The important lesson from recent events is how imperative it is that DHS remains diligent and never rests in guarding every corner of the world from right-wing extremism, because that report they issued at the beginning of Obama's presidency (story here) is much more precient now than ever before.
A gunman shouting "Allahu Akbar" opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said.
An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was taken into custody and the FBI was heading an investigation because U.S. citizens were killed and to determine whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.
More at ABC News
I'm sure this was just some guy who's still pissed about ObamaCare, or maybe his cable company discontinued Fox News. I'm sure DHS has a standard M.O. on this guy so profiling him shouldn't be too difficult.
Then we have some crazy Tea Party peeps on the other side of the pond getting all crazy in Wisconsin, trying to pose as union demonstrators so they could fall under DHS's home grown extremeist radar. They're pretty devious. They even tried to mob a fellow Republican to show they "mean business."
I personally was impressed with their ability to fake worship the Democratic Assemblyman who told them to stand down like he was their master in obedience school. I guess you don't really need to study cows to know how to act like a mindless herd.
It has been almost two years since that report was issued. Now more than ever it's time for liberals to stand up and show the world that they're the ones that put the "ive" in "progressive."Add a comment
When I was in college I wrote a conservative opinion column for my school's newspaper (my presence prompted liberal letters-to-the-editor that accused the paper of having a conservative bias toward the NEWS, but that's a different story for another time). At the beginning of the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries I made a wisecrack about Dennis Kucinich looking like Gollum. The very next day (if memory serves) on Dennis Miller's short lived CNBC he made the very same joke (as anecdotal as this sounds the newspaper is time stamped).
I'm not saying this to claim credit for the inspiration. I KNOW that I did no such thing. I just think it's cool that people who get paid to be in the spotlight come up with the same wise-ass stuff I do. Especially when that person is a personal hero like Dennis Miller.
So this morning I learned nothing can snap me out of a newborn caused sleep-deprivation haze better than seeing headlines this morning at Memeorandum like the following:
I had so much fun at the beginning of February with inventing WaldObama...
So these headlines of the day were pleasantly surprising. Not because I think I'm being copied, I'm just stoked to see that as an amateur I can be on the same wavelength as the pros.Add a comment
Attorney General Holder has had 2 years to come up with why the Black Panthers in Philadelphia didn't face any consequences for voter intimidation in the 2008 election. This, apparently, was his best shot.
Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
"Think about that," Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people," said Holder, who is black.
More at Politico
Ok, fine Attorney General Holder, even though what they did really was the same thing we'll say the Black Panthers actions at that polling place in 2008 wasn't as bad as what blacks in the South had to endure 50 years ago.
Now why did you go easy on them?
I'll take any excuse at this point...free fist pumping lessons, a discount on membership dues, they formed a taxpayer funded union...
I'd even accept this...
Maybe ignoring time and labor on this case was a result of the DOJ really just doing its part to pitch in and reduce the deficit.Add a comment
There are a lot of smart people on Capitol Hill. But none of them can claim quite the same brainy bragging rights as Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.).
On Monday, Holt beat IBM's super-computer, known as Watson, at a round of "Jeopardy!" at the Liaison Capitol Hill, part of an event organized by IBM.
For those unfamiliar with Watson, the interactive computer contains some of the the most cutting edge information processors in the world, and it recently beat all-time "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings on TV.
More at The Hill
I know Watson beat Jennings, but if you want to be honest about it that's like saying the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. This latest game at the capitol was a real litmus test for humanity, if a member of Congress can still outwit a computer then there is hope for us yet.
Yeah, ok, that idiot doesn't count because he resigned already.
I should note that the GOP congressman that competed against Watson didn't fare as well it or Holt, which means the questions were probably centered around stuff only a Democrat would know, like where to score an abortion, or how many dead felons voted for their party last November, or Helen Thomas's cup size.Add a comment
Obama official clarifies that he thinks it does nobody any good to vilify overpaid public employees because in the eyes of Democrats taxpayers count about as much as an unborn child.
Obama Administration responds to criticism it is being timid about a military response in Libya by reminding world it's keeping the military in a state of readiness in case it needs to respond to Fox News or the Koch brothers.Add a comment
Open Secrets maintains a list of the top all time donors to political campaigns, and it busts the Koch brothers BIG TIME! Check out the top 20 donors.
Wait, I don't see them on the list....Just a bunch of highlighted unions. Man thats a lot of donkey icons. Whats the deal Republicans? Where's the waterfall of corporate money into your coffers that the left promised? Are you all country club poor? I'm sure it's a typo.
Hold on a sec....
Read it and weep Teabaggers! Bow before your corporate overlords, even if they give a greater percentage to Democrats than the unions give to Republicans.
It's a good thing those unions outspend them by, like, 50 to 1. Gotta keep things fair, huh "progressives?"
High fives are on me tonight, left hands only.
The ratings for the Oscars were down again. I don't know if they've figured out what the reason is yet, but I would be surprised that one of them isn't the narcissistic of winners to use their moment on stage to pontificate to the world. It's not just the Oscars, it's all the awards shows, these idiots just can't help themselves
When Al Gore did it he declared to a packed house of limousine liberals, who live their lives to the absolute height of excess, that we should all do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. I drive a Toyota Corolla, I should be telling Gore what HE needs to do...if only he could hear me over the engine on his private jet, or from the gates of his energy guzzling mansions.
All those hypocrites have to do is adopt a middle class lifestyle....I'm sure they'd rather move to Hell.
Then we have this year, with these make-believe bubble dwellers chiming in on what's happening in Wisconsin and extolling the "woes" of public employee unions...
At the Academy Awards tonight, best cinematography winner Wally Pfister made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.”....
“I think that what is going on in Wisconsin is kind of madness right now,” Pfister says. “I have been a union member for 30 years and what the union has given to me is security for my family....”
From The Note
Taxpayers don't pay for your private sector union Mister Pfister (of course the "P" is silent). Maybe you should learn the difference between your union and the public sector before spouting off like you get your news from a Magic 8 Ball.
Hollywood has forgotten that the world tunes in to the Oscars for pomp and circumstance....not pompous circumstance. Thats why I don't just choose to not watch, I actually despise the entire event.
If they want to bring people like me into the fold I have a modest proposal...try some honest marketing, so we all know what we're actually getting....it might actually work.
I would like to thank the liberal bellyaching about billionaire boogeymen that allow them to deflect blame for their own electoral inadequacies. This concept would not have been possible without it.Add a comment