Socon Shibboleths Losing Grip On American Public
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Gallup: American Support for Liberal Social Positions at Historic Highs; “Social Liberals” Equal “Social Conservatives” For First Time in Poll’s History

On specific issues, there is a shift in favor of the left, with many socially-left positions now receiving historic levels of support.

Actually, most of these shifts are also in the direction libertarians support as well.  I’m a libertarian, and I support most of them.

I do think this represents an actual change. A permanent one? Who knows. What’s permanent in the world?

Change is permanent and, over time, generally for the better. We live far more wealthy, free, and liberated lives than humans did, say, 500 or 1000 years ago.  This is just more of the same.

Don’t Want To Be Called a Bigot? Stop Acting Like Bigots.
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Kirsten Powers: Give the ‘bigot’ bomb a break

People are complicated and multifaceted. Life is not a zero-sum game: A person can have redeeming value and disagree — even vigorously and vehemently — with you on issues dear to you. We need to get back to the idea of tolerating differences and debating ideas in the public square. Perhaps it’s time for both sides to give the “bigot” bomb a rest.

Nobody will call you a bigot if you stop acting like bigots.

And the “givens” in your argument here are screwed up:  The women are supposed to tolerate the jeweler’s public disdain and disrespect for their vows, but he is not supposed to tolerate their dislike of having the symbols of their vows, which they intend to represent their marriage for the rest of their lives, be made by a jeweler who despises their relationship.

Most of the hysterical morons so enraged at being called bigots don’t know any gay people at all, and are entirely ignorant about the sort of bigotry gays face every day, and have faced all their lives.  So it would never occur to them to wonder if a gay couple might not wish to be reminded of religiously bigoted jeweler every time they look at their own wedding rings.

These same bigots gloss over the fact that these women would never have commissioned their rings in the first place from this jeweler, if he had been flaunting a huge sign displaying his bigotry about gay marriage when they first came through the door.

This was not a matter of simple “disagreement.”  This was a matter of a bigoted jeweler demanding that a lesbian couple not only accept his bigotry, but pay for a tangible reminder of it out of their own pocket.

How come nobody asked why the jeweler was willing to profit off a relationship he so vehemently disapproves of?  Seems…predatory…to me.

Democrats Understand New Media Better Than Republicans Do
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Here’s how the first president of the social media age has chosen to connect with Americans – The Washington Post

The gathering in Beverly Hills in early April had all the elements of a Hollywood pitch meeting: influential celebrities, powerful agents, marketing moguls and social media strategists.

The only hint of difference was the presence of a lone government official: Paulette Aniskoff, head of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Aniskoff had journeyed from Washington to the offices of the entertainment company Live Nation for a strategy session on how YouTube and Vine stars could use their digital celebrity to promote some of the Obama administration’s key policies.

The meeting, which ran twice as long as the hour allotted, in many ways exemplifies how central digital media and audience engagement have become to the functioning of the Obama White House.

Well, it makes sense, given how the dead tree media is rapidly going down the tubes.  I wish the GOP would push this as hard as the Democrats do.

But the GOP never fought to keep the academy, and it’s ceding new media to the Democrats by default.  And twenty years down the road, they will wonder why they keep losing “the kids” so badly.

Ramos: All of Mexico Should Be Welcome to Move Here
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Jorge Ramos Admits to Ann Coulter: Bring All of Mexico to Live Here – Breitbart

MIAMI, Florida — Conservative columnist and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter steamrolled Fusion host Jorge Ramos in an appearance Tuesday filled with dramatic moments, none more interesting than where Coulter got Ramos to admit he doesn’t believe there should be a limit to how many Mexicans the United States will allow into this country—either legally or illegally.

Coulter does have her uses, even if I can’t stand the political romances she develops with people like Mittens Romneycare and Chris Christie.

The Entire Progressive Ideology Can Be Summed Up In Two Words: Pay Me!
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GOP senators call for over-the-counter birth control | TheHill

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is leading a new push to allow women to buy birth control without a prescription, hoping to deliver on one of the biggest promises of his freshman Senate campaign last year.

A half-dozen Senate Republicans have signed onto Gardner’s bill, which would require drug companies that sell contraceptives to file an application to sell their products over the counter.

“Most other drugs with such a long history of safe and routine use are available for purchase over the counter, and contraception should join them,” Gardner wrote in a statement. He said his bill would benefit women in rural and underserved areas, while also saving people money and time by “increasing competition and availability.”

The Colorado Republican’s push to make birth control available over-the-counter is not winning him more allies among women’s reproductive health groups, however.

Groups like Planned Parenthood have opposed the idea, which they argue could drive up contraception prices.

The group has pointed to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate — requiring insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved forms of birth control — and said that insurers may no longer cover the medication if it’s not prescribed by a doctor.

Progressives believe that taxpayers should pay for “free” birth control pills, rather than that women should pay for them themselves.  By the way, does Planned Parenthood advocate for taxpayers providing “free” condoms for men?

Cops, the State, and Fire
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There is an apocryphal quote that George Washington never said that runs like this:

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

Notwithstanding who may have originally made the observations, there is a great deal of truth to it.  Our Framers wrote our constitution with an eye constantly peeled toward the “necessary evil” of government, and the problems of structuring the American Experiment in such a way as to maximize the legitimate functions of government without lighting a bonfire that would eventually burn down liberty and leave nothing but the ashes of tyranny.

Viewed in the abstract, most Americans, I suspect, would tend to agree with the sentiment.  Of course, viewed in the particular – “What do you mean, you want to cut my social security? – the reaction may be different.  Gored oxes have always taken precedent over abstract observations as a general rule.

So, cops.

Cops are not the servants of the people.  They are the servants of the state.  They are the domestic face of the force that government wields, the very same force that makes government so potentially dangerous to the people and their liberties.   Several legal decisions, some from the Supreme Court itself, have made it clear that police have no individual duty to protect individual citizens.  They are charged with the protection of society, whatever that gauzy nebulosity might mean (and, in the real world, it sometimes means very little at all).

We are justifiably suspicious of the dangers of government overreach, of corruption, misuse of power, and encroaching tyranny.   Yet most of us harbor no such suspicion of the most dangerous domestic arm of the state, its multitude of police forces.

Why is that?

Well, I suspect it is mostly a matter of class and fear.  Underclasses do fear the cops – which makes sense, since such folks generally bear the brunt of day to day forceful interaction with them.  Higher classes regard the cops as a bulwark against the depredations of the underclasses, and as such are willing to cede them admiration, respect, and instant obedience, (as well as a permanent and wide-ranging exemption from civilized norms of behavior that hold sway in other arenas) in exchange for that perceived protection.

In short, the bottom line here is that age-old trade of liberty for security.  The “respectable” majority wishes to make that trade, and the underclass is never given the choice.

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Oh, Boy – Now Obama Is Accusing Somebody Else of “Ignoring the Law”
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White House: Appeals Court Judges ‘Misinterpret’ Immigration Facts

“Today, two judges of the Fifth Circuit chose to misinterpret the facts and the law”

The Obama Administration said it is weighing its options in the wake of an appeals court ruling that kept a block on the president’s executive action on immigration.

I would imagine that Obama is trying to decide whether to simply ignore the injunction, and count on the Democrats in Congress to hamstring any blowback for doing so, a not especially unfounded belief, given the Gentry GOP’s mad lust for a combination of scamnesty and a way to blame scamnesty on Obama.

Way of the Broadband World
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More than 4B people still have no Internet access | Computerworld

The number of people using the Internet is growing at a steady rate, but 4.2 billion out of 7.4 billion will still be offline by the end of the year.

Overall, 35.3 percent of people in developing countries will use the Internet, compared to 82.2 percent in developed countries, according to data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a U.N. agency. People who live in the least developed countries will be the worst off: In those nations only 9.5 percent will be connected by the end of December.

The rich will continue to get richer, while the poor will remain (relatively) poor.

One of the primary reasons that these “developing” countries remain so backwards is the endemic corruption of their governance.  Another is that in many cases that governance is extremely allergic to the idea of common people having access to information and communications not entirely under the thumb of the governance itself.

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Blog: Wow! Egyptian TV political panel discusses Obama’s climate-change-is-our-biggest-security-threat address to Coast Guard Academy

Update: Dang, it is a spoof.

Hold onto your hats, and don’t start watching this while there’s hot coffee in your mouth.  They don’t discuss President Obama in such frank terms on American television, but then again, Egypt fell to the Muslim Brotherhood with Obama’s support and, no thanks to him, managed to escape becoming another Iran.

Translation is courtesy of the very reliable MEMRI organization.  (Update: evidently not.)

Hat tip: Alan Fraser

Update: Dang, it is a spoof.

Hold onto your hats, and don’t start watching this while there’s hot coffee in your mouth.  They don’t discuss President Obama in such frank terms on American television, but then again, Egypt fell to the Muslim Brotherhood with Obama’s support and, no thanks to him, managed to escape becoming another Iran.

It’s an obvious spoof, actually. Still, it’s pretty funny. Enjoy.

WaPo Hackathon Begins to Roll Out
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The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show – The Washington Post

If you’re a thoughtful Republican, a primary with this many candidates is a cacophonous mess, full of extremist cranks squabbling with each other and taking progressively nastier potshots at the leaders, one of whom will end up as the nominee. The longer it goes, the more that nominee has to pander to the base and the less time he or she will have to focus on Hillary Clinton.

Usual DNC flacktard propaganda hooey from some WaPo hack.  “Pander” to the base?  The base is the party, moron.  You don’t win an election without them, as George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George Bush (first time around, and nearly so the second), John McCain, and Mittens Romneycare all learned, apparently not to their sorrow, since the Gentry is still trying to run without the GOP base.

Second, concentrate on Hillary?  The GOP convention will be in the third week of July.  The average LIV dumbtard doesn’t really start paying attention to Prexy elections any earlier than that, so non-nominees “running against Hillary” will have little impact.

But hey, this is a DNC hack, not a real journalist.  His job is not to inform.  It is to help the Democrats wage war on Republican candidates and their supporters.  He does a fine job of it, doesn’t he?

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Oops – Obama Forgot to Cross a Tee
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Appeals court deals blow to Obama amnesty – Washington Times

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided with a lower court that ruled Mr. Obama probably broke the law in taking unilateral action last year to grant an amnesty from deportation. The three-judge panel, ruling 2-1, shot down Mr. Obama’s hopes of quickly restarting the amnesty, and make it likely he’ll have to go to the Supreme Court to try to win his case.

The majority, Judges Jerry E. Smith and Jennifer Elrod, said the president’s new program, known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or DAPA, is a binding policy that should have gone through the usual public notice and comment period, instead of being announced unilaterally by Mr. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson late last year.

So it’s really not congress, then?  It’s just a matter of not violating their own bureaucratic regulations?

Well, that’s certainly reassuring.  I’m positive that Obama won’t be able to scale that barrier.

Phonies
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Currency Politics | National Review Online

So, I guess we’re going to take Andrew Jackson off the 20-dollar bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman. Fine, fine. But now I’ve learned that Britain is going to boot Adam Smith from the 20-pound note (to be replaced by a “visual artist” to be named later).

I think it should be a group picture of the members of the Federal Reserve Board.  They are the greatest counterfeiters in history, having created approximately seven trillion dollars worth of phony money under Barack Obama alone.

Shockingly Hard
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BREAKING: We Found “Adam” Of The Columbia Fake Rape Hoax – GotNews

We’ve analyzed his postings dating back to high school. Frankly Hunter is not the type to let an unwanted sexual assault slide. He’s been a self proclaimed militant black/feminist/queer/trans activist since at least the 10th grade. It’s hard to believe he’d let an assault happen without a peep.

The fact that this guy is very openly gay, and has been for a long time, makes even more ridiculous his claim that Nungasser:

How to Paralyze a Guy: Massage His Crotch For 2-3 Minutes | Daily Pundit

…massage[d] his crotch “for approximately 2-3 minutes” while Adam froze in shock. He was finally able to muster the will to get up and leave.

I’ve known a lot of out gay guys.  I can imagine none of them “freezing in shock for 2-3 minutes” at having their crotch massaged by another male.

Rigid with pleasure, maybe.  But frozen in shock?

It is to laugh.  Hilariously.

Strategery and Saddam, AQIA, and ISIL
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NBC Military Analyst: McCain ‘Absolutely Right’ That There’s No ISIS Strategy – Breitbart

NBC News Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs, Ret. agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s (R-AZ) assessment that there is no strategy against ISIS, although he took a different position on the solution on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart.”

After hearing McCain’s declaration that there isn’t an ISIS strategy, Jacobs stated, “There is no strategy, he’s absolutely right about that, but the solution is not necessarily to increase the number of forward air controllers we have.

If you understand that from the very beginning, immediately after “Mission Accomplised” in Iraq, the Sunni military resistance, starting with Saddam’s military offices, a group which eventually became al Qaeda in Iraq, which then morphed into ISIL (but is still effectively Saddam’s old military apparat), it should quickly become apparent to you that not only does Barack Obama have no strategy for defeating it, George W. Bush had no such strategy either.

In fact, when the Shia Death Squads were on the verge of destruction at the hands of Shia Death Squads, GWB stepped in and saved their asses, and called it “The Surge.”

Which is why we’re still dealing with them today.

Or, actually, why Iran is dealing with them.  Iran has a simple strategy for dealing with them:  Kill them all, and don’t be too fastidious about collateral damage.

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How Dare Mosby Subject Cops to the Justice System?
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Marilyn Mosby’s Consequences – 27 People Shot Memorial Day Weekend – Deadliest Month In Two Decades…

Marilyn Mosby’s Consequences – 27 People Shot Memorial Day Weekend – Deadliest Month In Two Decades You can bet your bippy Baltimore PD won’t be investigating these very hard.

Yeah, it’s all on Mosby. 

If those cops hadn’t likely killed a helpless black prisoner in cold blood – oh, wait.  That has nothing to do with it.  Sorry, for a moment there I almost forgot.

And if Mosby had filed no charges at all, but simply said, “Righteous killing, guys, go scott free with my blessing,” none of this would be happening today,

How stupid do the cop-hags (like fag-hags, but for guys in blue uniforms with guns and boots) think we are?

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Offense Where Offense Is Due
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The Corner | National Review Online

Conservative Christians who cheer Geller’s cartoon contest fail to consider how the logic behind it applies to their faith, too. Geller herself does not make the application, but others do, as on the matter of eucharistic desecration, for example. Andres Serrano established that desecration of the crucifix, a sacramental, is protected speech. Presumably so is desecration of the full-fledged sacrament — “the Blessed Sacrament,” Catholics call it — that is the Eucharist.

But the logic of Geller’s cartoon contest does apply to Christianity, too.  No religion has the moral right, in any way, shape, or form, to abridge freedom of expression because its religious sensibilities are offended.

That this particular writer seems to think that permitting freedom of expression that offends Muslims might lead to expression that would offend Christians – and that is why we should disapprove of what Geller did – just serves to underline the shaky moral underpinnings of his argument.

But this is the unspoken subtext of all such religious arguments:  My religion is special.

No, it’s not.

 

One of These Is Like The Other – Just Not In the Way Being Pushed
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Baltimore Bloodshed Continues; 29 Shot, 9 Dead Over Holiday Weekend « CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE(WJZ)–It’s the deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two dozen shootings over the holiday weekend alone have city police working around the clock.

Now, leaders hope community members come forward to help stop the violence.

Some would have you believe that this is due entirely to the Mosby/Grand Jury indictments of the cops who killed a black prisoner. 

But it was just another day at the beach in Chicago, where no cops have been indicted:

12 Killed, 43 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings « CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — Twelve people were killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

So…cop indictments in one place, no cop indictments in the other.  What other possible unifying condition might we then find if we look further into this comparison?

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The Instawife: Coming Out From the Shadows
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Are You a Shadow Worker? | Dr. Helen

As the author points out: “In the 1950s, tasks like pumping gas, typing letters, researching products, checking out groceries, composing salads, disposing of cans and bottles, handling bank deposits, and driving the kids to school were handled by pump jockeys, secretaries, salespeople, cashiers, waitresses, garbage men, tellers, and bus drivers. Today, you have inherited these jobs. They have become shadow work.”

Are you a shadow worker? What tasks do you do daily that eat up your time and are annoying? Which are beneficial?

Well, to be frank, (and earnest, too!), all this cost money that was folded into the eventual cost of the enveloping good.   And once the single biggest aspect of the purchasing decision became, for most people, the price of goods and services, this was probably inevitable.

Rich people still don’t do much, if any, of this for themselves.  But after 70 years of progressive, Ruling Party America, there are a lot more non-rich people than their used to be.

 

Okay, I’m Speechless. Is It Time To Just Burn Down the Colleges?
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College Suspends Wounded Marine, Labels Him a Threat Because He Dared to Ask for a Non-Muslim Counselor | John Hawkins’ Right Wing News

A veteran Marine was kicked out of a Mississippi college because he had the audacity to ask for a non-Muslim counselor. Not only did the school suspend him, they also labeled him as a “threat” to himself and other students.

This is the disrespect that our schools have for our veterans.

Months after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pledged to improve its treatment of veterans, disabled student veteran Jeremy Rawls is hoping his college might do the same.

Since February, the rising senior at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. has struggled to maintain good grades and reclaim his work-study position after MC administrators allegedly suspended him and labeled him a threat to himself and other students.

In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, the former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq said his suspension came after he requested to meet with a different counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Rawls, who is diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was originally paired with a female counselor who wore traditional Muslim dress during his initial visit to the office.

Tar.   Feathers.  Forcible deportation to ISIL controlled areas of Iraq and Syria.

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Living In the World Between Michelle’s Ears
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Michelle Obama Tells Graduates to ‘Shape the Revolutions’ | The Weekly Standard

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke today to graduates of Oberlin College. She encouraged the graduating class to “rise above the noise and shape the revolutions of your time.”

“[T]hink about how even with all the gridlock and polarization in Washington, we have made so much change these past six years:  12 million new jobs.

And 25 million who lost their jobs and/or dropped out of the labor force entirely. 

Sixteen million people who finally have health insurance. 

And 30 million who either lost their insurance entirely, or are paying vastly more for considerably less than they used to have.

Historic agreements to fight climate change. 

None of which actually fight anything and, in fact, do nothing other than funnel boodle to cronies.

Epic increases in college financial aid. 

And even more epic increases in tuition, fees, costs, and other expenses, along with the most backbreaking level of college loan debt in the history of the world.

More progress on LGBT rights than any time in our history.

Which you had absolutely nothing to do with.

And today, it is no longer remarkable to see two beautiful black girls walking their dogs on the South Lawn of the White House lawn.

Well, there you go, then:  Victory!  Viva la revolucion!

That’s just the way things are now,” Obama said to applause at the liberal arts college.

In Obamaramadingdong Lefty Fantasy World.  Be sure and buy the E-Ticket!  It’s a wowser!

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SHOCK POLL: 81% Of Al Jazeera Arabic Poll Respondents Support Islamic State – Breitbart

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.

The poll, which asked in Arabic, “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” has generated over 38,000 responses thus far, with only 19% of respondents voting “NO” to supporting ISIS.

It’s an internet poll.

Still.

Annals of the Police State
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New Orleans Cop Shot, Killed While Driving His Squad Car

On Sunday morning, a Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) officer was shot and killed while driving his squad car.

New Orleans Police Department Supt. Michael Harrison said “the 45-year-old HANO officer was driving in Central City when he was fatally shot.”

According to 9 WAFB, HANO reported “that one of their officers was shot at the location around 7:10 a.m. When NOPD officers arrived, they found the officer dead inside his marked police car.” 4 WWLTV reports that “the driver’s side window [of the car] was broken out and the cruiser lights were still on when responding officers found the body.”

The car was also still in drive when officers found it.

Huh.  Apparently somebody else made it home safe to dinner that night.

Maybe they didn’t get the memo that only cops are allowed that privilege.

Yeah, yeah, bring it.

My Final Memorial Day Post
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Never Yet Melted » “Six Seconds”

One of the Iraqis elaborated, and with tears welling up, said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life. ”What he didn’t know until then, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion, he said, “Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned after I submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras recorded some of the attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. I suppose it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. No time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time, the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed.

Here the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were, some running right past the Marines, who had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines firing their weapons nonstop. The truck’s windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a bitch trying to get past them to kill their brothers – American and Iraqi – bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could. They had only one second left to live, and I think they knew. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty.

Marines don’t get a “right” to go home safe at night.  Instead, they have duty.  I know which sort of men I prefer.

(via Drang – thanks!)

Ho, Hum
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The Trillion Fold Increase In Computing Power, Visualized

The visualization below, inspired by the recent 50th anniversary of Moore’s law, tells the story of the trillion fold increase in computing performance we’ve witnessed over the past sixty years. That’s impressive enough, but some of the other finds are downright astounding. The Apollo guidance computer that took early astronauts to the moon, for instance, has the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems, while the Cray-2 supercomputer from 1985—the fastest machine in the world for its time—roughly measures up to an iPhone 4.

Sometimes we forget just how amazingly far we’ve come – and how much farther we’re likely to go in the future. 

 

The Legal Robber Barons of the Almighty State
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Amazon finally starts paying proper taxes in European countries

With Amazon making the first move, it’ll put pressure on other major tech companies to follow suit. Despite claims to the contrary, Apple has been accused of not paying its fair share of tax in Ireland, and Google has previously been told by lawmakers that its stance on tax is “devious, calculated and unethical”. Amazon says that it began paving the way for the changes two years ago, but only now are plans coming into force. However, it might be too late to influence the public’s perception of the company.

I can think of very few taxation schemes that are “proper.”  In fact, my take is that most of them are “devious, calculated, and unethical.”

Actually, my take is that most of them are a form of armed robbery.

It’s Easy to Stop This Crap – If You Really Want To (Obviously, They Don’t)
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For once, Sen. Warren is right – Daily Inter Lake: Members

If politics make strange bedfellows, then bad trade deals make for even stranger politics.

When Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, is the pitch man for President Barack Obama’s latest legacy-building proposal, and Frank Miele is cheering for far-left Democratic firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her populist opposition to Obama’s power grab, you know the wheels have fallen off.

What we’re talking about is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you are not alone. If you have heard of it, but you have no idea exactly what is in it, then you are in very good company indeed. That’s because — according to the White House — the United States got such a good deal that if anyone found out about it before it is approved, the whole thing would fall apart.

Huh?

Yep, as part of “the most transparent administration in history,” the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is kept under lock and key somewhere in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center. Only members of Congress can read it, and then only under the watchful eye of some basement bureaucrat who will ensure that no sly senator slips out a cell phone to transmit the secret details of this “free trade” deal to Twitter or Instagram.

In what sounds like a scene from “Scandal,” members of Congress are allowed to take notes on the lengthy document, but they have to turn them over to the federal flunky before departing the imperial dungeon. Want to consult with experts later about whether the “partnership” is good or bad for your constituents? Well, you’d better have a good memory.

“It’s like being in kindergarten,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. “You give back the toys at the end.”

Yeah, like kindergarten or like the Soviet Union. Take your pick.

You know, if congressional leadership had any balls, they’d simply say, “Either negotiate this thing in the clear light of day, or we’ll deep six it the moment it arrive on our desks.”

Of course, our current congressional leadership is a bunch of eunuchs and lapdogs.

The Meaning of America
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What Does It Mean To Be An American? [Y-not]

I have been thinking about this a lot lately as the effects of Obama’s “fundamental transformation” manifest themselves. Today seems like an appropriate day to ask you what you think is the most American value.

For me it is exemplified in the following:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

From Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, August 28, 1963

I’d go just a tetch earlier than that:

Declaration of Independence – Text Transcript

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

That’s pretty much the American Dream right there.  For me, at least.

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New Arrivals in Kitchen Cookware

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Translation: IMF Lying Through Its Teeth
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IMF fuel subsidies are not what they seem – Telegraph

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which usually restricts itself to bailing out indebted eurozone countries, has released a paper claiming that more than five trillion – yes, trillion – dollars is spent annually in subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

At least, that’s how it was reported by most of the media. When you read the report, it becomes clear pretty quickly that the IMF’s definition of a subsidy is a little different from everyone else’s.

Usually, subsidies describe the government paying money to a firm or industry to encourage production, ostensibly to reduce prices for consumers. Think of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, or the cash given to the British steel industry during the Sixties and Seventies.

These are unpopular with economists. Subsidies end up making firms bloated, inefficient, and more interested in satisfying government bureaucrats than their customers. And those customers still end up paying for those subsidies with their taxes.

But the IMF’s idea of “subsidies” to fossil fuels refers to something completely different. They have taken the indirect costs to society of using energy – air pollution, traffic congestion, climate change – and, if governments haven’t imposed special taxes on one, called it a “subsidy”.

The problem is, we already have a word for these things: externalities. And there is something rather Orwellian about describing a failure to tax something as a subsidy.

Well, the IMF is rather Orwellian, so I suppose this is to be expected:

Why Don’t They Love Us?
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The Cops are Confused… “Why do people hate us…”

The cops are upset to learn people hate them:

“Cruickshank and other law enforcement advocates worry that what they see as an anti-cop climate is killing morale in police departments of every size. “It’s demoralizing to read about the misguided anti-cop gibberish spewing from those who take their freedoms for granted.” Cruickshank said.

– Fox News

We just LOVE the implication here that our “pigs” are somehow responsible for protecting our freedoms. That’s just fucking precious.Really. It’s sort of like watching a retard attempting to chew his way into a tin of peaches. Except that… you know… a group home reject is… well… retarded, so he just doesn’t know any better. The cops damn well understand they don’t do jack and/or shit to ensure, safeguard or protect our “freedoms.” We do that ourselves you blue-bellied jackholes. You’re just around to clean up the blood and hunt down the criminals smart enough to make tracks before the lynch mob shows up. Or you’re supposed to be anyways.

Some other folks from around the net had some less than candid rebuttals as well.

Yes.  We here at Daily Pundit have been known to indulge in such things on occasion.

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