Simple Thoughts

The Seattle Times is quite concerned that after a year of investigation, they still don’t understand Adam Lanza’s motives in the Newtown Massacre. “…they were unable to answer the question that everyone has been asking since the tragedy: Why?” They are too busy wringing their hands over “Child” and “Autism” and “Guns”, twisting their brains into a progressive knot of political correctness and fashionable open-mindedness to realize that this isn’t a mystery: Adam Lanza was evil.
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If I were a Democrat who openly supported Obama and engaged in ObamaCare discussions supporting the system and/or attacking its detractors, I’d be getting pretty embarrassed. Humiliated, even. Definitely frustrated. Probably a bit resentful. And maybe even a bit angry. I’m not saying that you liberals should do some soul-searching or question your arrogant yet naive socialist worldview. I’m not saying that Democrats are going to become increasingly unpopular as ObamaCare continues its roll out, and there’s nothing anyone can do to save you or it. But given Obama’s cratering popularity, I’d really think twice before bringing it up this Thanksgiving. Discretion is the better part of valor. Just saying.
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Ace has a post up about the remake of “Roadhouse.” They start giving Hollywood a rough time at the end, regarding how low “The Idea Factory” has sunk:

It’s a piece of crap movie. I cannot imagine why anyone would even consider remaking it. It would be like choosing some trivial wrestling movie from 1938 — yeah, they used to make movies about wrestling, that was a thing — to remake.

Apparently, literally all movies and tv shows with the slightest amount of name recognition will be remade/rebooted.

I honestly don’t know what the cut-off is, here. If Roadhouse is now a property ripe for exploitation, based upon the 400 people who liked Roadhouse, then what movie or TV wouldn’t they remake?

Man from Atlantis? Manimal? Momma’s Family? My Two Dads? Silver Spoons: The Movie?

Honestly? My concern isn’t that Hollywood will remake the crap, it’s that they’ll remake GOOD movies that should be left alone. Are you ready for the reboot of Gone with the Wind or Taxi Driver? How about The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz? Or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest or Casablanca? Or maybe a more current film: The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars, or Pulp Fiction? Maybe Apocalypse Now, ET or even Jaws? Psycho and True Grit have already received the treatment. And weren’t they wonderful?
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Evil Wal-Mart is in trouble again. Their employees are taking to the pavement on Friday to protest the poor wages. The immediate problem is that most of them aren’t employees. The group, the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), is a offshoot of the United Food and Commercial Workers retail union (UFCW). But yea, totally grass roots.

The long-term problem is the continuing degradation of the American Spirit. Fast food and retail jobs are traditionally the domain of high-school aged people. These are entry-level stepping-stone jobs meant for people who have limited expenses as they are under the wing of parents or living with 4 or 5 friends in an apartment. But today these jobs are taken by unskilled adults lacking in drive but filled to the brim with notions of their own self-worth.

“Walmart and the Waltons seem to be fine with the financial struggles that we’re all facing,” Colorado Walmart employee Barbara Gertz said in an OUR Walmart release. “We’re are all in the same situation, one that Walmart creates by paying us poverty wages.”

These utter morons actually expect that a job at Wal-Mart should pay well enough to make a livelihood. Should a Wal-Mart Greeter be able to make a mortgage payment and feed and clothe a family? That is insane. On the other hand, virtually every high-schooler technically falls below the poverty line and nobody says squat. Fairly glaring disconnect, yes? Nope and Shut up. So let’s blame Wal-Mart and agitate for more money. That will fix everything, at least until next time.

I’m a hard-hearted conservative because I think these people should show a little backbone, embrace the American Spirit and work hard to develop skills, whether with the hands or the mind (or both!). Develop yourself and move up. Be better. Do better. It’s hard. It kicks your ass. And failures and setbacks WILL happen. Don’t blame. Don’t make excuses. Don’t accept excuses from others. Persevere and the rewards will come; you’ll set your own wage, hours, work environment and more. On the other hand, if you settle, and park in front of a shelf at Wal-Mart stocking toilet paper and doritos, you’ll find yourself fifty years old *still* unskilled and *still* poor because your only hope is the Unions and the scraps they’ll throw to you for the rest of your life. Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing. It allows us to pursue our dreams. But it also allows us to be complete fools.

Here’s a hint from the Squirrel Kingdom: You humans are the only species on the planet that consciously chooses NOT to pursue your dreams and instead, settle. Congratulations on your wise utilization of the freedoms you have. Idiots.

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A Quote for America

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

—-H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

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George W Bush: The Most Inadvertently And Incompetently Powerful Human In World History

I think that’s safe to say. Seriously. I mean, here we are in 2013, nearly 5 years after he left office and he still controls EVERYTHING. Timothy Egan in the New York Times, no less:

He’s there in every corner of Congress where a microphone fronts a politician, there in Russia and the British Parliament and the Vatican. You may think George W. Bush is at home in his bathtub, painting pictures of his toenails, but in fact he’s the biggest presence in the debate over what to do in Syria.

[Bush] gave every world leader, every member of Congress a reason to keep the dogs of war on a leash. The isolationists in the Republican Party are a direct result of the Bush foreign policy. A war-weary public that can turn an eye from children being gassed — or express doubt that it happened — is another poisoned fruit of the Bush years.

Yes, GW Bush is everywhere. Timothy really believes that the neocon warmongers have transformed into doves because Bush’s policy pushed them to isolationism via weariness. Seriously. This isn’t just obtuse, or disconnected, it’s insane. At this point these Alinsky worshipping liars don’t even know what they make up versus what’s real.

Democratic Strategist James Carville had this exchange with Bill O’Reilly:

CARVILLE: You know, what I would say and maybe a little bit of a different view here. I think what really is freaking people out is the incompetence of the Bush administration in Iraq.

O’REILLY: You’re going to blame Bush?

CARVILLE: Of course, the Iraq thing is why people have so much trepidation about going into Syria. They said the last time we went over there, look what happened. I really think this has something to do with it.

So Carville posits that trepidation over Bush’s incompetence is causing the neocons to go all flower-child now that Obama is in the drivers’ seat.

Then there’s Chris Matthews who went on air and made the case that Republicans “don’t hate war, they hate this guy, Barack Hussein Obama” pointing to a picture of the president standing with Joe Biden, according to NewsBusters. “They just cannot stomach the fact that they might be agreeing with him,” Schultz added. … “The reason Obama can’t build a coalition of allies is because the Bush administration lied to the world about the war in Iraq. We now have a credibility issue because of this crowd.”

So Bush’s lies destroyed American credibility forever while all Obama’s detractors are simply seething haters.

All of it worth a bucket of piss. The more I read of Progressive notions of what motivates Conservatives, the more I see projection. Matthews could be talking about Obama and it would seem more appropriate: “The reason Obama can’t build a coalition of allies is because his administration lied to the world about many things. We now have a credibility issue because of this crowd.” Does this seem so far fetched or detached from reality?

What about Carville? Tweak his statement for Obama and it’s much more plausible: “You know, what I would say and maybe a little bit of a different view here. I think what really is freaking people out is the incompetence of this administration in Benghazi. Of course, the Libya thing is why people have so much trepidation about going into Syria. They said the last time we ran into trouble, look what happened. I really think this has something to do with it.” Again I ask, what’s so hard to believe?

Then Egan’s piece with a twist: “Obama gave every world leader, every member of Congress a reason to keep the dogs of war on a leash. The isolationists in the Republican Party are a direct result of the murky Obama foreign policy. A war-weary public that can turn an eye from children being gassed — or express doubt that it happened — is another poisoned fruit of the Anti-War Movement unleashed during the Bush Presidency.” Is that even a slight stretch?

The answer is self-evident. So here we are, with Bush’s name in the blame spotlight five years after he left office and ten years after the start of the Iraq War. Obama is supposed to be the light bringer. The oceans stopped their rise upon his inauguration. The most transparent administration ever. The greatest orator of our time. The end of Cowboy Diplomacy and the initiation of world trust and peace. A new dawn for the middle class. A new world of Hope and Change. But it turns out that in reality Obama is utterly helpless, hidden in the shadow of the omnipotent evil of George W Bush. Nothing Obama and his experts do seem to have any beneficial impact, whether we’re talking about the economy or foreign policy, to reverse Bush’s incompetent yet supremely impactful influence over events. Influence that obscures Obama’s power(s) a year into his second term.

So is Bush the most powerful President in history, as Carville and Egan would have you believe? Or is Obama helpless against the mindless right-wing onslaught, as Matthews opines? Hey, who cares? Obama got Bin Laden.

…or was that really George W Bush, too?

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Quote of the Week

I Watch MSNBC So You Don’t Have To™ and I can report that it’s Crazyville over there nowadays. Viewers must find themselve’s waxing nostalgic for the calm and reasoned voice of Keith Olbermann. -Robert Stacey McCain

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A Hippo Explains Obamacare

The wise and noble hippo briefly emerges from his watery home and takes 12 seconds to explain ObamaCare in simple terms that we can all understand:

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What a Bunch of Suckers

With everyone completely focused on Syria, no one has bothered to lift their head to see the victory being handed to Obama. First and foremost, we’re no longer hearing ANYTHING about gun control, the failed stimulus, fast-and-furious, the sequester, the IRS, the debt ceiling, the NSA, the national debt, the annual deficit, Benghazi, ObamaCare, Egypt, or any of his administrations other myriad scandals or disasters. Convenient for the President, eh? Second, Obama’s decision to go to congress for approval has nothing to do with popular opinion as he stated. It’s all about creating an avenue to blame “that intransigent GOP Congress” when the shit hits the fan. Because it will. And it’s all calculated to benefit the Dems in 2014.

As world leaders sit aghast and in stunned silence at the sophomoric actions of the United States, Vladimir Putin and Mahmood Ahmadinejad simply chuckle at Obama’s smart diplomacy destroying America’s position in the world from within, because votes.

[Added:] Over at Gateway Pundit, Melissa Clouthier agrees:

Who gets the blame when the Syrian effort turns out like Egypt and Libya? Why the Republican lead House, that’s who. How is this possible, you ask, when Barack Hussein Obama himself has been talking all Red Line and stuff? He has the media, that’s how.

Oh yes, Barack Obama is going to enjoy this Syrian debacle and the GOP will help give him cover. It’ll turn out to be good for him. Bet on it.

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On Embracing Stupidity To Satisfy The God Of Political Correctness. And Democrats.

Much has already been made of Allison Benedikt’s insipid article at Slate titled, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. A manifesto.” The one point I want to make is that her entire thesis is constructed on the premise that having every child in Public School will eventually cause the Public Schools to become better quality education… in 3 or 4 generations.

Personally, having been through the Public School system, I believe there are plenty of kids in the system and adding more will just add more. Regardless, she and I agree that the CURRENT public school education is miserable and inadequate. Where we diverge is in what to do. She says send all kids to PS. I say in order to get to a better future we need better educated kids NOW, and that better education is to be had in private school. Not. Rocket. Science.

The problem is that if we have well educated children growing up into capable adults, they won’t believe, and in fact will call out historical untruths like what the Los Angeles Times served up today with an article on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights March that included the zinger:

“Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush could not attend for health reasons, their spokesmen said. The elder Bush, who at 89 uses a wheelchair, rarely attends public events. His son, the 43rd president, is still recovering from a recent heart procedure, his spokesman said.

The absence of even a gesture of bipartisanship was a reminder of the enduring political legacy of the civil rights battles. Since Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters, leaving a stark racial divide in American politics.”

Emphasis mine. We’ll skip right past the backhanded assault on the Bush’s ability to appear bipartisan and right to the lie: Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963. That is simply not true. Republicans outnumbered Democrats in their support of the Civil Rights Act. And in fact, when the bill hit the floor of the legislature, a bloc of Southern Senators, 18 Democrats and 1 Republican, launched a filibuster that lasted 54 days, saying, “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our states.” Strom Thurmond, the most vocal detractor said, “This so-called Civil Rights Proposals, which the President has sent to Capitol Hill for enactment into law, are unconstitutional, unnecessary, unwise and extend beyond the realm of reason. This is the worst civil-rights package ever presented to the Congress and is reminiscent of the Reconstruction proposals and actions of the radical Republican Congress.”

Yep. Thoughtful, common-sense Democrats pointing fingers at those radical Republicans again. Some things never change, eh?

But back to my point. The LA Times either lied deliberately or they actually don’t know history, or both. Considering that Allison Benedikt’s world view matches the Times almost perfectly, do think the actual point of Allison’s piece is better educated kids? Do you think that is what she and the Times want? Oh hell no. What they want is the control in a world populated with 3 or 4 generations of kids taught by biased, activist, unionized public school teachers who grow our kids into pliable, unquestioning adults, also known as Democrat voters.

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