Archive for July, 2010

Chew on this: Oliver Stoned

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 27, July 2010 by chockblock

Tasty Links and Tron!

  1. Olvier Stone Vs. Mel Gibson (Volokh)
  2. Oliver Stone hits a new low.(PJ media)
  3. CNN says that their is too much free speech (this ain’t hell)
  4. Charlie Rangel: a modern American statesman...NOT! (Hotair)
  5. The UN, taking our freedoms and our guns. (No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money)
  6. Wikileaks ain’t the Pentagon papers (Via Hotair)
  7. And again Via Hot Air
  8. Rep. Barbra Boxer Opens mouth and inserts foot(hotair)
  9. Jurnolist hits bottom, digs (powerline)
  10. Palestinian Rockets hit Israeli towns, UN silent (Jawa)

and now some Poi:

Bias

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23, July 2010 by chockblock

When my father was alive, he used to dismiss any charges of pres bias. He believed that the free press was operating in the public interest. Even when I was in my twenties, he asserted that he knew that I was wrong and that the press was a force for public good.

I came of age as the Internets became a force for news and politics. The press ossified into a left wing echo chamber. They tired to hide Bill Clinton and the damage his administration did to our country. They actually picked George W. Bush as their favorite Republican candidate in 1999-2000.

And now?

  1. Time Correspondent Who Criticized FNC President Could Block It From WH Press Seat(Newsbusters)
  2. Obama Campaign Advisor Participated On JournoList.(Volokh, h/t: Insty)
  3. Obamagasms on V-O Day at JournoList( Michelle Malkin)
  4. Journolistas Even Clam Up In Unison(legal insurrection)
  5. JournoList as a Management Problem(The Enterprise Blog)

How the might have fallen. Not since the days of Walter Duranty shilling for Stalin has American seen the fourth estate sooo far up a politician’s ass. They cheered when they thought ‘one of our own’ was going to get elected. They shill for the party in power. They want to see the US fail in Iraq and Afghanistan. They want to cover up thing that make the administration look bad. Truth to power of course.

Now we have blogs (and before that talk radio). The internet has leveled the playing field. Of course there are those who wish to silence the blogs. When George Bush was in office, the left used blogs and street protests (with talk of killing a siting president and much violence in the streets) to try and remove him from office.

The Tea Party movement is a grassroots bottom up movement. The protests are peaceful. The blogs talk about the harm current policies are inflicting, not killing any politician of any party. And the Left hates it.

Bias pure and simple. They are the ruling class now, see? We’re just scum, the proles who need to do what we are told. God forbid anyone complains about taxes or opposes wealth ‘redistribution’. That’s raaaacist. The main stream media told me so.

My father would have wept at how the media he came to rely upon transformed into an organ of the Democratic party and it’s radical fringe. It spits on people like him, hard working Americans who pay their taxes and wish to keep what they earn.

Sorry Dad, the media abandoned us.

I don’t watch TV news anymore. I’m returning the favor.

Tweet Tweet

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 8, July 2010 by chockblock

I remember Octavia Nasr when I was in college. When saturday tv wound down, her program was on CNN. I though her a leftist with too much book learning and not enough real world common sense.

Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.. One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.#Lebanon 1:24 AM Jul 4th via Twitter for BlackBerry®
octavianasrCNN
Octavia Nasr

(get it before she deletes it)

Ms. Nasser praised this:

In a 2002 interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph, he was quoted as saying of the Palestinians: “They have had their land stolen, their families killed, their homes destroyed, and the Israelis are using weapons, such as the F16 aircraft, which are meant only for major wars. There is no other way for the Palestinians to push back those mountains, apart from martyrdom operations.” […]

Western intelligence services, however, held the ayatollah responsible for attacks against Western targets, including the 1983 bombings of two barracks in Beirut in which 241 United States Marines and 58 French paratroopers were killed.

Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah, Shiite Cleric, Dies at 75” NYT (quoted by Newsbusters)

The problem is that this woman was an editor. She selected stories and news coverage. What to put out and what to dump. She was biased, very biased. CNN had to fire her because it made them look bad (the mask slips)

This shows the problem America has getting a fair shake. Stupid lefties view the world with Marxism colored glasses and see terrorism as little guy vs. big guy. So they praise murderers and con men. For years.

She’s the tip of the bloody iceburg. How may terrorist lovers are behind our news?

I for one am glad I stopped watching CNN.

Hot Crew: Felicia Day

Posted in HOOAH!, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 7, July 2010 by chockblock

The guild is a web comedy series starring actress Felicia Day.
You should watch it because she is hot.

Any other argument is invalid.

4 Jul 1776

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 4, July 2010 by chockblock

A band of men gathered together to do something subversive. Proclaim that they could chose who was their rule, not a king or a sovereign. A fellow man.

Change we can believe in.

Happy 4th of July Planet Earth.

Declaration of Independence

In Congress 1776

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Train wreck

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 3, July 2010 by chockblock

Some things are coming to pass that will totally ruin our future. Thanks to the left (you know, the party of “caring”[tm]).

1) A downer jobs market for college grads. Law school are seeing a glut of lawyers, some are resorting to grade inflation to make their grads look good. A wall street journal article showcases the problems grad students face getting a job.

2) Regulators who can’t. Reason TV:

They replace “Too Big to Fail” with… “Too Big to Fail.” One of the reasons why major financial institutions played Russian Roulette with the economy was because they were betting they would get bailed out. Which is precisely what happened.

3) Too much debt. Having deemed as passed an imaginary budget, those in power can write checks we’ll have to cash.

4) The left DOESNOT want immigrants to assimilate. Michelle Malkin writes:

George Washington, in a letter to John Adams, stated that immigrants should be absorbed into American life so that “by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people.”

(note that Mrs. Malkin is the child of immigrants herself)

Here is the rub: prominent left thinkers want to expand the welfare state. They feel that
overloading our government with dependents will cause such a turmoil (or get people used to the welfare state) that there will be a clamor for “a guaranteed national income“.

By not having immigrants assimilate and having a piss poor job market means more dependents out there. The left can scare them into voting for more empty promises by saying “We’ll take care of you.” But there is not money there. Jobless young people are tuning out of politics. Immigrants who do not become American turn to extremism and crime.

In their zeal to rush to a utopia of big government, the left wreaks the country. Funding for our military and vital public services goes down. Many states are drowning in the load of ‘dependents’ the left fostered upon them.

I think this will ruin progressives and their lefty allies. Many state and local governments will go broke, big corporations will continue to get bailouts from the left that says they hate them. the youth will realize that the ‘change’ they voted for is taking them for granted.

So we get a utopia of more crime, young vs. old and big corporations running amuck.

Change!
Us proles will turn on the ‘wise and noble’ left before they can run the county into the ground.

(h/t: Hotair, Instapundit, powerline, Ace, patterico.com)

P.S. China’s youth forcast our grad’s future.