But listen to the echoes of #WhatDifferenceDoesItMake
Category: Nanny State
After all, what difference would it make?
The commandant of the Marine Corps told lawmakers that Marines who disarmed before departing Sanaa, Yemen during an embassy evacuation last month did so on the orders of U.S. Central Command and State Department officials.
Gen. Joseph Dunford fielded hard-edged questions on the mission Tuesday morning from Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee. Kline, a retired Marine officer, is the author of a letter to the State and Defense departments demanding detailed answers about a controversial order to Marines to destroy their weapons and depart the country unarmed.
Senate Republicans want to use a powerful budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after Obamacare http://t.co/blUDb1c0Dz
— POLITICO (@politico) March 19, 2015
— Duke Woodson (@El_Woodo) March 19, 2015
Also very disturbing are (armed?) and uniformed Alcohol Control Agents
(CNN)”Hey! His head is bleeding! Yo, his head is bleeding!” a bystander screams.
Martese Johnson is lying face-down on the pavement, blood flowing from his forehead. He was injured when Virginia alcohol control agents took him to the ground, trying to arrest him for public intoxication and obstruction of justice.
As he’s pinned, video captures him yelling: “I go to UVA! … You f****** racists! What the f***? How did this happen?”
An agent can be heard telling the student to stop fighting.
The video does not show the moments leading up to the arrest. But many say it’s the latest example of excessive force by officers against a black man.
Denied entry at a bar
The incident started when Johnson, 20, was turned away from a bar during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control agents approached him and decided to “further detain the individual based on their observations and further questioning,” the agency said.
The proper response to a possibly tipsy 20 year old kid trying to get in a bar on St. Pats is to laugh and say “nice try”, not tackle him and handcuff him.
This is what fascism looks like, boys and girls: Official Alcohol Agents beating the shit out of people trying to get a drink.
Starbucks wants its baristas to talk to you about race
Starbucks to encourage baristas to discuss race relations with customers
CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging his employees to bring up the hot-button issue — his latest foray into controversial topics.
Starbucks SBUX -0.58% CEO Howard Schultz has never shied away from involving his company in controversial debates, whether those debates are about same-sex marriage, or gun control, or U.S. government gridlock.
But the executive, who oversees a coffee empire with 4,700 U.S. stores, has now taken on arguably the most polarizing political debate in the United States: race relations.
Starbucks published a full page ad in the New York Times on Sunday — a stark, black, page with a tiny caption “Shall We Overcome?” in the middle, and the words “RaceTogether” with the company logo, on the bottom right. The ad, along with a similar one on Monday in USA Today, is part of an initiative launched this week by the coffee store chain to stimulate conversation and debate about the race in America by getting employees to engage with customers about the perennially hot button subject.
Beginning on Monday, Starbucks baristas will have the option as they serve customers to hand cups on which they’ve handwritten the words “Race Together” and start a discussion about race. This Friday, each copy of USA Today — which has a daily print circulation of almost 2 million and is a partner of Starbucks in this initiative — will have the first of a series of insert with information about race relations, including a variety of perspectives on race. Starbucks coffee shops will also stock the insert.
Why does everything, every single act in life, have to be a political statement to some people?
…about the Senators’ letter to those mean, nasty old mullahs! Somebody might have REALLY taken offense and skipped their party!
First Lady celebrates Iranian New Year at the White House
…1. Celebrating culture
To introduce Obama, University of Maryland student Ashley Azmoodeh spoke about her own family’s connection to the holiday and its importance.
“The most memorable celebration from my childhood, one that we continue to celebrate annually, is Nowruz, meaning ‘New Day,’” Azmoodeh said.
The First Lady paid homage to the holiday by noting its long history and cultural significance for people around the world.
“For more than 3,000 years, families and communities in the Middle East, Asia and all around the world, including here in the United States, have celebrated this holiday to mark the renewal of the Earth in spring time,” Obama said.
US Producer Price Index down 0.5% in Feb vs. up 0.3% expected
U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in February on weak trade margins, pointing to muted inflation pressures that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.
The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand fell 0.5 percent after dropping 0.8 percent in January. It was the fourth straight monthly decline in the PPI.
“…killed an unarmed black teenager there in August.”
With media friends like responsible news agency Reuters explaining the complete circumstances of every officer involved death, it’s just amazing there aren’t more attempted summary executions of random police officers. The only thing they’re missing is Al Sharpton’s byline.
The Danes have naturally decided to, er, disarm their Home Guard*
One of the weapons used in February’s terror attack in Copenhagen was an M95 rifle that had previously been stolen from the home of a Danish Home Guard (Hjemmeværnet) member.
As a result, the Home Guard has now decided that it will temporarily require all Home Guard members to turn in the bolts to their rifles, making them unable to be fired.
Over 4,300 volunteer members have a Home Guard issued weapon and they now have until March 30th to turn in their bolts, which will be stored in central depots across the country. The military service says it will then implement a long-term solution for dealing with members’ weapons.
“In light of the tragic events on February 14-15, 2015, the Home Guard is implementing these security measures until the Home Guard has found the proper solution,” Home Guard General Major Finn Winkler said in a statement.
In addition to being asked to disarm their rifles, the Home Guard members will also be subjected to periodic visits from controllers who will check that the weapons are stored safely and properly.
I’m not sure how they still manage to consider them ‘weapons’ when the bolts are removed, unless Denmark has some sort of State Inspection Code for clubs (and pretty piss-poor clubs at that); well they probably do have such a code, now that I’m thinking about it.
*They’ve now adopted the British definition of Home Guard: you don’t. Your home is now the Intruder’s Castle in the eyes of the State.
UK cops want everyone to have CCTV in their houses
Put CCTV in EVERY home: Householders should help us trap burglars, says Scotland Yard chief
Bernard Hogan Howe said people installed their CCTV cameras too high
This meant only the tops of the criminals’ heads were caught on film
Families should install their own cameras to help catch burglars, he said
The Met chief said Britain needed more cameras to help fight crime
By CHRIS GREENWOOD FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 10:52 EST, 8 March 2015 | UPDATED: 03:12 EST, 9 March 2015
Homeowners should consider fitting CCTV to trap burglars, the country’s most senior police officer declared yesterday.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said police forces needed more crime scene footage to match against their 12million images of suspects and offenders.
And he called on families and businesses to install cameras at eye level – to exploit advances in facial recognition technology.
Because you see they have no interest in preventing crime; only in tidying up some of the mess afterwards.
Most Transparent Smart Power evuh
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House counsel’s office was not aware when Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state that she relied solely on a private email account.
That’s what a person familiar with the matter is telling The Associated Press on a condition of anonymity without authorization to speak on the record.
The person says Clinton’s exclusive use of personal email was inconsistent with guidance given to agencies that official business should be conducted on official email accounts.
The person says the counsel’s office only became aware when some of her messages were turned over to congressional investigators looking into the Benghazi attack. The person said the White House counsel’s office then asked the State Department to ensure that her email records were properly archived.
So nobody over there ever noticed that any of the emails from her weren’t from “@state.gov”.
In DC the GOP shoots themselves.
Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot to death in central Moscow late Friday.
The head of the Moscow police department is on the scene, according to TASS news agency. Moscow police sources say there were witnesses to the shooting who are now being questioned.
“Today at approximately 11:15 PM Nemtsov was walking with a female companion along the Bolshoy Kamenniy bridge. A car approached, from which several shots were fired. Four shots hit Nemtsov in the back,” Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson Elena Alekseeva said.
…Nemtsov was 55 years old. He was a former deputy prime minister in the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin. At one point he was considered a likely presidential candidate. After Vladimir Putin became the country’s president, Nemtsov actively criticized the administration and its policies.
Vladimir Putin decried this “random” attack.
Canceling the 2nd Amendment by fiat.
Obama’s Golden Touch continues
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take on Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the first mayoral runoff election in Chicago history on April 7.
A fiery Garcia, who finished second to Emanuel, criticized Emanuel on catering to special interests and failing to do enough on crime an education in a speech to his supporters at the Alhambra Palace in the West Loop.
Crime an education.
Yep, layers and layers of editors and fact-checkers.
It will be nice to see Rahm crawl back into the fetid little sewer he came out of.
…The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior. Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates) than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.
Read “What ISIS Really Wants” and be truly educated.
That’s one explanation: that no sane person shouts, ‘Stuff your pension!’ and clears off to a field near Inverness. Another is that designs for living always end in tears, or worse. From the Russian Revolution to Jonestown, programmes for human happiness come a cropper. It’s best to muddle along as we are, not because human beings are morons or suckers, or traitors to the cause, but because life is meant to be messy, muddled, contrary, comic. In any event, when the balloon goes up, I have my plan ready. I shall hide in the stockroom at Morrison’s (Strood branch), spending what’s left of eternity scoffing their individual fruit pies.
Read the whole delusional, pathetic, and tragi-comic tale. Keep it in mind every time some Government Expert or PhD-wielding Academic insists that we all must follow their path to Enlightenment.
Via Tim, a shrine in memory of a death in Copenhagen.
Of course, since it’s Europe the shrine is for the shooter
On the street corner where Copenhagen’s Islamist gunman died in a shoot-out with police, his friends laid floral tributes in his memory on Monday.
Emulating the actions of the hundreds of people who left flowers outside a café and a synagogue two men were shot dead at the weekend, those who regard Omar el-Hussein as a “good guy”, not a terrorist, created a third shrine.
…”We’ve put flowers here because we must remember him,” said a young Arab man, who gave his name as Mohamed. “He was a good guy. We don’t believe he did anything wrong. It wasn’t like the police say.” A placard placed with the flowers read: “May Allah be merciful, rest in peace” in both Arabic and Danish.
…“He wasn’t someone who could kill people. He stabbed a guy, OK, but it was only in the leg,” Benny said. “When we fight, we stab, but always in the leg, not to kill. I’ve stabbed ten or eleven people. I know he didn’t have the money to buy an automatic gun. Here it costs 50,000 kroner (nearly £5,000).”
Just turn out the lights, it’s over.
Islam and the West at War
After a Danish movie director at a seminar on “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” and a Danish Jew guarding a synagogue were shot dead in Copenhagen, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark, uttered a familiar trope:
“We are not in the middle of a battle between Islam and the West. It’s not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims. It’s a battle between values based on the freedom of the individual and a dark ideology.”
This statement — with its echoes of President Obama’s vague references to “violent extremists” uncoupled from the fundamentalist Islam to which said throat-cutting extremists pledge allegiance — scarcely stands up to scrutiny.
It is empty talk.
…thanks to ISIS butchers and their knives.
But before you get all ‘upset’ and shit, Christians, you’d do well to remember our President’s words of wisdom:
GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE
The assertion perturbs a couple CNBC anchors.
…kept them from completely jettisoning cholesterol levels as the ultimate food demon.
The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol
The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.
The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of excess cholesterol in the American diet a public health concern.
The finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that, for healthy adults, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.
The greater danger in this regard, these experts believe, lies not in products such as eggs, shrimp or lobster, which are high in cholesterol, but in too many servings of foods heavy with saturated fats, such as fatty meats, whole milk, and butter.
It ALWAYS comes back to BUTTER.
Fat guidelines lacked any solid scientific evidence, study concludes
Researchers claim dietary advice around fat consumption, followed by millions for the past 30 years, should never have been issued
Guidelines warning people to avoid eating fatty foods such as butter and cheese should not have been introduced, new research has found.
Dietary advice issued to tens of millions warned that fat consumption should be strictly limited to cut the risk of heart disease and death.
But experts say the recommendations, which have been followed for the past 30 years, were not backed up by scientific evidence and should never have been issued.
Generations of Americans have been brainwashed and ROBBED*. Pitch your Parkay packets, people!
No longer weep into your mound of mashed ‘maters that you simply “Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”, because IT CAN be if you have the courage to make it so!
*In the interest of full disclosure, casa de major dad has always been a Manufactured Butter Substitute-FREE Zone, because I LOVE 1) butter 2) ingredient panels with only 2 ingredients, vice a paragraph
I mean, really, the Germans didn’t make a peep the last time they were billed for “war reparations”
The Greek prime minister also repeated demands that Germany – Greece’s biggest creditor – pay reparations for World War Two and repay a loan that the Nazis forced the Bank of Greece to pay when they occupied Greece.
And Greece is in such a strong position here, too.
They’ve really got the Germans right where they want them…