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Sep 29 2011

Michael Bloomberg: Dictating What You Eat Is Government’s Highest Duty

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.

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It’s okay for Bloomberg to eat junk food, because he’s the Mayor for Life.

On tips from J, Wiggins, and GoY.

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Sep 29 2011

Separated at Birth?

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:

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Compliments of Gary A.

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Sep 28 2011

Open Thread

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Via The Looking Spoon, on a tip from TED.

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Sep 28 2011

Hypocrisy Almost Too Huge to Fit in Sheila Jackson Lee’s Gigantic Mouth

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.

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Sep 28 2011

Ford Caves to Obama Regime

The unscripted Ford ad in which a customer explains that he bought a Ford because the company did not allow itself to be bought out by Big Government has been pulled under pressure by the same administration that has seized control of its competitors:

With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can’t have that.

The ad, pulled in response to White House questions [i.e., pressure] (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.

To the long list of disadvantages Ford has chosen to shoulder to remain part of the free market we can now add that it can’t run commercials that the effective CEO of Government Motors and Chrysler (i.e., Obama) doesn’t like.

True Ford’s hands are not completely clean, because it has taken government loans. But compared to its government-subsidized Detroit competitors, it is the American spirit incarnate.

Pulled under pressure from the DC Death Star.

On tips from J, Scott, Dan Feely, and Chris. Hat tip: The Blaze.

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Sep 28 2011

More Obamunist Geography

The latest geographical gaffe from the administration run by a guy who thinks there are 57 states has even CNN snickering:

The press office issued credentials to those reporters and photojournalists who are covering the president’s trip this week to Washington state, California, and Colorado. The credential even provides a handy graphic highlighting (in white) which states the president will visit.

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Anyone want to prove they graduated from the third grade by pointing out what’s wrong with the handy graphic highlighting?

Hopefully the omission of Arizona and New Mexico doesn’t mean the infamously “transparent” Obama regime has reached some accord with Mexico that I won’t know about until the street signs are changed to Spanish.

On tips from SR, Scott, and Winston Smith.

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Sep 28 2011

Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue Calls for Suspending Elections

Even with a radical leftist in the White House, you usually have to read between the lines to understand Democrats’ end game objectives — but not with North Carolina’s moonbat governor Beverly Perdue, who offers this solution to the debt crisis our rulers have created:

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Perdue said she thinks that temporarily halting elections would allow members of Congress to focus on the economy. “You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things,” Perdue said.

Brilliant. Our insufficiently accountable politicians are so irresponsible that they are literally destroying the country before our eyes, so let’s make them totally unaccountable and see what happens. Can’t get any worse, can it?

Perdue’s press secretary later claimed she was joking. With the leadership we have nowadays, who can tell?

In related news, Obama’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag says we need less democracy to solve the problems our government has created:

To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.

Maybe he’s just kidding too.

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Perdue wonders what we need elections for. The right people are already in power.

On tips from J, wingmann, Viking04, Shawn, Kevin S, and lonelypatriot.

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Sep 28 2011

Sewage Pipe Hotel Rooms

At the rate regulation is expanding, soon we will be unable to construct any new dwellings at all — not that we would be able to afford them anyway with Big Government consuming more wealth than we can create. Fortunately moonbats have anticipated the housing shortage this is likely to create, and proudly present yet another architectural breakthrough. Rather than oppressing the environment by building new structures, we can just live in drainage pipes:

Tubehotel is a company that truly knows how to come up with crazy ideas that just might work. It’s basically about drainage tubes converted into a bunch of hotel rooms in which you can get a whole new traveling experience to add to your collection.

If you ever stay in one, try not to think about what went through the tube before it became a hotel room.

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On a tip from Salvatore.

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Sep 27 2011

Open Thread

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Via LMAObama, on a tip from TED.

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Sep 27 2011

Robert Stephens, Oppressed Victim of Capitalism

The recent Day of Rage was a total flop, but it did allow self-styled Bolivian socialist Robert Stephens to make a name for himself. This video has spread his fame all the way to Iran:

The Blaze provides some background on this theatrical clown:

Robert Stephens graduated from Carleton College (average cost: $42,942/year) in 2010 and now studies law at The George Washington University Law School (average cost: $70,449/year). His father has a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees; his mother also has a master’s degree. Only in America could a kid have been blessed with so much… and only in America could he still claim to be a victim. America’s capitalist society has apparently leveled a grave injustice against his family and Robert will not stand for it.

If his parents couldn’t pay their mortgage, they were probably living in the Taj Mahal.

Yet again we see that the Left is almost as phony as it is malignant. Congrats to Robert on an auspicious start to a lucrative political career.

On a tip from J.

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Sep 27 2011

Separated at Birth?

President Zero receives another passionate smooch from the First Lady of Fashion, whose latest outfit establishes a connection with us little people by closely resembling something familiar to every normal household:

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It’s the ideal ensemble for someone with junk in the trunk.

Compliments of Mary.

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Sep 27 2011

Feds Directly Sold Weapons to Mexican Criminals

Incredibly, Obama’s Fast & Furious scandal is even worse than we knew. The federal government didn’t just lean on gun dealers to provide over 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels; bureaucrats used our money to buy weapons that they then sold to foreign gangsters themselves. The shocking details:

According to documents obtained by Fox News, [ATF] Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy six semi-automatic Draco pistols — two of those were purchased at the Lone Wolf gun store in Peoria, Ariz. An unusual sale, Dodson was sent to the store with a letter of approval from David Voth, an ATF group supervisor.

Dodson then sold the weapons to known illegal buyers, while fellow agents watched from their cars nearby.

This was not a “buy-bust” or a sting operation, where police sell to a buyer and then arrest them immediately afterward. In this case, agents were “ordered” to let the sale go through and follow the weapons to a stash house.

Then the ATF watched the house to see what happened to the guns, right? Wrong.

According to sources directly involved in the case, Dodson felt strongly that the weapons should not be abandoned and the stash house should remain under 24-hour surveillance. However, Voth disagreed and ordered the surveillance team to return to the office. Dodson refused, and for six days in the desert heat kept the house under watch, defying direct orders from Voth.

A week later, a second vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons. Dodson called for an interdiction team to move in, make the arrest and seize the weapons. Voth refused and the guns disappeared with no surveillance.

What could be the motive for making Dodson — no fan of the Obama/Holder gunrunning enterprise — take part in this lunacy? Here’s a theory:

Voth gave Dodson the assignment to “dirty him up,” since Dodson had become the most vocal critic of the operation.

It didn’t work. After Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with one of the guns Obama and Holder provided to Mexican criminals, Dodson blew the whistle. The rest is unfolding history.

Mexico has opened up criminal investigations into the Fast & Furious outrage. If Obama is indicted for assisting in the destabilization of that country as part of his efforts to discredit the Second Amendment, extradition would be in order — even if we have to impeach him first.

On tips from G. Fox and J.

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Sep 27 2011

EPA May Add Almost a Quarter of a Million New Bureaucrats

The Nazis had the Gestapo. The Soviets had the KGB. Our hardening soft tyranny has the innocuous-sounding Environmental Protection Agency, which has been granted authority by the Supreme Court to regulate literally every aspect of our existence. It is growing and consolidating its power at a terrifying pace:

We’ve always said the EPA’s extra-legal attempt to rewrite the 1970 Clean Air Act to twist it into a greenhouse gas law — cap-and-trade by other means — would be a disaster. Up to now, EPA tried to claim it would only apply permitting requirements to large industrial facilities. Now it is finally telling the truth — that applying the Clean Air Act as written will force permitting for even small commercial facilities, schools, hospitals, churches, restaurants that use natural gas as a cooking fuel, and even larger single family homes.

In a court filing last week, EPA quantified the vast new army of federal bureaucrats it will need to process millions of new permits under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V permitting process. A shocking 230,000 new EPA bureaucrats at a cost of $21 billion — more than tripling the EPA’s total budget. In the filing EPA says it will reach these levels by April 30, 2016.

Inevitably, as our freedom goes up in smoke, so to do our prospects for employment:

Based on the historical relationship between the number of federal regulators and private sector employment recently quantified by the Phoenix Center the addition of 230,000 federal bureaucrats would destroy 22.5 million private sector jobs.

But on the bright side, Austrian gun-maker Glock can expect plenty of business.

Mind you don’t wind up on the EPA’s Wanted List.

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On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayek.

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Sep 27 2011

Tomboy Movie Features 10-Year-Old Lesbian

What’s the next step for social engineers after using Dancing With the Stars in an attempt to ram Chaz Bono down our throats? A French movie bedecked with a long list of awards offers a clue. The story of a girl who wants to be a boy, Tomboy exploits small children to advance progressives’ bizarre sexual agenda.

Here’s what film-makers — influential shapers of our culture — now have 10-year-old girls doing on screen:

Hanging out with the neighbourhood kids, Michael (Laure) plays rough games of football, chase, and even goes swimming in a local pond. (Laure, in a funny and poignant part of the film, uses play dough to construct a penis and places it in her crotch). A neighbourhood girl takes a liking to Michael (Laure) and pursues [her], and eventually they share a kiss.

We can at least hope the lesbian kiss and the Play-Doh dildo don’t appear in the same scene.

What liberals are trying to fundamentally transform our society into is too grotesque even to imagine. No matter how far they push the envelope, they will push it farther still until someone stops them.

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Child actress Zoé Héran is a rat in the social engineering lab.

On a tip from Chris W.

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Sep 27 2011

Federal Government Pays Out Hundreds of $Millions to Dead Bureaucrats

Two of the most loyal constituencies of the Democrats running Washington are bureaucrats and dead people. This story helps us understand why:

In the past five years, the Office of Personnel Management has made more than $601 million in benefits payments to deceased federal annuitants, according to the agency’s inspector general. Total annual payouts range between $100 million and $150 million.

After seeing an army of Obamazombies take over the country, no one should be surprised that dead bureaucrats seem to be increasing their pull:

Improper payments to dead retirees increased 70 percent in the past five years, far higher than the 19 percent climb in overall annuity payments, the report said.

Five years ago was when Democrats led by San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi took over control of Washington from profligate but comparably responsible RINOs.

Not to worry: bureaucrats who are ostensibly still living have come up with a solution: “occasionally checking records for annuitants 90 years and older to determine whether they are still alive.”

Millions erroneously paid to the relatives of dead bureaucrats constitute only the tip of the iceberg:

Overall, the government’s improper payments totaled about $125 billion in fiscal 2010 — a $15 billion year-to-year increase resulting from a growing number of unemployment insurance and Medicaid payments. …

Last October, an investigation by the office of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) concluded that the government had paid nearly $1 billion to at least 250,000 dead people since 2000. That same month, a watchdog group reported that the Obama administration’s economic stimulus program had made 89,000 payments of $250 each to dead or incarcerated people.

This is why no matter how high they raise our taxes, our rulers will always spend us into debt.

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DC malls are mobbed after checks go out to the local cemeteries.

On a tip from Dave Halpern.

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Sep 27 2011

Child Brainwashers Focus on Colors

Liberals have long sought to control our thoughts by restricting our vocabulary, so that even utterly innocuous terms are declared racist and struck from the Newspeak dictionary. Running low on words to regulate, in British schools they are now going after colors:

Teachers should censor the toy box to replace witches’ black hats with pink ones and dress fairies in darker shades, according to a consultant who has issued advice to local authorities.

The point is to drive it into the heads of children as young as two years that dark is good and light is bad, in hopes they will apply this to skin color.

Wait, it gets crazier:

Another staple of the classroom — white paper — has also been questioned by Anne O’Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.

White paper isn’t used so that children can see what they’re drawing, but because society is racist. But our moonbat rulers will see that this is corrected for the next generation.

Teachers are then asked to lie to children about their favorite color:

Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”.

North Korean communists would be delighted with the education establishment’s commitment to brainwashing on behalf of leftist ideology.

On tips from V the K and J.

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