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The Continuing Threat That Is Sarah Palin

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:27 am

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In a bit of nastiness lobbed at Sarah Palin, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic unintentionally revealed far more about himself than of Palin:


Soon after posting the photo, and playing the victim, he deleted the photo:

“I’m deleting that Sarah Palin tweet because I don’t want to read threats made against my family,”

One is left wondering why Palin still provokes and threatens those on the left. What other reason could there be to make this photo about her? She is no longer in office, she is a private citizen who lives far outside the Beltway and seems fully focused on her family and new show. It’s amazing that a former governor, small-town wife, mother of five (and grandmother!) still wields enough power to be such a threat that she remains the default target of attack for a large swath of the population. And how sadly telling to see a grown man make such a maliciously petty tweet, and then vainly use the opportunity to blame others in order to play the victim. Certainly this behavior can’t seriously be the measure of any man! Goldberg knew what he was opening the door to when he made the tweet. He is not new to the online world where the unhinged often make their presence known: such as when Palin herself faced numerous death threats by Twitter users. And most tellingly of all, Goldberg did not apologize to Palin, thus revealing that he still remains a speck of a man.

On a side note: The photo used in the tweet is of Afghanistan’s first female police officer Lieutenant Colonel Malalai Kakar, who was killed in 2008 by the Taliban – as her son watched.


Update: I see that Goldberg continues to dig himself deeper into the hole:

Jeffrey Goldberg @JeffreyGoldberg · Sep 19

But FWIW, I thought it was a badass photo, actually.

Still no apology.


The American Spectator Removes References to Brett Kimberlin As Part of an Ignominious Settlement

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:02 pm

Ken White of Popehat excoriates The American Spectator for settling with Brett Kimberlin and taking down several articles about him:

[T]his surrender will, and should, eviscerate its credibility with its target audience and its readers. First, how can it be taken seriously as an institution willing to speak truth to power if it caves to a frivolous lawsuit by a domestic terrorist? Second, how can they be taken seriously as a conservative institution that will question liberals, when they yield to a blatant attempt to abuse the legal system to retaliate against conservative viewpoints?

No. They’re done.

Ken has a funny line about Bat-Boy, but if you want to read that, you’ll have to go to his site.

Scotland’s Vote Makes the Point: It’s OK for a Free People to Decide for Themselves Whether to Secede

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:31 pm

One of the benefits of the vote on Scottish independence is that it helps re-establish a common-sense principle: a smaller political unit is allowed to choose whether to break away from a larger one. Nobody really thinks twice about the concept that Scotland was allowed to decide for itself whether to remain part of the United Kingdom. If they wanted to stay (and they did), fine. If they wanted to break away — well, that would have been fine too.

But if anyone suggests that a state should have the right to vote to break away from the United States, that person is necessarily Certifiably Insane.

I think it’s pretty clear this attitude derives from our history. In our wonderful and increasingly federally-dominated school system, children are indoctrinated to believe that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible” — and that some evil men once tried to secede because they loved slavery. So President Lincoln, because he hated slavery and racial prejudice, decided to stop the evil men from seceding — and now, anyone who talks about seceding probably is a Neoconfederate who wants to re-enslave black people.

There are some problems with that narrative, for anyone who cares to look at the facts. Lincoln said quite plainly in his First Inaugural Address that he was willing to allow slavery to continue in the South:

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

In that same speech, Lincoln promised to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act:

There is much controversy about the delivering up of fugitives from service or labor. The clause I now read is as plainly written in the Constitution as any other of its provisions:

“No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall in consequence of any law or regulation therein be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.”

It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the reclaiming of what we call fugitive slaves; and the intention of the lawgiver is the law. All members of Congress swear their support to the whole Constitution–to this provision as much as to any other. To the proposition, then, that slaves whose cases come within the terms of this clause “shall be delivered up” their oaths are unanimous.

It would be a bit odd to think that he turned on a dime so quickly and decided to fight a horribly bloody war simply because he hated slavery. He repeatedly said otherwise: that he fought the war to maintain the Union. As for his views on racial equality, it is enough to quote him from the Fourth Lincoln/Douglas debate:

While I was at the hotel to-day, an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing a perfect equality between the negroes and white people. [Great Laughter.] While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject, yet as the question was asked me I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]-that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.

So: whatever you think of Lincoln, let’s not pretend he was not a non-racist, abolitionist angel. But due to the fact that the Civil War ultimately resulted in the abolition of slavery — one of the most ugly, anti-liberty institutions in human history — it’s understandably difficult for most people to see that war as anything but a Good Thing, no matter the horrible bloodshed or atrocities associated with it. Fair enough.

But what does that have to do with whether secession is a valid option today? Slavery has been history for generations. No state that makes noises about secession is talking about re-instituting slavery. No, those who advocate seceding from the United States, as far as I can tell, are people raising valid points about the sorry state of the economy and national debt, and the seemingly unstoppable march towards the repeal of our basic freedoms.

Why is it insane to have this discussion? Why do people take it as a given that the Absolute Pinnacle of Ideal Government is a single national government that rules over 300 million disparate people? It is really so crazy to posit that some of the states are tired of being under the thumb of a system that is running us off a fiscal cliff? It is truly insane to suggest that maybe some of the states are sick of choosing between socialism and socialism lite? Is it beyond the realm of rational discussion to argue that a state like Texas, which was once its own country, might choose to reassert that status when its borders are under attack and the national government won’t lift a finger to defend them?

To me, it’s not obvious that any state should actually secede. The benefits of having free movement and free trade between the states are worth preserving.

But if the situation in Scotland means anything, it’s that a free people should be able to debate and decide these questions for themselves.

Rep. Chaffetz: Just Close The Damn Doors!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:30 am

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Well, if the White House can be breached, then all bets are off regarding our southern border:

An intruder made it through the front door of the White House after scaling the mansion’s fence before Secret Service agents apprehended him. The first family was not in the residence.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security, called the incident “totally unacceptable” and said it was just one of a string of security failings on the Secret Service’s watch.

“Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job,” said Chaffetz, R-Utah. “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.”

“Was the door open?” he added incredulously.

The president and family were not in residence at the time of the break-in.

In another incident of making it through an open door, Chaffetz stated earlier this week that four people suspected of having ties to terrorists were apprehended at the southern border on September 10. Unsurprisingly, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson played dumb:

Johnson was testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, on which Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, sits. When asked by Chaffetz whether he was aware of any incidents of terrorists or suspected terrorists crossing the border from Mexico, Johnson replied, “Sitting here right now, no specific case comes to mind.”

Chaffetz then mentioned the case of the four who were apprehended just one week ago.

“I’ve heard reports to that effect,” Johnson replied. “I don’t know the accuracy of the reports or how much credence to give them.”

And, further confirming why Americans are justifiably scornful regarding this administration’s claims of a secured border:

“I don’t know which one scares me more,” Chaffetz said. “Does he not know? Is he oblivious to it as the Homeland Security secretary? Or is he going to be deceptive and just try to run out the clock and not really answer the question?

“I asked him, ‘What is the operational control right now on the border?’” Chaffetz said. “And he said, ‘I don’t know.’”


College Football, MLB Pennant Races

Filed under: General — JD @ 10:15 am

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A handful of games interest me today-

Florida St vs Clemson – Winston suspended for the 1st half for yet another episode of asshattery. Clemson has a great pass defense.

Oklahoma vs West Virginia

Texas A&M might score 100 against SMU

Arizona St vs UCLA – Neuheisel was as cool as the other side of the pillow last week.

Also, any game with Oregon in it is interesting.

The baseball pennant races are heating up. My Cardinals maintain their righteous place atop the NL Central.

Update – SEC football is the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel, or the discovery of fire.



Let Common Sense Prevail

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:05 pm

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A week after the confrontation between “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and the LAPD, Los Angeles civil rights advocate Earl Ofari Hutchinson says he would like Watts to apologize to the LAPD. He requested this after viewing the released photographs and listening to the audio recording of Watts and the officer:

“I was one that was very outspoken about it,” he said. “We take racial profiling very seriously. It’s not a play thing. It’s not trivial.”

“We began to see pictures that actually show that perhaps there was probable cause for the stop. There was provable cause for the detention,” he said. “You must have your facts. You can’t rush to judgment. If you do that, you have no credibility.”

He hopes it’s a lesson learned for others.

“It’s like crying wolf,” he said. “After awhile, it has no meaning.”

Several comments left on Watts’s Facebook page pointed out the obvious:

“I’m black, but the latest audio that was released proved to MANY people that this Danielle Watts actress is a calculating, attention seeking DIVA who refused to cooperate,” wrote Jordan Dermont. “The cop was doing his job, was professional AND WAS VERY POLITE!”

Brittany Nicole wrote, “I guess you would be the girl who cried wolf? I am ashamed of this whole thing. Can we as black people stop pulling the race card EVERY single time we get in trouble.”

Watts has not responded.

Not jumping to conclusions but waiting until after the facts are known and an investigation is complete should be color-blind common sense.


Biden Opens Mouth Inserts Foot – Part 46385 – UPDATED

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:54 am

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Slow Joe says to women’s conference that Bob Packwood is the type of Republican he misses.

Add that to his ever growing list of gibberish, nonsense, and outright racist statements that he has gotten away with because he is – A) a clown, and B) a Dem.


National Journal runs cover for Biden, penning an article about why his “gaffes” don’t matter, without ever exploring WHY his “gaffes” dont matter. Hint – the leftist MFM runs articles like this as opposed to pillorying him like they would people on the other side of the aisle, for far far far less.



Scots Vote to Remain Under Thumb of the British a While Longer

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:21 pm

AP is making the claim as we speak.

No true Scotsman would vote for independence anyway.

Justice Served, Excuses Made

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:19 pm

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A woman was put to death last night in Texas by lethal injection. According to a reporter present, her death was “very peaceful”. That was a mercy she did not deserve.

Evil has a face:

Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, of Arlington, Texas, was found guilty of capital murder in the death of 9-year-old Davontae Williams, who had been beaten and bound, and whose body bore more than 250 scars when officials discovered him on July 26, 2004. He had also been starved, weighing a mere 35 pounds at the time of his death.

On Coleman’s last day, 5 people came to be with her until the end and witness the execution. There was no there to represent little Davontae.

And from one pathetic excuse of a man, Coleman’s attorney John Stickels:

What she’s really guilty of is being a black lesbian,’ Stickels said.

‘Her sexual orientation played a role in the state choosing to seek the death penalty and in her getting the death penalty.’


Racism Narrative Collapses Further: Pictures Emerge of Django Unchained Actress’s Enthusiastic Public Making-Out Session

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:39 am

TMZ sez: Django Actress — We Got the Pictures AND IT LOOKS LIKE SEX. It’s an attention-grabbing headline, which is what they’re good at, but I don’t know that the pictures “look like sex.” They look like two clothed people all over each other, however, in a car with an open door — and I can easily imagine onlookers thinking there is prostitution going on here.

So, let’s recap.

Last week the story from Reason was: black actress mostly minding her own business — perhaps enjoying a smooch or two in a car with her husband, as you do — meets overbearing cop who assumes she is a prostitute because she is black. She heroically refuses to surrender her ID, and is handcuffed because, well, she is black and being uppity.

Today we know: the woman and her husband are pawing each other, straddling each other, and holding onto the sun roof for support as they maul each other in a car with an open door. A bored cop shows up in response to a “lewd acts in public” call from a citizen, and contacts the couple meeting the description. He legally asks for ID as part of his routine investigation into a possible crime reported by members of the public. The actress mouths off, refuses to comply with the law, talks about how she has a publicist, and generally acts entitled. The bored cop says: “I’m Mildly Interested That You Have a Publicist, But I’m Going to Get Your ID”. Finally, the husband gives up the ID, and the cop goes away.


It’s hard not to think of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, where a narrative of Total Racial Oppression collapses as facts emerge. As Big Media continues to do this, a Boy Who Cried Wolf phenomenon may set in, wherein actual stories of racism are viewed with deep suspicion by the intelligent and unbiased observer, because past narratives have always tended to hide the relevant facts until the narrative is set.

As long as you remember that Big Media is not truly about facts, but rather about entertainment and sensationalism, you’re less likely to get fooled — whether being fooled means getting taken in by race hustlers, or becoming deadened to actual injustice.

Just take everything Big Media says with a grain — hell, with giant fistfuls — of salt, and you’ll be fine.

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