Saturday, December 13, 2014

A second batch of data has arrived,

some of which requires serious study

A pretty good rant about the various clowns involved in the Ferguson mess

Wirecutter had a link to this piece, go take a look.  Anything that includes a line like
The one thing I like about the Ché t-shirts is that Ché’s face makes a pretty good indicator for center mass.
is worth reading.

By the way, Wirecutter's place is here; be warned, lots of NSFW stuff.  And funny stuff, and WTF stuff.

Bunch of whiny grievance-mongering bitches who want to be lawyers

Professor Robert Goldstein asked students to consider the “burn this bi**h down” remarks made by Michael Brown’s step dad after the announcement of the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, Fox News reported.

The question on the exam then asked the students to imagine themselves advising the prosecutor on “whether to seek an indictment against” him for inciting violence.

“[As] a recent hire in the office, you are asked to write a memo discussing the relevant First Amendment issues in such a prosecution. Write the memo,” the question read, according to Fox News.

That question resulted in student complaints and online scrutiny. A writer at a popular legal blog wrote that it was “racially insensitive and divisive.”
Because asking law students to consider an actual legal question out in the real world can't be done if it hurts someones' feelings.  For any reason, or none.

I will note that at some point the Stupid Party is likely to call asking for money;

I'll tell them to take it out of that backstabbing asshole Boehners' paycheck, 'cause I'm not giving them a dime.

Unless it's going for the rope, in which case I'll make a donation.

Speaking of 'Responsibility, lack thereof', ran across this at COTR, and they're right: boils down to "You're not responsible, so everyone else is supposed to take care of you."  Yeah, that's a real empowering message, isn't it?  Teach girls that they're supposed to hope someone else keeps them from doing something stupid.  Because teaching them not to get drunk off their ass on their own is victim-blaming or something.

Friday, December 12, 2014

It being Friday, and chilly and damp,

it's perfect for being inside and going over information.

'Why progressives don't want to question the story', and the excuses

they make.
With a committed group of rape denialists active in our culture, typically made up of "men's rights activists" and conservative anti-feminists, the danger of this type of scandal lies in the potential for a false accusation to crowd out attention to rape writ large. "Rape stories," The Atlantic's Olga Khazan recently wrote, "are a genre that's uniquely unforgiving of inaccuracies."
Here's part of the damn problem: say that an actual investigation is a good idea before you start tying nooses, and you're a 'rape denialist' and/or 'conservative anti-feminist'.  Yeah, there's a few nuts out there who say most rape accusations are false; being lumped in with them for saying "Lets get all the facts here" is bullshit.

I guess we could call the nutcases on the other side the Rape Presumption crowd: they assume all men are or want to be rapists and that EVERY accusation is true.  They either deny any false accusations, or insist it's a 'proven very small number', or- in the case of the real idiots- that even false accusations, when proven, should be treated as real.  Or else the 'apologist' and 'denier bullshit comes out.

On to the excuses:
From both supporters of the original reporting and doubters alike, a central question has emerged: Why did Sabrina Erdely, the story's author, fail to interview any of the accused?
More generally, why did Erdely not do more to vet Jackie's story, which could have potentially saved Erdely, Rolling Stone, and Jackie a great deal of embarrassment and trouble?
Ooh, ooh, can I answer that?  But first I'll throw this in too:
Those who are willing to question individual accusations, like Cathy Young, are subject to repeated and vociferous criticism. In such an environment, it's no wonder Erdely felt little urge to interview the alleged assailants. To do so in our media culture was to invite risk and little reward.
Part the First: she didn't do that because doing so might have/would have threatened the Preferred Narrative™; she wanted The Story, and finding out that some of the accusations didn't pan out, well, can't have THAT interfering, now can we?

Either she thought nobody would really dig into this(which was stupid), or that somehow she could get away with it if somebody did(which was insane).

Part the Second: deBoer is forgetting something: Erdley could have/should have done that investigating before she wrote the story; if she had, she wouldn't have had to worry about the name calling, because she wouldn't have (if she's got any brain at all) written the story she did.

One last thing, from further down:
The ways in which terms like "rush to judgment" and "due process" have gotten lumped into rape denialism does the movement against rape no favors.
Yeah, there's that "Folks, let's get ALL the facts before we make a judgement" equals "RAPE DENIER!   APOLOGIST!!" bullshit again.

If he can find someone outside of, say, muslim nuts like ISIL who are NOT against rape, I'd like to hear about them; everybody I've ever known thinks it's a disgusting crime that deserves suitable punishment.  We're ALL against rape, asshole, stop acting like we're not. 
Oh, we also think that someone who knowingly makes a false accusation should face real punishment as well; that's one that can destroy lives, and should be treated as such.

But I guess that makes us guilty of something, to the 'progressives'.

"So, Comrade Mayor, you don't like the proletariat seeing you

at the mansion?  You believe yourself superior to them, hmmm?"

Ireland, what the hell is going on over there?
The organizers of Ireland's Holocaust memorial event have banned any mention of Israel at the county's annual ceremony and fired the event's host for the past 12 years because of his objections, the British Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday. The Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, an independent nonprofit organization, runs the annual national Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be held next month in Dublin.

 Before this year's memorial day event, Yanky Fachler who was to host the event, was told not to refer to the Jewish state or the State of Israel during the event, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Fachler lodged his objections with HETI, and after 12 years of hosting the event was fired.

On "The level of Stupid that makes you despair", we have the NYFD

The Fire Department has stopped requiring probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired — a move that critics derided as a lowering of standards.

The move by first-year Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, which allows probies to fail components of the Functional Skills Training test but still graduate from the Fire Academy, comes amid criticism of the department’s low hiring rate of women.
"There's not enough women in the NYFD!  So we'll lower the standards so we can get a proper number."

Wonder how many people are going to wind up dead or crippled because of this idiocy?

Few years back Seattle City Council was about to require the FD to do the same thing, and got a whole freakin' parade of firefighters telling them how stupid it was.  Including the only woman on the force at the time, who informed them that if they dropped the standards, she'd resign: "If something happens to me I want to know that the firefighter by me can get me out, not go yelling for help because they can't do the job."  They backed off, at least at the time.

Yeah, Gruber was the architect, right in the middle of the mess.  And he did count on lies and hiding information to get it through.  And his only regret is he got caught talking about it.

Consider that all those people he was talking to, supposed future leaders, he figured would approve.  And they did.

There's a clown-level socialist named Willis

who demonstrates why I so despise his type(in some cases, wouldn't take much to move that to actual hate):

That's right, folks, wanting there to be an actual investigation before you hang people means "I think all rape claims are bullshit."  This is an especially useful insult when the story they were basing 'Hang all those patriarchal bastards!' on turns out to be fiction.  Malicious fiction, at that.  They want badly to distract from that, so "Let's accuse everyone not a socialist of not caring about rape!"

The question in my mind is, is this fool so demented he actually believes that, or does he do it as an intentional lie?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yes, the DoJ was involved in the IRS corruption;

somebody give me a reason to trust ANY of these people.
A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn’t pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.

It has to be embarrassing to the DOJ, which may not be the most impartial one to be investigating the IRS. In fact, the DOJ withheld over 800 pages of Lerner documents citing “taxpayer privacy” and “deliberative privilege.” Yet these internal DOJ documents show Ms. Lerner was talking to DOJ officials about prosecuting tax-exempt entities (yes, criminally!) two years before the IRS conceded there was inappropriate targeting.

Greenpeace: screwing up a Nazca site for preening and fundraising

These people bring new meaning to 'arrogant', do they not?
The Peruvian government is planning to file criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who may have permanently scarred the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site during a publicity stunt.
Several Greenpeace activists entered into the prohibited area beside the figure of a hummingbird where they laid big yellow cloth letters reading: "Time for Change! The Future is Renewable." They were also sure to leave a signature. The message was intended for delegates from 190 countries at the UN climate talks being held in Lima.
Peru is planning to file criminal charges against the activists before they leave the country. I should damn well hope so.

But fear not!  The Greenpeace elites are going to save the day:
Yesterday, Greenpeace apologized for the stunt, saying it was sorry if the protest at the historical site on Monday caused an "moral offense" to the Peruvian people.
"Let's ignore the vandalism and so forth, and just worry about 'moral offense', ok?"
The environmental activist group said it would collaborate with the government to determine if any damage was done to the site,
Why, because the little brown Peruvians can't be expected to determine that on their own?  Or because you want to try to minimize the damage?
and that it would stop using photos of the protest in its campaigns.
"You're going to make us loose money by not using these pictures, isn't that punishment enough?"

Joe Biden: proof that arrogant and stupid is no bar

to the Senate and the VP slot.
The purpose of her organization is to expose reality such as this, particularly to Western liberals, who she said must “review their thinking.” But getting the left to do so is no easy task, as Hirsi Ali’s encounter with Vice President Biden exemplifies.  

At a dinner in Washington, Biden attempted to correct her perspective on relationship between the Islamic State and Islam, saying, “ISIS had nothing to do with Islam.” When she pushed back, Biden said, “Let me tell you one or two things about Islam…”

“I politely left the conversation at that,” Hirsi Ali said. “I wasn’t used to arguing with vice presidents.”
Yeah, Biden, you know LOTS more about Islam than she does; after all, she only grew up and was mutilated under it...

Madam, you argue with him the same way you would with any other arrogant fool.

"It's not ALL lives matter", it's BLACK lives matter!

Now we're offended with YOU, you insensitive racist bitch!"

The campii are populated by a bunch of whiny, bitchy little grievance-mongers who're in for a real shock when they go outside the walls of academia.

In case you weren't aware, that 'gang-rape at UVA!!' story has fallen further apart.  If Rolling Stone had any integrity(let alone brains) they'd flat-out apologize for screwing up and tell Erdley never to darken their door again.

They won't; they'll try to keep pushing the Preferred Narrative™ as long as they can, and since naming this journalist as a incompetent or corrupt clown would get them yelled at for 'victim-blaming a female' or something, they won't.  Unless the number of zeroes on the check starts getting too large.

Yes, the latest shocking revelations about Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone’s journalism are stunning. They really, really messed up. Even more than we previously realized. They should receive every bit of oppobrium coming their way. But they should not be the scapegoat for a problem that is riddled throughout journalism. Waving it away in denial, as Packer tries to do, only announces one’s cluelessness.

You can tell Clinton's in trouble; even the AP is getting tired of the "You'll get your documents.  Sometime." attitude from the State Dept.

As Tam put it, cops better get used to the idea that when they're in the performance of their duties(or abuse thereof), there's likely to be a camera around

And- especially with 'upload while recording' available, even if they- ILLEGALLY- seize the camera and delete- or try to- the recording, there's still a record.  Which WILL be used against them.

People have been yelling about ISIL taking and selling women and girls as slaves(after murdering all the males, of course) for freakin' MONTHS, and Ma'am Boxer 'just learned about it'?  What the hell rock has she been hiding under?

Media Matters sucks.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Well, gee, maybe if the Border Patrols wasn't screwing with people a HUNDRED MILES FROM THE BORDER,

and that backstabbing bastard occupying the Oval Office wasn't making this crap easier to do, just MAYBE they could've prevented this guy from coming in, hmmm?
An Al Qaeda terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list for years crossed back and forth into the United States from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas and piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.
Oh, and maybe if DHS wasn't more concerned with molesting people in airports and screwing with traffic flow on highways, just MAYBE their uniformed idiots of the TSA could've caught him here?

Tab clearing

President Lightbringer and John Effing Kerry want a authorization for use of force.  With no limits, and 'Don't ask any questions, just do it.'

I'll consider believing in AGW when these assholes start acting like they really do.

"We want a discussion, so we're shutting off comments."   Morons.

That '1 in 5 college women are raped' study?  Bullshit, says the authors.

Good idea: I suggest it also be applied to prosecutors.

I loathe and despise Sharpton, and his enablers.  If someone considered 'right-wing' had done a fraction of the crap he has, he'd be lucky to see his name in print; Sharpton does all this, and MSNBC gives him a show and Obama has him to the White House.

Yeah, the Usual Suspects don't care about this rape problem.

Personal thing: how do you know when a part solves a problem, and lots of people have it?  When every bloody supplier you can find is backordered.

Wonder if the Architect of Obamacare has any ass left

after this?
If I didn't despise Gruber & Co. so, that would've been painful to watch.  "I was trying to seem smart/talking out my ass/very regretful/(fill in the blank)", on and on.
"You're a professor at MIT and you're worried about not seeming smart enough?"
Long pause.  "Yes."
"Well, you succeeded."

It's amazing, watching this arrogant clown trying to talk around it all with "I regret-".  Could've made it short and honest by saying "I regret you people found out about it.  Who do you think you are, causing problems for me?"  All we need is a John Effing Kerry "Don't you know who I am?"

A paragraph of "Of COURSE rape on campus is a massive problem,

with lots of cases unreported!" followed by "What the hell is WRONG with Dunham and Random House?", and finally gets to the fact that falsely accusing someone of rape is a Bad Thing To Do.
Wonder how many zeroes will be on the check they finally have to write?

While all the usual people are repeating the 'Of COURSE it's an epidemic!' crap, I've got some questions:
How many of those rapes and attempted rapes are feminist rapes("I was drunk/I regret it/He kissed me without permission/I didn't want attention from HIM!)?  They've expanded the definition of 'rape' to include so much crap that- if all were equal- a woman touching a man on the arm to express interest could be accused of raping him, or making a sexual assault.  Then you have stuff like this someone found on Bookface:

Yes, it happens.

One of the things that really pisses me off about this?  Rape is a nasty, horrible crime that deserves nasty, horrible punishment.  And every time some bitch screams 'RAPE!' because of regrets or stupid or "I have the power to destroy people, and I want to use it!" it makes it harder to filter out and deal with the real crimes.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Maybe feminism can handle it,

but a lot of feminists damn sure can't.
American campus feminists and the majority of people who write for mainstream websites are among the most privileged, the most protected, the freest people on the planet. It is unbecoming, and unproductive, to continue to cling to a sense of invincible unfreedom.
Feminism is not fragile. To borrow from Col. Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson), it can handle the truth, told straight. Sisterhood is powerful. Instead of devouring their own, feminists should use that power against the real enemies.
Yes, they are; but that sense of invincible unfreedom is HUGELY valuable to them; it defines them, and it gives them power to make demands.  They'll never willingly give it up, no matter how much damage it and they cause.

On the Rolling Stone hit piece:
Here’s something that’s also sort of “unfair:” not talking to seven unconvicted, alleged criminals about their involvement in a purported horrendous crime! It is not rude, shaming, or belittling to seek quotes from alleged rapists. Actually, it is what a responsible journalist does, even when it makes said journalist’s source uneasy. And if making a source uneasy makes a journalist uneasy, it’s time for the journalist in question to find another profession.
It is remarkable and depressing how many SlutWalkers, members of The Progressive Internet, and Earnest Feminists, believe that good reporting somehow equates to victim shaming. If you believe that putting the screws to alleged rapists is somehow anti-feminist then you are an intellectual dwarf.

Awful lot of dwarves out there; and these can't produce anything but outrage and hate.

Isn't it wonderful what you parents and students are paying

for higher education?
A psychology professor at South Texas College in Weslaco, Texas, was seemingly caught on video last month comparing the tea party to the Nazis of the 1930s in Germany.
He then told his students not to “tell anybody” about his remarks — but one of his students had already started filming after he allegedly called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “bastard” for using the name “Cruz” to win his election.

Holder & Co. would rather see people raped, robbed and dead than a cop catch a bad guy by having the wrong social attitudes(also known as 'not having his head up his ass').

Speak uncomfortable truths to women, the SJWs will ruin you.  Because those truths offend them.

The Eloi want us all not only disarmed, but without tools

Apparently this gelded lamb has never had to cut anything outside of his designated safe area, it being too dangerous and anachronistic to actually have a suitable tool with you.

I can't get comments to display, I hope some people with working brain cells are telling him just how friggin' stupid this is.

Also note the apparent ease with the idea that he might be searched anywhere, anytime; the answer is to give up anything that might be upsetting. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Tab clearing

Yeah, doing that a lot lately; there's a lot out there I don't want to lose track of.

More thoughts on the Rolling Stone/UVA mess

The Ivy League lynch mob

Connected: this crap is gonna get worse, and more lives be destroyed, before it gets better.

Re-post: A Psychiatrist Examines the Anti-Gun Mentality

John Wright on current matters.

Holy crap!

At some point not long ago I went over a million visits!

Not bad for a little electronic soapbox.

Some people do indeed know what Sharpton is

A family member of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed man shot and killed by a rookie police officer in a public housing stairwell, is reportedly speaking out against Al Sharpton and accusing the TV host of exploiting the death.

“Al Sharpton came in, put his name on the situation, but has not even made one single call to the parents to Akai,” Hertenceia Peterson, Gurley’s aunt, told TMZ.

Peterson, who claimed to be speaking for Gurley’s mom as well, said Sharpton only appears interested in using the tragedy for “money and political gain.”

Why rape accusations should be handled by cops, not universities and activists

"Rape denialists and apologists will always find some way to say something is untrue," said Laura Dunn, executive director of SurvJustice, a group that is pushing for tougher enforcement of laws against sexual assault of students and others. Dunn said that Rolling Stone, by talking about "discrepancies" in Jackie's story, is "blaming the victim."
Buzuvis also said she was concerned that the backlash over the article may be used by those who are questioning the current move of many colleges and universities (prodded by the U.S. Education Department) to move to a "preponderance of evidence" standard in judging sexual assault cases, not the criminal standard of guilt beyond all reasonable doubt.
Want an actual investigation, and facts and evidence, you're a 'denier' and 'rape apologist'.  Point out problems, or errors, or flat-out lies in a case, you're 'blaming the victim'.
Want to stick with those 'presumption of innocence' and 'beyond reasonable doubt' things that people fought so hard for, you're a Bad Person because "We want a hanging, and that's getting in the way!  We want presumption of guilt!"

Buzuvis, this just proved that your 'preponderance of evidence' standard is bullshit.  Going by that, people in that fraternity could've had their lives ruined over this; but you'd be happy with that, wouldn't you?

Also, notice that the campus paper has taken its lessons from the major media:
..."The possible discrepancies being brought to light (by the fraternity's lawyer, people!!!) in this story don't change the fact that rape is rampant at this university and has been since women were first admitted in 1970.
Because if the lawyer of the accused points out problems with a story, that should be ignored; at least if the accused is male.  And rape is RAMPANT, because we say so!  Etc.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Tab clearing

Senior officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) tried to hide a damning report on a $300 million computer system that lawmakers have called a “boondoggle” in order to protect President Obama’s nominee to lead the agency, a whistleblower claimed in an interview with

Ignore all the other progressive crap: they admit the reason they want Murthy as Surgeon General is to attack the 2nd Amendment.
The debate is over for now — it was indeed over long before the Sandy Hook massacre — and no more room exists even for a mild piece of legislation, like an assault-weapons ban, that might have done a little good but that mostly makes gun-control liberals feel better about themselves. Yet if we remove the debate from a gun context, if we approach our epidemic of gun violence from the point of view of a doctor serving the health and welfare of all Americans — well, that changes things. Or could if Murthy is given a chance.
'Nobody wants to take your guns!' my ass.

Linked to this piece once before, but worth linking again if you've missed it before: Street robberies, the basics

Our noble AG really has a soft spot for the Black Panthers, doesn't he?  Wonder how many people it'll get killed...

Ayoob has some posts on Ferguson.  Haven't read them yet, need to get to that.

Once more, hippies: yes, Hitler & Co. were socialists.  Deal with it.

More on the most recent massacre in Mexico(that I know of, at least).
But the government sure as hell doesn't want the honest commoners having arms; THAT would be destabilizing, or something.

If this is true, it's not just a negligent shooting by NYPD,

it's negligence while a man died.
While Akai Gurley was dying in a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn housing development, the cop who fired the fatal bullet was texting his union representative, sources told the Daily News.

Right after rookie cop Peter Liang discharged a single bullet that struck Gurley, 28, he and his partner Shaun Landau were incommunicado for more than six and a half minutes, sources said Thursday.

In the critical moments after the Nov. 20 shooting, the cops’ commanding officer and an emergency operator — responding to a 911 call from a neighbor and knowing the duo was in the area — tried to reach them in vain, sources said.

So.  We've got a cop in a place he wasn't supposed to be, with his pistol out for some reason, apparently with his finger on the damned trigger, and after he shoots someone, instead of calling an ambulance, CALLS HIS UNION REP.  

Y'know, this is a really STUPID statement as to why Barkley shouldn't speak

It’s not that you shouldn’t ever have an opinion, but you are often quoted alongside the likes of Al Sharpton and even President Obama…
Guy, when you hold up (convicted liar/bigot/racist/homophobe/tax cheat)SHARPTON as  someone special who should be listened to...

You're a fool.

Dec. 7, 1941

Day that officially got us into WWII.
Had a great-uncle who was a diver in the Navy; after this spent the war in the Pacific, wound up with a full-disability out of it.  Only heard him say a word about any of it the day Bill Clinton was trying to gin up support for attacking Iraq to distract from his bad publicity problems; George was not complimentary, and said a couple of things about Tarawa.

RIP, guys.

Repeat bogus '1 in 5 will be assaulted' number,

and then Ultimately, though, from where I sit in Charlottesville, to let fact checking define the narrative would be a huge mistake.

Followed by  “I’m worried that because of the inconsistencies in this story, this will challenge the precedent of believing a survivor,”
Translation: "We need to push 'Accused equals Guilty', because."

Yeah, the dean trashed a whole bunch of people based on an accusation, there were death threats and vandalism, the story was bullshit, but 'We HAVE to believe every accusation is true.'


The story was too useful to possibly damage by actually verifying it, so they didn't want to: "BELIEVE, or you hate women.  BELIEVE, or you're an apologist for rape culture!"  Etc.  And now that it's fallen apart, "We must continue to believe, or women suffer!  And the falsely accused and harmed?  Sucks for you, but you don't count."