Thursday, February 28, 2013

Obama and the Arab Winter

by Sam Huntington

The very last thing we need at this stage is a president who demonstrates an astonishing lack of understanding about terrorism and the so-called “Arab Spring.” Very close to the last thing is a CIA Director who is an admitted convert to Islam, which was part of a campaign by foreign agents to infiltrate the U. S. government.

But, that’s where we are … thanks to a grossly uninformed voting public.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Consider This

With a hat tip to Leticia of My Daily Trek:


What makes people act in such a cruel manner?

Does such cruel treatment of others make a statement about our society?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Another Cartoonifada?

(information about a previous cartoonifada HERE)

Hat tip to Weasel Zippers, citing this source:
...The preacher at the centre of the controversy, Kamil Al Awhadi, said he did not come to Tunisia to change its society or impose religious choices.

Al Awadhi is known across the Middle East and North Africa thanks to his ability to use television to broadcast his ideas.

He is also well known for issuing a fatwa against cartoon character Sponge Bob accused of 'homosexuality' and of 'inducing children to pervert behaviour'....
Islam is often proclaimed as "one of the world's greatest religions." Hmmmm....

Additional reading: Egypt: Court upholds death sentences for seven Christians involved in Muhammad video

Monday, February 25, 2013

Quotation Of The Day

Actually a series of quotations (hat tip to Mike's America):

“Obama’s been virtually absent from the legislative process” of replacing his sequester, reports Politico. After getting the $600 billion in tax hikes he wanted last month (with no spending cuts), “there has been no discernible effort by the White House to work on a bill that might pass.”

“The Obama administration seems to be spending far more time warning of the consequences of the sequester — and blaming Republicans for it — than engaging in actual negotiations that would prevent it,” says ABC News.

“The president hasn’t actually come up with a proposal to avert sequestration,” says David Brooks in the New York Times, “let alone one that is politically plausible.”

“Tuesday's event had the feeling of a campaign commercial that went too far to be believed,” says the Los Angeles Times.

Politico says calls to GOP leaders were “perfunctory,” meant to “inoculate” the president from criticism that he’s campaigning instead of urging Senate Democrats to follow the House and pass legislation replacing his sequester. Their headline asks, “Is President Obama overplaying sequester hand?


Meanwhile, this morning the mainstream media are so thrilled that Michelle Obama appeared at yesterday's Oscar Awards and, a day or so earlier, danced with Jimmy Fallon.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Racist Democrats

Here’s what happens when you disarm the American people. Chicago, Illinois has one of the toughest gun control laws of any American city. In spite of this, 446 children were murdered in Chicago in 2012. Ninety-eight percent of them were black.

Let’s review: Since the 1930s, Democrats have enslaved blacks to government benefits, promising them a utopian life style at someone else's expense. "Trust us," proclaims the government, "we’ll take care of everything. We'll take away guns and you'll be safe."  Progressives prefer that we ignore the fact that while black males comprise only 3% of New York City's population, 33% of male murder victims are black or that 36% of black unwed fathers have a prison record.  Of course, the communists do appreciate the black vote.

Let us speak plainly: taking guns away from law abiding citizens increases murder statistics.  If anyone is to blame for the wanton murder of 446 Chicago children, it is the un-American, unconstitutional behavior among the neo-communists.  The fact that the liberal media ignores the massacre of 446 black children in Chicago while giving extensive coverage to the loss of twenty mostly white children at Sandy Hook demonstrates that Democrats and their media enablers are pure racist.

Our children are a precious resource, no matter what the color of their skin.  So why is there no outrage in Chicago?

As one final note, recall that Mr. Otis McDonald, a black American, wanted to keep a gun in his Chicago for protection; Chicago's law banning McDonald's right to keep and bear arms led to the Supreme Court decision which upheld incorporation of the Second Amendment.  

There is but one adequate description for the American Communist (Democratic) Party: despicable.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The End Of Dreams

(If you must have politics, please keep scrolling)

From the 2012 novel The Good Father by Noah Hawley:
I had always wanted to learn to surf. I had nurtured a fantasy of a middle-alged surf adventure, an escape to Mexico, a diet of fish tacos, sleeping on the beach. Now I knew it would never happen. None of these shallow balloons of idle daydreaming would ever come true. The world was a desert now, a wasteland to be survived, not enjoyed. In less that twenty-foud hours all my fantasies had been destroyed. (page 66)
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jargon

Terms to know in education today: self-regulation, play-based learning, scaffolding, authentic assessment, DIBELS, positive behavioral interventions and supports, inclusion, Kagan structures, and differentiated instruction.

Definitions below the fold.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Obamacare Fail

(Two posts today. Please scroll down)


Forget the hope of those high-risk pools for health insurance:

Cutural Sensitivity Training At The USDA

On our tax dime, of course.

According to Judicial Watch, dated February 14, 2013:
Videos Reveal Indoctrination Program Requiring USDA Staffers to Bang on Tables, Chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens”

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released previously unseen USDA videos revealing a compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program requiring USDA employees to bang on tables, chanting in unison “The pilgrims were illegal aliens” while being instructed to no longer use the word “minorities,” but to replace it with “emerging majorities.”...

The sensitivity training sessions, described as “a huge expense” by diversity awareness trainer and self-described “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances, were held on USDA premises. The diversity event is apparently part of what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack described in a memo sent to all agency employees as a “new era of Civil Rights” and “a broader effort towards cultural transformation at USDA.” In 2011 and 2012, the USDA paid Betances and his firm nearly $200,000 for their part in the “cultural transformation” program.
Video clip below the fold.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Musical Interlude

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The tone poem "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughn Williams — music to soothe the soul in these contentious days of the second decade of the Twenty-first Century:


The above piece, which has an interesting history, is based on these lines from the "The Lark Ascending" by George Meredith:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Does Your Dwelling Comply? (With Addendum)

(With a hat tip to Finntann of Western Hero for the article linked below)

Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing':
(CNSNews.com) - Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it's also telling us to make our homes safer.

This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home."

The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action."

"People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home," the announcement said.

"Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, lead poisoning, result in lost school days for children, as well as lost productivity in the labor force."...
Read the rest HERE.

About so-called electrical deficiencies....

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Break From Politics

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Ferocious!



Less ferocious:


(hat tip to Amusing Bunni for the above videos)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Inept State Department

by Sam Huntington

By reelecting Barack Obama to a second term, the American people have set into motion more foreign policy disaster. Mr. Obama has decided to replace the incompetent Hillary Clinton with the inept John Kerry. Nowhere was this ineptness more evident than during Kerry’s confirmation hearings, but I suppose to be fair … John Kerry is what we’ve come to expect from Massachusetts politicians. Here’s an example:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Retro Break From Politics

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Mary Tyler Moore at the May 2012 SAG awards:


My personal favorite from The Mary Tyler Moore Show: