davidl on December 17th, 2014

Maybe, Kazuo Hirai, the CEO of Sony can explain to his share holders why he spent forty-four million dollars of share holders dollars on a movie he will not release, from Ace, Ace of Spades:

With the Guardians of Peace (aka North Korea) Now Threatening 9/11 Style Attacks on Theaters that Exhibit “The Interview,” Five Theater Chains Cancel The Film’s Showings

Is it now Hirai’s policy to give the Nork’s, and tin pot dictators, production  control over his company?

davidl on December 17th, 2014

Like John Forbes Kerry, Mrs. William Clinton was for extraordinary rendition before she was opposed to it.from Daily Mail (UK):

Mrs. B.J. ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world – and also slipped an anti-police protester’s motto into her speech.

The potential presidential candidate said on Tuesday at a star-studded gala in her honor that she’s proud to have been part of an administration that ‘banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations.’

Rendition was the practice begun under the Clinton administration, American Civil Liberties Union:

Beginning in the early 1990s and continuing to this day, the Central Intelligence Agency, together with other U.S. government agencies, has utilized an intelligence-gathering program involving the transfer of foreign nationals suspected of involvement in terrorism to detention and interrogation in countries where — in the CIA’s view — federal and international legal safeguards do not apply. Suspects are detained and interrogated either by U.S. personnel at U.S.-run detention facilities outside U.S. sovereign territory or, alternatively, are handed over to the custody of foreign agents for interrogation. In both instances, interrogation methods are employed that do not comport with federal and internationally recognized standards. This program is commonly known as “extraordinary rendition.”

The current policy traces its roots to the administration of former President Bill Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton wants to run on both her husband’s record of extraordinary rendition and the Obama regime’s termination of the Clinton program. Cute!   Mrs. Clinton was for torture, if done on foreign soil by foreign nations.    Now she is for torture, when done to her political logic, or lack thereof same.

davidl on December 15th, 2014

Faux rape had now migrated from Duke to the University of Virginia, from Neha Gupta Westside Story:

The fraternity gang rape case happened at the University of Virginia arises a key issue, what is it, is it a culture of rape or is it a culture of responsibility? Calling the hideous crime as a culture of rape would be frightening as well as unjustified. It is a false belief system without any support from any of the groups in society. Even honest feminists will deny the existence of such a system. Accepting it as a culture implies a system that approves rape as an end in itself in the nation.

There are several social and cultural problems in the society that are responsible for putting the females in the miserable condition. It especially stands true in college campuses. However, it doesn’t justify the culture of rape. It would be more apt to call it as a culture of irresponsibility, and it can be even supported by many reasons.

Earth to Gupta, come in please. The University of Virginia fraternity gang rape story is a hoax, journalist fraud. from Glen Harlen Reynolds, Useless Toady:

Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the evidence accumulates it’s becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism.

No, I’m not talking about the Rolling Stone‘s lurid and now-exploded fraternity gang-rape story. Whatever the truth behind that story, it’s now clear that basically nothing that Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely told us happened, actually happened. But the hoax is much bigger than one overwrought and perhaps entirely fictional tale of campus goings-on

Nothing that Erdely reported as happened on the University of Virginia campus actually happened.  There was no crime, no rape culture and no narrative.  Get over it and move on.

davidl on December 11th, 2014

In the wake of the imploded Rolling Stone story on an fictitious rape on the University of Virginia campus, New York State junior Senator Kristen Gillibrand ( D -New York) is still jousting  with imaginary enemies, from Chicago Tribune:

“Clearly we don’t know the facts of what happened or didn’t happen” in the alleged University of Virginia gang rape case, Gillibrand said. “But these facts have not changed: UVA has admitted that they have allowed students who have confessed to sexually assaulting another student to remain on campus.”

“I refuse to let this one story become an excuse for Congress not to fix a broken system,” Gillibrand said.

What happened? A reporter, Sabrina Rubin Early, lied.

Yet Gilli wants to expel male students from campuses for simply looking at females, from the United States Department of Justice:

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

Any type of behavior, you look at a pretty girl and she doesn’t like it, by the DOJ standard you are guilty of sexual assault. Bye-bye college education.   Call Senator Gillibrand and tell to call off her war on men.

davidl on December 6th, 2014

Ronald Reagan said “Trust but verify,”    One Zerlina Maxell argues,  don’t verify, just trust, from Washington Post:

In last month’s deep and damning Rolling Stone report about sexual assault at the University of Virginia, a reporter told the story of “Jackie,” who said she was gang raped at a fraternity party and then essentially ignored by the administration. It helped dramatize what happens when the claims of victims are not taken seriously.

Now the narrative appears to be falling apart: Her rapist wasn’t in the frat that she says he was a member of; the house held no party on the night of the assault; and other details are wobbly. Many people (not least U-Va. administrators) will be tempted to see this as a reminder that officials, reporters and the general public should hear both sides of the story and collect all the evidence before coming to a conclusion in rape cases. This is what we mean in America when we say someone is “innocent until proven guilty.” After all, look what happened to the Duke lacrosse players.

Does this so-called “Jackie” even exist? In Maxwell’s fervid imagination, can imaginary characters be real victims? Should a fable concocted to advance a narrative about an imaginary “rape culture” be taken seriously? With no evidence of any rape, how can Maxwell refer to a rapist?

In her article’s original title, it was asserted that a woman’s allegation of rape should automatically be believed. Juanita Broaddrick alleged she was raped by Bill Clinton. Does Maxell believe Clinton to be a rapist?

davidl on December 4th, 2014

This is known, Eric Garner was killed and New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo killed him.   Look up the video.  Yet on 3 December, a New York State grand jury no billled Garner’s killer.    Given that New York States defines Manslaughter as recklessly causing the death of another,  it seems more than obvious that probable cause exists to believe that Pantalco caused the death of Garner     It might will be that Officer Pantalco’s actions were reasonable in restraining Garner who was resisting arrest.    However, the People of New York have not seen fit, yet, to release that information.   The People should do so as soon as possible.

http://sonsoflibertymedia.com/2014/12/nfl-members-protesting-darren-wilson-decision-records-arrests-substance-abuse-suspensions/

Is anyone surprised by this, at all? They’re not worried about racism, they’re looking for justification and acceptance of their criminal behavior. At the end of the day that’s what it boils down to.

davidl on December 1st, 2014

Mary Landrieu (D – District of Columbia) is about to lose her Senate seat from Louisiana and has approved the following, from Rep. Cedric Richmond, via Washington Post:

“Have you heard the crazy stuff Bill CaRep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond Rep. Cedric Richmond ssidy, Bobby Jindal, and the Republicans are always saying about President Obama? They have shown our president so much disrespect. They said he wasn’t a U.S. citizen. They even sued him. And if Cassidy wins, they will impeach him.”

Miss Landrieu may, or may not realize this, but Bill Cassidy is running for the Senate. It is the House of Representatives which has the sole power of impeachment.  In other words the addition of Cassidy’s vote to the Senate will have no effect on the House’s ability, or desire, to impeach Barrack Hussien Obama.

Miss Landrieu is betting, or at least hoping that the voters of Louisiana are too stupid to know this.

Eric Florack on December 1st, 2014

First, let me show you a editorial cartoon that came up in my mail this morning. I’m not sure of the original source. But it does tell the tale, rather well.

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Secondly, I think it worthwhile to address again the myth of the oppressed black.

Observe closely the people that are the chosen poster boys. Trayvon Martin? Michael Brown? Rodney King?

I suppose that there would be a lot easier time convincing the rest of America that blacks are being persecuted and racially judged etc, if they actually chose the poster child who wasn’t acting like an outright thug. It would be far easier to convince the American public that blacks are oppressed by the police, if it weren’t for the fact that blacks commit crimes far in excess of that of the rest of the population.

And once the predictable happens with these poster children when they either get shot to death or they get jailed, or they get the snot beat out of them, we get a band of people roaming the streets, and protesting against the treatment of this thug, apparently based on nothing more than skin color,WHO supposedly honor the name of the “oppressed ”  by going out and doing precisely the same thing the first thug was doing…… Creating mayhem, loading, stealing, and burning their own neighborhoods to the ground. Or, in short, being thugs themselves.

Given the number of successful blacks there are in this country, it occurs to me that the issue here is not racial, but cultural. I observe once again that those who adopt the majority culture, tend to do better, regardless of what their racial makeup happens to be. The connection between those two factors is direct and undeniable. Yet it gets ignored. Why?

To demonstrate the cultural disconnect, let me ask you if you are a minority, and are successful at being shot by the police tonight, what minority owned business would you like burn down in your name? This after all is what happened in Ferguson. And in LA. Make sense to you? Me neither, and that’s exactly the point. From the cultural perspective of you and I it doesn’t make sense.

Yep, do you remember the riots in Los Angeles and other cities where no J Simpson was acquitted? Yeah, I don’t either.

Is this really the culture these people want to defend? What specifically *is* it that they are defending? What is the message they send by way of who they choose to defend?

Another thought, that occurred to me this morning, and listening to the news regarding Obama’s supposedly meeting with civil rights leaders as to what to do about Ferguson, officer Wilson, etc.

If we make the assumption as the Liberals seem to do invariably that violence like what we see in black neighborhoods is the result of poverty, how in the world did we manage to survive FDR? Clearly, there’s something missing in that analysis.

Something else, too. It’s only taken 6 years of Obama in the White House and six years of overwhelming Democrat rule in both houses of Congress to lead us to this pass. The election of Obama was supposed to be the signal of a race-neutral society, and we were all supposed to be very hopeful about it. That hope turned into dismay, particularly on the part of blacks, when they realized what an abject failure sitting around hoping for unicorns and fairies to show up was going to be. Alas, that, too, is a connection that most people don’t make.

That something is culture.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, since most people don’t seem to make that connection, anymore. But that is in fact the root of the issue.

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Eric Florack on November 25th, 2014

I wrote yesterday with regards to Bill Cosby and the attacks on his character after he started speaking out against the myth of the oppressed black, and speaking out against the race industry.

I’ll say it again so that you don’t have to go hunting. Cosby is being made an example of. Anybody who dare to speak up against the myth of the oppressed black, will be dealt with similarly is the implication and the threat.

Today in Ferguson and a few other cities, we see another implementation of the protection of the myth, although  a somewhat different one.

The myth of the oppressed black must be maintained else they lose power. Advantage.

The fact is, Brown was a thug. There’s no gentle way to deal with that. That’s the truth of the matter. That he happened to be black is almost beside the point.

Fear. Fear of retribution. Fear of violence. That’s what is behind both situations.

Now, consider this… Isn’t fear the tool of radical Islam?

So, in reality, and in both cases what we’re dealing with is in truth, terrorism.

Terrorism, in support of a myth.

Eric Florack on November 24th, 2014

We’ve  all spent the last several days hearing accusations flying about comedian Bill Cosby.

I certainly take accusations of rape seriously, but one has to wonder why it took so long for these charges to come to the fore. Certainly if concern about sexual assault was really the issue these things would have come to light several years ago. The fact that they have not until just recently, and then all at once, suggests that something has changed that we are not being told about. That there is a reason the neon Circle on Cosbys back has suddenly had power applied to it.

Now some I have spoken to on this subject, have correctly pointed out that the accusations have been floating around for about 10 years now. And some of the cases where that came up it’s still a little on the late side to be reporting it. That said, that 10 year period would seem to coincide with when Bill Cosby started getting vocal about the race baiting industry in this country the Jesse Jacksons the Al Sharptons and so on.

So actually the timing of the accusations starting to fly, matches rather nicely.

I submit that this is payback for having gone after the race baiting industry as he has famously done. Occum’s straight razor would seem to apply to this situation very nicely.

And since it took that Steamroller 10 years to get moving, it brings a couple of other points that we should look at.

An example is harder to create a martyr is. But the effect is pretty much the same in opposite ways . And as we have discovered in neither case is the truth a requirement. All that’s required is continuous repetition . To create a bad example one has to spend literally decades tarring the name of the chosen example as being a bad person. Rumors have to fly, innuendo, and so on. And think of it this way, with him being 77 he’s probably not going to be around for a whole bunch more. He will never be able to get his reputation back since it took 10 years to get this steamroller moving. Such things invariably take much longer to stop than to start, long as they took to start to begin with.

This situation will keep a number of other people from speaking out. And that, is the intent.

Make no mistake, his being a black man who the majority of America actually likes, has a direct connection with him being torn down as he’s being now.

Here’s another thought……

Postulate that as opposed to the upstanding man is that he has seemed to have been all these years  Cosby was rather a race baiter like Sharpton. I submit to you that in that case, these situations would have been called bimbo eruptions and they would have been summarily laughed off. See also, Bill Clinton our first black president. Get the picture?

I do not suggest guilt or innocence based on what I speak of here. That said, however, my gut tells me something is extraordinarily wrong with all of this. That there is far less in this than we are being told.

Is Cosby now paying the price for being “too white”?

davidl on November 24th, 2014

You ask, what is the difference between socks and sex? Well you can change your socks. You can never change your sex, from Nicole Hensley, New York Daily
News
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Transgender woman [sic man] buried by family as a man at Idaho funeral

Jennifer Gable was buried as Geoffrey Gable by her family in Twin Falls, Idaho even though she had legally changed her name and had been living as a woman for the past several years. ‘What her parents have done is just a horrible thing,’ her friend, Brandan Klosterman told the Daily News.

Geoffrey Gable was born a man, and he was buried as a man.

davidl on November 24th, 2014

Chuck Hagel has  been shown the exit from the regime, from Doug Mataconis, Outside the Beltwey:

What is perhaps unusual about the way this story has broken, of course, is the fact that it is being made clear from the start that Hagel is basically being forced to resign ‘under pressure’ complete with quotes in the media from officials saying that a sitting Secretary of Defense “wasn’t up to the job.” While it’s likely to be framed as a resignation because that’s how these things are handled for someone at Hagel’s level unless there is some sort of scandal involved, which doesn’t appear to be the case here, it seems obvious then that Secretary Hagel is, for lack of a better way of putting it, being fired. Whether that’s because he indeed “wasn’t up to the job,” because of the personal clashes that have been hinted at in the past that I noted above, or because of some fundamental disagreement on policy is unclear, although one can assume that further details of what has happened behind the scenes. However, it’s framed, though, there’s really no other way to put it than to say that he is being fired, and in these early moments before the official announcement later today, it’s happening in a rather humiliating and public manner.

In an administration that employed Mrs. Clinton for four years and still employs Joe Biden, competency has never been a requirement.  Hagel has trouble knowing what day of the week it is.

davidl on November 22nd, 2014

Like your healthcare plan. Tough! You are too stupid to be allowed to choose your family’s healthcare plan. The regime will choose one for you:

Here’s a Friday Obamacare news-dump for you: In a 300-page regulatory proposal released late this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is considering changing Obamacare’s auto-renewal rules so that, within the health law’s exchanges, instead of being automatically renewed into your current health plan, you’d be moved into the lowest cost plan from the same service tier.

The regime keeps your premiums that same not doubles your out of pocket expense and puts your doctor outside your newly assigned network. The regime then locks you out of changing your policy. Thank you Johnathan Gruber.

Hat tip: Moe Lane, Red State.

davidl on November 18th, 2014

It is winter in Upstate New York and there are three feet of snow and everything closed from schools to the Thruway is harsh, nasty but yet heart warming.    There is a traditional feel of this is the way things are supposed to be.  That is Buffalo gets hammered with snow before Rochester, from the Associated Press:

BUFFALO | Parts of New York are measuring the season’s first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as nearly 3 feet blanketed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway.

The Thruway Authority says white-out conditions have closed Interstate 90 in both directions Tuesday morning from the Rochester area to Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, 35 southwest of Buffalo. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city.

Other major highways in the area are closed, numerous schools have cancelled classes and Buffalo officials have issued a driving ban for parts of the city.

So that gives Buffalo the early lead for the coveted Golden Snowball Award, an award I doubt Buffalo will win.