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The Most Transparent, Ethical Administration EVAH!!

How cheap can they be bought?

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.

The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids. But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration.

It was one of several favorable decisions the Obama administration made in recent years involving the Isaías family, which the government of Ecuador accuses of buying protection from Washington and living comfortably in Miami off the profits of a looted bank in Ecuador.

More at the link. They really care about poor people, don’t they?

– Aggie

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How Low Can Europe Go?

They plan to remove Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations.

The European Union is expected to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist groups, Western officials confirmed to The Jerusalem Post late Tuesday.

The officials said that the EU courts will accept the Islamist organization’s appeal to remove its designation as a terrorist entity.

I hope this isn’t true, but nothing coming out of Europe would surprise me.

– Aggie

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North Korea Movie Is A Bomb

Literally

The Sony hackers have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korean comedy “The Interview,” substantially escalating the stakes surrounding the release of the movie.

“The world will be full of fear,” the message reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The note also threatens people who attend the premiere of “The Interview.” A New York premiere of the film is scheduled to take place Thursday at Sunshine Cinema and has already been scaled down, according to a report in the New York Post. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident.

A spokesman for the studio, an FBI spokesman and a spokesman for the National Association of Theatre Owners were not immediately available for comment.

Read the full message:

Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

More to come…

Who was it that allowed North Korea to get the atom bomb? George W. Bush screwed that one up.

– Aggie

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Free Us From the Prius

You might as well drive around with a bumper sticker that says “My Other Car’s a Blast Furnace”:

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.


So pretty, yet so deadly

The study finds all-electric vehicles cause 86 percent more deaths from air pollution than do cars powered by regular gasoline. Coal produces 39 percent of the country’s electricity, according to the Department of Energy.

But if the power supply comes from natural gas, the all-electric car produces half as many air pollution health problems as gas-powered cars do. And if the power comes from wind, water or wave energy, it produces about one-quarter of the air pollution deaths.

Simple. Just call up your power company and order some wave energy. Or go to the ocean yourself and fill a bucket with it.

Hybrids and diesel engines are cleaner than gas, causing fewer air pollution deaths and spewing less heat-trapping gas.

But ethanol isn’t, with 80 percent more air pollution mortality, according to the study.

“If we’re using ethanol for environmental benefits, for air quality and climate change, we’re going down the wrong path,” Hill said.

We’re using ethanol to win the Iowa caucuses. And drive up the price of corn for starving people around the world.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go burn some of that $2.83 gas in my tank so I can fill up on that $2.71 while it lasts.

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#i’llwalkthanks

Have you heard about the latest campaign to apologize to Muslims for terrorist acts they have yet to commit?

As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, thousands of messages of support have been posted online for Muslims in Australia who are afraid of an Islamophobic backlash.

The spark was this post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she’d seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently removing her hijab while sitting next to her on the train: “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u’. She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute – then walked off alone’.

That’s nice.

Only there are some Muslims with whom I would not ride:

I get it: people want ordinary, peace-loving Muslims to feel comfortable, to know that the rest of us don’t consider all Muslims to be terrorists (even if pretty much all terrorists are Muslim). But can they call it something else?

#illhavecoffewithyou

#illhavepizzawithyou

#illhaveasederwithyou

Okay, how about #illnodfromacrossthestreetasigetthehellawayfromyoubeforeyoublowmetokingdomcome?

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Heard On NPR [Update: Apparently The Islamic Terrorist That NPR Didn’t Know About Killed A Couple Folks

I was gobsmacked this morning during drive time when I heard the NPR news report on the Islamist hostage situation in Sydney. The NPR reporter said, approximately, that there was a hostage situation in Sydney and that the Australian PM says it is probably political in motive. That’s all. Every other news source that I checked correctly noted that there was something resembling an ISIS flag in the window, being held up by the hostages. NPR tried to shield its listeners from the unpleasant fact that the Religion of Peace (or a minority thereof) was carrying out a terror attack in Sydney. What in the world does NPR have to gain by covering this up? And no matter what the answer is, why do I have to pay for it?

And here’s the latest, which you can share with your NPR-disabled friends:

Sydney siege live: Loud explosions heard as police storm Lindt cafe
Updated 14 minutes agoMon 15 Dec 2014, 10:38am

Police have stormed the Lindt cafe in Sydney after an intense period of loud explosions or gunshots and flashes of lights.

Several ambulances are on the scene.

Earlier, police identified the man behind the siege as Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis.

Monis has been holding an unknown number of people hostage at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place since Monday morning.

Three people emerged from the building about 4:00pm (AEDT) and they were followed by another two an hour later.

Hostages were earlier seen pressing a black flag with Arabic text against the cafe’s windows.

Monis is on bail for a string of violent offences and has a conviction for sending offensive letters to the families of deceased soldiers.

And this is from CNN

Chilling images from Australian media on Monday showed people, believed to be hostages, with their hands pressed against the cafe’s windows. They were holding up a black flag with Arabic writing on it reading, “There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God.”

Sounds like angry Congregationalists to me. Again, why are we spending tax money on NPR? They couldn’t find the news if it was handed to them in a brown paper bag.

Update: Two or three dead.

– Aggie

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The Real Tinsel Underneath

If I’m ever in trouble with the law, remind me never to engage Juan Williams as my defense attorney:

White liberal hypocrisy on race is so delightful for conservatives.

White conservatives are always on defense against charges of hating President Obama because he is black; suppressing minority voters and indifference to the difficulty minorities have living everyday with the legacy of slavery and a culture filled with stereotypes of black inferiority.

We are? Says who and since when? To the debatable extent we hate at all, we hate President Obama for the same reasons independents and liberals hate him: because he’s a lying weenie. Race has nothing to do with it, at least not for us. (As conservatives, we have the least reason to resort to racial animosity: we hate his policies for the content of their character, not the color of his skin.)

And find me one charge of suppressing minority voters that is not laughable on its face.

As for “indifference to the difficulty minorities have living everyday with the legacy of slavery and a culture filled with stereotypes of black inferiority,” I plead guilty to confusion, not indifference. Most conservatives I know would love nothing more than for black people to overcome “the legacy of slavery”, abolished more than 150 years ago by a Republican. We have done everything we can think of to help, from congressional acts to affirmative action to cultural and individual education—to electing a son of Africa to president. I think it’s no longer up to us. If there is a legacy of slavery, we’re not indifferent to it, we’re ignorant of it. Might this conservative suggest it’s in the heads of those who perceive it?

I don’t know what he means by “a culture filled with stereotypes of black inferiority”, and I won’t even try to guess.

But his piece started so promisingly!

This week white conservatives can take a break, step out of the dock and make way for white liberals.

Hacked emails from Hollywood’s white, liberal elite show them belittling the president by assuming his taste in movies is confined to racial stereotypes fitting just another black guy.

“Should I ask him if he likes’ DJANGO?’” asked Amy Pascal, a Sony Pictures’ co-chair. Scott Rudin, a movie producer, responds: “Or ‘The Butler’… or ‘Ride-Along. ‘ I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

Where to begin unpacking that powder keg of race and class bigotry?

I’ve already come to the defense of my white liberal elite friends. This is immature banter, not racism. (Classist, on the other hand—they’ll need different counsel to defend that charge.) The president, any president, is the last person to be shielded from ridicule. Just ask all the living ex-presidents. We teased Bush 41 about “read my lips”, Clinton about weight and waitresses, Bush 43 about being a war criminal—what else are we going to rib Obama about, his ears? That would make him really mad.

If a conservative had written it, however, we’d need 40 days and 40 nights of rain to put out the fires of indignation (which might explain the deluges in California).

Pascal and Rudin have both apologized for the content of their private emails. “The content of my e-mails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am. Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”

Rudin gave a statement to Deadline.com, explaining that his emails were “written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity,” he understood the notes were out of line. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive,” he said.

Isn’t that enough? Private notes, stolen and exposed, lead to humiliation and apology. That’s a closed circle as far as I’m concerned.

But let Juan Williams make his point:

Pascal and Rudin, on their way to meet the president at a Democratic fundraiser, have no hesitation about painting Obama into this limited, one-dimensional personality. What they have revealed is how demeaning and patronizing their liberal minds can be even when the man is the leader of the nation.

Chris Rock, the comedian and actor, recently said Hollywood is a “white industry… it just is.” He added they don’t hire black men.

I imagine they do hire some black people. But those black people have to color inside the lines of what white liberals think is the right kind of black person. Black conservatives have no chance in that world.

Black intellectuals and even black left wingers have no chance either. But that is a different story. In the restrictive confines of the white liberal world they would be seen as threatening black people.

Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, and Kerry Washington come to mind as obvious refutations, but let’s assume Rock and William mean more than just beautiful actors and actresses.

But while we’re on that point:

But one aspect of the film that shouldn’t have made folks count No Good Deed out of the running for box office glory? Its cast of black stars. In fact, it is the latest in a string of movies led by black actors that have “overperformed” at the box office, any number of which should have put to rest the still-prevailing notion that films with all or primarily black casts don’t do well at the box office.

[M]ovie studios should take a page from their television counterparts and recognize that audiences are hungry for more diversity on the big screen.

After these emails, I think you can take that to the bank.

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Liberal Darling Watch

The Left moves on with alacrity from its heroes and heroines who turn into embarrassments. But we in Bloodthirstan love a good rubberneck. We can always make time to look up Cindy Sheehan and the Occupy Movement to see how much further they’ve fallen from the poop-strew depths that now look like heaven on high.

And, of course, Sandra Fluke, everyone’s favorite Pill-scrounger:

Sometimes the Fool of the Week is tough to call. I have to consider the nominee, consider the comments, consider the context and then judge the comment fairly.

Other times.. the “Fool” just falls into my lap.

This week that happened. Just moments after the CIA interrogation report was released.

Sandra Fluke…tweeted this:

Sandra Fluke @SandraFluke
Horrified by #TortureReport & by how it mirrors domestic challenges of #sexualassault & violence against men of color by authority figures.

Yep. Sandra Fluke just compared Eric Garner and sexual assault victims. Wait for it… to terrorists..

In other words, Sandra Fluke. You take a terrorist report and make it about racism & rape?

For that asinine tweet.. Sandra Fluke, you are the “Fool of the Week.”

It took me several readings to agree with the writer’s interpretation. I often find 140 characters insufficient to portray meaning, especially when so many of those characters are given over to hashtags. But I accept his reading. Sandra Fluke thinks the late Eric Garner is no different from Khalid Sheik Mohammed or Lena Dunham.

Would it be ungallant of me to offer to pay her contraceptive bills for life? Anything but her progeny.

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News You Need

BTL gives you the serious stuff, Aggie explains the rest:

A group of about 30 students attempted to hold a silent demonstration in the first minutes of Primal Scream, a biannual naked run around Harvard Yard, early Thursday morning, inadvertently leading to a chaotic exchange of words and gestures that reversed the usual direction of the run and left many questioning the significance of the heated interaction.

The run is a College tradition in which students, at times inebriated, run naked around the Yard on the eve of the first day of exams. It usually attracts more than a hundred participants.

Protesters said that their goal was not to protest Primal Scream itself, but to hold a four-and-a-half minute period of silence before the run for Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner of New York—two unarmed black men who were killed by white police officers this summer—and to join in solidarity for people around the nation who have experienced racism. The organizers of the demonstration had posted a Facebook event describing their plans for the protest ahead of the event.

While protesters said they felt ignored and angered by the actions of Primal Scream participants, several students in the run said they could not see nor hear the protesters because of the noise and nature of the gathering, with some saying they would have participated in the protest if they had known about it in advance.

About ten minutes before the intended start of the run at midnight, the group of protesters convened near Harvard Hall on the path encircling the Yard and held signs, one of them reading “Black Lives Matter.”

About 25 College administrators, including Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana and Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman ’67, were present in the surrounding area before the run began, and a few stood near the protesters to ensure that both the moment of silence and the run could take place safely, according to Dingman. Dingman said he had met with the Harvard Band in advance and asked that they not play during the moment of silence.

Hoping you all have a good laugh.

– Aggie

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Liz Warren and the Tea Party Smoke-um Peace Pipe?

I was just thinking this myself. I bet a lot of us have:

[Politico:] The tea party’s opposition to the rider puts it in rare agreement with progressives, who also are criticizing the provision but for different reasons. Democratic Party committees would also benefit from the measure, but they do not have the same level of intra-party strife as the Republicans.

“So help me God, I have no way to refute the basic point that the Democrats are making about the CRomnibus fight right now,” RedState’s Leon Wolf wrote. “In fact, I might even go so far as to say they are right.”

“Here we have a bill that will kick the funding question almost a full year down the road, increases government spending, funds a wildly unpopular and probably unconstitutional executive amnesty, and continues the very practices voters sent Republicans to Washington to oppose,” he added. “In this context, what possible good faith reason can the Republicans have for threatening to gum up the whole works over doing a favor to Wall Street?”

That compelling argument caught the eye of no less a figure than Warren herself who approvingly cited this passage on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.

“These conservative activists are right,” the Bay State Senator said after quoting Wolf at length. “If you believe in smaller government, how can you support a provision that would expand a government insurance program and put taxpayers on the hook for the riskiest private activities?”

On Friday, Warren will join with conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in an effort to get another 39 of their fellow senators to kill the “Cromnibus.” The fact that the two populist wings of both parties are beginning to look more and more alike is not lost on their opponents. “Elizabeth Warren clearly now a Democratic Ted Cruz,” an unnamed GOP House member said according to CNBC’s John Harwood.

Let me be clear: I have no use for that fake Indian, none whatsoever. And much of what she’s doing is grandstanding for 2016.

I’ve read one account praising her stand, another critical of it. Both agree that the hill she vows to die on is a rather small mound. Which fits the grandstanding theory.

I’ve let this post stew for about an hour to think it over. Ultimately, I still can’t agree with Betty Buckskin. We’re not “bailing out” big banks, but letting them resume derivatives and other hedging instruments they’ve long employed—as much to lessen risk as to take on more. If it’s a repeat of 2008 we fear, it was more government’s social engineering (government-backed, government-mandated mortgages to people who couldn’t afford them) that melted down the system than capitalist avarice (so-called predatory lending).

There’s way too much spending and way too little spine in the “Cromnibus” for my liking, so I’ll stand in opposition next to Miss 0/32nds Cherokee. But I’ll be checking my back for her tomahawk.

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Judenfrei = Zionistfrei

Europe will always be a cesspool of Jew hatred

In Nazi Germany, it was all the rage to make one’s town Judenfrei. Now a new fashion is sweeping Europe: to make one’s town or city what we might call “Zionistfrei”—free of the products and culture of the Jewish state. Across the Continent, cities and towns are declaring themselves “Israel-free zones,” insulating their citizens from Israeli produce and culture. It has ugly echoes of what happened 70 years ago.

Leicester City Council in England last month voted to boycott goods made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. All services run by the council will be free of any product or technology made in any of the settlements. The motion “condemns the Government of Israel for its continuing illegal occupation of Palestine’s East Jerusalem and the West Bank” and resolves “to boycott any produce originating from illegal Israeli settlements.”

Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby insists that there’s nothing anti-Semitic about this erection of an Israel-deflecting force field around the city, telling the local Leicester Mercury newspaper that it’s simply about expressing dismay with “the behavior of the Israeli state.”

But Jeffrey Kaufman, former president of Leicester’s Progressive Jewish Congregation, isn’t convinced. He wants to know why, “of all the horrible things going on in the world,” the council singled out Israel for punitive treatment. “It’s blatant anti-Semitism,” he said.

Other communities in Europe have gone further than Leicester. During this summer’s Gaza conflict, the town of Kinvara in western Ireland went completely Zionistfrei. Pro-Palestinian campaigners lobbied the town’s retailers, restaurants and cafes to expunge from their premises anything produced in Israel. All the businesses agreed, meaning Kinvara is now, in the eyes of anti-Israel agitators, morally pure. It is held up as a model town by numerous European backers of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement.

Also during the Gaza conflict, the mayor of Newry in Northern Ireland wrote to all the retailers of his district asking them to provide a list of the Israeli products they stock. He then asked them to remove these products from sale—he was backed by 21 votes to three on the Newry Council.

Numerous Spanish provinces have this year been bombarded with requests to reject the “products, culture and sport” of the state of Israel. When BDS activists can’t get official backing for their desire to live Zionistfrei lives, they take things into their own hands. Three years ago in Montpellier, France, BDS activists spent an hour and a half rampaging through a shopping mall and “de-shelving” all the fruit produced in Israel.

Under pressure from campaigners to break off all links with Israel, the French city of Lille in October ripped up its twinning accord with the Israeli city of Safed. Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, was quoted in the French press saying Lille’s officials had shown a “heinous attitude toward the Israeli people.”

In 2011, the council of West Dunbartonshire in Scotland voted to boycott all Israeli products and instructed all local libraries to stop stocking books printed in the state of Israel. Why not just burn them?

More at the link. My answer is to travel to Israel frequently, to spend money on Israeli goods, and to absolutely avoid European goods. Israel makes decent wine, folks. And there are lots of opportunities to purchase Israeli fruits and vegetables. We really should openly and loudly condemn Europe and boycott Europe.

– Aggie

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Another Cambridge Economist

Smart people strike back!!!

Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit.

Edelman soon came to the horrifying realization that he had been overcharged. By a total of $4.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Harvard Business School professor thinks a family-run Chinese restaurant screwed him out of $4, you’re about to find out.

(Hint: It involves invocation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute and multiple threats of legal action.)

Do go to the link to read the communications between Professor Edelman and the restaurant owner, because I can’t copy them. It is worth the trip, absolutely mind-blowing. It makes Jonathan Gruber look like a nice, sensible guy.

– Aggie

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