Witch’s Will For A Mourning In May
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
“A new report found that the worst job in the U.S. is being a newspaper reporter. They say it’s better for writers to just focus on fiction and become a CNN reporter.” ~ Jimmy Fallon
My Top 3 Stories:
Is Thinking Obsolete?
by Thomas Sowell
While it is not possible to answer all the e-mails and letters from readers, many are thought-provoking, whether those thoughts are positive or negative.
An e-mail from one young man simply asked for the sources of some facts about gun control that were mentioned in a recent column. It is good to check out the facts — especially if you check out the facts on both sides of an issue.
By contrast, another man simply denounced me because of what was said in that column. He did not ask for my sources but simply made contrary assertions, as if his assertions must be correct and therefore mine must be wrong.
He identified himself as a physician, and the claims that he made about guns were claims that had been made years ago in a medical journal — and thoroughly discredited since then. He might have learned that, if we had engaged in a back and forth discussion, but it was clear from his letter that his goal was not debate but denunciation. That is often the case these days.
It is always amazing how many serious issues are not discussed seriously, but instead simply generate assertions and counter-assertions. On television talk shows, people on opposite sides often just try to shout each other down.
There is a remarkable range of ways of seeming to argue without actually producing any coherent argument.
Decades of dumbed-down education no doubt have something to do with this, but there is more to it than that. Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. Moreover, it is largely indoctrination based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions among teachers and institutions.
If our educational institutions — from the schools to the universities — were as interested in a diversity of ideas as they are obsessed with racial diversity, students would at least gain experience in seeing the assumptions behind different visions and the role of logic and evidence in debating those differences.
Senators in Charge of Asylum
By Betsy McCaughey
They’re still not reading their own immigration bill.
Only the first 151 pages of the 844-page Senate immigration bill deal with border security and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. No matter where you stand on those hot button issues, you need to know what’s in the rest of the bill. This is the third article of a series exposing some of the shockers.
The bill could double legal immigration to the U.S. over the next decade. Immigration is the heart and soul of this nation. But can the nation handle doubling it so fast?
The bill also relaxes the rules for seeking asylum despite the tragic bombing in Boston and other terrorist attacks committed by asylum seekers.
Surprises like this are what you can expect from a comprehensive bill — meaning hundreds of pages no one in Congress reads.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) bristles at the suggestion that the nation’s immigration system should be improved one piece at a time. “You can’t do individual bills,” he objected,” because the problem is people say ‘what about me?’” Spoken like a deal maker. Employers who want high-tech workers got a piece of the deal, so did families hoping to bring in loved ones, and politicians who want to be known as pro-immigrant.
But what about Joe Public, the average citizen? Congress ought to be asking what he gets.
I think what Joe Public gets is perfectly clear:
Obama, Syria, and the Errors of an Amateur
Barack Obama is once again learning the hard way that governing is harder than campaigning. And America is once again learning that Mr. Obama is much better at campaigning than he is at governing.
The most recent example is Syria. We have a situation in which America has been a virtual non-actor in the conflict–“leading from behind,” in the memorable words of a top Obama adviser–and the results have been catastrophic: upwards of 70,000 Syrians dead, more than a million people displaced, the increasing destabilization of the region (including our close ally Jordan), and opposition to the Assad regime cozying up to Islamist forces after having been denied sufficient aid by America.
I don’t pretend for a moment that the options we had, and have, in Syria are easy or self-evident. The range of options includes only difficult ones, with each course of action presenting possible downsides. Of course, that’s usually the case when it comes to presidential decision-making. As for Mr. Obama, he is continuing to learn that the world is an untidy place, largely immune to either his words or his wishes, and that there are costs to inaction as well as to action.
What is astonishing is that these truisms never seemed to dawn on Obama when he ran for president in 2008. Back then, he convinced himself that the world would bend to his will. He was, after all, a man who declared he would heal our planet and slow the rise of the oceans and repair America’s image in the world.
It turns out it wasn’t quite that easy after all.
Worth a Read:
Poll: Obamacare Support Slumps to 35 Percent
‘Hating Breitbart’ Hollywood Screening Maxed Out, Overflow Theater Booked
Even the Tsarnaev Brothers Can’t Awaken MSM from Its Slumber
One hears so much about “wake-up calls” in regard to terrorism. The attacks of 9/11 were a wake-up call of course, as were the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber, the Fort Hood shooting, the plot against Fort Dix, and any number of other attempted or completed terrorism incidents you could name. And now we have the Boston Marathon bombings being described as, yes, another wake-up call.
What with all these wake-up calls coming hard and fast, we should expect everyone to be well caffeinated and alert to the danger by now, shouldn’t we? And yet many of us persist in a kind of blissful torpor, unable or unwilling to recognize the threat in our midst even as our fellow citizens are being incinerated, shot, or blown to bits.
Naïveté and innocence are welcome attributes in a small child, not so in an adult. But even as the number of casualties in Boston were still being tabulated, even as the smoke was clearing on Boylston Street and the city’s emergency rooms were filling to capacity and beyond, even as the police and FBI were sifting through the evidence left behind on the bloodstained sidewalks, naïveté and innocence were on grand display in the media.
Among the pap churned out in the immediate aftermath of the bombings was the article that famously and laughably typified the head-in-the-sand attitude so prevalent among our sophisticated betters in the press: David Sirota’s piece at Salon.com, “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.”
Ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez Wins Mass Senate GOP Primary, Will Face Ed Markey In Special Election…
BENGHAZI-GATE EXPLODES: Congressional Investigators Say Hillary Clinton Lied Under Oath
So did her spouse and he’s one of the most popular pols in the country. Guess people aren’t all that concerned about honesty and integrity these days.
Florida State Senate Passes ‘Infants Born Alive’ Legislation Unanimously
The Sacramento Bee Dances on Texans’ Graves
The Sacramento Bee recently caught some flak for a cartoon that it published, the left panel of which shows Texas Governor Rick Perry standing on a platform with a banner reading, “Low Taxes! Low Regs!” telling the audience that “Business is booming” in Texas. In the “payoff panel” to the right, we see a representation of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas where fifteen people lost their lives and over two hundred were injured.
Apparently, cartoonist Jack Ohman’s aim was not to mock the tragedy that took place, despite the cartoon’s publication on the day of a memorial service to those who lost their lives, but to make the political point that a lack of regulation may have caused the explosion. Clearly, this is an effort to slather blood on Rick Perry’s hands for the deaths that occurred in West.
Bad taste doesn’t adequately describe such a thing. In principle, it is no different than the Westboro Baptists showing up at the memorial service in West, Texas to get their political message across. Both are suggesting that this was not a freak accident, but the result of some wrongdoing by others. Granted, the Westboro church’s claim that God made it happen because of homosexuals or our involvement in the Middle East is slightly more kooky than Ohman’s — but only slightly. More on that in a moment.
But for some reason or another, Ohman is “stunned” at the reaction the cartoon has received. “Not just by the massive response,” he says, “but by the willful misinterpretation of the cartoon.” Rick Perry wrote a letter to the Bee expressing his disgust, but the editor backed his cartoonist, saying that Perry and the blogosphere got it all wrong. The cartoon isn’t meant to mock the tragedy, but to point out that what is “offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations.”
Apparently Ohman and his editor have very little respect for Americans, obviously believing us incapable of gleaning the purpose of the cartoon and therefore misunderstanding it. But trust me, guys, we get the “joke,” and got it long before you decided to explain away all the “subtlety.” It’s just that it’s incredibly stupid, and yes, insensitive.
Having a political agenda behind your stupidity and insensitivity doesn’t absolve you from being culpable for it. Rather, it just means that you are willing to exploit the tragedy for political purpose. So spare us the “we had a noble purpose” routine. Again, your purpose is no nobler than the Westboro nutjobs.
Cockroach (s) Of The Day:
Newspaper Guild Worried About Possiblity of ‘Harsh Right-Wing Positions’ Influencing Tribune Coverage
Today, The Newspaper Guild & Communications Workers of America issued a statement which began as follows:
“Recently you’ve seen many petitions asking that Warren Buffett and his executives not be allowed to buy the Tribune Company’s newspapers. We understand why Buffett’s group breeds this distrust. They are active political proponents of harsh left-wing positions. We’re also not certain that Tribune will listen to anything but money when the final decision is made.”
Of course, I’m kidding. The statement at the Guild/CWA, which we should never forget outspokenly supported, endorsed and for a time actively participated in the crime-infested, disgusting, violent Occupy movement during 2011 and early 2012, was about the eeeevil Koch brothers’ apparent interest in purchasing the Tribune’s group of publications