical care is free — unless you count the staggering level of taxation required to support it.

Of course, socialized medicine will work much more efficiently when it's imposed in the USA, because we'll have geniuses like Nancy Pelosi to see that it's administrated properly. They're doing a marvelous job with the rest of the economy.

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Angela's not so excellent adventure.

On a tip from Hemlock.



The Envious Condom

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 AM

Via Roto-Reuters, here we see a giant condom harassing newlyweds to "raise awareness" about how we should all slip on the latex before indulging in indiscriminate debauchery:

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As DANEgerous points out, it's the newlyweds who have the right idea when it comes to avoiding horrific diseases:

Your best defense against a behavior-spread disease like AIDS is monogamy and your best chance at monogamy is traditional marriage.
In contrast condoms break, or slip, up to 12% of the time. That may not sound like a big number but if you have sex more then once, each event is cumulative and the probability of unsafe sex quickly exceeds 100%. Given the average single person 'hooks up' with a few partners a year, a few times each, multiply those dozen "trials" by a failure rate that high and the average single person exceeds 100% every year.

Condoms or no condoms, there are basic rules to civilized behavior. A society that breaks them will have a price to pay.



December 18, 2008

NY Times Gushes Over Soda Tax

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:06 PM

Believe it or not, some people are delighted with New York Governor David Paterson's outrageous 18% tax on nondiet soda — like Nicholas Kristof of the New York Slimes, who doesn't shy away from comparing the current jihad against food with the greedy plundering of the tobacco industry:

These days, sugary drinks are to American health roughly what tobacco was a generation ago. A tax would shift some consumers, especially kids, to diet drinks or water.

But it isn't just soda that makes people fat. Where does the punitive taxation stop? With moonbats like Kristof, it never stops:

One of industry's objections is that soft drinks aren't the only problem. That's true, and I'd love to see a "Twinkie tax" as well.

The list of foods subject to denunciation by liberal elite nanny Nazis includes not only Coca-Cola and Twinkies, but every other comestible they can think of except arugula, unsalted celery stalks, and the olives that come in their Grey Goose martinis.

The endlessly rising taxes are bad enough. There's no need to add insult to injury with the insufferable condescension of totalitarian twits like Kristof, who think we can't even feed ourselves without government intervention.

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Kristof: Taking charge of what you eat.

On a tip from Bradshaw.



Moonbat Professions Deemed Undesirable for Marriage

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:46 AM

Abortion isn't natural selection's only defense against moonbattery, according to a survey of which professions produce the most eligible marriage partners. Media, marketing, and entertainment — fields heavily dominated by moonbats, as a glance at your TV will confirm — came in near the absolute bottom, in the 2–3% range.

Nonetheless, entertainment people do find partners for marriage. Typically they manage to do it several times.

On a tip from Cptnmoroni.



Ikea Accused of Oppressing Reindeer

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:04 AM

Moonbats had better think twice before sitting on furniture from Ikea, which stands accused of oppressing reindeer by selling salami made from their meat.

It is alleged that reindeer ranching causes the animals "mental and physical stress." Worse still, the animal welfare group Viva! claims that many reindeer are never allowed to frolic in the snow. Viva! demands that Ikea stop selling the salami in its Swedish food halls.

Presumably it will be replaced with delicious tofu salami, so that no mental or physical stress is involved, except to people trying to eat it.

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It's okay, Rudolph. Moonbats will keep you safe from humans.

On a tip from Rick L.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:18 AM

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Moonbat of the Year. On a tip from Wiggins.



A Moonbat in High Dudgeon

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM

It doesn't take much to arouse the hollow yet noisy moral indignation of moonbats. All you have to do is say "Jesus Christ" in public:

I was appalled and angered by the un-American, unpatriotic and illegal display put on by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association prior to the 5A state championship high-school football game Saturday. …
As any real American knows, the most important American freedom, even more fundamental than free speech, is the freedom of conscience, the freedom to think.
This freedom grew directly out of the religious wars of the Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages; religious freedom is the soul of this freedom. Yet immediately before playing the national anthem, an anthem that represents this and all our freedoms, at a game sanctioned by the state and involving two public schools, a minister gave an invocation that spoke only of Jesus Christ. …
Those who made the decision to allow this prayer need to apologize.

The moonbat whines that no prayers were offered to the gods of various foreign religions that are unlikely to have significant followings at Louisiana football games. The Hindu heritage of Governor Bobby Jindal is trumpeted — never mind that Jindal is Catholic.

Here we see once again that trying to engage anti-Christian liberals as if they were on the level would be a waste of time. The goal isn't inclusion of other cultures' religions. It's the exclusion of Christianity from public life, so that we will have no gods before moonbattery.

On a tip from Andrea.



Global Warming Hits Southwest

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM

While Al Gore screams that the polar ice caps will be melted within 5 years, and AP demands totalitarian measures, back in the real world, it keeps getting colder.

In Las Vegas:

A rare winter storm swept through Southern Nevada Wednesday, dumping the most snow on the valley in nearly three decades, grounding flights at the airport, forcing the closure of major highways and closing schools for today.
"This is the most snow we've had in Las Vegas in almost 30 years," said Chris Stachelski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

In balmy California:

Snow snarled major mountain highways and even dusted Malibu on Wednesday as a cold storm hit parts of California. … Styming thousands of commuters and travelers, snow shut Interstate 15 over 4,190-foot Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles and roads through the San Gabriel Mountains connecting metropolitan Los Angeles to the commuter suburbs of Palmdale and Lancaster in the high desert to the north.

Los Angeles commuters haven't seen anything like it in 15 years. Even the San Diego area has been hit. It may be fun for snow boarders, but there is a downside:

Freeze warnings were issued for late Wednesday through Thursday morning for the Sacramento Valley, the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region, among others.
"A freeze warning means subfreezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation," the NWS said.
Freeze warnings were also issued for north San Francisco Bay area valleys, and a combination of frost advisories and freeze warnings were issued for parts of southwestern California.

As humans have known since before we could talk, cold weather is a bigger problem than warm weather. Unfortunately, our cooling climate is real, whereas global warming is an increasingly preposterous farce.

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On tips from Jaeson, Burning Hot, Wiggins, and Matt L. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



Moonbats Fume Over Warren Invocation

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 AM

Credit where it's due: Obama made a good move by picking Rick Warren for the inaugural invocation. Although this can be seen as an olive branch to conservatives, Warren is politically centrist, and the kind of guy no one can help but respect.

Well, almost no one. Progressives hate Warren's guts for not embracing abortion and the homosexual profanation of marriage. Right Wing News has collected some moonbat reactions.

Daily Kos:
What a spit in the eye to the GBLT community in particular, and to anyone who supports equality, dignity and justice under the law.
Feministing:
So many pro-choicers, gay activists, and progressive Christians worked their asses off to elect Obama, which makes Obama's decision to give Warren a platform at the inauguration a real f*ck-you.
Firedoglake:
President-elect Obama chose eliminationist hate preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama's Inaguration. With this choice, Obama sends three destructive messages. Number one: In Obama's America, equal rights and reproductive freedom aren't for everyone. Number two: President-elect Obama likes sharing the national stage with hate. Number three: While Obama enjoys his equality before the law, LGBT Americans can go to Hell. Literally. Gee. Is this change we can believe in?
Andrew Sullivan:
Shrewd politics, but if anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality, they should probably sober up now. He won't be as bad as the Clintons (who, among leading Democrats, could?), but pandering to Christianists at his inauguration is a depressing omen.

Obviously Jeremiah Wright or Michael Pfleger would have met with more approval from Obama's base. Wouldn't it be nice to think they may become as disillusioned with their Moonbat Messiah as conservatives have long been with Big Government W? However, Sully might be right for a change when he dismisses this gesture as shrewd politics.

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Loathed by leftists.



Johnny Taliban's Moonbat Mommy and Daddy Bleat for Pardon

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:18 AM

Remember Johnny Taliban, the spoilt offspring of Marin County liberals who exemplified moonbattery by fighting with the Taliban against American troops? The lefties at La Times aren't the only ones who would like to see him free:

The parents of American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh are asking President George W. Bush to set their son free before Bush leaves office next month. … At a news conference in San Francisco Wednesday, Lindh's mother, Marilyn Walker, asked the president to show mercy during the Christmas season by commuting her son's sentence.

Given the insanity into which our political system is disintegrating, Lindh is more likely to get a pardon than Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, the heroic border agents who were given draconian prison sentences for running a Mexican drug dealer back across the border with a well-earned lead souvenir in his bottom.

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Johnny Taliban silently explains the purpose of firing squads.

On a tip from Cluebat from Exodar.



Obama Nation Christmas Carol

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 AM



The Vicious Cycle of Moonbat Inspiration

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:26 AM

Muntader al-Zaidi, the obnoxious ingrate who demonstrated how free Iraq has become by throwing his shoes at President Bush, was inspired by Western moonbattery, as you may have read:

A day after the incident, al-Zeidi's three brothers and one sister gathered in al-Zeidi's simple, one-bedroom apartment in west Baghdad. The home was decorated with a poster of Latin American revolutionary leader Che Guevara…

…just like an Obama campaign office.

Now al-Zeidi has influenced Western moonbats in turn, inspiring yet another lame spectacle by peace activists in DC yesterday. From a Code Pink press release:

In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday, peace activists will gather outside the White House with bags of shoes representing Iraqis and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush Administration's illegal invasion of Iraq.
They aim to show support for Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at President Bush while he spoke at the conference on his "surprise" visit to discuss the war. Al-Zaidi is currently being held by Iraqi police and questioned on his actions. The peace activists are calling on the Iraqi government to release al-Zaidi without charges and have set up a fund to support him and his family.

TSO at This Ain't Hell was on hand for the event, and reports that journalists outnumbered protestors 3:1, as you can see here:

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Among the handful of angry moonbats was the indefatigable Medea Benjamin, seen here with her mouth open as always:

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When the cycle of Muslim-moonbat influence comes around again, Iraqi left-wing camera whores will start dressing in pink.

On tips from Burning Hot, who knows who they ought to be throwing shoes at in Iraq, and Stephen B. Hat tip: Nice Deb.



December 17, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM

Some inspirational cinematic countermoonbattery from the Moving Picture Institute's Moving Minutes.



Scientists Respond to AP's Hysterical Global Warming Propaganda

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:53 AM

A growing number of scientists are showing the courage and integrity to defend science from the preposterous global warming hoax. A recent hysterical call by AP's Seth Borenstein for Obama to impose draconian measures in the name of the nonexistent crisis drew these sharp words from geology professor David Deming of the University of Oklahoma:

[Borenstein] says global warming is accelerating. Not only is it continuing, it's accelerating, and whether it's continuing that was completely beyond the evidence.
The mean global temperature, at least as measured by satellite, is now the same as it was in the year 1980. In the last couple of years sea level has stopped rising. Hurricane and cyclone activity in the northern hemisphere is at a 24-year low and sea ice globally is also the same as it was in 1980.
Reporters, as I understand reporters, are supposed to report facts. What he's doing here is he's writing a polemic and reporting it as fact, and that's not right. It's not reporting. It's propaganda.

Retired nuclear scientist and chemistry professor from the University of Idaho Michael R. Fox doesn't think much of AP's enviroleftist "reporting" either:

There's very little that's right about it. And it's really harmful to the United States because people like this Borenstein working for AP have an enormous impact on everyone, because AP sells their news service to a thousand news outlets.

Fox observed that contrary to what's screamed at you from the newspapers, global warming is most definitely not accelerating — not that Al Gore's crackpot theories would be validated even if it were.

These kinds of temperatures cycle up and down and have been doing so for millions of years. … It's silly to lay it all on man-made carbon dioxide. It was El Nino in 1998 that caused the big spike in global warming and little to do with carbon dioxide.

Factors such as sun spots, solar winds, solar irradiation, and variations in the sun's magnetic field also contribute significantly to climate fluctuation; cars and light bulbs do not.

At Florida State University, emeritus professor James O'Brien notes that of the climate change that constantly occurs, currently "almost none of it is global warming." He also observes that all the hysteria about sea levels rising if the polar ice melts is a "major scare tactic used by the global warming people" that ignores the Archimedes Principle, which explains why sea levels would actually go down if the ice melted. You can prove it yourself with a glass of ice water.

Considering the extreme hardship politicians plan to inflict on us in the name of this farce, look for them to find new ways to silence these "deniers."

On tips from Matt L and Cartman.



Public Aware That Like Obama, Financial Crisis Is Largely a Media Creation

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:48 AM

You can fool some of the people some of the time, which the media proved by getting the Moonbat Messiah elected President and convincing the gullible that global warming is real. But as the MSM casts off even the thinnest pretense of professionalism in pursuit of its radical-left policy goals, fewer are getting fooled less of the time.

An overwhelming 77 percent of Americans believe that the US media is making the economic situation worse by projecting fear into people's minds. The majority of those surveyed feel that the financial press, by focusing on and embellishing negative news, is damaging consumer confidence and damping investment, making a difficult situation much worse.

The same young adults the media duped into flushing away their futures by voting for BHO overwhelmingly (85%) answered Yes to this question:

Do you think the financial press is making the economic crisis worse by projecting fear into people's minds?

Having abused our trust far too long, the dinosaur media is finding the ground begin to crumble away beneath its feet. Wait until people figure out that global warming is a lie, and Obama is not a messiah but a tasteless joke at America's expense. That's when the alphabet networks and the NY Times will be neck deep in the tar pits.

In the meantime, we can look forward to the economic situation improving when BHO takes office, because at that point the papers will stop talking us toward a depression, having lowered the economic bar to where The One might be able to step over it.

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Mainstream journalists slouch toward the tar pits.

Hat tip: Bob McCarty Writes; on a tip from Burning Hot.



Bailout for Abortion Mills

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:23 AM

It's already gotten to the point that you don't need to be in trouble to get a bailout; you just need to be in ideological sync with the moonbats running our government. Planned Parenthood, the McDonald's of abortion, is flush with cash thanks to the $millions of our money bureaucrats shower down upon it. Yet these baby-butchering "family planners" are asking for the equivalent of an auto industry bailout, having sent the Illustrious Office of the President Elect a 50-page proposal that includes the following demands:

• $1 BILLION dollars in taxpayer funding for International Abortion Groups
• $700 million in taxpayer funding for "Title X" Health Clinics (aka your local Planned Parenthood affiliate)
• $65 million for the UNFPA, an international aid organization connected to coercive abortion as part of China's coercive one-child policy
• Repeal the Hyde Amendment — Vastly expanding federal taxpayer funding for abortions
• Include Abortion coverage in any taxpayer-subsidized national health care program
• Expand taxpayer-funded abortions on military bases
• Expand taxpayer-funded abortions through the Peace Corps program
• Expand taxpayer-funded abortions for federal prisoners

If Obama says no to abortionists, it will be a first. But you can say no by signing a petition against this moonbattery.

Hat tip: Stop the ACLU; on a tip from Kristy.



Paterson's Soda Tax Makes No Sense

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:59 AM

New York's second-string governor has followed the lead of Mayor Mike by using nanny state totalitarianism to increase government revenue, slapping a 15% "obesity tax" on nondiet soft drinks. But…

There's just one problem: Studies have found links between drinking diet sodas and obesity and diabetes.
A 2005 study at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and separate studies released in 2007 at the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Massachusetts found that diet soda drinkers were more likely than regular soda drinkers to be obese.
Also, several studies by U.S. and European researchers have tied the artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet), which is used to sweeten many diet sodas, to cancer, headaches and organ damage…

No doubt Governor Paterson will correct the problem by levying an even higher tax on diet soda. He'll want to raise taxes on fruit juice too, since it has just as many calories as soda.

A tax on plain water might be a good idea also; if you drink enough, it will kill you. Just as Mary Jo Kopechne.

On tips from Eoin and Matt L.



December 16, 2008

Movie Version of Blago's Downfall Already Out

Posted by Dave Blount at 4:33 PM

Those Germans are really on top of things; they've already put out the movie version of Rod Blagojevich's downfall:

Hat tip: Copious Dissent; on a tip from Dennis S.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 AM

Evil, wrong, or both? On a tip from Kathleen.



Green Energy Bubble Bursting Already

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 AM

Now I get why global warming hysteria has been going into overdrive lately, despite falling temperatures encasing the country in ice:

A slackening in the growth rate of fossil fuel consumption gave comfort to environmentalists in 2008, as recession began to grip global economies. But, in most respects, this year was awful for the green bandwagon, which came to a halt as debt and equity finance dried up.
Clean energy stocks crashed by two thirds. The chart of the WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation index resembles the Nasdaq Technology index in 2000.
The quality of management for projects has come into question, with analysts saying enthusiasm for a good cause has been getting in the way of operational efficiency.

Operational efficiency is hardly the strong suit of "green energy" proponents. They rely on hype, panic, and government coercion. Their main hope now is that Obama will impose draconian restrictions on efficient energy production. If a recession provides them with "comfort," the depression the Moonbat Messiah may cause in the name of the polar bears ought to put them in a state of pure bliss.

On a tip from Burning Hot.



Adventures in Public Education

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM

From 10-year-old Jared Harrington's adventures in public education:

Jared was discussing the recent spring turkey hunting season with a classmate when [teacher Kathleen] Backus interrupted the conversation, insisting that there be no talk of "killing" in her classroom.

His mom describes what happens when Jared tried talking about hunting with a friend during free period snack time:

Jared's teacher covered her ears, trying to block the conversation, and singing "la la la la." When asked by another school employee about her odd behavior, the teacher claimed she did not want to hear about the boys and their "killing."

When his dad tried to talk to the teacher, Backus screeched:

I went hiking this weekend and saw a moose and a bear, and I will never tell you where they are because you might kill them.

Apparently Backus piled massive amounts of homework on Jared as punishment for oppressing the animals. His folks have wisely opted for home schooling.

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Kathleen Backus doesn't want to hear about killing.

On a tip from V the K.



McMaverick Is Back in the Saddle

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 AM

Having blown his presidential bid, John "Lettuce" McCain is back in his former job: toady to Democrats. True to his old pandering form, he went on This Week recently to denounce fellow Republicans for criticizing the way the Moonbat Messiah has mishandled the Governor Blago revelations. Bleats Lettuce:

In all due respect to the Republican National Committee… I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary.

The "stimulus package" is a Democrat dream come true: massive, unnecessary government spending, which can be counted on to exacerbate the financial crisis by putting us further into debt, thereby justifying still more extravagant unfundable handouts in the future.

As Jim Pinkerton points out, McCain is an old hand at carrying water for the Dems. It all started when he got caught up in the Keating Five scandal…

At which point, McCain seems to have realized two big things:
First, the importance of capital "E" ethics — the sort of bureaucratic-minded "good government" reform that liberals love.
Second, the importance of staying on the media's good side.
So McCain-the-Goldwater-Guy was reborn as "McCain the Maverick" — the Democrat- and media-friendly Maverick. And a long romance began.
McCain stayed with the Republican Party, but he routinely crossed over to support liberal Democratic initiatives on campaign finance "reform," stem cell research, and tobacco; he even joined with the Democrats in opposition to tax cuts and oil drilling in Alaska — and attacking Rush Limbaugh.
And McCain's reward was glowing coverage — Esquire magazine, for example, called him "St. John."
Republicans fumed, of course, and his partisan deviation from their party probably cost him the 2000 GOP presidential nomination.
But McCain kept it up for most of George W. Bush's presidency, leading The New Republic's Jonathan Chait to conclude that McCain was "The most effective advocate of the Democratic agenda in Washington" during the first Bush term.
Indeed, even as late as 2007, McCain was working with Teddy Kennedy to enact "comprehensive immigration reform" that most Republicans viewed as amnesty — pure and simple.

Yet, through mechanisms we can only guess at, McStain was able to secure the Republican nomination. His platform included "cap and trade" global warming moonbattery and a continued ban on drilling in Alaska. Having totally alienated his own party's base, he managed to lose to a neophyte whose only qualifications were being half black and having a name like a terrorist.

Now he's back, bashing Republicans, sucking up to the liberal media. If the GOP can't find a way to drive out enemies within like Lettuce McAmnesty, the country is headed toward long-term one-party rule.

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Lettuce and friends.

On a tip from Wiggins.



December 15, 2008

Goracle: Ice Caps Will Be Gone in 5 Years!

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 AM

Never mind the steadily increasing cold. Al Gore has been screaming that the polar ice caps will be gone in 5 years!

You would think the inventor of the Internet would realize that this video will still be floating around 5 years from now, when temperatures are likely to be even colder, and the ice caps will most certainly still be in place.

Thomas Lifson aptly describes the mainstream media's avid participation in this hysterical farce as "suicide by propaganda."

On tips from Wiggins, Burning Hot, and Byron. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:15 AM

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On a tip from V the K.



As Temperatures Plunge, Moonbat Media Spins

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:00 AM

Over half a million people in the Northeast were still without power yesterday, having been hit by global warming in the form of a vicious ice storm. Elsewhere, 13 inches of snow fell in North Dakota. We're not even halfway into December.

Do you think the conspicuously cooling climate will cause the moonbat establishment to back off from the global warming power grab? If so think again. Here's AP, spinning like a dervish:

[G]lobal warming … is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid. … Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it. …
"We need to start in January making significant changes," [Al] Gore said in a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press. "This year coming up is the most important opportunity the world has ever had to make progress in really solving the climate crisis." … Gore called the situation "the equivalent of a five-alarm fire that has to be addressed immediately." …
Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line [that stopped rising in 1998]. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.

Cooling temperatures illustrate how fast the world is warming. Cold is warmth, freedom is slavery, 2+2=5.

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Who to believe, Al Gore or your chattering teeth?

On tips from mega, conservativeteen, and Burning Hot.



Hollywood Helping You Hate Yourself

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:24 AM

The disease infesting Hollyweird has progressed beyond mere hatred of America. Under the banner of environmentalism, Tinseltown has been marketing an increasingly open hatred of the entire human race — as exemplified by a tedious remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which Keanu Reeves comes from outer space to tell us that it would be better for everyone if we didn't exist. Tim Black explains why you'd be wise to give this dog a miss:

Its dialogue often seems to be little more than a patchwork of preachy platitudes, scripture cribbed from some dismal eco-bible, made yet more dreary by their soundbite delivery. Hollywood screenwriters are presumably on an especially fibrous diet at the moment, one rich in stolid, cliché-heavy, eco-fare, judging by this large, steaming pile of Al Gore.
…this film is mostly insufferable, chiefly because it's little more than an environmentalist rant. Having a green agenda shouldn't necessarily make it a bad film; indeed The Day After Tomorrow, likewise, an ecologically aware movie, was often genuinely exciting. But, as with the similarly humans-are-crap themed The Happening, the indifference to humanity deprives The Day the Earth Stood Still of anything to fear for. Whether it's an invasion from within or without, from a vampiric mutation or from outer space, such fictions rely for their dramatic tension upon there being something worth saving, a notion of civilisation, its values and beliefs imperilled. Be it Van Helsing's Christianity in Bram Stoker's Dracula or the American way of life in Independence Day, the confrontation with the alien threat matters. But in The Day the Earth Stood Still there is no such tension, because there is very little worth saving. Little wonder the apocalypse here comes not with a bang but a CGI whimper.

But the movie does have some redeeming qualities:

[The moonbatty] Jennifer Connelly's hair contrasted beautifully with her pale face. And Keanu is just perfect in his role as the Extra-Boring-Terrestrial. He speaks his lines as if he's unfamiliar with the language, and the way in which he conveys uncertain control of his facial muscles is uncannily alien. I'd go so far as to say Keanu is probably the finest exponent of the recovering-from-a-stroke school of acting currently at work.

Appallingly, this morbid dreck finished the weekend number one at the box office. It seems everyone but masochistic moonbats who want to be told human existence is a crime is finding entertainment somewhere other than at the movies.

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On a tip from Name.



December 14, 2008

Nickelodeon Indoctrinates With Video Game

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:43 AM

The latest from the moonbat brainwashers at Nickelodious is a video game called The Big Green Help Global Challenge:

In an effort to educate and encourage action, Nickelodeon is set to release what could be the first ever online multiplayer video game that deals with environmental issues. As a component of the broader Big Green Help initiative, the game will tie together an overall theme that the company launched on Earth Day last April.

The indoctrination is not subtle:

Everyone who wants to play the game must take a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint.

If children are properly conditioned to hate themselves for sinning against the planet by existing, maybe they won't mind the Third-World standard of living our leaders will bequeath to them.

The game's villains include a truck and a light bulb. Light bulbs have long symbolized man's ingenuity. In the world of moonbattery, that makes them bad.

On a tip from Greg.



New York Imposes Plastic Bag Recycling

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:19 AM

Big Government's meddling moonbattery has reached a new extreme of absurdity in New York:

Starting next month, many New York retailers will be required to start recycling plastic shopping bags under a bill Gov. David Paterson signed into law [Saturday].
It applies to stores with more than 10,000-square-feet of retail space or those that are part of a chain with more than five stores, each with more than 5,000-square-feet of retail space. They'll be required to put out bins where shoppers can deposit the bags, recycle the returned bags, and keep records of how many are recycled.

With every month that goes by, the burden of idiotic regulations becomes more onerous. Collectively they are crushing the life out of our economy. Consequently, we'll be leaving the next generation a lower standard of living than our parents left for us.

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Next we'll be required to mend them when they rip.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Saracuda's Church Torched

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:08 AM

The psychotic level of hatred liberals in the media whipped up against Sarah Palin has had a predictable result:

Gov. Sarah Palin's home church has been badly damaged in a suspicious fire.
Larry Kroon, pastor of the Wasilla Bible Church, estimates damages at more than $1 million to the church.

The attack is appropriate, since Palin's greatest crime seems to be her belief in God.

Too bad the church can't send MSNBC a bill for the damage.

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The fruits of moonbattery.

On a tip from Cartman.



December 13, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:27 PM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Australia Officially Abandons Equality Before the Law

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM

Of the principles that serve as pillars of Western Civilization, liberals may be most hostile to equality before the law. If we all have equal rights, the government can't mandate equal rewards for our unequal efforts and abilities. But the moonbats running Australia seem to have this problem well in hand with the Orwellian Equal Opportunity Act:

Discrimination against dominant white males will soon be encouraged in a bid to boost the status of women, the disabled and cultural and religious minorities [i.e., Muslims].
Such positive discrimination — treating people differently in order to obtain equality for marginalised groups — is set to be legalised under planned changes to the Equal Opportunity Act foreshadowed last week by state Attorney-General Rob Hulls.

Among those who are to be more equal than others: criminals.

The laws are also expected to protect the rights of people with criminal records to get a job, as long as their past misdeeds are irrelevant to work being sought.

In other words, if two people want a job, and one is a felon, you give the felon the job or the kakistocracy breaks your business's kneecaps.

A new level of totalitarianism is proposed to impose this moonbattery, elevating the Equal Opportunity Commission to a politically correct star chamber combining the power of the Gestapo and the Spanish Inquisition. Proposed changes to the law would allow

the commission to inquire into discrimination, seize documents and search and enter premises after attempts to bring about change have failed.
Businesses and individuals would be required to change their ways even if a complaint had not been received.
Action could be taken where an unlawful act was "likely to occur", not just in cases where discrimination has taken place.

Derelicts and "people who act as volunteers" are also to be considered legally special. But as of yet, able-bodied, heterosexual, non-Muslim white guys without criminal records who work for a living still aren't required to wear yellow stars.

On a tip from V the K.



Christmas Magazine Cover Culture War

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:14 AM

It's the Christmas season — time for the media establishment to see how far it can push its bellicose contempt for the sacred this year. Check out this cover of Playboy, which has just hit the stands in Catholic Mexico:

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To judge from the non–work-safe pictures within, the Virgin Mary has embraced progressive morality, just in time for some yuletide porn.

The Sun reports that the December issue's release "was timed for the day before Mexico's traditional Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a celebration of an apparition of the Virgin in the town."

Closer to home, here's what they see fit to put on the cover of Newsbleak:

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While some turn their thoughts to the meaning of Christmas, this alleged news magazine devotes an issue to aggressively propagandizing in favor of blasphemously perverting holy matrimony.

At least I haven't seen any Christmas covers featuring demons relieving themselves on an altar — although that might be planned for next week's issue of Time.

On a tip from Wiggins. Hat tip: Stop the ACLU.



RINO Powell May Join Obama Team

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:01 AM

Faux conservative Colin Powell may officially join the Obama team by serving as a special peace envoy to the Middle East.

Alleged to be a Republican, Powell nonetheless endorsed the ultra-left Obama against the centrist McCain, proving that in Obamunist "postracial" politics, nothing trumps race. He has recently come forth with this advice to Republicans: stop being conservative and embrace the liberal agenda. Never mind that he himself wouldn't vote for McCain, whom the conservative base rightly rejected as too liberal.

Obama no doubt hopes that Powell is more skilled at sucking up to Arabs than he is as a liberal political hack.

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Colon Bowel may soon be nibbling terrorist dictators' toes.

On tips from nanc and David S.



December 12, 2008

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 AM

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Via Iowahawk. Hat tip: Amboy Times.



Moonbats Protest Chicago Cops' Guns

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:42 AM

It isn't only civilians whose guns moonbats would like to take away; they even want to disarm the police:

A parade of 150 protesters, many of them Chicago teens, slowly made their way into a public meeting at Chicago Police headquarters Thursday night, voicing in unison their displeasure with the police department's increased firepower: "1, 2, 3, 4, No more M4s!"
The group, whose members are part of the Live in Peace Campaign, was referring to the powerful M4 carbines that police brass said earlier this year would be given to officers to match the powerful weapons now in the hands of criminals.
Jose Juarez, 16, who lives in the Marquette Park neighborhood and attends Gage Park High School, was among the protesters attending the monthly Chicago Police Board meeting at 35th and Michigan. He wanted to voice fears that if police increase their firepower, the criminals will follow suit.

I'd never thought of it like that before. Maybe if we arm the police with limp flowers, criminals won't use weapons at all.

Jose is off to a great start. The sky is the limit for budding young community activists in the Windy City — so long as they play ball with the Chicago Machine.

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An MP4: What it takes to defend public order in a place like Chicago.

On tips from MP and Burning Hot.



Blackbird: The Browser for Black People

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 AM

A mighty blow has been struck against racism with the release of Blackbird — a browser for blacks:

For African-American Web surfers who just can't relate to their browsers, there's hope: the Blackbird Web browser.
Billed as "the Web browser for the African-American community," it's a modification of Mozilla Firefox with a different color scheme — black and earthy shades of green and brown — as well as certain built-in features meant to appeal to black Americans.
These include "Black Search," which brings up results tailored to what its backers assume are African-American interests; "Black News Ticker," which does more of the same; and "Blackbird TV," which is "the best of Black video on the Web."
"We believe that the Blackbird application can make it easier to find African American related content on the Internet and to interact with other members of the African American community online by sharing stories, news, comments and videos via Blackbird," reads a press release posted by 40A, the somewhat mysterious firm behind the browser, on the CrunchBase Web site.

Next they'll market Negro monitors, Nubian keyboards, and African American hard drives. I've already seen printers of color.

It's so nice to be in the Obama era, with everyone united, and all that racial divisiveness behind us.

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See how black it is.

On a tip from Matt L. Hat tip: DANEgerous.



Carols Deemed Too Religious for Christmas

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:47 AM

The campaign to purge Christianity from Christmas presses forward:

A school choir was forced to withdraw from a Christmas event because organisers branded its carols 'too religious'.
Around 60 children aged between seven and 11 had spent six weeks practising favourites including Once In Royal David's City and Silent Night for the Corringham Winter Festival.
But they were let down at the last minute when their headteacher was informed their programme did not 'dovetail' with the festival's theme.
The event ended up going ahead last week with non-religious music and displays from an Irish school of dancing and performing arts students.

Naturally the organizers wouldn't want to risk alienating Muslims by acknowledging that Christmas has something to do with Christ — not in an area where only 75% of the population identifies itself as Christian, and a full 1% as Muslim.

After Christ has been hollowed out of Christmas, moonbats will move on to other holidays. In the USA, we can expect to have the Thanks taken out of Thanksgiving, since there is no one to be thankful to, unless you're politically incorrect enough to believe in God. Presidents Day will be renamed Barack Obama Day, because it would be insensitive to honor dead white men. All that red, white, and blue jingoism will have to be purged from the Fourth of July, but we'll still have the barbeques, so long as they're vegetarian — unless of course barbeques are found to cause global warming.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Dem Donor Bernard Madoff Busted in Massive Ponzi Scheme

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:09 AM

If BHO is still looking for staff, I know just the guy to oversee Social Security — provided he can do it from a prison cell:

Bernard L. Madoff, a former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market and a force in Wall Street trading for nearly 50 years, was arrested by federal agents Thursday, a day after his sons turned him in for running what they said their father called "a giant Ponzi scheme."
The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a civil complaint, said it was an ongoing $50 billion swindle, and asked a judge to seize the firm and its assets. "Our complaint alleges a stunning fraud that appears to be of epic proportions," said Andrew M. Calamari, associate director of enforcement in the SEC's New York office.
In a separate criminal complaint, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Theodore Cacioppi said Mr. Madoff's investment advisory business had "deceived investors by operating a securities business in which he traded and lost investor money, and then paid certain investors purported returns on investment with the principal received from other, different investors, which resulted in losses of approximately billions of dollars."

Don't be too quick to brand Madoff a villain; he's actually a generous guy:

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Maybe Madoff thought if he made enough contributions to Democrats, he could get away with his scheme indefinitely. It worked for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae — for awhile. The more our economy comes to be based on bailouts, the more standard this will be as the way to do business.

Hat tip: DANEgerous.



December 11, 2008

Open for Questions: If They're Easy Enough

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:44 PM

The Obamination Administration promises to be a laugh riot. It hasn't even started yet, and already the Moonbat Messiah has us rolling on the floor with an official web page of The Office of the President-Elect entitled "Open Government • Open for Questions" — at which questions regarding BHO's association with Rod Blagojevich are getting flagged as inappropriate and removed. Look what Politico managed to excavate (via Gateway Pundit):

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They should have an asterisk after "Open for Questions," leading to a note: "From slobbering sycophants only."

Via Bill Baar's West Side, here's the picture mentioned in the bottom censored question:

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The scoundrel on the right is Chicago's mayor Richard Daley.

If Obama could lay down with dogs like these and get up without fleas, moonbats would be right to consider him a walking miracle.

On a tip from Burning Hot.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:31 AM

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BHO and a guy with whom he had no contact. Via Verum Serum; on a tip from forest.



Zimbabwe Blazes the Trail Into Socialism

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM

Race-based socialism is heading toward its end game in Zimbabwe:

Robert Mugabe — the octogenarian despot who liberated Rhodesia from white rule to form the new country of Zimbabwe — appears to believe that, since he created the country, he can and will destroy it. …
Prices double every day; disease is killing off many who go without the means to buy food or treatment; death and emigration have halved Zimbabwe's population of four years ago; and those that remain have the lowest life expectancy in the world — roughly 34 for men and 35 for women.
The politically favored elite in Zimbabwe have sucked the lifeblood from many formerly productive areas of the economy. Until recently — when they completely destroyed tobacco and other productive farming sectors by mismanagement — they had made vast amounts from land redistribution.

Despite the misery, things are still working out okay for the socialist rulers:

One area which is still profitable for the elites is the lawless and murderous diamond-mining region in the extreme east of the country. The 170-acre Chiadzwa diamond field on the border with Mozambique should provide over $1 billion per month in revenue, says Gideon Gono, the chairman of the Zimbabwean central bank. Outside experts don't disagree with that rough estimate. Yet somehow the Zimbabwean government officially gets nothing from this entire field. The mines were nationalized in 2006, after the former owner — the British company, African Consolidate Resources (ACR) — was banished. The place has been commandeered by some of the army elite, who pay paltry sums to their "staff" — many of whom die due to violence and poor conditions. Favored officers pocket a few millions in diamonds every month — no one knows exactly how much.

This explains why the Three Stooges — Obama, Reid, and Pelosi — will continue to push America into socialism, even as it radically reduces the country's capacity to produce wealth. Socialism isn't about producing more; it's about making sure that what little the government allows to be produced is distributed in accordance with social justice — i.e., all profits are controlled by the ruling elite.

As for the PEOTUS's policy on Zimbabwe:

President-Elect Barack Obama and his expert foreign-policy team — notably Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice — have said nothing about Zimbabwe in over five months.

Without Western aid, Mugabe's regime would finally collapse. But the pipeline of free money that leads from your pocket to his is in no danger of getting cut off.

Maybe socialism will turn out differently in America than it has in Zimbabwe. Then again, maybe I'll step out the front door and through a wormhole into an alternate universe just like this one, only without moonbats, and the streets will be paved with gold.

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Socialism brought Change to Rhodesia.

On a tip from V the K.



Showtime Digs for New Lows

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 AM

CBS's Showtime continues to push the envelope of gratuitous tastelessness in the establishment media campaign to transform American culture through rot:

Showtime is developing a reality series documenting gay people coming out to friends and family. The project is titled "Way Out." In each episode, a closeted individual reveals their true sexual orientation during a group meeting.

How compelling: Queer as Folk meets Jerry Springer.

For the first time, I wish I had signed up for Showtime — but only so I could cancel it.

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Dialing tastelessness up to 11.

On a tip from nanc.



Chavez's Revolution Follows Oil Prices Down

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM

Just as the economic crisis was caused in part by fools who thought housing prices would keep going up indefinitely, Hugo Chavez's nascent socialist dictatorship is based on perpetually rising oil prices. As oil prices fall, so does Chavez — flat on his face:

Premising his government spending on perpetual rises in oil prices, he's now facing an economy with 40% inflation and not enough foreign reserves to cover exports. It's a classic recipe for trouble. …
After posting a surplus of 12.5% of GDP this year, and spending at least 4.5% of GDP on a stimulus package of soup kitchen offerings, Chavez is now down to his last $87 billion in reserves, having created nothing of permanent value. Next year, S&P estimates a wild swing into deficit by Venezuela, forcing devaluation.

Oil prices habitually fluctuate wildly. Energy companies stay in business by investing in infrastructure when the price is up, allowing them to survive when it's down.

Authoritarian socialists aren't so forward-looking. The good news is this could mean the demise of Chavez. The bad news is that the same sort of thugs have been taking over our government. Looting "windfall profits" from oil companies could put them in the same boat as Venezuela.

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Surely our leaders aren't as dumb as this clown — are they?

On a tip from Charles O.



California Careens Toward "Financial Armageddon"

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 AM

California is offering a preview of what the federal government is in for if it doesn't stop trying to buy up the economy with more taxpayer money than it will be able to extract from us:

A frustrated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned Wednesday that California is headed toward "financial Armageddon" if legislators continue their standoff over how to solve the state's ballooning budget deficit.
With the recession sending state tax receipts plummeting, Schwarzenegger announced that the state faces a budget shortfall of $14.8 billion in the current fiscal year, up from an earlier estimate of $11.2 billion. Looking ahead to mid-2010, the gap could grow to as much as $40 billion if nothing is done to cut spending or generate new revenue, administration officials said Wednesday.
The entire general fund budget this year is $103.4 billion.
"If we don't put aside our ideological differences and negotiate and solve this problem, we're heading towards a financial Armageddon," Schwarzenegger said at a hastily called news conference in the Capitol.
The governor unveiled an electronic display, updated in real time, showing where the deficit stands and by how much it is growing — $470 per second, $40 million per day — based on his office's calculation.

The standoff boils down to Republicans refusing to agree to tax increases unless there is some restriction on spending. Democrats want to keep increasing both until they break through into communism. Since Democrats overwhelmingly dominate California's politics, the state's outlook is no brighter than the Soviet Union's was.

If GM is too big to fail, who's going to step in with the bailout when the federal government catches up to California, and soon after realizes that bankruptcy is the only way forward?

On a tip from Wiggins.



Global Warming Hits Houston

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:09 AM

As international bureauweenies meet in Poznan, Poland to plot ways to exploit the global warming hoax to rob us of our freedom, our standard of living, our national sovereignty, and our money, here's what's happening in normally balmy Houston:

Falling snowflakes glimmered in streetlights, so wide that they billowed to the ground like parachutes, and so tantalizing that even awestruck adults reached out their hands or stuck out their tongues to catch one.
By Wednesday evening, the flakes were big enough to hold their shape for a moment on the street before melting into the pavement, and a dusting had collected on parked cars in some parts of town.
The flurries tied a record for Houston's earliest snowfall ever and warmed the hearts of winter weather lovers who have pined for snow since it last made an appearance on Christmas Eve 2004. … Since 1895, records indicate, snow has fallen this early just once — on Dec. 10, 1944.

If they can sell us Barack Obama, maybe they can sell us global warming. But as temperatures keep falling, it isn't going to be easy. The "global warming causes global cooling" ploy doesn't pass the laugh test.

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Houston in early December.

On a tip from Al C.



Look What Missed the Memory Hole

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:51 AM

Here's what Obama had to say this Tuesday, the last time anything could be extracted from him regarding his dealings with fellow Illinois machine politician Rod Blagojevich, who was caught trying to sell BHO's Senate seat to the highest bidder:

I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.

The problem with telling lies in the Internet age is that people save photos, like this one taken last Tuesday, via Ace of Spades:

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People also take screen captures, like this page that has since been scrubbed by KHQA, via Stop the ACLU:

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Get used to prevarication. Given the cesspool the media hauled him from, Obama's administration promises to be the most corrupt in history.

On tips from Conan and V the K.



Governor Gregoire's Slippery Slope to Insanity

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:06 AM

The farce Washington governor Christine Gregoire initiated by allowing militant atheists to put up a sign denouncing Christianity next to the Christmas display in the state capitol has reached a new extreme of tastelessness. Active Democrat and enthusiastic Al Gore supporter Fred Phelps would like to put in his 2¢ too. Via Knowledge Is Power, here's the contribution he wants to make to the Christmas display:

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How about it Governor Gregoire? After all, it wouldn't be politically correct to discriminate against non-Christians, and Phelps's cult, despite calling itself the Westboro Baptist Church, is anything but Christian.

Phelps isn't the only one to take up Gregoire on her implicit invitation to ridicule Christmas:

Another Kansas group, the KC Free Thinkers, wants permission to put up a display celebrating a tongue-in-cheek deity named The Flying Spaghetti Monster. In a similar vein, an Olympia man is requesting approval for a celebratory pole in honor of the holiday Festivus, which was invented as part of a "Seinfeld" TV show episode in the late 1990s.

No doubt the objective is to leave only one deity in the end: The State.

On a tip from V the K.



December 10, 2008

Among Scientists, Resistance to Global Warming Hoax Spreads

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:03 PM

As the climate continues to cool, it's no surprise that the alleged consensus regarding the farcical global warming crisis hasn't been holding up so well.

The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

A few highlights from the minority report:

"It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don't buy into anthropogenic global warming."
— U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.
"Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly. … As a scientist I remain skeptical."
— Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology and formerly of NASA who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called "among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years."
Warming fears are the "worst scientific scandal in the history. … When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists."
— UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.
"The [global warming] scaremongering has its justification in the fact that it is something that generates funds."
— Award-winning Paleontologist Dr. Eduardo Tonni, of the Committee for Scientific Research in Buenos Aires and head of the Paleontology Department at the University of La Plata.
"CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another. … Every scientist knows this, but it doesn't pay to say so. … Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver's seat and developing nations walking barefoot."
— Dr. Takeda Kunihiko, vice-chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research at Chubu University in Japan.
"For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?"
— Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008 International Geological Congress who has authored 130 plus peer reviewed papers, and is currently at Uppsala University in Sweden.
"Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly [from promoting warming fears], without having their professional careers ruined."
— Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.
"Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is a dangerous nonsense. … The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning."
— Environmental Scientist Professor Delgado Domingos of Portugal, the founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast group, has more than 150 published articles.

Meanwhile, bureaucrats dreaming of international totalitarianism press forward with this preposterous hoax, so deranged by their lust for power that they have no clue how absurd they look to anyone who isn't too gullible to notice that it hasn't been getting warmer.

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On a tip from The Him.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:11 PM

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On a tip from Barry A.



Wolf Blitzer Attempts to Spin Blago

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:40 AM

You could almost feel sorry for the moonbat tool Wolf Blitzer, who as a CNN employee has the onerous task of spinning the Rod Blagojevich fiasco so as to make Democrats look good. Here's his best effort:

You know, most of the scandals — most of the political scandals… in recent years have involved Republicans… and they're all pretty well-known.

By "well-known," Blitzer means "well-hyped"; whereas Democrat scandals are ignored or glossed over to the extent the media can manage while still half-seriously maintaining a pretense of credibility.

The names Eliot Spitzer, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Edwards, and Tim Mahoney — all Dems like Blago who have been involved in appalling scandals in the last year — apparently don't ring any bells in Blitzer's bat-infested belfry.

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CNN logo via Michelle Malkin, on a tip from Burning Hot.

On a tip from Byron.



Obama to Start Pandering to Muslims Immediately

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM

Marvelous news:

President-elect Barack Obama plans to give "a major address" in an Islamic capital soon after taking office as he seeks to mend America's image in the Muslim world, a Chicago Tribune interview said.

Now we don't need to worry about Muslims disapproving of us for not liking it when they hijack our planes and fly them into our buildings. Mean old W even gave them the impression that there will be negative consequences to terror attacks on Americans. But those divisive days will soon be behind us. Complacency and conciliation are the keys to our secure future as dhimmis.

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Obama's handlers prepare him for a major address.

On a tip from Name.



Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Dong Yun Yoon

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 AM

Legal immigrants to the USA pose a jarring contrast with the disrespectful riffraff sneaking across the undefended border. We could never have enough Americans like Dong Yun Yoon:

A Korean immigrant who lost his wife, two children and mother-in-law when a Marine Corps jet slammed into the family's house said Tuesday he did not blame the pilot, who ejected and survived.
"Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," a distraught Dong Yun Yoon told reporters gathered near the site of Monday's crash of an F/A-18D jet in San Diego's University City community.
"He is one of our treasures for the country," Yoon said in accented English punctuated by long pauses while he tried to maintain his composure.
"I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could," said Yoon, flanked by members of San Diego's Korean community, relatives and members from the family's church.
Authorities said four people died when the jet crashed into the Yoon family's house while the pilot was trying to reach nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Another unoccupied house also was destroyed.

Local lawyers must be bummed that they won't be getting a cut of any extravagant lawsuits against the armed forces.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin; on a tip from Burning Hot.



Pittsburgh Adopts Another Communist Sister City

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 AM

More moonbattery from the erstwhile Steel City:

Pittsburgh now has another sister city: Danang, Vietnam.
The motion passed in city council [last] Tuesday and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Nguyen Tien Minh from the Vietnam Embassy, signed papers bonding the two cities.

Pittsburgh's other sister cities include the communist wonderland of Matanzas, Cuba. But that's topped by San Francisco, which is rumored to be sister cities with the Ninth Circle of Hell. Some say this is how the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals got its name.

On a tip from General Jack D. Ripper.



William Jefferson Loses a Squeaker

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 AM

Moonbattery has suffered a surprising setback in New Orleans, which moonbats adopted as their spiritual capital in the wake of Katrina:

A political unknown and a newly minted Republican, [Anh "Joseph"] Cao, 41, became the first Vietnamese American ever elected to Congress on Saturday, with an upset victory over indicted Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, 61, in the general election for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District.

Appallingly, the election was close (49.55% to 46.82%), even against a crook facing 16 federal corruption charges, who subverted Katrina rescue efforts to help him hide evidence of his crimes, and who was caught with $90,000 in his freezer — before being reelected.

Some give credit for Jefferson's long-awaited removal to the stupidity of his supporters, who stayed home because they thought the election was over when he won the Democrat primary runoff on November 4.

But if Blago wants to run for office again when he gets done serving time, he shouldn't let this discourage him. Illinois doesn't hold to the same scrupulous standards as Louisiana.

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The number of corrupt moonbats infesting DC is down by one.

On a tip from Andrea.



Who Really Cares About It Being Unconstitutional?

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:27 AM

Today's inspirational moonbat quote of the day comes from a November story in the dyslexically edited Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Pittsburgh City Council gave its first approval today to legislation requiring that anyone report a lost or stolen firearm report that within 24 hours or potentially face a $500 fine.
The 6-1 vote, with two abstentions, sets up a final vote likely next week, which would send the legislation to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for his signature or veto, and then potentially to the courts, where similar measures have been challenged.
"Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?" said Councilwoman Tonya Payne, a supporter.

Gradually increasing the squeeze on people who report stolen guns is intended to prevent straw purchases. But if European history is any guide, the farther our government strays into socialism, the less likely it is to permit us to defend ourselves. Before long reporting guns stolen that are actually buried in the backyard as insurance against encroaching totalitarianism might become a common practice.

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"Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?"

On a tip from jomama.



UNC Axes Christmas Trees

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:01 AM

The annual War on Christmas has claimed another casualty — the traditional Christmas trees at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill:

For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill's two main libraries.
Not this year.
The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas of Wilson and Davis libraries each December, were kept in storage this year at the behest of Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries. …
"We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas," she said. "It doesn't seem right to celebrate one particular set of customs."

Never mind that they are OUR CUSTOMS. By the same logic, baseball games should be banned, because they too celebrate the customs of our culture.

No word on how soon the word "Chapel" gets censored from Chapel Hill.

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A moonbat makes off with UNC's Christmas trees.

On a tip from Burning Hot.



Terrorists Forced to Listen to Sesame Street Theme Song

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:44 AM

Bush is technically still in office, yet already the truth is coming out regarding his brutal regime's abuse of misunderstood Islamic terrorists:

U.S. military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to the British law group Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently:
• "Enter Sandman," Metallica.
• "Bodies," Drowning Pool.
• "Shoot to Thrill," AC/DC.
• "Hell's Bells," AC/DC.
• "I Love You," from the "Barney and Friends" children's TV show.
• "Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen.
• "Babylon," David Gray.
• "White America," Eminem.
• "Sesame Street," theme song from the children's TV show.

Fortunately, Comrade Obama promises to close down Gitmo and put a stop to this sort of sadism.

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Forcing them to listen to Barney and Friends makes us no better than the terrorists.

On a tip from nanc.



British Journalist Cleared on Journalism Charges

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:30 AM

It keeps getting scarier in Once-Great Britain. Reporter Sally Murrer tells of her brush with Big Brother:

I hadn't a clue, as I shopped in Laura Ashley, that eight plainclothes police officers were poised to arrest me, lock me in a cell, interrogate me, strip-search me and finally put me in the dock for a multi-million-pound Crown Court trial after which I could technically be sent to prison for life.
I had no understanding of what heinous crime they thought I'd committed.
Officially, I was charged with three counts of the ancient common-law offence of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office — the same charges levelled at Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green last week when he was arrested over claims he had leaked confidential Government documents.

Although she was eventually acquitted, the nightmare dragged on for a year and a half, costing taxpayers over £1 million and forcing her to put her autistic son into a care home.

What did Murrer allegedly do? Not much of anything.

I was being accused of encouraging a police officer to give me information — stories the police authorities do not want in the public domain.
Each of the charges referred to stories I had written or cases I knew about.
None of the stories could be described as being of national importance. One concerned a local footballer involved in a brawl, another about the death of a former drug offender and a third, which was never published, involved an Islamist released early from prison.

Had she been found guilty, any journalist in Britain with off the record police contacts would be subject to life imprisonment. Just to be on the safe side, reporters might want to limit their sources of information to official government press releases.

On a tip from V the K.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM

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Compliments of Burning Hot.



December 9, 2008

No Way to Auto Bailout

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 PM

Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute on the impending auto bailout boondoggle:

On a tip from Chris M.



Hollyweird's Latest Che Hagiography

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:16 AM

You have to weep for the future, if people are learning about the past from Tinseltown. The latest crime against truth is called Che, a hagiography that warps history to make communist executioner Che Guevara into a hero.

"I'd like to dedicate this to the man himself, Che Guevara!" announced Benicio del Toro this May, as he received a "best actor" award for his starring role in Che, a reverent new film about the communist revolutionary. As the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival erupted in thunderous ovation, the Puerto Rico-born actor gushed that "I wouldn't be here without Che Guevara, and through all the awards the movie gets you'll have to pay your respects to the man!"
But some stubbornly refuse to pay their respects. Thus, the actor received a much cooler reception when Che, directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh, had a private screening in Miami Beach this past Thursday. Cuban-Americans, including the mayor of Miami Beach, protested the 4-and-a-half hour glorification of the man they consider a Stalinist mass-murderer.
Miami's media proved equally unwelcoming. At a press conference after the screening in Miami Beach's Byron Carlyle Theater, Marlene Gonzalez of the Spanish language America TeVe network asked del Toro about some glaring omissions in the movie. What of Che's role in ordering the executions of ordinary Cubans? And why no mention of the forced-labor camps established on the guerilla fighter's orders? A suddenly hurried Del Toro denied that Che bore any culpability for these horrors. He refused even to admit Che's bitter falling out with Fidel Castro, claiming that, to the contrary, the two always got along splendidly and that Castro was genuinely heartbroken when Che was captured and killed after fighting to his last bullet.
The contrast made for a moving scene. As protestors outside the Carlyle Theater brandished pictures of relatives murdered by Che Guevara, del Toro paid tribute to their murderer. Questions about Che's brutalities — meticulously recorded in books like Exposing the Real Che Guevara — he brushed aside as the embittered fabrications of Cuban exiles.
The following day, del Toro flew to Havana to present his film at the Havana Film Festival and hob-knob with Castro regime officials. Che was billed as the highlight of the festival and the Stalinist regime rolled out the carpet for their honored guest.

Del Toro publicly thanked the Cuban regime for research assistance.

That del Toro considers the Cuban regime a reliable source for the film is telling. Consider that the Castro government has jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of population than Stalin's and executed more people (out of a population of 6.4 million) in its first three years in power than Hitler's executed (out of a population of 70 million) in it's first six. These figures come from the human rights group Freedom House and from the Black Book of Communism, authored by French scholars and translated into English by Harvard University Press, not exactly headquarters for the vast-right wing conspiracy.

It's no accident that moonbat-infested Tinseltown produces grotesquely distorted historical stories. As Orwell noticed:

Who controls the past controls the future.

Those who share the socialist vision of the future as a boot stamping on a human face have powerful friends in Hollyweird.

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Director Soderbergh wants totalitarian murderers remembered as heroes.

On a tip from Steve G.



George Moonbat Denounces Hoax Deniers

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM

George Monbiot, who may have given us the word "moonbat" (thought to be a play on his name), continues his generosity with endless laughs at his own expense as he crusades against civilization in the name of the global warming hoax. He starts his latest diatribe with this confession:

We all create our own reality, and shut out the voices we do not want to hear.

The rest of the piece is devoted to whining about how he doesn't want to hear people pointing out that his beloved global warming crisis — "the most dangerous situation humankind has ever encountered" — is a farcical sham.

Those of us who draw attention to the potential cost of the hoax to our liberty and economic well-being are predictably denounced as "professional deniers employed by fossil fuel companies." If only his paranoid fantasies were true, I wouldn't have to accept Blogads from PETA.

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George Monbiot, moonbattery personified.

On a tip from Pochechuyev.



Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Busted for Corruption

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 AM

How thoughtful of Democrats to rescue us from the Culture of Corruption. The latest from Obamaland:

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Tuesday morning in Chicago on two counts each of federal corruption charges stemming from allegations Blagojevich was trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder.
The arrest is part of a three-year probe of "pay-to-play politics" in the governor's administration. The criminal complaint by the FBI says each man was arrested on two charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.
The charges also relate to allegations that Blagojevich and Harris schemed with previously convicted defendants and Obama associates Antoin Rezko, Stuart Levine, Ali Ata and others to arrange financial benefits in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state employment, state contracts and access to state funds.

Blagojevich (D) also attempted to use government assistance to the sinking Tribune Company as leverage to suppress editorial criticism. He took office after the last governor, George Ryan, got 6 1/2 years on federal corruption charges.

Get used to Illinois politics. Next month they're going national.

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No one says "cheese" like Blagojevich.

On tips from nanc, Wiggins, Byron, The MaryHunter, and blue.



Ominous Words From Governor Patterson

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 AM

David Patterson, who stumbled into the New York Governor's Mansion after Eliot Spitzer got caught disgracing himself with prostitutes, has his eyes on a bigger prize: the White House. He explains why he's qualified:

Once you go black, you don't go back.

Tell that to David Dinkins, the disastrous NYC mayor whose main qualifications were his skin color and harmless demeanor. Voters learned a lesson: the next mayor was Giuliani.

If Obama pushes forward with the policies of nationalizing whole industries and trying to spend our way out of recession with money we don't have, there will be such economic hardship that the next president will be different from him in every way possible.

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Patterson: Born qualified.

On a tip from nanc.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM

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Chicago Tribune Leads Dinosaur Media March to Tar Pits

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:04 AM

It looks like the Chicago Tribune is beating the New York Times in the race for the tar pits:

Facing what Chairman Sam Zell called a "perfect storm" of forces roiling the media industry and the broader economy, Chicago-based Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors Monday.

Cheer up, Zell: you're not alone. Publishers of the Chicago Sun-Times have recently seen their stock fall from $2.87 to 5¢. The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune are restructuring. The New York Times is borrowing against its fancy new castle. Leftwing NBC, despite having the $zillions of GE behind it, is considering scaling back its programming hours.

Have your pitchforks and torches ready in case the government tries bailing out these dinosaurs with your money.

On tips from Dennis S and Burning Hot.



Merkel: No Sacrificing Jobs to Global Warming Farce

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM

Until recently, the USA's foot-dragging was about the only thing stopping the Western World from jumping off a cliff over the increasingly preposterous global warming hoax. But with the last grownups scheduled to leave Washington next month, Europeans have been forced to drop the sanctimonious posturing and defend sanity.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been keen to promote herself as a tough actor on climate change, but with a new EU climate deal in the making, she's issued a new caveat: It must not jeopardize German jobs.

Merkel used to exploit the hoax with the worst of them, even traveling to Greenland to pose with melting ice. But it's becoming clear that moonbattery has a price.

According to an unpublished report by the economy ministry, Germany risks losing more than 100,000 jobs if the EU were to force industries to pay for pollution rights that are currently free.
Another study by the Muenster-based EEFA research institute pointed to increased costs stemming from reforming pollution rights, making Germany's key industrial sector less competitive and threatening up to 300,000 jobs by 2020.

Infuriating environmentalists who couldn't care less about human suffering, Merkel now says of the impending EU climate deal,

It must not take decisions that would endanger jobs or investments in Germany.

Germans love Comrade Obama so much — maybe they would be interested in a trade.

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Merkel in Greenland.

On a tip from Charles O.



British Pub Owner Busted for Putting Up Newspaper Clippings

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:18 AM

What's left of freedom of speech in politically correct Britain:

A pub landlord has been arrested on suspicion of committing a racially-aggravated public order offence because of newspaper clippings on the wall.
Peter Mailer was arrested after a complaint from a senior Notts Police officer who visited the Black Bull in Warkworth, Northumberland, while on holiday.
Mr Mailer, who admits he is an active supporter of the British National Party, was hauled into the nearby Alnwick Police Station. …
The 52-year-old said he was stunned to learn that the complaint had been made by the Notts officer. He said the officer had been in the pub with a friend and their wives. They chatted to him, but never mentioned the cuttings, which are mainly from national newspapers. Three days later, police arrested him and took everything off the walls.

Can we call it totalitarianism yet?

On a tip from Antara.

Update:

See the Northumberland Gazette for the original story with more detail.



Homosexual Strike Planned

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:09 AM

Here's a sign of progress: militant homosexuals are admitting that they're sick — or at least, they will be calling in sick tomorrow to teach the straights a lesson for not sacrificing marriage to appease them.

Still stamping their feet over California's Proposition 8, authoritarian degenerates are planning a homosexual strike, in yet another attempt to impose acceptance of their depraved lifestyle on mainstream society.

Given our current economic prospects, blowing off work might not be such a good idea. But of course, if you can say you were fired for being homosexual, you can put yourself in line for a generous settlement. It's good to be oppressed.

On tips from Al C, fellowes, nanc, and Wiggins.



December 8, 2008

Al Gore Watches the Inconvenient News

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 PM



Moonbat Nativity

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 PM

It's reassuring to see that Christmas is still acknowledged even in Amsterdam:

A Dutch gay group said Monday it has planned a "Pink Christmas" festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys.
Other attractions in the 10-day festival include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Dec. 25.
ProGay group chairman Frank van Dalen said Monday the event is intended to increase the choices for homosexual men and women during the Christmas holiday week. …
Van Dalen said it was not intended to be offensive, but was meant as a "wink" at heterosexual assumptions.

They aren't crapping in their hands and flinging it at Christmas. They're just winking ironically. But don't try winking back, because homosexuality is sacred to the church of moonbattery, and failing to revere it solemnly will be punished as homophobia.

On a tip from V the K.



Anti-Islam Stickers Banned

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:46 AM

Jesse Nieto might be excused for being politically incorrect enough to perceive a link between terrorism and Islam. His son Petty Officer 2nd Class Marc Ian Nieto was killed by Islamic terrorists aboard the USS Cole in 2000. Yet Nieto — a retired Marine and current civilian employee at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina — is in a spat with base officials who ordered him to remove anti-Islam decals from his car.

Nieto refused to get rid of two sets of stickers, both of which show a star and a crescent moon — symbolic of Islam — with a red circle and line through them. One says, "We died they rejoiced." The other reads, "No quarter Islamic terrorist."
In November, Nieto filed a federal lawsuit contending that base officials violated his free speech and equal protection rights. If decals of Confederate flags and silhouettes of busty ladies are permitted on private vehicles at the base, the suit reasons, Nieto's political sentiments should be, too.

But what if Muslims are offended? If you accuse them of terrorism, they might get mad and continue murdering innocent Americans at every opportunity. If they would plot to kill people at Fort Dix in return for America offering them refuge, imagine what they might inflict on Camp Lejeune as vengeance for permitting Nieto's stickers.

Too bad Nieto won't trade his decals for something that would meet with official approval — like this:

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On a tip from Wiggins.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:18 AM

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Congressman Calls for Rangel to Resign

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if the corrupt leftist demagogue Charlie Rangel could be pried out of Congress?

A Georgia congressman is calling on the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel, to resign amid the ethics cloud hanging over him.
The House Ethics Committee is reportedly investigating the veteran New York Democrat for failing to pay taxes on his Caribbean villa, and his use of four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem. Rangel is also accused of using congressional stationery to raise money for a center named after him at the City College of New York.
Congressman Paul Broun (R-Georgia) notes Rangel has admitted he is guilty of tax evasion and multiple House ethics violations.
"We've seen over and over again where Republicans and conservatives have been forced out of their office or have resigned when they've been involved in much less egregious types of errors than Mr. Rangel has," he points out. "So it's time for him to resign his committee chairmanship — and frankly, I think he should resign from Congress."

But Broun forgets that Republicans are part of the Culture of Corruption decried by Nancy Pelosi, whereas brazen crooks like Rangel and Alcee Hastings epitomize the most honest government in history she promised. As for Rangel's constituents, they couldn't care less if Rangel obeys the laws he writes for the rest of us, so long as Whitey gets poked in the eye.

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Rangel resign? If only.

On a tip from nanc.



Eating the Free Soup Americans Won't Eat

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 AM

This should come as no surprise: the illegal aliens who have been flooding into the country, supposedly to do work Americans aren't willing to do, are still here even though the work isn't. Westchester County, New York's Journal News weeps for the plight of the undocumented and unemployed in Port Chester:

Jose Antonio Correa folded his hands and bowed his head in prayer over a lunch tray.
Correa, who is looking for carpentry work after losing his pizzeria job four months ago, is grateful for the hamburger and soup he gets at the Don Bosco Community Center.
… Selvin Maldonado, 35, gets a meal at the kitchen almost every day, now that he has been out of work for the past month.
… Ovidio Cifuentes, who last worked in Greenwich three weeks earlier, worried about not being able to send money home to his parents and girlfriend in Guatemala. He used to make $500 a week from painting and putting up gypsum wallboard. He eats at the soup kitchen to save the little money he has.
"This is a place we can eat and we don't have the extra expense of buying food when we're not working," he said in Spanish.
Correa said not having a job stirs up the anxiety he felt when he decided to leave Honduras 10 years ago.

I'm feeling some anxiety too: over the implications of having allowed tens of millions of unskilled Third-Worlders, many of whom aren't even learning English, to pour across our unguarded border, now that the economy won't support them anymore. Out of sheer moonbattery we have imported a time bomb that will start going off within the next few years.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Useless Educrat David Brewer Is Riding High

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 AM

Why is it that the more money we pour into the education establishment, the less students learn? Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer offers a clue.

Brewer's dream job includes a $45,000 expense account, a $3,000 monthly housing allowance, and a $300,000 salary. Meanwhile, Los Angeles parents are being shaken down to make donations on top of their astronomical taxes, lest budget cuts deprive them of instructional aides.

Brewer has no educational experience, and shows no capacity to reform the dysfunctional system he's been exploiting. But he's black, that's the important thing.

What government has done to education, it will soon do to the healthcare industry.

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Brewer has exactly one qualification for office.

On a tip from V the K.



LA Episcopalians Endorse Homosexuality

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:08 AM

Christianity's external enemies will never be able to inflict as much damage as its enemies within:

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has joined seven other dioceses in passing a resolution asking the church to let lesbians as well as homosexual men become bishops.
The vote at the diocesan convention rejected the Episcopal Church's de facto moratorium on electing homosexual bishops since its 2003 consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who lives with his same-sex partner. … The Los Angeles diocese also expressed support for homosexual "marriage" with the creation of the "Sacramental Blessing for a Life-long Covenant."

Considering that homosexual depravity is condemned in the strongest terms throughout the Bible, you have to wonder what's next. Abortionists as bishops? Sacramental blessings for career criminals?

If the objective is to reduce Christianity to an empty farce, Episcopalians at least get credit for competence. What other point there could be to pretending to be Christian while hollowing out everything except the vapid feel-good froth normally called liberalism is one of the few mysteries left in politically correct, secularized religion.

On a tip from nanc.



New York Times Desperately Borrows Against Its New Headquarters

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:29 AM

Despite the political success moonbattery has enjoyed recently, it isn't thriving on the marketplace. The New York Times — the top dog of leftwing journalism, from which the alphabet networks take their marching orders — continues its decline:

The New York Times Company plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits. …
Standard & Poor’s recently lowered its credit rating on the Times Company below investment grade, and Moody’s Investors Service has said it was considering a similar move. Times Company stock, which has lost more than half its value this year, closed on Friday at $7.64, down 30 cents.

Maybe it wasn't such a hot idea for the Gray Lady to build this massive moonbat temple as revenues were declining. But then, if the Times showed sound reasoning, it would print news instead of leftist propaganda, and wouldn't be losing its advertisers.

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As the Gray Lady sinks, her ego climbs to the sky.

On a tip from Wiggins.



God Airbrushed From Capitol Visitor Center

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:05 AM

The new $621 million capitol Visitor Center does more than spare Harry Reid from having to smell the unwashed masses. It also advances the campaign to replace meaningful religion with worship of the State:

Among the critics [of the Visitor Center] were Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who several weeks ago noticed that something was missing from a center's replica of the House Speaker's rostrum. The words "In God We Trust" — engraved over the actual rostrum in 1962 — were not included in the replica.
The center identified "E. Pluribus Unum" (rather than "In God We Trust") as the official national motto. Displays deleted these words from Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance; "Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind…"; and the words "in the Year of Our Lord" from Article 7 of the Constitution.
DeMint and dozens of other congressmen objected and the deleted phrases were restored. But Demint [and others] still aren't happy about other godless aspects of the center, especially this quote etched into a wall near the entrance: "We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution."

This is hardly the only example of apparatchiks furtively attempting to airbrush God out of American history:

• Neither the World War II Memorial (2004) nor the FDR Memorial (1997) — Washington's two newest monuments — contain references to God. The WWII memorial includes a God-related quote from Eisenhower's D-Day message, but it ends just before the general seeks "the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."
• In 2007, a replica of the Washington Monument's aluminum cap, on display inside the monument, recently was turned so that the words "Laus Deo" (Latin for 'Praise be to God') were no longer visible to vistors. After receiving 28,000 email complaints, the National Park Service said it was a simple mistake and they'd turn it back.
• In 2007, after protests from House Republican Leader John Boehner and others, the Office of the Architect of the Capitol reversed its stated policy of removing references to God or religion from certificates that were given to citizens along with flags flown ceremonially over the Capitol.
• The new John Quincy Adams Presidential Dollar, released earlier this year, contained the words "In God We Trust" along the edge of the coin rather than on its face. After receiving many complaints, the U.S. Mint announced that the motto will appear on the heads side of the 2009 Adams dollars.

Like vultures closing in on a dying man in the desert, moonbats will retreat when challenged, only to sneak in closer still at the next opportunity. Future generations will likely be raised to believe the Founding Fathers were atheists.

On a tip from V the K.



December 7, 2008

Nanny Staters Keep Us Safe From Novelty Lighters

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:32 PM

Connecticut bureauweenies have imposed still more extraneous safeness on their constituents by banning novelty lighters.

The ordinance will take effect Dec. 17. The fire marshal and city police officers will enforce the local law, which includes [a] $100 fine for the "retail sale, offer of retail sale, gift or distribution of any novelty lighter within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of New London."

Why not? Novelty lighters are more likely to cause harm than the trans fats cities like New York have been banning. You could use one to ignite a stick of dynamite and hurt any number of people.

Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), better known for all the cash he raked in from Freddie and Fannie than for his pathetic presidential campaign, wants to take the ban national.

The national ban would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to treat novelty lighters as a banned hazardous substance, which would prohibit the manufacture, importation, or sale of the lighters anywhere in the country.

If only the meddling moonbattery gumming up the gears of our democracy could be banned as a hazardous substance.

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These look particularly lethal.

On a tip from comet.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:55 PM

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Hat tips: Ace of Spades HQ, Stop the ACLU; on a tip from V the K.



Oxford University Press Applies Newspeak Principles to Junior Dictionary

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:09 PM

Once again, moonbats are using George Orwell's 1984 as an instruction manual, attempting to control our thoughts by limiting our vocabulary:

Words associated with Christianity, the monarchy and British history have been dropped from a leading dictionary for children. … The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

Words removed from the Junior Dictionary by Oxford University Press include "saint," "bishop," "chapel," "empire," and "monarch." Look for future editions to erase the words "morals," "decency," "integrity," "civilization," and "honor."

On a tip from Pochechuyev.



Democrats Plan Blitzkrieg Approach to Nationalizing Healthcare Industry

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:18 PM

Democrats have learned their lesson from the HillaryCare debacle: don't give the voters time to figure out what you're doing to them.

President-elect Barack Obama and his aides are determined not to repeat the mistakes the Clinton administration made 15 years ago in trying to revamp the nation's health care system. That means applying some of the lessons learned — moving fast, seizing momentum and not letting it go.
[…Obama's point man on nationalizing the healthcare industry, Tom] Daschle maintains the efforts to bring about universal health coverage in the first two years of the Clinton presidency took too long. In a book published this year, he urged the next president to act immediately to capitalize on the good will that greets any incoming administration. His speech and recent behind-the-scenes meetings with lawmakers and consumer groups address that point.
"We need to be on the offense," Daschle said.
…Daschle did not provide any details about how the incoming administration would pay for expanding coverage.

Hurry up and say good-bye to the best healthcare in the world, because it will be gone before you know it, to be replaced by the sort of service you get at the DMV. The cost of socialized medicine to our economy will be staggering.

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The Daschle plan: strike fast.

On a tip from Kevin R.



December 6, 2008

DHS Honcho Busted for Harboring Illegal Alien

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM

Arizona Governor Janet "Crappy Nappy" Napolitano famously dismissed the notion of trying to defend our country from Mexican invasion and colonization with the remark,

If you build a 50-foot-high wall, somebody will find a 51-foot ladder.

Nappy is an apt choice for Director of Homeland Security, where she will fit in well with bureaucrats like Lorraine Henderson, the Boston area port director for DHS, Customs and Border Protection, who has been arrested for harboring an illegal alien. Henderson

supervised 220 law-enforcement personnel, she carried both a gun and a badge, she drove a white Ford Explorer SUV with "Customs and Border Protection" stenciled on the side. And now it turns out she was paying an illegal alien, in cash, to clean her condo in Salem.

Henderson found the illegal "very attractive, trustworthy and thorough" — which is more than I can say for Nappy.

Like most illegal aliens, Henderson's maid will be around for awhile; she recently dropped an anchor baby. She's not married, of course. That would limit her welfare eligibility.

On a tip from Byron.



December 5, 2008

The Smartest Morons on TV

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:14 PM

This is not a photoshop, but an actual screenshot from Entertainment Weekly:

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Of the four women in the picture, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who at least means well, contributes more than three quarters of a collective IQ that falls short of triple digits. As for the other three:

Whoopi Goldberg, who has demanded "reverence" for women who abort their children, believes that the rights of blacks to vote in the USA is provisional and would lapse if not renewed by Congress "every couple of years."

Joy Behar believes that blacks who hate whites are not racist, because they belong to a special interest group that constitutes an "oppressed minority." Professor Behar has equated sainthood with schizophrenia, compared Donald "Light Footprint" Rumsfeld to Hitler, and thinks al Qaeda is headed by a guy named Obama bin Laden.

Sherri Shepherd's mental incapacity is so severe, she literally does not know if the earth is flat:

If these idiots are on the list of the smartest people on TV, try to imagine a list of the dumbest — or worse still, a list of the dumbest compilers of lists for entertainment magazines.

On a tip from Dennis S.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:27 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Moonbats Bemoan Free Whoppers

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM

Burger King has launched a "Whopper Virgins" campaign, which involves traveling to remote parts of the world like Greenland and rural Romania and presenting people with free Whoppers and Big Macs to see which they like better. Moonbats are incensed at such capitalist exploitation:

"It's outrageous," Sharon Akabas of the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, told the New York Daily News. "What's next? Are we going to start taking guns out to some of these remote places and ask them which one they like better?"
Marilyn Borchardt, development director for Food First, called the campaign insensitive.
"The ad's not even acknowledging that there's even hunger in any of these places," she told the Daily News.
The campaign has also stirred up a welter of online commentary. Brian Morrissey, writing on Adfreak.com, likens the campaign to colonialism and declares it "embarrassing and emblematic of how ignorant Americans still seem to the rest of the world."
"It doesn't get much more offensive than this," noted The Inquisitor blog. "If visiting poor people in remote locations, some who would be at best surviving on below poverty levels and throwing a burger in their faces isn't bad enough, it gets better, because they also ask the Whopper Virgins to compare the taste of the Whopper to a McDonalds Big Mac as well.
"It's hard to place exactly where this begins on the level of wrongness."

Even moonbats have one redeeming quality. Their capacity for completely inappropriate sanctimonious indignation is a bottomless barrel of laughs.

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An insensitive capitalist exploiter puts on the moves.

Hat tip: Copious Dissent; on a tip from V the K.



The "Hate Speech of the Nativity Scene"

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:27 AM

At last it has been made clear what atheists have against Christmastime nativity scenes. Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation barks that they constitute "a direct attack on good human values" and even "hate speech":

In all my years of studying the spiritual cancer known as moonbattery, this is the first time I've heard the infant Christ referred to as "that little baby who became the dictator."

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit; on a tip from Burning Hot.



School Bans Chastity Ring

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM

Once again, educrats have been forced to step in to prevent a British schoolgirl from wearing a Christian purity ring.

A gift from her mother, 12-year-old Kioni Lansbury's ring signifies her intention to refrain from sex until she's married. Still more outrageous, these rings reference a passage from the Bible.

Wonders Kioni:

If people can wear head scarves, why can't I wear a ring?

It could be because Christians don't fly planes into buildings, blow up buses, and go on homicidal rampages. Or it could be that the ring is somehow dangerous, as alleged by the ironically named headteacher Faith Jarrett:

It's not a case of being religious or anti-religious. We take the view that it's potentially dangerous.

The ring looks pretty lethal all right:

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The open-minded Ms. Jarrett is willing to let Kioni bring the ring to school, so long as she keeps it in her bag. If only the ring announced her intentions to sleep around and then have an abortion, she could wear it with pride.

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Leave it to Columbia and Yale to devote studies to ridiculing chastity.

On a tip from The Dude.



December 4, 2008

George Moonbat to Keep Being All Wet

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:57 PM

You have to hand it to George Monbiot, the left-wing weenie whose very name means moonbat. This winter is off to a harsh start in Britain, but Monbiot isn't about to let falling temperatures stand in the way of a global warming march scheduled for Saturday.

Monbiot admits that last year's march was "utterly blighted," because wintry weather got the better of the climate warriors. George himself left early due to cold rain. But this time he approaches the annual farce with renewed fanaticism, possibly inspired by suspicions that if it keeps getting colder, not even the BBC will take global warming seriously much longer.

Here's the hapless Moonbat at last year's spectacle, rallying a handful of soggy neo-hippies against modern civilization:

As luck would have it, rain is in the forecast again.

On a tip from Pochechuyev.



Greenhouse Gases Make the Ocean Too Noisy

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:24 AM

Still not afraid of harmless "greenhouse gases"? Let's try this:

Greenhouse gases worsen ocean noise by raising acidity levels and causing sound to travel farther, making it ever harder for marine mammals to communicate, UN and wildlife experts said today.

Other bad things that force whales to raise their voices include "shipping, oil and gas exploration, and military sonars." A lawyer for the whales bleats that their capacity to communicate has been reduced by 90%.

No doubt the UN will propose international regulations to put a stop to activities that make the ocean noisy.

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Dolphins have been forced to yell in each other's ears.

Hat tip: Tim Blair, on a tip from mandible claw.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM

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It's fizzy, but will go flat after awhile, just like Obamania. Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.



Felons Receive Compensation for Being Forced to Quit Heroin

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:55 AM

This is what moonbattery can do to a legal system:

Drug-addicted prisoners have received compensation because their human rights were breached when they were forced to go cold turkey, it was revealed today.
Around £11,400 was paid to three inmates at Winchester Prison in Hampshire after a court ruled that it was a breach of their human rights to deny them drugs such as heroin and substitute substances. … The money was part of about £50,000 paid out in one year to seven inmates at the prison.

Next, terrorists will be given cash compensation for the emotional withdrawal they experience when incarceration prevents them from murdering infidels.

On a tip from V the K.



Gus Speth Calls for Totalitarian Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:35 AM

If the Green agenda were really primarily about concern for the environment, even most conservatives would be sympathetic. But packaging needs to be deceptive if you're trying to sell sheer totalitarian moonbattery. Jonathan Adler offers a glimpse of what lies behind the feel-good froth in a review of The Bridge at the Edge of the World by influential envirowacko James Gustave Speth.

Like many left-wing ecoweenies, Speth rants that "the planet cannot sustain capitalism as we know it." But his agenda goes well beyond snuffing out economic freedom. From the book:

Perhaps the most important prescriptions challenging unbridled growth come from outside the environmental sector … they include measures such as more leisure, including a shorter workweek and longer vacations; greater labor protections, job security and benefits, including retirement and health benefits; restrictions on advertising; new ground rules for corporations; strong social and environmental provisions in trade agreements; rigorous consumer protection; greater income and social equality, including genuinely progressive taxation for the rich and greater income support for the poor; major spending on public sector services and environmental amenities; a huge investment in education, skills, and new technology to promote both ecological modernization and sharply rising labor productivity to offset smaller workforces and shorter hours. People deserve more free time, more security, and more opportunity for companionship and continuing education. They deserve to be free of the growth-at-all-costs paradigm and the ruthless economy [of capitalist societies].

What, nothing about gay marriage?

Here's why our entire civilization needs to be radically transformed:

Today's dominant worldview is simply too biased toward anthropocentrism, materialism, egocentrism, contempocentrism, reductionism, rationalism, and nationalism to sustain the changes needed.

When they start complaining about anthropocentrism and rationalism, it's time to call in the men in white coats with the butterfly nets. Adler comments:

The measures he outlines are the "hallmarks of a caring community and a good society" and must be imposed by government diktat. The role civil society and non-governmental civic institutions might play in this regard receives not a single mention. Capitalism and its attendant freedoms are not only bad for the environment, in his view, they are bad for people as well, and must therefore be controlled, if not eliminated. … this revolution bears a striking resemblance to revolutionary calls we've heard before.

In short, Speth wants a deranged, communistic concept of utopia imposed by force, à la Pol Pot. Why does it matter what this kook thinks?

For over thirty years he has played a key role in the development of environmentalist organizations and agendas. He was present at the founding of the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970 and later launched the World Resources Institute, a $27 million enterprise that may be the most influential environmental think tank in the world. He served on, and eventually chaired, President Carter's Council on Environmental Quality, where he oversaw production of the apocalyptic Global 2000 report. During the 1990s he worked on President Clinton's transition team and headed up the United Nations Development Program, and he is now dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

No doubt Speth or people like him will have a major role in the Obamination Administration.

Nuts like Speth aren't a major problem when they stand on street corners yelling at hallucinations. But they've been accumulating in the system for decades. The global warming hoax is their way of deliberately steering it toward catastrophe.

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Speth is consecrated as a high priest of moonbattery.

Hat tip: Maggie's Farm.



Impeachment Ornament Nixed by White House

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 AM

The Grinch has stolen Christmas from moonbat Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and one of his admirers:

A spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that the White House tree will not include an ornament by a Seattle artist that supports President Bush's impeachment.
Artist Deborah Lawrence said she wanted to salute Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle, a longtime Bush foe who backs impeachment.
The nine-inch ball Lawrence created is covered with swirly red and white stripes and features a picture of McDermott. Tiny glued-on text hails the impeachment resolution.
Mrs. Bush had asked members of Congress to pick artists to decorate ornaments for the White House tree to showcase all 435 congressional districts.

Once again, the Bushes made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with grownups.

Lawrence remarks that at first she was "nauseated" by the honor bestowed upon her, but "then realized it was an opportunity" — to make an ass of herself.

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Lawrence's moonbat ornament.

On a tip from nanc.



Big Three Back in DC to Beg for a Bailout

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:48 AM

The three kings overseeing the demise of the American auto industry are back in Washington to plead for $billions in other people's money in exchange for still greater government encroachment into their unprofitable enterprises. The Big Three should be lunging at the opportunity to wriggle out of the extravagant union contracts at the root of their problems. But scooping up free money stolen from our children by the government requires less effort than competing in the marketplace.

Last time around, these jewel-encrusted mendicants were ridiculed for flying into town on private jets to beg for handouts. But they're wiser now:

All three CEOs made the trip to Washington in high-mileage hybrid vehicles — the types of cars critics say the Detroit Three should have been making more of instead of becoming enamored of higher-profit, less fuel-efficient vehicles like SUVs and Hummers.

So according to these critics — who will be making the decisions if the three stooges get the free $34 billion they're pleading for — the problem is that Detroit has been making "higher-profit" vehicles, instead of the overpriced, inefficient moonbatmobiles that the government will demand in return for our money.

Instead of groveling inside the Beltway with a tin cup in hand, Henry Ford would be back in Detroit, making cars people want after using bankruptcy to scrape off the union leeches that have been killing the industry. But then, Ford believed in acquiring wealth by creating it, instead of by begging a place at the government trough.

Rather than riding in politically correct if uneconomical hybrids, here's how the three stooges should have made their way to DC:

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Compliments of Byron.



Global Warming Blamed for Shy Possums

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:05 AM

Horrible news for possum lovers:

Scientists say a white possum native to the Daintree rainforest in the Australian state of Queensland has become the first mammal to become extinct due to man-made global warming.
The Brisbane, Queensland, Courier-Mail reports the white variety of the lemuroid ringtail possum, found only above 3,000 feet in the mountain forests of far north Queensland, has not been seen for three years. …
"It is not looking good," researcher Steve Williams said. "If they have died out it would be first example of something that has gone extinct purely because of global warming."

Cheer up, Steve. Considering that it hasn't gotten any warmer since 1998, maybe the critters aren't really extinct. They could just be lying low, playing possum as it were.

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Now this one's really gone.

On a tip from Wiggins.



December 3, 2008

Prop 8: The Musical

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 PM

Moonbat culture, disrespectful and nauseating as always:

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

It hasn't yet gotten through to progressives that most people still respect holy matrimony and would prefer not to see it officially defiled. Their best explanation for California's successful Proposition 8 banning the depraved concept of homosexual marriage continues to be a Christian conspiracy, which conveniently grants them a pretext to wallow in their antireligious bigotry all the more self-righteously.

On a tip from Travis A.



Traditional Christmas Nativity Play Canceled in Favor of Muslim Festival

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 PM

When faced with a choice between honoring Christmas or some Muslim festival, British educrats probably didn't agonize long over their decision.

Greenwood Junior School sent out a letter to parents saying the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha, which takes place between December 8 and 11, meant that Muslim children would be off school.
That meant planning for the traditional nativity play were shelved because the school felt it would be too difficult to run both celebrations side by side.

The justification was typical; educrats proclaimed themselves duty-bound to respect "the cultures and religions of all the children." Except of course British and Christian children.

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Great news, guys. Christmas has been canceled in favor of Eid al-Adha.

On tips from Sam Houston and Matt L.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:47 PM

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Rick Perry Takes a Swing at Global Warming Power Grab

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:08 PM

It's up to the states to put up resistance to the climate change moonbattery with which the leftists infesting Washington are advancing their malignant agenda. Governor Rick Perry of Texas has stepped up to the plate by explaining the sheer insanity of giving the EPA power over the CO2 emissions that we're supposed to believe cause global warming:

The proposed reinterpretation of the Clean Air Act would strangle virtually every sector of the U.S. economy with red tape, including owners of commercial buildings, small farms, hotels and hospitals. This plan would impose a massive burden upon our economy without achieving the goal of reducing greenhouse gases.
Current regulations typically limit point-source emissions of toxins that contaminate a particular area. Carbon emissions differ in that they rapidly spread across the globe. Because other countries do little or nothing to limit their own emissions, which far outweigh U.S. emissions in the first place, reducing our emissions would have little, if any, significant global impact.
At a time when jobs across the country are disappearing and the federal government is throwing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars at failing companies, it strikes me as odd that the EPA would be contemplating ways to do more economic harm. …
Make no mistake about it, China, India, and other countries will be more than happy to welcome businesses driven away by these costly regulations. They'll happily take the jobs and the emissions with them, meaning the federal government will have accomplished nothing at irreparable cost to our economy. That is not progress.

Unless of course you define progress as progress toward the wretched, repressive, Third-World socialist hellhole progressives have long wanted to establish in place of America.

On a tip from Byron.



Barack Obama Day Officially Established

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:48 AM

In honor of BHO's many noteworthy accomplishments as President Elect, a mainly black county in Alabama has officially established the second Monday in November as "The Barack Obama Day."

Appropriately, this festive holiday will be marked by government employees accepting a day's pay to do nothing.

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The great President Elect beams with pride in his nonexistent accomplishments.

On a tip from cowlove.



Photographic Evidence of Reincarnation

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:21 AM

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Yet another photoshop drawing attention to the parallels between Obama's smash-and-grab "spread the wealth around" mentality and Soviet communism? Actually no — the picture above is an unphotoshopped portrait of Nikolai Ezhov, aka Stalin's Loyal Executioner. What Che Guevara was to Castro, Ezhov was to Uncle Joe.

If only the Founding Fathers would come back too, before moonbats completely destroy the country — not that any of them would be electable given the savage trashing they would get from the same media that gave us BHO.

Via Nice Deb.



Community Activist Helps Squatters Infest Other People's Houses

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM

Being a community activist is the perfect job for moonbats. With the media behind you, you get can all the way to the White House. Even if you don't, you can have lots of fun helping to dismantle civilization — like this guy:

MIAMI — Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. "All tile floor!" he says during a recent showing. "And the living room, wow! It has great blinds."
But in nearly every other respect, he is unlike any real estate agent you've ever met. He is unshaven, drives a beat-up car and wears grungy cut-off sweat pants. He also breaks into the homes he shows. And his clients don't have a dime for a down payment.
Rameau is an activist who has been executing a bailout plan of his own around Miami's empty streets: He is helping homeless people illegally move into foreclosed homes.
"We're matching homeless people with people-less homes," he said with a grin.

According to Rameau, "everyone deserves a home" — even if it belongs to someone else.

America hasn't quite deteriorated into anarchy or socialism. Moving into other people's houses uninvited can lead to charges of trespassing, vandalism, and breaking and entering. But according to Miami spokeswoman Kelly Penton:

There are no actions on the city's part to stop this. It is important to note that if people trespass into private property, it is up to the property owner to take action to remove those individuals.

Rameau promises he's ready with free lawyers in case the police start upholding property rights. No doubt those lawyers will quickly appear from under their rocks when squatters manage to singe themselves by accidentally burning down someone else's house, or someone gets hurt when the owners follow Penton's advice and take what's left of the law into their own hands.

Atlanta pushes the moonbattery even further, by giving taxpayers' money to derelicts as payment for living in other people's houses "as a security measure."

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin, on a tip from V the K.



Congressman: Obama's Seat Must Be Filled by Black

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM

As promised by Obamunists, the election of The One means we have now transcended race in politics. Or maybe not:

The race to replace Barack Obama as Illinois' junior senator heated up Tuesday as Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to name a black man or woman to the seat.
By invoking race, Rush, who is black, drove a potential wedge between the prospective white and black contenders for the seat. Rush said it would be a "national disgrace" if Obama's seat were not filled by an African American.

Rush is a former Black Panther, who must be really feeling his oats about now.

Rather than transcending racism, we have plunged into it headlong by electing an unqualified candidate largely so that liberals can feel self-righteous about his skin color. Blacks will have ever more privileges showered down upon them in the short term, but even they will lose out eventually, because a backlash is inevitable. So much for judging by the content of character.

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For now Blagojevich is permitted to be white.

On a tip from Matt L.



Muslim Prayer Facilities in Catholic Schools in Britain

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 AM

The politically correct drive toward cultural suicide has crossed into the Twilight Zone in Britainistan, where Catholic bishops are calling for Muslim prayer rooms in every Roman Catholic school.

Catholic schools may also be required to feature Muslim pre-prayer ablution facilities, which will meaning installing bidets, foot spas, and hoses.

Just as victims of battered wife syndrome respond to beatings by pleading for forgiveness, the more the liberal elite accuses Christians of being "divisive" for believing in their own faith, the more they grovel and make extravagant gestures of submission, accelerating the Islamification of Britain by creating a vacuum where religion used to be.

Naturally Muslim colonists are delighted. Crows Majid Khatme:

If they do this all Muslims in Britain will be thankful to the Catholic Church to have facilities to pray. It is very, very encouraging.

Once Muslims achieve the majority, it will violate sharia to allow Christians to build or renovate churches. But maybe dhimmis will still be allowed to build schools, providing their Muslim overlords with another place to pray.

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A Catholic schoolgirl from Britain's future.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, on tips from Burning Hot and Byron.



Obama Still Picking Up Endorsements

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:32 AM

Check out the button accused murderer and confirmed creepazoid Phil Spector has been wearing to trial:

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Let the jury note that Phil may shoot actresses in the face, but he also Hopes for Change.

Hat tip: BelchSpeak.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 AM

Countermoonbattery from Fred, via Stop the ACLU.



Even Elton John Opposes Homosexual Marriage

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:21 AM

It isn't just the mostly Democrat voters of California who oppose the gratuitous sacrilege of homosexual marriage. So does flamboyantly gay pop star Elton John:

I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. The word "marriage," I think, puts a lot of people off.
You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.

But of course, civil partnerships don't afford as many opportunities to bash Mormons or poke civilization in the eye.

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Compared to the sore losers on Prop 8, Sir Elton is the voice of reason.

Hat tip: Daily Woof; on a tip from mandible claw.



Harry Reid: The People Stink

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:14 AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — best known for his diligent efforts to bring about American defeat in Iraq — on the $621 million the government blew on an air-conditioned Capitol Visitors Center:

In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.

Sorry to offend your sensitive nostrils, Mr. Reid. In the future we'll stand outside the door and just throw our money in.

Maybe Dingy Harry et al. should impose another tax to buy us all some deodorant.

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Dingy Harry doesn't like the way plebs smell.

On tips from David S, Matt L, Viking04, and Jay O.



Texting Is a Human Right

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 AM

Even before Comrade Obama takes power, the government is doing a fine job of spreading our wealth around. Your tax dollar at work:

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On a tip from jomama.



December 2, 2008

Moonbat Niceness on Display

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM

Here's a little more of that famous liberal niceness that allows progressives to dispense with traditional morality:


On tips from Moonbat Smasher.



UN Global Warming Hoaxers Spew Out the Carbon

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM

With the cooling temperatures we've been seeing, it's a good thing righteous global warming crusaders spew out so much carbon — otherwise, we'd probably be in an ice age:

Around 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be added to the Earth's greenhouse effect from the December 1-12 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC said.

If only we could convince UN bureauweenies to arrest themselves for climate crimes.

On a tip from Burning Hot.



Gavin Newsom Yaps for 7 1/2 Hours

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM

You have to hand it to Gavin Newsom: it couldn't have been easy to drone on for 7 1/2 hours about the state of San Franfreakshow without mentioning the city's escalating illegal alien crisis.

Even other libs were overwhelmed by Newsom's gabbiness. Groans outgoing president of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin:

Just what I wanted. Somebody imitating Al Gore for 7 1/2 hours. The guy did a Fidel Castro.

Ever the trendy one, Newsom has put up his entire marathon state of the city speech on YouTube. Fortunately, South Park has produced a condensed version that runs much shorter:

On tips from V the K.



Baz Lurhmann's Down Under Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:15 AM

Pretentious auteur Baz Lurhmann's epic Australia is pretty much a flop, but at least it allowed him a chance to wallow in moonbattery and sanctimoniously bash his own country:

AUSTRALIA'S shameful past has again been brought to the world's attention with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann linking US President-elect Barack Obama and the stolen generations.
The Australia director used Obama's US election victory to remind the world of Australia's recent practice of taking Aboriginal and mixed-race children from their families, MX reported.
"The President-elect of the United States is 47. If he was living in Australia, it is absolutely credible that the government, because he had one white parent and one black parent, could have taken him forcibly from his family," Luhrmann said.
"They would have put him in an institution, probably lied to him that his parents were dead, changed his name and reprogrammed him to be European, so he could have some sort of function doing something of service in white society. That would possibly have been Obama's journey."

Sounds like Australia is even more evil than America. That's not going to do much to stimulate tourism. What goes unmentioned in righteous condemnations of attempts at integration is the child abuse that has long been epidemic among Aborigines — prominently including child rape. But apparently nothing can be bad if it isn't done by Caucasians.

Andrew Bolt has five requests for the esteemed director:

1. Please name just 10 children stolen from their families just because they were black.
2. Please name a single child stolen from his white mother just because he was black.
3. Please explain your racist assumption that it would be terrible to raise a child of a single white mother as "European", and please define what you actually mean by that phrase.
4. Please explain how Obama himself was not raised as "European", given he was brought up by his white mother and white grandparents. Please explain why Obama is a lesser person for that upbringing.
5. Please explain why you continue to assert as facts things which are absurd, untrue and unhelpful.

Here's another request, on behalf of the Tinseltown execs who have pumped more than $130 million into this dog: next time make a movie people want to see.

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If only we could all be put-upon noble savages.

On a tip from mandible claw.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:11 AM

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Global Warming Hits England

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 AM

Wonderful news: Comrade Obama will has promised the USA will play a leading role in the struggle to "save the planet" from global warming, even if it means committing economic suicide. In other global warming news:

Icy winds and heavy snow storms swept across Britain today, causing chaos for drivers and closing hundreds of schools.
Thousands of children got a day off school as sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow forced around 200 schools in the North-West to close. … The first snow of this winter fell in England in October.

Meanwhile, society presses forward with plans to plunge itself into a long-term depression as a token gesture to avert a crisis that does not exist. Future generations will be left to figure out what made so many of us go so tragically insane.

On a tip from Lyle.



Researchers Express Dissertations Through Interpretive Dance

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:25 AM

Moonbattery took art from Leonardo da Vinci to Jackson Pollock. It took literature from William Shakespeare to Maya Angelou. It took politics from James Madison to Barack Obama. Here's where it's taking science:

Who says scientists are awkward and ungraceful?
Thirty-six different videos on YouTube prove that wrong, as researchers translate their doctoral dissertations into interpretive dances, both solo and ensemble.
Four women in black cavort to '80s new-wave dance tunes to explain the evolution of smell in mammals.
Three MIT grad students boogie to Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up" to represent nitrous oxide contribution to global warming.
Two lobsters gyrate with hula hoops to the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" as a passing seal senses their movements with his whiskers.

Unsurprisingly, the imaginary global warming phenomenon was the subject of more than one dissertation.

At society's current rate of decay, the scientists of the 22nd century will be struggling with the physics of starting a fire by rubbing sticks together.

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Moonbat scientists pretending to be hemoglobin molecules.

On a tip from Matt L.



Moonbats Continue to Throw Tantrums Over Successful War in Iraq

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:03 AM

Despite the overwhelming success of The Surge and the election of their defeatist messiah, moonbats continue to protest the nearly finished war that liberated Iraq from a genocidal dictator and defended its fledgling democracy from Islamofascist terrorists. As Zombie documents, they were still throwing public tantrums in San Francisco as recently as last Friday:

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The War on Terror, as reenacted by moonbats.

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Apparently this was meant to depict waterboarding, unless it was a moonbat baptism.

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Next they ran through a mall going "rat-a-tat-tat!" before freezing in toy soldier poses.

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Then the make-believe soldiers imposed a make-believe checkpoint on make-believe motorists.

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In the end, everyone was massacred by evil American troops.

By now we're used to freaks making fools of themselves on the streets of San Francisco. At least they kept their clothes on.

What's alarming is that their basic worldview is shared by the people running the media, which Obama's election has established as the most powerful branch of government.

On a tip from V the K.



Fox News: The Anointed One Is Already President

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:14 AM

At least we have the allegedly right-wing Fox News to counter the Obamunist hype blaring from the rest of the mainstream media. How's this for fair and balanced:

"There is really only one de facto president, and we finally have accepted that — that it's Obama," said FOX News contributor Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard.

Norman Ornstein of the AEI explains why Obama hasn't followed the normal protocol of waiting until his term starts:

"Normally presidents-elect try to avoid getting into policy, stepping on the toes of the president who's there. That's how Obama started," he said. "It's changed, and I think the main reason for the change is the market tanking" in mid-November.

As I remember, the market went into a nosedive on news that the media had managed to get a socialist community organizer elected president. But Fox News has a different recollection:

Markets tumbled when Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he planned to leave half of a $700 billion federal bailout package to the Obama administration, spelling months of financial insecurity as some $350 billion sat in limbo.

Everything is okay now, though…

He later relented on that promise, and markets soared when Obama announced the appointment of an experienced team of economic advisers … whose presence ensured continuity and reassured markets.
"In this particular time of financial crisis, it's a good thing that Obama is calming the markets and the public, showing that he's amply preparing to take over," said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

The Dow Jones fell 680 points yesterday; it has plunged 1,476 points since Obama was elected. But at least The One has calmed Fox News, if not the markets or the public.

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Fox News joins in the worship. Via Chris Doidge.

On a tip from mega.



December 1, 2008

MSNBC's Alex Witt Amazed There Are Still Terrorists Even After Obama Won

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM

Like failed dope dealers who don't have the discipline not to shoot up with their product, MSNBC propagandists appear to have duped themselves with their own puerile hokum. Daytime anchor Alex Witt was amazed by the Muslim atrocities in Mumbai — because Obama's election was supposed to put an end to everything bad.

Gasps Ms. Halfwit:

…there are many who had such an optimistic and hopeful opinion of things, and you certainly can’t expect things to change [snaps fingers] on a dime overnight, but there are many who suggested that with the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama administration there would be something of a lull in terrorism attacks. There had been such a global outpouring of affection, respect, hope, with the new administration coming in, that precisely these kinds of attacks, it was thought — at least hoped — would be dampered down. But in this case it looks like Barack Obama is getting a preview of things to come.

Congratulations, Alex. You're starting to figure out the future you've helped make for us by hyping the clueless and unqualified Obambi all the way into the White House.

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Alex Witless breathing through her mouth.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Newspaper Bailout Gets Underway

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:47 AM

Bailout mania has already degenerated into an absolute farce. As predicted, the mainstream media now wants to steal from taxpayers to bail out their moonbatty newspapers, which ever fewer people read because they have ceased to be a reliable, timely, efficient, or convenient source of information.

Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell and attorney general Richard Blumenthal are sympathetic to pleas from the Journal Register Company to save its failing papers. Apparently without irony, Blumenthal refers to newspapers as "the oxygen of democracy" — as if government leveraging of the dissemination of information were conducive to meaningful democracy.

The heavily left-leaning dead tree media is supposedly so "vital" that it must be propped up with coercively acquired government cash. Never mind that it clearly isn't vital enough for people to finance newspapers of their own free will by buying them.

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Rell wants the Leviathan in the newspaper business.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin; on tips from V the K and cowlove.



Muslims Condemn Mumbai Atrocities — Yeah, Right

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:12 AM

It would be no exaggeration to characterize the Religion of Peace's recent contribution to world harmony in Mumbai as satanic. This is why we hear such a deafening chorus of Muslims denouncing it. Britain's Anjem Choudary, for example:

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary last night praised the slaughter of 125 people in Mumbai.
And in a vile rant he said any Brits killed had only themselves to blame for being on the "battlefield" in the war Muslims nuts are waging against the world.
Extremist Choudary, 41, the right-hand man of exiled cleric Omar Bakri, 50, and former leader of banned hate group al-Muhajiroun, said the attacks were revenge for the West's "crusades" against Islam.
Outspoken Choudary, whose family live on £25,000-a-year benefits in London, raged: "Any Britons or Americans who visit Muslim countries are entering a battlefield and risk being used as hostages by al-Qaida to publicise its cause."
He added: "The attacks bear all the hallmarks of a carefully planned al-Qaida operation as part of the global jihad against the crusades."

Choudary gleefully anticipates the release of a video. Similar reactions by American Muslims can be found at The Jawa Report.

If the praise of the terrorist fiends' planning skills sounds familiar, you may have been reading the New York Times.

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Evil is real, as Islam and its apologists keep proving.

On tips from V the K, Burning Hot, and Matt L. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



Ted Turner Praises the KGB

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:32 AM

Surprise! CNN founder Ted Turner sides with Russia against the USA:

This evil freak personifies the deranged and treasonous moonbattery that constitutes the mainstream media's ideological foundation.

On a tip from nanc.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM

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A moonbat troll finds his comments deleted. On a tip from Mike.



Swiss Voters: Yes to Heroin, No to Pot

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 AM

How's this for schizophrenic moonbattery:

Swiss voters have approved a radical health policy that offers prescription heroin to addicts on a permanent basis.
Final results from the national referendum showed 68% of voters supported the plan.
The scheme, allowing addicts to inject the drug under medical supervision at a clinic, began in Zurich 14 years ago before spreading across the country.
But in another referendum vote, 63% of voters rejected the decriminalisation of cannabis.

Apparently marijuana isn't sufficiently destructive to win voter approval. But if you lace it with PCP and rat poison, you might be able to get the Swiss to pass it out for free.

On a tip from conservativeteen.



Susan Rice's Resume

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 AM

Moonbats shouldn't feel too upset about the grownups who have been invited to take part in the Obamination Administration. If the wacky Samantha Power isn't enough to reassure them, there's also Susan Rice, his pick for UN ambassador. Jeane Kirkpatrick or John Bolton she ain't.

As President Slick Willie's Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Rice was instrumental in blowing the opportunity to grab bin Laden in Sudan, pre-9/11.

Other highlights from Rice's career, via NRO:

Taken to task by fellow Obama team member Power for asking in 2004, regarding genocide in Rwanda, "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?"

• Apparently lied about contact between Obama advisor Austan Goolsbee and the Canadian government.

Said of both Obama and his Secretary of State, "they're both not ready to have that 3 am phone call."

Lied about Obama having pledged to meet unconditionally with Iran's terrorist mullahcracy.

Denounced W's undeniably successful counterterrorism strategies as "stupid."

Pretended that Obama's pledge to retreat from Iraq in 16 months didn't constitute a deadline.

Identified John McCain as the "aggressive" and "belligerent" villain when Russia invaded democratic Georgia.

But she's a woman of color, that's the important thing. Plus she praised The One by declaring that he "bows to nobody in his understanding of this world." No wonder Obama plans to elevate her job to a cabinet-level position.

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No doubt Rice will fit right in at the UN.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit; on tips from Burning Hot.



Rosie Show Dead After One Episode

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM

Chevy Chase can feel better now. Even his Hindenburg of a show lasted longer than the left-wing klaxon Rosie O'Donnell's Rosie Live, which appears to be dead after a single episode:

Rosie O'Donnell's homage to television variety shows of the 1970s, "Rosie Live," seems destined to be a one-night-only event. On the "Ask Ro" feature on the Web site, rosie.com, Ms. O'Donnell wrote, "there will b no more" in response to a question about the future of the show, which was broadcast on NBC on Wednesday. The special was supposed to be a trial balloon and could have led to a series, depending on its success.

Rosie blames "bad ratings and reviews" for her show's rapid demise. Maybe the Queen of Nice should go back to screeching about how much she hates Christians on morning talk shows.

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Oddly, people just don't seem to find her appealing.

On a tip from LT Nixon.



Sean Penn Goes to Bat for Socialist Dictator Chavez

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:26 AM

Hostile tyrants Putin and Ahmadinejad aren't Hugo Chavez's only key friends. He also has Sean Penn and the pinkos at Britain's Guardian:

On a tip from Wiggins.



Now Banks Sued for "Reverse Redlining"

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:06 AM

As a lawyer for ACORN, Obama exploited the Community Reinvestment Act to inflict race-based extortion on the mortgage industry, helping to bring about the collapse of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, which led in turn to our current economic crisis. Now the same racket is setting it sights directly on Wall Street:

In what is apparently the first legal action of its kind, an association of community-based organizations has filed a federal civil rights complaint against two of the three largest Wall Street rating firms, charging that their inflated ratings on subprime mortgage bonds disproportionately caused financial harm to African American and Latino home buyers across the country.
The complaint, filed by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, alleges that Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings enriched themselves by assigning high ratings to bonds backed by mortgages "that were designed to fail" because of "unfair payment terms and insufficient borrower income levels."
The firms "knew or should have known" that subprime loans disproportionately were marketed to minority consumers — a process known as "reverse redlining" — and that those borrowers would ultimately default and go into foreclosure at high rates, according to the coalition's complaint.

If a minority wants a loan, lending institutions must provide it, regardless of the likeliness it will be repaid, or get sued for "redlining." If they do give the loan, and it has to be foreclosed on, the lenders get sued for "reverse redlining."

Why not cut out the lawyer middlemen and just order banks to hand over free money to anyone who isn't Caucasian?

On a tip from Al C.