Sunday, 21 December 2014


Clipfile - December 21, 2014

‘‘A peaceful, prosperous community or nation does not need community organizers.

‘‘Community organizers, on the other hand, can’t function in a peaceful, prosperous nation, so they are always, ALWAYS, striving to destroy it.’’

- ‘‘Weirddave,’’ posting at Ace

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Thursday, 18 December 2014


Clipfile - December 18, 2014

‘‘The reason America why usually wins isn’t that its leaders outsmart their leaders, but because its ordinary Joes outpower the other guy’s ordinary Joes.  In the phrase ‘President of the United States,’ the important part is ‘United States.’  The president can be almost anybody.’’

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Clipfile - December 16, 2014

‘‘...the only real objection that progressives have to ‘McCarthyism’ is being the subject of it themselves.  Leftists are quite enthusiastic about ‘McCarthyism’ when they wield the hammer.’’
 - ‘‘Taffy3,’’ commenting at Instapundit

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

In Passing

Indiana Rube Self-Identifies

‘‘You fucked up. You trusted them.’’  Dept

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) says that House GOP leadership... duped him into switching his vote on the procedural measure that set up the 1,774-page, $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill backed by House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama to pass.
Stutzman says he switched his vote on the floor because House GOP leadership... promised him that if the rule passed, the cromnibus would be replaced by a short-term spending measure...
...and a pony.  There has to have been a pony!

But no!
‘‘Earlier today, I supported the Rule because I was informed by Leadership that the CROmnibus was dead and a short term CR would take its place,’’ Stutzman said in the statement.   ‘‘I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the CROmnibus back on the floor.  The American people deserve better.’’
Certainly, ‘‘the American people’’ do.  Too bad that what they’ve got is you.
All of this comes after Boehner and GOP leadership engaged in procedural chicanery to substantively alter a bill... that was supposed to be the cover vote against Obama's executive amnesty for Republicans last week. Instead, leadership inserted language that actually provides a legal justification for Obama's executive amnesty into the bill.
IOW, they’d already lied to you once.

Hellofajob, Marlin!

UPDATE (141214):  Chris Muir nails it.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Press

Doing more work ‘‘journalists’’ won’t do...

Legal Insurrection wins FOIA suit over David Gregory gun law non-prosecution

(Via: Instapundit.)

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Monday, 08 December 2014

The Press

Mildly amusing.

Yer mudder wears army boots!  Dept

The Federalist previews the new New Republic website.  Tee hee.

Well, yes, but snarking about somebody else’s Web2.0 triviality tends to misfire when the articles linked in your own sidebar include Why Jon Stewart Is Bad For America, We Shop Because We Yearn, and The New Mirror Men: From Metrosexual To Spornosexual.  Oh well...

(Via: Ace’s sidebar)

LATER, Related:

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In Passing

Which is why we should keep reminding them, constantly

Daniel Hannan:

Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

(Via:  Instapundit)

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Friday, 05 December 2014


Clipfile - December 5, 2014

‘‘One... side effect... of the legal/regulatory state [is] to cut off poor people from small-scale entrepreneurship.  Want to open a roadside taco stand?  Offer cab services with your private car?  Braid hair in your living room?  Clean houses without a license or OSHA inspection?  Work for less than minimum wage?

‘‘Add in a host of other restrictions and requirements that effectively function as a moat to competition that protects larger, better funded businesses, and you block an entire class of people (by income) from entrepreneurial work.

‘‘Remember the history of Jews in America?  Remember the pushcarts and rug peddlers and all the other modes of self-employment that kept them and their offspring warm, fed, and well enough educated to become the next generation of doctors, lawyers, scholars, and businessmen?

‘‘We don’t do that any more.  And if you try, you risk your life.  Because that makes you a vile criminal.’’
- Bill Quick

Related (via Insty):

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Press

Indy Star prints Thanksgiving cartoon, grovels before PC police

The Memory Hole  Dept

I no longer read the Indianapolis Star regularly, and things like this are why:
Varvel Taken To Woodshed Over ‘‘Extra Guests This Thanksgiving’’ Cartoon On Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

...After the newspaper began fielding complaints over the cartoon, the Star airbrushed out the bushy mustache on what appears to be a Hispanic man climbing through the window.  Later, executive editor Jeff Taylor removed the image altogether from the newspaper’s website...
Pussies.  If you think you made a mistake, stand up and face it. Don’t even think about trying to make it disappear.

And besides, there’s nothing wrong with the cartoon, unless you argue that unfavorable depictions of anybody of an ethnic persuasion are automatically wrong.  (Appears the SJWs do, but that’s their problem.)

(Of course this is the same Indianapolis Star that couldn’t figure out Indiana’s voter ID law[1] back a month ago.)

Previously (looks like I gave ’em up about four years ago):
January 21, 2010:  Horkage
March 6, 2010:  IndyStar plays "Name That Party”
June 7, 2010:  Gotta lower those expectations!
July 12, 2010:  Hear lightning and see thunder

[1] ...which was passed almost ten year ago, and was appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before being upheld.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

In Passing

Shooting Bambi

So the hunt will go ahead:

A city-sponsored deer hunt at Indianapolis’ Eagle Creek Park will proceed this weekend after a judge refused to block the first such hunt in the park’s history.

Marion Superior Judge Robert Altice Jr. denied a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the hunt that could cull as many as 350 deer...
The Indianapolis Parks Department teamed up with the Wounded Warriors Outdoors Program for the project.

The veterans, who suffered life-changing injuries while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, were called from across the country to help Eagle Creek reduce its deer population with the weekend-long hunt.
Not unfortunate for the Wounded Warriors (and good on ’em!), but wouldn’t it have been nice if any taxpaying residents with deer tickets could have been included?

Killing the King’s Deer  Dept

Then there’s this:
Because of the way the deer hunting season works, if the lawsuit [had interfered] with the Thanksgiving hunt, the Wounded Warriors would not be able to hunt this year, as the deadline is November 30...
Geez folks, those overpopulated feral deer are a destructive nuisance.  (The ones that hide in Marott Park keep sneaking through the back 40 to eat my hydrangeas.)  Why is there even a time limit?  (The state will let Parks use ‘‘professional hunters’’through the end of January, but wouldn’t some one-weekend special permits have made great Christmas gifts?  And they might have even brought in a little money to help pay for our perennially-indigent ‘‘professional’’.sports.teams (latest subsidy: $16 million).

Of course, changing the rules would require some creative thinking at the state legislature, so...

(And don’t get me started about our dreamer ‘‘migratory’’ Canada geese...)


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