Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Obama Kill List

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

President Obama's secret kill list   "The leader of the government regularly sits down with his senior generals and spies and advisers and reviews a list of the people they want him to authorize their agents to kill. ... The leader once condemned any practice even close to this, but now relishes the killing because he has convinced himself that it is a sane and sterile way to keep his country safe and himself in power. The leader, who is running for re-election, even invited his campaign manager to join the group that decides whom to kill.
(Emphasis added)


The Left’s just-war theory: It’s okay if Obama does it.  "The Times notes that “Mr. Obama’s record has not drawn anything like the sweeping criticism from allies that his predecessor faced.” True enough. It hasn’t been subjected to a highly politicized assault at home and abroad by people desperate to put it in the worst possible light and even make it a war crime.""
Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review.

Nanny Bloomberg again (updated)

Political Cartoons by Brian Farrington

 Rick Moran:  We're saved! Bloomberg to ban sugared sodas over 16 oz.  "This is nonsense, and most people are going to see through it. It is a classic American political response to a non-political problem; make it appear that politicians are "doing something about the problem" of obesity when, in actuality, there is no political solution -- at least none that you could get away with in America."
Below: a Rich Terrell update

Bozell Column: Ed Schultz's Wisconsin Campaign

Newsbusters  "Ed Schultz is the kind of shameless liberal hack who can go on air standing in front of screaming labor-union crowds in Madison calling for Gov. Scott Walker’s head on a platter, and then turn around and announce that “Fox News is an arm of the Republican Party.” "
....
"A new Media Research Center study shows “The Ed Show” guest count tilted against Walker by 237 to 1. Think about this. One person supporting Walker, two-hundred and thirty-seven against. Contrast this with “The O’Reilly Factor’s” guest count on the subject: twelve guests for Walker, eight opposed, seven neutral."

Yeah, THAT Ed Schultz  "Schultz’s apology was as full and heartfelt as any I have ever seen from a media figure (as it should have been). He rightly called his comments “vile,” and revealed that he tried to reach Ingraham by telephone to apologize personally, but was only able to leave a message. More than anything, Schultz seemed to grasp the gravity of what he had said, and his shame and embarrassment were palpable as he asked Ingraham for forgiveness."

President Bush sees his portrait today

The Unveiling of the White House Bush Portrait    "Michelle Obama thanked the Bushs(sic) for their warmth and grace, all very proper.  But seeing George and Laura Bush reminded me of what class looked like in the White House. It's good the Obamas(sic) now know how to act when they return in a 4 years for their unveiling."

LA Times photo (right)


Politico: "Everyone got the joke, and Obama flashed a big smile and chuckled appreciatively, but try as he might, he couldn’t stick entirely to the high road during his tribute remarks. During one passage, some East Room guests alert to any hints of friction shot nervous glances at one another, and one woman could be seen mouthing the word “ouch." "
"For the past four years, Barack Obama has disparaged, mocked, and blamed George W. Bush for everything which is wrong with our country - with a special emphasis on those things which have gotten a helluva lot worse under Mr. Obama himself. Just last week, the world's most powerful golfer accused Bush of creating sneaky tax breaks for the "wealthiest Americans," savaging the education system, and stealing healthcare from the elderly...all of which is a pretty good trick for a guy who seems to be spending most of his time working with wounded veterans."
More excellent photos here.


Rush Limbaugh: Obama Gives Standard Stump Speech at George W. Bush's Portrait Unveiling (Video included)
OBAMA:  The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time.  We knew our economy was in trouble, our fellow Americans were in pain, but we wouldn't know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been, and still over those two and a half months --
....
 RUSH:  It's "Mr. President, you went out of your way." It's not "George, you went out of your way."  Anyway, he couldn't help himself.  This is a day where all this is set aside but he has to point out, it was bad, and it was worse than we knew. It was worse than they told us, but even two and a half months, in the midst of the crisis, President Bush went out of their way to make sure the transition to us was seamless.  The months before I took the oath were chaotic, the economy was in trouble, fellow Americans were in pain. 
"So you got Bush sitting there and the country sucked when I got here 'cause of you, buddy, even though we're unveiling your portrait today. It was so bad, we didn't know how bad it was until we actually got in here, George."... 

The Loan Arranger

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Eric Holder and the black pastors (Updated)

Update: Libs still whining about the right to vote  "If Barack Obama loses in November, you will most assuredly hear the cries of racism from the same panic-stricken Obama sycophants who are currently claiming that voter ID laws are purposefully disenfranchising black Americans.  Rational discussion of Mitt Romney will be set aside because he didn’t rightfully win the presidency, thanks to the right-wing conspiracy!

Eric Holder Integrates Church and State in Anti-Voter ID Pushback  "During a House subcommittee hearing last spring Rep. John Culberson of Texas accused Holder of refusing to prosecute members of the Black Panther Party. The AG took offense insisting "his Department of Justice does not enforce the law in a race-conscious way."
"Is helping black pastors to get the vote out -- all on the taxpayer's dime I might add -- not being "race conscious?" And how about that pesky separation of church and state violation?"

Attendees of Eric Holder event think Operation Fast and Furious is a movie [VIDEO]
"Attorney General Eric Holder gave the keynote address at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Conference of National Black Churches on Wednesday morning.

"Following the speech, The Daily Caller asked attendees what they thought of Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF gun-walking operation that lost track of thousands of trafficked firearms across the Mexican border, resulting in the deaths of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and hundreds of Mexican citizens."


Attorney General Holder briefs black pastors on election law   "That’s why we can’t make do without Eric Holder, folks.  It takes a lot of self-discipline to avoid turning an important office like Attorney General into a gushing fountain of political hackery."  


Unreal: Holder To Brief Hundreds Of Black Pastors On How To Campaign For Obama…
Quoting Beltway Confidential:   "Cleaver said they would not tell pastors which candidate to support. They will let them know who to regard as the good guys, though (hint: not Republicans). “We’re going to talk about some of the draconian laws* that have cropped up around the country as a result of the 17 percent increase in African American votes,” Cleaver said, describing voter ID laws as a form of Jim Crow-style “poll tax” on seniors and black voters."
*Meaning voter ID laws to prevent cheating.


Rush Limbaugh: Reprehensible Holder Scares Black Voters  "...if the New Black Panthers can engage in near-criminal activity and voter intimidation at a polling place and Holder lets that go, what the heck is he gonna do to a black minister who crosses the line on politicking from the pulpit? Nothing!"

Armed EPA Agents Visit Ashville Man

EPA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Alan Caruba  "Sometimes a small incident says volumes about a large government agency. In this case the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Around 1.45 PM on May 23, Ashville, North Carolina resident Larry Keller was in the midst of an international call which he had to cut short in order to answer his front door. He found two armed agents of the EPA who were accompanied by an Ashville Police officer." 
....
"The only option at this point is to rid the nation of the Obama administration, crack down on the EPA, and rid us of the threat it poses in its efforts to deny entire industries from providing the energy the nation requires and attacks our agricultural and ranching communities for practices that reflect its normal operation."


Related: U.S. v. Heicklen: The Nullification of Free Speech  "No matter what your stance may be on the issues of drug decriminalization or jury nullification, the right to peaceably and reasonably discuss either matter in public should be allowed without question. To arrest someone for discussing a matter of public concern peaceably in a public place—that’s a crime against free speech."



Taiwanese Animation Company Recreates Obama And The Choom Gang…

Weasel Zippers: "You knew this was coming."

Status of the "War on Women"

Two, Three, Many Obamas

Victor Davis Hanson  "As the campaign heats up, one problem is that we continue to meet lots of different Barack Obamas — to such a degree that we don’t know which, if any, is really president."
....
"Barry Obama respects those who make billions from Berkshire Hathaway, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook, but Barack Obama does not respect those who make billions from oil, farming, and construction. Is Wall Street the source of our national problems or the source of the president’s political salvation? There is an Obama who runs against a prep-schooled mansion-living member of the elite; there is another Obama who was a prep-schooled mansion-living member of the elite."

Outrage in Poland over Obama's 'Polish Death Camp' comment

Rick Moran  "It's so nice to have a president who's smart, don't you think? I mean, Obama can pronounce "nuclear" correctly, although the word kind of sticks in his throat when mentioning it in the same breath as Iran or North Korea.
"But there's "smart" like Obama, and then there's "smart" like, well, the rest of us. Obama's gaffetastic appearances lately makes one wonder if we should redefine the idea of intellectual acuity and place the president in a separate category."
The other half of the White House brain trust
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
Lets see, where were we before Mr. Biden came into the room?
President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to ‘Polish Death Camp’  " “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted.  Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk “will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence*.” "  AuschwitzDachau,Nazi death camp
*Incompetence: 
1.      not competent; lacking qualification or ability; incapable: an incompetent candidate.
2.
characterized by or showing incompetence: His incompetentacting ruined the play.

This Ain’t No Polish Joke  "I am outraged. I am ashamed. And I am deeply sorry to Polish people, for my president, and for the tragic series of events that put this merciless SCoaMF in the Oval Office.
"And with that, I’ve managed more of an apology than the White House could muster. Instead of a personal apology, Obama sent out a lowly NSC spokesman to say, “The president was referring to Nazi death camps operated in Poland. The president has demonstrated in word and deed his rock-solid commitment to our close alliance with Poland.” 
"Well isn’t that just dandy. The president himself said about the stupidest, most offensive thing imaginable to an entire people. And by way of apology, SCoaMF had someone nobody has ever heard of explain that of course Teh Won didn’t really make a mistake. He’s the smartest man in the room, don’t you know." Stephen Green


Obama Shrugs Off Poland’s Demand He Apologize For Referring to Nazi Death Camps As Polish…

" “I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman — a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors,” Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.
"“Today, this is a problem for the reputation of the United States,” the prime minister said."....

GOP whistling past the end of America

Ann Coulter  "Public sector employees seem to think they should be exempted from belt-tightening everyone else is subject to under the Obama economy. (Obama thinks so, too. Most of the stimulus money went to shore up public sector employees' salaries and perks.) 
"Half the country is unemployed, but these special people are indignant that Walker asked them to start contributing a tiny amount of their salaries to their own pensions -- 5.8 percent, up from zero percent -- and a little bit more for their own health insurance, from a measly 6.2 percent to 12.4 percent of their salaries." 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Farrakhan rejoices that America is losing its Southwest states

TheBlaze  "However, The minister sounded overjoyed that minority births outnumber white births in America, according to recent US Census reports.  Given the news, Farrakhan noted that white people will soon “be the minority in their own country that they took from the native people.”  He also projected that minorities will soon “become governor of every state.” "



Rush Limbaugh addressed this issue today:  "And that's when he "went on to declare that he was 'sad that Mexico lost California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado' after the Mexican-American War 'trickery.'" Then he said it's payback time because "white people will soon 'be the minority in their own country that they took from the native people.'" Now, we sit here and we laugh at this stuff, but we're talking about somebody's got a sizeable audience. We're talking about somebody that wields a fair amount of influence within his community.
"Yeah, we've had our share of fun with Minister Farrakhan, and we've laughed at him, but this is serious stuff."


Rev. Wright Magazine Featured Obama on Cover with Farrakhan
"To this day, Barack Obama continues to insist he was shocked and surprised to discover that Reverend Jeremiah Wright had bizarre racist views. 
"Now Tom Blumer has discovered images of Wright’s radical newsmagazineTrumpet—and look who was featured on the cover of that magazine at least three times: BizzyBlog - Attention Stanley Kurtz, Re Obama, Wright, Trumpet: I’ve Got You Covered.
"Here’s one of the images, featuring pictures of Barack Obama, Rev. Wright — and Louis Farrakhan. Isn’t that cozy?
"And if you think Barack Obama didn’t know he was featured on this cover, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you....."Notice who’s missing? Martin Luther King, Jr."  Little Green Footballs

The Texas Primaries Updated

The Texas GOP senate primary; Update: Romney clinches nomination; Update: Cruz forces runoff with Dewhurst   "Three things to watch tonight. One: Texas is going to put Romney over the top in delegates so we may get a formal victory speech from Mitt.".... 

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president. 
Update: Close but no cigar for Dewhurst. The runoff is set for July 31.

Today's GOP primary in Texas follows nasty campaigns    "Some of the campaigning has been truly nasty. That's particularly been the case in the race for the senate seat of retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. The two frontrunners, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, have called each other liars in television ads.
"Some observers say the attack ads are part of a "blood sport" political culture in Texas, while others say the personal attacks have been the invariable consequence of conservatives -- who differed little politically -- trying to distinguish themselves from their opponents."
Obama May Lose To A Grass-Roots Operation Chaos In Texas  "The voters in West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and possibly Texas seem to be doing their own "Operation Chaos," but so far as I know, Rush Limbaugh has had nothing to do with it.  In fact, this looks to be a totally grass-roots inspired Operation Chaos.  Seems as if Democratic voters still see a lot of embarrassment to be had in voting against the candidate who has already secured the Democratic nomination." "
Neal Boortz; Forward fading?   "Then yesterday I see this headline in The Hill: “Obama team struggles to find 2012 reelection campaign theme.”  Wait a durn minute .. I thought we already had a theme or a slogan.  What happened to “forward?” "


What to Watch for When Primary Results Come  "But the primary will decide legislative and other nominations, and it could answer some questions that aren’t even on the ballot." 


Will Fear Decide Texas Senate Race?  "One source familiar with Texas politics who supports Cruz says that he knows “a number of significant donors” who also have business interests in the state and have been “told by their lobbyists in Austin, ‘Don’t dare give money to Ted, don’t endorse Ted . . . because if you do you’ll never get anything else through in Austin.’”

Obama ducks calls to release his collegiate transcripts


The Washington Times  "But decades after Mr. Obama completed his own college course work, his academic performance is still a mystery. Before and after his election as president, Mr. Obama has refused to release his college transcripts from his days as an undergraduate and a law school student.
Bing 

"Most presidents’ academic records are made public by the time they reach the highest office in the land, either with their consent or by someone else digging them up."....
"In 1999, the New Yorker magazine uncovered George W. Bush’s college records as he was running for the GOP presidential nomination. It confirmed what Mr. Bush had been saying all along — that he was a “C” student at Yale University.
"Mr. Hess said there is no correlation between college grades and performance as president.
" “It turns out to be not much of a predictor,” the Brookings scholar said. “Franklin Roosevelt wasn’t a super academic. Harry Truman never even went to college. We know the problems of George W. Bush. Ronald Reagan I don’t think ever made Phi Beta Kappa.” "

Getting out while the going is good

Rick Moran  "It should come as no surprise that women in Afghanistan who are financially able to leave are beginning to depart for friendlier climes before the Taliban takes over again."
Quoting the Guardian:
Speaking to the Observer, Kakar said negotiations between the government and the Taliban and other insurgent groups were ignoring women's rights. A recent survey by charity ActionAid suggested 86% of Afghan women were fearful of a return to Taliban-style rule. One in five worried about the education of their daughters but 72% said their lives were better now than a decade ago.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Please, Please, Please Call Me a Racist™; It's become a badge of honor.

PJ Media " Are you interested in becoming a Racist™? You may be eligible:
"Do you oppose the siphoning off of productive earnings and investment capital into byzantine welfare schemes, run essentially as discretionary funds for politicians who both buy votes and further reward those who have already been bought?
"Do you oppose the de facto repeal of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments?
"Do you think the “Reverend” Al Sharpton is a criminal, a liar, an antisemite, a libelist, an extortionist, a racketeer, a predator?
"Did you refuse to vote for Barack Obama not because he was half-black, but because he was all-huckster?
"Do you either ensconce the phrase “Justice Department” in scare quotes or preface it with “so-called”?
"Do you think the United States Capitol is, or should be, too important and hallowed a venue for whiny, middle-class white girls from Georgetown to be complaining about the price of contraception?
"Do you oppose the efforts of Barack Obama to debase and marginalize allies like Israel and Great Britain while simultaneously offering Russian gangster-politicos concessions made by mortgaging the nation’s well being against the results of his re-election campaign?
"Have you noticed that the only way to escape the scorn and contempt of Barack Obama is to be the representative of a hostile Third World dictatorship?"
"In other words, we may actually be reaching the point we’ve all been waiting for: the point at which the charge of Racism™ begins to lose its social power. Trust me, I’m aware we have a long way to go: Big Media is unsalvageable, and our universities are still North Korean enclaves, to name but two obstacles."

Now here's a one percent I can honor

Hat tip to Don Standlee; Arlington, TX

Memorial Day, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Terrell. http://terrellaftermath.com/
 Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Looking Up to Our Heroes  "Let's not wait for our heroes to die before we recognize them.  The "New Media" needs to take up the slack in daily reporting on the heroes in our armed forces - so young, many of them, yet also so grown-up.  We must also make sure that our heroes know how much the rest of the grown-ups in America appreciate and look up to them."   Cindy Simpson 

Blogs rip MSNBC's Chris Hayes on 'heroes'   "Law and Order"s favorite channel says: 
  “Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’?” Hayes said. “I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.”

Kurt Schlichter at Breitbart blasted Hayes for his comment, writing, “Memo to Chris: they are heroes, and you don’t get a vote.”
“So, like so many other useless progressive fops* who glide from cocktail party to panel discussion, Chris Hayes continues to push his progressive vision of collectivist serfdom from behind the unbreachable wall of American warriors,” Schlichter wrote. “He has not stood with them and, in fact, is unworthy of doing so. He is a parasite taking sustenance from the exertions of better men and women.”
Fop: "A modern-day fop may also be a reference to a foolish person who is overly concerned about his clothing and incapable of engaging in intellectual conversations, activities or thoughts."

Capitalism through Hollywood’s Lens/ On the big screen, every businessman is a criminal.

Jonah Goldberg "That’s what corporations do, right? At least that’s what my kid is taught. In Beethoven, the evil munitions industry shoots Saint Bernards to test bullets. In The Lorax, businesses hate trees. In The Muppets, they hate Muppets (and love oil). I think that in nearly every movie involving cute woodland creatures (Furry VengeanceYogi Bear, et al.), businesses are always the bad guys.
"When kids get older, they learn from John Grisham movies that big businesses kill people in order to get what they want. In Aliens, the company wants to smuggle space critters that will likely wipe out all humanity, in the slim hope they’ll eke out a bit more profit. In Avatar, the Halliburton of the future slaughters intelligent aliens and rapes their planet just to make a buck."
I recall what a thrilling movie "The Fugitive" was all the way through until the last when it was revealed the real evil was -wait for it- a "monster" pharmaceutical firm that manufactured dangerous prescriptions to make money faster. Pretty much standard fare on shows like "Law & Order", et al.
Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson
Romney fights Hollywood's take on big business   "Take, for example, last Thursday when Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) — the heroine of the hit NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” — squared off for a fictitious city council debate with a rich, out-of-touch businessman who threatened to ship jobs overseas unless he got his way.

" “I want to run this town like a business,” Bobby Newport (played by Paul Rudd), said to the constituents of the fictional Pawnee, Ind. “My opponent, Leslie Knope, has an anti-business agenda.”
"When it was Knope’s turn, she shot back: “Corporations are not allowed to dictate what a city needs. The power belongs to the people.”
"She then added: “Bobby Newport and his daddy would like you to think it belongs to them.”
"It’s a prominent example of how businessmen are portrayed in the modern era, examples of which are also seen in films such as “Wall Street,” “Boiler Room,” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
"And Romney is not only countering Hollywood’s portrayal of big business, he’s running against a president with pop cultural appeal."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A shout-out to our fallen veterans

http://www.conservativedailynews.com/2012/05/memorial-day-shout-out/

Hat tip to Don Standlee,Vietnam vet from Arlington, TX

Memorial Day; for many the barbecues are a thing of the past

As Memorial Day Nears, a Single Image That Continues to Haunt
"Taken by the photographer Todd Heisler from his 2005 award-winning series for The Rocky Mountain News, “Jim Comes Home”  — which documents the return and burial of Second Lt. Jim Cathey of the Marines, who lost his life in Iraq — the photo shows his pregnant widow, Katherine, lying on an air mattress in front of his coffin. She’s staring at her laptop, listening to songs that remind her of Jim. Her expression is vacant, her grief almost palpable."
"It is the one and only photo that makes me cry each time I see it. What brings the tears to my eyes is not just the bereaved young woman, but the Marine who stands behind her. In an earlier photo in the series, we see him building her a little nest of blankets on the air mattress. Sweet Lord, I cry just typing the words, the matter-of-fact tenderness is so overwhelming. So soldierly. But in this photo — the one that lives on and on online — he merely stands next to the coffin, watching over her. It is impossible to be unmoved by the juxtaposition of the eternal stone-faced warrior and the disheveled modern military wife-turned-widow, him rigid in his dress uniform, her on the floor in her blanket nest, wearing glasses and a baggy T-shirt, him nearly concealed by shadow while the pale blue light from the computer screen illuminates her like God’s own grace."
Second Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport in 2005
"It is the one and only photo that makes me cry each time I see it. What brings the tears to my eyes is not just the bereaved young woman, but the Marine who stands behind her. In an earlier photo in the series, we see him building her a little nest of blankets on the air mattress. Sweet Lord, I cry just typing the words, the matter-of-fact tenderness is so overwhelming. So soldierly. But in this photo — the one that lives on and on online — he merely stands next to the coffin, watching over her. It is impossible to be unmoved by the juxtaposition of the eternal stone-faced warrior and the disheveled modern military wife-turned-widow, him rigid in his dress uniform, her on the floor in her blanket nest, wearing glasses and a baggy T-shirt, him nearly concealed by shadow while the pale blue light from the computer screen illuminates her like God’s own grace."
Lily Burana is the author of “I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love War and Other Battles” (Weinstein Books). Her husband, a former soldier, is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Loyal Dog Mourns, Lays at Casket of Fallen Navy Seal
"The dog of slain Petty Officer Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during the Navy SEAL’s funeral earlier this week in Rockford, Iowa. The heartbreaking photo taken by his cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows Tumilson’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket."




Let's also see (below) unmitigated joy at the return of a soldier:

Now, on to the next post (below) that features an altogether different form of humanity:

ADBUSTERS ENDORSES OCCUPY'S VIOLENT 'BLACK BLOC' FACTION

Big Government  "In a piece that must be read to be believed, the radical publication Adbusters, which first suggested the tactic of occupying Wall Street, has now officially endorsed the Black Bloc anarchists as the next phase of the now-flaccid Occupy movement."
From Adbusters, whose stated purpose is:  "We are a global network of culture jammers and creatives working to change the way information flows, the way corporations wield power, and the way meaning is produced in our society."
 In Oakland, the Black Bloc, which made up a large portion of the May Day General Strike, displayed a coordinated tactical philosophy – including the de-arresting of comrades, throwing eggs filled with paint, using homemade smoke-creating incendiaries to confuse police, and the rejection of media – that suggests prior planning, ongoing innovation and increasing sophistication. And Black Bloc tactics are just one aspect of the overall rejuvenation of anarchism that is happening right now including the increase of infoshops (there are two near Occupy Oakland: The Holdout and The Longhaul); the creation of bottom-up solidarity networks to replace top-down unions; providing free food on the model of Food Not Bombs; offering a compelling DIY aesthetic.Anarchist occupiers are energized and their visceral tactics are attracting members. Now, the power of the Black Bloc is growing within Occupy and pushing the movement in unexpected directions.Round 7 goes to the Black Bloc – now let’s see what we can do for the rest of May!
Useful idiots: "This is the term Karl Marx used to describe an uneducated mass of people that accomplished a goal of political puppetmasters unbeknownst to them. These people thought that they were carrying out good works that would better society, but in reality they simply were sold a bill of goods and duped into worsening their own societal position. Used and abused by a deceitful taskmaster."

Obama’s Blockbuster Secrets

The Foundry  "Deep in the cover of night in the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, a team of Navy SEALs descended from helicopters, breached the compound of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and brought him to justice. The story is the stuff that blockbuster movies are made of, but many of the details are largely a closely guarded secret. That was until the Obama White House granted extraordinary access and information to Hollywood filmmakers for their film about the raid, originally slated to be released just before the November presidential elections. As disturbing as that may be, it is not the first time this White House has disclosed confidential information under questionable circumstances."
"....And then there’s the fact that Sony Pictures Entertainment, which owns the production house distributing the film, hosted a fundraiser for President Obama on its lot last month, part of a West Coast fundraising tour that raise the campaign more than $4 million."   (Emphasis added; need you ask why?)
...."Those facts should raise a red flag for Congress that the White House has come awfully close to the line. It’s up to them to find out how this Administration is handling or mishandling ultra-sensitive national security secrets."


Obama Navy SEAL doll an insult to real Navy SEALs.
"For the record, Obama’s “heroics” surrounding the Osama bin Laden killing consisted of cutting his golf game short on that Sunday to return to the White House to watch the true national heroes take down Osama bin Laden–only to have Obama’s White House concoct a whole cloth version of what happened that has changed numerous times. Obama’s heroics also consisted of taking hours to give the initial green light on the Navy SEAL mission–and only after sleeping on it. Yes, clearly, “action,” is Obama’s middle name."
A liberal cartoonist's take


UK Mail: Revealed: How Obama was playing golf until 20 minutes before Navy SEALs began mission to take out Bin Laden 
"Stayed out on golf course to distance himself if it went wrong, book claims"
"Mr Pfarrer says the President's role was largely inflated and suggests he stayed out on the golf course for so long so he could distance himself in case it went wrong. Mr Pfarrer writes: 'If this had completely gone south, he was in a position to disavow.' "

A User's Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama

BuzzFeed  "Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He inhaled. A lot"  (Emphasis in the original)
1. The Choom Gang  "A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning "to smoke marijuana."
....8. Ray The Dealer   "He was a long-haired haole hippie who worked at the Mama Mia Pizza Parlor not far from Punahou and lived in a dilapidated bus in an abandoned warehouse. … According to Topolinski, Ray the dealer was "freakin' scary." Many years later they learned that he had been killed with a ball-peen hammer by a scorned gay lover. But at the time he was useful because of his ability to "score quality weed." 

....

"In another section of the [senior] yearbook, students were given a block of space to express thanks and define their high school experience. … Nestled below [Obama's] photographs was one odd line of gratitude: "Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times." … A hippie drug-dealer made his acknowledgments; his own mother did not."

The Stupid Party

Bruce Thornton   "The fundamental wisdom known by every village explainer — spend more than you earn and you’ll go broke, give people something for nothing and they will expect something for nothing forever, there is no free lunch, if something can’t go on forever it won’t — doesn’t seem to penetrate the minds of the self-styled “genius” party."
...."In other words, a hundred years of painful experience and the failure of these notions should demonstrate their danger. That liberals continue to ignore those historical lessons and recycle those discredited ideas makes them the stupid party."

How Can Biden Stay In Now?—Part 2

  Commentary Magazine But Joe Biden is not getting younger, and it’s doubtful he’s going to get more skilled—or that he will show a kind of...

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