Jul
31
2015
0

Annnnnd everything is packed.

Now comes the time of Mandatory Joy and Fun.  Seriously, I need this break pretty badly. Also, admittedly, starting Thursday I’m half back on the clock for the RedState Gathering, but sufficient to the day and all that.

Jul
31
2015
10

Curse my essentially ethical nature!

I had a perfect set-up to use Ed Schultz getting the ax at MSBNC as a way to insinuate stuff about the Clinton campaign… only it turns out that said insinuation wouldn’t have been supported by the evidence. So, no, Ed Schultz probably didn’t get fired because he did one too many favorable interviews with Bernie Sanders. It’s probably all just due to his having rotten ratings.

Pity, really. I was going to do a timeline, and bullet points, and everything. It would have been a thing.

Jul
30
2015
5

AP US History back to admitting that America is, in fact, exceptional.

Judging from the sheer amount of whining going on later in this Newsweek article, this decision by The College Board (the company that does the AP tests) sounds like a reasonably big deal: “The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light.”  All in all, the people who do the AP tests probably shouldn’t have picked this particular decade to emphasize collective national guilt over heroic American historical figures and treat ‘American exceptionalism’ as an unfortunate social disease, given that the people who would be most upset about it are already up in arms over Common Core. You end up with pushback from the people who dislike your take on American history, and some of the aforementioned Common Core protesters (the ones who can connect the dots). (more…)

Jul
30
2015
14

Eight hours today driving up to NJ and back. Not as awful as it sounds…

…but not something that I’d care to do every day. But, I now have effectively an extra day of travel-less vacation.  So, did I miss anything?

Jul
29
2015
11

UK/France Chunnel site of organized illegal immigrant… activity? Plot? Campaign?

I wonder how close a British finger was to the Chunnel’s Big Red Button.

France deployed 120 riot police to Calais on Wednesday to bolster security after thousands of migrants tried to enter Britain through the Channel Tunnel in recent days, with the resulting chaos leading to at least one death.

Seriously. I find it difficult to believe that the English* haven’t wired that tunnel with emergency detonators. Or have a bunker-buster handy. Something. It was a minor miracle that they dug the Chunnel in the first place. (more…)

Jul
29
2015
4

Sorry, folks: as of now, posting is officially gonna be set to ERRATIC.

We are coordinating a set of overlapping vacations here at Chez Lane, and although everything should go well things are still going to be every which way but loose. I cannot guarantee regular posting for the next week or so. …And, honestly, I kind of need this vacation (which will become a working one as soon as I hit the RedState Gathering anyway).

So: see you, off and on, for a while.

Jul
29
2015
4

Ohio Democrat Bill Patmon: Get those #blacklivesmatter protesters in front of @PPAct offices!

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: when I saw this tweet I said Gotta be an African American. No white Democrat would ever dare say this*. Ever.  And then I clicked through, and lo! He was.

During a rally outside the Ohio statehouse on Tuesday, Ohio State Rep. Bill Patmon, a Democrat, said the demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement, which targets the police, should include Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about ‘black lives matter.’ Well they skipped one place. They should be in front of Planned Parenthood,” said Patmon, who is African-American.

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Jul
29
2015
13

I tremble for the Republic.

Dear me.

It takes a lot for me to have sympathy for a White House spokesman, let alone a Democratic one, but this would do it. Especially since you know what that guy was thinking. He was thinking of this movie clip: (more…)

Jul
29
2015
10

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D, PA-02) indicted for all SORTS of political corruption, really.

NAME! THAT! PARTY!!!!!

Oh, dear.

REP. CHAKA FATTAH INDICTED IN RACKETEERING CASE

…[Five people were] charged today in a 29-count indictment with participating in a racketeering conspiracy and other crimes, including bribery; conspiracy to commit mail, wire and honest services fraud; and multiple counts of mail fraud, falsification of records, bank fraud, making false statements to a financial institution and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney said.

(more…)

Jul
28
2015
0

This Minnesota Lt. Governor / @PPAct story needs further research, I think.

Not tonight, because it’s late – but this should be looked into.

Jul
28
2015
6

The ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ trailer.

It looks… a bit more serious than the stuff that Michael Bay usually does.

Then again, it’s a serious subject. January 2016, huh? …That’s going to get some people exercised, particularly since even the trailer is making it clear that it’s a movie about Heroic American Mavericks Who Had To Fight Both The Enemy And The Cowards At The State Department.  Which is to say, it’s going to make insane amounts of money domestically. And make a lot of people that I don’t particularly like more-or-less quietly furious. (more…)

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