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Dec 05 2016

Open Thread


Via Strange Politics, on a tip from TED.

Dec 05 2016

The Sanctuary Campus Movement

Even former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano knows that lawlessness on college campuses is a good thing when it comes to immigration law. Illegal alien students need their safe space, after all. Maybe college should be a safe space for other laws too, like those pertaining to paying your debts, underage drinking, et cetera. Maybe colleges should also be sanctuaries from exams and parking tickets. Campus Reform asks George Washington University students how they feel about it:

Here’s an idea: abolish law enforcement of any kind on college campuses. We could withdraw the police and declare them anarchy zones. No wait… George Washington University students already thought of that.

On a tip from Byron.

Dec 05 2016

Socialized Medicine’s Priorities in Britain

One problem with Big Government taking over healthcare is that governments tend to be ideological, resulting in twisted priorities:

The cash-strapped NHS is to spend £10 million testing a controversial drug which blocks HIV infection – despite fears that it could fuel high-risk sexual behaviour. …

The decision to launch the trial involving at least 10,000 subjects – mostly gay men – comes three weeks after judges ordered NHS England to consider funding the pills. …

Should it be judged successful, the prescription of the drug will be widened at an annual cost of up to £5,000 a person – adding up to a vast total bill just as the NHS is feared to be nearing a £20 billion deficit by 2020. There are thought to be about 400,000 gay and bisexual men in the UK.

The drug blocks HIV, thus encouraging the indiscriminate sex that characterizes the gay lifestyle. This will result in the increased spread of other sexually transmitted diseases.

The main target group is gay men. One in 20 is now thought to be HIV-positive – and double that rate in London – compared to just one in 500 among the adult population at large. Among the 6,000 people diagnosed with HIV annually, over half are gay or bisexual men. Others to be prioritised include transgender individuals and sex workers.

These groups are politically favored. Babies are less so:

A simple £11 test to check for a bacteria that kills dozens of babies a year should not be rolled out across the NHS as it is not ‘cost effective’, say Government experts.

Campaigners want all pregnant women to be screened for Group B Strep (GBS) at 37 weeks, with those testing positive given antibiotics during labour to prevent transmission.

That would stop around 330 newborns developing ‘Early Onset GBS’ (EOGBS), which kills about 35 babies a year and leaves 25 or so with life-long disabilities.

But the panel stated the ‘cost effectiveness criterion’ for the programme, which would cost around £8 million annually, was ‘not met’.

Resources are limited. Government healthcare is for those with political pull. Degenerates have it; babies don’t.

On a tip from Saxon Warrior.

Dec 05 2016

Big Government Goes After Cats

In the eternal conflict between cats and rats, which side do you suppose envirofascistic Big Government would take? You guessed it:

In 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Service implemented a pest management plan designed to trap cats that the agency perceived as a threat to the Key Largo woodrat. The furry targets of this sting operation were accused of trespassing on federal land, which is a woodrat habitat, and doing what cats do best: hunt and kill rats.

Instead of focusing only on the large swaths of feral cats that pose the primary threat to the rats’ survival on the island, the Fish and Wildlife Service went overboard. Resident cat owners complained that agents set baited traps adjacent to the private property of the owners who live next to the federal park.

Then, Fish and Wildlife Service agents trapped Rocky, a pet cat to Spencer Slate, a Key Largo businessman who runs a scuba diving center. According to Slate, the traps “were all about 50 feet from [his] property” when Rocky was lured in one night. As a result, Slate said that “Rocky’s face was so bloodied by the trap’s spring-shut door that he did not recognize his pet.”

Slate discovered this after a Fish and Wildlife Service agent showed up at his business to serve him with a written citation threatening jail time for allegedly allowing Rocky to enter federal land. When delivering the citation, the agent neglected to return the captive kitten, instead depositing Rocky at an animal shelter nearly 15 miles away.

Fortunately, his citation was overturned when Slate demonstrated to a federal judge that the trap used to abduct Rocky had been set outside of federal land.

Oversized, moonbat-run government is bad for most everyone, even cats. Not rats though.

menaced cat
Menaced by Big Government.

On tips from Stormfax and Dragon’s Lair.

Dec 05 2016

Moonbats Stall Dakota Access Pipeline

An alliance of disgruntled Indians and sociopathic moonbats, united by their grudge against American civilization and by having too much time on their hands, has succeeded in delaying the Dakota Access Pipeline. Considering that oil is the economy’s lifeblood, this makes them the equivalent of a clot of fat clogging an artery.

The Army said Sunday that it will not approve an easement necessary to permit the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, marking a monumental victory for the Native American tribes and thousands of others who have flocked in recent months to protest the oil pipeline. …

Officials in November had delayed the key decision, saying more discussion was necessary about the proposed crossing, given that it would pass very near the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose leaders have repeatedly expressed fears that a spill could threaten the water supplies of its people.

Note that the pipeline does not pass through the reservation, but merely near it. That is enough pretext to prevent the precious flow of oil mainly out of spite as part of a conflict that was settled by the U.S. Cavalry in the 19th century.

The $3.8 billion pipeline, which is 92% complete, is expected to transport up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day, supporting innumerable jobs. But only if moonbats let it.

“The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency,” Energy Transfer Partners said in a statement Sunday night. The company said it remained committed to the project and would complete construction without rerouting the pipeline.

Let’s hope so. If unlawful mobs are able to indefinitely stall infrastructure projects for symbolic, ideological reasons, the country will end up falling apart.

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) is correct:

“You can’t encourage illegal behavior and then wonder why there is violence. The rule of law matters. We cannot allow lawless mobs to obstruct projects that have met all legal requirements to proceed.”

BTW, for all their phony yammering about “environmental justice,” the moonbat protesters have been trashing the countryside. Some of the protesters are wanted for assaulting a security guard. Another — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein — is subject to an arrest warrant for vandalism. Yet the media and the Obama Administration take their side.

Making a mess at the #NoDAPL moonbat shantytown.

On tips from Bodhisattva.

Dec 05 2016

Chunky Un-Barbielike Moonbat Amy Schumer to Play Barbie

No corner of our culture can be permitted to escape ruinous transfiguration by moonbattery — not even Barbie, who will be played in a live action movie by chunky left-wing comedienne Amy Schumer.

It is set in Barbieland, a world inhabited by the many different version[s] of the doll – more than 180 – whose names, personalities and professions are defined by the particular outfit they wear.

However Schumer’s Barbie – who isn’t ‘perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mould’ – is an outcast.

She then goes on an adventure in the real world, before returning to save her hometown, armed with the knowledge that real beauty is on the inside, and the key to happiness is freeing oneself from an unattainable standard of perfection.

The site claimed the film had gone through many writers and incarnations, before a funny female empowerment plot caught Schumer’s eye and she signed on.

Moonbats bark that the traditional Barbie is a thought crime for “conveying an unrealistic body image to young girls.” But ideals are unrealistic by definition; that is no reason to abolish them. Nor are they expected to apply to everyone.

Next G.I. Joe will be played by a 90-lb. weakling who drops his weapon and runs away when Cobra Commander appears, lest he convey an unrealistic imagine of manliness and courage to young boys.

Imagine if moonbattery had infected the Renaissance. Michelangelo would have sculpted David with a beer belly, so as not to convey an unrealistic body image to young men.

Eroding standards of every sort is key to the moonbat agenda. The progressive conception of equality requires it.

Barbie before and after moonbats get ahold of her.

On tips from Bodhisattva, JusttheTipHQ, and Steve T.

Dec 05 2016

Vehicle Towing Fidel Castro’s Ashes Breaks Down During Funeral Procession

Nothing could be more emblematic of communism. The Russian-made jeep carrying the ashes of dictator Fidel Castro broke down during his funeral procession and had to be pushed:


Robert Gehl encourages us not to worry:

The breakdown won’t deter the man’s march straight to hell for too long.

On a tip from Torcer.

Dec 05 2016

Kirsten Gillibrand Applies Feminist Ideology to the Military

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. She vows to block the appointment of the highly regarded James Mattis as Defense Secretary. This is consistent with her tendency to promote an ideology that is not a smooth fit with military effectiveness. Gillibrand…

cheered the Pentagon’s decision to open up all combat jobs to women last December, despite a recommendation from the Marine Corps to keep some frontline combat jobs closed to women. A comprehensive study by the service found that female members were injured twice as often as men in combat, less accurate with infantry weapons, and not as effective at removing wounded individuals from the battlefield.

In other news pertaining to the feminist agenda, a moonbat named Churan Zheng barks from atop a soapbox provided by the BBC that women should be allowed to take time off work each month due to menstruation:

I cannot stop thinking that if men had periods then menstrual leave might have been written into national constitutions from the very beginning.

It would hardly be surprising to see Gillibrand propose legislation imposing this on the armed forces.

We had better stay out of major wars if the military continues to be used as a laboratory for leftist social engineers. Fortunately, this nonsense will be constrained if moonbats like Gillibrand are unable to block the highly encouraging nomination of James Mattis.

Moonbats like Gillibrand are more of a threat to the military than foreign armies.

On tips from Bodhisattva and Ryan Hutley.

Dec 05 2016

Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela

Of the many truly bad people who ruled as communists during the 20th century, among the most malevolent was Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who reduced a wealthy country to poverty and held it there with astonishing brutality. Since his death, liberal fellow travelers have indulged in gushing displays of affection that have not been well received. If only Nelson Mandela, a top god in the liberal pantheon, were still around — as a Washington Post article indicates, he would validate their high regard for Castro:

Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.”

The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death [a week ago] last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami’s streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa’s apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold numbers of dissidents?

How? Easily. They both personified the same ideology, even if Mandela represented a more gradual, less overtly brutal means of imposing it.

Castro worked hard to spread that ideology throughout Africa, eager to see Western control — characterized by technological advancement and relative prosperity — replaced by squalid socialist dictatorships like his own.

In 1988, for instance, a deployment of 36,000 Cuban troops played a decisive role in beating back U.S.-supported South African apartheid-era forces stationed in Angola. Those battles precipitated neighboring Namibia’s independence from South Africa and reinvigorated anti-apartheid fighters at home. The United States, especially during the Reagan years, supported the apartheid government as a bulwark against communist expansion.

Characteristically, the WaPo piece is at best ambivalent regarding which side to regard as the good guys.

Castro’s troops weren’t just mercenaries for the Soviets. Castro intervened against apartheid largely out of his own convictions, not at Moscow’s bidding, historians note. …

After Castro’s death, the secretary general of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, which fought alongside the Cubans and has been in power since independence, said that Castro was his country’s Mandela.

On the left, that is high praise indeed. Nelson Mandela is more highly regarded by liberals than pretty much anyone. He placed his stamp of approval on the Cuban dictator with enthusiasm:

Mandela, upon hearing of the arrival of Cuban troops in Angola in 1975, wrote from his jail cell that “it was the first time that a country had come from another continent not to take something away, but to help Africans to achieve their freedom.” And of their Angola victory in 1988 against the regime that had imprisoned him, Mandela said it “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor and inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.”

WaPo graciously admits that authoritarian moonbattery has had the same effect in Africa as in Cuba:

Today, the many failures of Castro’s revolution at home have left it resembling many of the African countries where it intervened. Like in Cuba, one-party-rule is common across many so-called democracies, and the revolutionary ideals that Cuba helped engender decades ago have been often consumed by greed and incompetence.

These “revolutionary ideals” were not consumed by anything. They are the packaging that the greed and incompetence of authoritarian rule come wrapped in.

It was not surprising to see presidents like Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi offer solemn tributes to Castro. They, too, have inherited his penchant for brutally stifling dissent, and staying in power at all costs.

But Castro will live on in Africa as an icon of freedom and struggle. In 1998, four years after Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, Castro flew to the city of Durban and was given a hero’s welcome on the streets. He delivered a speech to a packed meeting of the African National Congress, Mandela’s party.

Once reaching the podium, it was several minutes before Castro could begin his address, as the legislature thundered with cheers of “Cuba, Cuba,” and “Fidel, Fidel.”

That thundering mob has been transforming the country into what you might expect. That’s why South Africa isn’t featured on the U.S. nightly news like it was back in the bad old days of Apartheid.

Same poison, different manner of application.

On tips from ABC of the ANC.

Dec 04 2016

Open Thread


Passed along by TrojanMan.

Dec 04 2016

Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Think People Want a New Direction

Nancy Pelosi’s skull must be thicker than I thought. Not even last month’s election results were able to penetrate it:

Newly re-elected House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, having led her party through a national decline so severe that her Democrat challenger for leadership said that the Democrat Party is no longer a national party but a coastal one, thinks that Democrats want to continue down the same failed road.

Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Pelosi was asked by host John Dickerson what she would say to Democrats who think the party should seek “a new direction” and what she’s going to “do differently” to turn around the party’s devastating losses the past several years.

Her response:

Wrapping their elitist oligarchical collectivism in the phrase “America’s working families” won’t be enough to cover the smell of a rotting ideology.

On a tip from Torcer.

Dec 04 2016

Dem Bill Demands TSA Pander to Transsexuals

At last word, the TSA has still never stopped a terrorist. According to a DHS report, it failed to detect banned weapons and mock explosives in 95% of trials. But as Shrillary might shriek, what difference does it make? As a federal agency, its main objective is to advance moonbattery. To that end:

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., introduced legislation [last] week aimed at changing airport security screening procedures for transgender people.

A description of the bill in the Congressional Record said the bill, H.R. 6420, is meant to “improve the screening of transgender persons at airport security checkpoints.”

Here’s the problem, according to moonbats:

Rice and other Democrats said machines require screeners to select “male” or “female” in order to configure the scanner for each person.

“This protocol may be well-suited to screen some cisgender passengers, but they do so at the expense of singling out transgender or gender nonconforming individuals whose physical appearances may not necessarily match their biological sex,” Democrats wrote. “Cisgender” is a term that refers to anyone who isn’t transgender.

After persons of sacred transgenderedness feel they are being pandered to with sufficient obsequiousness, then maybe the TSA will turn its attention to preventing terrorists from boarding with explosives.

In the meantime, here’s video of TSA spending tax money and the time of people trying to catch their flights:

On a tip from Steve A.

Dec 04 2016

Man Punches Out Kangaroo to Save Dog

Let’s hope animal rights terrorists don’t find out this guy’s identity, even if he was just rescuing his dog:

After the punch, the kangaroo has the same look on its face that Democrat pollsters had on November 9.

No doubt PETA will edit out the part where the kangaroo has the dog in a headlock and use this as a propaganda video, along the lines of the Rodney King beating.

On a tip from Rob E. Hat tip: LMAO.

Dec 04 2016

Cards Against Humanity’s Holiday Hole

Capitalism will find a way to profit by meeting even the most obscure need. For example, even nihilists sometimes feel an urge to make contributions. Cards Against Humanity meets the needs of those who consider donating to the ACLU or the Democrat Party just a little too nihilistic:

The project began at 1 p.m. on [Black Friday, November 25], when Cards Against Humanity, the “party game for horrible people,” began soliciting donations to dig a hole somewhere in the U.S. for no reason. …

Cards Against Humanity is broadcasting the dig live on, as well as a running tally of donations. The majority of donors seem to have chipped in just $5 for the hole, though several donated more than $1,000. In total, the campaign raised more than $100,000 so far and the company says it plans to continue as long as money is coming in.

Looks like this project has been wrapped up, with a grand total of $100,573 thrown in the hole.

This isn’t the first holiday stunt that the company has pulled. Last year, it made $71,145 after it asked people to send $5 each for no reason, while in 2014, it sold bull feces to 30,000 people and turned a profit of $180,000.

Buy stock in Cards Against Humanity if the company goes public. People are in the mood to buy what it has to sell.

Money thrown into the Holiday Hole.

On a tip from Steve A.

Dec 04 2016

NYC Officials Have Been Making Traffic More Congested Deliberately for Ideological Reasons

Government policy in leftist regimes like those that have been governing New York City is so pernicious that sometimes you can’t help but think the bureauweenies are making things worse on purpose. That’s because they are:

City officials have intentionally ground Midtown to a halt with the hidden purpose of making drivers so miserable that they leave their cars at home and turn to mass transit or bicycles, high-level sources told The Post.

Leftists instinctively disapprove of automobiles because they let you go most anywhere, whereas mass transit takes you only where planners have determined you ought to go, and bicycles don’t take you far. These preferences come packaged in global warming malarkey.

“The traffic is being engineered,” a former top NYPD official told The Post, explaining a long-term plan that began under Mayor Mike Bloomberg and hasn’t slowed with Mayor de Blasio.

Ways New Yorkers’ tax dollars are being used to make it impossible to get around their own city independently include:

• Pedestrian plazas that have cut off entire lanes of traffic and created bottlenecks.

• Protected bike lanes on major avenues that eat up a traffic lane and force trucks to double park.

• Cross streets where turns are forbidden on nearly all avenues.

• Intersections where drivers must wait for green arrows to turn onto avenues.

• Ordering traffic agents to focus more on writing tickets and less on directing traffic.

Average driving speed in NYC is 8.2 mph. Yet pedestrian fatalities are on the rise.

New Yorkers had better hope that their lives never depend on emergency vehicles reaching them quickly over streets that the authorities have deliberately clogged for ideological reasons.

manhattan traffic
Not even NYC traffic is so bad that Big Government can’t make it worse.

On tips from Sean C and Bodhisattva.

Dec 03 2016

Open Thread


Via Wayne Winters.

Dec 03 2016

Stressed Students Prepare for Exams by Frolicking With Puppies, Drinking Hot Cocoa, and More

Students who have tried coloring but continue to experience anxiety before exams are advised that there are other options for reducing stress:

With final exams approaching, some universities are offering their students stress relief measures such as puppies, acupuncture, and massages to ensure they don’t get too stressed out.

The University of North Carolina-Wilmington, for example, is providing its students with a “relaxation station,” complete with a number of stress relieving activities like puzzles, coloring, massages, puppies, and even acupuncture. …

Other schools have also jumped on the puppy bandwagon, including the University of St. Thomas, the University of Utah, and the University of Louisville.

The University of St. Thomas and the University of Louisville supplement puppies with hot chocolate. Louisville also offers massages, yoga, and bingo in the library, which otherwise might go unused before exams.

Finally, visitors to the women’s center at the University of Missouri Kansas City will have the opportunity to color, meditate, and attend a knitting workshop at a “stress buster” event.

If all else fails, students can reduce their stress by preparing themselves for the exams. But some find studying less enjoyable than frolicking with puppies and sipping hot cocoa. For the debt students are putting themselves into, they ought to enjoy every minute of college.

A university student prepares for exams.

On a tip from Sterling B.

Dec 03 2016

Gay Porn Muslim Convert Treasonous Germany Spy Update

An update on the treasonous German spy who took part in gay porno films and converted to Islam. The treacherous BfV agent is known as Roque M:

According to Germany’s BILD newspaper he was in contact with Mohamed Mahmoud, an Austrian radical who founded the now banned Islamist group Millatu Ibrahim in Germany in 2012, and is now a senior ISIS commander. …

Roque M. allegedly plotted to blow up the HQ of the agency where he worked. It is reported that he told Islamists in and around Cologne that he would warn them about police action and to ‘help make an attack on the BfV possible.’

Like many moonbats, Roque M is a big fan of communist executioner Che Guevara — so much so that he tattooed this on his skin:


Evil is evil. Anyone who would revere Che Guevara might also betray and murder on behalf of the Islamic State. Just a little something for intelligence agencies to consider during the vetting process.

On a tip from Guest.

Dec 03 2016

Amazon’s Submission for Most Nauseatingly P.C. Commercial Competition

Maybe you only threw up in your mouth a little bit after sitting through the Infiniti replantable Christmas tree ad, and now you think you have an iron constitution. You believe you can take any extreme of the maudlin moonbattery that progressive social engineers ram down our throats while pretending to be advertising various products and services. But can you take the Amazon ad below? WARNING: It is so potent, Daily Beast moonbat Dean Obeidallah whimpers that it moved him to tears. You had better have a bucket positioned before you push PLAY:

That ought to help everyone wash down the next terror attack.

The corniness, the stilted contrivance, and the shameless evocation and exploitation of foolish emotions aren’t the worst of it. Applying progressives’ beloved moral equivalence to equate Christianity with its antithesis Islam borders on blasphemy.

Too bad Anton LaVey of the Church of Satan wasn’t available. With him and a priest, the ad would at least be good for a laugh.

On a tip from Byron.

Dec 02 2016

Open Thread


Passed along by TED.

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