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Dec 14 2014

Bill Whittle: The New Barbarism

Bill Whittle sums up progressivism (a.k.a. liberalism, moonbattery) nicely:

“Progressivism is a philosophy of lawlessness, disregard for truth, [and] contempt for individual lives and individual freedom. It is utter, total barbarism.”

The contrived spectacle in Ferguson, Al Sharpton’s career, and lies told by the odious Lena Dunham are all illustrative:

Kudos to Whittle for using the word “evil” to describe Obama and Holder. No other word will do.

Via Truth Revolt. On a tip from G. Fox. Hat tip: Juliet Schwartz-Martinez

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Dec 13 2014

Open Thread

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Via Freaking News, on a tip from TED.

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Dec 13 2014

Grade School Shuns Santa in Cambridge

The War on Christmas works like a ratchet. Each year liberals manage to eliminate just a little more of it, knowing that every manger scene, Christmas tree, or Santa appearance banned is a step closer to erasing the holiday altogether. All it takes is one complaint to tighten the ratchet another notch. From Cambridge, Massachusetts:

When Merline Sylvain-Williams went to her daughter’s holiday concert Friday, she knew something was missing. The music was great, as always, and the children were adorable. But a certain jolly, bearded figure was nowhere to be seen. Ho, ho, hmm.

Santa Claus, a festive fixture at the Peabody School’s concert in past years, was absent this time around, an apparent victim of a single complaint about whether he belongs in a public school.

Why wouldn’t he belong? Because Santa means “saint” and it has been a top goal of progressives for well over a century now to eradicate Christianity, which acknowledges a higher moral authority than coercive Big Government.

Parents were disappointed on behalf of their first to fourth grade children, but in a place like Cambridge reporters probably didn’t have to look long to find a moonbat:

Another mother, Salina Frazier, said it made sense to have Santa skip the show, given the diversity of the school.

Yet again we see that multiculturalism is a euphemism for repressing our own culture. I wonder if Salina is the one who dropped a dime on Santa and turned him in to the Thought Police.

Remember watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas as a kid? Did you ever imagine that in real life the Grinch might end up winning?

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On a tip from JD.

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Dec 13 2014

Liberal Elite Fashion: X-Rated Crucifix

Liberal elitists are fond of making sanctimonious demands that we respect the cultures and beliefs of others. It doesn’t occur to them that this respect must start at home:

The “Penis Pendant Necklace” is now available for purchase from designer Tom Ford.

According to Elle, Ford surprised the fashion world in June with his design, which features a penis and two testicles in the shape of a crucifix. Fashion editors and aficionados were quick to embrace the design, calling it “smarter than it looks” and an homage to ancient Roman phallic art.

We little people are only disgusted because we can’t grasp the sophisticated nuance.

If you really need to see it, here is what our opponents in the Culture War have to offer.

On tips from Artfldgr and Stormfax.

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Dec 13 2014

McCain Denounces America for Interrogating Terrorists and Even for Bombing Nazis

Only one moonbat could top Rep Jackie Speier (D-CA), who responded to Dianne Feinstein’s irresponsible “torture” report by demanding that the CIA apologize to Muslim terrorists. I refer of course to the most outrageously awful presidential candidate fielded by the Republican Party within living memory, Senator John McCain.

Watch in horror as he sides with America’s enemies both internal and external, then from atop his high horse turns the moonbattery dial up to 11 by proclaiming that the USA is iniquitous not only for interrogating terrorists, but also for bombing the put-upon Nazis during World War II:

Redemption can work in reverse. Those who have behaved contemptibly can redeem themselves with acts of heroism. Conversely, being a hero in a previous war need not prevent someone from behaving treacherously in the current war, as McCain illustrates. Conflating waterboarding with torture (which involves intense pain and mutilation) delivers powerful propaganda into the hands of our enemies, and justifies the torture of captured Americans.

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Dec 12 2014

Open Thread

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Via Young Conservatives.

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Dec 12 2014

Obama’s Affordable Golf Ball Act

Given his obsession with playing golf while others work long hours to support his bloated welfare state, it is only a matter of time until Obama applies the principles of ObamaCare to golf balls:

On a tip from The Only Other Conservative in Seattle.

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Dec 12 2014

Democrat Representative Jackie Speier Calls on CIA to Apologize to Islamic Terrorists

September 11

Let’s hope that terrorists looking for inspiration to help them get their nerve up for the next 9/11 don’t find Dianne Feinstein’s bogus “torture” report as compelling as congresscretin Jackie Speier (D-CA):

In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Speier reacted to the release of the [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence]’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation program by saying America’s clandestine services agency should issue a formal apology for the practice.

“Every single page had something in the executive summary that shocked me,” the California Democrat said. “Whether it was the rehydration anally or keeping them sleep deprived for one-hundred and eighty hours with their hands over their head in shackles. That is not what this country is about and we have got to shut this down.”

When asked if the CIA should issue an apology, Speier replied “Absolutely.”

That is, the people who prevented Islamic terrorists from carrying out a follow-up 9/11 should apologize to the terrorists for doing their job.

Here’s your apology, you Devil-worshiping savages:

On tips from Bill T.

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Dec 12 2014

How North Korea Deals With the Disabled

If you want to know what government-dominated healthcare will be like when statists are able to take it to its ultimate extreme, have a look at the country that has taken statism itself to the ultimate extreme — North Korea:

North Korea is systematically “cleansing” its population by making those with mental or physical disabilities disappear, a defector has claimed.

Ji Seong-ho … who is researching a book on the plight of North Korea’s disabled, said babies with disabilities are taken away by hospital staff, never to be seen again. He added that children with developmental difficulties are neglected until they die.

“The regime proclaims: ‘There are no people with disabilities under the Kims’ rule’ and ‘everyone is equal and living well’,” he said. “And while that propaganda is going on disabled children are being taken away, suffering indescribable things and dying.”

You want equality, right? That means holding everyone who is not part of the ruling oligarchy at the lowest common denominator. The only egalitarian alternative to letting the disabled die would be making everyone disabled.

A United Nations commission said in February that it had heard allegations that medical experiments are performed in “closed hospitals” on “persons with disabilities”. …

In a separate study, conducted in 2013 by the Citizens’ Alliance on North Korean Human Rights, some 40 per cent of defectors said they believed that infants with disabilities are killed or abandoned and 43 per cent claimed to know of “an island” on which the disabled are forced to live.

One of the defectors told of a hospital where disabled people are sent “for medical tests, such as dissection of body parts, as well as tests of biological and chemical weapons.”

We mostly have to rely on rumor and hearsay, since the Party completely controls the media (like the USA minus Fox News), but it seems obvious that North Korea is not the place to be for those with persistent medical needs.

But at least healthcare is free.

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Statism = darkness.

On a tip from Jester.

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Dec 12 2014

FDNY Lowers Physical Standards to Promote Diversity at the Expense of Public Safety

In a totalitarian society, nothing matters except the officially correct ideology — not even public safety, as the New York Fire Department confirms:

The Fire Department has stopped requiring probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired — a move that critics derided as a lowering of standards.

Why would a fire department deliberately lower standards? Don’t they know lives are at stake? Here’s why:

The move by first-year Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, which allows probies to fail components of the Functional Skills Training test but still graduate from the Fire Academy, comes amid criticism of the department’s low hiring rate of women.

Suspicions that Nigro was made commissioner because someone thought his name would help fill a quota could not be confirmed.

While 95 percent of men pass the FDNY’s demanding physical test, only 57 percent of women manage to get through.

If you aren’t light enough for a girl to carry, try not to get stuck in any burning buildings in New York.

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Nigro may be white, but at least he plays ball with moonbats.

On a tip from Wiggins. Hat tip: Young Conservatives.

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Dec 12 2014

Anti-KKK Artwork Sanctimoniously Banned for Reminding Morons of the KKK

Rule by hysterical, ideologically deranged mob was not much fun during the Salem Witch Trials or the French Reign of Terror. The same goes for the contemporary American college campus, where the mob is in full fury over anti-KKK artwork because it reminds them of the KKK:

University of Iowa (UI) students, faculty, and administrators are speaking out in support of the censorship of a statue created and displayed on campus by visiting professor Serhat Tanyolacar that they say constitutes “hate speech.” Tanyolacar’s piece comprised a seven foot tall sculpture of a Ku Klux Klan member whose robes are crafted from newspaper articles about racial violence. Many members of the UI community, however, ignored the intended anti-racist message of the piece and instead demanded that the university take action against what they perceive as a racist display—and the university is complying.

That’s how desperate collegiate liberals are to find something politically incorrect to ban.

Tanyolacar erected the statue last week on an area of campus called the Pentacrest with hopes to “facilitate a dialogue with a community on a college campus,” responding to the controversy over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But students judged the piece to be racist and offensive, and within hours, university police instructed Tanyolacar to take his piece down.

Tanyolackey must have already known that on a college campus, to “facilitate a dialogue” means to scream leftist dogma — which is exactly what his “artwork” does. No other communication is allowed. But he was likely surprised to discover that not even his inflammatory and cartoonishly obvious left-wing propaganda is safe from liberal censorship in a realm where everything must be dumbed down to the comprehension level of students who are there to fulfill quotas and take remedial reading classes.

Like all totalitarian movements, political correctness has predictably degenerated into eating its own. It has also degenerated into self-parody:

Echoing the sentiment of a growing group of “Hawkeyes” who have voiced concern, if not outrage, over a Ku Klux Klan effigy that sat for nearly four hours Friday on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, President Sally Mason has called the campus response “not adequate.”

“Nor did that response occur soon enough,” Mason said in a message sent Sunday to the university community. “For failing to meet our goal of providing a respectful, all-inclusive, educational environment, the university apologizes.”

Four whole hours passed before educrats censored the inadvertent thought crime. Not to worry, they will make amends by doubling down on authoritarian moonbattery.

Mason … said in her message that she plans to meet with concerned students Wednesday to “prepare a detailed plan of action” that will include input from those affected by the incident. The plan will look at how the university can “better meet its responsibility to ensure that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are respected and safe.”

How can they feel respected and safe when at any moment the goofy statue might have sprung to life, shouting the unspeakable N-word and brandishing a rope?

Mason also shared plans to move quickly in forming a committee of students and community members to advise her on options for strengthening cultural competency training and reviewing implicit bias training.

You know what that means:

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The professor responsible — who explicitly intended the statue as a means to rub America’s nose in the muck of neurotic race guilt in accordance with liberal ideology — has been forced by the comical obtuseness of certain students to issue an apology.

“I sincerely apologize for the pain and suffering I caused to the African American community on Friday,” he said. “I am hoping that I will be able to be forgiven for the pain I have caused with my sculpture.”

He isn’t the only one groveling before the mob:

Nic Arp, director of strategic communications for the college, removed those initial social media posts [that promoted the statue] and issued an apology for promoting the art…

“I very sincerely apologize for my insensitivity and for contributing to people’s very real and understandable pain,” Arp wrote on Twitter. “I have learned a lot about how my own privilege and culture bias informed my own initial reaction to it.”

Get off your knees, you gutless caitiffs.

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The thought crime.

On a tip from Jester.

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Dec 12 2014

Born Gay Dogma and the Freedom to Recognize Factual Reality

Is there still room for scientific reality in a society thoroughly dominated by leftist ideology? We’ll know the answer is no if militant deviants are able to shut down a billboard in Richmond pointing out that no one is born homosexual:

Paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays — an organization aimed at helping so-called “ex-gays” gain acceptance — the ad features a picture of male twins and reads, “Identical twins. One gay. One not. We believe twins research studies show nobody is born gay.”

Liberals know perfectly well that orienting your identity around indulging in unnatural and exceedingly unhealthy sexual inclinations is not a matter of immutable biological fate, or they would not go to such trouble to recruit homosexuals by glamorizing perversion in the schools and media they control. For Democrats, this is a way of converting white people into members of a reliably supportive voting bloc. You can’t turn whites into blacks, but if you start when they are young you can turn them into gays — some of them, anyway.

“Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay,” [Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX] said, according to WVUE-TV. “Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. No one is born gay.”

Technically speaking, identical twins are not really genetically identical. But they come close enough to make a powerful argument that our sexual behavior is a matter of choice.

Griggs went on in her statement to say that “change is possible” and that people deserve to know the truth about same-sex attraction, claiming that her organization seeks to help people “seeking positive life change.”

The characteristically thuggish and irrational response from the left:

[T]he leader of Rosby, a group that offers resources to gay youths, said that the billboard is simply unacceptable in the modern era.

“I am shocked and really disappointed that at the end of 2014, we have a billboard in the middle of our city that says that kind of hate,” Beth Panilaitis, the organization’s executive director, told WVUE-TV.

In other words, shut up or we will hit you with the “hate” club.

If Griggs et al. hate anything, it is the sin, not the sinner. Their mission is not to hurt people but to help them. But that is irrelevant, because like “racist,” “hate” is no longer a word; it is a cudgel. If it were still a word, it would convey meaning.

If they can use their “hate” weapon to shut down Parents and Friends, what is to stop them from using it to ban the Bible?

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Science as thought crime.

On a tip from Troy.

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Dec 12 2014

Disability: It’s Not Just for the Disabled Anymore

How is Obama able to keep the official unemployment rate relatively low, even while inflicting crippling damage on the economy that steadily drives down the labor participation rate? Here’s how:

How much is the Social Security Disability program cutting into workforce participation? That’s a question examined in a piece from Moody’s Analytics, asking whether disability benefits are driving Americans away from seeking employment.

There are 237,000 Alabamians on federal disability, more than 6 percent of the population. …

Nationwide, nearly 10 million Americans, or about 3 percent of the population, are enrolled in the Social Security disability program.

The Moody’s piece mentions that a growing percentage of prime-aged workers are reporting that they aren’t in the labor force because of disability.

But while the amount of money in benefits being paid out increases, there does not appear to be a rise in the frequency of medical conditions that would explain its growth.

What explains the growth is that under liberal rule, it is ever easier to claim disability, and ever harder to find a job.

This exceedingly morbid trend will continue until either liberalism is overthrown, or America dies of it.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

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Dec 11 2014

Open Thread

Enemies-Within

Compliments of Stormfax.

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Dec 11 2014

Trey Gowdy Pulls the Wings Off an Insect

See how humble our liberal elite overlords become when their contempt for us has been exposed, compelling their comrades to throw them under the bus. Jonathan Gruber is unlikely to give back the $millions he was paid at our expense to help sell us lies and destroy our healthcare system, but at least we get to watch Trey Gowdy treat him to a public bullwhipping:

On a tip from Bill T.

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Dec 11 2014

Protester Stumped

This is rare — a brief burst of honesty from one of the malevolent idiots that leftists have mobilized for the Michael Brown/Eric Garner spectacle:

On a tip from Petterssonp.

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Dec 11 2014

Cynthia Lummis to Obamunists: Get Over Your Damn Glibness

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) shares her first-hand knowledge of how the federal seizure of control over health insurance endangers lives, and offers advice to the condescending liberal elitists who have imposed ObamaCare: “Get over your damn glibness.”

On a tip from Bill T.

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Dec 11 2014

Religion of Peace Update

Given that 90% of what we are presented with as news consists of contrived dog and pony shows, it is easy to lose track of serious issues like the resurgence of Islam. Another update:

A ground-breaking study has revealed that a shocking 664 jihadi attacks were carried out around the world in November alone, resulting in the deaths of more than 5,000 people.

The deadly toll of militant-related violence was equivalent to one attack and seven deaths every hour – or three attacks on the scale of the July 21, 2005, bombings in London every day for a month. …

IS, now the most notorious Islamist terror group, has carried out beheadings, crucifixions and massacres while capturing huge swathes of Iraq and Syria as it rules its seized territory with an iron fist.

This was enabled by Obama’s premature withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. The Moonbat Messiah has overdelivered on his promise to “stand with the Muslims.”

The majority of those killed were citizens (2,080), followed closely by a large number of military personnel (1,723), as the jihadists tried to undermine and topple countries. Of the 83 politicians or officials murdered, half were in Afghanistan and Somalia.

Some 935 jihadists also died – including radicalised British Muslims fighting for IS – incorporating 38 suicide bombers who were responsible for slaughtering 650 innocent people.

As for Obama’s claim to have resolved the Islam issue by belatedly giving the word to take out Osama bin Laden, Peter Neumann of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation notes that

‘Sixty per cent of jihadist deaths were caused by groups that have no formal association with al Qaeda. The overall picture is that of an increasingly ambitious, complex, sophisticated and far-reaching movement.

‘It seems obvious that the jihadist movement – which, only three years ago, everyone expected to be in a state of terminal decline – are stronger than ever, and that countering them will be a generational challenge.’

Countering them when the current US government is effectively on the side of the terrorists — as confirmed by Senate Democrats’ outrageous “torture” report characterizing the USA as the bad guys — will be an even greater challenge. Expect Muslim violence to climb even higher and to claim more American lives as the malevolent (not to mention misleading) report inevitably inspires further terrorism.

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Click for full size.

On tips from Don M and Ben S. Graphic compliments of Bryan B.

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Dec 11 2014

Greenpeace Vandalizes Ancient Inca Monument

Remember when Islamic savages in Afghanistan destroyed massive Buddhist statues that had been standing since the 3rd century in the name of their warped, totalitarian ideology? The tragic act of cultural vandalism seems to have inspired Greenpeace:

Greenpeace activists are facing legal retribution from the government of Peru for trespassing on ancient Inca land and potentially damaging an aerial hummingbird monument believed to be between 1,500-2,000 years old.

The activists placed a sign reading “Time for Change! The Future is Renewable – Greenpeace” next to the hummingbird design that is part of a larger archaeological treasure known as the Nazca lines. As the BBC notes, the lines, a designated Unesco World Heritage Site, are extremely fragile due to their age and the material with which they were built.

Speaking to local radio, Peruvian Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo confirmed that the nation will file charges against Greenpeace for “attacking archaeological monuments.” While the hummingbird figure is still intact, Castillo noted that “now we have an additional figure created by the footsteps of these people” that takes away from the beauty of the original artwork. “And the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognised of all,” he added. “It’s a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred.”

Too bad. Thou shalt have no gods before enviromoonbattery!

The Guardian notes that Peru was chosen for this operation because it is currently hosting the UN’s global climate summit. The government of Peru is not especially at odds with environmentalism– Castillo went so far as to note that Peru has “nothing in particular against Greenpeace”– and Greenpeace has said the activists are pleading guilty to trespass, so as to avoid felony charges.

Maybe the ecovandals would like to try spray-painting their fatuous slogans on the Great Wall of China to see whether they can avoid felony charges there.

Once again moonbats are engaging in the leftist tactic of “culture jamming.” A definition:

An act of vandalism carried out by uneducated but highly indoctrinated activists, who act out from egregious misunderstandings of capitalism taught to them by college professors who dreamt up their ideology with the aid of hallucinogenics and other mind altering substances in the late 1960s.

It is also an act of increativity, since the culture jammer is freed from having to create something original of their own, and instead barnacles their messaging onto an existing work of art, mass media, or communication.

Damaging the ancient monument is emblematic of enviromoonbats’ contempt for human achievement.

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Striking a blow for antihuman B.S.

On tips from Artfldgr, |, and Richard P.

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Dec 11 2014

Barack Obama Tries His Hand at Biblical Scholarship

If Barry Hussein could pass himself off as a constitutional scholar, why not a biblical scholar? On Tuesday he referenced the Good Book in a pathetic attempt to justify his illegal, unconstitutional, and arguably treasonous amnesty decree:

“The good book says don’t throw stones at glass houses, or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes,” Obama said during a speech in Nashville. One problem, though: The Bible never mentions glass houses.

Most likely Barry was out back of the church with his choom when the story of Christmas was covered in Sunday school:

In addition to his biblical misquote, Obama also tied his immigration policy to the Christmas story, saying, “If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and remember what it was like to be a stranger.” This analogy drew conservative ire as opponents of the president’s immigration reform noted that Mary and Joseph were actually visiting Joseph’s ancestral home.

Too bad no one brought up the millions of Americans who will find it even harder to get work as Obama continues to flood the country with foreigners on an illegal basis, offering cash incentives to hire them rather than Americans. It would have given him the opportunity to employ another Bible verse favored by leftists:

You can’t make an omelet [or fundamentally transform a nation] without breaking some eggs.

That’s not in your Bible? Wait until the government puts out a revised version.

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So much for the Constitution. Now on to the Bible.

On a tip from Mr. Mentalo.

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