Monthly Archives: December 2014

Video of the Day (of the year really)

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Afternoon Links

Comcast is the worst, just the worst.

Struggling Americans are finding themselves with a few extra dollars in their pocket lately and we can’t have that!

RIP Irony

Feminists neurotics invent another thing that doesn’t exist to rant hysterically about

Your daily reminder that big government sucks.

What’s the main reason the Saudis are holding down the price of oil? To hurt Iran.

You guys will never believe this, but France’s super-tax on the wealthy was an epic failure. Crazy, I know!

The accumulation of laws creates a drag on both prosperity and freedom”: why liberty lovers love a “do nothing” Congress.

So awesome

Government run health care, everyone. Weigh what you’re told to weigh or you will be reported to the Ministry.

“…from a practical point of view, it is almost inconceivable, despite the cries of “Run, Elizabeth, Run!” emanating from the gentry left, that someone more liberal than President Obama will be sent to the Oval Office anytime soon.” Praise god.

Britain now counts sex and drugs in economic figures. Thus it has overtaken France as world’s 5th largest economy.

Pakistani officials furious that the Showtime series “Homeland”‘s portrayal of the country is too close to reality.

Terrible people ranked:
1. People who use their cell phones in movie theaters
2. People who do this

Thank god for Slate, otherwise we wouldn’t have anyone to ask the dumbest fucking questions of all time.

Today in not shocking news: A big crackdown on Cuban dissidents trying to hold a peaceful rally happened yesterday in Cuba…and the political prisoner release we supposedly got in return for Alan Gross still hasn’t happened.

Someone finally, FINALLY, just kept driving. #Hero. I’m not saying I WANT anti-American shitbag protesters who block traffic to get run over. I’m just saying I think it’s fucking hilarious when they do. But really, this has nothing to do with ideology. I’ll run down a protestor in the middle of the road even if I agree with him. I have shit to do. If you want to play in traffic, you’re fair game I say.

Nuke or no nuke, why would any U.S. president want the current Iranian regime to be a “successful regional power?” What is wrong with this man? Jeffrey Goldberg has a good piece up at The Atlantic on Obama’s delusions about Iran.

“Netflix countdown will help parents fool kids on New Year’s Eve”...Or you could just be good parents who raise your kids to obey when you tell them to go to bed.

And with that, have a good NYE everyone! Have fun and stay safe. See you in 2015!

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Music Monday

Blind Melon’s guitarist is now a corporate lawyer!

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Tuskegee Airman who flew more than 200 missions during WWII has died at age 95.

That awkward moment when Hezbollah discovers one of its top operational bosses really works for Mossad.

LOL Shut up, you humorless mouthbreather.

LANGUAGE POLICE UPDATE: You shall not use the word ‘transgendered’ anymore. I repeat, ‘transgendered’ has now been declared offensive. If you hear anyone using it, report them to the Ministry at once!

If the NY Times series on Rikers Island doesn’t make a libertarian out of you, nothing will.

Public sector unions need to be abolished, Part 54,329.

Great American or Greatest American?

Dear. Christ. The Obama administration told Uruguay that the six Gitmo detainees we sent there were not terrorists, even though 5 of the 6 were labeled “high risk” by Joint Task Force GTMO. Incredible.

If you take up an empty seat on a full train with your bag, you deserve all the rudeness you get. Only Salon would make this a race thing. Hilarious.

“In ten days about 1 million Americans will be gathered in Times Square waiting for a ball to drop, a strange spectacle indeed for a country that seems to be waiting on both of them.”

The most terrifying thing you’ll read today.

Your feel good story of the day.

Yes, this:

I don’t have as much of a problem with the Bush Brand as other people; I have a problem with the Jeb Bush Brand. I think it’s absurd for a candidate’s main selling point to be how much he hates the party whose nomination he’s seeking. You know, I don’t believe in “The Base,” whatever that is. I have arguments with those who claim to speak for this mythical Base. I have a basic problem with claimed orthodoxies. But I also have a problem with being an obnoxious idiot, and just flat-out running on a campaign of You Republicans Are Stupid And Everything You Believe Is Hatred and Distemper is an obnoxious idiot move. I have literally not heard this guy say One Thing he likes about Republicanism or conservatism. All I hear is is List of Ways In Which We’ve Disappointed Him. Well, I’ve had six years of one entitled narcissist telling me I have to elevate my game to gain his (His?) approval. That’s enough for me. I’ve had a snootful. I’d like to be pandered to a little bit now, Thank You Very Much Drive Through.

This should be a scandal, but it’s Democrats doing it so the media will yawn.

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials. The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids. But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration.

It was one of several favorable decisions the Obama administration made in recent years involving the Isaías family, which the government of Ecuador accuses of buying protection from Washington and living comfortably in Miami off the profits of a looted bank in Ecuador. The family, which has been investigated by federal law enforcement agencies on suspicion of money laundering and immigration fraud, has made hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to American political campaigns in recent years. During that time, it has repeatedly received favorable treatment from the highest levels of the American government, including from New Jersey’s senior senator and the State Department.

Obama’s imaginary son has led an extraordinary life. He’s the Forrest Gump of imaginary Presidential sons.

Single payer in Vermont is dead, killed by math.

Correct. We will never have rational, cheap health care until we stop using health insurance for every little thing. Health insurance should function like all other insurance. It’s for catastrophes, not check-ups.

Out. Of. Control.

Unexpectedly! Lol

North Korea to share control of Sony Pictures with Al Sharpton.

I’m a bit late commenting on our new Cuba policy because there was so much other stuff going on that week, but my brief thoughts are as follows. I think there’s a legitimate case that can be made for ending the embargo. Tom Nichols makes it here. My problem with what Obama has done is that, as usual, we granted big concessions to a terrible regime in exchange for basically nothing. The end of the embargo could end up being a good thing in the long run, who knows? I’m always skeptical of sanctions. I think they very rarely work. But bottom line: Cuban regime never moved an inch toward democracy/free expression and got normalized relations with U.S. anyway. Our enemies are watching. If Iran had any lingering doubts that they could get what they want in exchange for nothing, those doubts are likely gone now.

People on the Left also – unsurprisingly – fail to understand what this actually means and their talking points in favor of it are pretty absurd. First of all, all money coming into Cuba flows through the Castro regime and will continue to flow through the Castro regime. This isn’t some great “free trade” scenario for the Cuban people, as Sean Davis explains here. Second of all, all the liberals currently screaming “the policy didn’t work for 50 years!” are the same ones who will defend the failed War on Poverty until the end of time. Thirdly, if you think ditching the embargo and normalizing relations is the best step towards eliminating the Castro regime, then I’ll listen. If your argument is that the regime really isn’t that bad, then no, wrong. The Castro regime is absolutely awful and the idiot hipster apologists need to shut the fuck up.

In conclusion: whatever. This is the least of our foreign policy problems right now. Leftists will swoon over Obama, Castro will continue to put homosexuals in concentration camps. Not much will really change in the short term. We have too many other major problems to get super worked up about this.

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Oh by the way…

Christmas dinner will taste extra good for the second year in a row.

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Braggin’ Rights  (photos by Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

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Music Monday

Here’s a musicological explanation of why this song has become a modern Christmas classic. Happy Holidays!

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Firearms Friday

This is so awesome. It’s like gun porn. You’re welcome.

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