Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I have no opinion on the Fergusson shooting, and I don't know how anyone who wasn't there has an opinion.

I just pray that justice was done. We've seen far too many examples of police-civilian interactions where the police are clearly in the wrong to have a knee-jerk "the police is always right" attitude.

On the other hand, if this was part of the evidence, it would indicate that the Grand Jury made a factually reasonable decision.

//Included in the grand jury material released tonight after the announcement that no charges would be filed in the Michael Brown killing is a handwritten witness account stating that the teenager charged at Officer Darren Wilson “like a football player. Head down.”

The unidentified witness wrote that the 18-year-old Brown “has his arms out with attitude,” while “The cop just stood there.” The witness added, “Dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a football player. Head down.”

The witness told of hearing “3 bangs,” but “the big kid wouldn’t stop.”//

Global Warming Update.

Great Lakes ice cover is earliest in 40 years.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Good news...

..for a change...

...if you're of Irish ancestry.

Our country is in the best of hands.

John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’

US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value

But wait!  It gets better:

According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, Mr. Obama puzzled and shocked Mr. Lavrov by placing “Russian aggression in Europe” in second place among the world’s threats, behind only the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, resigning to third place the “brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq.” “Aggressive Russia” again was included in Mr. Obama’s world top-danger list during November’s G20 Summit in Australia.
According to a translation commissioned by the Observer, Mr. Kerry advised Mr. Lavrov to “just ignore Obama’s statements.” Google translator phrases the nuance slightly differently: “Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US Secretary of State John Kerry called on him to ‘pay no mind’ to a statement by President Obama.” But the take-home message is clearly the same.
Back in September, astonished Russia’s Foreign Minister reacted with uncloaked anger. Mr. Lavrov said: “We earned the second place among the threats to international peace and stability.” He went on to say that he “did not understand whether he [Obama] was serious or not and whether there was an Orwellian element in it.”
Puzzled, Mr. Lavrov turned to his US counterpart for an explanation, and it looks like John Kerry clarified it all.
“Talking to John Kerry,” said Mr. Lavrov in his speech to the State Duma assembly, “I asked him, what did it mean. He said to me: ‘Just ignore it.’ You understand, if this is so serious, then, of course, it is very sad. And he said ‘just ignore it’ because he wanted at that moment to discuss how we were going to co-ordinate our approaches on solving Iran’s nuclear program and on the situation on the Korean peninsula.”

Russia is "Second Place among threats to World Peace"?

Seems like only two years ago that Obama was telling Romney that "the '80s want their foreign policy back.
Pushing the Constitutional envelope destroyed the Roman Republic.

Have no doubt that Obama is doing something that sets a dangerous precedent.

Democracy relies on two kinds of restraints on ambition.  One restrain is the system of checks and balances.

The more important restraint is the the restraint of habitual disposition on the part of those who wield power.

What we see in Obama's immigration overreach is the culmination of a long developing sea-change on the part of the Left which defines democracy as getting the results that the Left wants rather than the following the process by which the will of the majority is determined.

We can easily imagine the saturation bombing campaign if a supporter of Bush had been charged with child rape. 

TMZ offers an example.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you support your local school district...

...you are supporting a "criminal organization."

No Prison for Lesbian Teacher, 24, Accused of Raping 17-Year-Old Girl

Obviously, for those who lack a sense of irony, I'm being facetious. The reference is to the arguments I've had with atheists who claim that the Catholic Church is a "criminal organization."

Losing his base...

...or his base thinks they have to maintain some self-respect.

SNL makes fun of Obama.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob Schieffer - another Democrat political hack with press credentials.

From a memo uncovered by Judicial Watch, it seems that the Obama administration knew who to call if it wanted to stop Sheryl Attkisson from, you know, doing the job of a reporter:

//In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.//

If only homosexual activists who have shoved gay marriage down the throats of other people could marry....

Founder of Human Rights Campaign is arrested for sexual molestation of 15 year old.

Let's see if people start repudiating the yellow equal sign now.

Update:  The suspect is also one of Obama's top bundlers.

A double reason to expect a news blackout on the story.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you thought Obama was cooking the books on his claim that he'd made the goal on his Obamacare numbers earlier this year...

...you would have been absolutely right.

White House says it made a "mistake" counting dental plans
The Obama administration included dental plan sign-ups in a recent report of Obamacare enrollment numbers, Bloomberg News reported Thursday afternoon.
The White House had previously said in September 7.3 million people  were enrolled in insurance coverage through the marketplaces. An analysis of those enrollments, provided to Bloomberg by the House Oversight and Government Committee, shows that as many as 400,000 of those plans were just for dental coverage and not medical plans.
Health and Human Services has issued a statement saying the numbers were included by "mistake" and that, without including dental plans, Obamacare enrollment is currently at 6.7 million:
A mistake was made in calculating the number of individuals with effectuated Marketplace enrollments. We have determined that individuals who had both Marketplace medical and dental coverage were erroneously counted in our recent announcements. The correct number of individuals with effectuated Marketplace medical coverage as of October 15 is approximately 6.7 million. Our target for 2015 open enrollment remains 9.1 million individuals. Moving forward only individuals with medical coverage will be included in our effectuated enrollment numbers.

Vox is a leftwing source, by the way.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

He's a uniter...

ABC, CBS and NBC not asked to air Obama's immigration speech.

Univision will air the speech, however.

Americans must be racist or something...

...because it is not like Obama has us involved in an unpopular war.

He's done it all on his own.

Obama's approval rating plummets to 37%.

Perhaps when voting is merely a symbol, everyone can vote about nothing.

Brendan O'Neill asks "Is Democracy Dying."

//The most curious thing about the era we live in is that the democratic franchise is expanding while the content of democracy is shrinking. So the right to vote is spreading while the issues we are asked to vote on are becoming narrower and narrower. In fact, we live in an era of frantic enfranchisement - the political class wants to give the vote to pretty much everyone. There’s a serious discussion going on in the Labour Party about whether to give the vote to 16-year-olds, which, to my mind, would utterly infantilise the democratic process. Of course, 16-year-olds had the vote in the Scottish referendum, which I think is a sign of things to come. Some want to give the vote to prisoners. Some Brussels bureaucrats are obsessed with giving the vote to prisoners. Some leftists also think it would be a great idea to let prisoners vote. These people really should brush up on the arguments of the Chartists, those great democrats, who recognised that allowing prisoners to vote would make a mockery of democracy.//

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anti-Catholic Feminists...

...Hey, they are really making a good point! 

Let's put them in charge!

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