No Jokes, Please: We’re American Reply

From Alternative Right: Andy Nowicki contra the humour police.

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No Jokes, Please: We're American

There is a kind of meta-humorous flavor to this story in the New York Times, which reports that a certain humanities instructor is in hot water after telling a dark and edgy joke to his class earlier this month: www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/nyregion/professor-may-be-fired-for-joke-about-suspect-in-colorado-shootings.html

It seems that this twinkly-eyed but utterly luckless prof couldn’t hold back from indulging in a topical crack of questionable taste. After dimming the lights and starting up a video, he advised his students: “If someone with orange hair appears in a corner of the room, run for the exit,” an obvious reference to James Holmes, the deranged young man with bright orange hair who shot up a movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring many others, on the opening night midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

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Statistical Fallacio 1

Goad grapples with lies, damn lies, and statistics at  TakiMag.

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The email challenge came like a squirrel defiantly placing an acorn on its shoulder and daring me to knock it off: “respond to this damn article.”
The damn article was from Forbes, and I’ll be damned if the headline didn’t claim that Barack Obama was the “Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower.” The damn article came with a damn chart, which, at a second’s glance and with zero understanding of statistics, would seem to support the headline’s contention. Obama’s bar on the chart was far punier than the others, which, if you were born without a brain, would seem to suggest that he was, mais certainement, the “Smallest” spender.

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Assange speaks from Ecuador embassy in row over his fate Reply

Chicago Tribune

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared to weigh into a standoff between Britain and Ecuador over his future on Sunday by speaking from a balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy where he holed up to avoid arrest by police deployed in force outside.

Ecuador has granted political asylum to the former computer hacker who incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010.

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Media Will Defend Biden’s Racial Gaffe By Calling Romney Racist Reply

Media Will Defend Biden’s Racial Gaffe By Calling
Romney Racist

After Vice President Joe Biden’s epic gaffe in which he suggested to a largely black audience in Virginia that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted to “put y’all back in chains,” the mainstream media has been desperately seeking a way to shift the narrative. They’ve been unable to cope with the selection of Ryan…

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Social Security Responds To Bulk Ammo Purchase & Makes Case For Armed Citizens

In light of recent articles about ammunition purchases by the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration’s own purchase of 174,000 .357 Sig 125 grain hollow point bullets, the SSA decided to come forward with an explanation for why they were purchasing the ammunition…

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State Yanks Criminal Case Against Abortionists

The last 32 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood that were filed as part of a larger case brought by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline were dropped by prosecutors today, prompting outrage and a demand from a pro-life organization for the resignation of the district attorney who took over the prosecution…

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Obama Campaign Strikes Back Against Former Navy SEALs

Politically speaking, Navy SEALs aren’t the safest targets to rail against in a presidential race, but the Obama campaign isn’t hesitating to take down a group of former SEALs who’ve criticized the president’s national security decisions. On Thursday morning, campaign officials waged a full court press against the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund…

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Small Business Owner Sends Biden Packing – ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Reply

Small Business Owner Sends Biden Packing – ‘You Didn’t Build That’

Chris McMurray, who just opened a ‘mom and pop’s’ bakery with his wife in May, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. What opportunity was that, you ask? The opportunity was to host the vice president and his entourage as they came to town during the 2012 campaign. Apparently vice president Joe Biden’s advance team entered McMurray’s establishment…

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Obama: I Don’t Think Anyone Would Suggest I’ve Tried To Divide
The Country

“We’re going around the country, talking about, ‘How do we put people back to work? How do we improve our schools? How do we make sure that we’re producing American energy? How do we lower our debt in a responsible way?’…

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Romney’s Bain Saved Site of Obamas’ First Kiss

Bain Capital, the investment firm that Mitt Romney made famous, made a leveraged buyout that saved the site of Barack and Michelle Obamas’ first kiss. In 2005, Bain and two other private equity firms purchased Dunkin’ Brands Incorporated for $2.425 billion, according to a 2006 company press release. Dunkin’ Brands is the parent company of Baskin-Robbins…

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U.S. Troops To Get New Headgear For “Homeland Security Operations”

The U.S. Army is planning to develop new protective headgear for soldiers that will shield them from ballistic munitions, small arms ammunition and blunt trauma as part of missions that will include “homeland security operations.” A solicitation on behalf of the Army Contracting Command…

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Joe Biden Race Baits: Romney’s “Going To Put Y’all Back In Chains” Reply

Joe Biden Race Baits: Romney’s “Going To Put Y’all Back
In Chains”

As Vice-President Joe Biden spoke to supporters in Danville, Virginia on Tuesday, he took shots at Mitt Romney’s economic plan. What he said was found offensive by many as he spoke in an area that has a 49% black demographic. In speaking about his father, Biden claimed that his father said, “Show me your budget and I’ll show you what you value,”…

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Romney to Obama: Take Your Divisive, Angry Campaign ‘Back To Chicago’

Vice President Joe Biden outrageously told an audience in Danville, Virginia that Republicans are “gonna put ya’ll back in chains.” Danville is a city in which half of the residents are black and has been known for racial tensions in the past, Mitt Romney responded to those remarks at a campaign stop in Ohio…

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Eric Holder: Racial Preferences Needed for National Security

The Eric Holder Justice Department has filed this brief in the United States Supreme Court defending racial preferences at the University of Texas. (Texas, by the way, is also vigorously defending the racial preferences.) Abigail Fisher, who is white, is challenging race preferences that cost her a slot at the University of Texas law school…

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2,362 Millionaires Got Unemployment Benefits

There were 2,362 people who earned a million dollars or more in taxable income in 2009 and who also received federal unemployment benefits that year, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. In fact, these millionaires collectively raked in more than $20 million in unemployment benefits. The Congressional Research Service report…

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Security system fails to detect man on runway at NY’s Kennedy Airport Reply

From CNN

New York (CNN) — A multi-million-dollar intrusion-detection system at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport failed to notice a man who walked onto a runway Sunday, authorities said.

The man, who was arrested after he was spotted by an airline employee, told police he was on a jet ski on Jamaica Bay adjacent to the runway and became stranded, according to Port Authority of New York & New Jersey official Anthony Hayes.

The man climbed onto the tarmac from the water but the airport’s security system did not detect him.

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Obama’s slumdog brother: Meet the hopeless drunk from a Nairobi shanty town who is the U.S. President’s BROTHER Reply

Whilst the President inhabits the luxurious surroundings of the Oval Office and flies aboard Air Force One, his half-brother George Obama lives in a notorious African slum

George Obama has battled addictions to drink and drugs for most of his life at the same time as his relative has enjoyed a meteoric rise to power

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The Importance of Hatred Reply

By Gavin McInnes

Commencement speeches often give great advice on how to succeed, whom to befriend, and whom to love, but they never focus on the importance of hatred. I believe that choosing whom you will never speak to again can be as helpful as choosing whom to marry.

Rational hatred has been a tool we’ve used since the cave days. Back then, if another caveman tried to steal your mate or your food or your cave, you’d smash his skull with a rock.

This Holy Trinity of untouchables—your mate, your food, and your cave—is still sacrosanct today, although today we’ve replaced “You’re dead” with “You’re dead to me.”

In Scotland, never speaking to someone again is celebrated as a sign of character. I remember my grandfather in Glasgow telling me that someone had crossed him, and he leaned in close before whispering: “I never spoke to him again.” Then he sat up like he had told me the best thing in the world and added, “That was 35 years ago.”

This isn’t something to be proud of if you can’t remember why it happened. You have to stick to the basic three: mate, hunt, and cave. If the double-cross was too irrelevant to remember, it wasn’t worth the social boycott.

“Rational hatred has been a tool we’ve used since the cave days.”

Revealed: Life behind the scenes at the secretive Bilderberg conference Reply

The Journal

IT IS ONE of the world’s most secretive and high-powered groups – bringing together figures from the political, financial, diplomatic, corporate and media worlds in a confidential four-day conference discussing all manner of sensitive topics.

Today, TheJournal.ie can shine a light on some of the inner workings of the Bilderberg conference – an annual meeting where the world’s most powerful and influential people meet to discuss the shape of the world and what can be done to improve it.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information legislation reveal the full agenda of the 2012 meeting, which counted Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, among its attendees.

They also provide previously unconfirmed details about the protocol and nature of the invite-only event – the secrecy of which often prompts accusations that the group’s ultimate task is either the advance of capitalism worldwide, or the formation of a unified global government.

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ACLU sues West Virginia school over single-sex classrooms Reply

rawstory.com
Eric W. Dolan

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a middle school for allegedly violating the Constitution and federal law by segregating classes by sex.

Van Devender Middle School in West Virginia implemented a single-sex education program at the start of the 2010-2011 school year for all incoming sixth graders. Reading, math, social studies and science classes were all segregated by gender.

“Supporters of these programs make completely unfounded generalizations about boys and girls, but offer no proof that these strategies pay off academically,” said Sarah Rogers, staff attorney with the ACLU of West Virginia. “What has been proven, however, is that these programs foster stereotypes and hurt kids who don’t fit the idea of how a stereotypical boy or girl is supposed to learn and behave.”

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Topless Pussy Riot Supporter Chainsaws Cross Reply

huffingtonpost.com
Dominique Mosbergen

A topless activist was captured on camera on Friday while chainsawing a crucifix in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Inna Shevchenko, 22, told RBK News she tore down the symbol in support of the members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Shevchenko, of the activist group FEMEN, destroyed the four-meter high wooden crucifix, just as a Moscow court was due to deliver its verdict in the Pussy Riot case, Reuters details.

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“We want to show the authorities that no imbecile has the right to trample on freedom of speech and the rights of women and shut [Pussy Riot] away in jail,” a FEMEN spokesperson told Russian news agency RT.

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Moscow outlaws LGBT pride parades for next 100 years Reply

From The Raw Story.

Russian LGBT rights protesters via Flickr Commons

I had to double-take: I thought this was an Onion piece!

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Moscow’s most powerful court has ruled to uphold a ban on LGBT pride parades in the Russian capital for 100 years, according to the BBC. The ruling places a major Russian city athwart the directives of the European Court of Human Rights for a second time with regards to LGBT rights in suits brought by that country’s most prominent LGBT activist, Nikolay Alexeyev.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: FRC President Perkins’ accusation ‘outrageous’ Reply

miamiherald.typepad.com
Steve Rothaus

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Thursday that shooting suspect Floyd Lee Corkins II was “given a license” to fire at an FRC security guard by organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Immediately after, a SPLC spokesman called Perkins’ comment “outrageous.”

Here’s the complete statement from SPLC, which includes FRC on its “Hatewatch” list:

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The Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth Reply

From CBS News.

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By Steve Tobak

According to all the media headlines about a new White House report, there’s still a big pay gap between men and women in America. The report found that women earn 75 cents for every dollar men make. Sounds pretty conclusive, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. It’s misleading.

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Southern Poverty Law Center takes heat after D.C. shooting Reply

rawstory.com
Eric W. Dolan

Conservatives on Wednesday blasted the Southern Poverty Law Center after a gunman shot a security guard in the front lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

The Southern Poverty Law Center had labeled the organization a hate group in 2010 “because of its dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians.” The Southern Poverty Law Center is frequently attacked by some conservatives, who claim it is politically-biased in favor of liberals.

“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” said Brian Brown, President of NOM.

“For too long national gay rights groups have intentionally marginalized and ostracized pro-marriage groups and individuals by labeling them as ‘hateful’ and ‘bigoted’ — such harmful and dangerous labels deserve no place in our civil society and NOM renews its call today for gay rights groups and the Southern Poverty Law Center to withdraw such incendiary rhetoric from a debate that involves millions of good Americans,” he added.

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Florida’s "Rednecks for Obama" Flag Combines "Hope" Poster with Confederate Flag 2

From the Miami New Times 

The sight of the image of America’s first black president juxtaposed next to a Confederate flag may be jarring to some, but 16-year-old Lee County resident Ryan Turner, the founder of the grassroots “Rednecks for Obama” movement (or something), says the use of the images together is meant to show that the president has broad support.

Turner’s father died ten years ago from prostate cancer. The disease could have been easily treatable, but the elder Turner was without health insurance and passed away. Ryan Turner believes Obamacare would prevent such needless deaths in the future.

Turner started a “Rednecks for Obama” Facebook page and on the opening of the new Lee County Democrats headquarters he brought a flag which combined Shepard Fairey’s famous “Hope” poster with the Confederate flag.

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“If somebody is offended by it, I can understand it because they’re only seeing one half of the flag,” Ryan’s uncle Tony Turner told NBC2.

“We’re rednecks, but we’re not racists,” added Ryan, who sees the flag as a symbol of heritage, not hate.Indeed, leaders of the local Democratic party asked Ryan to take the flag down, but the county’s local NAACP chapter didn’t seem to mind.”Not if the intention is positive,” James Muwakkil, president of Lee County’s NAACP, told the station. “For us to be here in the Deep South, and to see whites embracing an African-American man — we love it.”

The Obama campaign refused to comment on the mixture of the images, but does say it welcomes the self-proclaimed rednecks support.