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Jehuda 9:29 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink  

Good Thing Eric Holder Failed Big: 1 dead after NC grandfather fires back at trio in attempted rape of teen granddaughter.

The fatality was one of the 3 assailants.  The other 2 were also injured, as was grandpa.  When seconds count, the police are always minutes away…

Eric Holder lists the Obama administration’s inability to restrict gun rights among his biggest failures.


Jehuda 7:26 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink  

I sense a disturbance in the Force: VIDEO: Every on-screen death in the original Star Wars trilogy in under 3 minutes.


Jehuda 12:33 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink  

Meanwhile, In Japan: Cyber High School Will Allow Students To Attend Via Avatars.


Jehuda 3:19 pm on October 21, 2014 Permalink  

World’s Smallest Violin: Holder: Gun control among biggest failures.  I don’t think I’ve ever delighted so much in anyone’s failure.

Related: We don’t have a surgeon general because Democrats made a losing bet on gun politics.  Serves them right for allowing POTUS to politicize the Surgeon General’s nomination.


Jehuda 11:17 am on October 17, 2014 Permalink  

MUCH GOOD THIS WILL DO: We’re Getting an Ebola Czar.  Namely Ron Klain.  And he has no public health experience.

This is a clear indication, in my arrogant opinion, that no one in the White House knows what to do either about Ebola reaching our shores or about the Center for Disease Control’s perceived impotence and incompetence in the face of related events…or about the resulting CDC (Crise de Confiance, ‘Crisis of Confidence’ in French – pardon my French, by the way)

Now, Klain used to be Chief of Staff for Fredo Biden and Al Gore.  And I will grant that this points to a decent level of skill at containing walking disasters; but goofy VP’s are not self-replicating pathogens on the scale of Ebola (but I will note that VP Biden’s gotten close to achieving self-replication.  We have been warned).

So you have to conclude Klain is way in over his head on this one.  Can a consummate Washington insider coordinate the necessary response?  Maybe only in Washington.  What about at the state level?  Not everything happens within the federal sphere of influence.

A Czar is a creature of the Executive Branch.  So his powers will be limited to enforcing executive orders.  However, there are a great many things that executive orders can’t achieve.  That’s just the way our government is set up.  But you are educated.  I don’t need to tell you this.

So call me cynical, but I can’t help to see this as a transparent, purely political move: Need to look busy.  Need to look like we’re doing something.  Less than 3 weeks until the midterms!

UPDATE: More on the Ebola Czar un-credentials (and why his appointment is mainly about politics, not public health) via Instapundit.


Jehuda 8:06 am on October 17, 2014 Permalink  

Seen on Facebook:
You know how you say “crisis of confidence” in French?  Crise de confiance.

Coincidence?  There’s no such thing…


Jehuda 1:42 pm on October 16, 2014 Permalink  

Life Imitates The Onion: Idaho Man, 52, Arrested For Battering Female Victim With A Burrito.

What’s the point of all this big government if we can’t stop the spread of deadly diseases and keep people from weaponizing food in this fashion?  Seriously, is anyone running the show anymore?


Jehuda 1:43 am on October 16, 2014 Permalink  

Frontiers of Medicine: How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola.


Jehuda 9:24 am on October 15, 2014 Permalink  

An elegant facility from a more civilized age: TWA Terminal Still Sitting In Beautiful Abandonment.

They don’t make anything about air travel like they used to…


Jehuda 8:59 am on October 15, 2014 Permalink  

You don’t say: Liberals Ben Affleck and Bill Maher Both Admit to Owning Guns for Self Defense.


Jehuda 2:59 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink  

Probably just campaigning for the upcoming elections: Creepy Clowns Stalk California Town.

It could be worse. At least they are not Ebola-carrying zombie clowns. Not yet, anyway…


Jehuda 1:16 pm on October 11, 2014 Permalink  

Frontiers of Profiling: Iowa Cop Demands To Search Car Because ‘Everybody That Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed’.


Jehuda 11:02 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink  

Thugs With Badges: Cop Allows K-9 to Maul Handcuffed, Face Down Suspect, Then Blames it On Him.

I read a great deal about police brutality and abuse, but this is a new one…


Jehuda 9:30 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink  

VIDEO: Executive Toxicity: 40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama.

Not particularly bright from her, but evidently Obama’s numbers in Kentucky are abysmal.


Jehuda 4:54 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink  

Parallel Reconstruction: This Is How the Feds Illegally Obtain Evidence of a Crime and Lie About It in Court.

The NSA plays a role in this process…


Jehuda 4:50 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink  

More on that “Obama Drone” Street Artist: Who Is This Guy Going After Hillary, Obama & Gwyneth Paltrow? Meet Artist SABO. And He’s Just Begun.


Jehuda 1:08 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink  

Government is the only thing we all belong to: DEA Agent Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name: “A DEA agent commandeered a woman’s identity, created a phony Facebook account in her name, and posted racy photos he found on her seized cell phone. The government said he had the right to do that.”

Of course it did.  It’s a lot easier to do that than to hold him accountable, especially since the DEA and other federal agencies might have already done something like this more than once…


Jehuda 5:48 pm on October 6, 2014 Permalink  

Not one bit surprised: White House: Biden Remains Trusted Adviser on National Security.

…not coming from this White House…


Jehuda 2:58 pm on October 6, 2014 Permalink  

Frontiers of Oversharing on Social Media: A top Taliban figure gives away his hiding spot on Twitter.

Odds are the NSA already knew where he was.  Unless, you know, the NSA is too busy spying on every American to spy on these other guys…


Jehuda 3:50 pm on October 4, 2014 Permalink  

TV: The 5 Best Libertarian TV Shows Ever.

Starz’s ‘Boss‘ should also be on this list, I believe, for its thorough and realistic depiction of machine city politics.

You can find all 5 of the shows on the list on Amazon Instant Video, by the way.  And two of them you can watch for free if you are an Amazon Prime member.


Jehuda 3:14 pm on October 4, 2014 Permalink  

Frontiers of International Travel: Coast Guard rescues man trying to “run” to Bermuda in hydro-bubble east of St. Augustine, Florida.


Jehuda 7:51 pm on October 2, 2014 Permalink  

Unsustainable corruption: Florida town infamous for speed traps disbanding police force.

It was unsustainable because they got caught…


Jehuda 12:03 pm on September 28, 2014 Permalink  

Strangely entertaining: Famous Movies Recreated With Stock Footage.

Your background knowledge will have to fill in the blanks.  Seemed a letdown at first, but it grew on me.


Jehuda 12:55 pm on September 27, 2014 Permalink  

BENGHAZI REDUX? Al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen fire rocket towards U.S. embassy, say revenge for drone strike.

So…Osama is dead, GM is alive…and Al Qaeda, too?


Jehuda 2:36 am on September 27, 2014 Permalink  

Alas, it’s not a Robert Ludlum novel: What Is the Shellshock Vulnerability?

Essentially, the bug comes from how Bash handles what are called “environmental variables.†If you know about the vulnerability, you can trick Bash into executing commands that it shouldn’t even be registering as commands. The malicious command can be sort of tucked into text that Bash should ignore. And it can direct a computer to download malware or wreak all kinds of havoc.

But Windows is immune, so there’s that…


Jehuda 9:20 pm on September 26, 2014 Permalink  

War On Women: Swedish Man Acquitted of Rape Due to ‘Sexomnia’.

They say Europeans are more sophisticated, but this is ridiculous…


Jehuda 1:39 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink  

Dispatch From the Mirror Universe: NBC’s Chuck Todd: Self-Professed Activist Eric Holder ‘a Very Non-Political Person’.  (via Insty)

I wish NBC News would stop insulting my intelligence.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Mr. Holder.


Jehuda 12:02 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink  

Now you tell me: Scientific Study Concludes No One Trusts Lawyers.

This can only make paying off those student loans all the much more unpleasant…


Jehuda 12:18 am on September 25, 2014 Permalink  

War on Women: Pregnant woman thrown, held belly-down to the ground by NYPD cop in Brooklyn.


Jehuda 11:45 am on September 24, 2014 Permalink  

Life Imitates The Onion: iPhone 6 Screen Size Issue Solved by Giant Thumb.


Jehuda 12:51 am on September 24, 2014 Permalink  

ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: The President’s paper cup speaks for itself.  It’s his plenary powers as Commander-in-Chief that make it possible for him to order men and women into danger as he has done over Syria (but note that a president by himself doesn’t have the power to declare war).  Least he can do is show the world he takes those powers seriously.

What’s even sadder is that the photo wasn’t inadvertently published.  It was intentionally uploaded to the White House’s Instagram feed.  The administration’s PR staff simply didn’t see anything wrong with it.

So I guess they won’t mind if we have a little fun with it:



Jehuda 2:07 pm on September 23, 2014 Permalink  

EVEN A BROKEN CLOCK: VIDEO: Joe Biden told us that if we voted for Romney we’d have a president who’d go to war with Syria…AND HE WAS RIGHT! (with apologies to Professor Reynolds)

UPDATE: Actually, apologies to broken clocks everywhere. The comparison is obviously unfair.


Jehuda 12:02 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink  

NEVER FORGET: We all lost something on 9/11/2001, but thousands lost someone on that day. My condolences to them, now as then.  Let’s stay strong and vigilant as individuals and as a nation – and hopefully our political class will follow.



Jehuda 4:38 pm on September 8, 2014 Permalink  

Dog Bites Man: Huffington Post Stands By Its Completely Bogus, Totally Debunked ‘History Of Email’ Series.

Journalism is hard. Evidently, so is taking responsibility…


Jehuda 4:37 pm on August 28, 2014 Permalink  

Pre-crime is real: Indian State Allows Pre-Emptive Arrest for Online Obscenity, Copyright Violations:

In the state of Karnataka in southern India, Minority Report has come true. Actually, the state’s so-called Goondas Act–an umbrella law covering offenses from bootlegging to gambling–has long allowed police to put habitual offenders in “preventive custody†for up to a year before they offend again. But just this month Karnataka’s government expanded the law even further to make it cover copyright violations and “digital offenses†such as sharing material deemed obscene or blasphemous.

Good times.  Fortunately, something like that could never happen here


Jehuda 10:02 pm on August 27, 2014 Permalink  

JOURNALISM IS HARD: Vox entertainment news piece reveals 7-year Tony Soprano mystery, gets it wrong: “A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying,’Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate.”

That was no journalist.  That was a Vox writer…


Jehuda 6:19 pm on August 21, 2014 Permalink  

Just part of a pattern, really: Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap.


Jehuda 9:53 pm on August 19, 2014 Permalink  

Old Media vs. New Media: Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide Ending After 45-Year Run.


Jehuda 11:16 am on August 19, 2014 Permalink  

RIP: Don Pardo, Longtime Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dead at 96.

Never had the chance to work with him.  I guess I’m too young.  But a former boss of mine who started out as a page at 30 Rock (not at the show – I mean the address!) told me Pardo would read NBC staff voicemail announcements for a buck, if you asked him…


Jehuda 12:22 pm on August 16, 2014 Permalink  

Guess whose policy choices have led to an actual #WarOnWomen? Meet ISIS’s Worst Nightmare: An All-Women Battalion Of Kurdish Fighters.

They told me that if I didn’t vote for Obama, we’d have a president who would enable a War On Women…AND THEY WERE RIGHT!  (with apologies to Professor Reynolds, aka Insty)

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