Weekend Links

You’ve probably heard by now that one of the many petulant children in the Obama administration decided to call Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” If President Mom Jeans and his team of incompetent fuck-ups seriously thinks the former Israeli commando is a “chickenshit” then we are in even bigger trouble than I thought.

You can’t make it up. Investigator for Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns after being caught visiting a prostitute.

It’s funny because it’s true.

Great piece in TNR on Evelyn Waugh

No one saw this coming!

Normal Americans: “Why are you quarantining the people who have had no direct contact with Ebola patients and not quarantining the people who have?”
Obama administration: “Because SCIENCE!” We love science!”
Normal Americans: “Um, what?

“Progressivism is a luxury good for coddled urban professionals; it immiserates everybody else.”

No, I never get tired of saying “I told you so” when it comes to Obamacare, thanks for asking.

Kevin Williamson lowers the boom on one of the most terrible degenerates of the most awful generation. Seriously, read it. Lena Dunham is a reprehensible human being.

Rude people discovered in New York City, Film at 11

Lefty millennials need to find an actual cause or get a hobby or something. It’s just getting sad now.

These people are freaks and someone should help them.

Clown show

The increasingly illiberal Democrat party strikes again.

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

Whatever France. Kebabs are delicious.

No one could have predicted this, which is why you should totally vote on Tuesday for the party that wants the government to have even more power.

No way this holds up in court, thank god. Scary that the FBI even tried to get away with it.

“It is not farfetched that at some point within the next two years Putin makes a more aggressive move in Eastern Europe and uses a nuclear threat to deter a NATO response.”

The defense of Kobane shows there are anti-jihadist rebels in Syria Obama could work with if he wanted to.

People who get offended on Halloween are among the saddest, most miserable little people on earth. This is great.            “She’s literally a Latina member of a mariachi group.”
“I DON’T CARE I WILL BE OFFENDED GODDAMN IT.”

So what? The Left won’t be happy until we’re all just dressing as ourselves for Halloween. If you’re a straight white dude, you better dress up as a straight white dude, otherwise you’re a racist, homophobe, sexist, etc. etc.

Indeed and it’s sad.

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Happy Hour Links

Great piece by Jonah Goldberg:

Ideas are surprisingly easy to let go of, if pried loose by the right story. Stories, meanwhile, are shockingly difficult to let go of, even if they convey a bad idea. Just try to tell someone who has gotten a raw deal in life that their story is not typical of America. Or, if you prefer, try to tell someone who’s been fortunate at every turn that their story isn’t typical either.

For much of the summer, large numbers of Americans insisted that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was one kind of story. It was a tale of institutional racism in which the police are the villains and young African-American men the innocent victims. This was the storyline many in the media wanted, and it was one they were determined to get. Now, as a grand jury goes about prying fact from fiction, the story is falling apart as a matter of legal reality. But you can be sure the story will live on for decades to come. That’s in no small part because many decent Americans have locked themselves into the belief that the heroic chapter of the civil-rights movement can never end. The story must go on so they can continue to cast themselves as the heroes.

Last week, John Kerry suggested that the rise of the Islamic State was fueled by the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. One could call this an idea, of course, but that would be too generous given its stupidity. But it is perfectly consistent with a certain story people have been telling about Israel for decades. Millions, if not billions, of people are invested in that tale of unique Israeli villainy, and they will not let go of it regardless of the facts…Modern-day environmentalism is full of talk about data and “settled science.” But science is never settled, because science is the craft of unsettling what we know at any given moment. If science could settle, man would never learn to fly or read by electric light. Meanwhile, inconvenient data is left on the cutting-room floor as an ancient story is retold in modern terms.

I understand that the difference between narratives and ideas can be a subtle one. But if you keep the distinction in mind, the arguments tearing apart America become more comprehensible. It is a conflict of visions driven by adherents of two versions of the story of America. And whichever side wins, the victors will determine the story taught to the next generation.

“This participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.” Incredible study over at WaPo on voter fraud/people illegally voting and impacting close elections. Must read.

Ugly and unsettling stuff

Being required to actually try and get a job if you’re going to live off the income of others? A safety net instead of a safety hammock? What a concept!

An Apple designer is designing a shotgun for Beretta and it’s going to be beautiful.

Lol. Why it’s almost as if free speech is in the Constitution and abortion isn’t!

Charles C.W. Cooke in the NYT! The best part of this is the bewildered, uncomprehending reaction of the NYT comments section. Hilarious.

Wow. What an incredible, inspiring young man.

Looks like the voting machines in Maryland have caught the Illinois virus.

Been looking forward to this book for quite some time.

Yay big government!

I will kill myself.

The most Lebanon story that ever Lebanoned.

Over/under on when the Taliban completely takes Helmand back?

Time magazine dares to question the Holy Lefty sacrament that is teacher tenure, is immediately attacked.

Female candidates and the wildly different media narratives depending on their party.

The way to actually bring medical costs down is to let the free market work…but then progressives wouldn’t be able to control people, so it will never happen.

Reverend in Chicago dares to endorse a Republican for governor, gets death threats, his church vandalized.

I wondered who would be the first person to write this dumb piece. Of course it’s Sully. Yes, if we hadn’t water boarded KSM the head choppers would be giving American hostages Swedish massages and brushing their hair or something. And waterboarding AQ’s top guys in an effort to prevent innocent people from dying is the same as ISIS waterboarding innocent journalists for the sheer fun of it. Such a dumb line of argument.

Italy is screwed. Keep going the way you’re going, America and you too, can find out what this is like.

Unbelievable. How we lost touch with our friends in Iraq.

Michael Weiss on the most powerful operative in the Middle East that most people have never heard of.

“Abortions and free pills! That’s all you probably care about! Get on the bus, kiddies!” Just screams “female empowerment,” doesn’t it?

“Your religion promotes illiberal values.”

“SHUT UP OR WE WILL SHUT YOU UP!”

“Hey, maybe this Islam religion has a major problem with violence and other horrors against women and gays and is anti-human rights?”

“Fuck you, Bill!”

Bill Maher has literally made a career out of trashing religion to the tune of hysterical Lefty cheers, but he goes after the Lefty Precious (Islam/”brown people”) (totally legit criticism, too) and they cast him out. Amazing. These people are so fascistic.

Ukrainian military, drained of resources and equipment, has turned to selling fancy cats.

Now we’ll see who really cares about men’s health.

Government is just the name for things we do together, like pay $3.6 million to host the Headless Goatball Super Bowl.

Allegations like this against a Republican administration would result in calls for impeachment. When it’s a Democrat, it’s barely news.

NYTimes ‘elites’ horrified by those icky simpletons in flyover country.

OH HAPPY DAY

Woman walks around NYC for 10 hours, records 2 minutes worth of catcalls. This is supposed to be horrifying? Half of them aren’t really even catcalls.

“In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (read: salaries). Indeed, the magnitude of these payments exceeds the average salary of an American teacher, as well as a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, by at least $10,000 per year.”

A history of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Robert Tracinski on how liberals got so illiberal.

This is how the “liberals” got so illiberal, because there is no hard and fast dividing line between regulating “only” our economic lives and regulating everything else. All aspects of human life find an expression in commerce, so if you regulate that, you regulate everything. Which they are now happily proceeding to do. That’s why it has been such a long time since I’ve encountered a “liberal” who is still liberal in any meaningful sense.

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Afternoon Links

Democrats are desperate, so they’re resorting to the lowest, most pathetic tactics imaginable.

Oh noes!!! The evil Kochtopus is using its evil money to help poor people secure their Sixth Amendment rights! Sound the Koch alarm!! Make it stop!! Where are you Harry Reid??

Let’s play, “If This Were a Republican.” Now, Pryor did nothing wrong, it’s pretty clear he was being descriptive, not neo-confederate. But if Tom Cotton had written it there would be a full-scale media meltdown, it wouldn’t be read in context and his political career would be over…and this thesis would have been discovered a long time ago.

Caroline Kitchens makes a perfectly legitimate, fact-based point about excessive drinking and sexual assault, so Salon calls her a rape apologist, of course.

The presupposition that one’s labor and wealth belongs to the state rather than the individual and it is the government that decides what you are allowed to keep is one of the most disturbing aspects of the Leftist mind. Also, this “if we just confiscate all the successful people’s money, everyone will be better off” idea is something only children believe. Look at France right now, if you really don’t understand why this doesn’t work.

Yeah, you’re really gonna win over a lot of skeptics with tactics like this. Good move, feminists. How awful. What the fuck are those parents thinking?

Spot on by Lee Smith on why Western teens are joining ISIS. Young people want meaning and purpose, something the West, sadly, no longer cares to provide. In a vacuum, bad ideas fill the space.

A majority of people on the Left are basically just toddlers screaming “I WANT” and the only thing they believe in is big government. As Cooke points out in this excellent essay, the ends justify the means for these people. They have no principles.

I’d like to thank the media and the race-baiters for ginning up a mob and ruining people’s lives by immediately jumping on a narrative before any of the facts were in. Take a bow. Heckuva job. Liberal media immediately after the Ferguson shooting: “RACISM! RACISM! He was a gentle giant who was doing nothing wrong!! This whole country is RACIST!!” Liberal media now that forensic evidence and witness testimony corroborates the officer’s story: “Whoa, whoa, whoa, let’s wait till we get all the facts here.” Fucking clowns.

Government is just the name for the way we destroy a person’s vintage wine collection together!

Christina Turley’s father, Larry, produces California wine from vines that date back to the late 1800s. Sought by collectors, several bottles may be dumped down a Philadelphia sink. Pennsylvania plans to destroy 2,447 bottles seized from Arthur Goldman, a Philadelphia-area lawyer who was charged this year with illegally reselling wine. While he has agreed to penalties, he’s fighting the jettisoning of his collection, which encompasses small-batch California producers such as Turley Wine Cellars, Martinelli Winery and Kistler Vineyards.

Pennsylvania’s liquor code mandates only two options for illegal alcohol: destruction or donation to a hospital…In Pennsylvania, which is the only state besides Utah to control retail and wholesale liquor operations, residents must purchase wine and spirits from state stores or in-state wineries. State police officers said that Goldman, 50, sold wine out of his home in Malvern, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Philadelphia, court documents show.

If you only get your news from ABC World News Tonight, you might not even know there’s an election coming up!

We’ve all been there.

“If you work for the government, you can burn the face off a baby and walk.”

In case you had any doubts that Obama is not serious about ISIS and is merely waiting it out until the next POTUS has to deal with it.

As many of us suspected, documents show DHS indeed lied its ass off when it said it only released detainees with minor criminal records. Notice how the headline was written. “The U.S. misinformed Congress” not “Obama administration misinformed Congress.” America did it, apparently. It’s our fault. We failed him, again.

Wow. WaPo’s Fact Checker is really mad at Alison Lundergan Grimes, wants her to please stop lying and feel some shame.

These people don’t give a flying fuck what their policies actually do to people in the real world, as long as they can feel good about themselves. “It will make me feel so good to say I raised the minimum wage in Florida. Companies will automate and then people will have no job instead of a low-paying job, but I’ll feel good about myself, so who cares? WORTH IT.”

Working is more valuable than not working. Work provides people with a sense of purpose and identity. It’s too bad progressives don’t understand that.

Socialist paradise!

USAID IG has been scrubbing critical details from reports on the agency he’s supposed to be overseeing.

Correct. Congrats on your impending nuke acquisition.

I knew the basic origins of the swastika – before the Nazis took it – but I didn’t know all of this. Fascinating.

Hero of the Week: Kevin Vickers

All the tears

The awesomeness of this cannot be overstated.

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Music Monday

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Hope you’re enjoying your weekend as much as this cat is enjoying this corn…

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Firearms Friday

The most ‘Merica thing ever? I think so.

Joni Ernst confirms she’s a free woman, progressives start crying.

The Left once again displays their ignorance about the Second Amendment, the Founders, and what “militia” meant in the 18th century. Caleb Howe fact checks Media Matters’ absurd “fact check” of Dana Loesch’s new book “Hands Off My Gun.”

Why aren’t guns an issue in the midterms?

Geoshooting: the birth of a new sport.

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What’s the Left up to today? Palin Derangement Syndrome

Anyone who has followed this blog for awhile knows I’m no fan of Sarah Palin. I find her annoying, self-serving and pretty damn dumb. However, there is absolutely no excuse for the excrementally evil way the Left has treated, not just her, but her family, especially her children. The absolute hatred the Left has for this family borders on a mental illness and I think some of these people need to take a deep look at themselves. I can understand people hating George W. Bush for Iraq, I can understand people hating Obama for Obamacare. People feel as though those figures have done something to them. Because of their decisions they’ve lost a loved one or lost their health insurance. The Palin hate is inexplicable. The woman lost the election, she doesn’t hold office, she will never be President, she has never made a single decision that substantively affects the lives of the people who hate her so much. She is essentially now a private citizen who appears on cable news shows once or twice a month and flaps her lips for four minutes. You should merely find her annoying. You shouldn’t hate her and her children to the point where you gleefully cheer when one of them is physically assaultedThe Left is so obsessed with this family that they lose their jobs over it. Remember Martin Bashir? Now CNN’s Carol Costello might be in trouble because she couldn’t contain her seething hatred for a family that is responsible for merely annoying her during an election cycle six years ago.

“Why won’t the Palins just go away??” cry Leftists, as they simultaneously post dozens of updates about their every move. (I can’t make that screen shot any bigger for some reason, but that’s all the Palin stories in the Talking Points Memo Twitter feed over a 24 hour period. Please seek help, guys. Your obsession with these people is downright creepy.

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Backtracking a bit – for those who may not be sure why I’m talking about this – the Palin family got into some kind of brawl at a family event awhile back. There is newly released audio of Bristol tearfully describing to police how a man physically pushed her to the ground while screaming “slut” and “cunt” at her. Here’s Bristol’s account of the event, in her own words. Assuming she’s telling the truth, what happened to her is scary and awful and not something anyone should be celebrating.

One would especially expect it not to be celebrated by our so-called “feminists.” You know, the people who constantly bitch about how women are treated like “second class citizens” and who write long, whiny think pieces about how violence against women is “glamorized.” But if a Palin is assaulted by a man they laugh and laugh. If you push a liberal woman and call her a slut you should be banished from society. If you push a conservative woman and call her a slut it’s funny and awesome. If you’re a principled person you don’t spend every day railing against the abuse of women and then gleefully enjoy it when it happens to a woman you don’t particularly like. There are a lot of progressive women I can’t stand. But I can’t imagine cheering and grinning from ear to ear if Jessica Valenti or Nancy Pelosi’s husband physically assaulted them. But I don’t know why I’m surprised. I can count on one hand the progressives I know who actually have principles. It’s amazing how often Leftists show you who they really are. That they’re not actually “feminists,” they’re just Leftists.

Andrew Sullivan was the first Lefty I saw who gleefully jumped on the story, telling us to remember every time we look at John McCain that he almost put this family (who swears and gets into fights sometimes, like a lot of families) a heartbeat away from the White House. Yes Andrew, thank god we’ve been spared the indignity of having a Veep with less than glamorous children. You know, unlike Joe Biden’s son, a 40-YEAR-OLD man who just got discharged from the military for doing blow.

Charles C.W. Cooke – like me, not a Palin fan – has a great piece on all of this. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing:

I do not like Sarah Palin. I never have. I didn’t like her when she was chosen as John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee, I didn’t like her when she became an ersatz television star and part-time political rabble-rouser, and I don’t like her now, in the waning days of her fame…Because I broadly agree with Palin on a good number of political questions, I imagine that she does not irritate me to quite the volcanic extent that she aggravates my friends on the left, but, either way, there are few people within the Right’s extended firmament that I would less like to send out onto a stage in my name and even fewer that I would hope to see within the corridors of policy and power. A day on which Sarah Palin is silent is, in my view, a good day for conservatism and a good day for America, and, we would, I’d venture, be better off if she disappeared from the national scene.

That notwithstanding, there is a material difference between one’s personal view of a person and the manner in which one wishes to see them treated, and I think we all have a responsibility to understand where that line is. All in all, I can think of few people in public life who have been as disgracefully hounded as has Palin; and nor, for that matter, can I recall a single figure in the past decade who has been subjected to self-serving double standards by the press and by elite culture writ large. It is six years since the woman ran for public office and more than five years since she enjoyed any real influence at all, and yet she is still held up by her many enemies as the standard bearer for all that ails the country.

Here, progressive hypocrisy has been utterly breathtaking. Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America’s media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that “hatred of women” plays within the country’s political culture.” To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, “gendered” language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, “isn’t a woman, she’s a Republican.”

The first question we might ask of Sullivan and of anyone else who has taken an interest in this story is, Why are we spilling so much ink on this topic at all? Sarah Palin does not hold public office. She is not running for public office. Indeed, she does not even have a television show. Certainly, she is not anonymous — her relentless lust for attention is one of the things I dislike about her — but we might expect that her success in drawing notice would be commensurate with her position. She has no position. Why, then, the obsession?

The second, related, inquiry is this: If it is a sign of poor “judgment” to choose as veep someone whose children are a mess, why does Joe Biden get a pass for the conduct of his son, Hunter, who was kicked out of the Navy Reserve for having been discovered using cocaine?…The third question, as The Week’s Matt Lewis observes, is this: “If Bristol Palin was physically and verbally assaulted by a man, shouldn’t we be up in arms about that, and not about her reaction”? This lattermost wringer is all the more poignant in light of the current focus on domestic violence and sexual assault, and our tendency to regard each and every incident in which a man uses his superior strength for ill as evidence of a broader “war on women” or a “culture of rape.” Who among us can say with a straight face that, if Malia Obama had been attacked at a party or at a concert or at her school, the headlines would have focused on her reaction to the onslaught?

The measure of a fair man is that he treats those whom he loathes as fairly as he treats those whom he loves. If Sarah Palin is our guide, there are few fair men left.

Now that I’ve yelled at the Left, I’m going to yell at the right a little bit, or at least the equally obsessed fans of Palin. Noah Rothman characterizes Palin Derangement Syndrome (which is a bipartisan phenomena it appears, if you define it as “someone who turns ostensibly normal people into foaming-at-the-mouth, wild-eyed nutcases”) accurately:

The wrath directed (on Twitter) at Cooke and Noah Rothman and a couple other conservatives/libertarians who have written in defense of Palin, while also daring to criticize her, is unacceptable. The idea that criticizing Sarah Palin is “un-American” is one of the most retarded things I’ve ever heard. It’s right up there with the Left’s claims that if you criticize Obama you must be a racist. I think I might have to endorse Andrew McCoy’s proposal:

We need to stop elevating political figures to cult-like status. These people are not above criticism. There are, in fact, few things that are more American than criticizing those who hold – or have sought to hold – power over us. There is, however, a line between criticism and pure nastiness, as Cooke and others have so eloquently pointed out this week.

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