Category: Morality

I Think It Was a Combination of Unexpectedly Bright Lights Shining on Their Nasty Little Business

…and getting awfully close to that 19th of April date which, for some reason, the Feds seem drawn to like a FLAME for coming down heavy, and leaving somebody…in flames.

More: From the Las Vegas CBS affiliate:

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years.

The BLM made the announcement Saturday morning, a week after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte.

The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said she was thrown to the ground by an officer.

With more Bundy supporters pouring in from around the country, safety concerns began to grow.

The I-Team has learned the deal to end the gather was brokered by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Though, isn’t it ODD how eveything has to simmer down RIGHT QUICK when HARRY REID’S DIRTY DEALINGS get stirred into this righteous “deadbeat cowboy didn’t pay his fees and is torturing tortoises” mix?

Koch brothers, my ass.

Nice to have friends ride in to help. And MILLIONS of friends to pass the pictures ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

I Have NEVER Heard Such HATEFUL TRIPE in My ENTIRE Life

Have you?

Kirsten Dunst sparks debate over support for traditional gender roles

While most of Hollywood’s leading ladies share their feminist values of empowerment and independence, Kirsten Dunst seems to have a more traditional perspective when it comes to gender roles.

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued… We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created,” Dunst told this month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar in the U.K.

And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work…”

The NERVE of the BEE-YOTCH!

Cue my Wymmens Sisters in Sufferage With Smouldering Outrages and off with her head!

The Committee Hearings May Get Even A Tad Livelier Now

Via HotAir, Issa is asking Cummings to do some explaining of possible collusion between Cummings’ staff and the IRS.

Er, Well…

…actually the reason for the attack seems pretty clear

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Two journalists working for The Associated Press have been shot in Afghanistan, one of them fatally, the news agency said Friday.

The Associated Press said the slain journalist was Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer. She was shot in the country’s eastern Khost province.

The second journalist targeted by the gunman was Kathy Gannon, a Canadian reporter based in Islamabad, the AP said. She is said to be in a stable condition and is receiving medical care.

…The two women were traveling in their own car in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots in Khost province, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police, the news agency said.

A unit commander walked up to their car as it waited to move, yelled “Allahu akbar” — “God is great” — and opened fire on them in the back seat, the AP said. He then surrendered to the other police present.

The reason for the attack is unclear, but police have arrested the suspected shooter and the case is under investigation, Baryalay Rawan, a spokesman for the Khost provincial governor, told CNN.

Women who have the audacity to work, let alone get involved in elections, have a sad history of not fairing so well over there.

I Hope She Wins, And Wins A Lot

And I hope the DA grows a pair and files criminal assault charges against the agents

A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents.

Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.

Michael Kelly, director of communications for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, said, “It’s incredibly unfortunate that the situation that night in Charlottesville occurred at all. As this case proceeds, the Attorney General’s Office will defend the commonwealth’s interests and work to ensure a just and reasonable outcome.”

Now from that quote you can see the AG sure sounds like he’s looking for a way out of this. And for good reason:

According to the suit, Daly and two friends went to a Harris Teeter store in Daly’s Chevrolet Trailblazer, arriving shortly before 10 p.m. Among other items purchased by one of Daly’s friends was a case of canned LaCroix sparkling water. The women walked into the parking lot, one of them carrying the clearly visible sparkling water.

Seven ABC agents were in the parking lot watching for young-looking individuals and checking their identification to ensure no state laws were bring broken. Two agents followed the three to their car.

Daly got behind the wheel, one friend sat in the front passenger seat and placed the sparkling water on the floor and the other friend got in the back seat. Before starting the car, Daly saw two people approach the car and begin banging on the windows.

The two agents, says the suit, “allegedly displayed their badges hanging from necklaces which at the time and under the circumstances were not clearly visible or readable.”

The agents warned Daly not to turn on the car, but she and a friend were unable to open the windows using buttons because the car was not running. Other agents ran to the car.

The suit alleges that Daly called 911 on her cellphone, which she handed to a friend. The friend told the operator that they could not tell if the agents were real law enforcement officers.

Daly “was shaking and saying, ‘I don’t know what to do!’?” One agent suddenly drew a gun, pointing it toward the ground.

When an agent tried to break a passenger window with a steel flashlight, Daly drove off with some of the agents chasing on foot. She drove out of the parking lot and stopped at a red light intending to drive to a police station.

While at the red light, the 911 operator confirmed to the women that they were real ABC agents, according to the suit.

Police arrived on the scene and drove Daly to the police station, where an ABC agent swore out a criminal complaint that led to Daly’s arrest over assaulting two agents and over failing to stop when ordered.

Daly spent the night in jail and was released the following afternoon. On June 27, the charged were dropped. On Oct. 22, the arrest and court records were expunged.

These sorts of way-over-the-top police incidents for “crimes” so pernicious and perilous, crimes that threaten the very the Survival of the Republic like, well I shudder and blanch to mention, crimes like Under Age Possession and Presumptive Consumption of Carbonated Beverages By Teetotalers, these sorts of things are where the courts and the citizens need to hit back, and hit hard. This type of governmental abuse can not be allowed to stand.

Caprice and arbitrary thuggery are the hallmarks of a police state.

Sexy Dog on Campus in Dashing Army Uniform

…gets called out by two guys who actually WORE the thing.

In combat.

Our Imperial Overlord in His House of White

is just the sneakiest pen-wielding bitch EH-VAH!

‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.

“We’ll Give You SUCH A Pinch”

John Kerry, Super Stud Muffin

Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.

…U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the Sunday referendum, Kerry said the U.S. and its European allies will not recognize it as legitimate under international law.

The U.S. and Europe on Monday would then unite to impose sanctions on Russia, Kerry told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Thursday during a hearing on the State Department’s budget.

“There will be a response of some kind to the referendum itself,” Kerry said. “If there is no sign [from Russia] of any capacity to respond to this issue … there will be a very serious series of steps on Monday.”

You just know that Putin is quite likely shivering in fear.

Smart Power has him right where we want him, yessirree, caught up in that web of Reset.

Update: Per ZeroHedge, here’s a handy graphic so you can see those Russkies quaking in their boots at the Wrath O’Kerry

Hiding Ivan

“I Will NEVER Stand for ANY President…”

Trey Gowdy, ladies and germs.

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Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

This is SO HORRIFIC ~ and strikes so close to home, literally and figuratively ~ that I am SHAKING.

Shoot first, ask questions later method puts former Beckville resident in Alabama hospital

A Beckville graduate was shot in Alabama by an Opelika Police officer Thursday after the man stopped on the side of the interstate because of a minor traffic accident.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Davidson, a 2012 graduate of Beckville High School, is in now in East Alabama Medical Center after undergoing extensive life saving surgery, his father, Billy Davidson said.

The shooting happened Thursday night, March 6 on the side of I-85 between the Torbert Road and West Point Parkway exits.

…according to his dad. “Apparently, Michael’s vehicle and a ‘diesel rig’ were involved in a minor accident,” Billy said, “and they pulled to the side of the interstate to exchange information. He got his billfold out and was going to talk to the driver.”

Michael never got to speak to the driver of the truck.

“He remembers hearing a yell coming from someone behind him. He saw the reflection of flashing lights on the truck he was beside, and realizing it was the police, raised his arms and turned around.”

That’s when Officer Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with OPD, shot Michael in the stomach.

…Other officers responded to the scene. “Michael remembers seeing the officers searching his vehicle while he was laying on the ground. He tried to sit up and asking why he was shot, but he was pushed back to the ground and told to stay down,” his dad said.

Billy said details were sketchy after that because his son, who had lost a lot of blood, passed out.

The bullet hit an artery in his stomach and damaged organs. Billy said he was told they almost lost Michael several times during the surgery. “He lost so much blood they ran out of blood and had to use blood expanders,” Billy said.

Michael’s parents were not notified of the shooting until around noon the following day.

Speechless. Ebola just came across country, like this Airman was doing, checking in with his dad the whole way, like this Airman was doing.

His folks KNEW something was wrong when he didn’t get back with them by that evening at the latest. So THEY got to lose their minds worrying.

Then to find out your son had been practically shot in cold blood and left BLEEDING TO DEATH by the side of the road, while these GOMERS “LAW ENFORCEMENT” types ignored him?

As a mother, I’m just sick at heart for his suffering and his folks’.

As a CITIZEN?

I hope they OWN these assholes.

Well This Is Reassuring

“Top Men” are working on the Ukraine crisis

Top diplomats seek Ukraine solution in Paris talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is holding talks with counterparts from the US and key EU states to try to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

The US wants independent observers in the flashpoint region of Crimea and direct talks between Kiev and Moscow.

Russia was expected to call for greater representation for Ukraine’s Russian-speaking areas in the Kiev government.

The EU earlier offered 11bn euros ($15bn; £9bn) of aid to Ukraine and froze the assets of 18 Ukrainians.

BREAKING NEWS: Oh, Hot DAMN!


ths update: More:

And apparently Pederast Harry Reid has CHANGED his vote vote to “no” as well, supposedly giving him the option to reintroduce the nomination at a later date.

I don’t see that happening. Justice won this round.

And, no doubt, “RACIST” in three…two..one…

Vlad The Protector

So Putin now claims that because ethnic-speaking Russians were in supposed peril he can send in the troops.

Think about the implications of that if it is allowed to stand.

Update: and I see that Mr. Smart Power and his Golden Tongue have got Russia threatening to seize US and EU assets.

Cool.

Did you see what they charge for arugula in Moscow?

Can You Spell “AGENDA”?

Gov. Martinez’s Hair Stylist Has Refused to Ever Cut Her Hair Again

… ~ or share the super-secret squirrel recipe for her hair color ~ because of her opposition to gay marriage.

He has REFUSED TO RENDER HER A SERVICE he provides based on HIS FEELINGS.

When I read this, I had a question:

A bakery, a hair dresser…what?

That Had To Leave A Mark

When you lose the WaPo’s editorial board

President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy

By Editorial Board, Published: March 2

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”

That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means. A country’s standing is no longer measured in throw-weight or battalions. The world is too interconnected to break into blocs. A small country that plugs into cyberspace can deliver more prosperity to its people (think Singapore or Estonia) than a giant with natural resources and standing armies.

Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power

Smart Power.

Terror Attack In China

33 murdered by knives, with something like 130 injured.

The Tea Party is of course responsible.

Seriously: Greatest President

Evuh

A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.

…According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. “Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team,” says Miller.

Rice went over the Ukrainian YouTube list for her Sunday morning talk show appearances.

We are so boned.

Y’all Are A Bunch Of Lying Liers

Thus spake Harry Reid

Harry Reid spoke about the Obamacare “horror stories” on the Senate floor this morning. He said that “all are untrue.”

“Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” said Reid.

“The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month–ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false.”

So shut up, America.

Some More Pictures From The Ukraine

Once again via Syd, here’s perhaps some cause for hope: Police joining the Protesters

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and to balance that here’s a shot of some of the government snipers entering the Presidential Administration building…perhaps to collect their bonuses

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Is It Any Surprise?

That the man who has turned every agency of government into openly politicized arms of his regime would next turn his sights to overtly control those who have been his greatest enablers?

The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s “critical information needs.” Those “needs” will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government’s standards could face an uncertain future. It’s hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.

The initiative, known around the agency as “the CIN Study” (pronounced “sin”), is a bit of a mystery even to insiders. “This has never been put to an FCC vote, it was just announced,” says Ajit Pai, one of the FCC’s five commissioners (and one of its two Republicans). “I’ve never had any input into the process,” adds Pai, who brought the story to the public’s attention in a Wall Street Journal column last week.

Advocates promote the project with Obama-esque rhetoric. “This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens,” said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2012. Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year. The FCC, Clyburn said, “must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation — be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other.”

The FCC, who licenses the airwaves, will now under the orders of Obama send Commissars into newsrooms to monitor what they do and say.

Who’s scoffing at the idea of “Liberal Fascism” now?

Truce Breaks Down

Well, it looks like Captain Impotent Line-In-The-Sand will get to emasculate us yet again, as the ‘truce’ announced in the Ukraine yesterday has collapsed spectacularly and at least 20 are dead

At least 17 protesters have been killed in renewed clashes with police in central Kiev after a truce agreed on Wednesday broke down, eyewitnesses say.

Witnesses reported live rounds, petrol bombs and water cannon at the main protest site, Independence Square.

A meeting between EU foreign ministers and President Viktor Yanukovych is now under way, officials say, contradicting earlier reports that the ministers had flown out without seeing him.

The EU will discuss sanctions later.

Well, I’m sure that’s comforting.

UPDATE: Oh god, they’re saying over 100 dead now.

Update The Second: A video from Syd in the comments that is horrific

note the sniper shot hitting the tree behind them in the very last second of the video.

Some More Kiev pictures:
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Kiev2

The last one, showing a series of tweets in Ukrainian, was from a girl who tweeted her own death. Last tweet: “I’m dying”.

kiev3

I’m told this 21 year old young lady was a medic who was shot by a sniper today. She has died.

Kiev4

And now that Capt. Genius has committed us again to a “Line” being crossed, just what exactly does he propose?

HAPPY UPDATE: I’m not sure how to say “Mark Twain” in Ukrainian, but rumors of her demise were exaggerated…barely

Miracle in Kiev: Shot Medic Survives After Tweeting ‘I Am Dying’
By Alexander Smith and Maria Stromova

Losing blood from a gunshot wound to her throat, Olesya Zhukovska sent what she must have thought was her final tweet.

“I am dying,” the 21-year-old wrote in Ukrainian on Thursday after being struck by a bullet. She was working as a volunteer medic amid fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Kiev.

Moments later she lost consciousness.

…But Zhukovska received emergency surgery and survived.

Her next tweet came Friday: “I am alive! Thanks to everyone who supports and prays for me! I am in a hospital, my condition is stable so far!”

Zhukovska was visited at Kiev’s No. 17 hospital by Ukrainian opposition lawmaker Iryna Herashchenko.

“Olesya was shot in the throat and yesterday she was in danger,” Herashchenko told NBC News through a translator on Friday. “Initially [before getting to the hospital] we thought she was dead. But thankfully they were able to operate on her and she made it through. She was in intensive care but now she has been moved to another ward where she is now with her family.”

(thanks to Julie for the good news)

Chaos in The Ukraine

Some reports are saying perhaps 25 people, including at least 7 police, were killed in yesterday’s clashes in Kiev

Police are storming the main protest camp in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, which has been occupied since November.

Explosions are taking place, fireworks are being thrown and large fires have broken out in Independence Square.

On Tuesday at least 18 people were killed, including seven policemen, in the worst violence seen in weeks.

President Viktor Yanukovych blamed the violence on opposition leaders, but said it was still “not too late to stop the conflict”.

He was speaking after a late-night meeting with opposition figures Vitaly Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Key dates

21 November 2013: Ukraine suspends preparations for a trade deal with the EU, triggering protests
30 November: Riot police first take action against protesters, injuring dozens and fuelling anger
17 December: Russia agrees to buy Ukrainian government bonds and slash price of gas sold to Ukraine, taking wind out of protest movement
25 December: Renewed outcry after anti-government activist and journalist Tetyana Chornovol is beaten
19 January: Protests take a violent turn as demonstrators torch police buses and throw petrol bombs; police respond with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon. Several died in following days
18 February: Bloodiest day of the clashes sees civilians and police officers killed

In a bold display of Smart Power, the US said it was “concerned.”

And from Twitter

(it should be noted that the above picture is a week old, not from yesterday/today)

Chicago Style

Former Democratic Rep. Mel Reynolds continues his winning ways

Former Illinois Democratic Rep. Mel Reynolds was arrested Monday in Zimbabwe after police learned that he was making pornographic films in hotels where he had accumulated $24,500 in unpaid bills, and that he had overstayed his visa by two months.

A former Reynolds assistant told the state-controlled newspaper The Herald that the Democratic pol had been paying a model and several other girls to produce his pornos.

…Reynolds, once a close confidante of Rev. Jesse Jackson, resigned in disgrace after two years in Congress when he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, solicitation of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

He was found guilty in 1995 of having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker. Police ran a sting against the congressman when his mistress, who was too young to vote, told her next-door neighbor about the sexual relationship.

That neighbor was a Chicago police officer. In later taped phone conversations, the teen promised him a three-way sex romp with a 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl.

‘Did I win the Lotto?’ Reynolds was heard exclaiming on tape.

While serving a five-year prison sentence, the disgraced Reynolds was convicted on unrelated bank fraud charges in 1997, including lying to Securities and Exchange Commission investigators.

He received another six and a half years, but President Bill Clinton later commuted his sentence when he still had three years left to serve.

Naturally, his screwing of teenagers has led to all of us getting screwed:

It was Reynolds’ trysts with the 16-year-old campaign aide that opened up Barack Obama’s first opportunity to enter politics.

Following the Congressman’s indictment, state Senator Alice Palmer leaped forward to challenge him in a Democratic primary. Obama immediately put his name forward to win the open state legislative post, starting his meteoric rise to the White House.

A friend from Obama’s community organizing days had been Palmer’s campaign manager, and made an introduction.

What a tangled web we weave.

If You Save It…

They will steal it

(Reuters) – The savings of the European Union’s 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says.

The EU is looking for ways to wean the 28-country bloc from its heavy reliance on bank financing and find other means of funding small companies, infrastructure projects and other investment.

“The economic and financial crisis has impaired the ability of the financial sector to channel funds to the real economy, in particular long-term investment,” said the document, seen by Reuters.

The Commission will ask the bloc’s insurance watchdog in the second half of this year for advice on a possible draft law “to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing”, the document said.

If there’s anyway the government can steal your retirement money (oh, sorry, did I say “steal”? I meant “protect.”) they will.

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