Jul 272015
 

 French MP in Crimea “accidentally” bought the T-shirt “Obama, you – schmuck”

French MP Yves Pozzo visited Crimea and bought and wore for news photographs a T-shirt featuring images of Putin and Obama, with some text in Cyrillic, which he couldn’t read: “Обама, ты – чмо.” I have difficulty buying the notion that nobody in Pozzo’s group could read Russian to warn him that that might not be the best politics.

Original Russian-language article.

 Posted by at 8:16 am
Jul 232015
 

One of the excuses given for the invasion and appropriation of eastern Ukraine and Crimea was that there are neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Sure, there are. It’s bizarre, but there are. But “you’ve got Nazis” is an odd excuse from Russia, given this…

Russian ‘Miss Charming’ loses title after being exposed as neo-Nazi

The Nazis wanted to exterminate the bulk of the Russians, and turn a few survivors into serfs and “museum Fremen.” Why Russians would want to join the Hitler fan club… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 Posted by at 7:28 pm
Jul 232015
 

I saw this in a store a few days ago. It made me laugh and go “ugh” simultaneously.

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If you were offended by the Confederate Losers Flag, what would be the chances you’d be interested in buying any “Dukes” merchandise in the first place? If you weren’t offended, would this censorship increase you interest in the product?

It appears that this isn’t just an issue of the box art; a flag decal isn’t included with the kit.

 Posted by at 6:22 am
Jul 162015
 

Here’s an interesting little article, originally published in the September 1934 issue of Soviet Russia Today by Roger Nash Baldwin, founding member and first director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Keep it in mind if you encounter anyone who suggests that it’d be a good idea to elect as president someone who espouses Socialism.

When that power of the working class is once achieved, as it has been only in the Soviet Union, I am for maintaining it by any means whatever. Dictatorship is the obvious means in a world of enemies at home and abroad.

I saw in the Soviet Union many opponents of the regime. I visited a dozen prisons — the political sections among them. I saw considerable of the work of the OGPU. I heard a good many stories of severity, even of brutality, and many of them from the victims. While I sympathized with personal distress I just could not bring myself to get excited over the suppression of opposition when I stacked it up against what I saw of fresh, vigorous expressions of free living by workers and peasants all over the land. And further, no champion of a socialist society could fail to see that some suppression was necessary to achieve it. It could not all be done by persuasion.

It seems in later years Baldwin came to understand that that Soviet system sucked. But for a while, while he was in a position of historic importance, he held the view that dictatorship and suppression of the opinions, property and lives of countless individuals was perfectly acceptable so long as these individuals were being oppressed by socialists.

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 Posted by at 5:30 pm
Jul 152015
 

After all the talk of “Boston Strong,” it seems that if someone dressed in bog-standard punk attire shows up, it’s time to freak out.

US cops say they reacted because Boston bus passengers panicked – leading to court appearance for 26-year-old

Some guy was wearing a belt that looked like a belt of rifle cartridges (appears from the photo to actually be a belt of ammo), some idiots panicked and called the cops, the cops showed up, examined the belt, recognized it for what it was…and arrested him anyway. He was charged with “unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct,” but the charges were later dropped.

Unless the “punk” in question was acting like a jackass (certainly possible, but no indication of that is given in the article), all the blame for this falls on the side of the panicked idjits and the cops who arrested a guy for his fashion choice. Even if the belt of ammo was a belt of live ammo, you know what’s missing from this story? A *gun.* Where’s the M-60 machine gun that would be required to actually make the ammo go “bang?” According to THIS, “the passengers were in a panic, fearing that the suspect was about to pull out a weapon.” Where, exactly, did these brave Bostonian geniuses think he was going to pull out a 30-pound, four-foot-long machine gun *from?*

And how the hell can it be unlawful for a 26-year-old to possess ammunition?

 Posted by at 9:43 am
Jul 052015
 

Color us all stunned…

Russians Get Glimpse of Internet ‘Troll Factory’

AIS employees create fake accounts on social media and news websites, and then use those accounts to post thousands of comments and posts in accordance with the daily pro-Kremlin talking points, creating the illusion of widespread support for Vladimir Putin’s government.

In her suit, the 34-year-old Savchuk called the AIS a “troll factory,” a reference to the 30,000 comments produced daily by AIS employees.

 Posted by at 12:12 pm
Jun 242015
 

Hard to tell just how serious some of these people are…

A Dinosaur Name in ‘Jurassic World’ is So ‘Racist’ That the Movie Has Come Under Fire

Specifically, the Pachycephalosaurus. There is a line in the movie describing some of them having gotten out of their enclosure: “The Pachys are out of containment.”

So, some schmoes have taken it upon themselves to get offended because some people over in Britainland hear “Pachy” as “Paki,” and see “Paki” as an offensive term for “Pakistani,” I guess in much the same way that “Brit” is an offensive term for “British.”

 Posted by at 5:08 pm
Jun 102015
 

Oy. Here we go…

H.R.2546 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

Summary:

Introduced in House (05/21/2015)

Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2015

Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to: (1) prohibit the purchase or sale of a firearm unless the purchaser presents proof to the seller and the seller verifies that the purchaser is covered by a qualified liability insurance policy, and (2) require any person who purchases a firearm on or after this Act’s effective date to be covered by such a policy. Exempts the purchase or sale of a firearm for use by a federal, state, or local agency.

Defines “qualified liability insurance policy” to mean a policy that: (1) provides liability insurance covering the purchaser specifically for losses resulting from use of the firearm while it is owned by the purchaser, and (2) is issued by an insurer licensed or authorized to provide the coverage by the state in which the purchaser resides.

From the text of the bill:

“(2) In paragraph (1), the term ‘qualified liability insurance policy’ means, with respect to the purchaser of a firearm, a policy that—

“(A) provides liability insurance covering the purchaser specifically for losses resulting from use of the firearm while it is owned by the purchaser; and

“(B) is issued by an insurer licensed or authorized to provide the coverage by the State insurance regulatory authority for the State in which the purchaser resides.”.

(b) Penalty.—Section 924 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(q) Whoever violates section 922(aa) shall be fined not more than $10,000.”.

And the inevitable and obligatory:

“(B) Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to the purchase or sale of a firearm for the use of the United States or any department or agency of the United States, or any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State.

So, which is this more? A way to make firearms ownership too expensive for poor people? A way to enrich politically active insurance providers? A simple way to increase the number of people in the US who suddenly switch from “law abiding” to “criminal,” thus justifying an increase in the police state?

Here, this will shock you, I’m sure. A list of those sponsoring this bill:

Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]

Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]*
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3]*
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]*
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]*

Darn those evil Republicans, doing their corporate masters bidding to soak the little guy!

 Posted by at 4:37 pm