2015-04-27

Baltimore Burning

Like most people, I'm watching and reading the events of what's going on in Baltimore.

Nothing says justice like burning down CVS's and Senior centers and your community.

Just as much as police excessive force is problematic (across the continent), politicians and their irresponsible rhetoric whenever something like this happens from the Mayor of Baltimore to the U.S. Attorney-General right up to the President and all the parasitical opportunists like Sharpton. They still repeat the same tired cliches about who to blame - hint white people - never once acknowledging cities like Baltimore (as The Wire showed so well) and St. Louis power base has been black and Democrat for decades.

The 'fight the power' class are miserable, morally bankrupted failures.

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Update:

David A. Clarke, Jr. @SheriffClarke

http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/27/omalley-on-baltimore-riots-we-must-come-together-to-transform-this-moment-of-loss  I am tired of this mealy-mouth crap from politicians. They cause the conditions for a permanent underclass in America
Courtesy of the Democrat party.
Baltimore has been run by progressives and weath redistributers as mentioned above. You'd think the good folks of Maryland would, you know, CHANGE party.
Something worth noting. According to the FBI, Maryland ranks as 43rd safest state despite its Canadian-like gun control laws. The more 'peaceful' states have constitutional carry.

Also, notice, where - for the most part- police are most violent - NY, LA, St.L, Baltimore, Chicago. Notice something?

It all adds up to dead kids and Korean shops being burned down.

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If anyone remembers The Wire, it's both apparent and appalling how leadership failed that city.


2015-04-25

Daily Round Up: Extra Derp Edition

Two platforms. 















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The psycho crazies in the SJW camp are getting louder and dumber in their lies.

'Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of raping fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, is now suing the university for doing nothing to stop Sulkowicz's harassment campaign against him, which he claims "effectively destroyed" his college experience, reputation, and future career prospects. His lawsuit contains a wealth of new information about the contested sexual assault, including dozens of messages establishing Sulkowicz's sexual "yearning" for Nungesser, which she sent to him both before and after the alleged incident.  

Sulkowicz and Nungesser initially became friends at Columbia, developing an intimate relationship that involved several sexual encounters and frequent discussions of sex and relationships. Eventually, she accused him of choking, attacking, and anally raping her. Nungesser was cleared by Columbia's sexual assault adjudication process (the police later declined to pursue charges, citing a lack of probable suspicion), which prompted Sulkowicz to go public with her claims and start carrying her mattress everywhere she went as a form of protest against what she viewed as a miscarriage of justice. She became something of a spokesperson for rape victims

Sulkowicz broached several sexual topics with Nungesser: she talked to him about whether her boyfriend was using protection (with her, and with the other women he was sleeping with at the time), she asked Nungesser whether he was dating or sleeping with anyone, and she implied an interest in anal sex (she texted him “fuck me in the butt”). After Nungesser and Sulkowicz began sleeping together, the lawsuit asserts that Sulkowicz “asked Paul to engage in anal sex with her.”

Ah. This is how she defines rape.

Moreover, now she explains it was art.

"Visual arts professor Jon Kessler, named as a defendant in the case, approved the “Mattress Project” for college credit. “Carrying around your university bed — which was also the site of your rape — is an amazingly significant and poignant and powerful symbol,” he told the Columbia Spectator. Nungesser says the project and resultant publicity have harmed his career prospects; Sulkowicz counters that “really it’s just an artistic expression of the personal trauma I’ve experienced at Columbia.”

No it wasn't. It was infantile as it was vapid as it was retarded. All it did was add to a false narrative.

I hope the Kraut takes them to the cleaners.

Knowingly falsifying your story to fit a narrative that ruins a life is pretty much as close to evil as you can get - and we're seeing way too much of this as we've seen with UVA and Duke Lacrosse.

Pond scum these sociopaths.

It's Salem 2.0.



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Map of countries that acknowledge the Armenian genocide.

Only 23 countries have recognized it.

I get why the USA is playing it coy given their strategic relationship with Turkey.

Canada, for its part, recognizes the genocide as it ought to.



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Speaking of the Armenian genocide - and it was - I watched  a news report about the Armenian genocide with my wife and her mother. It was a one-sided piece where they interviewed a 102 year-old women who witnesses the event and various members of the Armenian community who remembered 1915. All fair enough - even though I would have preferred some Turkish perspectives. But that's not what irked me. What bothered me was the reported inserting herself in the report as we saw her rubbing the old ladies hands.

The exchange went something like this.

Me: She shouldn't do that.
Mother in law: Do what?
Me: Use an appeal to emotion here. She's a journalist. Objectivity and all that.
MIL: You lack emotion and empathy.
Me: It has nothing to do with that. I feel for her but you have to look at these things dispassionately; especially if you're reporting.
MIL: (Looks on in horror).
Me: (continues): How would you like it if you're Turkish or of Turkish heritage and you see this?
MIL: (looks in horror AND wonders who her daughter married).

 To her credit, my wife was in my corner. No way a journalist should give the appearance of playing favorites. I further added, as a point of argument, scholars don't even agree with the definition of what constitutes genocide. Not to mention, the fact Turkey has its own reasons to not acknowledge it.

For the record, I'm of the opinion it was a genocide.

Am I asking too much of what I feel should be objective reporting?

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Coolest thing you'll see today. 102 year-old Harlem dancer sees herself for the first time on video:



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Wow. Firm but professional and without incident or escalation. /North American cops furiously look over hand books.

NYPD unimpressed. No choking or spinal chord deaths justifying their actions?

Insert cop jokes here.

I found an alternative video covering it from a different angle:



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Now compare and contrast this with the reasoning of American police in this case Palm Beach:

"At the time, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said this in defense of the shooting:
"Stop what you're doing and comply with us,” he told reporters.  "There's nothing in the rules of engagement that says we have to put our lives in jeopardy to wait to find out what this is to get killed."
Read that one over and think about it.
Lin was cleared to return to work four days later.  Months later, investigators from the State Attorney's Office and PBSO ruled the shooting justified."

What did the kid do? Ride his bike down a ONE WAY STREET. For this they paralyzed him.

They can go eat a bag of dicks filled with nails in them. What a bunch of jack asses these thugs with guns are. No accountability to moral compass.

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Duh.

A new Israeli law controlling the price of books and mandating guaranteed minimum compensation for writers has had the complete opposite effect of what lawmakers had intended, with book sales now in a free fall just one year after the law went into effect.
It’s called “The Law for Protecting Literature and Books,” but the impact on the industry has been so devastating that the head of a prominent book publisher has taken to calling the new mandate, “The Law for Hurting Literature and Books.”
But remember kids, as long as you believe...
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"After losing a sex-discrimination lawsuit in Silicon Valley last week, Ellen Pao continues on her crusade to bring gender equality to the tech world, but this time with a focus on her home turf.

As Reddit’s interim CEO, Pao said she wants to eliminate salary negotiations from the company’s hiring process."

Research shows!

Research shows a lot of crap interventionist nannies like to use as a means to control the peons. 

I'm gonna so love enjoy seeing the unintended consequences of this action.

I think Mohammed's claim that 'God sets prices' has more merit.

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Dr. Oz is doubling down on his alchemy:

Anti-GMO psychos are in force in the threads. 

Dr. Oz is a scumbag pimping and peddling natural remedies to an ignorant population for a buck.

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Fantastic pictures after a volcanic eruption in Chile.

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I'm surprised the idiots (you know who you are) haven't demanded the banning of Al Jolson:



We should always be careful to apply today's sensibilities (which are way too sensitive in my view) to yesterday's world.

Al Jolson was no racist. 'Blackface' was a metaphor for not only black suffering but Jewish as well while the landmark film The Jazz Singer denounced racial bigotry while at the same time introduced white America to black music.

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The Tsarnaev sisters. Deport them says Malkin.

They really are a miserable, sick bunch.

But don't tell that to MSNBC's Alex Wagner:



Was he just being a '19 year-old' when he planned, planted a bomb and murdered innocent people?

CONTEXT!

Seriously MSNBC. Just when I thought you couldn't be anymore morally deficient you pull this out. Fuck off already...

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...And pay your taxes - your fair share!

Half of the country doesn't pay taxes, so why should enlightened progressive MSNBCers?

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The point, Ben, is you can't hide or white wash your history. That's a lame progressive tactic. Accept it. No one will judge you for it. It's asinine for you to ignore your history and it would be absurd for someone to hang it on you.

If you can't, then you should refrain from lecturing us about history.

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Of the great pro sports, hockey culture remains the best culture in my view. From the saluting of fans at the end of each game at center ice (a fairly recent development imported from Europe), to the shaking of hands at the conclusion of a hard fought playoff series, to the sharp attire exhibited by players to its general trait of being a league of 'great guys', hockey is unique that's for sure.

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The Fall of Robespierre.

Why? Because. We're seeing modern Jacobins and reactionaries all around us.

I think readers here all know who I consider reactionaries.

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"Ontario and Nova Scotia are expected to make history soon by becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban menthol-flavoured tobacco products."

Of course they are. Ontario in particular is so far left and into the 'do something without real evidence' crap  it's not surprising they're into creating black markets for the children.

It's only about control. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Why did the Obama administration not help Americans stranded in Yemen?

I thought Americans help people 'full stop'.


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Great article in The Daily Beast about California.

The state is collapsing under its own derpness.

And the same anti-science and reactionary shrill idiocy that leads to cap & trade policies and e-cigarettes in place like Quebec, Ontario and New York, is much more amplified and magnified in California - a place where all derps get their cues from.

"But since the 1970s, California’s water system has become the prisoner of politics and posturing. The great aqueducts connecting the population centers with the great Sierra snowpack are all products of an earlier era—the Los Angeles aqueduct (1913), Hetch-Hetchy (1923), the Central Valley Project (1937), and the California Aqueduct (1974). The primary opposition to expansion has been the green left, which rejects water storage projects as irrelevant. 

Yet at the same time greens and their allies in academia and the mainstream press are those most likely to see the current drought as part of a climate change-induced reduction in snowpack. That many scientists disagree with this assessment is almost beside the point. Whether climate change will make things better or worse is certainly an important concern, but California was going to have problems meeting its water needs under any circumstances."

"...But it’s not just water that exemplifies the current “era of limits” psychology. Energy development has always been in green crosshairs and their harassment has all but succeeded in helping drive much of the oil and gas industry, including corporate headquarters, out of the state. Not building roads—arguably to be replaced by trains—has not exactly reduced traffic but given California the honor of having eight of the top 20 cities nationally with poor roads; the percentage of Los Angeles-area residents who take transit has, if anything, declined slightly since train-building began. All we are left with are impossible freeways, crumbling streets, and ever more difficulty doing anything that requires traveling.  

These policies have had numerous impacts, like weakening California’s industrial sector, which cannot afford energy prices that can be twice as high as in competing states. Some of those who might have worked in the factories, warehouses, and farms of California now help swell the numbers of the welfare recipients, who remarkably make up one-third of the nation’s total. As recently as the 1970s and ’80s, the percentage of people living in poverty in California was below the national average; California today, based on cost of living, has the highest poverty rate in the country."

And yet Californians keep voting the bums in.

"...Ultimately this is a story of a state that has gotten tired, having lost its “animal spirits” for the policy equivalent of a vegan diet. Increasingly it’s all about how the elites in the state—who cluster along the expensive coastal areas—feel about themselves. Even Brown knows that his environmental agenda will do little, or nothing, to combat climate change, given the already minimal impact of the state on carbon emissions compared to escalating fossil fuel use in China, India and elsewhere. But the cosmopolitan former Jesuit gives more priority to his spiritual service to Gaia than the needs of his non-affluent constituents. "

Are you reading Quebec/Canada and liberals? READ the above paragraph again carefully.

"...But progressive narcissism is, as some conservatives assert, not the main problem. California greens are, to be sure, active, articulate, well-organized, and well-financed. What they lack is an effective counterpoint from the business class, who would be expected to challenge some of their policies. But the business leadership often seems to be more concerned with how to adjust the status quo to serve privileged large businesses, including some in agriculture, than boosting the overall economy. The greens, and their public-sector allies, can dominate not because they are so effective as that their potential opposition is weak, intimidated, and self-obsessed."

ABSOLUTELY.

We all know green policies and environmentalism leads to deaths. The question is, will we finally push back and question their agenda as we ought to?

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Jewish-Italian cuisine.

What's a Jewish post without some anti-semitism?

The subject this time is poet Amiri Baraka.

And after reading his 'poems' I can only use the term 'poet' loosely when applied to Baraka.

Sheesh.

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Oh my what is going on in Wisconsin? 

To go after citizens like this.

Chisholm and Kluka should be ashamed.

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I have little respect and hold in little regard progressive romantics and their ridiculous and infantile nonsense about Cuba before Americans come in.

Oh look, speaking of which, here's Andrew Cuomo playing the useful idiot part.

He wears it well.



For E.F.

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Christina H. Sommers @CHSommers
· 5h 5 hours ago
Oberlin activists had "safe space" for those triggered by my talk.Oberlin admin. provided police security to protect me from safe spacers.

"Told students that women could narrow wage gap by changing majors from, say, sociology to engineering.Room erupted.Horrified gasps & jeers."

In Oberlin talk said that Orwell's Junior Anti-Sex League had occupied campus feminism."What the Hell is that?" shouted someone. Look it up.
— Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015

Somers is my type of gal.

(D) Senator Gillebrand not so much.

Notice to the left, it's okay to ruin people's lives as long as their narrative is sold. They're plump plain evil.

Epidemic Shmepedemic. Ever notice everything's an epidemic now.

So is derpiness.

I'm seeing an epidemic of outright lies that are accepted so long as the ends justifies the means. It's an epidemic of false narratives and appeals to emotions.

2015-04-20

Predictable Parochial Reaction To Cirque Du Soleil Sale

As I mentioned, when I heard Cirque was being sold to Americans - Texans no less - it was time to put your feet up and watch the nationalist drivel pour in.

And boy was I not disappointed.

The thing that makes Canadians insufferable twits sometimes is this idea that Canadian companies are somehow attached to our fricken identity and that we shouldn't sell to foreigners; especially Americans.

It's a regressive, parochial, nonsensical view.

If we'd take our heads out of our navel-gazing asses for a second we'd see that A) it's a massive world out there with endless opportunities and we should not restrict ourselves and B) that among the great industrial nations you'll see they constantly buying each other out, merging or buying stakes. It's the RULE to business; not the exception.

As Laliberte pointed out in the article, it's about growth and your chances of it are best served by a market that has the money to sustain it.

This insular view is particularly acute in Quebec where cultural insecurity is heightened.

Cirque was a gift from Quebec to the world. Laliberte found a buyer in the most powerful nation in human history as was his right. Good on him.

Get over it. 

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Need I remind that when the Expos were in trouble the business community failed to keep the team here and when the Montreal Canadiens went up for sale not too many offers came in from our business elites to buy the team. THE MONTREAL CANADIENS.

It took an American to buy them at a bargain price, build up its value and sell it at higher price back to Canadians.

That's how we do business here.

And then we complain about Americans.


2015-04-19

Daily Round Up

I'm waaaayyyyy behind. So let's do this.

England is shocked - Shocked I tell you! - to find they still have...racism in soccer!

"In total, Kick it Out's research estimates there have been 134,000 discriminatory posts this season, and 39,000 of these directed towards Premier League players.


English football has long prided itself on its anti-racism policies, contrasting them with what has often been seen as a less enlightened approach in other European countries where racist chanting against black players during matches -- something no longer commonplace in England -- still takes place."

If you call hyper-PC legislation 'enlighten' then England is more derpy than first thought.

Anyway. This, one would think, would make headlines on ESPN (since they absolutely love racial stories) but it didn't. Instead we got:

Headlines




Zelalem No. 3 in Prem prospect rankings

Had this taken place in Italy, trust me, it would have made the headlines. It fits the stereotype perfectly.

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PREDICTION: The government will one day outlaw crowdsourcing.

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Oh, Obama, won't you cry for me, I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee...

"Obama wants to go in the opposite direction: His 2014 budget called for increasing the estate tax rate to 45 percent and lowering the exemption to $3.5 million. Again, he pitches this as a story of the wealthy versus average taxpayers. But if you peek behind the curtain of populist rhetoric, you see plenty of big money, heavy lobbying, and hypocrisy on the side of the death-taxers.

Consistently, about two-thirds of Americans tell pollsters that they oppose the death tax. The Family Business Coalition has brought together dozens of groups this year to advocate repeal of the death tax, groups as widely diverse as the National Council of Farm Cooperatives, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution."

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'It's a woman's turn!' says the progressive.

Ok. Carly Fiona.

'Not that one!" says the progressive. 

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Oh look. Hypocrisy on Earth Day.

This is my shocked face.

Say what you want. But reports on Tea Party gatherings showed they left the place spotless.

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Fight (perceived) discrimination with...discrimination!

"A feminist activist has opened a store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that will charge men more than women to protest the “wage gap” she believes is badly hurting women in the United States.
The store, which will only be operating in Pittsburgh from April 1 until April 30, is called “76<100 i="">."

Fight fire with with fire! Eye for an eye!  

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In the 'Sigh. Environmentalist Were Wrong...Again' file:

Fracking not so nerve-wracking.

Of course, this is GREAT news. Only not for the environmentalists. After all, it's not really about nature, now is it, right?

System change was it?

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The criminal arrogance of Hillary Clinton.



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"Dominican Republic FA president Osiris Guzman compared the Swiss to iconic historical figures, also including Moses, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.

"Membership is sending a message that we continue to support Blatter," said Concafaf president Jeffrey Webb. "

There are some really scary people in positions of power everywhere in the world.

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Let's recall that this guy Mumia abu-Jamal is a despicable human being who killed a cop in cold blood.

Now this is how teachers spin it.

They lack a moral compass.

And are frighteningly stupid.

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Speaking of stupid;



In his defense, black hole is more appropriate than white dwarf.

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Sometimes in life you just have to tell someone to 'suck my dick'.

Hey, Adam Weinstein, you degenerate, suck my dick.

Any person who calls for the arrest of people who hold a different opinion (in this case it happens to be the correct one), can fuck off and die.

You can throw all the stats you want at these brain-dead-bird brain (with apologies to birds) cultists and it won't make a difference. They believe in their 'science'. They invested too much of their intellectual currency (what little of it they possessed) and won't look to divest. The fact they want 'deniers' thrown in prison only points they're losing the plot and need to rely on the age old progressive tactic of demanding coercion whenever the masses don't go along with their faulty narratives rooted in false premises.

How can you possibly wrestle with these psychos in good faith?

Unfortunately, they've gotten away with shit like this and continue to. Won't surprise me one bit if some douche bag left-wing politician jumps on this depraved track.

They're just authoritarians at heart. They want you to toe their line.

I have little if no regard for progressive (particularly the modern version and not to be confused with old-liberalism) thought. Effen parasitical, intolerant, self-righteous, know-it-all-know-nothing, overly-sensitive, coercive malcontents and sowers of discord and mowers of reason. 

/raises middle finger.

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Speaking of idiotic lefties. Garry Trudeau. I must confess, as a huge comic fan, I never got pulled in by Doonesbury. Like ever. I would read it and just be left with a huge 'meh'.

Now I know why. Trudeau really is a humorless, progressive with stale thoughts and ideas.

Trudeau isn't the exception. He's very much the rule. This is the face of the modern left. His recent comments about Charlie Hebdo (keep bashing and piling on murdered people you assholes) and how they 'crossed the line.' Whatever the fuck that means. Hey, Garry. If I draw a picture of you getting sodomized by ISIS terrorists while you blame the GOP is that 'going over the line'.

“Free speech... becomes its own kind of fanaticism,” Trudeau also reportedly said, adding that the job of satirists is to punch up, not punch down. Trudeau was presumably talking about Hebdo’s mocking of Islam, which of course led two terrorists to assassinate the editor in chief and several other cartoonists."

Of course, there was no shortage of diphitted morons describing this verbal diarrhea as being 'wise' and whatever else. You can read more about this coward's vacuous nonsense here.
And here.

Free speech can't be fanatical but if it is...good.

If it pisses off the Gary Trudeau's of this world all I can do is raise a glass and salute the gods.

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Social Justice Warriors are bullies?

No! You lie!

/runs to couch buries head in pillow and sobs.

I can just picture an SJW clown bullying students on campus and then head off to the local elementary school to talk about how bad bullies are.

Takes one to know one.

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Anti-libertarian nonsense.

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It's astonishing really how dark the left's soul is.

See Cuba before American investors ruin it:  

Because Havana is in such great shape. Get the fuck out of here you asshole. I've been to Cuba and all I saw was fucking misery behind the smiles. Difference between you and me is I'm honest about it and don't harbor any ideological and romantic bull shit that clouds my judgment.

But this is very much in the left-wing mentality. Defend an obvious evil because the west...and crusades...and capitalism.

They are Luddites and Jacobins rolled into one to make a whole new kind of stupid reactionary.

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Don't know these people know what's good for them?

But I don't sympathize with Californians. They ask for the state's big bad ass cock up their asses? Deal with it.

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Adam Weinstein's wet dream:

"...This prompts the villain to tell the crowd, “It’s alright, everypony. This is a perfectly normal part of the equalization process for those who haven’t…quite seen the light yet.” She then has the ponies escorted back into jail after saying, “We’ll try again tomorrow once you”—at this point the camera switches to first-person perspective, as if Starlight Glimmer is talking directly to the viewer—“have had a bit more time to consider our philosophy.”

I mean. I can just see him cumming with envy. He would love nothing more than to be Starlight Glimmer.

Yes, folks. Fighting progressive tyranny has come to this. Using My Little Pony.

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Did I mention Obama's 'nuanced' foreign policy is working like a charm?

BBC News (World)         @BBCWorld
Iran's supreme leader @Khamenei_ir responds to , saying they don't guarantee final agreement https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/586099967913242624 

And Assad is an ally of Iran kids.

In September 2014 he declared Yemen a 'success' story.

Saudi Arabia's air force is pounding Yemen at the moment as a humanitarian crisis unfolds.

Nuanced.

Someone told me it's 'easy to pick holes in Obama's policies.'

No shit.

Other than that. I argued one could have said the same for Bush. But you know, that was different.

At this point, whatever the Obama Doctrine was supposed to be lies in complete confusion.

Also. Notice how the deal to have a deal with Iran is stalled.

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Are white republicans more racist than white democrats?

Guess. The gap is not as wide as you may think.

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Democrats have taken to describing the party as 'pro freedom'.

Is Obamacare mandatory?

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The face of a Luddite.

Mark Ruffalo.

Meh. I like to attach faces to irrational and ideological causes.

Besides, the fanatical Luddites liked to smash things. Like Hulk.

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O...k.

This is disturbing.

I think it's time Democrats answer for this. Didn't Debbie Wasserman-Schultz recently claim it was okay to terminate a 7 pound baby or something to the effect?

I find it interesting they don't mind killing innocent babies but consider capital punishment - say for Tsarnaev - to be barbaric.

Wasserman is definitely a loon - and she's a leftist Democrat.

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Workers that were affected by the shutdown by the WSJ.

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Why communism and socialism  sucks reason 595996696 (as if you needed more proof).

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I'd like to mention something about 'communism'. What we're discussing is political communism. Humans naturally are 'communistic'. What's rejected is coerced 'communism' which is basically robbing from one person to give to another under the guise of 'equality'.

That shit is pure evil.

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The person The Atlantic insidiously called 'America's foremost intellectual' (paraphrased) seems to forgotten to pay her fair share.

Twitchy reminds us of typical progressive hypocrisy.

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Get a load of this girl who lashed out at a company who didn't hire her.

I think she proved the point they made the right choice in not going with her.

The sense of arrogant entitlement is palpable.

Trigger warning. Extreme derp.

"You clearly are too stupid to realize who you just turned down. You clearly don't understand that I am going to change the world, and I'll be damned if I let you stop me. Now get the hell out of my way while I find somebody worthy of my time and abilities."

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Ouch. Now this is brutal.

The compassionate system we have at work.

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It's amazing how many environmental activities are A) based on false premises and B) coercive in nature. Probably because the action is faulty to begin with.

A good one worth reposting:


2015-04-14

Supreme Court Does The Right Thing

Striking down the Conservative's mandatory minimum sentencing monstrosity that is.

"...The Conservative government reaffirmed its tough-on-crime commitment Tuesday, trying to appear undeterred by yet another Supreme Court of Canada decision striking down as unconstitutional a showcase statute in its signature anti-crime agenda.
The government’s mandatory-minimum sentencing regime for illegal possession of a firearm, introduced in 2008 as part of the Tackling Violent Crime Act, violates Section 12 of the Charter of Rights because it has the potential to be cruel and unusual punishment, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision."

Know what's ridiculous? I'll tell you how irrationally psychotic the Tories are on this one.

My father owns a shot-gun he bought way before all this gun-control crap took a cultist hold on a frightened citizenry. Now. His son - HELLO! That being me - innocently takes his shot-gun because, you know, it's a 12 gauge St. Etienne double-barrel perfect for small game hunting and clay shooting and FREEDOM, can be thrown in prison for three years for merely transporting it from his house to mine prior to having my gun license. Imagine that. The government of Canada is willing to destroy a family for that.

The U.S.A does the same thing for small pot possession.

Now. To all you people who feel gun-control is a must; that the conservatives need to get 'tough on crime' DOES THIS STRIKE YOU AS A 'CANADIAN VALUE'?

For if it does, you're not my friend.

We're All Gonna Wear Gas Masks If We Don't Do Something

Ontario and Quebec, Canada's post-derp societies, have joined California as the only jurisdictions to join a cap and trade scheme. 

A scheme really designed for those who will make a buck off it (your Al Gore's of this world - remember, the scarier the better) and to extort more money from taxpayers. All under the wonderful guise of protecting the environment for Gaia.

A scheme that will have a negligible impact on carbon emissions (ironic the more we use the better we live; the greener the planet but why let facts get in the way of a good spooky narrative, right?).

All based on an irrational fear of fossil fuels - and nuclear energy. Germany, Spain and England learned ignoring reality isn't such a fine idea. Yet, here we are in Quebec and Ontario undertaking this ridiculous path.

We have what we need but instead lets threaten growth and potentially harm citizens with an idea that, at its root, has been a false premised all along. We should be proud - yes proud - as a species what we've accomplished thus far. We've never been wealthier and healthier in the history of mankind, no matter how you parse the stats. Yet, the left has this bizarre end of world fetish.

They're like religious creationists only their, well, climate creationists.

But hey, we have to do something. Including calling for the arrest of 'deniers' like me.

I'd rather be on this side than the this one.

As much as I loathe Harper's social policies on crime, I think he's bang on with climate change.

What can I say? Arrest me you psychos.

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As for Quebec, things are not good here.

At all.

Have a look at the results from Abacus Insider for 2014. Quebec never seems to do well.

But let's hitch our ride to the future on a movement spearheaded by the likes of Erlich, McKibben, Hansen and Suzuki.

Smart policy indeed.











2015-04-13

The Gist Of It

I've arrived at a conclusion about things and such.

After years and years of reading books upon periodicals upon essays upon blog posts upon newspaper clippings upon commercial ads upon stories behind cereal boxes upon highway signs upon manifestos, edicts and pamphlets upon post-its upon parables upon fables upon myths upon index cards for school projects upon magazines upon poems upon haiku upon cave pictures upon comics, it's my contention we really do know jack shit.

My blog proves this point.

Fine. There are some things we know as we see in science and technology but for the most part, the things we stress and argue about - like global warming, racism, economics, and so on - are almost impossible to ever substantiate. We're so busy trying to find points of origins to check mate our opponents we end up vulnerable to all sorts of nonsense. We operate in individualized cubicles presenting horribly constructed ideas and theories and pass them off as 'facts'. And because they are 'open-ended' exercises of vapidity we've allowed ourselves to permit feelings into the equation. We 'just know' ergo TRUTH!

The battle ground of this so-called 'culture war' is really about seeing who owns 'history' and those who do, perhaps, own the narrative.

Even then, you don't even need history to just invent a narrative. For that, you just need a set of ideas rooted in a false premise and away you go. You can even make shit up or interpret data as you wish.

That's how it is with human nature. Since humans are pretty much impossible to peg - as economics dismally prove time and time again - how can we really be sure history is accurate?

Fine. It's accurish.

Plenty of great minds have explored human nature and have left us with interesting notes leaving us to understand and digest all of it in its totality. 

Vico, for his part, valiantly attempt to apply a scientific approach to history. But what he accomplished was not anything definitive in as much as he laid a reasoned framework for understanding human history.

Sort of a 'get the gist' of it master work the way I see it. Trying to gather information about humans is a little like attempting to herd fish into one part of the bowl.

And that's what it all comes down to. Understanding history enough so as to avoid falling into the traps of contemporary demagogues, charlatans and shysters. Navigating through life, in addition to the usual basic fact of raising a family, working etc., is to spot bull shit.

You know the list of names. Hitler, Auguste Comte, Paul Erlich, Cola di Rienzo and whomever you wish to add.

Etc.

As those people have shown, it's very easy to fool us. The more polished, the more phrases they use to 'pigeon hole' humans, the more charismatic in rhetoric the more they sound enticing. After all, no one who sounds that smart can't be bad, right? I mean, they're the experts and they have our interests at heart, right? I mean, like, we're ignorant and they're not so let me glaze my eyes over.

Next thing we know - poof - we erroneously believe in all sorts of things.

Because we're not getting the gist of it.

2015-04-10

Odds Media Goes After Paul High

(Obvious) PREDICTION: The media will suddenly find its investigative skills and go after Rand Paul.

All the more so given he asked whether the mainstream press is going to ask 'gotcha' questions to Democrats.