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Friday Night Videos

May 31st, 2013 - 9:39 pm

In the last few weeks we’ve played a couple songs where a great solo got chopped up to appease the Gods of Radio. Can’t have some damn-fool sax or trumpet player going on and on when you’ve got a hard break coming up and local car dealer ads to run. So a smart record label always produces a “radio edit” of a song that has the potential to be a hit, but that runs too long for radio play.

Unless the artist in question is Grover Washington, Jr.

Washington’s 1980 album Winelight is a classic of the smooth-jazz genre, even if you don’t like that kind of thing. For the song “Just The Two Of Us,” Washington brought soul legend Bill Withers on board to provide the vocal. Between Washington’s sax and Withers’ voice, there’s more soul goodness on this single than most acts manage to fit into an entire album.

But talk about radio unfriendly. The song goes on for seven and a half minutes, most of which is Washington playing his sax. But the story goes that Washington told his record label to get lost on a radio edit — they could either release the whole thing unmolested, or not at all. That takes a pair of brass ones for a guy who’s supposed to be in the business of, you know, selling records. (There is a four-minute edit which has been used on various compilation albums and on the air since, but you sure didn’t hear it in 1980.)

So that’s how I first heard “Just The Two Of Us” during sixth grade carpool runs — in all its uncut glory. And this jazz/soul hybrid, running twice as long as almost anything else on the air, made it all the way to #2 on the pop charts.

Not the little jazz charts hardly anyone ever buys. Not the pseudo-ghetto of the pre-Thriller soul charts. But it went to #2 on Billboard’s totally mainstream Hot 100. I won’t go so far as to call that unprecedented, but it just might be.

So how’d it happen? How did a Program Director’s nightmare become a monster radio hit? The answer is simple: It’s just a really pretty song, performed by two incredible talents at the peak of their powers.

In a musical age of pretty faces with little more than Auto-Tune behind them, it’s easy to forget what a powerful thing it is, to make just a really pretty song.

Required Viewing

May 31st, 2013 - 11:59 am

I can’t embed the video, and I know it’s from O’Reilly, but just go watch it anyway.

Hint: It involves ObamaCare and ignorance.

Wait’ll they find out what’s in it.

The Summer of EUr Discontent

May 31st, 2013 - 9:03 am

From Zero Hedge:

All four of the other PIIGS nations now have broken the dismal Maginot Line of 40% youth unemployment with Italy finally joining the club (Italy 40.5%, Portugal 42.5%, Spain 58.2%, and Greece 62.5%). What is even more concerning is that not only are these rates extremely high but they are accelerating with all four of these dark nations seeing their rates rising faster than in recent months (this was the 2nd fastest rise in Greek youth unemployment ever). Overall, Europe’s youth unemployment rate continues to march higher (to 24.4%) having not fallen for 24 months, but it is Spain that is the ‘winner’ with 41 consecutive months without a drop in youth unemployment. With welfare benefits running dry, and Sweden and Switzerland already running hot, we fear this summer may bring the much-feared unrest so many have been concerned about.

Europe-wide youth unrest? What could possibly go wrong?

Blue State Blues

May 31st, 2013 - 7:19 am

Remember when ObamaCare was going to reduce premiums for you and your family by $2,500 a year? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Let’s all laugh until we cry:

Last week, the state of California claimed that its version of Obamacare’s health insurance exchange would actually reduce premiums. “These rates are way below the worst-case gloom-and-doom scenarios we have heard,” boasted Peter Lee, executive director of the California exchange.

But the data that Lee released tells a different story: Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent.

Those increases will fall primarily on the young and the self-insured. So they’ve got that going for them. Which is nice.

Russia to Sell More MIGs to Syria

May 31st, 2013 - 6:41 am

Another Russo-Syrian arms deal:

Sergei Korotkov, general director of the MiG company that makes the jets, told Russian news agencies Friday that a Syrian delegation was in Moscow to discuss terms and deadlines of a new contract supplying MiG-29 M/M2 fighters to Syria.

Korotkov did not say how many MiGs Syria were buying, but says it would be “more than 10.”

All I can say is, if this is meant to intimidate Western air forces, then the deal had better include some Russian pilots to fly the damn things. Because the Syrians absolutely suck at this stuff. News you can use from 1982:

During the course of combat operations, the Israeli Air Force conducted successful ground attack missions against Syrian and PLO targets, with Israeli attack helicopters inflicting heavy losses on Syrian armor. Israeli jets shot down between 82 and 86 Syrian aircraft in aerial combat, without losses.

The other question is if the Assad government will survive long enough to get the jets operational.

The Chicago Way

May 31st, 2013 - 5:28 am

A pattern of abuse at the IRS:

A group of anti-abortion activists in Iowa had to promise the Internal Revenue Service it wouldn’t picket in front of Planned Parenthood.

Catherine Engelbrecht’s family and business in Texas were audited by the government after her voting-rights group sought tax-exempt status from the IRS.

Retired military veteran Mark Drabik of Nebraska became active in and donated to conservative causes, then found the IRS challenging his church donations.

I’m not sure the Chicago Machine currently embedded in DC really understands there’s anything wrong with this. After all, what’s a massive and powerful bureaucracy for, if not to punish and intimidate your enemies? David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett didn’t take some no-accomplishment state senator and rush him up to the levers of power, just so they could all admire how shiny they are.

More broadly, this is less an indictment of Obama or his Chicago crew or the Democratic party, than it is an indictment of Big Government. Once its reach grows this broad and this deep, somebody is going to abuse it.

scandalabra

Ben Howe just won the internet. Full, scandalous details available at Naked DC.

So That’s the Other Thing in It

May 30th, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Did you know that ObamaCare features a never-ending, $2,000,000,000-a-year slush fund? Of course you did:

What makes the Prevention and Public Health Fund controversial is its multibillion-dollar size, its unending nature (the fund never expires), and its vague spending mandate: any program designed “to improve health and help restrain the rate of, growth” of health-care costs. That can include anything from “pickleball” (a racquet sport) in Carteret County, N.C. to Zumba (a dance fitness program), kayaking and kickboxing in Waco, TX.

“It’s totally crazy to give the executive branch $2 billion a year ad infinitum to spend as they wish,” said budget expert Jim Capretta of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center. “Congress has the power of the purse, the purpose of which is to insure that the Executive branch is using taxpayer resources as Congress specified.”

Congress punted on that power ages ago. Besides, unsupervised billions for feel-good BS — a natural Democratic constituency — is exactly the kind of thing Pelosi and Reid live for.

Start Me Up (Again)

May 30th, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Good news, suffering Windows 8 users — the Start button makes its triumphant return to Windows 8.1. Well, sort of:

Desktop diehards will find a present waiting for them in Windows 8.1, the impending upgrade colloquially dubbed “Windows Blue.” A wonderful, horrible, oh-so-teasing present.

The Start button is back—but the Start menu isn’t.

Instead, clicking the old familar button will dump you into the modern UI Start screen. While the new feature is notable for adding a helpful visual cue to an operating system rife with hidden menus, it isn’t exactly what people begging for the return of the Start button were looking for.

Oy.

Here’s the problem. The Start Menu gets too crowded, too quickly. A modern PC just does so many things, runs so many apps, handles so many different types of files, that it just becomes a great big mess after a very short while. Apple has tried its own solution, with the Dock and Launch Pad, but they have problems of their own. I find its usually easier just to keep my hands on the keyboard and use Spotlight to quickly type the name of the app or document I need. But many users, and certainly most non-power users, prefer to mouse around.

OK, fine — so what’s the solution?

I don’t have one. And Microsoft (and Apple, too) with all the people and resources it can throw at a problem, doesn’t have a good solution, either. Touch was supposed to simplify everything with Windows 8, but touch sucks on a desktop machine and isn’t all that much better on a laptop.

It’s no wonder tablets are expected to eclipse desktop sales in the next couple of years, and overtake all traditional computer sales a couple years after that. Because until someone figures out a smart and workable way to reduce the complexity of navigating PCs, people won’t be returning to them.

More on Those Russian Missiles in Syria

May 30th, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Hot on the heels of Assad showing off his shiny new S-300 antiaircraft missiles comes some calm analysis from StrategyPage:

Israel is determined to prevent the S-300s from becoming operational if they do arrive. The S-300s are a threat to Israeli aircraft and Israel will continue its air raids in Syria to stop any new weapons from getting to Lebanon and Hezbollah and to halt activation of the S-300. If the S-300 did show up in Syria (or Lebanon) Israel would probably attack it right away, before these systems could become operational. If Syria wanted to get the S-300s operational quickly they would need the help of the Russians, who would probably become casualties from the Israeli air attacks. The Russians might risk it because they have seen their weapons used on the losing (Arab) side in the Middle East for over four decades. Sure would be nice to turn this around. An attempt at this would tempt Russia to introduce more than a few troops and technicians to help activate the S-300 systems. Even then, the Russians would be up against more experienced and determined troops and risking another embarrassing defeat. This game of bluff has been played out in private by Russian and Israeli diplomats for years. The three Israeli air raids on Russian weapons in Syria this year were the Israeli response to Russians flying in more missiles (anti-ship and less capable anti-aircraft systems). The Russians keep changing their minds on the S-300s, which, if operational, can detect and attack aircraft 200 kilometers away, deep inside Israel.

Russia — and Syria — have more to lose here than Israel, because Israel can’t afford to quit until those missiles are gone. Another threat is if any S-300s should fall to any of Syria’s al Qaeda affiliates. I don’t know that they could actually successfully use the things without Russian assistance, but also don’t want to find out.

The Maestro of Juxtaposition Does it Again

May 30th, 2013 - 10:30 am

Politico

Oh, Politico — of course you will be.

Good Question

May 30th, 2013 - 9:09 am

Trifecta: Americans want less government — so why don’t we ever get it?

Found: Amelia Earhart’s Plane?

May 30th, 2013 - 6:33 am

Wow:

A grainy sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati might represent the remains of the Electra, the two-engine aircraft legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was piloting when she vanished on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

Released by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating Earhart’s last, fateful flight, the images show an “anomaly” resting at the depth of about 600 feet in the waters off Nikumaroro island, some 350 miles southeast of Earhart’s target destination, Howland Island.

Her luggage is believed to be at Atlanta, or perhaps Dakar.

Senior management of a certain global organization wasn’t happy with one of the lower-level execs, and let him know:

In page after scathing page, they described how he:

* DIDN’T answer his phone when they called

* FAILED to turn in his expense reports

* IGNORED meetings and

* REFUSED time and again to carry out orders.

Most of all, they claimed he had failed to carry out a single spectacular operation, despite the resources at his disposal.

The kicker? The letter came from al Qaeda and was sent to international terrorist Moktar Belmoktar. He quit, started his own splinter cell, and in short order managed to kill more than a hundred people.

RUMOR: The next iPad mini will start at just $249. CNET has the details:

The iPad Mini is already cheap at $329. But Apple is expected to go even lower, according to a report out Tuesday from Citi Research.

Ciit’s Glen Yeung said in a note to investors that Apple is shifting toward more inexpensive products.

“Supply chain checks by Citi’s Asia-Pac Technology Team suggest a mix shift surprisingly toward Apple’s older iPhone4/4S,” he wrote.

Then added. “And with our expectation of a low-end iPhone slated for September launch, followed by a sub-$250 iPad Mini, we expect this trend to persist.”

Apple doesn’t change prices very often, generally preferring to have fixed prices for a limited set of products, each filling a very specific niche. It’s much like General Motors back in the ’30s, with “a car for every purse and purpose.” The lowest-price Olds started at $5 more than the highest-priced Chevy, and on up the ladder from there.

But before the mini was announced last fall, I ran the product/price evaluation and figured that for its product niche/feature set, that $249 was the “right” introductory price. Obviously, Apple didn’t agree. So before they intro any new products at WWDC next month, let’s take another look at that spreadsheet.

iOS-Devices

(I should note that this chart is slightly out of date, since Apple unexpectedly intro’d the fourth generation retina iPad with the A6X SOC. But that doesn’t change the product math here.)

I still think $249 makes a lot of sense. The new 16GB iPad mini would slot in at the same price as a 32GB iPod touch. Lose half the storage, but gain a bigger screen. That’s easy math for consumers to do.

We’ll see if Tim Cook thinks the extra marketshare and unit sales are worth cutting $80 off the retail unit price. The decision might come down to one thing: Can Apple’s suppliers churn out enough units to meet the increased demand? If not, then the price won’t be going down any time soon.

UPDATE: One of the reasons — maybe the only legit reason — Apple’s share price has taken such a beating is that their margins have declined sharply. The biggest reason for that was their aggressive product rollout in Q3 last year. Or as Tim Cook put it last winter, paraphrased, 80% of Apples sales were coming from products that didn’t exist six month ago. Shaving $80 off the intro price of the iPad mini wouldn’t do anything to improve Apple’s margins.

However…

Cook has also hinted that this fall, Apple will be moving into new “product categories.” That doesn’t mean a new iPad or a new iPhone or even a new Mac. For Apple, a new category means an entirely new product. Is it a TV, a watch, or something else? Nobody knows. What we do know is, when Apple enters or creates a new market, it does so in a very high-margin way. That might give Cook the leverage he needs to make a price-cutting/market-share play with the iPad mini.

And the way for him to do that is staring us right in the face — because we’ve seen him make this play before.

Apple could easily — and profitably — re–introduce the current iPad mini at a lower price this fall. The “New iPad mini” would slot in at the old $329 price, perhaps with a Retina display, but certainly with upgraded innards.

That move would play to Apple’s history of continuing to sell older iOS devices at reduced prices to lure in new (or price-sensitive) customers, while holding the price-line/profit-margins on new versions.

War on Women Update

May 29th, 2013 - 1:44 pm

From the Saudi Front:

A Saudi writer has urged his Twitter followers to sexually molest women hired to work as cashiers in big grocery stores, the latest backlash from conservatives who want to roll back limited social and economic reforms launched in Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood, who writes self-help books including one called The Joy of Talking, has stirred fierce debate this week via the internet microblogging service with the use of the hashtag harass_female_cashiers, to press for Saudi women to be forced to stay at home to protect their chastity.

Dawood would protect women’s chastity by molesting them.

OK.

Islam and the Rule of Numbers

May 29th, 2013 - 12:12 pm

An extremely un-PC report from Raymond Ibrahim:

The greater lesson of the London beheading concerns its audacity—done in broad daylight with the attackers boasting in front of cameras, as often happens in the Islamic world.

It reflects what I call “Islam’s Rule of Numbers,” a rule that expresses itself with remarkable consistency: The more Muslims grow in numbers, the more Islamic phenomena intrinsic to the Muslim world—in this case, brazen violence against “infidels”—appear.

In the U.S., where Muslims are less than 1% of the population, London-style attacks are uncommon. Islamic assertiveness is limited to political activism dedicated to portraying Islam as a “religion of peace,” and sporadic, but clandestine, acts of terror.

In Europe, where Muslims make for much larger minorities, open violence is common. But because they are still a vulnerable minority, Islamic violence is always placed in the context of “grievances,” a word that pacifies Westerners.

“Pacifies” is a big problem, when someone is at war with you.

CNN has the bullet-point version of Walt Mossberg’s and Kara Swisher’s D11 interview with Tim Cook. It’s handy if you’re having a day like mine and can’t find the time to watch all 81-minutes of it. I was hoping this last bit would be more than corporate boilerplate, but here’s all we got out of Cook on how he differs from Steve Jobs:

In a ton of different ways. But in the most important ways, we’re the same. Keeping the culture of Apple. That’s the most important.

That’s the kind of thing Apple execs say, because the corporate image is so polished and so controlled. Those aren’t bad things, but they’re not necessarily very revealing, either. Jobs & Cook are both fascinating men and amazing CEOs, so pulling back the curtain there, even just a little, would have been a real pleasure.

But I can tell you one way they’re both very alike, and (I suspect) much like a third person from way back in Jobs’s youth.

Cook sounds almost exactly like Jobs. Not his voice — Cook’s is gentler and much more Suthun. But listen to his cadences, especially when he’s on stage and giving a product demonstration. His speech patterns match Steve’s almost perfectly. There’s a rhythm, a method of emphasis they both share. If you don’t believe me, wait until Cook gives his WWDC keynote on June 10, then pull up any one of Jobs’s famous keynotes on YouTube. It’s uncanny.

Now what follows is pure speculation.

In his late teens, Jobs fell in with Robert Friedland, a charismatic LSD free-love guru-type figure. Friedland was a big influence on young Jobs, according to Walter Isaacson’s bio, and has been credited with helping him create his Reality Distortion Field.

I’ve never been able to find any video of Friedland giving any sort of product demo. But I’d wager the rent money that Friedland used those same cadences, those same rhythms, that Jobs used on stage. And that Tim Cook, probably with a big assist from Jobs, very purposely learned to use them, too.

Again, this is speculation. But I’ve been watching Apple for 30 years (really???) and Jobs for just as long. So call it informed speculation.

You Can’t Handle the Truth

May 29th, 2013 - 8:34 am

Trifecta: When a British soldier is hacked to pieces in the street, why doesn’t the media want to used the M-word about his killer?

The Nixon Tapes (Obama Dub Remix)

May 29th, 2013 - 6:58 am

Spend, Spend, Spend

May 29th, 2013 - 5:38 am

Spending keeps the economy moving, and Americans are doing more of it:

The latest sign emerged Tuesday as the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index posted the biggest gains in seven years. Housing prices rose in every one of the 20 cities tracked, continuing a trend that began three months ago. Similar strength has appeared in new and existing home sales and in building permits, as rising home prices are encouraging construction firms to accelerate building and hiring.

The broad-based housing improvements appear to be buoying consumer confidence and spending, countering fears earlier this year that many consumers would pull back in response to government austerity measures.

If Americans are spending more because rising home values are getting them out from under water on the mortgages, that’s fine. But if we’re spending more by going back to using inflated home values as a piggy bank, then we’re right back where we were just before the housing crash. Or if we’re spending more because the Fed’s asset purchases have made us feel richer, floating up on the bubble of an inflated stock market…

…well, that’s a whole ‘nother crash just waiting to happen.

Which is it? No clue.

Memorial Day Remembered

May 28th, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Trifecta: Your stalwarts reveal what we did with Memorial Day.

What did you do?

Huh: It CAN Happen Here

May 28th, 2013 - 3:30 pm

From the Daily Caller:

“[R]eporters have shared with me privately that some of their most trusted sources within government are increasingly afraid to speak with them, even off-the-record, for fear that they will be monitored and surveilled,” Thomas Drake, a former senior executive of the National Security Agency and a whistleblower who was prosecuted by the Obama administration, told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview.

“That’s self-censorship,” he said.

Drake explained to TheDC that he sees a “soft tyranny” enveloping the United States through the federal government’s targeting of journalists and their sources.

I’ve been calling the European version of this kind of repression “soft fascism” since 2003. So of course it took a big-state Europhile like President Obama to import it to our shores.

Program Note

May 28th, 2013 - 2:28 pm

I’ll be on The Delivery with Jimmie Bise live tonight at about 9:00PM Eastern. I don’t know what we’re talking about, but knowing Jimmie it’ll be light on the politics and heavy on the pop culture.

So Long, PC, We Hardly Knew Ye

May 28th, 2013 - 1:02 pm

That headline is an unfair exaggeration, but the bleeding in the PC industry has barely begun:

After the steep losses in the disastrous first quarter, IDC now predicts PC shipments to drop a whopping 7.8 percent in 2013—nearly twice the rate of 2012′s 4 percent decline, which already had the industry in a tizzy. Dell’s on the block, Lenovo’s pushing into smartphones despite its computing wins, and HP’s first quarter PC revenues dropped a whopping 20 percent.

The pain isn’t expected to stop there, either. IDC predicts shipments to drop another 1.4 percent in 2014 before settling down again. By 2017, the firm expects global PC shipments to total roughly 333 million units—more than the 321.9 million forecasted to move this year, but less than 2012′s 349.2 million and 2011′s 363 million. (To be fair, judging the market that far out is about as accurate as reading chicken entrails; witness how quickly this year’s 1.3 percent decline blossomed to a full 7.8 percent plummet.)

IDC says tablets and workplace BYOD laptops are largely to blame, two areas where Apple tends to shine.

Required Reading

May 28th, 2013 - 11:47 am

Amy Otto: Eight things that suck about ObamaCare.

Only eight?

Pardon My French

May 28th, 2013 - 10:06 am

Spengler warns that, no matter what President Obama might say, the War on Terror has barely begun. In a nutshell, here’s why:

Syria’s crack-up is at the top of the agenda, but the breakdown of putative nation-states extends across nearly all of the Muslim world. As Amos Harel reported in the Tablet symposium, the prime minister of Libya “has to cross checkpoints manned by five different militias, on his way home from office.” In place of regular armies controlled by dictators, Libya is crisscrossed by ethnic and sectarian militias (including the one that murdered our ambassador last September). Egypt is on the brink of economic collapse and state failure; Iraq is in the midst of a low-intensity sectarian war; Syria’s civil war already is being fought out in Lebanon; and Turkey’s border has become unstable.

Welcome to the New Middle East.

The thing to remember is that the attacks of 9/11/2001 were less about “blowback” than they were an external manifestation of two things happening on the other side of the globe. The first is the Arab world’s civilizational decay, and its resentment of Western civilization, which has supplanted it in every way but in its capacity for terror. The second is the struggle for power and dominance within the broader Islamic world. Osama bin Laden didn’t mind having American troops protecting Muslims per se — I don’t recall him making any videos demanding that NATO abandon its Bosniak protectorate. But having American troops protecting the decadent al-Saud regime was a cause bin Laden did find worth fighting for.

Which brings us to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the political aftermath of last week’s butchery in London:

Muslim leaders should ask themselves what exactly their relationship is to a political movement that encourages young men to kill and maim on religious grounds. Think of the Tsarnaev brothers and the way they justified the mayhem they caused in Boston. Ponder carefully the words last week of Michael Adebolajo, his hands splashed with blood: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day.”

My friend, the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was murdered in 2004 for having been insufficiently reverent toward Islam. In the courtroom, the killer looked at Theo’s mother and said to her: “I must confess honestly that I do not empathize with you. I do not feel your pain. . . . I cannot empathize with you because you are an unbeliever.”

Keep in mind that the worst butchery of Muslims today is going on in Syria, and that it is largely Muslim-on-Mulsim violence. The Turks could put a stop to it tomorrow, if they so chose. The Saudis could flood the rebel forces with decisive amounts of cash and weapons, if they wanted. But tens of thousands of Muslims have died, and tens of thousands more will die, because other Muslims choose to do nothing.

But the West is to blame. Somehow.

In one sense, the West is to blame, because Britain and France drew the Middle East’s current borders to suit themselves instead of the locals — and the US has spent the last two decades upholding those borders. And the West to blame also, for the vile progressivism which makes it impossible for the West to defend itself morally as well as militarily. But the big problems are inherent to the Arab world specifically, and to the Islamic world more broadly.

So to sum up crudely: until they get their shit sorted out, sometimes we’re going to get splattered with it.

The latest from the Beeb:

Russia says it will go ahead with deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, and that the arms will help deter foreign intervention.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the missiles were a “stabilising factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from entering the conflict.

Russia also criticised a decision by the EU not to renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition

Assuming there’s really no way this can end well for the Assad regime, the Russians are doing what they can to prolong the Syrian Civil War, while berating those who might do something to shorten it. And making intervention more difficult, too.

I suppose this is something of a warning shot to the Israelis, who have already struck at least twice against Syrian forces in recent months. But the S-300 is an older design, and one the IAF seems to have lot of practice evading or spoofing. So you have to wonder if Russia is merely doing this for the money, for saving face, or both. Because materially, a few S-300s aren’t going to make much difference in this war.

The Wilting Lilies of Modern Feminism

May 28th, 2013 - 6:50 am

Feminists are waging war on Facebook? I didn’t know, but I’m hardly surprised. Here’s Cathy Young with some of the latest:

Another leader of the initiative, Huffington Post columnist Soraya Chemaly, can be—to put it charitably—overzealous in her vigilance toward allegedly misogynistic expression. In an April column, Chemaly not only cheered a University of Connecticut student who had criticized the school’s revamped Husky Dog logo as too mean-looking and thus “terrifying” to women, but made a bizarre new charge: that UConn’s mascot was based on a “popular rape meme” on the Internet.

Chemaly was referring to “Insanity Wolf,” a series of user-made graphics with texts describing extremely dumb and/or psychopathic acts—from “Wanna know how a flamethrower works? Come closer!” to “Grandpa has fallen and he can’t get up: Finish him”—on a background image of a snarling wolf. A few of these deliberately outrageous jokes are about rape or domestic violence; others mock child abduction, cannibalism, murder of male victims and (male) self-injury, especially genital mutilation. “Insanity Wolf” is not a “rape meme,” and its only resemblance to the UConn Husky logo is that each features a canine head.

People post this pictures on Facebook, therefore Facebook is guilty of… something.

Anyway, we now live in an age where strong women demonstrate their strength by becoming self-proclaimed victims of damn near anything. And where independence means pressuring everything and everybody to move in drab lockstep together.

Is there anything, just one damn issue, where vile progressives don’t engage in the most obvious and spiteful projection?

So That’s What’s in It

May 28th, 2013 - 5:26 am

Hoo, boy:

In a little-noticed speech to the Iowa Republican Party this month, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul mocked President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, noting the 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes doctors will have to use in order to inform the government about injuries sustained by Americans.

Those codes, said Sen. Paul, a medical doctor himself, include line-items for ‘injuries sustained from a turtle,’ ‘walking into a lamppost’ and ‘injuries sustained from burning water skis.’

Remember when ObamaCare was going to save billions by eliminating “waste and inefficiency?”

Yeah, me neither.