Friday Morning News Dump
- The 'We Can't Wait' Clause
- Niebuhr, Iraq, And Moral Clarity
- VDH: Obama's Hazy Sense Of History
- President Obama On ISIS 'Fetch Me My Brown Pants!'
- No Easy Exit From The Euro
- Nidal Hasan Applies to Become Citizen Of The Islamic State
- Rubio, I Totally Wouldn't Vote For That Immigration Bill I Push A While Back
- The Turned Back
- The Council Who Presided Over The Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal
- ISIS Executes 250 Captured Syrian Soldiers
- Has Hillary Ever Been Right
- ISIS Children's Camps About As Bad As You Imagined
- Ladies And Gentlemen, Our Media
- Vladimir Putin And The Return Of The Commie-Nazi
- This Video Is Hilarious, At The 40 Second Mark He Turns Into Bill Cosby (autoplay)
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For the second time this week, a flight had to be diverted because of passengers fighting over seat reclining.
This is ominous:
Putin's speaking at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp. He's just said "The Russian and Ukrainian peoples are one people". Crowd applauds.— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) August 29, 2014
Have a nice, safe holiday weekend.
Overnight Open Thread (8-28-2014) - Strategy-less Edition
"...I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
-- Thomas Jefferson on what form of exercise he thought was best
Apparently not - once you adjust for other factors. Granted it's a study from Sweden but then if poverty does really cause crime, then given Sweden's homogenous population and culture and relatively low crime rate you would expect the link to be more clear-cut and obvious there than anywhere else. But it wasn't.
In Sweden the age of criminal responsibility is 15, so Mr Sariaslan tracked his subjects from the dates of their 15th birthdays onwards, for an average of three-and-a-half years. He found, to no one's surprise, that teenagers who had grown up in families whose earnings were among the bottom fifth were seven times more likely to be convicted of violent crimes, and twice as likely to be convicted of drug offences, as those whose family incomes were in the top fifth.
What did surprise him was that when he looked at families which had started poor and got richer, the younger children-those born into relative affluence-were just as likely to misbehave when they were teenagers as their elder siblings had been. Family income was not, per se, the determining factor.
That suggests two, not mutually exclusive, possibilities. One is that a family's culture, once established, is "sticky"-that you can, to put it crudely, take the kid out of the neighbourhood, but not the neighbourhood out of the kid. Given, for example, children's propensity to emulate elder siblings whom they admire, that sounds perfectly plausible. The other possibility is that genes which predispose to criminal behaviour (several studies suggest such genes exist) are more common at the bottom of society than at the top, perhaps because the lack of impulse-control they engender also tends to reduce someone's earning capacity....There were no associations between childhood family income and subsequent violent criminality and substance misuse once we had adjusted for unobserved familial risk factors.
And you'll be shocked, shocked to learn that the man suspected of beheading James Foley was not driven to it by poverty nor by oppression. He got his money - and taste for killing - the old fashioned way - he inherited it.
British rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, AKA "L Jinny," is the prime suspect in the murder of Foley, according to sources in MI15. Bary's father, Adel Abdul Bary, the terrorist charged with participating in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in August 1998, is awaiting trial in New York after an 8 month extradition battle with the US.
...The "root causes" of [Abdel-Majed Abdel] Bary's radicalism aren't poverty and hopelessness. He grew up in a $3 million home in London, and had the best of everything growing up. His rap career never amounted to much but those who know him say he became radicalized when he began attending one of the many radical mosques in Britain. He is disciple of extremist preacher Anjem Choudary, who has expressed a desire to go to Syria and join Islamic State.
You know back in 1994 if you had asked me to guess at the top 1000 things to expect in the year 2014, I don't think any of the above would have appeared on the list.
The sister of the Boston bombers was arrested for making a bomb threat. And given the family track record this is one threat I would take seriously.
"Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, N.J., turned herself in to officers in Manhattan around 2:30 p.m. yesterday and was charged with aggravated harassment, according to police.
"'She made phone threats against another female, saying, "I know people who can go over there and put a bomb on you,"' said New York police Lt. Paul Ng."Tsarnaeva allegedly called the mother of her boyfriend's children in Manhattan on Monday around 3 p.m. and made the threats, according to Ng. Police did not identify the mother or the boyfriend.
And no this isn't a joke.
Students at the University of Oregon began their fall semester on Monday amid controversy over conduct charges filed against a female student for making a joke.
The university is under fire for filing five charges against the student after she yelled "I hit it first" to a couple passing under her window during the summer semester. The student, who requested anonymity, said she did not know the couple and called out the phrase in jest, according to her account to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
FIRE is now calling on the university to drop the charges and revise what it calls unconstitutional speech codes....Aside from harassment, the student has been charged with "disruption" and "disorderly conduct." The notice of allegations she received from the university outlined all the charges.
Note that once FIRE got involved the university quickly dropped all charges. Two thoughts - 1. This really wasn't offensive, and doesn't even qualify as a joke and 2. what kind of people have the time and energy to track down a person who yelled something random at them from a window and actually file formal charges?
Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California's Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that the state Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure. The law in question requires such plans to encompass all "medically necessary" care.
"Abortion is a basic health care service," department director Michelle Rouillard wrote in the letter. "All health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally."
How can a procedure be both elective and yet medically necessary?
Here is a bizarro story out of Wyoming where a 75 year old woman was convicted of killing a previous husband in 1974 after his body was recently found in an abandoned mine shaft. But it turns out that her current husband has also pleaded guilty to independently killing his wife and her kids back in the 70s. Supposedly neither knew of the other's killing ways until the husband's body was found last year. I can only imagine how that conversation went.
Over-cleanliness and widespread use of antibiotics seem to be the culprits.
Food allergies have increased about 50% in children since 1997. There are various theories explaining why. One is that the 21st century lifestyle, which includes a diet very different from our ancestors', lots of antibiotic use, and even a rise in cesarean section deliveries, has profoundly changed the makeup of microbes in the gut of many people in developed countries. For example, the average child in the United States has taken three courses of antibiotics by the time he or she is 2 years old, says Martin Blaser, an infectious disease specialist and microbiologist at New York University in New York City. (See here for more on the reach of microbiome research these days.)
Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, has spent years probing links between the immune system, intestinal bacteria, and the onset of allergies. Back in 2004, she and her colleagues reported that wiping out gut bacteria in mice led to food allergies. Since then, Nagler has continued trying to understand which bacteria offer allergy protection and how they accomplish that.
Or perhaps the plants are evolving better defense mechanisms.
First World Problems: "Knee Defender" Argument Diverts Plane
The first - and only - anti-disco riot.
These antics were child's play compared to what would become known as Disco Demolition Night. The anti-disco demonstration was to take place at Comiskey Park in Chicago on the evening of July 12, 1979 between a doubleheader game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox agreed to Dahl's demonstration because ticket sales were dragging that year and they wanted to fill seats. Attendees could get in for just under a dollar if they brought along a disco record they wished to see destroyed. The plan was to blow up the pile of vinyl on the middle of the field in between the two games, and the event received heavy promotion on Dahl's sponsoring radio station, 97.9 WLUP-FM.
...Dahl detonated the records, leaving a damaging hole in the middle of the outfield. That's when all mayhem broke loose, as thousands of disco-despising attendees stormed the field. The batting cage was ripped apart, and bats were stolen (one of the thieves that night was the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan.) Grass was ripped up and a bonfire started as the crowd ignored Veeck's instructions to return to their seats. Chicago police were called in wearing full riot gear to get the situation under control. Though there were no deaths from the event, several people were injured and 39 people were arrested for disorderly conduct.The field was deemed unplayable, even after an hour of debris clean up. The second baseball game had to be cancelled due to the deplorable condition of the field.
Do you even need a card to receive pity?
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Polygamy Decriminalized in Utah as Federal Judge Strikes Down Criminal Prohibition
Judge rules banning cohabitation violated religious freedom of the Browns
Kody Brown and his four wives appear in the TLC reality show 'Sister Wives'
Kody Brown, who stars in the TLC reality show with his four wives, filed a lawsuit against the state after leaving Utah fearing prosecution after the programme aired.
Now a federal judge has issued his final ruling in the case that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has ruled that a provision of Utah's law forbidding cohabitation violated the Browns' freedom of religion.
He ruled in favour of the family in December and has now said that Mr Brown and his wives can collect attorneys' fees.
Well, I'm stumped. I just can't keep up with things now.
If I understand this right (and frankly I'm guessing): The law remains one man, one woman for marriage. (Um, except that it can be two guys or two women, I guess.)
In Utah, they prohibited adult men and women who weren't married to each other from cohabitating.
They couldn't live in the same house.
The reason for this is that polygamists would have several non-state-recognized wives, and they'd all live in the same house together. While the state did not recognize the plural marriage, they lived as a polygamist family anyway.
Cohabitation was the means by which polygamists evaded the letter of the law against polygamy.
So Utah banned cohabitation by adults.
And this federal judge has ruled that to be an unconstitutional law discriminating against religion (Mormonism, I guess), so while the state does not have to recognize these marriages, it can no longer act to prevent these non-legal-marriage-like living arrangements, either.
Thanks to @rdbrewer4.
WATCH: Videos of Some Things DESTROYING Some Other Things
I wrote the headline because I see there's been another outbreak of "Jon Stewart DESTROYS ISIS" crap, as well as a "Steven Colbert DESTROYS White Privilege" jag.
Little Kid DESTROYS Mom for Getting Pregnant With Another Baby
Gentle but Clever Octopus DESTROYS Jar Confining Him
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Oh Yes: Ron Paul Says United States Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report.
Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were "minor" compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks.
"I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it," said Paul, during the interview with Money and Markets host Charles Goyette. "You already mentioned that [the U.S. government] had been warned that something was going to happen."
However, Paul said he doubted that Bush administration officials personally helped plot the attacks.
“Does that prove the fact that our president and others actually sat down and laid the plans and did this? I don’t think it does,” he said.
Ah. His theory is therefore a "moderate, modest" one.
At the link, he talks about the 9/11 attack being "minor."
But it's not minor enough to keep him from conspiracizing about it.
The former congressman took issue with the term "9/11 truther," arguing that it carried a negative connotation.
"It's politically very risky to talk about [questioning the 9/11 attacks], because the left and the government defenders are really, really quick to discredit anybody who raises any question whatsoever," said Paul. "They paint you, and they say 'oh you question this, that means you’re a truther.' I was always amazed, if you question and you want the truth, how they took a word like 'truther' and turned it into a terrible, terrible word."
Hit the link. There's more. They note that Ron Paul denied believing that the US had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks when asked about it during his 2012 bid for president.
Many of us believed that he actually did believe all this truther nonsense -- he was constantly on truther radio shows, after all, flattering them and their theories.
I see now that many of us were right.
Meanwhile, now the DNC is blasting Rand Paul's alleged (but arguably present) "blame America first" rhetoric.
Eh, I see my own willingness to entertain a Rand Paul presidency (and a Rand Paul foreign policy) dissolving before me every day on the news.
Louie Gohmert: Just Remember, If We Had Dropped Bombs on Assad Last Year When Obama Wanted Us To, IS Would Already Be In Control of Syria
He just said this on the Cavuto show.
It's a good point.
He was all gung-ho to bomb Assad, but now IS is beheading people and burying hundreds of people alive, and he's pursuing... a moderate course, pushing a "political resolution" of the Sunnis' complaints about the Shiite government as the crucial thing.
Obama on ISIS: "We don't have a strategy yet."— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 28, 2014
CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, alarmed: On Obama's "we have no strategy" line: "Let me be very clear, ISIS heard all of this."— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) August 28, 2014
Obama Speaking Now, Has Bothered To Put On A Tie
It's a show of solidarity with the Ukraine or something.
This is what happens when Obama bypasses Congress to purchase a suit.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) August 28, 2014
Ungrateful Loaf of Bread: Democrats Hitting Panic Button On Immigration
Well, I look over at Hot Air and whose stupid byline do I see there? Oh, Gabriel Malor. I think I know him.
Or at least I thought I did.
Anyway, treachery aside, a lot of interesting news about immigration.
The NYT reports Mark Pryor now objecting to Obama's threat to grant executive amnesty to just a few illegal immigrants -- just a mere five million or so.
He objects, of course, not out of conviction, but real fear about the public response to this, and what effect it will have on his Daddy Got Me senate seat.
Now, don’t be fooled by the NY Times’ suggestion above that Democratic panic is limited to conservative states. It’s not. As Guy wrote last week, the immigration issue is also fueling Scott Brown’s surge against New Hampshire’s Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who, by the way, has today abandoned her wait-and-see approach on this issue and announced that she opposes "a piecemeal approach issued by executive order." Shaheen joins Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Sen. Mark Begich in urging Obama not to issue an executive order ending immigration enforcement for millions of aliens unlawfully present.
The AP has the best information I could find on when Obama plans to unleash immigration mayhem. According to AP, Obama had planned to announce by Labor Day, but that has been pushed back by the ongoing foreign policy meltdowns in Russia, Syria, and Iraq. At this point, it looks like an immigration announcement would come in a few more weeks.
Gabe also discusses the media's hope that Obama's amnesty will in turn provoke a GOP shutdown of the government, which will wind up saving Obama and the Democrats.
However, he seems to think this hope is ill-founded -- and that the political damage will most likely fall upon Democrats.
In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.
Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu's federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.
On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address. But when qualifying for the ballot in Louisiana last week, she listed the family’s raised-basement home here on South Prieur Street.
This sort of question may seem a bit minor but voters do seem to care quite a bit about it.
Stuff Matt Yglesias Says
Via @DrewMTips, I've been trying to not mention the M-word, but this is...
Well, it's something.
Remember Sister Soulja? And how Bill Clinton took issue with her, and the press went ga-ga, talking about his "Sister Soulja Moment," his guts in taking on the baser parts of his base?
People forget, but Sister Souljah was speaking out about the problem of black-on-black crime.
Now you all probably did forget that.
There's a reason you forgot that.
Because it didn't happen.
Here's what she actually said to provoke Bill Clinton into calling her out:
"Of black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?"
Incidentally, she said this not in the context of condemning black-on-black crime, but in an interview in which she expressed her support for the 1992 Rodney King rioters, and just generally supporting black-on-white crime.
Her attitude was that if a black person is going to kill someone anyway, it might as well be a white person.
In a Washington Post interview published on May 13, 1992, the hip-hop MC, author, and political activist Sister Souljah was quoted as saying, (in response to the question regarding black-on-white violence in the 1992 Los Angeles riots):
Question: "Even the people themselves who were perpetrating that violence, did they think that was wise? Was that a wise reasoned action?"
Souljah: "Yeah, it was wise. I mean, if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?... White people, this government and that mayor were well aware of the fact that black people were dying every day in Los Angeles under gang violence. So if you're a gang member and you would normally be killing somebody, why not kill a white person? Do you think that somebody thinks that white people are better, are above and beyond dying, when they would kill their own kind?"
She wasn't calling for a reduction in violence; she was just calling for it to be redirected entirely towards whites.
I don't understand this whole Matt Yglesias Situation.
I do not understand why people pay him cash money to make a fool of himself week-in, week-out.
Sometimes daily, as John Ekdahl noted earlier.
Russia Invades Ukraine; State Department Pronounces Itself "Concerned"
The Ukrainian PM says that the invasion as begun.
Putin's plan is apparently to not disturb Obama's golf, as he takes over the country bit-by-bit, rather than in one grand offensive.
Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced [spelling corrected] today that Russia had "unleashed a new war in Europe" and that "Russian boots are on Ukrainian ground." According to BBC News, over 1,000 Russian troops (reports are unclear whether they are in official uniform) have crossed into Ukraine and are currently fighting alongside pro-Russian rebels. They now control the Ukrainian border city of Novoazovsk and are attempting to seize Mariupol, a strategic port located on the Sea of Azov -- a rebel spokesman has said they will soon "liberate: the port city. The Ukrainian military is now concentrating on strengthening Mariupol’s defenses.
Meanwhile, Obama is "concerned."
Concerned about Russia invading (in order to subjugate) a peaceful, independent state.
What was the Obama administration’s initial reaction? "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk. Clearly, that is of deep concern to us," a State Department spokeswoman said yesterday. She could not have been more inoffensive. Oh, the administration is also "concerned by the Russian Government’s unwillingness to tell the truth even as its soldiers are found 30 miles inside Ukraine. Russia is sending its young men into Ukraine but are telling -- are not telling them where they’re going or telling their parents what they’re doing." The spokeswoman further indicated that we wouldn't change our policy of refusing to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons.
What you say you have when you don't really care.
"This Is the Real Deal:" Video of CNN chatting about their own "concerns" about the Russian invasion of the Ukraine at the Free Beacon.
Meanwhile... the United States refuses to call it an invasion, preferring terms like "an aggression."
America has never been brought to such a state of disrepute in all of its history as Obama's gentle mercies have managed to do.
Joan Rivers in Critical Condition
This is now several hours old. I don't see fresh updates.
8:49 AM PT -- The NYPD tells us ... Joan is currently in critical condition.
We're told ... at one point, Joan's heart stopped beating.
It's unclear if doctors were able to restart the comic's heart.
8:15 AM PT -- We're told an emergency call was placed to 911 at 9:39 AM ET and the caller said, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."
Joan Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City on Thursday after suffering complications while undergoing a throat operation at a clinic.
The 81-year-old comedienne and host of E!'s Fashion Police stopped breathing during the surgery, E! News has learned. Her daughter and frequent co-star, Melissa Rivers, 46, and Melissa's son, Cooper, 13, took a morning flight to the city to be by Joan's side.
Police said they responded to an emergency call that morning about an 81-year-old woman and found her in critical condition. They then had her transported to the hospital.
Tough old bird. I hope she pulls through.
College Football Pickem
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@Miketalley73 was nice enough to set up a Yahoo College pickem group if you're interested. There's games tonight so if you want to play, here's the info:
Go to this Yahoo link.
I think you have to have a Yahoo id to play. I don't really know how any of this stuff works including this blog. There's still an open thread down there for all the things not football.
Thursday Morning News Dump
- Russia Might Be Invading Ukraine
- Uncle Stupid's Sugar Buzz
- Is The Left Approaching A Kool-Aid Moment
- Will The IRS's Strategy Of Destroying Evidence Pay Off
- Criminalizing Campus Sex
- A Second American Dies Fighting For ISIS
- It's Time For A Constitutional Moment
- What A Lovely Family
- IRS Ethics Lawyer Could Be Disbarred
- In Syria, ISIS And Assad Must Both Lose
- I Figured He Was Lying When I First Saw This Story
- It Seems Like It's Obama's Job To Inconvenience Americans
- British Jihadi's Should Be Stripped Of Citizenship
- Good, Let The Robots Catch Ebola
- Argentina's Peso Continues To Drop
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Sean Hannity goes off on a Sharia-loving imam during his Fox News show: "every radical Islamist like you will be wiped off the face of the earth."
Oh. The Boston bomber's sister was arrested for making a bomb threat.
David Drucker has an update on the RNC's big new voter turnout program that I've written about before.
Eesh, the CFPB took a really short amount of time to become a bureaucratic hell hole.
Overnight Open Thread (8-27-2014)
When one thing goes wrong, it may be an accident, but when five do at once-Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and our border - the man at the helm may have something to do with it, and a foreign policy based largely on John Lennon lyrics may be the proximate cause.
-- Noemie Emery in the Weekly Standard
You'll be shocked to learn that it's mainly due to bad life choices with the key word being choice.
For those of you not up to speed on this, here's the thumbnail: Miley Cyrus brought a "date" to the VMAs on Sunday who was identified as "Jesse," a homeless man in his twenties. When Cyrus won the award for Video of the Year, she sent "Jesse" up in her place to preach to the Hollywood elite assembled at the Nokia Live Theatre, as well as the millions at home watching, about the plight of the homeless.
...Make no mistake, the subtext of the speech was "There but for the grace of God go you." It's the typical progressive claptrap and guilt trip about homelessness. The idea that all Americans are just one paycheck away from living on the streets in a cardboard box has been a propaganda weapon used to diminish the glories of capitalism for decades.But, like most Marxist ideas, it's a lie.
Well come on - who doesn't have a few outstanding warrants in nearby states?
Did you know that the current head of the Islamic State caliphate was in US custody in Iraq until 2009?
The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS,) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was formerly held by the U.S. military at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq from 2005 to his release in 2009.
And why was he released? No one seems to know although I suspect it was related to polices inspired by the lyrics of a certain Lennon song as well as a desire to make the whole Iraq/Middle East thing just go away.
Why such a dangerous man was slated for release in 2009, or who made the decision is not known. The Telegraph offers that "one possible explanation is that he was one of thousands of suspected insurgents granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq."
In 2010, shortly after his release, al-Baghdadi was announced as a new al-Qaeda leader. When bin Laden was killed in 2011, Baghdadi pledged to revenge his death "with 100 terrorist attacks across Iraq" - but with al Qaeda leaders dropping like flies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, no one took him seriously.
After a State Department security agent hit and ran him while he was crossing the street legally back in 2010. Note that it took them 1660 days to settle up which is nearly twice as a long as the siege of Leningrad lasted during WWII.
Otherwise known as We Demand That Those Brazilians Owners Pay Our High American taxes.
With all that said, the Burger King move isn't really about "inversion" anyway. This is a merger. Tim Hortons has a $9.9 billion market cap and generated more revenue than Burger King last year, so it seems implausible that the deal was made for reasons of tax sedition alone. When you merge with a company from another country, one that helps diversify your reach worldwide, it seems like a basic fiduciary responsibility to place your headquarters in the spot that offers you the best business climate. And though Burger King's won't save much in the immediate future, the long-term prospects of choosing Canada will.
Even a semi-auto pistol in 9mm is probably too much for a 9 year old without a lot of supervision and training and even then.... But handing them a sub-machine gun is just asking for tragedy.
The shocking recording taken by the girl's parents and released by police shows Vacca standing closely next to the girl when the gun recoiled as she fired on full automatic mode.
As the clip unfolds, Vacca is seen to instruct the girl to hold the weapon with two hands at all times and to take a perpendicular stance to the target.
Then Vacca asks her to fire one shot for him, which she does.
Then, Vacca tells the girl to adjust her stance and squeeze the trigger to let off a volley, but something goes wrong when she fires a second time.
His last words to the girl are: 'Alright, full auto.'The girl loses her two-handed grip on the weapon and it pulls to her left, striking Vacca in the head.
Harris County, TX has the most and interestingly New Mexico has none.
I guess this is what happens when you run out of other people's money: thieves fall out among themselves on how to divide up the dwindling spoils. Should be fun to watch. Almost as much fun as watching Argentina thrash around-once the fourth richest nation in the world a century ago before the country caught the socialist bug. Maybe it was just bad luck, like those decades of Soviet grain harvests.
Not to worry. I'm sure Venezuela or Cuba can send them foreign aid.
If people had bothered to listen to those who actually knew him.
There was also no evidence whatsoever, pre-election, that Obama would be able to work effectively with people, and certainly none about his warmth or liking of people. The thing was, his supporters either imagined it was there when it was not, or somehow thought its lack wouldn't matter. His brilliance would override everything.
Well, we've seen how that's worked out.
Where people take otherwise innocuous pictures and put a pron company logo on them. And sometimes add a little pixelation.
It's interesting that several of them have had intersecting post-acting careers. And that Gabe Kaplan has been a professional gambler for 30+ years.
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"Sons of Guns" Cancelled After Host Charged With Raping 11 Year Old Girl Almost "Daily"
I have to head out for a reunion with my
hookers family so I'm knocking off very early today.
As Obama Offers "Don't Do Stupid Shit" Theory of Foreign Policy, His Dwindling Band of Disciple-Defenders Offer "Shit Happens" Theory of Geopolitics
Echoing Norma Desmond, Obama's SuperFans insist, "Obama is big. It's the United States that has gotten small."
Liberals make excuses for Obama
BY NOEMIE EMERY
All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn't the president's fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause...
Of course, Obama's defenders note that he is currently beleaguered by something that no US president has ever contended with in all of US history: A divided Congress.
She looks at the minor little bother confronting Truman after WWII, to wit, the expansionist Soviet Empire, and notes that previous presidents have in fact faced "nuance-drenched problems," as one liberal defender of Obama calls his difficulties.
Here she gets to the heart of it:
When Republicans fail, it's always their fault, but when things fall apart under Democrats, larger forces are always at work. In the first volume of his work, Reagan biographer Steven F. Hayward took a stroll with us down memory lane to the last time this happened, under one James Earl Carter: "The job of President is too difficult for any single person because of the complexity of the problems and the size of government," pronounced the historian Barbara Tuchman. "As the country goes to the polls in the 47th national election, the Presidency as an institution is in serious trouble," wrote the columnist Joseph Kraft...
If liberals felt compelled to protect a peanut farmer from Georgia, what must they feel for an Ivy League-trained exotic from Hyde Park, a man of the world and messiah, a speaker and writer, but never a doer; themselves, in short, to the ultimate power; themselves as they dreamed they could be? And that is the problem: If he fails, then they fail, and that cannot happen. So the fault is in the stars, in the cards, in unfair expectations--anywhere but where it should be.
And why does the God fail?
Because he's not a god, of course.
I found this interesting:
His supporters argue that his approach has been consistent with his strategy of returning the United States -- after post-Sept. 11 wars -- to a foreign policy built around economic engagement rather than military intervention. The question, though, is whether he is contradicting the pledge embraced in his 2009 Nobel Prize lecture: "to face the world as it is," not as he would like it to be.
"He thought he could change the tenor more easily than he could, and I think he thought the world would be more responsive to his desires than the world has proven to be," said Jon B. Alterman, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
This explains Obama's failures as well as anything else: He speaks his platitudes with the zest of a man who thinks his audience is hearing all this for the first time, and he thinks his Magic Words can move mountains.
And he has no Plan B for when this fails.
And this fails always.
Al Michaels: Bob Costas Really Needs to Drink a Tall Cold Glass of Shut Your Fat Mouth You Chubby Pisher Juice
He spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about competition from the new Thursday Night Football show on CBS.
How do you plan to handle the Washington Redskins nickname controversy on the air?
Gaudelli: Just like we handled it last year. No one's tuning in to the game to hear our opinion on should the name be changed or should the name be left the way it is. We're doing the game; it's really not under our jurisdiction to be weighing in. If we were a studio show, it would be different.
Lazarus: [Costas] did that, so we don't need to address it again. It was only relevant for Bob to do it in that game [Oct. 13, 2013] because that was the first game after the controversy bubbled up again, and it was a Redskins game.
Michaels: You should have seen Twitter on Bob that night, but that's a whole other story. Our audience wants to watch a football game, and all you really do to fans when they're watching the game, if you go in that direction, is piss 'em off. They don't want to be lectured to -- period.
I assume this "Lazarus" has some connection to Costas and so was trying to put in a kind word for the preening jackass.
Corrected: No, they were talking about whether CBS' new Thursday Night Football show would be competition for their continuing Sunday Night Football show.
Which makes Michaels' dig a bit edgier, as they're co-workers at NBC, I guess.
It also explains why Lazarus, whoever that is, speaks of "we" making the previous statement on the Redskins' name.
Thanks to Buzzion for that correction.
Your Daily Dumbass
I'm sure you all cheat on me with other blogs (don't insult us both by denying it) so I know you know there's currently an internet game for charity. The idea is that you're supposed to dump a bucket of ice water over your head to raise awareness for ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease.
I'm even more sure you've already betrayed me by watching Kate Upton's participation.
So some guys wanted to do the ice bucket challenge, but, being Men, they wanted to give it a Difficulty Factor of 9, and maybe get a Viral Video out of it, so they could be famous and have sex with loose women.
Being Men, they thought "What could make our ice bucket video awesome?" and being Men they immediately answered themselves: "Fire. Why, Fire makes everything awesome!"
Fire, and personal endangerment.
What happens next is as predictable as it is glorious.
CNN: Hey, You Know There's Always an Outside Chance That Our Fake Audio Might Be Real
A CNN time-waster was interviewing two law enforcement experts on the alleged Michael Brown Shooting Audio. You know the one that goes, "You are so pretty. You're so fine."
So CNN was asking two guys who know nothing about the case to speculate about an unconfirmed alleged audio from an unidentified man.
The experts both expressed their strong doubts that the audio was real.
After the first guest says it's most likely a hoax, and might just be a Howard Stern prankster, he allows, more out of politeness than conviction, "But it could be real."
The CNN timewaster echoes this thought hopefully: "But it could be."
Hey, it could be real.
Ya never know.
By the way, if this is proven to be fake, let me put a bee in the bonnet of the technically skilled:
Isolate the "You are so pretty, you're so fine" audio, and then add in, in background, the sounds of Mario gobbling up coins and jumping from mushrooms, and we can present it to the world as "AUDIO: Deranged Plumber Goes on Hallucinogen-Fueled Looting Spree."
Feds Spending $1,000,000 to Build Database to Track "False and Misleading Ideas" on the Internet
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track "misinformation" and hate speech on Twitter.
The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor "suspicious memes" and what it considers "false and misleading ideas," with a major focus on political activity online.
The "Truthy" database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to "detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution."
They're about to use a surprising word. That word is "subversive." In years past, "subversive" was a joke on the left -- they viewed the term as a fascist meme intended to delegitimize criticism of the state and essentially criminalize dissent.
In other words, they were against government attempts to suppress what it called "subversive speech."
How times change.
"This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate," the grant said.
Also note the Orwellian phraseology -- the government's monitoring of citizen political speech is supposed to "assist in the preservation of open debate."
I always know I'm engaging in "open debate" when I feel the hot breath of a government censor on the back of my neck.
This is scary, and the government should not be funding this. The government should have no truck with efforts to monitor the political speech of its subjects, I mean, I guess we're supposed to still call them "citizens."
If the university wants to cook up yet another "Rightwingers are all crazy liars" fake study, that's their business.
But the government should not be paying for this, and should not have an ownership interest in the fruits of monitoring citizen speech.
How To Get A 3000% Return On Your Investment: Invest In Politicians
Over at the Free Beacon (it's "beacon" not "bacon", settle down) Lachlan Markay takes a look at how the "private" Space X operation has turned a few thousand dollars in campaign donations and $300,000 or so in lobbying fees into tens of millions of dollars in subsidies for a proposed spaceport in south Texas.
Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, will receive more than $15 million in public financing to build a launch pad in Cameron County, near the Mexican border.
The subsidies came after SpaceX’s founder, billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk, made campaign contributions to key state lawmakers and hired lobbyists with ties to Austin.
A prolific political donor, he began pouring money into the campaigns of key state lawmakers. On November 7, 2012, he donated $1,000 to state representative Rene Oliveira (D). Two weeks later, he gave state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. (D) $2,000.
The next month, the Associated Press reported that Lucio and Oliveira were working to secure state backing for a potential SpaceX launch pad in Brownsville.
Pure coincidence no doubt. Read the whole article to see how a few Lakers tickets and nights out on the town turn into massive government subsidies for a private company.
Sure it's good for these legislators' districts to have this kind of business there but what about other business that can't afford the six figure lobbyists who guide rich business types through the political machinery?
I'm not naive to think this sort of stuff hasn't gone on forever and will go on forever, it's simply human nature. That's why making government at levels as small as possible is so important.
What does continue to surprise me when it shouldn't is how cheap it is to buy politicians. Remember Team GOP's hero, Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran's longtime aide who accepted $20-30K in gifts from Jack Abrahmof in return to ensuring the felon's clients received millions in government money?
When you think about it it's really no surprise that politicians sell themselves so cheaply. Unlike honorable whores who sell their own bodies, politicians sell other people's money. Plus, they make it up in volume.
This bi-partisan rush to hand out everyone's money for their own gain is part of why I'm drifting away from conservatism and towards libertarianism. Screw them all.
Hump Day News Dump
- The Evil Islamic State
- The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout
- VDH: The Madness Of 2008
- Obama Looking To Side Step Congress On Climate Change
- Israel Media Bias
- Smart Take
- Feds To Track 'Misinformation' And 'Hate Speech' On Twitter
- Nobody's Fault
- Dem Senator Calls For Vote On Military Strikes In Iraq And Syria
- After Grueling Golf Vacation, Obama Finally Getting Back To Fundraising
- Democrats Set Primary Calendar That Would Help Hillary
- There Is No Escape From The Political Life These Days
- Looks Like They're Going To Make A Sequel To Blade Runner
- Quiz: Is This Headline From Vox Or TMZ?
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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for a boycott of Burger King in retaliation for the business even thinking about expanding overseas to gain favorable tax treatment.
Senate Democrats are pissed at fellow Senate Democrat Tim Kaine for saying there should be a vote to authorize the President's military action against ISIL. They don't want to be seen to do their jobs before Election Day.
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Although American Douglas McAuthur McCain did die in combat while fighting in Syria for IS against another rebel group.
Always remember that the very fact that you're voluntarily reading this on this web site means that you're more than a little abnormal (and by a little I mean a lot). You are a political junkie so the political arguments that appeal to you probably won't to non-junkie-types i.e. normals.
Perhaps when we're trying to persuade the electorate as a whole, we have to toss out terms like "conservative" or "libertarian." Not because they're not accurate, but because they represent obscure hieroglyphics to a chunk of the people we're trying to persuade.
If you're one of these perpetually tuned-out voters, maybe words like "conservative" or "libertarian" are signals that indicate, Hey, this is that politics stuff that you don't like to hear about, so you can stop paying attention now. This is frustrating, and I understand and feel the irritation that we have to water down or dumb down our arguments because some voters can't be bothered to understand some concepts we find pretty basic.We political junkies love political philosophies, and keep subdividing ourselves into smaller and more precise groupings. (Crunchy Cons! Neoconservatives! Libertarian Populism! Reform Conservatives! Eisenhower Anarchist!) We love these labels and terms, because we feel that they help explain a coherent way of looking at the world, government, the Constitution, human rights, society, etc. But to a lot of people, they might as well be Dungeons & Dragons character classes. They don't know which political philosophy best matches how they see the world because they flat-out don't understand the terms and, perhaps most maddeningly, are not convinced that they need to know them - nor much about anything else.
And never ever forget the dedicated work of generations of people before you that led to the technology you're enjoying at this very moment.
In other words if a Republican does something you don't like, how can it not be a crime?
A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.
What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents)...."I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, anytime, that underestimates children's abilities more than we North Americans do today," says Boston College psychology professor emeritus Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, a book that advocates for more unsupervised play, not less.
More like self-funding pros
The Islamic State, which now controls an area of Iraq and Syria larger than the U.K., may be raising more than $2 million dollars a day in revenue from oil sales, extortion, taxes and smuggling, according to U.S. intelligence officials and anti-terrorism finance experts.
Unlike other extremist groups' reliance on foreign donations that can be squeezed by sanctions, diplomacy and law enforcement, the Islamic State's predominantly local revenue stream poses a unique challenge to governments seeking to halt its advance and undermines its ability to launch terrorist attacks that in time might be aimed at the U.S. and Europe."The Islamic State is probably the wealthiest terrorist group we've ever known," said Matthew Levitt
Russian officials have closed the McDonalds in Moscow due to 'health' reasons.
The McDonalds peace theory holds that no two countries prosperous enough to be under the golden arches will ever go to war. In what may be a possible fillip of hope for this theory, Russia has closed the famous McDonalds on Pushkin Square, along with at least three other locations. The Pushkin Square restaurant was big news when it opened, as a symbol of new Soviet openness to Western ways and money. ...So maybe we could amend the theory this way: if two countries with a McDonalds do go to war, one of the countries will get rid of the fast food chain.
Discovery of the Houston's final resting place solves the final mystery surrounding the legendary ship. While the cruiser's loss was affirmed shortly after the battle, the exact spot where it went down remained unknown until the recent location and analysis of the wreckage near Java.
Unfortunately, media accounts of the discovery gloss over the history of the USS Houston, and its legacy as a fighting ship. For members of the World War II generation, the ship was a symbol of determination, heroism and sacrifice against long odds.Indeed, for many months after the Houston went down, it was assumed that all hands were lost with the ship. In fact, almost 300 members of the crew survived the sinking, only to be taken prisoner by the Japanese. They endured hellish conditions in POW camps immortalized by the book and film "Bridge on the River Kwai." William Holden's character in the film, Lieutenant Commander Shears, was identified as a survivor from the Houston. Shears' escape from the POW camp mirrors that of five Houston sailors who managed to reach Allied lines and report that roughly one-third of the crew had survived. At the end of the war, 291 were repatriated and returned home.
"Our enemies have given us the chance to prove that there will be another USS Houston, and yet another USS Houston if that becomes necessary, and still another USS Houston as long as American ideals are in jeopardy."
-- FDR on 12 October 1942 renaming the Vicksburg to the Houston (CL-81)
The current USS Houston is still in service.
The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a report calling for a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, as well as restrictions on e-cigarette advertising and sales to minors. The report also calls for regulations on the contents of e-cigarettes and raised concerns over the interests of major tobacco companies, which have begun to command a greater share of a market that saw $3 billion in sales last year.
Because it's really about controlling your behavior and making sure the bad, wrong people are punished.
East Lampeter Township police say an armed, masked gunman robbed the occupants of a horse and buggy after forcing the buggy off the road.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. Monday, the buggy, carrying three people, was traveling east in the 300 block of East Eby Road when a westbound white minivan pulled into its lane, forcing the buggy to stop.
An armed man - with his face covered - exited the van and demanded money at gunpoint police said.
The victims tossed their wallets to the suspects. One of them threw his wallet behind the robber, according to East Lampeter police Lt. Robin Weaver.When the robber turned around to get the wallet, the driver of the buggy directed his horse to take off into an adjacent field.
Possible ID here.
You have been warned. But hey you're an adult and responsible for your own illusions.
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Did MSNBC Rent Out A Fenced Off Parking Lot to Report from Ferguson?
I saw a little of the MSNBC coverage.
I saw them interviewing people behind a fence.
I wondered, "Do they have all those people behind a fence?"
Like, were the protesters locked up behind a fence?
And if so, who locked them up?
And why isn't anyone reporting this outrage? (And it would seem rather outrageous, if that were the case.)
Well, it looks like it wasn't the protesters who were locked in behind fence -- it was MSNBC's gutsy reporting crew, who locked themselves in, I guess, because: Safety first.
[Freelance reporter Ryan Schuessler] had plenty of complaints about the media’s behavior, but one of Schuessler’s reasons stood out in particular:Another [to-be-left-unnamed] major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.
A National Review reporter says he can confirm that he saw cameras in a locked parking lot but could not tell whose equipment it was.*
The rest of NR's post makes a circumstantial case that it was MSNBC in that parking lot, based on the below video, of protesters throwing rocks at Chris Hayes.
Assuming MSNBC was in fact inside their parking lot, these images now make sense to me, in terms of physical space.
Good Lord. MSNBC ought to be embarrassed if this is true. Not just because they misled viewers into thinking protesters were locked up inside cages, by not admitting that they had chosen to lock themselves up.
But in terms of sheer cowardice.
This is the network celebrating the Ferguson protests, and yet they will only report on their heroes from behind locked iron fences?
Why is no one else reporting this?
The Guild looks out for fellow members, doesn't it?
* Corrected. I claimed that a NR reporter could confirm that it was MSNBC's equipment in that parking lot -- but I misread it. He can only confirm that someone had cameras in there.
I'll just say I don't remember seeing any other network interviewing people behind fences.
Maybe others did, but I didn't see that.
#LocalCrimeStory: British Report Claims that Over 1400 Children Were Sexually Exploited in City of Rotherdam Over 16 Years, But Bureaucracy Did Nothing, For Fear of Being Branded Politically Incorrect
A couple of caveats before the article itself:
Having witnessed a Child Sex Panic in America (the McMartin case, etc.), I'm a little hesitant to fully endorse one of these reports.
And I'm troubled by this sentence in the Daily Mail article:
The majority of victims believed the perpetrators to be their boyfriend who gave them gifts, alcohol and drugs. Some of the victims still maintain they were not groomed or abused.
That's a little worrisome -- that the "victims" still maintain they weren't victimized.
Maybe those particular kids weren't victimized.
My concerns registered, here's the story.
The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today.
Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed.
And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies.
But according to the report's author: 'several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist'.
The lack of reports was partly down to a fear of being racist, Prof Jay wrote, as the majority of the perpetrators were described as 'Asian men', and many were said to be of Pakistani origin.
By Asian, the British usually mean Pakistani.
Some (not many) disturbing details at the link. The report avers that kids were "groomed" to be sex partners (I assume when older), and that many were trafficked into full child prostitution.
As for the idea that the bureaucracy shied away from this out of fears of appearing "racist:"
I can understand, at a basic level, why the media and government do not wish to hype stories that can generate anger and fear against a minority.
I understand that. That's laudable.
But... this has gotten to the point where the media and government simply lies to us about things implicating race.
And then they wonder why we don't believe them, and why "rumors" and "internet claims" get spread so far and wide.
Well, here's why: Because we know you're lying. We know you're covering things up. We know that when a man is accused of a crime that seems terroristic, and you won't reveal the suspect's name for 72 hours, we know the kind of name it is.
We all know the reason why the spree murders of three gay men is not being covered in the national media.
When you deny people facts, they will resort to rumor and speculation, because that becomes their best sort of information.
No one wants rumor and speculation to be their best sort of information. Everyone in the world recognizes these are very poor sorts of information.
But when major institutions conspire to suppress better types of information, for "the greater good," then people really have no other choice but to resort to other, lesser sources of it.
They always think the public is going to "Go Crazy With Insane Hatred!!!" if they know the truth.
Have we seen pitchfork and torch mobs recently?
Do your jobs, Idiots.
If you conceive as the first priority of your job as being the suppression of fact, then find another job.
Like in elective politics, or political agitation, the sorts of jobs where suppressing the truth is the job.
But get the hell out of government bureaucracies that are supposed to be responsive to actual facts, and get the hell out of the media which is allegedly dedicated to nothing but the full and fair reportage of the facts.
Video: Iron Dome Interceptors Take Out 15 Hamas Rockets In One Barrage
When people say "That can't be done," what they usually mean is I don't want you to do that because it will put me at a competitive disadvantage.
Obviously the American Left screamed that we could never intercept ICBMs out of a desire to not disadvantage their Soviet confreres.
But of course people say this in real life, too, that you can't do this, that doing that is impossible, that you should just give up.
What they're saying is that they're afraid you'll fail, but what they're feeling is fear that you'll succeed.
Also from the cobs and @rdbrewer4 in the sidebar: woman kills attacking leopard armed only with farm tools.
An Indian woman armed only with farm tools is stable in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her.
Kamla Devi, 56, sustained multiple bites, cuts and fractures during the half-hour battle.
She had been fetching water in northern Uttarakhand state when the leopard pounced on her from nearby bushes -- she fought back with a sickle and spade.
"I thought I was dead but I did not lose patience and courage," she told reporters after her lucky escape.
I wouldn't call that lucky. She fought the thing for a half an hour. She earned that. If you sweat and bleed for something that's not luck. Luck is when happy chance blunders into you.
The leopard said, "Put down that spade, that's just silly, it's impossible to kill a leopard with a spade," right before she killed it with a spade.
Incidentally, there has been at least one other leopard attack in the area. (The article notes another leopard attack but I don't know Indian geography so I can't say it's "in the area.")
So she may have killed a manhunting beast that's been prowling around attacking women.
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So the IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner's 2009-2012 Blackberry, After Congressional Investigations Into Her Targeting Had Begun
After you're all out of your list of plausible excuses, what you have remaining are your implausible ones.
The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan's court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner's Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner's hard drive.
We all know by now that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was destroyed by IRS. The emails of up to twenty other related IRS officials were missing in remarkably similar "crashes," leading many to speculate that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry perhaps held the key. Now, the [New York] Observer can confirm that a year after the infamous hard drive crash, the IRS destroyed Ms. Lerner's Blackberry--and without making any effort to retain the emails from it.
Judge Sullivan has had to pry information from the IRS to learn anything about Ms. Lerner's Blackberry. Now, with these latest revelations, I’m confident he’s not finished.
With incredible disregard for the law and the Congressional inquiry, the IRS admits that this Blackberry "was removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." This is a year after her hard drive "crash" and months after the Congressional inquiry began.
Combine this with yesterday's report that all of Lois Lerner's emails actually are saved on a backup system, but the IRS says it would be too hard to retrieve them and so it's not going to trouble itself, and you begin to have doubts about the IRS' commitment to finding these emails.
This. Is. Stupid.
@benk84 linked this in the morning dump thread, but it's dumb enough that we need to pay attention.
Mollie Hemingway examines the unhinged reaction of unthinking progressives who are attacking Sofia Vergara today, while just the day before they'd showered Beyonce with unreasonable praise.
Both women showed off their bodies in an awards show. Sofia Vergara stood upon a rotating podium so that people could admire her curves while someone from the television academy droned a bunch of boring filler material. It was intended as a joke -- that they knew what the guy was saying was lame, so they had a pretty girl on stage.
"What truly matters," the Boring Guy said at the end of his boring speech, "is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch."
Okay it's not funny, but neither was Seth Meyers, and I don't hear calls for his public stoning.
Beyonce, meanwhile, did a lot of very sexual bumping-and-grinding, and wore less clothing that Sofia Vergara.
The difference seems to be that while Sofia Vergara allowed herself to be viewed by men as a sex object, Beyonce not only allowed herself to be viewed by men as a sex object, but also "took ownership of her sexuality," and by "took ownership of her sexuality," I mean she grabbed her cooch.
It reminds me of Spinal Tap, these absurd distinctions people make just to hear themselves talk.
This all proves the theory of evolution to me. I'll tell you why. Because while people seem to be using human words and human reasoning in their discussions, I don't hear human words and human reasoning most of the time.
I hear the hooting of apes. I hear apes hooting their approval for the Boss Ape and hooting their disapproval of a Rival Ape who seems to be challenging the Boss Ape, but isn't quite as explosive in his arm movements and leaf-and-twig-upsetting as the Boss Ape.
I hear hooting apes, who are using human speech to disguise the fact that they're just engaging in primitive ape hooting, and they use the masquerade of human-sounding speech primarily to hide their ape hooting from themselves.
CNN Runs Alleged Audiotape of the Shooting Without Confirming It's Audio of the Shooting
Supposedly the as-of-yet-unidentified man who made the recording did so during a video chat with "a friend." The gunshots were captured inadvertently in background, and only recently did he realize he had an audio record of the shooting.
I'm a little skeptical of this.
My problem is that the gunshots sound pretty clear in the audiotape. If they're clear in the audiotape, they would have been, I assume, even clearer in real life. Loud noises sound more real in real life than they do on audio. If they're loud enough, you can even physically feel them.
I don't think gunshots at a distance can be felt, but I do think they'd capture one's attention.
This guy doesn't seem to acknowledge them at all.
Thinking about it again: Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the gunshots aren't so punctuated to seize the guy's attention, and so maybe it's more plausible that he just finished what he was doing before noticing them.
Sometimes people see or hear things before they actually perceive them, if you know what I mean.
I guess I could see that, maybe.
Another thing: I don't hear the other background noises I'd expect. Screaming, I mean. Maybe not during the shooting, but soon after, shouldn't there have been all sorts of shrieks of confusion and panic? My experience of other videos of sudden violence is that first comes the event, then the shocked silence, and then, seconds after, the shrieks and wails.
The audio stops as soon as the gunshots do, so you don't hear that. But why not? Did he cut the audio at exactly that second?
I guess I just sort of want CNN, and Don Lemon, to be embarrassed by a hoax. Honestly I think I just want this to be fake, to teach Our Incompetent Media a lesson about hyping a story and rushing out claims.
I want the man's voice on this tape to be linked to Don Lemon and CNN forever:
"You are pretty. You're so fine. Just goin' over some of your videos. How could I forget?"
On the other hand, I can't think of any good motive for a hoax. I don't think something like this is going to fetch money. (But who knows-- we don't know how this audio came to light, or why the man who made it has retained a lawyer.)
I don't hear anything very important on the audio as far as proving anything about the shooting, except that there were 10 (or 11, the lawyer says) shots, which is about the number I figured, given that Brown had been hit six times and of course Darren Wilson must have missed some shots.
So I don't see a motive for a hoax as regards influencing public perception of the case, either.
Eh. I guess I just have no idea.
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Tuesday Morning News Dump
- Blue Voodoo Economics
- Feminism Or Sexism? It Depends
- This Would Be Getting Flood The Zone Coverage If A Republican Were In The WH
- I Don't Want To Live Here Anymore
- Federal Judge Strikes Down Baton Rouge Gun Ordinance
- If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take
- Obama Pal, High Tax Advocate, Warren Buffett Helping Burger King Flee The Country
- Egypt And UAE Conducting Air Strikes In Libya
- WH Dismisses Suggestions Obama Has Checked Out
- Poor Americans Need Hope, Not Stigma
- Prediction: Major Voter Turnout For Midterm Elections
- 66% Of Dems Support Prosecuting Rick Perry
- Life-Size Obama Statue Found Unharmed
- More Policing Means Less Violence
- What Kind Of Scum Bag Would Do This?
Thanks to Andy for the Reason article.
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NBC's new president seems like a maniac.
L.A. school's superintendant had a "relationship" with the iPad vendor, a contractor figured out.
The Washington Post is calling for war in Iraq. My Twitter buddy's response is definitely the best:
Overnight Open Thread (8-25-2014)
But why, then, is the divorce of Wilson's parents and their other history considered fair game by the press, and not that of Brown's parents or relatives? After all, Brown had a mother and stepfather, and a biological father whose name is Michael Brown Sr., so we can conclude that some sort of divorce/separation and upheaval occurred. But it is virtually never mentioned, either in the AP article or in any other article I've been able to locate after doing some quick Googling. Nor is the history of any other family member of Brown discussed. Although there is some mention that the 18-year-old Brown was living with his grandmother for the summer, we don't really know why and reporters don't seem to be the least bit curious.
Our So Modern Age: TIME Magazine Retracts IDF Organ Theft Claim Following Criticism
Let's get the obvious out of the way first: That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was "no angel" in the fifth paragraph of Monday's front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.
Well since no human on Earth is angelic, describing him as 'no angel' is hardly setting the bar very low. And if you can't describe someone who strong arm robbed a convenience store moments before with this most tepid of descriptions, then the language of truth is dead.
Apparently not being able to live a care and effort-free existence with zero risk while out drinking makes you a victim of rape culture. Just like using birth control to not get pregnant makes you a victim of pregnancy culture, having seat belts and airbags in your car make you a victim of crash culture, and having locks on your door makes you a victim of theft culture.
And advice from Moe Lane:
As always, avoid the comments sections unless you enjoy watching people cut each other with knives over this particular topic
Well nothing good.
As someone clever pointed out, it's interesting that the Feminist chose Chicago for their "Smash the Patriarchy" message, because nowhere has the Patriarchy been more successfully smashed than in the inner cities. Households led by fathers have become exceedingly rare, single women raise families without husbands, and very few people participate in capitalist enterprises; the inner cities have become Radical Feminist utopia.
How's that working out for them?
And note that approximately zero Radical Feminists choose to live in these patriarchy-free zones.
The blue diaspora has helped offset the fact that many of the nation's fastest-growing states are traditionally Republican. You can think of it as a kind of race: Population growth in these Republican states is reducing the share of the Electoral College held by traditionally Democratic states. But Democratic migration has been fast enough, so far, to allow the party to overcome the fact that the Northeast and industrial Midwest contain a smaller portion of the country's population than they once did.
So when exactly did Wisconsin become such a rotten, corrupt state?
Peggy Noonan and James Taranto notice that no one is protesting Obama's bombing of ISIS in Iraq. It is rather notable considering that there were protests against bombing Afghanistan a month after 9/11 and that action had nearly unanimous support compared to poll results for the present bombing. Taranto's hypothesis is that the sorts of people who would normally protest this sort of action against ISIS are busy protesting against Israel and in Ferguson.
Or at least no better than average.
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court's decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
"This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class," Jordan said today from his Waterford home. "I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else."
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
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