Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wait...I blew myself up for WHAT?

“The word for virgin has been mistranslated. The original word that was used in the Koran was the word for raisin. Martyrs would get raisins in heaven, not virgins.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

So you want to own a machine gun

Interesting stuff for those who like a little staccato firepower.



(H/T: The Fire Arm Blog)

Katie Couric's mad trick photography skillz

Noted television burn-out Katie Couric recently produced an anti-gun documentary that used some clearly dishonest editing to discredit 2nd Amendment advocates. As reported in the Washington Free Beacon:
“Katie Couric asked a key question during an interview of some members of our organization,” he said. “She then intentionally removed their answers and spliced in nine seconds of some prior video of our members sitting quietly and not responding. Viewers are left with the misunderstanding that the members had no answer to her question.”
Here's a tip, KC: if you're going to be this dishonest, you'd better be a lot less obvious about it.

Update: Much more from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, including astomishing pretty predictable responses from Couric and the program's defenders.

I guess this is an exemplar of the "magical realism" style of journalism.

The big climate lie

How a third became a majority.
We find that 66.4 percent of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6 percent endorsed AGW, 0.7 percent rejected AGW and 0.3 percent were uncertain about the cause of global warming. Among abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97.1 percent endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.
H/T: Tim Blair

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Follow-up

In retrospect, I believe I probably should have provided some context for the title of my post, "One neck, one leash". The phrase was inspired by a scene in The Fountainhead, in which the deliciously sinister cultural critic and collectivist, Ellsworth Toohey, describes the mechanics of totalitarianism (a system of which he heartily approves):
Everything I said is contained in a single word – collectivism. And isn’t that the god of our century? To act together. To think – together. To feel – together. To unite, to agree, to obey. To obey, to serve, to sacrifice. Divide and conquer – first. But then, unite and rule. We’ve discovered that one last. Remember the Roman Emperor who said he wished humanity had a single neck so he could cut it ? People have laughed at him for centuries. But we’ll have the last laugh. We’ve accomplished what he couldn’t accomplish. We’ve taught men to unite. This makes one neck ready for one leash. We found the magic word. Collectivism.
In the film version, these words are spoken by the marvelous Robert Douglas in what is (in my opinion) his greatest movie role. I linked to a YouTube clip of the scene a year or so ago, but I think it has been taken down. If you haven't seen the movie, that one scene, alone, is worth the price of admission.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Remember to say "sleaze and thank you"

Virginia Governor Terry McLowlife is being investigated by the FBI for "possible campaign violations":
McAuliffe is a one-time board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton and likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2000 to 2005, McAuliffe was also a co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Records show more than 100 donors contributed to both the foundation and McAuliffe's campaign.
What a coincidence!

As Michael Walsh so accurately said, the Democrats are a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

Update: More on the donation made by Chinese billionaire Wang Wenliang (I wonder what possible interest he can have in the politics of my beloved Commonwealth?)

Monday movie

Some good, old-fashioned anti-communism in this episode of The Big Picture, a television series produced by the U.S. Army in the early 1960's. This episode boils down the history of communism, and includes some very interesting archival footage.