Dec
15
2014
2

Congratulations, antiwar movement.

You people managed to move the needle on American attitudes towards CIA interrogations.

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices in the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 51% of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29% who say they were not justified; 20% do not express an opinion.

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 11-14 among 1,001 adults, finds that amid competing claims over the effectiveness of CIA interrogation methods, 56% believe they provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks, while just half as many (28%) say they did not provide this type of intelligence.

…admittedly, it was in the opposite direction than intended by the antiwar movement, but one has to get used to that sort of thing. It would almost be funny, except that there’s a definite undercurrent of rumor out there that suggests that things have been getting steadily worse since 2009; the lack of oversight, both internal and external, may be letting certain situations fester. Which is I guess what happens when the opposition to a war is as nakedly partisan as was the Left’s oppositions to the GWOT; once the President changes, the opposition goes away.

This can be problematical.

Moe Lane

Dec
15
2014
3

Gun-Grabbing Delegate Joseph Morrissey (D, Virginia) extends the scope of said grabbing.

(Via @JohnCardillo) This gets the coveted lolwhut: “Democratic Virginia state delegate Joseph Morrissey, who reached a plea agreement for charges relating to a sexual relationship he had with his 17-year-old office assistant, is yet to decide whether he will resign or commute to work from jail.” Delegate Morrissey – who is 57, and loudly denying the paternity of the child that said office assistant is currently carrying – got a year plus six months suspended for ‘contributing to the delinquency of a minor.’  So now he has to decide whether he’s going to keep working… (more…)

Dec
15
2014
3

Tweet of the Day, I’d Say That I Was Going To Miss Mark Pryor… edition

…except that: no, not really, I’m not. The best that I can manage is the wish that we could transfer him to another Senate seat, so that he could lose that one in 2016, too.

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Dec
14
2014
1

AZ-02 election results to be FINALLY certified on Tuesday.

I know that this seems to be a long time, but in fairness Republican candidate Martha McSally’s final lead of 161 votes over incumbent Democrat Ron Barber in AZ-02 was well within the parameters to justify both a machine recount and a spot check hand-recount of selected precincts in the District.  Reading between the lines… it’s widely if quietly expected that McSally won.  To the point where she’s already been assigned a position on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees in the House.  Possibly this was slightly premature: but there truly does not seem to have been any shenanigans going on in this particular district.  And a razor-thin win is still a win.

And with that, I believe that we will be done with the 2014 election cycle.  But don’t worry!  The Cook Political Report has already started up with the listings for 2016! …Because this never ends, of course. And I’m not even upset about that: politics is what we do to keep people from setting disputes with fire and the sword.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: It will, of course, be an absolute firestorm at this point if Ron Barber was declared to be the winner. I will be genuinely surprised, though, if that happens: there hasn’t been any sign up to this point that the recount was going to meaningfully alter the results, and there not really any specific way that shenanigans can occur at this point.  But the recount does have to happen, which is why fundraising for this election is still going on: and I suppose that, given the closeness of the race, somebody else might feel bad about suggesting that Barber should just concede now and get it over with.  But I’m not somebody else, so: Barber should just concede now and get it over with.

Dec
14
2014
14

There is no such thing as a nonlethal kinetic energy weapon.

(Via AoSHQ) Bearing Arms is aghast over this latest attempt to make a firearm somehow ‘safe,’ and who can blame them?

The device itself consists of a clear plastic “docking station” that slides on to the end of the gun, and the projectile, which looks roughly like a clown’s nose.

When the officer feels the need to discharge the projectile, he squeezes the trigger on the live round in the chamber, which travels down the barrel, smashes into the back of the projectile, and then continues downrange embedded in the projectile, which is supposed to strike the threat with enough force to put him on the ground, but won’t (hopefully) kill him.

In other words, this device takes a reasonably efficient kinetic energy weapon and converts it into a distinctly less efficient kinetic energy weapon. By blocking the muzzle.  Now, I’m no gunsmith, but that doesn’t sound like a very smart idea… especially since you can’t make a firearm ‘safe’ to use on other people.  Physics has the final vote; and it is the consensus of physics that when you throw a physical object at another object at very high speeds, there’s going to be a reaction at the point of impact. In other words: if you’re knocking somebody down, you’re running a real risk that you’re also going to mess that person up.

I understand that people don’t always want to face this, but a gun is a thing that kills. Don’t carry one outside of a target range if you can’t make your peace with that.  And for the love of God, don’t make a cop wear a clown nose on his gun, either.

Moe Lane

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Dec
14
2014
2

Hrm. Maybe those white elephant Polish airports ARE for eventual military use.

I don’t know how snarky Glenn Reynolds was being about this report

The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build at least three “ghost” airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.

The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at the peak of the holiday season, echo to the sound of empty concourses and spend millions trying to attract airlines.

…when he suggested that they’d make good impromptu airstrips in case of a military invasion by the Soviets.  Err, sorry: ‘Russians.’  Old Cold Warrior reflex.  Anyway, and not to be all Cold War spy-nostalgic or anything, but if you look at a map to see where the airports (Reuters reports them as being  Lodz, Rzeszow and Lublin) that were renovated are: (more…)

Dec
13
2014
0

#protip: Dear progressives: don’t wear an Obama shirt while burning an American flag.

Although I suppose that it’s an anti-Obama shirt. The problem for that jackass is the media ran with the picture where all you can read is the ‘OPE,’ and it certainly looks like the iconic HOPE picture, so: thanks a lot, moron.

No, seriously. Thanks a lot. I always appreciate it when America-hating fools make my life easier for me.

Dec
13
2014
9

The Left’s plan to retake state legislatures through targeted character assassination.

(H/T: Instapundit) There are several amusing things about this article from the Washington Examiner on the topic of what the Left hopes to do towards state legislatures in the upcoming election cycle:

“We’re working with David Brock and Media Matters and American Bridge who have trackers that we can send out to monitor the debate on some bills that you all might be running,” Nick Rathod, executive director of SiX [a liberal group trying to get state legislatures back], said. “I think in many legislatures my understanding is that a lot of legislatures stream their floor debates but don’t necessarily transcribe it or capture it in any kind of way. And so we want to start capturing them on that. I think we know, someone’s going to say something about black people. Someone’s going to say something about women. Someone is going to say something.”

In no particular order: (more…)

Dec
13
2014
1

Tweet of the Day, …Geez. White People. edition.

I know, I know: I’m as white as a polar bear in a snowstorm eating vanilla ice cream. Still. Geez. White people.

My one observation on this – I largely share Sonny’s stunned admiration for the sheer insanity on display here* – is that I certainly hope that the minority students in the demonstration have noted that this is what happens when you let white people run your demonstrations. Well, liberal white people. Conservative white people would have run this differently, starting with making sure that the non-white people were doing something more relevant than acting as a mobile background**.

Moe Lane

*You have got to read this story. Just don’t read it at work, because one of the pictures is NSFW.

**Yes, I’m scoring the Dean of Students as a white dude. I will also be merciful and not repeat his name, because he’s going to be hearing about the ‘lifted onto the back of a half-naked man’ thing for the rest of his life. I am not without mercy.

Dec
12
2014
5

Actually, it’s the *conservatives* who can make better plays to the middle in 2016.

As in, they can do it and still get elected.

Allahpundit is raising an excellent point, here:

Why would a center-right voter prefer Jeb Bush to Scott Walker? We all do understand, I hope, that Walker will be running basically as a centrist, yes? …I think he’s going to run as a similar sort of pragmatist as Bush — lots of talk about jobs and education, squishy on immigration, socially conservative but low key about it, and if tea partiers start getting restless with him, he’ll pull the ol’ “remember the time the unions spent millions to recall me and I kicked the sh*t out of them?” card. And then everyone will quiet down.

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Dec
12
2014
14

Greenpeace desecrates Peru’s Nazca Lines.

This really is the epitome of the peculiar, almost pure, kind of stupidity that you can expect from radical environmental activists. And pig-headedness. And a fundamental inability to understand why other people have this little voice in their heads that tell them when it’s a bad idea to do something. And… oh, I could go on about this for hours.  But marvel:

“Time for Change; The Future is Renewable” was the message of Greenpeace activists protesting at the ancient Nazca Lines UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Peruvian desert on Monday.

The activists placed yellow letters next to a famous hummingbird design, and now Peruvian authorities are threatening to sue Greenpeace and criminally charge the activists with “attacking archaeological monuments,” according to The Associated Press.

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Dec
12
2014
2

Tweet of the Day, …This Is Kind Of A Big Deal, Actually edition.

That’s the NYC PBA below…

…and it is indeed from their website.  If it’s the official position of the PBA that Bill de Blasio - the Mayor of New York City – should not be welcome at a funeral of a slain police officer, then that is indeed a thing. And by ‘a thing’ I mean ‘kanly*.’

Moe Lane

*Classical reference.  Actually, by now…

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