Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tardy "Abandon Ship" Order

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Yesterday, tragedy struck South Korea when The Sewol,  a ferry carrying 475 people, 325 of them high school students, capsized and sank. 

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It's now being reported that the abandon ship order was given too late.



 
 
It's sad--and eerie--that a similar delay in getting passengers to safety occurred 102 years and two days ago.
 

Silence About Stabbing Spree

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A week ago, 16 year old Alex Hribal went on a stabbing spree in his high school near Pittsburgh, PA

Fortunately none of his fellow students were killed during his rampage.  I was on duty at the time and I noticed that media coverage wasn't overwhelming--like it would have been if a gun

I didn't write about this incident back then, because I'm a "one-man station."  The "buzz-worthy" story of the day was Kathleen Sebelius' resignation.  Also, not all the facts were in at the time, and I wanted to see how this story unfolded.

But since then--silence.

Earlier today, Our Dear Leader gave a speech at another high school within 30 miles of where their fellow students were knifed and said--nothing.

Apparently, crimes committed with edged weapons--which have been around far longer than firearms--doesn't fit the gun controllers' narrative.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carjacking--Russian Style

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While many leftists within the Ramparts of Civilization worry about ruffling the feathers of illegal immigrants, gays, Muslims and feminists; the real (maybe-not-so) former commies in Russia continue to stoke the fires of revolt in the Ukraine.

Their latest stunt:  Carjacking Ukrainian armored personnel carriers (APCs)
Message traffic with my friends was somewhat chaotic this morning as this story unfolded and, as to be expected, there were conflicting reports.

And while Russian troops play a LARP (Live Action Role Playing)-version of Grand Theft Auto, Our Dear Leader has "...vowed repeatedly to enact biting sanctions against Russia's vital economic sectors..."

Meanwhile, closer to the action both sides have been "flexing their muscles" and the Ukrainians managed to take back an airport--for now. 

Austin Bay provides an analytical summary and calls-out the actions of Russian provocateurs.

The Common Theme in "Debates"

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The past couple of weeks, I've posted a few stories about attempts to stifle the dissenting opinions among those of us who aren't part of the Great Leftist Collective. 
 
Mark Steyn spells out why this is so dangerous--even for leftists--in his latest article, The Slow Death of Free Speech
 
He also posted an intro on his webpage with a humorous image of "The Spectator's" front cover

Standoff in the Silver State

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This past weekend a family of cattle ranchers fended off a band of rustlers from Bureaustan.

I've known for years that the federal government owned just about everything in Nevada outside the city limits of Reno and Las Vegas.  I've never been concerned about this until now.  It looks like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is following a similar template the National Park Service used during the government shutdown.

While The Diplomad feels this is "all England's fault," I'm just as concerned as Mark Steyn is over the idea that every federal agency seems to have SWAT-equipped paramilitary troops.

The situation doesn't appear to be over either. At least not according to DC city-slicker Harry Reid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

52% Say Taxes Too High

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According to the latest Gallup Poll:  52% of Americans think taxes are too high.

I'm surprised this number isn't higher, especially after the on-going IRS "phony scandal"

The concluding line of the article strikes a chord with every taxpayer:  ...all groups seem to recognize the IRS isn't underfunded, either.

Talk about an understatement of bipartisanship. 

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A Real Deadline--For A Change...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Precidence of Fabrication

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Many of you know I'm a big fan of Mark Steyn and have mentioned in passing his legal woes against warm-monger Michael Mann. 

Mark's "crime" is violating the First Law of Climatology:   Thou shall not question the word of a Climatologist High Priest.

Mark has pointed out--repeatedly--that a lot of other people have questioned Mann's modus operandi and even called him out on some outright fabrications.

  But fabrications by (in)famous people isn't anything new.  Mark's latest article nicely ties his current legal battle with the life-long tall tale of M Larry Lawrence (aka "Larry the Liar").

Once Larry's lies came to light his body was hauled out of Arlington National Cemetery.

But that was back in the 90s.

Now in the Era of Hope and Change, we have a president who--depending on whom you ask--was born in either Hawaii or Kenya.  Who knows?  A lot of things about Our Dear Leader's pre-presidential have been sealed off from public scrutiny.

As a result, telling fibs, even under the guise of "family lore," doesn't bar you from employment at Ivy League Schools--and even elevate one to Congress.  Just ask "Fauxcahontas Crockagawea." 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Disgrace Continues from the First Fort Hood Shooting

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I was upset when I heard the victims of the First Fort Hood Shooting were denied Purple Hearts because they casualties of "workplace violence."

Since the Second Fort Hood Shooting, the shameful neglect of the first batch of victims has come to light among the general public.  Or at least to those who pay attention to such things.

Mark Steyn rolls-in and takes no prisoners, calling the re-victimization of the first victims a national disgrace.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sebelius Out But Obamacare Problems Remain

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Earlier this week, Sebelius got the  "ultimate Obamacare promotion--unemployed."

Actually, after five years on her salary I'm sure Ms. Sebelius will do fine. 
She may even get an honorary degree from Brandeis U, who'll merely dab some whiteout on the one they were suppose to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 

While Obamacare may get a new leading lady, the understudy will be plagued by the same old problems.

Provided she gets congressional approval to step out of the wings in the first place.

The Gallup Poll also suggests there will be no "bump" from Sebelius' departure.

More like "Iceberg dead ahead!"

The Left's March to Outlaw Debate

 
First, Brendan Eich got the axe from Mozilla for not embracing gay marriage six years ago. 
 
Then, Ayaan Hirsi Ali got denied an honorary degree from Brandeis for offending Islamofacists for being an Islamic apostate criticizing things like female genital mutilation and honor killings.
 
Charles Krauthammer ties this up nicely with his Thought Police on Patrol article.
 
 And without debate, then leftists are free to ban whatever strikes their fancy, like orcas at aquatic parks, and pony rides at fairs and farmer's markets.