From the transcript
George Santayana wrote, “In every generation we face a barbarian threat in our own children.” Not a threat TO our children. A threat FROM our children.
From the rioters on the street stealing car rims under the Progressively-sanctioned cover of so-called social justice; to inhuman attention-junkies who are perfectly happy to ruin the lives of people they perceive as political enemies, knowing full well they are innocent; through Leftist college professors who teach them that the truth and the law do not matter so long as the Progressive goals of identity politics are advanced; and right on up to the President and Attorney General, who use IRS intimidation of political enemies and simply dictate laws they cannot get passed – Progressivism is a philosophy of lawlessness, disregard for truth, contempt for individual lives and individual freedom. It is utter, total barbarism.
Obama takes his last day before winging off to a Hawaiian vacation until next year to lecture Sony
The rare presidential criticism of a major corporation was leveled at Mr. Obama’s final news conference of the year on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly blamed the North Korean government for an online attack that erased Sony ’s data, leaked embarrassing emails and culminated in a threat of violence to theaters that showed Sony’s “The Interview,’’ a comedy about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
After the threat, major theater chains decided not to show the film, and then Sony pulled it entirely.
Mr. Obama said he sympathized with Sony’s plight, but added, “I think they made a mistake.’’ He also said executives should have checked with him before canceling the movie’s release.
Nothing, it can be noted, in Obama’s lecture indicated anything about holding North Korea responsible beyond a vague “We will respond proportionally“. Indeed, Barry decided to use the opportunity to blame Teh Internets itself
“More broadly, though, this points to the need for us to work with the international community to start setting up some very clear rules of the road in terms of how the Internet and cyber operates. Right now, it’s sort of the Wild West.”
There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved except by MORE GOVERNMENT!
If that wasn’t enough, the most ironic remarks
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like. Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.”
Imagine? Imagine? Where Obama’s Administration has made the use of Fed agencies against his enemies ubiquitous? Where the Left has demanded people be fired for legal political activity? Or for blogging while conservative? The attempts at intimidation towards George Will? or Ayann Hirsi Ali?
Just who has to imagine?
It’s the Hundred Flowers Campaign all the way down.
Jack Davis, the legendary Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, is finally hanging up his pencils.
It’s not that the iconic 90-year-old cartoonist can’t draw anymore—he just can’t meet his own standards. “I’m not satisfied with the work,” Davis says by phone from his rural Georgia home. “I can still draw, but I just can’t draw like I used to.”
Davis has probably spent more time in America’s living rooms than anyone. Mad was a million-seller when Davis was on the mag, and when he was doing TV Guide covers in the 1970s, the publication boasted a circulation of over 20 million. Yet, Davis is largely unaware of his massive cultural significance. “I never really thought about that, but I guess I’m very blessed,” he says. “I’ve been very lucky.”
Whereas Norman Rockwell’s images represented Americana of the 1940s and ’50s with his Boy Scouts and pigtailed girls, Davis’ work epitomized the ’60s and ’70s—the smirking, sardonic face of the emerging counterculture. By the time the Beats and the Hippies (who came of age reading Davis cartoons) took over, he was doing movie posters for Woody Allen’s Bananas, The Long Goodbye, American Graffiti, and others [note: one of those others was the original Bad News Bears, an original one-sheet of which I have a framed copy – ed.]
“Jack Davis is probably the most versatile artist ever to work the worlds of comic books, illustration, or movie poster art,” Scott Dunbier, a former art dealer and current director of special projects at comic book publisher IDW. “He can work in a humorous style or deadly serious style, historical or modern, anything. His work transcends that of almost any other cartoonist.”
A great talent who, along with Mort Drucker, George Woodbridge, and Paul Rickard, taught me to draw as a youngster. His work is most certainly iconic — and for those of us who grew up during the 70s, indisputably unforgettable, as well.
King Barry will not be amused
A federal judge has found parts of President Obama’s new deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, issuing a scathing memo Tuesday accusing him of usurping Congress’s power to make laws, and dismantling most of the White House’s legal reasoning for circumventing Congress.
Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have powers to use discretion in deciding how to enforce the law, but said Mr. Obama’s new policy goes well beyond that, setting up a full system for granting legal protections to broad groups of individuals. He said Mr. Obama writing laws — a power that’s reserved for Congress, not the president.
“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore is unconstitutional,” Judge Schwab wrote.
The judge also said the policy allows illegal immigrants “to obtain substantive rights.”
I hope Judge Schwab has his taxes in order.
This is Islamofascist terrorism
An assault led by the Taliban on a Pakistan military-run school Tuesday left 141 people dead, 132 of which were children, officials say, in the worst attack to hit the country in years.
The horrific attack in Peshawar, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, also sent dozens of wounded flooding into local hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children. […]
Pakistani military spokesman Asim Bajwa told a news conference Tuesday that 132 of the dead were children and another nine were staff members.
These are the terrorists we are told should never, ever be deprived of sleep or shouted at … cuz TORTURE!!
Taliban terrorists allegedly burned a teacher alive and made the students watch during their attack on a Pakistan school which left over 130 people dead.
According to a NBC News report, citing an unnamed military official, the terrorists stormed the Army Public school in Peshawar, in north-west Pakistan, and committed the horrific act as well as detonating a suicide bomb which killed a number of students.
“They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom,” the unnamed military source told the US TV network.
“They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch.” […]
Pakistani officials have yet to verify the burning of the teacher, or other reports that some of the bodies of the dead school children are being brought into the hospital headless.
According to a tweet by Omar R Quraishi, an editor at the The Express Tribune who has over 154,000 Twitter followers, “Some of the bodies brought to hospital during the Peshawar school attack have been headless: source.”
But but but, we must empathize with our enemies!!
Finally finished all the legal work necessary for probate, and today I’m heading back to the doctor’s to discuss the results of my blood panels. My Vitamin D level was very low — granted, I haven’t been outside that much since we made the move, spending much of my time working on the new house and watching the boys (and of course, dealing with lawyers all over the east coast); and because Tanner is allergic to fish, I’ve been eating far less of it than I used too — but I have to say I was surprised by that news.
Hopefully the appointment today will shed more light on what’s happening.
That’s your morning update. Prayers for the hostages in Sydney, and a bacon-wrapped funeral for the Islamist gunman.
Long overdue thanks to RI Red
All interrogation must be done with soft cushions and comfy chairs:
British soldiers have “lost their capability” to interrogate terrorist insurgents because of strict new rules on questioning that even ban shouting in captives’ ears, military chiefs have warned.
The rules — detailed in court papers obtained by The Telegraph — also prevent military intelligence officers from banging their fists on tables or walls, or using “insulting words” when interrogating a suspect.
The regulations replaced a previous policy that had to be withdrawn after a series of legal challenges and the death in custody of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi detainee in Basra.
But there is growing disquiet within the ranks that the latest guidelines, officially called Challenge Direct, are so stringent that it makes interrogation pointless. […]
Col Tim Collins, who made a celebrated eve-of-battle speech during the Iraq war and now runs a private security company with expertise in intelligence gathering, said: “Since I was serving, the rules on interrogations have been tightened up because of the lawyers. We [the military] are no longer able to carry out tactical questioning.
“The effect of the ambulance-chasing lawyers and the play-it-safe judges is that we have got to the point where we have lost our operational capability to do tactical questioning. That in itself brings risks to the lives of the people we deploy.
“These insurgents are not nice people. These are criminals. They behead people; they keep sex slaves. They are not normal people.”
Lord West, the former First Sea Lord and national security adviser, said: “We have gone too far in letting people take us to court.
“While these insurgents are chopping people’s heads off and raping women, the idea they can take us to court because somebody shouted at them is ridiculous.”
Ben Boychuk asks, “Why so angry?”
Well, as the saying goes, if you aren’t angry you aren’t paying attention. They’re angry about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and dozens of other black men who have died at the hands of police. The “consensus” among protesters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle the other day, is that “law enforcement in the U.S. is poisoned by racial bias that wounds or kills people of color and must change.”
Something must change, but maybe it’s the way we think about law enforcement in general. […]
How nice it must be to see the world in such black-and-white terms. Rarely are social and political problems ever so simple. Then again, street protests rarely lend themselves to nuance. It’s tough to reason with a demonstrator playing dead in the middle of a highway, or a brick smashing through a storefront window. Shutting down Interstate 5 in San Diego or I-80 in Oakland is disruptive. But it isn’t terribly persuasive.
If you think the system is inherently racist, you aren’t paying attention. Americans distrust government institutions writ large, and the police are not exempt. […]
What’s missing here is a serious discussion – as opposed to street sloganeering – about the limits of police power. For conservatives, this is a challenge. Law and order are crucial elements of a free society. We are “a government of laws, and not of men,” as John Adams declared.
But in the 21st century, we are a government of too many laws and too many bureaucrats. We have thousands upon thousands of rules and regulations, all backed by the implicit threat of force. Our legislators send around 1,000 bills to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature every year, many for “our own good.”
True, cops go where the criminals are. They also enforce the laws, not matter how ill-conceived, idiotic or unjust.
Ben is correct, the Three Felonies A Day approach of our Ruling Class to “administer” the hoi polloi should be the focus of our efforts. However, it needs to also be pointed out that the ‘National Day of Anger’ crowd is not interested in a limited government solution, but only after their own despots in power.
When you look at the pictures coming from the #Justice4all hashtag on Twitter, the number of signs from the usual far-left collectivist organizations, e.g. A.N.S.W.E.R., are quite (and unsurprisingly) prevalent.
Saturday’s political street theater amounts to a tragic missed opportunity. This “Day of Anger” is a tantrum, and branding cops as racists is a trivial pursuit. Burn down the system? Fine. And replace it with what?
We don’t need a police state, and we don’t need an administrative state. We need a strictly limited state. That’s a goal that should unite Americans left and right.
The Left isn’t “anti-police” as much as they want their own “police.” Along with the dismantling of everything necessary for a limited, Constitutional government.
This street theater isn’t ‘tragic’ or a ‘missed opportunity'; it’s indicative of moral sickness.
Until you can change the hearts and minds of the “There Outta Be a Law! For our own Good!” crowd, we’re just rearranging the chairs on the Titanic.