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Why Godzilla is a box office bomb

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You know why so many modern re-makes suck?

The Women dealt with a group of gals who spend their days shopping, taking exercise classes, being pampered at health spas, seeing analysts and gossiping. In other words, the characters lampooned as rich, social-climbing harpies in 1939, are models of today’s successful female; hardly the stuff for a popular satire.

Because America used to be a better place. The Thirties were a far saner time. I mean women going to spas? Seeing their psychiatrists? That used to be the sort of satire I could enjoy. Now it’s normal, sigh.

Similarly, the remakes of The Adventures of Robin Hood and True Grit failed, not only because of the impossibility of replacing iconic actors, Errol Flynn and John Wayne, but because of a lack of understanding of the values underlying the characters.

The characters were real men. John Wayne played an unrepentant killer for example.

Robin Hood and Rooster Cogburn, in spite of their devil-may-care attitudes, embodied a fierce loyalty to a code of honor bigger than themselves; a concept totally foreign to today’s movie makers and most of their audience.

Erroll Flynn played The Great Nottingham Socialist. No matter how hard the authorities tried they couldn’t dismantle his wealth redistribution scheme. I get your point.

Which brings me to the latest Hollywood attempt at recapturing movie magic; the upcoming release of Godzilla from Warner Bros.

Which just made about $100 million over the weekend. Nice try Hollywood.

…Godzilla himself was said to have been created by nuclear fallout. Indeed, the whole movie was itself a cautionary tale about the dangers of nuclear proliferation in waging war.

But, unsurprisingly, this central element has been stripped from the new flick.

The remake’s not about the consequences of using nuclear weapons so it’s not as good.

According to an early review in Variety, “this revisionist version suggests ‘all those nuclear tests’ the U.S. conducted in the Pacific between 1946 and 1962 weren’t tests, but an effort to contain a giant amphibious dinosaur.” Nope, nothing to see here folks: no Soviet threat or any reason at all to arm and protect ourselves by beating our enemies to the nuclear punch.

Oh. The remake’s not about how we won the Cold War so it’s not as good. I see.

Yet, many leftists today would agree that Godzilla was indeed the product of America’s cruel unleashing of the nuclear weapons against a peace-loving Japanese people…

…when Godzilla was really a reaction to the threat of Soviet Communism. Got it.

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In praise of sitting quietly and listening thoughtfully to bad people

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Even the liberal New York Times…

It’s commencement season, cellphones off please, no texts or tweets. Even with a hangover from debt, alcohol or regret, grads across the land may be lucky enough to hear something on the Big Day that actually stays with them.

Oh Timothy Egan we do love smarm.

This year, there’s the remarkable life story of the African-American scholar who grew up in the segregated South and rose to become secretary of state. Didn’t hear that one? Nobody did. Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to give the 248th anniversary commencement address at Rutgers University this coming Sunday. She canceled after a small knot of protesters pressured the university. It’s no contest who showed more class.

A psychopath who is here to stay and they call her…Condie. Slaughter a hundred thousand civilians and Timothy pegs you for Princess Grace. Complain about her presence to the people who just charged you a hundred grand for the ceremony and Timothy thinks you’re a brat. Well you’re all adults now so you have do whatever Mister Op-Ed says. Sit down shut up and listen thoughtfully to a few Tales From The Abattoir.

But if every speaker has to pass a test for benign mediocrity and politically correct sensitivity, commencement stages will be home to nothing but milquetoasts…

Give me a brisk, strong, witty defense of something I disagree with over a tired replay of platitudes. It matters little if the speaker is a convict or a seminarian, a statesman or a comedian.

If you’re going to bar war criminals from speaking at graduation it won’t be nearly as much fun. And then what sort of people will be left to give the address? Losers? Wimps? No thank you ma’am. Timothy would prefer to sit in the hot sun and listen to Ted Bundy offer a sparkling defense of serial homicide. Oh Yeah Bullshit. And if anyone isn’t already aware that Condoleezza is a lifelong coward, as if she might go to Rutgers to defend her corpse-riddled career, they’re nuts. Rather he’s nuts. And how shamefully easy it is to lose your Pulitzer Prize on the turnip truck.

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Fox News makes history come alive; it hurls villagers down the well

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Fox News blondeshell:

Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.

I don’t remember the Dark Ages being the Era Of Mob Rule. Of feudal lords certainly and of the Catholic Church’s violent whims but it was hardly a time where the unwashed masses dominated the political and legal landscapes. Just think if that were true though *whistle*. That’s what Kristen is saying.

How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas.

Homosexuals should be second-class citizens. Yeah I suppose that’s an idea. Black people shouldn’t sit in my arena. That’s one too. You’ve got me. So I suppose I’m to admit that these thoughts and the geniuses behind them should be left alone, if not lauded for thinking outside the box we call ‘decency.’ But these rules are a bit confusing. Has it always been this way? Have we only protested things that couldn’t be expressed as ideas? Cubist art and such? The sound of silence? What was Vietnam again, a weather pattern?

Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.

Of course Kristen would be the first to tell you that Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. That’s because tolerance was his calling card. When some racist thug would come at him with a nightstick or a snarling dog he’d always say “Your point of view is entirely legitimate. I wait for your friends and the rest of this good and sensible world to decide which of us is right.” Then he would amble back to his Atlanta home, have himself a good old yawn *ehh-ehh-yyeeeaaaauuuggghhh*, and go to sleep…..ZZZZZ.

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Another Swedish meteorologist bites the dust

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First we violated Brendan Eich’s workplace rights. Then we trampled Donald Sterling’s boom-boom rights. And, because we were on a rampage, we took a sparking chainsaw to Condi Rice’s rhetorical rights. And isn’t it fun?

Sure, it is. And all of it’s within keeping of our liberal vows to destroy people we don’t like. Perhaps one day we’ll shred the Constitution, stuff the remains in an L.A. Clipper t-shirt cannon and fire it at the The Gipper’s portrait in the Smithsonian too. Maybe one day we’ll get liberals all over the world to join in on the good times.

Science as McCarthyism
By Rupert Darwall | National Review

…Three weeks ago, Lennart Bengtsson, a leading Swedish meteorologist approaching his 80s, announced that he was joining the avowedly skeptical Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank. In an interview with Speigel Online, Bengtsson spoke of the need for climate-model predictions to be validated against observations. “Since the end of the 20th century, the warming of the Earth has been much weaker than what climate models show,” he said.

And that latest trend in warming is a good place to focus your research – if you’re actually serious about the science. Mind you, the Earth is nowhere near cooling, it’s only warming very quickly since 1998.

But joining the GWPF will get you nowhere on that issue, clearly. It’s a denialist think tank. Their headquarters are located inside The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London, presumably because the backrooms were all taken at the ExxonMobil Embassy Suites.

Here’s the surface temperature graph that greets you at their website, in the banner:

GWPF graph

The hoax of climate change can be exposed, it appears, by examining a mere 12 years of the globe’s surface temperatures. You look a little more expansively at the climate picture and you see:

NOAA global temperature

Something different. This is the view that people working outside the pro-mining think tanks prefer to take in. Framed with data. A few friends of old Lennart reminded him of this, so he resigned from his kewl new job. With this:

“I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. . . . Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy.”

Poor Lennart. Throw another scalp on the pile.

Evidently the right to practice and discuss climate science should be subject to a faith test. It is an extraordinarily revealing development. Fears about unbelievers’ polluting the discourse, as some academics put it, illustrate the weakness of climate science: The evidence for harmful anthropogenic global warming is not strong enough to stand up for itself.

We’ll take this old guy out, then our shoddy theory will be golden. As is frequently pointed out in these cases, Lennart was always free to do as he pleased. He was not, however, free to go on without criticism. And who is?

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Ted Cruz knows of what he sees

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It’s May of 2014, and Barack Obama is still president of the United States, and if that doesn’t set your patriotic hair afire well you need to be impeached too. I can’t even recognize the righteous country that stood so tall and proud only a few years ago, spread out afore the loving gaze of George W. Bush and his neo-grampers neocon cabal. Those were brilliant days.

Back then, when we found out we were going to be attacked by terrorists, we promised not to stop them. And on September 11th, we DID. When that became unpopular, we swore vengeance. We promised to kill somebody else – and we DID. When we found out that the dead bodies were guilty of nothing, we promised to keep killing – and we DID.

What I’m saying is, you could count on us. And also on the systematic destruction of the healthiest economy on the planet plunging millions of Americans into poverty, blah blah. Look – my point is that our politicians were once good honest people, steadfast and true. But now? They’re nothing but thugs, and they’ve turned America into a smoking husk. The federal government is a fireball of Satanic means, laying waste to everything we once held sacred and dear. Has there ever been a bigger monster than Barack Hussein Obama?

“There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.”

Wrote Montesquieu, quoted by Senator Ted Cruz in the introduction to — PDF — “THE LEGAL LIMIT: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND FEDERAL POWER,” which is mostly a set of lists of (purported) abuses of power, with each item footnoted to a media source.

I found that via Dana Milbank’s “Ted Cruz, the reckless accuser,” which begins:

Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to fellow conservatives at the Federalist Society this week, provided detailed evidence of what the right calls the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration.

The Texas Republican, in his latest McCar­thyesque flourish, said he had a list of “76 instances of lawlessness and other abuses of power”…

So, basically, Dana Milbank, you old bullshitter, it wasn’t McCarthyesque at all, and you knew it wasn’t McCarthyesque when you wrote that it was McCarthyesque, but you just wanted to say it was McCarthyesque.

You can see. Like whenever a lawyer – Ann Althouse – says a big word over and over again, something has gone very wrong. Particularly if she’s defending the sainted pursuit of justice. Whenever a second lawyer – Senator Ted Cruz – agrees that somebody needs to get thrown onto a bonfire, or drowned, you can rest assured that America is in deep trouble.

Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed. That would be wrong — and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.

A politician all-powerful and corrupt, he doesn’t deserve to be president. Because he’s a criminal. Just like Richard Nixon. Or like firebrand G. Gordon Liddy, or patriot Oliver North, or prison convert Charles Colson, or the man they called The Hammer, Tom Delay. Like Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States Richard “Dick” Cheney and Assistant to the President George W. Bush, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. He is like those guys – wrongdoers. Convicts. Dangerous deceitful men, felons.

Now it turns out this president is a criminal too. And Ted Cruz has the evidence.

Governing by Executive Fiat

Disregarded 1996 welfare reform law in granting broad work waivers for work requirements of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Well. That’s not exactly “Carpet-bombed Cambodia with 200 million pounds of ordnance and empowered the Khmer Rouge, who later committed a genocide.” Not quite, but wait.

Issued signing statements, refusing to enforce parts of congressional enacted statutes.

The president has thus far issued 26 signing statements on 20 bills, as regards 90 matters of law. During his reign George W. Bush issued 161 signing statements on 160 bills, pertaining to 1100 provisions of law. If Obama is a bad guy for doing it, then W. is Lucifer himself. But there’s still more:

Obamacare

Extended the deadline to enroll in Obamacare.

Which doesn’t compare to “Thought a good long while about blowing up the Brookings Institution.” Really, does it?

Executive Nominees and Personnel

Appointed czars to oversee federal policy specifically because czars do not require Senate confirmation…

Number of current czars: 38. Number of W. Bush czars? 33. Judicial watchdogs call 35 the ‘Stalin line.’

As of January 2012, 36 of the President’s executive office staff owed $833,970 in back taxes.

Government workers owe the IRS money? Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being hit with tax evasion charges. Why? He forgot to claim the $268,482 he took in bribes back when he was in the minor leagues, in Maryland. Accountants are sticklers for such things. At least the federal government’s are. At least the Republican-run federal government’s are. At any rate I don’t see what this has to do with Al Capone, our current Commander-in-Chief.

Got secret permission from the FISA Court to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and emails, permitting the NSA to search American’s communications in its databases.

Obama checked with the court before doing something. They said it was legal, so he did it. How much more illegal can you get?

Other Abuses of Power

Released a mentally ill Guantanamo detainee, who had been a high risk al Qaeda fighter in jihad combat since the 1980s.

If this isn’t a felony

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth issued a release order on Friday for Ibrahim Idris, a native of Sudan who has been held as an enemy combatant but not formally charged.

…committed by the judicial branch…

Idris’ lawyers had repeatedly argued his illness was so severe he could not pose a security threat…

Shortly after he arrived in Guantanamo in 2002, a U.S. army psychiatrist diagnosed him as mentally ill and said Idris suffered from schizophrenia that made it difficult for him to work with his lawyers.

Perhaps Senator Cruz is confusing “law-breaking” with “law-full.” As in “that’s what courts are for.” He also may not understand the Zoroastrian concept of “compassion.” Now this:

Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al Megrahi.

Obama really trampled the Constitution on this one. After the Scottish government ruled on the matter, of course. After the bomber was released from Greenock Prison, the one in Scotland. Talk about your abuse of power oops this just in:

Consider item No. 2 in the “Other Abuses of Power” section: “Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.” This does sound bad — and strange, given that Obama had publicly said he was “angry” about the release, which was “a bad decision.”

Bad decision because…no hand job on the plane home?

The footnote on Cruz’s allegation points to an article in the Australian newspaper, a curious source. I looked up the article, which stated that “the U.S. wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.”

“Wanted” meaning perhaps more precisely “didn’t want”? And “the crime” being roughly translated to “Muslim life”? I’m not sure, you tell me.

You know, ha, funny – pardon the interruption – but I was just thinking how this al-Megrahi character looks a bit like Obama. I mean if you only shaved his head and put him in a suit, stood him before a teleprompter and turned his face to the cameras…ooooh now I get it. Justice-seeking Ted Cruz, man of nobility, hell-bent on wielding the weapons of political destruction, has himself a keen pair of eyes. He’s lately and loudly banging the lectern with this baleful list of butthurts that besmirch his righteous being because…facts don’t matter. The docket of 76 crimes proves it, reality can kiss his ass. He’s all over this guy like white on rice because of some other reason, but can you blame him? Ted’s dealing with a master criminal of the most dangerous stripe: a priori. So this obsession with the president isn’t the least bit pathetic, it’s clear to me now. Because Christ, just look at the guy.

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Andrew Sullivan: One mouse does it, so both sides do it

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In Australia, there’s a manly mouse that fucks a lot. A lot. Everybody knows. Andrew Sullivan squints at the rodent boudoir then explains to us what it all means:

It still amuses me to read blank-slate lefties insisting that gender difference is a function of culture alone.

Shocking! Brilliant! Except that nobody – not even the windblown professor currently sitting as Dean of the College of Chomsky – has ever said that gender is just…a culture thing. Nobody. I haven’t seen anyone approach that territory in the last thirty years, at least. Sully’s a scam. A pop-culture con job. He and Camille Paglia should play in a band.

To me, it’s the same kind of scientific know-nothingism that you find on the right with respect to evolution.

Forty-eight percent of conservatives think evolution is a scam. Zero percent of liberals think a mouse needs a course in gender sensitivity. Let’s check the scoreboard, shall we? That would be sixty million…to zero. One of these things is bigger than the other, can you tell? But now it all becomes clear – Both Sides Do It.

You think you’re smart, Andrew? You want to give us a wake-up call? Answer me this: Who is this mouse having sex with? Punjab orphans? Or female mice? How do you figure the victims are wired? Both Sides Do It.

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Blind, squirrel, finds his own, nuts

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If this only happened more often.

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice abruptly withdrew Saturday from speaking at Rutgers University’s commencement address amid protests at her selection from faculty and students and denouncements of her as a “war criminal”…

The announcement of her selection prompted immediate negative reaction from Rutgers faculty and some students. The faculty council voted affirmatively to denounce her selection and urged the school to rescind its invitation.

They cited her role in the Iraq War for their opposition and believe it, according to their statement, “led to the second Iraq war, which caused the death of over 100,000 men, women and children, and the displacement of millions of others.”

Jim Hoft has got the story covered. And how:

Black, Female, Conservative Condi Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement After Protests from Irate Liberals

How many Condoleezzaea could there possibly be? The Dirty, Fucking, Hippies didn’t want a single one. My, my. I was about to go out and drink some beer, but now I can stay home and cut a bunch of notches in my dream catcher. Moondoggie, out…

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Conservatives tailoring reality from whole cloth [part II]

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I woke up this morning. My pants were down at my knees, and I had one shoe on. I don’t blame the drink, I think I just got distracted. Where were we?

Our world is hellishly screwed up. We’ve empowered two political factions, and these are supposed to go some way toward fixing our problems. But they can’t agree on anything. They share no common ground. The saying goes:

The two sides can’t agree on policy? They can’t even agree on the facts.

Eh, ’tis true. For example one side thinks poverty is a bad situation, and the other side thinks it’s a good lesson. How will poor people ever stop being poor if you help them? If you give them food, clothing and shelter? They’ll just be poor people with tasty shirts and clean biscuits. Good point. Excellent point, really.

The two sides can’t agree on even the simplest facts. The Donald Sterling debacle demonstrates this amply. Aside from all the scandal’s notty complications and tangents two things are clear:

1.) Donald Sterling is a Republican.
2.) Donald Sterling is a racist.

These no one could deny. But then there are conservatives, with their pack-oriented brains. When they’re hanging around, friends, nothing is safe. Blogger Donald Douglas got the hounds to baying when he posted:

Desperate, depraved and deluded leftists have “proved” that racist Democrat Donald Sterling’s actually a “registered Republican”…

Who knows what party he’s registered with, really? Maybe he registered Republican when he was depressed a few years and never punched a single ticket for a GOP candidate? He’s had loads of legal and marital problems. He’s been sued for his Democrat “plantation style” racism before…

That fact is, as I’ve been saying for days now, Sterling’s a dyed-in-the-wool far-left Beverly Hills liberal of the first order.

That old racist can’t be a Republican. No, I don’t care what his party affiliation is. I took it upon myself to look deep into the partisan cosmos and I know better. He’s a far-left Beverly Hills liberal of the first order. Ta-da! This bizarro denial is no isolated event. Challenged with the realities of their own dysfunction, conservatives frequently check out, reality-wise. John Hinderaker can’t even accept that Donald Sterling is a racist. At all. In the least.

The Race-Baiters and V. Stiviano Strike Gold

Yesterday was Donald Sterling’s 80th birthday. It was not a happy one.

Noted.

The more you learn about the story, the stranger it gets. If you listen to the tapes, which have been made public by TMZ and Deadspin, it is hard to make sense of them. Sterling doesn’t want Stiviano to put up photos of herself with African-Americans on Instagram or bring them with her to Los Angeles Clippers games. He says he doesn’t care if she associates or sleeps with black people, just don’t put them up on Instagram. An odd distinction!

Obviously this man would normally be sensible. He’s a billionaire. But now I hear these tapes…and I’m confused. (wait – have I a blog? yeh, a blog I have…)

His request was motivated, evidently, by the fact that one or more of Sterling’s friends called him to comment on the Instagram photos. While Sterling never says this, reading between the lines it appears that someone must have teased him about his mistress consorting with blacks.

And rather than tell the bullshit bastard caller to go fuck himself, Donald turned on his girlfriend. At this point it should have occurred to John something was wrong and he should have stopped his post. He should have chuckled and scrubbed the whole thing. But conservatives are nothing if not relentless. So instead he fully commited to excusing the poor racist:

What makes this bizarre is that Stiviano herself is black and Mexican, a fact that she reminds Sterling of during their argument. The situation is otherworldly, in that Sterling seems not to have noticed that his own girlfriend is black. This is a screen shot from TMZ, which supplies a transcript along with the audio:

Sterling: I’m not you, and you’re not me. You’re supposed to be a delicate white or delicate Latina girl.

Stiviano: I’m a mixed girl.

So Donald Sterling emerges as a pathetic figure: a reverse image of Othello, a doddering old man with a young black mistress who cheats on him. He understands, but asks her not to embarrass him before his friends. He may also be suffering from dementia.

WOW. To me, Donald Sterling is something of a mythic figure. Like a Shakespearean character. Powerful, and yet pathetic. Conflicted, love-bound, tortured and pleading – please don’t embarrass me before the Venice court! I mean, what will Cassio think? Incidentally, Sterling has lost his mind. That would explain his timeless, epic response. You know, as an archetype, talking to his black mistress. Whaaat?

For a billionaire, he makes precious little sense on the tape(s).

True. He doesn’t sound anything like Donald Trump. If that isn’t a fatal diagnosis, well. Now we hit downtown:

The political motive to make Donald Sterling the poster boy for 21st century racism is obvious, but is he actually a racist? I have never met the man, but it doesn’t seem probable.

Reminder: John has heard the recording. You have too:

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you are associating with black people. Do you have to?…”

Sterling goes on and on like that. How can a sane person deny it? But some people are so sick with politics that reality must be tailored. I mean, a billionaire can’t be a bad person. I just don’t see how! So John investigates and begs you see the evidence. One:

He owns a basketball team on which 12 of the 14 players are black. The coach is black.

And it’s a good thing. NBA basketball is big business. The players happen to be black and the team happens to be worth over 700 million dollars. Coincidence? Nope. Why Hinderaker doesn’t praise Sterling’s bloodless business acumen here, I don’t know. He prefers to see Donald as extending a helping hand to the Negro, despite the profit incentives. Two:

Sterling has black friends, like Earvin Johnson.

Not any more.

…but maybe black people are stupid. Maybe they aren’t intelligent enough to appreciate the real Donald Sterling, the way Hinderaker does. Three:

The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP had announced that it would soon give Donald Sterling its Lifetime Achievement award. I don’t know what he did to deserve it, but he must be a conventional liberal to be eligible.

…because no conservative would ever help the NAACP. C’mon! Those people are the real racists, and I trust that they’d know if, uh, Sterling were…hmm. Confoozling. The president of that chapter just resigned, incidentally. Four:

We know that he is a long-time Democrat and Democratic Party donor.

Sterling is a Republican. I just debunked this – behold Donald Douglas. In his world, Sterling is a rabid racist because he’s a Democrat. In Hinderaker’s world, Sterling’s the best friend an African American could have because he’s wealthy, and perhaps insane. In the twisted milieu of Republicans, all of these things are true. Is that so hard to believe? Cough?

So an 80-year-old man with a much younger, mixed-race girlfriend is sexually insecure–go figure! He has a friend, a negative-image Iago, who plays on his insecurity and teases him when the mistress posts pictures with black men, however innocent they may be. So the old man asks her not to do it.

And so what jerks?

She can spend all day with black men and even sleep with them, he says, just don’t post photos or attend Clippers games with them. But the young woman already has one foot out the door, and she illegally records her conversation with the old man, and then turns it over to two of the most disreputable gossip sites on the internet.

She’s a sneaky thug who wants Magic Johnson’s dick, and probably Harvey Levin’s too.

On the tape, Donald Sterling says, “I love the black people.”

Look out. ‘You’re not going to defend his affection for the blacks,’ he pleaded. He hoped.

I can’t vouch for his sincerity, but there is nothing in the DMZ/Deadspin tapes that belies that sentiment.

Jumping Jesus Christ. There is nothing in the tapes that belies Sterling’s love for black people? Except for everything he says. Remember the part where he doesn’t want one sitting in his hockey arena? You see the mysterious point I’m getting at.

This is madness. Insanity. I don’t know how we can go on like this. More than half of Fox News viewers still believe Saddam Hussein planned 9/11. More than half of the GOP believes evolution is false. More than half of America believes global warming is a hoax. The truth has become controversial.

The political sides can’t agree to do anything of any good, and we know why. They can’t agree on reality. You’re supposed to be entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. One side now is entirely entitled to its own facts. One side is entitled to its own world. But that world does not exist.

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Conservatives tailoring reality from whole cloth [part I]

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Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said…

You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

That dig has evolved into a post-modern truth. Political matters sink into paralysis again, and everyone laments: The two sides can’t agree on policy? They can’t even agree on the facts. This is wisdom – it is the simplest explanation for why everything is so hellishly screwed up. We can’t come to any consensus about what to do because we can’t agree upon reality. We can’t even agree that the color of the sky is blue (it’s blue, you idiots).

The Donald Sterling mess is a classic demonstration of this problem. We can disagree as to whether Sterling is an actual threat to the game of basketball. We can argue over whether it is ethical to punish someone after learning about him through unethical means. We can debate whether society would be better off if business were to treat free speech the way federal government is mandated to, because of the Constitution. These are all subjects worthy of discussion.

But some things are not up grabs. Some facts are facts. Like these:
1.) Donald Sterling is a Republican.
2.) Donald Sterling is a racist.

But, of course, here we go:

Desperate Leftists: Beverly Hills Liberal Donald Sterling Is ‘Registered Republican’ OMG! TAKE THAT!! BLARGH!! OMG!!!

OMG this is hilarious!

Desperate, depraved and deluded leftists have “proved” that racist Democrat Donald Sterling’s actually a “registered Republican.”

This from rightblogger Donald Douglas.

Here’s the big “gotcha” post from some brainless leftist at Mother Jones, “Donald Sterling Is a Registered Republican.” If you follow the links, you can go to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters and plug in Sterling’s information — and up pops search results that claim the Clippers owner is a “registered Republican”!!

We desperate and depraved are claiming that Sterling is a registered Republican. MG! We searched the LA county registrar’s records and we found him:

Donald Sterling status

Is this a “fact”? Yes it is. But wait.

Who knows what party he’s registered with, really?

As we’ve demonstrated, the LA county registrar knows. Sterling’s a Republican.

Maybe he registered Republican when he was depressed a few years and never punched a single ticket for a GOP candidate?

Let’s assume that’s true. It would make him a registered Republican.

He’s had loads of legal and marital problems.

He’s a troubled registered Republican.

He’s been sued for his Democrat “plantation style” racism before.

Eeeeexcuse me? Master would not lease his plantation apartments to blacks, therefore he’s a Democrat? I see what’s going on here. Douglas is having such a hard time accepting Sterling’s Republican affiliation that he’s starting to lose his mind.

He can’t have that, of course. So Douglas will now spend some hours of his time at the computer looking into the internet’s soul, and he’s going to discover a truth once obscured by a haze of bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo and once all-important party identification. Douglas will uncover the God’s-honest truth about Donald Sterling: He’s a Democrat.

That fact is, as I’ve been saying for days now, Sterling’s a dyed-in-the-wool far-left Beverly Hills liberal of the first order.

Hooray!

All — and I mean all — of his political campaign finance contributions have been to Democrat candidates, and not just “25 years ago” like the loser leftists are screaming until the cows come home.

AAAaannd Don-Doug goes on and on for a gabillion words about how Sterling threw ten thousand of his precious dollars at Democrats. What about that, lieberuls? Considering the few-odd boxes of printer ink and toner he bought for Westside pols over the last twenty five years, and the two billion dollars at his ultimate disposal, I would not count that as definitive evidence of his “dyed-in-the-wool far-left” politics. Four hundred dollars a year is probably less than what Sterling blows on Bentley maintenance a month. If you want to get a feeling for billionaire activism in action, consider that Sheldon Adelson spent over one-hundred million dollars on Republicans in 2012. In any year that Donald chintzes as much as $1000 on politics, it’s the hulking equivalent of your typical American spending…two cents. Seriously, I did the math. But do any of these facts matter, friend?

Or do Douglas’ leftist tweet-facts take priority? If he’s correct, those three college kids surely went down to Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1964 to have a commie confab with their hooded comrades. The locals say one of the factions denigrated Engels, then heated German insults were exchanged, and yada-yada the Yankees were buried in an earthen dam. Rest assured, homicide at the hands of your pals rates a high liberal honor.

But there’s this fact, and it’s utterly unassailable: The KKK were ultra-conservatives. I know, you’re so shocked. Nothing like modern progressives, they were Southern Democrats. After the passage of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts, those folks swapped their party affiliation and became the rabid right-wing of the Republican party, where they linger today.

At least Donald Douglas admits that Sterling is an obvious racist. His bigotry is what drives the Douglas types to cast him as a true-blue Democrat. Among the conbloggers, though, the allegation is not a settled issue. As we’ll see, real patriots like John Hinderaker won’t concede even that…

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They’ll tell you that Beyoncé is worse than Donald Sterling

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When it comes to the rich and famous, conservatives tend to bend reality.

It is fascinating. Take Nevada rancher turned anti-gubmint hero Cliven Bundy.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro…”

“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?”

You figure a well-known person saying something so crazy – Would it be good for black people to return to being property? Well? – it would disqualify him from ever being taken seriously again. But the audience we’re talking about here is conservatives. So, no, they’re willing to imagine and invent for the likes of Cliven. They’ll try to contrive utterly heroic interpretations for his seemingly low-dwelling words. Fox contributor and radio maven Dana Loesch:

He seems to be decrying what big government has done to the black family — which big government has negatively affected not just the black family, but all families regardless of ethnicity…

See? Bundy is only talking about what the government has done to black families. To all families! Dana flew past that “the Negro should go back to doing all our work” part pretty quickly, don’t you think? I would think that bit the most interesting morsel on the plate, but it’s apparently not.

What about Donald Sterling? Granted he’s a businessman billionaire with a girlfriend 50 years younger than he is, which is vigorous music to a right-winger’s ears. But he’s an all-out racist.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you are associating with black people. Do you have to? Also, you can sleep with black people. You can bring them in. You can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that, and not to bring them to my games.”

Yikes. There’s no way to dodge that – associating with black people. And not to bring them to my games. As far as Donald’s concerned, black folks might as well have the plague. Hell, they probably do. Surely nobody would pretend this display is anything but an obscenity. Hot Air blogger Jazz Shaw:

I wouldn’t read too much into the comments of septuagenarians who grew up steeped in a different culture.

What’s to “read into”? He doesn’t want to be in the same sports arena as a black person. Can’t you condemn that sentiment? Is it too much to ask you don’t just ignore it? Conblogger Matt Walsh:

These are illegal recordings given to a gossip site by a gold-digging mistress with a grudge. It seems at least possible that they could be doctored or manipulated in some way.

You don’t think Donald Sterling would have made that case already. Really? And, really?

If anything should come of this ordeal, it ought to finally be the complete dismantling of the NAACP. The organization was scheduled to give Sterling a ‘lifetime achievement award’ in a few weeks. They’ve since rescinded, but their backtrack doesn’t get them off the hook. If Sterling really has a LIFETIME of ACHIEVING things in the name of civil rights and racial tolerance, wouldn’t they perhaps be a little hesitant to throw the guy under the bus?…Are you betraying this man who, as you formerly claimed, has dedicated an entire lifetime to achieving racial unity, or are you a bunch of Democrat shills doling out political favors?

There’s perhaps another possibility. Maybe Sterling did some good deeds in order to mask his racism amid the diversity of Los Angeles, his home base of operation. It could have been Donald using the NAACP over the years, instead of the organization using Sterling now. Right? Plus there’s the issue of his towering racism, which we’ve just uncovered and which ought to be addressed at some point. But why put any of this in context when you can just dump all the issues, frankly, where they really belong…

Even a culture like ours — a culture dedicated to hedonism and relativism — has to put on a show every once in a while and pretend it has some semblance of a moral standard.

..in our depressing, immoral society. There’s a lingering point here about actual moral standards being broken, if not shattered, by the bludgeon of a billionaire’s angry tongue. But let’s not bother with that either while I get ’round to the real reason I bothered to write this post. Which is to say it’s funny the way conservatives see famous people…

O’Reilly, who has been particularly concerned about Beyoncé’s “raunchy” new album since the music video for her song “Partition” was released, disapproves of TIME’s decision to put the singer on the cover of its annual “100 Most Influential People” issue. On his show on Friday, O’Reilly suggested that Beyoncé isn’t helping to address the “cultural deficits” in African American and poor white communities and is actually “part of the problem.”

Beyoncé is a jerk. Did you know?

“She knows — this woman knows — that young girls are getting pregnant in the African American community,” the talk show host said. “Now it’s about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn’t seem to care.”

Mind you – unlike these old white guys – Beyoncé is not speaking authoritatively about who and what Americans are really like. She’s not speaking at all, she’s only singing and dancing. Still she is famous. She is rich. And she is powerful.

And that’s more than enough for conservatives. Anybody in that position deserves to have her every lope and lyric pored over, then flagged for the telltale signs of danger and sin. A person this well-known – whom so many others watch and admire – you can’t just let them say and do whatever they like. Can you?

I first saw it at the Super Bowl performance when Beyonce gyrated and snarled at an adoring audience through a wall of fire. That performance went beyond symbolism and into revelation. It was the coming out of a very old and very powerful spirit revealing itself to the world…

Of course not.

…She is Astarte, Asherat, Ishtar, or Aphrodite, whichever name you prefer, and the spirit that has come to rest in her is one that has been here for a very long time meting out all kinds of destruction on human kind. Sexual immorality, disease, death, murder, war — these are her calling cards…

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The soft pedaling of Donald Sterling’s racism begins

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We knew Donald Sterling was a racist, but this bad?

V. STIVIANO: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram.

DONALD STERLING: You said that before, you said, “I understand.”

V: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black.

DS: Then why did you start saying that you didn’t? You just said that you didn’t remove them. You didn’t remove every—

V: I didn’t remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought—

DS: Why?

V: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.

DS: OK.

V: He’s lighter and whiter than me.

DS: OK.

Sterling was angry with his squeeze because she posted pictures of coloreds on her Instagram account.

“I think the fact that you admire [Magic] — I’ve known him well, and he should be admired,” Sterling replies. “And I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately. And during your ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE, your whole life, admire him — bring him here, feed him, fuck him, I don’t care. You can do anything. But don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games. OK?”

Kaboom. It’s a perfect story: Rich white geezer, black basketball team, ethnic girlfriend. Sex, racism, and big-money sports. And the bigot got exposed during the playoffs, so now his players have to decide whether winning – or playing at all – really matters. Understandably fans have gone bonkers. For me, there’s only one question – who will excuse him?

Is there anyone that depraved?

“We have heard the tape on TMZ,” Roeser said. “We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape — who we believe released it to TMZ — is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.’”

Clippers President Andy Roeser.

“Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”

What Donald said isn’t what Donald would say. What he did isn’t what he would do. OK. But Andy’s a Sterling employee. Anyone else?

Sewage eaters and garbage pickers like TMZ are the ones who need to be punished.–Leave the dude alone. Why do Blacks and other minorities have this special right not to ever be offended?

The dude was in his private home, presumably, or some private place. its no one else’s business.

The Liberals and race hustlers in this country are like the Nazis trying to hunt down every last Jew, test everyone’s blood trying to find one drop of Jewish blood or anyone who sides with the Jews.

Yes, Freeper ReaganÜberAlles. But that’s just one crazy guy. Right?

…on Sunday, Kristol admitted that Sterling was “bigoted and foolish,” but accused his detractors going “hysterical” over a few sentences.

Also Bill Kristol. He dismisses the outrage.

“I’m a little hesitant to… everyone goes hysterical over two or three sentences, but lets look at the actual deeds of people,” he said. “If people discriminate, it’s against the law, they should be punished.”

It would be one thing if Sterling said racist things in his sleep. It would be another if he demanded others do racist things on his behalf. If, say, he made his girlfriend remove any traces of colored people that could be linked back to him, that would be different.

“If they say stupid things, private organizations can deal with it — private businesses can fire, I suppose, if they say those things.”

When the U.S. Justice Department sues a guy because he refuses to rent apartments to smelly African-Americans, or to Hispanics who “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” then the private business that he owns should consider…hmm. Bill’s point here is that it would be proper and alright if Donald fired himself. Until that day it would be decent of everybody if they held their tongues. Maybe Bill can have a talk with whoever it is that owns the Clippers?

What do [Cliven] Bundy and Sterling have in common? First of all – aside from the obvious fact that they are white – they are old.

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air says we’re making too much out of white ranchers and, now, billionaires. If you haven’t noticed, they’re old.

And I don’t mean old like me… we’re talking really old. And second, each in their own way are old men who live in a form of isolation. Bundy lives in a geographically isolated, rural region. Sterling lives in the rather insular world of the very wealthy.

When they’re not geographically isolated, they’re insulated by money and power. Everybody knows they’re weirdos so they don’t count. You guys are picking off the stragglers in our herd and, frankly, we’re unimpressed.

I wouldn’t read too much into the comments of septuagenarians who grew up steeped in a different culture.

So you can ignore the likes of Rancho Cielo’s Ronald Reagan and Prairie Chapel Ranch’s George W. Bush. You can forget about Wichita Kansas’ Charles and David Koch too. You can just pretend they’re specters or oddballs…until the next time Jazz demands you pay them all your attention, or at least pockets one of their paychecks, probably a couple minutes from now. And let’s not read too much into blatant racism, shall we?

UPDATE: (Jazz) As is being pointed out repeatedly in the comments, there are two other items of interest. One, Sterling is up for an NAACP lifetime achievement award. The second is that he is apparently also a significant Democrat donor.

Until she points it back at us in the final chapter. That’s when it reads like a whodunnit.

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David Brooks joins the He-Man Glee Club

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Following on the heels of news that Ukraine has asked America for socks (among more substantial things) to deal with its crisis, to which Jonah Goldberg reacted by claiming President Obama was waving frilly things at serial killers – or something – we have David Brooks trying to avoid embarrassing the president likewise. But failing.

Basically since Yalta we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders and once that comes into question if in Ukraine or in Crimea or anywhere else, then all over the world all bets are off. And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely — but a manhood problem in the Middle East.

It’s possible that Brooks has replaced the world’s view of Obama with his own. After the Navy SEAL raid in Abbottabad I doubt too many Pakistanis – or Al Qaeda affiliates – think he’s a squish.

Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair but certainly in the Middle East there is an assumption that he’s not tough enough.

Most of the Middle East think any U.S. President is a mindless butcher. An invasion of Syria would be good evidence of that, so I’m not sure an American macho-thon would do us any good. Perhaps now would be a good time to remember Brooks’ oohing and aahing over the manly (ergo wise) George W. Bush administration:

On April 28, 2003, beating President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech by three days, Brooks declared that “the war in Iraq is over.” The political and cultural implications of victory promised to be profound. A collaboration between policy makers in Washington and troops on the battlefield had removed any last doubts as to American global dominion. bushcodpieceBrooks sang the praises of “a ruling establishment that can conduct wars with incredible competence and skill.” The United States, he enthused, was an “incredibly effective colossus that can drop bombs onto pinpoints, [and] destroy enemies that aren’t even aware they are under attack.”

With Americans on the home front appropriately dazzled by what the troops had accomplished on the battlefield, Brooks’s sensitive antenna detected a decisive shift in public sentiment. “One hears,” he wrote, “of a growing distaste for the peace marchers . . . driven by bile and self-righteousness [and] fundamentally out of step” with the rest of the country. To be in step was to support the troops, which necessitated supporting the war and the larger ambitions cultivated by the war’s proponents. “Many college students seem to sense that these soldiers are accomplishing something for humanity, while all they are doing is preparing for business school.”

With the Iraq War having done so much “for humanity” the lesson in foreign policy is clear. You have to present your substantial manhood to the world before anything good can happen. This president should wave something meatier than fanciful socks at America’s enemies. He might channel a little Tom Friedman:

Suck. On. This.

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