March 26, 2015

Obama hates Israel … but it gets worse [Darleen Click]

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Obama’s DoD is passing information on Israel’s nuclear program to Iran.

Our peevish, petulant, and impetuous President has struck again:

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu’s March 3 address in Congress.

The timing of the disclosure puts to rest any notion that President Obama acted out of spite for Bibi Netanyahu’s election win last week — but this is still a sellout of Israel, and the reason for it is plain.

Bad as that is, it gets worse.

If you want to know why Tehran has been so successful in stalling against Obama and SecState John Kerry, look no further than right here. They — and the rest of the world — were given, courtesy of the Obama Administration and free of charge, some of Israel’s most vital national security secrets.

And that was when there was still six weeks of negotiation time left to go. The mullahs must be drooling at the prospect of what Obama/Kerry might let them have going into the final hours. The March 31 deadline is just days away, and Obama and Kerry are more desperate than ever for a deal, any deal, no matter the cost to Israel’s security.

Never have such two sold out so many for so little.

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March 25, 2015

Somehow, pw ranked #22 on Newsmax’s list of 2015’s Top Conservative Blogs

I suppose much of the honor should go to Darleen, who’s been keeping the site alive and vibrant with quality posts in my absence. So thanks for that. Great job!

Ironically, one of the (many) reasons I decided to halt daily posting — aside from the rhetorical hoarseness that comes from shouting into the abyss day in and day out — was the loss of site revenue when, eg., Newsmax dropped me as one of their newsfeed carriers, and never included me among their network of Twitter affiliates. What was once a labor of love had become merely labor — though I love my readership and continued for several years because of it, long after I’d grown despondent and recognized the futility of my efforts.

So it was a real shock to find (h/t Mike Laroche, via facebook) that protein wisdom had not only broken through to someone’s radar, after years in the wilderness, but that what it produced was being appreciated after so long a time.

A few days ago Newsmax contacted me and let me know they’d like to get me back on the payroll in some capacity. I haven’t responded, first, because when I switched phones I lost emails containing contact info, and second, because I’m not sure I am ready to start writing daily in longish form again right now. The thought gives me the jitters, honestly.

I’ve kept semi-active by posting to Twitter and facebook, but my profile on Twitter, for all I’ve produced, remains relatively low — a product of the same kind of unspoken freeze out that tried to bring protein wisdom down over the last 4-5 years. And thought I’ve been able to pick up some new followers, my abrasiveness, as it’s viewed by many Twitter-famous pundits on the right, keeps me on the periphery, with people who used to chide me and my positions as “extreme” or “unhelpful” now regurgitating the very substance they once used to justify my marginalization as both “unhelpful” and “purist.” Nature abhors a vacuum, I suppose — and opportunists are always looking to fill those voids, even ones they themselves helped nurture if not actively create.

My thoughts on coming back now are this: because I’ve learned the importance of Twitter reach in breaking through as a voice in this latest iteration of new media, I have set a goal to attract 5000 Twitter followers. If I can reach that goal — unlikely, given that I’ve been holding steady in the 3300 + range for a long time now — I’ll make a tentative return to see if I’m once again simply spitting into the wind, or if the winds have changed a bit, and my spittle finds its way to those targets who deserve, desperately, to be covered by it.

— Which reminds me: here’s a story of life in the public (pundit) eye I think might interest some of you. As I noted on Twitter, the backchannel slanders, the bizarre collecting of screen shots and seeming oppo research file of emails, texts, Tweets, etc., to be marshaled — out of context, often — really rang true to me. For reasons many of you will readily understand. CLOWN NOSE ON!

I’m not keen on re-entering this kind of online world. And yet, I still feel — narcissistically, I suppose — that I have something of value to offer the conservative movement. Or at least, that part of the movement not especially interested in procuring some mainstream gig or consultancy contract, but rather interested in saving the republic — and being willing to take on all comers, regardless of political affiliation, when there are legit bones to pick.

One of the things I learned yesterday is that John Podheretz has me blocked. About a week back I found out that some of the writers for Ace’s site had me blocked, as well. Then of course, there’s the Twitchy banishment, and the attacks by Twitter “luminaries” like Ken Gardner, who pronounce on my idiocy to their 30K + followers, citing their number of retweets as proof of their political relevancy.

It’s just another clique farm for would-be pundits, but there are enough rank and file readers — and honest opinion writers — that I still may be able to reach that I feel like maybe I should give it a more concentrated effort once more.

Of course, the fact that I announced that I may return should I collect 5K Twitter followers — which seems to be a baseline before the Twitter-famous will take you seriously or respond to your Tweets — will almost certainly lead to a decrease in followers. Because frankly? Many of the other sites on that Newsmax list — and those who didn’t make it but are closely aligned with several who did — would much rather I not return.

Doing so would ruin all their hard work — much in the same way pw’s making the list must seem to them a gigantic cockslap to the face.

To which I say 1) Thanks, Newsmax. And 2) embrace the mushroom bruise, assholes.

outlaw.

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March 24, 2015

Feds to the states: Accept our religion or be punished [Darleen Click]

All shall swear fealty to Mother Gaia and repent of how they have caused Her fever

The Obama administration has issued new guidelines that could make it harder for governors who deny climate change to obtain federal disaster-preparedness funds.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new rules could put some Republican governors in a bind. The rules say that states’ risk assessments must include “consideration of changing environmental or climate conditions that may affect and influence the long-term vulnerability from hazards in the state.”

The policy, which goes into effect in March 2016, doesn’t affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood, or other natural disaster. But states seeking disaster preparedness money from Washington will be required to assess how climate change threatens their communities, a requirement that wasn’t included in FEMA’s 2008 guidelines.

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March 24, 2015

Vhlonn Needs Water [fiction by McGehee]

The title kind of gives it away, but it’s not like I’m charging anybody for it.

 

“Everyone knows Beh Yeh has more water than Vhlonn, but it’s 70 million tsigura away. We can’t get there.”

Strif sighed. “Gevir’k, we would only need to send one spacecraft, fill it with water, and bring it back, and the Water Laws would be irrelevant.”

“Long before you got back, everyone who worked with you on such a scheme would have been put to death for destroying water and for removing it from Vhlonn. There is none to spare for launch fuel.”

“Besides,” interrupted Halrar, “how would the spacecraft get off the ground after filling its tanks on Beh Yeh? You would have to destroy more water than you carried. Beh Yeh’s gravity is much stronger than Vhlonn’s.”

Strif nodded impatiently. “I’ve taken all that into account. And the best part is, even with what we carried off, and had to destroy and reconstitute for launch thrust from there — which would of course return to Beh Yeh’s surface anyway — we would only be removing less than one ten-thousandth of Beh Yeh’s total supply.”

“Your launch thrust from here makes it impossible,” insisted Gevir’k. “If you build a big enough spacecraft to achieve your objectives you will only have to expend even more destroyed water just to get into space.”

“So you are content to live under the Water Council’s rule?” asked Halrar.

The eldest of the three snorted. “Don’t insult me. What is called for is a more advanced approach. One that builds on your work, Halrar.”

Halrar, the youngest, stood blinking in confusion.

 

It took years of work, but at last the experiment was ready. In a secure, reinforced room the three of them gathered around a vault to which were attached thick cables leading from bulky, unvhlonny devices placed nearer the room’s walls. Peering through a window of thick plexiglass, they watched as Gevir’k monitored the powering up of the various devices. When he was satisfied he turned to Halrar. “You shall activate the test sequence.”

Beaming with pleasure, Halrar said, “Thank you, Gevir’k.” He entered a complex code into a keypad, authorizing the computers to carry out the pre-programmed instructions.

The time readout ran down, and at its end the three scientists were huddled at the window.

In the center of the vault, suspended by wires directly above a small heap of fine dust, was what looked like nothing more complex than a diode. A high-pitched tone came from the master computer, and a column of dust rose toward the diode, then past it. Before the first grains could reach the vault’s ceiling, another tone was heard, and the dust fell back to the floor, the grains bouncing in the airless environment.

As the three scientists congratulated each other, a few unknowing passersby outside the building watched a curious plume of dust begin to drift away on the breeze, after having risen like a miniature tornado from the roof. None looked high enough to see the strange cloud formation that had appeared dozens of tsigura above the city.

 

Years later, after still more work — but even more interference from the Water Council, whose officers foresaw the loss of their power but also knew the people would kill them all if it was discovered the mission had been thwarted by politics — the water tanker was ready to be launched. It was a towering, bulbous construction, large enough to increase Vhlonn’s water supply by nearly one tenth, in one mission. Crowds gathered on the sprawling desert plain to watch the departure.

Strif had volunteered to pilot the craft, and as he busied himself onboard with the pre-launch checks, Gevir’k and Halrar addressed the crowd, explaining what the onlookers were about to see.

“When the launch countdown ends,” Gevir’k said, “the gravity exempter will activate, freeing the Quencher from Vhlonn’s gravity and allowing it to rise into space using only the thrust from the solar-powered ducted fanjets you see mounted around its sides.”

“Once Quencher has risen high enough to be completely free of Vhlonn’s gravity, pilot Strif will reorient the exempter to put the spacecraft on a trajectory toward Beh Yeh, where he will use the exempter on partial power to land softly in one of that planet’s deepest water basins.”

Gevir’k took over again, “When, after many dozendays, the tanks have filled with water, Strif will use the exempter to rise into space again and bring his cargo back here.”

There was much cheering, but eventually all that was heard was the crowd’s unconscious reading of the clock as it counted down.

The countdown ended. The gravity exempter powered up.

 

To an onlooker in orbit around Vhlonn the sight would have been spectacular — an enormous vortex of dust, stone, magma, water, vegetation and humanoid bodies sucked into outer space as Quencher, locked into an automatic sequence that its pilot couldn’t change, canceled gravity in a column of space from Vhlonn’s core upward. More than half of Vhlonn’s population perished instantly, the rest died for lack of air within moments afterward. Quencher itself was propelled by the vortex into the frigid distant void, far from the warmth of the sun. Ironically, acceleration — unaffected by the exempter — had instantly squashed Strif like a bug.

Millions of years later the planet finally settled, its crust betraying only the slightest hints of something cataclysmic in its past, along with tantalizing evidence of once having liquid water flowing across its surface. Beh Yeh had its own native civilization, which gave the dry, dead neighbor a name that meant the opposite of Vhlonn, the Nurturer.

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March 22, 2015

The demand for College as Womb [Darleen Click]

Oh, save us from scary ideas!

KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown University and a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma.

So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder of feministing.com, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term “rape culture,” Ms. Byron was alarmed. “Bringing in a speaker like that could serve to invalidate people’s experiences,” she told me. It could be “damaging.”

Ms. Byron and some fellow task force members secured a meeting with administrators. Not long after, Brown’s president, Christina H. Paxson, announced that the university would hold a simultaneous, competing talk to provide “research and facts” about “the role of culture in sexual assault.” Meanwhile, student volunteers put up posters advertising that a “safe space” would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.

The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.

If these precious snowflakes need Play-doh and naps to cope with Other Viewpoints, send them back home and have them re-enroll in preschool.

Once you designate some spaces as safe, you imply that the rest are unsafe. It follows that they should be made safer. […]

A year and a half ago, a Hampshire College student group disinvited an Afrofunk band that had been attacked on social media for having too many white musicians; the vitriolic discussion had made students feel “unsafe.”

Last fall, the president of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, apologized for causing students and faculty to be “hurt” when she failed to object to a racial epithet uttered by a fellow panel member at an alumnae event in New York. The offender was the free-speech advocate Wendy Kaminer, who had been arguing against the use of the euphemism “the n-word” when teaching American history or “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” In the uproar that followed, the Student Government Association wrote a letter declaring that “if Smith is unsafe for one student, it is unsafe for all students.”

“It’s amazing to me that they can’t distinguish between racist speech and speech about racist speech, between racism and discussions of racism,” Ms. Kaminer said in an email.

The confusion is telling, though. It shows that while keeping college-level discussions “safe” may feel good to the hypersensitive, it’s bad for them and for everyone else. People ought to go to college to sharpen their wits and broaden their field of vision. Shield them from unfamiliar ideas, and they’ll never learn the discipline of seeing the world as other people see it.

Feaure, not bug; as Leftists are convinced they, and only they, are the ultimate holders of All.That.is.Good.and.True.

Not only should dissenters be ignored, but should be expelled by any means necessary.

We have to stop funding this insanity. Yesterday.

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March 22, 2015

As promised: video! Satchel wrestles for Colorado Top Team at yesterday’s Eaton tournament

Finally updated our phones, which freed up space to record video again. Satch finished yesterday 4-1 with 3 pins and a decision, losing his sole match to the first place finisher, who is far heavier than he, and was able to overpower him. We’re at the point now where Satchel is having trouble matching the pure arm strength of the bigger kids, so this summer we’ll be working on getting him stronger at push/pull, mostly by way of rowing out on the lake together, pull-ups, chin-ups, and band work. Maybe we’ll do a bit of archery, too.

As you can see in the videos, Satch is the smallest kid in the bracket (the only kid even close to his height is clearly much stockier — and was still about an inch taller; Satch weighed in at 56 lbs this week); nevertheless, he continues to be a nightmare when he’s riding, which is how he often wins: he tires his opponent out when he isn’t able to turn him. In his final match, a 4-3 decision, he does turn his opponent only to have the (bigger) kid bridge him off to an escape / takedown, a 3-pt swing. Satch has wrestled this kid six or seven times and these are the first points he’s ever allowed to him. That they came on what would ordinarily be a position of dominance for Satchel hammers home the point that the arm strength to pull the head up and keep it there — which prevents the bridge — is the only way he can compensate for the weight disadvantage he has at the lightest of his bracket.

Match 1 (fall):

Match 2 (loss by fall. Sorry, but if this kid is 60lbs, Michael Moore is a male model):

Match 3 (fall) In this bout, Satchel really begins using the snap down properly and to great effect: he gets the collar tie deep, lowers his level as he snaps, and as the opponent’s head pops back up he shoots in for the take down. Textbook, and something I want him to review and repeat.

Match 4 (fall)

Match 5 (4-3 decision) Would be a wrestle back for 2nd place.

A lot of what I’m teaching Satch now, as I work to strengthen his game (which involves taking a few steps backwards from time to time; he’s often thinking too much rather than just reacting, but that will change as his reps with the new stuff increases) comes from those DVDs many of you contributed to the purchase of. Both Satch and I are very grateful!

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March 21, 2015

“Person Putting “Whites Only” Stickers Around Austin Turns Out to be Liberal Social Justice Warrior” [Darleen Click]

Oh, didn’t see that coming …

It turns out that the person who has been posting “whites only” stickers around Austin, Texas is actually a liberal “social justice warrior” looking to bring attention to the racism of whites.

For days no one knew who had posted them and why could only be speculated.

The answer has been solved today: the stickers were posted by Austin lawyer Adam Reposa who did it to point out the “gentrification” of Austin and the displacement of minorities.

“They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into white’s only,” Reposa said in a video uploaded to YouTube. “Not by law like it used to be, and everyone’s going to jump on, ‘that’s racist!’ ‘that’s racist!’ Man, this town, the way s**t works is racist!

“And I knew I could just bait all of y’all into being as stupid as you are. Just allowing the issue to be framed in the most simple way: ‘oh, he said an offensive term. Let’s not worry about the actual condition of the way things are. Let’s worry about an offensive term. And that’s how they got it! They got it sewed up.”

He continued, “And they got this poor girl coming out here talkin’ ’bout, ‘it hurt my feelings!’ Man, who cares about your feelings, man? Seriously?”

“I don’t give a f*ck,” he added.

Can you feel the LOVE?

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March 21, 2015

The weaponizing of charges of ‘sexual harassment’ [Darleen Click]

Former administrator at Chicago State University files statement in Federal court that she was fired for not filing sexual harassment charges against gadfly professor.

CHICAGO, March 20, 2015—A former high-level administrator at Chicago State University alleged in a statement filed yesterday in federal court that Chicago State President Wayne Watson pressured her to file a false sexual harassment complaint against Professor Philip Beverly, an outspoken faculty critic of Watson’s administration.

According to the declaration of former Chicago State Vice President for Enrollment Management LaShondra Peebles, Watson was determined to silence Beverly by shutting down the blog, CSU Faculty Voice, which Beverly had founded. Contributors routinely posted documents that supported their allegations of mismanagement by the administration.

After pretextual accusations of trademark infringement failed to intimidate the professors into shutting down their blog, Chicago State hastily adopted a far-reaching cyberbullying policy on May 9, 2014. Ms. Peebles’s declaration alleges that the policy was expressly designed to silence CSU Faculty Voice. In fact, shortly after the Board of Trustees passed the new policy, administrators used it to investigate Professor Robert Bionaz, another blog contributor, for harassment. The investigation was based, inexplicably, on a face-to-face conversation he had with Chicago State’s spokesman.

Watson’s series of actions eventually prompted Beverly and Bionaz to file a First Amendment lawsuit against Watson and others in July 2014. The suit was filed with support from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as part of its Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project.

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March 21, 2015

“France Takes Toughest Line at Iran Nuclear Talks” [Darleen Click]

France??!!

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—France is again adopting the toughest line against Iran in negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, potentially placing Paris at odds with the Obama administration as a diplomatic deadline to forge an agreement approaches at month-end.

President Barack Obama called French President François Hollande on Friday to discuss the Iran diplomacy and try to unify their positions. The presidents “reaffirmed their commitment” to a deal “while noting that Iran must take steps to resolve several remaining issues,” the White House said.

French diplomats have been publicly pressing the U.S. and other world powers not to give ground on key elements—particularly the speed of lifting U.N. sanctions and the pledge to constrain Iran’s nuclear research work—ahead of the March 31 target.

Paris also appears to be operating on a different diplomatic clock than Washington, arguing that the date is an “artificial” deadline and that global powers should be willing to wait Tehran out for a better deal if necessary.

Obama administration officials have said that expected moves by the U.S. Congress to put new sanctions on Iran as soon as April limit their ability to extend the diplomacy.

But French officials took exception.

“Making the end of March an absolute deadline is counterproductive and dangerous,” France’s ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, said via Twitter after the latest round of negotiations in Switzerland concluded Friday.

“No agreement without concrete decisions on issues beyond the enrichment capability question,” he said a day earlier, specifically mentioning the need for extensive monitoring and clarity on Iran’s past research work. […]

In a sign of France’s determination, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called his negotiating team in Lausanne on Thursday to insist no deal could be forged that allowed for the rapid easing of U.N. Security Council measures, according to European officials.

Let’s recap:

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March 21, 2015

Nick Searcy to Direct ‘Gosnell’ Movie [Darleen Click]

The film about one of America’s most prolific mass murderers will be released in theaters …

Gosnell, a movie about an infamous abortion doctor convicted of murder that is being financed via a crowdfunding campaign, has hired, as its director, Nick Searcy.

The actor is best known for his role as chief deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen in Justified, now in its sixth and final season on FX.

Gosnell has raised $2.3 million at Indiegogo, more than any other movie at the crowdfunding site. Originally planned as a TV movie, producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda now say it will be a theatrical release.

Executive producing is John Sullivan, who co-directed Dinesh D’Souza’s two documentary films, America and 2016: Obama’s America. Gosnell is being written by Andrew Klavan, whose novel True Crime was made into a movie starring and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Gosnell is a crime drama — not a documentary — about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who for decades ran a seedy abortion clinic in Philadelphia. […]

The report, details of which will be used by Klavan while crafting his script, alleges Gosnell killed hundreds of infants by sticking scissors into their necks, though he was convicted two years ago on only three counts of murder as well as one count of manslaughter for the death of a 41-year-old patient. The 74-year-old former doctor is serving a life sentence in prison.

Also part of the story that Searcy, Klavan and the other filmmakers plan to tell is what some have likened to a press cover-up of Gosnell’s brutality. Journalist Megan McArdle, for example, wrote a mea culpa in 2013 published in the Daily Beast titled: “Why I didn’t write about Gosnell’s trial — and why I should have.” The article included a photo of rows of empty courtroom benches that had been reserved for the press.

“There are three aspects to this story that are fascinating,” said Searcy. “What happened; why it was allowed to happen; and why no one wanted to talk about it after it happened.”

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