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I’m quite sure that if there were still any ways remaining to satirize or parody the left, this story pretty much killed them.
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
It’s almost like they used Soylent Green as a guideline rather than a warning. Let’s hope they don’t get any ideas about To Serve Man.
I fail to see how this is likely to end in anything but.
In Moscow, Mr. Putin convened the upper house of Parliament to grant him authority to use military force to protect Russian citizens and soldiers not only in Crimea but throughout Ukraine. Both actions — military and parliamentary — were a direct rebuff to President Obama, who on Friday pointedly warned Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Mr. Obama accused Russia of a “breach of international law” and condemned the country’s military intervention, calling it a “clear violation” of Ukrainian sovereignty.
In Crimea, scores of heavily armed soldiers fanned out across the center of the regional capital, Simferopol. They wore green camouflage uniforms with no identifying marks, but spoke Russian and were clearly part of a Russian mobilization. In Balaklava, a district of Sevastopol, a long column of military vehicles blocking the road to a border post bore Russian plates.
Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, said at a briefing in Kiev on Saturday evening that he had ordered Ukraine’s armed forces “to full combat readiness.” A Ukrainian military official in Crimea said Ukrainian soldiers had been told to “open fire” if they came under attack by Russian troops or others.
Might be a good time to start praying.
Obama: US outraged by images of Ukraine violence http://t.co/bxWuHlU7mC | No more images, please
— Potemkinville Idiot (@vermontaigne) February 20, 2014
Garry Kasparov also delivers a tweet straight from the annals of legend:
Yes, Obama could sell his red lines on eBay as new. They are all in mint condition, never used!
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) February 20, 2014
HT to Revoista Lai.
Occasionally I do make forays into the Moonbat lands to confront the enemy on their home turf. I say “occasionally” because I tire of the whole pigeon analogy. You know the one I’m talking about:
These forays were more common a few years back, before I really understood the pigeon phenomenon. But I still venture out, and occasionally stumble across a subject that particularly interests me AND I get some bounce in comments. The following is a thread illustrating just such a foray.
The Setting: OP commentary on how damn people blame video games for gun violence, and how they should instead do something so painfully obvious as, you know, banning guns or something.
My reply quoted as follows: More below the fold…
Portugal’s move to decriminalize does not mean people can carry around, use, and sell drugs free from police interference. That would be legalization. Rather, all drugs are “decriminalized,” meaning drug possession, distribution, and use is still illegal. While distribution and trafficking is still a criminal offence, possession and use is moved out of criminal courts and into a special court where each offender’s unique situation is judged by legal experts, psychologists, and social workers. Treatment and further action is decided in these courts, where addicts and drug use is treated as a public health service rather than referring it to the justice system (like the U.S.), reports Fox News.
The resulting effect: a drastic reduction in addicts, with Portuguese officials and reports highlighting that this number, at 100,000 before the new policy was enacted, has been halved in the following 10 years. Portugal’s drug usage rates are now among the lowest of EU member states, according to the same report.
As indicated, Fox News had its own writeup on the matter.
Drugs in Portugal are still illegal. But here’s what Portugal did: It changed the law so that users are sent to counseling and sometimes treatment instead of criminal courts and prison. The switch from drugs as a criminal issue to a public health one was aimed at preventing users from going underground.
Other European countries treat drugs as a public health problem, too, but Portugal stands out as the only one that has written that approach into law. The result: More people tried drugs, but fewer ended up addicted.
. . .
There is no guarantee that Portugal’s approach would work in the U.S., which has a population 29 times larger than Portugal’s 10.6 million.
Still, an increasing number of American cities are offering nonviolent drug offenders a chance to choose treatment over jail, and the approach appears to be working.
In San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood, Tyrone Cooper, a 52-year-old lifelong drug addict, can’t stop laughing at how a system that has put him in jail a dozen times now has him on the road to recovery.
“Instead of going to smoke crack, I went to a rehab meeting,” he said. “Can you believe it? Me! A meeting! I mean, there were my boys, right there smoking crack, and Tyrone walked right past them. ‘Sorry,’ I told them, ‘I gotta get to this meeting.’”
Suddenly, we have foreign agencies questioning the value of a disarmed society. It’s almost as if they’re only just seeing what we’ve seen nigh-from-birth.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
“How do you protect soft targets? That’s really the challenge. You can’t have armed police forces everywhere,” he told reporters.
“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?’”
The most efficient way you run a decentralized economy like our modern one is with decentralized governance. So is it any surprise that the most efficient way to fight a decentralized forms of warfare (i.e. small, scattered terrorist cells) would be with a decentralized form of defense (i.e. a well-armed society)?
This is as close to “magic” as humans are capable of creating.
Imagine a single decision in my day:
I am a simple person that just got hungry and now desires some food. Do I want to buy some fast food, have a sit-down meal in a restaurant, have food delivered, heat up a frozen meal from my freezer, or cook up some food from scratch in my own home? Do I want Italian, Chinese, Thai, Portuguese or something generic? Do I want to have something to drink? Some appetizers? Do I want to eat healthy, or splurge a bit? Do I want to keep my costs down, or am I willing to get a luxury treatment? Am I on a date? And so on.
Clearly, one singular event (“I am hungry”) can lead to dozens of outcomes. And that’s for a simple event. A complex event (“Honey, I’m pregnant”) can result in thousands of distinct outcomes.
Now, most humans encounter numerous such decision-prompting events every day. And there are 7 billion humans on earth.
The fact that in the midst of quadrillions of moving parts, a bit of rubber even gets around the world to where it needs to be–let alone in a far more cost-effective manner than if it were managed by some bureaucrat–is amazing.
But it’s not just amazing. It’s effing magic.
Here’s the problem, as articulated by Cigar Rights of America, admittedly a group supported by the industry, with constituency members that include manufacturers and retailers, but also one that is attracting grassroots consumer followers in every state as more and more cigar smokers are realizing that their ox — and their way of life — is about to be gored big time by the Food and Drug Administration, which has publicly announced its intentions to increase controls over the cigar industry.
“We can assure you, nothing could rip the soul of the cigar industry apart, like FDA actions,” CRA explains. “For example, some of the (again) hypothetical possibilities, but that are not beyond the realm of reason include: No more walk-in humidors (Canadian model); Limits on advertising and promotions; Banning the very word cigar or tobacco; Manufacturers having to submit blends to FDA for ‘testing,’ before heading to your local shop — imagine the impact on boutique cigar makers; Adverse impact on flavored tobacco products; And price impact due to new fees on manufacturers. This, is the short list.”
It’s because they have brown skin, isn’t it?
In all seriousness, there is absolutely no corner of one’s private life that would remain unmolested by the leviathan if its army of apparatchiks had their way. Nothing is sacred.
To President Resident, it’s really you.
Supposedly 17% of the federal government is currently shut down. And we even remotely notice it because it is being specifically targeted by this administration to produce maximum pain. The purpose is two fold:
1) It’s a presidential tantrum designed to cause pain out of spite, and
2) If a fifth of the federal government is shut down and nobody notices, people might finally start to see the truth that the government is bloated beyond all reason, and that they can do without that. And maybe if they see that a 20% cut is no big deal, then maybe 30% won’t be either. Hey, how about 50%?
Our bureaucratic class fears being seen as nonessential.
Our political class fears having nothing with which to easily purchase votes, other than their own character and principles (because Lord knows, they’re at a dearth for that particular resource).
“The American people do not want Obamacare, and they are demanding that Washington act to protect them from the harmful effects of this unfortunate law. The president’s response has been to ignore them, allow the government to shutdown, and then use his power to close national parks and monuments, stop paying veterans’ benefits, and cut off cancer research,” he continued. “This is exactly why we should not expand the government’s power over our health care choices. What power the government has, it will use – and misuse – to advance its own interests, even if that means punishing the American people along the way.”
Lee compared the message sent by the shutdown to that sent by the IRS scandal: “Do what I say or else.”
We are being given front row seats to the spectacle that is Kabuki Shutdown, a clear-as-day demonstration of how the government is not only capable but eager to leverage any and every power at its disposal in order to achieve some political goal or another.
We’ve just given control of 1/6th of our economy to an entity that is proving itself all too willing to block our access to it if it so arbitrarily chooses.
/slowclap for America
This is beyond the pale, as far as I’m concerned. I really can’t understand how the school board could have voted unanimously to expel this student for what he did.
A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun.
Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus.
The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo’s private property.
Go ahead. Read through the story. I can’t even begin to imagine what grounds the school has for dictating what (LEGAL!) pastime a student may or may not engage in on their own land.
“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards.” –Mark Twain
Now I guess we just sorta… wait to see what happens. >_>
Tyranny is in the here and now. The only question is how many volleys will we take before we actually return fire. The colonists of the 18th century took more than one shot to the jaw before finally firing back.
The time is not here and now. But it is on the horizon, and is seemingly that much more difficult to evade as days go by.
Run, lift, shoot, read, invest, stockpile, take care of your families…
I don’t know if I have any better advice than that, regrettably.
One of these days I’m going to find out which of you is actually Bill, because I find it hard to believe that Bill isn’t an active Revoista.
Nailed it, once again.
It occurs to me that with all this talk about impeachment, the current administration is fully prepared to absorb this sort of siege. When a presidential administration is beset on all sides by legitimate and frightening scandals, it’s the go-to answer that the POTUS/White House was “unaware” in some way, and wasn’t directly involved. This is a difficult argument to make if a POTUS is previously seen being very engaged in issues, actively participating or even micromanaging all manner of federal governance.
However, far from this standard, the current POTUS spent nearly the totality of his first term fundraising, campaigning or advocating for a cause du jour (with a heaping helping of golf thrown in). These activities are not governing.
The American people don’t care much about people–even Presidents–that display monumental incompetence. They’d be moved to opposition by “aggressive evil,” but less so by passive incompetence.
In the battle between Stupid vs. Evil, Americans will side with the affable fool every time. Americans embrace incompetence and idiocy just fine. See: Kardashian, Hilton, Kanye, etc. They might outwardly feign disgust if someone asks, but they’ll watch and be enthralled all the same.
Awesome. Almost makes me want to join Twitter to follow him.
I can’t be the only one that noticed this. In the aftermath of the Boston Bombing, many on the right were very quick to abandon a whole heap of Constitutional principles.
Though I will note that we here at the Revo reacted in the way I expect and admire: with adherence to said principles (see RD’s thread on the matter, a couple pages back). I only bring this up so you see many of the hot-headed, hypocritical reactions from “our side,” as well.
Video below the fold (may autoplay on some browsers):
Possibly NSFW due to language, I suppose:
You say “Gun control.” I hear, “We want you to defend yourself against a man who is a foot taller and a hundred pounds heavier with your bare hands.”
You say “Common sense regulations.” I hear, “We don’t like these cosmetic features, like an adjustable stock or a foregrip, that make it easier for a woman to use.”
You say, “If it saves just one life.” I hear “Except yours, you stupid bitch. We’d rather you get raped and murdered while waiting for the police to arrive.”
You say, “Think about the children.” I hear “But not yours. We won’t let you defend them, and if we find out you have a gun in the same house as a child, we’ll take them both away.”
You say, “Compromise.” I say, “Fuck you, you mewling cowards. I will not embrace victimhood. I will not willingly disarm. If you demand I give up my life just to make you feel better, you are selfish on a level that is beyond comprehension.”
Strong, passionate, authoritative, and articulate. This is my first time hearing of this girl, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s already getting marriage proposals for this post.
I’d call this post of hers the rhetorical explanation of the saying, “God created all men, but Sam Colt made ‘em equal.” It’s a vivid reminder how gun control measures disproportionately harm women, minorities and the weakest far more than young, muscular males. History is rife with hordes of such men raping and pillaging their way across various countrysides. They were virtually only ever stopped by an equal or greater force of young, armed men. That’s how it worked when weapons were operated with brute strength; brutes called the shots.
It was only with the advent of the modern firearm that a woman, a cripple, or an octogenarian could reliably fend off such thugs.
Related: “The Gun is Civilization.”
It really is as Orwellian as it sounds. The “Public Safety and Second Amendment Protection Act” is indeed that… if you somehow see gun registration as “protecting” the Second Amendment.
Heritage cites the current law:
No department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States may–
(1) require that any record or portion thereof generated by the system established under this section be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or political subdivision thereof; or
(2) use the system established under this section to establish any system for the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions or dispositions, except with respect to persons, prohibited by section 922(g) or (n) of title 18, United States Code, or State law, from receiving a firearm.
Then they cite a portion of the new law:
The STM bill fuzzes up the law prohibiting a federal gun registry. First, the legislation says that nothing in the legislation shall be construed to allow establishment of a federal firearms registry. In addition, it says that the Attorney General may not consolidate or centralize records of firearms acquisition and disposition maintained by licensed importers, manufacturers, and dealers, and by buyers and sellers at gun shows (and makes it a crime for him to do so).
But then, the STM bill takes those protections away by using the all-powerful word “notwithstanding”—”notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Attorney General may implement this subsection with regulations.” The courts may construe the “notwithstanding” to allow Attorney General Eric Holder to issue regulations that could begin to create a federal registry of firearms, because the law says he can implement the subsection without regard to the protections against a registry elsewhere in the legislation.
So basically, the up front line is “This bill can absolutely not be read as gun registration,” while the deeper, fine print says, “The AG of the US can create a registry, regardless of anything we said earlier. Just kidding.”
There is absolutely no reason to believe that the executive branch–in this case, AG Holder–won’t take power that it’s handed on a silver platter by the legislative branch. If the bill says that he may create a registry, no matter how rudimentary, you can bet it will be created by hook or crook.
I do not know how many of such editions will be published, but I got the feeling that we needed a little more gun love to take root:
Years ago, children would aspire to and compete in shooting sports just the way that today’s football and basketballers compete. I’ll be damned if I don’t see my grandchildren return to that former tradition.
This is just one of the many forms it can take, of course, but voila:
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The NYS SAFE Act is billed as a necessary law to protect the public and keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people.
But Hamburg attorney Jim Tresmond says his client was notified by letter that his gun permit was suspended upon the recommendation of State Police, who learned the man is on anti-anxiety medication.
“Claiming that he had taken some psychotropic medications, and that he no longer could be eligible for the pistol permit,” Tresmond said.
The permit holder lives in Amherst and Tresmond accompanied the man as he turned in his seven handguns used for target-shooting to Amherst Police.
. . .
Officials confirmed state law permits the suspension of a gun permit before the permit holder even gets a chance to state their case.
Just wait until every damned one of us is deemed unfit for gun ownership. What? Don’t take anti-anxiety medications? Don’t worry. Ve haff other vays.
The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior.
H/T to Bob Owens.