Witch’s Will For A Mourning In July
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. ~ John Jay Chapman
President Obama told a group of school children that broccoli is his favorite food. You know, its one thing to lie to the voters, but when you’re lying to kids, come on.
3 Interesting Stories:
by Thomas Sowell
Random thoughts from wise thinkers:
“We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.” (F.A. Hayek)
“Many respectable writers agree that if a man reasonably believes that he is in immediate danger of death or grievous bodily harm from his assailant he may stand his ground and that if he kills him he has not exceeded the bounds of lawful self-defense. That has been the decision of this court.” (Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Brown v. United States, 1921)
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” (John Adams)
“A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence.” (Jean-Francois Revel)
“The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.” (J.A. Schumpeter)
“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” (T.S. Eliot)
“The study of human institutions is always a search for the most tolerable imperfections.” (Richard A. Epstein)
“There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” (Edmund Burke)
“We do not live in the past, but the past in us.” (U.B. Phillips)
“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be to-morrow.” (James Madison)
“A society that puts equality — in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.” (Milton Friedman)
“…leniency toward criminals contrasted starkly with severity toward the law-abiding citizen’s right to defend himself or herself.” (Joyce Lee Malcolm)
Lying in the Age of Obama
by Victor Davis Hanson
The attorney general of the United States lied recently to Congress. He said he knew of no citizen’s communications that his department had monitored. Lie!
In fact, Holder knew that his subordinates were targeting reporters. He also did not tell the truth about the New Black Panthers case. He had sworn that there was no political decision to drop the case. Not true; the decision came from the top. He again lied about the time frame in which he first learned of the Fast and Furious case.
The director of national intelligence also lied, likewise while under oath to Congress. At first James Clapper confessed that he had given the “least untruthful” account.
Nixon’s Washington used to call that sort of neat lie “a modified limited hangout.” Later, Clapper admitted that he had just flat-out lied to Congress. Was he disgraced? Fired? Further confirmation of his “largely secular” lie?
Nope. Nothing followed.
Elizabeth Warren simply invented an entire pedigree. That blatant lie helped to earn her a Harvard tenured professorship and a U.S. Senate seat. Ward Churchill was doing well until he dared the country to call out his lies. Who is to say that Warren or Churchill cannot be Native Americans by professing to be Native Americans?
Barack Obama, as is the wont of politicians, has lied a lot — and from the very beginning of his national career. He knew Bill Ayers well, Tony Rezko too. He lied about his decision not to seek the presidency as a newly elected senator, and lied about his willingness to take public campaign financing funds in 2008. He misled about what he would shortly do about most of the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism protocols. Obama lied about much of his own biography.
When the president uses emphatics like “make no mistake about it,” “let me be perfectly clear,” and “in point of fact,” we know what follows will be untrue. He did not cut the deficit in half in his first four years. He had no intention of ever doing so. He lies about the circumstances of America’s gas and oil production surge — occurring despite, not because of, him. He lied about his involvement in the radical ACORN community action group, and fabricated about his father’s and grandfather’s World War II involvement.
Tally up what Barack Obama said about his health care initiative, the border fence, and his fiscal policy. Almost all of the major assurances proved lies.
Ministers of Lies
But why pick on the president?
The media routinely peddles “noble” untruths. ABC manipulated a video to show George Zimmerman without much injury to his head. NBC edited a tape to suggest that he was a racist. The New York Times invented a new journalistic category, “white Hispanic,” to suggest George Zimmerman was not Latino in a way that the paper would never suggest that Barack Obama is not African-American or Bill Richardson was a “white Hispanic.”
Much of the prosecutorial testimony in the George Zimmerman case could not be true — unless someone gets grass stains on his back and contusions on the back of the head from pounding on someone atop him. Prosecution star witness Rachel Jeantel made up much of her racist testimony, and boldly confessed as much in her paid-for after-trial interviews.
Oh, That Death of the Grown-Up
by Ed Driscoll
As Diana West noted in her 2007 book, a generation that has shunned adulthood for permanent adolescence might seem like fun and games on the surface (see also: the plot of every episode of The Big Bang Theory), but it has serious policy implications. After identifying the causes and comparing today’s generation with the grownups who helped win World War II and pioneered Hollywood, West explored how our stunted emotional growth has impacted American foreign policy, particularly fighting Islamofascism in the War on Terror. But the demise of the grownup has plenty of domestic implications as well.
It seemed particularly evident in America’s leftwing overculture this past weekend if the following examples are any indication. It began on Friday; anybody who’s watched Downfall knows how quickly magical thinking can set in for those hiding in the bunker while a city is about to fall:
Prior to her ruling on Friday, [liberal Michigan Judge Rosemary Aquilina] criticized the Snyder administration and Attorney General’s Office for what appeared to be hasty action to outflank pension board attorneys.
“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”
Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.
“I know he’s watching this,” she said, predicting the president ultimately will have to take action to make sure existing pension commitments are honored.
The death of the grown-up was next documented by AP, which reported that “Hours after President Barack Obama delivered remarks about Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson addressed the racially charged case at Comic-Con in San Diego.”
Because yeah, nothing says “Serious, you guyz!!!!” like talking about an self-defense incident that’s been morphed into an extended racially-polarizing Two-Minute Hate by the president and allies in the MSM and Hollywood, at an event stuffed with permanent teenagers wearing Batman and Spider-Man costumes and Star Trek uniforms.
Also this weekend, a leftist MSNBC anchor wore tampons as earrings while on the air. No, really:
Are there absolutely no standards of decency at MSNBC?
On Sunday, in a bizarre protest of the Texas state legislature, Melissa Harris-Perry actually put on a pair of tampon earrings in the middle of her program (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: I just have to show these. My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings because of course you’re remember that the Texas state legislature said that you couldn’t bring tampons in when they were going these women to in fact stand up for their own reproductive rights. You weren’t allowed initially to bring tampons. So, just in case that ever happens again ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings.
As Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters noted in his post, even the Washington Post could figure out the story, if no one at archliberal MSNBC could. The Post reported earlier this month:
I can understand if they took away knives and guns. But tampons?
That’s what happened to women who wanted to watch the ongoing debate over proposed abortion restrictions in the Texas senate Friday when state troopers tried to confiscate their tampons and other feminine hygiene products.
Why? Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the senate president, reportedly didn’t want the women to have any items that could be thrown from the gallery at the lawmakers during their discussion. To be fair, that’s about anything a woman could carry in her purse, and one Twitter photo showed a box of energy bars in the box of confiscated items.
But there’s an ugly side to what sounds like a ridiculous story: According to KETK news,Texas Department of Public Safety officers inspecting bags found one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected of holding feces and three jars suspected to contain paint.
Former NBC employee Dennis Miller, who had a field day on Twitter skewering Harris-Perry’s bizarre fashion choice, noted that if he saw the current state of NBC and its subsidiary networks, “David Brinkley [would be] turning over so rapidly in his grave you could make chicken shawarma in it.” Though at least now we might begin to understand the proximate cause of the moral inversions that dominate Harris-Perry’s thinking.
Muggeridge’s Law Strikes the Motor City
by Ed Driscoll
That there is no longer any way for a satirist to improve upon real life for its pure absurdity was an observation made a half century ago by British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, as Tom Wolfe noted in the late 1980s:
While Malcolm Muggeridge was the editor of Punch, it was announced that Khrushchev and Bulganin were coming to England. Muggeridge hit upon the idea of a mock itinerary, a lineup of the most ludicrous places the two paunchy pear-shaped little Soviet leaders could possibly be paraded through during the solemn process of a state visit. Shortly before press time, half the feature had to be scrapped. It coincided exactly with the official itinerary, just released, prompting Muggeridge to observe: We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known.
On Friday, Holman Jenkins of the Wall Street Journal wrote a satiric column joking that for the left, money shortages, such as what Detroit is suffering with its wildly underfunded pension plans, are by their very definition, racist:
[GM] made large pension and health-care promises to its employees. But President Obama put $50 billion into GM and now the problem is fixed and the government’s stake in GM came out to $40 billion.
But, you ask, doesn’t that leave a $10 billion shortfall for someone to shoulder? That’s old-style economics. Under the new economics, it’s possible to have losses without anybody recognizing losses. This is the lesson taught by Japan’s approach to its banking crisis in the 1990s and Europe’s treatment of its current fiscal woes.
But deeper matters are also at work in Detroit’s bankruptcy. “All along, the state’s involvement—including Mr. Snyder’s decision to send in an emergency manager—has carried racial implications,” the New York Times points out, referring to Michigan’s white governor Rick Snyder.
Exactly so. Under the old economics, shortages of money were believed to come from expenses exceeding revenues. The Times alludes to the new understanding of money shortages: They are racist in nature.
As economists have come to understand that money shortages are essentially illusory, if infinite and unlimited money is made available to some but not others, then only racism can be the reason.
Some will object that Detroit’s emergency manager, Mr. Orr, is black. President Obama is black. But Ben Bernanke is white.
Monetary racism is a relatively new branch of economic study. In fact, its pioneers are mostly found in the Yale English department.
But monetary racism will make great strides as a result of Detroit’s bankruptcy. Even now, graduate students across America are introducing racial codes into their spreadsheets to demonstrate that “white” institutions—GM, Citigroup, Fannie Mae—are more likely to be protected from shortages of money than “black” institutions, e.g., Detroit.
It didn’t take long: On Thursday, Michigan governor Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency-city manager Kevyn Orr said the city would file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and by Sunday, an MSNBC commentator blamed it on racial issues.
“Of course, it’s an 85 percent black city,” said Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson when host Ed Schultz asked him if race has been relevant to the city’s bankruptcy process. “We have to acknowledge that part of this has to be the racial animus that has characterized that city for the last 50-some-odd years.”
“It’s been perceived as a colony of black people who are ringed by suburban white areas that are now going into the city to plunder it,” Dyson explained, referring to the bankruptcy process, apparently, as “a massive takeover of resources and materials and properties, basically being occupied.”
Fortunately, Detroit’s mayor is taking a more reasoned approach, but then, who doesn’t, compared to NBC?
Don’t that just say it all?
Good Thing or Bad Thing?
Tea Party challenger for Mitch McConnell
Pundits have been calling the race for Mitch McConnell’s seat in Kentucky a slam dunk for the incumbent.
But that was against the likely Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. What a about a primary challenge from a Tea Party activist with a personal fortune large enough to self finance a serious run?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have a challenger from the right in Matt Bevin, a local businessman and Tea Party candidate who plans to announce his run for Senate this week.
Bevin, who has been exploring the race since February, is reportedly already buying airtime and has met with multiple conservative groups about his run. He’ll launch a 3-day, 8-stop tour of the state after he formally announces his intentions on Wednesday.Bevin is a partner at a Kentucky investment firm and the owner of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a Connecticut bell-making company founded 160 years ago. He previously worked as CEO of Integrity Asset Management, an investment management firm with offices in Kentucky.
His personal wealth would be an advantage running against McConnell, who has nearly $10 million cash on hand for the race.
McConnell has long been considered vulnerable to a primary challenge, but no candidate had previously emerged.
He’s worked, in recent years, to shore up support on his right flank and hired Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with ties to the Tea Party in Kentucky, to his team.
A large number of Kentucky Republicans have been looking to unseat the minority leader. But is Bevin the guy to do it?
He has money, but no political experience. He’d have to spend millions building name recognition and has less than a year to do it. And he’d have to build an organization from scratch. McConnell has the advantages of incumbency and the entire Republican establishment behind him nationwide. The odds for Bevin would appear to be long.
If Kentucky Republicans are desperate to get rid of McConnell – so desperate they take the attitude that anyone is better – then Bevin has a shot. But unless McConnell becomes embroiled in some personal scandal, he will probably have enough support to prevail in the primary.
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by Dennis Prager
So Long Detroit
by Daniel Greenfield
A century ago it was the lure of work that drew people from rural areas and far away countries to American cities. The big cities had jobs. Unlike rural areas, they had such high concentrations of them that if you moved there, then you might be able move from job to job without having to turn hobo and travel to find work. The big city offered workers to employers and employment to workers.
That arrangement worked when cities were places where things were made. A century ago the New York City waterfront was crowded with ships bringing in cargoes. During WW2, it was filled with entire fleets that were being constructed there. Today the river traffic consists of tour boats or pleasure craft, supplemented by the occasional EPA ship hunting for pollution in the river.
The waterfront was a hangout for the homeless, the modern hobo who doesn’t look for work, in the 80s. It’s being transformed into bike lanes and garden spot cafes now. That is the city in miniature. Either it’s decrepit or ornamental. It just isn’t utilitarian. It’s not really good for anything practical anymore. Even assuming that we were going to build some fleets, we wouldn’t do it in New York.
So the question isn’t why did Detroit go bankrupt. The real question is why wouldn’t it. Detroit was once known for making things. Now its most famous remaining industry puts together car parts and while it’s more than a lot of cities have, it’s not nearly enough to subsidize a large population that doesn’t work or pay taxes. A population of hobos who never need to look for work.
The only real things keeping American cities from going bankrupt are inertia and some fancy cultural footwork.
The city has three types of people. Those who work. Those who work for the government. Those who don’t work. Those who don’t work and those who work for the government are a net loss. They can be used to obtain various funds from the national government, but the funds are never enough to cover their cost.