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Feb 28 2018

Open Thread

Government should be good for the liberty of the governed, and that is when it governs to the least possible degree. It should be good for the wealth of the nation, and that is when it acts as little as possible upon the labor that produces it and when it consumes as little as possible. It should be good for the public security, and that is when it protects as much as possible, provided that the protection does not cost more than it brings in.... It is in losing their powers of action that governments improve. Each time that the governed gain space there is progress. - Augustin Thierry

Feb 28 2018

Law & Order’s Ann Coulter Episode

Liberal “news” programs are bad enough. Most people don’t watch the news. Their worldview is installed through fiction, with shows like Law & Order:

To get an idea of where this long-running program is coming from, consider that since 2000 one of the police roles has been played by Ice-T — best known as a rap performer for a song encouraging his listeners to murder police officers.

To describe Ice-T as vermin would be an insult to rats and cockroaches. To describe Law & Order as toxic would be an insult to arsenic.

On a tip from Varla.

Feb 28 2018

Looks Like Someone Went Out Without a Hijab

Any amateur sleuths want to help police find a motive for this crime?

Police say a Maryland man threw sulfuric acid on his roommate’s face and body, leaving her with critical injuries.

Prince George’s County police said in a statement Tuesday evening that they had arrested 28-year-old Bekre Abdela in the weekend attack. …

The statement says Abdela was arrested Monday and has “admitted his involvement.” Police say the motive is under investigation.

A splash of acid to the face is typical punishment when women fail to comply with the dictates of sharia and it is felt that a simple beating won’t do.

As a rule, it isn’t good to jump to conclusions. But that is what people will inevitably do when authorities and media reports habitually fail to come clean on details for reasons of political correctness.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Feb 28 2018

Demand an NRA Cake of Your Local Progressive Baker

Militant homosexuals have made a sport of searching out bakeries owned by Christians, demanding that they prepare a cake explicitly celebrating blasphemy, and then suing them if they refuse to betray their faith. Liberal courts eagerly join in the fun, crushing the businesses out of existence with monstrous fines for “discrimination” against a favored group. We have waited in vain for militant homosexuals to play this game on a Muslim bakery. In light of businesses joining the anti-NRA lynch mob, I hope we don’t have to wait in vain for someone to try this:

An NRA member needs to find the most progressive bakery he can, and then request an AR-15-shaped cake for a Second Amendment celebration. Walk into the store wearing an NRA shirt and hat. Openly carry a gun if you’re legally allowed. Ask for the top of the cake to be decorated with words like “In celebration of the NRA.”

When the mortified SJW baker refuses, sue her.

A taste of their own medicine might do progressive bullies some good.

On a tip from J.

Feb 28 2018

South Africa Moves Forward on Confiscation of Whites’ Property Without Compensation

Nelson Mandela’s handpicked successor is finally in power, and Cyril Ramaphosa is wasting no time securing the liberal saint’s legacy by confiscating property based on race:

South Africa took a step on Tuesday to hasten the transfer of land from white to black owners when parliament backed a motion seeking to change the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation. …

Tuesday’s motion was brought by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party but was supported by the ANC, which controls almost two-thirds of the parliament compared with EFF’s 6 percent.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said after his inauguration two weeks ago that he would speed up the transfer of land to black people…

We know what comes next, because we saw the same moonbattery reduce Rhodesia (a.k.a. the Breadbasket of Africa) to Zimbabwe. Whites will escape to some country that allows them to own property, and the people left behind will go hungry.

U.S. taxpayers will shoulder much of the financial burden for providing a subsistence existence to the rotting remnants of what was once a prosperous country.

Europeans have lived in South Africa for as long as they have lived in North America. Many of the farms that will be confiscated without compensation have been in the family for generations.

Anyone who did not see this coming when Nelson Mandela took power is a fool. Anyone who celebrates it is morally depraved.

Meanwhile, leftists use immigration and welfare policy to make whites a minority in Europe and North America, so that the same scenario can play out repeatedly until we are gone. It would be difficult to imagine an agenda more evil.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 28 2018

Oakland Mayor Gives ICE the Schaaf

Some 864 criminal aliens remain at large in the Bay Area despite a major ICE operation, thanks in part to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf:

The operation gained attention after Ms. Schaaf issued a very public warning to her community that ICE was making arrests. …

Thomas D. Homan, the top official at ICE, said by doing that she put his officers at risk, and likely endangered her own citizens by giving some criminals a chance to escape. …

ICE said one of the people who eluded them was a Honduran arrested for transporting cocaine and for sex with a child under 16. [A] Mexican had drug and firearms convictions.

Both of those migrants had been in police custody before but the authorities refused to hold them for pickup by ICE, the agency said. Both have been deported before on multiple occasions, but managed to sneak back in.

This emphasizes not only why we need to begin taking border defense seriously, but also why radical left scofflaws cannot be allowed to hold positions of authority.

Hilariously, Schaaf defended her unconscionable behavior with sanctimonious rhetoric about protecting Oakland residents, “particularly our most vulnerable.” That’s what ICE is doing by deporting drug dealers and child molesters.

We need to decide whether we want to have rule of law or degenerate into chaos. If the former, there must be any number of charges that could be brought against Schaaf, Governor Moonbeam, and other California officials for obstructing law enforcement and aiding and abetting criminals and foreign invaders.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

Feb 28 2018

Justin Trudeau’s Social Justice Budget

Justin Trudeau’s comical moonbattery has provided plenty of laughs, as when he demanded a student say “peoplekind” instead of “mankind,” and when he dressed up like an Indian and even did an Indian dance on a trip to India. But the moonbattery is not so funny for Canadians when it hits them in the wallet.

Imagine if ditzy woke coeds were put in charge of the Canadian government. The result would be something like the budget that was released Tuesday:

While the first chapter is wisely about bolstering the middle-class, chapter two — so their second priority — is all gender issues. They offer multiple pages to “addressing the gender wage gap”, toss in $10 million for a Women in Construction Fund, herald the creation of a new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics and pony up $1.8 million for something called Engaging Men and Boys to Promote Gender Equality.

The detailed description for that last one contains this gem of academic nonsense: “At the same time, men and boys also have gendered intersecting identities and experience inequality, and are not all a homogenous group. This work will recognize that gender is not synonymous with women.”

Transsexuals will be pleased to know that they qualify for handouts and privileges.

Then the document designates $173.2 million not for securing the border but for keeping the floodgates open.

“Funding would be used to manage the increased number of people seeking asylum in Canada this year, many of whom arrive with their families seeking quick, safe and compassionate processing.”

Whether women and trannies will still qualify for special considerations after liberals have displaced the Canadian population with explosively reproducing Islamic welfare colonists remains to be seen.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 28 2018

Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why She Should Shut Up About Politics

Maybe Jennifer Lawrence is less guffaw-inducingly cognitively challenged than she seems. The Tinseltown moonbat who declared that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were Mother Nature’s wrath over our failure to elect Hillary Clinton has said something wise:

[T]he outspoken actress admitted that wading into politics is not the best path for celebrities to take. “I’ve always thought that it was a good idea to stay out of politics,” Lawrence told [Vanity Fair].

“Twenty-five percent of America identifies as liberal and I need more than 25 percent of America to go see my movies. It’s not wise, career-speaking, to talk about politics,” she said…

Her agent must have found some means to penetrate the thickness of her skull. But immediately she lapsed back into idiocy by barking,

“When Donald Trump got sworn into office, that f—–g changed.”

It’s fine to respect the differing opinions of your audience — but not if they elect someone you don’t like. So the foul-mouthed starlet will spend the next year lecturing us about politics instead of making movies. Given her propensity to make a fool of herself, the results may turn out to be more entertaining than if she kept to her job.

On a tip from TCS III.

Feb 28 2018

Monica Lewinsky #MeToos Ken Starr

Decades after her infamous molestation in the Oval Office by a sitting POTUS when she was just a 24-year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky finally met Ken Starr last December. She describes the encounter in the moonbat magazine Vanity Fair:

Ken Starr asked me several times if I was “doing O.K.” A stranger might have surmised from his tone that he had actually worried about me over the years. His demeanor, almost pastoral, was somewhere between avuncular and creepy. He kept touching my arm and elbow, which made me uncomfortable.

In backwards cultures, a witchdoctor can inflict total ruin on people by pointing a bone at them, causing them to wither and perish as a result of social ostracism and the placebo effect. Our equivalent is called #MeToo. It’s almost as if Monica is trying to point the #MeToo bone at Ken Starr, who investigated the serial sex abuser and probable rapist who made her famous with his extremely inappropriate sexual misconduct.

She goes on to denounce Starr for not taking the opportunity to apologize to her for his investigation of Bill Clinton.

Even now, despite the #MeToo craze, liberals defend the ultimate male chauvinist sexual transgressor by attacking his critics; sometimes even his victims join in — although Monica Lewinsky was a willing victim, unlike Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, et al.

On a tip from Sean C.

Feb 27 2018

Open Thread

I will listen to any hypothesis but on one condition-that you show me a method by which it can be tested. - August Wilhelm von Hofmann

Feb 27 2018

High School Protest Against Gun Violence Turns Violent

Why should the high school students in Parkland Hogg hog all the fame bestowed upon them by the media in exchange for letting themselves be exploited as tools by the authoritarian left? Stockton, California high school students get in on the act:

At least they have found something to do with their time besides eat Tide pods.

On a tip from TCS III.

Feb 27 2018

Poll: Nearly Half the Country Wants Universal Basic Income

The economy is booming. But it won’t be for long, if radical leftism keeps gaining steam:

Political philosopher and economist Karl Widerquist, an associate professor at Georgetown University in Qatar, remembers a poll from 10 years ago that showed just 12 percent of Americans approved of a universal basic income.

That’s changed — and quickly. Today, 48 percent of Americans support it, according to a new Northeastern University/Gallup survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults.

What you pay for, you get more of. Pay people for nothing and you will get more nothing; that is, they will work less, placing an ever-greater tax burden on the shrinking percentage of suckers who pull the cart instead of riding in it.

This Marxist crazy talk isn’t just for economically dysfunctional cities like Stockton anymore. According to the poll, 54% of Americans aged 18–35 think everyone should be paid with other people’s money just for breathing. You can see where all the Democrat screeching about income inequality is taking us.

Not long ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest country in Latin America. Then came socialism. Now, starving Venezuelans break into zoos to eat the animals. It could happen here.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

Feb 27 2018

Issuing the School Shooting Threats Americans Won’t Issue

School shootings have been on everyone’s mind since Parkland. Yet for some reason, this story from Upstate New York has not gotten much traction with the national media:

Rochester Police have arrested a 21-year-old student in the Rochester City School District after they said she made a credible threat against East High School.

Abigail Hernandez took to the East High School Facebook page to proclaim, “I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya bitches.”

Hernandez is not a student at East High School. When asked why a 21-year-old woman would be a student in the Rochester City School District, city officials would not clarify.

When police arrived to arrest her for making a terroristic threat, they found a shotgun in her home. The media would have preferred an AR-15. But here’s why this isn’t a story:

As officers were investigating, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents determined Hernandez was an illegal immigrant who was in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Never mind, nothing to see here. The media doesn’t want us thinking of “Dreamers” as people like this:

On a tip from Artfldgr.

Feb 27 2018

Applied Moonbattery: 405-Pound Fashion Model

Moonbattery entails the eradication of standards of value, not just in politics but in all walks of life. That’s why modern art looks like a drunk painted it with his elbow, and modern “classical” music sounds like a cat walking on a piano. This demonstrates its effect on the world of fashion models:

Arcadio Del Valle, 30, used to let his size XXXXXL frame hold him back from exploring his personal style but said Instagram and his 7,700 body-positive followers have helped him on the path to becoming a leading plus-size model.

Curvaceous Arcadio established his Instagram account in July 2015 when he started sharing photos of his risqué outfits and revealing snaps of his 405-pound body, breaking down fashion norms and encouraging plus-size men to celebrate their bodies.

Fat shaming was insensitive. Now we have fat wallowing.

The model’s honest take on fashion and obvious body confidence catapulted him to new heights in September 2016 when plus-sized streetwear brand VOLARE had him walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, which he said was a life-defining moment.

The moment also defined the effect of moonbattery on the fashion industry, which has become so grotesque as to serve no purpose other than to market Halloween costumes to freaks.

If you think you have the belly for it, check out curvaceous Arcadio striking a pose.

Losing the self-indulgent body-positivity along with a couple hundred pounds would let Arcadio live a longer, healthier life. But it might not advance his modeling career.

On a tip from Sean C.

Feb 27 2018

Delta Could Pay a Price in Georgia for Joining Anti-NRA Lynch Mob

There is always a price to be paid for moonbattery. Justice is when it is the moonbats who pay it:

The Georgia Senate’s leaders vowed to block a lucrative tax break bill on Monday that would benefit Delta Air Lines after the Atlanta-based company severed ties with the National Rifle Association.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said he would not support tax legislation that helped the airline “unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with the NRA.”

Whether the suits at Delta will think leftist virtue signaling was worth a $50 million jet fuel sales tax exemption is doubtful.

Hopefully, a similar price can be exacted from everyone else on the list of shame.

On a tip from roccolore.

Feb 27 2018

Amazon Pays No Federal Taxes in 2017

When Amazon’s Jeff Bezos uses his Washington Post to push leftist politics, it is not because he wants to pay higher taxes. He just wants you to pay higher taxes. As for Amazon, it avoids taxes:

Bezos is the richest person in the world, with a personal net worth of $108 billion. In 2017, Bezos’ company, the internet retail giant Amazon, reportedly took in $5.6 billion in U.S. profits.

So, how much did Amazon pay in income tax on that bounty? Hang on, we’re getting some news…what? What’s this? Amazon effectively paid zero dollars in federal income taxes in 2017?

In part, Amazon manages this by keeping its global headquarters not in Seattle, but in Luxembourg. In part, it is benefitting massively from tax reform:

Amazon is projecting a $789 million windfall from Republicans’ tax bill, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which may have factored into its reason for withholding taxes this year.

But don’t expect to read a positive word about Republicans in WaPo, which bashes Trump so monotonously that its featured stories all sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher. A left-liberal pose must be maintained. Otherwise people might become enraged when they learn things like this:

In January, a study found that more than one in 10 Amazon employees in Ohio rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy groceries. And SNAP is… a government program… funded by… tax revenue.

Maybe we aren’t getting such great deals from Amazon after all, if we are helping pay Bezos’ workers every April 15.

Once again, we see that liberal politics is a fraud, employed by the cynical to exploit the gullible. Bezos is a caricature of the capitalist exploiter his own ideology demonizes. But most of his fellow libs don’t resent it, because he owns the Compost and pledges $millions to destroy the sanctity of marriage.

On tips from Stormfax and Bodhisattva.

Feb 27 2018

Fifty-Seven Officers in South Africa’s Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offenses Units Have Criminal Records

We know that the crime rate in South Africa is stratospheric, but we don’t know how stratospheric, because it is likely that many victims don’t bother telling the police. There isn’t much reason to, in light of revelations like this:

Fifty-seven police officers working in the police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses units (FCS) have criminal records.

This was revealed in a written reply by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to a Parliamentary question posed by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Zakhele Mbhele. …

Mbhele said the members were convicted of at least three cases of culpable homicide, seven of common assault, two of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one instance of pointing a firearm.

In A Clockwork Orange, Alex’s old droogs apply the skills they developed as street thugs to careers with the police. Something similar could be happening in South Africa, now that thieves run the government.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 26 2018

Open Thread

That is the whole trouble with being a heretic. One usually must think out everything for oneself. - Aubrey Menen

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