Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Socialist Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant's response to Obama's SOTU

I would have posted this at BSC News, but that site can't run videos.  According to the completely irrelevant Kshama Sawant, capitalism is the problem.  Remember she got started working for Microsoft before embarking on her Socialist dream job.



EBL: Obama 2014 SOTU ("I have a pen with ink and I am not afraid to use it!")
TOM: Obama's Feminist Folly SOTU

Update:
Jeff Goldstein says it well (as usual):

SOTU and (hypermasculine, barbaric, uncouthly Romanesque) SuperBowl media day open thread

Peyton Manning is cordial. Marshawn Lynch doesn’t like speaking to the media much. Obama likes to hear himself talk and believes that we should be compelled to listen — and if not listen, to do as he says anyway. The GOP will respond by assuring us that they too care. As if that’s something anyone anywhere gives two shits about.
There. My job as CITIZEN JOURNALIST is done.
 
 
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Seahawk fans turn Empire State Building green and blue...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SOTU 2014: "Congress? We ain't got no Congress. We don't need no Congress! I don't have to show you any stinkin' Congress!"

SOTU Summary: I will act on my own. I have a pen and I am not afraid to use it!
President Obama vowed Tuesday to use the power of the pen to chip away at his agenda in 2014, making clear he’ll sidestep Congress at times through executive actions while also lowering his sights for what is achievable at this stage in his presidency...   
More at Lem's Place.
The GOP response from Rep. McMorris Rodgers is fine.


Mike Lee's Tea Party Response is fine.  


Update:
Meanwhile, just in case you care what a Seattle socialist city council member thinks about the SOTU...
Jeff Goldstein says it well (as usual):

SOTU and (hypermasculine, barbaric, uncouthly Romanesque) SuperBowl media day open thread

Peyton Manning is cordial. Marshawn Lynch doesn’t like speaking to the media much. Obama likes to hear himself talk and believes that we should be compelled to listen — and if not listen, to do as he says anyway. The GOP will respond by assuring us that they too care. As if that’s something anyone anywhere gives two shits about.
There. My job as CITIZEN JOURNALIST is done.
 
 
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Marshawn Lynch on Super Bowl Media Day

Well he showed up so he won't get a $50,000 fine. You can just feel the love!  Marshawn Lynch is holding it all in till Sunday.

Update:  Hell of a lot more interesting than the SOTU...

Ashley Benson Rule 5 with bonus Marina Sirtis, who plays Counselor Deanna Troi

I screwed up by posting this abomination in the comments on Wombat's Rule 5 post.  Wombat may be slow to anger, but when he does react it can be with terrible fury.  I disrespected his editorial efforts and the lovely Deana Troi.  So this Rule 5 featuring Ashley Benson (which is obviously an approved Rule 5 subject for Wombat) is offered in apology.









I owe an apology for defacing (literally) the lovely Marina Sirtis who plays Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek NG, so these are offered in that regard:




Pete Seeger RIP



Didn't care for his politics, but he could play. RIP Pete.

Update:
I do not like speaking bad of the dead.  But I am not going to pretend I bought onto all of Pete Seeger's politics (he was [profoundly] wrong on many many things).  He was right on some things too.  But I will give Pete Seeger this, he was honest and straight up what he was about [I withdraw that, he was not fully honest about his activities for communism.  As George Orwell said: "I consider that willingness to criticize Russia and Stalin is the test of intellectual honesty."].  And I share Seeger's love of traditional American music, the Hudson River valley, and his spirit of social justice (even if some of the means of getting there he choose are absolutely wrong).  I wish him well and rest in peace Pete.  Here are some tweets below Donald Douglas and I got today.  
I cannot lay the deaths of millions communist victims at Pete Seeger's feet (he did not participate in them) but once he became aware of them he was obligated to speak out. And he only reluctantly and sparingly criticized communism in later years. He says he confronted his Communist friends in private after he "drifted away" from the movement. I am sure he did. But would people show the same spirit of celebration for someone aligned with the Nazi party who said that? Pete Ingemi makes a very valid comparison with Seeger and Leni Riefenstahl. As former socialist and communist traveler George Orwell once said about Soviet Union: "There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years."

Orwell also noted this (which applies directly to Seeger in the years leading up to WWII): "Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi."
While Seeger did eventually "drift away" from communism, very few on the left acknowledged that their actions in opposing the Vietnam war contributed to the chaos and madness in Cambodia a few years later. Unintended consequences, but foreseeable nevertheless.  People on the right put on blinders too and have difficulty acknowledging mistakes they made. But why is it only those on the right are ever called out on it and those on the left mostly get a pass?     

Jim Lindgren has a good post at Volokh Conspiracy-WaPo


JOHN FUND: Pete Seeger, Totalitarian Troubadour. “We shouldn’t forget that Pete Seeger was Communism’s pied piper.”
Related: Spengler: Pete Seeger: A Mean-Spirited and Vengeful Recollection. “I was not just a Pete Seeger fan, but a to-the-hammer-born, born-and-bred cradle fan of Pete Seeger. With those credentials, permit me to take note of his passing with the observation that he was a fraud, a phony, a poseur, an imposter. The notion of folk music he espoused was a put-on from beginning to end. There is no such thing as an American ‘folk.’”
Related: We Are The Folksong Army. “It sounds more ethnic if it ain’t good English, and it don’t even have to rhyme.”
Ed Driscoll: Seeger was a Communist trifecta... 

Where do Seahawk and Bronco fans in NYC go if they do not have a ticket to the Super Bowl?

Don't worry, there are Manhattan options, even though the actual game is being played in New Jersey:

The most beautiful women are drawn to Seahawk friendly venues...

Carlow East
For Seahawk fans:
Carlow East at 1254 Lexington Ave. and 85th St.
Feile: 131 W. 33rd St., off Seventh Ave.
Uptown Restaurant & Lounge: 1576 Third Ave., at 88th St.
Central Bar: 109 E. Ninth St., near Cooper Square.



Mustang Harry's


For Bronco fans:
Butterfield 8: 5 E. 38th St., near Fifth Ave.
Mustang Harry's: Seventh Ave. near 29th St.
Mustang Sally’s: 324 Seventh Ave., at 28th St.
Keats: 842 Second Ave., at 45th St.

You know there will be great Bronco cheerleaders too...



Monday, January 27, 2014

Prosecutorial Discretion: One of these three is not like the other...

Menendez
Corzine
D'Souza

Are politics behind the Obama Administration selective enforcement of laws?
Funny how certain people never get prosecuted. Why is that?

Bob Menendez is accused of getting support and access to under aged Dominican prostitutes and then pushing legislation for that same donor.

Dinesh D'Souza is accused of funneling $20,000 to a college friend to help her underfunded campaign (which she lost badly).  Of the three, D'Souza's alleged crimes are by far the least serious (and truly victim-less), yet the Obama Administration is going after him for felonies and jail time.

Jon Corzine lost hundreds of millions for investors and then likely perjured himself in testifying about the causes of that loss.  Corzine was also an Obama campaign bundler in the 2012 election.

Eric Holder
So why are Barack Obama and Eric Holder favoring Menendez and Corzine, but going hammer and tongs against D'Souza?

Update:
Alan Dershowitz: Obama is selectively prosecuting D'Souza