May 132015

It has been a while since Guillermo Del Toro has given the world a movie (2013’s “Pacific Rim”). In October that changes with the release of “Crimson Peak,” a trailer for which has just been made available. Looks like a lavish Victorian-era haunted mansion. With Loki!

Seems likely to be an effective horror flick.

According to IMDB, next up on Del Toro’s plate is Pacific Rim 2… and Hellboy 3. One of these days, “At The Mountains of Madness,” one of these days…

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May 122015

So apparently there was a controversy at Oberlin College due to feminist Christina Hoff Sommers giving a lecture there. The problem wasn’t that she was a feminist; it was that she was the wrong kind of feminist. As a result, the causeheads went bonkers, ramping up the PC nonsense straight to 11. “Trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” and physical threats… all the usual campus hijinks we’ve come to know and love from these adorable little scamps.

Interestingly, one of the best replies to the fanatical snowflakes at Oberlin came from the Oberlin choir. I’m not what you’d call a fan of choir music… but this is pretty awesome.

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May 032015

Two shot dead after they open fire at Mohammad cartoon event in Texas

Two as-yet unidentified “gunmen” opened fire outside of the Culwell Event Center in North Garland, Texas. The event center was hosting the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, with several hundred cartoons of Mohammad tryign to win the $10,000 first prize.The two shooters managed to hit a security guard in the leg before they found out first-hand that Texas security guards tend to be both armed and at least modestly trained.

As of this writing it’s not confirmed whether or not the shooting had anything to do with the event. And even if so, it’s not yet confirmed whether or not this was a political/religious attack, or if maybe they were just trying to rob the joint. However, it seems that some speculations about motive can be considered reasonable.

The car used by the shooters is being examined by a robot in case it has a bomb in it.


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May 032015

The War on Poverty After 50 Years

Boils down to this graph:


In short… the poverty rate had been plummeting since just after WWII. The plummet stopped and leveled off once the Great Society wealth transfer “War on Poverty” programs kicked in, and the poverty rate has remained constant ever since. However, spending on these programs has skyrocketed. Since 1964, the US has spent (in 2012 dollars) more than 22 TRILLION dollars on anti poverty programs… NOT counting Social Security and Medicare.

How many comets could we have dropped on Mars to terraform the joint into a second Earth for even *half* that amount?

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May 022015

Venezuela to nationalize food distribution

Tell me this here ain’t high-larious journalizing:

Various estimates suggest the government already controls about half of the country’s food distribution, but that hasn’t stopped record shortages in shops and markets.

Heh. Ya gotta wonder if the writer is actually surprised that having a pack of collectivists taking over a good chunk of a vital portion of the economy results in lower performance… or if this is some form of sarcasm.

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Apr 272015

So, the cops in the glittering example of Democrat-controlled Baltimore apparently caused a dudes death by rattling him around in the back of a van without restraints, snapping his neck. This, understandably, annoyed the hell out of the locals. Understandably, they protested. Understandably… the protests have turned into the stock-standard rioting, looting, trashing of police cars… and now, setting old folks homes and churches on fire.

Way to maintain the moral high ground, guys.

Large Fire Raging in East Baltimore Senior Center

According to CNN, the large building fully on fire in east Baltimore was the site of a newly constructed senior home sponsored by a church.


Baltimore Rioters Set Fires, Cut Hoses


CVS got employees out of Baltimore store just before looting and fire

Yup. One more place to avoid.


Whenever there’s trouble, it’s important to look for the root cause.

Gotta go back to 1967 to find a mayor who wasn’t a Dem.

And then there’s this:

Fifteen people. Guess how many Republicans or Libertarians on the current city council. Go on, guess.

So, we’re stuck with the chicken-and-egg quandary. Does overwhelming Democrat control cause a metropolitan area to decay into a blighted hellscape, or does the cultural corruption that results in a blighted hellscape also result in Democrats?

It seems that “everyone in city government is a Democrat” is a warning sign like someone shouting “Allahu Ackbar.” You can’t draw a causal relationship between the signal and the trouble, but you can pretty well assume that if you detect the signal, trouble is surely in the wings.

 Posted by at 7:04 pm
Apr 272015

Labour would outlaw Islamophobia, says Miliband in an exclusive interview

“We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime,” Miliband told the Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi…

Wouldn’t it make more sense to ban agoraphobia? That, at least, is a fear that’s not particularly rational.

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Apr 262015

Surely this will lead to the greatest fighting force in history.

Army ROTC program allegedly pressured cadets to walk in high heels for ASU event

Note: there seems to be some confusion… the article describes Arizona State U, but links to images from the Facebook page of the Temple University ROTC program… which is in Philadelphia.


The cadets were reportedly threatened with some substantial repercussions unless they spent their own money to buy high-heeled shoes, spray paint them bright red and then wander about for some “Walk a Mile In her Shoes” political activism thing. Several issues spring to mind:

1a) The Army pressuring troops to engage in political activism? Really?

1b) If the cadets weren’t threatened, and volunteered willingly… political activism while in uniform? Really?

2) Ummm… in the Army, wouldn’t “Her Shoes” be the same combat boots the men wear?

3). Dude. Dude! Really??

4) I’m not an expert in such things, but are civilian high heeled shoes appropriate attire while wearing active duty military uniforms? Here’s a 304-page US Army Guide to the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia. I haven’t read the whole thing, but I bet it has something to say on the subject.

The “walk” is in support of sexual abuse awareness, which is a valid enough issue on college campii these days. But wouldn’t a far better approach for an ROTC department be to offer the women on campus training in hand-to-hand combat and firearms use? Along with training the men on campus how to have some damned discipline? Rather than making the cadets feel like fools, doing something actually *useful* seems a better approach. But maybe it’s just me.

And whether this was mandated or entirely voluntary… the image of the future officers of the US Army in high heels seems unlikely to inspire fear in our enemies.

 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Apr 232015

Songs by Star Trek enthusiast played in court in bid to clear loyalist flute band members of playing sectarian tune outside Catholic church

Best as I can tell, some Brits played a tune that offended other Brits, and were arrested for it. I gather that the tune was entirely instrumental (flutes or some such), but the lyrics – which seem to involve Scottish people annoyed by Irish people – have been declared “racist” by a Scottish court. If the Irish and the Scots are different races… then what are the Irish and, say, Nigerians? Different phylum?

Getting arrested for playing a tune on a flute. Yeesh. Bad and goofy and politically correct as the US is… we didn’t part ways with the UK a minute too soon.

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