Sunday, 26 April 2015

In Passing

The Washington Twenty

It Doesn’t Matter WHO You Vote For  Dept

National Review:
On Thursday morning, top Republican strategist Karl Rove proclaimed, ‘‘The dysfunctional Congress finally appears to be working again as the Founders intended.’’
Why does it seem that any story that starts with a quote from Karl Rove turns out to be bad news for liberty?
Just hours later, the GOP-controlled Senate confirmed as attorney general — i.e., as the chief federal law-enforcement officer of the United States — a lawyer who quite openly supports the systematic non-enforcement of federal law...

[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell...
And why does it always seem that any story beginning with ‘‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’’ turns out to be good news for the Democrats?

But I repeat myself. Ahem...
[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell... joined nine others on the roster of Republican senators who took an oath to uphold the Constitution then supported an attorney general who had vowed to undermine the Constitution:
  • Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
  • Mark Kirk (Ill.)
  • Susan Collins (Maine)
  • Thad Cochran (Miss.)
  • Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
  • Rob Portman (Ohio)
  • Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
  • Orrin Hatch (Utah)
  • and Ron Johnson (Wis.).
...In addition to the aforementioned ten Republicans who said ‘‘aye’’ on the final vote... there are ten others who conspired in the GOP’s now routine parliamentary deception: Vote in favor of ending debate, knowing that this will give Democrats ultimate victory, but cast a meaningless vote against the Democrats in the final tally in order to pose as staunch Obama opponents when schmoozing the saps back home.  These ten:
  • Cory Gardner (Col.)
  • Pat Roberts (Kan.)
  • Richard Burr (N.C.)
  • Thom Tillis (N.C.)
  • Mike Rounds (S.D.)
  • John Thune (S.D.)
  • Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
  • Bob Corker (Tenn.)
  • John Cornyn (Texas)
  • and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)
are just as willfully complicit in Lynch’s confirmation and her imminent execution of Obama’s lawlessness.

[Note:  Names rearranged to state order, for your blacklisting convenience. - O.G.]
(And yes, the Hollywood Ten were guilty, too.)


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Saturday, 25 April 2015

In Passing

Hoping the crocodile will eat you last, eh, Ed?

Danegeld  Dept

[British Labour Party Leader] Ed Miliband has pledged to make Islamophobia a criminal offence in the UK if he becomes Prime Minister.

In an interview with the Muslim News website, Miliband said a Labour government would make Islamophobia an ‘‘aggravated crime’’.

‘‘We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime,’’ he said, adding: ‘‘We are going to change the law on this so we make it absolutely clear of our abhorrence of hate crime and Islamophobia.  It will be the first time that the police will record Islamophobic attacks right across the country.’’
Outlaw ‘‘Islamophobia,’’ huh?  Yeah, and that’s sure to prevent more stuff like Rotherham, innit?

Seems to me theyd be better off ‘‘outlawing’’ those phobic Islamists.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

In Passing

Tell me again how Republicans are different from Democrats

It Doesn’t Matter WHO You Vote For  Dept

The Washington Post:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
Why does it always seem that any story beginning with ‘‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’’ turns out to be bad news for liberty?
...introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act.

The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Mitch: ‘‘Well, we cant have that!’’
It puts McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the bill’s co-sponsor, squarely on the side of advocates of the National Security Agency’s continued ability to collect millions of Americans’ phone records each day in the hunt for clues of terrorist activity.
I’ll believe that Republicans are a party of small, unintrusive government when they start acting like a party of small, unintrusive government.


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Sunday, 12 April 2015

In Passing

Gunpowder NOT Required

When Trebuchets Are Outlawed...  Dept

The Telegraph:
Hundreds of tourists have been evacuated from Warwick Castle after a burning cannonball fired from the world’s largest working siege machine destroyed a medieval boathouse by fire.

Sparks from the cannonball which was fired from the wooden trebuchet ignited the roof of the ancient boathouse causing a blaze on Friday night.
The Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular is one of the Castle’s main attractions.

[The trebuchet] was built in 2005, stands 60ft high, weighs 22 tonnes and has been fired at least 6,500 times.
Turns out the boathouse was actually a 19th-century reproduction, but still a sad loss.  And siegery, even when only for show, remains a serious business.  (22 Tonnes.  Wow!)

Via:  Peter Grant

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015

In Passing

Too limited

Fixed It For You  Dept

Charles C.W. Cooke, updated by O.G.:
Over the last decade or so, we have witnessed the rise of a political movement that hopes to set the investigation and punishment of sexual assault any issue dear to the hearts of the Social Justice Fascists outside of the limitations that are imposed by respect for due process, for rational inquiry, and for common intellectual decency.  By and large, this movement is populated by people who despise the truth if it contradicts the narrative; who regard evidence and process as tools of oppression; who interpret skepticism and questioning as acts of hostility; and who, at least as it relates to ‘rape culture,’ consider unthinking credulity as a virtue and not a vice.
Yeah, I believe that fits...

(Via:  Instapundit)

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Friday, 03 April 2015

In Passing

‘‘We need to do this EVERY TIME these bastards do this to someone.’’


The old model of the Outrage Brigades was to pick a target, call in the mob and hound the target out of polite company...  Well, a new model may develop from the Memories Pizza fiasco....the left still tries to destroy an innocent person who has the temerity to express an unapproved thought but instead of being destroyed by the lynch mob, the target is supported and literally enriched by the experience.

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to go and now the hatemongers are upset...

We need to do this EVERY TIME these bastards do this to someone....
Actually, the ‘‘buycotts’’ started with Chick-fil-a.  But otherwise he’s right on.

And the fact that in this case the whole tower of indignation was built on sand made the response all the more vital, and the outcome even sweeter.

UPDATE:  And then there’s this...

ANOTHER UPDATE (150404 16:10, Via Ace):
Arlene’s Flowers could use some help.  This 70 year old woman could lose her home, business, and everything she has simply because she refused to provide flowers for a gay couple's wedding.  She lost a law suit and the fines and legal fees are more than she can afford.  Here is her gofundme page.  Please help if you can!


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In Passing

Somewhere the Mafia is laughing...

IJR Review:

Eleven Atlanta teachers and school administrators each face 20 years in prison after being convicted of changing test scores for money.[1]

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard brought charges against 35 educators under racketeering (RICO) statutes, which are usually used against mobsters.
Because prosecuting folks who don’t shoot back is usually safer than going after the real racketeers.

(HT:  Insty)
[1] ‘‘for money’’ i.e., ‘‘The prosecution said bonuses and raises were awarded based on test scores.’’ - Atlanta Journal Constitution

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