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Jun 30 2016

Hillary Calls Denying Gun Rights a “Civil Rights Issue”; Other Dems Call for More Sit-ins

In a desperate effort to squeeze depleted moral credibility out of the civil rights movement, progressives have attempted to extend it to imposing the depraved LGBT agenda and even to denying us our constitutional right to bear arms:

Speaking in Chicago Monday, Hillary Clinton called gun control a “civil-rights issue” …

Let me interrupt to point out that gun violence in Chicago is stratospheric, due to the futility of draconian gun laws Shrillary et al. would like to impose on the rest of the nation.

Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, in delivering the keynote speech at a Rainbow PUSH convention luncheon, said, “I am convinced the tide is turning” on “common-sense” gun control.

“I can feel it,” Clinton said.

She praised U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Matteson), who was in attendance, for joining a recent sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House to call for gun control.

The congressional sit-in farce allowed Democrats to indulge in nostalgia for the 1960s, a time when the left could be said to advance legitimate civil rights issues. The sit-in did not succeed in its ostensible objective of denying due process to those who would like to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms despite being arbitrarily placed on arcane government lists. But the actual goal of stimulating donations must have been achieved, because now Democrats want to take their sit-ins nationwide:

Party leaders are urging members to conduct similar sit-ins around the country as they try to sustain the flash of hard-core activism on the gun issue.

This “flash” was a result of despicably exploiting the Orlando terror attack by blaming the tools used rather than the Islamic ideology that inspired it.

“We don’t have the numbers to get things done, so we have to turn to more dramatic displays to galvanize the public so they can help us pressure the Republicans to do what’s right,” said U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

By “dramatic,” our first Muslim congresscritter means, “childishly theatrical.”

Here’s how he came to take part in the use of the House floor for a kiddie-style sleepover:

Ellison was with the president of the National Iranian American Council when a scheduler gave him a note that said, “Your mom called and wants you on [the] floor!”

The Minneapolis Democrat’s mother is a social worker in Detroit…

Normally moms order kids to rein in their childishness, not to make a spectacle of it. But it can work differently when the child involved is 52 years old.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday wrote a letter to colleagues urging them to hold sit-ins in their districts to build on the momentum of last week’s protest.

Prepare for their tactics to continue sliding downhill along with the level of political discourse, from juvenile to infantile.

Ellison’s Democrat colleagues at the sit-in.

On tips from Torcer. Hat tips: William Teach, Doug Ross, Daily Wire.

Jun 29 2016

Open Thread


Via Morgan Riley.

Jun 29 2016

Nominee for the Countermoonbat Hall of Fame: Nigel Farage

Reader Eddie Valiant makes the excellent suggestion that feature a Countermoonbat Hall of Fame. He nominates as the first inductee Nigel Farage, whose dedication helped lift Brexit from dream to reality. Let’s watch MEP Farage in action as he addresses the European Parliament following the Brexit triumph:

Does anyone second the nomination?

Jun 29 2016

Dem Congresscritter Candidate From Iran Happy to Live Where She Can Force Others to Pay for Baby Killing

Anna Kaplan is running for Congress in New York. As an Iranian-born Jew, she has many reasons to be happy to have escaped the Islamic hellhole of her birth for the USA. Bizarrely, her #1 reason appears to be that she now has the “right” to kill her baby:

First they declare birth control — including abortion — to be a right. Then they conflate having a right to do something with having the right to force someone else to pay for it. That is the recipe for a degenerate tyranny in which you cannot pay taxes without becoming morally unclean.

On a tip from seaoh.

Jun 29 2016

Feds: Spreading Wrong Information About Idaho Rape Case Could Violate Law

If possible, the case of the 5-year-old girl sexually assaulted evidently by three Islamic “refugee” boys who had been seeded in Idaho has become even more alarming.

The girl was attacked in Twin Falls by boys aged 7, 10, and 14, from Iraqi and Sudanese families. Beyond that, we don’t know much. The authorities tend to throw shrouds of secrecy and/or deception over the misdeeds of the Muslims they have been importing. In this case, withholding some information is appropriate because the suspects are minors.

The lack of solid information has inevitably resulted in the spread of rumors, many of them false.

The authorities have reacted to these rumors like a maniac trying to kill mosquitoes with a flamethrower. From an official statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho:

The spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators or the crime itself reduces public safety and may violate federal law. We have seen time and again that the spread of falsehoods about refugees divides our communities.

Eugene Volokh makes an interesting point:

Imagine that there was an allegation of an unnamed white police officer sexually assaulting a young girl, and imagine that there were stories — even highly inaccurate ones — circulating online accusing the police department of covering up the assault, which led to threats to local government officials. And imagine that a U.S. attorney in the Bush administration made a public statement saying, among other things, that “We have seen time and again that the spread of falsehoods about police officers divides our communities,” and that “The spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the police officer or the crime itself reduces public safety and may violate federal law.”

There would be riots. The media would report on nothing else.

If spreading false information about refugees involved in raping American girls violates federal law, federal law needs to be changed. You stamp out falsehoods with truth, not jackboots. Otherwise it is the truth that ends up getting stamped out. Meanwhile, as people become ever more distrustful of the official line, wild rumors will continue to flourish.

Censorship is not the solution.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 29 2016

Michael Mann: No Need for Data; Global Warming Dogma Is Self-Evidently True

Unscrupulous global warming propagandist Michael Mann — inventor of the infamously bogus hockey stick graph — must be getting tired of falsifying data:

Leading climate doomsayer Michael Mann recently downplayed the importance of climate change science, telling Democrats that data and models “increasingly are unnecessary” because the impact is obvious.

As proof that there is a crisis caused by insufficient levels of taxation and regulation, Mann noted flooding in Texas (where there have always been floods), drought in California (where there have always been droughts), and heat in Arizona (where it does tend to be hot). But he did not mention the hurricanes that are supposedly one of the most terrifying features of anthropogenic global warming. Here’s why:

A nine-year “hurricane drought” of Category 3 storms starting in 2006 beat the previous mark of eight years from 1861-1868, the longest such streak since such recording began in 1851, according to a May 2015 study by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Mann is less guffaw-worthy than usual when you consider that he made his inane comments to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee.

The panel’s draft, which now goes to the full platform committee for approval at a meeting July 8-9 in Orlando, Florida, includes a recommendation to call for a Justice Department investigation into “alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change.”

The recommendation, adopted by unanimous consent, comes on the heels of a campaign by 17 attorneys general — 16 Democrats and one independent — to pursue Exxon Mobil Corp. and its supporters for climate change “fraud.”

That is, the Democrat Party is preparing to punish global warming deniers for their heresy. Now we have it straight from the mouth of a “climate scientist” that leftist global warming dogma does not require proof because it is self-evident. Let the Climate Change Inquisition begin.

If we are going to start bringing fraud charges…

On tips from JusttheTipHQ, Bodhisattva, Stormfax, and JeffersonSpinningInGrave.

Jun 29 2016

Five Big Takeaways From Final Benghazi Report

Shrillary screeches that the final report of the House Republican Benghazi investigation “found nothing” so it is time to “move on.” On the contrary, the report found more than enough to sink her career, were we living in sane times. Mollie Hemingway describes the five big takeaways:

1. Administration Misled Public Immediately and Continually
2. Weak Benghazi Security Points to Clinton’s Political Considerations
3. Military Never Sent Men or Machines to Help
4. Terrorists Weren’t Brought to Justice
5. Administration Obstructed Investigation

Click through for details. In all cases, the blame ultimately rests with Obama, but the entire affair hangs around Hillary’s neck like a dead cat.

Yet helping to depose Gadhafi, who had been cooperating against Islamic radicals, so as to make a failed state terrorist breeding ground out of Libya was supposedly her signature policy achievement as Secretary of State.

In rebuttal, Democrats issued their own minority report, which manages to mention Donald Trump 23 times, despite his having no relevance whatsoever to what happened in Benghazi.

Speaking of which, we still do not know what Ambassador Stevens was doing in Benghazi. Until we learn, suspicions will persist that it had to do with covertly supplying arms to the “Syrian resistance” — much of which is currently known as ISIS.


On a tip from JusttheTipHQ.

Jun 29 2016

Another Gay Hate Hoaxer: Calum McSwiggan

Gay activists must be suffering from a shortage of beatings to exploit. Otherwise they wouldn’t need to fake them. Looks like we have another example in Calum McSwiggan:

McSwiggan, a YouTuber from London with more than 62,000 subscribers, said he was stalked by a trio of bigots, who ganged up on him in a vicious attack as he left [a gay club in West Hollywood].

“With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye,” McSwiggan wrote in his post [on Fakebook].

His friend and fellow YouTuber, Riyadh Khalaf, who claimed to be with him that night, said the attackers had been following their moves on social media and called them out by their names as they beat him, he recalled on Twitter.

But when police arrived, they were “unable to substantiate the assault.” McSwiggan had no visible injuries.

Police then arrested him after spotting the vlogger vandalizing a nearby car.

McSwiggan was held in a cell alone, and was only hospitalized after officers spotted him beating himself with the handle and receiver to a pay phone inside the cell, deputies said.

Homosexuality and self-harm. They go together like summer and cold beer.

His mugshot — which police said was taken prior to the injuries — showed a clean face, with no cuts on McSwiggan’s forehead.

This may not be the most competently staged hoax we’ve seen, but it does earn McSwiggan a slot on the Hate Hoax List.

Calum McSwiggan
McSwiggan proudly displays his self-inflicted injuries.

On a tip from Ol’ Jim.

Jun 29 2016

Brexit Inspires GQ to Suggest Denying Older People the Right to Vote

A strikingly juvenile piece entitled “We Should Ban Old People From Voting” makes it clear that the people at GQ magazine are not happy about the Brexit vote. Like other moonbats, they blame the result on older voters. Those old enough to have developed a mature conception of liberty, and to remember when Britain was wealthier and more free, are resented as an obstacle on the path to globalist authoritarian utopia.

GQ backs up its demand with five arguments:

The EU referendum result will have less effect on older people

Everything will have less effect on older people, since they won’t be around as long. This is a particularly moronic argument when you consider that Brexit entails enduring short-term economic pain to reap the long-term benefits of freedom from the EU’s smothering tariffs and regulations.

There was no ‘golden age’ of Britain

Sure there was; it lasted for centuries. Maybe it can’t be brought back, but that is no reason to obliterate Britain by allowing it to become absorbed by Brussels.

Over 65s read the Daily Mail

In the USA, people under 40 seem to get most of their news from Comedy Central. I’ll take the Daily Mail.

We take pensioners’ driving licences away… why not their right to vote?

Maybe because people don’t stop having political interests when they stop driving. But at least this argument suggests that GQ might be open to letting older people vote so long as they still drive.

Prisoners don’t vote, either

Only a snide punk would draw a parallel between convicts and senior citizens. But GQ argues that denying the elderly voting rights is fine because we don’t have democracy anyway unless convicts and small children vote.

Why not give the vote exclusively to small children? They would vote for whomever promises them the most free stuff, just like Democrats. GQ ought to love the idea.

Flying free. Sorry GQ.

On tips from Common Sense Union and Steve T.

Jun 28 2016

Open Thread

authority figure

Passed along by TED.

Jun 28 2016

Kindergarten Graduation Party in Gaza

It’s nice to see that some of the $billions the West pours into the Palestinian territories actually goes to education instead of stipends for terrorists. Presenting a Gazan kindergarten graduation ceremony:

On a tip from Dan F.

Jun 28 2016

Trump Versus Reagan

Nothing would epitomize America’s tragic self-imposed decline more poignantly than Donald Trump becoming the face of the Party of Reagan:

Some background on the ad:

A group encouraging GOP delegates at the upcoming convention to dump Donald Trump has a released a new ad that will air on national cable beginning Sunday.

The organization, called Delegates Unbound, speaks directly to Republican delegates, urging them as individuals to “Choose your values” and “Follow your conscience.” …

Delegates Unbound is separate from another “Never Trump” group called Free the Delegates. Both have the common goal of stopping Donald Trump from becoming the official Republican presidential nominee.

CNN reported on Friday that the new ad will run Sunday through Tuesday and that the group plans to spend between $2.5 and $3.5 million on its efforts to educate the public that delegates have never really been technically bound.

That’s a lot more money than Trump has been spending on ads — in part because the Donald has been siphoning campaign funds into other business ventures.

It is not too late to stop this catastrophe before the GOP suffers potentially irreversible damage.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 28 2016

P.C. Update: Breastfeeding Not to Be Characterized as Natural

Be forewarned; it may now be a thought crime to refer to breastfeeding as natural. David Cole quotes from an article entitled “Unintended Consequences of Invoking the ‘Natural’ in Breastfeeding Promotion” by Jessica Martucci and Anne Barnhill, published in the journal Pediatrics:

Promoting breastfeeding as “natural” may be ethically problematic, and, even more troublingly, it may bolster this belief that “natural” approaches are presumptively healthier. This may ultimately challenge public health’s aims in other contexts, particularly childhood vaccination…. Coupling nature with motherhood, however, can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretakers of children). Referencing the “natural” in breastfeeding promotion, then, may inadvertently endorse a controversial set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate…. Whatever the ethics of appealing to the natural in breastfeeding promotion, it raises practical concerns. The “natural” option does not align consistently with public health goals.

That is, when communicating with the public, doctors and health officials must not portray breastfeeding as natural, because it might cause them to think wrong thoughts about vaccination and gender roles.

The liberal establishment loved the piece, extolling it at CNN, Slate, New York magazine, Vocativ, and PhillyVoice.

Ironically, one of the authors wrote a book just last year entitled Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America. But she says it’s okay for professional people to admit among each other that breastfeeding is natural, just so long as they don’t let on to the impressionable public.

Doctors, keep this away from your patients.

On tips from Emmett S and David S.

Jun 28 2016

Justice Department Employees to Undergo Brainwashing With Black Lives Matter Ideology

Under Hope & Change, the bogus and conspicuously pernicious dogma of Black Lives Matter hooligans is becoming the official ideology of the State:

It’s an issue that’s flown pretty quietly under the media radar, but the 19 “rules of engagement” originally drawn up by Black Lives Matter organizers in Ferguson and largely agreed to by the mayor of St. Louis have gradually transformed into a more comprehensive list of demands known as Campaign Zero and been shopped around Washington, D.C. to politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

One of the platforms of Campaign Zero is to require that current and prospective police officers undergo mandatory implicit racial bias testing, the results of which would be factored into hiring, deployment, and performance evaluations.

Presumably officers would perform much better on such testing now that, under pressure from the Department of (Social) Justice, local police have been subjected to training procedures that “help officers understand historical and cultural systems that perpetuate racial and ethnic profiling.” Starting next year, the Do(S)J’s own employees will undergo similar training.

From Roto-Reuters:

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Monday that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions. …

In a memo to Justice Department employees, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said the program targets “implicit biases” – subtle, unconscious stereotypes or characterizations nearly everyone makes about certain groups of people. …

The training will be mandatory for all Justice Department agents and prosecutors and will be rolled out over the next year, Yates said.

Arrest data compiled by some police departments have shown that black and Hispanic men are more likely to be stopped by police than others, suggesting officers may be exerting implicit bias in deciding whom to question or apprehend.

They are also more likely to be guilty of crimes. However, that is irrelevant now that the point of law enforcement is not to enforce the law, much less to keep the public safe, but to impose the P.C. lunacy personified by people like Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby of Freddie Gray infamy at the federal level.

Federal agents will be brainwashed to think like Marilyn Mosby.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 28 2016

Eric Trump Has Been Illegally Begging Foreign Politicians for Campaign Cash

Ignorance of the law is no excuse — not even for the ignoramuses in charge of the steaming mess known as the Trump campaign.

We all know that political candidates are not allowed to take money from foreign nationals. That’s because we don’t want people in other countries buying influence, which would result in our politicians putting foreign interests ahead of American interests.

The unscrupulous take foreign money anyway. For example, the Clintons took money from the communist Chinese. Another example, via RedState:

Now it seems that the Trump campaign, at least in the person of … Eric Trump, is actively soliciting donations from British Members of Parliament:

The Trump campaign has also lobbied members of Iceland’s parliament, implicitly offering favorable treatment if the Donald takes power in return for cash. At least Shrillary has the decorum to launder this kind of money through the Clinton Foundation.

Fortunately for the Trump campaign, legal repercussions are unlikely due to the collapse of rule of law as applied to the ruling class. Otherwise the Big Cheeto would probably already be in prison for fraud related to his false promises to donate profits to charities.

Careful now; what goes around comes around.

On tips from Torcer.

Jun 28 2016

Daily Show Celebrates Abortion Decision

The judicial oligarchy has ruled again, shoving us a little closer to utopia by striking down a Texas law that held abortion clinics to normal healthcare standards so as to avoid Kermit Gosnell–type abattoirs. This will allow many clinics that were closed to go back into business. The progressives at The Daily Show are of course delighted. They call on all males to celebrate with this tweet:

There you have it: the “mainstream” culture that is presented to us primarily by our television sets distilled by Twitter to the pure essence of its satanic vileness.

Even some lefties are appalled:

People on the right were repulsed by the suggestion that abortion is something to celebrate and by the idea that abortion should be thought of as another means of birth control no different from any other. People on the left were upset because the tweet assumed a male perspective and failed to include the consent of the woman being knocked up, i.e. it sounded “rape-flavored.”

It’s okay to create babies just so that you can stick decent people in the eye by killing them; just don’t assume a male perspective.

On a tip from TCS III.

Jun 28 2016

Why Muslim Lone Wolves May Now Target Based on Race

Moonbats have a remarkable knack for getting everyone to view life through their identity politics lens — even those who don’t normally think in those terms, like Muslim terrorists. Al Qaeda offers a solution to the problem posed by liberal authorities twisting the Orlando terror atrocity into a hate crime against homosexuals and/or Hispanics rather than a mighty blow against America on behalf of Allah:

Lone wolf jihadists should target white Americans so no one mistakes their terror attacks for hate crimes unrelated to the cause of radical Islam, Al Qaeda writes in the latest edition of its online magazine.

In an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled “Inspire guide: Orlando operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”

Orlando killer Omar Mateen pledged his loyalty to the rival Islamomaniacs of ISIS, but al Qaeda still gives him a big thumbs-up — with one qualification:

“We stand by and support all Muslims who attack America in their homeland regardless of their affiliation to any group or loyalty,” the guide states, though adding that Mateen could have killed even more if he had used bombs in addition to the guns he carried…

Judging by the advice to attack whites, Al Qaeda underestimates the ability of the liberal governmedia to twist every event to fit the progressive narrative, regardless of factual details. Recall that Omar Mateen actually called 911 to state for the record that his attack was motivated by Islam while the attack was underway. This made no difference. His grand Islamic gesture was attributed to homophobia and the right to bear arms.
Not even Mateen was explicit enough in his intent.

On tips from Rob E and Torcer.

Jun 28 2016

Criminalizing Scientific Dissent Is Part of Democrat Platform

The patently tyrannical campaign to use the force of law to impose orthodoxy regarding supposedly scientific opinion is now built into the Democrat platform:

Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science. …

“Another joint proposal calling on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change was also adopted by unanimous consent,” according to the Democratic National Convention’s website.

The drafting committee, led by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, has decided to back ongoing investigations by mostly Democratic state attorneys general into ExxonMobil’s stance on global warming.

No one expects the Climate Change Inquisition. But they should.

Currently, AGs from California, Massachusetts, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands have launched investigations of Exxon, and at least two AGs have demanded records on conservative think tanks and scientists skeptical of global warming.

The idea is to use laws against fraud and racketeering to intimidate and conceivably even imprison those who would point out that the anthropogenic global warming crisis is a hoax.

Democrats have largely scoffed at free speech arguments, saying Exxon and others were committing fraud by disagreeing with the Obama administration over the severity of global warming and the effects of potential climate policies.

This is why it is absolutely critical that the GOP survive Trump. If he manages to destroy the Republican Party or reduce it to irrelevance, there will be no effective resistance to the radicalized and openly tyrannical Democrats.

The Democrat platform also calls for abolishing all fossil fuels by 2050. To put it mildly, it is unlikely that technology will allow us to enjoy our current standard of living as Democrats coercively drive us toward that senseless objective.

We could soon find ourselves ruled without effective opposition to rule by lunatic luddites. Don’t take it for granted that the lights will always come on when you flip the switch.

No one expects the Climate Change Inquisition.

On tips from J, Bodhisattva, and Torcer.

Jun 28 2016

AMA Warns of Harmful Health Effects of New Environmentally Correct Streetlights

Caution — like a lot of moonbattery, environmentally correct streetlights can be hazardous to your health:

The American Medical Association is concerned that the glare, the high blue light content of “energy efficient” LED streetlights being rolled out across America, might be suppressing drivers’ night vision, and causing other harmful health effects.

From an AMA press release:

High-intensity LED lighting designs emit a large amount of blue light that appears white to the naked eye and create worse nighttime glare than conventional lighting. Discomfort and disability from intense, blue-rich LED lighting can decrease visual acuity and safety, resulting in concerns and creating a road hazard.

In addition to its impact on drivers, blue-rich LED streetlights operate at a wavelength that most adversely suppresses melatonin during night. It is estimated that white LED lamps have five times greater impact on circadian sleep rhythms than conventional street lamps. Recent large surveys found that brighter residential nighttime lighting is associated with reduced sleep times, dissatisfaction with sleep quality, excessive sleepiness, impaired daytime functioning and obesity.

As for the animals that enviro-Jacobins so piously prioritize,

The detrimental effects of high-intensity LED lighting are not limited to humans. Excessive outdoor lighting disrupts many species that need a dark environment. For instance, poorly designed LED lighting disorients some bird, insect, turtle and fish species…

As a rule of thumb, if it has been imposed by our moonbat rulers for ideological reasons, it is probably harmful.

led streetlights
Harmful but ideologically correct street lighting.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Jun 27 2016

Open Thread


Via John K Stahl.

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