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At every milestone in Obama’s journey to the White House — from the keynote address in Boston that put him on the national radar screen to his inaugural address in 2009 — he held himself out as a healer. Skeptics might note that partisanship and rancor were as old as American democracy itself, but Obama insisted that would change when he was president. The toxic style of politics wasn’t inescapable. Give me the highest office in the land, he assured a rapturous crowd in Ohio two days before the 2008 election, and “we can end it once and for all.”Hmm...divisiveness... That reminds me of something, but I can't - Oh wait, it reminds me of this:
Millions of voters believed him. They took to heart his vow to transfigure American public life. They looked forward to the uplifting leadership he promised. What they got instead was the most polarizing and divisive presidency in modern times.
The civility and goodwill that were to be Obama’s touchstone? “I haven’t fully accomplished that,” he concedes. “Haven’t even come close.”Ha ha! Good one! Yes he is very much like a vampire as he is so very bloodless. But as we are patting Jeff on the back for spreading valuable and fitting slurs from the Obama campaign, notice this:
As the 2012 campaign heads into the home stretch, a story in Politico notes that “Obama and his top campaign aides have engaged far more frequently in character attacks and personal insults than the Romney campaign.” The man who won the presidency by decrying “partisanship and pettiness and immaturity” now seeks reelection by deploying slurs and aspersions with abandon: A key aide suggests that Mitt Romney’s financial filings may amount to a felony. The vice president claims that Republicans want to put voters “back in chains.” An Obama campaign video likens Romney to “ a vampire.”
Parents are shipping them to their kids in college. People are dragging their “undecided” friends to theaters on weekend nights by the thousands to watch… documentaries. There hasn’t been anything like this in movie theaters since "An Inconvenient Truth" or "Fahrenheit 9/11"—though these two new movies are outselling those two liberal chestnuts. In fact, they are breaking box-office records, too.And I'll be damned, it's correct. In fact the Amazon list is somewhat loopy:
[...] The two top-selling documentary DVDs in America are both conservative exposes of radical leftist ideology on the march: "2016: Obama’s America" and "Occupy Unmasked."
That’s right: In an election season when the mainstream media is already writing up news accounts of President Obama’s acceptance speech, the liveliest action in theaters and online media purchasing is taking place on the right.
Screenshot from the Breitbart DVD page:
1. Conservative book-club type thingie.That, though, doesn't really explain the Box Office Mojo chart for 2016.
2. Kooks and shut-ins buy DVDs while everyone else is streaming them.
3. Scientology-style cult pumping figures (Catholicism box set at number ten?).
4. People just aren't buying DVDs so 2 & 3 operate with few purchases necessary.
Date: 2010-09-24, 10:09AM MDT
I have a functioning time machine (i know it sounds unbelievable, but I assure you it works) that I need a 2nd person to operate with me.
I'm looking for someone who is adventurous and reliable. Preferable a male; or a female that can do heavy lifting.
I am leaving on September 30th, 2010, in the morning and plan to return October 2nd, 2010. I am going to June 1983 to handle some business.
If you are serious about time travel and are reliable, then please contact me. You do not have to pay anything, but you would have to provide someone to watch my cat for the time we are gone. The only qualifications needed are that you are reliable and that the circumferance of your head is no more than 64cm.
We will be leaving from Bozeman, MT. Let me know if you want to go with me.
Well, here's an album I certainly did not expect to like so much.You guessed it: it's a review of another Iron Bonehead production, this time a hot new platter from Bestial Holocaust called Into the Goat Vulva.
P.S. Why is there a “Hispanic Heritage Month”? Can’t we be Americans and be done with this malarkey? (I hope readers appreciate the way I class up my language for the Corner. In my column, Impromptus, it’s often a speck looser.)Get this man a Romney campaign position ASAP!
"Virgin birth" among animals may not be a rare, last-resort, save-the-species stopgap after all.Native GIMP on OS X. There's a zipped collection of plugins here. More over here.
For the first time, animal mothers, specifically pit vipers, have been discovered spawning fatherless offspring in the wild. More to the point, the snakes did so even when perfectly good males were around.
The parasite could be controlling the honeybees and making them abandon their hives—or perhaps the infected bees are "committing altruistic suicide" to protect their hive mates, said entomologist John Hafernik of San Francisco State University.
Tempting Advice from 1972That is the whole of the post.
By Mark Krikorian
September 14, 2012 4:44 P.M.
Satire though it was, Randy Newman’s “Political Science” has lyrics relevant to recent events:We give them moneyAny objections?
But are they grateful?
No they’re spiteful
And they’re hateful.
They don’t respect us so let’s surprise them;
We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them.
How to respond to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic interests in the Muslim world? One especially appropriate tool we have at hand involves the State Department itself: the issuance of visas. If the Egyptians cannot bring themselves to behave like civilized human beings, then there is no reason to extend to them the benefits of international norms that they have no intention of respecting.Oh yeah, everyone wants to do business in Houston. I guess this would work because there are no other countries or schools or business districts or shopping opportunities in the world that are attractive to rich people.
To my mind, the best thing about using visas as a sanction tool is that doing so hits the ruling elites in a very sensitive area. They want to send their children to Stanford, attend conferences at Harvard, do business in Houston, and send their mistresses shopping on Fifth Avenue, just like members of any other ruling elite in the world. We should categorically cut them off. Let Egypt’s best and brightest spend their days in their dreary and backward homeland; perhaps that would provide them with an appropriate incentive for improving the place.
I’ve said this before, but if there is one lesson I learned during my own deployment, it’s that our enemy is far more evil than most Americans imagine. Their evil should trigger rage — a controlled rage — and it certainly does for our soldiers downrange. A morally depraved country attacked like we were on 9/11 would lash out wildly and indiscriminately, annihilating its enemies and anyone in their proximity.
Canada is carefully screening Iranians seeking to move to Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said today.So fuck you too John Baird. And of course Stephen Harper, but everyone knows the proper greeting for him is fuck you. One of the things about Canada is that, internationally speaking, we're somehow "nice" and therefore get to continue on the path of diplomacy and be the intermediary for peaceful solutions involving yadda yadda yadda.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced in a statement last Friday that Canada was closing its embassy in Tehran and kicking out Iranian diplomats.
Staff with the Canadian Embassy had already left Iran and Iranian diplomats in Canada had five days to leave, he said.
Immigration services had been removed from the embassy months ago. Speaking Monday in Ottawa, Kenney said that was in anticipation of the embassy's closure.
Canada is joining the U.S. and Britain in cutting off diplomatic efforts.Here's a list of embassies. Shouldn't we be pulling out of a few more countries or something?
Speaking to Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network's Power & Politics, Kenney said the mission in Ottawa was being used for illicit purposes.
"There is licit listening, there is diplomatic listening and then there is national security violations. And there is harassment and intimidation and monitoring of our own community by forces of a dictatorship," Kenney said.
Iranians arriving at the newly closed embassy in Ottawa have expressed frustration with the move.It's a bunch of bullshit that's going to make things harder for a large group of people living here and an even larger group of people that want to get out of that place.
Kiana Alizadeh, an Iranian-Canadian student from Montreal, said the government should have considered the needs of Iranians living in Canada.
"These are the political things. I think it's not fair for the Iranians that are living here. They have to think of these people. So what should we do now?" she asked.
"I don't want to go back for living in my country but I have family there. You know, I have to go, for example, to see my parents."
Canada’s reasons for acting so suddenly are not convincing. The Prime Minister has listed Iran’s terrible human rights record, its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, its provocative nuclear program and its repeated threats against Israel as reasons to leave. These are actually reasons why we should stay. When the going gets rough you really need your diplomats. Canada’s tradition is to be one of the last countries to leave in a crisis, not the first. Iran itself is a perfect example. After the Iranian revolution, the Conservative Government decided Canada should stay on in Iran and under the courageous leadership of ambassador Ken Taylor we saved several American hostages.Brief biographical note on Mundy:
There is one good reason that could explain our action and both Foreign Minister John Baird and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have referred to it. Iran could have put our diplomats at risk. It is possible that Iran has made some specific threats against our diplomatic personnel in the last few weeks and the government felt it had no choice. However, the reaction of the Iranian government suggests that this is not the case. Iran seems as surprised by our action as other countries are. If the Canadian government is acting because it has received specific threats then the Canadian public should know about it and I think our action against Iran would be better understood.
John Mundy is a former Canadian ambassador to Iran who was expelled in 2007.
I believe it says something creepy about America that [Sandra Fluke] is famous — famous and adored. (She is pretty, true.) Her shtick is, “Other people should pay for my birth control, even if it violates their conscience,” right? What a strange Joan of Arc she makes.Some Might Say the creepiness in America is expressed in the reliability of its creeps jumping at the chance to say SHE FUCKS AND IS FRENCH.
As I was listening to Sandra Fluke, I thought, “The ultimate spokesman for the hook-up culture.” But then came Bill Clinton, later on...Catch that? She fucks and fucks! And then introduces the fucky guy!
One of the creepiest lines of her very creepy speech was the one that dreamed of an America “in which we decide when to start our families.” What the hell is stopping you now, sister?"We" is one of those funny words that applies to more than one person, and therefore might include people in this situation.
She acted like it was a crime equivalent to the Holocaust that she has been “verbally attacked” for her views — her public advocacy.Here's the speech. I'm willing to go out on a limb and say "No she did not."
Goodness, I’m “verbally attacked” every day, and why not?Indeed sir, for you say something creepy about America.
Why is Sandra Fluke so sacrosanct?I dunno. Just how many people do you call a slut at the office anyway?
I thought of a fairly recent expression: “Get over yourself.”I thought of a doughnut. Mmmmmmmmmm, doughnuts.
When I saw the great and the good rise to their feet in admiration for the gibberish this woman was speaking — her moral nonsense — I felt almost physically sick. I’m talking about Joe Biden, Michelle Obama... These are people with considerable power in our country. And this is what’s in their hearts and minds? It is."I'm reading their minds...and they are thinking about...SLUTS."
A rude question: If Sandra Fluke were fat and pimply, would she be famous, a national political star? A prime-time speaker at the Democratic convention? Oh, come now...All sex, all the time. Thanks for playing your part Jay. Any interest in signing on to the Romney campaign to handle press?
I have a question for Ted Strickland: What in hell is “economic patriotism”? More specifically, what in hell does perennial ward-of-the-state Ted Strickland mean by “economic patriotism”? Both Strickland and his wife spent a great deal of their lives on the public teat, in publicly funded institutions and in elected office. So far as I can tell from his biography, Strickland has not worked for a profit-oriented enterprise in his adult life, and his only nonpublic paychecks have come from a Methodist children’s home and a fellowship at Harvard’s Institute for Politics. He spent most of the 1970s and early 1980s desperately trying to climb aboard the federal gravy train, unsuccessfully running for the House three times. People who have spent most of their lives supported by taxpayers probably should be more circumspect when criticizing . . . taxpayers.Is it possible, then, to refer to Paul Ryan as a perennial ward of the state? COMMENTS SAY NO.
None of that's surprising. When you can build attention into dollars someone's going make dollars trying to game that. That's advertising. I wouldn't be the #3 provider of Cars 2 hentai without such shenanigans. The Facebook post on it is interesting:
Facebook might be one of the most uptight sites on the internet, requiring everyone to log in with their name and picture and birthday and to generally behave themselves like a nerd in study hall. Yet it still has a slimy underground where people do slimy things, the company conceded Friday. Facebook says it is removing fraudulently generated “likes,” which helped make some businesses on Facebook appear more popular than they really were.
In a post on its security blog, Facebook wrote that it “recently increased our automated efforts to remove [fake] Likes” on business pages. In other words, business pages were previously puffed up thanks to shady clicks from fake or hijacked Facebook accounts.
Facebook is dumping this news at a time when few people will read it, on a Friday before a holiday weekend. And no wonder: The implications are disturbing. Facebook’s advertising system is built on the idea that consumers will be willing to build closer relationships with advertisers, “liking” the advertiser’s pages, reading the advertiser’s status updates, and circulating content about the advertiser to friends. If an advertiser’s popularity is exaggerated by fake “likes,” it makes the business less trustworthy and less likely to be engaged by real consumers.
On average, less than 1% of Likes on any given Page will be removed, providing they and their affiliates have been abiding by our terms. These newly improved automated efforts will remove those Likes gained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or purchased bulk Likes. While we have always had dedicated protections against each of these threats on Facebook, these improved systems have been specifically configured to identify and take action against suspicious Likes.Please like things sincerely or you may be treated with suspicion. Similarly your account may be valuable enough to be stolen and it will be sent around the Facebook environment like like liking things that SHOULD NOT BE LIKED. More interesting to me is the trail of comments that follows any post to the security blog:
What has better comments?