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LIVE AT FIVE: 09.29.14

Posted on | September 29, 2014 | 7 Comments

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Hong Kong Democracy Protesters Defy Calls To Disperse

A police van stranded in a sea of protesters

Major pushback against Beijing’s efforts to restrict democracy
Schools, banks closed as HK paralyzed by protests
Riot police pull back as protesters jam the streets
Taiwan’s President voices support for protesters

Indian Media Praise Modi’s “Rocking Speech” In New York
Send India some tourists, Modi tells Indian-Americans
Modi meets Netanyahu, discusses defense ties

Kurds See Turkey As An Obstacle In The Fight Against ISIS
Despite Erdogan’s suggestion that Turks may start taking part in military operations against ISIS

Obama: Intel Agencies Underestimated Rise Of ISIS

“Because nothing is ever *my* fault.”

Also blames intel for overestimating morale, quality of Iraqi army

Lawsuit Could Scramble Kansas Senate Race Again

GOP Says Obama Needs To Recall Congress For Military Force Vote

Ernst, Braley Spar Over Immigration In Iowa Senate Debate

Senator Barrasso (R-WY) Warns Against Lame Duck Holder Replacement

Asian Crude Drops On Strong Dollar: WTI $92.95, Brent $96.75
Asian Stocks Hit Four-Month Low As Hong Kong Seethes, Dollar Shines
Lenovo Finalizes Purchase Of IBM x86 Server Business
Six Years After AIG Bailout, Trial Asks: Was It Legal?
Economists Slash Q3 Forecast But See Growth Ahead
EU To Accuse Apple Of Illegal Tax Deal With Ireland
Windows 9 Free For Windows 8 Users?
Smuggled iPhones Not Finding Many Takers In China
Say Ello To My Little Friend!
BlackBerry Shows Signs Of Recovery With Smaller Quarterly Loss
Oculus CEO: The Heart Of VR Will Always Be Gaming

J-Zim No-Hits Marlins To Close Out 2014 At Nationals Park

Wilson Ramos and Kevin Frandsen congratulate Jordan Zimmerman

Fifth no-hitter in franchise history, but first for the Nationals

Backup Quarterbacks Taking Center Stage In The NFL

A’s Clinch Wild-Card As Gray Shuts Out Rangers

Smith, Ravens Excel At Panthers’ Expense

Tigers Clinch AL Central With Shutout Of Twins

Kenyan Shatters World Record At Berlin Marathon

Cardinals Clinch NL Central With A Little Help From Reds

Rodgers Throws 4 TDs As Packers Whip Bears 38-17

Houston Falls To Mets, But Altuve Claims Batting Title

Royals Beat White Sox 6-4, Will Face A’s For Wild Card

Jays Fall To O’s 1-0

J-Lo, Leah Remini Rear-Ended By Drunk Driver

Lopez and Remini #thebronxcameout

Neither actress hurt; drunk driver sped away but caught by police, charged with DUI, hit & run

Human Rights Lawyer Marries George Clooney

Robin Williams’ Life Celebrated At San Francisco Tribute

Randy Jackson: Take Half My Fortune And Make It Your Own

Eric Church & Wife Expecting Second Baby

LiLo: “It Could Have Been A Disaster – But It Wasn’t”

Unspeakable Armenian And Rapper Husband Dubbed “Fashion Flu”

Adrian Peterson Cleared Of Sexual Assault Charges

“Sopranos” Star Discovers Artwork Worth Millions

Kendra Wilkinson Admits She Ignored Hank Bassett’s Issues

Leaked Nudes Of Rihanna, Gabrielle Union Surface

John Galliano Says He’ll Be Making A Big Comeback

Indo-Israel Ties On The March
Deaths Mount In Japanese Eruption As Volcano Smolders On
Ashraf Ghani Takes Oath As New Afghan President
US-Led Strikes Hit Grain Silos In IS-Held Territory
UKIP On The Rise In Ulster
Five Terrorists Killed in Khyber Valley Blast
Cambodia To Accept Refugees From Australia “On Voluntary Basis”
Radical Burmese Cleric: Buddhism Under Jihad Threat
Car Bomb Kills At Least Fifteen At Rebel Base In Yemen
Spain To Challenge Cataloonies’ Referendum Call
Ukraine Truce Hangs In The Balance

American Power: Poll Says Three-Quarters Of Americans Don’t Trust Obama’s “No Ground Troops” Pledge
American Thinker: Un-Common, Not Core
BLACKFIVE: Trailer Talk, Featuring Barack Obama
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin Meets Meriam Ibrahim At Values Voter Summit
Don Surber: What They Said When Alberto Gonzales Left
Jammie Wearing Fools: Homeland Security Moving To Tackle Nonexistent Climate Change
Joe For America: Democrat Congressman Calls Benghazi Security Officers Liars
JustOneMinute: Why Not The Best?
Protein Wisdom: Kevin Williamson Tells Lena Dunham “We Really, Truly, Do Not Want To Be Involved In Your Sex Life.”
Shot in The Dark: Trulbert! Part XIII – The Shrieking Of Autumn Leaves
STUMP: Public Pension Watch – New Jersey? They’re Screwed
The Gateway Pundit: Second Oklahoma Muslim Threatens To Behead Co-Worker, Says He Represents ISIS
The Jawa Report: Oklahoma Imam Claims US Muslims Live In Fear of Beheading
The Lonely Conservative: New Medicaid Enrollees Having Trouble Finding Doctors
This Ain’t Hell: Boots On The Ground
Weasel Zippers: DNC’s Donna Brazile Calls For Scrapping Constitution To Save America From Conservatives
Megan McArdle: How The Poor Can Afford To Live In New York

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The Republican Direction Is The Same Tired One As The Democrats; Just Slower

Posted on | September 28, 2014 | 73 Comments

by Smitty

As is generally the case when reading purported conservative writers
like Brooks and Noonan, one wonders: what part of “Progressivism is
played out” do they not understand? Noonan in the WSJ:

But put aside the word “nationalized.” Shouldn’t the Republican Party make it clear right now exactly what it is for and what it intends to do?

Here the views of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and much of the Washington-based GOP election apparatus have held sway. If you are explicit in terms of larger policy ideas, you just give Democrats something to shoot at. Don’t give them a target. ObamaCare, the foreign-policy mess, the IRS—these are so unpopular they’re more than enough reason to vote Republican. Don’t give voters a reason not to!

Dems to shoot at; conservatives to vote for: WDATPDIM?
Noonan cites the old trope

The cliché is that
Republicans are old, white, don’t like women or science, are narrow,
numeric and oppose all modern ways. The cliché probably isn’t as
powerful as it used to be because the president has made so many new
Republicans, but it’s still there.

And why won’t it die? Look at the low points in this year’s primaries:

Why would the Republican Party want a radiologist like Milton Wolfe in office, somebody who might speak credibly in favor of market reforms for healtchare? Somebody who might insist the actually GOP do something to offend the clerisy, like sending ObamaCare repeal legislation to #OccupyResoluteDesk? Nah, lets just keep a deadwood incumbent in place instead. Somebody ‘reliable’. Like in those banana republics we used to laugh at. Those rubes in the base are supposed to get the hint and just play along. This is a Progressive country now, heading in the direction of Old Europe; the legacy Constitutional features,
Pat Roberts may yet cling to power in Kansas for example, the Bill of Rights, are being steadily pecked away at,

and will eventually collapse in a “Too old; didn’t read” tweet.

Speaking of ‘reliable’, how about that Mississippi miss? Why not blow away any GOP pretense of credibility by completely jacking up a runoff vote? Those far gone
conservative ISILs
will shut up, lay by their dish, and vote GOP–what other choice do they have? It’s like this: the GOP interest in
balancing the books, reforming taxes, Thad Cochran reached for the brass knuckles in the Mississippi primary

limiting government, and restoring power to the states hasn’t been more

than pro forma posturing since Reagan. Today’s GOP is just not substantially different in its commitment to Progressivism than the Democrats; what differences you can point to are of style only. Yeah, it’s a bit of a shame that small donors are going to have to be rooked into contributing to campaigns,
John McCain is rumored to ponder another 6 years fronting the legislative thrash band “Zombie Warhorses” only to discover that they were being shamelessly used,

but isn’t that the essence of politics? At least, that’s what I got out of the last Brooks column I formally laughed at.
Mark Levin says that it’s time to nominate another Reagan for 2016. The 2014 GOP doesn’t seem to care fig #1 about the future, reform, the base, or anything other than keeping the elite in power.
What’s the point of the Republican Party if it can’t nominate anyone other than Ward Cleaver, unless his name rhymes with “Tush”?
Now, it is certainly the case that not voting is unacceptable. You’re all paying customers, directly or indirectly. Let’s get out and vote. Keeping the Tea Party pressure up on the deadwood is still the most reasonable way to affect change. I will say that if there is one political scalp to covet, it’s John McCain’s. Start saving aluminum cans now, and hope that Arizona puts forth a credible conservative challenger, because I’d love to donate to anyone capable of sending that warhorse out to pasture.

Brother of the World’s Youngest Blogger: “The Economy Stinks”

Posted on | September 28, 2014 | 18 Comments

On ‘Feminist Men’ and Unicorns

Posted on | September 28, 2014 | 40 Comments

Chelsea Bock (@ChelseaCristene) is a young feminist writer and community college English instructor who came to my attention because of a blog post she wrote about E.J. Levy, but that’s another story for another day, or maybe later today. Anyway, curiosity led me to check Bock’s Twitter feed, where she was RT’ing stuff from the Good Men Project and #HeForShe and Autostraddle (!), and I was like, “Oh, I know this type. Trying to save males from their own sexism.”

In essence: You guys don’t know how to be men. Let me tell you how.

Sweetheart, you’re a unicorn hunter.

You’re chasing something that your theory tells you must exist somewhere — the Feminist Man — even though every previous claim to have found one turned out to be like the Piltdown Hoax. Bill Clinton was supposed to be the Feminist Man; it turned out his commitment to equality could be summarized in two words: “Blow me.” More recently, the unicorn hunters claimed that Professor Hugo Schwyzer was the Feminist Man, until it was revealed that he was in fact a dangerous psychotic with a habit of banging his community college students. Perhaps you see the pattern here.

If you’re a womanizing sociopathic narcissist on the hunt for some easy action, being a Feminist Man is definitely your gig.

One gets the idea, generally, that these unicorn hunters are perfectionists doomed forever to be disappointed with actual men, none of whom is ever going to fit the unrealistic requirements of being the Feminist Man. Do they want Ashley Wilkes or do they want Rhett Butler? Or is the problem that the Rhett Butler types are rare and usually not interested in the type of woman who says she wants a Feminist Man? When you get to the bottom line, really, you recognize that this is a personal problem for a certain group of disgruntled women, and not a problem that easily lends itself to one of those personal-to-political issue platforms.

Adulthood involves accepting that the world is what it is, and not wishing you could live in an imagined utopia. Make a choice: Do you want to grow up, or do you want to be a ToysRUs kid?

It seems that Chelsea Bock doesn’t like making choices. It’s possible to read between the lines of her writing and social media output. Did I mention that she RT’d an Autostraddle article? Yes, but what I didn’t say was that the article was about Bisexuality Awareness Week. And the subhead on her article about E.J. Levy? “There is no right or wrong way to be queer.” Also there’s this on her blog, Gender on the Rocks:

I do speak from a different point of view because I believe that we are all innately bisexual — just by varying degrees. And after this, I will definitely be writing more on queer theory in the future.

So you can be excused for thinking that maybe — just maybe — Chelsea is keeping her options open. Or maybe that she doesn’t have any really exciting options on her personal horizon. (We can imagine her Craigslist ad: Female, 26, seeks human of any gender willing to make exclusive romantic commitment to someone who is profoundly ambivalent about her erotic preferences.)

Sometimes if you can’t choose between men and women, what you’re really choosing is . . . cats. Lots of cats.

Feminists are not at war with men. They’re at war with human nature. Their demand for “gender equality” is like Hitler’s demand for the Sudetenland, where a compromise — “Peace for our time!” — is merely an invitation to further aggression. If there is such a thing as a Feminist Man, he probably looks a lot like Neville Chamberlain.



The American Spectator Folds Like A Cheap Tent, And Other Signs Of The End Times

Posted on | September 27, 2014 | 20 Comments

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One of the more disagreeable things I saw on Facebook this week (and, having a number of acquaintances who report crap from ThinkProgress and similar founts of stupidity, that’s saying something) was this post by Ken White at Popehat pointing out that the American Spectator had surrendered, horse and foot, to the Dread Pro Se Litigant And Alleged Pedophile Brett Kimberlin. My reaction, like Ken’s, boiled down to “WTF? You had the balls to play gadfly against the Clinton Administration, but caved to a petty jerk like this?” Well, that’s one less stream of alerts and fundraising e-mails to clutter my in-box. Semi-related: editors at Wikipedia are trying to flush The Federalist down the memory hole on account of their butthurt over Sean Davis’ exposure of their hero Neil DeGrasse Tyson as this decade’s Dan Rather.

On Wednesday, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno announced that a division headquarters would be heading for Iraq to coordinate the efforts of the advisors, intel weenies, increased Embassy security forces and other ground troops sent to assist in the fight against the Islamic State. I could have sworn we were told there would be no boots on the ground. In related news, the family of the first female fighter pilot in the UAE disowned her Thursday after she took part in air strikes against IS forces in Syria. Oh, and that Khorasan group Obama was bragging about bombing earlier in the week? Didn’t actually exist. On the ground, Syrian Kurds in Kobane want weapons, not “humanitarian aid.”

Here at home, former Congressman Jim Traficant died of injuries from a tractor accident. You can tell he was a conservative Democrat by the kind of obituaries he’s getting from the Drive-By Media. In riot-torn Ferguson, the Justice Department has ordered police to take off bracelets indicating support for accused fellow officer Darren Wilson. The NYT is visibly hoping third-party candidates derail the GOP’s drive to retake the Senate this fall. In the recent outbreak of workplace violence in Oklahoma, it seems the suspect was canned for arguing in favor of stoning women, and that he was connected to both terrorist imam Anwar al-Awlaki and the Boston bomber’s mosque. But rest easy, there’s no connection to Islam here, right?

Speaking of boots on the ground, T.R. Fehrenbach’s This Kind of War‘s Kindle edition is on sale for $1.99. The early chapters dealing with America’s rapid demobilization after World War 2 and unreadiness for the Korean War seem especially pertinent these days, as Fate seems intent on dragging President Obama and the rest of us back to Iraq, kicking and screaming.

FMJRA 2.0: Fire Escape

Posted on | September 27, 2014 | 3 Comments

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Essential Feminist Quotes: ‘Rapists Serve All Men by Enforcing Male Supremacy’

FMJRA 2.0: Midnight Rider

Thoughts on Ideology

The Vichy GOP Thinks Tea Parties Should Just Shut Up & Fall In Line, Or Something

Rule 5 Sunday: Levitation

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.22.14

Another Community Organizer? We Need That Like Additional Cranial Ventilation

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.23.14

Dilbert Panel Or U.S. Foreign Policy Summary? You Make The Call

The Incoherence of Liberal Feminism

Brooks Threatens Gore’s Grip On “The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Read”

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.24.14

Historian Erupts: ‘I Will Not Be Lectured to by a Public School Girl Like You!’

Now That Is A Subtle Lie

Arrest in Hannah Graham Case

Special Request

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.25.14

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.26.14


Top linkers this week:

  1.  Batshit Crazy News (18)
  2. Regular Right Guy (8)

Honorable mention: A View from the Beach, which had four valid links and one to last Friday’s books & Qwerkywriter post.

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery!


Posted on | September 26, 2014 | 179 Comments

The Islamic jihad in America continues:

MOORE, Okla. – Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.
He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife. . . .
Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”
At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.
Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson. . . .
The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.
Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.
At this time, it is not known if the suspect’s beliefs played a role in the attack.

You think so, maybe? Donald Douglas has more at American Power.


LIVE AT FIVE: 09.26.14

Posted on | September 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

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Attorney General Holder Resigning

Still in contempt of Congress

California AG Kamala Harris: No thanks
Deval Patrick: no interest in AG gig
Ron Paul: An enemy of liberty resigns

Poll: British Public Behind Strikes On ISIS
Parliament expected to vote in favor of joining anti-ISIS coalition

Rockstar: Narendra Modi On Track To Sell Out Madison Square Garden
September 28 visit to New York a high point of the Indian PM’s trip

Democrats Raising Big Bucks While Whining About GOP Spending

Harry Reid: suffering from Koch addiction

Liberal outside groups outspending conservatives

NRA Outgunned? Gun Grabbers Spend Millions On Background Check Measure

Detroit Mayor & City Council Retake Control

Educrats And Union Officials Join Attack On Foley’s Education Plan

Congress Releases War Funds To Fight Ebola

San Fran, LA DAs Threaten Ridesharing Companies With Injunctions

Brent Headed For Weekly Decline On Ample Supplies: WTI $92.54, Brent $97.01
A Year Later, Most Mega IPOs Are Mega Laggards
Dollar Stands Tall, Asian Shares End On Low Note
NASDAQ 100 Sinks Most Since April As Apple Leads Tech Selloff
US Bank Fined $9 Million, Must Return $48 Million To Customers
Jobless Claims Rise To 293K
Apple Grapples With Gaffes After iPhone 6 Launch
Intel To Invest $1.5 Billion In Two Chinese Chipmakers
Facebook Rival Ello Gets The Timing Right
DirecTV Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve AT&T Takeover
New Angry Birds Transformers Has Robots, Lasers, And Falling Pigs!

Giants Clinch Playoff Berth, Then Hold On To Edge Padres 9-8

Hunter Pence gets sprayed with bubbly in the clubhouse

Backing into the playoffs with a little help from the Reds

Pirates Tighten NL Central Race With 10-1 Scalping Of Braves

Royals Magic Number Is One After 6-3 Win Over White Sox

More Casualties For Injury-Riddled Redskins After 45-14 Loss To Giants

Derek Jeter Delivers Walkoff Magic In Final At-Bat In Yankee Stadium

NBA Player Charged With Domestic Assault

Fish Top Phillies 6-4

Tigers Beat Twins 4-2, Stay 2 Up In AL Central

Nats Split Doubleheader With Mets

Rachel McAdams Closes In On “True Detective” Female Lead Role

Sources say HBO offered her the part…

…but actress and network staying mum

Jason Aldean Engaged To Former Mistress Brittany Kerr

Nina Dobrev Heading To “The Originals”

Fox Adding Anna Paquin Back To “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”

Lindsay Lohan Has Audience In Stitches For London Stage Debut…Pity It Wasn’t In The Script

“The Situation” Ordered To Stay Sober By Judge

First Listen: Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross’ “Gone Girl” Soundtrack

Japan Inflation Slows In August
Iraqi Leader Says Jihadis Planning Transit Attacks
Nobody’s Seen Kim Jong Un For Three Weeks
US Considering Meeting Iran “Close To Halfway” In Nuke Talks
Shells Fall In Turkey As ISIS Advances On Syrian Border Town
Syrian Refugees Saved By Cruise Liner Debark In Cyprus
More Than 3000 Europeans Have Joined ISIS
Ukraine Pushes For NATO Membership As Gas Talks Commence
Fresh Fears Of Aggression In Latvia As Kremlin Warns About Russian Minorities
Anger As Indonesia Ends Local Elections
India, China Resolve Two-Week Border Standoff

Michelle Malkin: “A” Is For Agitation – What’s Really Going On In Jefferson County Schools
Twitchy: “The Stupid, IT BURNS” – Lena Dunham Whines That GOP Senate Will Affect Your Sex Life
American Thinker: Eric Holder Out, Special Prosecutor To Follow?
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin’s Press Conference In Joplin
Don Surber: Democrat Blames Victim For Rape
Jammie Wearing Fools: Corrupt Holder Jumps Off Sinking Obama Ship
Joe For America: Gun Grabbers Moms Demand Action Love Nazis
JustOneMinute: Pumping Iron
Protein Wisdom: Un-Islamic Non-State ISIS Not As Frightening As Global Cooling Warming Climate Change Disruption
Shot In The Dark: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
STUMP: Who Was Dr. Death Really Targeting With Death At Age 75 Goal?
The Gateway Pundit: Liberia’s Largest Newspaper Accuses US Of Manufacturing Ebola Virus
The Jawa Report: Anjem Choudhary Arrested In UK Terror Sweep
The Lonely Conservative: WebMD Was Paid $13.9 Million To Promote Obamacare
This Ain’t Hell: IS Not Impressed By Airstrikes
Weasel Zippers: Al Sharpton Says He’s Helping Pick The Next Attorney General
Megan McArdle: What’s Worse Than a Subprime Auto Loan?

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