The scariest Halloween photo ever: a scene from January 20, 2013:
The electorate reacts!
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Create Your Own Thomas Friedman Op-Ed Column.
It is a lot easier than you think. Just make sure you don't actually say anything.
Back in the '60s they called it cooperating with your oppressor. The NY Post reports on the crime-ridden Zuccotti Park:
Overall security at the park had deteriorated to the point where many frightened female protesters had abandoned the increasingly out-of-control occupation, security- team members said.
Rumors swirled that one homeless man had pulled a knife in a dispute the night before -- and that there had been yet another case of groping.
But protesters and a cop on duty told The Post that most of the crime goes unreported, because of a bizarre “stop snitching” rule.
“What’s happening in there is staying in there,” said the cop.
|"Godfather, what happens in Zuccotti|
Park stays in Zuccottii Park!"
The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday -- because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.The real problem is that there is a vast organization, well funded by unknowns, supporting the squatters to enable them to eat quite lavishly for free. And now other folks want in on the squatters' dolce vita, the chronic underclass of New York who were there long before the OWS squatters ever came and will be there when they finally leave. They understandably don't see why these whippersnapper newcomers can eat like gourmands free at OWS kitchens while they cannot. But OWS alone has purity of heart and motive, so they feel qualified to judge the motives of everyone else.
For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.
They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
Knoxville dad finds city's best kept secret | No Silence Here | knoxnews.com
At first glance it looks like a great idea. But is it really? You decide.
My first thoughts: Might work great for the consumer, but is it a viable business model? The volume of business (only two customers at a time) might not be high enough to make profitable revenue, and the likelihood of customers buying more than a few items at a time seems pretty low. I'd like to know how it will work in cold weather, too.
Woman Threatened For Reporting Assault At #Occupywallstreet » American Glob
The Occupy movement and the Tea Party are just alike, yes? Well, maybe not . . .
Update: "Claim: Occupy arrests top 2,500"
A running total of the Occupy related arrests. Tweet at #occupyarrests and @occupyarrests to add your numbers to the total. I am not a bot. Current Total: 2511. -- More.
And there's this: Believe it or not, the "Occupy" movement is now bragging about the total number arrests since the whole "Occupy Wall Street" charade began a month ago. They set up a twitter bot called @OccupyArrests that is keeping a running total of the amount of arrests these left wing kooks have accumulated. At the time of this posting, the total number of Occupy Wall Street arrests (from all over the world) stands at 2,222.
Here is the video of Vice President Biden saying explicitly that rape, murder and burglaries will all rise because the Republicans won't let the federal government give $36 billion to the states. Note that in the video he first denies ever talking about rape, then repeats again the assertion he made that rapes will rise.
Finally, he walks away when asked whether it is appropriate for the vice president to be using such inflammatory language.
So what are we to conclude but that the Republicans just want you to die? And now they want you to die at the hands of a burglar who breaks into your house, rapes you and then murders you. It's a Biden hat trick!
Maybe Biden was thinking of this Republican operative:
Biden has asked for an investigation of whether the reporter in the video, Jason Mattera, broke Senate rules in his questioning of the VP.
Vice President Joe Biden is not happy about his exchange with a conservative journalist that went viral last week. In fact, The Hill reports he has voiced an official complaint to the Senate press gallery and is calling for an investigation into whether rules were broken when he was confronted about his comments about increasing rapes and murders if the president‘s jobs bill wasn’t passed.So Mr. Mattera is getting the Full Alinsky. Meanwhile, the Washington Post's fact checker checked facts: "Biden’s absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates."
Biden has since taken to the Senate press gallery to complain about the confrontation. The Hill reports that Biden aides have asked whether Senate rules were broken by the inquisitive reporter, and Biden’s office has also contacted the standing committee of correspondents, which over sees the gallery, to question if Mattera broke any rules.
Interestingly, Flint Police Chief Lock has repeatedly asserted that cuts in staffing had little effect on the crime rate.The WaPo's writer cites many more authorities showing pretty much no linkage between the number of police on duty and the number of murders or rapes, then concludes,
As the Flint Journal reported in May: “Officials said the fact that 46 police officers were laid off last year had little to do with the escalating crime. Most of the crimes were between people that knew each other. ‘No matter how many officers we have, we can't stop disputes between two people in their own homes,’ Lock said.”
Lock made a similar assertion in September, 2010, when FBI statistics were released showing violent crime in Flint had decreased in 2009. The Flint Journal reported: “A smaller police force doesn't automatically mean more crime, said Flint police chief Alven Lock. ‘There's been years when we had 300 officers and we still had more homicides,’ he said, referring to 1986, when he was in the homicide division and homicides hit an all-time high of 61.”
In any case, the vice president should know better than to spout off half-baked facts in service of a dubious argument. Even if one believes there is a link between crime and the number of police—which is debatable and subject to many caveats—there is no excuse to make the dramatic claim that more people will die or be raped without additional funds for police. When making such a breathtaking charge, you had better have your facts straight.
British sceptic Daniel Came of The Guardian takes New Atheist Richard Dawkins to task for refusing to debate with " intellectually rigorous theist" Daniel Craig.
Given that there isn't much in the way of serious argumentation in the New Atheists' dialectical arsenal, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Dawkins and Grayling aren't exactly queuing up to enter a public forum with an intellectually rigorous theist like Craig to have their views dissected and the inadequacy of their arguments exposed.That's because New Atheists are ideologists, not honest inquirers.
Ironically, there is nothing substantively new about the New Atheists either. Despite its self-congratulatory tone, The God Delusion contains no original arguments for atheism. ...
As a sceptic, I tend to agree with Dawkins's conclusion regarding the falsehood of theism, but the tactics deployed by him and the other New Atheists, it seems to me, are fundamentally ignoble and potentially harmful to public intellectual life. For there is something cynical, ominously patronising, and anti-intellectualist in their modus operandi, with its implicit assumption that hurling insults is an effective way to influence people's beliefs about religion. The presumption is that their largely non-academic readership doesn't care about, or is incapable of, thinking things through; that passion prevails over reason. On the contrary, people's attitudes towards religious belief can and should be shaped by reason, not bile and invective. By ignoring this, the New Atheists seek to replace one form of irrationality with another.
AFTER nearly two weeks of living among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in downtown Manhattan, Ellis Roberts, 25, a Pennsylvania garbage collector laid off last year, looked scruffy and dazed.And this is, incredibly, how they think all of society should operate all the time. Everything for the good life should just appear.
He was not, however, hungry.
“I’ve been here for 12 days, and I’ve put on 5 pounds,” he said, sitting on the ground in front of a handmade sign that said “Class War Ahead.” “I’m eating better than I do at home.”
Like the rest of his anti-corporate comrades, Mr. Roberts learned soon after arriving in Zuccotti Park that his meals would be taken care of. All he had to do was amble toward a ramshackle cluster of tables and boxes in the middle of the park and, without paying a cent, grab a slice of pizza or a warm slab of homemade vegan casserole. Last Thursday he had encountered “a bunch of Katz’s Deli sandwiches,” he said. “That was good.” ...
Tom Hintze, 24, was volunteering in Zuccotti Park last week. “Just now there was a big UPS delivery,” he said. “We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it."
With the fragmented ideology and bureaucratic monstrosity that OWS has become, I have to wonder just how long it will be before the movement splinter and some of the squatters at Zuccotti Square decide to secede. Consider, "How Do You Like the Revolution Now, Comrade?"
Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.Well, you see, the basic rule of socialist-communal movements was identified by George Orwell about 70 years ago: "Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others." It's a tossup whether OWS is more like Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies, or both.
Occupy Wall Street’s Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in—but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protesters is fraying tempers.
Some drummers—incensed they got no money to replace or safeguard their drums after a midnight vandal destroyed their instruments Wednesday—are threatening to splinter off.
Outspoken Christian athlete Tim Tebow, now the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, has been widely criticized by many in the media. NFL analysts are starting to admit that criticism, in large part, has been because of his faith.
''Inside the NFL'' analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth concluded that much of the hatred against Tebow was based on his religious beliefs. Responding to a question from fellow host James 'JB' Brown, Collinsworth showed his disgust for Tebow's treatment: ''It's unbelievable, though, JB, that one of the best kids - just pure kids that's ever come into the NFL - is hated because of his faith, because of his mission work, because of the fact that he wears it on his sleeve, because of the fact that he lives his life that he talks about.''
This isn't the first time the issue has come up. Many sportswriters and fans have mocked Tebow and hoped to see him fail - in large part, his defenders have argued, because of his strong Christian beliefs. Other football analysts are starting to agree with that assessment.
NBCsports.com commentator Jelisa Castrodale argued: “The NFL's other backup-turned-starters don't generate this type of negativity.” And CBS analyst and former 49ers offensive lineman Randy Cross blamed the media for anti-Tebow coverage: ''People, especially the media, root against him because of what he stands for.''
Even King Arthur had problems with the Occupy movement, although the Occupy Camelot gang at least had a coherent political philosophy:
Compare to what really is happening at New York's Zuccotti Park.
All belongings and money in the park are supposed to be held in common, but property rights reared their capitalistic head when facilitators went to clean up the park, which was looking more like a shantytown than usual after several days of wind and rain. The local community board was due to send in an inspector, so the facilitators and cleaners started moving tarps, bags, and personal belongings into a big pile in order to clean the park.Animal Farm, live and in person.
But some refused to budge. A bearded man began to gather up a tarp and an occupier emerged from beneath, screaming: “You’re going to break my [snip] tent, get that [snip] off!” Near the front of the park, two men in hoodies staged a meta-sit-in, fearful that their belongings would be lost or appropriated.
Message from Gerard @ AMERICAN DIGEST
Actually, from a friend posting for him:
This is a friend, delivering a message from Gerard: he was taken ill but is glad to report that he's recuperating nicely, and plans to be back in the not-too-distant future to tell you all about it. Knowing Gerard, he should have a lot to say.
As in almost everything in foreign affairs, the Obama administration's take on the worsening situation on the Korean peninsula is this:
On October 13th, President Obama warned the DPRK, with the decisive sternness he commonly uses when dealing with dictatorial and dangerous foreign regimes. There was no suggestion of U.S. military involvement. In essence, he asked that the DPRK stop being nasty if it wants more respect, more goodies, and fewer economic sanctions from the international community — of which the United States is no longer a principal, much less the, leader under his presidency. According to the linked report:Which is to say, Obama said nothing.
US President Barack Obama warned North Korea . . . that it would face deeper isolation and international pressure if it carried out more “provocations” like those that rattled Asia last year. Obama, standing side-by-side with South Korean Lee President Lee Myung-Bak at the White House, said Pyongyang could however expect greater opportunities if it lived up to its international obligations over its nuclear program. The two leaders discussed North Korea in their White House talks and said they were united in their approach towards Pyongyang. “Together we’ve succeeded in changing the equation with the North by showing that its provocations will be met not with rewards but with even stronger sanctions and isolation,” Obama said. . . . . ” If the North abandons its quest for nuclear weapons and moves towards denuclearization, it will enjoy greater security and opportunity for its people.”
The war against Libya has given North Korea and Iran alike every incentive to keep their nuclear programs going at high speed, or even increase the pace. If Qaddafi had maintained his nuke program, would he have had a deliverable warhead by now? We can't know for sure. But had he announced say last year that he possessed even one atomic weapon atop a medium range ballistic missile, France and Italy would never have become so bellicose toward him a month ago.And that same week, "North Korean radio has said that the bombing of Libya proves that North Korea must never give up its nuclear weapons, as Libya did in 2003."
So, to answer the often-asked question (how could the leaders of the Iranian regime have approved such a provocative action in this country?): they do not fear us, they do not believe that Obama is capable of doing anything that would threaten their grip on power, and they viewed the operation as both a provocation and a humiliation of him and his administration. So far, the pathetic lack of anything approaching a serious response – not even a hint of support for regime change in Tehran — combined with empty ritualistic incantations a la “nothing is off the table” suggest that their assessment is correct.And that is why North Korea takes not the slightest notice of the noises coming from Washington. Odd how this administration's theme song was written in 1968:
Smile an everlasting smile, a smile can bring you near to me.
Don't ever let me find you gone, cause that would bring a tear to me.
This world has lost its glory, let's start a brand new story now, my love.
Right now, there'll be no other time and I can show you how, my love.
Talk in everlasting words, and dedicate them all to me.
And I will give you all my life, I'm here if you should call to me.
You think that I don't even mean a single word I say.
It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away
Vice president Joe Biden has famously said that rapes will rise if the Congress doesn't give $36 billion to states and local governments to hire more cops or keep the ones they got.
So I'm wondering, Joe, since you and your boss have said how right as rain the "Occupy ____" groups are, how much money would it have taken to stop the rapes in their squatter's camps?
The 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic is coming up in only six short months. James Cameron's 1999 box office panjandrum of the ship will be re-released on April 6 in 3D.
But sorry, this all seems kind of sappy to me.
Luther holds the record for being on the air at the same station for over 70 years and is believed to be the only announcer to have reported over-the-air both the attack on Pearl Harbor and the attacks of 9/11.Amazing.
Vice President Joe Biden now says he didn’t make a reference to rape, and got testy with HUMAN EVENTS when we asked if he would like to retract his comments that the number of sexual assaults would increase if Republicans don’t sign on to Barack Obama’s latest “jobs” proposal.Previous installment here.
“I didn’t use, no no no…Let’s get it straight, guy. Don’t screw around with me,” Biden lashed out at HUMAN EVENTS. Then Biden confirmed that he indeed did talk about rape in terms of the President’s spending measure. “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,” if the Democrats agenda isn’t passed, he added.
The most perceptive summary of last night's Las Vegas fiasco was a call to Mark Steyn this afternoon: "The winner of the Republican debate was Barack Obama."
The three leading candidates, Romney, Perry and Cain, spent almost all their time shredding one another, forgetting that they are running against the present Oval Office occupant. By halfway into the debate, I had learned that Cain thinks the rest of the field is stupid ("they just don't understand my plan, so I will pedantically explain it again," or words to that effect) and that Romney has no integrity and his conservatism is just for political convenience (according to Perry).
Whomever winds the Republican nomination will have been so slashed and trashed by his own party that Obama's sound and film bites for his campaign will be written by Republicans.
What does it all evidence but this?
... with emphasis on the "impossible."
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman arrested at “American Idol” tryouts says she will continue to follow her dream to sing.I am reminded of the remark of the Old West steam engine locomotive engineer who saw a buffalo ahead of him, charging the train at full tilt. "Old boy," he said, "I admire your courage but your judgment stinks." And so with Ms. Costa: we may admire her determination but at some point her judgment doesn't seem too good.
Brittany Acosta, 21, was arrested when police say she tried to force her way into the competition. ...
According to police, she said: “I’m not leaving. This is my dream. My life is ruined.”
Acosta admits she’s tried out at six different times in six different cities to try to make “American Idol.”
Costa was arrested last month and charged with trespassing. She’s accused of showing up at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for “American Idol” tryouts without credentials and refusing to leave.
Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.Speaks for itself.
The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.
The figures demonstrate how the nation’s political and financial classes are prospering as the economy struggles with unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of Americans protest in the streets against income disparity, said Kevin Zeese, director of Prosperity Agenda, a Baltimore-based advocacy group trying to narrow the divide between rich and poor.
“There’s a gap that’s isolating Washington from the reality of the rest of the country,” Zeese said. “They just get more and more out of touch.”
Total compensation for federal workers, including health care and other benefits, last year averaged $126,369, compared with $122,697 in 2009, according to Bloomberg News calculations of Commerce Department data.
Remember when then-candidate Barack Obama told Joe "the Plumber" that he wanted "to spread the wealth around?"
No. Really. You're kidding me. Barack Obama actually told that Joe the Plumber guy that he wants to "spread the wealth around." What, did Obama just get done reading the Wikipedia entry on Huey "Share the Wealth" Long or something? Was he somehow channeling that left-wing populist from the Depression? Talk about playing into the most extreme stereotype of your party, that it is infested with socialists.And that quote is from USNews, which supported Obama in 2008 (today, not so much).
POLLSTER DOUG SCHOEN: In interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters. Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway. [link]"Yet?" Schoen misses the point. The sentence should not read, "Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway."
The American Spectator : The Woman on the Plane:
On the way home from the doctor today, though, on the radio news, I heard President Obama dropping the "g" sound at the end of his sentences the way he does when he thinks he's addressing working people. When he thinks he's addressing business people, he keeps in the "g" sound. That's politics. He could be a lot worse.
Just so you know, we don't have anyone who can beat him. Get used to him.
Occupy Wall Street’s Marxists--Charles Gasparino - NYPOST.com
A little trip down to Zuccotti Park and a brief conversation"
One woman was holding a “Nationalize the Federal Reserve” sign; I tried to explain that the Fed is already nationalized, because it’s part of government, and she told me to “go check my
facts -- it’s privately owned."
President Barack Obama took a shot at Congress on Monday, saying they might have had difficulty wrapping their heads around his 200-page jobs bill.
"We're going to break up my jobs bill. Maybe they [Congress] couldn't understand it all at once," he said in Asheville, North Carolina — the first stop of his three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act.
My colleague Rich Lowry correctly notes that many of the beleaguered families testifying on the "We are the 99%" websites have real problems. However, the "Occupy" movement has no real solutions, except more government, more spending, more regulation, more bureaucracy, more unsustainable lethargic pseudo-university with no return on investment, more more more of what got us into this hole. Indeed, for all their youthful mien, the protesters are as mired in America's post-war moment as their grandparents: One of their demands is for a trillion dollars in "environmental restoration." Hey, why not? It's only a trillion.They might want to listen to some wisdom from Dylan.
Beneath the allegedly young idealism are very cobwebbed assumptions about societal permanence. The agitators for "American Autumn" think that such demands are reasonable for no other reason than that they happen to have been born in America, and expectations that no other society in human history has ever expected are just part of their birthright.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel's Michael Silence reports what happened to Nashvillian BillHobbs when Bill went down to cover an Occupy Nashville protest and Legislative Plaza, which as you might expect from the name, is public property. Here's Bill's video:
Needless to say, as Michael pointed out, photographing in public is legal. At the Youtube page there are some comments, including these two.
I want to add my voice as someone from the Occupy Nashville group that this is absolutely NOT in the spirit of the OCcupy group. I would like to add my invitation for you to return and take all the pictures and videos you want. this incident was discussed last night in committee meetings and the general assembly, and there was unanimous agreement that this sort of behavior is not representative of the group and that you should be invited back.To which Bill replied,
Thank you to those from OccupyNashville who said I'm welcome to be there, and that you have taken the issue up with "Mr. Goon." By the way, he has been identified - police provided me his name, Steve Reiter. He has previously been arrested and charged with simple assault in a similar situation involving a downtown resident who was photographing homeless people. Mr. Reiter is a "homeless advocate." He was acquitted at trial. His attorney happens to be Patrick Frogge, also OccupyNashville's atty.I've known Bill practically since I started blogging in 2002, though I have not spoken with him in quite some time. Glad he came through this all right!