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#i’lllietoyou

We were among many who reported on the big-hearted, soft-headed response to Muslim terrorism in Sydney, Australia, under the hashtag illridewithyou.

As with “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe”, it either didn’t happen at all, or not as portrayed:

As news of the siege unfolded, I scrolled through updates on my phone, searching for the latest information. My brother works in the city of Sydney. My husband’s office is a government building near Martin Place. I knew all were safe and sound, but I wanted to know more.

At this point I saw a woman on the train start to fiddle with her headscarf.

Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. Like most people she had been looking at her phone, then slowly started to unpin her scarf.

Tears sprang to my eyes and I was struck by feelings of anger, sadness and bitterness. It was in this mindset that I punched the first status update into my phone, hoping my friends would take a moment to think about the victims of the siege who were not in the cafe.

I spent the rest of the journey staring – rudely – at the back of her uncovered head. I wanted to talk to her, but had no idea what to say. Anything that came to mind seemed tokenistic and patronising. She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm! Besides, I was in the “quiet carriage” where even conversation is banned.

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

My second status was written as a heartbreaking postscript to my first. While the woman appeared to appreciate my gesture, we had both left defeated and deflated. What good is one small action against an avalanche of ignorance?

What ignorance? She just finished telling us that she barely spoke to the woman, and didn’t even know if she was Muslim. She made everything up.

I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

WTF? Fellow Australians were being held hostage, some ultimately to die, and she’s apologizing (wordlessly) to a woman who might have been Hispanic, South Asian, Buddhist, or just cold, for a “culture where racism was part of her everyday experience”? Had I been that anonymous woman, I might have let her walk with me, but only out of fear what such a psycho would do if I refused.

Lesson No. 6,348 that liberalism is based on unreality and lies.

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Good Luck, What’s-Your-Name

The Grand Duchy of Bloodthirstan wishes to join the throngs, the multitudes, lining the streets to wish Stephen Colbert well.

Maybe we’ll finally watch him for once:

Stephen Colbert’s ratings might have been half those of late-night cable reruns of the “The Family Guy,” but he was adored by our objective, unbiased, not-at-all-liberal media for being a leftist who protected Central Government and savaged anyone who disagreed. And now the media is in universal mourning over the loss of one of their most powerful weapons.

After nine years of protecting The State, the final episode of “The Colbert Report” aired last night, and it should come as no surprise that the media coverage has not only been excessive but a sad spectacle of monolithic gushing.

Time Magazine: The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!

Washington Post: The show was so good and so meticulously performed that you could, in fact, not watch it.

Time Magazine (again): Stephen Colbert: A Great Talk-Show Host? No, the Greatest!

You get the idea.

Despite the fact that fewer than 1% of the American people ever watched “The Colbert Report,” because he made himself a useful tool against the political right, the mainstream media artificially inflated his influence (Jon Stewart, Lena Dunham, and Tina Fey are fellow travelers in this regard), and in turn used his clips during “objective” newscasts to undermine the GOP with ridicule.

Not “despite the fact”—due to the fact. Who wrote this, Fox Butterfield?

For not only did Colbert finish behind re-runs of The Family Guy, he finished behind four different re-runs of The Big Bang Theory. Scads more people know Sheldon Cooper than know Stephen Colbert, to the relief of a great republic.

I would also point out that in total numbers (not just 18-49 yos), Robot Chicken, iCarly, Sponge Bob (3 episodes), something called Down East Dickering, and WWE’s Tribute to the Troops all kicked Colbert’s bony ass—the last by about a 50% margin.

I missed the Washington Post’s tribute to Down East Dickering.

The next time we watch Colbert will be the first, so we are no expert. But his shtick reminds us of a typical SNL skit: clever in concept; shaky in execution; clueless on how and when to end. His appeal ran the gamut from A to B: if you hated George Bush and Dick Cheney, you loved Stephen Colbert. We’re sorry for your loss.

PS: It should be noted that he picked up his game as he left it:

“The Colbert Report” signed off on Comedy Central with series-high ratings on Thursday night, roughly doubling its recent averages.

According to Nielsen estimates, the half-hour finale of the long-running fake-news program averaged 2.48 million viewers overall and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 — building on its “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” lead-in (2.03 million, 0.8) by more than 20% in both categories.

The only cable program to rate higher than “Colbert Report” on Thursday was an NFL game on NFL Network.

Of course, that NFL game was an epic battle between two 2-11 teams, Tennessee and Jacksonville. And in total numbers, Pawn Stars beat Colbert Thursday night—twice.

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They Can’t Breathe (Anymore) [UPDATED] [AGAIN]

The head of the NYPD union suggested Mayor Bill De Blasio would not be welcome at any police funerals after his remarks critical of the force.

Here’s his chance:

A blue wall of silently seething police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio Saturday night — literally.

As the mayor and his entourage snaked through a jammed third-floor corridor at Woodhull Hospital, where two officers had been pronounced dead just hours earlier, scores of grieving cops faced the walls — and away from the leader they believe has failed them.

Earlier, de Blasio approached a cluster of cops at the Brooklyn Hospital and offered, “We’re all in this together.”

“No we’re not,” an officer replied tersely, according to a cop who witnessed the icy scene.

The rank-and-file’s anger at the mayor was palpable citywide.

“It’s f–king open season on us right now,” one officer said. “When is he going to step up?”

Speaking moments after the bodies of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were driven away, as hundreds of cops stood at somber attention, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, “There’s blood on many hands tonight.”

“That blood…starts on the steps of City Hall, in the Office of the Mayor,” he said.

Many cops said they blame deBlasio for helping to create a climate of distrust in cops that has turned them into targets.

They pointed to Hizzoner just last week calling an assault by Brooklyn Bridge protesters on two NYPD lieutenants an ­“alleged” assault, even as dramatic video of the attack emerged.

De Blasio revealed in an ABC News interview earlier this month that he and First Lady Chirlane McCray had instructed their biracial son, Dante, about the “dangers” that police pose.

New Yorkers have learned perhaps a little later than the rest of us that elections have consequences. Your sicko mayor made no secret of who he was, and still you elected him. May you choke on the consequences.

Speaking of choking:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oldest son Zach was the victim of a strong-arm robbery near the family’s North Side Chicago home Friday night. According to a police report obtained by the Chicago Tribune, the robbery took place around 10 p.m., when two men approached the 17-year-old

Emanuel as he was walking down the street.

One of the robbers then:

“…placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear chokehold,” and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report said.

“The offenders then asked the victim, ‘What else you got?’ (and) forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone,” the police report said.

The robbers then ran away. The teen was treated for cuts and bruises on his face by a personal physician at his home, according to the report.

It was not reported whether young Zach could breathe.

PS: Fear not. The President is on the case:

President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report.

“The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee.

Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September.

“You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going to be some tough news somewhere,” Obama said. “I should have anticipated the optics.”

Optics? What optics?

UPDATE:
Miraculously, this guy can still breathe:

A third cop narrowly escaped with his life Saturday night when a suspect pointed a gun directly at the officer’s head and pulled the trigger in The Bronx — not realizing it was empty.

Cops went to East 140th Street in Mott Haven at 9 p.m. on reports of a man shooting out windows with a.357 caliber revolver. They spotted the suspect, identified as Raymond Leonardo, 18, and ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, he took point blank aim at one of the officers, officials said.

When the gun didn’t work, he put it in his pocket and ran. Cops tackled him a few blocks away. “It looks like he used up all of his bullets’’ firing at the windows, a law-enforcement source said.

Note that, with their characteristic professionalism, the cops handled the deadly suspect with retraint [sic], merely tackling him after he tried to shoot at them.

Meanwhile, police sources told the newspaper about the continuing threats they are getting, including tweets like this one, posted after the assassination-style murders of Officers Wenjian Lu and Rafael Ramos by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley: “Kill em all i’m on the way to NY now #shootthepolice 2 more going down tomorrow.”

I’m asking only out of curiosity, not insinuation, but were any Allahu Akbars shouted at the time of the shootings?

AGAIN:
Misery loves company:

A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday, and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff’s office and local media reports.

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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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It’s ObaMagic!

He can expand Medicaid and shrink it…at the same time!!!!

A stunning new report claims that 50 percent of the doctors who are listed as being under contract with Medicaid to treat patients are not available for appointments, according to The New York Times.

They are either not accepting new Medicaid patients or no longer lived at their last known addresses, according to the report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,” the investigators, led by the inspector general Daniel Levinson said in the report, which was due to be released on Tuesday.

The investigators called participating doctors’ offices and found that they were often unavailable or unable to make appointments. More than one-third of providers could not be found at the location listed by a Medicaid plan, the newspaper said.

“In these cases, callers were sometimes told that the practice had never heard of the provider, or that the provider had practiced at the location in the past but had retired or left the practice,” Levinson told the Times. “Some providers had left months or even years before the time of the call.”

I can picture the doctor hiding in the supply closet hissing “Tell them I’m not here!”

“Over a quarter of providers had wait times of more than one month, and 10 percent had wait times longer than two months,” the report said, adding that the delays could cause serious complications for patients.

“For example, a number of obstetricians had wait times of more than one month, and one had wait times of more than two months for an enrollee who was eight weeks pregnant. Such lengthy wait times could result in a pregnant enrollee receiving no prenatal care in the first trimester.”

ObamaCare becomes law of the land; women, poor hardest hit!

Where’d the docs go?

Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is facing a new threat from an unlikely source: the law itself.

An additional 9.1 million Americans have been added to the Medicaid rolls in the year since the program expanded under Obamacare. But a scheduled cut in Medicaid payments — built into the law — could steer doctors away from taking new patients covered the program.

That’s because a temporary payment bump to Medicaid primary care doctors, included in the Affordable Care Act, is likely to expire at the end of the year. That will mean an average payment cut of 42.8 percent to Medicaid primary care doctors next year, according to a new Urban Institute analysis.

The federal Medicaid reimbursement to doctors vary by state, but they’re lower than the rates paid by private insurers and the Medicare program. And that affects doctors’ willingness to take new Medicaid patients.

Who wouldn’t take on more work for half the pay?

Why are you conservatives so hung up on big government?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Saps. Suckers.

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Turn Out the Lights, the Democrat Party’s Over

We’ve already taken our victory lap for calling a net gain of nine seats for the GOP, leading to a 54-46 majority. Thirstradamus may be clairvoyant, but he’s also refined enough not to take a second victory lap (or a third). Where was that vaunted clairvoyance when I wrote demurely “They’ll certainly keep, probably widen, their lead in the House.”?

As of this morning, they have 246 seats, a gain of 14 seats. “Probably widen” hardly does justice to that sort of ass-whuppin’.

I would rather revisit the scene of my success with someone else’s take on the events and their meanings, Kevin D. Williamson’s:

The Democrats, being intellectually dishonest, cling to the myth that the two parties “switched places” on racial issues in the 1960s, that Senator Landrieu’s troubles are a consequence of that reversal, and that the general Southern realignment is evidence that the Republican party is a comfortable home for bigots, Confederate revanchists, and others with dodgy racial politics.

This is a strange line of argument, and an indefensible one once the evidence is considered. Democrats remained the favored party in the South for decades and decades after the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, controlling a majority of governorships, Senate seats, state legislative bodies, etc., well into the 21st century.

A few obvious questions: If white Southerners were really so enraged about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and if they switched to the Republican party to express their displeasure, then why did they wait 30 years before making that preference felt in House elections? Why did Dwight D. Eisenhower — a supporter of civil-rights legislation who insisted on the actual desegregation of the armed forces (as opposed to President Truman’s hypothetical desegregation) and federal agencies under his control — win a larger share of the Southern vote in 1956 than Barry Goldwater, the most important Republican critic of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, did two cycles later? Why did Mississippi elect only one Republican governor in the entire 20th century, and that not until 1992? Why didn’t Alabama have a Republican governor until 1987? And why did Louisiana wait 60 years to eliminate its last Democratic senator in favor of a candidate from the party of Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, Allen West, Mia Love, Tim Scott, and that not-very-white guy who serves as governor of Louisiana? White supremacy should be made of sterner stuff: Did somebody forget to tell Louisiana state senator and newly confirmed Republican Elbert Guillory that he’s black?

Strange that redneck bigots would wait for so many decades to punish the Democrats for giving up cross-burning; my own experience with that particular demographic suggests that its members do not in general have that sort of attention span.

And then, my favorite point:

Similarly, the migration of white Southern voters to the GOP did not begin after the fight over the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And why would it have? Despite the principled opposition of Barry Goldwater, a lifelong NAACP member who nonetheless believed that the bill gave the federal government too much power over state and local matters, Republicans supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at significantly higher levels than the Democrats did, just as Republicans, Goldwater included, had fought for the Civil Rights Act of 1957, passed on Republican votes over Democratic obstruction and signed by a Republican president.

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” said Mark Twain. A later version, attributed to Winston Churchill, has the truth still putting on its pants, but the point is the same. The evaporation of the Southern Democrat has everything to do with the Democrats and nothing to do with race.

Does this look like the showing of a rump Southern white people’s party to you?

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That the Democratic party has attempted to hijack for itself credit for the hard and often bloody work performed for a century almost exclusively by Republicans, from Lincoln to Eisenhower, is a reminder that the party of Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton is not a place for men with a very developed sense of decency.

And what happened in the 1960s wasn’t the parties’ “changing places” on racism and civil rights; it was the Democrats’ — some of them, at least — joining the ranks of civilized human beings for the first time.

It only took them a century.

Slavery wasn’t the unique sin of this country—almost every trading country was guilty of it two hundred years ago. And neither party was clean of the stain of slavery either, though Lincoln’s Republicans obviously deserve more credit for its abolition. But the century of Jim Crow that persisted like an open sore after slavery was abolished—that the Democrats own. Just ask Robert Byrd.

PS: We may say that Barry Goldwater was on the wrong side of history on the Civil Rights Act—and he was—but not how hard it was for states to get out from under the presumption of guilt of the Voting Rights Act:

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional. Section 4 lays out the formulas for how the Justice Department enforces Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires that the states identified with a history of discrimination obtain approval from the federal government before they can make changes to their election law. Section 4 formulas as of 2013 mandated that “Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia in their entirety; and parts of California, Florida, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and South Dakota” ask for preclearance for electoral law changes. After Shelby County v. Holder, these states are free to make changes to election law or district maps without approval from the Justice Department.

The Supreme Court’s opinion notes: “voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that. The question is whether the Act’s extraordinary measures, including its disparate treatment of the States, continue to satisfy constitutional requirements. As we put it a short time ago, ‘the Act imposes current burdens and must be justified by current needs.’”

Just so. As we’ve already demonstrated above, this ain’t your granddaddy’s South: no Democrats.

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Left Wing Civility Watch

I knew I had used this post title before, but this is the 22nd time:

The real haters are in the media, some of them the openly left-leaning media and some of them claiming to be mainstream. But oh, how vilely they spew their hatred.

They accuse us of being “haters.” They, by contrast, are rational, fair-minded, and kindly. Really, they are. Consider, for example, the gentlemanly Chris Matthews on Hardball on October 27, speaking of the Republican nominee for Senate from North Carolina: “What’s worse: Thom Tillis, or Ebola?”

Here’s Andrea Mitchell reporting on MSNBC on Election Night about why Republicans were winning: “It was a scare tactic by the Republican opponents of Democratic incumbents, who tried to focus on ISIS and Ebola in the scariest, most nonfactual ways.”

Here’s Alan Pyke, deputy economic policy editor for the far-left Think Progress blog in reaction to the Fox News Channel’s coverage of the unrest in Ferguson: “I hope Roger Ailes dies slow, painful, and soon. The evil that man has done to the American tapestry is unprecedented for an individual.”

Matthews (again), with regard to conservative support for voter-ID laws: “Believing they can’t convert the African-American vote, they’ve decided to slaughter it. . . . This is murder in broad daylight.”

But at least our economics aren’t lethal — merely bigoted. Just ask MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who on April 30 discerned our real motives: “I think not raising the minimum wage is a racist policy. . . . Not raising the wage, the minimum wage, is every bit as racist as comments made by Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. It’s just displayed in a different way.”

Charles Pierce, who wrote this blog post about Palin’s speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference: “[Senator John] McCain should pay a heavy price for unleashing this ignorant, two-wheeled bilewagon [Sarah Palin] on the country’s politics. If you think she’s a legitimate political leader, you’re an idiot and a sucker, and I feel sorry for you. . . . She is the living representation of the infantilization of American politics, a poisonous Grimm Sister telling toxic fairy tales to audiences drunk on fear and hate and nonsense. . . . It was the address of a malignant child delivered to an audience of malignant children. If you applauded, you’re an idiot and I feel sorry for you.”

Compared with that, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski was quite kind to Palin, calling her merely “a multimillion-dollar moron selling a message.”

Max Brooks on HBO with Bill Maher pretended to be a Deep Thinker delivering a sober analysis. The rise of the Tea Party “has happened before in history,” he sagely intoned. “In Germany in the ’20s and ’30s…

Gawker’s staff writer Adam Weinstein shared this bit of policy advice:

Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It’s going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths. It’s time to punish the climate-change liars. . . . Denialists should face jail. They should face fines. . . . I’m talking about Rush and his multimillion-dollar ilk in the disinformation business. I’m talking about Americans for Prosperity and the businesses and billionaires who back its obfuscatory propaganda. . . . Those malcontents must be punished and stopped.

In case anybody missed the point, the blog post’s headline was “Arrest Climate-Change Deniers.”

These are talking heads, but are they any different from our co-workers, our acquaintances, our family members? We called it Bush Derangement Syndrome back when Bush was president. But Bush hasn’t been president for almost six years. It should have been called Liberal Hate Syndrome, and there is still no known cure. (Of course, the first step is wanting to be cured.)

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He’s a Two-Time Loser!

The food stamp president is also the homeless president!

The number of homeless children in the United States has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the effects of pervasive domestic violence.

Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Education Department’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless preschool children not counted by the agency.

The problem is particularly severe in California, which has about one-eighth of the U.S. population but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children, totaling nearly 527,000.

Follow my line of thinking: California has lots of illegal aliens; California has lots of homeless children; Obama wants to let in (has already let in) thousands more illegal (hence homeless) children.

I can never remember—is he Dumb or Dumber?

But there is good news!

After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government’s biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline.

There were 46.2 million Americans on food stamps in May, the latest data available, down 1.6 million from a record 47.8 million in December 2012. Some 14.8% of the U.S. population is on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, down from 15.3% last August, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show.

Okay, it’s not that good:

Food-stamp use remains high, historically speaking. The share of Americans on the benefit—which lets them buy basics like cereal and meat and treats like cookies, but not tobacco, alcohol or pet food—is above the 8% to 11% that prevailed before the financial crisis.

Back to the homeless kids:

Child homelessness increased by 8 percent nationally from 2012 to 2013, according to the report, which warned of potentially devastating effects on children’s educational, emotional and social development, as well as on their parents’ health, employment prospects and parenting abilities.

That was during years three and four of the “recovery”. And after nearly a trillion dollars in “stimulus”. Almost six years of Obamanomics, fifty years of the so-called Great Society—anybody want to try something different? Maybe Reaganomics? Again? Or do you want to double-down on Elizabeth Warren?

The only downside of the burgeoning reporting (better late than never) of Obama’s corruption is that it overshadows the reporting (or lack thereof) of his incompetence.

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil

So, now that all hell has broken loose with Jonathan Gruber’s disgraceful, arrogant, elitist remarks about how ObamaCare was passed as the Law of the Land only by way of lies, obfuscations, and evasions…sorry, what did you say?

All hell hasn’t broken loose? The mainstream media are not touching it?

Not CNN? Nope.

The New York Times? Nope.

NPR? Nope.

USA Today? Nope.

NBC, CBS, ABC? Nope, nope, and nope.

You’ve all seen and heard the remarks. Not only did he call the American people a bunch of dopes, he called ObamaCare supporters a bunch of dopes. They bought it; the rest of us knew they were lying. We all said so at the time. (How dumb must Chief Justice Roberts feel right now? Not half as dumb as he should feel.)

It even turns out that Gruber made a habit out of bragging how smart he was, and how dumb we were.

And not one word in the “respectable” media. (To its immense credit, the Washington Post has plenty.)

I do try to keep hyperbole to a minimum (oxymoronic as that may sound), or at least tongue in cheek, but I do not inhabit the same world as my neighbors anymore. I may not be smarter (or dumber), but I know things they can’t even imagine. The most terrifying of which is that the institution of the press is as corrupt as any medieval pope or Roman emperor (or Massachusetts Speaker of the House). We are just as dumb as they want us—I never said Gruber was wrong.

PS: Gruber did appear on local PBS with liberal lioness, Emily Rooney. You won’t last past the sickening question, trust me, so it won’t take long.

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Ebola Follies

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind: [A few additional thoughts to Aggie’s similar post below]

A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Dallas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, health officials said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about U.S. efforts to control the disease.

Chances that other passengers on the plane were infected were very low, but the nurse should not have been traveling on the flight, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters.

The woman, Amber Vinson, 29, was isolated immediately after reporting a fever on Tuesday, Texas Department of State Health Services officials said. She had treated Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola and was the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

As Aggie reported earlier, Obama canceled a fundraising junket so as to appear to be involved (if not interested) in the effort to stave of an epidemic. No wonder stocks tanked (see below). If he cancels golf this weekend, move to New Zealand as soon as you can.

Frieden said Vinson had been monitoring herself for symptoms of Ebola and failed to report that her temperature had risen to 99.5 degrees before she departed for Dallas. Even so, Frieden said the risk to other passengers was “very low” because she did not vomit on the flight and was not bleeding.

He added that authorities had identified three people who had direct contact with her before she was isolated.

Dr. Mary DiOrio, interim chief of the Ohio Department of Health’s Division of Prevention and Health Promotion, told reporters Vinson visited family in Akron from Oct. 8 to Oct. 13 before she flew to Dallas on Frontier.

Lovely young woman, I’m sure. Doing God’s work. Of course she should not have taken the flight; of course she should have reported herself a week ago. But she did, and she didn’t. People do s**t like that all the time, sometimes with consequences, sometimes without.

I just love (as in hate) the fact that the CDC declares that an American citizen should not have taken a flight, yet recoils in horror at the suggestion that Liberian nationals from a Hot Zone be denied entry. We are so [bleeped]. Hello, Auckland!

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Hating on the Handicapped

What is it with Democrats and the disabled?

Wendy Davis is almost certainly not going to be the next governor of Texas. Apparently, though, she’s willing to try just about anything to alter that reality.

“A tree fell on Greg Abbott,” the narrator says. “He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims.”

This ad is the sort of highly risky gambit you only see from a long-shot campaign. And, as often as not, these sorts of “Hail Marys” fail miserably.

I checked. Abbott is leading by at least 10 points in the polls. Ms. Davis is a fetching woman, with shapely legs that look nice in pink sneakers. Her footwear and and her abortion are chief claims to fame. Or infamy. Now we can add this.

You remember the other occasion a Democrat screwed up over a person in a wheelchair:

Never gets old.

At least Biden meant no harm. Unlike…well, you just have to see:

You’re one to talk:

What do you expect from the modern progressive? They even celebrate the death of a person in a wheelchair at the hands of Arab terrorists.

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Random Hatreds

While preparing my royal cup of coffee and preparing the Bloodthirsty Puppy’s breakfast of quail and squab, I heard a story on the local NPR station about Scott Brown’s race against Jeanne Shaheen. Women will be key to Shaheen’s reelection, we were told, something Brown has to work against if he is to win.

“He doesn’t have a uterus. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” one woman said. I stopped in mid kibble-scoop. Doesn’t that strike you as somewhat icky? If it doesn’t, what if I dismissed Shaheen as useless without a prostate?

What if I dismissed Jesse Jackson simply because he has black skin? That would be icky.

So why isn’t this?

In man-on-the-street interviews aired Monday night, not a single L.A. resident was able to say who Biden was. But they had some interesting ideas.

“A terrorist?” one man postulated, with another asking if he was “a movie star” and another claiming he’s a “Republican who’s going to be president soon, I’m assuming.”

Shown a picture of Biden, the African-American man was asked if he thought the vice president was a friend of Obama. “No,” he said. “He looks like he’d probably oppose things Obama’s doing.”

“How come?” the interviewer asked. ”I’m basically going off skin color right now, to be honest with you,” the man replied.

Biden doesn’t have a uterus, either. He’s a two-time loser. It’s okay, Joe, so am I.

The Shaheen supporter and the random black man were hardly embarrassed to spew their prejudices. Men, especially white men, are dismissed as irrelevant haters. But who’s doing the hating?

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