Truly, I am starting not to trust this guy.
Those of you who know me know how much I lerve me some Dinesh D’Souza. Don’t tell his wife or his fiancee or they might get jealous. I swear there is nobody who has the same infuriating mix of self-satisfied smugness, sophomoric intellectual ability, and certain knowledge that the rules do not apply to him.
Dinesh D’Souza has always had a vastly over-sized opinion of himself, and has never understood why his actions make him responsible for the trouble he gets himself into, but apparently he imagines that his current legal difficulty—a federal judge refused to dismiss the campaign finance fraud charges against him, largely because of a technicality (compelling evidence)—is due to his being on President Obama’s Enemies List. Almost certainly in the Number One spot on that list. Because D’Souza wrote a sadly ridiculous article in Forbes that criticized Obama for being…well, you are going to have to read this one yourself because as Daniel Larison of The American Conservative , stated: “Dinesh D’Souza has authored what may possibly be the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet written…. All in all, D’Souza’s article reads like a bad conspiracy theory.”
Because, come on, those laws don’t apply to D’Souza. And if they do it is because somebody else is cheating.
Picked up by the Houston Chronicle:
A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet’s surface.
The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.
Although the space agency hasn’t issued any official statement yet about the phenomenon, bloggers and NASA enthusiasts have started chiming in.
Scott C. Waring, who maintains the website UFO Sightings Daily, posted the photo April 6.
Waring noted that the light shines upward, as if from the ground, and is very flat across the bottom.
“This could indicate there there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do,” Waring wrote on his website. “This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process.”
My guess is that an alien rover broke down and it is frantically signalling our rover for help.
Full disclosure: I live in DC on just over 10% of what a congresscritter makes. Color me irate.
Moran has some Deep Thoughts about how to shower more coin on the Do Nothing Congress he is a part of. Perhaps, he mused, it could be pegged to what other federal employees make? Great plan, Moran, except that the average salary of a federal worker is about 45% of what your lazy lot already make.
>>The Office of Personnel Management reported that as of September 2012, the average salary for a full-time, permanent, non-seasonal position was $78,467. The comparable figure for December 2010 was $76,701.
>>The median salary — the point at which half are above and half are below — is now $74,714, up from $69,550 in 2010.
We are down with this. Here you go, James Moran. We’ll drop your salary down to $78K, just like a federal worker, and then you can get the regular raises they get, which happen about every completely whimsical time Congress does not cockblock their raises. Why, you’ll be back up to $174,000 in no time at all, and by “no time” we mean literally never.
Of course it’s not as if most of them were not already millionaires with a legal entitlement to insider trading.
Hat Tip: Wonkette Further links to Talking Points Memo and Roll Call.
Hobby Lobby’s claim that they deserve to have a religious exemption carved out of the Affordable Care Act was always suspect in its sincerity as they never had any problem funding contraceptives voluntarily before Obamacare.
Now Mother Jones has discovered that they still have no problem funding contraceptives, as they continue to invest in employee 401k plans that include such things, even though plans exist that were especially created for such religious exemptions.
Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).
Several of the mutual funds in Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan have holdings in companies that manufacture the specific drugs and devices that the Green family, which owns Hobby Lobby, is fighting to keep out of Hobby Lobby’s health care policies: the emergency contraceptive pills Plan B and Ella, and copper and hormonal intrauterine devices.
But their 401k doesn’t have anything to do with Obamacare, so it’s not important to them.
More: Mother Jones
Well it’s about time. Pat Boone, embarrassment of the race music years of the 1950s, is wanted by the law. I guess it could be for his many crimes against good taste, maybe.
More: Original Link
Someone thought this would be a good idea.
A Colorado Springs pastor is accused of soliciting gay men for sex online, then attacking them and robbing them under the guise of a U.S. marshal making an arrest.
Please Lord Jesus, forgive him. He was tempted beyond the reserves of flesh. Tempted by Internet porn and that sweet, sweet gay sex. Also money and consumer electronics.
Abromovich reportedly confiscated the man’s laptop, iPad, cell phone, money and debit card. According to court documents, “Mike then told him they were taking his computers and phone to be sent to the lab to look for evidence.”
He then told the victim that he would come to his house in the morning “to discuss the case with him and impound his vehicle at that time.”
Did he also imply that the gay sex would happen then? Were there still fellows at home waiting for Pastormarshall Abromovich to pay call?
Police believe that there are other victims who may be afraid to come forward.
Sadly, some were probably afraid of being outed—as a person who would fall for the Junior G.I. badge.
Denver police say that Abromovich notified the hotel desk that he was a law enforcement officer and showed a badge to the desk clerk. They filed a nationwide warrant for the pastor on a trio of felony charges — kidnapping, robbery and impersonating a peace officer.
But not impersonating a homosexual. Just saying.
He was pulled over in Phoenix, Arizona by police. Abromovich again pulled a badge, but Maricopa County police were suspicious.
I dunno; seems legit.
SHOCK CONFESSION: Bill Ayers Reveals He Is Author Of “Dreams From My Father” in Latest Book
Posted by Gateway Guest Blogger on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:34 PM
“Finally, the truth comes out.
Obama’s biography was written by an unrepentant Marxist terrorist.”
Also: “Satire, that’s some kind of liebrul trick.”
Center for Military Readiness head Elaine Donnelly appeared on Sandy Rios In The Morning today to once again warn of the perils of allowing women in combat. She told the American Family Association radio host that the Obama administration’s plan to open combat roles to women service members is “like saying let’s take those cheerleaders and put them into the front lines of the NFL and football games.”
Which would be true, perhaps, if NFL athletes were equipped with automatic rifles. The NRA should get right on that.
In a contest between a cheerleader and a linesman, who do you think will win if you arm them all with rifles? I know I am betting on the cheerleaders; they can run faster and make much smaller targets. Plus I am pretty sure their ability to block and sack will do the linesmen very little good against an M-16.
Linda Harvey Likens Gay Acceptance among Youth to Believing the Sun Revolves the Earth
Mission America’s Linda Harvey yesterday attacked the College Republican National Committee for acknowledging that the GOP’s anti-gay stances were alienating young voters, who overwhelmingly support gay rights, and asking the party to “welcome healthy debate on the policy topic at hand.” She compared such a move to a science teacher instructing a class that there is a “healthy debate” as to whether the sun revolves around the earth because some “low-information students” think that’s how the solar system works.
While that is actually a great argument against teaching intelligent design and creationism in schools, Harvey said the situation would be like the GOP adjusting its rhetoric around abortion rights and gay equality in order to attract young voters.
Harvey even drew a parallel between same-sex marriage and racism: “Would a responsible party welcome a healthy debate on racism? Of course not.”
“Makes perfect sense until you remember that these young voters don’t know what they’re talking about,” Harvey continued. “Rather than pledge to educate the uninformed, the segment of these younger voters who are showing the effectiveness of propaganda but little wisdom; no, these researchers recommend the GOP back off of the truth.”
She accused the young Republicans of “ignoring all the evidence” about the supposed harms of homosexuality, which she said is “being packaged and sold to vulnerable children,” and catering to the “militant gay lobby.” Harvey even called for a third party based on Tea Party and religious values if the GOP turns into “the meaningless party.”
I couldn’t help but point out that of the several ptolomaicists out there, all the ones I know of are fundamentalist Christians, who take the authority of the Bible on the arrangement of the heavens to be more authoritative than reality. So “ignoring all the evidence” is indeed a curious choice of words on her part.
Incidentally, you can actually argue that all points of rotation are relative and arbitrary, and a perfectly valid system can be described in which the Universe revolves around the tip of your pencil, but unfortunately for the ptolomaicists this also implies that the Universe has no center, which is what really irks them. In the mind of a fundamentalists they must be the center of the Universe, because clearly they are the most important thing in it.
See more at: Right Wing Watch