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Jan 31 2014

Open Thread

Barack Obama

Compliments of Stormfax.

Jan 31 2014

Spreading the Wealth

Assuming Teller baked the pie, while Penn busied himself watching daytime television between trips to the polls to vote for Democrats, this would summarize our current economic system:

As Margaret Thatcher would say, sooner or later you run out of other people’s pies.

On a tip from the Only Other Conservative in Seattle.

Jan 31 2014

A Selection From the Liberal Library

wealth-redistribution

Compliments of Red State.

Jan 31 2014

Big Government’s Fist Crushes Tech Training Outfits

Don’t you dare attempt any constructive activity, especially something that will help alleviate unemployment, unless you have acquired approval and fully submitted to any conceivably applicable needless and cumbersome regulations — even if bureaucrats’ glacial pace and pyramid-sized tangles of red tape would put you out of business:

A handful of California coding bootcamps are fighting for survival after receiving a stern warning from regulators.

Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. These organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance.

In mid-January, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others.

BPPE is a metastasis of the malignant state bureaucracy charged with licensing and regulating postsecondary education. Probably because no one had ever seen a need for it, it didn’t come into existence until 2010. BPPE has not yet granted the tech boot camps permission to exist.

The 10- to 12-week boot camps teach people to code in order to meet the demand for developers. At Hack Reactor,

99 percent of students are offered a job at companies like Adobe and Google. According to Phillips, the average salary for a computer scientist at these firms is over six figures.

Evidently bureauweenies would prefer the coding jobs went to India, rather than allow anyone to impart job skills without official oversight.

Given that most if not all of them are presumably liberals, you might think this would appeal to California bureaucrats:

Many of these boot camps have a strong social purpose: They specialize in bringing diversity to the tech sector and in helping underemployed or unemployed Californians find jobs. Hackbright, for instance, specializes in teaching women to code so they can compete for lucrative computer engineering jobs.

However, despite the politically correct rhetoric they spew, all our rulers actually care about is power. So California taxpayers are forced to pay to be prevented from acquiring job skills. This is not exactly what the settlers of yore had in mind when they ventured west in search of opportunity.

The bootcamps fear that they will go bankrupt as regulatory processes can take up to 18 months.

In other words, the 2-week deadline for compliance is a death sentence. Once again coercive statism strangles innovation in its crib.

Hackbright Academy
Illicit activity.

On a tip from Shawn R.

Jan 31 2014

Just Say No to Girl Scout Cookies

If you find it difficult turning down cute little girls who want to put an inch or two on your waist by selling you tasty cookies, maybe this will help:

A few weeks ago, the Girl Scouts designated Wendy Davis as an “incredible woman” who deserved to be on the list of 2013 “Women of the Year.” Only a month earlier, the organization promoted Kathleen Sebelius as a woman of “courage” on its Facebook page.

Wendy Davis (a.k.a. Abortion Barbie) is not only a phony, but a single-issue political phenom whose sole purpose appears to be to advance abortion. She burst onto the scene by enthralling liberals with an 11-hour filibuster intended to stop a Texas bill to prevent the murder of viable fetuses and other fetuses old enough to provably be conscious of the agony of death by abortion.

As for Kathleen Sebelius (a.k.a. the Abortion Queen because of her ties to the abortion cartel),

Kathleen Sebelius has been the bête noir of the pro-life movement for her role in Obamacare and mandating abortion coverage even for religious entities, what some Catholic bishops have called the largest expansion of abortion in the country since Roe v. Wade.

John Pisciotta of Waco is leading a group of pro-life organizations in a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies.

Pisciotta says people should look closely at where the money goes from these sales. The Girl Scouts claims that 100% of cookie revenue stays with the regional councils, with a portion going to the local troop, and that the national office receives no revenue from cookie sales. However, Girl Scouts USA receives millions in licensing fees for every box sold, money that contributes substantially to its enormous budget.

Ann Saladin, who runs MyGirlScoutCouncil.com, points out that even the regional councils, and therefore much of the cookie money, are directly implicated in abortion advocacy. Her website lists all the local councils with abortion troubles.

The Girl Scouts also claims that no cookie money goes to any other group. However, Girl Scouts USA makes an annual donation of $1.5 million to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a group on record as supporting [abortion].

Pisciotta’s tiny pro-life outfit is up against a giant. It avoids punishment by Obama’s weaponized IRS by raising less than $50,000 per year.

On the other hand, the national office of the Girl Scouts raised more than $100 million last year. This does not include $700 million in cookie sales.

However, he has taken on the degenerates who have commandeered Girl Scouts before — and with some success.

In 2003 Pisciotta ran what started as a local boycott after the local Girl Scout Council sponsored a controversial conference with Planned Parenthood called Nobody’s Fool, at which a booklet was offered to young children that included, among other things, a boy masturbating, a drawing of a boy standing at a school chalk board looking at the bulge in his pants, a naked woman straddling a man, and more. The local council also named the CEO of Planned Parenthood-Waco as a Woman of Distinction.

That campaign put Pisciotta and his allies on local and national television and caused Girl Scouts USA CEO Kathy Cloninger to go on the Today Show to try to cauterize the wound. It was on that program, however, that Cloninger admitted that the Girl Scouts works with Planned Parenthood groups around the country, a statement that has bedeviled the Girl Scouts since then.

Planned Parenthood is the highly profitable yet lavishly taxpayer-subsidized abortion mill that snuffs out the lives of one-third of a million Americans per year.

It must not have occurred to the Girl Scouts’ presumably feminist brass that half of the children killed were girls.

Not that they aren’t righteous people — from the liberal point of view:

The Girl Scouts organization has shown sensitivity to the political and humanitarian concerns of its members. According to the Girl Scout FAQ page, the cocoa used in the cookies is “conflict free,” and no cookie can be made with genetically modified crops. It even promises its cookies are made with “corporate sustainability” and “social responsibility” in mind.

Apparently the dispute between babies who want to live and abortionists paid to kill them doesn’t count as a conflict when it comes to conflict-free cookies.

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Moonbat social engineers are remaking the Girl Scouts.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Jan 31 2014

Christian School Drops the Name “Crusaders”

For centuries, the Empire of Islam was expanded by lethal force at the expense largely of Christian lands. Not until Muslim forces entered the heartland of Europe were they stopped, at the very gates of Vienna. If they hadn’t been, European civilization would not exist, and the Western World would consist of savages treating women like dogs and worshiping a vicious child-molesting marauder.

Great civilizations like Egypt were lost forever in the Muslim conquests. Spain and Greece lived under Muslim rule for centuries. But there was a time when Christians, realizing that the best defense is a good offense, took the fight to the enemy: the Crusades.

Since 9/11, we have been asked to regard the Crusades with distaste. This is because liberal information gatekeepers have embraced hostile Islamic propaganda to advance their goal of turning us against ourselves. Anything we should take pride in, they will demand we be ashamed of. Consequently,

A Christian college in Wisconsin is dropping its “Crusaders” nickname after nearly 50 years, claiming the moniker has become outdated in a “more global society,” university officials told FoxNews.com.

Stay tuned for word on whether Iran will drop its support for Islamic terrorism due to our living in a “more global society.”

The name change was explicitly linked to the Muslim atrocities of September 11:

Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown and its Division III athletic teams have used the name since its founding in 1968. Matt Davis, the university’s executive vice president, said no complaints have been received by the school and stressed that it coincides with its name change from Maranatha Baptist College in December.

“But I also agree that times change and we understand that context changes,” Davis told FoxNews.com. “Our world has changed since 9/11 and we’ve become a more global society with the Internet.”

Fans of the New England Patriots be warned: if Redcoats ever fly a pair of jets into an office tower, the team will have to change its name to something less offensive.

Selecting the university’s next mascot will be a collaborative effort, Davis said, and the new name will be revealed during the spring semester.

Here’s a suggestion: why not the Maranatha Dhimmis?

Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR, a Hamas front group that serves Muslims the way the ACLU serves cultural Marxists, says “I welcome the spirit behind the change.”

Of course he does. Islam means submission.

D-Day
One day these heroes may be deliberately forgotten too.

On tips from George and Wiggins.

Jan 31 2014

Holding Up a Mirror to Militarized Police

Given that our increasingly militarized police have reportedly killed over 5,000 civilians since 9/11 — making them arguably a greater threat than foreign terrorists — this idea from the Ukraine may come into vogue here:

In a move that is picking up international attention, the people of Ukraine have begun bringing mirrors to their protests.

They say they’re doing it to force police to look at their own reflection, in a piercing psychological reminder of what they’ve turned into.

The idea came about after police were seen violently attacking hundreds of Ukrainians who are upset with their government.

In one shocking video, swarms of police can be seen kicking, stomping, and trampling a defenseless man.

This Ukrainian cop doesn’t seem to like what he sees.

ukraine-mirror-police

I wonder if these guys have looked in the mirror lately:

scary cops

Cops have usually been heroes in our culture. But that’s because they have enforced laws put on the books by a government that represented us. If our government still represented us, police wouldn’t be increasingly hard to tell apart from the military, which is intended not to maintain order but to destroy the government’s enemies.

Like the division of powers laid out in the Constitution, we are going to miss Posse Comitatus after it has been washed away in the tide of Hopey Change.

On tips from Sean C.

Jan 31 2014

Free to Smoke Dope but Not to Get Married Without Premarital Education Classes

Rule by moonbats mean trading one type of freedom for another — or to put it more accurately, trading liberty for licentiousness. For example, in Colorado, a red state recently gone bonkers blue, you can zombify yourself with marijuana to your heart’s content, but as psychiatrist Keith Ablow reports,

A proposed initiative in Colorado, potentially headed for the ballot in November, would make premarital education classes mandatory for all those seeking marriage licenses in that state.

Given the recent push by the ruling class to normalize the blasphemous travesty of homosexual “marriage,” these education classes are likely to include pernicious brainwashing.

As Dr Ablow observes,

It is not an accident that the freedoms being touted by government these days are freedom to get high, to be sexual at an early age and to use the girl’s room in grammar school, even if you are a boy (a crazy, new law in California).

All these freedoms are offers to lose one’s boundaries, stability and ability to become truly powerful. Meanwhile, the government compels Americans to buy a product they might not want (health insurance), spies on Americans and steals their privacy and, now, will make a play (perhaps, state-by-state) to “educate” people before they commit to one another in marriage.

Ablow calls for ending all government involvement in marriage. Since bureaucrats clearly cannot be trusted in the realm of the sacred or the personal, I second the motion.

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Hold on: has that ring been approved?

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jan 30 2014

Open Thread

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By Dixon Diaz, on a tip from TED.

Jan 30 2014

The Kronies

Introducing action figures for the Age of Obama:

On a tip from |.

Jan 30 2014

Chicago Grassroots React to State of the Union

Obama’s State of the Union speech inspired some insightful commentary in his hometown:

From Rebel Pundit, on a tip from Bill T.

Jan 30 2014

Behind the Scenes at the Democrat Castle

You’ve got to agree she isn’t quite ready…

Third-Term

Compliments of Stormfax.

Jan 30 2014

Excellence Sacrificed to Diversity at Brooklyn School

Egalitarian educrats understand that you cannot have a smooth-looking lawn unless every blade of grass is the same height. Some blades cannot be made to grow very tall, but all blades can be cut short. Therefore, to achieve the sacred objective of equality, all blades must be prevented from growing above the minimum achievable height. In other words, excellence must be sacrificed to “diversity”:

A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity.

Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.

“Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in,” McDonald told parents in a letter posted on the photo-sharing site flickr.

This solves an ideologically embarrassing problem: most of the school’s students are black or Hispanic, but most of the gifted students are white or Asian-American.

The suppression of excellence hurts those who excel regardless of their race:

One mother, a Sudanese immigrant, said the program was brimming with white students — but she was looking forward to her daughter joining after years of high test scores.

“Where are they going to put the higher-level students?” asked the woman, who declined to give her name. “Sometimes, there are different levels, and teachers can’t handle all the levels in one class.”

Tough luck. You can’t achieve equality through universally mandated mediocrity if you don’t trim each blade of grass down to size. Instead of developing her mind, the gifted daughter will spend her days watching the teacher fight a losing battle to impose order despite federal restrictions.

But she will still learn the most valuable lesson of all: the government will make us all equal in the end, so there is no point exerting any effort whatsoever.

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“Diversity” means uniformity of achievement.

On a tip from Sean C.

Jan 30 2014

CBS’s Mellody Hobson Coughs Up a Clot of Hypocrisy

Equality means no one can be allowed to climb too high — except of course your billionaire husband:

CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George Lucas is worth $7.3 billion, appeared on This Morning to slam excessive salaries for corporate bosses. Discussing income inequality and Barack Obama’s planned discussion at the State of the Union, Hobson lashed out, “If you look today, the typical CEO makes 354 times more than the typical worker in his or her company, mostly his because there are so few women running companies.”

Maybe stockholders watch CBS, and don’t want women running companies out of fear they may be mindless moonbats like Mellody Hobson.

But Mellody isn’t completely unqualified for an important position:

Hobson doesn’t just appear on television to promote the President, she also donates her own money. In 2012, she was a bundler for the Democrat, putting together $131,200 for Obama. In 2008, she donated $28,500.

That sure looks good on the résumé when seeking a government job — or a quasi-government job, like hers as a propagandist at CBS.

george-lucas-mellody-hobson
The bijou-bedecked birdbrained Bolshevik and the billionaire.

On a tip from R F. Hat tip: Infidel Blogs Alliance.

Jan 30 2014

The Grim Demise of Obama Pal Raymond Boyer

Back in 2008, Obama had the gall to say, “Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself,” evidently confident that the media would keep from us just who those people were. Now that it is too late, even low-information voters are finding out:

President Obama’s high school pot dealer who he thanked in his yearbook for the ‘good times’ was beaten to death by his lover after a series of fights over flatulence and drugs, MailOnline can reveal today.

Raymond Boyer, known as ‘Gay Ray’ to Obama and his marijuana smoking ‘Choom Gang’, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer seven years after he sold the future president and his friends drugs.

His lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a laundry list of reasons for the killing, including that Boyer, a surfer and unemployed chef, constantly put him down, made him beg for drugs and had a habit of breaking wind in his face.

Maybe that’s where Obama picked up the proclivity. The other night he broke wind in Congress’s face by telling it he would ignore the Constitution’s division of powers by working around it. But rather than coming at him with a hammer, many of the congresscritters applauded enthusiastically.

Gay Ray was a central figure in Obama’s Choom Gang days:

Boyer, 30 at the time, lived the archetypal hippy existence, sleeping in an old bus with two pet monkeys, and enjoying in full the promiscuous and hedonistic lifestyle of the gay community on the Pacific island.

He also dealt drugs to friends — and it was through supplying marijuana that he came into contact with the young Obama, known as Barry, who was attending Punahou school nearby. …

Ray, although older, was an integral part of the gang, known for his ability to ‘score good bud’ and drive them up nearby Mount Tantalus to party.

Compared to less wholesome mentors like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, Ray must have been a relatively positive influence in Obama’s development.

Obama Choom Gang
Other buddies from Obama’s Choom Gang days.

On tips from Wiggins and Sean C.

Jan 30 2014

Allen West on How to Cut Government Spending

Democrats must be very glad to have Allen West out of the House. His wit could raise blisters. This was posted in response to Tuesday’s State of the Union address:

I have an idea to cut government spending immediately. Every Member of Congress who stood and applauded when Obama said he can take steps without legislation can be immediately fired since they agree they are irrelevant — including their staff. Their constituents can then live under the rule of edict instead of the rule of law. I think that would save us a whole bunch of money — including their congressional pensions since they abandoned their duties.

With luck Colonel West will make his way back to Congress, where he will be anything but irrelevant.

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On a tip from G Fox.

Jan 30 2014

The Oncoming Amnesty Debacle

The good news is that ObamaCare, NSA spying, and the authoritarian overreach of Obama’s imperial presidency have left such a bad taste in people’s mouths that the only way Republicans can fail to hold the House and take the Senate in 2014, thereby putting themselves in a position to at least prevent Obama from inflicting more major damage, is if they do something staggeringly stupid. The bad news is that they plan to do just that.

The GOP’s amnesty plans will not only distort America’s demographics so as to give Democrats a lock on future national elections, but will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in this year’s congressional races by enraging the conservative base.

But Johnny Boehner et al. just can’t help themselves. Amnesty is a win–win for both Democrats and unprincipled, irresponsible Republicans. Today, Republicans’ Chamber of Crony Capitalist Commerce friends get unskilled but dirt cheap labor. Tomorrow, Democrats get a massive welfare-dependent voting bloc.

Politicians tell us amnesty will help the economy. Actually, as Daniel Greenfield explains, it will have the opposite effect:

The states with the highest illegal alien populations also tend to have the highest unemployment rates and the highest poverty rates. That welfare triangle is dragging down formerly booming states into the economic gutter. Legalizing illegal aliens won’t change that. Instead it will push those states even closer to the drain as legalized illegal aliens lose their illegal jobs and are replaced with new illegal aliens.

Here’s why it would work out that way:

[I]mmigrant minorities are more likely to hold jobs than domestic minorities.

Pro-amnesty politicians use that to prove that immigrants are more likely to “contribute” to the economy than the native population.

The dirty little secret however is in the details.

To quote the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, “The unemployment rates for foreign-born blacks, Asians, and Hispanics were lower than for their native-born counterparts, while the rates for foreign-born and native-born whites were little different.”

Talk to anyone who employs illegal aliens and that discrepancy between foreign-born minorities and native-born minorities stops being a mystery. They prefer first generation minority immigrants to second generation immigrants because they consider them more obedient, docile and responsible.

Like a man who keeps divorcing and remarrying every few years, they constantly want fresh immigrants, but they don’t want to hire their American-born children. And so the social welfare system becomes a dumping ground for the children of cheap labor immigrants and the businesses head somewhere else to escape the taxes voted in by that second generation leaving behind bankruptcy, crime and despair.

Not to mention fertile soil in which our public schools can sow the evil seeds of multiculturalism, racial grievance, socialism, entitlement mentality, et cetera.

American immigration has been ingeniously designed to bring in immigrants who are less likely to be employed than the white native population in either the first generation or the second generation so that the first generation provides cheap labor while the second generation provides cheap votes.

Pro-amnesty politicians and business lobbies talk about investing in our future with an illegal alien amnesty, but what they really want is a first generation of cheap labor for disposable service and manufacturing industries whose employees will be so poorly paid that they will contribute little if anything in taxes and whose children will be more likely to be unemployed than their parents.

Obviously this problem will be greatly exacerbated when amnesty makes it official that our borders and our immigration laws are no longer to be taken seriously.

To deliberately inflict this on the country would be treason. That isn’t a liability to Democrats, whose base couldn’t care less. But it will make Republicans toxic to their own base.

We don’t have to wait until the children of the hordes of Third Worlders amnesty would cause to flood the country are old enough to vote. We can start enjoying our single-party Democrat future after this fall’s elections, courtesy of every checkered-pants–wearing RINO who favors amnesty. It will be like Detroit, except in Spanish.

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On tips from R F and Sam Adams.

Jan 29 2014

Open Thread

SOTU 2014

Via Chicago News Bench.

Jan 29 2014

Senator Mike Lee’s Official Tea Party Response to 2014 State of the Union Address

Never mind the SOTU. Utah Senator Mike Lee’s official Tea Party response was less slick but infinitely more worth listening to — and is guaranteed 100% free of mindless Democrat applause:

If only men of this caliber were still giving the State of the Union address, government-driven inequality wouldn’t be reaching a crisis level.

On a tip from Varla.

Jan 29 2014

In Case You Missed the State of the Union Address

Even if you had better things to do than watch Obama’s State of the Union address last night, don’t worry about having to wait a whole year to get another chance.

If you saw Bush’s 2007 SOTU, last night would have been largely a rerun for you anyway. As Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen notes, Obama’s speech

was eerily familiar. There were lines like, “Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity. A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy. A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available healthcare. Extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy.” All of that came from the 2007 State of the Union Address by George W. Bush. So, Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush.

In case you missed the 2007 SOTU also, the essence of last night’s event was preemptively captured in one image by All the Right Snark:

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But maybe you were more interested in Joke Biden’s background antics. No worries; those have been captured too:

You can’t really expect a guy with a mental age of 9 to sit without fidgeting throughout Obama’s seemingly endless bloviating. Maybe next time they’ll let him play games on his phone, like John McCain does during tedious discussions of whether to take the nation to war.

On tips from TED and Stormfax.

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