Class Warfare

Rodney Dangerfield For President

Rather his creation Al Czervik from Caddyshack, in actuality, being played to type by veteran character actor Donald Trump.

How better to describe GHW Bush gargling out his dying words intent to vote for the wife of the guy who beat him:

It’s one thing to object to Trump based on policy differences and a general belief that he toxifies the conservative message. It’s another thing to do it because he doesn’t belong in the toney company of the blue bloods. The Bush Family feels like American royalty, and they appear to see Trump as a nouveau riche blowhard. That feels elitist rather than principled. Nobody was surprised that the person who reported H.W. Bush’s voting choice was a Kennedy. That’s how the Bushes roll.

I’m reminded of a long forgotten article from called “Caddyshack Culture” that could stand alone as an epitaph for the Republican Party. The gauche real estate developer crashing the intentionally named Bushwood Country Club with Trump voters rushing to the swimming pool for the hour a year they’re allowed to use it:

Caddyshack is about the way a new establishment replaces an old one, it’s not about the long tradition of golf. In this scenario, George W. is the WASP retard Spaulding (“Are you gonna eat your fat?”), grandson to Ted Knight’s patrician George Senior character. The country club in Caddyshack is named Bushwood, after all.

Trump is Al Czervik. The only difference is he does build golf courses. He speaks in generalities about his great business deals. Yea, we bought land near the Great Wall – on the good side! And they paid for the wall. He insults everybody and makes cutesy little nicknames for them.

When Bill Murray blew up the gopher holes and destroyed the old golf course, he blew open the doors for everyone to come in and play on the new one. may have been 16 years premature.

#GrandmothersKnowBest Investor Edition

First, son-to-a-Nigerian prince, Marc Mezvinsky married Chelsea Clinton. *St-rike!*
Then, he gets her pregn’int. *St-rike Two!*

Now this? *You’re out!*

The hedge fund co-founded by Bill and Hillary Clinton’s son-in-law suffered losses tied to an ill-timed bet on Greece’s economic recovery, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Say what you will, he can spot a dog. But maybe #GrandmothersKnowBest when it comes to making risky investments pay off.

However, when it comes to getting vaccinated for communicable diseases, I’d trust that #GrandpaKnowsBest in this case.

I Find You Guilty Of Insulting A Government Agency Without Filling Out The Proper Paperwork

(via Big Fur Hat @ IOTW) An interesting thing happened on the way to US Customs for the well-heeled former head of the website Techcrunch, one Mr. Michael Arrington, when he went to take delivery of his new Coastal Craft yacht from Canada.  Turns out, US Customs (a subsidiary of the Der Fatherland Security) are sticklers for paperwork.  Long story short, A bill of sale and some importation document had a discrepancy between whether the boat was valued in US dollars or Canadian dollars.

Rich people problems.  Am I right?

The Department Of Homeland Security Stole My Boat Today

I live a fairly simple life and that didn’t change much after I sold TechCrunch in 2010. I didn’t buy a new house or even a new car. The one thing I did splurge on was a boat.

Nothing too fancy or large. I live near Seattle and there’s a big boating culture up here. I found a small company that builds boats specifically for this area called Coastal Craft. I ordered it in 2011 and planned on writing about the experience after it was delivered.


Today was the day that Buddy was going to be delivered. That didn’t happen, because the Department of Homeland Security seized the boat.

These things happen.  It’s why they make more than one copy of a government form and an entire industry of attorneys and documentation services support our pampered top percenters who make the money to buy the things the rest of us can’t.  Not that I begrudge anyone this.  They know how to manage multi-million dollar corporations and don’t necessarily know the intricacies of Customs law.  It’s not a contest.

Regardless, what happened next becomes the issue rather than seizing of Mr. Arrington’s new toy.  After subjectively complaining on his personal website about the allegedly giddy behavior of one of the DHS agents who literally took his keys from him at the port, someone claiming to be from DHS with intimate knowledge of his situation responded in his comment thread with the level arrogance many have grown accustomed to since this abortion of an agency’s inception:

The Department Of Homeland Security Is Now Bitching At Me On My Blog

Update to yesterday’s post. A day after Buddy was seized by DHS I now have my boat in my possession and at my slip.

This all happened while I was still trying to sort out a lawyer and had nothing to do with anything I did. Coastal Craft, the builder, took extraordinary steps (and expense) to get possession of Buddy from DHS.

I sat down to write this quick update just to let everyone know that things worked out.

But when I logged in to WordPress I saw a really curious comment from someone claiming to work for DHS in the same office that I dealt with. And the comment includes enough specific information that I’m inclined to believe him.

DHS’s level of customer service is outstanding.  Monitoring people’s personal websites to ensure that their good names are not being sullied and offering all kind of helpful advice on how you should understand your place in the hierarchy of our once democratic society.  The comment in question:

Okay all, the rest of the story(I was there). 1. The amount on both invoice and CBP form were in U.S dollars correctly completed on the form. 2. Just because someone has $$$ and posts something first on the web, doesn’t make them true. 3. The officer in question did not act gleefully, in fact SHE called back to the office and vessel manufacturer several times to verify the stated value. 4. The officer in question vilified by this rich individual now has to endure all the grief posted here and elsewhere by Mr rich guy and explain why she followed the LEGAL document value and wouldn’t cow to his brow beating. 5. Coastal Craft ended up paying for a broker to perform what should have been a personal importation and guess what The value on that entry was EXACTLY the same as on the CBP presented form. 6. Mr. Rich guy will probably post everywhere now that HE was right due to the fact that he has his boat and did not sign anything, but the fact is that the company took the high moral ground and due to ALL the false posting by Arrington, they paid for the paperwork to be processed. 7. We are all at the mercy of individuals who feel (right or wrong) that they can put out whatever they feel and get hundreds of all of you all worked up about the big bad government, fact is the is/was correct and all of us had to jump thru hoops due to arrington’s posts and written falsehoods. 8. I am proud to work with this office/officer and all of you should be ashamed for vilifying her/DHS without knowing the facts. 9. Most working folds have bosses and we are no exception sadly we had to answer many questions for correctly performing our sworn duties due to all the bad press put out by someone who feels entitled or above the public servant. Shame on you.

There is so much wrong with that statement that it is difficult to know where to start.  Let’s begin:

1)  Deciding to duke out the facts of Mr. Arrington’s situtation in a public setting instead of handling this like a professional behind the scenes.  Defending the dignity of a governmental agency that grabs people’s crotches all day are we?

2)  The alleged “public servant” referring to his customer as “Mr. Rich Guy”.  That would tend to support Arrington’s theory about the attitude of the agent initially seizing his vessel.  If only to inconvenience you Mr. Rich Guy.  We’ll file this one under Unclear On The Concept of Public Service.

3)  The alleged “public servant” complaining that they are all at the “mercy of individuals who feel that they can put out whatever they feel and get hundreds of all of you all worked up about the big bad government”.   Your plans are ruined, they have your boat but DHS is at your mercy.  Huh?  What country are we in again?  Bitching about the government and their agents is what we have done since the history of forever.

The idea that this “servant” feels that you should not have a right to state your version of events is a sad sign of our times under the current regime.  Like the gun confisaction debate, you are allowed to exercise the First Amendment the way the Founding Fathers intended – on top of a soap box in a Free Speech Zone.  They never intended for people to have assault Internets and High Capacity blog postings.

4)  Wishing “Shame” on someone for impugning the integrity of the motives of an agency that is utterly shameless.  After all, these are the people who tell you that your border is more secure now than ever, naked airport scanners and are setting up vans to look through your vehicle while you are traveling on the interstate with absolutely no regard to the 4th Amendment.

The only potentially redeeming thing about that comment is that it sounds like a male counterpart or supervisor was trying to defend a female colleague.  You know, when sexism is acceptable.

At the end of the day, Mr. Arrington has his boat.  The only issue remaining is whether he has learned his lesson about publicly filing his report about being mugged by reality within eyeview of the Department of Sees All, Respects None.

Now get out there and flag that boat in the Cayman Islands so you can avoid paying our many patriotic taxes.  And for DHS, wonder no more about the villification of the boat owners and all of the people US yacht manufacturers used to employ who have been negatively impacted by the language of this failed President who demonizes all of the Arringtons in this country for trying to live the lifestyle of an Obama adminstration cabinet official.


National Suicide Hotline Was Busy

You can fix a bad President with an election.  You cannot fix a nation of moochers and leeches who elected this incompetent buffoon to a second term.  The President can go but they will forever remain.  The American Experiment as conceived by our Founding Fathers has had it’s test tubes and beakers smashed by a bunch of Chicago thugs who ran the most negative, bitter, dishonest and divisive campaign from start to finish.

And an unwieldy crew of Twitterers, Facebook updaters, the chronic unemployed, union holdouts, illegal aliens and stuck-up single college educated bitches in squared off glasses are cheering it’s demise.  From the onset, a decision was made to fracture this country into a bunch of hypenated special interest groups and cobble together the smallest majority possible.

Mission accomplished.

What do you do when you come home from work to find your nation committed suicide?  What you thought were its brains are sprayed on the walls and collecting into a pool in the carpet.  It didn’t have to be this way.  You had so much to live for.

What we can expect from I Won…Again without hesitation:

Massive tax hikes.  A War on Coal that is going to make everyone’s home heating costs skyrocket.  An EPA on steroids that is going to suffocate the fracking that Obama was taking credit for during the debates.  A resumption of the Permitorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off of Alaska’s coasts.  Two more leftwing Supreme Court Justices picked solely on the basis of their skin color, sexual orientation and hatred of the Constitution that protects us from an intrusive government.  A unilateral nuclear disarmament in exchange for nothing.  No answers on Libya.  The Gun Control agenda that Fast and Furious was meant to provide.  Continued taxpayer funding for the Islamic takeover of the Middle East.  An impending Israeli bombing of Iran.   Ben Bernanke cranking the printing press up to 11.  Record foreclosures.  Millions more  on food stamps as they fall off of three years of unemployment paychecks.  Another bailout of GM.  Amnestied illegals competing against the millions  of low-income, low skilled American byproducts of the Democrat run education system.

I know any liberals who check in to gloat here will be thrilled.  It’s all just a wonderful game to them.  I win!  You lose!

Except you don’t win.  I didn’t win.  No one wins save a few crony communists being treated by a hard left Chicago ideologue and his capped-tooth, hair implanted drunken sidekick.  Biden has made Jim Stockdale look like a Galactic-level MENSA rocket surgeon.  I don’t even think they wanted to win.  This job is too much like work.  Never before have so many voted for so little to help so few.

The morons in Colorado who just legalized weed are now going to be raided by the same President they re-elected who was an avid pothead / cocaine enthusiast.  Maybe the drones who fly over their head will be powered by green energy.

Unless the ultimate destruction of the greatest prosperity creating country in the history of man was your goal – you don’t know what you’ve done.

I’ve lived through four years of this Marxist fraud already.  I’ll live through another four barring some fortunate turn of events.  But as de Tocqueville’s comments about the majority voting themeslves largesse from the public treasury go, I must ask – what largesse is left when you’re $16,000,000,000,000.00 in the hole and the government has borrowed over $210,000 per person from the Chinese in your child’s name with no signs of quitting anytime soon?  Our coming collapse is being done on purpose.  No amount of tax increases, even at 100%, will ever make that up.

I don’t have the answers.  Obviously, Mitt Romney didn’t either.  Nominating John McCain Junior without the constant defect of attacking his own side wasn’t it. Thanks again to Ann Coulter for that ringing endorsement.

But I do have many questions.  Ones that will have to be asked here since a supine media gets to take another long four year vacation from history.

Very Lout and Very Clear

A few thoughts on the VP debate.

I thought Martha Raddatz did about as well as I could expect though she seemed to keep her more pointed badgering for Ryan.  Having said that, Drunckle Joe’s table pounding, beady-eyed stares to Martha was a bit off putting to me.  That’s probably just because I’m from the South.

Acknowledging a few of Ryan’s rhetorical failings (i.e., saying “Look” as he would reset his arguments several times), he displayed a temperament painfully absent in the current Vice President.  His command of the facts and the numbers is likely the most professional I’ve seen in a VP debate.  Comfortable with himself.  Comfortable with his positions.  Confident that he has good intentions.

Plugs McCappyteeth though.  Geez.  I knew the MSNBC crew would go apeshit over his constant smirking, sneering / feces flinging but to my group of interested amateurs his demeanor was disgusting.  Reprehensible even.  If you read the transcript he may seem calm and measured.  If you watch the tape, you’d be hard pressed to understand how Ryan was able to subdue his P90X rage from choking that wrinkled old fuck until piss ran down both his legs.

I realize Smarmy Fuckface is what gets Democratic panties moist but the faces, the smirks, the “my friends”, the whole package was really worse than Al Gore’s presidential debate performance.  Distractingly so.  Complete with braying jackass sound effects at some points.

Regardless, he said 47% so woo-fucking-hoo.  That’s all Ray Maddow wants to hear before she artificially inseminates herself with his asshole baby.  Likewise for the rest of the Leftwing Media who set Biden’s debate bar so low that all he had to do was not fall flat on his face drunk for them to declare victory.

For anyone who ever says that “They’re both alike” and “it doesn’t matter who I vote for because they’re both the same”, the choices couldn’t be clearer.

The young man was the adult.  The old man was banging his high chair and shitting his pants in front of the world.  Recognize, fools.

EXIT QUESTION:  It’s an hour after the debate and there are practically no posts about the debate up on Memeorandum anywhere.  What, is Journ-O-List 2.0 still confabbing as to what the united front should be regarding Joe Biden’s obvious triumph over reality?

The Nauseating Conclusion To North Carolina’s Cavalcade of Commies

I am a glutton for punishment.  Having caught an eyeful of Lurch McHorseface’s rhetorical road apples, I am not sure that my living room has adequate ventilation for the weapon’s grade horseshit that permeates the air.

The lecherous traitor who made his name lying to Congress about his fellow soldiers killing innocent people in Vietnam for fun in the manner of “Jenghis Khan” having the stones to brag about the foreign policy accomplishments of  President Frank Marshall Davis Jr. was almost too much to bear.

Success, as he defines it, is the US unilaterally making nuclear weapons reductions in a new START Treaty while Russia reduces their arsenals by ZERO much to the delight of Czar Putin.  He claims that the rightwing Prime Minster of Israel supports Barack Obama’s policy towards his country and considers him a passionate ally somehow:

Again and again, the other side has lied about where this president stands and what this president has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight – he said, our two countries have ‘‘exactly the same policy.” – ”our security cooperation is unprecedented…’’ When it comes to Israel, I’ll take the word of Israel’s prime minister over Mitt Romney any day.

I really do hope someone decides to interview Netanyahu about this assertion because this report casts an incredible wet blank on Sweetback McSadwidow’s inventive interpretation of the day’s events:

Rogers, speaking to WJR radio host Frank Beckmann, painted a very different picture. He said the meeting, originally scheduled to be a discussion of intelligence and technical issues between himself and the prime minister, spun out of control when Netanyahu began lambasting Shapiro over the Administration’s Iran policy. When Beckmann asked Rogers to describe the tenor of the meeting, he said: “Very tense. Some very sharp… exchanges and it was very, very clear the Israelis had lost their patience with the (Obama) Administration.” He went on, “There was no doubt. You could not walk out of that meeting and think that they had not lost their patience with this Administration.”

Kerry is, after all, bucking for a Secretary of State gig in the event of a calamitous 2nd term.  Kerry being the wise judge of character who, in an attempt to embarrass George Bush, threw a hijab over Nancy Pelosi and drug her along in tow to Syria in 2007 to stand in solidarity with Bashir Assad and lobby for the U.S. to re-open our embassy and give credibility to this wonderful leader who had just recently ordered the assassination of Lebanon’s prime minister.

Of course, now Assad is a tyrant who murders his own people which is hyped on the nightly news by the same media that covered up Saddam Hussein’s crimes.  He wasn’t then though, right?  Kerry wasn’t taking his traveling road show of commies and kleptocrats a half dozen times to undermine US security abroad and prop up tyrants for political points.  Because that would mean he was a traitor or something.  No.  A celebrated war hero like Kerry?  He couldn’t be a traitor.

The only alternative being that he’s just an incompetent buffoon who shouldn’t be anywhere near a negotiation table on our behalf.

Exit Question:  Has anyone noticed how much Fox News has been licking the DNC’s ass this week?  Brit Hume looked like he was ready to blow a hobo to get a Clinton interview after his speech last night.

Because Our Hospitals Are Bursting At The Seams With Rich People Who Refuse To Buy Health Insurance

Granny McBotox made sure her skin was pulled tight over the kneecap that is her face this morning on Meet The Press to argue that the Individual Mandate is really in place to protect the poor from having to pay for rich people who don’t want to buy insurance and abuse the system.  Huh?

As a sidebar, can everyone in San Francisco just die already?  Eat your artisan cheeses and drink your local wine and just die.  For the good of the country.  Now would be fine.

Oh, and we need to amend the Constitution to undo the Citizens United case.  Money in politics is bad!  That’s why Obama’s held more fundraisers than anyone ever in his first and only term.

If there’s one topic I never tire of hearing from people on 24/7 -  It’s not jobs.  It’s not the economy.  It’s the Citizen United case.  Darnit, it’s just not fair for political action committees to have the same speech rights as unions.

Also, holding Eric Holder in contempt for going to Disney World after murdering border agent Brian Terry with weapons he sold to Mexican  drug cartels to pin the crimes on American gun dealers is just plain wrong because he’s doing all he can to stop “Voter Suppression” efforts caused by racist states asking for the same ID to vote that you need to buy beer or attend an Obama fundraiser.

We need Allen West for VP to put this granny in the nursing home she so desperately needs instead of forcing her to crap her diaper on national television like this.

Chicago Thugs and San Francisco Democrats have prolapsed the financial anus of our country in record time.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to ignore the Russo-Chicom threat to make sure there are enough Rainbow Oreo cookies for the month long Pride Rally at the Pentagon.

Oh, the Pentagon-y.

For Whom The Bag Douches (It Douches For Thee)

Were that these berzerker hobos lying-in-wait “islands to themselves”.  Diminishing the 99% with each douche-tastic display.

Needless to say, when you’ve lost a white, vinegary Leftist like Bill Maher – your baggeth runneth over (sausage link to Noel Sheppard at the invaluable NewsBusters):

‘Baggin’ It

BILL MAHER: Let me ask you about another occupation, because this is – and you would be good on this too, panel -, the occupation, the Occupy Wall Street, because similar to Afghanistan, when you occupy anything for too long people do get pissed off. And as I watch them on the news now I find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich. Like, you know what – get a job. Only because, you know, the people who originally started, I think they went home and now it’s just these anarchist stragglers. And this is the problem when you, you know, when your movement involves sleeping over in the park. You wind up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway.

Please adjust your nozzles accordingly.  That comment may come as a shock to any CBS watching diaper defiler, NPR latte enema-ed poser, or MSNBC kool-aid jello-shooter.

With your feeble attempts to play PR Ernie Pyles for Obama’s Army of unwashed Overcredentialed Under-educateds. Or your futile, shirt-wrenching efforts to plant victory gardens in the barren earth of these buy-now, pay-never Anarchists for greater state control.  The only thing that stood in the way of tilling such a fertile narrative was the immovable stone of Subject and the Content.

Were that we able to douche you out to sea with them.

When Hope Came To Town

And left about November 4th.

You tell me. Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?

Obama Headquarters on Rosa Parks Boulevard – October 7, 2008


I think about this every day when I drive by this prime piece of real estate a stone’s throw from the state capitol and across the street from the Farmer’s Market.  Three and a half years later.

Elections have consequences

Lots of consequences


He’s like King Midas.  Except that everything he touches turns to shit.

Who does this strip mall think it is doing impersonations of a White House event for CEOs?

Rent Seekers and Other Strange Parasites

Have you received any emails or letters claiming you as part of a class-action lawsuit? I get about three a years and it is usually about as pointless of this crime here:

If you purchased an Apple iTunes gift card, you could get benefits under a class action settlement.

A proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit could affect you if you purchased an Apple iTunes gift card and the card or packaging to which it was attached contained language that “songs are 99¢” or other language indicating that songs are priced at 99¢ (referred to as a “99¢ iTunes gift card” in the rest of this Notice).

Why yes, I probably did buy an iTunes gift card that said Songs are 99¢. So what’s the problem officer?

The lawsuit claimed that Apple advertised, distributed, and sold 99¢ iTunes gift cards. It further alleged that in April 2009, Apple raised the price of certain songs at the iTunes Store from 99¢ to $1.29 and that 99¢ iTunes gift card holders who purchased $1.29 songs were overcharged. Apple denies all allegations and has asserted many defenses.

Good Lord man! Kudos to the eagle-eyed lawyers who vigilantly guard my well being against corporate fascists. To think that Apple would cleverly work a 30¢ scam into an innocuous “promotion” then manipulate space-time where prices would rise in the future. I feel like you’re the handsome Superman who just rushed to the scene and saved my virtue from a would be rapist.

The settlement will provide you a $3.25 iTunes Store credit if you purchased or received a 99¢ iTunes gift card and used it to purchase one or more $1.29 songs from the iTunes Store on or before May 10, 2010.

Oh. Well thank you anyway, lawyer people for taking up the banner of Justice and righting a $3.25 cent wrong. I’m sure you got the same $3.25 reward from this and you’re cool with that because it was about doing the right thing.

Did Apple actually do anything malicious or illegal in this case?

Apple denies all allegations and has asserted many defenses. The parties are entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrong-doing or an indication that any law was violated.

In another era, one might call this a protection racket. But Apple is an evil corporation (OK, I’ll concede this one) and “the people” get a free trinket. So it’s A-OK!

UPDATE iOwnTheWorld makes the connection between slimy lawyers and Democrats.

Spin The Wheel, Raggedy Man

Having my many creative thoughts for raising money for local charities rocked down by legal counsel, I was left wondering what to make of this redline from Drudge regarding $3 entry fees to have dinner with Obama and holding a lottery for his clean and articulate company:

The emails from the Barack Obama reelect about winning a dinner with the president as a randomized reward for contributing to the campaign have gotten a bit more intense as time goes on, and the latest one, from the first lady, emphasizes that the winner of such a prize shouldn’t freak out about it.

 “Just relax,” she advises.

Yea.  My “just relax” / “it’s for a good cause” gambit to our sitff lipped counsel didn’t assuage their concerns about violating lottery laws.  After all, there are a wealth of rules and regulations that govern lotteries, raffles, etc..  Take the District of Columbia for example concerning and the Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board including, at the very least, some licensing requirements:


1502.1 Tickets printed for raffles shall include the following:

(a) Name of the licensed organization listed on the license;

(b) Date, time, place, and exact address of the drawing;

(c) Prizes to be awarded;

(d) Aggregate value of the prizes;

(e) Cost of the raffle ticket;

(f) Purpose for which net proceeds will be used;

(g) Statement that the winner need not be present at the drawing to win;

(h) Appropriate odds of winning, assuming all raffle tickets printed are sold; and

(i) The phrase “Licensed by the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.”

1502.2 Tickets shall have pre-printed consecutive numbers and a stub held by the licensed organization listing the name, address, and phone number of the person purchasing each ticket. This stub shall be used in the raffle draw.

1502.3 The price to the public of all tickets for any one raffle draw shall be in one fixed amount.

1502.4 Only United States currency or coin shall be accepted by a licensed organization as payment for any raffle ticket.

1502.5 Prior to the license being issued, but subsequent to Board approval of the application, the applicant shall provide a statement from the printer on a form provided by the Board stating the following:

(a) The total number of tickets to be printed;

(b) The first numbered ticket to be printed;

(c) The last numbered ticket to be printed; and

(d) That the tickets were numbered consecutively and that there were no duplications.

1502.6 Prior to the license being issued, but subsequent to Board approval of the application, the applicant shall provide to the Board the printer’s proof of the tickets.
SOURCE: Final Rulemaking published at 35 DCR 3788, 3811 (May 20, 1988).
HISTORICAL NOTE: Prior to May 20, 1988, the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board published Final Rulemaking at 29 DCR 5016, 5036 (November 12, 1982).


1503.1 The licensed organization shall guarantee each ticket a fair and equal chance at the draw.


Etc., etc.

Oops.  Maybe they’d rather hold a bake sale except that Moochelle banned those cause of all the chunky little chirrens.

Any lawyers in the house?  Just asking.

Also Charles Maldonado’s Fault

Go home, union lackey:

Hammered by the automobile industry’s decline, Detroit’s population plummeted 25 percent over the past decade amid an economic downturn so severe that Michigan was the only state that failed to gain residents, according to 2010 Census data released Tuesday.

Detroit is the town that unions built and then destroyed.  If you think they’re such a great idea, then go back to where you came from and make it work.



Out of State Bump For Me, Not For Thee

I try to keep my individual outrages in order.  This particular one was from last week after the Commie-Media sued Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker for not producing thousands of e-mails for them to pour through – chop! chop! – within a couple of days of their request in a feeble attempt to claim he was lying about any sensible person rejecting the violent, sexual advances of union thugs towards the taxpayers.  If I may paraphrase Joe Biden’s rapist view of policy differences.

Turns out, Walker was right:

Gov. Scott Walker was right: The angry crowds in Madison didn’t tell the whole story of how Wisconsinites felt.

In the week after Walker announced his plan to dramatically curtail public employees’ collective bargaining rights in the state budget repair bill, a wide majority of the emails to him expressed support, an analysis of those emails indicates.

Now let’s be sure to define Walker’s truth down so as to provide some measure of cover for their Brothers In Harms.

But that support was significantly boosted by emails from pro-Walker senders from outside Wisconsin.

It goes on much later to show an e-mail-by-e-mail vetting revealing such a wide margin (almost 2:1) within the state of Wisconsin as to dispatch any Leftist media assertion to the contrary.

And, oh, one more thing.  Who took the tally of the “protesters” to see how many had been bussed in to support the Unionists?  Seems they weren’t the voice of Wisconsin after all.  Make that your headline.

Sue the unions to get the tally.  Best believe they know every astroturfed ringer Cheesehead that got loaded onto the purple bus.  The purple bus with professional squeaky wheels.

RELATED: It’s still my opinion that at least latently the purpose of the Commie-Media’s lawsuit was to get the names of the Anti-Union supporters to pass off to Unions for harassment purposes.

If just one name of the private correspondence sent to Walker is released then we know that the first motive of the lawsuit was to manufacture a pseudoscandal about Walker lying over support.  The second is so more Union Police Officers can send threatening boycott letters to area businessmen to imply they won’t respond to their emergency calls.

Freddy Quimby Acquitted of Murder (The Chicago Way Edition)

The poor man’s Kennedys strike again.  And the Chicago Thugocracy’s version of Michael Skakel is allowed to prowl the night once again free from consequence:

For the first time, the Chicago Police said Friday they know who hit David Koschman and knocked him to the ground in a drunken confrontation in the Rush Street area, leading to his death from a brain injury 11 days later — but they’re not telling.

They said they are closing Koschman’s 2004 homicide case without asking the Cook County state’s attorney’s office to charge anyone because they concluded the punch was thrown in self-defense.

Police reports made public Friday black out the name of the man who detectives concluded threw the lone punch at Koschman. But the descriptions they provided and accounts given by witnesses and others to the Chicago Sun-Times make clear it was Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of Mayor Daley and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

This is where the civil trial should come in and rob Vanecko of his life and future earnings.

Vanecko, 36, has refused to speak to the police on the advice of his criminal-defense lawyers, including Terence Gillespie, according to the police.

He refused to talk to the police but they determined, without his input, that it was self-defense.  That, my friends, is amazing.  Usually when someone claims self-defense, they actually at some point assert that they feared for their life.   The police generally don’t make up your alibi for you.

Fearful for his life no less, in this case, from an outnumbered and unarmed man with no history of violent behavior.  Let’s look at that “fear for his life” argument:

In interviews with the Sun-Times, Koschman’s friends acknowledged that he was yelling but said he never ran at the other group and that he never physically threatened anyone. The 21-year-old from Mount Prospect stood 5-feet-5 and weighed 140 pounds. Vanecko was 6-feet-3 and 230 pounds at the time.

Guilty as hell, free as a bird.  Notice a theme with these people yet?

A 6′ 3″, 230 lbs. 29 year old was terrified for his life (while being backed by several friends of comparable size) by a 140 lbs. 5′ 5″ 21 year old.

A state or federal prosecutor and internal affairs should immediately open an investigation into this miscarriage of justice.  Or, Koschman’s family and friends should take matters into their own hands.  The Chicago police have abdicated their moral and legal authority to do what is right.




Why Didn’t Debussy Write Echo Chamber Music?

In a post both unintentionally hilarious and unironically titled “Blindspot”,  a crestfallen Bolshevik laments as to “why there aren’t more full bore socialist bloggers”.  It’s hilarious on several fronts – aside from the supply and demand one that they generally never care much for on any level.

The End of the Left Spectrum just doesn’t have a voice it seems and a slew of big name blogcommies join in to explain why.

No one seems to have tripped over the answer so I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes:

The national and alt-media subsidizes The Socialist in positions from editor, internet blogger, to research assistant, to columnist, announcer, coffee gaffer, etc.  McCarthyite Blacklists have nothing on the traditional print and television media in the United States from hiring people on the Right.

The media in the U.S. has institutionalized Leftism.  It’s our Rendellian Early Warning System. They’ve generously placed a yoke on their subhuman strength to harness their Stalinist aspirations for some useful (idiot) purpose.  Every year, new Victor Navasky J-School grads till a barren field salted by their previous year’s failures for a wine, cheese and underage male escort stipend.  When they “blog” it’s called “news reporting”.

The Rightwing Pegasus, however, can’t be broken so it still roams the prairie free.

Look no further than the Climategate e-mails from last year.  It was religious blasphemy to even mention the story of purloined e-mails showing Global Warming as a complete and utter fraud in a prelude to one of the more brutal winters on record.  We had to go to Britain to find the story because of the self-imposed blackout in the U.S.

BONUS QUESTION FROM THE COMMENTS:  “But what about Krugman?”

Good question.  Unlike his fellow socialists, Krugman is so uniquely and yet hurriedly wrong about everything that “the unit of measure for how wrong someone is” should be measured in Metric Krugmans.

Public Editor Watch: The NYT Public Editor comments on it’s atrocious AZ Shooter coverage and the name Krugman is nowhere to be found.  Why were they so bad?  Like the AZ shooter, it’s everybody else’s fault but their own.  It’s the Internets fault.  It’s “time’s” fault.  You know, those things beyond the control of an editor.

/Because of 1440/7!

Identifying The Tree By It’s Fruit

For two years, Victor Navasky operated surreptitiously as the editor of The Columbia Journalism Review before the country’s self-appointed arbiter of journalistic integrity felt obliged to mention that it was being steered by the then current editor of The Nation.

No one, save Hot Earther / Global Warmist scientists, could have predicted so accurately what types of “journalism” students he would be producing:

On Wednesday Village Voice editor Tony Ortega pulled an article from the Voice website after it came out that freelance reporter and recent Columbia grad Rob Sgobbo had fabricated the sources he quoted in the article and lied about his reporting.

Sgobbo is a young education reporter who also worked for the New York Daily News — they fired him today — and graduated from the prestigious (and very expensive) Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2010. In the past, Sgobbo has written for the Huffington Post, the Norwood News, and the Columbia News Service, among other publications.

The Huffington Post has since deleted his posts from the site.  Spokesperson Mario Ruiz tells us: “Our policy is that when a blogger is found to have fabricated a story — either on our site or for another outlet — his or her posts automatically come down. We deleted Rob’s posts today in accordance with that policy.”

His Voice piece “For-Profit Blues“ examined how for-profit “proprietary” colleges were leaving low-income students without degrees and with high debts.

Those nasty “for-profit” colleges as opposed to those sacrosanct state schools that have been producing tomorrow’s leaders today out of the kindness of their taxpayer tenured hearts.  Notice which direction Sgobbo’s perfidy leans.  Protector of disadvantaged minorities in the class war. Where could this mindset have been incubated?

How dare you racists question the deceptive means of his Stalinist ends?

Central to the piece was a woman named “Tamicka Bourges,” who, according to Sgobbo, told him she had accumulated massive debts while attending Berkeley College, yet never obtained a degree.

In the article [cached version], “Bourges” is described as being “in tears,” and she was “dropping out of Berkeley with no degree and had $25,000 in student loan debt. She didn’t know what to do.”

When Susan Smith claims her kids were dumped in the river by a black man who carjacked her, it’s a hate crime.  When Sgobbo claims that “for profit” colleges are taking advantage of black girls it’s just good journalism in the eternal struggle against institutional racism.

Thanks, Victor.  Another shock troop in the class war fomenting racial animus makes good because it is so hard to find a student overwhelmed by college debt without making her a black, lesbian cripple who’s a veteran from Bush’s ill-founded wars against brown people.

Navasky is The Tree.  And Sgobbo is most assuredly the fruit.

On Crime And A Lack of Punishment

Clayton Cramer has an interesting contrarian notion over at PJM challenging longheld assumptions about crime being related to unemployment rates and how we’ve got it all terribly wrong:

Crime and unemployment: everyone knows that they go together. Right? Unemployed people, desperate for enough money to pay their bills, buy groceries, and get medical care (since those heartless Republicans think “don’t get sick” is a health care plan), must turn to crime. At the very least, disheartened men sitting at home are going to lose their tempers, get into fights, and shoot their spouses.

Like most conventional wisdom among the elites, it turns out not to be true.

Mr. Cramer proceeds with several charts showing the declining crime rate in several violent categories which I’m not disputing.  What I contend is that what he’s calling a lack of correlation is based on a lack of causation.  Which may be lulling him into a false sense of security about his fellow man.  Something that’s not taken into account here is how the availability of easy revolving credit can effect these numbers.


The Pot Calling The Kettle Fat

I’m pretty sure I prefer Pacman Jones’ way of “making it rain” to this one:

Wouldn’t you know it?  Right after I waxed my car.

/Because of The Optics ™!

THAT’S RAAAACIST-WATCH: Nicholas Kristof, from the editorial pages of the NYT, declares that we now live in a Banana Republic.  Poor form, Nicky.  Poor form.  We know what you meant you racist, bananaphobic bastard.