The Cult of the State

Ace just nails it.

(I can only hope I’m on “the Cult’s list of approved devils”)

What a Busy Day. Or something.

So much to read, so little time.

We, meaning bitter-clingers good ol’ ordinary Americans, were right. We smelled a rat. A giant, rancid rat. Even his devotees are beginning to doubt.

Benghazi. So many links, so many lies. But not to worry; Susan Rice is in line for a promotion.

There’s more. The IRS is being sued for stealing tens of millions of health records. And Obamacare hasn’t even kicked in.

The press appears to e coming out of it’s six year coma. It still remains to be seen if they have retained any cognitive ability.

The IRS used audits and intimidation like a blunt weapon. Dr. Anne Hendershott. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse and the Biblical Recorder. Leaked IRS documents were used against Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign. The 500. They want it all. Even the names of students you mentored. Don’t even ask if the director got bonuses. You know the answer to that.

The White House pressured the WaPo to fire Dr. Milton Wolf. With family like that (Dr. Wolf is Obama’s second cousin), who needs enemies?

Boehner Knew…

…about the Benghazi emails in March. And he did nothing.

Spineless.

He needs to be thrown out with the Obama baby water.

Isn’t It Nice to Know that the U.S. Army Thinks I’m a Religious Extremist?

ReligiousExtremismAnd you Catholics, too. We’re all lumped in the pot with Hamas and al-Qaeda.

Read more here.

Chesterton was right, “The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.”

Goooood Grief!

Parents in Arkansas, of all places, (honestly, you’d expect a story like this out of New York or California), are upset that children from Terry Elementary in Little Rock were invited to a stage production of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at a local church. Mind you, they didn’t bring up the issue with the school’s administration, but went straight to the local atheist society with their complaint, knowing full well the airways would swell with the feigned outrage of brainwashing their little ones. And of course, the chief complainer doesn’t want to be identified. They are all afraid their children would be bullied. Oh, waaaaaaaah.

I hope the Grinch steals all your presents. And your roast beast, too.

What a sad, small place we have become.

Breaking: Karen Handel Resigns from Komen

Just in – Karen Handel has resigned (effective immediately) from Komen.

Background here.

The media has their scapegoat.

Sad.

The Perfect Metaphor

President Obama visits Disney World; shuts down Main Street USA for a speech.

C’mon Mr. Prez, don’t make it so easy for us dumb critics to criticize you.

All those disappointed children. Next thing you know, you’ll be visiting animal shelters, explaining to us why it’s so important for our nation’s survival to kill all those kittens.

Tweet of the Week – UPDATED

Newsweek.

I can’t stop laughing. Stop it, really. I can’t breathe!

UPDATE: Fausta (and Patrerico) shred our favorite self-educated OB-GYN.

Take That, David Brooks

That insufferable David Brooks gets a lashing from Charles Pierce at Esquire. Not suitable for little eyes, but worth a read just for the put-downs.

Now The Aliens Are Out To Get Us

After a hectic week of post-RedState decompression and moving the Wee Highlander back up to college, this is what greets my bleary eyes this morning:

Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact”.

Really? Oh, it gets better.

“Green” aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. “These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets,” the authors write.

“Green” aliens? Really? I always thought they were green. Or greyish-green. And short. Unless they had white hair, blue-ears and tin-foil bikinis especially designed to lure James T. Kirk to the surface. Or do they mean “green” as in forcing humans to use light bulbs that will kill them, eschewing modern hygiene products such as toilet-paper and deodorant, and limiting our diet to steak-flavored tofu to reduce the bovine population because they fart too much?

In fact, I wonder how much was spent on this ground-breaking report. Did they come up with this one on their own with banks of computers and reams of research data, or did they have this delusional vision after a marathon week of Battlestar Gallactica? After all the Cylons wanted to kill all the humans, too. And they almost succeeded. In reality, my bet is that if ET does make a stop here, it’s only for a shopping spree. They’d wipe out every breathing life form, strip the planet bare of resources, leave it a dead rock, and send a postcard back home outlining all the goodies they’d picked up. Just like all the planets before other vacation spots they’d visited in their travels.

That chip in Al Gore’s neck must be beaconing. Heh.

P.S. On the bright side, Allahpundit has the exit question:

Exit question: Wouldn’t solving our climate-change problem freak out E.T. even more than the problem itself? If the atmosphere’s changing in a way that endangers human life, that suggests we either haven’t figured out how to fix it or are too divided to do so. That makes us weak. Good news for E.T.! But once we band together and figure out how to control our climate, that makes us much more of a threat. In which case, it’s Alderaan time. For the sake of the children, then, we’d better keep those emissions coming. See how fun and easy it is to import an agenda into dopey pie-in-the-sky hypotheticals?

Only in Georgia

Call the Waaaahm-bulance. Black leaders in Georgia government are suing to reverse the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Chattahoochee Hills and the county (re)creation of Milton, saying (wait for it)… they are too white.

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and others say the state has illegally created “super-majority white neighborhoods” in several cities in Fulton and DeKalb counties that dilute the black vote in those areas.

The lawsuit, which also includes the Rev. Joseph Lowery, names Gov. Nathan Deal in his capacity as governor and seeks to void the charters of the newly-created cities of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills and prevent the creation of Milton County — which they claim “supplanted the fully functional and racially balanced county government.”

Read the whole thing. I’ll wait for you to catch your breath. I don’t know which is funnier, the lawsuit, or that last sentence. Fully functional? Ever try to handle a parking ticket in Fulton County? Heh. Racially balanced? I’m not even going to touch that one.

Let’s see how just how new these “newly-created” offensive enclaves are:
- Dunwoody, 2008
- Sandy Springs, 2005
- Milton, 2006
- Johns Creek, 2006
- Chattahoochee Hills, 2007

The youngest of these “newly-created” cities is 4 years old!

Laughable. The whole idea is frivolous and nothing but a publicity stunt.

Hey, wait, which one of the plaintiffs is running for office next election? There’s your answer.

About That “New Civility”

You first. I’d just like to see it, hear it, just once, before you dissolve into a slobbering, enraged mass of quivering gibberish. Wait. Hold that thought; let me turn on my camera. Ok, now!

With Governor Scott Walker leading the way, the Wisconsin legislature is coming to its senses, without the AWOL cry-baby Dems.

The “New Civility” ensues.

Have cameras and videos ready, folks, because the “New Tone” approaches like a tsunami.

Couldn’t make this one up if I tried…

(via Teri Christoph on Facebook)

NY State Representative Anthony Weiner wants to remove a nude male statue near Queens Borough Hall and sell it on Craigslist.

I don’t know much about New–York–City. Could this statue perhaps be in the Pickle District?

Nothing is More Subliminal Than Music

Music is everywhere. Soundtracks for movies. Happy songs. Sad songs. Cheer songs at sporting events. Soaring symphonies. Amazing concertos. Drummers banging on kitchen tables. Children’s songs. Commercials. Video games. Ipods. Ring-tones. Rides at DisneyWorld (see, now you have that song stuck in your head forever and I didn’t even have to say which ride, did I!?! Bwaah-ha-ha)

Living in a house full of classically and not-so-classically trained musicians, we have more than our share.

Music evokes more emotion than any other human creation. We remember where we were when we heard our first Beatles song. Or the instrument we wanted to play. Certain songs turn on the faucets for me, sending chills down my spine and tears down my cheeks. Elton’s Your Song, Debussy’s Clare du Lune, The Battle Hymn of the Bulldawg Nation, Mozart’s Lacrimosa, Beethoven’s Ode of Joy, Berlioz’s The Shepherd’s Farewell to the Holy Family, so, so many I’ve performed. I embarrass my children a lot. Especially the one with the Music Performance degree.

Some people are immune to the nuances of music. Discarded as unuseful, like the old language of flowers, music has no meaning to them. For example, take the current administration.

During last week’s lavish state visit by the leader of Communist China, Obama had no problems dropping hundreds of dollars just on the wine, but couldn’t be bothered with what might actually be on the musical program.

How to evaluate the results of last week’s China-U.S. summit in Washington? Improbably, the key for the entire event may lie in what is usually the least memorable portion of these carefully choreographed occasions: the cultural program at the concluding state banquet.

During the dinner’s musical interlude and following a duet with American jazz musician Herbie Hancock, Chinese pianist Lang Lang treated the assembled dignitaries to a solo of what he described as “a Chinese song: ‘My Motherland.’”

The Chinese delegation was clearly delighted: Chinese President and Communist Party chief Hu Jintao, stone-faced for many of his other photo ops in Washington, beamed with pleasure upon hearing the melody and embraced Lang Lang at the song’s conclusion. President Obama, for his part, amiably praised Lang Lang for his performance and described the event as “an extraordinary evening.”

Even the supposed Asian experts on the National Security Council did not recognize the melody, or the potential of damage by the implied insult. Yet another example of clueless-trickle-down.

“My Motherland” is still famous in China; indeed, it is well-known to practically every Chinese adult to this very day. Unfortunately, this political anthem and its significance were evidently unknown to the many members of the administration’s China team—the secretary and deputy secretary of State, the assistant secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, and the National Security Council’s top two Asia experts—who were on hand at the state dinner and heard this serenade. Clueless about the nature of the insult, they did not know to warn the president that he would embarrass himself and his country by not only sitting through the song, but by congratulating Lang Lang for it afterward.

Although Americans are often tone-deaf to cadences of symbolism in international relations, the Chinese are not. And for Chinese audiences, the symbolism of performing “My Motherland” to a host of uncomprehending barbarians in the White House itself hardly required explanation. This was a triumph of sorts for a newly assertive, and more nakedly anti-American, strain in Chinese foreign policy. The episode has reportedly already gone viral over the Chinese Internet, where the buzz on this crude and deliberate snub is overwhelmingly and enthusiastically positive. Hu can thus return home confident his visit to America will widely be regarded as a success domestically— for reasons his American counterparts do not yet seem to comprehend. [Emphasis - Admin]

As for this musician, you can count that I will never, EVER buy a ticket to a Lang Lang concert. As for the rest of them; I can see 2012 from my house.

Althouse on Sociologists, Pedestals and Those Who Put Them There

Just read the whole thing. That’s ok, I’ll wait.

Now, this is a classic examine of leftist projectile brain-spew. The officers of this American Sociological Association declare that lofty debate is admirable, yyyyyeeeeessss, my precious, yyyyeesss, indeed, but should only be allowed between those “capable” of such lofty debate. Only those examined and stamped with approval by the very same band of merry socialists sociologists, who gleefully lick the wrinkled old toes of the self-proclaimed radical, Frances Fox Piven.

Ministry of Truth, meet your new inductees.

Ick. I need a bath.

(P.S. Stacy was bashing her back when Beck was just getting started at CNN. Poor fella, he never gets any respect.)

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