Witch’s Will For A Mourning In April
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
A shy guy goes into a tavern and sees a beautiful woman sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his courage, he finally goes over to her and asks tentatively. “Would you mind if I chatted with you for a while?”
To which she responds by yelling, at the top of her lungs, “No, I won’t sleep with you tonight!”
Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed and he slinks back to his table.
After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, “I’m sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I’m a journalist and I’ve got an assignment to study how people respond to embarrassing situations.”
To which he responds, at the top of his lungs, “What do you mean $200?”
My Top 3 Stories:
BREAKING: Second Suspect Captured Alive
It’s over, and he’s alive. Intel gathering needs to start as soon as possible, especially in light of the previous update:
The plot thickens, as the net widens. A total of five conspirators? A major development, via the Globe:
BostonGlobe – BREAKING NEWS: Three people taken into custody in New Bedford as part of Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.
All this to be taken with a very large grain of salt. Media has NOT covered itself with glory with this story. Quite the contrary. And when I heard some idiot female reporter ask “Will you seek the death penalty” at the news conference after the capture of the second bomber I just turned the television off.
How Obama Misread the Politics of Gun Control
Reality check: Gun-control opponents hold the upper hand politically in 2014.
Watching President Obama’s fury after Congress failed to pass any gun-control legislation was a sign of his political helplessness. Despite aggressively pushing for expanded background checks, despite enlisting the victims of recent gun violence to lobby their representatives, despite getting one of the more conservative senators to support a watered-down background-check measure, he fell five votes short of getting anything passed in the Senate, including losing four members from his own party.
If this doesn’t demonstrate the limitations of the president’s political muscle and the influence of his newly minted Organizing for Action lobbying group, I don’t know what does. Yet, despite the embarrassing setback, Obama nonetheless argued that he still held the upper hand, politically:
“If this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass commonsense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.”
That couldn’t misread the political environment heading into 2014 anymore. That’s the audacity of mope.
That Was the Week That Was
by Ed Driscoll
As someone tweeted today, “This week is so bad that an Elvis-impersonating conspiracy theorist sent poison to Obama and THAT’S LIKE THE TENTH BIGGEST STORY.” The world’s longest week concludes with a spectacularly bad series of performances by the MSM. Let’s review a few of the lowlights, via James Taranto:
• NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired a segment in which the tax-subsidized network’s counterterrorism reporter, Dina Temple-Ralston, declared: “April is a big month for anti-government, and right wing, individuals. There’s the Columbine anniversary. There’s Hitler’s birthday. There’s the Oklahoma City bombing. There’s the assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. And the FBI right now is comparing this to the Eric Rudolph case.” Rudolph is the fringe right-winger behind the Atlanta Olympics bombing in 1996.
• National Journal’s James Kitfield wrote: “The timing of the attack on ‘Patriot’s Day,” which coincides with the April 15 deadline for filing federal taxes, suggests a possible link with right-wing, antigovernment extremist groups.” Kitfield quoted an expert Philipp Mudd, who claimed “right-wing extremists . . . have been growing in numbers and power in recent years.” (In fairness, Kitfield’s report also explored the possibility of a jihadist attack.)
• A CNN.com article by Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank asserted without evidence that the use of pressure cookers in bomb construction is “a recipe that has been adopted by extreme right-wing individuals in the United States.” (As an aside, does this mean we now have to worry about culinary profiling? That would be good news for Eads Appliance Technology, whose Sous Vide Supreme has only nonviolent applications.)
• MSNBC aired an interview with Harvard’s Jessica Stern, who observed that a recipe for a similar bomb was published in an al Qaeda magazine–and on that basis speculated of a fringe-right connection! “It’s also important to recognize that the recipe was shared and lauded by Stormfront, which is a neo-Nazi website. And the whole idea of leaderless, which comes out of the far right neo-Nazi patriot movement, also spread over to al Qaeda-related groups.”
• The day of the bombing, MSNBC aired an interview with Adam Lankford, a criminal justice scholar, who said of the bombers: “We don’t know whether they’re trying to complain about abortion, about taxes. This did happen on tax day in Boston, the place of the Tea Party. Or are they trying to protest, you know, foreign wars or something?”
In the latest edition of his weekly G-File email, Jonah Goldberg writes, “we now live in a climate where there’s a ghoulish appetite to transform every act of terror and murder into a useful plot point in a political narrative. This is a bipartisan phenomenon, and while I think you could make the case that the Left is worse (in fact, I will in just a minute), it’s silly to deny that we don’t do the same thing:”
Moreover, given where we are as a country, it is unavoidable. This sort of thing is too seductive. The Left desperately wants every terrorist attack to be conducted by Rush Limbaugh’s biggest fan, so it’s impossible not to cheer when the Left is disappointed. And given the outrageous double standards that the Left — and the elite “responsible” media — use to demonize the Right, the urge to throw it back their face is irresistible.
Which brings me to this week’s most popular buffoon, David Sirota. Everyone is making fun of this fairly obscure left-wing gadfly for writing a ridiculous piece titled, “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.” Now, saying ridiculous things is what Sirota does for a living, so I think people are overreacting a little (in fairness, literally tens of people think Sirota is a genius). I’m sure as we speak, he’s trying to figure out how to find solace in the fact that the culprits technically were two Caucasian males.
Sirota’s core complaint is that because of “white privilege” white non-Muslim terrorists are described as “lone wolves” while Muslim terrorists are cast as part of something larger and more sinister. In his own words:
Likewise, in the context of terrorist attacks, such privilege means white non-Islamic terrorists are typically portrayed not as representative of whole groups or ideologies, but as “lone wolf” threats to be dealt with as isolated law enforcement matters. Meanwhile, non-white or developing-world terrorism suspects are often reflexively portrayed as representative of larger conspiracies, ideologies and religions that must be dealt with as systemic threats — the kind potentially requiring everything from law enforcement action to military operations to civil liberties legislation to foreign policy shifts.
It’s difficult to improve upon the stupidity of this. In case he’s reading this I will type slowly so he can keep up. The reason why most Muslim or developing-world terrorists are treated as representative of something larger is that, wait for it, they are representative of something larger. And to the extent white non-Muslim terrorists are usually cast as lone wolves, the reason is: That is what they are.
And, as far as I can tell, those white guys that are part of larger conspiracies, ideologies, and religions are pretty much always associated with them. In fact, there’s far more evidence that lone wolves who don’t have such associations are routinely cast by the media — and certainly by people like Sirota — as if they do. Jared Loughner was a deranged isolated individual. That didn’t stop the Left from immediately associating him with the tea parties, Sarah Palin, etc. (By the way, have they found Sarah Palin’s Facebook map of Chechnya yet?) Timothy McVeigh is still treated as a leader of the militia movement, even though he didn’t belong to any militia movement. And President Clinton was perfectly happy to associate mainstream conservatives with McVeigh.
This is an old and truly disgusting game for Democrats. FDR played it relentlessly. Going so far as to claim — in a State of the Union message! — that anyone who wanted to restore the “normalcy” — i.e. peace, prosperity, and liberty — of the 1920s under Republicans was in fact seeking to install the very fascism we were fighting abroad. [Harry Truman, FDR’s successor said the same about his GOP opponent in the last days of the ’48 campaign — Ed] Lyndon Johnson and the mainstream media did everything but declare Barry Goldwater a Nazi on national television. Oh wait, they pretty much did that too.
Worth a Read:
Terrorism and Immigration Reform
Current Obama appointee to NLRB faces civil RICO lawsuit over union embezzlement
MSNBC’s Sage Advice on the Second Amendment
Obama Group To Target Anti-Gun Control Senate Dems
Organizing for Action (OFA) executive director Jon Carson said his group will now pour resources into opposing Senators who opposed gun control–especially Democrat Senators.
This means Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-AK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) are marked for defeat by their own party.
While OFA does not engage “in electoral politics,” they can go from now until the 2014 elections doing what they will to create a divide between these Senators and their constituents.
Public Safety Exception To Miranda Rights Rule Employed With Tsarnaev
Obama Taking Executive Action on Guns
Cockroach (s) Of The Day:
Beware of Gov. Martin O’Malley
By Marta H. Mossburg
He’s transformed his state into a model of progressive orthodoxy.
Maryland made national news recently for a “rain tax” to start July 1.
The tax, an unfunded mandate originating with the Environmental Protection Agency and cemented by the state legislature and governor last year, means homeowners, businesses and nonprofits in certain counties will pay a fee based on the amount of “impervious surfaces” on their property. It is supposed to raise about $482 million annually. Satellite imagery will help counties comply with the law, designed to reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.
Call it the ‘Drones for the Bay’ program. The “Free State” is a Petri dish for progressive causes and perpetually tries to out-California California for increasing the size and reach of government, so the new law is not surprising to those of us who live in Maryland even as it may seem laughable to people across the country.
What’s next, ‘a tax on sun?’ the masses in other states might snidely remark. Yes, and it will be coming to a state near you if Martin O’Malley has his way. So pay attention to the Democratic governor who said in August 2010 that “Maryland will lead the country, not only economically, but morally.”
In six and a half short years in office Gov. O’Malley has transformed the tiny state from a comfortable suburb of Washington to a model of progressive orthodoxy, high taxes and crony capitalism in a bid to take his show on the road to the White House.
Two stints as head of the Democratic Governors Association raised his national profile and the buff governor, who fronts a rock band called O’Malley’s March, could be coming to a bar near you if you live in a politically important primary state. Last Friday he polished his international credentials in Denmark speaking as a panelist on “progressive governance” with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark.
The Washington Post and Politico place him in the top tier of Democratic candidates vying for the White House in 2016, or at least vice president if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decides to run. He’s been working hard to be in that pack.
Once I wouldn’t have been concerned that Americans would elect a POS like O’Malley. But since they’ve elected Obama twice I am no longer at all convinced of their ability to recognize wheat from chaff.
In fact I’m quite sure they would elect him, super chaff, if he promised enough stuff.