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May 29 2015

Open Thread


Via Strange Politics, on a tip from TED.

May 29 2015

Create Your Own Gun-Free Zone

Fox News shouldn’t have been so quick to cancel the 1/2 Hour News Hour. After all, the show did solve the gun violence problem:

If they bring the show back, maybe it will solve the Islamic terror problem by creating tolerance zones.

On a tip from DinaRehn.

May 29 2015

Marie Harf Featured in News of the Future From the Springer Gazette

What’s the next rung in Marie Harf’s career climb, now that she has been named a senior advisor to Hanoi John Kerry for spinning his Iranian nukes initiative? If she performs as disastrously as she did as State Department spokesmoonbat, she is likely to fail upward again. Maybe they will make her an admiral and name her Commander of the Atlantic Fleet:


The pride of bearing witness to our first female Commander of the Atlantic Fleet will more than make up for the Chinese and/or Russians sinking the last of our ships.

Via Springer’s Blog, on a tip from TED.

May 29 2015

Our New Flag

Remember the “All this just for a flag” incident from the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

The internet was buzzing this week with video of First Lady Michelle Obama apparently showing extreme disrespect to the American flag at a ceremony in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. As police and firefighters fold the flag to the sound of marching bagpipers, a skeptical looking Mrs. Obama leans to her husband and appears to say, “all this just for a flag.” She then purses her lips and shakes her head slightly as Mr. Obama nods.

Here’s the video:

Even if that’s what she said, it’s not that the Bitter Half is inherently disrespectful. They were just honoring the wrong flag. This one is more like it:

There, that’s better. For the first time in her adult life, the Worst Lady is proud of the flag.

Via Young Conservatives, on a tip from Wiggins.

May 29 2015

Sydney’s Mayor Wastes Fortunes on Screwball Projects

If only liberals’ Keynesian belief that wealth is created by the government wasting it had merit, Sydney, Australia would be cured of its homeless problem due the prodigious profligacy of Lord Mayor Clover Moore:

Moore’s seemingly endless appetite for wacky projects is growing yet again as the City of Sydney confirms it will start work on its own cafe for cyclists next year and open the business in 2017.

The neighborhood is already crowded with cafes, but this one will be special; it will be run by the government.

The forecast cost to ratepayers is $16.1 million, up from a budget in 2013 of $14.7 million, and comes as the city’s homeless population sits at a five-year high — sparking fresh calls for the council to take a long, hard look at its spending priorities and for business and residential rates to be slashed.

There were 827 rough sleepers and people staying in temporary shelter during the City’s February homeless count — the highest total since August 2010 when 830 homeless people were recorded.

Over the same period, Ms Moore has authorised spending of $8 million to develop a “green” trigeneration power plant for Town Hall, $1.65 million for an urban farm for inner-west hipsters, $9.3 million on three public art commissions and $64 million on bike lanes.

There are also plans to put ping pong tables on the Kent St underpass as part of a project to improve access and amenity around Barangaroo.

And in 2014, $45,000 of ratepayer cash was spent filling Martin Place, Kings Cross and other locations with weeds.

Regarding the trigeneration project, which is apparently intended to combat the nonexistent global warming crisis,

The City says it will achieve a five per cent reduction in carbon pollution and documents seen by the Daily Telegraph outline how the final cost could run up to $22 million.

The plans could involve City of Sydney attempting to sell thermal energy and chilled water to local businesses…

The confidential trigeneration documents seen by the Daily Telegraph say it is unclear what, if any, demand there would be from local businesses to buy energy or water from the City.

The $1.65 million urban farm will feature stingless bees and a bee hotel. Then there is the $9.3 million wasted on “art” like this bizarre “milk crate” project:


As for the homeless problem…

“Despite homelessness being a state government responsibility, the City invests $1.4 million dollars a year through NSW Family and Community Services to help people experiencing it,” a City of Sydney spokesman said.

Here’s an idea to help the homeless. Rather than confiscating money and then throwing it to the four winds, the city should let businesses keep and invest it. Then there would be more businesses, and consequently more jobs.

On a tip from Andrew in Australia.

May 29 2015

Why Unions Lobbied for Los Angeles Minimum Wage Law, Now Lobby for Exemption From It

Do not attempt to withstand the levels of hypocrisy that are customary to moonbats. Necessity has caused them to develop a special resistance. For nonmoonbats, something like this could cause an implosion into utter shame:

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

The law will jack up the minimum wage to $15/hour, causing countless businesses to go under.

For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.

Yet they want an exemption for themselves.

If they don’t think union employees should get $15/hour (even if that often means getting nothing because the company you work for has to lay you off or goes out of business), why did they push for the increase?

Ruben Gonzalez, senior vice president for public policy and political affairs with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce … said the change sought by labor officials could pressure companies into letting employees unionize as a way to seek relief from the mandated wage hike.

“Once again, the soaring rhetoric of helping the working poor is just a cover for city government acting as a tool of organized labor,” he said.

Okay, now I get it.

That’s why Big Labor pours so much money into the candidacies of leftists like Obama. Only a dupe would think it is to help the working man.

seiu politics
Make politics work for the union bosses, that is.

On a tip from Mr. Mentalo. Hat tip: NewsBusters.

May 29 2015

State of the Art in the Twisted Sexual Brainwashing of Children: George

Politically correct dogma now requires liberals to believe that it is normal to be a pervert. Some are capable of this impressive feat of ideological obedience, but others will still feel an instinctive distaste for the pathological. So social engineers, exploiting their control of government schools, have focused on the malleable minds of the young. A new book entitled George from the children’s publisher Scholastic gives an idea of how far over the top they are taking the brainwashing:

George is the first effort by author Alex Gino, self-described on Facebook as a “[p]rogressive middle grade novelist, author of GEORGE (fall 2015, Scholastic). Fat queer activist, glitter liberationist, urban gardener, and then some.” Gino’s bio on Twitter is similar:

alex gino

Scholastic has been sending teachers prepublication copies of the book. The Weekly Standard offers a synopsis:

Although the book is targeted at middle-schoolers, George tells the story of a fourth grader named George, a boy who has “always” thought of himself as a girl. He keeps a stash of Seventeen and other girls’ magazine hidden in his room, chafes at being called a “boy” or “young man,” and is mortified by his own anatomy. A class production of Charlotte’s Web brings the issue to a head when George wants to portray the spider Charlotte, a part offered only to the girls in his class.

The author Gino exclusively uses female pronouns to refer to George throughout the story, distracting for an adult but potentially unsettling for the novel’s preteen and young teen target audience. The book’s back-flap bio of the author takes a different tack, saying of Gino that “George is their first novel,” a remarkable grammatically incorrect concession for an educational publisher to make in a children’s book.

Although George uses Charlotte’s Web as the vehicle to tell this eight year old boy’s story, readers may find that the story The Emperor’s New Clothes comes to mind as well. Although not everyone immediately accepts George’s new gender, many of the cool characters do, and the reader is given the impression that reason will win the day and the others will come around.

The intent to implant unnatural opinions or at the very least to create confusion as to what is normal and healthy could not be more clear. Yet again we see that leftist ideology is not just wrong but depraved, and that its proponents will stop at nothing to impose it on the innocent. Pay very close attention to what these creeps are giving your kids to read.

On a tip from DJ.

May 29 2015

Michelle Musk: Deodorant for Democrats

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently denounced capitalism for producing too many varieties of deodorant. But here’s a variety even Sanders might be willing to try:


It might make breathing easier for reporters on the campaign trail if someone douses Bernie in the entire Party-Approved Pungency line:

• Lenin Lavender
• Stalin Spring
• Adolph Air Fresh
• Scent of Barry
• Gulag Floral
• Herbal Hussein
• Michelle Musk
• KGB Bouquet

Via The People’s Cube, on a tip from DinaRehn.

May 29 2015

Hezbollah and the United Nations Clown Show

It’s okay that Obama has brought an end to Pax Americana by reducing America’s military strength and world stature, because the more politically correct United Nations can step forward to fill the vacuum by securing peace throughout the world, just as it does in the conflict between beleaguered Israel and the surrounding Islamists who promise to wipe it off the map. Let’s check in on how that’s going:

Reports out of southern Lebanon tell us that the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah continues to expand its network of tunnels along the border with Israel, preparing for another war. That’s not an accusation by Israeli sources, but a boast by Hezbollah, detailed in a series of recent articles in a Hezbollah-linked newspaper, As-Safir. As summed up by The Times of Israel, Hezbollah provided As-Safir reporters with a tour of its tunnel network, which they duly described as vast, advanced, reinforced, equipped with a 24-hour power supply, a ventilation system, and webs of escape shafts — connected to bunkers and surveillance posts.

While building this maze, Hezbollah has also been restocking its arsenal, following the 2006 summer war it launched against Israel. The Times of Israel story goes on to cite the estimates of a senior Israeli intelligence official that Hezbollah now has, as they sum it up, some “100,000 short-range rockets capable of striking northern Israel, several thousand missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and central Israel and hundreds more that can strike the entire country.” Most of these weapons have come from Syria and Iran. This adds up to much more firepower than Hezbollah had when it triggered the 2006 war by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers — whom Hezbollah murdered, while the UN assured Israel that it was negotiating their safe release.

Sounds like the Religion of Peace is planning to launch yet another terror war. Not to worry; the United Nations has established a presence in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s base. It’s called UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon). Here are the steps it has been taking to avert war:

A glance at their web site finds that that they have been providing students in southern Lebanon with lessons in road safety. Earlier this month they took part in a half marathon in Beirut. Last month they performed folkloric dances at a spring festival in the southern Lebanese town of Sultaniyeh. They’ve hosted visits by the president of Ireland and the king of Spain. They’ve celebrated the 37th anniversary of UNIFIL’s establishment in southern Lebanon. They’ve hosted a handicrafts exhibition.

And on May 15th, they organized a clown show, for children with special needs, featuring a “team of highly trained professionals specialized in clown therapy to promote messages of hope and peace.”

When we finally manage to flush Obama, Kerry, Biden, et al. out of Washington, don’t be surprised if they turn up in the UN. They will place the emphasis where it belongs — on the true threat to peace: climate change.


On a tip from RF.

May 29 2015

Marilyn Mosby, Circus Ringmaster

Aggressively pro-mob Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby as finally found a job for which she is qualified:


Yes, this is on the level. Marilyn Mosby is literally serving as circus ringmaster, following her prominent role as a figurative ringmaster in the Baltimore production of the Black Lives Matter circus.

I’m surprised Stephanie Rawlings-Blake didn’t get the job.

Via Weasel Zippers, on a tip from Rob E.

May 29 2015

Statue Found Guilty of Mansplaining

WARNING: Do not look too closely at this statue, which is brazenly on display at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. It has been revealed to be a thought crime:

The Washington Examiner explains:

It all started when Ash Hernandez saw the statue on her way to take a teacher’s certification test. She was so outraged that she ran back to her car to get her phone to snap a picture.

The sculpture just screamed mansplaining,” Hernandez told Women in the World, a New York Times affiliate.

Hernandez sent the picture to her friend Cathy de la Cruz, who tweeted it out. The tweet went viral, prompting other Twitter users to post photos of statues they found sexist.

Mansplaining is a Liberalese “term used to describe men condescendingly explaining something to a woman.”

Moonbats can rest assured that no matter how stiflingly politically correct society becomes, they will always be able to find thought crimes to righteously denounce.

On tips from J and seaoh.

May 28 2015

Open Thread


Via Liberal Logic 101, on a tip from TED.

May 28 2015

Hillary’s Phony Accents Not As Bad As Her Laugh

Shrillary is back on the campaign trail, all right. She has started up again with the phony accents. Here is what she talks like in South Carolina:

Hot Air comments:

It’s not as bad as the immortal “noways tahhhrd” clip, but that came in front of a mostly black audience and prominent Dems tend to reserve their more cartoonish, insulting accents for minority crowds.

At least her phony accents aren’t half as irritating as her witch’s cackle:

Imagine listening to that for the next 8 years as this corrupt woman gets even richer by flushing America the rest of the way down the toilet.

On tips from DinaRehn and J.

May 28 2015

Media Assails Anti-Islam Rally Planned for Phoenix Mosque Linked to Garland Attack

An event dubbed Freedom of Speech Rally Round II is planned for tomorrow at the Phoenix mosque attended by Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson, who recently got themselves killed when they traveled to Garland intending to kill as many patriots as possible at Pamela Geller’s Mohammad Art Exhibit and Contest. Guess whose side the media is on? Watch this appalling report from local ABC15 if you have any doubts:

Isn’t it a relief to hear that CAIR — well known for its close ties to terrorism — is working with law enforcement to confront the menace of patriotic Americans bitterly clinging to their constitutional rights? It seems the Islamists have been working with the media too; the news report above could have been scripted by CAIR.

The media has made it crystal clear in advance that if Muslims initiate violence, it will be Americans upholding their First Amendment rights who will be held to blame — just as in Garland. This underscores the fact that expansionist Islam is only a secondary infection. The true enemy is the liberal ruling class that controls the media, and that will side with anyone — from illegal aliens to Baltimore rioters to Islamic terrorists — who can help them tear down traditional America.

Freedom of Speech Rally Round II will take place at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, 7516 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ at 6:15 pm, May 29.

September 11
How soon the ruling class expects us to forget.

Hat tip: Bare Naked Islam. Tip from DinaRehn.

May 28 2015

Marine Court Martialed Over Bible Verse

The campaign to purge the military of any trace of Christianity has claimed another victim:

A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.”

The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. …

As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for work. It’s a process made harder because of the bad conduct discharge from the military.

This rigid intolerance of anything Christian trickles down from the left-wing apparatchiks Obama has placed atop the command structure. If principled members of the armed forces conclude that they are no longer taking orders from the good guys and quit, so much the better, from Obama’s point of view.

banned bible

On tips from Artfldgr and Dragon’s Lair.

May 28 2015 Blocked at Applebee’s

When you are no longer permitted to see this site, it probably won’t be because goons in jackboots hauled me off to a concentration camp. That’s not how it works in a soft tyranny. A reader saw for himself how it does work when he tried accessing Moonbattery using the WiFi at an Applebee’s. Here’s what he saw on his phone:

This content has been blocked because it does not comply with the acceptable usage policy. The request was logged.
Intolerance, Jokes and Humour, Safe Content Filetypes, News, Web Content Group Unauthenticated IPs IP [IP address]
Content of type Intolerance blocked: Content filtering URL

They won’t say they are censoring us for defending traditional values. That would be the wrong spin. We will be silenced because those who express views they don’t tolerate are “intolerant.”

Attempting to access Weasel Zippers produced the same message. Whether the block was placed by the local franchise owner or the corporate entity is unclear.

What is clear is that liberal establishmentarians have no qualms about censoring their opposition. Unless meaningful resistance develops, it won’t be long before these blocks are imposed by the federal government.

Internet Censorship

May 28 2015

Moonbat Doctor Calls for Government to Restrict Free-Market Healthcare in Britain

If you want to see tomorrow’s newspaper today, read the news from Britain, which jumped ahead of us on the road to socialism with the National Health Service:

NHS doctors who work in private healthcare “on the side” are directly harming the health service, a senior consultant has said.

In a confessional article in medical journal the BMJ, cardiologist Dr John Dean said that he had stopped working in the private sector after realising the “direct adverse effects on the NHS”.

Many experienced NHS doctors run or work in a private practice alongside their NHS work. There are no rules against it in principle but consultant contracts stipulate there must be no conflict of interest between NHS and private work.

However, Dr Dean, who has himself supplemented his main income from Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with private work, writes that any time spent in the private sector deprives the NHS of consultants’ hours, and warned that private practice creates “a perverse incentive” to increase NHS waiting times.

Dr Dean’s political views are of the leftist variety, according to which expecting fair market compensation for your services is “venal.” Encouragingly, his colleagues don’t share these views:

Writing that his decision to drop private work had caused “discomfort” among some colleagues, Dr Dean said he had been left feeling like “a lapsed Catholic shunned by the priesthood”.

This traitor to his profession calls for Big Government to ban consultants from working in both the NHS and private sector.

When this fails to make socialized medicine efficient, the next logical step will be to ban all healthcare that is not provided on a coercive basis.

If you want to see next week’s newspaper today, refer to the history of the Soviet Union, where people attempting to engage in voluntary economic interactions were denounced as “speculators.”

Socialized Medicine

On a tip from Lyle.

May 28 2015

Thousands of Unwanted Chevy Volts Sit Unsold

Under capitalism, companies produce the products that people want. Under corporatism (formerly known as “fascism,” before that word was redefined to mean “anything liberals don’t like”), companies produce the products they are arm-twisted into producing by ideologically driven government thugs. The latter is less economically efficient, as the Regime of Hope & Change keeps proving:

Production of the second-generation Chevrolet Volt is set to commence this summer, with the first cars going to customers sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. But before Chevrolet can concentrate on selling the all-new version of the plug-in hybrid EV, it needs to find a way to move the overstock of first-gen models currently sitting on dealer lots.

According to The Detroit Free Press, Chevy dealers had about 6,000 2015 Volts on their lots at the end of April, more than twice the amount of Volts the automaker sold in the first four months of 2015.

All this unsold inventory probably means that the amount Government Motors loses on each Volt produced will climb even higher — and it has already been high:

In 2012, Reuters reported that GM was losing about $50,000 on each Volt it produced. Experts estimated then the Volt cost about $90,000 each to produce.

Don’t worry, if GM lurches back toward bankruptcy due to this lunacy, the Feds will bail it out again. You won’t have to pay for it. Obama thoughtfully charges his mountains of waste to the national debt. Your grandchildren will pick up the tab.

Chevy Volt

Tip and graphic compliments of Stormfax.

May 28 2015

Finally: Racketeering Suit Brought Against Clintons

Not everyone has given up on the concept of rule of law:

Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been hit with a racketeering lawsuit in Florida court.

The lawsuit, filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, includes a legal request to have the Florida judge seize the private server on which Hillary Clinton and her aides hosted their emails while she served as secretary of state. …

The racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case alleges the former first couple and their family philanthropy traded political favors for donations or generous speaking fees for Bill Clinton while his wife was the nation’s chief diplomat.

“Negotiations by email about influencing U.S. foreign policy or U.S. Government actions to benefit donors to … The Clinton Foundation or sponsors of speaking engagements would not be captured on a U.S. Government email account because her emails would not be with a U.S. Government official,” Klayman said in court documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

“Hillary Clinton deleted 32,000 email messages from her email server that included her communications arranging, negotiating, and agreeing upon speaking engagements by Bill Clinton in return for large speaking fees and donations to The Clinton Foundation,” the documents, dated May 20, said.

Prove that this relates to her conduct as Secretary of State and — barring a pardon from Obama — the Clintons will soon be where they have long belonged at last: in prison.

Proof shouldn’t be difficult to find, if Shrillary’s server is turned over to forensic experts as Klayman reasonably demands. Problem is, the liberal establishment doesn’t want it proven; the liberal establishment wants the Clintons back in the White House to blaze new trails in the criminal and potentially treasonous monetization of power.

We can judge to what extent the Republican-controlled Congress is part of the liberal establishment by its unwillingness to seriously address the Clintons’ crimes.

A prerequisite to America’s restoration.

On tips from Rob E and DinaRehn.

May 28 2015

Wirathu: The Buddhist Monk the Media Hates

A perceptive Buddhist monk named Wirathu has been alerting his fellow Burmese to the threat posed by encroaching Islam. The willfully ignorant dhimmi fools who dominate the media don’t like it:

By all appearances, Wirathu seems an unlikely leader of sectarian violence. He speaks in soft, measured tones, clasping his hands thoughtfully. Like all Burmese Buddhist monks, his head is shaved and he is draped in a simple saffron robe. He teaches at a quiet and dimly lit monastery in Mandalay where monks kneel in study or prayer and flowers and images of religious figures decorate the walls. It’s every bit the Western stereotype of Buddhist tranquility.

But the exterior of the monastery is gruesome, coated with propaganda posters depicting violence he claims has been perpetrated by the Rohingya, Burma’s Muslim ethnic minority: collapsed temples and blood-streaked bodies.

“These pictures are here to protect our religion and our national interest,” the monk calmly explained to a BBC reporter in a 2013 documentary. “If we do not protect our own people we will become weak, and we will face more mass killings of this kind when they grow to outnumber us.”

Somebody knows his Muslim history.

“Muslims are only well behaved when they are weak,” he adds, contemplating another poster. “When they are strong they are like a wolf or a jackal, in large packs they hunt down other animals.” …

“You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog,” he said of Muslims at a 2013 sermon reported by the New York Times.

Since the pro-Islam Left cannot argue with his astute observations, Wirathu is denounced as a “leader of sectarian violence.”

Rights activists have called him a neo-Nazi and Time ran a 2013 profile of him under the headline “The Face of Buddhist Terror.” In that article, Time said he had “taken the title of ‘the Burmese bin Laden.’”

No doubt the Islamophiles at Time congratulated themselves on the clever irony of smearing someone who resists Islam as a “Burmese bin Laden.” Maybe they got the idea from fellow leftists who call Israelis “Nazis” for resisting terror attacks from Naziesque Palestinians.

Wirathu must be doing something right to get slimed by Time.

On a tip from J.

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