Wednesday, April 30, 2014

All That's Sterling is Not Golden

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Of all the bread and circuses sent to us to distract us from the abysmal aftermath of the last five and a half years of the Obama administration, the latest slice is Donald Sterling, an uber-rich 1%'er, owner of the LA Clippers NBA sports franchise. The brash and brazen Sterling, who gives liberally to liberal causes and politicians, was caught on tape making some rather racist comments.

Finally! I thought, a poster child for dim witted, liberal trolls ( but I repeat myself) to gaze upon. Here's a guy who is rich, therefore evil and greedy (unless one is a movie star, sports star or scion of a wealthy political dynasty), and racist, in the court of public opinion, and clearly a liberal.

But, wait! I should not have underestimated the power of denial in liberal trolls! Donald Sterling does not fit their pre-conceived prejudices. Cognitive dissonance sets in. Finally, straw graspers like Mother Jones discover...Donald Sterling is (or was) a registered Republican! Huzzah! The balance is the Force is preserved. The Space/Time continuum is safe for the moment! Donald Sterling is an old, white, rich, racist Republican!!!!

Or, is he?

Facts are such pesky things! Sterling contributed heavily, twice to Gray Davis, uber liberal governor of California. Sterling contributed to liberal causes and liberal candidates for president. Strange activities for a supposed wascally Wepubwiccan! He has been feted and given awards by the left of center NAACP. In fact, he was set to receive a "lifetime achievement award" from them on May 15th, which has been quietly rescinded.

Why would a liberal register as a Republican? Happens all the time. I remember back when Jerry Brown was running for governor (the first time), and since he was pretty much a lock on being the candidate, there was talk among Democrats about registering as Republicans, and voting in the primaries, so as to give an edge to whomever they considered the weakest candidate or one with the most baggage, to make the Democrat's victory easier in November.

You may recall that something similar was suggested on the Right in 2008. Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" urged Republicans to register as Democrats and vote for Hillary in the primaries to keep her candidacy alive. Nowadays in California, such subterfuge is no longer required. We have an open primary, where, if your party's candidate is a shoe in, you can vote for your least favorite candidate of the opposition, hoping to cause a little chaos of your own.

I suspect that Donald Sterling, the old, white, rich, racist liberal, once registered as a Republican to cause mischief with that party, not from any ideology he shared with them. And unlike those businessmen who sometimes contribute to both parties, to hedge their bets whomever wins, Donald Sterling put his money where his old, white, rich, racist heart was...with liberal Democrats*.

Like Obamacare, liberals own this turkey. If they should ever approach anything, even remotely 'reality based', they'd have to admit that Sterling is their guy. Corruption and lapses of character are not the province of any one political party, despite the many, many, many efforts of this administration to prove me wrong.
*Sterling donated a combined of $4,000 to Democratic Sens. Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Patrick (Leaky) Leahy of Vermont as well as then-State Controller Gray Davis of California in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to a database on OpenSecrets. 
...Two years later Sterling backed Davis over Dianne Feinstein in a special election for a Senate seat, donating $1,000 to Davis. Davis lost to Feinstein in 1992 and eventually became governor of California before being recalled. 
In 1991 Sterling also gave $1,000 to Leahy, who still serves in the Senate. OpenSecrets database goes back until the 1990 election, and basketball blog RealGM reported in 2011 that Sterling’s political donations totaled $6,000 over the years.
Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art
Cross posted at Proof Positive

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kerry’s Dubious Utility As A Peace Process Facilitator Is Officially At An End

I have despised John Kerry ever since he compared American servicemen deployed in Vietnam to “the Army of Genghis Khan” in exaggerated imagery:
“They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.”
Secretary of State “Ketchup” has issued a series of remarks over the past nine months that have incensed his Israeli counterparts and left the Mideast Peace Talks in utter disarray.

Last month he suggested that a deterioration of the peace talks was due to settlement activity in east Jerusalem. This past March he suggested that Israel would face a reinvigorated boycott, divestment and sanctions movement should talks fail, and last November he seemed to threaten Israel with a third intifada if a deal was not concluded.

The current administration continues to open itself up to parody, an example of which we saw most recently in a video clip, and now we learn than he warned if Israel did not make peace soon it could become “an apartheid state.”

This slur against Israel must be music of the ears of the Palestinians, Hamas and our betters on the Left.

Attempting to walk back the loaded term “apartheid” in relation to Israel, Kerry said:
“If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.  In the long term, a unitary, bi-national state cannot be the democratic Jewish state that Israel deserves or the prosperous state with full rights that the Palestinian people deserve.”
Kerry’s non-apology apology means simply that armies of soldiers, terrorists and diplomats continue to gather in a flagrant scheme to carve up the Holy City of Jerusalem and eradicate half the city of Jews and turn it into a staging zone for some of the world’s most barbaric terrorists.

Kerry must resign his post as Secretary of State and Jonathan Tobin’s money quote adds credence to this thought:
“[Kerry’s] ability to influence events in a positive way is finished. By injecting the apartheid slur into the negotiations, Kerry has poisoned the waters in a manner that will only make it more rather than less difficult for Palestinian leaders to do what they must to bring about peace. Rather than pushing the parties toward an agreement, he has sabotaged the process. Just as the end of the conflict will have to wait until a new generation of Palestinians is willing to put aside their rejection of a Jewish state, so too, must a productive American intervention be put off until Kerry leaves the diplomatic stage.”

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Obama Meets Asimo

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Asimov had Three Laws of Robotics, Obama has Twelve Rules of Alinsky. Advantage: Obama

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Funny: Little Barry And Little Vladdy Poot Poot Go On Dr. Phil

Joe Biden Is Full of Gas

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Joe Biden gave a speech to Ukrainian legislators a few days ago. One statement really stood out to me:
And as you attempt to pursue energy security, there’s no reason why you cannot be energy secure. I mean there isn’t. It will take time. It takes some difficult decisions, but it’s collectively within your power and the power of Europe and the United States. And we stand ready to assist you in reaching that. Imagine where you’d be today if you were able to tell Russia: Keep your gas. It would be a very different world you’d be facing today. It’s within our power to alter that. It will take some time, but it’s within our power. Very difficult decisions, but within our power.
One of those "difficult decisions" that is "within our power", would be to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Aside from reducing the carbon footprint of transporting crude oil and natural gas, and lessening the odds of catastrophic rail or highway accidents involving tankers and oil fires, it has been pointed out that a non military response to the Russian bear's expansionism, would be to provide eastern Europe with an alternate supplier of energy. Providing an alternate buyer to Russian energy would have the twofold effect of reducing the leverage Russia holds over those dependent on Russian oil and gas, and reducing the revenues to Russia, weakening their ability to finance their expansionist adventures.
"...we stand ready to assist you in reaching that. Imagine where you’d be today if you were able to tell Russia: Keep your gas. It would be a very different world you’d be facing today. It’s within our power to alter that..."
No, Joe. You and Barry are standing in the schoolhouse door of energy production, obstructionist at every turn. The record levels of energy production you like to brag about, that took place during your administration, were either federal lands whose development was started during earlier administrations, or on state and private lands you could not successfully obstruct.
Are you serious about what you told the Ukrainians, Joe? Then show them that there's a prayer that we could have the capability, at least some time in the future, of providing them energy independence from the Russian bear. Convince your boss to take out his pen and sign the damn pipeline agreement and then, discuss the kind of infrastructure needed to provide liquified natural gas to our allies. You know. The kinds of facilities that your supporters on the Left oppose whenever they're proposed.

Show the political will to do the right thing, Joe, if you have any dreams of becoming the Leader of the Free World. Start now, and twist the arm of your lame duck boss and actually do something useful and facilitate the thousands of jobs the pipeline will create. Or just mouth the words and stand idly by while the world goes to hell in a handbasket.

Choice is yours.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

George Soros’ Stealth Plan To Subvert The Constitution

By sidestepping an essential provision of the United States Constitution Progressives, led by über liberal George Soros, seek that which they cannot obtain under the current open election rules, a lock on the Presidency.

The Center for Voting and Democracy, a Soros-funded election group, received seed money from the Joyce Foundation.  The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer was on the board from July 1994 until December 2002.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would mandate that once states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact that all the states give their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote nullifying the Electoral College without a constitutional amendment.

On April 15th, New York’s Gov. Cuomo signed on to the bill adding the state to a list of others joining the stealth movement.  The other jurisdictions include California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

From Cuomo’s official statement upon signing the bill:
”I am particularly heartened to sign this legislation as it embodies both in process and substance the Empire State’s tradition as a national progressive leader,” Gov. Cuomo said of the news. “I am pleased to add New York to the growing list of states who have joined together to make this reform a reality.”
This bill is an end run around the regular constitutional amending process. Instead of requiring a two-thirds majority of each house of Congress and three-quarters of the states, this proposal would take effect when a simple majority approves it.

And the Electoral College system, which has been part of our representative republic, will be modified and converted to a pure democracy.

This proposal would encourage even more voter fraud in more populated, left-leaning states; and provide more incentive to allow illegal immigrants to vote.

It would effectively end “one man, one vote” and dispatch our republic to mob rule.

UPDATE:  I embedded two videos before the one seen above.  They were almost instantly disabled by YouTube™.  In the event that this one is also disabled, please click on the original at this link.

Harry Reid: Often Wrong, But Never in Doubt

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Earth Day: Because Nothing Says 'Save the Planet' Like a Murderous Communist Dictator!

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Do they call it "Earth" Day because of all the people he gave "dirt naps"?? I hear that in the old Soviet Union, they used to plant trees on Lenin's birthday. How very progressive!

Update: Adrienne's Corner has some good links on Earth Day


Cross posted at Proof Positive

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mr. Gregory, The Doctor Will See You Now

Bless NBC’s heart.  They’re in a bit of a pickle.  They seem to be a small gherkin in a jar of large dill pickles.

“Meet the Press”, the longest running Sunday morning talk show is No. 3 and in the midst of a three-year slide. During the first three months of this year, the program finished behind perennial rivals “Face the Nation” and “This Week With George Stephanopoulos”.  Viewing among people aged 25 to 54, the preferred demographic for TV news advertisers, fell to its lowest level ever in the last quarter of 2013.
“Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.’ But the research project struck some at NBC as odd, given that Gregory has been employed there for nearly 20 years.”
Odd indeed.  NBC is now disputing the Post story, referring to the resource called in last year as a “brand consultant”.

"Do I want to be No. 1 in the ratings?" Gregory said in an interview with the Post. "Every week I want to be No. 1, and we fight like hell to get there. And it’s tough right now. It’s a fight.

"I’m not just trying to sell you—well, I am trying to sell you—but I’m not going to B.S. you, either. Yeah, it’s hard. I see what our challenges are. But we’re going to fix our problems."

I guess the “brand analyst” was called in to see if the tat on David’s ass of the logo for The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer needed to be re-inked.  It’s bound to have faded a little though you’d never know it based on the way he kisses the ass of Democrats and is full of piss and vinegar (note the pickle theme) when interviewing Republicans.

Paul Farhi, who wrote the WaPo piece, said he checked with NBC twice on Sunday about the term "psychological" and that they had no objections at the time.

With NBC willing to allow information like this to go public it’s easy to see that the writing must be on the wall.

Dr. Freud will review the id, the ego and the superego with David.  It’s OK though.  NBC has deep pockets.

UPDATE:  I love what Vodkapundit had to say.
“NBC is in a real bind here, because who is there better to replace Gregory? NBC’s bench is so shallow that he really is the best they’ve got to host TV’s longest-running program.” 
“So the bad choices are to suffer the shame of canceling TV’s longest-running program, bringing in one of the D-listers from the MSNBC farm team, or keep Gregory as captain of the sinking ship.” 
“Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of shills.”

Steampunk Willie

Walt Disney meets Firefly:

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Obama Celebrates Easter With...A Picture of Himself!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Cankles’ New Book “Hard Choices”

The clichéd title of Hillary Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices” is calculatedly vague and bland.  The Twitterverse was awash with crotch puns following the announcement by Simon & Shuster today that the book would be released on June 10.

The “Hard Choices” title was used by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1983 and Simon & Shuster has chosen to use a grayscale photograph of a much younger Hillary.  Obviously the tactic is to burnish her image.  The truth is this hag is 67 years old.

My apologies to Balage Balogh for using his “Sax Clinton” painting as the background in the Photoshop™ in this post. It is a far more accurate depiction of the former Secretary of State and the punny “Hard Choices” title.

I am not interested in reading about her “odometer diplomacy”.  I want her to confess to her role in the Benghazi scandal.




UPDATE:  Linked, with thanks to Cardigan, at iOwnTheWorld.  Eleanor in Hell had what I thought was the funniest comment: 

“What to do with that carpet in the White House?”
“Fort Marcy Park or behind Clyde’s in Georgetown?”
“Who gets to sort through Vince’s trash?”
“Where the Hell do I put that diary?”
“Bill’s shredder or mine?”


Very hard choices. 

Al Sharpton: Obama Politically ‘Crucified’

Between two malefactors*:
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"Malefactor": From the Latin, 'evil doer'.

* Hard to narrow it down to just "two" in this administration!



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Liesel

I spent two hours this afternoon totally immersed in a movie that was an inspiring distraction.  Its title—The Book Thief.

There once was a girl, who had a friend that lived in the shadows. She would remind him how the sun felt on his skin and what the air felt like to breathe, and that reminded her that she was still alive.

It is the story of a German girl living in Nazi Munich - Molching on the verge of Hitler coming to power. She has been put into foster care.

The movie, like the critically acclaimed novel, is narrated by Death.
Death:  When I finally came for Liesel, I took selfish pleasure in the knowledge that she had lived her ninety years so wisely.  By then, her stories had touched many souls, some of whom I came to know in passing.  Max, whose friendship lasted almost as long as Liesel.   Almost.   In her final thoughts, she saw the long list of lives that merged with hers.  Her three children, her grandchildren, her husband.  Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa, her brother, and the boy whose hair remained the color of lemons forever. 
I wanted to tell The Book Thief she was one of the few souls that made me wonder what it was to live. But in the end there were no words. Only peace. The only truth I truly know is that I am haunted by humans.
I hope I’ve provided enough here to pique your interest in seeing the movie.  You’ll be inspired and brought to tears in the telling of ordinary people living in horrifying times.

Hillary’s Poll Numbers Sinking Faster Than Ted Kennedy’s Oldsmobile

A new Fox News poll based on interviews of 1,012 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide between April 13-15 shows former Secretary of State Shillary Clinton's numbers hitting their lowest point in six years.  Six years!

“The Fox News poll, from Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research and GOP pollster Shaw & Company, shows Clinton's favorable rating dropping to 49 percent, compared to 45 percent unfavorable.”
“The last time her numbers were in that ballpark was during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race. After she ended her campaign, her favorable/unfavorable split was 47/46.”
“Other polls have shown Clinton's numbers—which were stellar during her time as secretary of state—steadily dropping since she left her post last year.”
Americans remember with disdain how she and Bubba sold nights in the White House Lincoln Bedroom and her State Department’s favoritism towards Boeing which has, for years, invested its resources in causes beneficial to Clinton’s public and political image.


But the Clinton worshippers, who choose to have selective memories, are drooling over a possible run in 2016.  Why?  They consist of filthy rich donors to the DCCC and its myriad pet causes, power players and corrupt lobbyists, CEOs, film execs, shady trial lawyers, plutocratic bankers and radical tree huggers all of whom would have unfettered access to the Oval Office to maintain their cronyism and despicable divvying up of political plunder.

Clinton insiders admit that nothing [emphasis mine] about Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State “shines that brightly” and ponders whether that will hurt her if she runs for office.

Oh, I think a little thing like lying right to the faces of the parents of Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods who were abandoned by their government to be murdered by savages might have a little something to do with hurting her chances.  Ambassador Christopher Stevens could not be reached for comment, but what difference, at this point, does it make?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shillary Ducks

A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Shillary Rodham Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech.

The incident happened moments after “Cankles” took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort.

The incident reminded some of former President George W. Bush dodging two shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist during a news conference in Baghdad in December 2008. Shoe-throwing is considered an insult in Arab cultures.

Ducking the truth seems to be a well-honed talent as evidenced by the fact that she cancelled her visit to San Diego in the midst of a planned “The Difference Matters” protest for her role in Benghazi where Pat Smith, mother of slain son Sean Smith, appeared along with 70 protesters.  Clinton bravely dodged the truth by appearing via satellite instead.

"I was promised answers, and to this day I don't have any, and I want them before I die," said Smith.

It hasn’t been a good week for Shillary, but then what difference, at this point, does it make?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Let’s Keep Earl Off Welfare

Yesterday I learned that blogger buddy Earl of Taint got laid off from his job.  Earl reports that he and his family are “on half rations here and I need to do anything I can to bring in extra moolah. So while I have no illusions of selling one single thing, I’m going to put something out there and see how it goes. Costs nothing but my time to try.”

What Earl has decided to do is establish a Café Press storefront featuring some of the best conservative snark Photoshops™ the blogosphere has to offer.  Need a Stinkburger T-shirt?  Earl’s got ‘em.  Want something custom?  If he doesn’t officer a design on a product you want just let him know and he can add it for you.

I suggested that Earl establish a PayPal account so that folks who visit his site would have an avenue to donate money to help his family out, but Earl informs me that even though he already has an account with PayPal he’d rather offer something tangible for starters.

Since no cloud arrives sans a silver lining, Earl chimed in saying hopefully he’d be back at work soon.

Nothing would make me happier.  In the interim though, please consider visiting his Café Press storefront and ordering something.  Look around his site.  Find a super snarky Photoshop™ and let him know you want it on a kewl T-shirt.  I’ve got my eyes on a pair of Can of Earl Pajamas and a couple of Stinkburger Potholders (because nobody knows Stinkburgers better than Barack Obama).  I guarantee it’ll be a masterpiece.  As Earl says, “Get some on ya.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Al Sharpton: Gutter Rat Claims To Be A Hero

The recent revelation of “Reverend” Al Sharpton’s involvement with the feds couldn’t come at a more embarrassing time.

The race baiter who was indicted on federal fraud charges and still owes $5.3 million in back taxes is about to convene the annual convention of his National Action Network in New York this week—with Mayor Bill de Blasio cutting the opening-ceremony ribbon Wednesday and President Obama flying in to give the keynote address Friday.

The big-mouthed bigot and fake preacher said Tuesday that he’s a hero—not a snitch—for wearing an FBI wire to help take down a bunch of mobsters.  “I’m not a mobster, I’m a preacher,” he blustered.

“I was not and am not a rat because I wasn’t with the rats, I’m a cat. I chase rats,’’ the civil-rights activist declared of his work as a paid government informant in the 1980s.

Sharpton, who became a government witness after getting snared in a cocaine drug sting, claims he cooperated so he wouldn’t get whacked by the mob.

It is galling to think that this man now clamors to assume the mantle of hero when, in 2002, he “denied as 'ludicrous' any statement that he had become an FBI informant, but said that he had tapped his own phone to gather information on neighborhood drug dealers.”

The filthy gutter rat now insists that The Smoking Gun exposé which used photographs of him as a 305 lb. tub of shit are embarrassing.

“The only thing I was embarrassed by were those old fat pictures,’’ Sharpton quipped, referring to photos of his previously rotund size published with details of the sensational story Tuesday.

“Could y’all use tomorrow the new [ones], because a lot of my younger members don’t know how fat I was.”

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