Category Archives: Media

The trials, tribulations and distortions of the Mainstream Media

“Having less is actually very freeing.”

These are the people who are driving the debate about the environment. They are sad, really. The Reason reporters ask what they want to see happen. They don’t have answers. But these guardians of the environment have garbage – and they just leave it all behind for others to pick up.

garbage 1

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York City today to call for more action to combat global warming, in what organizers are calling the largest climate change march in history. Kmele Foster, co-host of Fox Business’ The Independents, was on the scene for Reason TV talking to the participants.”

Video from Reason.com

Leave a comment

Pistol Packin’ Pastor Has A Sense Of Humor

BAYTOWN, TX (KTRK) — A pistol-packing pastor nabbed a grandmother who police said is responsible for stealing dozens of packages from homeowners’ front porches.

On September 12, Laurie Ferguson, 52, was caught stealing some packages from Benny Holmes’ front porch, according to the Baytown Police Department.

“He was at his wits end,” said Holmes’ wife, Pat. “He was determined in his mind that he would sit here, however long it took, to see if he could find her.”

Pastor Benny Holmes is seen on video bolting through his front door with a gun in hand. He ordered Ferguson to get on the ground. She did.

“She said I’m looking for my dog,” said Holmes. “He said you found your dog. Bow wow,” said Pat Holmes.”

More at ABC13

Leave a comment

Politico Exclusive: ‘Lois Lerner breaks silence’

U.S. Director of Exempt Organizations for the IRS Lerner is sworn in to testify before a House Committee hearing in Washington

Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS.

Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.”

“We followed the trail where it leads, and we saw it lead to Lois Lerner,” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said at a hearing Thursday. “She refers with disdain to conservatives; she’s an active liberal; and it’s clear her actions were set out to be detrimental to conservatives.”

I wonder who is calling her a ‘Dirty Jew’? The only anti-Semites I ever see are on the left.

Very few details of Lerner’s personal history, professional background or life since her fall have been detailed in the news media. One thing is clear: She doesn’t seem poised to back down or give her Republican critics in Congress any satisfaction.

“Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did,” the 63-year-old said.

On May 22, 2013, Lerner returned to the seeming safety of her IRS office after invoking the Fifth Amendment and being chased down a Capitol Hill hallway by the Washington press corps.

Instead, she was summoned by the human resources department and ordered to resign or clean out her desk by 2 p.m. and be escorted from the building on indefinite administrative leave. She refused to resign.”

Read more at Politico

15 Comments

McCarthy Out In Chicago?

garry mccarthy

Second City Cop has been doing some investigating and has found some clues:

Adding the evidence together and it certainly looks like he’s leaving shortly:
Exhibit #1 – there hasn’t been a CompStat meeting for a month now.

He’s in town, he’s been seen here and there, he’s been quoted in the paper. But his favorite pastime of belittling and humiliating the Command Staff has ceased to be for the past four weeks.

Exhibit #2 – Candlelight Vigil. McCarthy sat by himself and none of the regular sycophants approached him at all, instead congregating in their own little herd and studiously ignoring the Supe.

That is very telling – not needing to impress or be noticed by the boss because he’s not really in charge any more. That’s very typical Chicago – the guy on the chopping block is usually the last to know. Or knows and is just going through the motions for a hefty paycheck.

Exhibit #3 – Election time. Rahm needs votes. Shaking things up will produce the illusion of change and Rahm can say, “Look what I’m doing!” and there are enough stupid people that will believe he’s actually changing things.
Put all of this into the bozo-puter and we’ll set the over/under for a change at the top at early November…”

Leave a comment

Politico: “Americans for Shared Prosperity to launch women-focused ads”

Below is one of them. In it is a smart, attractive woman who tells us that she supported Obama in 2008 and 2012. Since then, though, she has grown up and has seen him for what he is.

John Jordan, a California winery owner and head of the group Americans for Shared Prosperity whose work in outside groups has gained attention in the past year, is planning to air two women-focused spots nationally over the next few days during major news shows like “Meet the Press” on NBC and on Fox News, as well as digitally across national print publications, including POLITICO.

Jordan said he is bothered by the Democrats’ focus on a “war on women” that emerged in the 2012 campaign cycle, but also believes Republican messaging has been weak in pushing back.

So the ads he commissioned from Florida-based admaker Rick Wilson feature a woman speaking direct-to-camera about issues like the economy and national security, in a 30-second spot and a 60-second one. She accuses Democrats obliquely of treating women like single-issue voters and talks about President Barack Obama as if he’s a boyfriend she’s stuck with for a few more years. “The goal here is to communicate with women voters in a way that outside groups and campaigns haven’t,” Jordan said.”

Read more at Politico, especially the comments. These ads have struck a nerve.

Hat tip to Moe Lane

1 Comment

Colion Noir Brilliantly Compares Ray Rice And Shaneen Allen

The Shaneen Allen Legal Defense Fund is here. It’s currently at $61,378.44.

shaneen allen and kids

1 Comment

Cherilyn Sarkisian Sued By Black Dancer For Racial Discrimination

cher

68 year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian, commonly known as ‘Cher’, has been sued by a black dancer because she told her choreographer to put fewer black people in her chorus line.

Cher is being sued for allegedly telling her choreographer there were too many black people on stage during her concerts … but the singer says the allegations are BS.

According to a new lawsuit — obtained by TMZ — Cher was auditioning dancers for her “Dressed to Kill” tour in 2014 when choreographer Kevin Wilson said he particularly liked “a minority female dancer.” Wilson claims Cher responded, “We have too much color onstage.”

Wilson claims in the suit — filed by attorney Perry Wander — Cher then told him to find a white, blonde dancer. Wilson further claims he was instructed “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”

Read more at TMZ

Leave a comment

“California boy gets detention for sharing school-prepared lunch with another student”

Michelle Obama will not be resisted. Of course it was California. “You will comply!”

gty_school_lunch_generic_photo

A 13-year-old California boy was reportedly placed in detention for sharing a school-prepared lunch with another student.

Kyle Bradford, a student at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, Calif., was disciplined after sharing his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria, KRCR-TV reported.

“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told the website.”

Read more at Fox News

1 Comment

Revealed: Obama’s Problem With Premature Evacuation

Like many Premature Evacuators he will not admit he has a problem.

6 Comments

Heh. “Dennis Rodman Leaves US To Talk With Leaders Of ISIS”

Los Angeles, CA — With only a handful of reporters present at the Los Angeles International Airport, Dennis Rodman announced his intentions to leave the United States to speak with leaders of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
“I know a lot of people won’t understand what I’m doing, but it’s my decision,” Rodman told reporters. “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways.”
“I wish him the best of luck,” Rodman’s agent, Paul Horner, told reporters. “Dennis is a wordsmith, a really likeable guy. I think ISIS will listen to what the man has to say and hopefully change for the better.”

From the National Report, a satirical news site.

5 Comments

Bill Whittle And ‘Bush Light’

Bush Light

Bush Light

This is scathing.

Time to send him a few bucks.

1 Comment

Two Closely Related Stories In Today’s News

First it is said that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State are unaware of the 40 ISIS fighters that have returned to the Unites States.

Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop representing CD-1 on Long Island told a concerned audience at a LIMBA meeting Friday of last week that of the approximately 100 Americans who went to fight with ISIS, 40 have returned.

DHS, the State Department, Jeh Johnson, John Kerry and other key government officials are completely unaware that these terrorists have returned if one can judge by their comments made before Congress on Thursday.

Mr. Bishop is currently being accused of exaggerating the number or exposing secrets. He would not “come to the phone and explain where he got it” when a Newsday reporter called him.

In testimony Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that the U.S. must stop foreign fighters with U.S. passports from returning to the homeland.

Kerry said the following according to the Daily Mail:

What I want to make certain, Kerry told the congressional panel, ‘is that anybody who has a passport [and joins with ISIS] ‘who returns, returns in handcuffs – not through customs with their passport.’

‘I don’t think these guys are ten feet tall,’ he said later.

Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican, agreed.”

Read the rest here

Currently my favorite image of Cruz

Currently my favorite image of Cruz

The next story is one of the US Senate refusing to act. From the Washington Times:

Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises.

Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month.”

And here, at no extra charge, is a third story:

Canadian Government Begins Invalidating Passports Of Citizens Who Have Left To Join Extremist Groups

2 Comments

“God, Let Me Get Back To My Girls.” God Answered

A good story of heroism and sacrifice from Bearing Arms:

Navy SEAL Senior Chief Mike Day was the first man through the door into a room hiding four al Qaeda operatives. All four terrorists opened up on him the moment he stepped into view. He was hit 27 times, including 16 shots to the torso, shots to both arms, and shots both legs. A grenade went off, peppering his body with shrapnel. The only place he wasn’t hit was in the head.

Then he went to work.”

6 Comments

The United Kingdom Gets Less Than Three Percent If Its Electricity From Wind

This information comes from the UK National Grid Status website. There they give us a daily tally of the electrical demands and the amount that is supplied by each different source. Wind powere is in last place, of course, and by a very wide margin. Wind provides 2.93% of needs. The second-to-last is nuclear power which provides 15.84% of what is necessary.

UKwind

Wikipedia tells us that the UK has 5,276 wind generators:

Two of the wind turbines at the Black Law Wind Farm in Scotland

Two of the wind turbines at the Black Law Wind Farm in Scotland

The UK is one of the best locations for wind power in the world, and is considered to be the best in Europe.[1] [2] Wind power delivers a growing fraction of the energy in the United Kingdom and at the beginning of January 2014, wind power in the United Kingdom consisted of 5,276 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of over 10 gigawatts…

Curious about the return that wind turbine farms provide I found at Ask.com that they are expensive:

The cost analysis of a wind turbine would depend on whether it is used for commercial or personal use. Commercial wind turbines can cost upwards of 2 million dollars plus maintenance.”

My little calculator tells us that 5,276 turbines which cost $2 Million each equals an expenditure of… well my calculator won’t work in numbers that large. It gives me an ‘Error’ message. But it looks like more than ten billion dollars.

The Wikipedia article cited above tells us that these turbines are capable of, “…over 10 gigawatts.” The data from the UK National Grid article shows us that they are falling mighty short of that figure. They are actually producing a little over one-tenth of it – 1.10 GW.

The ten gigawatt figure seems to be wildly optimistic. Perhaps it was provided by the companies that supplied them. More likely it was a combination of them and the Green lobby. Regardless, it seems that the United Kingdom was sold a bill of goods. I wonder of the good citizens there are at all aware of these numbers.

I suspect we have that same thing going on in the United States but on a much larger scale.

Hat tip to Kate for the link to that UK site.

3 Comments

Chicago Police Superintendent Makes False Assertion

Politicians are all the same – especially Chicago politicians.

Four men were arrested for shooting and killing a nine-year-old boy. They were actually trying to kill two members of a rival gang but the killer got distracted by the boy. He thought the kid was a lookout so he killed him.

garry mccarthy

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy took the blame away from the killers. He put it instead on the gun that was used.

Chicago’s murder problem is a gun problem,” said McCarthy, sounding a familiar theme. “It’s too easy to get a firearm.”

From the Chicago Tribune:

Police: Gang members thought boy, 9, was warning rivals and killed him

9 yr old's killers

Police allege the four – all members of the Sircon City faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang – were riding in two cars that afternoon looking to shoot members of the Pocket Town, a rival GD faction. In the 1200 block of East 71st Street, they spotted two men they believed were rivals, police said.

According to McCarthy, the alleged gunman, Derrick Allmon, 19, got out of one car, walked over to the other and talked to Jabari Williams, 22, who handed Allmon a handgun and told him to shoot the two.

“As Allmon approached his intended targets on foot, he came across Antonio Smith in the rear yard of a residence,” McCarthy said. “Believing that Antonio Smith was yelling a warning to his intended victims, Allmon shot Antonio Smith multiple times, wounding him fatally.”

Hey, McCarthy, this is not the fault of the gun. It’s Your Fault. You are a failure as a police chief. You blame the crime on the tool and not on the perpetrator. You don’t police the areas where this stuff happens. You have forgotten the ‘Protect and Serve’ motto. You aren’t protecting anyone and you are only serving your master, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

2 Comments

“Family of former SEAL killed in Benghazi to sue State Dept., CIA for $2 Million”

Two million dollars is not enough. Twenty million would be better. Knowing the way the offices of the Obama government operate they would settle without going to court. They would pay two million easily to make this suit go away.

This is a nice gesture, an effort to make the facts come out, but it will not work. The State Department can easily come up with a million. So can the CIA.

Glen Doherty

Glen Doherty

The family of Glen Doherty, the former Navy SEAL killed in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, has filed a $2 million claim against the CIA and the State Department.

Barbara Doherty, the CIA contractor and former SEAL’s mother, filed a claim last week with the two government agencies for $1 million each. The family does not believe there was adequate security at the U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex when they were attacked Sept. 11, 2012.”

Read more at the Washington Times

2 Comments

What Do We Make Of This?

russian aircraft

From Canadian Kate

3 Comments

“And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions”

tracking point

This is from Bearing Arms:

That is what Elliot Fineman, CEO of the National Gun Victims Action Council says about the Precision Guided Firearms made by TrackingPoint, a gun maker located in Austin, Texas.

The NGVAC wants to ban the rifles, which they say have “no legitimate civilian use.”

“There are three groups who will buy these rifles — insurrectionists, terrorists and hate groups,” Fineman said in a recent statement. “Given the sniper rifle’s deadly accuracy, no one is safe — this cannot be allowed.”

The group’s biggest objection is to the technology behind the heart of TrackingPoint’s Precision Guided Firearm system, its “network tracking scope,” a computer which calculates 20 ballistic variables 54 times per second.

All the shooter does to fire the $27,500 weapon is align the reticle onto the target, press the “tag” button, pull the trigger and hold it to the rear.”

They are too accurate… or something. Regardless this Fineman would-be tyrant believes they should be, and can be, made illegal.

Here is a response from Tracking Point.

19 Comments

More Out-Of-Control Militarized Police

A SWAT raid on a barbershop? A raid to check licenses? Two days after a quiet inspection found everything in order?

Who ordered this raid? Whomever it was should be fired. Armed, armored officers rushing a barbershop with guns drawn is an excellent way to get someone shot.

Consider this: imagine if you, an armed CCW holder, were in a barber’s chair when they broke in. Even if you didn’t draw on them imagine the treatment you’d get when they discovered you were armed.

Poorly trained, poorly led officers are a threat to civilians.

Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers’ Licenses

swat again

Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. “We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable,” says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. “We hope that the third time will be the charm.”

On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by “between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents,” who “rushed into” the barbershop “like [a] SWAT team.” Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.

The officers ordered all the customers to leave, announcing that the shop was “closed down indefinitely.” They handcuffed the owner, Brian Berry, and two barbers who rented chairs from him, then proceeded to search the work stations and a storage room. They demanded the barbers’ driver’s licenses and checked for outstanding warrants. One of the inspectors, Amanda Fields, asked for the same paperwork she had seen two days earlier, going through the motions of verifying (again) that the barbers were not cutting hair without a license (a second-degree misdemeanor). Finding no regulatory violations or contraband, the officers released Berry and the others after about an hour. “

Read more at Reason.com

6 Comments

RGIII Forced To Turn T-Shirt Inside Out

It said “Know Jesus Know Peace”.

The National Football League is out of control. Between crap like this, which is insulting to most Americans, to being lectured by small-minded, small-statured Bob Costas about things that have no connection to football, we have developed a foul taste for their political correctness.

Now we are inundated with images of a player KOing his girlfriend in an elevator and another who spanked his kid. Somehow NFL management has inserted itself into these things that should be handled by police. If the act is heinous enough to be illegal it is up to local police to arrest – or not – the perpetrator. Instead we are faced with unending discussions of them.

Really, we have much more important problems in this imperfect world.

The league chief has done a good job of making everyone connected with the NFL a lot of money. That is his job and he is doing it well. But, he is being attacked as though he caused – or condoned – the actions of his league’s players.

The National Football League is committing suicide before our eyes. Honest love of God is not permitted. Screaming for Goodell’s ouster has replaced it.

RGIII know Jesus Know peace

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was reportedly told by an NFL uniform inspector not to wear his “Know Jesus, Know Peace” t-shirt before Sunday’s postgame press conference.

Michael Phillips, the Redskins reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, posted on Twitter that Griffin was told he couldn’t wear the t-shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product.

“RGIII was wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Know Jesus, Know Peace.’ NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee (former Skins DE) approached Griffin,” Phillips tweeted. “McGee told Griffin he couldn’t wear the shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product. Made him turn it inside out for the press conference.”

CSN Washington reports that Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan wore a t-shirt from Five Four Clothing to the podium for the postgame press conference and was not asked to change his shirt.”

Read more at CBS DC

14 Comments

New Show: InRange TV On The Web

Screen grab from the trailer

Screen grab from the trailer

Ian McCollum at Forgotten Weapons has a new project — a TV show devoted to intelligent talk about guns. It’s pay for view. Costs $2.99 per month.

Watch the trailer here.

InRange is the best new gun program on the internet – yes, the entire internet. Here we maintain a level of intelligent discussion about guns that you simply don’t get on cable television. No BS, no drama – just interesting guns.”

Hat tip to Grant Cunningham

Leave a comment

The Progressive Mind Is A Terrible Thing

Snarky leftist woman: “When you met Sarah Palin didn’t you just want to pop her in the face?”

This is coexisting at its best.

coexist bumper

7 Comments

BBC: “The more inept you are the smarter you think you are”

michelle hashtag

Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all.

You’re pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn’t it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.”

obama umbrella gate

What has become known as the Dunning-Kruger effect is an example of what psychologists call metacognition – thinking about thinking. It’s also something that should give us all pause for thought. The effect might just explain the apparently baffling self belief of some of your friends and colleagues. But before you start getting too smug, just remember one thing. As unlikely as you might think it is, you too could be walking around blissfully ignorant of your ignorance.”

ashamed

Read more at BBC

10 Comments

Glenn Beck Figured Out Why The White House Insists On Calling The Islamic State ‘ISIL’

Beck’s radio program occurs in the morning. In our area we get it on ‘Tape Delay’. Today he made a point about which I have been scratching my head for some time. I am not the only one, either.

The Islamic State terrorists began their reign of terror calling themselves ISIS which stands for the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’. Some called them ISIL which stands for the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’. Later, after they overwhelmed many areas in Iraq and Syria, found funding, and more adherents they changed to IS which stands for ‘Islamic State’.

But the Obama administration has called them ISIL all along. It’s obvious that that decision came down from on high. Everyone speaking for the administration calls them ISIL. Why is that?

First, what’s the difference between Syria and the Levant? Syria is today a separate country.

syria map

As you can see, Syria is a small country sandwiched between Turkey on the north, Iraq on the east, Jordan on the west, and Lebanon on the west.

The Levant, however, is much larger:

the levant

It includes Israel.

The President makes a strong point to Muslim countries when he insists that Israel is under control of the Islamic State. They understand it, too. Obama has never been a supporter of Israel. He has snubbed their leaders and has treated the country as thou it should not exist.

That is why he insists on the ISIL label.

11 Comments

“KFC Muslim Employee Screams Insults At Customer Asking For Bacon”

This is from 2011. NSFW language.

The violence is just below the surface.

“A Muslim worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.”

H/T to Kate

16 Comments