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Afternoon Links

UK’s not-at-all-intrusive government-run health system to put ‘mild alcoholics’ (people who drink two glasses of wine a night) on a new drug. Yay big government!

Unbelievable. Shorter Slate: Christian missionaries should be sent to secular re-education camps before they’re allowed to prevent Africans from dying.

As we all suspected, Hillary was doing a whole lot of flying around but not a whole lot of working.

Don’t fear Ebola, fear government incompetence and the fantasy world the Left lives in. Great piece by Matthew Continetti. Here’s an excerpt:

Over the last few years the divergence between what the government promises and what it delivers, between what it says is happening or will happen and what actually is happening and does happen, between what it determines to be important and what the public wishes to be important—this gap has become abysmal, unavoidable, inescapable. We hear of “lone-wolf” terrorism, of “workplace violence,” that if you like your plan you can keep your plan. We are told that Benghazi was a spontaneous demonstration, that al Qaeda is on the run, that the border is secure as it has ever been, that Assad must go, that I didn’t draw a red line, the world drew a red line, that the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups involved not a smidgen of corruption, that the Islamic State is not Islamic. We see the government spend billions on websites that do not function, and the VA consign patients to death by waiting list and then cover it up. We are assured that Putin won’t invade; that the Islamic State is the jayvee team of terrorism; that Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction; that there is a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia.

While the public remains pro-Israel, our government negotiates with Israel’s enemies. While the public wants to reduce immigration, the preeminent legislative objective of both parties is a bill that would increase it. While the public is uninterested in global warming, while costly regulations could not pass a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate, while the scientific consensus behind the green agenda is, at the very least, fraying, the president says that climate change is the greatest threat to the United States. While Americans tell pollsters their economic situation has not improved, and that things are headed in the wrong direction—while even Democratic economists acknowledge the despondent state of the middle class—the president travels to Chicago to celebrate his economic recovery.

These disjunctions and confusions, these missteps, scandals, and miscalculations…have put into stark relief a political class dominated by liberal partisans, captured by ideas and interests removed from those of ordinary Americans. The stories of ineptitude or malfeasance that appear in the daily newspaper are more than examples of high ideals executed poorly. They are examples of the pursuit of ideas—of equality and diversity and progress and centralization and environmentalism and globalization—to absurd and self-destructive limits.

“If our policy succeeds,” the official said, “we’ll take credit for it. If it fails and Iraq descends into civil war, we’ll just blame George W. Bush.”

Great Tracinski piece on Ezekiel Emmanuel and the “skeletal grin of collectivism”:

That premise—that the individual lives only for the sake of the collective and must justify his existence by his service to society—is something that most on the left will not state fully and openly any more. The era of doctrinaire collectivism has passed, but it lingers on as a poisonous hidden premise. It is the skeletal grin that persists long after the corpse of Communism—and of its millions of victims—has decomposed.


Libya’s parliament is holed up in a 5-star hotel hundreds of miles from Tripoli. Shades of Somalia in the 90s and 00s.

LOL. “What’s Racist, What’s Not (As of Friday, Oct. 3, 2014)”

Meet the badass Lady Kurds fighting ISIS

This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I complain about these new campus rape kangaroo courts. Universities do not know how to handle this stuff, it should be left to the criminal justice system.

Why Jon Stewart is worse than Bill Maher

Hey D.C. people, support this awesome Iraqi guy’s new bar “The Green Zone.” His featured cocktail is “Fuck ISIS” Punch. He’s going to serve Lebanese street food as well, if he’s successful enough…and let me tell you, there are few things more awesome than Lebanese street food.

Qatari banker who financed KSM is still freely funding terrorists because Qatar is the worst.

Our air campaign in Iraq works to the benefit of the IRGC on the ground, in Syria it benefits Assad/Hezbollah. Hard not to come to the conclusion, if you add everything up, that Obama is simply pursuing a pro-Iran policy, which is disturbing and absolutely unacceptable.

This is so ridiculous. We live in such a bizarre world now in which it’s considered perfectly normal to completely deny objective reality. Your biological sex is your sex, no matter how you “feel” about it and that’s the team you should play on. Idiotic that schools are even concerning themselves with this. They have enough trouble teaching kids how to read, maybe focus on that.

Attention people in Illinois who think they can continue on without pension reform: read this.

This is depressing. Had never even thought about how the population bleed out of blue states like Michigan and Illinois, people moving down to Georgia and Florida has an impact on Big Ten sports. Makes sense though.

“They had been raped, and their hearts were cut out of their chests and left on top of the bodies,” he said, struggling to hold back tears. “I buried them with my own hands.”


The National Park Service says a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

U.S. immigration officer sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after accepting a bribe of hundreds of egg rolls.

Blockbuster Mitch Prothero story on failed U.S. air strikes in Syria to kill a French intel agent turncoat who had defected to al Qaeda.

Lol. “Gee, I never expected there would be so many Jew-haters and conspiracy theorists at this ANTI-ZIONIST conference in IRAN.”

Does anyone think if the Democrats took control of the House they’d honor the existing budget deals?

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What in the actual fuck

The Huffington Post has hired former NFL player and 9/11 TRUTHER Donte Stallworth to write about…wait for it…national security. 


This fucking guy. There are dozens of tweets like that.


He also has some interesting thoughts on H1N1

…and thinks the underwear bomber was a false flag…

HuffPo just basically hired Alex Jones. Oh, by the way, Stallworth also killed someone in a drunk driving accident and has a manslaughter conviction. Just a fucking winner all the way around. If there was any part of you that took Arianna Huffington even remotely seriously, please let it go now. Protip: “Who was responsible for 9/11?” should be the first question you ask when hiring a national security reporter.

So, to recap: A football player who ostensibly knows nothing about foreign policy/natsec…who killed someone…and is an InfoWars-level conspiracy theorist/truther…is going to write about national security/foreign policy at the Huffington Post. I feel like I’m living in a mental institution. What is happening?


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Your Morning Cup of Links/WTF Friday

Illinois bureaucrats stop tiny menace who likes to bake cupcakes for people and give her earnings to charity, thank god. Somebody had to. We can’t have kids using their skills to become entrepreneurs because then they won’t be reliant on the state.

The Health Department of Madison County, Illinois on Sunday shut down a baking operation run by an 11-year-old girl. Chloe Stirling may be young, but she’s already developed serious culinary and small business skills. She began an enterprise, called “Hey, Cupcake!,” out of her family’s kitchen two years ago. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the sixth grader earns around $200 a month selling her baked goods. Stirling hopes to use her income to one day open her own bakery. Her mother, Heather, also offered to match the money Stirling makes to buy a car when she turns 16. Additionally, “she has donated many to charitable events, including a fundraiser for a student with cancer and, most recently, taking some to residents at a senior care center,” writes the Belleville News-Democrat. The desserts didn’t sit well with the local government, though. The health department called Stirling’s parents and demanded that the girl cease operations, because she was violating the Illinois State Food Service Code. Stirling lacked the necessary permit and the kitchen wasn’t properly licensed. “The guy told me I either had to buy her a bakery or put in a second kitchen (in the house),” Stirling’s mother said.

Ambition? What’s that? Dreams? You need a permit for those in today’s America, kid.

In which Kevin Williamson compares bureaucrats to space monkeys…

On Tuesday, the president of these United States called for an end to the “rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government,” so that he might move forward with his economic agenda uninhibited by “stale political arguments.” It was an interesting moment. The president’s childlike faith in his own ability to direct resources according to his own vision is almost touching in its way, though when the actual costs are accounted for it is terrifying…Progressives like to frame the argument about the size and scope of government as Thomas Hobbes vs. Ayn Rand: Every step toward decentralization and deregulation is in their view a step toward chaos, the war of all against all. To the progressive, there can be no meaningful move toward liberty (save in the case of sexual license), only a dangerous slide toward anarchy. There is some irony in that: Progressives fear what they call “Social Darwinism,” which to the extent that it ever has existed as a coherent worldview has been associated with progressives, who translated it into policy in the form of horrific eugenics campaigns and forcible sterilizations. Progressives are smart people who never learn: Their characteristic fallacy is the belief that if a little bit of government is a good thing, then more must be better. Again, the level of understanding is childlike…Well administered, a little government is an excellent thing. It protects property, sees to the enforcement of contracts, defends the borders, keeps the streets safe…How much government is too much when you’re trying to steer extraordinarily complex markets, such as the ones involved in electricity generation? In that case, $1 is too much, because it is $1 spent on something that government not only should not be doing but in fact cannot do. From Soviet central planning to the Spanish green-energy racket to the U.S. housing bubble, one of the inescapable lessons of economic history is not that government should not attempt to steer industries but that government cannot steer them in any predictable and productive fashion. “Should not attempt” is a second-order conclusion, deriving from the fundamental condition of “cannot.”…I have spent a fair amount of time around elected officials, regulators, and the like, and when I see them, I think: space monkeys. The first monkey to make it into space was called Albert II, who went up on a V2 rocket. Albert II survived the space flight but not, unlucky little beast, the parachute failure that followed. We primates are in a sense one big family, and the first of us to see the majesty of our little corner of the universe from a vantage point beyond the surly bonds of Earth was a rhesus monkey, the stars laid out like a trail of diamonds before his uncomprehending eyes. The complexity of even the simplest markets is as far beyond the understanding of any politician or bureaucracy — or any single human mind — as astrophysics is beyond a rhesus monkey. Politicians steer the economy like Albert II steered that rocket. It isn’t just that they don’t know which levers to pull at what time — they’re clever enough — but that the thing itself is so incomprehensibly complex as to be effectively unknowable to them.

Oh for fuck’s sake. Rutgers University is offering a class on Beyonce. Societal end times, people.

Man pleads guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into New York.

Weather map of distant star features molten iron rain.

43 California Obamacare navigators are convicted felons, whose crimes include forgery and welfare fraud. And you’re supposed to give your most intimate personal and financial info to them. Unreal.

Cambridge University spent three million pounds on wine last year. Seems like a good use of funds to me.

New Zealand man fights off shark with knife, stitches up own leg, goes to pub to have a drink.

The Pentagon has spent over $200 million trying to teach Afghan soldiers how to read…and they still can’t read.

The United States government has spent $200 million on a literacy program for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) over the past five years but half the Afghan army still can’t read or write according to a new report. “Literacy of the Afghan National Security Forces is of critical importance,” said John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). “We’ve spent $200 million on this  — yet we don’t even know how many Afghan security forces are literate or how well the program worked. That’s deeply disturbing.” The goal of the program was to make 100 percent of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to read at a first grade level and 50 percent literate at a third grade level by the time U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014. But officials told SIGAR that that attaining those goals with the Afghan army, which is set to grow to 352,000, may be “unrealistic” and unattainable.”…In addition, many of the soldiers who have been educated at U.S. taxpayer expense are no longer in the Afghan Army. The ANSF has a remarkably high attrition rate, between 30 and 50 percent a year. As of Feb. 2013, roughly half of the ANSF was still illiterate, according to some of the officials in charge of the literacy training.

Here’s a bra (made by the Japanese, of course) that only unhooks if the woman is truly in love. Sounds pretty fucking stupid to me.

Here’s that Franz Kafka video game you’ve been waiting for.

The ancient Greeks were quite the grill masters.

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Yay! It’s What the F**k Friday!

Who among us hasn’t pulled a handgun from our vagina during an argument about space aliens? CAST THE FIRST STONE, LADIES.

The ex-wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Road” and “No Country for Old Men” novelist Cormac McCarthy was arrested over the weekend for pulling a handgun from her vagina and aiming it at her current boyfriend’s head. The Smoking Gun obtained the statement of probable cause from Santa Fe County Police that says Jennifer McCarthy, 48, was arguing with her unnamed boyfriend about “space aliens” when she became angry and left her home. When she came back, McCarthy went into the bedroom and came out wearing nothing but lingerie and a Smith & Wesson handgun in her vagina.

Do not laugh Do not laugh Do not laugh

There’s no way to confirm it, but a McLoud, Okla., man may be the first person ever to be charged with killing someone by “atomic wedgie.” Police say Brad Davis, 33, got into a row with his stepfather Denver Lee St. Clair, 58, on Dec. 21. The fight ended with Davis suffocating St. Clair with his own underwear and striking him in the head. Davis, a former Marine, told detectives that the fight started with his stepfather badmouthing his mother. An argument ensued which soon turned physical with St. Clair attempting to strike first. After more punches were thrown between the two men, Davis told police he’d given St. Clair the “atomic wedgie.”

There he is, ladies and gentlemen, one of America’s foremost public intellectuals.

A Chris Christie appointee’s comment about the George Washington Bridge’s lane closings affecting school buses with children of supporters of their Democratic opponent reminds New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman of the deadly conflict between Muslims in the Middle East. “The first thing that came to my mind is that’s exactly how Sunnis would talk about Shiites or Shiites would talk about Sunnis in Baghdad or Beirut,” he said on Morning Joe. He noted that the Lebanese civil war started as a result of a school bus being shot up.

Yes, Tom, it’s exactly like that, you fucking clown.

Unbelievable, these people.

The attorney heading the internal investigation into potential unfair targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is a frequent and significant donor to both the Democratic National Committee and President Obama, Rep. Darrell Issa revealed today, in what he calls a “startling conflict of interest” that jeopardizes the investigation…Barbara Bosserman, a trial attorney within the IRS’s Civil Rights Commission, is leading the internal investigation. Bosserman’s leadership raises all sorts of questions about the investigation’s fairness. Rep. Issa’s investigations revealed that she has been a loyal financial backer of the DNC since 2004 and has donated multiple times personally to President Obama’s two campaigns. Her personal donation total reaches $6,750 to both the party and President Obama.

HAHAHAHAHA Because four Americans were murdered and the government lied about it. I get it. YOU PRICK.

Virginia is about to get a little less ridiculous.

Starting on January 29, Virginia bars and restaurants will enjoy the freedom to advertise the fact that they have happy hours. Cheers! Previously, drinking establishments could tout drink specials inside their own premises, but nowhere else. Now tweets, signage, and other forms of advertising are legit. BUT bars still can’t advertise what those drink specials are, only that they exist. Passersby and Twitter followers are only allowed to know the place and time, and the fact that a happy hour is occurring.

Why? Why was that regulation even in place? What idiots come up with this crap?

This exists…in academia…people are mortgaging their houses to send their children to a place where they can  major in “Feminist Postcolonial Milk Studies.” Because there’s nothing like “Feminist Postcolonial Milk Studies” to prepare you for the real world, amirite?

What if you could restore veterans’ pensions, fund jobless benefits and stop illegal immigration fraud all at once? The Democrats would say no, of course. Byron York reports:

Two of the most pressing concerns on Capitol Hill are 1) finding a way to restore cuts in veterans’ pensions that were included in the budget deal brokered by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan; and 2) figuring out a plan to pay for extended emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans whose benefits have run out. They are vexing problems, but Republicans, led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, came up with a proposal to solve them. The only difficulty was, the solution — finding billions to pay for the restored pensions and unemployment insurance — involved cracking down on a tax credit program in which illegal immigrants have fraudulently collected billions of dollars in improper payments. Stop the fraud, Ayotte argued, and then use the money saved to pay for pensions and unemployment insurance. It seemed like an elegant solution. Except that Democrats would have none of it. Putting an end to the fraudulent collection of tax credits by illegal immigrants would hurt the most vulnerable, they argued…The Ayotte amendment was remarkably simple. It would have required anyone collecting benefits from a program known as the Additional Child Tax Credit to supply a Social Security number in order to collect the money.

Oh my god, imagine that! Having to prove you’re a citizen in order to get citizens’ benefits. Absurdity! Blasphemy! BURN THE WITCH WHO PRACTICES THIS DARK MAGIC! And this ladies and gentlemen, is why we are where we are, why common sense reforms can never get made, why we will go over the cliff in the coming years.

Introducing ‘whale beer.’

Crazy lady compares childbirth to snipping babies’ spinal cords during late-term abortions.

Egypt is very concerned that a puppet used in a television commercial is really mouthing code words to terrorists. The puppet may face criminal charges.

Egypt’s crackdown on support for the Muslim Brotherhood turned surreal this week as prosecutors agreed to investigate the allegation that a puppet that babbles nonsensically in an advertisement for a multinational phone company was in fact sending coded instructions to Islamist terrorists.

IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW. They also allowed the puppet to go on television and, um, defend itself.

Appearing via Skype, in character, Abla Fahita confronted Ahmed Spider with the apparently unassailable argument, “I am a fictional character.” According to Zeinobia, who suggested that this dialogue just might herald “the end of human civilization,” the blogger replied with a promise to have the puppet jailed.

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Weekend Links

Someone finally did it. They accidentally put a photo of Morgan Freeman on a Nelson Mandela tribute billboard.

DARPA’s Robot Olympics starts today and it looks awesome.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials begin today, putting 17 humanoid robots through their own version of an octathalon. The event, held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, will put the autonomous robots through their paces across eight different tasks, including walking across rocky terrain, climbing up a ladder and clearing debris.

Yesterday, Obama unilaterally changed his health care law for (at least) the 14th time. It’s almost as if they’re just making it up as they go along with no care for the legality of any of it. Before jetting off for his two-and-a-half week tropical vacation, Obama informed the people who had their comprehensive plans canceled because of him, that they are now permitted to buy bare-bones “catastrophic” plans. How generous! He also delayed the individual mandate for those who lost their plans. I’m old enough to remember when any change to the mandate was “terrorism.” Avik Roy explains why, as Joe Biden would say, this is a “big fucking deal.” Additionally, Charles Krauthammer has a good piece on the Obamacare debacle. Here’s an excerpt:

The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is — which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place. Obamacare was sold as simply a refinement of the current system, retaining competition among independent insurers but making things more efficient, fair and generous. Free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Free mammograms and checkups for you and me. Free (or subsidized) insurance for some 30 million uninsured. And, mirabile dictu, not costing the government a dime. In fact, Obamacare is a full-scale federal takeover. The keep-your-plan-if-you-like-your-plan ruse was a way of saying to the millions of Americans who had insurance and liked what they had: Don’t worry. You’ll be left unmolested. For you, everything goes on as before. That was a fraud from the very beginning. The law was designed to throw people off their private plans and into government-run exchanges where they would be made to overpay — forced to purchase government-mandated services they don’t need — as a way to subsidize others. (That’s how you get to the ostensible free lunch.) It wasn’t until the first cancellation notices went out in late 2013 that the deception began to be understood. And felt. Six million Americans with private insurance have just lost it. And that’s just the beginning. By the Department of Health and Human Services’ own estimates, about 75 million Americans would have plans that their employers would have the right to cancel. And millions of middle-class workers who will migrate to the exchanges and don’t qualify for government subsidies will see their premiums, deductibles and co-pays go up. It gets worse. The dislocation extends to losing one’s doctor and drug coverage, as insurance companies narrow availability to compensate for the huge costs imposed on them by the extended coverage and “free” services the new law mandates. But it’s not just individuals seeing their medical care turned upside down. The insurance providers, the backbone of the system, are being utterly transformed. They are rapidly becoming mere extensions of the federal government…Obamacare posed as a free-market alternative to a British-style single-payer system. Then, during congressional debate, the White House ostentatiously rejected the so-called “public option.” But that’s irrelevant. The whole damn thing is the public option. The federal government now runs the insurance market, dictating deadlines, procedures, rates, risk assessments and coverage requirements. It’s gotten so cocky it’s now telling insurers to cover the claims that, by law, they are not required to. Welcome 2014, our first taste of nationalized health care.

Speaking of making it up as they go along, I’m beginning to think health scientists are doing that. Last week, after years of being told multi-vitamins are great, we learned they are completely useless. Now we learn that all the happy talk about aspirin as preventative medicine might be crap.

Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to stave off heart disease may be inviting more harm than benefit, according to a new review of past studies. Adults face a crush of conflicting health messages about aspirin and the role it plays as a preventive medicine. In an attempt to bring clarity to the topic, UK researchers sifted through the most recent evidence from nine randomized controlled trials – which are considered medicine’s gold standard – and other systematic reviews of such trials. They found a total of 27 studies between 2008 and 2012 that fell within their criteria. “Too many healthy people think that aspirin will prevent heart attacks and cancer,” said Dr. Peter Sandercock of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. “This shows that if you are healthy, with no symptoms of cardiovascular disease, then it’s not sensible to take regular aspirin. It won’t improve your health,” he told Reuters Health.

France is going to use unarmed U.S.-made drones to hunt al-Qaeda in Mali.

J.K. Rowling is producing a new stage play based on Harry Potter. It will focus on Harry’s early years, before his arrival at Hogwart’s.


A newly discovered sea slug has been named after a Game of Thrones character.

Under Scott Walker’s new rules in Wisconsin, teachers can choose whether they want to be in a union or not. And, surprise! Many of them don’t. This resulted in the disbanding of 19 teachers unions recently. FREEDOM!!

Van Gogh’s “final gasp” is going on public display for the first time since 1966. It will be featured at the National Gallery.

Christmas came early at the National Gallery of Art, which has just received Vincent van Gogh’s “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers” from the estate of museum benefactor Paul Mellon. The painting will go on display Friday in the Gallery’s West Building and will hang between two other works by van Gogh: the still life “Roses” and the portrait “La Mousmé.” “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers,” which depicts the French countryside, was painted months before the artist’s death in 1890. It is the ninth van Gogh painting to enter the National Gallery’s collection. The story behind the work adds to its power. During the spring of 1890, van Gogh painted many “pure landscapes” following his voluntary confinement in an asylum. Mary Morton, curator of French paintings at the museum, says the tranquility of “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers” runs counter to the narrative of a tormented van Gogh, whose lifelong struggle with mental illness ended in suicide. Unlike his haunting “Wheat Field With Crows,” which some scholars say is van Gogh’s last work, many works in the “Auvers” period depict calm landscapes, a respite from his torment. “He was struggling with mental illness, but seemed to take comfort in nature toward the end of his life,” Morton said, calling the painting “a final gasp.” Morton also notes that unlike many of his landscapes, which include buildings, stone walls and trees, this work eliminated figures, depicting only wind-blown grasses and clouds.

South Sudan is about to explode. We have deployed 45 soldiers there to protect our embassy. Andrew Green explains what’s going on.

Independence has not come easy for South Sudan. After decades of war, a country the United States helped midwife into existence less than three years ago, has come to the brink of war with Sudan and watched its economy crumble after it shut down oil production early last year over a refusal to pay grossly inflated transit fees the government in Khartoum was charging to use its pipeline. Meanwhile, rebel groups have continued to crisscross vast swathes of the country, engaging soldiers and disrupting humanitarian efforts. But now South Sudan faces its most serious challenge: Unresolved political divisions have already caused hundreds of deaths and now threaten to split the country along ethnic lines…The country’s political fissures have been growing ever since President Kiir sacked his entire cabinet in July. Officials at the time said the cabinet was too large and not enough was getting done. Instead of continuing to pacify rivals, Kiir wanted to bring in technocrats, who would create work plans and deliver results. It was also clear that the move was something of a power play, with Kiir clearing out potential rivals, like Machar, and bringing his own people on board. If the new cabinet could deliver on Kiir’s promises of better roads, schools and hospitals, it would solidify him as the only legitimate candidate in the presidential election scheduled for 2016. But the reorganization also undid the complicated coalition of different ethnic groups the president had managed to string together with his first cabinet. That included Machar — a leader in the Nuer community, which is second only to Kiir’s Dinka community in size…Earlier this month, a group of disgruntled members of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party gathered for a press conference. In a cloak-and-dagger move, they kept the location and participants secret until hours before. The alliance ended up including Machar, former Cabinet Affairs Minister Deng Alor — now among the 10 politicians who have been arrested — and Rebecca Nyandeng. Her presence was particularly notable, because she is the widow of John Garang, South Sudan’s great martyr, who led southern rebels during the decades-long war with Sudan only to die in a helicopter crash months after signing a peace deal with Khartoum. Machar read the group’s statement, in which he accused Kiir of exacerbating divisions within the ruling party, cutting himself off from SPLM members and, general “dictatorial tendencies” in his leadership. Nine days later, the fighting started.

Apparently, alligators are the new pit bulls for drug dealers.

While we’re talking drugs, check out this exceedingly disturbing story in which a woman who was not carrying drugs is billed for a rectal exam forced on her by the U.S. Border Patrol.

And in a possibly even more disturbing drug trafficking-related story, a federal judge has slapped the lawless Obama administration for aiding and abetting human trafficking, putting children in danger and helping drug cartels. Hans A. von Spakovsky reports:

A federal judge in Texas has issued a searing indictment of the Obama administration’s immigration policy. He accuses the government of “completing the criminal mission” of human traffickers “who are violating the border security of the United States” and assisting a “criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals.” The judge calls the administration’s behavior “dangerous and unconscionable” and says that “DHS should cease telling the citizens of the United States that it is enforcing our border security laws because it is clearly not. Even worse, it is helping those who violate these laws.” On December 13, federal district court Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, issued his order in U.S. v. Nava-Martinez. It described in shocking detail the malfeasance of the government. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, an admitted human trafficker and resident alien, pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle a ten-year-old El Salvadoran girl into the U.S. This was Nava-Martinez’s second felony offense; she was convicted of food-stamp fraud in 2011. She was caught at the Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge checkpoint in Texas, after being hired by “persons unknown” to smuggle the girl into the U.S. The girl’s mother, Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, is an illegal alien living in Virginia. She had solicited the unknown smugglers to get her daughter from El Salvador to the U.S. for the agreed-upon price of $8,500. As Judge Hanen pointed out, the human-trafficking conspiracy instigated by Salmeron Santos was interrupted when Nava-Martinez was arrested, but the “goal of the conspiracy was successfully completed thanks to the actions of the United States.” Hanen expressed grave concern over the “apparent policy of [DHS] of completing the criminal mission of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States.” After the child was taken into custody, DHS agents learned that the mother had “instigated this illegal conduct.” Yet DHS delivered the child to the mother and took no enforcement action: “It did not arrest her. It did not prosecute her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings for her.” As the judge said, “instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the Government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it,” conduct for which any “private citizen would, and should, be prosecute.” What especially angered the judge was that this was the fourth case of this nature that he “had in as many weeks.” All involved “human traffickers who smuggled minor children [and] were apprehended short of delivering the children to their ultimate destination.” In each case, the parents were in this country illegally and had initiated and funded the illegal activity. And in each instance, DHS completed the crime by delivering the child to the parents and refusing to take any action against them. As the judge pointed out, this means that DHS is encouraging “parents to put their minor children in perilous situations subject to the whims of evil individuals.” According to the judge, “this concern for the safety of these [children] in not fanciful or theoretical; it is a real and immediate concern.” While the Santos child had been transported in a car, “others are made to swim the Rio Grande River or other bodies of water in remote areas.” As Judge Hanen was waiting for the judgment in this case to be prepared, “two illegal aliens drowned, two more are missing, and a three-year-old El Salvadoran toddler was found abandoned by smugglers” just outside of Brownsville…Human trafficking is controlled by and helps fund the drug cartels. He didn’t need to list the dangers facing minors and adults as they are smuggled into the U.S. In the last year alone, the judge had “seen instances where aliens being smuggled were assaulted, raped, kidnapped and/or killed.” Judge Hanen cited a long report on drug cartels that describes their “exploitation and trafficking of children” and the “violence, extortion, forced labor, sexual assault, or prostitution” to which they subject children and adults…By virtue of this DHS policy, American citizens are “helping fund these evil ventures with their tax dollars.”…As Judge Hanen concludes, the decision of Salmeron Santos to smuggle her child across the border “even if motivated by the best of motives, is not an excuse for the United States Government to further a criminal conspiracy, and by doing so, encourage others to break the law and endanger additional children.”

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Weekend Links Part 1/WTF Friday

Wonderful. So we’re going to kill all the eagles in order to try and fulfill the fantasy that wind farms can power this country. Environmentalists are such hypocrites.

The Interior Department is close to finalizing a rule that would allow wind farms to kill eagles, National Journal reports.

The White House Office of Management and Budget signed off Wednesday on the heavily lobbiedrule, which would boost the available permit period from five to 30 years, records show.

Supporters of the rule and the Obama administration say the 30-year permits will provide the wind industry with regulatory certainty.

Oh, suddenly they care about giving businesses certainty. That’s rich.

Oh, do fuck off, Assad.

“China seeks Death Star missile base on moon.” Enough said.

Chris Matthews has been at the glue again. MSNBC is such a joke.

If I didn’t know any better I might think our dear leader had a slight problem with truth-telling and I might think our press had a slight curiosity problem.

The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Obama lived with his uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while he was a student at Harvard Law School — despite previously saying there was no record of the two having met…White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at Thursday’s White House briefing that, when the issue of Obama’s uncle came up in 2011, the press office “looked at the president’s records, including the president’s book” and found no reference to him. “That was what was conveyed,” he said. “No one had spoken to the president.”

No one asked him. And no one in the press bothered to look into it or ask any questions. They just took whatever the press office gave them. This is an insignificant story, but it makes you ask the question once again: WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, MEDIA? None of them seem to know anything or care much about knowing anything about Obama, but a couple of random idiots commented on Ted Cruz’s Facebook post tribute to Mandela and the media is ON IT. Unbelievable. The response to Cruz’s post is overwhelmingly positive, but some chump did a little “investigative reporting” and found a few losers – as you can in anyone’s Facebook comment thread – and is now trying to paint Cruz with the same brush. THERE ARE ACTUAL STORIES TO INVESTIGATE, GUYS.

Would like to hear Glenn Greenwald’s explanation for this leak. I think it would go something like “I hate America and want to do it great harm.”

Susan Rice would like you to know that LGBT rights are a big part of our foreign policy. Good thing there are no gay people in Syria or Iran.

Russia, screwing us every way they can. The United States just charged 49 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud case.

Of the 63 babies born to Russian diplomats and their spouses in New York City between 2004 and 2013, 58 births — 92 percent — were in families that received Medicaid benefits, the complaint says. The complaint says an 18-month investigation of the 49 defendants’ applications revealed “general patterns of misrepresentations, which allowed them to qualify for Medicaid.” For example, the defendants frequently underreported their household income at an amount below the applicable Medicaid eligibility level, the complaint charges. Each diplomat listed in the complaint, said George Venizelos, head of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had “submitted an employer verification form from the Russian government misstating their income in an effort to qualify for benefits.”…While many of the diplomats and spouses were cheating the Medicaid program, the complaint says, they also were spending tens of thousands of dollars on luxury goods and vacations, including jewelry, watches, clothes and shoes, at Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Company and Bloomingdale’s. The defendants currently work or formerly worked in New York at places like the Russian Mission to the United Nations and the Russian Consulate. Some had diplomatic titles like first secretary, second secretary, attaché and counselor…For years, insurance fraud schemes in New York and elsewhere have often been dominated by immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the center of New York City’s Russian-speaking immigrant population, has one of the highest rates of health care fraud in the nation, according to recent federal statistics.

Just imagine for a moment the shitstorm that would ensue if Dick Cheney or Paul Ryan said this.

COMPETENCE. Also, this is incredible.

Downton Abbey tea truck is about to hit the streets of New York. I approve.

Six Americans who are locked up abroad. A primer from The Daily Beast on who they are and what they did.

If only there had been a political movement, circa 2010, to warn us that stuff like this would happen. I have to say I’m enjoying the new NYT series, “Things you would have know four years ago if you listened to Obamacare critics.”

Oh for fucks sake, Bill. This must be the phase of syphilis where the dementia kicks in. Dear lord.

Prelude to a crackdown in Ukraine? Stay tuned…

Ukrainian police on Thursday warned pro-Europe protesters they faced a “harsh” crackdown if they did not end their occupation of public offices in Kiev, while President Viktor Yanukovich’s prime minister denounced them as “Nazis and criminals.”…Germany’s visiting foreign minister used the occasion to warn Ukraine against violently cracking down on protesters. Russia’s responded by accusing EU officials of “hysteria”.

Couple goes to McDonald’s, gets handed bag with the restaurant’s bank deposit in it instead of food. Thankfully, they are wonderful people who returned it.

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Weekend Links

I give you, America’s 10 strangest strip clubs. Some of these aren’t really strange, but rather awesome. If I were a single dude, I would probably never leave the Star Wars-themed one…though I might mix it up once in awhile by heading over to the strip club that has a copy of the Constitution on the wall, since I like to be patriotic.

Mark Steyn has a great piece on America, the banana republic.

“This is the United States of America,” declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Missouri, on Friday. “We’re not some banana republic.” He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, which glorious American tradition seems to come round earlier every year. “This is not a deadbeat nation,” President Obama continued. “We don’t run out on our tab.” True. But we don’t pay it off, either. We just keep running it up, ever higher…As Obama explained in another of his recent speeches, “Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.” I won’t even pretend to know what he and his speechwriters meant by that one, but the fact that raising the debt ceiling “has been done over a hundred times” does suggest that spending more than it takes in is now a permanent feature of American government. And no one has plans to do anything about it. Which is certainly banana republic-esque…Washington does nothing but government, and it gets richer even as Americans get poorer. That’s very banana republic, too: Proximity to state power is now the best way to make money…With government redistributing more money than ever before, we’ve mysteriously wound up with greater income inequality than ever before. Across the country, “middle-class” Americans have accumulated a trillion dollars in college debt in order to live a less-comfortable life than their high school-educated parents and grandparents did in the Fifties and Sixties. That’s banana republic, too: no middle class, but only a government elite and its cronies, and a big dysfunctional mass underneath, with very little social mobility between the two…The tax collectors of the United States treat you differently according to your political beliefs. That’s pure banana republic, but no one seems to mind very much…“Banana republic” is an American coinage – by O Henry, a century ago, for a series of stories set in the fictional tropical polity of Anchuria. But a banana republic doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a sensibility, and it’s difficult to mark the precise point at which a free society decays into something less respectable. Pace Obama, ever-swelling debt, contracts for cronies, a self-enriching bureaucracy, a shrinking middle class preyed on by corrupt tax collectors, and thuggish threats against anyone who disagrees with you put you pretty far down the banana-strewn path.

Lebanon can’t decide whether it wants to grant the visa request of a Polish woman who is on a ‘world sex tour’ in a quest to have sex with 100,000 men. I approve of this because I like goal-oriented people. If you can dream it, you can do it, kids.

The Muslim Brotherhood, ousted from Egypt, is moving to London, a place less hostile to Islamism.

“Rights advocates”? Really? Is that the new euphemism?

So, it looks like we’re kinda-sorta bailing out Detroit. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that giving more money to people who have already maxed out the credit card solves the problem. Detroit did such a great job with the money it had.

Son of a bitch. It looks like Wendy’s will be the fast food of choice going forward. Way to let them win, McDonald’s, way to let them win.

A earthquake off of Pakistan was so powerful it created a new island, which is pretty awesome. But of course, there’s a catch.

Someone had to do it. I give you “Green Eggs and Obamacare.” Way to come through, Daily Caller.

Really? “UK zoo bans animal print, says animals are getting ‘confused'”

Jay Carney doesn’t get “Sharknado” reference because Jay Carney is a loser. “What’s NATO got to do with it?”

Hugh Hewitt on why everyone in D.C. hates Ted Cruz. (Hint: Because he’s smart and fresh and inspiring.) Matthew Continetti has a great article on this as well.

Cruz deserved applause for his commitment and, at least, for his stamina. He established himself as the leader of the anti-Obamacare forces, forced the Democrats to defend their misbegotten law, and pulled the public discourse rightward…The criticism to which Cruz has been subjected is unlike anything in recent memory. He has been likened to Joe McCarthy, condescended to by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), called a “wacko-bird” by McCain, a “schoolyard bully” by Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.), a kamikaze pilot by the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and generally described as an anarchist, a nihilist, inhuman, and inhumane…What makes the populists the object of such ridicule and spite is their refusal to bow to the consensus. Democracies love consensus—to a large degree democracies cannot function without it. But the premises of the American consensus today, whether a Democrat or a Republican holds them, are liberal. You have heard them before: the status of illegal immigrants must be made legal, so-called austerity harms the economy, governments must do something to forestall climate change, free trade is all benefits without costs, economic integration with China is a net-plus, diversity is a compelling state interest, health insurance is a right, abortion on demand is a right, Islamophobia is a bigger worry than Islamism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root of Mideast turmoil, and at the end of the day human beings across the world, no matter their nation or religion or culture, are basically alike. This is the consensus that shapes our assumptions about the world, our notions of what is proper political behavior and what is not, our idea of what is worthwhile and possible. This is the consensus that says Obamacare is a settled issue, that says a government shutdown would be a Biblical disaster. Whether particular aspects of the consensus are right or wrong matters less than that they are held by as many people as possible. That is where the Tea Party enters the picture, for its view of the world is in many ways the very opposite of what one might hear at the U.N. General Assembly, and at the Clinton Global Initiative, and at establishment outlets in Washington. Challenge the consensus, disrupt expectations, introduce a little anarchy into the world, and you threaten the power of those who forge the consensus and benefit from it. You challenge the power of the caste… If Ted Cruz annoys and unsettles the cronies and oligarchs and bureaucrats and managers and navel-gazers assembled in New York City this week, and their servants in Washington, well, good for him. He refuses to submit to the consensus without a fight. He is a rebel without a caste.

Charles Krauthammer on the real Rouhani. He’s no “moderate,” but he’s smart enough to know he can snow the Left, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

The test of moderation is not what you want but what you’re willing to give. After all, sanctions were not slapped on Iran for amusement. It was to enforce multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding a halt to uranium enrichment. Yet in his lovey-dovey Post op-ed, his U.N. speech and various interviews, Rouhani gives not an inch on uranium enrichment. Indeed, he has repeatedly denied that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons at all. Or ever has. Such a transparent falsehood — what country swimming in oil would sacrifice its economy just to produce nuclear electricity that advanced countries such as Germany are already abandoning? — is hardly the basis for a successful negotiation. But successful negotiation is not what the mullahs are seeking. They want sanctions relief. And more than anything, they want to buy time.  It takes about 250 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in August that Iran already has 186 kilograms. That leaves the Iranians on the threshold of going nuclear. They are adding 3,000 new high-speed centrifuges. They need just a bit more talking, stalling, smiling and stringing along of a gullible West. Rouhani is the man to do exactly that. As Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator between 2003 and 2005, he boasted in a 2004 speech to the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, “While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the [uranium conversion] facility in Isfahan. . . . In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in Isfahan.” Such is their contempt for us that they don’t even hide their strategy: Spin the centrifuges while spinning the West.

Michael Moynihan delves deep into what Rouhani really said about the Holocaust.

It’s important to remember that the skilled Holocaust denier parses, dissects, and molests language, quibbling with the word “denial”—they typically acknowledge that many Jews died, but were victims of various typhus epidemics—and wondering why shadowy forces are hamstringing dissenting historians…Aren’t our moral standards for Iranian theocrats rather too elastic? It’s lovely that Iran’s new moderate president wants to moderate his government’s reputation for being a viper’s nest of lunatics, thugs, and anti-Semites, but must so many representatives of the fourth estate—a wholly owned arm of the you-know-who lobby—be willing to redefine “moderation” and “condemnation” along Iranian lines? Using the definition accepted by mainstream scholars of Nazism, Rouhani is a moderate Holocaust denier.

Your “apolitical, nonpartisan” White House, everybody. Oh, by the way, Mr. President, unfortunately you DO believe in negotiating with people with bombs strapped to their chests.

Bill Gates admits “Control-Alt-Delete” was a mistake.

Daren Jonescu carves up John McCain.

After twenty-four hours of Ted Cruz acting like a man — a man who sees his country on the brink of expiring — the Democrats have pulled the Senate floor out from under him. And as has become the custom, they have been aided in their bullying by Senator John McCain. As Charles Schumer was about to scold Cruz for “trampling on the rights of his colleagues,” he interrupted himself to yield the floor to McCain. For a moment, there was confusion over whether the time yielded would be his own or the Republicans’, but the Democrat leadership quickly jumped in to express its pleasure at allowing McCain to speak under any conditions. That is, they knew he was going to do some of their dirty work for them, thus lending credibility to their authoritarianism. And so he did.

Glenn Reynolds calls Obama out on being selfish, stubborn and narcissistic.

It’s also sadly typical that Obama sees this debate as being all about him. The Republicans aren’t trying to overturn a deeply unpopular bill that was crammed through on a party-line vote despite widespread opposition by Republicans and Democrats. They’re “trying to mess with” Obama. It’s not about policies or governance, it’s about personalities…Indeed, one reason, I suspect, that he’s set down a red line on ObamaCare is that it’s pretty much the only legislative accomplishment he can claim as his legacy. The problem with that is that ObamaCare was unpopular in 2010 (that’s why Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who crammed it through, is no longer speaker, but a minority figure in a GOP-controlled House). ObamaCare has become, if anything, even more unpopular now as costs have risen way beyond projections even as the number of people covered has shrunk to less than half of what was advertised. People are losing their insurance — or their jobs — as policies are canceled and employers shift to part-time hiring in order to escape ObamaCare’s onerous restrictions. It’s no wonder that an NBC poll a week ago found that 45% of U.S. adults say that the Affordable Care Act will make the health care situation in the U.S. worse, while only 23% say the law will make it better. And as ABC notes, currently 52% oppose the law, and, even more striking: “In 16 ABC-Post polls since August 2009, it has never received majority support.” Now, in spite of these sentiments, Obama will negotiate with Iran or Syria, but not with the House Republicans. And if the Senate passes the House bill and sends it to him, Obama will presumably enforce this red line and veto the budget, plunging the nation into a government shutdown…Obama can blame Republicans all he wants, but his party controls the White House and one house of Congress — two-thirds of the elected levers of power in Washington. If he can’t run the country with the White House and the Senate … well, maybe he just can’t run the country. After Syria, he’s lost a lot of credibility abroad; if he can’t keep the government from shutting down at home, he’s likely to lose credibility here as well, no matter how much finger-pointing he does. Ultimately, if the country seems to be in chaos, it’s the president who gets blamed. The truth is, Obama would be better off cutting a deal with the Republicans. ObamaCare implementation, scheduled for Oct. 1, is going terribly and it seems very unlikely that it will be anything other than what former supporter Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., correctly characterized as a “train wreck.” In fact, they’ve already had to implement delays and exemptions because of problems. And now there’s word that the software doesn’t work. Instead of refusing to negotiate, Obama should be trying to work something out, instead of engaging in brinkmanship. With better leadership, in fact, we wouldn’t be in this fight at all.

If you live in Brooklyn you can enroll your baby in a DJing class. Yes, DJ as in “disc jockey.” Brooklyn is a weird fucking place, man.

The world’s “most badass sports car” gets its first redesign in 60 years.

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