June 2011

This is just too damn funny. Political analyst Mark Halperin – normally a good liberal – just got suspended by MSNBC for calling President Obama “a dick” on today’s Morning Joe show.

“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin said in reference to the President’s conduct during his press conference.

One might say that Halperin was suspended for telling the truth, a commodity in very short supply at MSNBC.

Of course, Halperin later fell on his sword after he was suspended and issued a statement saying, “I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark. I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate. Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it.”

So the way we now understand liberal philosophy, you can serve in the United States House of Representatives if you send a photo of your dick to a young woman, but you can’t call someone a dick.

Welcome to ObamaNation 2011.

Source: Politico

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Can someone please explain to us why there is a single Jew left in America who supports Obama and the Democrats? No, seriously. Someone explain, because It is a complete mystery to us.

Especially now that the Obama administration has used the most twisted logic imaginable to justify listing Israel as a nation that supports terrorism.

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So says the Obama administration

CNS News has the bizarre details:

In an implicit admission that Israel is so threatened by terrorism that it is not only surrounded by countries and territories that produce terrorists but also unwillingly harbors terrorists within its own territory in a way the most other nations in the world do not, the Obama administration is currently listing Israel among 36 “specially designated countries” it believes “have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.”

To review, Israel is threatened by terrorism. Israel unwillingly harbors terrorists. Therefore, Israel promotes terrorism.

It’s going to take someone much smarter than us to figure out the serpentine logic in that statement.

Source: CNS News

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A personal note from the Editor: I’m a Duck. I graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism back when devices known as “typewriters” were still state of the art.

When I arrived in Eugene a stinky haze hung over the city. Locals blamed it on the local pulp mills, but what I smelled was actually the stench of liberalism.

Surely no one who’s ever attended the University of Oregon was surprised to see that the Eugene city council has come out against the Pledge of Allegiance.

One fine member of the council compared it to the Communist Manifesto. Not to be outdone, another wacko announced that she couldn’t pledge allegiance to the United States because she’s a citizen of the world.

She didn’t specify which world, but we assume she meant the third world into which we are rapidly descending.

 

Source: Breitbart

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We’re going to miss little Dennis Kucinich if his district is gerrymandered out of existence. Really miss him.

After all, what other representative who’s not a member of the Congressional Black Caucus can give us so much crazy material on such a consistent basis?

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Dennis Kucinich is always good for a laugh. The same cannot be said for the 1300 dead Syrians.

The Hill comments on Kucinich’s latest comments:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) gave a press conference in Syria this week and appeared to heap praise upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is being widely criticized for the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in that country.

… A story by the Syrian Arab News Agency on Tuesday has Kucinich at a press conference in Syria taking a highly controversial position toward al-Assad. In May, the U.S. imposed sanctions against al-Assad as a means of pressuring him to end the violent repression there.

“President al-Assad is highly loved and appreciated by the Syrians,” Kucinich said, according to the Syrian news site. “President Bashar al-Assad cares so much about what is taking place in Syria, which is evident in his effort towards a new Syria and everybody who meets him can be certain of this.”

In his defense, Kucinich said his words were mistranslated.

A more accurate translation is, “I’m a little pissed that former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has been getting more press lately than I have. I need to up my crazy quotient.”

Source: The Hill

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We’ve learned all the sound and fury over public employee pensions is just raaaacist hype. All we gotta do to fix it is fork over a little extra dough. A little extra dough each and every year for a few decades, that is.

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Two public employees check the balance in their pension plan

Veronique De Rugy runs the numbers in National Review:

Without policy changes, contributions to these systems would have to immediately increase by [an amount representing] a tax increase of $1,398 per U.S. household per year, [not counting] expected economic growth. …in five states they are more than $2,000 per household per year. Shifting all new employees onto defined contribution plans and Social Security still leaves required increases at an average of $1,223 per household. Even with a hard freeze of all benefits at today’s levels, contributions still have to rise by more than $800 per U.S. household to achieve full funding in 30 years.

Financial expert Michael Moore says the problem is the fat cats, but we’re the ones who’ll be eating Friskies until 2041. How did we get in this mess?

…public workers have a unique relationship with elected officials, because government employees are effectively negotiating with bosses whom they can campaign to vote out of office if they don’t get what they want. Private unions, in contrast, don’t usually have the power to fire their members’ employers.

Must be why asylums don’t put the inmates in charge. Apparently, the average state or municipal governemnt is run less intelligently than the average nuthouse. Each household is, at minimum, 24 grand in the hole because of something we do (or not) almost absent-mindedly every November. How crazy is that?

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: National Review

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Quick, write down all the dumb ways there are to waste five bucks.

Never mind. Crumple up that list and throw it away because we’ve found the absolute dumbest. It cannot be topped.

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What do you expect for five bucks?

CNSNews explains the losing proposition:

The Obama reelection campaign’s $5-per-chance dinner-with-the-president raffle is now a two-for-the-price-of-one deal.

The winners will not only get dinner with President Barack Obama but with Vice President Joe Biden, too.

In an email sent out June 15, President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign announced that in return for a $5 donation the president was offering supporters a chance to participate in a raffle to win a “casual” dinner with him at an unstated location. Four lucky contributors would win this prize.

It’s not a misprint, they did say the “winners” get to eat with Obama and Biden. Second prize is two dinners with them (it’s an old joke but so is Biden.)

Naturally, it’s all legal:

In order to comply with federal law, no donation is actually required to participate in the president’s campaign dinner raffle. While the e-mail prominently displays a donation form, a separate link to register for the contest without making a donation to the campaign is included in the email’s fine print.

We suspect those who enter without donating have as much chance of winning as Obama does of naming all 57 states.

Bill Clinton peddling nights in the Lincoln bedroom seems classy in comparison. Obama’s next fundraising plan will probably feature him hustling 3-card monte on the White House lawn. Kinda makes us nostalgic for 2008 when they simply accepted unverified credit card donations from the Middle East.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: CNS News

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Inexplicable Photo Caption Contest IV

by editor on June 29, 2011

We haven’t had an Inexplicable Photo Caption Contest in a few months, but we’re doing it now because this photo just screams out for one.

No prizes. No winners. Just the warm inner glow you get when you know you’ve come up with a funny caption to accompany a photo of Michelle Obama sticking her tongue out at Desmond Tutu while they both appear to be doing push ups.

Make ’em funny or don’t make ’em at all.

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Freshman Republican Ron Johnson, sent to Washington by the voters of Wisconsin, has issued a threat to Senate Democrats:

Do the job you were sent here to do and present a budget or I’ll use arcane Senate rules to shut the place down.

National Review reviews Johnson’s threat:

“America is going bankrupt, and the Senate refuses to pass a budget,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, this has become business as usual in Washington.” If fact, it’s been almost 800 days since the Senate has done so under Democratic leadership.

As a freshman senator, Johnson said he was sent to Washington to reject “business as usual,” and that is exactly what he intends to do. “America is simply too precious to subject out financial future to Washington’s ‘business as usual,’” he said. “So unless we receive some assurance from the Democrat leadership that we will actually start addressing our budget out in the open, in the bright light of day — I will begin to object. I will begin to withhold my consent.”

“The Senate needs to pass a budget. It shouldn’t be that difficult.”

Johnson says  he’ll begin objecting to “unanimous consent” agreements that are used to keep the Senate from getting bogged down with countless housekeeping issues. As the name indicates, all members of the Senate routinely vote aye on unanimous consent items, so one nay vote can bring the place grinding to a halt.

We’re certain that many members of this august body would be in favor of such an action because it would allow them to schedule their cocktail parties earlier in the day.

Source: National Review

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Every once in a while – far more often than can be called mere coincidence – the mainstream American media miss a story of great import. Of course, the thread that ties all those missing stories together is that they contain news that runs counter to liberal dogma.

Like this story about the Netherlands officially abandoning that most cherished of crackpot liberal schemes, multiculturalism.

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After an absence of several years, sanity is returning to the Netherlands

The mainstream media won’t cover it, so we have to depend on a podunk publication like Hudson New York:

A new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”

The letter continues: “A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups.”

From now on, more will be expected of immigrants to the Netherlands. They’ll have to learn the Dutch language and obey Dutch laws and adopt Dutch values.

And best of all, no more extra subsidies for Muslim immigrants, no more burqas, no more forced marriages.

In other words, no more lunacy.

Source: Hudson New York

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You can always count on the Associated Press to push liberal positions. In this case, for example, it does its damnedest to prove that Janet Napolitano is justified in saying it’s those right wing non-Muslim terrorists we need to worry about – even if the evidence of their existence is virtually non-existant.

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Beautiful Flathead Lake, where you can catch huge trout and even bigger non-Muslim terrorists

Let’s travel now to bucolic Kalispell, Montana, land of the Editor’s ancestors, where we apparently find those pesky non-Muslim terrorists water skiing on Flathead Lake:

It also is a cradle for sometimes-violent anti-government activity — a reputation most recently rekindled by the search for David Burgert. The former Kalispell militia leader is accused of opening fire on sheriff’s deputies on a remote logging road in Lolo National Forest.

After a lull following the demise of the Idaho-based neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in 2000, anti-government and white supremacist groups and individuals may be reviving in the Inland Northwest. It’s a mostly white, mostly rural area with few job opportunities and a history of extreme activists.

May be reviving? Translation: We don’t actually know of any problems, but this is the approved narrative and we’re sticking with it.

Experts say the number of radical right groups is growing across the country because of the poor state of the economy, rising immigration and fears that President Barack Obama’s administration has an agenda to curtail individual liberties.

They include so-called patriot groups, which fear one-world government and don’t accept the federal government’s authority. And they like northwest Montana because there is no dominant major city with liberal politics. It also has a deep libertarian streak and live-and-let-live attitude, said Travis McAdam, executive director of the Helena-based Montana Human Rights Network, an anti-hate group.
It has a deep libertarian streak and a live-and-let-live attitude.

Well, there you have it. Everyone knows what a “deep libertarian streak and live-and-left-live attitude” can lead to:

Libertarians.

And you know how dangerous they are.

Source: Associated Press

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George Bush made his case to the Congress and got two – count ‘em, two – resolutions approving our invasion of Iraq. Yet the same leftists who roundly condemned him for conducting “an illegal war” applaud our current Nobel Peace Prize-winning President and ignore his unilateral action in Libya.

Unfortunately, members of his own party in Congress are starting to peel away. Representative Jerrold Nadler attacked the President’s go-it-alone policy the other day and now Virginia Senator Jim Webb has attacked the President, too.

“The president did not come to congress…We weren’t under attack. We weren’t under an imminent attack. We weren’t honoring treaty commitments. We weren’t rescuing anyone.”

We think more condemnation will be forthcoming in a matter of days, not weeks.

(Just in case you didn’t get it, that last line was really clever, because it used the President’s prediction that the Libyan action would last “days, not weeks” against him. Move over, Will Rogers. IHTM is here.)

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Michelle Obama wants fries with that

by editor on June 29, 2011

Good thing Michelle Obama is a liberal Democrat. Otherwise the media would be reading her emails and calling her a fascistic racist hypocrite.

The Washington Examiner gives us a taste:

… First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the University of Cape Town for an event with young people. She told the audience how she came from modest circumstances and was able to attend top schools and build a career at a big law firm, saying they too can achieve their dreams if they try hard enough.

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"Mmmm-mmmm. French fries. Now do as I say, not as I do."

We’ve heard America is a mean country. It’s not nearly as easy for talentlesss, lazy whiners to get rich as it should be. Moochy and Barry are the exceptions. But we digress.

…one young person in the audience asked Mrs. Obama, who has devoted much of her time in the White House to promoting nutrition and healthy eating, what her favorite foods are.

Obama mentioned Indian food, and then Mexican food, and then said: “No, if I picked one favorite, favorite food, it’s French fries.” The audience began to laugh. …”I can’t stop eating them.” As the students laughed more, the First Lady quickly returned to her role as advocate of health eating. “But eat your vegetables,” she said, to still more laughs. “And exercise.”

Lefty trans-fat heads are exploding as we speak. Oh, sorry, Michelle Obama said those words, not Michele Bachmann, so cooler fatheads prevail.

If we’re not mistaken those giggling South African kids were laughing at her, not with her. Us, too.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Washington Examiner

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We were confused when we saw the words “Michelle Obama” and “Fat Cakes” in the same headline. We thought the latter was a nickname for the former, but we were wrong.

First Lady Michelle Obama visited a restaurant in Botswana village and began chowing down on French fries and a local delicacy called fat cakes like that night’s dinner was an unachievable dream.

Of course, this was a direct violation of the nanny state food rules she laid out for the rest of us, but that matters now because she is, after all, Michelle Antoinette and we are the little people.

“Let them eat fat cakes.”

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In a recent interview with a highly regime-friendly news network First Lady Michelle Antoinette expressed considerable gratitude for the help they’ve been given by the media.

NewsBusters busts this news:

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The media consider all the Obama children are off-limits, including young Barack Obama

First Lady: You know, it’s — we’re — we’re ready. You know, our children, you know, could care less about what we’re doing. We work hard to do that. And…

Curnow: How do you do it?

First Lady: Well, we — fortunately we have help from the media. And I — I have to say this, that I’m very grateful for the support and kindness that we’ve gotten, and people have respected their privacy. And in that way, I think, you know, no matter what people may feel about my husband’s policies or what have you, they care about children. And that’s been good — good to see.

Granted the help she was referring to was the media’s hands off approach to the Obama children.

But before we are too quick to dismiss the value of the media’s kindness to children, let’s take a moment to consider how they’ve treated a couple of kids named Bristol and Trig.

– Written by Kip Hooker at TheVitaminPress.com

H/T: NewsBusters

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The European Union’s grand experiment in open borders and multiculturalism has become a grand failure. Europe has suddenly rediscovered the old adage that says, “Good fences make good neighbors.”

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We really hope the Danish People's Party made a nice profit on this real estate transaction

The New York Times almost chokes while reporting the story:

Ten years ago, as Denmark joined the European Union’s visa-free open travel zone, the outraged Danish People’s Party bought a decommissioned border guardhouse, vowing that one day it would be in use again. Back then, most Danes dismissed the move as a colorful publicity stunt by the newly formed right-wing party.

Ahhh, yes, in Europe, just as in the United States, leftists dismiss every right wing worry as uninformed at best and racist at worst.

But last month, the Danish People’s Party was doing a victory dance, offering to donate its picturesque brick guardhouse at the German border to the government. The party had achieved its goal: Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen had agreed to restore 24-hour customs control in exchange for support on a difficult budget package.

The deal set off an outcry in the European Union as tiny Denmark became the first member to seriously challenge the union’s crowning achievement: the free movement of goods and services across borders. Italy and France, wrangling over a huge influx of immigrants from North Africa, have been pushing for a lesser step — the ability to temporarily close borders in an emergency. This got the official nod of approval during a meeting of European leaders on Friday.

The Danes’ plan, on the other hand, has garnered a warning from the Eurocrats in Brussels who said the Scandinavian country’s plans are incompatible with its “obligations under European and international law.”

We think that’s what it said, but it’s difficult to tell because the Eurocrats’ warning was nearly illegible. But it’s not really their fault. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to write legibly while wearing blinders.

Source: New York Times

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Greece is socialism’s future, a country split between those getting ludicrous government benefits and those who don’t want to pay for them.

The Daily Mail probes the rift:

…the average salary on Greece’s railways is $95617 US… treble the earnings of the average private sector employee [in the UK].

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Poor, impoverished Greeks enjoying a meager meal alongside their yachts

[The overground rail network’s] annual income is only $127.4m US from ticket sales, the wage bill is more than $796.8m US a year — prompting one Greek politician to famously remark that it would be cheaper to put all the commuters into private taxis. 

Ridiculously, Greek pastry chefs, radio announcers, hairdressers and masseurs in steam baths are among more than 600 professions allowed to retire at 50 (with a state pension of 95 per cent of their last working year’s earnings) — on account of the ‘arduous and perilous’ nature of their work.

Mattress testers? They probably retire at 45.

If there were any taxpayers, they’d be complaining.

….only 5,000 people in a country of 12 million admit to earning more than $143000 US a year — a salary that would not be enough to buy a garden shed in [the wealthy suburb of] Kifissia.

Manipulating a corrupt tax system, many of the residents simply say that they earn below the basic tax threshold of around $15900 US a year, even though they own boats, second homes on Greek islands and properties overseas.

And, should the taxman rumble this common ruse, it can be dealt with using a ‘fakelaki’ — an envelope stuffed with cash.

Don’t worry about the Greeks, though. Since our economy is in such outstanding condition, President Obama has pledged that we will help Greece out with its “crisis.”

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Daily Mail UK

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A rabbinical council in Israel has convicted a dog of housing the spirit of a lawyer and has sentenced the unfortunate creature to death by stoning.

While this may be an off-the-wall sentence, we’re sure the court must have had its reasons. In the meantime, having PETA attempt to claim some form of moral superiority is absurd.

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Law school was easy compared to the circumcision

“By sentencing an innocent animal to a painful death for such an absurd reason, this rabbinical court has not only completely discredited itself but also violated tza’ar ba’alei chayim (“the suffering of living creatures”) — one of the most important principles in Judaism,” PETA said in a statement Thursday.

“Rabbi Levin should be given a mandatory psychiatric evaluation, and PETA intends to call for criminal charges against him for inciting cruelty to animals,” the statement continued.

There’s a lot of posturing and douchebaggery in the comments surrounding this article, but the case does raise one vital question:

How can you tell if your dog houses the reincarnated spirit of a lawyer?

Sounds like a cry for a top five list:

5) Screws everything in sight.
4) Miserable cur is no one’s best friend.
3) Screws everything in sight.
2) Chases only ambulances.

And the number one way to tell if your dog houses the reincarnated spirit of a lawyer?

1) Screws everything in sight.

– Written by Perlcat

Source: AllVoices.com

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Cue Queen singing “Another One Bites The Dust.” Despite the best of liberal intentions, another liberal dream is dead.

Think Global, the Norwegian car company that designed and manufactured the Think City electric car is swirling down the economic porcelain convenience.

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It may be an electric car, but Think City's sales were hardly electrifying

This charming little 2-passenger car was supposed to sell for $28,000 but without generous subsidies available to American manufacturers, the price tag skyrocketed. Sales never amounted to a hill of beans. (As a side note, climbing a hill of beans would have drained the Think City’s battery and it would have needed to stop several hours for recharging.)

We’re sorry to report that Think Global has gone the way of most liberal pipedreams. It’s filed for bankruptcy and will be liquidated in an attempt to net a couple bucks for its creditors.

For god’s sake, man, isn’t there a Norwegian version of Uncle Sugar to make sure that billions of Norwegian tax dollars get wasted on wacky liberal Euroschemes?

Source: Engadget.com

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Two seemingly unrelated facts come to play in this story. (1) Albert Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. (2) A list of America’s poorest cities shows that they continue to elect Democrat mayors over and over again for decades.

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To sum this study up in plain English, people who live in big cities are friggin' nuts

Now, you may think this is just an amusing coincidence, but a new study by Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, a psychiatrist at German’s Central Institute of Mental Health says, “Hey, you may be onto something there.”

Meyer-Lindenberg’s findings, published in the June 23 issue of Nature, show that city life generates mental illness:

Compared to their rural counterparts, city dwellers have higher levels of anxiety and mood disorders. The schizophrenia risk of people raised in cities is almost double. Literature on the effect is so thorough that researchers say it’s not just correlation, as might be expected if anxious people preferred to live in cities. Neither is it a result of heredity. It’s a cause-and-effect relationship between environment and mind.

With that in mind, let’s quickly review that list of America’s ten poorest cities and their histories of electing Democrats:

Detroit, America’s poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961.

Buffalo, America’s second poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

Cincinnati, America’s third poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

Cleveland, America’s fourth poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1989.

Miami, America’s fifth poorest city, has never elected a Republican mayor.

St. Louis, America’s sixth poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1949.

El Paso, America’s seventh poorest city, has never had a Republican Mayor.

Milwaukee, America’s eighth poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1908.

Philadelphia, America’s ninth poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1952.

Newark, America’s tenth poorest city, hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1907.

Looks like Michael Savage was right when he said, “Liberalism is a mental disease.”

Source: Wired

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As we near the half way mark of 2011, Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz are locked it a tight race to determine which MSNBC host can say the most stupid things in one twelve month period.

Schultz currently holds a narrow lead despite serving a one week suspension for calling Laura Ingraham a slut.

Matthews seems determined to win this competition for the third year in a row (the famed Three-peat) and racked up another point Tuesday night for saying this:

“I hate that so-called evenhanded so-called objective journalism. You know, you know, you can’t say something isn’t true if it’s true in the interest of evenhandedness.”

Matthews is, of course, an expert at so-called journalism, since it is the the only kind of journalism practiced at MSNBC.

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Rep Jerrold Nadler, whose name is followed by D-NY, sounds more like a R-AL in this clip. He is not happy with President Obama’s excellent Libyan adventure. Not happy at all.

Nadler, a usually reliable liberal voice in the House, blasts the President as very few Democrats are willing to do:

“We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with the decision about whether to go to war or not, and the president is becoming an absolute monarch,” he said. “And we must put a stop to that right now, if we don’t want to become an empire instead of a republic … I think that the nation’s credibility, that is to say its promise to go to war as backed by the president, not by the Congress, ought to be damaged … We have to put our foot down and say no. And if foreign countries learn that they cannot depend on American military intervention unless Congress is aboard for the ride, good. That’s a good thing.”

Oh, settle down, Jerry. The United States became a monarchy two-and-a-half years ago. You must have been out of town during the coronation. Didn’t you hear about it? It was in all the papers and most of the TV networks. Especially CNN and MSNBC.

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Just as saving the lives of black babies is now called racism, the topsy turvy world of black politics now defines a white candidate seeking black votes as an attempt to suppress the black vote.

And that’s not us editorializing, it’s a direct quote from the preeminent arbiter of all things racial, the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Mediaite.com reports the racial revisionism:

Sharpton, who spoke to host Cenk Uygur yesterday, explained his outrage against Gingrich for telling Republicans to “have the courage” to sell their ideas to the most Democratic African-American voting block. Sharpton argued that black people received “disproportionate injury from Republican policy” that was so obvious it was offensive for him to promote those policies at all. In doing so, he argued, Gingrich “assumes that we’re stupid,” or “is trying to throw something out at the media to cover up the fact that his campaign is falling apart.”

Well, yes, the Gingrich campaign is falling apart, but that’s about the only thing Sharpton got right. But hold on just a goldanged minute, because the Reverend hasn’t run out of stupid yet.

Sharpton went further to propose that it was possible that Gingrich was also “hoping to suppress the black vote” by speaking ill of President Obama such that those that voted for him in 2008 and would never vote Republican would simply stay home. That theory aside, Sharpton was still outraged. “The audacity of even saying something like that,” he argued of Gingrich’s attempt to court the black vote, “is something that insults us.” It was not exclusively the idea of a Republican courting the black vote that outraged him, however, but what he perceived as Gingrich’s hypocrisy in using language such as “the food stamp president” and citing President Obama’s “anti-colonial, Kenyan” views in order to, according to Sharpton, court the racist vote as well.

A white politician reaching out to black voters? The audacity! The horror! The outrageosity!

When will those uppity white politicians learn their place in life?

Source: Mediaite.com

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Must be something about warm climates and beautiful scenery that alienates businessfolk. How else does one explain the way they seem to shun locales like Greece, Spain and California?

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There's a reason no one's doing cover versions of "California Dreamin'" in 2011

Professor Mark Perry explores the phenomenon:

“Today, California is experiencing the fastest rate of disinvestment events based on public domain information, closure notices to the state, and information from affected employees in the three years since a specialized tracking system was put into place.

Our losses are occurring at an accelerated rate. Also, no one knows the real level of activity because smaller companies are not required to file layoff notices with the state. A conservative estimate is that only 1 out of 5 company departures becomes public knowledge, which means California may suffer more than 1,000 disinvestment events this year.

Layoff notices? The Golden State must have a lot of ATMs.

Based on the legislature’s recent rejection of business-friendly legislation and Sacramento’s implementation of additional regulations, signs are that California’s hostility towards business will only worsen. California is such fertile ground that representatives for economic development agencies are visiting companies to dissect our high taxes, extreme regulatory environment and other expenses to show annual savings of between 20 and 40 percent after an out-of-state move.”

California’s problem must be a lack of high-speed rail. Business dissatisfaction couldn’t be the fault of the state’s politicians, the same ones have been in office for eons.

We’re mystified, but luckily California has zillions of bright, highly compensated employees on the state payroll. They’ll surely figure this thing out sooner or later.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Professor Mark Perry

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Trading commodities is a harrowing way to make a living. These lunatics risk millions of dollars on split second bets for tenths of a cent. The good ones end up absurdly wealthy, but the bad ones end up with holes in their stomachs. And they all end up with teeth ground down to the roots.

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Losing $20 million on the Chicago futures exchange probably limits your future in Al-Qaeda

The Chicago Tribune explains how Al-Qaeda fits into the story:

Abu al Tayyeb, who had allegedly considered a biological attack and other terror plots against U.S. citizens, wired $35 million to an associate, of which $26.7 million was deposited into an account in 2005, according to the federal lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department.

In less than a year, the account plummeted to less than $7 million because of poor trading decisions by the associate, according to the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Chicago over the weekend.

… While the civil lawsuit does not link al Tayyeb’s money to any terror activity, it portrays him as an al-Qaida operative who raised money for the terror group and plotted attacks on U.S. citizens and allies.

“Al Tayyeb began raising significant amounts of money through … a Saudi Arabian-based investment scheme,” the lawsuit alleged. “Al Tayyeb then used the funds raised, in part, to finance jihadist-related activities.”

Pity poor Al Tayyeb. He hoped to end up with a fat wallet, but when his Saudi “investors” find out what he did, he’ll probably end up with a fatwa instead.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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You may find this hard to believe, but the world isn’t completely insane. A Dutch court acquited populist politician Geert Wilders on Thursday. He had been accused of inciting hatred of Muslims by telling the truth.

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Speech is a little freer in the Netherlands now that Geert Wilders is free

Reuters has the report:

The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition of tolerance and blunt talk, but where opposition to immigration, particularly from Muslim or predominantly Muslim countries, is on the rise.

Instantly recognizable by his mane of dyed blond hair, Wilders, 47, is one of the most outspoken critics of Islam and immigration in the Netherlands.

His Freedom Party is now the third-largest in parliament, a measure of support for its anti-immigrant stance, and is the minority government’s chief ally. But many of Wilders’ comments — such as likening Islam to Nazism — are socially divisive.

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A selection of the Australian aborigines who are suing blogger Andrew Bolt

Really nice impartial work, Reuters. You didn’t even attempt to disguise your editorializing by saying, “Some people say his comments are socially divisive.” You went straight to they are socially divisive.

Unfortunately, the Wilders case isn’t an isolated incident. Australian newspaper columnist, blogger and TV star Andrew Bolt  is currently being tried under his nation’s Racial Discrimination Act.

His offense? Suggesting in a series of columns that some light or white-skinned Aussies who identify themselves as aboriginal may have motives that are less than pure. The overly-sensitive “aboriginal” plaintiffs say they were offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated by Bolt’s articles.

One day at a time. Wilders today, Bolt tomorrow.

Source: Reuters

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