The dog that no longer barks in the night.

Ever notice that  the liberal left is no longer constantly telling us, “We support the troops, we want them brought home!”, even as Obama is making plans to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2024 and beyond

It’s almost as if their hand-wringing and outcries of concern for American troops was just some kind of cover for their rabid hatred of George Bush or something….

 
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November 29th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Good riddance to bad science

I was never on the “Genetically Modified Organisms are teh worst!!1!” bandwagon because I have more than a passing knowledge on how this sort of thing actually works. Good to see sanity catching up with fear-mongering

An arresting but widely criticized study that stoked fears about genetically modified foods (GMOs) was retracted Thursday.

The move was met with relief by scientists who heaped scorn on the French study after it was published last year. The study claimed a steady diet of genetically modified corn caused tumours in rats.

Many scientists criticized the Seralini’s evidence and methods and called for the record to be set straight. One of the major flaws in the study is that Seralini used rats that are highly susceptible to tumours, with or without GMOs in their diets, they said.

Here’s a clue: Mother Nature has been genetically modifying foods for about 6 BILLION YEARS, and so far, we humans haven’t popped out brain tumors like pimples on a 16 year old’s nose. 

Sadly, though, I think the damage is already done, because we humans don’t get rid of our superstitions quickly or easily, and the anti-science brigade is doing their best to prove me right. 

(Study Author) Seralini and his team remain unrepentant, and allege that the retraction derives from the journal’s editorial appointment of biologist Richard Goodman, who previously worked for biotechnology giant Monsanto for seven years. 

And Goodman was also a member of the Bildeburgers, Rosecrusians and the International Communist Conspiracy, Seralini went on to say. 

 
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November 29th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Imagine if Sheriff Joe said this.

“I didn’t ask, but just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here, but because they want to be here and they bring extraordinary talents to the United States.” 

Our President can tell who’s an immigrant to the United States and who isn’t just by lookin’ at ’em. 

Or to put it another way, ” You all ain’t from around here, is you?” 

As an immigrant to the United States, I advise my (current) President not to look at my face to see how I feel about him and the job his doing, but rather look at the middle digits of my hands. 

They’ll be sending a signal that’s loud and clear.

 
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November 27th, 2013 by exurbankevin

The Fish Rots From The Brain Down

Or, Two Unrelated, Related Stories. 

Franklin Foer of the oh-so-liberal New Republic: Obamacare’s Failure Is A Threat to Liberalism.

Liberalism has spent the better part of the past century attempting to prove that it could competently and responsibly extend the state into new reaches of American life. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the administration has badly injured that cause, confirming the worst slurs against the federal government. It has stifled bad news and fudged promises; it has failed to translate complex mechanisms of policy into plain English; it can’t even launch a damn website. What’s more, nobody responsible for the debacle has lost a job or suffered a demotion. Over time, the Affordable Care Act’s technical difficulties can be repaired. Reversing the initial impressions of government ineptitude won’t be so easy.

Megan McArdle of Bloomberg News: Obamacare’s Architects Think They Can Manage Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

The technocratic idea is that you put a bunch of smart, competent people in government — folks who really want the thing to work — and they’ll make it happen. But “smart, competent people” are not a generic quantity; they’re incredibly domain-specific. Most academics couldn’t run a lemonade stand. Most successful entrepreneurs wouldn’t be able to muster the monomaniacal devotion needed to get a Ph.D. Neither group produces many folks who can consistently generate readable, engaging writing on a deadline. And none of us would be able to win a campaign for Congress.

Yet in my experience, the majority of people in these domains think that they could do everyone else’s job better, if they weren’t so busy with whatever it is they’re doing so well. It’s the illusion of omnicompetence, and in the case of HealthCare.gov, it seems to have been nearly fatal.

The Blue State Model is dying: It’s dying here in the U.S., and it’s dying overseas as well. All Obamacare has done is speed up the process a little bit. The simple fact of the matter is that a system of government that was created to deal with the needs of industrialized nations cannot and will not be able to deal with the needs of post-industrial nations. 

It’s like trying to write code on an assembly line: It is just not going to work right, and you’ll spend a lot of time building factories and power plants before you figure out what works.

In a post-industrial world, information wants to be free, and people do as well. 

 
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November 26th, 2013 by exurbankevin

The Joke(r)’s on San Francisco Democrats.

In case you missed it, the internet was abuzz last following the exploits of Batkid, the feel-good story of the year

The streets of San Francisco — sorry, Gotham City — went absolutely insane Friday for a 5-year-old boy named Miles.

Miles has leukemia, and his fondest wish was to be Batman for a day. The Make-a-Wish Foundation obliged, setting up several scenarios around the city involving two of Gotham’s greatest enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler. At last count nearly 15,000 San Franciscans had signed up online to play the grateful onlookers.

The kid had the time of his short life, and thousands of San Franciscans got to feel good about themselves and their city for a day. 

So what kind of person would be upset that a 5 year child wracked with leukemia gets to fulfill his dream of being a superhero? 

A Democrat, that’s who.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar – the man who pushed to take the toys out of Happy Meals – couldn’t help but snip the fun from Friday’s mega-community celebration ofBatkid, the 5-year-old leukemia patient getting his Make-A-Wish dream of beingBatman for a day.

He quickly had cause to regret it.

As the whole world watched San Francisco transform itself into Gotham City for little Miles Scott, Mar tweeted: “Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could have been fed from the $$.”

Fortunately, there are still a few human beings left in the Bay Area, who quickly let Mr. Mar know he had gone to far.

Faster than you could say “Holy Social Media,” tweeters shot back.

“Denigrating the make a wish program. How incredibly low of you,” one said. “Way to be a wet blanket,” tweeted another. Most of the other replies weren’t printable.

Mar tried to make amends with the nanny state equivalent of “I support the Second Amendment but…” argument that we on the right know and loathe so much. 

“I probably should have started the tweet with, ‘Love the Batkid,’ to be clear that I support brave young kids,” Mar told us.

A few minutes later, in a hurriedly issued press release, the supervisor said, “I simply wanted to urge that we, as a city, find similar amounts of love, compassion and empathy for children living every day in dire circumstances who, in the vast majority of cases, will not be supported or even recognized by our society.”

And if a child dies with his dream unrealized, well hey, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. 

Is this really a surprising thing for a San Francisco Democrat to say? The city that gave us Nancy “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it” Pelosi, Diane “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, I’d confiscate every gun” Feinstein and Jerry “Search cellphones without a warrant” Brown?

Your duty is to the state, citizen, not to yourself or to your family, that Five-Year Plan isn’t going to get done if you keep thinking this way. 

 
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November 23rd, 2013 by exurbankevin

Yep.

Plus ça (et l’espoir) change, plus c’est la même chose.

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November 21st, 2013 by exurbankevin

A Culture Of Death

My heart breaks for the people of Mexico

 
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November 20th, 2013 by exurbankevin

It’s always 1963 in Liberal-land

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and progressives cannot let him rest in peace, because for liberal, it wasn’t just JFK who died on that awful day, it was their dream of a competent government run by popular people. 

Since JFK was shot by in Dallas, the idea government could be run by “The Best And The Brightest” has faded from the American conscience. Since then, American liberals have had to put up with liars (Johnson), rubes (Carter), narcissists (Clinton) or all three (Obama) as President. 

Obama swept into office riding on JFK coattails. Liberals around the country were ready, willing and eager to clothe him and Michelle with JFK’s mantle and Jackie’s designer gowns

But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation: Not only does our new Emperor have no groove, he has no clothes as well. To borrow from Lloyd Bentsen, Obama is no JFK. 

  • JFK went to Berlin and clearly called out the Soviets for who they were. Obama went to Berlin and made a fool out of himself.
  • JFK lowered taxes. Obama never met a tax hike he didn’t like.
  • JFK was a Life Member of the NRA and believed in 2nd Amendment. Obama treats gun owners like second-class citizens of their own country. 
  • JFK realized the mistakes he made with the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Obama believes he can do any job better than anyone else.

President Kennedy’s death was a tragedy for our country, but for the left, it was a tragedy for their political movement as well because it represented their high-water mark in American politics. It is not just Kennedy they mourn, but his politics as well. 

 
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November 20th, 2013 by exurbankevin

But don’t worry, Kyrsten Sinema, I’m sure your seat in the House is safe.

As Colorado goes, so goes the nation? Michael Barone seems to think so.

Democrats have had only narrow majorities in the Colorado legislature. Nevertheless, they went ahead with a liberal agenda, passing civil unions for same-sex couples, in-state college tuition for children of illegal immigrants and renewable energy requirements.

Like Obama Democrats in Congress, they were heavy handed. On gun control, they didn’t allow citizens against the law to testify, contrary to Colorado custom. In response, gun-control opponents got the necessary signatures to force recall elections of two Democrats.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other gun-control advocates spent thousands against the recall. And both Democrats held seats where Obama won about 60 percent of the vote in 2012. But both were soundly defeated last September.

In the meantime, Hickenlooper’s job rating plunged below 50 percent when, though theoretically a supporter of capital punishment, he granted a reprieve to a murderer convicted of killing four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in 1993.

Remember when the Democrats were CERTAIN that Arizona was going to be the new Colorado and turn purple, if not outright Blue

Good times, good times. I mean, it’s not like they’re bailing on gun control here in the Copper State, right?

Oh, wait.

Sucks to be you, Dems, sucks to be you.

 
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November 15th, 2013 by exurbankevin

One Arizona Mayor Sees The Light

… and realizes that belonging to Illegal Mayors Against Guns isn’t helpful if you live in a Red (or even Purple…) state. 

 

 
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November 14th, 2013 by exurbankevin