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Dec 27 2013

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On a tip from TED.



  • Bob Roberts

    A&E chose sense over nonsense – GLAAD is screaming bloody murder & trying to play the race card, too.

  • Bob Roberts

    A&E come to their senses – has their ducks back in a row again.

    GLAAD has their panties in a twist over common sense resolution of tempest in a teapot.

    So GLAAD plays the race card to try and make more trouble.

    GLAAD responds: “Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists.

    Problem is he never compared anyone to terrorists. He simply pointed out that many choose sin, gays among them. THEY are the ones doing the comparing.

  • Bob Roberts

    The stock market crash will start not with a bang but with a twitter, perhaps.

    Hopefully this isn’t the stock that will start it – but the markets are way overvalued and the government has been propping them up – when they fall the dollar will take a HUGE hit and so will the taxpayers.

  • Bob Roberts

    One of Bieber’s boyfriends got a bit too anxious during the show.

    Fragrant Pervert Masturbates In Bieber Movie

    He’s a hispanic, go figure. Illegal to boot?

  • Bob Roberts

    Apparently ‘global warming’ isn’t having the promised extreme negative effects.

    ‘Least extreme U.S. weather year ever?’ 2013 shatters the record for fewest U.S. tornadoes — 15% lower than previous record — 2013 also had the fewest U.S. forest fires since 1984

    Apparently global warming is good? Who knew?

    (I did!)

  • Bob Roberts

    19 year old Moonbat demonstrates his disapproval of A&E decision to re-hire Robertson.

    Well… that COULD be his reasoning – we just don’t know yet.

  • Bob Roberts

    The short answer – YES

    I’ve taken photos of various things where the eyes are visible and, in the eyes, even without photo enhancement tools that are available but not widely available, you can see various aspects of the scene, including me, in the reflection in the eyes as this article mentions.

  • jc14

    Have always thought Mr. Clemens was one of the wittier people who’ve ever lived. Proves it, yet again.
    My favorite: “It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it a hundred times.”

  • Bo Jangles

    “The bigger the lie the more people will believe it…” — Adolf Hitler

  • Anonymous

    Yes indeed… the great Mark Twain was a ready wit and a phenomenal writer.

    An anecdote for those who like him:

    Mar Twain once was invited to the Opera by a rich and chatty S. Francisco socialite lady. She wouldn’t stop talking during the whole performance.

    As they were walking out of the House, the lady turns to Twain: “Next week is the premiere of Carmen and I’ve got tickets, would you like to join me Mr. Clemens?”

    “I’d love to” said Twain, “I never heard you in Carmen!”

  • Bob Roberts

    They readily exposed this fraud “scientist”, why not those who were behind the AGW hoax?

    Of course, I know the answer. This one no longer generated significant funds, while the lies about AGW still do, at least in some circles.

    Anyway, this is the answer to the question, “But why would anyone lie about climate?” For the money, billions of dollars, much more than this guy got:

    An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.
    Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit serum produced disease-fighting antibodies, officials said.
    The bogus findings helped Han’s team obtain $19 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, said James Bradac, who oversees the institutes’ AIDS research.

    Alexis Valdez Charged With Decapitating Man In NW Side Apartment

    What sort of mother names her son Alexis? An illegal immigrant mom?

    In any case, banning guns wouldn’t save this guy – it appears young Alexis dispatched him without using a gun.

    The dead guy? 41-year-old Silvestre Diaz-Hernandez. Was he legal?

    In areas dominated by moonbats we never do find out. Heaven help us all if it turns out illegal aliens are responsible for a disproportionate number of crimes in areas they infest.

    Continuing our focus on the town that gave us Obama, unless you believe he really came from Hawaii…

    I got my flu shot, did you get yours?

    Nearly two dozen cases of the potentially deadly H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in the Chicago area, CBS 2 has learned.
    Finding the flu virus among patients at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood is keeping special machines working overtime right now. Seven patients at Loyola tested positive for Influenza A on Christmas Eve. Five of them had the H1N1 strain known as swine flu.
    They’ve detected a sudden burst of the 2009 swine flu spreading right here in the Chicago area. Microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger says last week alone, 21 patients tested positive for Influenza A. All but one of those cases were the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.
    “We don’t know why it’s emerging,” Schreckenberger says.
    He says people may have gotten a false sense of security over the last couple of flu seasons, which were comparatively mild.

    And here’s a story that won’t surprise most if not all.

    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters did not go to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to press pool reports. The Obamas are in Kailua, Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation.

    Don’t know about MOOchelle or the kids, but Barry was too busy golfing.

    Over the hill!

    She doesn’t look a day over 60!

    Doesn’t look like another case of “justice for Treyvon” – just an unruly black mob, arranged by social media.

    Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday.
    More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole cheap items such as baby balloons and beat up security guards at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., merchants said.
    A violent game of “Knockout” also broke out on the upper level of the mall — and one teen may have been carrying a gun, sources said.
    The teens used social media to plan the mass looting, vowing to put the mall “on tilt” – or to raid it, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter.
    Clerks, who scrambled to close up their shops, said they were terrified.
    “I’ve been here seven years and I have never seen anything like this before — I’m so scared. I know they will come back,” said Abu Taleb,31, a clerk at Candy Plaza 2.

    Too bad NYC is a gun-free zone – didn’t stop the one kid, if not more.

  • Bob Roberts

    Eric Holder continues his blatantly racist term at the DOJ

    The DOJ has been downplaying the knockout game as long as it’s been blacks attacking white elderly people, women or children.

    But now that a white guy did it… suddenly it’s a hate crime! He was the wrong color & chose the wrong color victim. Countless blacks have attacked whites and… nothing. Now 1 white guy attacks a black and hey, it’s a hate crime!

    The Justice Department’s decision to charge a white man with a federal hate crime for a “knockout game”-style attack against a black victim has raised questions about why the administration waited until now to speak up on cases that, for months, largely have involved white victims.

  • Bob Roberts

    Saudis lament, ‘we have been stabbed in the back by Obama’ – my response??? GET IN LINE, you’re far from the first.

    Too often, Obama’s speeches and actions don’t match.

    “We are glad the Americans are here,” said Ahmed al-Ibrahim, an adviser to some of Saudi Arabia’s royals and officials, when I met with him recently, “but we fear that the president has lost credibility after Syria.”

    The Saudi official is referring to Obama’s “red line” vow of military action if the Syrian dictator Bashir Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Assad did and Obama didn’t. Saudi officials were stunned.

    Next came the revelation earlier this year that Obama was secretly negotiating with Iran, the mortal enemy of both Israel and Saudi Arabia. Officials in both nations have told me that they simply don’t believe that the president can sweet-talk the mullahs out of the weapons they have coveted for years.

    “The bond of trust between America and Saudi Arabia has been broken in the Obama years,” al-Ibrahim said. “We feel we have been stabbed in the back by Obama.”

    “Every time that Obama had to choose between his enemies and his friends, he always chose his enemies,” he said. “We don’t know what he’s putting in his tea.”

    Chicago mulls an anti-green tax.

    Bikes are green, tax bikes you’re anti-green. Seriously, what will the moonbats come up with next, I’m afraid to ask!

    A city councilwoman’s recent proposal to institute a $25 annual cycling tax set off a lively debate that eventually sputtered out after the city responded with a collective “Say what?” A number of gruff voices spoke in favor, feeding off motorists’ antagonism toward what they deride as stop sign-running freeloaders. Bike-friendly bloggers retorted that maybe pedestrians ought to be charged a shoe tax to use the sidewalks.

    “There’d be special bike cops pulling people over? Or cameras? What do you do (to enforce this)?” asked Mike Salvatore, owner of Heritage Bicycles, a new Chicago hangout that neatly blends a lively cafe with a custom bike-building workshop in a 19th-century building.

    Chicago is by no means the only place across the U.S. tempted to see bicyclists as a possible new source of revenue, only to run into questions of fairness and enforceability. That is testing the vision of city leaders who are transforming urban expanses with bike lanes and other amenities in a quest for relevance, vitality and livability – with never enough funds.

    Two or three states consider legislation each year for some type of cycling registration and tax – complete with decals or mini-license plates, National Conference of State Legislatures policy specialist Douglas Shinkle said. This year, it was Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Vermont. The Oregon legislation, which failed, would even have applied to children.

    Bloomberg Says Administration ‘Literally’ Saved 9,200 Lives

    Say what?

    “The crime reductions the NYPD has driven over the past 12 years have defied the odds and far outpaced the rest of the nation. Twelve years ago, no one thought New York City’s crime rate could go any lower. But then it did,” said Mr. Bloomberg, rattling off statistics to support his claim, including “the most important measure of public safety”: less than 340 murders logged so far this year.

    “If you compare this decade to the previous eras’ murder rates, we can literally say that we have saved more than 9,200 lives in the last 12 years,” the mayor added.

    You got to be kidding me!

    They swore this day would never come. Here it is!

    Obama’s ‘dream act’ convinced him to cross illegally – and of course he needed a grub stake to get started here!

    The U.S. Border Patrol earlier this month arrested a 12-year-old illegal immigrant smuggling 80 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into Texas, reigniting a debate over controversial comments made by a Republican congressman earlier this year about children’s involvement in the cross-border drug trade.

    Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has called for a crackdown on illegal immigration, had said there were more young illegal immigrants smuggling drugs than there were ones who were valedictorians of their classes in U.S. high schools.

    In the Texas incident earlier this month, Border Patrol agents arrested six Mexicans — two adults, two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and the 12-year-old — smuggling more than 300 pounds of marijuana.

    “They were carrying the marijuana on their backs and when arrested it was discovered that the 12-year-old boy had the heaviest load at 80 pounds,” the Border Patrol said in a statement describing the arrest.

  • DJ

    A SUPERB SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA.

    (Mychal Massie [black conservative] is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles)

    The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn’t like the Obama’s. Specifically I was asked: “I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama’s? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture.”

    The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I’ve made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don’t like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

    I don’t hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama’s raw contempt for white America is transpicuous.

    I don’t like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress.

    I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President, and a love of our country and her citizens, from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people. The Reagan’s made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish.

    His arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

    Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama’s have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

    I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to now being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that Mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world. Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do that.

    I have a saying, that “the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide.” No president in history has spent over a million dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

    And what the two of them have shared has been proven to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother’s death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father’s military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address.

    He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today. He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel.

    His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement – as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

    I don’t like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

    Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

    I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

    As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, “Nero In The White House” – “Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader.

    He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequaled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood.

    Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America ‘s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.

  • ThisObamaNation

    Here is another strange proverb to contemplate.

    “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

    While You Were Getting Ready For The Holidays, The House And The Senate Were Working Under The Cover Of Darkness To Strip American Citizens Of ALL Of Their Constitutional Rights!!!

    From Prison Planet…
    Cruz Warns: 2014 NDAA Still Gives Obama ‘Indefinite Detention Without Due Process’ Powers
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/cruz-warns-2014-ndaa-still-lets-obama-indefinitely-detain-u-s-citizens-without-due-process.html

    From Before It’s News…
    Senate Rammed NDAA 2014 Thru at Lightning Speed!
    …Allows Obama to Assassinate Christians Without Trial
    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/12/wake-up-huge-government-distraction-going-on-now-police-state-new-ndaa-in-process-while-we-worry-about-duck-dynasty-and-christmas-2854164.html

    Posted On CommieBlaster.Com…
    315 House Rep. Traitors Who Voted for Illegal Indefinite Arrest of Americans Without Trial, Lawyer, Charges
    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll244.xml

  • Fiberal

    Obamacare levies a number of new taxes, including taxes on rental property, insurance payments (DUCK DYNASTY IS BACK!!!) and royalties, and other “unearned income”.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/12/27/new-obamacare-tax-family-business-life-insurance-income

    This, added to a $100 -$500 a year Obamacare tax for the privilege of being coerced to use Obamacare. (A&E CAVES!!!!)

    These, as all other taxes will unfortunately be gulped down with little (DUCK RE-RUNS!!!!)fanfare or objection by the taxpayer. (12 HOURS OF RE-RUNS; RECORD ‘EM!!!)

    I’m not certain that even if American taxpayers understood how (YOU GO PHIL BABY–YEAH!!–TELEVISION AND DUCKS!!!!) impoverishing taxes are in the first place, these new taxes would raise (THE DYNASTY IS BACK!!!!—LIFE IS WORTH LIVING AGAIN!!!!) an eyebrow.

    But taxes are impoverishing. The key to wealth is both a consistent income (THEY CAN’T QUIET US NOW!!!) and an income (PHIL DIDN’T MISS ANY FILMING DURING THE HIATUS!!!) that provides at lease a small, some kind of margin above expenses (disposable income). (PHIL ROBERTSON IS BACK, EVERYBODY!!!)

    What the taxpaying robot fails to recognize is that taxation (MORE TELEVISION!!!!) for most (AND SPORTS TALK NEXT!!!– ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!!!) people removes that margin and thereby prevents the accumulation (BEVERLEY HILLBILLIES YESTERDAY; DUCK DYNASTY TODAY!!!!) of wealth.

    And yes, liberals work around the clock to impose more and more (DUCKS!!!) taxes. But hey, at least we’ve got the DUCK!!!!

    (…Come and listen to my story bout a man named Phil… —as Homer Simpson said: EXCELLENT!!!)

  • Jodie

    Fiberal,

    You assume that we cannot think of more than one thing at a time. There are lots of worthy causes out there and many of us are studying them, addressing them, talking about them, and writing about them for hours at a time. Some of us give money to help our causes daily.

    If we are vigilant in one battle, it does not mean that we are not fighting for other good causes at the same time.

  • born in 76

    More TSA commonsense on display.

    “””TSA confiscates photographer’s blower because it could be filled with gunpowder and used as a missile””

    http://boingboing.net/2013/12/22/tsa-confiscates-photographer.html

  • Ever wonder why Anderson Cooper is the way he is?

    (Warning: what has been seen cannot be unseen…)

  • DJ

    Obama Against Inequality, For Policies That Raise Inequality

    Why did billionaires help fund Barack Obama’s election and reelection? He favors policies that will make them richer. Mickey Kaus dissects arguments that Obama and others on the Left make about growing inequality.

    The argument is that as inequality grows it becomes harder to climb the ladder because the rungs are further apart. The problem, for this argument, is that declining mobility is also what you would expect if the meritocracy were working perfectly, without race or class prejudice (and inequality were stable or even shrinking). In a meritocracy, after all, the best rise to the top, the least talented and industrious wind up at the bottom. At some point, after a number of decades, maybe most of the talented will be at the top and the untalented at the bottom! Or at least, once the meritocratic centrifuge has sorted everyone out, there won’t be that many talented people at the bottom to rise in heartening success stories (and those stories that do turn up will mainly involve immigrants).

    Meanwhile, Greg Cochran and Henry Harpending have a draft of a paper about assortative mating and creation of genetic castes and how fast it can happen. How much of the rising inequality is due to assortative mating versus the rise in the value of brains versus a trend toward winner-take-all in economic competitions?

    My advice: do not wait to find out the answer. Find ways to get yourself some economic mobility in an upward direction. You especially need to do that if the lower classes in your area are dangerous.

    By Randall Parker at 2013 December 24

    http://www.parapundit.com/archives/009344.html

  • DJ

    Major Minnesota Democratic Party leader brutally beaten in racial mob attack. Media censors.

    63 year old Mark Andrew is the latest white man to be attacked and brutally beaten by a mob of young blacks in Minneapolis. The perps are one male and two females. The two females were arrested.

    Andrew was beaten in the head with a club.

    read more>>

    http://topconservativenews.com/2013/12/major-minnesota-democrat-party-leader-brutally-beaten-in-racial-mob-attack-media-censors/

  • DJ
  • Fiberal

    Jodie,

    Where do you get this Lindbergh stuff?

    (Charles Lindbergh flew alone)

  • Fiberal

    Charles Krauthammer succinctly clarifies the impact of at 20 new taxes to hit in 2014-15:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/12/26/krauthammer_vs_juan_williams_on_obamacare_confusion.html

    …even with the somewhat tacit agreement of Juan Juilliams, himself in-part responsible for BOcare taxation as an indirect consequence of continually brushing the dog-do, blood and stupidity off his president master’s tennis shoes.

  • Michael Westendorf
  • sTevo

    I don’t think anybody has been fooled.

    It’s just that over half the voting population cast their votes for other people stuff.

  • Rotohammer
  • Bob Roberts

    I’m no fan of moonbats, and I suspect she is one, but
    this potentially shows that even some mooonbats are right on some subjects, some of the time.

    Here are a couple things she’s complaining about that she’s gotten right:

    The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead.

    One moment she’s praising pop star Rihanna (“a true artist”), then blasting ObamaCare (“a monstrosity,” though she voted for the president), global warming (“a religious dogma”), and the idea that all gay people are born gay (“the biggest canard,” yet she herself is a lesbian).

    But no subject gets her going more than when I ask if she really sees a connection between society’s attempts to paper over the biological distinction between men and women and the collapse of Western civilization.

    She starts by pointing to the diminished status of military service. “The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster,” she says. “These people don’t think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.”

    The results, she says, can be seen in everything from the dysfunction in Washington (where politicians “lack practical skills of analysis and construction”) to what women wear. “So many women don’t realize how vulnerable they are by what they’re doing on the street,” she says, referring to women who wear sexy clothes.

    MY OPINION: Yeah, she’s a bit of a moonbat herself, but she’s right on several points nonetheless.

  • Fiberal

    Maybe its true that conservatives should not be critical of republicans or conservatives or even Americans, I don’t know.

    But this list should remind everyone just what Americans have done to their country, how conservatives stood by and let it happen, and why now any happy talk about the future of America is just pure 100% crap:

    http://politicsandfinance.blogspot.com/2013/12/you-wont-believe-these-2013-statistics.html

    These stats put to rest even the slightest bit of hope for what was once America.

  • Fiberal

    Talk about stuck on stupid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyA7ia006vk

    Global Warming Confirmationists get stuck in the ice trying to find evidence for global warming.

    Chinese rescue ship gets stuck.

    French rescue ship on the way to getting stuck.

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