And, yes ~ something with MASSIVE KUDOS for Michelle Obama REALLY did just come out of my computer.
She met the Saudis with her gum-chewing, bow-prone husband yesterday…IN PANTS AND UNCOVERED. About frickin’ damn time SOME AMERICAN woman stood as unswathed instead of looking (as Ebola put it) like “a Sherpa heading upmountain”.
For the first time in my life, I’m actually PROUD of our First Lady.
Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.
Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.
We only got about 8″, about half of what we were *guaranteed* to get just a few hours prior. Now don’t get me wrong: if they’re going to blow a forecast this is definitely the direction I want them to screw it up in.
But it does make me hope that someone somewhere will stop just for half a second a think that, just perhaps, if all the billions of dollars of fancy equipment and thousands of PhDs focused on the weather can’t get it right for TOMORROW then maybe they sorta kinda maybe shouldn’t be so 100% sure that they can declare with Absolute Consensus what’s going to happen over the next 100 years.
I am personally thankful for this mistake, however, as it allowed me to have this for breakfast
before I went out and cleaned off the cars, driveway, and sidewalk.
I mean, just look at this guy
Between 10 November and 17 December 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, he killed 225 soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht and other Axis armies, including 11 enemy snipers.
Prior to 10 November, he killed 32 Axis soldiers with the standard-issue Mosin–Nagant rifle (effective range of 900 metres). Between October 1942 and January 1943, Zaytsev made an estimated 400 kills, some at distances of more than 1,000 metres.
What a chickenshit.
And don’t even get me started on the biggest coward of all time: Simo Häyhä
Hayha’s involvement in the Winter War was very extraordinary. With his Mosin-Nagant M91 rifle, he would dress in white winter camouflage, and carry with him only a day’s worth of supplies and ammunition. While hiding out in the snow, he would then take out any Russian who entered his killing zone. Hayha preferred to use iron sights on his gun instead of scopes, as scopes had a tendency to glare in the sunlight and reveal his position. While he may sound like an ordinary sniper, this was far from the case: over the course of 100 days during the winter he racked up over 500 kills, earning him the nickname “The White Death”. The Soviets feared him so much that they mounted numerous counter sniper and artillery attacks to get rid of him, all of which failed miserably. However, on March 6th, 1940, he was hit in the jaw by an explosive round from a counter sniper. He fell into an 11-day coma, awakening on the day that the war ended.
In the -20 to -40C weather he would lie all day in the snow, and always kept snow in his mouth so that his breath would not steam and give away his position.
And no scope.
The Ultimate Coward.
…about one thing you said or another…or another.
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) January 21, 2015
…at Bob Menendez?????
Barack Obama: Puttin’ the “Lame” back in “Lame Duck.”
Proving YET AGAIN that our Fearless Leader and his Le Grande Toadie, the Secretary of State, are as spectacularly tone-deaf as any fence post in America, John Kerry heads over to France to make nice for dissing the millions who marched for freedom and against Islamic murderers…and brings JAMES TAYLOR to warble “You’ve Got a Friend”. GTFO, right? Shameful as it is, it’s true. James. Taylor.
When anybody and EVERYBODY (including Obama, if he’d bother to read the entertainment section of the paper) KNOWS how to musically go STRAIGHT to EVERY Frenchmen’s…EVERY EUROPEAN’S (!!)…heart.
Yeah. The. Hoff.
And the whole of the Continent is eating fromage from your palm.
Mission accompli. DUH.
“Go F**k Yourself You Communist Turd” Senator Says To Anti-Free Speech Democrat
‘Course, he’s NEW and hasn’t been prosecuted yet…
I feel a polka coming on!
— Heather (@hboulware) January 15, 2015
ths update: In response to JeffS’s patent disappointment in the comments, here’s video of MORE protesters with different restraint accouterments being removed.
Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the ‘freedoms’ of living in the West to ‘pack your bags and f*** off’ on live TV
Ahmed Aboutaleb, a Moroccan-born Muslim, spoke after Paris attack
The mayor said Dutch Muslims who ‘don’t like freedom’ can f*** off
He added: ‘Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here’
…’It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,’ Mayor Aboutaleb told Dutch current affairs program Nieuwsuur (Newshour).
‘But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave.
‘If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.
Mind you, I would most strongly not limit his comments to only Muslims; they apply to everyone.
I think he’s AMERICA’S.
— Izzy Gould (@IzzyGould) January 11, 2015
Our hero will veto it anyway.
BREAKING: Nebraska Supreme Court tosses Keystone pipeline lawsuit, says plaintiffs don't have standing.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2015
And well they should have: via ZeroHedge take a gander at Thursday’s “News-Enterprise,” which claims to be “serving” Hardin County, Kentucky:
As Insta would say, “layers and layers of Fact Checkers”
No reasonable excuse exists for the horrible mistake that occurred Thursday in The News-Enterprise. By now, many of you have heard about it.
The paper reported on the front page in a paraphrased statement: “Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said those who go into the law enforcement profession typically do it because they have a desire to shoot minorities.”
Sheriff Ward is not responsible for the statement. He said nothing of the sort.
A retraction and apology has been printed Friday on Page A1. As community members and neighbors, we feel it is important to repeat this apology again publicly to Sheriff John Ward, the entire law enforcement community and to you, our readers.
We share the outrage and disgust expressed by many of you.
Internally, the newspaper leadership spent yesterday researching this error, discovering the form it took and taking corrective action. As a result, the two people involved were fired.
Reporter Anna Taylor, whose name was on the story, is not responsible for this error.
Many of Thursday’s upset callers asked the same question: “Doesn’t anyone proof your newspaper?”
Well, surprisingly that’s where the error took place. A function and process designed to rid the news pages of error instead added a terrible one that altered the reporter’s original sentence. No reasonable excuse can exist.
It takes years to develop trust. It takes only seconds to destroy it.
We understand our credibility may be called into question but the sheriff should not be subjected to the same scrutiny.
Again, no excuse. The newspaper asks only for your understanding. Our staff will strive to recapture your respect and earn your faith anew.
Hats-off to editor Ben Sheroan for his prompt page A-1 response.
The NYT could learn some things from him.
Supposedly they’ve robbed a gas station
The two main suspects in the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris are said to have robbed a service station in the north of France.
They stole food and petrol, firing shots as they struck at the roadside stop near Villers-Cotterets in the Aisne region, French media report.
France has observed a minute’s silence for the 12 people killed at the office of the satirical magazine.
Earlier in the day, a gunman shot dead a policewoman in southern Paris.
A second person was seriously injured in the attack in the suburb of Montrouge, after which the gunman fled.
It is unclear if the attack is related to the pursuit of prime suspects Cherif and Said Kouachi.
According to the manager of the service station that was robbed on the RN2 road in Aisne at about 10:30 (09:30 GMT), the attackers fit the description of the two men, and were heavily armed with Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
Kalashnikovs and RPGs.
Boy those restrictive Euro gun laws are mighty effective…at disarming the victims.
The shooting took place at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
I’m sure this will be labelled “workplace violence”
Several people have been killed by armed gunmen in a shooting at the Paris offices of a satirical magazine, according to French media reports.
Shooting was heard at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine known for publishing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2011.
Initial reports said between seven and 10 people had been killed.
The attackers reportedly escaped in a black Citreon DS, wounding a policemen, then knocking over and wounding “several” pedestrians.
“Several men in black cagoules were heard to shout ‘the Prophet has been avenged'”, wrote Pierre de Cossette, a broadcast journalist with Europe1 News.
Clearly, there seems to be no possible motive
The magazine cover this week is on “Submission,” a book by Michel Houellebecq released today, which is sparking controversy with its depiction of a fictional France of the future led by an Islamic party and a Muslim president who bans women from the workplace.
Further, from The Guardian:
Charlie Hebdo has a long record of taking its satire seriously. The weekly magazine’s response to previous efforts at intimidation was to be even more controversial or outrageous, defying the constraints of religious sensitivity or political correctness.
In November 2011, its offices were fire-bombed after it had published a special edition, supposedly guest-edited by the Prophet Mohammed and temporarily renamed ‘Charia Hebdo’. The cover was a cartoon of Mohammed threatening the readers with ‘a hundred lashes if you don’t die laughing’.
The petrol bomb attack completely destroyed the Paris offices, the magazine’s website was hacked and the staff were subjected to death threats. But six days later, it published a new front page depicting a male Charlie Hebdo cartoonist passionately kissing a bearded Muslim man in front of the charred aftermath of the bombing. The headline this time was: L’Amour plus fort que la haine (Love is stronger than hate).
The best defense of Freedom of Speech is MORE Freedom of Speech.
You know, it’s “time to move beyond” the slaughter of 43 kids…
Mexico explains that police killing 22 people/43 abducted students and Ferguson are sameys.
Obama seeks help of Mexico’s Pena Nieto on Cuba, immigration
President Barack Obama is hosting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House Tuesday, looking to his southern neighbor for help implementing the president’s changing policies on immigration and Cuba.
…Both actions from Obama in recent weeks drew praise from Pena Nieto, who may be hoping his visit to the White House can help give him a boost after a 2014 marked by scandal, violence and corruption. That includes soldiers killing 22 civilians in a questionable “shootout” and revelations that Pena Nieto and his treasury secretary live in luxury homes built and financed by a favorite government contractor.
Perhaps most notably, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to protest the Sept. 26 abduction and presumed murder of 43 college students, allegedly at the hands of local officials and police in league with a drug cartel.
Pena Nieto told the country it was time to “move beyond” the case just weeks after their abduction, and he took a month to meet with their families.
…Sergio Alcocer, Mexican undersecretary for North America affairs, said he didn’t expect the student abduction specifically to come up between the two presidents. Alcocer pointed out that the United States has had its own scandal and protests over the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
A BIG “get over it” and then a month before he meets with parents?
Sheesh. That’s almost like hustling back to your golf cart right after saying two perfunctory words about a tragedy.
But no one does that.
Man, we just have the Smartest, Bestest Negotiating Diplomatic Genius President EVUH
State: Yeah, we don’t know if Cuba has released the 53 prisoners we required they release
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to answer questions this afternoon about the 53 political detainees Cuba promised to release as part of a deal with President Obama to normalize relations with the United States.
When asked about a lack of transparency in the prisoner exchange process, Psaki said, “Well, we know who’s on there. And the Cuban government knows who’s on there.” …
After Psaki stated that she had no updates to provide, a befuddled Matt Lee asked, “Hold on — hold on a second. Can we — I mean, is it — what’s happening? Are they out? Are they not out? … Where are they?”
Psaki responded, “I don’t have any more updates to provide for you, Matt.”
Lee, frustrated, followed up, “So the Cubans don’t actually have to do anything?”
It is beyond pathetic.
…he sure acts like an emperor when it comes to gathering the photogenic about him at his command.
My head EXPLODED when I read this. He’s already BEEN in Hawaii HOW long? You know what THIS tells me? That this SELF CENTERED prima dona wanted a CONVENIENT podium on HIS vacay, so GUESS WHO PAID THE PRICE?! How happy would any of YOU had been to be told you had a mandatory-dog-and-pony-show, WITH YOUR FAMILIES, on CHRISTMAS DAY? Kaneohe ain’t Afghanistan, Skippy. And I’m sure everyone was thrilled to have THEIR holiday destroyed, or, at the very least, completely up-ended, to make it easy for YOUR “Mission Accomplished” moment. What a worthless, selfish, narcissistic POS.
On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat
President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, speaks to troops and their families on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii during the Obama family…
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America’s military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.
At an oceanfront Marine Corps base in Hawaii, Obama told troops that while tough challenges remain for the U.S. military in hotspots like Iraq and West Africa, the world as a whole is better off because American troops put country first and served with distinction. He said Americans and their president could not be more thankful.
…so let me TOTALLY BONE your holiday so I can mouth that platitude, mmkay?