Monday, September 29, 2014

Maria Fernandes, 32-Year-Old Dunkin' Donuts Worker, Touted as Symbol of America's Low-Wage Workers

Remember the left's "The Pity Party"?

Here's a case study (or yet another case study in the left's pity party shakedown socialist scam).

At the New York Times, "For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences":
“She would give anyone anything she could.” — Glen Carter, 33.

Maybe she poured you a cup of hot coffee, right before you rushed off to catch your afternoon train. Maybe you noticed her huddled over an empty table in the station, dozing in the lonesome hours between one shift and another.

Her name was Maria Fernandes. She was 32 years old. And long before her face flashed across the evening news, she worked amid the throngs of passengers in the heart of Newark’s Pennsylvania Station, serving pumpkin lattes and toasted bagels, and dreaming of life somewhere else.

She dreamed of the bustling streets of Los Angeles and the leafy towns of Pennsylvania. She dreamed of working two jobs, not three. She dreamed of sleeping, really sleeping, for six or seven hours at a stretch.

But dreams rarely pay the rent. So Ms. Fernandes worked three jobs, at three Dunkin’ Donuts stores in northern New Jersey, shuttling from Newark to Linden to Harrison and back. She often slept in her car — two hours here, three hours there — and usually kept the engine running, ready in an instant to start all over again.

The last day of her life was no different. She got off work at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, and climbed into her 2001 Kia Sportage, officials from the Elizabeth Police Department said. She was dreaming again, this time about taking a break to celebrate a milestone with friends. But first, she told her boyfriend, Mr. Carter, during a brief cellphone conversation, she was going to take a nap.

She pulled into the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store, reclined in the driver’s seat and closed her eyes. The store’s surveillance camera videotaped her arrival at 6:27 a.m.

Detectives would pore over those tapes after her body was found later that day. It was the last image that anyone would see of her alive.

“She liked her jobs; she never complained.” — Jessenia Barra, 28.

In death, Ms. Fernandes has been held up as a symbol of the hardships facing our nation’s army of low-wage workers. Her friends say she earned little more than $8.25 an hour — New Jersey’s minimum wage — and passed her days and nights in a blur of iced coffees and toasted breakfast sandwiches, coffee rolls and glazed jelly doughnuts.

You might remember her dark eyes and that smile when she handed your change across the counter. She worked afternoons in Newark, overnights in Linden and weekends in Harrison.

In a statement, Michelle King, a spokeswoman for Dunkin’ Brands, said that Ms. Fernandes’s managers described her as a “model” employee. (Ms. King said she could not say how much Ms. Fernandes earned or describe the specific hours she worked, saying that only the three franchisees that directly employed Ms. Fernandes had that information. Ms. King declined to provide contact information for those franchisees.)
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Her death was ruled an accident. We could have 100 percent economic equality, and this woman still could have died in an accident like this.

Ferguson Remains a City on the Brink

The never-ending soap opera of racial recrimination in the heartland.

At the Los Angeles Times, "A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come":

Beauty Town has an elaborate video surveillance system that displays 16 angles of the store, but the cameras are better at capturing crime than at preventing it.

The beauty shop has been looted multiple times since a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed black man Aug. 9. Last week, during another round of unrest on West Florissant Avenue, a group of young men broke the front windows and raided the shelves and cash register.

Owner Shawn Kim thinks 99% of the people who live around his shop are good people.

For the rest, he’s bought a gun. Just in case.

If the grand jury fails to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, almost everyone here thinks things will get worse.

“They’re not going to be looting next time,” said Kevin Seltzer, 30, who lives at an apartment complex near where Brown, 18, was shot. “They’re going to burn the city down.”

Far from finding peace after a round of summer protests and riots, Ferguson remains a city on the brink, its nearly every step troubled. The last week has been especially fraught.
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Pro-Democracy Protests Shake Hong Kong

At WSJ, "Roads Were Blocked and Some Schools and Offices Were Closed Monday Morning."

Sasha Pain Joins Ferguson Protests

Boy those Ruptly folks must really be up on the latest in XXX viewing.

Here, "USA: Porn star Sasha Pain joins Ferguson protests."

Alton Nolen: Victim of Racial and Religious Intolerance

Heh, at the People's Cube, "Alton Nolen: religious black man gunned down by white racist."

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Poll: Three in Four Americans Don't Trust Obama's 'No Ground Troops' Pledge in Fight Against #ISIS

Well, no surprise.

It's all lies all the time from this White House. Indeed, if and when Obama does commit ground troops he'll try to weasel his way out of the "no ground troops" pledge he's made numerous times (remember how he weaseled on his "red line" on Syria's chemical weapons use?). We've seen him do it dozens of times. Just wait for it, the freakin' dirtbag.

At the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey, at WSJ, "Poll Shows Americans Expect U.S. to Send Troops to Fight Islamic State":

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Nearly three-quarters of Americans don’t believe President Barack Obama’s assertion that the country won’t use ground troops to fight the militant group Islamic State in Iraq or Syria, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds.

The poll shows a substantial lack of trust in Mr. Obama’s repeated assertions that American military efforts will be limited to airstrikes and other efforts that don’t include ground troops. Some 72% of registered voters surveyed said U.S. ground troops eventually will be deployed against Islamic State’s fighters. Only 20% said they believe the U.S. won’t end up using military ground forces.

The Obama administration has cautioned that the battle against Islamic State won’t be won quickly. It has said it will proceed with an international coalition and that the U.S. won’t  commit ground troops to combat.

“I want to be clear: The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and won’t have a combat mission,” Mr. Obama said Sept. 17. “As your commander in chief, I won’t commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”
Ironically, if he'd just tell the truth he'd have the support of the American people for his anti-terror policy. As it is fully 45 percent of Americans now support ground troops "if military officials determined it was the 'best way to defeat the ISIS army'." Imagine how high that number would go if Obama evinced some real presidential leadership on these issues.

Still more at the link.

Brace yourself for more Obama-Democrat lies in the meanwhile.

PHOTO CREDIT: The White House Flickr page, "President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors concerning the situation in Iraq, in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)."

The 'B-Word' Embargo

Well, most assailants are people of color, and of course plenty of them are black, but to mention the race of the perp is racism!

Mad Jewess Woman, Expose Liberals and a few others never hesitate to publicize the race of these criminals, mainly because everyone else refuses to.

And now here comes Jazz Shaw, at Hot Air, as if this is something new, "The media embargo on “the B word”."

It's not like there's a shortage of examples, or anything.

At the Other McCain, for instance, "Arrest in Hannah Graham Case."

George Clooney Marries Amal Alamuddin

Well, I've enjoyed George Clooney is some of his films, but man, he had to go and marry this BDS shill.

Background at Washington Free Beacon, "George Clooney’s Anti-Israel Fiancée Appointed to U.N. Gaza Probe."

And at the Times of Israel, "Actor Clooney weds human rights lawyer."

Mavi Marmara 'Peace Activist' Killed in U.S. Airstrike in Syria


Karmic justice, at Israel Matzav, "'Peaceful' Mavi Marmara activist killed fighting for al-Qaeda in Syria."

Sabine Jemeljanova 2015 Calendar

Hey, pre-order here, if that's your thing, lol.

She's lovely, especially without makeup.

FLASHBACK: "Sabine Jemeljanova #Rule5."

Monrovia's Vinyl Technology Inc. Fires 240 Illegals After ICE Crackdown: Open-Borders Shills Decry 'No Justice, No Humanity'

You know, maybe Vinyl Technology Inc. shouldn't have employed hundreds of illegals? Or, maybe the border jumpers shouldn't have broken U.S. laws through illegal immigration?

But no. It's a racist "silent raid" to enforce U.S. immigration laws. Man, so pathetic.

At the Los Angeles Times, "Monrovia defense workers say they were forced out after ICE audit":
When Raymundo Lazaro showed up for a shift last week at Vinyl Technology Inc., a Monrovia defense contractor that has employed him for the last 18 years, his boss took him aside.

Lazaro, an immigrant from Mexico who came to the country illegally 23 years ago, was told he didn’t have paperwork showing he was authorized to work in the United States. Fix it immediately, Lazaro said the boss told him, or sign a letter of resignation.

Lazaro, who had been using falsified employment eligibility documents, had no choice but to quit. “I did my best every single day,” he said Thursday. “And like that they called me in and gave me the boom.”

He is one of 240 immigrant workers at the company who have been pressured to sign resignation letters in recent weeks amid a federal audit of the company’s hiring practices, according to former employees of the company and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, an immigrant advocacy group.

At a news conference Thursday at CHIRLA's headquarters, the workers called on the federal government to stop such investigations into workers' eligibility while President Obama weighs major changes to federal immigration policy.Obama promised in June to take executive action on immigration that many hope will allow millions of people in the country illegally to stay in the United States and legally work.

The president recently announced he will not take any such action until after the November election."There’s no mercy, no justice, no humanity in the implementation of our broken immigration laws,” said Xiomara Corpeno, CHIRLA's director of community education and outreach, who described the federal investigations of companies as "silent raids."Since Obama came to office in 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has changed its approach to cracking down on companies that employ workers lacking authorization. Gone are the dramatic early-morning raids on factories and warehouses that were a hallmark of the presidency of George W. Bush, when armed agents routinely detained hundreds of workers, many of whom were eventually deported.

Now the agency conducts quiet audits of employees' I-9 documents at companies believed to have hired unauthorized workers, with the emphasis on the employer's violations, not the immigrant's.

Arrests of workers have fallen as the amount of fines the agency has collected from employers has risen.

Overall, the number of workplace investigations initiated by ICE fell dramatically in the last year, from 3,903 in the 2013 fiscal year to just 1,963 in the 2014 fiscal year, which ends next month.

The decrease can be attributed to budget cuts at the agency, according to an ICE official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, said ICE is being too soft on immigrants here without permission and the companies that employ them.

"Audits are an important, but you need to also have work-site arrests," he said, adding that companies that employ unauthorized workers take jobs away from Americans.

"There’s an enormous supply of American workers who are not only unemployed but who have dropped out of the labor market all together," Krikorian said. "The idea that there’s not enough bodies to do the work here is laughable."

David Weinberger, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

I attended the iFalcon Student Success Conference at Cerritos College the Friday before last, and organizers gave away copies of David Weinberger's Too Big to Know.

A great read. Grab a copy on Amazon.

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Derek Jeter Hits RBI Single for His Last at Bat

An infield single, at Fenway Park, broadcast on TBS.

And at the New York Times, "With His Words and Deeds, Derek Jeter Never Entered Foul Territory."

'The war on terror is not over...'

Bob Schieffer continues to sound like someone with old-fashioned common sense, and he's generally a lefty, heh.

'Reason to Believe'

I woke up singing this song, for no reason that I can think of.

At first I couldn't remember who sings it, then it came to me. Both Rod Stewart and the Carpenters had big hits with it.

Stewart's version on MTV Unplugged was a phenomenon:

France's Cultural Protectionism Blocks Netflix's Global Reach

At the Los Angeles Times, "Netflix struggles to win over skeptics in film-loving France":
As Netflix has spread its video streaming services around the globe, the company's been met with curiosity, skepticism and, at times, indifference.

But none of the Silicon Valley giant's adventures abroad generated the mix of fear and anxiety that it has stirred in film-loving France before its launch this month.

In a country of proud cinephiles, Netflix has been bashed by national politicians, vilified by cultural leaders and brushed off by potential broadcast partners who have instead beefed up their own competitive video offerings. These groups worry that Netflix will undermine the complex system created by broadcasters and the government to protect a French film industry that is central to the country's identity, and a significant part of its economy.

As the headline in Le Monde put it on the eve of Netflix's launch in France: "Let the Carnage Begin."

Aware of how it is being perceived, Netflix spent months wooing the French, both in public and behind the scenes. The stakes for the company are high.

Netflix is increasingly dependent on international markets for growth, analysts note, and France is one of the largest countries left to conquer. Yet appealing to local consumers is costly, and the company is promising big investments to acquire and produce local content. To ease cultural fears, executives have tried to make the case that the company will expand consumer choice and film production.

For now, though, the French are skeptical.

"We want to say welcome to Netflix," said Dante Desarthe, co-chairman of France's Guild of Authors, Directors and Producers. "But we want them to be respectful of the rules we have created here in France to protect our cinema."

Paul Konerko Is Retiring

Where do the years go, man?

Seems like just the other day I was watching Dodger games with Paul Konerko, but that was back in 1997-98.

At USA Today, "White Sox honor retiring Paul Konerko with statue."

And at the Chicago Tribune, "Paul Konerko video a fitting farewell to White Sox."

Plus, video's from last night's game, at MLB, "Konerko exits during 7th to huge ovation," and "Konerko thanks the fans in Chicago."

A Close-Up View of Islamic State's War Machine

At Business Week, "How Islamic State Wages War."

Some ISIS fighters all all hopped up on drugs.

Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher!

Hey, you gotta love it, no matter what you think of this tasteless prick. At RCP, "'Maher Rips Liberals Over Islam: "If We're Giving No Quarter to Intolerance, Shouldn't We Start With [Beheaders and] Honor Killers?'"

Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds, "The thing to remember is that talk of tolerance and diversity is mostly just a political weapon for white people to use against other white people. It’s not about actually helping anyone."

Hey Walter James Casper, Are You Going to Attack Dr. Zuhdi Jasser as a Racist Bigot and 'Right Wing' Islamophobe?

I met Dr. Zuhdi Jasser at the David Horowitz West Coast Retreat a few years back. He's a really nice man. And he's Muslim.

And like Judge Jeanine Pirro, he must have missed the memo about not "jumping to conclusions" about the Oklahoma beheading.

Indeed, Walter James Casper III, are you going to attack Dr. Jasser as a racist bigot and hateful "right wing" Islamophobe? I doubt that's going to work too well on this guy.

Stop the political correctness and defeat the violent ideology of Islamic jihad:

PREVIOUSLY: "#OKBeheading Suspect Screamed 'Islamic Phrases' During Attack, Posted #ISIS Hand-Sign Photos to Facebook, But Repsac3 Smears 'Right Wingers' for 'Bigotry'," and "Wait for It! Repsac3 on #OKBeheading: Attacking Islam Just Because the Suspect Tried to Convert Coworkers is Racist!!"

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Judge Jeanine on Fire! Stop the Charades! It's Us Against Islamic Jihad!


I guess Judge Jeanine missed the "don't jump to conclusions" memo, lol!

Democracy Requires a Patriotic Education

From Donald Kagan, at the Wall Street Journal:
These values [of honor and democratic merit, of civic participation and self-sacrifice for community] have not disappeared, but in our own time they have been severely challenged. With the shock of the 9/11 terror attacks, most Americans reacted by clearly and powerfully supporting their government's determination to use military force to stop such attacks and to prevent future ones. Most Americans also expressed a new unity, an explicit patriotism and love of their country not seen among us for a very long time.

That is not what we saw and heard from the faculties on most elite campuses in the country, and certainly not from the overwhelming majority of people designated as "intellectuals" who spoke up in public. They offered any and all explanations, so long as they indicated that the attackers were really victims, that the fault really rested with the United States.

As most of us have come to know too well, the terrorists of al Qaeda and other jihadists regard America as "the great Satan" and hate the U.S. not only because its power stands in the way of the achievement of their Islamist vision, but also because its free, open, democratic, tolerant, liberal and prosperous society is a powerful competitor for the allegiance of millions of Muslims around the world. No change of American policy, no retreat from the world, no repentance or increase of modesty can change these things.

Yet many members of the intelligentsia decried the outburst of patriotism that greeted the new assault on America. The critics were exemplified by author Katha Pollitt, who wrote in the Oct. 1, 2001, edition of the Nation about her daughter wanting to fly the American flag outside their window after 9/11. "Definitely not," Ms. Pollitt replied. "The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war."

Such ideas still have a wide currency, reflecting a serious flaw in American education that should especially concern those of us who take some part in it. The encouragement of patriotism is no longer a part of our public educational system, and the cost of that omission has made itself felt. This would have alarmed and dismayed the founders of our country.

Jefferson meant American education to produce a necessary patriotism. Democracy—of all political systems, because it depends on the participation of its citizens in their own government and because it depends on their own free will to risk their lives in its defense—stands in the greatest need of an education that produces patriotism.

I recognize that I have said something shocking. The past half-century has seen a sharp turn away from what had been traditional attitudes toward the purposes and functions of education. Our schools have retreated from the idea of moral education, except for some attempts at what is called "values clarification," which is generally a cloak for moral relativism verging on nihilism of the sort that asserts that whatever feels good is good.

Even more vigorously have the schools fled from the idea of encouraging patriotism. In the intellectual climate of our time, the very suggestion brings contemptuous sneers or outrage, depending on the listener's mood. There is no end of quoting Samuel Johnson's famous remark that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," but no recollection of Boswell's explanation that Johnson "did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak for self-interest."

Obama in George W. Bush Flight Suit on the Cover of The Economist

And the White House isn't pleased, via the Washington Times, "White House pans ‘unfair’ magazine cover with Obama in Bush’s flight suit."

Well, O's entire political skit has been the "anti-Bush," so no surprise they're no whining about being compared to a real president. It makes the Democrats look wrong, to say nothing of stupid and deceitful.

In any case, here's the Economist, "America and Islamic State: Mission Relaunched":

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FOR more than three years, Barack Obama has been trying to avoid getting into a fight in Syria. But this week, with great tracts of the Middle East under the jihadist’s knife, he at last faced up to the inevitable. On September 23rd America led air strikes in Syria against both the warriors of Islamic State (IS) and a little-known al-Qaeda cell, called the Khorasan group, which it claimed was about to attack the West. A president who has always seen his main mission as nation-building at home is now using military force in six countries—Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

The Syrian operation is an essential counterpart to America’s attacks against IS in Iraq. Preventing the group from carving out a caliphate means, at the very least, ensuring that neither of these two countries affords it a haven (see article). But more than the future of IS is at stake in the streets of Raqqa and Mosul. Mr Obama’s attempt to deal with the jihadists is also a test of America’s commitment to global security. It is a test that he has been failing until now.

IS et al

The sense that America is locked in relative decline has been growing in recent years, as it has languished under the shadow of the financial crisis and two long, difficult wars. Why should a newly rich country like China take lectures about how to run its affairs from a president who struggles even to get his own budget through? America, meanwhile, seems swamped by the forces of disorder, either unable or unwilling to steady a world that is spinning out of control. IS embodies this frightening trend. It is, in the jargon, a non-state actor, and it thrives on chaos. With each new humiliation of the governments in Iraq and Syria, it has accumulated more wealth, territory and recruits.

Its rise has also reflected American policy. First, the poorly thought-out intervention of George W. Bush, typified by the rash “Mission Accomplished” banner that greeted him on the USS Abraham Lincoln in May 2003 after his invasion of Iraq. Then Mr Obama’s studious inaction. When Syrians rose up against the regime of Bashar Assad, the president stood back in the hope that things would sort themselves out—leaving Mr Assad free to commit atrocities against his own people. Even when Mr Assad crossed “the red line” of using chemical weapons, the superpower did not punish him. About 200,000 Syrians have died and 10m have been driven from their homes. Denied early American support, the moderate Syrian opposition has fragmented, leaving the field to the ruthless and well-organised IS.

Standing back has not worked well elsewhere in the world, either. Mr Obama has spoken about the limits to American power—exhorting other governments with a stake in today’s system to do their bit to keep the world safe. He wanted the United States to be seen less as a unilateral bully, more as the leader of world opinion. Yet when America stepped back, its allies stepped back, too. The countries that most eagerly came forward were its rivals, such as Russia and China.

IS has induced a change of heart among the American people. Before vicious extremists seized the city of Mosul and began to cut off Western heads on social media, Americans doubted the merit of further military action in the Middle East. When they realised that IS threatened them directly, they began to demand protection. Mr Obama therefore has a chance not just to strike a blow for order in the Middle East, but also to give the declinists pause.

From axis of evil to network of death

He has brute force on his side. The disastrous mismanagement of post-invasion Iraq has tended to eclipse the overwhelming potency of American firepower at the beginning. In six short weeks in the spring of 2003 America and its allies defeated the 375,000 troops of Saddam Hussein with the loss of only 138 American lives. Never in history has a single country had such military dominance. It has not suddenly evaporated.

The bigger question is whether Mr Obama can carry off delicate diplomacy. The lesson from Iraq and Afghanistan is that firepower alone will not prevail. Indeed, if America comes to be seen by Sunni Arabs as nothing more than a Shia air force, strikes will only bind IS to the local people.

If he is to win the argument in Iraq and Syria, Mr Obama needs coalitions and partnerships. For that he must get the diplomacy right. So far he has done well. He insisted on the replacement of Nuri al-Maliki, the Shia-chauvinist former prime minister of Iraq, with Haider al-Abadi, who is making efforts to bring Sunnis into government. He sent John Kerry, his secretary of state, to recruit regional Sunni powers such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to try to persuade Sunnis in Iraq and Syria that he is not taking sides against their branch of Islam. America has argued to the United Nations that its intervention—requested by Iraq but not Syria—is legal under Article 51 of the UN’s charter. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, appears to have accepted that argument; so should Britain’s Parliament, which will vote on whether to help America.

There is much more for Mr Obama to do...

And remember, the Economist is hardly alone in this analogy. See earlier, "Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkopf Hammers Obama's Foreign Policy: Says Barack Should Take a Page from George W. Bush's Second Term."

Eric Holder: A Legacy of Race-Based Radicalism

From Matthew Vadum, at FrontPage Magazine:

Attorney General Eric Holder is at long last relinquishing his cabinet post after nearly six unprecedented, catastrophic years of racial demagoguery and gangsterism.

Holder, who announced yesterday that he will leave office when a replacement is selected, will leave behind what is probably the most ugly and toxic legacy of any attorney general ever in the history of the republic.

Although he has all the moral authority of disbarred Duke Lacrosse prosecutor Mike Nifong, Holder knows he is immune to criticism because he is black and a radical leftist. He is a protected, pampered member of the ruling class and his arrogance knows no bounds. He ignores court orders and gives congressional overseers the finger.

Holder has transformed the U.S. Department of Justice into a racial grievance incubator, an intensive care unit for kooky, authoritarian ideas that should have died after the 1960s. The DoJ, especially its rotten, totally corrupt Civil Rights Division, is a lawyerly commune for revolutionaries who oppose the very idea of the rule of law. Critical Legal Theory and Critical Race Theory govern much of what goes on in the department.

It is no exaggeration to say that Holder leaves death and destruction behind after saturation-bombing the Constitution, orchestrating criminal activity in order to whip up public support for policy changes, fomenting racial tension and violence, persecuting political opponents and disfavored industries, obstructing justice, and enforcing laws arbitrarily and capriciously and in a manner calculated to benefit his friends and allies.

Mini Cooper S Is a Nifty 'Personality' Car

I can see my son driving a Mini Cooper.

Reviewed by Dan Neil, at the Wall Street Journal:
THE PERSON WHO DRIVES this car is fun at parties, hot in the boudoirs, dangerous with firearms. No, not the chandelier!

You want one of these people at your weekend corporate retreat. But only one, I think.

Mini owners, right? It's a thing. And like the hilarious office mate you can't turn off, a fully optioned Mini Cooper S can be just a tick more fun than is strictly bearable on a day-to-day basis. Maybe you're not in a day-glo checkerboard mood, you know?

"That's your problem, Debbie Downer," this car says, shaking its maracas at me. "Turn that frown upside down!"


Redesigned and re-engineered for the 2014 model year, the Mini Cooper S Hardtop (three-door compact) pretty much owns cuteness in the comparative set of midprice personality/performance. Let's meet our bachelors: VW Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ, Ford Mustang. These cars' transaction points hover around $30,000 and they are all powered by turbo'ed, free-spooling four-bangers (excepting the Subaru/Toyota twins, which are naturally aspirated). Some are front-wheel drive, some rear drive, with two doors or four, but they all sell handling finesse more than blazing horsepower, styling charisma more than raw sex appeal...

The 'Bro Hug' Has Become the Default Greeting, Especially Among the Morally Decrepit, Faux-Hip Democrat-Left

I'm not so much into the "bro hug." And I'm especially not into it if I'm going to be bro-hugging some skanky unwashed Democrat-leftists.


F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers in Action Off the Aircraft Carrier USS George H.W. Bush

From the U.S. Navy on YouTube:
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 26, 2014) F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers return to and launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of strike, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. These missions help increase U.S. capacity to target ISIL, and coordinate the activities of the U.S. military across Iraq and into Syria.

Emily Ratajkowski on the Red Carpet for New York Premiere of 'Gone Girl'

She's fabulous.

At London's Daily Mail, "She's red hot! Emily Ratajkowski sizzles in slinky off-the-shoulder crimson gown at Gone Girl premiere."

What Was I Saying About the 'Khorasan Group'?

You have to stay a couple of steps before the Obama administration hacks, because it's all bullshit all the time.

I called out the White House disinformation on this fake "Khorasan group" a couple of days back, "Why is al-Nusra Front Being Relabeled as 'Khorasan'?"

And now here comes Andrew McCarthy, at National Review, "The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist" (via Memeorandum):
There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

“Core al-Qaeda,” you are to understand, is different from “Jabhat al-Nusra,” which in turn is distinct from “al-Qaeda in Iraq” (formerly “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,” now the “Islamic State” al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly “al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham” or “al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant”). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula . . . which, of course, should never be mistaken for “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” “Boko Haram,” “Ansar al-Sharia,” or the latest entry, “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.”

Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.

Except you’ll hear only about the jayvees, not the jihad. You see, there is a purpose behind this dizzying proliferation of names assigned to what, in reality, is a global network with multiple tentacles and occasional internecine rivalries.

As these columns have long contended, Obama has not quelled our enemies; he has miniaturized them. The jihad and the sharia supremacism that fuels it form the glue that unites the parts into a whole — a worldwide, ideologically connected movement rooted in Islamic scripture that can project power on the scale of a nation-state and that seeks to conquer the West. The president does not want us to see the threat this way.
Mind-boggling lies and disinformation, but again, it pays to stay ahead of these f-kers. It's all politics. It's never about keeping people safe. And for that I can never forgive the Democrats. They're not Americans. They're anti-Americans.

The Jihad Origins of the Oklahoma Beheader’s Hamas-Mosque

What? The beheader attended a mosque? No way!

And the jihad origins of the Oklahoma beheading? Impossible!

You're racist if you jump to conclusions! And if you're Pamela Geller, you're the most racist of them all times infinity!!

At Atlas Shrugs, "EXCLUSIVE: The Jihad Origins of the Oklahoma Beheader’s Hamas-Mosque."

More at Big Peace, "Oklahoma Beheader Linked to Al Qaeda Leader Awlaki, Boston Bomber's Mosque." (Via Memeorandum.)

U.S. Expands International Coalition Against #ISIS

A report at CBS News:

And also at the Los Angeles Times, "Britain, Belgium and Denmark join coalition fighting Islamic State."

Glenn Reynolds Interviews Joel Kotkin, Author of The New Class Conflict

I've got a lot of books stacked up, but no doubt I'll be getting to Kotkin's soon.

Buy it at Amazon, The New Class Conflict.

And watch this great interview, via Instapundit:

Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio

They love to shop, heh.

And the fashion show airs December 9th. Tune in at American Power for all your Victoria's Secret coverage!

#OKBeheading Suspect Screamed 'Islamic Phrases' During Attack, Posted #ISIS Hand-Sign Photos to Facebook, But Repsac3 Smears 'Right Wingers' for 'Bigotry'

Following-up from yesterday, "Wait for It! Repsac3 on #OKBeheading: Attacking Islam Just Because the Suspect Tried to Convert Coworkers is Racist!!"

No surprise, but Walter James Casper III is doubling-down on his ideological hatred:

Problem is, it's not "jumping to conclusions" when mainstream media sources report that the suspect screamed Islamic exhortations before the beheading (most likely "Allāhu Akbar!"). I mean, seriously. The suspect was proselytizing, according to coworkers. His actions were clearly religiously motivated:

And at the suspect's Facebook page, photos posted there express solidarity with the Islamic State, and then some:

So, no. No one's "jumping to conclusions." It's patently obvious that he murdered in the name of Islam.

Actually, it's Repsac3 who's a proven bigot and a racist --- something I've documented here for a long time. Walter James Casper is an epic hater and liar. His own tweets are self-refuting and utterly depraved, outside the bounds of basic decency. Man.

Leftists Sour on Obama

Well, not all leftists have soured on him. Some idiot progs will take their dying breath defending this epic fail of a presidency.

But O's hardcore support has definitely been eroding, especially among young people and moderate- to middle-class income Americans.

At the Hill, "Liberal base sours on Obama."