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Nov 29 2011

Fat Child Confiscated by Authorities in Ohio

News from the Great Britain — the canary in the coalmine of liberal do-gooder authoritarianism — can be frightening. Officials are actually confiscating children found not to meet bureaucrat-mandated body mass index requirements. At least such outrages would be unthinkable in the Land of the Free. Oh wait:

An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.

A 200-lb. third grader obviously has a serious medical issue. Who knows? Maybe the mother is somehow guilty of medical neglect. But where is the line below which endlessly prying bureaucrats won’t intervene? Is a 100-lb. third grader safe from confiscation? Is a 90-pounder? Is anyone?

We have reached the point where we can no longer control the extent of the government. This problem dwarfs every other one we face — especially phony problems created by the government to justify its own obesity.

On a tip from Muddypaw.

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Nov 28 2011

Open Thread

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Compliments of Walter.

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Nov 28 2011

If This Is a Police State, How Come They’re Still Squawking?

Language alert — Boston OWS moonbats express the profound ideology that has earned them such sympathy from the liberal establishment:

The hard tyranny they fantasize about living under would have one advantage over our current soft tyranny — lawless punks would not be allowed to disturb the peace without getting their empty heads cracked.

On a tip from Jim.

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Nov 28 2011

OWS vs BHO

It might reduce funding from his Big Union cronies, but the Occupy Wall Street could acquire some credibility if it focused more of its outrage on the personification of the corrupt and privileged elite, Barack Hussein Obama:

The cocaine must have burned a hole through his nasal septum. He can’t keep his hand away from his nose.

Compliments of Granny Jan.

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Nov 28 2011

Bonnie Fwank Gives It Up

Via iOwnTheWorld:

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There could be no lower life form than Barney Frank, a disgusting left-wing degenerate who played a major roll in causing the 2008 collapse through his corrupt involvement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Best of all, countermoonbat baseball great Curt Schilling may run for his seat.

On tips from Varla, Ianto, The MaryHunter, Shawn, DaddyOD, and Joe.

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Nov 28 2011

Occupy Wall Street Trudges Forward

Via Curmudgeonly & Skeptical:

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On a tip from Gary A.

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Nov 28 2011

Barack Hussein O’Carter

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If America could survive Jimmy Carter, maybe it can survive Barack Hussein Obama, because the two aren’t always easy to tell apart:

“Over the last decade, we became a country that relied too much on what we bought and consumed.”
– President Obama, Nov. 19, 2011

“Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns.”
– President Carter, July 15, 1979

No wonder the Obama campaign has already given up on the white working class:

For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.

All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.

We’ve been down this miserable road before. Other than unreachably foolish moonbat intellectuals and envious minority groups eager to tear down Whitey, who would want to go down it again?

Tips and graphic compliments of Zappatrust.

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Nov 28 2011

New York Times Offers Plan to Restrict Black Friday Sales

Hopefully you found some good deals last Friday, because you may not always get the chance. Black Friday has been added to the long list of American traditions our liberal ruling class haughtily disdains. A condescending academic at the New York Times has a plan to do away with the early bird shopping that reeks of bourgeois capitalism.

Many societies employ “blue laws” — laws that mandate closing times, usually on Sundays. But there is a simpler, more flexible, way to approach this problem. Inspired by the 9-9-9 proposal of the Republican presidential contender Herman Cain, I call it the 6-6-6 plan — an across-the-board 6 percent national sales tax (on top of any existing state and local sales taxes) in effect from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

This plan would leave both stores and consumers free to decide for themselves whether middle-of-the-night shopping is worth it. Even if some retailers decided to stick with the early openings and even if some shoppers showed up, the country would reap a significant benefit. As every mature adult realizes, we have to tax something, and the revenue from my 6-6-6 plan would make it possible to reduce taxes on other activities that are actually useful.

Can’t you just picture the average NY Slimes reader fondling his chin as he muses that indeed “every mature adult realizes” pointy-headed liberal authoritarians ought to use taxation to dictate the picayune details of when private businesses open their doors to the public? The number 666 is sure to add appeal to this plan among Democrats. As for what activities “are actually useful” in contrast to selling merchandise, presumably these would include sitting around the faculty lounge in a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows, pontificating on how the government should force everyone to go about their own business.

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Under rule by liberal eggheads, the USA is headed south.

On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayak.

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Nov 28 2011

Obama Sees to It That Canadian Oil Goes to Communist China Rather Than USA

Obama campaigned on the half-articulated platform of bringing America down a few notches as punishment for its alleged arrogance. Credit where it’s due — the Moonbat Messiah has delivered. Here’s an example:

China is set to embrace Canada’s offer of more crude, heating up competition with the United States as the world’s top two oil consumers jostle to secure supplies and meet ravenous demand.

Shipments from a politically stable country such as Canada will be a welcome diversification of supply sources as top consumers make plans to deal with a supply shock if tensions in the Middle East escalate and choke off Iranian exports, barely a year after markets coped with a disruption from Libya.

Canada’s plan to ship crude to Asia got a boost after Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his nation would step up efforts to supply the region after the United States delayed a decision on a pipeline supply link.

The planned pipeline to move the massive output of Canada’s oil sands to our own refineries cannot go through because the Obama Regime won’t let it. After all, we can’t be allowed to drive SUVs or set our thermostats at a comfortable level. As Obama promised before the country went insane and elected him anyway,

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”

A country ruled by its enemies isn’t going to last long.

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Hurting the country he hates any way he can.

On a tip from G. Fox.

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Nov 28 2011

Hollywood Is Too Cryptofascist for Guardian Moonbat

Tinseltown’s hard left tendencies have been obvious at least since the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but so long as there are even pockets of patriotism, the progressive condescendi won’t be satisfied. The contempt expressed by Frank Miller (300, Sin City) for the vermin comprising Occupy Wall Street has caused heads to explode. At the Guardian, a kook named Rick Moody got so excited as to denounce action films in general in an unintentionally hilarious example of why normal people laugh at liberal intellectuals.

Try to keep a straight face through this analysis of Gladiator:

Or what about the expensive and aesthetically pretentious Gladiator (2000), which I still contend is an allegory about George W Bush’s candidacy for president, despite the fact that director and principal actor were not US citizens. Is it possible to think of a film such as Gladiator outside of its political subtext? Are Ridley Scott’s falling petals, which he seems to like so much that he puts them in his films over and over again, anything more than a way to gussy up the triumph of oligarchy, corporate capital and globalisation?

Amazingly, this seems to be on the level.

Moody’s grousing about action films mixes the truth with absurd straw men:

Might is right, the global economy will be restored, America is exceptional, homely people deserve political disenfranchisement, and so on. … American movies, in the main, often agree with Frank Miller, that endless war against a ruthless enemy is good, and military service is good, that killing makes you a man, that capitalism must prevail, that if you would just get a job (preferably a corporate job, for all honest work is corporate) you would quit complaining.

Damn straight America is exceptional, military service is good, capitalism must prevail, et cetera, but who said anything about homely people?

Hollywood hasn’t produced much in the past few decades worth sitting through. A notable exception is 300. If you haven’t bought it on DVD yet, maybe Grouchy will persuade you:

The film 300, directed by Zack Snyder, based on a Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name, is just what you would expect from the heavily freighted right-wing filmic propaganda of the post-9/11 period: the Greeks, from which our own putative democracies are descended, must fight to the death against a vast but incompetent army of Persians (those hordes of the Middle East), who are considered here unworthy of characterisation — in fact, every character in the film is unworthy of characterisation — and the noble Spartans (the Greeks in question) achieve heroism despite their glorious deaths on the field at Thermopylae, by virtue of the moral superiority of their belief system and their unmatched courage. Ruthless enemy! From the Middle East! Heroic, rugged individualists! A big, sentimental score! Lots and lots of blue-screen! Endless amounts of body parts spewing theatrical blood!

Actually, the movie is even better than he makes it sound. Too bad watching it is a moral crime:

But in the films of this era, the Marvel and DC era of Hollywood, even when the work is not self-evidently shilling for large corporations (with product placement) or militating for a libertarian and oligarchical political status quo (which makes a fine environment for large, multinational corporations), the work is doing nothing at all to oppose these things. Paying your $12.50, these days, is not unlike doing a few lines of cocaine and pretending you don’t know about the headless bodies in Juarez.

That is, watching a movie that doesn’t go out of its way to oppose liberty is the equivalent of financing drug cartels.

The piece finally concludes that Tinseltown’s 99% liberal output is “cryptofascist” (when moonbats say “fascist,” they mean conservative or libertarian). If only.

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Guaranteed to drive moonbats out of the room.

On a tip from Smorfia48.

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Nov 28 2011

Zuccotti Park Weapons Cache

Be careful around rats. Not only do they carry diseases, but some of them have sharp teeth:

A number of weapons were discovered in New York’s Zuccotti Park after Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted by the Police Department… Gardeners employed by the park owners, Brookfield Properties, to clean up the mess made by occupiers during their two-month stay discovered various knives, including a large kitchen knife and other potential instruments of violence in flower beds throughout the public space, according to officials.

That’s not all…

A court motion related to the clearing of the park filed by Deputy Mayor Cas Halloway last week noted that, “Makeshift items that can be used as weapons, such as cardboard tubes with metal pipes inside, had been observed among the occupiers’ possessions.”

“It was our understanding that the protester[s] may have had a significant number of items that could be potentially used as weapons,” read the statement.

The motion also noted that “knives, mace and hypodermic needles were observed discarded onto the roadway,” after an Oct.1 Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The safest course is to never let rat infestations get out of control. Otherwise good people will inevitably get hurt — in addition to the rats.

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A Zuccotti Park weirdo — scary enough without a knife.

On a tip from Johnny Rotton. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

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Nov 28 2011

Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone

The entire private sector has been forced to adopt this de facto policy to some extent, but U.S. Cranes, LLC has made it official:

A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company’s trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates:

“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”

“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”

With Obama sucking all the air out of the economy with “stimulus” feeding frenzies, slapping crushing requirements on anyone who hires, inflating the already grotesquely bloated regulatory bureaucracy, and creating an atmosphere of terror where no one knows what tax hike, nationalization, or outrageously intrusive federal power grab is coming down the pike next, any business that dares hire before the Community Organizer in Chief has been shown the door is going out on a limb. That is why the official unemployment rate is still above 9%, with the actual rate much higher.

This is ominous:

Looman … said someone, and he thinks he knows who it was, reported him to the FBI as a threat to national security. He said the accusation filtered its way through the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and finally the Secret Service. Agents interviewed him.

Fortunately the agents recognized their mission as a farce. But the higher-ups who sent them on it evidently didn’t.

One more radical leftist on the Supreme Court and there would be nothing to prevent a law criminalizing Looman’s attitude as “profiteering” or “economic sabotage.” America as we’ve always known and loved it may or may not survive even one term of Barack Hussein Obama, let alone two.

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On tips from Bob Roberts and G. Fox.

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Nov 28 2011

A Proposition for Occupy Wall Street

Tell you what, Occucommies. Start setting yourselves on fire, and I’ll try to take you at least half seriously.

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On a tip from GoY.

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Nov 27 2011

Open Thread

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Via Knowledge Is Power, on a tip from TED.

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Nov 27 2011

Pandering to Perverts

Obama’s appeal has worn off for most people, but for the militant pervert community, his metrosexual manner and reflexive leftism may never get old:

President Obama is coming to [NYC] to attend a fund-raiser Wednesday in Midtown billed as a “small reception to celebrate the progress in the LGBT [lesbian gay bisexual transsexual freakazoid] community.”

The host committee includes Kevin Jennings, the NAMBLA-linked deviant whom Obama bizarrely chose as Safe Schools Czar.

Tickets for the event at the Sheraton will range from $10,000 to $35,800. The program includes a mix-and-mingle, brief remarks by the president and a Q&A.

I’m guessing the Occupy Wall Street moonbats won’t be on hand to denounce the 1% blatantly buying political influence from a friendly pol.

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Light in the loafers.

On a tip from Wingmann.

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Nov 27 2011

Thanksgiving in Oakland

Americans spent Thanksgiving as they always do: thanking God for their blessings and celebrating with their families. In contrast, Oakland Occucommies spent it getting arrested for attacking the police:

On a tip from SR.

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Nov 27 2011

Chuck Woolery Cuts $1.2 Trillion From the Budget

The absurd “super committee” tasked with pretending to trim a few pennies from the bloated federal budget that literally threatens to destroy our economy would be less of a farce if one of the pinkos on it (e.g., Patty Murray, John Hanoi Kerry) were replaced with Chuck Woolery:

If we were serious about preventing economic collapse, we wouldn’t be asking what to cut from the federal budget, but rather what not to cut. Beyond its extremely limited constitutional functions, every penny the government spends makes America weaker and less free. The budget could be cut by 90% with no ill effects that wouldn’t be more than compensated for by the massive boost it would give the economy.

On a tip from Shawn.

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Nov 27 2011

Newt Ridicules President O’Teleprompter

The laughs come easy when you make fun of the farce in the White House:

Newt is a statist and not to be trusted, but at least it will be fun to watch the asymmetrical warfare if he gets the chance to match wits with an unarmed Obama.

On tips from Gary A and Bob Roberts.

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Nov 27 2011

Arab Times Are A’Changing

Occucommies like to compare their tantrums and infestations to the alarming “Arab Spring” that threatens to plunge the Middle East still deeper into Islamic radicalism. Admittedly, there are similarities. Occupy Wall Street has its appallingly violent but folksy anthem; the Arab Spring has this:

On a tip from Granny Jan.

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Nov 27 2011

Elizabeth Warren Lets Loose in Campaign Ad

Massachusetts Marxist Elizabeth Warren, the self-proclaimed mother of the Occupy Wall Street infestations, announces her bid for Scott Brown’s Senate seat:

On a tip from B1bbet.

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