Language Police
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Internal Emails Show Al Jazeera English Banning Use of Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’

The word “extremist” was labeled off-limits. “Avoid characterizing people,” [Al Jazeera English exec] van Meek said. “Often their actions do the work for the viewer.”

“Do not use,” van Meek’s said of the term “Islamist.” He described it as “a simplistic label.”

According to van Meek’s instructions, Al Jazeera English employees are not to use the Arabic term “jihad.”

No wonder lefties get along so well with islamic terrorists and their sympathizers people of no particular religious conviction who neither do nor say anything objectionable to anyone. They’re on the same sheet of music.

At Amazon: One Stop Shopping For Emergency Supplies
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The Emergency Preps Store at Amazon

This is where you start.

Big Savings on Standby Power for the Entire House

My sister has one of the big propane Generac models, and she never stops thanking me for talking her into buying it. It’s saved her bacon during summer tornados and winter blizzards several times.

The Berkey Water Filter Store at Amazon

Berkey is my main water-filter, both for everyday and emergencies. I keep mine in the kitchen, constantly refilled with tap water. Berkeys will even filter out impurities as small as viruses. I have several different filter systems, as well as other water purification methods, but Berkey is the one I’ve used every single day for the past four years.

Dynarex N-95 Flat Folded Respirator and Surgical Masks – Box of 20 Individually Wrapped N95 Masks. Meets CDC Guidelines for TB Exposure, NIOSH Approved. Protects against transfer of microorganisms, bodily fluid and particulate material.

Dynarex Nitrile Exam Glove (non-latex) Powder Free – Large, 100 Count (Pack of 10)

Disposable Hooded Coveralls For Every Size

Uvex S8510 Bionic Shield, Black Matte Face Shield, Clear Polycarbonate Anti-Fog/Hardcoat Lens

Your first line of defense against airborne body fluids, coughs, and sneezes is to not let them touch any part of you in the first place.

At Amazon: The Mountain House Emergency Food Store

Mountain House can be slightly more spendy than some other brands, but in my experience it offers a wide variety of very tasty and easily prepared long term storage foods. Essentially you just add water and heat. In some cases water is enough.

Much of my base long term food is in the form of popcorn (I have a grain mill – and the cornbread I make from freshly ground popcorn is the best I’ve ever eaten), pasta, rice, and beans. But I have several cases of Mountain House stuff to go with it – pour the beef stew over a plate of rice for a tasty and filling meal, for instance.

Water Purifiers at Amazon

Would you be able to keep yourself supplied with pure water if your local water plant shut down for any reason? I would.

I take a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. I can’t prove it, but I think they do me a lot of good. At least I seem to be in considerably better shape than most guys my age – 68. If you take them, make sure you have a couple month’s supply on hand at all times.

Multi-Serving Emergency Food Supply Kits

All-in-one emergency food for a week, a month, or a year. Saves having to think about what you want to store. Get it all at once, and in one shipment. These kits last for at least twenty years, by the way. Buy once, stop worrying.

The Emergency Preparations Bookstore at Amazon

There are ways to keep a collection of e-books in a grid-down emergency, but many preppers prefer a dead-tree library of such things. I have a core library in that format, although most of my stuff is digital. Of course, I do have ways to use e-books more or less perpetually.

Emergency and Long Term Storage Foods and Supplies

In order of importance, there are three things you need to get through an emergency: Water, food, and shelter/power. This helps cover the first area.

Save 50% On Pet Supplies

Get your pets something nice….and make sure you’ve got a few weeks of food on hand for them, too.

The Grocery Store at Amazon.com – Stock up!

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Time For Another Libertarian Cat Fight
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FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited | Ars Technica

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission issued an “Enforcement Advisory” stating that blocking W-Fi in hotels is unequivocally “prohibited.”

“Persons or businesses causing intentional interference to Wi-Fi hotspots are subject to enforcement action,” the FCC bluntly stated, referencing a dispute between Marriott and its customers who said the hotel chain had blocked their personal hotspots to force them to pay for Marriott’s Wi-Fi services.

So, this is obviously another unconscionable statist infringement of the unalienable right of businesses to do any damned thing they wish, short of actively assaulting their would-be customers, right?

If not, why not?

And for added grist, keep in mind that businesses are not people, and therefore do not have unalienable rights.

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
Bill Quick

Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

Here are several links that feature the equivalent of the Amazon Digital Dime Store (for you geezers old enough to remember what a dime store was….).

The Kindle Daily Deal

This Week’s Featured .99 Songs

100 Albums for $5

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 Or Less

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Gobsmacking
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Apple reports largest profit in history – FT.com

Apple reported the largest net income of any public company in history in the three months to December, as record iPhone sales of 74.5m units beat even the most bullish Wall Street forecasts.

“Demand for iPhone has been staggering, shattering our high expectations,” said Tim Cook, chief executive. “This volume is hard to comprehend.”

Apple has now shipped more than 1bn iPhones, iPads and iPods running its iOS operating system that launched in 2007.

Apple’s net profit grew 37 per cent to $18bn, topping ExxonMobil’s previous quarterly record of $15.9bn in 2012, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

I wonder what Cook’s bonus will look like for this year?

I Still Think John Roberts Should Be Impeached Over This
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Court Will Kick Obamacare to Congress – Bloomberg View

In 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the court had an obligation to try to read the law in a way that made it consistent with the Constitution. That reading didn’t have to be the most natural one so long as it was plausible.

Just think about that reasoning.  Instead of twisting the plain words of black letter law to “make it consistent with the Constitution,” just decide if the law as written, not “read,” is constitutional.

I’ll never forgive Roberts for this betrayal of his judicial duties.

How Brave She Is
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Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia – Yahoo News

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.

Under the kingdom’s strict dress code for women, Saudi females are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public. Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab. But covering one’s head is not required for foreigners, and some Western women choose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia.

As a delegation of dozens of Saudi officials — all men — greeted the Obamas in Riyadh, some shook hands with Mrs. Obama. Others avoided a handshake but acknowledged the first lady with a nod as they passed by.

You know they were muttering under their breath, “Look at that American whore.”

She knew it, too.

UPDATE:   Saudi Arabia’s State-Run TV Blurs Out Michelle Obama’s Face For Not Wearing Islamic Headscarf… | Weasel Zippers

Why Didn’t Somebody Think of This Already?
Bill Quick

Senss

Bluewire™ Bluetooth Earpiece. Bluewire™ is your smartphone call recording solution. With easy, wireless call recording, Bluewire™ is the ONLY Bluetooth headset on the market that can record both sides of a smartphone conversation. Furthermore, it securely stores the recordings on the headset itself. Bluewire™ boasts cutting edge technology in smartphone call recording, contained in an ultra-portable device.

Bluewire™ is perfect for journalists, lawyers, sales managers, law enforcement officials, and anyone who needs a convenient and secure method to recall previous conversations, never losing another important detail!

Currently, many devices and applications on the market are limited in recording as they are unable to record both sides of the conversation. However, devices that are capable are either bulky or incompatible.

I want one of these, too.  Great for writers doing phone research.

Nadella – the Anti-Ballmer
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HoloLens: Look who’s innovating | Computerworld

The problem, the article went on to say, was that Microsoft suffered from the classic “innovator’s dilemma” that occurs when a business cares more about protecting its existing markets than about creating new ones, fearful that new markets may eat into existing revenue streams.

That’s no longer the case. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has felt free to risk cannibalizing existing revenue. The first hints of that came when Nadella gave the go-ahead to release a version of Office for the iPad. In the past, the company had refused to do that, worrying that if Office were available for the iPad, there would be less reason for people to buy Windows-based tablets.

That’s on Ballmer, the archetypical profit/loss businessman, who was more than happy to see Microsoft turned into a cash-dinosaur, rather than engage in the sort of risk-taking that might shave some off current profits while opening up vast, new, and potentially even more profitable opportunities in the future.

It’s why he not so long ago sneered at Amazon: 

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Amazon isn’t a real business – GeekWire

“They make no money, Charlie,” Ballmer said. “In my world, you’re not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don’t make money at some point.”

Bezos is Ballmer’s polar opposite, and while he may err just a smidge on the less profit, more risk side than he perhaps should, Ballmer’s approach was rapidly turning Microsoft into another IBM.  Or worse, another Xerox.

Nanny Fascism and Your Trash
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Seattle government now going through citizens’ trash for public shaming, revenue « Hot Air

Sure, the incentive to compost is the putative reason for this regulation, but exactly how is it enforced? In order for city officials and trash collectors to know you have committed the civic sin of disposing of leftover food in your trashcan, they have to examine the contents of your trashcan. Let’s hope the citizens of Seattle and trash collectors can come to some kind of silent truce over this. Do they collectors really want to examine every load they dump into the truck for transgressions? (Lord help us, the city probably offers a bonus of taxpayer money for tagging violators.)

I have for some time now carefully kept anything that might identify me from my own trash. Shipping labels, mail, etc. are all carefully shredded before going into a separate bag which I dispose of in a public trash bin not far from my house once a month or so.

The Nanny Gestapo has for some time been examining trash for violations of the various San Francisco recycling laws.

Petard, Meet Gentry GOP Assholes
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Republican leaders look for escape plan on immigration | TheHill

Republican leaders in the House and Senate are boxed in on immigration and searching for a way out.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are struggling to find a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security while meeting conservative demands to unwind President Obama’s executive actions giving legal status to millions of immigrants who would otherwise face deportation.

Congress is only scheduled to be in session for three weeks in February, giving lawmakers little time to craft a funding bill that would prevent an embarrassing shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Feb. 28.

On Tuesday, the two began wiggling their way out of the tight spot:

Maybe they wouldn’t be in such a tight spot if they – and all the rest of the Gentry GOP – weren’t such unashamed and bald-faced liars.

Everybody paying attention knows that the Gentry GOP wants open borders and scamnesty as badly as the Democrats do.    They just want to find some way to pin the evil deed on the Democrats, so they can run against them for giving the GOP exactly what it wants.

Shop the Amazon Denim Store – For the Whole Family!
Bill Quick

Save on Denim For the Whole Family

Denim is stylish, wears like iron, is as kid-proof as fabric gets, lasts a long time, is inexpensive, fits well, and comes in thousands of shapes, sizes, and styles. What’s not to like?

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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I’m Sorry, Sarah, But It’s Over
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Conservative grassroots bloggers moving on from 2008 heartthrob Palin | WashingtonExaminer.com

Grassroots conservative bloggers were once Sarah Palin’s most relentless supporters. Now, though the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee says she’s “seriously interested” in a possible 2016 bid for the White House, many of the same people say they’ve moved on.

Just now?  Enough Is Enough: Palin Still Tongue-Bathing McCain | Daily Pundit

Blow Me
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N.Y. Times’ Charles Blow said nothing about cop who arrested his son being black | WashingtonExaminer.com

Blow did not return a request for comment on why he omitted the race of the officer in his column or whether the race of the officer matters.

It only matters when it somehow helps the aptly-named Blow to advance his general agenda of race-pimping, race-baiting, and white-hating racism.

Let’s Play… Guess That Ethnicity!
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San Francisco police investigate double homicide in the city’s Bayview District | abc7news.com

Two people are dead following a shootout in San Francisco.

The shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon at Ingalls Street and Revere Avenue in the Bayview District.

Witnesses reported people in two cars firing shots at one another. It’s believed that one person was killed at that location.

Ten minutes later, two injured people showed up at the Old Clam House restaurant on Bayshore Avenue.

At least one of the victims was sitting inside a nearby car that was riddled with bullet holes. That person also died.

My neighborhood.   Actually, it’s a dozen or so blocks from where I live.  The Old Clam House’s food, by the way, has improved considerably under the new management.  It’s the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in the same location in SF.  Been there since 1861.

I drove right by the joint on my way to Lowes yesterday, a few hour before this local gang war broke out.

UPDATE:  I just heard on the news that the time of the shooting was about 4:15 yesterday afternoon.  I was right there at almost exactly that time.  Holy shit!

 

 

At Amazon: Bestselling Deals on Everything
Bill Quick

Deals on Bestselling Items of Every Kind at Amazon

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Why Islam Has Killed You Steadily For 1500 Years, and Christianity Hasn’t
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Why Islam Is More Violent Than Christianity

In Christianity, this produced a distinction between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. When Pilate asks him if he is a king, Jesus responds, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

And…

But when your prophet is the dictator, it’s more tempting to think that you can just mandate a perfect society. Hence the Islamist obsession with creating a pure Islamic State, usually with a special division of zealots who call themselves something like the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, whose job is to enforce a long list of intrusive religious prohibitions. An Islamic state is the kingdom of God brought to earth—exactly the approach that has been widely rejected at various points in Christian theology.

The Islamists will do whatever is necessary to create the Kingdom of Allah on Earth, as is required by their scriptures and the words of their prophet.

And that includes killing however many of you infidels, apostates, and non-true believers as it takes.

Christ said, Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”

In Islam, Caesar and God are intended to be the same.

If It Isn’t, I’m Sure They Think It Should Be
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CBC Chair Threatens Racism Smear Against Fellow Dems in Seniority Fight | National Review Online

Nowhere in the rule book does it say that Democrats can’t play the race card against other Democrats.

With young House Democrats itching to break into the leadership ranks held by senior Democrats, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus issued a veiled threat that his organization wouldn’t hesitate to smear the fresh faces with a racism charge in order to keep the top spots they’ve acquired over the years.

The issue has come up because some junior Democrats are calling for term limits for how long someone can hold the spot of ranking member on a House committee.

Isn’t that illegal or something?  Reps trying to overturn the natural order of doddering old men running everything?

Winter Storm Oops
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Snowpocalypse Not | Daily Cannibal

Blizzard! Who is not thrilled? The prospect of winds howling and mountains of snow drifting across deserted streets exerts a strange attraction to those assured of spending the interval safe and cozy inside their warm homes, perhaps by a crackling fire, sipping warm beverages and gazing out triple-thermopane windows at nature’s might. Or better still, slipping under the covers for the night, maybe with an extra blanket or two, drifting off to sleep while outside, the dunes of snow pile up until they could smother a wolf, and no early-morning wake-up to spoil the luxury of safe harbor in the storm.

In the city, power lines do not go down, and watermains don’t freeze. The risk of any real discomfort is small, and then, a winter fantasy — sparkling white streets, fluffy sidewalks and beautiful frosty arabesques swirling around brownstone stairways — awaits. Dogs leap. Children cavort. All, for a brief time, is strangely clean, quiet and very, very pretty.

The Snowmageddon of 2013, Winter Storm Nemo (!!!) was also a bit of a dud in NYC.  In this post, the only DP editor to have a major winter storm named after him, muses on politicians, promises, and delivery.

Yes, Bambi’s An Asshole – Big Time
Bill Quick

Obama Sends Campaign Team to Israel to Defeat Netanyahu | Truth Revolt

According to Haaretz, President Obama’s 2012 campaign field director has been selected to be a part of a “five-man Obama team” that will run a campaign against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

As Caroline Glick–Israeli journalist and Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center–notes, the far-left Israeli news outlet “for whatever reason… chose not to translate this article in its English edition.” Fortunately, Independent Media Review and Analysis did:

Imagine how Obama would have reacted if Netanyahu sent a crack team of his own operatives here to help campaign against Obama…

Oh, wait.  He sent himself.

Good on him.

This will blow up in Bambi’s face, big time.

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Putin Button?
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Feds: Russian Spy Nabbed in NYC – ABC News

An alleged Russian spy posing as a banker in Manhattan has been arrested, federal officials said today.

The banker, identified in a criminal complaint as Evgeny Buryakov, is accused of working with agents of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, as a “non-official cover” agent.

“Specifically, Buryakov is posing as an employee in the Manhattan office of a Russian bank,” the complaint, unsealed today, says.

Is this that Hillary Clinton reset button we’ve heard so much about?

Chinook’s Blowing
Bill Quick

Denver Records First 70 Degree January Temperature In 6 Years « CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – It’s not uncommon to see a mid-winter thaw in Denver with temperatures climbing into the 50s and 60s.

But its not every year that thermometers hit 70 degrees in January.

So far today, the temperature at Denver International Airport has hit 71 degrees, just 2 degrees shy of the daily record set in 1982.

The last time Denver hit 70 degrees during the first month of the year was on Jan. 21, 2009, when the high was 71 degrees.

Denver’s warmest January temperature on record is 76 degrees set on Jan. 27, 1888.

It happens every winter.  It’s called the Chinook Wind.

It’s not called “global warming.”

Bulletin From the Fantasy Universe in the White House Where Islam Is the Religion of Peace
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Top State Dept. Official: ‘Nothing Religious’ About Islamic State Execution | Washington Free Beacon

A senior State Department official on Saturday said that there is “nothing religious” about the Islamic State’s reported execution of a Japanese hostage.

Rick Stengel, an undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the killing of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who has been held for ransom by the terror group along with Japanese freelance reporter Kenji Goto.

“Brutal criminal murder of Japanese citizen #Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group #Daesh,” Stengel tweeted after the Islamic State released video of the killing. “Nothing religious about it.”

Except they’re doing it to advance Islam, and those executions are fully consonant with Islamic holy writings.

You dhimmi fucktard.

When We’re Wrong, We’re Wrong
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neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Being wrong

More recently I’ve been wrong about what the American people will tolerate and accept in a president.

I wonder what else I’m wrong about.

This.

I’ve come to the same realization.  I had naively thought that once America had fully recognized what Obama was about, that America would be repulsed, and would reject him.  Instead, America reelected him, and even today, his popularity is once again on the rise.

I made this same mistake before, when I thought that BJ Clinton would be destroyed by his lies, perjuries, and general excesses.  I was wrong about that, too, as America seems on the verge of returning him to the White House, although his wife will nominally be in charge this time around.  And if you believe that….

It may well be that what I had once thought of as the good American spirit no longer exists. 

I’m not sure, though, what the decisions I should make going forward based on this epiphany might be, though.

Preparing for the worst is definitely on the agenda.  But I may have to remove hoping for the best from the action plan.

Site Notes
Bill Quick

I had a database crash, and have lost most of the posts for the past six days. Also gone are the pre-scheduled posts I set up fort today.

I don’t have the time to try to reconstruct everything, so the free ice cream will be skimpy and sporadic today.

My apologies.

I really need to figure out some sort of solution to administering this increasingly unwieldy site. The database is gigantic and weird with a tendency toward corruption and slow access, and my hosting company thinks 42 minutes is a perfectly reasonable amount of time to waity for a tech rep.

Let’s Be Honest: Pure Quill Liberterian Dogma Is Noxious and Repulsive
Bill Quick

Are Libertarians Looking for Results or Self-Congratulation? – Reason.com

Branden’s observation about the use of words that
nonlibertarians don’t understand is important. Among ourselves,
“statist” is the severest term of condemnation. But who else gets
that? We need to pay more attention to what we say. For example,
when we talk about decentralizing power, which of course is a good
thing, we must not forget that many people reasonably associate
local authority with slavery, Jim Crow, and lynching with impunity,
and central authority with the abolition of those evils. That
doesn’t mean we should abandon the idea, only that we should think
carefully about how we explain it. Let’s make sure people hear what
we say. If our goal is to persuade others of the value of freedom,
it’s a mistake to assume that any confusion is the listener’s
problem. It’s our problem.

Nor is it helpful when Libertarians push the notion that a society that permits Jim Crow to informally exist is perfectly all right, since “liberty” means the right to ban blacks or other undesirables from your businesses and properties – and if most whites should choose to do that, well, hey, you know: Omelets and eggs.

M&M
Bill Quick

Idea for 2016: What if Mitt Romney lived like an average American for a year? « Hot Air

If you want to be semi-serious about it, forget Romney for a second. Tell me, could any Republican pull this off and not have the media destroy them for it?

It is a hallmark of conventional wisdom political analysis that there are only two things that matter in politics:  Money, and the media.

So nothing outside their bubble of elite moderation has a chance, because the elite money might not be available to them, and the media will trash them.

Which is, of course, a form of suicidal self-censorship.  We can’t run anything but shit sandwiches, because, well, money and media.

This is so ingrained these analysts don’t even realize they are doing it.

 

What Can’t Go On, Won’t
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NHS may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all, says Britain’s top doctor as he warns service needs radical change | Daily Mail Online

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘In common with healthcare systems around the world, the NHS is facing unprecedented demand, but undermining the principle of services being free at the point of use is not the answer. 

‘Instead, we are backing the NHS’s plan for the future and have provided an extra £2bn in funding next year to transform out-of-hospital care and meet the needs of an ageing population.’

This was buried at the tail end of the article.  Why am I not surprised?  There actually isn’t a “crisis,” because we don’t want to call it a “crisis.”  And anyway, all we really need is more money.  Lots and lots of more money.

The Human Trash of the Gentry GOP
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The Gentry Caste and Their Human Trash Nominees

Whelp – we’re good and truly fucked!

Look at the bright side – whoever wins in 2016 won’t make a damn bit of difference. The iceberg collision was decades ago, and the lifeboats never really existed in the first place. Our first piece of advice is to get your pantry, your drinking water and your arsenal in well regulated order. Once you’ve finished that, we recommend you mosey up to the A Deck Smoking Room. Enjoy the music, light something expensive and tip back your preferred libation – before the amok times start.

That’s certainly one of the strategies I’m pursuing.

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
Bill Quick

Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

Here are several links that feature the equivalent of the Amazon Digital Dime Store (for you geezers old enough to remember what a dime store was….).

The Kindle Daily Deal

This Week’s Featured .99 Songs

100 Albums for $5

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 Or Less

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

Ramesh Ponnuru and the Duh Factor
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How to Govern, and When | National Review Online

Others, though, appear to mean that Republicans have to show that they can get a lot of their bills into law. If that’s the test, I can tell you the results already: The Republican Party can’t govern the country during the next two years. Modern America can’t be governed from Capitol Hill because the executive branch has too much power. . . .

Uh huh.  And how did the executive branch get all that power?

Oh, that’s right:  Congress gave it to them.

The notion that Republicans should “prove they can govern” sounds high-minded, and so arguments to the contrary can come across as cynical.

It’s a deliberately false standard pushed by the leftist enemies of the GOP, because they know full well that the GOP cannot “govern” in that manner.  The only way they can get bills passed into law is to cave to the Democrats.

Either way, win or lose, it’s a win for the left.  Either they can end up painting the GOP as “unable to govern,” or they achieve governance by surrender to themselves.

 

Barbarian Savage Muslims Busily Murdering Gays Now
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REPULSIVE: ISIS throws men to their death… for being gay | John Hawkins’ Right Wing News

The depraved, sadistic horror of the latest videos and photographs posted on the internet by Islamic State (IS) is almost impossible to contemplate. They show two men bound and blindfolded as they are manhandled to the edge of a rooftop parapet. Their only ‘crime’? To be gay.

A masked IS fighter announces into a microphone that the two prisoners have ‘engaged in homosexual activities’ and must be punished in accordance with Islamic, Sharia law. In the square about 100 feet below, a large, all-male mob has gathered.

Then the grisly carnival proceeds as, one by one, the men are thrown from the roof. A still shows one victim in a sitting position, mid-flight. In another, both lie on the ground motionless, presumably dead.

Fully supported by American progressives, of course.  Because who are we to judge?

Also, Islamophobia!

Remember when US Christians were branded as being Nazis for pushing back at the ballot box against gay marriage?

Exit question:  Does this “Islamic, Sharia law” have anything to do with, you know, Islam?