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Aug 31 2015

Open Thread

winston-churchill

Via Linda Suhler.

Aug 31 2015

Illinois Doesn’t Have the Money to Pay Lottery Winners

If you must gamble, be sure you can trust the people you do it with. For example, don’t gamble with the notoriously corrupt, bloated, and irresponsible government of Illinois:

Danny Chasteen and his girlfriend, Susan Rick, thought they had gotten their big break last month when Chasteen won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Instead, they got an IOU.

The Chicago Tribune reported that disbursements of Illinois Lottery winnings of more than $25,000 have been halted because the state doesn’t have a budget.

Good thing Illinois isn’t a private outfit. The people running it would be headed to jail.

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Chasteen should have gone to Las Vegas.

On tips from Steve A, Artfldgr, and Torcer.

Aug 31 2015

Jefferson Davis Erased at University of Texas

Congratulations, liberal Taliban. You have managed to consign a little more of our history and our heritage to the Memory Hole:

A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group.

The statue has been a target of vandalism as well as criticism that it is a symbol of racism and discrimination.

“Racism” and “discrimination” can be defined as “noncompliance with current leftist ideology.” Since no one who lived in the 19th century was compliant with this deranged ideology, sooner or later everyone from that era will have to be erased.

Then the liberal Taliban can set to work on more recent historical figures deemed not to be sufficiently politically correct. One day even Barack Hussein Obama — who is the personification of moonbattery but who until recently officially opposed homosexual marriage, which is now a serious thought crime — may find himself obliterated.

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Great men are not honored now; they are erased.

On a tip from Dean D.

Aug 31 2015

Look Who Might Run Third Party

Would it be so awful if a renegade runs third party, splitting the vote and allowing the opposition to win in a landslide? Actually, it could be wonderful:

Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders will be breaking from the Democratic Party and running for president as a third party, a move that “would all but guarantee a catastrophic split in the Democratic vote and ensure a Republican victory,” Ed Klein confidential reports, citing sources inside Sanders’ campaign.

“Sources say Sanders believes that despite his ever-growing crowds of fired-up supporters, he’ll never overcome Hillary’s — or, for that matter, (Vice President Joe) Biden’s — advantage in money, organization and endorsements,” Klein writes. …

“The decision hasn’t been made when to make the announcement to go independent,” according to the source…

“Right now, things are going great and he very well may upset Hillary in the New Hampshire primary.”

Hang on Shrillary, don’t let Bernie Panders get the nomination; that would spoil the fun. Maybe Rush Limbaugh should get Operation Chaos going again.

In late July, The Hill reported that during a speech at the Newseum in Washington, Sanders explicitly vowed not to seek the White House as an independent if he fails to capture the Democratic nomination.

But we have learned from Barack “If You Like Your Plan” Obama how seriously to take the word of far left politicians.

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Pass the popcorn; they might kill each other off.

On a tip from Torcer.

Aug 31 2015

Obama Decrees Name Change for Mount McKinley

The next time we have an American president, among his first priorities should be renaming Mount McKinley back to Mount McKinley:

Ohio lawmakers reacted angrily Sunday to the White House’s announcement that President Obama would formally rename Alaska’s Mt. McKinley — North America’s highest peak — “Denali” during his trip to The Last Frontier this week.

This ham-fisted decree is yet another example of Obama’s characteristic overreach. A supine Congress and collaborating Supreme Court have convinced him that he is a dictator.

“Mount McKinley … has held the name of our nation’s 25th President for over 100 years,” Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “This landmark is a testament to his countless years of service to our country.” Gibbs also described Obama’s action as “constitutional overreach,” saying that an act of Congress was required to rename the mountain, because a law formally naming it after Ohio’s William McKinley was passed in 1917.

A prospector named it Mount McKinley even earlier, in 1896, 5 years before McKinley was assassinated.

Even Democrats are irritated:

“We must retain this national landmark’s name in order to honor the legacy of this great American president and patriot,” Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, whose district includes McKinley’s hometown of Niles, in eastern Ohio.

But McKinley is a Dead White Male. The Dead White Males who built this country are slated for the Memory Hole.

Denali means “the high one” in an Indian language. Given that Obama’s only executive experience prior to the media making him POTUS was as president of the Choom Gang, he might be renaming the mountain after himself, like he did with his dog Bo (B.O.).

Hopefully the new official name for Mount McKinley will be ignored. I’ve been up Squaw Peak in Phoenix a couple hundred times since Janet Napolitano politically correctly renamed it “Piestewa Peak” in 2003; never have I heard anyone refer to the mountain by its government name except on television.

Just as dogs feel compelled to mark every bush and fire hydrant, more of this can be expected before we are finally rid of Obama. Maybe next he will rename the Mississippi “Harvey Milk River” or Texas “Sharptonia.”

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Not even mountains are safe from Obama’s imperious decrees.

On tips from Wiggins, Bodhisattva, and Torcer. Hat tip: The Hemingway Report.

Aug 31 2015

American Taliban: Denver City Council Holding Up Chick-fil-A at Airport Because CEO Is Christian

Liberals present themselves as devoted advocates of women’s rights and homosexual privilege, and enemies of violence and religion. Yet they ally themselves with Muslims, who enslave women, murder homosexuals, and reject reality in favor of their conspicuously violent faith. In turn, Muslims overwhelmingly vote Democrat. This is confusing until you realize that the content of their respective ideologies is inconsequential; it is only the ruthless intolerance with which the ideology is imposed that matters. The most meaningful difference between Islam and liberalism lies in the methods used to coerce compliance, and these are determined by culture.

Given that both liberals and Muslims are viscerally hostile to Christianity, if you Americanized the Taliban and put it in charge of Denver, you could expect something like this:

Normally the approval process for a concession slot at Denver International Airport is routine. But when the franchise is Chick-fil-A, normal goes out the window. Members of the Denver City Council are now holding up approval on grounds that they don’t like the support for the “biblical” view of marriage expressed several years ago by the chicken chain’s CEO, Dan Cathy.

That is, because the CEO let it slip that he holds traditional Christian views, the liberals running Denver do not think Chick-fil-A should be allowed at the airport.

At a council meeting earlier this month, member after member took issue with Chick-fil-A on marriage. … The outcry is more absurd given the landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June. Now that the Court has made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, it doesn’t matter what a Chick-fil-A exec might think. It’s past time for the victors to give up trying to silence and punish the remaining dissenters and accept their victory.

But victory isn’t enough for liberals or Muslims. They demand that you not only comply with their poisonous ideology, but agree with it. If they suspect that you don’t, they will hurt you. This pathological intolerance for independent thought is what makes them so compatible — and such a threat to the rest of us.

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Suppressed by America’s Taliban.

On a tip from Varla.

Aug 31 2015

University of Tennessee Defines Pronouns as Thought Crimes

Even as they become ever more unaffordable, institutions of higher learning have increasingly shifted their focus from sports and education to grotesque leftist social engineering. Now the University of Tennessee has gone full moonbat:

The University of Tennessee has told its staff and students to stop calling each other ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘him’ and ‘her’ – and to start referring to one another with terms like ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead.

The Knoxville branch of the public university, which has 27,400 students, sent a memo round to its members filled with unusual new parts of speech to avoid referring to anybody’s gender.

According to a gay rights official at the university, the new language regime will make the university ‘welcoming and inclusive’ and stop people feeling ‘marginalized’.

Officials don’t worry much about normal people feeling marginalized by a ruling class that aggressively caters to even the most absurd whims of the militantly depraved.

The university published the instructions on its website on Wednesday after they were emailed to every member of the university by the institution’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity.

Thankfully there was enough backlash to compel university officials to declare that the guidelines are not compulsory (yet).

Donna Braquet, who runs the university’s [Pervert] Pride Center, wrote the guidelines, which are accompanied with a long table demonstrating how to replace the regular parts of speech.

She also advises staff members not to call roll in class, and to instead greet every student by asking them to announce their name and pronoun of preference.

Students and their parents are paying tens of thousands of dollars expecting an education and instead are being forced to take part in a surreal and disgusting freak show. But at least universities have excellent remedial reading programs for those who didn’t master the skill before graduating from government-run high schools.

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Donna Braque, UTenn’s Primary Pervert Pride Person.

On tips from Don M, Byron H, Dean D, Teresa M, and Steve T.

Aug 31 2015

Obama’s Nationalized Student Loan Industry Is Monumental Failure

As part of the ObamaCare fiasco, Obama ham-fistedly nationalized the student loan industry in a move that was supposed to help finance subsidized health insurance. Let’s check in on how it has worked out:

In less than five years, President Obama turned a relatively small, privately run, guaranteed student-loan program into a massive government-run disaster. What’s his answer? More government, naturally. …

Delinquency rates on the feds’ $1.2 trillion of student loans are sky high — worse than mortgage loans during the housing crisis.

The New York Fed reports that 11.5% of student loan debt was more than three months past due in Q2 of this year, which was up from Q1. By comparison, the 90-day delinquency rate on credit card debt is just 8.4%. The St. Louis Fed says that 27.3% of student loans that are currently being repaid are at least a month behind.

Now comes word from the Department of Education that 6.9 million people haven’t made a student loan payment in more than 360 days, which is up 6% from the year before.

Here’s why people are no longer paying back their loans, now that Big Government is running things:

Experts say that the Education Department is ill-equipped to identify risks when making loans. Easy terms and high default rates forced the Congressional Budget Office recently to increase the program’s cost by 7 billion — a 30% jump.

This is getting to be a serious problem…

And the risk of another financial crisis looms as the amount of direct federal student loan debt has climbed more than 600%. The Department of Education now manages a loan portfolio bigger than the entire loan business of JPMorgan Chase.

But rather than rein in this program, Obama is instead targeting private loan servicing companies that contract with the government to collect the loans for what he calls overly aggressive tactics. This is typical of liberals. If a government program isn’t working, the answer is always more government, never less.

That’s because you never want to let a crisis go to waste as an opportunity to create another crisis that can be used as an excuse to create another crisis after that, each one more expensive than the one before, on and on like the reflections in two facing mirrors.

Socialism does not work. But we already knew that. The question is how we prevent tyrants from imposing it.

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Big Government implements student loans.

On a tip from Lauren.

Aug 30 2015

Open Thread

hillary-prison

Via Silly Liberals.

Aug 30 2015

The Microaggressions That Lit Vester Flanagan’s Fuse

The concept of “microaggressions” — used by moonbats in academia to encourage members of privileged minority groups to find racism where there is none — was taken to its logical or rather illogical conclusion by race murderer Vester Flanagan:

The words are a part of everyday conversation — “swinging” by an address and going out in the “field.”

But in the twisted mind of Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan II, they were pure racism — and saying them became a death sentence for Alison Parker.

The 24-year-old white reporter, who was murdered on live TV along with her cameraman, used the phrases as an intern at ­WDBJ TV in Roanoke in 2012, according to an internal complaint filed by Flanagan, who was black. …

Hours after gunning her and Adam Ward down during their broadcast Wednesday, Flanagan revealed in tweets that the comments were still fresh in his mind.

“Alison made racist comments,” Flanagan posted while he was on the run from cops.

“They hired her after that??” he wrote.

No wonder Flanagan become unhinged. Thought crimes should never go unpunished, not even imaginary ones. Remember that with racism it doesn’t matter whether you meant to offend; it only matters that the “victim” says he is offended.

Trevor Fair, a 33-year-old cameraman at WDBJ for six years, said that the words Parker used are commonplace but that they would routinely set Flanagan off.

“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And he would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’ ” Fair recounted.

“We’d be like, ‘What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists.”

“This guy was a nightmare,” Fair said. “Management’s worst nightmare.”

Take the Affirmative Action that compels hiring based on race and makes blacks difficult to fire, combine it with the neurotic and delusional hypersensitivity endlessly encouraged by the politically correct establishment, and you have a nightmare for management, all right.

Too bad Flanagan is gone. Maybe he could have explained to me what the big deal is about watermelons:

Flanagan assumed everything was a jab at his race, even when a manager brought in watermelon for all employees.

“Of course, he thought that was racist. He was like, ‘You’re doing that because of me.’ No, the general manager brought in watermelon for the entire news team. He’s like, ‘Nope, this is out for me. You guys are calling me out because I’m black.’ ”

Flanagan even declared that ­7-Eleven was racist because it sold watermelon-flavored Slurpees.

“It’s not a coincidence, they’re racist,” he allegedly told Fair.

Vester Flanagans are inevitable in a society that rewards people for being perpetually offended.

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Made glum by racism.

On tips from Torcer and Wiggins.

Aug 30 2015

Trump Supporters Anonymous

Still on the fence about Trump? Intellectual Froglegs can help. Joe Dan Gorman dispenses with the arguments that Trump is not presidential, conservative, and/or trustworthy, and in the process lays waste to the sclerotic, politically correct, intellectually corrupt, sputteringly anti-Trump Republican establishment as personified by the bowtie-wearing weenie George Will:

Aug 30 2015

Judge Rules Illegal Aliens Have Right to Bear Arms

Every now and then the judicial oligarchy finds a reason to uphold the Second Amendment:

People living in the United States illegally have a constitutional right to bear arms but are still barred from doing so by a separate law, a federal appeals court ruled.

I don’t know what’s crazier: pretending that people in the country illegally are entitled to constitutional protections, or asserting that the constitutional protections are irrelevant anyway because laws supersede the Constitution.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Thursday in a case involving Mariano Meza-Rodriguez…

Meza-Rodriguez had a bullet in his pocket when he was arrested for a Milwaukee bar fight.

Federal law prohibits people in the country illegally from possessing guns or ammunition. Meza-Rodriguez argued that the charges should be dismissed because the law infringes on his Second Amendment right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa rejected that contention on the broad grounds that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to people in the country illegally. Meza-Rodriguez was ultimately convicted of a felony and deported.

The 7th Circuit panel, however, ruled unanimously Thursday that the term “the people” in the Second Amendment’s guarantee that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed also applies to those in the country illegally. The ruling, which applies in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, conflicts with opinions from three other federal appellate courts in recent years that found the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to people in the country illegally.

“We see no principled way to carve out the Second Amendment and say that the unauthorized (or maybe all noncitizens) are excluded,” Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote.

But the panel upheld Meza-Rodriguez’s conviction, saying the federal ban on people in the country illegally possessing weapons remains valid. Wood wrote that the right to bear arms isn’t unlimited and the government has a strong interest in preventing people who have already broken the law by coming to the country illegally from carrying guns.

So foreign invaders have a right to bears arms in our country, but that right will be ignored. If they can ignore the phony rights of illegal aliens, they can ignore our real rights.

This legal conundrum could be solved easily by enforcing immigration law, as could a large number of other problems.

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On tips from Lyle and Torcer.

Aug 30 2015

Black Thug Assassinates White Deputy; Media Obscures Race

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Darren Goforth and Shannon Miles.

The inflammatory blacks-as-victims propaganda endlessly blasting from liberal establishment megaphones — and amplified still further by Black Lives Matter, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, et al. — has claimed another victim:

A suspect was arrested and charged in Friday night’s shooting death of a Harris County [i.e., greater Houston] deputy.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced that Shannon J. Miles, 30, a person who had been in custody since early Saturday morning, was arrested and charged with capital murder.

Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was killed in cold blood at a northwest Harris County gas station. … As he was pumping gas, detectives say Miles approached him from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. Once he fell to the ground, authorities say Miles fired more shots at the deputy.

Another heaping helping of social justice.

Going back at least to Trayvon Martin’s timely demise, the liberal media has eagerly sacrificed what little is left of its credibility to work blacks into a frenzy, as if deliberately to inspire senseless murders like this one.

Will Deputy Goforth’s death cause them to back off from the propaganda and attempt to report the news objectively? Allen West answers the question by pointing out that USA Today described Miles only as “a dark-skinned male” whom the sheriff characterized as being inspired by “very dangerous national rhetoric”…

Yes, a “dark-skinned male” possibly inspired by “dangerous rhetoric” – but even AP reported [Friday] night that “authorities did not say what race they believe him (the suspect) to be – even though his image was recorded on security cameras. Have a look at him in the picture above. How would you describe him?

I know how Obama would describe him, based on the Trayvon Martin experience: the son he never had.

As we reported [Friday], black activists are openly calling for the murder and lynching of white people – heck even Louis Farrakhan has done the same in his sermons.

Yet in this politically-correct environment, we dare not make any suggestion about the race of the shooter…

Yet if Goforth had somehow come out the survivor in this encounter, their respective races would be rammed down our throats to stoke white guilt and black grievance.

On tips from Bill T, Anne, Wiggins, and Byron.

Aug 29 2015

Open Thread

iran-obama-nukes

Via Phil.

Aug 29 2015

Second Annual Ferguson Games

Finally some real competition to insufferably moonbatty ESPN. Introducing BSPN:

On a tip from Lyle.

Aug 29 2015

Argentina

Those who do not remember the past…

No country is too wealthy to be reduced to wretched poverty by liberalism.

Our rulers know what lies down the road we are on; the destination is fine with them. They will still be rich, and will be even more powerful the more poor they make us.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Aug 29 2015

George Monbiot Eats Roadkill on Live TV

George Monbiot, whose name is said to be the source of the word “moonbat,” must be finding it harder to keep that name in the news these days. The current total saturation of society with looney tunes leftism has seemingly forced him to resort to carnival act tactics to draw attention to himself. He recently cooked and ate roadkill on live TV.

In case you are wondering how eating dead squirrels found by the side of the road advances leftist ideology, Moonbat wrote a brutally long piece in The Guardian to explain. It rambles around incoherently for a while, denounces the raising of livestock, and finally concludes:

Perhaps if we engaged more with the natural world and developed a better understanding of our evolutionary history and our psychological place within it, we might spend more time thinking about what we eat. In doing so, I believe, we would enrich our lives, as well as the life of the more-than-human world. To seek enlightenment, about ourselves and the world around us: this is what makes a life worth living.

If you think life isn’t worth living, maybe you should try eating some roadkill. Then you’ll appreciate life more the next time you eat food that is denounced by moonbats but is fit for consumption by sane people.

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George Moonbat chows down on roadkill.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

Aug 28 2015

Open Thread

fire-boehner

Via Glen T.

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