2014-07-21

"I Think I Just Became Pro-Dictatorship"

Deep down inside, progressives like to be controlled. They love control. They crave it. It's the essence of their whole animist world view. Sure they'll contort themselves into all sorts knots saying they're democratic and pro-liberty, but their actions and thinking say otherwise.

In the end, they submit to a greater authority: Top Men. And they want YOU to submit as well. How dare Hobby Lobby not give free birth control! Release the government hounds!

Remember. Over birth control:



This Twitter comment really says it all.

Let me get this straight. They're irrational love for a politician - in this case Elizabeth Warren leads to demagoguery and thus acceptance of a dictatorship?

Warren? That disingenuous, vapid, far left nut ball? 

They're insane. And they love to be deceived.



Warren is a horrible debater and speaker (like her boss). She also has the charisma of a paper clip.






2014-07-20

HEROES! NYPD Kills Man For 'Untaxed Cigarettes

Sickening.

It's to that point in the USA folks. Criminalize something stupid and they will kill you for engaging in it.

Good job guys. Take a bow.

Consider these stats.

In other words, cigarette taxes fuck the poor. And when the poor need their fix and can't afford the tax, they go get it in the black market. When they go black, they're considered "criminals" and get arrested, thrown in prison or worse.

That's progressivism in all their compassion.

Remember. Whenever our socialist-progressive comes up with a policy meant to help people, the opposite happens.

But hey. Conform. If you don't want to get arrested then don't commit a crime. So easy they're outlook.

Comment Of The Day

"Philosophers" wrestle with Weird Al:

"My two cents: yes, he is over-committed to the authorial voice here, but it is also his, and it is the voice of most people sharing the post, none of whom ever pull back from the idea that grammatical and usage mistakes are unquestionably emblems of supposedly lesser intelligence. He never makes fun of the people making fun of grammar mistakes, he develops authority through prescriptivist mansplaining. Please let me know if you see people sharing this video in the belief that it actually makes fun of the grammar police. Of course, I will be teaching with the video in my writing AND disability studies classes. The video is a perfect way to get into not just all the "crime" that words like "moron" have empowered (including the eugenics that still encourages people to say "get out of the gene pool") but it also perfectly shows how we have ALWAYS used arbitrary grammar and usage rules to segregate, stigmatize, and harm non-normative minds and bodies. When the precursors to our modern literacy tests were being developed at Ellis Island, it was Henry Goddard using them to reinforce his invention of the term "moron" as a way to dial back the humanity of specific racial and ethnic groups. "Literacy" has always used disability in these ways.
 

I think that what Shelley is objecting to is not necessarily the placement of the video on this site, but the uncritical placement of the video on the site. Most of the time, as Jon said, people are totally OK with using insults that derogate disability. Here, Shelley is saying it isn't OK on this blog to ignore the history. I agree."

Well, I. It's uh...what da.../scratches head while dropping cigarette from lips.

James Garner Dies

Jim Rockford is dead.

Enjoyed Rockford Files very much. I had the Firebird little car when I was a kid.

It's Not Secularism

I don't think these people understand what secular means.

Hobby Lobby is not a symbol of church colliding with state. It's irrational to think this and, typical, shows how the left has a superficial understanding of history.

That a private corporation doesn't want to comply to a coerced government action is not an example of secularism eroding.

Quebecers should remember the PQ's distorted understanding of "secularism" with their charter.


(Centralized) Quote Of The Day

'Centralized planning leads to centralized killing.' British historian Tony Judt.

What is it with left-wingers, commies and their ilk, and their fascination with mass transit and trains?

Mass transit, mass gulags.

It's their shtick.

Comment:

"Trains are the perfect metaphor for what progressivism has become. Everyone has to ride the same vehicle, moving at the same speed, unable to deviate from the laid down tracks and according to the time schedules set by experts. "

In Canada (and Quebec in particular), we're masters of slowing down those who excel to the pace of the rest.


Giro Or Tour? Which Is Tougher?

As far as I can remember cyclists have debated whether Le Tour de France or Giro d'Italia - two majestically legendary races - is tougher. As a whole, Giro gets the nod notably because of the tougher climbs and unpredictable weather. It's definitely grittier as the BBC notes.

Like in soccer, volleyball and basketball, Italian cycling fans tends to be more knowledgeable and passionate about the sport - so much so they're known to be aggressive as riders pass by. People show up on race day because they love cycling. In France, they entice people by giving out stuff to get them to come out.

And last but not least, the food is better. I'm not surprised by this having traveled in both countries. Always felt you could find better food easier in Italy. 

See the list for the toughest climbs in cycling here.

Here are some quotes:

"Italian food is arguably the most popular ethnic food in the world. And while most of what's sold outside of Italy would be barely recognized by an Italian, people all over the world love it. Can anyone say the same about French cooking? Years ago, after so many complaints by riders in LeTour (who must stay in hotels and eat in places chosen by the race organizer) the TdF organization brought ITALIAN chefs in to oversee meal preparation. Bikeraceinfo.

"There might be more spectators on the roadside of Le Grand Boucle in any given year, but when you look at TV or photos of the Giro you'll see thousands cheering for their heroes. More of them have ridden their bicycles to their choice viewing spot in many cases. The crowds lining the roads in France are quite often made up of foreigners rather than French folks. France seems only to take interest in cycling during July." Bikeraceinfo.

Does LeTour have anything as tough as Passo Mortirolo with 12.4 kilometers with an average grade of 10.5% and maximum of 18.5% or Tre Cime with almost 8 kilometers at an average of more than 9% and a maximum grade of 17%? Compare TdF's fearsome Col du Tourmalet, 17 kilometers and average grade of 7.4% with max of 10% to the Giro's Passo Stelvio, 25 kilometers averaging 7.2% and a max of 14%. I have ridden all of these climbs during my 20+ years of cycling in Italy and France and can without fear of contradiction—the Italian climbs are generally more difficult. Bikeraceinfo.

La Corsa Rosa is a smaller affair overall than Le Grand Boucle. I remember seeing LeTour when the official cars were from Peugeot and official water from Perrier, but it has become a multi-national, corporate affair dominated by Nestle, Nike and the like. Il Giro rarely gets the huge, international corporate sponsors. Instead, the Giro's start village promotions are smaller and mostly Italian concerns, which give a more intimate feel to the atmosphere. Foreigners are heartily welcomed based on that "hospitality gene" I noted earlier and everyone, no matter where they're from, feels more a part of the goings-on rather than just a spectator.  Bikeraceinfo

Make no mistake, France is a beautiful country with spectacular mountains, seacoast, lakes and vineyards along with picturesque villages, castles, cathedrals and more. But Italy has…well, ITALY! Bikeraceinfo.

First there are the fans. It’s impossible to express what the Giro means to Italians. This arterial race is seen as a unifying thread for a country barely 150 years old.  Shortlist(World's toughest race)

Then there are the riders. Watch the Giro and you’d assume they were stark, raving pazzo. The 21 stages in 23 days comprise gruelling mountainous climbs, sprint-inducing flats and city-based time trials, all of which add up to a distance of 2,177 miles – roughly the equivalent of London to Damascus. The Tour de France may be more famous, but he Giro makes it look like freewheeling.
“It used to be known as the riders’ tour,” says Cavendish, “but it’s recently become so hard. It’s so, so hard.”

“Over the years the stages have got more and more extreme,” adds David Brailsford, general manager of Team Sky and stupendously successful performance director of British Cycling. “The climbs in Italy are quite different from France. They are steeper, harder. So it’sa tough race.” Shortlist.

Much better at the Giro. We have our own chef, but every once in a while, they don't let him in the hotel kitchen. If you're going to be stuck with hotel food, much better to be stuck in Italy. ... We eat so much, it's a pretty big portion of our lives." ESPN (Leipheimer interview)

"There are great crowds at the Giro -- every little village is decorated in pink. But the race goes to sleep at night. The Tour is like Las Vegas. A lot of electricity. It never sleeps." ESPN (Leipheimer)

"The Giro is harder. There are some massively long stages, and this year, a time trial that's 60 K." ESPN (Rogers)

"Some might argue this, but I feel some traditions are a bit stronger in the Giro. There will still be stages where the townspeople make cookies or hand out ice cream. Everyone stops and eats a ton, then gets back on the bike and starts racing again as if that were normal." ESPN (Vande Velde)

"It's (food) paradise at the Giro ... much better and healthier than at the Tour. Most of the hotels are small, family-run places with modest rooms and absolutely crazy-good restaurant." ESPN (Hampsten)

(Food) "Better in Italy. There's a tradition that when a local rider passes through town, their family will prepare dolce or some dessert and everyone will stop and have a bite." [Note: Phinney admits some bias, as he and his family lived outside Venice for several years."  ESPN (Phinney)

"The Tour has become so much more global. Talent will win out in any bike race, but none so much as the Tour. In Italy, the Giro is the race that gets the biggest PR, and as a good Italian rider, you're always going to focus on that first. Once you've mastered that skill set, then you go on and try to win the Tour." ESPN (Phinney)

You never have to worry about getting good pasta in the hotels! The [Tour] organization has made efforts to improve the level of hotels and food, but there are a few times during the race when you have an absolutely miserable experience." ESPN (Julich)

 "No one uses the Tour for 'training.' The stress in the race is second to none because there is so much at stake. Winning a stage or taking the pink jersey in the Giro looks good on your résumé, but a stage win or even one day wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour can change your career forever. There is no other race in the world where a good result is worth more." ESPN (Julich)

2014-07-19

Recalculating Italian and British GDP

Italy and Britain recalculate GDP to include sex trade and drugs.

Italian officials have not yet released their estimates on drug and sex trade, but treasury officials in that country told The Economist that its effects "will be negligible" and tracking their impact is "a difficult business."

I've heard over the years that the black market in Italy represents anywhere between 35% and 50% of GDP.

CNN asks if the U.S. should do the same.

Time To Point Fingers: Michele Leonhart

Let's put a name and face on the evil behind the war on drugs.

Michele Leonhart.

These people; these sociopaths, destroy lives. I don't believe selling marijuana or simple possession deserves jail time. Sorry. Too often the harsh sentence actually serves to ruin families. Not worth it.

How a civilized society like the United States can be rather barbaric on this issue is beyond me.

Reducing penalties retroactively is a good start. But as long as you have Nurse Ratchet at the helm, it will be an uphill battle.

Vaudeville Night





As someone noted in the comments, the MC in who introduced Shaw & Lee was Robert Alda - Alan Alda's father.



2014-07-18

Warren's 11 Derp Commandments

And boy are they vapid and meaningless.

Why, it's progressive!

One demographic she may corner is the hard derp:

go play in traffic!!!!!! I LITERALLY DON'T NEED YOUR GODDAMN ADVICE, YOU MALE-ELITIST ASSIMILATIONIST!!!!!!!! accept that internalized gender roles keeps me from having any goddamn rights!!! WHY SHOULD I ACCEPT YOUR FUCKING CISSEXIST OPINION???? you should be fucking ashamed of yourself!!!!!!!! you make me sick!!!!!! CHECK YOUR FUCKING NON-ETHNIC PRIVILEGE!!!!! I LITERALLY HOPE YOU FUCKING DIE IN A FIRE, YOU SMALLFAT-ELITIST CLASSIST!!!!! i can't even.

Cheating Commies

The Economist: 

"After finishing the game, the players had to fill in a form that asked their age and the part of Germany where they had lived in different decades. The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.

The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty. It might be a function of the relative poverty of East Germans, for example. All the same, when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one."

No shit.

Two Derp Articles

A few days ago we were having a laugh over whether an article in Rolling Stone titled 'The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America" is the worst on the Internet.

It's bad. Shockingly terrible. Awful. Maddening even.

But then, along came this from Vox. "Tipping perpetuates racism, classism, and poverty; Let's get rid of it."

Sometimes I wonder if children and/or monkeys right on left-wing websites.

There's a serious problem with projection and disconnect from economic reality. 

One quick comment:

..He is rightfully entitled to that money, and you are ethically obligated to give him by social norms..."

 Er, no. I don't feel obligated if I get poor service and as such, the server is not entitled to it. No one is entitled to anything unless they EARN it.

Albeit, it does take a lot for me to take this action. Would you give someone a big tip for being rude and giving bad service all around?

Reagan On Korea KAL 007



Not only was Reagan a superior speaker and capable leader,  there was a sincerity to Reagan's cadence you simply don't detect in Obama.


Detroit And Guns

2014-07-17

Blues Master Winter Dies

UN Funded Hate

It's rather disgusting that through UNRWA, Canada funds this camp of hate. What's frightening is they dress up their hate in code words and lingo. These people are teaching their kids to waste their lives into something that will never happen. Sad. Just so very sad.

How can peace ever happen when the kids are already indoctrinated at such a young age? That's why it's easy to laugh at 'peace talks.' There will never be peace. Not until the Jews 'are thrown into the sea.' The mindset is already cemented before it starts.


Quote Of The Day

"Miracle of Birth Happens for 100 Billionth Time"

The Onion

But each time is special even if the little shit ends up being a failure.

Australia Repeals 'Desttuctive' Carbon Tax

From WSJ:

The former Labor government, while introducing a price on carbon, said the move would help slash emissions by 160 million metric tons by 2020. It offered voters billions of dollars in compensation through tax breaks and welfare payments for increased costs stemming from one of the most dramatic reforms ever attempted in the energy-reliant economy.

Sound familiar? Typical left-wing schemes that say 'hey, we know it will hurt the economy but look at all the goodies and because environment!' When your idea stinks dress it up with 'free shit' and bull shit.

But after the global financial crisis took hold in 2008, followed by the end of a decadelong mining boom in 2012 that slowed growth and employment in the A$1.5 trillion (US$1.4 trillion) economy, Australian voters turned against climate laws—recognized by the International Energy Agency as model legislation for developed countries—blaming them for rising energy bills and living costs.

Yet Quebec and the Trudeau Liberals will repeat the same mistake! It's outrageous they could be so reckless. Canada is an energy dependent economy.

"Today the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone, a useless destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families' cost of living and which didn't actually help the environment is finally gone," a jubilant Mr. Abbott told voters in a news conference after the Senate's decision.

Labor and Green opponents of the government said the repeal would make the country an international "pariah" on efforts to combat climate change.

"This is a fundamental moment in Australia's history. We are about to devastate the future of this country," said Labor Senator Lisa Singh in an impassioned speech warning the government that climate warming would impact most on future generations.

Nonsense. Climate policy based on flimsy and questionable premises is what will destroy the future of any economy. Fear-mongering is all they got.


Besides, hasn't she heard? Harper has made Canada a pariah for his skepticism on climate change first.

Question is. How will progressives in Australia react? They can be a rather hyper bunch.


2014-07-16

Dinner And Curiosity Is Obama's Bag

"President Obama had just disembarked from Air Force One and was still on the tarmac in Rome when he turned to his host, John R. Phillips, the American ambassador to Italy, with an unexpected request: How about a dinner party tomorrow night?

Over the next 24 hours, the startled Mr. Phillips and his wife, the former Obama aide Linda Douglass, scrambled to gather some of Italy’s intellettuali.

The architect Renzo Piano flew in from Genoa. The particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti arrived from Geneva. John Elkann, the chairman of Fiat and an owner of the Italian soccer club Juventus, came, too, as did his sister, Ginevra, a film director. Over a 2006 Brunello, grilled rib-eye and three pasta dishes — cacio e pepe, all’arrabbiata and Bolognese — at Villa Taverna, the 15th-century manor that serves as the ambassador’s residence, the group talked until close to midnight about “the importance of understanding science, the future of the universe, how sports brings people together, and many other things,” Ms. Douglass said."

Yet he kept pronouncing Juventus, 'Jew-Ventus.'

Other than that, all is well.

 

2014-07-15

French (And Quebec) Socialist Economics

"The ban on free shipping was passed last year by France's rulingSocialist Party, but only recently went into effect. The new ruleis actually an amendment to a 32-year-old French law that tightlyregulates book prices.
The new requirement applies to all online book retailers but has been called the anti-Amazon bill because Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti has singled out the company in the past.
In January 2004, the French Booksellers Union took Amazon to court for offering free delivery and the high court in Versailles ruled in the union's favor. The court told Amazon to either starts charging shipping or face a daily fine of 1,000 euros. Amazon stuck it to the union and decided to incur the fine rather than charge its French customers more."

It's unbelievable really.

Amazon is doing absolutely nothing wrong and is in its rights to not charge shipping. But you can't have that when socialists are around to fuck consumers up the ass for some bull shit "cultural" excuse. It's all about control with these evil sons of bitches. When they're not murdering, they're destroying economies and attacking businesses like mobsters bust up small business owners.

I just found out that here in Quebec, the government now compels private daycares to buy wipes for parents. What's next? Diapers? Cap what we can charge parents? Naturally, I wasn't consulted. Some bureaucrat comes up with the idea through fiat and has the state back it up with threats of fines (or in my case, revocation of a permit) just like a defunct banana republic. Then people wonder why I hold no respect for these folks. The whole system they have designed ensures people will never become true successes. Where they can take over industries, they will cap success.

It's how they roll.