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PJ Media: “Why Liberals Really, Really Hate Us”

Here’s another writer who calls leftists ‘liberals’. It seems to be a hard habit to break. But he has a point. They hate us because they do stupid things, we know they are stupid, and they know we know.

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In short, we laugh at them. And for good reason.

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They really, really hate us. George Orwell wrote a morning “Two Minutes Hate” session into the daily life of his dystopia in 1984. One blogger notes that 2,000 of Rachel Maddow’s facebook fans wished that Ted Cruz would fall into an open elevator shaft. What would he have made of the hyperventilating hatred that liberals display against conservatives? Over at National Review, Katherine Timpf reports on a hate manifesto published by the chair of University of Michigan’s Department of Communications. Republicans “crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all,” wrote Prof. Susan Douglas, ““So now we hate them back,” she explains. “And with good reason.”

In fact, they have their reasons to hate us. They are being silly. We know they are being silly, and they know we know, and they can’t stand it. It isn’t quite how we repudiate the idea that the opposing party has any legitimacy at all. But we can’t stop giggling.”

But there is more to it than that, I think. Leftists hate because they cannot love. Everything in their world leads to victimhood. Every failure is someone else’s fault, never the one who fails. That kind of mindset leads to anger and resentment. It prevents happiness. Ask a leftist about a Norman Roclwell painting. He/she/it will tell you that American life is not like that. It’s ugly.

Perhaps it is to them but millions of Americans strive for and achieve a life that looks like what Rockwell saw. Many of us are happy with our lives, or nearly so.

That drives the left nuts.

Both happiness and resentment are states of mind that people choose for themselves. The left believes Utopia is attainable but we’re not there yet – and that needs to change. The rest of the country doesn’t choose to take offense if someone shorter asks us to reach something on the top shelf of Target for them. We see it as an opportunity to help someone. It’s sort of like opening a door and allowing the other person to enter first. The act of helping someone makes us feel good. We choose to do it. We like it.

There are places like this little blog where we point fingers at people doing stupid things to themselves and chuckle. That is perhaps the most painful thing we could do to them.

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“The Icing On The Cake: Gabby Giffords’ Old Seat Goes To A Pro-Gun Republican”

Not just a pro-gun Republican, a retired military leader, a seasoned veteran who flew, and led, air strikes. Martha McSally headed a squadron of A-10 aircraft.

She is not perfect but she is far better than the Democrat she ran against. Her district includes Tucson, Arizona. Tucson has for years been considered to lean left.

It took a long time for all the votes to be counted. It was that close. But the election has been certified.

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On December 17, pro-Second Amendment candidate Martha McSally (R) was officially declared the winner in the race for Arizona’s second congressional district over pro-gun control Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ-2.)

Arizona’s second district is gun control proponent Gabby Giffords’ former seat and the contest she campaigned hardest for during the months prior to the November 4 mid-term elections.

According to Roll Call, McSally won the election by “167 votes.” Barber released a statement congratulating her and “wishing her well in serving southern Arizonans.””

More here

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Deceiving Headline At Washington Post

Here is the headline:

“From moderate Democrats to white Evangelicals, nearly every demographic group believes torture can be justified”

There are two parts of this headline. The first part tells us that it is only those people who agree, at least partly, with conservatives who believe torture can be justified.

From moderate Democrats to white Evangelicals,”

The second part says something completely different: “… nearly every demographic group believes torture can be justified.”

The writer, Emily Badger, goes on to try to convince you that liberal Democrats care more, but then she gives us the results of the poll.

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Emily Badger

Emily Badger

As a result, we can see that young people, aged 18-29 approve of ‘Torture’ far more than conservative republicans, 46% to 40%. It also tells us that people in southern states and northeastern states agree, at 43%.

Ms. Badger has an agenda. She has discovered this poll and is trying to spin it so it seems to support her views. She is not a news presenter. She is an opinion writer like I am. She is listed as a reporter. She is actually something else.

It is interesting that she doesn’t even try to address the question of what constitutes torture. She Assumes that her readers will agree with her that enhanced interrogation methods and torture are the same.

She’s a hack.

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“BREAKING: Obama To Start Talks With Cuba To Establish Full Diplomatic Relations, Open Embassy”

This may not be a bad thing. It may save some Cuban lives by improving conditions there.

Cuba was once a great place for Americans to party. They had casinos, hookers, dog tracks, Jai Alai, and Bacardi rum. Now we have all that stuff. They may have to come up with a new schtick to lure American tourists.

Maybe it’ll be their excellent health care.

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From Weasel Zippers:

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Chicago Rumor…

… From Second City Cop:

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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Even if it isn’t true, it makes everyone at 35th Street nervous and the phones start chirping nonstop when we do:
Rumors are swirling through the hallowed halls of 35th Street that Superintendent McCarthy has finally gotten the phone call of his dreams. It’s rumored that the good and righteous Mayor of New York has called Mr. McCarthy to request an audience.

The rank and file in New York are not happy with the socialist in chief there, and he believes a renowned member from the NYPD can help him with his moral problem there. It seems Bratton is too much of a copper and not enough of a socialist politician.”

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This Is A Thing: “Fire John Boehner As Speaker”

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Actually, it has been building for a few days. No crescendo yet but the web is filled with more every day.

Erick Erickson at Red State has finally pulled his head out of – ahem – the sand with an audible ‘Pop!’. He has posted a piece there titled, “House Conservatives Have the Power and Should Depose Speaker John Boehner”. He says that there are enough conservatives in the house to prevent him from being reelected. You know that the House will be selecting their Speaker right after the first of the year. John Boehner is the presumptive winner because he is there and has been reelected.

Erickson, however, says that he can e stopped.

The vote on whether Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A will be Speaker will occur in January, and 30 conservative House members can deny him re-election. It will be an actual public vote—not a behind-the-scenes, paper ballot vote. Although many would have you believe otherwise, Boehner has not yet been elected Speaker for the new term. House Republicans elected him as their nominee for Speaker in November, but the full House of Representatives needs to vote on his nomination in January.

House conservatives must summon the courage to oppose Boehner’s nomination on the floor in January.”

I have heard this kind of talk before from conservatives and libertarians. It has always been just that – talk. This time is probably no exception. The prospect of trying, unsuccessfully, to oust Boehner must be terrifying to members of the people’s house. Imagine the damage he could do to them if they opposed him and he was still reelected. Boehner is perfectly capable of retribution. And politicians have never been known for their bravery.

There has been some talk about who would replace Boehner as Speaker. That’s all premature. The likelihood is that John Boehner will be Speaker of the House for the foreseeable future.

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Caption This

I’ll start it out with a couple:

“Whaddaya think? Will Hillary like this under the tree?”

“I didn’t know humidors came in colors.”

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When Security Trumps Liberty: The Republic Will Fall

Judge says that the public has no right to know about the frequency of use of this invasive technology because it might teach people how to avoid it. Our open society is slowly being closed down. One day, we’ll awake to find ourselves shackled to an all-pervasive surveillance state, and question how we got there. This is one of the many tributary paths.

A local judge in Arizona ruled Friday that the Tucson Police Department (TPD) does not have to disclose records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators, under the state’s public records act.

“What statutory authority permits the use of this surveillance technology?”

According to a Saturday report from Capitol Media Services, a state news wire, complying with reporter Beau Hodai’s public records request “would give criminals a road map for how to defeat the device, which is used not only by Tucson but other local and national police agencies.” Hodai sued the TPD and the City of Tucson in March 2014 to force them to hand over such records.

The devices are often used covertly by local and federal law enforcement to locate target cellphones and their respective owners. However, stingrays also sweep up cell data of innocent people nearby who have no idea that such collection is taking place. Stingrays can be used to intercept voice calls and text messages as well.

Senators are finally beginning to question the statutory authority of such surveillance technology:

And just last month, local prosecutors in a Baltimore robbery case even dropped key evidence that stemmed from stingray use rather than allow a detective to fully disclose how the device was used.

As the senators write:

We would like to know if your departments, or its components, utilize these devices along the borders and in our states. Accordingly, we request the following information:

1. To what extent does your department use lMSI-catchers (Stingrays, DRTboxes, etc.) or other similar technology? Specifically:

a. Which components within your department use such devices? If multiple components use such devices, is there department-wide guidance governing their use?

b. Since [fiscal year] 2010, how many times has such technology been deployed, and how many phones were identified or tracked by this technology, including devices used by the targets of the operation as well as non-targets whose information was incidentally
swept up?

c. In what types of operations are these devices deployed? What statutory authority permits the use of this surveillance technology?

e. Do [the Department of Homeland Security] and/or [Department of Justice] obtain a court order prior to using such devices? If so, do DHS and/or DOJ inform the courts of the number of individuals likely to be impacted; the scope of acquisition; or the specific technology being deployed?

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NYC Mayor DeBlasio Further Alienates NY Police

A few days ago we pointed out that New York police are telling the Mayor to stay away from police funerals. We observed that hizzoner has been disrespecting the police. Now we find that this was not an isolated incident. DeBlasio continues to side with violent protesters even when they injure cops.

He better watch his back.

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Young, stoned DeBlasio

Mayor de Blasio has again spit in the face of city cops — using the word “allegedly’’ to describe the vicious mob attack on two NYPD lieutenants, outraged police reps said Sunday.

Bending over backward to praise the city’s anti-cop protesters for their “peaceful’’ behavior — even as some chanted on Saturday night, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” — the mayor said the attack was “an incident . . . in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD.”

“When cops are the accused, the word ‘alleged’ never enters into the discussion,” fumed Michael Palladino, president of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association.

Ed Mullins of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called de Blasio a “total nincompoop” for his handling of the situation.

“His actions are contributing to the injuries that are being received by the NYPD,” Mullins said.”

Read more at JWF

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“Jeb Bush: I ‘Would Be A Good President’”

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In a television interview aired on the eve of the South Carolina appearance, Bush expressed confidence that he “would be a good president,” adding that he was in the process of writing an e-book about his time as governor that would come out in the spring. He also said he would make public about 250,000 emails from his time in office, in an effort to promote transparency and to “let people make up their mind,” he told ABC’s Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.
Bush said going through the material has reminded him that “if you run with big ideas and then you’re true to those ideas, and get a chance to serve and implement them and do it with passion and conviction, you can move the needle. … And that’s what we need right now in America.”

From CBS News

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Mike Vanderboegh Speaks At Washington Anti I-594 Rally

Vanderboegh is the founder of the three-percent movement. He is one of the people who broke the story on Fast and Furious.

Vanderboegh blogs daily at Sipsey Street Irregulars.

He is dying of cancer but he gives a powerful speech.

Read more at Captain’s Journal

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“We Really Don’t Want Whites At Our ‘Millions March’

Apparently it’s just for black people. The organizers have special restrictions that apply to white protesters.

Ah, the togetherness is something, isn’t it? Racial harmony reigns.

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Read more here.

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‘Arkansas Badonkadonk’ Stand With Hillary Part 2

Remy does Big and Rich.

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Thirty Pieces Of Silver

House Speaker John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner

From Day By Day Cartoon

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Long Island Woman Collects $1.12 Million For Being A ‘Tea Bagger’

This woman was abused by a pissant cop. He freaked out when he saw she had an ‘Evil Black Gun’, even though she owned it legally. He over reacted and got his department sued. She made a federal case of it and won.

Let this be a lesson to us all.

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A Long Island federal jury rewarded Nancy Genovese, 58, a mother of three, $1.12 million in compensatory damages after being arrested in 2009 for attempting to photograph a helicopter at a Air National Guard base in the Hamptons. Genovese intended to use the photo on a “Support the Troops” website; she was arrested for trespass and insulted as a “Teabagger.”

From The New York Post:

Southhampton cops searched her and found a legally owned rifle that she was transporting from a nearby rifle range. She contends a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene later and said to her, “I bet you are one of those Tea Party people.” When Genovese said she’s gone to Tea Party rallies, he allegedly said, “You’re a real right-winger, aren’t you?” and “You are a ‘Teabagger’” and then added that she’d be arrested for terrorism to make an example of other “right wingers.”

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NYC Protesters Chant For Dead Cops

“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

They called it the ‘Millions March’ but it looks more like the ‘Dozens March’ or maybe the ‘Hundreds March’. From Weasel Zippers:

In case you make any mistake as to their ideology, they let you know their true purpose, launching into a well-practiced rousing chant of “A, Anti, Anti-capitalista!”.

Media has failed to report that most of the organizers behind these marches are radical groups such as Rev Com, the Revolutionary Communist party, as well as Occupy and Answer Coalition. Most of these groups have very small numbers that travel from city to city to make it appear like there are more. Numbers today were buttressed with union members, such as the UAW.”

In case you were wondering who organized the 'Protest', note the T-shirts

In case you were wondering who organized the ‘Protest’, note the T-shirts

And here is that great news source, CNN’s reaction. They support the demand for dead cops.

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“CIA Enhanced Interrogation Program Architect Says Democrats Using Report to Gain More Control Over CIA”

This is an outtake. The entire 25 minute long Vice News interview is here.

I think it’s the Democrats want to rewrite history partially because giving the CIA a black eye would maybe give them more control over the CIA’s budget and more control over, you know, more Senate oversight,” Dr. James Mitchell told VICE News. “Well, the problem with that is you can’t trust Congress to get anything done.”

“I don’t want them fighting the war on terror. I don’t want them making decisions about that.”

Dr. Mitchell is considered by many to be the architect of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program which has recently come under fire after a report from the Senate Democrats.”

More at the Washington Free Beacon

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NYC Cops Are Not Walking Out On DeBlasio – Yet – But…

… They are telling him to stay away from police funerals.

From the New York Post: Cops tell de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals:

NYC Mayor DeBlasio

NYC Mayor DeBlasio

A week or so ago we suggested that NYC police walk out because of the way their mayor disrespected them. No one has yet walked out but they are making their displeasure with hizzoner known.

Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa ​Mark-​Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be ​killed in the line of duty.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” Cops were encouraged to sign and submit the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to ban the cop-bashing pols from their funerals.”

They have even designed a form letter that officers can use:

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Good for them.

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Bill Whittle: “Progressives Are The New Barbarians”

Whittle makes an excellent case against Progressives here. He shows us that they are not interested in truth or justice. They are willing to destroy other’s lives to advance their agenda.

His stuff gets better all the time. This is one of his best.

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Cruz, Lee, Sessions Display Leadership

Cruz and Lee depart the Senate floor after their speeches before the night-time budget vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Jeff Sessions are pushing for a vote to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty in the “Cromnibus” spending bill Friday night, The Daily Caller has learned.

The trio of conservative senators is hoping to get the defund vote onto the Senate floor as a “point of order,” which would force a procedural vote on the issue without Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having to introduce it.

The senators are pushing hard on Capitol Hill for the measure as of early Friday afternoon. If successful, the vote would take place late Friday night, after planned deliberations on the defense budget.”

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A Good Summation Of The Senate Report

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Tip O’The Hat to Moonbattery

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“Conservatives: Let’s Primary Every GOP Boneless Wonder Who Votes For The CRomnibus”

Boy, do I agree with this. Each and every Republican who votes for this monstrosity needs to be thrown out. We may not be able to succeed in firing them but primarying them is another matter.

The bill includes funding for abortion, amnesty for illegal aliens, benefits for illegals, the war on coal, and costs more than a Trillion dollars. With our runaway national debt this is exactly the opposite of what the country needs.

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There’s only one way to stop Obama’s destructive policies, especially the ruinous spending that has pushed America into a national debt of over $18 trillion, and that is for Republicans to stop voting “YES” on spending bills like the “CRomnibus.”

However, the policies that are funded by the “CRomnibus” represent practically everything that conservatives who volunteered, donated and voted in the 2014 midterm election thought they had just defeated.

But what is the deepest betrayal by the House Republican leaders behind the bill is that it is not something that was forced upon a reluctant Republican majority in the House by Harry Reid and the just defeated Senate Democrats – this is a deal Republican leaders negotiated on behalf of themselves and the House Republican Conference.”

This idea came from Conservative HQ where there is a more in-depth description of the things that are bad about this bill.

Update: The bill passed the House 219-206. The roll call vote list is here. Is your Congresscritter on the list of yeas? Mine is.

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Klavan: “Who Is Al Sharpton?” And More

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Palin To Congress: “Kill The Omnibus Spending Bill”

She’s right. We didn’t throw out the bums so they could be replaced by more bums. You in the Congress promised to stop Obama. You are now telling us that you are going to fund his madness.

Shame on you.

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From her Facebook page, former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin advises House members to kill the bill:

Grant me this use of America’s voice:

When you cut through all the “inside baseball” stuff in this Omnibus Spending Bill that’s in front of Congress, you’re left with two cold hard facts: this bill doesn’t defund Obama’s amnesty (so he gets to reward lawbreakers with your tax dollars) and it adds to our dangerous, unsustainable debt. It also breaks campaign promises made by quite a few of our incumbent politicians on both sides of the aisle. Hey, if you thought we wanted more of the same as we worked our butts off to get good folks elected in November, then why did we vote to oust liberals who got America into this mess in the first place? Guess what, GOP: our victory party is over and voters are wide awake and trusting you to keep your promises to America.”

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A Sincere Warning To Senator Diane Feinstein

Attacking the CIA is not the smartest thing she has ever done. It appears that she believes she is somehow immune from retribution. Sitting Senators often think things like that.

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Someone should caution Diane Feinstein… ‘You don’t tug on Superman’s cape,’ and you definitely DO NOT play Truth or Dare with ‘crazies’ in the C-I-A!”

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If Diane Feinstein is trying to play a dangerous game of Truth or Dare with the Central Intelligence Agency, many insiders believe there can only be one winner walking away from this most recent confrontation.”

More at Obiter Dictum

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