For some reason I am on Salon.com’s email list. Whilst it is an interesting glimpse into the attitude of the obnoxious, bossy Left, I usually just delete the emails right away because, well, I just can’t be bothered.
But I have to admit that today’s email both annoyed me and made me sad. Here’s what the top story was:
How to win Thanksgiving: Your guide to arguing with relatives
JIM NEWELL It’s going to be especially hard to avoid politics at Thanksgiving this year. Here’s how you can defeat Uncle Dingo
Now, this is always the style with them, these pretentious “Here’s How” articles to help the Enlightened Left exert their proper moral authority over us Cromagnonian rubes and out wit us with their Superior Logic™ (which is, of course, obviously a wasted effort as we can’t understand logic in the first place, being schtupid and all).
But what makes me especially sad is this concept that every conversation, every event, every Holiday is a political contest that needs to be “won” in some way or another, that the very people who so loudly and incessantly decry the lack of “diversity” and “respect for others” are so insistent that their point of view not only is correct but in fact must be assiduously imposed upon every occasion, upon every conversation until complete adherence to the acceptable orthodoxy is obtained.
It’s not actually “especially hard to avoid politics at Thanksgiving this year.” It’s quite simple.
You avoid it.
You shut up.
If someone says some overtly political statement, you say “yes, a pity. Would you like more cranberry sauce?”
When everything becomes a contest, a contested event, we all lose.
It’s pretty accurate, brutal…and about 6 years too late.
Update: meh, I see NBC has blocked the video. Oh well, it’s also here.
You didn’t get pasted in the mid-terms because of Freemasons sharing information on Twitter for god’s sake
Washington (CNN) — Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.
The Twitter accounts were hidden in plain sight. The profiles were publicly available but meaningless without knowledge of how to find them and decode the information, according to a source with knowledge of the activities.
The practice is the latest effort in the quest by political operatives to exploit the murky world of campaign finance laws at a time when limits on spending in politics are eroding and regulators are being defanged.
I find it so pathetic that the Dems are so up in arms that the polls they commissioned and took ahead of the election were wrong…the polls, mind you, not, say, their awful policies.
But yes, of course, so now the rallying cry will be “Government control of da Interwebz is needed to keep us Free!”
“Obama will still give you free condoms.”
and trillions of dollars in debt and god only knows the damage done by the unconstitutional diktats and social/economic/racial polarizing but at last the Press is finally kinda sorta maybe getting the idea that this White House is full of shit
Thanks for doing your job, guys.
Test Flights are risky.
Does this mean that the FAA should have been more involved in regulating this activity? No. This was a test flight. This is what test flights are for. The desert around Mojave has a decades-long history of smoking holes in the ground and test-pilot funerals, though most of them usually originate from Edwards AFB, a few mile to the south.
RIP as-yet-unnamed pilot, and may your memory be properly honored by more work and further, successful test flights.
It deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting
Massive, systemic academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill revolving around its athletics department (particularly the high-power basketball team) has been detailed in an explosive investigation that if anything does not go far enough. Forbes reports:
An eight-month investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth L. Wainstein has found that more than 3100 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students – almost half of them athletes — were given credit for “irregular” (read: nonexistent) classes over an 18-year period from 1993-2011 as part of a organized scheme that allowed many to remain sports-eligible.
The Wainstein report — which the University of North Carolina (UNC) authorized and paid for — does not directly implicate any coach. […] we didn’t receive a full-throated answer from Mr. Wainstein, perhaps because he was hired by the party that stands to lose the most from a comprehensive presentment.
College big money athletics have, in large part, turned into a cancer that is destroying our universities.
Certainly that thought was never on anyone’s mind
A Muslim convert shot dead a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before exchanging dozens of shots with guards inside Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation’s capital on lockdown.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial on Wednesday morning.
Zehaf-Bibeau then ran inside the Parliament, where he opened fire before he was shot dead by the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms.
Zehaf-Bibeau, who had a criminal history for drug trafficking in Montreal and robbery in Vancouver, was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall but recently converted to Islam, CBS reported.
Sources told the Globe and Mail that he had been designated ‘high-risk traveler’ and government had seized his passport
Mind you, in the continuing annals of Self-Delusion, the Canadian Globe and Mail provides more background information on this fellow without ever in the entire article being able to bring themselves around to actually saying it
Federal sources have identified the suspected shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.
Sources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a “high-risk traveller” by the Canadian government and was unable to secure the appropriate travel documentation, thus blocking his attempt to travel abroad. The circumstances are similar to that surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau has a record in Quebec in the early 2000s for petty crimes such as possession of drugs, credit-card forgery and robbery. He was also charged with robbery in 2011 in Vancouver.
The “similar circumstances” being conversion to that Peaceful Lifestyle.
So nothing at all to see here, really.
…Gunga Din, race-baiter.
The Democratic Panic
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kay Hagan and Other Candidates Avoid Obama
After a few days of trying to ignore the question, Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Georgia, acknowledged on Friday that she had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. By this year’s standards, that’s pretty forthright, especially compared with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running for the Senate in Kentucky, who refuses to discuss her presidential vote.
…The panicky Democratic flight away from President Obama — and from some of the party’s most important positions — is not a surprise. Mr. Obama remains highly unpopular among white voters, particularly in Southern states where candidates like Ms. Nunn, Ms. Grimes and several others are struggling to establish leads.
But one of the reasons for his unpopularity is that nervous members of his own party have done a poor job of defending his policies over the nearly six years of his presidency, allowing a Republican narrative of failure to take hold.
Crackers in the South, weak Party apostles, DAMN Republicans controlling the airwaves obscuring the Boy Genius’s incredible gifts unto His People…
ALL the dog-whistles save WYMMINS in ONE spectacular, water-carrying paragraph?! Oh, well done!
I find this sort of disingenuous statement from an “expert” pretty disconcerting, current events considered.
…ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, an infectious disease specialist and the acting director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the similarly sensationalized swine flu outbreak in 2009, tells THR that he understands the widespread fear. “But the big misconception about Ebola is that there’s risk to people in America. And that’s just not the case.”
Besser and his colleagues in the medical field do expect more Ebola cases in the U.S. as aid workers continue to return from West Africa.
But they point out that the U.S. health care system is far better equipped to deal with Ebola than the one in West Africa, where over 4,400 people already have died in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.
And news divisions have been vigilant about training reporters in the field about proper personal protection while on assignment in the region.
REALLY?!? There’s only been ONE indigenous case of Ebola treated in the U.S. so far, and that’s gone PRETTY SMASHINGLY, wouldn’t you say? Confidence builder,right there.
Keep spreading THAT raspberry jam, doctor.
If these allegations are true heads should roll and people should go to jail
It came without warning.
It would start with a howling noise from a senior football player at Sayreville War Memorial High School, and then the locker room lights were abruptly shut off.
In the darkness, a freshman football player would be pinned to the locker room floor, his arms and feet held down by multiple upperclassmen. Then, the victim would be lifted to his feet while a finger was forced into his rectum. Sometimes, the same finger was then shoved into the freshman player’s mouth.
This disturbing hazing within the storied Sayreville football program, as told to NJ Advance Media on Wednesday by the parent of a player in the program, happened almost every day in the locker room this fall, he said.
The allegations — revealed for the first time — provide details to the events that sparked a criminal investigation by local and county police, and prompted the cancellation of the remainder of the Sayreville football season this week by Superintendent of Schools Richard Labbe.
High School athletics, much like college, get away with far too much and wield far too much power.
PIERS MORGAN wrote this:
The problem isn’t the world spinning too fast, Mr President, it’s you flip-flopping too often: How Obama’s broken promises have put America in danger
By PIERS MORGAN FOR MAILONLINE
If you’re President of the United States, and therefore unofficial Leader of the Free World, then your most important job every day is to make everyone feel calm and secure even as chaos reigns.
POTUS is supposed to be a global figurehead for stability.
That’s why when George W Bush was told about the second World Trade Center attack while sitting in a classroom full of kids, he didn’t jump up and race out of the room. He remained sitting, determined not to exude fear or panic in front of the cameras.
It’s what Presidents have to do.
I’m getting right with The Big Guy, stat. It’s OVER, man. O.V.E.R.
And it’s so nice that they get to take out their “issues” on the rest of us
Once you tug at the loose ends of the Rachel Noerdlinger story, the whole administration of New York mayor Bill de Blasio seems to unravel in your hands.
What a collection of…characters.
…is “confused” in a totally patronizing way. In this day and age of Obama, Holder, Al and MSNBC hate, I’d call her heroic.
OMG, it is so outrageous and criminal that the female head of the Secret Service was forced to resign
Islamic State extremists have herded hundreds of women to be given to its fighters in Syria as a reward or sold as sex slaves and have summarily executed women in professions, according to the United Nations.
About 500 women and girls of the Yezidi and Christian minority communities were given to Islamic State fighters or trafficked for sale in markets in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, according to a report published today by the UN mission in Iraq and the world body’s human-rights office in Geneva.
“Women and girls are brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale. The buyers were said to be mostly youth from the local communities,” according to the 29-page report, which cites testimony from witnesses and surviving victims. “Apparently ISIL was ‘selling’ these Yezidi women to the youth as a means of inducing them to join their ranks.”
This is what the Unicorn Whisperer considers the JV Team.
Because, if one goes by the wisdom so passionately imparted by his speeches, the real enemy is of course Fox News.
Mr. Smart Power Peace Prize goes off to war
(CNN) — The United States and several Arab nations rained bombs on ISIS targets in Syria on Tuesday — the first U.S. military offensive in the war-torn country and a forceful message to the militant group that the U.S. would not stand by idly while it carried out its rampage of terror.
The airstrikes focused on the city of Raqqa, the declared capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Islamic State. But other areas were hit as well.
The operation began with a flurry of Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea, followed by attacks from bomber and fighter aircraft, a senior U.S. military official told CNN.
‘There are five Arab nations involved’
The goal: Taking out ISIS’ ability to command, train and resupply its militants.
Evul Schtupid Illegal Bush: Congress Approval? Check. UN Approval? Check.
Unicorn Whisperer Obama: I won.
That way you get to be dismissive of all SORTS of normally worthy folks who might otherwise be regarded in a different light.
“…You know what that is? That is not a scandal. Because we have this notable and important thing in this country in which the guys in uniforms, no matter how many medals and stars and fancy hats and all those things that they have, they do not get to decide whether or how the United States conducts a war…”
Rachel Maddow is one such “superior person” apparently.
On so many levels
“Lamb sex assault case legally ‘rare'”
And believe me, if you click and read the article it gets even weirder.
And tons of cops around. I asked one what was up and he sort of chuckled and said “Third Anniversary of Occupy.”
Oh for god’s sake.
The Left is doing whatever they can to yell “squirrel!”
To “fight” ebola.
Is he out of his freaking mind? What the hell can they possibly, possibly do that 50 doctors and a ton of medical and food supplies can’t?
Here’s, sadly, what I see as most likely happening: as ebola requires quarantines of people our troops will be forced to guard/enforce them. And a quarantine makes those poor folks’ lives even suckier, as there are people dying, food and sanitation getting sketchy, etc, and there will be a riot. And our troops will be forced to fire to defend themselves.
People will die, civilians will die, at our hands for absolutely no reason.
And once again Obama will have given the US another knockdown on the world stage.
But don’t you be taking pictures of her Royal Highness. Don’t you dare. She’s “trying to have a private moment” doncha know.
How ’bout she takes her imperial derriere and power walks on her PRIVATE bazillion dollar vacay estate.
Or get a new job.
Those aren’t my words (well, they could have been); they are from that noted Tea-Party editorial board at…Bloomberg
Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic district attorney in Travis County, Texas, spent three weeks in jail last year for drunken driving, prompting Republican Governor Rick Perry to call on her to resign. She refused — and now her supporters hope to have the last laugh by sending Perry away for a lot longer. The criminal case against him is a farce and should be dismissed faster than prairie fire with a tail wind.
…This would be ordinary partisan tit for tat, except that a law enforcement office is involved. Political disputes should be resolved in political venues — legislative bodies and public debates — not in criminal courts. If Perry’s veto is an abuse of power, then the state legislature could impeach him, as it did Texas Governor James “Pa” Ferguson nearly 100 years ago. Impeachment, however, is entirely unnecessary: The legislature could simply vote to override Perry’s line-item veto. For failing to do so, should the entire legislature be indicted?
Of course not. Perry is guilty of partisan behavior, not felonious conduct. There’s been no evidence to support the claim that he vetoed the funds to prevent the public integrity unit from investigating allegations of impropriety by the state’s Cancer Prevention and Research Center.
I could not agree more.