Jimmy Carter calls Obama an incompetent fool. That’s rough.
Daily Archives: November 2, 2013
Problem solved (if the effect is confined to just the neck): Global warming will cause dwarfism.
New York Post asks, “When did white trash become normal?”
Reading the column, it’s apparent that the question is rhetorical.
The closure is a huge blow to those entrepreneurial Cubans who invested heavily, especially in 3D cinemas, importing equipment at considerable cost from abroad, says the BBC correspondent in Havana, Sarah Rainsford.
There had been hints this crackdown was coming. Cuban Culture Ministry officials talked of the “banality” and “frivolity” of films on offer, mostly produced in America, and out of line, they complained, with the cultural policy of the revolution.
Correspondents say private cinemas had become a popular alternative to poorly-maintained, state-run movie theatres that shy away from showing Hollywood and other mainstream films.
Greenwich Democratic People’s Party spokesman Dollar Bill defended the government’s action. “I dig it absolutely”, he told FWIW. “This kind of bourgeoise, anti-revolutionary activity drains energy and resources from the economy, and even threatens Cuba’s free medical care system, the best in the world.”
Asked if he was worried that he’d lack entertainment when he escorted the high school band members on their sugarcane harvest, DB insisted he was not: “I’ll have my iPhone,” he said, “and besides, rules like that only apply to the Cuban peasants, not to revolutionaries such as myself.”
(UPI) — A Massachusetts man was so desperate for a boozing buddy that he broke into his neighbor’s house and forced him to have a drink.
Scott Topham of Waltham, Mass., has been charged with armed home invasion, kidnapping, threats to commit a crime and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly broke into his neighbor’s house during a strange incident in the early morning hours of Oct. 24.
Topham, 29, went to his neighbor’s home and began banging on the door while holding a bottle of vodka. After a resident answered the door, Topham allegedly forced his way into the house and made his way to kitchen. The victim followed him and was then shoved into a chair by Topham.
Topham then allegedly produced a knife and ordered the victim to drink the vodka; the victim took a drink. Topham then told the victim he “has harmed people before and he is not afraid to kill someone,” according to Waltham Police Captain Steven Champeon.
Topham also poked the victim twice with the knife, Champeon said.
I went to scores of seminars and talks during my four years as an undergraduate at Brown, but the one I will never forget took place on the evening of Nov. 30, 1966.The speaker, a Brown alum, had been invited by the Faunce House Board of Governors to take part in its fall lecture series. But once his name was announced, a storm of objections forced the board to withdraw its invitation. Counterprotests ensued citing academic freedom and arguing that our campus should be open to all views, even — and perhaps especially — to those a majority of its members found repugnant.
The speaker was George Lincoln Rockwell ’40, leader of the American Nazi Party.
A new campus group called “Open Mind” was formed. Once recognized by the University, it re-invited Rockwell to campus. Rockwell spoke to a packed house in Alumnae Hall….
For the first time in my life, I understood the allure of fascism, the reason that “good people” could have supported the likes of Franco, Mussolini and Hitler. I also understood why the notion that “it couldn’t happen here” is hopelessly naive. It could happen here, and it most certainly would happen if we forgot the lessons of history, lessons that Rockwell brought to life with a sinister smile that evening in Alumnae Hall. I’m glad I was there. I’m glad the talk was allowed to go on. And I’m glad Brown was an open campus where those lessons could be learned in the most personal way possible.
Tuesday’s shout-down of another speaker makes me wonder about that. Ray Kelly, whatever his misdeeds, is no George Lincoln Rockwell. Rockwell’s idea of racial profiling wasn’t “stop-and-frisk.” It was “round up and deport.” Kelly has been accused of fascism, but Rockwell actually was a fascist — and a racist — and was proud of it on both counts. Yet the Brown community of the 1960s opened its doors to him, to avowed communists, and, at the height of the Vietnam war, to anti-war activists as well as the generals in charge of that war — like Earl Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was a lively and vibrant place.
The crowd who managed to silence a speaker yesterday accomplished something, to be sure. But it wasn’t a blow against racism, fascism or police oppression. It was a step towards a closed campus where mob rule determines who can speak and who will be shouted down. It was a shameful day. [emphasis added] And it deprived every member of our community of the chance to hear Kelly and decide for themselves whether his policing methods are indeed the first steps of a Rockwell-like campaign against minorities and the poor in America’s greatest city.
To those individuals, let me put it plainly. Yours was an act of cowardice and fear, unworthy of any of the causes you claim to hold dear….
This goes way past “amateur hour” and has moved into deliberate intention to set the middle east afire. Anything to distract from this administration’s series of failures, even the sacrifice of a former ally.
Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah.
Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment” set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Friday night quoted Israeli officials branding the American leak as “scandalous.” For Israel’s ally [sic] to be acting in this way was “unthinkable,” the officials were quoted as saying.
A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets.
Channel 2′s military analyst, Roni Daniel, said the Obama administration’s behavior in leaking the information was unfathomable.
Daniel noted that by keeping silent on whether it carried out such attacks, Israel was maintaining plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel pressured to respond to the attacks.
But the US leaks “are pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t swallow these attacks, and will respond.” This in turn would inevitably draw further Israeli action, Daniel posited, and added bitterly: “Then perhaps the US will clap its hands because it will have started a very major flare-up.”
Oh, the caninity!