Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HANNITY, LEVIN, VIGUERIE: Boehner, McCarthy and Scalise Must Go

By ConservativeHQ

CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie has been calling for the replacement of GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner arguing that Boehner’s not a conservative and that his regular failures of leadership disqualify him from heading the largest House Republican majority since 1928.

Mr. Viguerie’s calls for Boehner’s replacement have been regularly ignored by the establishment media who cover Capitol Hill and share Boehner’s love of Big Government.

But in the wake of the revelation that Boehner’s second ranking lieutenant, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, spoke to a racist group (the European-American Unity and Rights Organization) founded by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, and Boehner’s 100% support for his embattled lieutenant, Mr. Viguerie’s demands for Boehner’s replacement have suddenly gained new adherents.

Fox News personality and influential talk radio host Sean Hannity is calling on every Republican member of the House of Representatives to reconsider whether Boehner is in fact an effective leader.

Hannity, like Viguerie, said that if Republicans return to conservative principles by rejecting Boehner and installing a replacement, they will be rewarded with political victories in 2016’s crucial presidential election.

“Every Republican member needs to ask themselves if John Boehner is really the best person to lead the conservative movement at this important time in history,” Hannity told Matt Boyle of Breitbart News. “Are they voting for him as a leader or for the Committee assignments they have been promised? The American people expect and deserve bold and dynamic and inspiring leaders. The next 2 years are critical for the country.”

BEST OF 2014: "Dear beautiful America, please, stop moving Forward"

Guest post by Aleksey

Upon migrating to the United States many years ago, I embraced my new home and left the past behind. Never could I imagine that, at some point, that past would become relevant.

But now, I am compelled to talk about it again.

In the USSR, we had state-controlled media which shaped the narrative entirely.

Our founder, Vladimir Lenin, was portrayed as a noble, charismatic, and smart man -- the champion of the underdog (the working class), the seeker of equality, defeater of the rich. The humble man with common ideas who was destined for greatness.

Lenin peered at us intently from textbooks and walls. His was the face behind the good intentions that shaped our everyday life.
As a kid, I was largely shielded by my family -- they took the brunt of "adult tasks" in everyday life. They bribed officials to accomplish the most basic of things, they conserved every kopek and piece of bread, they got me the rare medicines I needed, all through means I didn't dare fathom.

Of course, there was nothing special about those medicines, those favors, or anything else that took such effort to obtain -- in America, you can just go out and get it in a corner store. In the Soviet Union, the word "deficit" was commonly used in everyday language.

"This and this product are in deficit." This meant that you couldn't buy them. Maybe for the next three months or maybe forever, unless someone was bribed or the product was obtained via the black market, friends, or contraband. Fruits and vegetables had their "seasons" when they made an appearance in local stores -- we didn't have advanced technology like hydroponic farms.

Instead, adults were herded into collective farms, which were the Soviet antithesis of family -- or individual-owned farms. Under cheerful banners of "accomplishing a five-year plan in four," they usually underperformed and the bureaucrats responsible faked the numbers, which moved up the chain of command.

"Deficit." I heard this term a lot, as I stood in long lines for bread and milk in stores with cheerfully generic names like "Progress" or "Sunrise."

The lines resembled those formed by hipsters in America lining up for the sale of the next iPhone model -- except we stood in them every day.

As much as my family shielded me from their troubles, they couldn't protect me from factors beyond their control. They couldn't raise my level of living above theirs. And they certainly couldn't get me anesthetics for dental visits. Sitting in the gray, sterile corridor for two hours, hearing the sobbing of the kids already in the dental chair as their teeth were drilled without anesthetics, water, or suction, and knowing that your turn was coming -- some handled it better than others.

In the local clinic, needles were resterilized and reused. Ambulances took three hours to arrive, if they came at all.
That was our "free" healthcare.

We also lived in a "free" apartment, which was suffocatingly small by American standards, and it took years, if not decades, for an average couple to obtain such a place. Usually, several generations of a family lived under one roof until the government bestowed upon its citizens another gray five- to sixteen-story building that looked just like its gray neighbor and had the same exact green-painted swings in the yard.

Since almost nobody had cars, people could rarely afford to move to another city or republic.

Public transportation, which we all had to use, consisted of cranky people squeezed tightly like sardines inside a rusty box on wheels. Despite that, when I was eight, I wanted to be a trolley bus driver. Partially because of all the buttons he flipped to open and close doors, but mostly because there was a wall between him and the sardine can.

The walls in Soviet apartments were poorly insulated from noise and cold. Therefore, wall carpets were dominant in Soviet culture. They all looked similar, usually colored red with abstract, curving patterns.

Soviet factories were state-controlled. Variety was not a concept. The color red was all over the place -- it garnished the banners hanging off the sides of gray five-story buildings, with profiles of Lenin, Marx, and Engels fluttering lightly in the wind, proclaiming that "Marxism-Leninism is the symbol of our times." Others stated, "Forward toward Communism!"

Red was splattered on our classroom walls and our school uniforms.

In grade school, you became an "Octyabronok" (named after the October 1917 revolution) and wore a Lenin-faced star on your lapel. You got a free newspaper, the "Young Leninist." Later, you became a "Pioneer" and swapped the star for a red tie. After that, you moved on to "Komsomol" (All-Union Leninist Young Communist League). Those who did not follow the groupthink enough to make it to "Komsomol" lost access to crucial resources and careers later in life.

I grew up with no concept of "brands." If I wanted to get that shoddy water pistol that suddenly appeared in a store, and my parents let me, then that was the water pistol. It broke in two weeks, of course.

Bread in the stores was the bread. Milk was the milk. Kolbasa was the kolbasa. Everything was manufactured by the state to provide the minimum required survivability, and minimum expected functionality. Improvements in design and the manufacturing process did not exist.

When I came to America and laid down on an American bed, it struck me that it was more comfortable than any bed I'd ever experienced. It was the result of evolving design oriented toward customer satisfaction -- a concept alien to my former homeland.
The two famous brands of Soviet cars, Zaporozhets and Moskvich (both named after their places of origin), just... existed. We didn't really have Zaporozhets 1980 followed by a new and improved Zaporozhets 1981 -- now with power steering! No such thing. It was a car, and it required no further improvement. There was no customer demand, because people were poor, the state-controlled prices were very high, and product evolution crawled at snail's pace.

The very concept of "customer convenience" did not exist. We didn't have bottles sculpted to fit the shape of your hand, nor did we have polite cashiers, for they were under no obligation to please anyone -- they worked for the state. The abacus was still in common use in our stores while American stores had electric change machines, credit card readers, and sliding doors.

Like most things, clothes were in "deficit" and thus traveled from older to younger siblings in every family over time. Broken things weren't thrown away but repaired.

Our giant lamp television was carried in the family since about the time I was born. It received three channels -- all State-controlled. On our evening news program, the Chernobyl disaster announcement was calm and lasted fifteen seconds. Our state papers, such as Pravda and Izvestia, were not read but used as invaluable sources of free toilet paper. This is not a joke.

Our propaganda put the big focus on the noble working class and how there was no such thing as a "lower" profession. Much emphasis was made on the nobility of simple working man, and certainly there is something to that.

But when the janitor receives roughly the same salary as a teacher who is paid roughly the same as a surgeon who is paid roughly the same as a programmer, all of them surrounded by peers who get paid the same no matter how well or poorly they perform, some people start carrying the team, and then they just give up. Everyone performs poorly in the end.

It was painfully obvious to everyone just how low the desire of the average person is to produce goods for other people. Without competition or opportunity to get ahead, with the state controlling production and paying equal salaries to workers regardless of their contributions, we had no concept of abundance.

With our "free" services, we regularly experienced water and electrical outages and sometimes went to a nearby forest to get water. Once you fill that bathtub with water, you can't use it for anything else.

The first time I entered an American food market at the age of seventeen, I froze.

Older Soviets who visited American stores for the first time, got hit harder -- all the lies they were taught from childhood through the decades of their lives -- until that last moment, they expected them to be at least partially true.

Sure, they heard stories from overseas, but come on, those were just the Potemkin villages, mirages created to make the Soviets jealous. How can one imagine the unimaginable?

"They told us in Odessa, that in San Francisco it's hard to find milk."

This is the typical Soviet mentality, and they were used to it, and they bought into it, and then they entered that American supermarket and saw the rows upon rows of milk of different brands and kinds and fat percentages.

This is where some have been known to cry. It is the realization that their lives were stolen from them by the regime. A realization of what could've been, if they had been lucky enough to be born in this place which, from everything they knew, could not possibly exist.

I now live in Northern California, in the heart of the Bay Area, thousands of miles away from my homeland.

And yet the poison of Soviet propaganda seeps through college dorms just as it did in Soviet classrooms.

Stop a random youth on the street and you'll find out what he thinks about capitalism (bad!) and communism/socialism (good!). Their favorite news programs are the "Daily Show" and the "Colbert Report," where comedians reinforce their brainwashing via short, catchy clips.

Walk through Berkeley and you will see wall graffiti of the same hammer and sickle that adorned the big red flags of the Soviet era.

This doesn't extend to just youths. People of all ages, even acquaintances that I otherwise respect and admire, are like this. They support the "progressive" leader Barack Obama, worship the nanny state, and believe in equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity.

They badmouth capitalism and complain that only one percent of the American population has the "American dream." They buy into the class warfare rhetoric hook, line, and sinker. They want artificially raised minimum wage, government handouts, and believe that Obamacare is the greatest thing since the invention of pockets.

I look at them and the red ties materialize, familiarly, around their necks.

There are "academic" speakers now who advocate that having too many choices is "bad for you." Too stressful to choose, you see.
Living in the Soviet Union, being bombarded with similar nonsense, we had nothing to contradict it. When we walked outside the school, the everyday reality had no traces of the wealth afforded by capitalism. We lived in the grayness and that grayness was all there was.

Americans leave school to go home and they drop by a mall to buy something from an incredible selection of wealth and choice afforded by capitalism. They drop by a small corner store, which could probably feed a savvy Soviet village for a month (dog food is food, too, you know), and they pick up some "entertainment food" that did not exist in the USSR, in quantities that weren't affordable for an average Soviet family.

Then they go home and write essays on their expensive iPads about how they don't have the American Dream.

Now, most American news sources are no different than Pravda and Izvestia. Now, the government used the IRS to stifle political opposition. Now, ObamaCare is a wealth redistribution platform disguised as a common good. Now, Obama is being portrayed in academia and the media alike as a charismatic, messianic, "progressive" figure, fighting for the "underdog." He would feel right at home as the General Secretary of the Communist Party. Now, Obama Youths are me, from decades ago. Leninist academia has had its way with them. Now, just like Soviet leaders, American leaders give lip-service to "social justice" while stocking up on personal wealth for their families.

There's nothing new under the sun. I'm hardly the only ex-Soviet to point out the parallels. But some things matter enough to bear repeating.

Dear beautiful America, please, stop moving Forward.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

When Patriotism Died

By Lawrence Sellin

The next two years will be among the most dangerous in the history of the United States. It may lead to the end of American history.

The Republican establishment is powerless to oppose Obama in any significant way because they are being held hostage. Obama's lies have become Republican lies, which they have embraced and made their own.

Although the challenges facing the country present clear dangers, America will not be brought down by unsustainable debt, social chaos, a moribund economy or weakness in the face of foreign threats, all of which have been planned and instigated by our own government, but by the irreparable damage to the Constitution and representative government perpetrated by the very people, who have sworn an oath to uphold them.

Most prospective government officials, whether Democrat or Republican, now pursue office, not to support the Constitution and serve the American people, but to obtain power, and to use that power to accrue professional and financial benefits for themselves and their major donors. All the traditional means for citizens to seek the redress of grievances have now been blocked by a self-absorbed permanent political elite unaccountable to the American people.

From the perspective of the ruling class, elections are formalities, nothing more than occasions to redistribute power among select Democrat and Republican elites. For the financiers, it does not matter who wins as long as they can continue to influence policy through their lobbies and political contributions.

Ordinary Americans are little more than indentured voters to a power-hungry and greedy bipartisan dictatorship.

Case in point is the darling of the Republican establishment and pre-anointed 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who, if elected, intends to govern like Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson.

BEST OF 2014: Stuff Bush Didn't Do, Illustrated

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Related: President Barack Obama's Complete List of Historic Firsts [Updated]

Larwyn's Linx: Why Obama could regret executive action

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Why Obama could regret executive action: Brian Hughes
Top Obama aide threatens DHS shutdown if GOP doesn't fund Amnesty: IJR
Surprise: 90% of "surge" illegals aren't showing up for their court dates: FSM

NYC Cops Have Stopped Making Most Arrests-It's Too Dangerous: Lid
De Blasio Aides Pushed Politicians To Blast NYPD: William Teach
Arrests plummet 66% with NYPD in virtual work stoppage: Post

Gruber In 2009: Obamacare Will NOT Be Affordable: DC
Obamacare’s Annus Horribilis: Michelle Malkin
News media outlets caught directly funding Al Sharpton: IJR

The Job Thieves of Albany: Clark Whelton
AR school leaders rip Michelle's wasteful lunch rules: Kyle Olson
Gun owners fear Maryland police target them for traffic stops: Times


Land of Leaving: ILL-inois top in outbound migration : John Ruberry
Union spin won't stop pension wrecking ball in CA: UT San Diego
The $2.6B Welfare Payment That The U.S. Gives To Wal-Mart: Michael Snyder

Scandal Central

26 Ways the Media Botched Their Reporting on the Latest Benghazi Report: Sharyl Attkisson
Here Are 10 Outrageous 'Zero Tolerance' Follies of 2014: Lenore Skenazy
High-level Fed committee overruled regulator's finding on Goldman: Life Health Pro

Climate & Energy

Oil Falls to New Lows, So Of Course Obama is Slamming in New Regulations on Energy: Ace
Cheap oil could be a Trojan horse for America: Rachel Marsden
Keystone XL set for January hearing: Zack Colman


Flashback: Sharpton Soaks Up The Boycott Bucks: WZ
Viral homeless video was staged: report: Vocativ
Scalise, GOP leaders must accept that they are held to a higher standard: Timothy Carney


Afghan war "ends", terrorist haven remains: Exam
‘While you slept': 5 more detainees released from Guantanamo: Twitchy
The Islamization of Britain in 2014: Soeren Kern

Swedish Somalis on trial in New York, suicide bombings are a forgivable sin: RRW
UAW teachers branch joins boycott of Israel: Sean Higgins
Report: The Prime Minister Of Turkey Is Now Having Talks About Invading Jerusalem: Shoebat

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Predicting the Unpredictable from Microsoft: Mary Jo Foley
Incredible Towering Structures Cast Shadows Across Saturn’s Rings: UniverseToday
Hacker clones a politician’s fingerprint using normal, long-distance public photos: Sebastian Anthony


Obama: The Politician Without a Church: Cliff Kincaid
The Audacity of Kwanzaa: MOTUS
Insane Road Rage Rampage Captured on Video: IJR

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BEST OF 2014: Ameritopia, the Comic Book

So progressives and other miscreants can follow along... based upon the outstanding bestseller by Mark Levin.

Larwyn's Linx: On trying to shoehorn populism into the modern Left. Somehow. Somewhere.

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On trying to shoehorn populism into the modern Left. Somehow.: Moe Lane
President’s NPR Interview: Copious Amount of Cognitive Dissonance: Treehouse
Obama kicks Army wedding off Hawaii golf course so he can play: RedAlert

Liberals' use of black people: Walter Williams
Report: FBI's Sony Inquiry Moves to LA: GotNews
Norm Macdonald Was Right: Sony Hack Was an Inside Job: Glob

Comparing The Two Most Republican Houses In 70 Years: Michael Barone
Support for Common Core could cost Jeb Bush in primary: Miami Herald
Steve Scalise Should Resign From His House Leadership Post: John Hawkins

Chicago Per Capita Murder Rate Exceeds New York and LA: Marie Dennis
Michigan has more food stamp recipients than students: Wynton Hall
10 senators who could lose in 2016: Cameron Joseph, The Hill


The Pension Crisis Next Door: Scranton, Pa.: Stephen Moore
Can you guess who's addressing public vs. private pension disparities?: Daniel J. Mitchell
As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care: NYT

Scandal Central

Unanswered Benghazi Questions: Fourth in a Series: Sharyl Attkisson
House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002: WaPo
“Racist” Organization Scalise Spoke To About Tax Policy Employs Many Democrats: GotNews

Climate & Energy

David Bird, Missing Wall Street Journal Reporter, Foresaw an Oil Crash: Pam Martens
Arctic cold blast, freezing rain/snow expected for New Years Day: WUWT
The $9 Trillion Dollar Carry Trade Blew Up Oil, Russia, and Brazil... What's Next?: ZH


Quite possibly the most racist article you will ever read: Allen West
Reporter Slams Obama For Lying About Executive Orders: MenRec
CNN’s Chris Moody: Optics of Obama Forcing Army Couple to Move Wedding ‘Hilariously Bad’: MRC

Garry Trudeau, Call Your Office: Sonny Bunch
Obviously, You Need More Feminist Lectures From Miriam Mogilevsky: R.S. McCain
Church of Global Warming Liberal Media Fret Over How to Spin Record Cold Temps: Betty Butter

POTUS Wants Us To Know ‘Who We Are’ And ‘Who We Are Not’: Tammy Bruce
Chuck Todd and the Rosetta Stone of Liberal Bias : Bernard Goldberg
NPR’s Steve Inskeep To Obama: Have The 2014 Midterms ‘Liberated You?’: Jeffrey Meyer


Obama: Iran Can Be 'Very Successful Regional Power': Daniel Halper
Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam: Bill Gertz
Ah, So: Normalize Relations With Cuba, Import A Few Legions Of Doctors: R.S. McCain

Taliban Claims America 'Defeated' in Afghanistan: Geoffrey Norman
Obama: We’re ‘Ending Combat Mission in Afghanistan’--But Combat Troops Will Remain to Fight al Qaeda: CNS
Pope Francis Will Fight for Climate Change Funded by Wealth Redistribution: Sara Noble

US finds Israel fourth most 'unacceptable' country: ynet
Russian Nativity Play: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Stalin: Cube Article In Praise Of Stabbings, Vehicular Attacks: MEMRI`

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Big Tech Stories of 2015: Rob Enderle
The Fermi Paradox: Tim Urban
The Secret World of Stolen Smartphones, Where Business Is Booming: Matthew Shaer, Wired


Addled Old Hippie Garry Trudeau Goes Off the Deep End: Ace
I Don't Think I Got My Christmas Wish: 90 Miles From Tyranny
Year's Best Blogs Named to 'Fab 50': Andrea Shea King

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Monday, December 29, 2014

MARK LEVIN: Yes, this Administration has Blood on its Hands

Via Newsbusters, Mark Levin opens up a can on the racialists:

My blood has been boiling, I've been grinding my teeth, listening to all this, watching this, two dead police officers, murdered. President of the United States issues a statement, a written statement. The attorney general of the United States always wants to debate race (with this "nation of cowards"), nowhere to be found. Another coward, another phony. Yes, they do have blood on their hands. No, they didn't kill these police officers. But they have created an environment with their political war against the cops in this country borne out of Ferguson, Mo., with a police officer there whose career is destroyed, who has a death warrant on his own head, was defending himself and shot a thug who first tried to take his pistol and then returned for more!

And out of that, out of that, the president of the United States and the attorney general of the United States, that piece of crap Sharpton, wherever he shows up, isn't it funny, things seem to happen, usually violence. Out of that we get riots! Stores are burning in Ferguson, Mo. People are throwing Molotov cocktails. People are shooting their guns. The liberal Democrat governor pulls back on the National Guard. The police have to walk around with their hands in their pocket, afraid to do anything to protect the citizenry. Borne out of what? A lie! A fraud! Because Michael Brown didn't have his arms up in the air. He was trying to assault, again, if not kill a police officer!

You won't believe how Common Core tries to teach kids subtraction

You'll think this is satire, but Michael Snyder assures us that it is anything but.

...A massive federal takeover of education known as “Common Core” is attempting to impose nationwide academic standards on public schools throughout the entire country. Thanks to the backing of billionaire Bill Gates, endless promotion by the U.S. Department of Education, and financial bribes to state governments by the Obama administration, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have already agreed to implement the full Common Core standards in their schools. Unfortunately, these “standards” are doing to public education what Obamacare is doing to our health care system – absolutely ruining it. Just look at how basic math instruction has changed. Posted below is a comparison between the “old method” of subtraction and the “new method” of subtraction being taught in many of our schools. When I first came across this on Facebook, I thought that it was a joke…

...I thought that there was no possible way that this could be real. I really thought that this must have come from some sort of parody website.

But it is actually true.

Here is another example of this. The following is an incredibly bizarre Common Core math problem and the response by one very frustrated parent that has gone viral all over the Internet recently...

Did the Saudis and the US Really Collude to Smash Oil Prices?

By Andrew Topf

The oil price drop that has dominated the headlines in recent weeks has been framed almost exclusively in terms of oil market economics, with most media outlets blaming Saudi Arabia, through its OPEC Trojan horse, for driving down the price, thus causing serious damage to the world's major oil exporters – most notably Russia.

While the market explanation is partially true, it is simplistic, and fails to address key geopolitical pressure points in the Middle East. looked beyond the headlines for the reason behind the oil price drop, and found that the explanation, while difficult to prove, may revolve around control of oil and gas in the Middle East and the weakening of Russia, Iran and Syria by flooding the market with cheap oil.

The oil weapon

We don't have to look too far back in history to see Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and producer, using the oil price to achieve its foreign policy objectives. In 1973, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat convinced Saudi King Faisal to cut production and raise prices, then to go as far as embargoing oil exports, all with the goal of punishing the United States for supporting Israel against the Arab states. It worked. The “oil price shock” quadrupled prices.

It happened again in 1986, when Saudi Arabia-led OPEC allowed prices to drop precipitously, and then in 1990, when the Saudis sent prices plummeting as a way of taking out Russia, which was seen as a threat to their oil supremacy. In 1998, they succeeded. When the oil price was halved from $25 to $12, Russia defaulted on its debt.

The Saudis and other OPEC members have, of course, used the oil price for the obverse effect, that is, suppressing production to keep prices artificially high and member states swimming in “petrodollars”. In 2008, oil peaked at $147 a barrel.

Turning to the current price drop, the Saudis and OPEC have a vested interest in taking out higher-cost competitors, such as US shale oil producers, who will certainly be hurt by the lower price. Even before the price drop, the Saudis were selling their oil to China at a discount. OPEC's refusal on Nov. 27 to cut production seemed like the baldest evidence yet that the oil price drop was really an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and the US.

However, analysis shows the reasoning is complex, and may go beyond simply taking down the price to gain back lost marketshare.

“What is the reason for the United States and some U.S. allies wanting to drive down the price of oil?” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asked rhetorically in October. “To harm Russia.”

Many believe the oil price plunge is the result of deliberate and well-planned collusion on the part of the United States and Saudi Arabia to punish Russia and Iran for supporting the murderous Assad regime in Syria.

Larwyn's Linx: Crime as Politics

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Crime as Politics: Victor Davis Hanson
The TRUE Great Failure of Barack Obama: Moe Lane
The latest battle in the long leftist war: The anti-police protests: John Ruberry

334 blacks killed 2014 in Chicago – no riots: FAM
Black Lies Matter: Bryce Buchanan
Looking Back: The Good, The Bad And The Progressive: Derek Hunter

Why We Need Broken Windows Policing: City Journal
Leftist Protesters Forfeit Any Moral Standing They Might Have Had: GayPatriot
Thousands Support Police In “Sea Of Blue” Rallies Across The Country: WZ

LA police shot at while sitting in their patrol car, LA under tactical alert : Scoop
Everyone Says Jeb Bush Is A Conservative – Except Conservatives: CHQ
Contrary to WH Claims, Only Tiny Fraction of 'Surge' Border-Jumpers Deported: CIS


The Law of the Lots: AmInt
BANNED: Obama to Save You From Evil Donut Sprinkles!: Wizbang
Gerard Depardieu was right! France scraps its 75% ‘super tax’: Twitchy

Scandal Central

The border invasion continues...: RRW
Bill de Blasio Turned His Back On The NYPD: That’s Why They Returned The Gesture: Jay Caruso
Supreme Irony: That Awkward Moment When Anti-Police Protesters Call Police: WZ

Climate & Energy

Regulation gone wild – Christmas lights are the next target of nanny state: WUWT


Winning Quotes in the MRC’s Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting: MRC
Hey GQ, can’t find any crazy Democrats? Here are 16: Kyle Smith
The 50 Best Conservative Columnists Of 2014 (7th Annual): John Hawkins

Searching for the Next Michael Brown: Colin Flaherty
Same Old Script: Chris Muir, DBD
James Woods tweets photo just in time to explain CBS’s RIDICULOUS Obama headline!: BPR

COUNTDOWN! Good Guys of 2014: Watchdog
Media Nearly Silent After NC Cop Thwarts NYPD-Style Assassination Attempt: Bob Owens
Protesters Descend on Redskins Stadium Before Cowboys Game: Sooper

Bob Woodward: The world is CLEARLY NOT safer now than a year ago: Scoop
Hatemail: STFU Edition (Language Warning): Dana Loesch
Ferguson Protestor, Once Lauded for Non-Violence, Arrested for Arson and Burglary: Mediaite


Writer at American Thinker: What is America’s survival plan?: RRW
Our Administration’s Working Hard to Keep Terror Groups off UAE Terror List: Sara Noble
Canada Rejects U.N. Arms Treaty: Robert Farago

Geert Wilders Was Right: Uzay Bulut
Turns Out ISIS is Bad at Governing: AmInt
Sweden: Immigration controversy heats up as mosque is set ablaze: RRW

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Enormous Implications Of Facebook Indexing 1 Trillion Of Our Posts: Josh Constine
Israel-from-space pics take off online: Times of Israel
55 quotes that defined the tech industry in 2014: GeekWire


Sony: ‘The Interview’ Has Made Over $15 Million Online: Variety
How Dumb of Me: Norman Hooben
Austrian filmmaker uncovers apparent secret Nazi nuclear complex: JPost

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QOTD: "[The IRS] responding to a subpoena, tells congressional investigators that it cannot produce 28 months of Lois Lerner’s emails because the hard drive they were stored on failed, and the hard drive was thrown away, and the backup tapes were erased, and no printed copies were saved — contrary to the IRS’s own record-keeping policy, which was eaten by the IRS’s dog. “It was just one crazy thing after another,” states the IRS, “and it got us to thinking: All these years we’ve been subjecting taxpayers to everything short of rectal probes if they can’t produce EVERY SINGLE DOCUMENT WE WANT, and here we lose YEARS worth of official records! So from now on, if taxpayers tell us they lost something, or just plain forgot to make a tax payment, we’ll be like, ‘Hey, whatever! Stuff happens!’ Because who are we to judge?”" --Dave Barry's Year End Review (via American Digest)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

HERE THEY ARE: The 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners #Fab50

The moment you've been waiting for is here.

The votes are in. The anxious nominees' fingernails have been chewed down to the quick.

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog AwardsAnd at least one blogger just excused himself to go to the bathroom (number two, apparently, based upon the length of time he's been gone).

So we're more than pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards, the most prestigious new media awards in the conservative blogosphere.

Or, at the very least, in the 993 area code.

These awards recognize a variety of blogs and websites operating in the conservative hemisphere of the Internet, all of which have worked tirelessly to promote conservatism, free market capitalism, fiscal sanity, the sovereignty of the individual, and otherwise protect America from the cockroach-like Statists -- some in very unique ways.

So, without further ado, may I have the envelopes, please?

Larwyn's Linx: Not peaceful protests: Promoting a race war that will lead to "communist revolution"

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Not peaceful protests: Promoting a race war toward "communist revolution": Zombie
Meet The Agitators Behind The New York Protests And Cop Killings: NoisyRm
'Car plowed us down': LA demonstrators burn flag, block traffic: Twitchy

Muslim Congressman’s Ferguson Panel has Al Qaeda, Taliban Speakers : Tatler
Cops assassinated: the result of allowing an evil lie to grow: Lloyd Marcus
Partners in protest: The anti-Israel, cop-bash link: William Jacobson

A Mississippi Burning – The Curious Case Of Jessica Lane Chambers: Treehouse
A City on the Brink: Matthew Hennessey
'Liberated' Obama builds momentum: The Hill

De Blasio Speaks At Cops Funeral, Thousands of Police Officers Do This: Federalist
Oof: Bill de Blasio spurned by NYPD at Rafael Ramos funeral: Moe Lane
23,000 cops mourn slain brother at funeral: Post


Surprise: Medicaid Recipients Could See Significant Access Reductions: RWN
Marc Cuban Warns of a Massive Crash in the Education Market: Mac Slavo
Dem pols attempt to sic Feds on successful Wisconsin school choice program: EAG

Scandal Central

Unanswered Benghazi Questions: Second in a Series: Sharyl Attkisson
Sharyl Attkisson: Docs indicate ATF was using Fast and Furious to justify new gun regs: Thomas Lifson
IRS Says it ‘Mistakenly’ Penalized GOP Candidate Christine O’Donnell For a Second Time: RWN

Climate & Energy

Where Have I Seen This Before?: MB
Snow leaves thousands of motorists stranded in French Alps:
Man Goes To Bear Country To See Bears, Gets Mauled, Blamed On “Climate Change”: Cove


Alone for Christmas: Mark Steyn
Obama, Liberals Shocked; Discover Most Americans Still Want To Choose Own HealthCare: DownTrend
Oh, you wretched tallists!: Sweasel

Listen To Martin Luther King Jr Instead Of Al Sharpton: Hideout
Moonbats Celebrate Christmas by Assaulting Nativity Scenes: MB
Don Lemon Is Officially One Of The Worst Parts Of Journalism In 2014: Uproxx


The Destruction of the Middle East: Denis MacEoin
The Jihadist Connection to Epidemic Child Abuse: James Lewis
Van Plows Through Christmas Shoppers, While Driver Shouts ‘Allahu akbar’: IOTW Report

Iranian Army Social Media: IRGC Troops At Lebanon-Israel Border: MEMRI
As Russia’s Economy Collapses, Putin Cancels Holidays: WZ
Kim Jong-Un's People Call Obama A Horrible Racial Slur After The Interview Is Released: Perez Hilton

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Coca-Cola Headquarters Disconnects Office Voicemail in Effort to Increase Productivity: The Daily Meal
AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and SIngapore: Slashdot
Outstanding photos of the X-15, the fastest manned aircraft ever made: Gizmodo


Thanks Sammie, and you can keep the shirt: MOTUS
The baby from Teletubbies reveals herself: Telegraph
$82,000 stolen from "social justice" nonprofit paid for plastic surgery, trips, Victoria's Secret: Trib

Image: Pic Of The Day: Justin Ramos Wears His Father’s Police Jacket At Funeral
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QOTD: "New York City’s anti-cop activists are scrambling for cover now that two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, have been slain in cold blood on a Brooklyn street by a suspected gang member seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. For the last several weeks, Gotham has been the scene of nightly, inflammatory protests against the NYPD. An assortment of self-proclaimed social-justice activists have disrupted traffic, assaulted officers, and demanded an end to Broken Windows policing. The city’s progressive elites, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, have accommodated the protesters—offering them aid and comfort in the media, entertaining their wilder claims, and standing silent as they defamed the NYPD as racist killers....

...An institution can absorb only so much slander. Are the cops overly sensitive to criticism? If so, they have good reason: like officers Liu and Ramos, they put their lives on the line every day. They go to work every morning knowing that this could be the day they don’t come home. Not many of us can say that we understand what that feels like. Certainly, few of the angry undergraduates and middle-class trustafarians shutting down freeways and lying down in the middle of Grand Central know anything about it.

Bill de Blasio’s New York is an upside-down world, where a police force responsible for transforming a crime-plagued metropolis into the safest big city in America can be openly defamed—and where two more NYPD families [spent] Christmas in mourning. " --Matthew Hennessey

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SNYDER: Junk Bonds are the Canary in the Economic Coal Mine

By Michael Snyder

Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year? Just keep an eye on junk bonds. Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first. And as you will see below, high yield debt is starting to crash again. The primary reason for this is the price of oil. The energy sector accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of the entire junk bond market, and those energy bonds are taking a tremendous beating right now. This panic in energy bonds is infecting the broader high yield debt market, and investors have been pulling money out at a frightening pace. And as I have written about previously, almost every single time junk bonds decline substantially, stocks end up following suit. So don’t be fooled by the fact that some comforting words from Janet Yellen caused stock prices to jump over the past couple of days. If you really want to know where the stock market is heading in 2015, keep a close eye on the market for high yield debt.

If you are not familiar with junk bonds, the concept is actually very simple. Corporations that do not have high credit ratings typically have to pay higher interest rates to borrow money. The following is how USA Today describes these bonds…

High-yield bonds are long-term IOUs issued by companies with shaky credit ratings. Just like credit card users, companies with poor credit must pay higher interest rates on loans than those with gold-plated credit histories.

But in recent years, interest rates on junk bonds have gone down to ridiculously low levels. This is another bubble that was created by Federal Reserve policies, and it is a colossal disaster waiting to happen. And unfortunately, there are already signs that this bubble is now beginning to burst

GELERNTER: States Can End "Executive Amnesty" Without a Lawsuit

Writing in National Review, Josh Gelernter offers a very different spin on the "nullification" debate. While acknowledging that the judiciary has consistently ruled against the nullification doctrine, insisting only it has the authority to declare laws unconstitutional, Obama's "Executive Amnesty" is something very different from a law.

This week, Tennessee became the 25th state to join a lawsuit against the president’s executive amnesty order. The lawsuit may work, but there’s another, more direct, and considerably more interesting redress against executive overreach [first p]roposed in 1798 by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

...The nullification doctrine posits that, as the federal government is the product of the Constitution, and the Constitution is a compact of the states, it’s the states that have the final say on any law’s constitutionality. If a state determines that a law exceeds the terms of the compact to which it agreed, it has the right to nullify that law within its own borders.

Jefferson and Madison’s idea was for states to declare the Alien and Sedition Acts null and void. Instead of joining a lawsuit against the executive amnesty, those 25 states could simply deem the executive amnesty null and void, and refuse to recognize illegal aliens’ work permits or issue them driver’s licenses.

Why, you wonder, would that be better than filing a lawsuit? In a certain sense, it wouldn’t — because winning that suit would strike down Mr. Obama’s order in all 50 states. Which is not an unlikely outcome, given the order’s extremely shaky legal footing. However —

The judiciary has consistently ruled against the nullification doctrine, asserting its unique, judicial right to declare laws unconstitutional. But this executive order isn’t a law. And given its extremely shaky legal footing, it isn’t difficult to imagine a federal bench recognizing the states’ right to disregard federal orders that don’t clearly have the force of law. And that would be a tremendous — tremendous — blow against the executive’s assumption of legislative powers.

But in the shorter, directer term: It [nullification] would force the Obama administration to go on offense, suing the states to enforce a law that isn’t a law. And I don’t think that case can be made.

I think this is an intriguing idea. Gelernter notes that your state's governor and attorney general should be contacted, especially if you live in a red or purple state.

Nullification may be a non-starter under normal circumstances, but nullifying non-laws should be anything but controversial.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

EXCELLENT NEWS: Mainstream, Moderate Muslim Group Cheers Unveiling of ISIS Flag on Mt. Everest

Yes, really. Muslim Matters is a news hub for all things Islamic, with a special focus on Western countries. MM has a mere 425,000 "likes" on Facebook, which indicates it is quite mainstream.

Of course, he's not just holding up a book; he's also holding up a flag. And not just any flag, the black flag of ISIS.

When even Al-Arabiya is reporting that ISIS has committed crimes against humanity, you may want to rethink the cheerleading, fellows. To wit, "Massacres, beheading boys as young as 15, and amputations and lashings in public squares that residents -- including children -- are forced to watch figure on the list of crimes, as does the widespread use of child soldiers, stoning women to death for suspected adultery and holding women as sexual slaves and forcing them to bear children for the fighters."

Or is ISIS now what passes for moderate, mainstream Islam?

Hat tip: BadBlue News. Reference: "Know Your Terror Flags."

Larwyn's Linx: The Party of the Rich

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The Party of the Rich: Thomas Lifson
Likely GOP 2016 Field Diverse but Not Hyphenated: LI
Dear Gop: Show, Don’t Tell: Jonah Goldberg

Obama's Alternate Universe: Sara Noble
Mexican Cartel claims they have kidnapped Border Patrol agent: WAW
Only One-In-Four Obamacare Enrollees Returning To Sign Up Again: Robert Gehl

Erica Garner Tweets Link That Could Get Cop's Family Killed: Sara Noble
Race Rioters Target Fox News HQ: Here’s What They’re Planning: ConTrib
Several arrests made regarding threats against cops: NYPD: Fox

Thousands Pay Tribute To Murdered NYPD Rafael Ramos: Treehouse
Ferguson Protesters Abuse Janitor at Police Union Headquarters: ProgsToday
‘Shots fired’ at Chicago WinterWonderfest brawl: Twitchy


Justice Department Grants Linked to Cop-killing Rap Video: Alex Newman
Common Core: Why are 10th graders reading 50 Shades of Grey type books?: EAG
Welfare drug testing pilot program signed into law by Michigan Gov.: FreeRep

Scandal Central

Unanswered Benghazi Questions: First in a Series: Sharyl Attkisson
Judge Laura Johnson Frees Thug Who Assaulted Police: MB
Boehner and GOP Allowed Obama to Add thousands of Amnesty Workers With 2015 Budget: Wizbang

Climate & Energy

Tomorrow’s Weather Today: Matthew Hennessey
Google Goes Off the Climate Change Deep End: Paul Driessen
Oil companies struggle to sell off assets in down market: James Osborne


Loathsome Sharpton: Cops Speaking Out Against NYPD Murders are ‘Cheap Demagogues’: JWF
Left-leaning AP says police killings of blacks is year’s top story; I vote for Meriam Ibrahim: Allen West
Former Washington and Lee student expelled following rape accusation, sues school: CI

We Have a Moral Divide, Not a Racial One: Dennis Prager
Al Sharpton "a Vulgar Human Being" According to Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke : J4A
HILARIOUS: Boehner Wishes Merry Christmas – Social Media Responds With Anger: RWN


Obama Wants Group With Ties To ’93 And ’01 WTC Attacks Removed From Terror List: Shoebat
Bachmann: Obama Supports 'Agenda' of Muslims Who want to Turn 'U.S.' into 'Islamic Caliphate': Shoebat
I wonder how many more Muslims are now working in DHS?: BNI

Obama Promises to End 'Combat Mission' in Afghanistan 'Next Week': Daniel Halper
Christians on the Run from Iraq : Nina Shea
Winning: The Triumph Of Islamic Terrorism: StrategyPage

Imagine No Religion: Theodore Dalrymple
Nearly 20,000 People Marched In Anti-Islam Demonstration In Germany Yesterday: WZ
Horror night in Swedish Muslim ghetto: gang raped, raped until bleeding with a gun:

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Possible Hack Of Sony, Microsoft Game Console Sites: Scott Neuman, NPR
Review: Smith & Bradley Sans-13: Jerking the Trigger
The Greeks designed forerunner of the modern computer: CFP


The Left Is Upset With This Bad Bad Leroy Brown Parody About Michael Brown: IOTW Report
Don’t Tread on Metal: Nicholas James Pell
Skeptical Football: The NFC South Isn’t The Worst Division In NFL History: 538

Image: ‘Feed the Pigs’: Woman Arrested After Throwing Bacon in Police Department
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QOTD: "Where was President Obama throughout the long night of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya? What decisions did the Commander-in-Chief make and what actions did he take while Americans were under assault on foreign soil? Considering that the U.S. embassy in Egypt had already been overrun earlier in the day, and that further attacks on other U.S. facilities were anticipated throughout the night, how involved was the President in tracking the volatile, regional developments?" --Sharyl Attkisson

Friday, December 26, 2014

Best Public School Signage Evah

A post by Leslie Eastman at Legal Insurrection set me off an a hunt for the signage behind this story. It didn't take long:

I suspect Santa will be bringing former New Jersey principal Antoinette Young a dictionary for Christmas this year.

A large sign outside a New Jersey elementary school that misspelled “December” appears to have cost the principal her $108,000 a year job.

The Bergen Record says the sign outside School 20 in Paterson also notified people of the date for “progress reepor” and contained a backward numeral 1.

City school board member Corey Teague circulated a photo of the error-filled signage and complained why nobody noticed for more than a week. December was spelled “Dicember.”

“If this is how the administration takes care of signage, how can we expect the students to do better? We must be held to a higher standard,” he wrote in an email accompanying the photo.

Days after Teague brought up the sign, education officials announced that the principal, Antoinette Young, was being demoted and transferred to another school.

By all means, libs, let's make sure that the poorest kids and their parents have no choice when it comes to their education.

Let's lock them into failing public schools where there's literally no accountability for teachers or administrators.

Because teachers' unions are for the children, right?

Hat tip: BadBlue News.