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Today marks the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord, known to us as D-Day. I was in Germany for the 60th Anniversary. It was a time to remember the sacrifices made by brave men of conviction, driving to triumph over the spread of certain evil. The operation was the start of that triumph. But as we all know, evil must constantly be kept at bay. Those brave young men did their part, just as our brave young men and women are doing theirs today. The only difference between 1944 and 2014 is how much our military today are being hampered in their efforts by our own government.
This week the headlines have been dominated by “Sgt.” Bowe Bergdahl’s release in exchange for five of the worst terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. Perusing the links at social sites, it is the most prevalent current event going on. Going out to major news websites, it is still the top story, some places surpass the D-Day observance with the Bergdahl release. Yes, the story is important and should be followed diligently. But the other stories haven’t gone away.
Boko Haram is still out there, killing in the name of their leader and god.
The Veterans Administration scandal is still unfolding.
The investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack is still ongoing.
The NSA scandal is still simmering.
Our president has made Congress a vestigial organ of the government.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is still in a Mexican prison.
The insurgency is rising steadily in Iraq.
Iran is slithering closer to nuclear capability.
The Taliban is growing in both number and confidence.
China and Russia are playing Risk™, without the consent of their neighbors.
And far more is still going on. We have an event myopia. Our media carries along with a set of blinders and leaves the bifocals by the wayside. In so doing, they force the public to concentrate on the event du jour, and sometimes that event is some celebutard getting married to some race baiter. There was a time the media practiced journalism. It is now our job. There are many bouncing balls out there. Don’t let the media dictate which one you should watch.
Y’all remember Henny Penny? AKA Chicken Little? Apparently she got hit on the head with a chunk of Antarctic ice and is screaming about the eventual demise of Washington, D.C.
What will become of the nation’s capital?
The huge West Antarctic ice sheet is slowly collapsing, and two groups of scientists say the melting is now an unstoppable event.
Melting ice will cause sea levels to rise higher than initially projected, which is cause for concern for D.C.-area scientists and local urban planners.
The rising seas will affect local treasures, including the Chesapeake Bay and the country’s iconic monuments along the National Mall.
“We’ve reached the point of no return,” says Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “We can expect by the end of the century, according to the National Climate Assessment, anywhere between one and five feet of sea-level rise.”
That’s only the beginning.
I know, I know…y’all are out of shocked faces by now.
Global cooling G lobal warming C limate change Climate chaos is super happening over in Antarctica. The ice sheet is breaking!! ICE IS MELTING SO SEA LEVELS WILL RISE AND DOGS AND CATS WILL END UP LIVING TOGETHER!!! (Say it. You know you want to!) So as the sea level rises we are in danger of our so-called beloved national capital from being underwater. Weather peeps can’t possibly predict the weather for the workweek, but BY GOD they can sure tell when we are all going to die because of a nthropomorphic global warming CLIMATE CHAOS. Henny Penny is screaming that the sky is falling the water is rising, just so we can spend money towards…. barriers and raising bulkheads. But nothing TOO high because that may obstruct the aesthetics of Old Town Alexandria, and you can’t have that. And as for DC, they admit it is doable to enclose it, but it would be very expensive.
“The worry to our children is, not only will this continue, but it might accelerate pretty fast,” says [Bill] Boicourt, of the University of Maryland.
Well, y’all knew this was going to be plugged For the Children™. Yes, I’m out of shocked faces, too. They also give a shout-out to cutting emissions, too. Can’t let that tidbit be ignored. Never mind that ice breaks off when it gets too heavy, or that this past April saw record-breaking levels of ice forming in Antarctica, exceeding the past record for Antarctic ice cover by about 320,000 square kilometers. No, the ice breaking means dead polar bears somewhere and children who can no longer enjoy a trip to see the new AGW chart at the Smithsonian.
I don’t need to be a weather expert to call bullshit on this. If the possibility of DC being submerged in water were real, those Congress rats would have fled long ago.
This past Saturday evening was the 129th meeting of the Gridiron Club Dinner, a white-jacket event which is hosted by the créme de la créme of the Washington press corps.
I’ve always wondered about this club. It’s odd to have members of the press in an exclusive and elite club, when they are supposed to be open about everything. But whatever.
Anyway, the evening’s headliner was none other than Secretary of State John Kerry. In a moment of rare clarity, Monsieur Kerry delivered the ultimate burn to erstwhile king of news, CNN.
During a humorous and well-received speech, Kerry, the evening’s headliner, said that CNN’s John King had asked if the former Massachusetts Senator was considering another presidential bid in 2016.
Kerry’s response: “I am out of politics — and based on the ratings, so is CNN.”
And though mon cher Kerry wasn’t the only one to zing CNN, he was the most devastating. I must say, it was rather funny to see le bete noire Kerry beat down the channel that propped him up in the first place. A blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while, I guess.
Then again, it doesn’t take a lot of effort or fight to kick an opponent when he is on life support, either.
Today is the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. And it wouldn’t be the Games without some activism.
That is the G00000gle Doodle for today. Notice anything different about it? Me too. The colors of the Olympic Rings signify the colors of the flags of the countries being represented, and the number signifies the five regions of the world. This image shows the colors of the rainbow. To wit, the delegates representing our country were picked based on their sexual orientation as a jab against Russia’s stance against homosexuality. When Brian Boitano came out of the closet no one, and I mean NO ONE was surprised. At all. Gay athletes have been around since the very first Olympics. Why is this news?
I always thought it was your athletic ability and sportsmanship that mattered, not your sexual orientation. We gather at the Games to celebrate our differences and similarities. Putin is a dick and tater, no doubt, but if his countrymen are happy with anti-gay agenda, why should our country tell him to change it? Have we told the Middle Eastern and Asian Islamic countries to change their anti-gay laws?? Yeah, right. As if!!
I have given up on the Games. I hate Bob Costas and his political grandstanding, and any joy that I would have would be tainted by stupid commentators who think their views are written on stone tablets.
Except curling. I’m still watching that.
And how about y’all? Will you be watching?
I love perusing the social-site-with-faces. I get to see the funny stuff, get news links with you know, ACTUAL NEWS, updates about family and friends, and of course, the requisite LSD-fueled screeds that just make my mornings.
This Monday’s entry is from none other than the Puffy Ho®. Y’all can go look for it. I can’t link it here. I just showered and we are under water restrictions. Again. Anyway, it is titled, 12 Reasons Why Obama is One of the Best Presidents Ever.
Quit laughing. I haven’t even started fisking it yet. He begins with duality.
With tears in my eyes, and joy in my heart, I stood alongside people of color across the nation as we celebrated America’s first inauguration of a black president. As a young black man, I felt a true sense of patriotism as I witnessed our country rally together to show, finally, that we are more concerned about who is the most qualified man for the job, regardless of race or age.
Uh huh. So you are happy a black guy won but it has NOTHING to do with race. Got it.
He goes on to say that sure, the Prez has had a few missteps, just like any other president. He says that after he claims the predecessor was a “colossal failure”, ok? And then, hilarity ensues.
1-- He is one for The People.
As long as “The People” means his campaign contributors and apologists, sure.
2-- He is for civil rights.
Tell that to those still screaming for same sex marriage, to the whistleblowers who are in hiding for outing the NSA, and TEA Party members being given a colonoscopy by the IRS.
3-- He is for one race -the human race.
I did snarf at this. Thoughts of George Zimmerman, Sgt. James Crowley, the people threatened by the Black Panthers all come to mind. And if you think of that too, then you’re RACIST!!!
4-- He is for a healthcare system that brings hope and healing to the hurting.
But you can’t hope to keep your insurance or your doctor.
5-- He is for the middle class.
Sorry, I can’t help it. Better to laugh than to think of the total debt accruing on the middle class’ shoulders.
6-- He is for women’s rights.
Meanwhile not a peep from him regarding the vile comments made at conservative women, such as Sarah Palin. But Hera forbid anyone take a swipe at Sandra Fluke and her $3,000 contraception.
7-- He is for doing away with pomp and circumstance.
Golfing, million dollar vacations, and monthly concerts by hip musicians do not count. And the Greek columns couldn’t be reached for comment.
8-- He is for the environment.
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m still waiting for the oceans to recede and the planet to heal.
9-- He is for veterans.
This, as he makes suggestions to change the benefits and attempts to charge them for their healthcare. This, as he shuts them out of their own memorial. By the way, how many brass have been fired now??
10-- He is for peace.
Syria, the Arab Spring, Iran, Afghanistan, Benghazi…..
11-- He is for education.
Common Core, anyone?
12-- He is for entertaining the masses.
TOTUS could not be reached for comment.
If y’all feel like reading the article, it’s under The Blog at the Puffy Ho®. But best be prepared to spew your drink and take a long shower afterwards.
Yesterday, we were watching the football play-offs.
*shakes fist at The Texans*
Anyway, I began to think about all the hullabaloo going around as regards sports teams names. Y’all recall the mascot for the University of Illinois, Chief Illini, was removed because it was considered a “hostile or abusive mascot”. There are several groups wanting to remove the “Native American” names from sports teams. Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Florida State Seminoles… I don’t get it. How is naming your team after a brave group of people known to fight for their cause and sacrifice their lives in the name of freedom a bad thing?? Do you really want a sports team with a weak sounding name? Why not rename the Redskins for the most prevalent thing in DC? How about The Washington Politicians, or The Washington Criminals, or maybe The Washington Sewers?
Personally, I vote for The Washington Pussies.
Apparently, those same people, mostly younger people with Native American background, have no problems with the Oklahoma Sooners or the San Fransisco 49ers. And yet, what did the Sooners and the 49ers do to the existing Native American populations in those areas?
I swear to The Maker, some people just don’t have the sense God gave a box of hair clippings.
Is that even a word? Well, I don’t care. It fits this guy to a “T”.
The thing missing from the debate so far is anger — anger that we live in a society where something like the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre can happen and our main concern is not offending the NRA’s sensibilities.
Since when do the liberals even bother NOT offending? Every single time a criminal uses a gun against a victim, the first thing liberals do is call the NRA a bunch of names and demand that guns be taken away. And this guy does NOT disappoint.
Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. It offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the context of the need for a “well-regulated militia.” We don’t make our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.
Hey, Skippy, the whole amendment is about guns. I know it’s my second language, but what part of A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed don’t you understand? Without our ability to keep and bear arms, we can’t be a militia that can protect the free state. And I bet Skippy thinks that voting should be a right, and not a privilege.
The stoopid doesn’t end there. He’s just getting warmed up.
Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.
The NRA is worse than CAIR, according to this dupe. Oh, and guess what, Skippy? The Communist Party is very legal. Ever hear of the CPUSA? The COMMUNIST PARTY USA?? Cold, dead hands works double for me, especially if YOU come for them, you pantywaist.
But the pièce de resistance? The advocation of death against those who disagree with him.
Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.
It’s his way, or dragged until dead. Last I checked, a death threat against a public official is a felony. But since he’s a liberal, he is protected by free speech, the right that is ironically protected by the amendment he wants abolished.
So, to sum up, Skippy wants to do away with your right to own and carry a gun, approves of torture and murder, and wishes to criminalize a civil rights organization that works to protect that right. Because for Skippy, Utopia is just a few fascist steps away.
I’m all about free speech, and his right to write whatever op-ed he wants. I quite like that he exposed himself for the idiotic fascist that he is. Makes it easier to keep an eye on the moron. I just hope he is enjoying the backlash he caused. I sure am!
A few thoughts on what I have noticed around my corner of the world.
I have counted about 14 Romney/Ryan signs in my neighborhood. I have not seen an Obama/Biden one as yet. Not even from the ardent supporters from 2008, including my neighbors. As for bumper stickers, I saw two for Obama, and lost count on the Romney ones. The best bumper sticker I saw?
I found that pic at Legal Insurrection. The sticker I saw was on the rear window, above the brake light, and flanked by Gadsden flags. I ♥ Texas.
Unlike a few of you, I have many liberal friends at the social-site-with-faces. With two exceptions, they have refused to post any more political links at that site. The two exceptions? Well, one linked the “ZOMG!! TAGG ROMNEY OWNS VOTING MACHINES!!!ELEVENTY111!!!” story, which was quickly debunked in the comments, numerous times. The other one linked the Obama MTV interview, where he flubs the name of the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it the Defense Against Marriage Act. That link was flooded by plenty of her liberal friends calling Obama not only ignorant about the name, but also accusing him of flip-flopping over the issue, which he did. It was a rather awesome flame war among liberals.
Also, there have been no plugs for the SEAL Team 6 documentary airing on Nat Geo on November 4th. Usually something that makes Prez Obama look good is linked all over that site. So far, not a peep. My guess is, that would invite others to comment about the murders of our countrymen in Benghazi. And that is something that NO LIBERAL in my feed has brought up. NOT ONE!
Another thing I have noticed is the lack of denial coming from the White House as regards the Fox News exposé of the Benghazi emails and the timeline of events. My guess is to deny it is to bring attention to it, and the White House is trying to avoid that like herpes. But they can’t avoid it. Thank you, internet!
Anyway, feel free to add to my tinfoiliness in the comments. I’m sure there is more.
Sometimes I read an article and have to wonder at the wilful blindness of the writer. Take this one, for example:
California’s average gasoline price set a record Saturday of $4.614 for a gallon of regular, up 12.8 cents overnight – but anyone who filled up in the last few days probably isn’t surprised.
Gasoline prices skyrocketed after the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance was knocked offline Monday by a power outage. Other lingering refinery and pipeline problems also contributed to the soaring costs at the pump.
Gas goes up over 12 cents overnight, and they think it’s due to a refinery being offline for a couple of days? How appalling. It’s almost as if they don’t know that the last refinery built in the US was in 1976, or that envirowhackjobs have prevented the further manufacture of any refineries in this country, or that several refineries are so out of date that it would be far more economical to completely shut them down than to upgrade them as per California standards and rules.
Analysts say prices might begin leveling off next week as fuel traders digest the news that the Exxon refinery returned to service on Friday. But other refinery difficulties and maintenance could keep California’s prices significantly above those in other parts of the nation.
You know, I would be laughing in their face and rejoicing in what they are reaping, if not for the fact that everything they mandate seeps out to the rest of the country.
This has to be the funniest thing I have read all day. True, I’ve only been functioning for the past hour, but I don’t think it will be beat. Not even by 9GAG.
CBS News Boss: We’re Not Biased
Says CBS is ‘constantly diligent’ to make sure network does not reflect bias
If y’all spewed all over your monitors, it’s not my fault. I told you it was funny.
“We still have millions of people coming to these broadcasts, and a great day for me is when we take incoming from both sides about how we handled a story,” Rhodes told 1200 WOAI’s Michael Board.
In fact, Rhodes said CBS is a beacon of unbiased news.
What “both” sides? He must mean the libertarians and the conservatives, because I have yet to hear of a liberal getting pissed off over a story on the CBS Evening News.
Rhodes acknowledged that there is a concern about bias in the mainstream media that has resulted in the creation of competing news networks.
He misspoke. He meant “competing NETWORK”.
“Fox was built into a great franchise because many people in this country don’t trust, or just plain don’t like, the other options,” he said.
By the way, I listened to the interview. He only mentioned Fox. No mention of the other cable news networks. I’m not surprised. I doubt he’s ever watched them, either. And as to “plain don’t like”, I doubt he is aware that the exodus of viewers is a direct result of bias. Hell, my dad left because of it, and he was a Walter Cronkite fan.
I was crushed to find my dad’s not perfect. *Sobs*
Mr. Rhodes insisted that CBS was not trying to reach certain demographics, but instead trying to remain constant as “mass media”. Still, I think he is seeing the writing on the wall.
“There is actually more news coverage today, more sources, more source material, information moves faster than ever before. I don’t think there should be some longing for ‘the good days’ of information. There is more of it now, and more of it is generally better.”
That’s right, buddy. It’s called the Rightwing Blogosphere, courtesy of the Internet.
Welcome to the real world.