Via The Looking Spoon.
In a sane world, use of the coercively financed “safety net” would be strongly discouraged, so that it is used only in cases of extreme necessity. In a world controlled by moonbats, bureaucrats are rewarded for hooking as many as they can on the most pernicious addictive drug known to mankind: government dependence.
In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.
It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.
The number will continue to skyrocket, and by design:
As if this weren’t bad enough, the feds are also giving the state a two-year grant to test an “innovative approach” to the food-stamp “client eligibility review process.” This will make it even easier for people to get food stamps because it grants state officials a waiver that allows them to grant the benefit without interviewing the candidate.
A “client” is what our bureaucratic overlords call a parasite feeding off the public teat. The more clients are recruited, the more powerful the government becomes.
If you want to see where this is leading, visit a housing project — or a hog farm. In “fundamentally transformed” America, the majority will wallow in their own filth in tiny pens, content to be bred for their votes because someone else pays for all the swill they can devour. Those who still work will do so as their slaves.
On a tip from AC.
There is nothing too horrific for moonbats to inflict on children to advance their grotesque ideology, as this appalling case makes clear:
The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.
Thomas Lobel, who now calls himself Tammy, is undergoing controversial hormone blocking treatment in Berkeley, California to stop him going through puberty as a boy. … The hormone-suppressant, implanted in his upper left arm, will postpone the 11-year-old developing broad shoulders, deep voice and facial hair.
Bizarrely, the lesbians who have custody of the poor kid cite the likelihood of him committing suicide as a result of this warped social engineering project as an argument for inflicting it as quickly as possible.
Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel warn that children with gender identity disorder forced to postpone transitioning could face a higher risk of suicide. … Citing a statistic from the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Ms Moreno noted over 50 per cent of transgender youth will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday.
Ms. Moreno explains how the Dr. Mengele-esque treatment will work:
“[S]he [sic] will stay as a pre-pubescent boy until she [sic] decides and we feel that she [sic] can make this decision about surgery [i.e., progress from chemical to surgical mutilation].”
This horror is what liberals have wrought with their sanctimonious “inclusiveness”:
“We live in the [San Francisco] Bay area where lots of alternative lifestyles are in place… and we belong to a religious community that was incredibly supportive. They make it a point when we’re in synagogue to come over and tell Tammy, ‘Oh, you look so pretty today,'” Ms Moreno said.
Corrupting innocent children by encouraging them to pretend they are not the gender they are is child abuse. Pretending otherwise has got to end. So does the blasphemous travesty of homosexual “marriage.” Officially sanctioned homosexual adoption is a concept so depraved the mind can hardly grasp it.
On tips from Travis, TheOPINIONATOR, and Conan.
Eleven-year-old Demias Jimerson of Malvern, Arkansas is so good at football that the moonbats in charge have decreed he be stopped in the interests of imposing universal mediocrity. They have shackled him with the depraved Madre Hill Rule:
Like Jimerson, Hill attended Wilson Intermediate School and dominated the football field so thoroughly, the league invoked what came to be known as the Madre Hill Rule. Once Hill scored three touchdowns, if his team had a 14-point lead, officials banned him from scoring any more touchdowns. Now, for the first time since, the Wilson Intermediate Football League is using the Madre Hill rule again — to tackle Demias Jimerson.
Despite finding himself in a world controlled by twisted idiots, Demias appears to have a solid head on his shoulders.
“I’m gonna run hard and bring our team to victory,” said Jimerson. Then he added, “but God always comes first, before anything, and grades second.”
God, grades, then touchdowns — Madre Hill Rule or not.
Clearly more has to be done to correct this kid’s attitude. Don’t worry; educrats are on it.
Punishing excellence as if it were a sin instead of something precious to be nurtured is the purest essence of liberalism. It’s only a matter of time before this mentality begins to infiltrate professional sports, reducing them to a complete waste of time. But that’s okay, we’ll still have PBS to keep us entertained.
On tips from Varla and J.
At least now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed — profoundly undermining morale and cohesion while opening the door for endless “discrimination” suits and Affirmative Action promotions for flamboyant perverts — militant homosexuals have what they wanted and will leave our Armed Forces alone, right? Wrong:
With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.
“Our position is that the military should re-examine the policy, the medical regulations, so as to allow open service for transgender people,” said Vincent Paolo Villano, spokesman for the 6,000-member Center for Transgender Equality.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which pushed to end the military’s gay ban, is urging President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on “gender identity.”
This means reengineering the Armed Forces to make them into a showcase for dysfunctional weirdos.
The SLDN says “transgender” is commonly identified as an umbrella term for “transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals.”
At this rate, by the time confrontation with the ChiComs becomes unavoidable, our great military will have degenerated into a cross between a jobs program and an early John Waters movie.
Yet again we see that whenever liberals achieve a victory, they are emboldened to demand more. The only sane policy when dealing with them is to absolutely never give them an inch, but rather push them back at every opportunity.
On tips from Dave H and Shawn.
Putting the government in charge of education means putting people like this Northern California nutcase in charge of teaching your kids:
Steve Cuckovich [has] banned saying “bless you” in his high school health class in Vacaville.
He even knocked 25 points from one student’s grade for saying the phrase in class.
Cuckoovich provides this explanation:
“When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body,” Cuckovich said. “So they were saying, ‘God bless you’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, I said what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense anymore.”
What would make more sense today would be dispelling the evil idiots from our education system. But the teachers unions won’t allow it.
Not that public school teachers aren’t answerable to the public:
After parents complained about students losing points for saying “bless you”, Cuckovich says he decided to stop the practice.
However, the teacher says he will just find another way to discipline students for saying “bless you” in class.
Eventually they will have eradicated even the most superficial traces of religion from the schools. But they will always find something else that needs to be erased, up until the point we are “fundamentally transformed.”
On a tip from J.
Among the most terrifying beasts are those that live in the sea, as a Longboat Key, Florida resident learned recently:
Charles Wickersham, 21, was bitten by an apparent shark while he was spearfishing several miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island.
Wickersham remains in intensive care after the apparent shark attack.
But moonbats found a silver lining to the horrific attack. PETA was able to exploit it by launching an appallingly tasteless propaganda campaign. This ad will go on benches and billboards near Anna Maria Island:
Bleats campaign director Ashley Byrne:
“We do hope that this painful and frightening experience makes him think about the pain and fear that he’s causing to fish — and other fisherman are causing to fish.”
Yet again the animal exterminators at PETA emphasize that they are not so much pro-animal as anti-human. This places them in the mainstream of modern liberal thought.
On a tip from Karpet. Hat tip: Gizmodo.
The more traditional among us believe that the purpose of government is to secure our property rights, ensure public order, and defend the nation from foreign incursion. But Valerie Jarrett — possible lead programmer of President Zero’s teleprompter — takes a more progressive view. Here she tells an ethnically homogeneous audience that the purpose of government is to “give people a livelihood.” This is to be accomplished by forcing those who produce wealth and haven’t yet been bled out of business to cough up their ever-increasing “fair share”:
In short, the purpose of government is not to secure our property rights, but to violate them systematically in order to enslave some on behalf of others.
On tips from J and The MaryHunter.
There’s no surer way to get yourself denounced as a racist than by objecting to racism. The Berkeley College Republicans bake sale — clearly intended to promote a color-blind society — predictably brought hordes of progressives scurrying out from under their rocks, megaphones blaring. But even at liberal Berkeley, not everyone is a moonbat. Zombie offers a full photographic report, including this composite video:
On a tip from GoY.
Iraqis had best be careful if they insist on saying anything positive about Israel. This is what can happen to them:
A Star of David was laughingly carved into the back of Alaa Alsaegh after he published something local Muslims didn’t like.
Alsaegh's poem expressed the author’s affinity for Israel, the Jewish people and his mourning over the grim fate of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Now for the scary part: Alsaegh isn’t an Iraqi anymore; he immigrated. This happened to him in St Louis.
The carvers were apparently Somalis. Needless to say, this did not qualify as a hate crime, and no arrests have been made.
Welcome to the wonderful world of multiculturalism.
On a tip from The MaryHunter.
Considering the terrorist acts they have committed to advance “animal rights,” you would think that moonbats at least have the redeeming quality of kindness to animals. They don’t always. San Francisco — a city named after the patron saint of animals but now run entirely by the left-wing lunatic fringe — is blowing $750,000 of taxpayer money on a commission for Tom Otterness, a Brooklyn artist who has passed off killing a dog as art.
In June, the board of directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a contract with Otterness for 59 bronze sculptures to fill three levels of the proposed subway’s Moscone station.
Michael Vick’s notorious pit bull activities earned him a friendly phone call from the president, so why wouldn’t killing a dog land an artist a contract? But San Franfreakshow bureauweenies claim they didn’t know about Otterness shooting a dog — despite 11,209 people signing a petition against him earlier this year. In their defense, our liberal rulers are rarely aware of what’s going on outside their castles.
Otterness’s artistic vision may have spawned a new genre. Readers may recall that Costa Rican artist Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas tied up a dog and left it to starve to death in front of art connoisseurs, allowing them to participate in the sophisticated profundity of making a helpless animal die in slow agony.
On a tip from GoY.
In a world run by moonbats, the only way to get ahead is to be a member of a victim group. What are white guys to do? In Australia, they adapt:
Sydney law academic Mark McMillan, has won one of our richest prizes for Aboriginal students — the Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship.
Aboriginal, huh? Here’s a picture of McMillan:
If he can pass for an Aborigine, why not a woman of color?
McMillan has gone one better still: he’s also won the Black Women’s Action in Education Foundation Scholarship, originally intended to help educate black women, not white men.
The lucky beneficiary of politically correct spoils explains why looking like any other white guy makes him all the more the oppressed black Aboriginal female:
“I am a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Aboriginal Australian …
“As a child, I grew up expecting everyone to be like me, to look like me — with the blonde hair and blue eyes.
“Clearly, my naive ideas about how Aboriginal people were ‘supposed’ to look were wrong. But being Aboriginal and fair and blonde was normal to me and I grew up in a world where I was treated ‘normally’ …
“Impeding my growth from that young person into the adult I wanted to become was the profound issue of identity. I was a white black man … I was becoming a victim.”
Incredibly, his shtick is on the level — and it works. MacMillan evidently has an Aborigine somewhere up his family tree. It’s unclear how he convinces people that he’s a woman, but he does proclaim himself to be a “proud gay.”
McMillan isn’t the only one working this swindle:
Sydney arts academic Danie Mellor, this week won our richest prize for Aboriginal artists — the $40,000 Telstra Award.
Here’s the allegedly Aboriginal Danie Mellor:
Given the requisite lack of honor, only the thinnest strains of non-European ancestry are required now to achieve the treasured status of sniveling victim.
On a tip from Scott.
According to liberal dogma, anyone who opposes oligarchical collectivism is racist against blacks. This even applies to the Republican Party, which has often favored socialist policies, but wants to slow the pace of our degeneration into communism. So how do moonbats explain the surge of support for Herman Cain? Let’s ask Janeane Garofalo:
“Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same.
“People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so that you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.'”
That is, embracing a black candidate is part of nefarious conspiracy to hide the evil racism inherent in resistance to collectivist authoritarianism. That Cain’s support is a reflection of his own support for American values would not even be conceivable to the Left. From the liberal point of view, blacks are pawns. If they toe the left-wing line, they are patronized. If they don’t, they are denounced as Uncle Toms.
Note that Garofalo cannot distinguish between immigrants, females, homosexuals, and blacks, or even between Karl Rove and the Tea Party. Her vision must be like that of lower organisms that can only perceive vague shapes.
On tips from Shawn, J, VunderBob, Wilberforce, and Byron.
Michael Bloomberg was elected Mayor of New York City, not Totalitarian Dictator of the Universe. Yet the borders of the Big Apple are no more a limit to his authoritarian ambitions than term limits were. Before the United Nations General Assembly, the Mayor for Life — speaking as the personification of bureaucratic coercion — shouldered the responsibility of determining what all humans should eat, or as he put it:
“[G]overnments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”
The address was an opportunity for Bloomberg to boast of the absurd dietary micromanagement he has imposed on New Yorkers. But even New York is too small for Bloomberg’s ambitions. Apparently it is intolerable to him that anyone anywhere eats something without permission. So he’s gone international:
“Collaboration across borders among national and local governments and agencies is also critical. The challenges before us are too vast and complex for individual governments to overcome alone.”
He found the right place to inflict totalitarian intrusiveness at the global level. Soon after Bloomberg’s appalling display of nanny state authoritarianism, the UN adopted a political declaration:
Among the items included in the declaration are having governments intervene with the advertising of foods deemed unhealthy to “Promote the implementation of the WHO (World Health Organization) set of recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children, including foods that are high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt,” according to the document.
The political declaration also touches upon taxation of unhealthy food and intervening in it’s production itself to promote, “the development and initiate the implementation, as appropriate, of cost-effective interventions to reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats, and eliminate industrially produced trans-fats in foods, including through discouraging the production and marketing of foods that contribute to unhealthy diet.”
That is, the UN sees fit to override freedom of speech and to set tax policy for member nations — which is yet another reason we should not be a member nation.
When we finally rise up and kick this malignant collection of oligarchical collectivists out of New York, Bloomberg needs to go with it.
On tips from J, Wiggins, and GoY.
You can’t blame Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue for wanting to suspend elections. Not only do Dems stand to lose a few House seats in her state in 2012, but North Carolina voters are sure to wise up eventually and throw Bev out on her can. She shouldn’t worry about employment prospects though, not even in Obama’s economy. She can always get work as a stunt double for the lovely actress who played Bride of Chucky:
Compliments of Gary A.
Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reaches out to conservatives with a diplomatic message — I quote: “Shut up and stop playing racial politics.” Seconds later, she tells us about her “new mission”:
I want the buy America to be buy small businesses African American business Latino and Asian but in particular our African American businesses who heretofore couldn’t even find the front door of government contract.
She then goes on to demand that Obama’s budget-busting stimulus pork — now we’re supposed to call it “jobs” pork — be lavished upon blacks.
A friendly sounding board for this nitwit’s barely coherent ravings is what you get for your tax dollar at coercively financed PBS.
On tips from Shawn and J.