Rush Limbaugh tells the dittoheads that nicotine kills Ebola

Given his tight grip on the intellectual reins of America’s conservative movement you’d think Rush Limbaugh would employ a great deal of rigor when presenting his audience with facts. Because he engages so many listeners, and because they “ditto” everything he says to their weary families, friends and co-workers, you might assume Limbaugh would work tirelessly to separate right from wrong. He’d be quick to dissect fact from fiction, conjecture from reality.

You would be incorrect.

“Okay, wait for it, wait for it. You’re gonna love this. Folks, you’re absolutely going to love this. Well, wait. Maybe some of you won’t love this. Let me speak for myself. I love this. You know that magical serum that was given to two white Americans suffering from Ebola? You know what the magic ingredient is? Nicotine.”

Not close.

“Tobacco is the magical ingredient in the serum. It’s a Kentucky tobacco plant from which they derive the magical serum that has caused massive reversals of the symptoms of Ebola in the two white Americans.”

First: Rush’s audience has gotten so science-skittish that the only way to dazzle them with research news is to call it “magic.” There’s no other way of impressing upon his fans how a new drug might work. Any dittohead incidentally can turn a light on in a dark room and suddenly see the carpet, but how does that happen? What’s the weird connection between the two? NO ONE knows. Let’s just say that it’s “magic.”

But now here’s the best part of the broadcast: The eye-of-newt in the magic potion would be NICOTINE? Dear sweet lord, no. The drug, ZMapp, is a mix of three monoclonal antibodies that bind to the Ebola virus. Mapp Biopharmaceutical sequenced and cloned the proteins, and then produced the antibodies in Nicotinia plants. That’s right: Tobacco plants happen to be good at growing human antibodies.

But no, it doesn’t mean there’s any nicotine in ZMapp. Maybe that sounds confusing, but it’s really not. You can think about the drug’s production a simple way. Remember back when your grampa used the family bathtub to make prohibition-era gin? He would bottle the booze and leave the porcelain behind. The tobacco plant also happens to be a handy tool, but in this case for making antibodies. The key difference would be that the ‘bathtub’ ultimately gets harvested and destroyed, but that’s a small price to pay. Congratulations, you now know more about the fight against Ebola than all of Limbaugh’s listeners combined…


GOP immigration point man, or spokesman for the White Race?

Because Republicans are obsessed with immigration you wonder where they’re going with the issue. Traditional politics dictates there be an end game afoot, but I’m mystified as to what that might be. The Republican dominated House doesn’t even seem to know.

In a huge embarrassment for the Republican leadership, the House has withdrawn a bill that would deal with the southern border crisis…

On Thursday, the House leadership cancelled a vote on a supplemental budget for border security to deal with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American minors who have entered the U.S. illegally this year.

The Cruz-ites upended the bill because it didn’t target Obama’s executive-ordered DACA, the effort to give immigrants who came here as children, and have been here for years – some for decades – a little extra time before being deported. Other than presenting themselves as the Marquis de Sades of immigration it’s difficult to see what the GOP’s ultimate goal is.

…National Journal’s Ron Fournier…told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday that “the fastest growing voting bloc in this country thinks the Republican Party hates them. This party, your party, cannot be the party of the future beyond November if you’re seen as the party of white people.”

Even politics bog denizen Ron Fournier is roughly aware of the demographics of the United States. Many current voters came here as immigrants. Which is to say it’s an issue rich with electoral politics, so there’s plenty at stake. What should be the Republican strategy on immigration? Rep. Brooks has an idea.

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” [Mo Brooks (R-AL)] said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

He will call the mostly anti-immigrant Democrats a bunch of racists. A bunch of anti-white racists – which is a surprising accusation to have arisen out of a discussion about Central Americans. It’s almost as if Brooks sees the issue as a controversy over the mixing of races. And, in his head, as if the white race only naturally lines up on one side of the matter. Wait – praise the SAINTS – Rep. Brooks, by way of rigorous intellectual work and post-racial politics, has just weighed in on that same side. I don’t suppose I really need to google which Democrats claimed that “whites hate everybody else,” I’m pretty sure I know where the sentiment came from.

“It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.”

Not true. Because I speak for white people, and we’re just not that way. This idea would be more convincing if Mo Brooks were an ambassador from some remote white planet, sent to us on a trans-galactic mission of goodwill. But he’s only an Earth-bound Republican, so it’s less believable than that.


Some of my worst friends are Krauthammer fans

Charles Krauthammer likes to say intelligent things because he’s no Jew-hating Nazi bigot wondering if hundreds of innocent people are dying without any good reason.

“The rest of the world’s reaction to what’s happening in Gaza is Orwellian,” Krauthammer said. “It is shocking, especially in Europe. It is a resurgence of anti-Semitism not seen since the `30s, this is a recurrence, it’s all over the world, and don’t tell me its anti-Zionism. You listen to the slogan, you see the sign, Hitler was right in Germany, a sign in Germany saying that this is a veneer that is a front for anti-Semitism and it is back. It’s all over the world.”

Gaza. The reaction to it all over the whole world has been that everyone hates The Jews for no reason at all. All across the planet Charles Krauthammer has become a suddenly hounded minority, which proves that George Orwell was right all along. If there’s a point that Charles is trying to make, a good one, I admit, it’s that there are some things even worse than bigotry. There is something more despicable than hating someone for no reason, and that thing is hating someone for a reason.

For example: Acting like a violent asshole. That’s just exactly the type of reason – heck, it could even be the actual reason – why anti-slaughter sentiment may have exploded all across the world. Apart from that, just why everyone has returned to their 17th-century racist roots is a mystery. Incidentally, a fellow who equates “The Jews” with “Israeli Politicians” in order to portray millions of people as persecution victims is, I’m fairly sure, an intelligent and thoughtful non-partisan.

Given the mood I’m in I’m pretty sure I could go on all day about what a choleric viper Charles Krauthammer is. But then, alternatively, I might post the reactions of his never racist Zionist conservatives to his well-supported accusations of rampant anti-Semitism. Because if there’s anyone among us who secretly hates The Jews, I’m fairly convinced that it’s going to be us. The Liberals.

The left pride themselves on counterfactualism.

Yep, it’s all about emotions; car salesmen use the same trick [apology to car salesmen] to get you emotionally invested and in that new ride TODAY, just sign on the dotted line.

Effin’ hippies…and I’m an old hippie.

LoL Car salesmen is a Jew job.

Don’t forget – they’re also bankers, shyster lawyers and conspiracists. These are the opinions of the pure-hearted and cosmopolitan commenters at

How anyone of the Jewish faith voted for Obama and the democrats is beyond my understanding.

Simple. They put their liberalism ahead of their faith.

They have had a history of worshiping false idols.

Some would say it’s the reason why they’re always getting into trouble.

I think you just explained it. Jewish FAITH. Not to be confused with left-leaning secularists (if not outright Marxist atheists) who happen to have Jewish ancestors.

Such people are no more Jewish by virtue of their pedigree than I am Catholic for having ancestors from County Cork. Judaism is a belief system, not a birthright.

The Secular Jews you speak of are still racially Jewish. And because of their biological drives engage in communism/Marxism.

That’s an accusation right out of the Hitler handbook. How these guys can be both disgusted by those people and mesmerized by Krauthammer is a puzzle.

Unfortunately, there’s more. Internet Superintelligence™ Vox Day re-posts Krauthammer’s take to remind everybody that he predicted all of this long ago. Then he makes an argument Chuck might not exactly agree with: Viral and planetary Jew-hating isn’t just real, it’s well deserved.

One would do well to reflect upon why the Roman treatment of the Jews was so much harsher than their treatment of nearly every other people they conquered from Britain to Egypt, aside from the Carthaginians. Were the Romans mysteriously anti-semitic too or did the Jews manage to upset them in some manner?

Would you like to know? Wonder no more; it’s the latter.

Anti-semitism can be irrational but it is not always so, and pretending otherwise is both disingenuous and futile… The world knows that the U.S. Congress is Israeli-occupied territory. The world knows who owns Hollywood, the U.S. media, and the bailed-out banks. The world knows who has been flooding its nations with third-world barbarians who don’t even understand the concept of indoor plumbing.

I can’t imagine why a prudent conservative like this would get thrown out of the Science Fiction Writers of America…

…too many of us have seen incompetent, inept, and lazy Jews advanced in tribal fashion over far more capable, competent, and responsible Gentiles. Too many of us observe that Germany and China appear to be doing rather well these days despite lacking the benefit of Jewish guidance. Second, and much more importantly, no one cares why.

That bit about China managing to survive even after their Jews were expelled, or exterminated, really made me think. The fact that no one (other than Vox) even bothers to talk about their obvious fecklessness – not to mention their gob-smacking existence – proves the world is finally sick and tired of them. So we can live without you now Chinese Zac Efron, and Winona Ryder. You might think you’re a real big deal but you’re not.

I could easily go on with more examples, but I have a life.

The way Charles Krauthammer sees the world is sad and laughable. To him, the Israeli politicians running the slaughter in Gaza are fine and credible examples of moral Jewry. And how you react to what they do specifically is simply the way you see Jewish people in general. This is the staggeringly stupid notion he clings to, to the detriment of all other notions. Other than bigotry, he sees no reason why anyone would bother to complain about the deaths of innocent women and children. Meanwhile, shockingly large numbers of his fans are actual anti-Semites. They’re the types of people who would hate Charles on sight if he weren’t so darn good at reminding the world that liberals are the real racists.


Look kiddies it’s Mommy and Daddy Gunnut

In case you were looking for some light Summer reading.

This unique kid’s book will be treasured for years to come and will be passed down to new family members.

Perhaps while you were dodging gunfire at the beach, of course.

Come join 13-year-old Brenna Strong along with her mom, Bea, and her dad, Richard, as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together. What’s not so typical is that Brenna’s parents lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense.

It’s the Open Carry Family! Mommy? Bea Strong. Daddy? Dick Strong. Somebody’s been reading Joseph Campbell, I see.

There’s even a photo-album to go along with the book. Get a load of these parents:

Mommy and Daddy gunnut

Fascinating. How can two nine year-olds have a thirteen year-old daughter? Is it safe to assume that Dick has gone bald? Has his hulking upper lip uprooted the downy hair from his scalp? So many questions. One thing’s for sure though, these three are destined for a Palin-style reality show. Ahem, and NOW, for your viewing pleasure, the WB presents: The Armed Strongs. Episode One… Bea and Brenna dress up the neighbor’s dog like Katy Perry for an impromptu tea party. Dick shoots it. See you all next week when a skirmish breaks out after Dick gets caught using someone’s Justin Bieber CDs for target practice.

But don’t get me wrong. I know better than to laugh at this. I’ve come across plenty of guys like Dick before. He looks a lot more like Cindy Sherman than Sandy Alomar, but once he gets that Glock strapped on…

Daddy wingnut in public

…he’s every bit the man. And with any luck, I’ll be somewhere else.


The Donald patriotic as a fickle wind

Donald Trump is no intellectual, but he knows how to drive the wingnuts into fits of rage.

The thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children are being treated better than American veterans and a Marine stuck in Mexico, Donald Trump said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.

The mouthbreathers think the President’s a foreigner, so Donald plays him up as a traitor. Trump, perhaps even above money, loves a tawdry thrill.

Which is why Obama is exactly the sort of guy to run your mother over with a welcome wagon racing to the border. Or haven’t you noticed? And what about those expeditionary patriots returning from some guerrilla war, just trying to get themselves back home? Back to family, Sunday school and apple pie – what about them? Why are they being shot down at the border, or something?

“You know, the only one we can’t get back into the country is our Marine,” Trump said on Thursday, referring to U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi, who mistakenly crossed in to Mexico with firearms and is being held there by the Mexican government. “I mean, everyone else is flowing in from Mexico and the Marine is stuck in prison.”

Any red-blooded Commander-in-Chief would have invaded Mexico by now and liberated the guy. Does it really matter how many of another country’s foreign laws he’s broken? When he’s a Marine? Sorry he spit on your corner-stand tacos, Judge Flaco, but we’re all going home now. And we’re real sorry about the body count too, pal, kmalobye.

But that won’t happen, not with the country the way it is, not now. Instead of an American leader, this nation has been cursed with… an African Cumbaya. There he is down on his knees at the Mexican border, only too happy to receive the disease-ridden chupacabritos with open arms. And dare I say with our best healthcare:

Additionally, needy veterans continue to suffer from through the widespread mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said, “but I guarantee we’ll take care of these [immigrants] if they come.”

Donald’s point being of course that Americans are the best. They deserve only the very finest we can offer. For a president to give preferential care and treatment to others – who haven’t even earned it, obviously, absent even the smallest virtues or sacrifices – is an example of treasonous politics. Foreign favoritism. Anti-Americanism, sheer and stark. Harumph.

Oh and by the way, speaking of sacrifices. Did you hear about the pair of American volunteers who got infected with Ebola virus?

An American doctor and another U.S. aid worker helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa are now infected with disease.

The first American reported to have contracted the disease is Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, from Fort Worth, Texas, the North Carolina-based charity Samaritan’s Purse said…

The second American to contract the disease was identified as Nancy Writebol of Charlotte, N.C. Isaacs said she was a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital where Samaritan’s Purse has an Ebola care center on the grounds. He said she was in stable and serious condition.

About that, there’s some good news. They’re being returned home. That’s no surprise, it’s their best shot at surviving the deadly disease.

So now they’ll be getting the country’s very best healthcare.

Because they’re Americans, and they deserve nothing less.


Goldberg: TV vampires aren’t cool because they’re Jewish stereotypes

You might think you’re a real cool cat. Like you listen to the rock n’ roll music. Or you watch that horror show on TV. Maybe you smoke a little of the pot. Well aren’t you special? But tell me, Jeff Spicoli, do you think you’re cool enough to try a little…REALITY?

[True Blood] was intended from the outset to provide running commentary on gay issues. It was never subtle about this. The opening credit sequence shows a sign like you might see outside a small town church or fire station that reads “God Hates Fangs.”

This is what intullexyools call ‘subtext.’ Sometimes it’s more interesting than what’s happening onscreen. Sometimes there’s even a second secret meaning to the story, behind the first secret one, that only the very smartest people can perceive. That’s why we keep ole’ Jonah around, and Hollywood – are you listening? J’Accuse.

According to True Blood’s own storyline, vampires have been evil, bigoted, cruel, and murderous for millennia. They have their own secret, manipulative agenda. They control events from dark corners. They quite literally have the power to brainwash people. Not surprisingly, the comparison to vampires is a classic staple of anti-Semitism.

BOOM people. Stone cold knowledge dropped on your ass. And on your 13 year-old niece, that jew-hating bitch.

First the whole original storyline is about how Bill Compton is different than other vampires because he’s noble and decent, suggesting the other vamps aren’t. Second, try to make that kind of “it’s not all gays” or “it’s not all blacks” or (outside of the Middle East, U.N. or, increasingly, MSNBC) “it’s not all Jews” argument without sounding bigoted. Hey, I can’t be anti-vampire, some of my best friends are vampires!

And yet True Blood gets away with this argument every week. If there’s anything worse than a bigot, it’s an artfag bigot.

And, third, let me explain something else: Shut up.

YOU TELL ‘EM. Goddamn what would we do without wingnut cultural critique? How could we go on without ever having to read stuff like this?

Conservatism is the Ramones at CBGB – loud, fast and alive. In contrast, liberalism is the headliner at a state fair concert. It’s Foghat, serenading its anesthetized fans as America slow rides into decline.

Couldn’t bare it.

And the fans have eagerly embraced America’s decline around the world. Yeah, Obama’s been through the desert on a horse with no name, and when he left the desert he called it a victory even though ISIS took over.

Gimme some WATER
Cuz’ I shot a Sunni on the Pakistan border…

I miss those old Cal Jam festivals.

In the desert you can’t remember your name
With the ghost of Neville Chamberlain a-hauntin’ your brain
La laaa laaaaaaa……


Didn’t kidnap anyone, didn’t kill anyone, deserving to die all the same

It’s only 1000 Palestinians. It’s not yet September The Eleventh in Gaza. Remind yourselves of that, and maybe you’ll feel better about it.

The total population of the United States is 313.9 million people. Suppose some Martian power invaded the US and started bombing it coast to coast from land, sea, and air and killed precisely the same percentage of Americans, namely 0.055 percent. How many Americans would that be? It comes down to 172,852 people – men, women, children, and even entire families.

Killing one half of one tenth percent of a large community is mass-murder. A dreadful atrocity. 80 percent of the dead have done nothing wrong by anybody’s standards. How can this be happening? Why would Americans be willing to tolerate it?

Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
Adam Horowitz and Phil Weiss on July 26, 2014 42

Truth is famously the first casualty of war, and the Israeli war on Gaza is no exception. Yesterday Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government’s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a conversation he’d had with Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June.

The boys were not killed by Hamas, Rosenfeld told Donnison, as he reported on Twitter:

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All
By Katie Zavadski

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region…

BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions…

Today, she was proven right:

OH NO the justification for Israel making a slaughterhouse of Gaza is a lie. Doesn’t it always end up like this? Does anybody wanna split a pizza? If I remember my polls correctly, more than half of Americans now believe they were opposed to the Iraq War in 2003 when they weren’t. Alternatively, more than half of Republicans still believe that Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for 9/11 when he wasn’t. We flatter ourselves that we’re a real smart bunch. We think we always know right from wrong, but we don’t.


It’s the National Football League over women in a rout

Back in February of this year Baltimore Raven running backray rice and girlfriend Ray Rice and his girlfriend Janay Palmer were leaving an Atlantic City casino when the two got into a verbal altercation. Ray punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious. TMZ posted a video of the football star dragging Janay’s limp body from an elevator.

Yesterday the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell handed down Rice’s punishment for breaking the league’s conduct policy: a two-game suspension. His coach was pleased.

“It’s not a big deal; it’s just part of the process,” Coach Harbaugh said. “We’ve said from the beginning that the circumstances will determine the consequences. There are consequences when you make a mistake like that. I stand behind Ray. He’s a heck of a guy.”

His teammates were relieved.

“Ray Rice is a great guy. I’ve known him for six, seven years now. I know he knows he made a mistake and he’s going to work through it,” said Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. “All I can do is just support him and be his teammate”…

“…I know how Ray is as a person and I know how Janay is, and they’re working to improve on everything,” said wide receiver Torrey Smith. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”

The fans were satisfied.

“I think it was the right decision. I don’t think it was harsh,” one Ravens fan said.

“Everybody makes mistakes, and I guess he made a mistake. And I guess his testimony will be proving it to us on the field,” said another.

“He’s a good guy at heart. We’re all human,” another fan said.

“It’s his first offense. I think that, all and all, it was fitting of what he did,” another said.

But there were dissenting opinions. Mine for instance. I’ve said before that the NFL is shockingly tolerant of violence against women.

That’s not to say that they’re tolerant of all offensive behavior. Last year the Miami Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito for bullying and casual racial slurs, and that lasted for eight games. The league just suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon for smoking pot, and that’s a season-long ban – sixteen games. I suppose if we’re to gauge the NFL’s value system, we’re to assume that being a pothead is eight times worse than beating a woman senseless. Strange.

Unfortunately, beating women, or even killing them, is nothing new to professional football. Here’s a look at just a few of Ray Rice’s fellow ball carriers:

In 1999, Jim Brown was convicted of vandalizing his wife’s car. He also was charged with “making” terrorist threats to her, a charge later dropped.

The court gave Brown the option of doing community service and receiving counseling, rather than doing jail time. He refused, taking the six-month jail sentence, released after four months. While in jail, he went on a hunger strike for two weeks.

Rather than suffer through anger management classes, the Greatest Running Back Ever went to jail, then went on a hunger strike.

At 12:10 am on June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside Brown’s Bundy Drive condo in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson had divorced two years earlier. Evidence found and collected at the scene led police to suspect that O.J. Simpson was the murderer. Nicole had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck with defense wounds on her hands. The wound through her neck was gaping, through which the larynx could be seen, and vertebra C3 was also incised.

The Second Greatest Running Back Ever slashed the neck of his ex-wife from ear to ear.

Lawrence Phillips may be the poster boy for anger control problems. He has been convicted several times of assaulting women. The most notable probably came into college when he broke into his ex’s dorm and then dragged her by the hair down three flights of stairs.

Philips is currently serving a 30-year sentence after he tried to run over a group of teens after they got into an argument during a pick-up football game.

One of Nebraska’s Greatest Running Backs Ever is serving 30 years in prison for a number of violent crimes. Sadly Phillips never became an NFL star, perhaps because he revealed his tendencies in college.

This was no one-time crime. For the first time, authorities had connected all the attacks and realized what they had. “Because of his history, this guy’s basically a serial rapist,” said Simpson, who noted that [Dave] Meggett’s attacks all followed a similar pattern: He targeted young, vulnerable, and compromised white women. He befriended them — or “groomed” them, in criminal justice parlance — often under a false name. Finally, he used the same hold while raping them. His pattern of this behavior was known to stretch back more than a decade, and as his life spun out of control, the behavior was escalating, with the time between assaults becoming shorter.

One of the New York Giants Greatest Running Backs – their Greatest Kick Returner Ever – raped an untold number of women. He’s also now serving 30 years.

Now how about some wide receivers? The Carolina Panthers:

Rae Carruth’s girlfriend, the woman carrying his baby, was shot four times in a drive-by shooting. She survived long enough to call 9-1-1.

She described to the dispatchers that Carruth pulled up in front of her and stopped his car so that she could not move. The assailants soon drove up next to her and shot her. Carruth received an 18-24 year sentence for his involvement in the crime.

The Seattle Seahawks:

According to witnesses at the scene and the Crown prosecutors, [Tommy] Kane had been discussing suicide before his wife arrived. While arguing about the possibility of divorce, he dragged her into the kitchen by the hair, slammed her head on the floor, punched her repeatedly in the face, and stabbed her in the throat…

Canadian Superior Court Justice Fraser Martin described Kane as “narcissistic” and “manipulative.” He also said, “By your act, Mr. Kane, four children are deprived of their mother. The circumstances of the homicide were particularly shocking.” He sentenced Kane to 18 years in prison, which Kane’s attorney told the press was “unusually harsh.”

The Miami Dolphins:

…Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was released on bail today after allegedly head-butting his new wife during an argument over his purchase of a box of condoms.

Johnson, 34, and his wife, Evelyn Lozado, who have a reality TV show due to premiere next month, were ordered to have no contact.

The two were unpacking groceries Saturday night when Lozado found a receipt for a box of condoms in the trunk, according to the police report. They sat in the driveway in their parked Smart Car, arguing, when Johnson grabbed Lozado and headbutted her, she told Davie, Fla., police.

Here’s what Johnson did:

evelyn lozada in hospital

Maybe if the fans could see pictures of the victims they’d begin to care. And maybe that’s the way to get the league to change, by getting the people who pay their salaries involved. Left to themselves, the NFL has never shown any interest in protecting the girlfriends and wives of their players. Yesterday was no different.


Wall Street Journal sees all Gazans as legitimate targets

Thane Rosenbaum wrote himself a real Wall Street Journal corker the other day, but that’s not too surprising. Among the mainstream media there’s not much to offer in the manner of decent reporting or analysis when it comes to the current invasion of Gaza. There’s not much honesty to be found among Americans generally when it comes to what the Israelis choose to do – they’re our best friends, and that’s just that.

So we have gotten accustomed to outlets from NPR to Fox News looking at the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from a terrorist/civilian perspective. Can you really blame the victims for wanting to fight back? Can you criticize them for killing the bad guys at a 10/1 or 100/1 clip? Yes, of course you can. When the Israelis have all the power, money, technology and superpower support, you certainly can.

Just because your friends want to stomp on their neighbors like cockroaches – in violation of international law – doesn’t mean that they should. This is where Thane Rosenbaum and I disagree.

Let’s state the obvious: No one likes to see dead children. Well, that’s not completely true: Hamas does. They would prefer those children to be Jewish, but there is greater value to them if they are Palestinian.

Great opening. Thane’s…let’s call it aversion…to Palestinian people is quite striking. He doesn’t hate them for a paltry one or two reasons. He hates them for everything – including the way they loathe their own children. Presumably the daily images of weeping parents in Gaza come about when Israeli warplanes take out a bus terminal rather than a daycare center.

Outmatched by Israel’s military, handicapped by rocket launchers with the steady hands of Barney Fife, Hamas is playing the long game of moral revulsion.

Thane gets wound up pretty quickly. Hamas are so pathetic a bunch they can’t even launch their own modern air force or satellite systems. That’s probably because they’re all neurotic losers like Barney Fife. I don’t understand why the IDF haven’t routed these basket-cases already.

Their weapon of choice, however, seems to be the cannon fodder of their own people, performing double duty in also sounding the drumbeat of Israeli condemnation.

What is the Palestinian ‘weapon of choice’? The cannon fodder of their own people. Rosenbaum assumes Gazans are strategically hoarding whatever their own cannons have been blowing up. If this is true and they’re hucking shredded tin cans and wads of paper at streaking jets this would explain their limited anti-aircraft capabilities. Gazans should make better choices. On the other hand I confess that any weapon ‘performing double duty in also sounding the drumbeat of Israeli condemnation’ is a fascinating multi-functional wonder. The Sammy Davis Jr. of the conflict.

If you can’t beat Iron Dome, then deploy sacrificial children as human shields.

If you can’t get a missile past their defenses then go and get yourself some sacrificial children. Place them strategically in the kitchens and living rooms of homes to be demolished by Israeli airstrikes. Cleverly use the rest of the children for bomb-making and related household chores.

Civilian casualties will continue to mount. The evolving story will focus on the collateral damage of Palestinian lives. Israel’s moral dilemma will receive little attention.

Number of Israeli civilians killed in this conflict? Two. Number of Israelis killed in such conflicts all of last year? Six. Last month, a pair of anti-government terrorists assassinated two policeman then shot a Wal-Mart shopper in Las Vegas. You don’t see the Marines invading Nevada, do you?

Each time the ledgers of relative loss are reported, world public opinion will turn against the Jewish state and box Israel into an even tighter corner of the Middle East.

I’m rarely swayed by ledger-reporting, but death tolls can be shocking. Does Thane wonder why Israel is getting such bad press? No. It’s more like he’s shocked anybody could feel sorry for the mean old Palestinians. Sure, they used to be able to dodge Israeli offensives by escaping into the Sinai Peninsula – before the Egyptians started shooting everyone on sight – but with all the dead children on television now, it’s the poor Israelis who are starting to feel BOXED IN.

Well they shouldn’t feel too bad. Wanna know why? Sure, Thane will tell you:

Under such maddening circumstances, are the adults, in a legal and moral sense, actual civilians? To qualify as a civilian one has to do more than simply look the part…After all, when everyone is wearing casual street clothing, civilian status is shared widely.

When 99% of the ‘civilians’ are not armed, civilian status is shared widely. It’s true. That’s not just looking the part, that’s living it. But when the last 1% are armed, that’s a game-changer for Thane. Worse yet:

The people of Gaza overwhelmingly elected Hamas, a terrorist outfit dedicated to the destruction of Israel, as their designated representatives. Almost instantly Hamas began stockpiling weapons and using them against a more powerful foe with a solid track record of retaliation.

What did Gazans think was going to happen?

And what did Thane think was going to happen? Is he remotely aware that beside operating hospitals and schools, and stockpiling weapons, Hamas gets involved in other things? They tamp down the 24-hour society-wide calls for revenge against the Israelis. The kidnapping and murder of three teens went down in Hebron – over in the West Bank – and was neither ordered nor approved by Hamas leadership. The Israelis knew this immediately after it happened. So why is Israel killing hundreds of civilians IN GAZA? That’s the real question.

Thane, and the American center-right, et. al., hold on to these uniformly craven views of Palestinians so they can argue sincerely that non-Israelis aren’t entitled to the same consideration you and I are. It’s Rosenbaum’s essential point: As god as my witness, these people are different.

Surely they must have understood on election night that their lives would now be suspended in a state of utter chaos. Life expectancy would be miserably low; children would be without a future. Staying alive would be a challenge, if staying alive even mattered anymore.

Wouldn’t want to live if I were you. Know what I mean? Can’t you just see? No – and this is why the Arab untermenschen deserve everything the Israelis do to them. The U.N. warns us against “Collective Punishment,” and tells us it’s against international law, but the Wall Street Journal wants us to come around to this way of thinking.


Rick Perry in all his urgent glory

He’s got great hair, nerdy new glasses – they make him look less stupefied – and, best of all, he’s got a golden political opportunity. Texas Governor Rick Perry won’t let those bedraggled immigrant children on his border go to waste.

The governor’s office confirmed this morning that Rick Perry will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to beef up patrols in South Texas.

Now this is how a future president responds to a humanitarian crisis.

Perry said he is concerned about the human costs of allowing cartel, gangs and criminals to come across the border while the Border Patrol is preoccupied with the surge of unaccompanied children.

“The price of inaction is too high for Texans to pay,” Perry said.

So Perry will deploy the military. He could have sent food and water to the border, and that would have gone a longer way to combating the crisis, but there are the many bullet-ridden bodies of Texans littering the streets to consider first, so the National Guard gets the call. Godspeed everybody, and let us know when the barns and arroyos have been cleared of rebels.

The guard troops will be embedded with state troopers and other law enforcement because they cannot legally detain someone on their own authority.

“I will not stand idly by while American citizens are attacked and children are living in squalor,” Perry said in explaining his action.

Hell no not the Rickster. He will not stand idly by, presumably because children living in squalor has been his gig all along:

There was a 47 percent increase in the rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011, according to the Kids Count report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities… Twenty-seven percent of Texas children were living in poverty in 2011, a rate that put the Lone Star State among the nine worst states.

Perry became governor back in 2000. The only governors more dismissive of child poverty over the same period are his Republican fraternity pals in neighboring Southern states, so there’s a cross-border competitiveness in play here.

But even more than that, there’s a White House in play. And there’s a certain thoughtful, bespectacled Southern politician who is dead-set on taking up residence there in 2017. Luckily for him there are millions of conservative voters now staring at his porous border. They see the violence-plagued children that breach it every day, and they worry what will come next. Can’t anybody take responsibility for this problem? Isn’t there someone who can fix it?

PERRY: We either have an incredibly inept administration or they’re in on this somehow. I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?

Of course there is. Rick Perry’s your man.


The Economist is Das Derp

I am always impressed by economists who can publicly fellate themselves.

Lying commies
The more people are exposed to socialism, the worse they behave
The Economist • Jul 19th 2014

It’s a smidge surprising that a capitalist pig would be so critical of communism, you know?

Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8)…Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number.

Then someone does the statistical number crunching and figures out the participants lied. The interesting thing here is who the biggest liars turned out to be:

…those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany…

Presto it was the former card-carrying Communist Party members that turned out to be the biggest liars. Greedy bastards…

They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.

OH. It was the victims of East German totalitarianism that turned out to be the biggest liars. Poor schlubs, that’s different. Entirely different I’d say. Perhaps it’s time for a capitalist pig to go back to school and find out who The Communists really were. Also, maybe to get a handle on reading comprehension.

The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty. It might be a function of the relative poverty of East Germans, for example.

Poverty might cause people to lie, for money. You don’t say. This experiment is drifting further and further from Das Kapital and closer to ‘Duh’ by the minute. Well thankfully America isn’t cursed with either poor people or dishonesty – by design.

Speaking of which, you know what would make for some kickass laissez faire honesty? Any mention of the unsubtle differences between socialism and communism. A few words on Germany’s version of free-market capitalism would also suit me fine

Germany has the world’s oldest national social health insurance system, with origins dating back to Otto von Bismarck’s social legislation, which included the Health Insurance Bill of 1883, Accident Insurance Bill of 1884, and Old Age and Disability Insurance Bill of 1889.

Heath insurance mandated by federal law. T’would make Ayn Rand choke on her strudel.

All the same, when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one.

All the same, communists are liars even when they’re not communists but poor people though you swear they’re really socialists but you have no idea what that means even while the real point isn’t about honesty but instead about ethics and how children are raised in foreign countries full of socialist institutions you know nothing about. Good post, really thanks.


Being Nice to Dogs in Our Space Age

Charles Krauthammer keeps his Pulitzer Prize on the bathroom shelf. He won it for his enthusiasms in the category of political commentary. On either side of the reflex to put a coaster under his whiskey tumbler, though, there’s not yet much room for human decency.

Moral clarity in Gaza
By Charles Krauthammer • July 17 at 5:35 PM

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

I want you to tell me how I could mount a military campaign where I ‘knock’ on houses, say here in Los Angeles, in South Central for example, then blow them all to fucking bits and still be seen as a good guy. Please, tell me. How can anyone wipe out entire neighborhoods – residents included [300 and counting] – and be called a decent human being?

The Israelis luxuriate in these paltry table manners because they’re drama queens, and Charles couldn’t be more taken. They consider themselves to be more civilized than the mangy animals who fire rockets across their borders, even though any attack has about a 1 in 100 chance of killing civilians. Our fast friends are nowhere near as savage and stupid as that – every missile they launch is ten times more powerful than any Katyusha, and 99 out of 100 times civilian casualties result. And if that seems depraved and one-sided, especially as far as drama goes, let’s admit that Joan Crawford wasn’t much for sharing the spotlight.

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister.

Earth is chock-full of prime ministers, incidentally. And you could pretty much use any one of them as a reference guide for moral clarity, know what I mean? I would be quick to hold one up as an example of universal decency, particularly during wartime.

“We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

The Israel Space Agency was founded in 1983. The Palestinians haven’t yet launched a single satellite – and that’s not just a shocking fact, that’s a confession of character.

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