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Gaming Open

There's a number of new games out on the marketplace, so I am off to do some marathon gaming this weekend...I've been waiting for this game since it was first announced:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like...and if you are dedicated enough to actually watch the entire video, you probably deserve an award from someone.


Swamped With Work Open other words, post what you like and have a nice weekend.


Young Criminals Open

Tykes everywhere are committing crimes, obviously a symptom of serious social dysfunction. A baby in Pakistan is accused of murder. A little girl threatens Santa over what? A Christmas present...

What is the root cause of such evil? Some say it's the bottle-fed babies who are the problem, but seeing the amount of mother's milk required to nurture the little ones, it is a wonder we are not beset by a kiddie crime wave:

No...this post makes no sense, nor is it meant to. Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Surveillance Open

It seems a family living in Indianapolis is receiving threatening messages from their cable box. I would have said that this story is utter BS, but then I remembered the problems my neighbor had with her television set...

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Connecting The Dots

Powerline's John Hinderaker did an outstanding job refuting a fraudulent anti-Koch Brothers hit piece that ran in the Wash Post earlier this week, and went further today in exposing the agenda behind the smears:

Let me offer an alternative explanation of why the Washington Post published their Keystone/Koch smear: 1) The Washington Post in general, and Mufson and Eilperin in particular, are agents of the Left, the environmental movement and the Democratic Party. 2) The Keystone Pipeline is a problem for the Democratic Party because 60% of voters want the pipeline built, while the party’s left-wing base insists that it not be approved. 3) The Keystone Pipeline is popular because it would broadly benefit the American people by creating large numbers of jobs, making gasoline more plentiful and bringing down the cost of energy. 4) Therefore, the Democratic Party tries to distract from the real issues surrounding the pipeline by claiming, falsely, that its proponents are merely tools of the billionaire Koch brothers–who, in fact, have nothing to do with Keystone one way or the other. 5) The Post published its article to assist the Democratic Party with its anti-Keystone talking points.

Which frames a very interesting contrast. The Keystone Pipeline is by no means the only energy-related controversy these days. “Green” energy is also highly controversial. “Green” energy is controversial, in part, because, unlike the Keystone Pipeline, it harms the consumer: solar and wind energy are inefficient, and therefore raise energy costs to consumers. “Green” energy is also controversial because it harms taxpayers: because they are inefficient, solar and wind energy can survive only through taxpayer-funded subsidies. Further, the federal government has invested in numerous “green” energy projects that have gone bankrupt, sticking taxpayers with the tab. Solyndra is only one of a number of such debacles.

“Green” energy is also controversial because it has been used to enrich government cronies. Let’s take, for instance, the billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer has made much of his fortune by using his government connections to secure support for uneconomic “green” energy projects that have profited him, to the detriment of consumers and taxpayers. See, for example, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As is explained here, Tom Steyer is a bitter opponent of the Keystone Pipeline. His financial interests, in “green” energy and perhaps also in pre-pipeline oil sources like BP, stand to benefit if Keystone is killed.

Haven’t heard much about Tom Steyer, you say? Maybe that’s because he isn’t heavily involved in politics. Heh–just kidding. Steyer, as you probably know, is one of the biggest donors to the Democratic Party and its candidates. This year, he has pledged to contribute $100 million to the campaigns of Democratic candidates, as long as they toe the line on environmental issues–which includes, presumably, taxpayer support for “green” energy and opposition to Keystone.

So the Post could have written a very different story about the Keystone Pipeline. The Post could have written that opposition to the pipeline is being funded in large part by a billionaire who has a personal financial interest in the pipeline not being built. And that’s not all! The billionaire is a political crony who has used his connections in Washington to get rich and to fleece consumers and taxpayers. Now, with Keystone, he is doing it again! How is that for a story that would “stir and inflame public debate in this election year”?

The Post, of course, didn’t write that story. But the Post has written about Tom Steyer. Not only that–what a coincidence!–Juliet Eilperin has written about Steyer. In this February 2013 puff piece, to which Mufson also contributed, she promoted Steyer’s campaign to be named Energy Secretary.


Of course, neither Steyer nor Eilperin mentioned that killing Keystone, capping carbon emissions and so on would all benefit Steyer financially.

So we have a contrast that couldn’t be clearer: the Washington Post published a false story about support for Keystone because it fit the Democratic Party’s agenda. It covered up a similar, but true story about opposition to the pipeline (and about “green” politics in general) because that, too, fit the Democratic Party’s agenda. I don’t think we need to look any further to connect the dots.

And yet, a still deeper level of corruption is on display here. Juliet Eilperin is a reporter for the Washington Post who covers, among other things, environmental politics. As I wrote in my prior post, she is married to Andrew Light. Light writes on climate policy for the Center for American Progress, a far-left organization that has carried on a years-long vendetta against Charles and David Koch on its web site, Think Progress. Light is also a member of the Obama administration, as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy on Climate Change in the Department of State. The Center for American Progress is headed by John Podesta, who chaired Barack Obama’s transition team and is now listed as a “special advisor” to the Obama administration. Note that Ms. Eilperin quoted Podesta, her husband’s boss, in her puff piece on Tom Steyer.

Oh, yes–one more thing. Guess who sits on the board of the Center for American Progress? Yup. Tom Steyer.

This kind of incest is common in Washington. You can’t separate the reporters from the activists from the Obama administration officials from the billionaire cronies. Often, as in this instance, the same people wear two or more of those hats simultaneously. However bad you think the corruption and cronyism in Washington are, they are worse than you imagine. And if you think the Washington Post is part of a free and independent press, think again.

Big Government, Big Business and the Mainsteam unholy trinity of corruption.


Dumbass Remarks Open

It takes a special kind of moron to make jokes about bombs in an airport, but perhaps this fellow was truly serious. I wonder if it was nuclear and if so, did he use the tabletop variety?

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Red Line Weekend

I don't know what it is with the Obama administration and its fascination with red lines, but they are at it again--this time it is John Kerry scribbling with his little crayon, issuing a sharp ultimatium to Russia to retreat on the Ukraine (didn't he just do the same thing last week after they moved into Crimea?).  Oh...and according to this same dumb ass, the United States no longer recognizes Israel as a Jewish State...

Have a nuke free weekend and post what you like.


Weekend Open

I'm under a tight deadline so this is the no-topic open thread.

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Sort of Like Ann Landers Open

I'm thinking of adding an advice columnist to the the site...what do you think?

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Free Enterprise Open

Despite Newsweek's claim after President Zero's election that "we're all socialists now," some of the younger set still seems to be embracing the concept of free enterprise...


Pass that joint, have a nice weekend, and feel free to post what you like.




Valentine Open

It's Valentine's day, so don't forget your loved one on this special occasion!

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Idiots On Parade

As if Joe Biden's recent remarks aren't dopey enough, now we have this.  The NAACP of North Carolina is marching on Raleigh, with a whole laundry list of whiny complaints, including, of course, the "racist" agenda of requiring proper ID to vote.  OK, now for the fun part.  Here's the little handout, telling all the bused-in pseudo-grass roots protesters what do do.  Note the one that's marked in red.

This bunch makes crazy old Joe "Shoot-'em-through-the-door" Biden seem almost rational by comparison. 



Tired Of Politics?

Some of you may not be aware of it, but we actually have a museum at the site, which opens for business every Sunday morning and can be accessed here:

There are also regular updates in our music section. Please feel free to check out the tunes there sometime.


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Weekend Open

I have nothing to post about this week, so call this a do-nothing open. Have a nice weekend and post what you like...