Saturday, May 31, 2014

FEMEN Anti-Fascist Protesters in France

Well, these ladies are a relief compared to the monstrous #YesAllWomen feminists.

At WWTDD, "FEMEN Protesters Frenched Up."

And video at Live Leak, "France: FEMEN nurses protest far-right Le Pen's vote."

BONUS: ICYMI, my earlier entries on European Parliament Elections.

Backlash as Bowe #Bergdahl Swapped for Top Five Taliban Commanders at Guantánamo

Following-up from earlier, "Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Freed in Prisoner Swap With the Taliban."

And thinking of the controversy over Israel's prisoner exchanges of recent years, I was expecting a backlash with the Bowe deal. And here it comes.

At the Washington Post, "Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say" (via Memeorandum).

Also at Pat Dollard, "EXPOSED: Obama Released the Five Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders In Captivity for Deadly, Self-Serving PR Stunt."

And at Patterico's, "L.A. Times Celebrates Trade of Five Taliban GTMO Detainees for U.S. Soldier — Without Telling You Who Those Detainees Are," and the Daily Beast, "Here are the Taliban Terrorists Obama Released to Free POW Bowe Bergdahl."

Still more at Long War Journal, "Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl exchanged for top 5 Taliban commanders at Gitmo."

Bowe's disappearance was questionable at the time. Not only was he suspected of walking off base, abandoning his position, he dissed the American command in emails to his parents. CBS News has that, from 2012, "Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held by Taliban, was 'ashamed to be American,' emails show." Mentioned there is Rolling Stone's article from that year, by the late Michael Hastings, "America's Last Prisoner of War, which included the key email passages:
Over the next month, as he saw more of the war firsthand, Bowe's e-mails to his family lost their sense of absurdity and took on a darker edge. In one heartbreaking incident at the end of May, an Afghan official and four of his children were killed in a Taliban attack. The bodies were moved to Bowe's outpost, along with a wounded Afghan police officer....

Then, on June 25th, Bowe's battalion suffered its first casualty of the deployment. A popular officer, 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, was killed in a blast from a roadside bomb near the village of Yaya Kheyl, not far from the outpost. Though Bradshaw was in a different company, the 24-year-old's death rocked the unit, shattering the sense of invulnerability that accompanies those who have just arrived in country. Bowe's father believes that Bradshaw and Bowe had grown close at the National Training Center, and his death darkened his son's mood. It was all too much for Bowe. On June 27th, he sent what would be his final e-mai­[l] to his parents. It was a lengthy message documenting his complete disillusionment with the war effort. He opened it by addressing it simply to "mom, dad."

"The future is too good to waste on lies," Bowe wrote. "And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting." The e-mail went on to list a series of complaints: Three good sergeants, Bowe said, had been forced to move to another company, and "one of the biggest shit bags is being put in charge of the team." His battalion commander was a "conceited old fool." The military system itself was broken: "In the US army you are cut down for being honest... but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank...

The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools." The soldiers he actually admired were planning on leaving: "The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The few good SGTs are getting out as soon as they can, and they are telling us privates to do the same."
Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters minced no words in 2009, calling Bowe a bald-face liar, and suggested that "the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills" if they went ahead and killed Bowe:

Google's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Form Gets Over 12,000 Requests on First Day

Well, too bad this is only available in Europe. I know a couple of depraved hate-trolls who'd love to complete the form.

At the Wall Street Journal, "On Day 1 of European Take-Down Site, Google Hit by Wave of Requests."

And at Re/Code, "Begrudgingly, Google Offers a Form for People Who Want to Be Forgotten."

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Freed in Prisoner Swap With the Taliban

My god what a story!

At the New York Times, "U.S. Soldier Freed by Taliban in Trade: 5 Prisoners Swapped for P.O.W. Held in Afghanistan" (at Memeorandum):

WASHINGTON — The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

The soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed over to American Special Operations troops inside Afghanistan near the Pakistan border about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in a tense but uneventful exchange with 18 Taliban officials, American officials said. Moments later, Sergeant Bergdahl was whisked away by the helicopter-borne commandos, American officials said. He was found in good condition and able to walk.

The five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo, including two senior militant commanders said to be implicated in murdering thousands of Shiites in Afghanistan, were being transferred to the custody of officials from Qatar, who will accompany them back to that Persian Gulf state, where they will be subject to security restrictions, including a one-year travel ban.

Plus at IJR, "Breaking: America Negotiates With Terrorists to Have Last American Prisoner Released by Taliban."

FLASHBACK: "FULL VIDEO: Captured by the Taliban, US Soldier Bowe R. Bergdahl Speaks."

Obama Blows Baghdad Jay Carney Goodbye Kiss!

Shoot, I missed this in my earlier report!

He freakin' puckers up and blows him a pretty boy smooch.


At BizPac Review, "President Obama blows Jay Carney goodbye kiss: ‘Can’t un-see this!’"

CNN Correspondent Ivan Watson Arrested While Reporting Live in Istanbul, Turkey

At Blazing Cat Fur, "Turkey: CNN reporter detained by police on air."

Jessica Simpson Amps Up Workouts with 'Six Miles a Day' on Treadmill

Following up from yesterday, here's more Jessica Simpson Rule 5 goodness.

At London's Daily Mail, "Slim Jessica Simpson amps up usual workout to include 'six miles a day' on treadmill to prepare for July 4th wedding."

She's an awesome babe.

Indiana University's Parker Mantell Delivers Awesome Commencement Speech

He's a political science major and an awesome inspiration.

And he interned with Republicans holla!

At College Insurrection, "Indiana University Student With Stutter Wows Crowd With Commencement Speech."

Watch that standing ovation!

Parents Read Vet Son's Suicide Note On Air: CNN Anchor Breaks Down

It's Brooke Baldwin breaking down after parents Howard and Jean Somers read their son Daniel's note.

Background at WaPo, "Daniel Somers’s suicide, his family has a new mission: Improve VA services."

Via Conservative Hideout.

Also, ICYMI, "Why the Troops Diss Obama."

'Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that...'

From Kevin Williamson, at National Review, "Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman":
The trans self-conception, if the autobiographical literature is any guide, is partly a feeling that one should be living one’s life as a member of the opposite sex and partly a delusion that one is in fact a member of the opposite sex at some level of reality that transcends the biological facts in question. There are many possible therapeutic responses to that condition, but the offer to amputate healthy organs in the service of a delusional tendency is the moral equivalent of meeting a man who believes he is Jesus and inquiring as to whether his insurance plan covers crucifixion.

This seems to me a very different sort of phenomenon from simple homosexuality (though, for the record, I believe that our neat little categories of sexual orientation are yet another substitution of the conceptual for the actual, human sexual behavior being more complex and varied than the rhetoric of sexual orientation can accommodate). The question of the status of gay people interacts with politics to the extent that it in some cases challenges existing family law, but homosexual acts as such seem to me a matter that is obviously, and almost by definition, private. The mass delusion that we are inculcating on the question of transgendered people is a different sort of matter, to the extent that it would impose on society at large an obligation — possibly a legal obligation under civil-rights law, one that already is emerging — to treat delusion as fact, or at the very least to agree to make subjective impressions superordinate to biological fact in matters both public and private.
Background at Boing Boing, "Transgender tipping point: Laverne Cox on the cover of TIME."

French Riot Police Clear Calais 'Jungle' and Bulldoze Filth-Ridden Tent Camp for Muslim Illegal Aliens

At BNI, "FRENCH ELECTIONS do have consequences as riot police storm the Calais ‘jungle’ and bulldoze the filth-ridden tent camp for Muslim illegal aliens":
Wow!  That was fast.  Not even a week has passed since the European Union was turned on its head by a stunning victory for immigration control candidates in EU parliamentary elections.

Why the Troops Diss Obama

Recall from yesterday, "Watch How Vastly Different West Point Cadets React Between Hearing Presidents Obama and Bush."

In a Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation poll out last month, just 32 percent of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans approved of how well President Obama "is handling his job as president." Just 42 percent consider Obama "a good commander-in-chief of the military." In contrast, when asked if George W. Bush "was he a good commander-in-chief of the military," two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) agreed that he was.

See, "After the Wars - Post-Kaiser survey of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans."

And FWIW, see the discussion from Rajiv Chandrasekaran, "After the Wars: A Legacy of Pain and Pride." It's a beefy discussion, but one thing that sticks out is the mediocre medical care veterans say they receive from the Veterans Administration, which rings with particular resonance considering the Obama administration's VA scandal.

As for the huge gap between troop respect for President Bush versus President Obama, see former Army Lieutenant Colonel Alan West, "Blame Bush: Why Obama gets so little respect from the troops":
What civilians fail to realize is that we join the military to serve, realizing that the rigors of combat and privation are a part of that service, sacrifice, and commitment. We're not looking for someone “posing” as a leader who uses us as political pawns and gives away the hard-earned gains we've achieved. What troops want are leaders who are principled and will stand and have heartfelt sorrow when one of our brothers or sisters gives that last full measure of devotion.

What we see happening to our military under the Obama administration is unconscionable. The cutting of benefits to those serving, have served, and their families is disturbing. To have a Secretary of Defense step forward and announce we are cutting our military capability and capacity at a time when the world is far more volatile is perplexing.

To hear President Obama come out and say that we are war weary? When in the heck has he put on combat gear and humped on a patrol or spent years deployed?

Real combat troops don’t look for a fight, but when a fight comes their way, they want to win. And they expect leadership that will stand with them seeking victory, not retreat, masked as some insidious political campaign promise...

I think the troops also genuinely respect a president who articulates and embodies American exceptionalism, like President Bush. (And President Obama, not so much.)

Exene Cervenka Issues Apology for Santa Barbara 'Hoax' Remarks — #UCSB


Days after making comments on her Twitter account referring to last weekend’s Santa Barbara shootings as a “hoax,” Exene Cervenka took to another social media channel to air her apology.

In a post on her band X‘s Facebook, the singer apologized for using the word “hoax” to describe the Elliot Rodger shootings, which left seven dead and 13 others injured.

“I want to apologize for using the word ‘hoax’ in a comment I made on social media,” she wrote. “I realize people have died in these violent events and we have all experienced that in our own lives. No one wants anyone else to ever have to go through that.” However, she didn’t exactly back down from one source in particular: the media as a whole.

“The point I am always trying to make is that we need to start thinking critically, looking past the headlines at all available information and make an informed opinion,” Cervenka continued.

“My issue is with the media’s coverage of events that will shape our public policy and laws for generations to come. We all need to be involved in that debate but we cannot contribute unless we have accurate truthful and complete information about what happened at any of these events.”
Also at the O.C. Register, "L.A. punk legends X to revisit their past."

Friday, May 30, 2014

Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'

At WSJ, "The Making of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'":

In late 1968, Led Zeppelin began pioneering a heavier, more metallic-sounding form of rock geared for FM radio's new album-oriented stereo format. By combining a slashing electric guitar and wailing vocals with a rhythmic bass and locomotive drums, the band quickly became the darlings of better stereo systems and large indoor arenas—and inspired several generations of metal-driven rockers.

When "Whole Lotta Love" was released in October 1969, it appeared first on "Led Zeppelin II," the band's second album, and then as a single weeks later—with a shorter edit for AM radio. While the single reached No. 4 on Billboard's pop chart, the album shot to No. 1 in November, and a three-month battle with the Beatles' "Abbey Road" for the top spot ensued.

With the reissue of Led Zeppelin's first three albums on Tuesday by Atlantic Records, guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, recording engineer George Chkiantz, 70, and final-mix engineer Eddie Kramer, 71, reflected on how the famed guitar riff evolved, why the voice of lead vocalist Robert Plant pre-echoes on the recording and how a 1985 lawsuit by blues artist Willie Dixon resulted in a co-songwriter credit for "Whole Lotta Love." (Mr. Plant, who opposes a reunion tour, and bassist John Paul Jones declined to be interviewed.) Edited from conversations...

And at Ultimate Classic Rock, "Led Zeppelin Release New ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Video." [Seen above.]

PREVIOUSLY: "'You need coolin', baby, I'm not foolin' .... I'm gonna send ya back to schoolin'...'"

Lance Stephenson Slaps LeBron James

At SB Nation, "Lance Stephenson is at it again."

On Twitter, "Lance Stephenson loves to smack that."

And YouTube, "Lance Stephenson touches LeBron's mouth, LeBron gets angry (Game 6, ECF 2014)."

National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center

Photographs, at the Big Picture, "The National September 11 Memorial Museum."

Also, an architectural review, from Christopher Hawthorne, at the Los Angeles Times, "Architecture review: At 9/11 Memorial Museum, a relentless literalism":
Many New Yorkers, still trying to make sense of the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center, have had a single question as a museum was being built at ground zero: Too soon?

Now that the 9/11 Memorial Museum, as it's officially called, has opened to the public, they and others may find themselves asking something else: Too much?

The museum is an overstuffed answer to the appealing minimalism of the 9/11 memorial and its cascading pools, which opened in 2011.

It extends deep below the memorial in a series of cavernous, hangar-like rooms. Its galleries contain crushed fire trucks, mangled steel, multimedia displays, a torn seatbelt from one of the airplanes that hit the towers, clothing and bicycles covered with ash from their collapse, photographs, architectural models and literally thousands of other pieces of dark memorabilia.

The intensity, scope and sheer unrelenting literalism of this approach marks a significant change in how we choose to mark national trauma. No longer do we see memorials as capable of commemorating an entire war or attack on their own.
Keep reading.

Obama's Foreign Policy: A Somber Parade of Straw Men and Emptiness

From Charles Krauthammer, at WaPo, "Emptiness at West Point":
As with the West Point speech itself, as with the president’s entire foreign policy of retreat, one can only marvel at the smallness of it all.

Obama Done-In by His Own Bureaucratic Incompetence

From Gloria Borger, at CNN, "Obama defeated by his own bureaucracy":
When Barack Obama was a newbie president, there was no shortage of ambition or lack of confidence in the government he was about to lead. Government should be seen as a force for good, not evil. Sure, he told us, it needed to be "smarter and better," but that could—and would—happen under his watch.

Never mind that Bill Clinton spent years "reinventing government" with mixed success. Or that only 2% of the American public believes that government can be trusted to do the right thing all the time. President Obama was convinced he could change all that with programs that would deliver for America—such as health care reform—and the public would be grateful.

Instead, the President is living his own version of "Alice Through the Looking Glass": staring down a rabbit hole of government bureaucracy and inefficiency. The government he has studiously tried to grow, manage and change has become his own personal nemesis. All of which makes you wonder: Does the President himself trust government anymore?

Also from Peter Wehner, at Commentary, "Obama Hopelessly Out of His Depth."

South African-Born Actress Charlize Theron Says Press Intrusion Just 'Like Rape'

Oh brother.

At London's Daily Mail, "Just 'Like Rape' Outrage after Oscar winner Charlize Theron compares press intrusion to RAPE during interview to promote her new film days after Gwyneth compared online abuse to war."

YouTube video, "Charlize Theron: Press Intrusion 'Like Rape'."

Speaking of whom, "Gwyneth sparks ridicule by claiming online criticism is like real-life warfare."

Jessica Simpson Friday #Rule5 Roundup

Ms. Simpson's been out of the Rule 5 action for awhile, what, with all the baby-making and so forth

But now at London's Daily Mail, "Ready for her Daisy Dukes! Svelte Jessica Simpson shows off her super toned legs out on date night with fiance Eric Johnson."

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Odie has, "Blondishnessnesser ~OR~ Rule 5 Woodsterman Style."

Also at Randy's Roundtable, "Thursday Nite Tart: Nikki Leigh."

At Classy Bro, "Beautiful Girls in Tight Dresses… Need We Say More?"

The Hostages, "Big Boog Friday."

More at the Last Tradition, "Rule 5 Sunday – Coco Austin actress, model, Pin Up of the 2000s."

And from Proof Positive, "Friday Night Babe Tonight's FNB* is Jennifer Lawrence!"

At Pirate's Cove, "If All You See……is a wonderful carbon friendly bike which Everyone Else should be forced to ride, you might just be a Warmist."

 In a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has the "Friday Pinup."

Also at Reaganite, "'Miss São Tomé and Príncipe 2013' is  Djeissica Barbosa Hamilton Ivna Farinha Cassandra."

At Knuckledraggin', "Kissing Breasts on a Motorboat."

And Dana Pico, "Rule 5 Blogging: the Big Red One!"

Here's some hotness for Egotastic!, "Thank God It’s Funbags! Yara Khmidan Pool Shoot Is Wet and Hot and Just Udderly Amazing."

At 90 Miles From Tyranny, "Morning Mistress - Nordic Goddess."

Still more from Wine, Women and Politics, "Sunday Baby Dolls."

And at Coed, "Get excited, it’s Hump Day! (37 Photos)," and "THE 30 HOTTEST WAGS TO WATCH AT THE WORLD CUP 2014 [PHOTOS]."

At Doubletroubletwo, "Sexy Reds."

BONUS: At Soylent, "Yeah...I'll See This Movie."

Undocumented Families in Milwaukee: Illegal Immigration 'Not a Crime'

My college is roughly 50 percent Hispanic, and when students write their semester news analysis notebooks, the view that illegal immigration is just "immigration" is almost uniform among that demographic. Virtually all of my Latino students have a close relative or a friend who is illegal. It's obviously a touchy subject.

No one wants family members deported. The solution is to secure the border to prevent illegals from coming here in the first place. After that we'll no doubt see a push for "comprehensive immigration reform," which is of course amnesty. The whole deal's a national charade where the "immigrant" groups pretend to be law-abiding future Americans and the U.S. government pretends to secure our national sovereignty from foreign invaders.

Clearly, the Orwellianism of it all has won the day. The "immigrant" family pictured at the New York Times shows a woman with the shirt blaring, "Immigration: Not a Crime." The law [on ILLEGAL immigration] says otherwise, sadly for her. Live a lie long enough and you get burned by your own deceit.

See, "Sweep Coincides With Delay on Deportation Policy Changes."

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Sierra Swartz, 18-Year-Old Santa Barbara City College Student, Survived Elliot Rodger Murder Rampage

The story's at KEYT, "18-Year-Old City College Student Encountered Elliot Rodger Friday."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Resigns

Well, the Shinseki firing's a big deal, but Carney out too!

Clearing of the crapweasels!

At the Hill, "Carney out as WH spokesman," and at Fox News, "Carney to step down as White House press secretary."

When the Left Turned Against Free Speech — #LiberalFascism

From Matt Welch, at Reason, "The long, ugly journey from the Free Speech Movement to professors assaulting protesters":

On March 4, in a designated "free-speech zone" at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), associate professor of feminist studies Mireille Miller-Young walked over to a 16-year-old anti-abortion protester named Thrin Short and demanded that Short take down a graphic sign showing pictures of aborted fetuses. When Short refused, Miller-Young forcibly snatched the sign out of the smaller girl's hands, then handed it to her students and walked away triumphantly. The rattled teen accurately accused Miller-Young of being a "thief," to which the professor implausibly retorted: "I may be a thief, but you're a terrorist!" Adding injury to insult, Miller-Young then shoved the protester and barred her from entering a campus elevator. Moments later, the professor and her students cut the stolen poster to shreds.

The story gets worse. According to the ensuing police report, Miller-Young maintained that she had set a good example for her students by acting like a "conscientious objector" to offensive hate speech that had "triggered" her emotions and violated her "personal right to go to work and not be in harm." Many students, too, remained defiant about the assault long after tempers cooled.

"We, as students of UCSB, are in solidarity with Professor Miller-Young and urge our student body, staff, faculty, and community members to provide as much support as possible," reads a petition submitted by "UCSB Microaggressions" that as of press time had received more than 2,000 signatures, dwarfing a rival petition asking for the professor's ouster. "We do not condone the hate speech and media attention she has been actively receiving."

Our tale gets worse still. In an open letter to students on March 19, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Michael D. Young did not mention Miller-Young by name, did not address either the outrageousness of her actions or the inanity of her logic, and instead aimed most of his fire at "outsiders coming into our midst to provoke us, to taunt us and attempt to turn us against one another as they promote personal causes and agendas."...
Keep reading.

Matt Welch attended UCSB in the 1980s. You learn something new every day!

RELATED: At National Review, "UCSB Smears Pro-Lifers After Professor’s Attack on Pro-Life Student."

Common Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition

A surprisingly good piece at the New York Times.

And at Twitchy, "Gov. Bobby Jindal pulls support of Common Core at #RLC2014."

More at CNN, "Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference."

Plus, Robert Stacy McCain is on the ground in New Orleans, "#RLC2014 N’Awlins, Y’all."

PREVIOUSLY: "The Anti-Common Core 'Barbarians at the Gate'."

‘Truth About CAIR’ Posters Vandalized in New York Subway Stations

The truth hurts, obviously.

At Pamela's:

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The leading Muslim Brotherhood-tied organization in America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has deceived the media, cultural, and political elites in America for years, to the great peril of the American people.

But we’re fighting back. My organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), has placed “Truth About CAIR” posters on New York City subway platforms this week, including Times Square, City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge, Third Avenue, 44th Street, and 10 other stations.
Also, "Hamas-CAIR Thugs at Work: AFDI “Truth About CAIR” Ads Defaced with Anti-Semitic Vandalism":
Our “Truth About CAIR” ads were not up a full day when the Islamic supremacists, thugs, and Jew-haters were out in full destruction mode.

Truth to sharia adherents is like the silver cross to Dracula. Brutal.  But I printed up a stack of these posters, knowing how the destroyers operate. This ad is being replaced today, as will any other ad that is destroyed by these philistines.

I made an even bigger “Truth About CAIR” buy in other US cities. So Hamas-CAIR  better rent a bus. Road trip!
More here, "“Truth About CAIR” Awareness Ad Campaign Hits Washington DC Metro."

RELATED: From Robert Spencer, at Town Hall, "A Closer Look at CAIR."

Also, from Joe Kaufman, at FrontPage Magazine, "CAIR’s Hamas Co-Conspirator Associates," and "'Unindicted' Doesn't Mean 'Not Guilty'."

And at Michelle Malkin's, "Outrage: CAIR's war on Robert Spencer, Young America's Foundation."

Elliot Rodger Smiled Before Shooting, Says #UCSB Survivor Bianca de Kock

Lucky to be alive.

At ABC News, "EXCLUSIVE: Santa Barbara Killer Smiled Before Shooting, Survivor Says."

The YouTube clip is here, "Santa Barbara Survivor: 'He Smiles at Me and Just Starts Shooting'."

More at ABC, "Elliot Rodger's Ex-Roommate Reveals What It Was Like to Live With the Troubled Man."

Britain Prepares for War in 1940

At London's Daily Mail, "Those were the days: From England’s pubs to Sheffield’s steel industry and preparations for war - film archive reveals how life was in 1930s and 40s Britain."

China Hacking Deep, Diverse

At the Wall Street Journal, "Internet Spies Stretch Beyond Government, Offering Beijing Cover, Experts Say":
China's Internet espionage capabilities are deeper and more widely dispersed than the U.S. indictment of five army officers last week suggests, former top government officials say, extending to a sprawling hacking-industrial complex that shields the Chinese government but also sometimes backfires on Beijing.

Some of the most sophisticated intruders observed by U.S. officials and private-sector security firms work as hackers for hire and at makeshift defense contractors, not the government, and aren't among those named in the indictment. In recent years, engineers from this crowd have broken into servers at Google Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and top cybersecurity companies, former U.S. officials and security researchers alleged.

The Chinese have often told their U.S. counterparts they don't condone hacking but also that they can't police what they don't control, according to former U.S. officials. While it is possible Beijing makes this claim simply as an excuse for inaction—given its strict control of domestic Internet traffic—experts in the field, including former U.S. officials, say the Chinese hacking landscape is chaotic and hard to follow.

This structure brings "a political gain to being able to say 'we can't control all attacks,' " said Adam Segal, a China and cybersecurity scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. "But I think there is a cost when hackers go after targets that are too sensitive or get involved in a crisis and the government can't control the signaling."

Sometimes freelancers appear to take orders from the military, at other times from state-owned firms seeking a competitive advantage, U.S. security firms say.  This diffusion of China's hacking activities underscores the challenge the U.S. faces in addressing what Washington considers economic espionage.

"Part of the consternation when we were pushing them was there is not complete knowledge of what's going on," said a former U.S. official, recalling cyber negotiations with China.

Sheriff's Deputies Knew of Rodger's 'Disturbing' Videos But Did Not Watch Them

As I said over the weekend, we'd know more as the details trickled out. And here we go with more on the botched Sheriff's Department "welfare check" of Elliot Rodger.

At LAT, "Deputies didn't view Elliot Rodger's videos in welfare check."

Reporters Mock Doe-Eyed Jen Psaki for Saying Obama 'Doesn't Give Himself Enough Credit...'

She's precious.

At Nice Deb, "Video: Humble Obama Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit for All His Foreign Policy Successes."

And at RT, "'Kiev forces shooting at civilians': State Dept's Psaki has no concerns."

U.S. Economy Shrinks in First Quarter

From Katie Pavlich, at Town Hall, "Economy Shrinks in First Quarter of 2014: GDP Revised to -1 Percent."

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Buy Clippers for $2 Billion

Jeez, $2 billion?!!

Talk about sweetening the pot!

At the Los Angeles Times, "Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wins Clippers bidding war for $2 billion."

And at Instapundit, "I WITHDRAW MY EARLIER SPECULATION THAT DONALD STERLING WAS SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA: Sources: Ballmer agrees to buy Clippers for record $2 billion. In fact, now I wonder if he set the whole thing up. He bought the team for $12 million."

Watch How Vastly Different West Point Cadets React Between Hearing Presidents Obama and Bush

Oh my goodness this is brutal, at the Independent Journal Review.

Previous "icy" Obama at West Point blogging is here.

#Democrat Bob Beckel Attacks Kimberly Guilfoyle, Slurring Her as "Treasonous'

At Expose Liberals, "Blob Beckel meltdowns yet again – calls Kimberly Guilfoyle treasonous."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Obama, Biden Pushing a 'New World Order'

At Breitbart, "Obama, Biden Promoting a 'New,' 'Changing Very Rapidly' World Order."

Desperate Democrats Looking Ahead to #Election2016

Remember Abby Huntsman? She's former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's daughter.

Well, here she recycles leftist Politico reporter Todd Purdum's piece from last week, "How Republicans lose by winning":

It’s the predominant paradox of contemporary American politics: If Republicans prevail in this year’s midterm congressional elections, it will be because of their party’s sharp-edged stances on topics like abortion and Benghazi, Obamacare and immigration, gay marriage and the minimum wage — issues that energize the GOP’s core base of support.

But if Republicans lose the race for the White House in 2016, it will be because of their party’s polarizing, out-of-step stances on those very same issues, which alienate much of the broader electorate the GOP needs to win a national contest in a country whose demographics and political realities are shifting under its feet.
Look, 2016's a long way off, but I understand why leftists want to dwell on it now: The Democrats are going to take a savage beating in November, and the progressive brand --- which is literally imploding before our eyes, from public rejection of ObamaCare to bipartisan repudiation of the administration's foreign policy --- may not recover for a generation. Do Republicans have problems? Sure. But this leftist look-ahead is nothing more than political cognitive dissonance. They're being slapped in the face with the harsh reality of Democrat Party failure so it's soothing to think that they'll be saved by demographics in the next presidential election. And pathetically, even their demographic prognostications may not help. Traditional white voters (the bane of the Democrat coalition) have higher rates of turnout, constituting a larger share of the electorate than their proportion in the population, thus endangering the progressives even in presidential election years. (See National Journal, "Older White Voters Will Haunt Democrats All Year.")

Not only that, the Republicans could very well adapt to the demographic challenges they're facing, especially with younger voters (18-24 year-old Millennials despise President Obama) and Hispanics (whose warmth toward the GOP in Texas is seen as model for the national party.)

Of course, Republicans could blow all their natural advantages by nominating a candidate in 2016 who refuses to take the Democrats by the throat and kick them to the curb. Nice guys finish last, especially when the Democrats care about nothing more than raw power (literally no depth is too low for leftists, for which no character assassination can be vicious enough). You have to call their bullshit and destroy them.

The politics of desperation is all the Democrats have now and it's all they're going to have in 2016. Run strong candidates and fight them on the facts, and they will fold like a worn out accordion.

Obama Skipped a Few World Events in His Big Foreign Policy Speech at West Point

I missed this editorial Richard Engle mentioned in his comments I posted earlier.

At the Wall Street Journal, "Obama at West Point":
The speech President Obama delivered Wednesday at West Point was intended to be a robust defense of his foreign policy, about which even our liberal friends are starting to entertain doubts. But as we listened to the President chart his course between the false-choice alternatives of "American isolationism" and "invading every country that harbors terrorist networks," we got to thinking of everything that wasn't in his speech.

No mention of the Reset. "The reset button has worked," Mr. Obama avowed in a 2009 meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's figurehead president. That was the same year Mr. Obama announced in Moscow that, "The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over."

No mention of the Pivot or "rebalance" to Asia. This was billed by Hillary Clinton in 2011 as "among the most important diplomatic efforts of our time" and meant as proof that America's withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan wasn't simply a retreat from the world. But as assistant secretary of defense Katrina McFarland admitted in March, following the latest round of Pentagon cuts, "Right now, the pivot is being looked at again, because candidly it can't happen."

No mention of Mr. Obama's Red Line in Syria against the use of chemical weapons. No mention, either, of the ostensible success of using diplomacy to disarm Bashar Assad. The President was fond of boasting of this achievement until recently, when it emerged that Assad continues to use chlorine bombs to kill his enemies. Somehow that also didn't make it into the speech....

We know that no foreign policy speech can cover the entire world. But listening to Mr. Obama trying to assemble a coherent foreign policy agenda from the record of the past five years was like watching Tom Hanks trying to survive in "Cast Away": Whatever's left from the wreckage will have to do.

U.S. International Relations Have Not Improved Under Obama

What's amazing is that it's leftist NBC correspondent Richard Engel making the case.

At Free Beacon, "NBC Reporter: U.S. Relations Have Not Improved With a Single Nation Under Obama."

Also at NewsBusters, "NBC's Richard Engel: U.S. Relations Have Not Improved With a Single Nation During Obama Presidency." (At Memeorandum.)

University of California Seeks Increase in Community College Transfers

Good luck with that.

At the Long Beach Press-Telegram, "UC schools aim to enroll more community college students."

LBCC is ranked 53 among the state's community colleges, with 89 students transferring to a UC campus in 2012-13.

Traitor or Patriot? Edward Snowden Interview with Brian Williams of NBC News

Well, dirtbag traitor, of course. But a hero to the America-hating left.

At NBC, "Edward Snowden's Motive Revealed: He Can 'Sleep at Night'."

'Icy Reception' for Obama During West Point #Commencement Address

Man, even left-wing CNN just hammers the president's cowardly speech.

At Instapundit, "VIDEO: See the Reception Obama Received From the U.S. Military Academy That CNN Anchor Says Is ‘Pretty Icy’."

Just One-Quarter of West Point Cadets Give Obama Standing Ovation During #Commencement Address

Not well respected as Commander in Chief.

At London's Daily Mail, "I'm NOT WEAK: Obama answers critics in West Point speech and insists the US must lead the world by example – 'If we don't, no one else will'":

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would 'work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator.'

But the central theme of his foreign policy-heavy address was that American strength would continue to come by working through international coalitions. Obama called for diplomacy and 'multilateral action' in the face of global threats.

His prepared remarks, distributed by the White House, replaced that phrase with the words 'collective action.'

Receiving tepid applause and a short standing ovation from less than one-quarter of the audience upon his introduction, Obama argued for a contradictory foreign policy that relies on NATO and the United Nations while insisting that 'America must always lead on the world stage.'

'If we don’t, no one else will,' he insisted. But 'we require partners,' he said, using the words 'partner' or 'partnership' 16 times in his speech.
PREVIOUSLY: "Barack Obama West Point Speech 2014."

Hundreds of Migrants Storm Spain's Melilla Enclave

At Toronto's National Post, "Hundreds manage to storm across Spanish border at Melilla as 1,500 migrants charge towering barbed-wire fence."

And at Blazing Cat Fur, "Spain: meningitis alarm in Melilla migrant centre."

Exploiting Mass Murder — #Progs #UCSB #IslaVistaShooting

An outstanding Talking Points Memo from yesterday:

Also, at Blazing Cat Fur, "Rutgers Professor: Killing Spree Result of White Privilege."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Most Anti-War Foreign Policy Doctrine in Decades

From Max Fisher, at Vox, "Obama just announced the most anti-war foreign policy doctrine in decades."

Poor Baracky's getting all beat up --- even among the far-left Obama-worshipping Vox-splainers!

No doubt President Appeasement's counting down the days until he's mercifully termed out of office.

How Could Effeminate Elliot Roger Overpower and Stab Three Men to Death?

I was wondering about this almost as soon as I'd heard the news that Rodger killed his roommates by knifing them to death.

At the Los Angeles Times, "Isla Vista returning to normal as painful questions linger":
Exactly how the rampage began remains one of the case's key mysteries. How did a physically unimposing 22-year-old manage to stab three men to death, apparently without drawing anyone's attention? Police are not releasing any details of their findings in the investigation.

On Monday, students were puzzling over how it could have happened.  "It's kind of unbelievable," said Bonan Yan, who took computer science classes with the stabbing victims.

Zhe Lu, another computer science student who knew the victims, said: "If a person was in danger for his life, I think he would try everything to escape. From a door. From a window...."

Wang's mother, Jane Liu, told KNTV-TV Channel 11 in the Bay Area that her son was upset by loud music that Rodger played in the middle of the night and had decided to find another apartment for the next school year...
Keep reading.

And at KEYT Santa Barbara, "Parents Help Students Heal from Isla Vista Mass Murders."

Scout Willis Goes Topless in New York to Protest Instagram

Hmm, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, going natural in the Big Apple.

On Twitter, interestingly, here and here.

Barack Obama West Point Speech 2014

I'll have some responses to the president's address later.

For example, on O'Reilly's a few minutes ago Ralph Peters said Obama was "having a little trouble with the teleprompter." I think Peters was going easy on him. Seriously, if the goal was to demoralize and demobilize the cadets, the president hit it out of the park.

At NYT, "'America Must Always Lead,' Obama Tells West Point Graduates."

Also, "Transcript of President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point."

Hayley-Marie Coppin Oily Hotness Photoshoot

At Egotastic!, "Humpday Huzzah! Hayley-Marie Coppin Oily Lovely, Just Plain Old Perfect."

Israel Not an Apartheid State

Well of course not, but see Blazing Cat Fur, "South Africa’s de Klerk: Israel not an apartheid state":
Frederik Willem de Klerk, the former president of South Africa who negotiated to end his country’s apartheid regime, said Tuesday that it was “unfair” to refer to Israel as an apartheid state.

“You have closed borders, but America has closed borders. They don’t allow every Mexican who wants to come in to come in,” de Klerk, who was in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate from Haifa University, told Channel 2.

As opposed to the racial segregation in South Africa, “you have Palestinians living in Israel with full political rights,” and “you don’t have discriminatory laws against them, I mean not letting them swim on certain beaches or anything like that. I think it’s unfair to call Israel an apartheid state. If [Secretary of State John] Kerry did so, I think he made a mistake.”

Bill Kristol vs. Peter Beinart on Obama's Troop Drawdown

Ooohh, you gotta love it!

Transcript here.

The Gift of American Power

From Robert Kaplan, at RealClearWorld.

And see Robert Kagan, at the New Republic, "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire."

Maya Angelou Has Died: Delivered 'On the Pulse of Morning' at Clinton Inauguration

At the Los Angeles Times, "Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights advocate, dies at 86."

Her speech, the post-colonial leftist's dream poem: "Maya Angelou's Poem "'On the Pulse of Morning'."

War and Murder in Eastern #Ukraine

From Anna Nemtsova, at the Daily Beast:

Every day dozens of people die in the eastern regions as a result of Ukraine’s crackdown operations against rebels. President-elect Poroshenko has vowed to crush the insurgency in a matter of hours, not months. On Tuesday morning rebels claimed over 100 casualties, some of them reportedly were Chechen recruits.

The sun came down over the military base. National Guard recruits were marching in the plaza singing courageous songs—over 250 units of the Second Division were packing to go east after completing their training at Novi Petrivtsy. A few of the regulars looked like former criminals or heavy drinkers.

Their commander, Andrei Tiron, a fit veteran of the Ukrainian unit sent to Iraq as part of the “Coalition of the Willing” in the last decade, wore a khokhol, a long lock of hair on an otherwise shaved head reminiscent of warriors past, and a defiant reference to slurs of Russians, who use khokhol as a disparaging term for Ukrainians generally.  “I trained my soldiers to be a ranger-style force,  the way they trained us for Iraq,” said Tiron. “We are not going to fight against any nationals—to us there are no Russians or Chechens in the Donetsk region; we’ll be fighting against terrorists,” he said.

And at NYT, "Russians Revealed Among Ukraine Fighters."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hijacking a Murder to Boost Self-Esteem — #YesAllWomen

From Heather Wilhelm, at the Federalist:
Let’s make no mistake—sexual assault is a serious problem. The sad reality is that women have to take more safety precautions than men. But #YesAllWomen, when it comes down to it, isn’t even remotely about sexual assault. It’s not about feminism or empowerment, or practical solutions to crime (like, say, concealed carry laws), and it certainly has nothing to do with a deranged college student killing six people. It’s about taking a tragedy and turning it into “I Want To Talk About Me.” In fact, #YesAllWomen might end up being the most narcissistic event of 2014, which is saying something, given that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just got married.
Well, I'd disagree a little on the "not about feminism" part, but otherwise awesome.

See also the Other McCain, "Creepy Little Weirdo’s Murder Rant Becomes Cultural ‘Rashomon’."

Europe's So-Called 'Far-Right' Parties

I'm really fascinated by the language that mainstream outlets deploy in describing the populist revolt that's shaken Europe's poxy political establishment to the core.

At Independent UK, "European elections 2014: Marine Le Pen’s Front National victory in France is based on anguish, rage and denial."

This Is the Best Psychological Profile of Elliot Rodger You're Likely to Read

At Château Heartiste, "The Psychosis of the Effeminate Male":
From what I can glean, Elliot Rodger failed with women because he was a social retard. That’s pretty much all there is to it. News stories say he was on meds for asperger’s, and was in therapy. Social retardation diseases like any of the autism spectrum disorders are kryptonite to girls; no behavioral or physical defect is as debilitating to a man’s chances in the sexual market. Proof of his social awkwardness and total lack of anything remotely resembling game is right there in his long-form diary: He thought that “putting himself out there” with girls was sitting on a park bench like Aqualung. That making a serious move on a girl was quickly muttering “hi” as he stumbled past her, later delirious with rage that she didn’t reciprocate with an equally prompt blowjob. That bumping into an Asian dude talking to a cute chick, and glaring at them with his twisted angry face, was acting “cocky and arrogant”. That his effeminate passivity and lack of proactive engagement with women was evidence that they were “ignoring” him.

No, Elliot Rodger was not a failed pickup artist; he was failed human being. A sexless beta male who, stirred and shaken by a lethal cocktail of life circumstances, racial grievance, mental illness, and morbid narcissism that stunted his development into adulthood and compelled him to prefer morose martyrdom to active efforts at self-improvement, found it easier to blame the degree of his brow ridge tilt for his failure with women...
Turns out Rodger was putting out some pretty heavy gaydar signals as well. (Makes sense for a Hollywood emo progressive.)


Jamaica Professor Brendan Bain Fired for Scientific Testimony on Dangers of Homosexual HIV/AIDS

Because homosexual rights activists are the most tolerant people in the world!

At Legal Insurrection, "Pioneering University HIV/AIDS researcher sacked over accurate but politically incorrect court testimony." (Via Blazing Cat Fur.)

A beefy post, read it all at that link. And here's video, "Protesters against firing of UWI professor after gay outrage."

Also at Common Descent, "In defence of Professor Brendan Bain of UWI Jamaica, Medical Doctor and Public Health expert fired by UWI (my alma mater . . . ) for giving a politically incorrect expert opinion on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean to the Belize Supreme Court..." And at WaPo, "Protest over Jamaica university firing AIDS doctor."

A Victory for European Democracy

A commentary from Nikolaus Blome, at Der Spiegel:
Although voter turnout was down in many places and right-wing populists scored significant gains, this weekend's European Parliament election was historically important. It has shifted the balance of power in Europe in favor of voters.

Elliot Rodger: Isolated Son Worried Parents — #IslaVistaShooting #UCSB

At the Wall Street Journal, "Late-Night Phone Calls, Online Posts Raised Concern Before California Rampage":
LOS ANGELES—To keep her shy son Elliot from being lonely, Chin Rodger steadfastly arranged play dates for the fifth-grader, even as other children his age made plans of their own, classmates and parents said. When Elliot grew more frustrated and isolated as he got older, his parents nursed him through bouts of tearful anguish during late-night phone calls, according to the son's writings.

The parents also arranged for counseling, according to investigators and family friends, and the son's writings. Recently, his mother bought him a black BMW BMW.XE +1.55% to help boost his confidence, a family friend said.

Chin and Peter Rodger, a British commercials director who also worked in film, divorced years ago but remained close to their 22-year-old son and fretted over the young man, including reaching out for help last month after seeing some of his disturbing online posts, according to investigators and family friends.  Even as generous and obliging parents aware of their son's suffering, they had no idea that Mr. Rodger was amassing weapons and laying out a plan to kill, said a family friend in an interview.

Investigators say Elliot Rodger killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students in a spasm of violence Friday night that shattered the college town of Isla Vista, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Mr. Rodger allegedly stabbed to death three men in his apartment—including two who were his roommates. The three were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and George Chen, 19, both from San Jose, Calif., and 20-year-old Weihan Wang of Fremont, Calif....

Elliot's social isolation started from a young age, family friends said, noting that as a boy his mother, who is from Malaysia, took an active role in planning his social life. "She was trying to make sure that her son had friends," said Marianne Bordier, a teacher at Mr. Rodger's elementary school and parent of one of his classmates.

He took solace in playing online video games such as "World of Warcraft" at a local cybercafe and on computers and game consoles that his parents bought him, according to his writings and family friends.

In middle school and high school, he saw himself as suffering because he couldn't get the attention he desired from girls, Mr. Rodger wrote. The family knew he was frustrated with his lack of attention from women, but not that he harbored deeply misogynistic ideas that were laid bare in a 141-page document that Mr. Rodger sent to about 20 people just before he allegedly carried out the murders, according to Mr. Astaire.

"He wasn't aggressive," Mr. Astaire said. "He was more of a sensitive child. There was frustration more than aggression."

When high school and enrollment at a community college near his parents' homes in the suburbs of Los Angeles went poorly, his parents decided he should move to Santa Barbara to start a new life at a local community college, Mr. Rodger wrote. But he dropped out of classes at Santa Barbara City College after he didn't get the attention he sought from women, he wrote.

Santa Barbara City College officials said he attended classes on and off, and was no longer attending by the time of the shootings. School officials there said they have no record of disciplinary problems with him.

According to Mr. Rodger's circulated document, his parents last year took him to a psychiatrist, who prescribed Risperidone, an antipsychotic commonly used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But Mr. Rodger believed it was "the absolute wrong thing for me to take," and refused to take it, he wrote.
Continue reading.

Spain's Socialist Leader Resigns After Party Hammered in European Elections

At Toronto's Globe and Mail,"Euroskeptic election surge threatens governments across EU":

Spain’s Socialist opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said on Monday he was stepping down after the party had its worst-ever election result on Sunday with an upstart rival leftist group grabbing 8 per cent of the vote.  Recession-weary voters, unhappy with public-sector wage cuts, layoffs and corruption scandals also punished the ruling center-right People’s Party.

Together, the two parties that have dominated Spanish politics since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s, took less than 50 per cent of the vote. A brand new leftist party led by 35-year-old university professor Pablo Iglesias was the big winner, taking 8 per cent of the vote and five seats in the European Parliament.

The Socialists lost nine of their 23 seats in the European Parliament while the ruling centre-right People’s Party lost eight of its 24 seats. Together, the two parties that have dominated Spanish politics since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s, took less than 50 per cent of the vote.

“It’s clear that we haven’t regained voters’ confidence,” Mr. Rubalcaba said in a televised news conference. “There has to be new leadership that takes on change.”
More at the Chicago Tribune, "Spain's Socialist leader quits after party's worst-ever election."

And a new leftist party, "Podemos," took five out of Spain's 54 seats in the European Parliament. At the BBC, "Spain's 'we can' party proves it can."  Pablo Iglesias, the party leader, can be seen at the clip above.

PREVIOUSLY: "Established Parties Rocked by Anti-Europe Vote."

Monday, May 26, 2014

Elliot Rodger Was Able to Legally Buy Guns, Despite Mental Illness — #UCSB

Here's the outstanding front-page story at today's Los Angeles Times, "In Isla Vista, red flags came too late."

The piece has a lengthy discussion on the Rodger's gun-buying, and notes:
One night last summer, he went to a party and tried to shove women off a ledge where they had been sitting. Several men intervened and pushed him off the ledge instead, and he injured his ankle.

He was treated at a clinic for his injuries, and police showed up to interview him. In theory, this was an opening for formal, official intervention....

Around the same time, Rodger hatched his plan for what he called "slaughter" and began buying semiautomatic handguns. Again, here was an opportunity for official scrutiny — he was making the purchases legally, abiding by California's background check system and waiting periods.

But Rodger sailed through, because despite his troubles, it does not appear that he triggered any warnings — he had no criminal history; he had never explicitly threatened anyone or been deemed a risk to himself or others; he had never been ordered to submit to involuntary mental health treatment; he had no history of addiction.

Even a diagnosis of serious mental illness, in itself, would not have prevented Rodger from buying a gun under California law, said Lindsay Nichols, staff attorney with the advocacy group Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

If Rodger had issued a threat of violence against specific, identifiable victims to a psychiatrist, the psychiatrist would have been required to report it to law enforcement, and Rodger could have been banned from owning guns for five years. That did not happen, and there is no evidence that Rodger made such a threat — in fact, his writings suggest that he had worked studiously to hide his violent plan.

Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and expert on gun laws, said that in general, a diagnosis of mental illness doesn't affect a person's right to own a gun in California unless it has been adjudicated by a court or the person has voluntarily checked into a mental facility.

"It's just not a surprise that someone with mental health problems would still be able to get a gun," Winkler said.  Chuck Michel, one of the most prominent gun-rights attorneys in California, said there was nothing in Rodger's background that would have prevented him from being able to buy a gun.

"California's got pretty much every gun control law the gun control lobby wants, and it didn't stop this," he said.
And here's the second piece, from which the above is cribbed, "Isla Vista attacker's struggles didn't prevent gun buying."

Plus, at yesterday's far-left, gun-grabbing New York Times, "Even in a State With Restrictive Laws, Gunman Amassed Weapons and Ammunition."

So, even though California's the gun-grabber's heaven, the state's heavy restrictions failed to prevent the massacre. But it's not common sense or gun safety these people are about, it's about power, control and disarmament. Recall the Bloomberg-backed attack on Deborah Feyerick by Moms Demand Action:

More at Bearing Arms, "Isla Vista Massacre Proves That Strict Gun Control Laws Are Failures."

The Taliban Will Try to Assassinate Outed CIA Station Chief — #Afghanistan

Following-up on my earlier report, "Obama White House Outs CIA Station Chief in #Afghanistan."

Listen to former CIA operative Bob Baer at the second half of the clip.

The Obama White House is a cesspool of amateurs, hacks and f-king morons.

Antiwar Leftists Trash the Troops on #MemorialDay

Typical progs.

At Twitchy, "America’s heroes died for these vile ingrates."

And click through at this guy's Twitter background, which includes a Nelson Mandela quote slamming Israel's "apartheid" system.

Like I said, typical progs.

How America Treats Illegal Aliens vs. Veterans — #MemorialDay

From Michelle Malkin:
A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the frontlines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason.

Compare, contrast and weep....

America: medical and welfare welcome mat to the rest of the world, while leavings its best and bravest veterans to languish in hospital lounges, die waiting for appointments, and compete for jobs and educational opportunities against illegal border-crossers, document fakers, visa violators and deportation evaders. Shame on us.

Plus, "Memorial Day 2014: Land of the free because of the brave."

BONUS: From Jonathan Tobin, at Commentary, "Memorial Day: Let Us Finish the Work."

"These 'Jewish leaders' are morons..."

At Algemeiner, "Jewish Groups Concerned Over Far-Right Surge in European Union Parliamentary Elections."

When I saw this headline I thought, "Huh, it's the far-left that's the biggest threat to Jews in Europe today."

And what do you know? Here's the very first comment:
These “Jewish leaders” are morons that have ideological blinders on. Yes, Jobbik is a threat, and to some extent, the FN too (but not the UKIP – Farage is pro-Israel). But the real growth in Jew-hatred in Europe has long been due to the left, and not just the radical left, but the mainstream left – which after all, has the power to spread its Israel-bashing, Jew-hating lies due to the left’s control of media, the arts, the Universities, the EU bureaucracy and the NGOs. Sweden has become a neo-Nazi state due to Jew-hatred by its mainstream Socialists; the country has no far-right to speak of. Same with Norway, and sadly now Denmark as well.

FN will be no worse, and probably less bad, in this regard, than all those Communists, Socialists, Greens and Trotskyists who dominate the EU and European media and culture.
My earlier coverage is here and here.

Established Parties Rocked by Anti-Europe Vote

At the New York Times:

Official results released overnight showed that populist parties strongly opposed to the European Union also trounced establishment forces in Denmark and Greece and did well in Austria and Sweden. The results, a stark challenge to champions of greater European integration, left mainstream political leaders stunned.

The radical left-wing Syriza coalition in Greece beat the party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, while Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi outfit that the Greek authorities have tried in vain to outlaw, also picked up seats, bringing Holocaust-deniers and belligerent xenophobes into the European Parliament.

With the political landscape redrawn across Europe, some politicians, notably Nick Clegg, the British deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior coalition partner, faced calls from their own party members to quit. The Liberal Democrats finished fifth in Britain and lost nearly all their seats at the European Parliament.  In Spain, the two main parties failed for the first time to get a combined 50 percent of the votes. Such was the upheaval that Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, the leader of the Socialist Party, announced on Monday that he would step down after failing to capitalize on Spain’s economic woes and record unemployment to beat the governing Popular Party.

The Socialists apparently lost votes to other left-leaning parties, as well as to new groups led by Podemos, or We Can, a movement that was formed only a few months ago to oppose austerity cuts and demand fairer wage distribution.  Traditional parties sought to depict the ballot as a protest vote inspired by deep alienation among voters repelled by what they consider to be out-of-touch political elites at home and an arrogant European Union bureaucracy spreading its influence with no democratic mandate.

In Paris, the victory by the National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, prompted Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, to acknowledge: “It’s an earthquake.”  “We are in a crisis of confidence,” Mr. Valls added. “Our country has for a long time been in an identity crisis, a crisis about France’s place in Europe, Europe’s place in our country.”  President François Hollande of France called an emergency meeting of senior ministers after his Socialist Party finished a remote third.
My earlier coverage is here.

#YesAllWomen Exploits #IslaVistaShooting to Demonize Men

Over and over this weekend we've seen leftists and feminists argue that Elliot Rodger wasn't mentally ill. I'm simply blown away by these statements. For ghoulish progs the ravings of this literal madman were all about "misogyny" and (unbelievably) "white male privilege" (the suspect's mother is Malaysian-born).

Here's a comment I saw the first night at KEYT:
Actually, it's the definition of misogyny, entitlement, and male privilege. Do your research before you post things like this. People who are classified as mentally ill are actually less likely to commit violent acts because they often don't act out unless they are afraid. Elliot Rodger planned this entire massacre. There is video evidence. There is written, published evidence. He was a misogynist, a 'Men's Rights Activist', and a hateful, deranged man, but he didn't do this because of mental illness. He did this because he genuinely believed that women owed him their bodies and to refuse his sexual advances was a criminal act and an injustice.

This killing spree was committed literally because according to this man, women should not be allowed to make decisions on who they are attracted to. They should not be allowed to exist if they are not existing for the pleasure of men.  And if that doesn't scare you, something is really wrong.
The next commenter responded:
Please google narcissistic personality disorder.
Indeed, he was sick, as Louise Mensch noted when calling out feminists earlier:

On Twitter last night the domonic far-left trolls came out big time. Here's an exchange with a "Mad Scientist," for example, who was literally seething with leftist hatred. Film Ladd had already blocked him:

Twitchy commented on the feminist campaign, "‘Unless they’re conservative’: Feminist hashtag #YesAllWomen gets reality check from those standing ‘strong and free’."

And it was picked up at major MSM outlets, like the L.A. Times, "#YesAllWomen: Isla Vista attack puts a spotlight on gender violence," and at the Wall Street Journal, "California Shooting Sparks Massive Social Media Response From Women: Twitter Hashtag #YesAllWomen Generates More Than 500,000 Tweets by Sunday Afternoon."

A taste of the feminist misandry can be seen at the Boston Globe, "Everyone Needs to Read #Yesallwomen." And back at Twitchy, "‘Perfect example of male entitlement’: Pro-feminist supporters of #YesAllWomen angry about #YesAllPeople."

Professor Chris Ferguson, who is the Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Stetson University in Florida, had this yesterday at Time, "Misogyny Didn’t Turn Elliot Rodger Into a Killer":
Initial reports note that Rodger stabbed to death three roommates before beginning his shooting spree, but his anger appears to have been particularly directed at women. This has led some to speculate that cultural misogyny has contributed to this shooting. For instance, Jessica Valenti, writing in the Guardian, states that “Rodger, like most young American men, was taught that he was entitled to sex and female attention.” And Valenti isn’t the only writer to see cultural misogyny at the core of this shooting. Some reports suggest Rodger may have associated with “men’s rights” groups that view women as hostile....

Linking cultural misogyny to a specific mass shooting is more difficult, however. Although I understand Valenti’s point, I suspect cultural messages on the interaction between men and women are more complex than merely saying that men are taught to feel “entitled” to women’s attention. And although Rodger appears to have been particularly angry at women (and men who were successful with women as he was not), there’s little common thread among mass-homicide perpetrators to target women.

Rodger appears to have indeed been a misogynist, but this misogyny appears to have raged from within, a product of his anger, sexual frustrations and despondency rather than anything “taught” to him by society. Had he not been so focused on his own sexual inadequacies, his focus might simply have moved to mall-goers rather than sorority sisters.  We have an unfortunate trend when mass shootings occur to focus on idiosyncratic elements as potential causes. That is to say, we look for something unique about the shooter to explain why they may have done what they did. The January 2011 Tucson shooting by Jared Loughner was initially (and incorrectly) blamed by some on right-wing political demagoguery. A rare 2010 shooting by a woman, college professor Amy Bishop, led some to speculate on the traumatic experience of tenure denial. Video games are conveniently blamed when the shooter is young, then ignored when a shooter is older.

All of this serves to distract us from the commonalities between such shooters. With few exceptions, they are angry, resentful, mentally ill individuals. Certainly, we are right to worry about the stigmatization of the mentally ill, the vast majority of whom are nonviolent. But pretending no link exists at all with these crimes, if anything, prevents us from considering an overhaul to our mental-health system that could service all individuals in need, whether at any risk for violence or not.
Well, there is one commonality among all the shooters Ferguson cites: They were all far-left ideological fanatics.

But progressives don't want to deal the facts. The "cultural misogyny" program is the ideological underpinning of contemporary radical feminism. As Robert Stacy McCain pointed out last night in his discussion, "Toward Anarchy and Oblivion":

The Apostles of Equality and Progress, who have done everything in their power to destroy whatever vestiges of courtesy, decency, loyalty and honor remained in American society, now presume to disavow the Age of Hatred and Violence they have unleashed upon us. What Burke called the “barbarous philosophy” of the French Revolution — whereby “a king is but a man, a queen is but a woman; a woman is but an animal, and an animal not of the highest order” — has prevailed as he foretold, and the horrifying consequences are everywhere. Lesbian feminist Lisa Needham believes all men are Elliot Rodger:
[T]his might be mental illness, but it is an illness that is not unfamiliar to women who routinely and disproportionately are the victims of harassment, neglect, violence, and death at the hands of men. Rodger’s actions were an extreme manifestation of a cultural view that is not actually uncommon: that women “owe” men attention, that women who don’t put out are bitches, that women who do put out — for other guys, of course — are sluts, and all these women get what they “deserve” — violence from men.
Right. Women are victims “routinely” of “a cultural view that is not actually uncommon,” and a psycho creep who kills six people is just an “extreme manifestation” of this “not unfamiliar” illness....

Los Angeles Times headline: #YesAllWomen: Isla Vista attack puts a spotlight on gender violence — and never mind the fact that four of the six people Elliot Rodger killed in his murder rampage were men: Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20. If the facts don’t fit the liberal narrative, liberals will just ignore the facts, and will bristle with indignation if you dare to point out the cognitive dissonance.

“You have to hand it to the liberals: they never miss an opportunity to convert tragedy into political gain,” and who can disagree?

Ginning up hatred is always “political gain” for liberals, and this is what the hashtag #YesAllWomen is about: Convincing women that men are their enemy. The standard Tweet format is for a woman to say that A Terrible Thing happened to her because of a man (or men in general) and #YesAllWomen – a slogan framed as a reply to “Not All Men,” which is a feminist pet peeve: Whenever they complain about men in general, someone is always certain to point out that the generalization is unfair...

Understood in this context, #YesAllWomen is a chip on the shoulder, daring anyone to claim not all men are responsible for violence against women — to frame rape and abuse as a collective victimization of women for which men are collectively to blame.