tonight’s KisP fun facts

…the average black person’s friend network is 8 percent white, but the average white person’s network is only 1 percent black. To put it another way: Blacks have ten times as many black friends as white friends. But white Americans have an astonishing 91 times as many white friends as black friends…

Since 77.7% of the us population is white and only 13.2% are black why would these “statistics” of what color your friends are be *GHASP* astonishing?

And I wanna know how many LGBTUVXCXSEDGJNMKI friends blacks have because homophobia…..

unreality show

previously…

Doctor Cloward, Doctor Piven… Please call your office.

Another happy milestone for Barack Obama and his Progressive and Radical cohorts. The Census Bureau reports more than 100 million Americans now receive means-tested welfare assistance. It would appear Mitt Romney was not so far off after all.

The percentage of American households on welfare has reached 35%. If we include other forms of government assistance such as Medicare and Social Security, almost half of all households are getting a check or other form of government assistance. The tipping point is getting closer and closer.

So much is shocking and dismaying about these numbers. How is it that the number of recipients and the price tag for many of these programs kept skyrocketing though the recession officially ended in 2009? Normally, you’d expect welfare caseloads to fall in a recovery as the unemployment rate dips, but this time welfare participation keeps expanding.

So… more and more people are being “connected” to benefits while fewer and fewer people are paying taxes? I seem to remember some sort of strategy involving something like that.

Perhaps this is because this administration and many Democrats in Congress, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have told Americans that welfare benefits are a stimulus to the economy (sic). Apparently, the left believes that if every family were on food stamps, the economy would return to its glory days.

Maybe some of them believe that. More likely, they know full well what they are doing and what the implications are.

And why should many of these recipients look for a job? If they ever did, they could stand to make less money than they do not working.

Putting all these programs together, a family can get a package of benefits equivalent to a $35,000 a year job in 11 states, and in Hawaii the benefits can exceed what a $60,000 a year job would offer, according to a Cato Institute analysis.

It’s all good! Prosperity for all! At least until the next election, or until Uncle Sam’s credit card runs out, or until the collectivists run out of victims to bleed dry.

The tipping point is coming. And Leftists are salivating like Cloward and Piven’s Pavlov’s Dogs.

IRS and Old Loss*

This is a big f’n deal.**
Well, either that or they’re recycling squirrels.

[A]ttorneys for the IRS have admitted that all of the supposedly lost emails from former IRS employee Lois Lerner are backed up, and that the IRS has not admitted this because they say it would be too hard to dig them out of these backed up files.
[more + FoxNews vid]

Can’t wait to hear how they get out of this.
Probably just another attempt to drag things out until after the mid-terms.

(What? Uhm, no, not sure why you’d make backups using a system you can’t easily get into.)
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* Cultural ref
** News ref

ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

our betters

The California Highway Patrol arrested Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, shortly after 2:30 a.m. after officers said they saw him driving a state-issued car the wrong way down a one-way street near the Capitol. [in TheSac]

But wait! Hours before…

“Loving my Latino Caucus boys,” [tweeted] Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, also a Democrat from San Diego,… posted a picture on Twitter of Hueso, his shirt partially untucked, and four other Democratic lawmakers. Framed by the white columns of the Capitol, they all had drinks in hand.

[Sources neglected to report whether they were Margaritas or shooters]

Hours later…

[Hueso’s statement:] “As someone who cares deeply about the public safety, I sincerely apologize to my family, my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate for breaching the trust they’ve all placed in me. I accept complete personal responsibility for my actions and any punishments that ultimately come my way as a result of this incident. I will also engage in immediate, corrective actions to ensure this kind of personal conduct is never repeated,”

talk about Shovel Ready…

Yet hours before that:

Hueso said he was “going to pursue (his) innocence” to the reporters who greeted him as he walked out of the Sacramento Main Jail shortly before noon Friday.

Said Thief/Whore in Chief,

“That picture speaks for itself,” Steinberg said. “Obviously, the whole situation, I’m not happy about.”

It was the fourth time in recent months that Steinberg found himself answering for a Democratic colleague in trouble with the law. In January, a Los Angeles jury found Sen. Rod Wright guilty of perjury and voter fraud… Then came federal indictments for Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee in separate cases alleging they took bribes from undercover FBI agents.

Let’s not forget the Yee Arms Dealership [“assault rifles” and RPGs On Sale!!!]

todaze assignment

Seriously

*What are the similarities between the events?
*Why did the people in Boston dress up as Native Americans?
*What stereotypes does that show?
*What is institutional racism and how should it be addressed?
*Why is the image on the right called a “party”?
*The event on the right has been mythologized and treated as action by heroes. Do you think the event on the left will be?

see also: #FergusonSyllabus

Audience participation…

Finish your assignment! »

#SondraKisbus:
Can you read and write?
Can you add 2+2?
EXTRA CREDIT:

Can you give an example of anything that isn’t Whitey’s fault?

slow-weekend schtick

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Nerd-cultural ref (I did not know that)

tonight’s rumor


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previously

Remembering Black Ribbon Day

Before Uncle Joe became an “ally” in WWII …

Seventy-five years ago [today], Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a pact of non-aggression and cooperation. The sinister 1939 pact (along with its secret provisions) between Hitler and Stalin and negotiated by Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov and Nazi German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, would conquer and divide Europe, half Nazi and half Communist. Fascism and Communism became aligned in the early stages of a conflict that would consume millions of lives in the years that followed.

Within days of signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Hitler’s armies invaded Poland, and over the next few months, Stalin soon invaded Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. For nearly two years, the Nazi SS and Soviet NKVD worked together. There were instances when Soviet secret police rounded up German Jews who had escaped to the Soviet Union and handed them over to the SS. Both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union committed war crimes on a massive scale and systematically murdered millions of civilians.

In 1941, Hitler broke the pact and attacked the Soviet Union. When the war ended, the Third Reich was finished, but the Soviet Empire lived on.

In the 1980s — when most people expected that the Soviet Union would never end — refugees from Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and other Captive Nations began organizing protests on August 23rd, the date of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, calling it “Black Ribbon Day.” They wished to remind the West that Joseph Stalin was not a friend of peace in World War II, but helped to cause the war, directly aided the Nazis, and then seized half of Europe in order to impose Soviet Communism on entire populations. [more]

I expect we will be in for more Black Ribbon Days before the 21stC is out,
perhaps before the decade is out.

Then there’s this Black Ribbon Day in 1989 which did this ol’ Cold Warrior’s heart good as I began an assignment in the bowels of the Pentagon.

today’s wedgie

*clap*clap*clap*clap*clap*clap*clap*clap*


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ToDaZeD Gloooooooooogle Doodle

Progress!!1!!! *tweee….*fzzzzzztttt*

The $2.2 billion plant, which launched in February, is at Ivanpah Dry Lake near the California-Nevada border.

Plenty of sunshine out there…

…the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Instead, it has more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. Together, they cover 1,416 hectares. [3,500 acres/5.5 mi2 in America]

…Each mirror collects and reflects solar rays, focusing and concentrating solar energy from their entire surfaces upward onto three boiler towers, each looming up to 40 stories high. The solar energy heats the water inside the towers to produce steam, which turns turbines that generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes.

Very hi-tek. Also in the neighborhood:

Golf. In the heart of the Mojave. Nice…
[don’t know if the golf course being right next to a ginormous power plant is related at all…]

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the concentrated beams of solar energy focused upward by the plant’s 300,000 mirrors — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Now Debuting: Gloooogle’s noo, penultimate gloooogle-doodle:

Come for Teh Snark

stay for the …hm

Teh Snark:

Why is modern Science Fiction so bad? Why are modern comic books so bad?

Why is modern art so very, very, very bad? One would almost think these things are being made bad on purpose.

And one would be right!

…Establishment SF is Politically Correct SF, in that it pays slavish homage to all the tired tropes and foolish dogmas of Political Correctness. With its emphasis on collective rights, victimology, and radical egalitarianism, there is no place in the PC SF universe for things like heroes, adventures, inventors, exotic locations, space princesses, or technology portrayed as beneficial.

…There is no sense of wonder.*

the …hm

Considering the astonishing triumphs in the physical sciences, in industry, and in medicine, all ushered in by the application of the scientific method, combined with the chasm that opening in the Reformation between Northern and Southern European civilization, problems which philosophy and theology were powerless to cure, it is no surprise that all the intellectual effort of Europe withdrew in disgust from abstract matters, metaphysics, law, ethics, and concentrated on disciplines where differences could be settled by clear and objective standards: physics, engineering, medicine. Geometry, which for centuries had been the shining example of a non-empirical discipline that was both rigorous and real was undermined, at least in the affection of intellectuals, by the explication of non-Euclidean geometries by Riemann and Lobachevsky. Anything not firmly based on observation and experimentation was denigrated.

There are two tactics to dismiss all human learning: (1) pretend any human learning you wish to dismiss is merely a matter of arbitrary opinion or (2) pretend any human learning you wish to acclaim is actually, at its root, somehow a science, or soon will be.

RTWT

Maetenloch

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Which is why I lately prefer** Louis Lamour and Zane Grey: the philosophicals are more relevant. Even the situations are more relevant.

Also fun.

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Alrightalright: and Iain Banks and Terry Pratchett

Today’s sage advice

Don’t listen to Joe Biden.
But if you do, feel free to use him as an expert firearms witness.

[A] Washington State resident, was charged with a misdemeanor for “illegally discharging a firearm.” [In 2013, he] plead “not guilty” to the charge. This week, a few days before his jury trial was about to begin, those charges were dropped, it seems thanks in part to Vice President Joe Biden.

He admitted to firing his shotgun into the air as he was chasing off some would-be car thieves. He repeatedly told media outlets, “I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.” [more]

Day of Rage FAIL!

Still waiting 4 #DayOfRage 2 start @ The White House…

whoooooooooooops

“When you see somebody killed in such a horrific way, that represents a terrorist attack,” he said. “That represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen.”

Game of Throats

Jonah Goldberg (PBUH) blazes another trail towards understanding Obama’s abominal foreign policy.

Does the president think the world is a TV show? One of the things you learn watching television as a kid is that the hero wins. No matter how dire things look, the star is going to be okay. [I'd substitute "24" for Jonah's examples, which is why I quit watching it.]

Life doesn’t actually work like that. That’s one reason HBO’s Game of Thrones is so compelling. Despite being set in an absurd fantasy world … it’s more realistic than a lot of dramas set in a more plausible universe in at least one regard. Heroes die. The good guys get beaten by more committed and ruthless bad guys. No one is safe, nothing is guaranteed. There is no iron law of the universe that says good will ultimately triumph.

President Obama often says otherwise. In his mostly admirable remarks about the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the jihadists of the so-called “Islamic State,” Obama returned to two of his favorite rhetorical themes:
1) the idea that in the end the good guys win simply because they are good, and
2) that world opinion is a wellspring of great moral authority.

Obama invokes the “right side of history” constantly, not only that such a thing exists but that he knows what it is and actually speaks for it as well.

Taken together, these two ideas — that everything will work out in the long run, and that there’s some entity other than the U.S. that will take care of things — provide a license to do, well, if not nothing, then certainly nothing that might detract from your golf game.

It’s a very nice thought. But is it actually true? The jihadists are building something … and in a remarkably short amount of time they’ve made enormous progress. If I had to bet, I’d guess that they will ultimately fail, but it will be because someone actually takes the initiative and destroys — as in kills — those trying to build it. …

Perhaps this is because there’s a deep-seated faith within progressivism that holds that the mere passage of time drives moral evolution. … It is as faith-based as saying evil will not stand because God will not let it ….
[RTWT, it's not long, and it fleshes-out these themes]

Yeah, okay, reckon I’m predisposed to like Goldberg’s cultural-reference viewpoint; but I don’t believe that even Obama is this shallow … but I could be wrong. Also, I’d like to more fully understand how the real policy-makers in the White House see the World.

Not only do I reject this force-of-history argument because it’s a Marxist/Progressive construct (and, therefore, wrong); but it’s not even supported by History, itself. History is a record, not a force. It illustrates, it doesn’t compel. It shows us that civilization waxes and wanes, that freedom grows and dies, that men create and destroy. It is local, regional, and occasionally almost global. Freedom exists on the other side of the fence from tyranny, civilization flourishes next door to barbarism, and civilization alternates with barbarism over time in a place. History maps out only the meandering trails of mankind’s journeys — some miles are paved, and some are bloody ruts. There is no Arrow of History™, no GPS map to Utopia. History must be made by civilized people with courage, or it will be made by ruthless tyrants and barbarians. Forever.

eye/I

Almost everybody here will probably see better

Finish your assignment! »

…I never thought of being blind as a handicap, and I never thought of being black as a handicap…

—Stevie Wonder

feckless: not giving a feck

What Obama said and did:

President Barack Obama reacted to the on-camera slaying of photojournalist James Foley for five minutes on Wednesday, telling a global audience that ‘when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.’

Less than 10 minutes after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour game Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha’s Vineyard – his seventh round in ten days.

As you would expect, the responses were pretty much brutal.

Well, most, but not all …

The New York Times had digital egg on its face for hours while Obama golfed, publishing a story about his early afternoon speech headlined: ‘Obama Outraged Over Beheading, Vows to Stay on Course.

Can’t make this stuff up, folks.

What Obama should have said and done (BTF): »
I would remind ISIS that we hold Islamist prisoners. I have issued orders that, should another American be decapitated, we will decapitate an Islamist prisoner. Should ISIS continue to slaughter civilians, we will repatriate more Gitmo prisoners, one piece at a time. Any Islamists or supporters captured while trying to enter or found within the US illegally will be considered enemy spies, fed bacon, and shot. Those here legally will get a trial. Don’t push us to the point where we take no more prisoners. Thatisall.

First World Problems

listicle!

“That Starbux ‘pay it forward’ thing is stupid.”

“I don’t have enough room for my shoooooooz!”

“I hate vacuuming!”

“My I Heart Radio app keeps crashing!”

“My InnarToobs ain’t fast enough to watch movies!”

Finish your assignment! »

Being ‘War-Weary’

The whole, you know, shower thing

We’ll start with Nick Offerman’s Shower Thoughts, because … Offerman.
(What? Have you even looked at my avatar?)


~ vid ~
Perhaps you have your own Shower Thoughts to contribute.

Next, we’ll explore one Muslim cleric’s, uhm, view of showers.
(What? Wellp, I suppose it’ll make their video dating experience a whole lot more fun unnecessary.)
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Shower fans might also like: Psycho, Starship Troopers (NSFW), Weird Science, and of course Bugs Bunny. (Murder, underage exhibitionism, and zoophilial voyeurism are okay; but bare bouncy lady bits are NSFW.)