Posted on | January 23, 2015 | 2 Comments
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OVER THE TRANSOM
Proof Positive: American Cypher
Doug Powers: World Economic Forum Attendees Heroically Attempt To Halt Global Warming With Fumes From 2000 Private Jets
Twitchy: John Kerry Praises Late Saudi King Abdullah As “Man Of Vision And Wisdom”
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American Power: Britain First Launches “Christian Patrols”
American Thinker: The President As Pest
BLACKFIVE: Free Fire Zone – Secure Freedom Strategy To Defeat Global Jihad
Conservatives4Palin: Sheriff David Clarke – “Al Sharpton Oughta Shut Up And Go Back Into The Gutter”
Don Surber: Obama, The CNN Of Presidents. GOOD.
Jammie Wearing Fools: Historic! 300 Million Americans Avoid Obama’s State Of The Union As Ratings Plummet
Joe For America: SCAM ALERT – “Struggling” Mom Showcased At Obama SOTU Address Was Democratic Operative!
JustOneMinute: And Back In Yemen
Pamela Geller: No-Go On The No-Go – Paris Mayor Joins In The Massive Fox Pile-On
Protein Wisdom: If Lefty Reviewers Can Pan “American Sniper” Without Watching It…
Shot In The Dark: Hands Up – Don’t Spread Narratives Without Thinking
STUMP: How Not To Look Like A Complete Ass – Saying “I Don’t Know” When You Don’t Know
The Gateway Pundit: E-Mail Shows Gov. Nixon Ordered National Guard Out Of Ferguson Before Riots, Destruction
The Jawa Report: Attention Retard Abu Suleyman (@LONEWOLF_03)
The Lonely Conservative: “It Takes A Special Brand Of Incompetence And Cowardice…”
This Ain’t Hell: Walmart Shopper Attacked by Vigilante Because…Gun!
Weasel Zippers: Liz Warren To Drug Companies – “You Didn’t Do It Alone…We Built Those Innovations Together”
Megan McArdle: Obamacare’s Long-Term Prognosis
Mark Steyn: The Morning After The State Before
Posted on | January 23, 2015 | 44 Comments
Do we want rapists to be prosecuted for their crimes? Yes. How can rapists be prosecuted, if their victims don’t report the crime? They can’t. It would seem logical, therefore, that anyone who wants to prevent rape would be in favor of incentives that encourage victims to report these crimes to police. But good luck explaining that to Renee Ellmers:
The debacle over an abortion bill quickly pulled from the House floor Wednesday didn’t have to happen that way, says Rep. Renee Ellmers, who started the rebellion against the measure to begin with. . . .
Ellmers supports banning abortion past the midway point of pregnancy — which is what the bill the House originally planned to pass Thursday would have done. But she wants it tweaked so that women who have been raped don’t have to report it to law enforcement before they can obtain an abortion.
The measure, which leadership still intends to bring for a vote at some point, would ban abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy unless a woman has been raped or her life is in danger.
Ellmers said she’s pushing for removing the reporting requirement because it’s hard on women who may not want to notify law enforcement. A majority of rapes in the country go unreported, she noted.
We presume that Ellmers believes it is a bad thing that so many rapes go unreported, and this law would help encourage victims to report the rapes, so therefore . . .? What’s the problem here, ma’am?
“When we come off as harsh and judgmental, we stop that conversation and we’ve got to learn to be doing a better job,” she said.
And now that Republicans have majority in both the House and Senate, any legislation they pass must be carefully vetted to make sure it’s not viewed as harsh by women or young people, she said.
Oh, that’s it. She’s afraid of a perception.
It’s a public-relations problem. Also, it’s a problem of an education system that leaves people unable to think logically or to understand a logical argument. But people who don’t think logically vote Democrat anyway, so it’s not really a problem.
Maybe somebody should explain this to Renee Ellmers. Or else find a primary challenger who can understand basic logic.
Posted on | January 23, 2015 | 15 Comments
In September 2012, days before his final epic meltdown – ranting on YouTube about his plans to “destroy” an FBI agent — Barrett Brown threatened me, warning of dire consequences if I did not call him immediately. To that I responded with an email:
“Look at yourself, Barrett: Publishing error-strewn ‘documents’ on Pastebin. . . . You’re publicly self-destructing, and it’s not a pretty sight. Seek professional help.”
He didn’t listen. He was sentenced to federal prison Thursday:
A Dallas man who acted as a spokesman for the underground group Anonymous and whose prosecution raised First Amendment concerns among journalists and Internet activists was sentenced Thursday to five years and three months in prison.
Barrett Brown, 33, pleaded guilty in April to threatening an FBI agent, attempting to hide two laptops during the execution of a search warrant and offering to help another hacker. The charges related to a 2011 hack of Austin-based Strategic Forecasting Inc., or Stratfor, which disclosed previously unknown information about the world of defense contractors.
“Mr. Brown collaborated with and supported the hackers,” U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay in Dallas said in court on Thursday. “He is more involved than he wants me to believe.”
Given that he has already spent 31 months in federal custody, the sentence means that Brown will be eligible for release sometime in 2017. He was also ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. The Guardian goes to great lengths in its effort to depict Brown as a martyred hero, but he was a victim of nothing except his own insane arrogance. I tried to warn him in September 2012:
“You don’t need a lawyer, Barrett. You need a psychiatrist, or perhaps a priest to exorcise your demons. You are traveling a road to destruction, as harmful to yourself as to any of your chosen enemies. Get help.”
Barrett Brown was no hero. He was not an “investigative journalist.” Barrett Brown was a grandiose fool, a heroin-addicted famewhore chasing the phantoms of his paranoid imagination.
He was The Kook Who Knew Too Much.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 23, 2015
Posted on | January 22, 2015 | 20 Comments
HotAir has the scoop about the blowback over this SOTU passage:
We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small–by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.
Sissypuss the Blog Kitty was able to sneak into the Situation Room, where #OccupyResoluteDesk does all that there “strategery” stuff with Al Sharpton, Joe Biden, and Van Jones. This photo of Obama’s NATO Strategic Vision totally refute what those “Jaycee” dudes with all the brass are saying:
Anybody that thinks
sixten* armies in the Urkraine isn’t enough to deter Vladimir doesn’t know we’re going to drop a monster set of cards, pour guys into Southern Europe, and make a flanking move through the Middle East, cleaning up ISIS (shown here in red) en passant. If that doesn’t shut up the peanut gallery of patriots with deflated balls, nothing will.
Hot Obama leadership tips #39: “The key to sounding confident is arranging the map just so.”
*Thanks to kzintis for a little help in the comments. “First day, new eyes.”
Posted on | January 22, 2015 | 25 Comments
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In his foreword to Keith Laumer’s Future Imperfect, Joel Rosenberg* praised Laumer and the other authors who may not have won any awards, but nonetheless did a good job of delivering entertaining stories of great adventure starring determined heroes. They often created characters and concepts that long outlived them – in Laumer’s case, the two-fisted diplomat Jame Retief and the solidly loyal cybertanks known as the Bolo Combat Units.
Fred Saberhagen was one of those authors. Long before James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise faced down The Doomsday Machine, Fred began the saga of the Berserkers, self-replicating space fortresses designed to eradicate all life in the galaxy, with the stories “Without A Thought” and “Goodlife” in 1963. As the series expanded to nine novels and five anthologies (not counting six omnibuses of previously collected stories) covering the centuries-long war of humanity and its alien allies against the implacable death machines, there’s not as much plot continuity as there is in most other series, but that’s okay – this is a series that can be picked up and enjoyed pretty much anywhere along the line. I personally recommend the first collection, Berserker, which includes all of the early stories from the 1960s, and the collaborative novel Berserker Base, which is essentially a fix-up novel combining stories by Connie Willis, Poul Anderson, Larry Niven, Roger Zelazny and others with interstitial material by Saberhagen that pulls it all together.
Saberhagen’s other great contribution to the field is Empire of the East, a tale of a future earth where technology is forgotten, magic rules, and the peasant Duncan’s quest for the legendary Elephant may determine whether or not the West’s ember of resistance to the evil Empire will flicker out or explode into an all-consuming flame. Despite the plot summary, this isn’t actually a fantasy, as you’ll see. Originally published in three parts as The Broken Lands, The Black Mountains, and Changeling Earth (also known as Ardneh’s World), the book gave rise to a later series set in the same world, the Books of the Swords. These are available on Kindle (see The First Book of Swords) but apparently have severe typos and punctuation errors; you might be better off with the hardback omnibus The Complete Book of Swords.
In addition to these, Saberhagen also had a series of vampire novels told from Dracula’s point of view, and about a dozen other novels that didn’t fit into any of these series; one of them, Love Conquers All, describes an America in which social mores have become inverted, mere romance and affection outlawed, and sex made mandatory. I remember being rather shocked by it when it originally saw print in the late lamented Galaxy back in 1974, but it seems almost prescient now.
On my “must buy and read” list is Roy Griffis’ The Big Bang, which has been described elsewhere as “Red Dawn with Chinese and Jihadis”. There’s a prequel, “The Fire This Time”, at Liberty Island, and an excerpt at National Review Online, of all places. Looks very promising.
Finally, on the off chance that you don’t read The International Lord of Hate’s blog but enjoy giving wedgies to the SJW crowd, Sad Puppies 3 is underway, spearheaded this year by new inductee to the Evil League of Evil Brad Torgerson. Want to cut right to the chase and see how the wedgies are administered? Look no further. However, you should read all of Brad’s Sad Puppies posts anyway, just like you should be reading Milo Yiannopoulos on #GamerGate. It’s all part of the culture war, and we’re all soldiers. Fortunately, we can win this one from the comfort of our computer desks and La-Z-Boys.
*No mean wordsmith in his own right, mind you.
Posted on | January 22, 2015 | 157 Comments
The lobby and corridors of this hotel were crowded with Catholic school kids when we checked in yesterday. St. Vincent de Paul of Perryville, Missouri, was the most visible contingent — dozens of kids wearing blue-and-gold letterman’s jackets — but the annual March for Life brings groups from all around the country, not all of them Catholic. On my way down to the lobby to go out for a smoke this morning, I noticed one of the kids was wearing a nametag with the familiar Episcopalian (or Anglican) symbol: Red cross on a white field with the St. Andrew’s cross in blue. “Episcoplian?” I asked.
“Yes, sir,” the boy said.
“Wow, I didn’t realize there were still pro-life Episcopalians.”
Out on the sidewalk in front of the hotel, the boy joined a group of about a dozen kids, and I spoke to one of the adult leaders, who told me they are from St. Michael’s Christian Academy of San Clemente, California.
Seeing so many fine young Christians who support the cause of life is very encouraging to me. I’ve spent the past several months of researching radical feminism and being immersed in such evil can be psychologically disorienting. “Has the whole world gone crazy?” I find myself asking, knowing how many millions of taxpayer dollars are spent to propagate this weird ideology in colleges and universities. “Is our civilization utterly doomed?”
The March for Life reminds me that there is still hope. There are still people who have not been deceived and corrupted. Unfortunately, however, there is the problem of Congress.
Pro-life conservatives were livid this morning after the House GOP leadership demonstrated its incompetence yesterday:
Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court legalizing abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. The pro-life movement commemorates this day with marches, worship services and lobbying for bills to protect unborn children. Pro-lifers were promised by the Republican leaders they just helped elect and re-elect that the House of Representatives would pass a bill today banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a point after which infants can feel pain and survive if born prematurely.
The legislation has been passed by the House in the previous Congress and is extremely popular in national polling. “One of the clearest messages from Gallup trends,” the polling firm reported, “is that Americans oppose late-term abortion.” A Washington Post/ABC survey showed that 64 percent of Americans favor limiting abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or earlier. . . .
We’re one of just a small handful of countries, including notorious human rights violators North Korea and China, that allow late-term abortion.
And yet somehow the Republicans managed to make a disaster of passing the bill. Instead of passing the legislation and sending it to the Republican-controlled Senate, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was pulled at the last minute and replaced with a bill that bans taxpayer funding of abortion.
What in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks just happened? It takes a special combination of incompetence and cowardice to miss an easy lay-up like this, but apparently the new Republican Congress has it in spades. . . .
If Republicans can’t pass wildly popular legislation protecting innocent unborn children, what’s going to happen when they face difficult legislative battles? . . .
You can read the rest. What happened is that two Republican members — including Rep. Renee Ellmers, whose election campaign in 2010 I strongly supported — decided at the last minute that they didn’t like some language in the bill. The problem, as I see it, is not with the bill, and not even with Ellmers. The problem is that the leadership doesn’t know how to whip the caucus properly and make sure they’ve got 100% support on crucial votes. Tom DeLay never would have let a trainwreck like this happen. Organizational incompetence is perhaps even more dangerous than ideological wobbling in a situation like this.
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) January 22, 2015
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) January 16, 2015
Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
The lack of vision among some of our leaders is disappointing, but the people who “keepeth the law” are still happy. When I went out for another smoke, I encountered a group of about 20 people from Voice of Truth, a church near the central Georgia town of Dublin:
Voice of Truth is a non-denominational church where the Word of God is taught and preached. The church was formed when several Christian families felt called by God to reach out to the unchurched in our community. God has blessed us and we have grown in a few short years to a congregation of more than two hundred.
Preaching the Word of God and reaching out to “the unchurched”? Of course God will always bless that kind of work. I spoke to the leaders of the church, including brothers Phil and Keith Mills. They hold to a very basic Bible-focused theology, the kind you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand. As they were ready to leave for the march, they asked me to walk with them a little way. Phil explained that he and his brother were once a couple of young hellbound sinners, “just as bad as we could be.”
“Yeah,” I said. “I used to be a Democrat myself.”
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 22, 2015
— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) January 22, 2015
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 22, 2015
Posted on | January 22, 2015 | 3 Comments
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OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: “American Sniper” – A Review
Proof Positive: Lame Duck Dynasty
First Street Journal: Democrisy! The Democrats Are Terribly Upset About Senator Joni Ernst’s Shoes
Michelle Malkin: The “NAACP Bombing”…Or The Barbershop Bang?
Twitchy: “Finally!” NY Democrat Corruptocrat Sheldon Silver Taken Into FBI Custody
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American Power: Sun News Trolls Feminist Campaigners, Brings Back “Page Three”
American Thinker: The Muslim Population Of America Is Expanding At Warp Speed
BLACKFIVE: “American Sniper” – Some Thoughts
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin Issues Strong Response To President Obama’a State Of The Union
Don Surber: J-School Professor Opposes Free Speech. EVIL.
Jammie Wearing Fools: Another Obama Success Story – Rebels Tighten Grip On Yemen’s Capital After Seizing Army Base
Joe For America: State Of The Useless 2015 – He’s Still Talking
JustOneMinute: No Federal Charges Against Officer Wilson
Pamela Geller: American Muslims Charged With Attempted Murder Of US Marshals While Screaming “Allahu Akbar”
Protein Wisdom: It’s Almost Tragic That I Have To Link This…
Shot In The Dark: So In Other Words…
STUMP: Obamacare Tax Watch – Mess To Come Noted By Tax Pros, Conservative Media
The Gateway Pundit: Even Liberal Media In Complete Disbelief Of Obama’s Foreign Policy Statements
The Jawa Report: Armed Women Repel Boko Haram Attack
The Lonely Conservative: Obamacare Wasn’t Enough, Now Libs Calling For More Reforms
This Ain’t Hell: Congressman Mac Thornberry Opposes Personnel And Equipment Cuts
Weasel Zippers: Valerie Jarrett Says We Shouldn’t Be “Throwing Around Labels” Like Islamic Extremism Or Radical Islam
Megan McArdle: Obama’s Lofty, Unattainable Goals
Mark Steyn: The Penis Mightier Than The Sword
Posted on | January 21, 2015 | 43 Comments
Greetings from the 21st Amendment Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn Capitol. I just got back from “A Reception & Salute to the 114th Congress” sponsored by Insight America. The guests of honor were Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Mia Love and Rep. William Hurd, the three black Republican members of Congress, the latter two newly elected.
Insight America was founded in 2013 by former Rep. J.C. Watts with the goal of increasing the Republican Party’s appeal, through such measures as hiring young black conservatives as Capitol Hill staffers. “I am not offended by the words outreach, tolerance and diversity. I don’t see those as liberal code words,” Watts told Roll Call two years ago.
It was a wonderful event. Congresswoman Love told a story about being challenged by a young liberal who couldn’t believe that a black woman could be a Republican from Utah. “I refuse to fit the mold society tells me I have to fit into,” Congresswoman Love said.
Senator Scott, who had been the only black Republican in Congress prior to the election of Love and Hurd last November, told of crying “tears of joy” on Election Night, getting laughs as he admitted a selfish motive: “More targets [for liberals] to shoot at.”
— Black Conservatives (@BlacksFund) January 21, 2015
— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) January 22, 2015
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