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Apr 30 2015

Open Thread

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Via Young Americans for Liberty, on a tip from TED.

Apr 30 2015

Georgetown Students Take Pledge to End Urinal Privilege

Maybe it will get better one day, but not any time soon if the moonbattery predominating on college campuses is any indication:

True egalitarianism can never be achieved so long as only men and Michelle Obama can relieve themselves standing up.

On tips from J and Stormfax.

Apr 30 2015

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be

Remember the shiny, industrious cities, miraculous inventions, and intergalactic exploration we used to associate with the future? Here’s how the future looks from the Age of Hope & Change:

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Fortunately it is not quite too late to change course.

Graphic compliments of Stormfax.

Apr 30 2015

Fun Facts About Freddie Gray

We have heard plenty about Freddie Gray in light of his death having been used as a pretext for riots. Yet as with Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, some highly salient information about him has not received the attention it deserves. Much of it still awaits confirmation.

One thing we already know for sure is that Gray was not an innocent victim, but a career criminal with a rap sheet a mile long. Only in a society deranged by moonbattery would he be running loose, predictably forcing the police to arrest him yet again. His curriculum vitae:

March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)

Be careful about sharing this information. When Pittsburgh radio DJ Mike Jax posted Gray’s list of crimes along with the comment “he was pretty busy before he was unjustly killed at the hands of Baltimore P.D.,” he was promptly suspended indefinitely by WAMO:

Jax has apologized for his post, saying it was not his intention to justify Gray’s death, but to highlight that his arrest record does not justify it.

No use groveling, Jax. Disseminators of information that undermines The Narrative are thought criminals who must be punished.

Given the climate of political hysteria that characterizes Hope & Change and the irresponsibility of the establishment media, it will be a while before all the facts regarding Freddie Gray become clear. The official story is that racist police injured Gray’s spine. But it could be that police unknowingly exacerbated an existing injury. He reportedly had spinal and neck surgery shortly before he was arrested. However, this report has been disputed.

It is also possible that Gray injured his own spine:

A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

It is becoming increasingly evident that Gray sustained his injuries in the van, not during his arrest:

An investigation into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray has found no evidence that his fatal injuries were caused during the videotaped arrest and interaction with police officers, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

The sources spoke to ABC7 News after being briefed on the findings of a police report turned over to prosecutors on Thursday as well as preliminary findings made by the medical examiner’s office.

This supports the theory that Gray killed himself.

When the smoke has cleared, we will know more. But by then the media will be whipping up feral mobs over some other dead criminal of politically preferred pigmentation.

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The latest moonbat martyr.

On tips from Mr. Mentalo, Rob E, Steven A, Bodhisattva, Petterssonp, B1bbet, and Varla.

Apr 30 2015

Fun Facts About Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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Put in charge of a major city.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is not an easy person to take seriously, but her decision to give space to those “who wished to destroy” has at least made her interesting.

Her office says she was misunderstood regarding her alarming “space to destroy” remark. However, it has been revealed that she did order police to stand down so that the rioters could destroy her city:

Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether some of the violence and looting could have been prevented.

The source, who is involved in the enforcement efforts, confirmed to Fox News there was a direct order from the mayor to her police chief Monday night, effectively tying the hands of officers as they were pelted with rocks and bottles.

Asked directly if the mayor was the one who gave that order, the source said: “You are God damn right it was.”

To quote Ms. Rawlings-Blake: “Let them loot, it’s only property.”

She meant, “it’s only other people’s property” — and if she had any respect for that, she wouldn’t be a Democrat.

Stephanie appears to be taking orders directly from Obama’s top advisor (some would say supervisor). Valerie Jarrett has been in “regular contact” with her according to a White House spokesman.

Not just anybody gets orders directly from Obama’s babysitter. Rawlings-Blake has a leadership position in the DNC. From 2013:

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will become the secretary of the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday, giving her a prominent role in national politics.

The appointment, which has not been formally announced, will give Rawlings-Blake a voice in the party’s national political apparatus…

This might explain why a mayor is implementing national policy regarding encouraging blacks to riot, as the Obama Administration did more directly in the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown spectacles.

Stephanie was one of three members of the Panel of Mayors involved in “The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (PDF),” a project intended to work toward the authoritarian objective of nationalizing local police. This is a prerequisite for transitioning from a soft to a hard tyranny, and goes a long way toward explaining the contrived and massively hyped crisis of “racist” police allegedly oppressing black criminals.

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Community organized from the very top.

On tips from Rob E, ramrodd, Stormfax, Jodie, Petterssonp, Mr. Mentalo, and Henry.

Apr 30 2015

Brewing Beer From Sewage

Be careful when buying craft beer from eco-friendly Oregon, where brewers will be putting the pee in IPA:

Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains.

They won’t be competing in the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge, in which an Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.

The point is to save water. The story comes from Portland, where there is no shortage of water because it rains all the time.

In fact, the city made national headlines last year when it wasted 35 million gallons of drinking water because one man urinated into an open-air reservoir.

But as with all things environmentally correct, it’s the gesture that counts.

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Recreational recycling.

On a tip from J.

Apr 30 2015

Marketing as Countermoonbat Rebellion

These days the last place you would think to look for rebellion against liberal hegemony is the suffocatingly politically correct world of marketing, where deliberately antagonizing people with conservative views appears to be considered more important than selling products. Yet Protein World has used its marketing to revolt:

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This ad, seen in London subways, is not exactly a Shot Heard Round the World, although it was certainly enough to provoke a reaction by challenging feminazi ideology:

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It was in its response to this predictable reaction that Protein World rebelled:

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This gutsy response starkly contrasts with the cringingly apologetic obedience to political correctness that we have come to expect. Marketing explains why it is not only admirable, but a sound strategy:

What Protein World has done is become one of the first high-profile brands ever to show genuine integrity, and it is reaping the rewards.

Now that might sound weird. ‘Integrity’ is, of course, a word that’s casually associated with ‘being good’, but in fact integrity only ever really has substance if it concerns a view that is dangerous to hold.

‘Being green’, for instance, is not an act of integrity – it’s preening, as who’s going to hate you for it or force you to back down?

That is an insightful observation. Being a moonbat never involves courage or integrity — not in a world run by moonbats like ours is.

The consequences for Protein World have been angry sputtering from people who wouldn’t use their brand anyway, and fierce displays of devotion from those who do.

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The lesson for marketers:

If you sit at the pole of a vaguely polarising issue, identify your ‘anti-market’ and attack it.

If possible, harness the trend of ‘cyber shaming’ and use it to your advantage. This approach will work particularly well for brands whose position hovers around the libertarian/conservative side of politics, as their ‘anti-markets’ are much better mobilised socially and capable of feeding those precious flames of scandal.

You’ll lose no customers and become a champion for those who share your side of the issue.

The lesson for the rest of us:

Stand your ground. Never back down even a fraction of an inch to the moonbats. When they attack, counterattack. You will be rewarded.

On a tip from Ken M.

UPDATE:

Incredible. Britain has banned the ads, citing “sexism.”

Apr 30 2015

Preschooler Forbidden to Eat Cookies by Educrats

In the olden days, cartoon villains would steal candy from babies. Now they confiscate cookies from preschoolers:

A four-year-old girl came home from school disappointed, with untouched Oreos and a note from her teacher.

Preschooler Natalee Pearson told her mom on Friday that she wasn’t allowed to eat the cookies in her lunchbox at the Children’s Academy in Aurora, Colorado.

The note told parents to pack a nutritious lunch that includes a fruit, vegetable and healthy snack.

Just what is a “healthy snack”? Hard to say…

The note, shared with ABC by the mom, read: ‘Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a heavy snack from home, along with a milk.

‘If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack.’

Maybe the authorities would be okay with wheat germ as a snack.

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A cartoon villain.

On a tip from Dean D.

Apr 30 2015

Obama Barks Order, “Journalists” Obey

This sums up the relationship between Obama and his Praetorian Median, which put him in power and keeps him there:

Time reporter Zeke Miller was at a Teaism cafe near the White House Wednesday around noon when President Barack Obama came in for a surprise visit.

Miller started broadcasting Obama’s visit on Periscope with his smartphone.

A peeved Obama ordered Miller to stop filming–and Miller obeyed.

Obama was visiting Teaism with Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples after a Rose Garden ceremony.

Miller was meeting at Teaism with a number of other White House reporters when Obama strolled in. Apparently not one of them had the courage to stand up to Obama for the right of their reporter Miller to film the president in public. And apparently none of them took the opportunity to ask Obama any questions.

Rather than object to being bossed around like children, Margaret Talev of Bloomberg called their master a “good sport.”

Then the Regime posted its own video version of the Teasism event on Fakebook. Needless to say it does not include Obama ordering his servants to stop filming him.

If you are wondering why Obama is still in power although Nixon was forced out for far less than Solyndra alone, ask yourself how journalists would have responded to Tricky Dick telling them to put their cameras away.

Even trivial spectacles must be carefully managed.

On a tip from Henry.

Apr 30 2015

Little Flames That Will Be Nurtured to Become Future “Uprisings”

Baltimore isn’t the end game. It is only a step between the Ferguson spectacle and whatever comes next. For cultural Marxists to achieve their objectives, the chaos has to spread. All the governmedia needs to do is provide a little propaganda tinder to the constant sparks on display in places like Charleston:

Police say between 11:30 p.m. Saturday night and 1 a.m. Sunday morning, a group of at least 15 teens assaulted several people. News 2’s Travis Rice spoke exclusively to a woman that confronted the juveniles during the crime spree.

Kathleen Russell says “It was like swarms of bees I guess all where it just kind of comes in and they’re all yelling and screaming and then I’ve never seen so many police men coming down the street and the kids would disperse real quickly.” Kathleen lives downtown Charleston and has had to tell late nighters to quiet down before. She says “The college kids would say ooh I’m sorry miss and be quiet and in this case there was quite a different response”

Saturday was a different story, Russell says more than a dozen teenagers terrorized her street. She says “they were angry and we’re like this is what we’re going to do.”

One teenager tried to take Russell’s cell phone, knocking it to the ground where another juvenile tried to grab it again.

Kathleen said “the girl in front of me took a belt off and said lady, you’re gonna get it, you’re gonna really get it.”

The group eventually left Russell alone, but not others. Police say a group of kids snatched a purse from a woman near Rutledge and Cannon on Saturday night.

Others number the feral “teens” running amok in Charleston Saturday night at 60. Increase the mob to a couple hundred and the national media will reverently refer to them as protesters.

Later, Police responded to Vanderhorst and Coming where five men told Police that teens assaulted them.

Police say no one was seriously injured, but Russell wonders what’s next for the young group. She said, “I saw this group and I envisioned them – what’s gonna happen in 10 years.”

Within 10 years, if current trends continue, her city will be burned down by savages as the media applauds, just like Baltimore.

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In every American city’s planned future.

On tips from R F and Rob E.

Apr 29 2015

Open Thread

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Via Liberal Logic 101, on a tip from TED.

Apr 29 2015

A Favorite Moment From the Baltimore Riots

Still doubt that the local government in Baltimore is on the side of the rioters? Then check out this interview with Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would call this giving space to those who wish to destroy.

A helpful hint for realtors: if the local city councilmen pronounce “police” as “po-lice,” go into business somewhere else.

On a tip from WordsFailMe.

Apr 29 2015

Bill Whittle: Book Burners Afraid of Matches

Bill Whittle delivers a commencement address to the Class of 2015:

On a tip from Ken M.

Apr 29 2015

Baltimore Social Justice Warrior Catches Hell From Mom

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The lowlifes burning Baltimore down can handle the police, because the police take orders from the local government, which is essentially on the side of the rioters. But they aren’t quite tough enough to handle their own moms:

A Baltimore mother [Toya Graham] is being hailed for doing her part to quell the violence after a video of her smacking her son upside the head when she spotted him rioting and throwing rocks at police emerged on Monday.

The unidentified mom recognized her son even though he was wearing a black ski mask that covered much of his face.

She spotted him on TV throwing rocks and went after him like a heat-seeking missile.

Maybe an army of angry moms could restore civilization to Baltimore. Unfortunately most of the moms in Baltimore probably aren’t that angry, so long as the checks they receive in return for producing illegitimate children keep coming. Toya Graham herself is a single mother of six. She is unemployed.

On tips from Lyle, Varla, and Rob E. Graphic passed along by Bill T.

Apr 29 2015

The Writing on the Wall

From Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where there are enough Russian immigrants that people know a communist when they see one:

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This message is reportedly appearing all over the area.

Passed along by Sean C.

Apr 29 2015

Pandering to Perverts

Check out the Shrillary logo on her Twitter page:

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Homosexuals make up about 3% of the population, and the vast majority of them would vote for Shrillary anyway, if only as a gesture of contempt toward traditional values.

But weak-minded fools brainwashed by the media into believing that they are good people so long as they revere homosexuality are of course more numerous.

On tips from Stormfax and Bill T.

Apr 29 2015

Political Theater: Orioles to Play in Empty Stadium

The mayhem in Baltimore is not about the cheap hoodlum Freddie Gray, a career criminal with a very long arrest record. It is a spectacle, not directly managed but definitely instigated and facilitated by the cultural Marxist propagandists who comprise the media and the Alinskyite community organizers who comprise the government.

Baltimore isn’t the great city it was prior to its demographic conquest, but authorities are capable of upholding public order if they want to, even if it might require help from the state or the feds. There is no reason that storeowners under assault by the greedy looters journalists refer to as “protesters” should call the police 50 times and get no response. There is certainly no reason that the Baltimore Orioles should play in an empty stadium:

After a pair of postponements caused by rioting in Baltimore, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in what is believed to be the first game without fans in major league baseball’s 145-season history.

Because of the unsettled environment in Baltimore, where rioters burned a drug store and set police cars ablaze on Monday night, officials moved the game up five hours from its original 7:05 p.m. starting time and closed it to the public.

Are the authorities literally incapable of defending Camden Yards from savages in sneakers? Of course not. They want television viewers to witness the eerie spectacle of a ball game played in front of completely empty seats. It’s good theater.

The point is to impress on people that they had better give the angry savages — or rather, the politicians who represent the angry savages — whatever they want or our entire society will be hollowed out until it collapses.

The truth is the opposite: we had better start putting up effective resistance to the liberal agenda immediately, or our entire society will be hollowed out until it collapses. Giving them what they want didn’t save Detroit. It won’t save Baltimore either — or the rest of the country.

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Baseball won’t be the only game played today at Camden Yards.

On tips from Varla, Mr. Mentalo, and Sean C.

Apr 29 2015

Baltimore Lowlifes Riot on Behalf of Liberal Establishment

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin says veterans are to blame for the mayhem in Baltimore. As always, the establishment media could not be more wrong. Most immediately to blame are of course the lowlife scumbags wreaking havoc on the streets. But the ones who made it happen are the liberal ideologues comprising our ruling class, including Brooke and the rest of the “mainstream” media, and also prominently including the Democrat Party.

Relentlessly stoking anger with bogus race grievance propaganda is certain to have this result. We know because we have seen it before, in places like Detroit and Los Angeles. But rather than back off, the media has doubled down, openly siding with looters and vandals against civil order.

Here is an actual headline from Salon:

Baltimore’s Violent Protesters Are Right: Smashing Police Cars Is a Legitimate Political Strategy

Even to call them protesters rather than vandals, hooligans, thugs, or rioters is to propagandize on their behalf. This propaganda is ubiquitous. Supposedly conservative Fox News put the creepy leftist Shep Smith in charge of narrating unfolding events in Baltimore. Characteristically, he took the rioters’ point of view.

The government of Baltimore is controlled by black Democrats. The rioters are not revolting against their representatives, who provide them with their work-free welfare sustenance. They are burning and looting and destroying on behalf of the same people who run the government, in the name of the same politically correct ideology that is enshrined by the bureaucracy.

Those in official positions who stray by siding with civilization against anarchy are quickly forced back into line:

The president of the Baltimore City Council apologized for calling rioters “thugs” at a press conference Tuesday, calling those responsible for the violence “misdirected” youths. Standing side-by-side with self-proclaimed gang members, Jack Young said that gang members stood in front of stores to prevent looting and retracted claims that gang members were targeting the Baltimore police. “We are all Baltimoreans,” Young said.

If gang members are protecting the stores, who is looting and burning down the stores? Brooke Baldwin would probably say veterans.

Baltimore is a natural progression from the methodically contrived spectacles surrounding Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Those in the government and media who are staging this production have objectives that are too malevolent to express directly, even among themselves. If they succeed, the entire country will look like Detroit and Baltimore, which were once prosperous cities inhabited by civilized Americans.

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Brought to you by the liberal ruling class.

On tips from Varla, Petterssonp, and Bill T.

Apr 29 2015

Five-Year-Old Mia Lemay Designated “Transsexual” by Parents

Shrillary says she wants to amend the Constitution to remove the protection of political speech. If we are going to start repealing the Bill of Rights, why not start with the Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment? That’s the only way justice could be served to the parents of a social engineering project formerly named Mia Lemay:

A Massachusetts couple knew their child wasn’t happy. So they made the difficult decision to raise their daughter as a boy at [her] own request.

Her own request. Apparently she was 4 years old at the time. If she had requested to be raised as a mermaid, would they exchange her bedroom for a swimming pool? But of course, parents don’t coach their young children to believe they are mermaids.

As [she] showed off [her] collection of rocks and dead bugs in [her] bedroom, Jacob Lemay also said how [she] hated [her] old name. “Cause it was the stupidest name ever,” Jacob said.

[She’s] talking about the name ‘Mia,’ which was scrapped last June, when [her] parents and family therapy team concluded the then four-year old was transgender — a little girl wired as a little boy.

“That’s the kind of psychological burden that I don’t think anyone should have to deal with, especially not my child,” Jacob’s mother Mimi said.

How kind of her not to impose upon a small child with tomboy traits any “psychological burden.”

Why do this to an innocent kid? Political reasons:

“I want to change the way that society perceives and accepts transgender people,” Mimi said. “Because this is the society that my son [i.e., her daughter] will grow up in.”

Long after liberals have moved on to some new cultural Marxist fad and it is no longer the height of political correctness to raise a child to be transsexual, Mia will continue to suffer the psychiatric (not to mention chemical and surgical) consequences of her parents’ criminal moonbattery.

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Giving her a boy’s haircut does not make Mia a boy.

On a tip from Wilberforce.

Apr 28 2015

Open Thread

Baltimore Riots

Compliments of Stormfax.

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