‘The most trusted name in news’ strikes again

Spin, CNN-style:

ALL those non-Islamic-related mass violence deaths were done by right-wingers, eh?

CNN also used the “since 9/11” technique to avoid escalating the Islamic terrorism numbers dramatically. That’s as ridiculous as making a chart listing deaths caused by Nazis and using the disclaimer “since June 1945.”

Also, if CNN used data before 9/11, they’d have to include wacky Ted Kaczynski, who wasn’t exactly a devoted fan of the GOP (Republicans don’t tend to have dog-eared, highlighted copies of Al Gore’s books in their collections).

Not The Onion: Good parenting is unfair to kids with crappy parents, or something

Driving home from the dentist earlier I heard Rush mention this bit of predictable progressive hilarity that’s no doubt coming to the U.S. before too long (if it isn’t here already).



No, seriously, that’s not from The Onion — it’s a story from ABC Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

This pullquote running with the article is progressive gold:


Remember, only by ensuring that our kids are helpless dipshit wards of the state can we truly have equality for the children!

The State Department obviously decided Obama’s ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ summit wasn’t quite embarrassing enough

The hashtag-happy bunch at the State Department are following up on President Obama’s “Countering Violent Extremism” summit with even more embarrassment:

Sounds like “PC neighborhood Watch” meets “midnight basketball.”

Anybody want to “mentor” a member of ISIS?

The State Dept. didn’t even advise communities to offer those identified as potential brutal mass killers reset buttons. What gives?

Susan Rice recommends more diverse U.S. diplomats who ‘look like the world’… and don’t question talking points

Creating a more effective diplomatic corps through platitudes:

No mention of a necessity for competence, honesty or integrity, and for good reason.

Fort Hood: Think about it…

The man who went on a murderous rampage at Fort Hood was on the loose for 15 to 20 minutes before a military policewoman confronted him.

Fifteen to 20 minutes running around shooting people without being stopped. On a U.S. military base — full of disarmed soldiers.

Can you imagine what kind of carnage would ensue if somebody were able to pull off a coordinated attack involving several gunmen at a base because of the ridiculous PC gun regs at U.S. military installations?

Last night I read some comments from people on lockdown at Fort Hood, and a couple of them said they felt safer and less helpless in Afghanistan than they do when they’re at Fort Hood. And no, Piers Morgan, they don’t feel less safe because others might have a gun. They feel less safe because they’ve been stripped of theirs.

Bob Costas Agrees: Handguns Have to Go

You knew it would be said, but I thought Bob Costas might have been one that would have at least waited until all the facts are known before going off in this direction. I was wrong:

BOB COSTAS: Well, you knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective. Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

“Our current gun culture,”Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”

“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows?”

“But here,” wrote Jason Whitlock,” is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Yeah, just like O.J. Simpson. If he hadn’t had a… wait, nevermind.

The author quoted by Costas notes Belcher’s actions could have a “possible connection to football” — and yet Whitlock and Costas never once claimed that it might be necessary to ban football?

There’s a tremendous hole in the argument of those pushing to make handguns illegal everywhere. Murder is also illegal. If someone isn’t dissuaded by the latter law, what makes anybody think the former will deter them? Designing more laws to stop people who don’t pay attention to laws seems stupid, but what do I know? I’m just a bitter clinger.

Ben Stein made some good points in this article published over the summer:

In Sandpoint, North Idaho, where I live for most of the summer, it’s extremely easy to buy a gun. You can buy them at stores and at gun shows, or just at yard sales. Yet there are almost no gun deaths in Bonner County, Idaho.

The last ones of note in North Idaho were done by the FBI at Ruby Ridge, and that’s a different story.

On the other hand, in my beloved Los Angeles, where I live most of the year, there’s extremely strict gun control. It’s a real project to buy a gun.

Here, we have gang shootings and death by guns on a terrifying scale. In my native city of Washington, D.C., the same goes: Strict gun control and lots of shootings.

The same goes for Chicago. Strict gun control and a lot of killing.

Obviously, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a very much calmer place than Chicago, and I’m not saying that people in Chicago should be allowed to just tote guns in their cars the way many can, and do, in North Idaho.

But my point is that there is nothing easy or simple about the relationship between gun control and crime. If a man had started shooting in a crowd in North Idaho, probably several men in the crowd would have shot him down immediately. Maybe a woman, too.

I’m not for vigilante law enforcement. But I am also not for government disarming everyone but criminals.

Here’s Costas from last night, presumably spoken while guards carrying handguns kept NBC’s perimeter secure:

Update: It had to be said.

Florida State Board of Education: We Don’t Expect Hispanics and Blacks to Perform Nearly as Well as Asians and Whites

If I were black or Hispanic and my kids were in Florida schools I’d find this just a tad offensive:

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.

What are the odds though that if you were to hold a bake sale in Florida similar to this one the Board of Education there would find it terribly offensive?

Report: US/British Soldiers Asked Not to Fire on Taliban at Night So They Don’t Disturb Sleepy Time for the Locals

I’ve read the reports and have been told by members of the military that the rules of engagement are nuts, which is why this wouldn’t surprise me in the least:

Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs.

The reason? Shooting them might disturb the locals.

This news comes out on the heels of an investigation into the death of Royal Marine Sergeant Peter Rayner, whom witnesses say watched the Taliban plant IEDs at night but was ordered not to engage them. Families of other soldiers and Royal Marines are telling stories of how their loved ones were not allowed to use mortars or night illumination when they came across Taliban members in an area full of IEDs.

The reason given was that “the sound of shooting ‘might wake up and upset the locals.'”

Over 2,000 of our finest have died there and thousands more have made life-altering sacrifices, and some of these can probably be attributed to orders from on high to not interrupt beauty sleep for nearby residents? Maddening.

Flashback to April: New rule of engagement says night raids won’t stop, but will be limited and controlled by the Afghans:

NBC Apologizes for Olympic Ad Placement

From the “imagine if Fox News did something like this” file, we have NBC’s coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold medal, which then led into this break:

I was watching, but I’m not hard-wired to be offended by anything and everything so I didn’t even really notice it at the time… until my Twitter feed started going bat-Pelosi crazy. Many did freak about it though, and NBC apologized for the placement.

Not to defend NBC, but having done my share of work in commercial television, the spots are purchased, trafficked and placed well before anybody knows what content will be where (with certain exceptions, i.e. sponsorships, etc). The production end doesn’t usually work in concert with the business end to make sure something like that can’t happen. For example, many years ago our local newscast did a story about somebody who lost fingers in a 4th of July fireworks accident the previous year. Immediately after the story we ran an ad for a fireworks store. Whoops. But there was really no way of knowing that story would be there. The only way to be sure would have been to eliminate from the rotation any ad with any kind of potential to offend in any situation — which would have left us with zero commercials to air and, worse yet, zero billing. (Update: It’s actually a promotion for one of NBC’s upcoming sitcoms and not technically an ad, but same difference as far as blind placement)

If NBC botched anything it was by apologizing. If I ran NBC, I’d have responded this way: “It’s been brought to our attention that some found the ad that ran after coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold medal to be offensive. We are indeed sorry, but only for those who think black people resemble monkeys. Our staff believes black people are the same as all other people — human beings — and monkeys are primates… different genus entirely you see. Racists may draw similarities between the two, but our staff, not being racist while having a firm grasp on biology, didn’t see anything wrong with the ad placement.”

The irony here is that this happened to NBC, which provides a home for Race Hustler Central, otherwise known as its MSNBC lineup, so a good deal of NBC’s apology was probably directed at people who get a paycheck from NBC.

If anything about that clip was worthy of offense, it was Costas’ patronizing comment before the commercial.

Earth Day Open Thread


Let this meeting of the Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Appreciation Society come to order…

Eco scam zillionaire Al Gore has written “Reflections on Earth Day” (I’ll reserve my opinion of Gore’s hero Rachel Carson for another day).

I mention the Goracle because he helps me get right to the point of why I hate Earth Day as it is observed: I spend my life being responsible. I clean up after myself. I turn off lights in rooms nobody is in. I don’t waste gas. I pick up garbage if I see it on the walking trail. I recycle as much as possible. I help keep the park clean. I’m careful with proper disposal of chemicals, batteries, used oil, etc. And then, on Earth Day, a bunch of pious millionaires who embrace political philosophies that have throughout history destroyed many a country and left those environments in smoldering ruin emerge from their limousines, private jets and mansions to tell me I’m the problem with the planet. Even more annoyingly, this is the day that the people who heralded the arrival of The One by doing this to the National Mall turn on the smug and say their way must be followed if we’re to clean up this place. No thanks.

The first Earth Day was in 1970, and it featured entertainment provided by folk artist/communist (not necessarily in that order) Pete Seeger. Connections like that… as well as these… are other reasons I hate Earth Day.

Oh, coincidentally, today is also the birthday of the private-property abolitionist Vladimir Lenin. I’m just sayin’…

With that said, here’s something I post almost every year. George Carlin’s famous Earth Day bit. “Save the f*#@ing planet!?”