Latest School Threat of Weapons Grade Candy Canes Successfully Put Down

You can’t make this stuff up:

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) — They call themselves the “Christmas Sweater Club” because they wear the craziest ones they can find. They also sing Christmas songs at school and try their best to spread Christmas cheer.

Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.

“They said, ‘maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.’ And I don’t think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did,” said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.

The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.

Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.

More to the story? Possibly, but this is consistent with the over-the-top “security” concerns at many schools I’ve seen.

And here’s a school administrator that must be a blast at parties:

Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained “not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.”

A couple of things surprise me, beyond the obvious. First, “Battlefield” high school? I can’t believe there’s not a discussion going on to get rid of that name and replace it with “Cuddly Teddy Bear” high school or something less dangerous sounding. Also, they’re still allowed to say Christmas? That’s surprising.

This group should change their name to the “Ramadan Sweater Club” and I bet the school wouldn’t have dared screw with them.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Two-Thirds of Marine Combat Forces Say Putting Homosexuals in Their Units Will Harm Effectiveness in the Field (and Other Stuff Liberals Don’t Care About)

Two of the tags I used for this post should never, ever be mixed together: PC and War.

We’ve heard from every politician and politically-correct social engineer, both of which are never going to face the working end of an anti-American’s rifle, so maybe it’s time to ask the troops on the ground what effect the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell have on their units:

66.5 percent of U.S. Marine combat forces surveyed by a special Defense Department working group said that putting homosexuals in their units would hurt their effectiveness in the field, and 47.8 percent of Marines in combat units specifically said putting homosexuals in their units would hurt their effectiveness “in an intense combat situation.”

You know how the left would react to that? I’ve got a hundred bucks that says the Defense Department starts homophobia sensitivity training seminars by next spring (if they haven’t already).

Given the above information, as you can tell, the president is quite concerned about the opinion of the US Marine Combat Forces:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama plans to sign the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members on Wednesday, four days after the Senate voted to abolish the policy.

I’ve held off on offering a personal opinion on DADT. Why? I prefer to leave the greatest weight of opinion on the matter to the people who’s lives are actually on the line. Too bad our politicians don’t ever consider doing the same.

DADT “Too Much Information” Update: Barney Frank: Sorry, I left my purse at home.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Harry Reid’s Lady Gaga Obsession Just Got Creepier

Forget about the patriotism behind spending as much taxpayer money as humanly possible — Harry Reid also seems to think it’s his constitutional duty to talk up that Lady Gaga booty!

Saturday over at Michelle’s place I wrote about the Senate voting to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Harry Reid was so excited that the first person he Tweeted about it was… Lady Gaga:

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Okay, so L-Gag (my pet name for Lady Gaga) is happy that DADT is getting repealed — can we let that go now? No… because the next day Harry’s mind was still all about L-Gag:

On Sunday Sen. Harry Reid’s office circulated a list of events, with pictures, that have occurred since President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the START pact on April 8.

They included: Lady Gaga debuted her meat dress; the Chilean miners were trapped and released; Lindsay Lohan went to rehab, left, and went back again; the BP oil spill started and was months later contained; Kanye West released his latest album and apologized to former President George W. Bush; Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged; Conan returned to Late Night; and Donovan McNabb debuted with the Redskins and was benched twice.

In any case, Harry’s now back in his office hard at work, and L-Gag is the furthest thing from his mind:

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Leave it to an NPR Liberal to Apologize for Calling a Christmas Party a ‘Christmas Party’

By way of Newsbusters, here’s NPR’s resident unbiased journalist Nina Totenberg prefacing the term “Christmas party” with an apology so she’s not disinvited to any of her liberal pals “late December gatherings that happen to coincide with some holidays of religious significance” parties:

Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don’t know how much money they’ve got and for what. And I was at – forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this.

Roll the tape:

It doesn’t even appear she’s being facetious, does it? Eric Holder’s Justice Department is probably scrambling to start an investigation to find out who in the world had the audacity to throw a “Christmas party” in a government office building.

WikiLeaks Founder’s Attorney: Leaked Documents Perfectly Legal Unless They Contain Information About WikiLeaks Founder

I love the smell of burning irony on a Sunday:

LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder.

Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.

In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”

Bjorn Hurtig, Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, said he would lodge a formal complaint to the authorities and ask them to investigate how such sensitive police material leaked into the public domain.

My year will be complete if the police reply, “we got the documents from WikiLeaks, dude.”

For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the deal: leaked documents about Julian Assange being a lousy lay constitutes “sensitive” material that should never see the light of day, but information about national security issues and secrets that can get people killed is the kind of necessary transparency that ultimately makes the world a freer and safer place in which to live.

Julian Assange and Michael Moore should just move to Ironyclown Island and live happily ever after together.

Sacrifice: FLOTUS Not Taking Jumbo Jet to Hawaii, Bo Doesn’t Get Own Plane

Was Team Obama aware of the flap that Michelle Antoinette’s lavish trip to Spain caused among the little people back home who were asked to sacrifice until the economy recovers? That much seems certain… sort of:

“Given the uncertainty of the president’s schedule, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters will be departing on Dec. 18 as originally scheduled to join their family in Hawaii for the holidays,” Mrs. Obama’s spokesman, Catherine McCormick Lelyveld, told Politics Daily.

“The first family and Bo will be traveling on a C40B, one of the smaller and most efficient planes available in the White House fleet for this trip. The president will join them when the congressional session is complete. The entire first family will return to Washington, D.C. Jan. 1, 2011.”

Sheesh — being forced to shop at a thrift store, and now this.

Sorry Bo, you don’t get your own plane this time.

Here’s the C40B like the one that FLOTUS is going slumming to Hawaii on:

A real “sacrifice” would have been for everybody to wait until the president also left so they could have all ridden on Air Force One, but hey, sacrificial baby steps.

Obama Reads 2nd Graders a Book

What book? His own, naturally:

In the library of Long Branch Elementary School, some four dozen youngsters giggled and squirmed as Obama gave voice to passages from “Of Thee I Sing,” an illustrated volume in the form of a letter to his daughters describing the lives of 13 great Americans. It was written in 2008 but just came out this fall, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers.

“I wanted to borrow you guys, and read to you,” Obama explained, sitting down on a wooden chair as the children sat cross-legged on the carpet.

Why did Obama read them his own book? Because he forgot to bring his copy of Rules for Radicals with him. Next week he’ll stop by and read The Audacity of Hope.

And this is a little heart-breaking:

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Why would Obama have to sign an autograph for everybody? This kid asked first — “if you snooze you lose” as they say. Well, greedy capitalists say that, so maybe that’s the problem.

Next time kid, bring an iPad and wear an Obama shirt and you’ll have all the autographs you want:

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Inspirations for the Invention of Beer Goggles Target Hooters for Catering to Kids

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Everybody knows why the National Organization for Women doesn’t like Hooters — for the same reason a rusty, backfiring ’78 Ford Pinto hates a classic car show — but they can’t just come out and say that. Soooo, what to do? Well, a bunch of pro-abortion hags have now got to convince everybody that they suddenly care about “the children”:

The National Organization for Women filed complaints against local Hooters restaurants Thursday, but not for exploiting its scantily clad waitresses by subjecting them to leering and groping customers.

The subject this time was Hooters’ catering to children.

The restaurants in San Francisco, San Bruno, Sacramento and Orange County are classified as “adult entertainment” establishments but also serve minors, NOW’s California chapter said in papers filed with police and prosecutors.

What’s more, the organization said, Hooters provides child menus, high chairs and booster seats, and sells T-shirts in children’s sizes that identify the wearer as a “Future Hooters Girl.”

It’s kind of like trying to nail Capone on tax evasion instead of what they really want to do.

Hey, I don’t want my daughter wearing a “future Hooters girl” shirt either, but I sure as hell don’t want her wearing a “future NOW member” shirt even more, so NOW can go ahead and mind their own business and let the rest of America do the parenting.

(h/t Sister Toldjah — photo by way of Doug Ross)

Jim DeMint Tries to Run Out Clock on Dems Attempted Grudge-Banging of America; Update: Harry Reid Pulls the Bill

Go, Jim, go!

Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Senate clerks are expected to read the massive bill in rotating shifts around the clock — taking breaks to drink water and pop throat lozenges — to keep legislative business on track, according to a Democratic leadership aide.

The bill is so long that it took the Government Printing Office two days to print it.
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If Republicans follow through on their threat, legislative business couldn’t resume until late Saturday in order to give the staff enough time to read the bill aloud, according to a Democratic leadership estimate.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the Senate Republican Steering Committee chairman, vowed not to back down.

“If they bring this up, they’re going to read it. It’ll take them a day or two to read it,” DeMint said on Fox News. “Again, we’re trying to run out the clock. They should not be able to pass this kind of legislation in a lame-duck Congress.”

They shouldn’t be able to pass that kind of legislation at all. The GOP has to stall it until the new Congress convenes on January 5th, and Harry Reid has vowed to keep the Senate in session until then. By the way, reading a $1.1 trillion bill in 50 hours is $22 billion worth of reading per hour — pretty impressive!

Obama’s never going to get to Hawaii, is he? Cash-strapped Honolulu ice cream shops were looking forward to an early stimulus, but they’ll have to wait until next year now.

And look who’s a Tea Partier — John McCain. At least he’s walking the talk this time, because McCain has zero earmarks in this bill. If McCain had gone at it with this kind of zeal in his first couple of decades in the Senate, he might be president right now.

You can find out what your share of the $8 billion worth of earmarks are using this calculator.

Footnote: In the name of equal time, I’ve agreed to pass along this rebuttal from Alvin Greene: “Jim DeMint started the recession.”

Update: Who says outraged Americans can’t make a difference?

Democrats controlling the Senate have abandoned a 1,924-page catchall spending measure that’s laced with homestate pet projects known as earmarks and that would have provided another $158 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nevada Democrat Harry Reid gave up on the nearly $1.3 trillion bill after several Republicans who had been thinking of voting for the bill pulled back their support.

GOP leader Mitch McConnell threw his weight against the bill in recent days, saying it was in his words “unbelievable” that Democrats would try to muscle through in just a few days legislation that usually takes months to debate.

Reid said he would work with McConnell to produce a short-term funding bill to keep the government running into early next year.

I love the smell of cooked pork in the evening.