Monthly Archives: July 2010

North Korea Treats Losing Soccer Team About Like You’d Expect

I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the team’s punishment goes:

Seoul (AsiaNews) – North Korea’s football team were subjected to a six-hour public reprimand by 400 sports students and officials for betraying “the trust of Kim Jong-un” by losing all three of their World Cup matches. The coach was apparently sent to work on a construction site in the capital Pyongyang, but the players are thought to have been spared any specific punishment.

The dressing down supposedly occurred on 2 July on a stage at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, three days after they returned from South Africa, sources told Radio Free Asia.
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Sports Minister Pak Myong-chol was in the audience that criticised the players.

Ri Dong-kyu, a sports commentator for North Korea’s state-run Korean Central TV, pointed out the mistakes of each player.

The reprimand especially focused on North Korea’s 0-7 rout at the hands of Portugal, which also eliminated North Korea in 1966.

Afterwards, players criticised coach Kim. According to rumours, the latter was expelled from the party and sent to work at a construction site in Pyongyang.”

Here in Michigan I think it’s about time to try something like this with the Detroit Lions.

Barney Frank Recklessly Spends Billions of Taxpayer Dollars, Argues Over $1 of His Own

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Fast and loose with bushels of our money, tight-fisted with one dollar of his own. Figures:

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island’s popular gay haunt, The Pines, last Friday. Frank was turned down by ticket clerks at the dock in Sayville because he didn’t have the required Suffolk County Senior Citizens ID.

A witness reports, “Frank made such a drama over the senior rate that I contemplated offering him the dollar to cool down the situation.”
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Frank’s spokesperson confirmed to Page Six that his partner, James Ready, asked the ticket office for a regular ticket for himself and a senior ticket for Frank, “but was turned down because Frank didn’t have a resident ID.”

That’s okay, Barney — just pay yourself back out of Fannie & Freddie’s petty cash.

Democrat California Assemblyman Refuses to Allow His Townhall Meeting to be Taped

Wow, check out this vermin.

Mike Gatto is yet another example of the kind of arrogants politicians who are above the people they work for, except this guy even takes it up a notch.

The thing that’s a little surprising here is that Gatto seems to even have the cops in his pocket. Watch how the police threaten to arrest a reporter for taping at a townhall meeting… at a public library. Gatto probably doesn’t want any cameras around to record the police arresting people for daring to ask a question.

Just look at some of these guys — the “smug weasel” reading is off the chart with Gatto and his staff:

This reminds me of Iowahawk’s “Crisis of Confidence: America’s Government Losing Faith in Out-of-Touch Constituents.”

The line between satire and reality is almost indistinguishable these days. That said, Gatto’s probably got a hell of a career in national Democrat politics ahead of him.

(h/t Freedom’s Lighthouse)

‘Context’ Debate Surrounding Shirley Sherrod Forces NYT to Eat a Little Crow on Alleged Tea Party ‘Racism’

But very little crow:

The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.

During the Shirley Sherrod “out of context” video story, the question was asked: How is Fox News a bunch of a-holes for running an out-of-context video when every other media outlet ran with John Lewis’ racial slur claims as fact in spite of there being not one shred of evidence that it ever happened?

The lefty media will continue to help promote those false claims, and only when it’s noticed will they apparently run half-assed apologies in their “corrections” section on page 33F.

But notice that even the NYT apology commits the same mistake it’s apologizing for: “Tea Partiers have made these racial slurs, we all know that, it’s just that we can’t find any in this one specific instance, and when we find some to validate the accusation in the first part of this sentence, we’ll be sure to pass those along to you as well.”

That said, it must have killed some people at the Times to have to write that semi-apology.

Maybe now they can focus on putting Sherrod’s husband in context so the rest of us rubes can understand that he’s not really racist.

(h/t Powerline)

The Travesty of Uncounted Military Ballots

They fight for our country and our freedom. They suffer for our country and our freedom. Their families go through hell. And yet a good many of their votes aren’t even counted.

Election lawyer J. Christian Adams has a piece at Pajamas Media today about the Department of Justice’s failure to address the travesty of some 17,000 ballots that members of the US military mailed home before the 2008 election but that were never counted:

In the 2008 presidential election, 17,000 soldiers, sailors, and Marines mailed home completed ballots that were never counted.

Usually these ballots didn’t get home in time, mostly because they weren’t sent overseas early enough. One cause of this catastrophe is the Keystone Cops routine the Department of Justice Voting Section uses to enforce federal laws protecting the rights of military voters. Unfortunately, all signs point to a comic sequel in the upcoming November elections.

Congress tried to fix the problem last year by mandating that all ballots must be sent overseas at least 45 days before the election. But Military Voter Protection Project Director M. Eric Eversole has accused Justice Department officials of encouraging states to seek an exemption to the law. The law indeed grants states the right to ask the Pentagon to opt out of the law. Even worse, Eversole says the Department is telegraphing to states that it doesn’t want to pursue litigation to enforce the law.

Read the entire piece. The DOJ has more than enough time to fight to maintain job-killing drilling moratoriums and to sue one of our own states for doing what the Federal Government should be doing in the first place, but they don’t seem to care about fixing problems that prevent the counting of many military ballots. The military protects the DOJ, but the DOJ won’t return the favor.

Adams predicts similar issues with military ballots in this year’s election and in 2012 because there seems to be little to no interest in Washington to resolve the problem. Do you think the heel-dragging has something to do with the fact that the majority of the military does not lean left? Nah.

Substitute “military” with the name of almost any other group where 17,000 of their ballots were crapcanned and I’ll bet we’d have the DOJ’s attention. What if it were discovered that the ballots of thousands of SEIU or NAACP members were discarded without being counted? I shudder to think about the outrage eruption that would follow.

Incidentally, J. Christian Adams is the DOJ whistleblower that the left is currently smearing. The left loves a whistleblower… unless he or she is blowing the whistle on the left.

(h/t Pundit and Pundette)

Obama Finally Agrees to Tough, Hour-Long Sit-Down Interview

Many in the White House Press Corps have been critical of President Obama (I mean O’Carter, sorry) for dodging the press on the major issues, but finally this week he’s agreed to come out of that bubble and allow himself to be pelted with hard-hitting questions from the women on… The View:

NEW YORK — ABC’s “The View” has welcomed many notable guests, but none more prominent than President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit for Thursday’s edition.

In making the announcement on Monday, executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie said this marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited a daytime talk show.

They said the majority of the hour will be devoted to Obama’s appearance, which will touch on topics including jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House. It is scheduled to tape on Wednesday.

Wow, they’re going to need a spatula to get Goldberg, Behar and Walters off their chairs after this show.

What will Obama’s answer be when Barbara Walters asks him what kind of twee he’d like to be? (Possible answer: The General Sherman tree)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the only right-leaning woman in the lot, won’t get a word in edgewise because she’ll be on the phone with Joe Biden the whole time.

Alan Grayson Says Right Wing Wants to Take Him Out Just Like JFK, RFK and Malcolm X

Not long ago, somebody from the Media Research Center tweeted a desire to punch Alan Grayson in the face, and ever since then the lunatic Florida Democrat has been trying to convince everybody that the right-wing has turned him into Salman Rushdie.

Grayson’s office claims to have received a death threat, and on the Ed Schultz Show, Grayson demonstrated a wildly exaggerated view of his own historical significance while trying to insinuate the dangers of the right wing:

…his office received a legitimate death threat, which Grayson compared to some of the most high-profile assassinations in history.

After a very lengthy introduction from MSNBC host Ed Schultz railing against “Brent Bozell’s joke of a website,” Newsbusters, Grayson appeared on the program to talk about what he sees as a growing trend on the right of having its leaders incite violence against political opponents.

“This is the way they are, but despite their best intentions, I’m still alive,” he told Schultz. Grayson accused Sarah Palin of coming down from “Sasquatch, Alaska” and telling Florida Tea Party “zombie minions to take me out, like she was trying to shoot a moose from a helicopter,” saying it was typical of conservative to behave this way. He also compared the seriousness of the death threats to “John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X,” and “John Lennon.”

Just for kicks, let’s check Grayson’s “right wingers are going to take me out just like JFK, RFK, MLK, John Lennon and Malcolm X” thing.

JFK was killed by a communist; RFK was killed by a Palestinian occultist; Malcolm X was killed by another black Muslim; and John Lennon was killed by a coked-out “Catcher in the Rye” worshipping kook who heard voices in his head — the latter being a quality with which Grayson can almost certainly empathize. Martin Luther King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, was a supporter of Democrat George Wallace. If Alan Grayson was going for a “Tea Party” comparison, it was an epic fail.

Speaking of John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman is up for parole next month — keep your head on a swivel, Mr. Grayson! He might have converted to “Tea Party” while in the joint.

I wonder if Grayson realizes he was speaking to the host who said “we ought to rip out Dick Cheney’s heart, kick it around and stick it back in him!” Of course he does.

Just for the record, this conservative would **jump on a grenade to save Alan Grayson’s life. Living examples of the kind of politician that are ruining the country are quite necessary.

(**provided it was obvious the grenade still had the pin in it)

Here’s Grayson with Schultz — what would have made this clip complete would have been somebody sneaking up behind Grayson and popping a balloon:

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Aww: Clinton Supporters Whining About Not Being Invited to Chelsea’s Wedding

It’s a shame these days that you can’t rely on greedy, backstabbing, malfeasant grifters to reward you for all you did for them in their time of need:

So, just what does it take to score an invitation to the hottest — not to mention most secretive — political wedding of the summer? More than a cross-country ride on a private jet, apparently.

“I’m good enough to borrow a plane from, but not good enough to be invited to the wedding?” complained one Clinton friend, who remembered the times he handed over his jet and his pilot to take Bill Clinton around the country but had not landed a coveted invitation to Chelsea Clinton’s nuptials.

First of all, I don’t personally know any men who would be upset to not be invited to somebody’s wedding — but that’s just me.

There are no real friends in Clinton-level politics. The only thing that matters to people like Bill and Hillary is “what have you done for me lately.” Clearly the answer to that question as it applies to the above whiner is, “not nearly enough.”

This guy shouldn’t fret though… as of right now the guest list is full, but I’m sure at least one or two invitees will go to jail before the wedding, so a slot will probably open up.