Via Ed Driscoll, on a tip from Dan F.
There is no extreme of rhetoric too cartoonish or too nonsensical for envirofascists to employ in their war on energy — particularly in Australia, where they suffered a major setback with the election of Tony Abbott. Here they attempt to link the production of energy by means too efficient to be politically correct with pedophilia. Via Breitbart:
An Australian climate change lobby group has faced a backlash after creating a billboard advert comparing coal miners to paedophiles. The ad was one of a number of possible images posted onto the Facebook page of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition as part of a competition to choose a poster to be displayed at Brisbane airport next month when world leaders fly in to meet for the G20 Summit, but was pulled from the site after followers branded the advert as “sick”.
The poster featured a note reading “Dear world leaders, don’t let the coal lobby get their dirty hands on our future. Yours sincerely, young people and future generations”. Next to the note is the face of a young girl looking alarmed with a man’s hands, dirty with coal dust, clamped over her mouth.
Ecokooks ought to use this ad campaign while they can. Within a few years, it would get them denounced by fellow moonbats as pedophilophobes.
On a tip from Byron.
Here’s a remarkable coincidence. Another locale has been found where voting machines have “calibration errors.” Just like the machines in Chicago, they happen to switch votes to the party known for fraud:
Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.
“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” reported Donna Hamilton.
“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said Thursday.
Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem, too.
“This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well,” Hofmann wrote in an email Sunday evening.
Two other Maryland voters reported the same in Anne Arundel County on Friday.
Obama’s rise to power means Chicago politics is now American politics — at least where Democrats are concerned.
On tips from Infidel Joe and TED.
One of the great things about sports from the point of view of Americans is that it teaches kids the value of the competitive spirit that drives excellence. The great thing from the point of view of moonbats is that it allows authorities to crush the competitive spirit so that children may learn that winners are oppressors and losers are righteous victims of insensitivity, in accordance with liberal ideology. In Lawrenceville, Georgia, this lesson came at a price of $500:
Parents of Lawrenceville Black Knights players told CBS46 News their team was fined after one of their players scored a touchdown violating the league’s mercy rule.
The Black Knights were beating Collins Hill 32-0 in the fourth quarter when they got carried away after an interception and scored one touchdown too many.
That touchdown passed the 33-point rule and cost the coach a weeklong suspension and the team $500.
According to the mother of Elijah Burrell, the evildoer who ran back the interception, the Black Knights even tried to let the other team score on the next play, but apparently Collins Hill wasn’t in the mood to score charity points. The gesture was not enough to placate the local kiddie version of NFL bureaucrats, who denounced Lawrenceville for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Top Right News puts this story into the bigger picture:
Parents used to roll their eyes or laugh when they saw their child receive a “participation trophy” for a school competition they lost.
But it is no laughing matter. Over time, Progressive school administrators have destroyed the concept of friendly competition in our schools: degrading the achievements of winners and nullifying the important lessons of losing.
“Everyone’s a winner!” our kids are told. It’s the academic version of Marxist “collectivism”. …
[T]his is what happens when far-left ideology is permitted to take hold. It crushes the spirits of children. At first. Then slowly they come to expect that excelling at something should not be their goal, but rather the fulfillment of the “community”. They start to feel guilty for being exceptional at something, like it is almost a crime.
This drives down the ambitions of the young. Why try harder if you will only be punished for scoring “too many” points, for making “too much” money? Progressives tell our children it’s simply “not fair” for them to have more, or be better than the next child.
Some principles are so basic, you would almost need a PhD in liberal chin-pulling to even think to contest them. Winning is good. Losing is bad. Teaching kids otherwise will not help them succeed.
On a tip from G. Fox.
Militant Atheists Plan to Disseminate Tacky Pamphlet Attacking Bible in Schools on National Religious Freedom Day
A favorite tactic used by liberals to destroy not only our culture but the very concept of right and wrong is called moral equivalency. According to this doctrine, there is no qualitative difference between Christianity and nasty militant atheist attacks on it :
If The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist group, gets its way, it may be handing out controversial pamphlets in several Florida public high schools depicting a lecherous human-like Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.
The pamphlet is entitled: “An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible,” and its cover features a cartoon illustration of a humanized Bible with a face, arms, and legs, reaching under the dress of a screaming woman who is trying to escape.
The FFRF’s plans to distribute that and other atheist pamphlets at some Orange County high schools is at the center of a controversial dispute that has pitted school officials promoting appropriate environments for students against the atheist group asserting its First Amendment rights.
The pamphlet includes Biblical passages mentioning sex, nudity and circumcision, excerpts that the FFRF deems “obscene” and is including in its pamphlet to make a point that the Bible also contains explicit material.
“I think if you look at the content of that brochure and what is actually in the Bible, and some of the things that are in the Bible in terms of sex and compare that to the cover [of the pamphlet], the cover is pretty tame compared to anything that is in the Bible,” FFRF Legal Counsel Andrew Seidel told CNS News. “I think the bottom line is, you can’t consider any of our materials obscene when compared to the Bible,” he said.
On National Religious Freedom Day, which is Jan. 16, the Orange County Public Schools have allowed outside religious groups to passively distribute approved literature, like Bibles, for students to take should they choose. According to reports, FFRF plans to distribute “An X-Rated Book” and other pamphlets in 11 public high schools in Orange County, Florida, next year.
Moonbats love the idea. After all, Christianity and base attempts to discredit it are morally equivalent.
It is doubtful however that these same moonbats would approve of The Turner Diaries being introduced into school reading lists as the moral equivalent to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Kudos to Orange County Public Schools for putting up a fight. Hopefully they have deep pockets, because leftist thugs like FFRF operate by forcing people to spend so much money on lawyers that they end up knuckling under.
As always with liberals, the issue is not the issue. Progressives are hardly fans of the First Amendment when it does not work to their advantage. The real issue is the ongoing war against the Christian religion, which constitutes a major impediment on the road to a morality-free collectivist utopia.
On tips from Tucker L and Artfldgr.
The term heavy handed hardly does justice to Big Government in the fundamentally transformed former Land of the Free:
When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County [Wisconsin] went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.
And an armored military vehicle.
Overkill? Not at all, say the authorities.
Marathon County sheriff’s officials aren’t apologizing for their tactics. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean said officials expected to have to seize and remove tractors and wooden pallets to pay the judgment — hence the cadre of deputies. He also said what while Hoeppner was never considered dangerous, he was known to be argumentative.
Here’s how Big Government teaches us not to be argumentative:
Hoeppner said when he noticed deputies outside his house, he called his attorney, Ryan Lister of Wausau. Lister said he quickly left for Hoeppner’s house but was stopped by a roadblock that was kept up until after his client had been taken away in handcuffs. “Rather than provide Mr. Hoeppner or his counsel notice…and attempt to collect without spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on the military-style maneuvers, the town unilaterally decided to enforce its civil judgment” with a show of force, Lister said.
Bean said deputies had to handcuff Hoeppner because he was not following all their instructions, but did eventually agree to pay the $80,000 judgment after a visit to a bank — accompanied by deputies.
Kind of reminds you of the stories of people being accompanied at knifepoint to the nearest ATM to make a big cash withdrawal, doesn’t it?
The massive judgment resulted from Hoeppner’s attempt to run a business in violation of zoning regulations. He says that the town later agreed to $6,000, but that the entire conflict has cost him $200,000, wiping out his retirement fund. Getting stamped on by the boot of Big Government isn’t cheap.
On a tip from Steve A.
Since Obama came to power, there has been no serious attempt to win the war in Afghanistan. So how is the government managing to spend so much of our money in that savage wasteland? One way is by televising headless goat polo:
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the federal watchdog for rebuilding the war-torn country, says he has received information that the State Department paid $568,000 apiece for three Ford trucks, as part of a revised, $3.6 million contract in which they originally each cost $157,000.
The original, August 2011 contract allegedly cost $6 million for communications equipment and five vehicles — two Ford trucks and three satellite/ microwave trucks each costing $1.8 million.
According to an October 15 letter from the inspector general, the vehicles were to be delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and used primarily for such “live sporting events” as soccer, cricket and Buzkashi — an equestrian sport in which players try to drag a headless goat toward a goal.
Due to Big Government efficiency, the headless goat polo trucks have not yet been deployed.
Special Inspector General John Sopko says in the letter that his staffers have information showing the three trucks didn’t arrive until this July, were still covered by shipping material as of September and have yet to be put in service. …
The U.S. has reportedly spent at least $100 billion on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
Some say Obama has no strategy in Afghanistan. But he does. It is called the Cloward–Piven strategy.
On a tip from Bill T.
Conscious of the news cycle and of the attention span of the mainstream media, the Regime always springs stuff like this on a Friday:
In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.
Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.
The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.
Under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Only Internet videos that are placed for a fee on websites, such as the Washington Examiner, are regulated just like normal TV ads.
Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website.
FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated.
This would of course include Moonbattery.com.
Goodman and the two other Republicans on the evenly split agency argued in a statement that regulations would chill politics on the Internet.
No kidding. That’s the point.
The First Amendment is going the way of the Tenth.
It will be a rough ride the next 2 years, as Democrats attempt to wring every last authoritarian advantage out of what’s left of Hope & Change in fear of losing power.
At least at this point there can be no serious debate as to who is on the side of freedom and who is on the side of tyranny.
On tips from Stormfax, Bodhisattva, Barry Sucks, F.D.R. in Hell, Wiggins, and Petterssonp.
Barack Obama definitively revealed himself to be a socialist and alienated anyone who still believes in an economy based on individual initiative and voluntary cooperation rather than coercion when he sneered at hardworking business owners,
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
By “somebody else,” he meant Big Government.
Despite efforts to keep her distance from the failed Moonbat Messiah, Shrillary Clinton reveals she is on the same page ideologically:
Appearing at a Boston rally for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Friday, Hillary Clinton told the crowd gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel not to listen to anybody who says that “businesses create jobs.”
“Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said.
If businesses don’t create jobs, who does? Big Government, of course. But where does the money come from to pay the salaries? It is confiscated from businesses. The formerly free USA has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world so as to finance its grotesquely bloated government.
But in progressive utopia, where there will be no businesses; everyone will work for the state on a slave basis.
“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”
Actually, it is liberals’ utopia that has been tried and that failed rather spectacularly. But so long as there is a human urge to confiscate and to enslave, we will never be rid of the sort of human vermin who created the Soviet Union.
On tips from Bodhisattva, Dean D, Bill T, Petterssonp, and G. Fox.
Political correctness means two sets of rules: one for normal Americans and another for everyone else. Not even the zero tolerance anti-weapons hysteria that prevails in schools applies when it may detract from multiculturalism:
A school in Auburn, Washington, a Seattle suburb and not far from the site of Friday’s school shooting, has decided to allow a Sikh student to carry a ceremonial dagger.
School officials said that there are religious exemptions in state and federal “zero tolerance” policies in allowing the student to carry the weapon.
However, if you are not a Sikh, if you so much as leave a folding knife in a survival kit locked in your car you will be suspended. But the offspring of Muslims may be allowed to wear suicide bomber vests so as not to oppress their cultural identity.
Remarks local radio host Dori Monson,
“When you expel kids for leaving a folding knife in their purse …, but you let the Sikh kid bring a dagger into the classroom every day, I would say political correctness has gotten completely out of control. Our schools have gone insane.”
It’s our liberal ruling class that has gone insane.
On tips from Gary and F.D.R. in Hell.
Gotnews characterizes NYC Ebola vector Craig Spencer as a “left-wing hipster Democrat.” More to the point, he is evidently a do-gooder — which would make his behavior after returning from Africa emblematic of the liberal do-gooder mentality:
Both Spencer and [live-in girlfriend Morgan] Dixon are professional do gooders according to their LinkedIn and professional websites. Spencer boasts a degree from Columbia’s University Mailman School of Public Health, according to his since deleted LinkedIn page.
So why did health care professionals decide to go bowling just days after Spencer returned from Ebola-infected Guinea?
Doctors Without Borders had already announced nine deaths from Ebola and sixteen infections. Why didn’t Spencer take his sickness seriously?
Maybe he was so brimming over with good deeds righteously performed that he felt no need to behave responsibly.
On a tip from Petterssonp.
The establishment has a thousand little ways to make things easy for liberals and hard for anyone putting up resistance to them.
Via Media Trackers:
On Tuesday, the MacIver Institute reported that Wisconsin Jobs Now was using a no-parking zone outside of an early voting location in Milwaukee to park its get-out-the-vote vans between runs to and from the early voting poll. Media Trackers was also in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday and observed the liberal organization freely helping itself to the no-parking zone parking spots.
But Denise Walton of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, head poll worker at this location, assured Media Trackers that the parking spots were available for anyone who wanted to participate in early voting. So Media Trackers tested out this assertion:
Surprise surprise. Ms. Walton was not telling the truth.
The lesson: if you want the authorities to let you park at the polling place, you have to make it clear you are voting for them.
Imagine the favoritism that takes place behind the scenes, when it comes time to count the votes.
On a tip from David M.
If Obama doesn’t want Ebola to spread in the USA — either because it would be a crisis to be exploited so as to increase his power, because it would theoretically reduce our carbon footprint if many thousands of us die, or because according to his ideology we have it coming for being arrogant racist Islamophobic capitalists who allegedly oppress the Third World by producing wealth— explain this:
The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said.
But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough.
Things have come to a pretty pass when the federal government is so overtly hostile to the American population that we have to rely on a leftist like Cuomo and a RINO like Christie to defend us.
On a tip from Fiberal.
Bill Whittle confirms that the Second Amendment says exactly what you know it says:
Ignoring the well-documented views of the Founding Fathers regarding the importance of the natural right to bear arms, progressives pretend to misunderstand the text of the Second Amendment. But as pointed out above, they would have no trouble understanding this:
A well-schooled electorate, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read Books, shall not be infringed.
A living, breathing constitution says whatever liberals say it says, so the Second Amendment will only last until Democrats are able to appoint a sufficient number of authoritarian leftists to the Supreme Court. Our right to bear arms will endure, but we may have to uphold it on our own.
On a tip from Petterssonp.
Democrat propaganda to the effect that advocates of limited government are somehow waging a “war on women” was absurd from the beginning, but somehow Democrats were able to exploit their control of the media to create an illusion of substance. No longer. Listen to the laughs as Democrat congressional candidate Martha Robertson drags out this exhausted canard against her opponent Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY):
On a tip from Petterssonp.