Monthly Archives: February 2015

Video of the Day

This is awesome.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Only in my wildest dreams are Republicans this clever. Fear not, Dems.

Deep down they really love us, I’m sure.

The F-35 will cost more than the Manhattan Project every year for the next fifty years. GET RID OF IT.

I forgot to include this excellent Kyle Smith post in the “does Obama love America as is or as he wishes it to be” section the other day.

“Patients given the bells included a frail 84-year-old dementia patient who was too weak to pick it up to ring for help.” Heckuva job, NHS.

“See if you can spot the pattern: The federal government decides that health insurance is a right, but also decides that traditional methods of evaluating health-insurance risk are unfair (read: “politically unpopular”), gets directly involved in the market, and health-care prices go way up; the federal government decides that access to mortgage credit is a right, but also decides that traditional methods of evaluating mortgage-borrower risk are unfair (read: “politically unpopular”), gets directly involved in the market, and housing prices go way up before crashing and causing a worldwide financial catastrophe; the federal government decides that access to student loans is a right, but also decides that applying traditional methods of risk evaluation to those loans is unfair (read: “politically unpopular”), gets directly involved in the market, and college prices go way up…”

LOL besieged American allies LOL WTF is wrong with these people?

I’m glad climate alarmists are finally admitting that they are in fact practicing a religion.

In a sane country, not ruled by entrenched interests and regulatory capture and populated by navel gazers, we’d abolish agencies like the VA and start over.

In yet another blow to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, a new report revealed the department has mismanaged claims for thousands of veterans who were due benefits, pensions, and funeral assistance. CBS News reported Tuesday that 13,841 veterans sent the Oakland, Calif., VA inquiries about veteran’s benefits that were stored in a file cabinet and ignored for years. The Veterans Benefits Administration ignored these letters even though they were required by law to respond with an application. In thousands of cases, veterans passed away without getting any response from the VA.

Oh look at that, the market works. Weird.

“Hillary Clinton is going to…promote an agenda based on the revolutionary notion that problems exist and should be solved.

Oh really? How many others are we aware of?

Smart. The less detail you provide, the easier it is to catch criminals I’m sure.

What about Otherkins? Seems Problematic. Also the word “FAG” in the middle seems Very Problematic. smh

Well, shit.

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day are more likely to have a stroke, research has shown – but experts do not know the reason why.

Foreign governments gave Hillary millions of dollars while she was SecState, but Rudy Giuliani expressed a personal opinion so you know what to do, media.

Maybe it’s time to shut the fuck up now GUY WHO VOTED FOR THE IRAQ WAR.

“You really shouldn’t listen to this Netanyahu clown. He approved of our invasion of Iraq. What a dope, amirite?”

“Sir, when you were in the Senate you voted to invade Iraq.”

“Shut up,” he explained.

Weird, I don’t hear any of the Lefty hypocrites who bitch and moan and mewl about money in politics complaining about this.

Poverty is not the problem, Part 10,634.

Godspeed, Rauner. It would be amazing if you could liberate Illinois from its self-imposed shackles, but I don’t see it happening.

We’re basically a banana republic at this point. That’s how bad it’s gotten.

The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.

What’s tricky is that Congress never authorized any money to make such payments to insurers in its annual appropriations, but the Department of Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the U.S. Treasury, made them anyway.

King Obama just unilaterally bailed out the insurance companies.

King Obama also bullied the FCC into approving net neutrality internet regulations the public wasn’t allowed to see (no doubt because they’re so wonderful and everyone will love them).

But the SCIENCE WAS SETTLED!

PHONY SCANDAL!

Last night Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Timothy Camus updated the House Oversight Committee on the status of Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails surrounding the IRS targeting of conservatives. In an exchange with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Camus revealed there is “potential criminal activity” involved in the disappearance and hiding of emails belonging to IRS officials involved in the targeting of conservatives between 2010 and 2012.

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Video of the Day

Here comes government to offer a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist. Get ready for less liberty and slower, more expensive internet.

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Afternoon Links

Government is just the name for things we do together, like steal the life savings of cancer patients who smoke a little pot.

Better idea: We could just not ask Hollywood stars their opinions about anything ever. Ilya Somin agrees with me (sort of, in a less extreme way).

Dear millennals,
Please commit mass suicide.
Love, Everyone

Happy fun times for AQAP now that the U.S. has pulled out of Yemen.

Yay, Obama’s Smart Power(TM), yay!

Russia has offered to sell surface-to-air missiles to Iran in a deal that will alarm the West, radically strengthening Tehran’s air defences and underscoring Moscow’s growing influence across the Middle East. The deal, which revives a controversial 2007 agreement that was scrapped because of UN sanctions on Iran’s nuclear programme, highlights the deepening ties between Tehran and the Kremlin.

Think Progress fascist argues that if the Supreme Court disagrees with him, we might need some court-packing to fix it.

Wow. This is Very Problematic. So much cis. Such privilege. Sonny Bunch should really apologize.

The people at the Guardian know what the CIA is, right? The CIA is not ‘banned’ from conducting covert ops in Gaza.

The schoolgirls joining ISIS are not victims. Stop pitying them. Don’t waste resources trying to get them back. They’ve made their choice.

“Draven, in other words, is a Japanese wood creature from The Legend of Zelda who was born into the body of a regular white kid.”

“We refer to ourselves as Raychel’s Library. We all share an otherspace called The Library! My front is a cisgendered female who shares a queerplatonic bond with her soul partner, Starrkat, who is also a multiples system. My system currently includes 3 members: Raychel (my lovely front!), Tonban (an older, wise, cisgendered male merkin… We turn to him for advice all the time), Asbiorn Snorrason (a genderfluid male-bodied Norse peasant, who is sometimes possessed by Loki. Ze’s typically quite mild-mannered, but occasionally the impish Trickster god comes out to play!).”

Corrections: An earlier version of this article referred to deku scrubs as “elves” and kobolds as “fairies.” In fact, deku scrubs are “essentially tree people” and kobolds are “weird little goblin things.” We regret the error.

Yeah, I see you clicking on that.

The President is a liar who consistently lies about everything.

Have we reached Peak Complaining About Everything yet?

Sick to death of this lawless administration.

The media ran with a story yesterday claiming that Israel had “released the dams” and “flooded Gaza” despite the fact that there are no dams to speak of. These supposed “journalists” could just consult a map, but that would spoil the fun! Seth Mandel has more.

ISIS has allegedly blown up the Mosul Public Library and burned more than 8,000 ancient, rare books and manuscripts.

King Obama doesn’t care what Congress says, he just does it anyway, Part Infinity. This time he smacks Warren and the Dems in the face, installs Antonio Weiss in effectively the same role without Senate confirmation.

Cuba is a Communist shithole police state but the NYT has nailed the real problem: capitalism. Everything you need to know about a diseased worldview is in this headline…and it just gets worse from there. Update: I see they’ve changed the headline. The original headline (still visible in the URL) was “As Cuba Shifts Toward Capitalism, Inequality Grows More Visible.”

Oh for fuck’s sake. Absolutely absurd.

A prominent British theater actor and playwright said that he commonly edits out anti-Semitic passages from performances of Shakespeare’s plays because they bear a greater “resonance” in the wake of the Holocaust.

Turns out, history’s greatest monsters are gerbils. Meanwhile, rats hire rebranding firm, demand apology.

After nearly eight centuries of accusing the black rat for spreading the bubonic plague, scientists say they have compelling evidence to exonerate the much-maligned rodent. In the process, they’ve identified a new culprit: gerbils.

Accommodating lunatics and running an economy on happy thoughts.

Creatures abuse that which is not earned. That’s what they do. Rat or human. Doesn’t matter. Same story.

Amen. DHS should never have been created in the first place. In my top three “agencies I would immediately get rid of” if I had the power.

Fuck Democrats. Fuck Republicans. Fuck everybody. LEAVE THE INTERNET ALONE, government! More on this in my Video of the Day, coming up shortly.

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Afternoon Links

Yay government! So competent! So virtuous! Let’s have it run more things.

Metro knew for years that a federally funded alarm system that warns of out­ages in its emergency response radio network didn’t work properly in subway tunnels, but the agency never told the fire officials who depend on the equipment, senior emergency responders said. When fire officials learned of the problem on their own last year and pressed Metro to fix it, the transit system said it was waiting until a new radio network is installed beginning a year from now. Nonfunctioning radios complicated District firefighters’ rescue of Metro passengers who were trapped in a smoke-filled tunnel outside the L’Enfant Plaza station last month. One rider died, and scores of others suffering smoke inhalation were sent to hospitals

The Yellow Line accident on Jan. 12 is the latest example of the Washington region’s continuing struggles with emergency response, despite spending nearly $1 billion in federal homeland security grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in order to be nimble in a crisis.

“Rae tells me she’s an aromantic asexual, Sean identifies as a heteroromantic demisexual, and Genevieve sees herself as a panromantic gray-asexual.”

FEC complaint alleges massive campaign finance violations by Democrats’ top data firm.

Plurality of Democrats believe Obama should be able to ignore federal courts if he feels like it. We’re doomed. There is no hope.

TV media mentioned Rudy Giuliani’s opinion about The Precious almost 3,000 times in two days, has mentioned news of the Clintons accepting money from foreign governments and other shady practices just 13 times. But there’s no media bias, people.

Speaking of, I have yet to see anyone on the Left provide actual evidence that Rudy is wrong or even offer an attempted refutation of points like Kevin Williamson makes here. It’s just a lot of wailing and bitching about Giuliani, as well as resorting to the standard liberal cry of “racist!!!!” Because the truth is your standard progressive does not like the basic principles the country was founded on: separation of powers, checks and balances, “negative” rights, individual liberty, etc. They want to be more like Europe (which is a burning dumpster fire at the moment, by the way, in case you hadn’t noticed) and they say it all the time. As David Harsanyi and Rich Lowry point out, progressives like Obama love an America that doesn’t exist. If you are for an enormous, active, intrusive federal government, you – by definition – are opposed to the founding principles of the country.

Mounting debt in the West makes the world a colder and darker place.

Please fuck off, food fascists.

You can abolish the filibuster over my dead body. I understand the temptation but DON’T DO IT, Republicans. Philip Klein explains why it’s a bad idea.

The Pentagon admits what everyone paying attention knows: the fight for Mosul will be extraordinarily difficult and bloody. Good luck getting the Shiites to fight hard for a Sunni city.

In newly sophisticated Boko Haram videos, hints of ISIS ties.

Clarence Thomas is wonderful. My favorite Justice.

Take a bow, Chicago. Even I didn’t imagine you could be this horrible and corrupt. I assume this “black site” is where Rahm’s campaign staff will be “disappeared” to if he’s forced into a runoff tonight.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
Shackling for prolonged periods.
Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

ISIS likely used heavy special effects in Libya beheading video to hide location.

When you fight enemies who are not illiterate Takfiris drones are useless.

Will Obama shut down DHS over a program he can’t implement?

Holy shit, kudos to this genius, who is running what has to be the most lucrative legal scam of all time.

Your feel-good story of the day.

Sunnis will love this: Obama admin’s campaign re ISIS has Qassem Suleimani overseeing Iraqi operation to retake Tikrit. Tikrit is source of Saddam regime, thus capital of Sunni resentment re Iranian power. There’s no better way to align moderate Sunnis with ISIS than to send Hajj Qassem to Tikrit. Unreal.

Peshmerga need weapons, not foreign volunteers who will slow them down.

Hadi nephew kidnapped by Houthis in Yemen. Iranian advisors must feel like they’re back in ’80s Lebanon.

Obama prepares to bless full-blown Iranian nuke program, if Tehran pinky swears to delay total breakout for 10-15 years.

Study finds U.S. millennials are stupid and unprepared for the workforce.

You may have seen the photo of the Muslim “peace ring” in Norway protecting a synagogue. Not so fast…

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Afternoon Links

Jesus Christ. It’s ironic that Obama may reverse Jimmy Carter’s one actual positive foreign policy achievement, which was turning Egypt away from the Soviets and towards us.

Another private citizen being forced by the state to participate in same-sex weddings. Terrible.

“German soldiers tried to hide lack of arms by replacing heavy machine guns with broomsticks during a NATO exercise.”

HUD IG: HUD will pay at least $448 million (that’s 1/5 of the program) in FY 2015 to ineligible public housing tenants.

Meanwhile, in “America’s enemies are emboldened” news, China appears to be building a network of island fortresses in the South China Sea.

North Carolina finally concedes that citizens don’t need a government license to blog about their diets.

Iran’s foreign minister “has been ordered to stop shouting and yelling at Secretary of State John Kerry” during negotiation sessions.

Wal-Mart’s wage hike proves we don’t need the government to raise the minimum wage.

Qatar is a garbage ally, Part 5,201.

Because this is what government should be concerning itself with. Nothing more important to do. Terrible human beings use government to destroy gentle acts of community.

Remember Detroit’s awesome “walking man” who strangers bought a car for after his story went viral? Not the happiest of endings because Detroit is a fucking shithole. What happens when you give the Left a city to run. How sad.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a fraud and a scumbag, but you knew that.

LOL

New level of absurdity: White House did not invite FBI Director to its summit on violent extremism, but FSB Director welcome.

Uh oh. Marie Harf needs to have a talk with these folks.

Six men detained for more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and then sent to Montevideo have upset Uruguay’s government after officials offered them jobs — and they said no.

2,500 year old Egyptian bronze cat that was nearly thrown away sells at auction for over 50,000 pounds.

13 foreign policy questions that a real press would ask Hillary Clinton. Along the same lines: Science questions reporters should ask politicians.

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Music Monday

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