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Sep 19 2019

Apparent Terror Ties for Sabotaging Airline Mechanic

We have some follow-up on the sabotaging airline mechanic who was probably allowed to continue plying his trade despite his alarming work history on the grounds that it would be Islamophobic not to let a guy named Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani service airplanes. Big surprise: looks like he has terrorist ties.

Via the Miami Herald:

An American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport was denied bond by a federal judge on Wednesday after prosecutors suggested he may have links to a Middle East terrorist organization.

Among the reasons Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley regards Alani as a potential terrorist,

FBI … agents found a “disturbing” ISIS video in which a person was being shot in the head, and that he sent the video to someone with an Arabic message asking “Allah” to take revenge against non-Muslims.

Alani also lied about a trip to Iraq, told a coworker that his brother was a member of ISIS, and has been sending money to Iraq. It’s okay to notice stuff like this once he has already been caught sabotaging an airplane; otherwise, it would be Islamophobic.

One of these days, political correctness is going to get a whole lot of people killed.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair, Jester, and Lyle.

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Sep 19 2019

NBC News Confirms That Global Warming Is a Religion

If you doubted that global warming is a religion, check out this notice from the high priests at NBC News calling the faithful to confession:

It doesn’t matter to liberals that global warming predictions never come true. It doesn’t matter that their ideology is based on an unproven theory. It doesn’t matter that their solutions to the imaginary problem are strictly symbolic, and would have no effect even if the problem were real. This isn’t about reality. It is about trying to fill the vacuum that was created by the marginalization of Christianity.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Sep 19 2019

Compilation of Failed Ecopredictions

If you have ever been tempted to take leftists’ hysterical climate change prognostications even half seriously, set yourself at ease by visiting the collection the Competitive Enterprise Institute has compiled of ecopredictions made in the past half century by supposedly credible people that have failed to come true.

Not a single apocalyptic prophecy has come to pass. Those that have not include:

1967: ‘Dire famine by 1975’
1969: ‘Everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam by 1989’
1970: Ice age by 2000
1970: ‘America subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980’
1971: ‘New Ice Age Coming’
1972: New ice age by 2070
1974: ‘New Ice Age Coming Fast’
1974: ‘Another Ice Age?’
1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life’
1976: ‘The Cooling’
1980: ‘Acid Rain Kills Life in Lakes’
1978: ‘No End in Sight’ to 30-Year Cooling Trend
1988: James Hansen forecasts increase regional drought in 1990s
1988: Washington DC days over 90F to from 35 to 85
1988: Maldives completely under water in 30 years
1989: Rising seas to ‘obliterate’ nations by 2000
1989: New York City’s West Side Highway underwater by 2019
1995 to Present: Climate Model Failure
2000: ‘Children won’t know what snow is’
2002: Famine in 10 years
2004: Britain to have Siberian climate by 2020
2008: Arctic will be ice-free by 2018
2008: Al Gore warns of ice-free Arctic by 2013
2009: Prince Charles says only 8 years to save the planet
2009: UK prime minister says 50 days to ‘save the planet from catastrophe’
2013: Arctic ice-free by 2015
2013: Arctic ice-free by 2016
2014: Only 500 days before ‘climate chaos’

Overeager to achieve effect, climate soothsayers make the mistake of setting their divinations too close in the future. This would leave them in the embarrassing position of having to explain why they tried to scare people with lies — if the complicit media ever called them on the lies.

Click through for graphics and links documenting the absurd hysteria, as well as reminders of how things really turned out. You may never take anything the media establishment reports about climate seriously again.

On tips from R F, Stormfax, KirklesWorth, and Lyle.

Sep 19 2019

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Serves Moonbat Agenda

Not content to make constant revisions to the Newspeak Dictionary used by Inner Party members, social engineers are having their way with the Merriam-Webster dictionary used by the rest of us. Check out this new definition for the word “they”:

—used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary (see NONBINARY sense c)

I knew certain things about … the person I was interviewing.… They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary — that is, neither male nor female. They were in their late 20s, working as an event planner, applying to graduate school.
— Amy Harmon

No doubt Merriam-Webster will soon include the full range of fabricated pronouns intended to undermine reality (ze/hir, co/cos, xe/xem/xyr, hy/hym/hys, et cetera).

This isn’t the first time the Merriam-Webster people have conscripted American English into service of the liberal agenda. Look how they define “assault rifle”:

: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire

also : a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire

That second clause is useful if you want to lay the groundwork for confiscation of everyday civilian rifles used for sport and home defense. As recently as June 13, 2016, an assault rifle was defined like this:

any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use

The new definition is in line with the liberal strategy of conflating anything they think looks like an assault rifle with an actual assault rifle.

Expect the future Merriam-Webster definition of “racist” to read something along the lines of “Anyone who does not vote for Democrats.”

On tips from Varla and heckrules.

Sep 18 2019

Open Thread

I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people. - Brad Thor
Sep 18 2019

Elizabeth Warren Performs Her Campaign Theme Song

No one will have the heart to tell Elizabeth Warren aka Fauxcahontas that she is not really an Indian after seeing this heartfelt performance of her campaign theme song. It would leave her hurt, angry, and stunned.

On a tip from Scoobiesnacks100.

Sep 18 2019

Do Americans Trust the News Media?

Do Americans trust the news media? Will Witt hits the street near the CNN building in Los Angeles to confirm that the answer is overwhelmingly no:

Yet even if all but the most clueless understand that the “mainstream” news media is in the business of propaganda rather than information, their view of the world will continue to be shaped by it.

On a tip from Lyle.

Sep 18 2019

AquaBounty vs RINO Murkowski

Capitalism truly works miracles. Look what a company called AquaBounty has accomplished, motivated by enlightened self-interest to meet public demands:

AquaBounty worked for more than 20 years to obtain regulatory approval for its fish, which are modified to grow twice as fast as regular Atlantic salmon, while consuming less feed. The Food and Drug Administration ruled in 2015 that the fish are “safe to eat” and “as nutritious” as other Atlantic salmon. FDA also found “no biologically relevant” nutritional differences between GM and conventional salmon.

However, what the free market bestows, Big Government snatches away. RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has been blocking AquaBounty for years.

Murkowski now plans a rider that would require “a label comprehension study” before fish can be sold. Such reviews are usually reserved for pharmaceutical drugs, can take years, and in this case would require the destruction of AquaBounty’s fish, as well as many jobs.

Presumably she is doing this to protect Alaska’s salmon industry from free market competition. However:

The West Coast’s Pacific salmon industry comes nowhere close to meeting annual U.S. salmon demand. More than 90% of Atlantic salmon currently sold in the U.S. are imported from the likes of Norway and Chile.

Murkowski justifies her protectionism with the same Luddite rhetoric we get from granola-munching moonbats regarding the imaginary hazards of GM foods, as if they were some alien novelty.

In reality, 80% of US processed food may contain ingredients from genetically modified crops. Crops and livestock have been selectively bred for centuries to produce a similar effect. The food at the grocery store is much more appetizing and abundant than the scraggly stuff struggling to survive out in the wilderness — something else moonbats would like to change in the name of their lunatic ideology.

RINOs like Murkowski are not above exploiting this ideology to justify their pernicious opposition to economic freedom.

On a tip from Varla.

Sep 18 2019

Women’s Soccer Fans Boo Oath of Enlistment

The next time the US military is called upon to defend the homeland, it should make Portland a low priority. But then, women’s soccer is not exactly known for countermoonbattery.

From The Pluralist:

Fans booed United States Armed Forces enlistees at a professional women’s soccer game in Portland last week.

The enlistees took the field during halftime of the Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage on Wednesday to take the Oath of Enlistment.

When the group was asked to vow that they would “obey the orders of the President of the United States,” boos erupted from the crowd…

This took place on September 11.

Do moonbats hate Trump more than they love their country? We have our answer, once again.

Moonbattery is doing to sports what it does to everything. The rot has taken firm root in women’s sports — particularly soccer and basketball. This is ironic, considering that the first sports progressivism will totally destroy are women’s sports, due to the transsexual lunacy that is a prominent aspect of the liberal agenda. Democrats are pushing a bill that would reduce women’s sports to a farce, namely the Equality Act.

On a tip from seaoh.

Sep 18 2019

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Blows Donations Abroad

Give generously, but give wisely. Your money might not be going where you thought it would. For example, people who give to Britain’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution probably don’t expect their donations to purchase frivolities in Africa, even while the RNLI slashes jobs at home in the UK.

From Daily Mail:

Donations are being spent on swimsuits for devout Muslim women in Tanzania and on funding creches in Bangladesh which the RNLI claims helps to prevent drownings overseas.

The swimsuits consist of Islamocompliant burkinis. The creches supposedly prevent Bangladeshi children from playing in the water, where they might drown.

Most donors probably expect the organization to prevent drownings by more conventional means — and much closer to home. After all, the N stands for “National.”

[T]he charity’s £189,000-a-year chief executive Mark Dowie warned last week that it is ‘facing some major challenges’ after making a loss of £6.3 million last year, and announcing 135 job cuts.

£189,000 comes to $236,035. Not bad pay, considering he does not seem to be managing the outfit very efficiently. Maybe they should make that 136 job cuts and save themselves a small fortune.

[T]he charity intends to increase its annual spend on foreign projects by £400,000 this year. Its overseas spending has now soared from £1.13 million to £3.3 million over the past five years.

So much for “charity starts at home.” I think we’ve found the source of the problem:

The RNLI, founded in 1824, has been accused of becoming obsessed with political correctness in recent years, leading to resignations among volunteers.

For example,

It has a ‘national team of health, safety and environment advisers’, and a ‘diversity leadership group’ tasked with promoting the ‘International Day Against Homophobia’.

The oikophobia inherent in moonbattery means that money lavished upon alien cultures far, far away counts for more PC Brownie points.

As usual, the moonbattery crosses the line from do-gooder flakiness to causing active harm:

In 2016, the charity announced it was providing training to Greek, German, Dutch and Swedish organisations to help save migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece.

“Saving” in this context effectively means “helping to invade.”

Never trust your money to moonbats.

On a tip from Steve T.

Sep 18 2019

New York Times Denounces the Pootriarchy

The New York Times has been circling the drain for some time. Now it has taken the final plunge down the toilet. It followed up publishing obscene and obviously scurrilous allegations in a despicable attempt to smear Brett Kavanaugh with this denunciation of the “pootriarchy”:

The article was written not by sniggering schoolboys but by a pair of female social justice warriors who reveal that the sexist oppression of women includes a previously unrecognized injustice the Slimes calls “poop shame.” From the article:

Poop shame is real — and it disproportionately affects women, who suffer from higher rates of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. In other words, the patriarchy has seeped into women’s intestinal tracts. Let’s call it the pootriarchy.

The piece goes on to discuss flatulence in the context of patriarchal oppression. It concludes by calling on women to stop being modest about the smells and sounds associated with defecation.

People actually get paid to write this stuff for the Paper of Record.

On a tip from Kate P. Hat tip: Twitchy.

Sep 17 2019

Open Thread

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

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