Friday, June 03, 2011


"I was shocked by the openness of the Hollywood crowd when it came to admitting anti-conservative discrimination inside the industry"
-Ben Shapiro

Former Democratic Party VP candidate and Senator John Edwards has been indicted by a grand jury for misuse of campaign funds in an attempt to hush up his mistress in 2005. Other charges include conspiracy and making false statements to government officials. Maybe he can channel his dead wife in the trial to explain why this was all legal.

Sony has been hacked again, this begin about the tenth time. This time it was Sony's movie division, and the hackers claim they have grabbed password information for a million users. The hackers put their statement on a website:
From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?

What’s worse is that every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plain text, which means it’s just a matter of taking it.

This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it.
Their website is down at present and is likely to stay that way as law enforcement looks into it. Hacking is wrong, and there's nothing but condemnation for the people who keep doing this but really, as a big time technological corporation you cant help but stare at Sony in disbelief. Really? That's the best you could do with billions of dollars?

South American African newspaper The Sun ran a piece by Jon Qwelane arguing that their constitution should be changed to define marriage as men and women rather than just anyone who wants to. A cartoon accompanied the article with a priest marrying a man and a goat, and the outrage was predictable. He was found guilty of hate speech at the "equality court" and ordered to pay them 100,000 Rand (about $15,000). Because his opinion didn't match the official politically correct one and he pointed out something using absurdity and satire that is considered sacred. Some opinions are more equal than others.

President Obama has shown that, for now, he plans on running on telling Seal Team Six to go ahead and take out Bin Laden after 16 hours of deliberation (and sleep), and the auto bailouts. I don't think people are enormously impressed at a president saying "yes" to the most obvious decision on earth and the auto bailouts, well... they aren't that hot either. Almost no one supported the bailouts to begin with, and GM not only lied about paying off their loan (something the Obama administration knew they were going to do), but they aren't doing so hot either. As David Freddoso writes at The Washington Examiner:
Year-to-date, GM is selling more cars than last year, but its sales were down year-over-year for May. And it is selling all those cars only by offering incentives more than 50 percent more generous than the industry average. The company has now lost more than 10 percent of its value since its IPO just seven months ago, and its stock is off about 25 percent from its peak in February.
GM's stocks just plummeted after initial gains due to slow May sales. But then, what else is the president going to run on? High unemployment? The sluggish economy? Devalued dollars and inflation? An unpopular war on Libya?

Unemployment has pushed up to over 9% in the official report. Include all the people who've given up entirely and that number is closer to 20%, but as I've said before, that number is always higher, even when the official numbers are around 2%. And, as Mark Hemingway at The Weekly Standard notes, about half the jobs created last month were from McDonald's alone.

Racial violence is on the rise in America in some areas, but not where you'd think and the left predicted. America has not suddenly become more bigoted against blacks, and the right has not risen up in brutal violence out of the horror of having a black-appearing President. Actually, the events are black teens going on sprees of violence, usually targeting whites. For some reason these are being called "flash mobs" as if its a group of street performers suddenly doing something fun and artistic. John T Bennett has details at American Thinker, including attacks in New York City, Philadelphia (several times), and elsewhere.

Were these groups of whites directing violence against blacks, we'd never hear the end of it in the press and congress would be passing laws to restrict freedom. Leftists already started calling this the result of a "culture of violence" caused by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh disagreeing with them publicly - until they found out who was doing it, then they just went silent. NPR has covered this, and like the NYT never mentioned the ethnicity of the attackers.

Amazingly enough, Slate ran an article pointing out what I have for years here: we're not running out of oil. Michael Lind writes there about natural gas, shale oil, and gas hydrates on the ocean floor and how these dwarf the presently accessed petroleum resources driving the world. I have no doubt they'll get no end of hate and anger in comments and emails for that piece.

Internet access is cheap and easy and largely unrestricted in America. However, it isn't controlled by the government except in a very minor, distant way, and US governments get very little in the way of tax revenue. Enter "Net Neutrality" which allegedly is about equality of access and forcing companies to charge equally for all sorts of access but is really about greater federal control of the internet. The US Congress refused to pass a "Net Neutrality" bill, so as usual, President Obama directed the FCC to do it anyway. Now we find that Judicial Watch has uncovered documents showing how the FCC coordinated their efforts with "Free Press" a leftist Net Neutrality activist group.

Portland's mayor Sam Adams is homosexual. When he was not mayor, he had sex with a 17 year old confused boy and then covered it up. When it came out, he lied about it, but eventually admitted the truth. Adams has declared he thinks that city health benefits should cover sex change operations, and recently flew off to Brazil for a climate change conference, because apparently the city has plenty of money to spend on that kind of thing after closing all those schools and putting workers on furlough. Knowing Portland, he'll probably be reelected.

Afghanistan vet Army Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples was home on leave to Sarasota Florida when he was called on to serve once more, using the skills he'd honed in combat. Todd Ruger writes at the Herald Tribune:
Peoples had promised to take his sons fishing while he was on leave from his base in Italy. They were on their way and had made a quick stop at Bank of America when a man walked into the branch at 3600 Bee Ridge Road with a black handgun and demanded cash from the tellers.
As the robber prepared to flee the bank, he pointed the gun at Peoples' sons, Ikaika and Kioni, who were peering through the chairs.

Peoples does not remember the robber's exact words, but said the man warned others in the bank not to try anything "or the kid will get it."

It was the wrong thing to say to a battle-tested veteran of Iraq and Kuwait who won a medal for helping repel a mortar and ground attack.

"When he threatened my son," Peoples said, "I could not let that pass."
Peoples told his son to stay put then he went after the robber. He blocked off the robber's escape path with a rented van and when the robber pointed a gun at him, Peoples disarmed the robber, then threw him to the ground with a martial arts maneuver and held him until the police arrived.

Heroes don't stop being so when they are home on leave.

Remember the four food groups? Meat, grain, dairy, fruits and vegetables. That was too simple and easy to remember, so the government abandoned it for a "food pyramid" that put the best stuff at the top (the smallest portions). Now they're junking the pyramid for the "food plate." Gone is meat, replaced with "protein" and fruits & vegetables take up half the plate like we're herbivores:

Food Plate
Dairy is small and off to the side like a cup, one more step toward pleasing vegans.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the press used that to say that the economy wasn't doing as well as the government reported because it was artificially propped up by disaster relief. When hundreds of tornados tore the south apart under Obama, well...
Even as the natural disasters eliminated thousands of jobs, the needs of recovery have created others. Companies like Unified Recovery Group, which is clearing storm wreckage in Alabama and Tennessee, are hiring workers and subcontractors to cart off debris. Construction companies are hiring, too. In Tuscaloosa, James E. Latham, chief executive officer of WAR Construction, said his firm had rehired workers who had been laid off during the downturn and had added new employees to prepare for the work ahead, like rebuilding an elementary school.

As insurance claims are paid, a further economic stimulus lies in the shopping that some people will do to replace lost goods.
That's from Michael Cooper at the New York Times, courtesy Newsbusters.

Floods of bad news and commentary about the dire teetering of the US economy were run over the week, but one of them hit a point I've tried to make several times in the past about the 2008 election, by Daniel Henninger at the Wall Street Journal. He brought up the "McCain moment:
John McCain's presidential bid blew up for good when he announced in September 2008 that he was suspending his campaign and returning to Washington to address the national financial crisis. In the event, Mr. McCain had nothing to contribute, and the White House passed to Barack Obama.
Putting your campaign on hold to go fight in congress over how to address the problem was brilliant and smacked of integrity and service, both of which could have been hallmarks of the McCain campaign. He was riding high at that point, polling significantly ahead of President Obama after a huge swell of support from choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate and her brilliant RNC speech. People seem to want to forget that. But when he got to congress, he showed no leadership and just went along with the crowd to do something voters despised, especially GOP voters.

Henninger argues that President Obama's "McCain moment" was when he made a hyperpartisan speech attacking Republicans over and over and offering no solutions to the huge deficits beyond "hey, lets raise taxes!" I doubt it will prove nearly that significant but I liked his pointing out this critical moment in the 2008 campaign that so many seem to miss.

Sesame Street was created with the idea of reaching inner city youth with education at a fun level while exposing them to a world they never saw, such as farms and forests. However, it had an agenda as well, as Ben Shapiro wrote about in his recent book:
Shapiro quotes Mike Dann, one of the show's founding executives, saying it "was not made for the sophisticated or the middle class." Early episodes featured the character Grover breaking bread with a hippie. Oscar, who lived in a rubbish bin, was supposed to address "conflicts arising from racial and ethnic diversity." Dann also told Shapiro he used the program in the wake of 9/11 to highlight how there were peaceful alternatives to war. Shameful! Criminal, even! In fairness to Shapiro, however, Sesame Street was criticized in the past for having an anti-right agenda in 2009, when it mockingly referred to America’s Fox News channel as "Pox News."
Conservative tend to spot leftist goblins everywhere, but this book is based on quotes and interviews from the actual people involved about what they did and were trying to accomplish in pushing their agenda. This isn't paranoia, its just how they were working behind the scenes.

Portland has quietly begun working with the federal government's anti-terrorism task force after the FBI caught a terrorist trying to blow up Pioneer Square recently, but LA is going the other direction. Worried that they might have to enforce federal law, the LA city council has come to a decision, according to the Los Angeles Times:
Adding their voices to a growing number of opponents, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and Councilwoman Jan Perry have called on the city to support limiting the scope of local participation in a controversial federal deportation program.

The City Council resolution proposed Tuesday on the Secure Communities program comes as San Francisco County prepares to implement a new policy seeking to do the same. On Wednesday, law enforcement officials, including Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, held a national news conference to outline their concerns about the federal program.
Their main complaint seems to be that this system helps deport immigration lawbreakers who are only speeding or breaking traffic laws.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a loophole in the law is apparently going to allow corrupt officials to keep their retirement benefits:
The issue of the public pensions of those convicted or charged of felonies came to the head after a massive salary scandal broke out last summer in the city of Bell, one of Vernon’s neighbors in Southeast Los Angeles County. The Times revealed that city administrator Robert Rizzo made about $800,000 a year, and that his total compensation swelled to about $1.5 million with other benefits.

As a result, state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) proposed a bill that would strip the pension benefits of a public official if they are convicted of misusing public funds. The bill, SB115, died in a state Senate committee this month, with two Republicans voting for it and three Democrats against.
See, some of these guys were appointed rather than elected, and state law only strips benefits to corrupt politicians who were elected. Why those Democrats voted against closing this loophole is a matter of some speculation.
Norway's most important paper Aftenposten ran a story earlier this week saying that 65% of the rape crimes in Oslo were committed by foreigners, even though they only represent a mere 23% of the population in the Norwegian capital.
That's from Filip Van Laenen at the Brussels Journal. To help read this article, understand that the word "foreigners" means "Muslim immigrants," a fact this video tries very hard to avoid saying but is obvious in context but the Brussels Journal admits later in the article.

Rosie O'Donnel is a lunatic. She also was given a show on Oprah's network in the bizarre belief that this would help with ratings for the struggling channel. Rosie likes abortions, a lot. In a recent exchange, however, she had to back away from her producer's even greater love of abortions, courtesy The Blaze:
ANETTE BARBER: To me, [feeling guilt about an abortion is] almost like saying, ‘Yeah, why were you in that alley in short shorts when you got raped?’

O’DONNELL: Well, it’s different, because one is preventable and one isn’t, right? If you‘re in an alley and you’re raped, you don’t have any control –

BARBER, not budging: But [people will say] ‘ your problem was you shouldn’t have gone in the alley, you shouldn’t have worn that outfit…’
When you're so crazy you make Rosie O'Donnell uncomfortable, its time for some time in a straight jacket.

Walter Williams is one economist I find not just trustworthy but actually interesting to read. He has a gift for making complex economic concepts easier to understand. And one concept he wants to emphasize is this one:
The combined unfunded liability of Social Security and Medicare has reached nearly $107 trillion in today's dollars. That is about seven times the size of the U.S. economy and 10 times the size of the national debt. Those entitlement programs, along with others, account for nearly 60 percent of federal spending. They are what Congress calls non-discretionary spending.
Non-discretionary refers to uncontrollable things like sunsets and sunrises, low tides and high tides and laws of thermodynamics. By contrast, all congressional spending is discretionary and controllable.
The president and his supporters call for tax increases as a means to cover the deficit, but higher tax revenues cannot eliminate the deficit. Controlling for inflation, federal tax revenue today is 23 times greater than it was in 1960, but congressional spending is 42 times greater.
As Geoff keeps putting it at Ace of Spades HQ... DOOOOOOM.

Not content to restrain his corruption and pay to play deal making to his boyfriends, Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass) threw his mom some sweet government cash too. After all its not his money, why not spread it around? Barney Frank is a repulsive human being, and that's not referring to his sexual perversion. And he's guaranteed reelection until he dies in office.

The New York Times has a metro reporter named Colin Moynihan who's never met a lefty activist he didn't like. But this time he seems a bit baffled as Newsbusters points out, because in a recent article he claimed...
"The output of the lugubrious mini-industry which has sprung up around 9/11 conspiranoia has become increasingly toxic over the passing years," Mr. Weinberg said on the air. "The most innocent of the DVDs and books are just poorly researched, merely exchanging the rigid dogma of the ‘official story’ for another rigid dogma, no more founded in empiricism or objectivity. But, not surprisingly, lots of creepy right-wing types have got on board, using 9/11 as the proverbial thin end of a wedge."
Wait, did Weinberg claim that "Truthers" are right wingers or did Moynihan get confused? Because Truthers ain't conservatives.

We're all doomed because of flatulent and gassy cows, according to climate alarmists. We have to stop eating so much meat and cut back on the number of cows that live on the earth, even though they were outnumbered by Buffalo in the past in America. In Australia, a recent study has poked a hole in this claim, however. Reuters reports:
Scientists at Australia's state-backed research body the CSIRO say the amount of methane from cattle fed on tropical grasses in northern Australia could be nearly a third less than thought.

The findings were based on results from specially built respiration chambers using Brahman cattle fed tropical grasses and challenge old calculations used by the government to estimate emissions from cows.

"The industry is more methane friendly than was previously thought based on the new measurements," research leader Ed Charmley told Reuters by telephone during a field day near Townsville in northern Queensland state.
Oh sure, next you'll say we don't mysteriously preserve ten pounds of undigested raw meat in our colon for decades.

Remember the bit I wrote a while back about Dearborn Christians who were arrested for handing out pamphlets and talking to Muslims about Christianity during a street fair? The Mayor at the time claimed that the First Amendment didn't protect that kind of thing. Apparently the 6th circuit court of appeals disagreed, as they overturned the arrest and ruled against Dearborn. There are penalties for violating the law everywhere except when a government official violates the US Constitution. How, exactly, does that work? Shouldn't that be worse than, say, jaywalking? And hence carry a bigger penalty?

And oh yeah some Democrat congressman sent a picture of him in his boxers to a coed. You can tell he's a Democrat because a Republican would have been the butt of jokes on every comedy and TV talk show for weeks (if not years), and he'd already be resigning.

*UPDATE: Dr Jack Kevorkian, murderer and psychotic lover of death, has died. Of old age.

And that's the Word Around the Net for June 3, 2011.

1 comment:

ALex VanderWoude said...

If the guy was fined in Rand, then it was most likely in South Africa, not South America.

Regarding McDonald's creating all those new jobs, consider this (which I read somewhere online today, can't remember where): McDonald's got an exemption from ObamaCare, and so could create new jobs. If everybody gets an exemption, just imagine how many jobs could be created!