. . . I watched reruns of the Big Bang Theory.In those episodes, I saw Sheldon too nervous to urinate, despite a 32 oz smoothie creating distress in a 16 oz bladder, because Leonard and Priya were in the shower, I saw Penny want to fling poop at Priya because Priya was dating Leonard, Rajesh met Lucy at a lonely singles Valentine’s Day party at the comic book store, and Howard proposed to Bernadette. I’m sure every bit of that was more honest and more truthful than anything President Obama might have said. Paraphrasing Mary McCarthy’s famous statement about Lillian Hellman, “every word he says is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’
We have noted previously the hypocrisy of former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Arnold Gore, Jr, but our favorite blog pirate, William Teach, found even more:
Al Gore: We Really Need To Control Africa’s Population
By William Teach January 28, 2014 – 9:40 am
Al Gore pops his head up at Davos…say, how’d he get there? A fossil fueled flight?…to make a racist pronouncement (via Climate Depot)
(CNBC) Stopping overpopulation is one way the dangers of climate change can be mitigated, according to two of the most prominent believers in global warming.
Former Vice President Al Gore and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (how did Gates get to Davos? Anyone think he flew commercial?) said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that contraception is a key in controlling the proliferation of unusual weather they say is endangering the world.
“Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available, so women can chose how many children and the spacing of children… is crucial to the future shape of human civilization,” said Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming.
Gore said Africa’s population is expected to surpass India’s and China’s by the mid-21st century and will be more than both combined by the end of the century.
The video of him speaking is here, starts at the 15 minute mark. Had anyone on the political Right said this, much less a former US Vice President, they would immediately be labeled a racist for wanting to reduce the population of Africa, which is largely populated by Black people and Arabs.
More at Mr Teach’s original.
By now, no one is surprised that the maven of climate change, the grand poobah who tells us that we must all cut back on our lifestyles, would burn tons of jet fuel to go to Africa to make yet another speech. But when he tells other people that they must have fewer children, the obvious question is: how many children did Mr Gore and his lovely (former) wife Tipper have? The answer is four! The Gores were not Roman Catholics, but Southern Baptists, and he has never expressed any opposition to artificial contraception, so it would seem that Tipper and he had their four children by choice.
Yet again, it’s do as I say, not do as I do. But, then again, he’s a liberal, and we shouldn’t ever expect anything other than hypocrisy from them.
How truly blessed we are that this man never became President!
From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Prosecutor: Bucks coach who assaulted girl had past accusationsDOYLESTOWN A former softball coach at a Bucks County high school pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of his players last year, five years after he had been allowed to quietly resign from another school where he made sexual advances toward girls.
Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer | Last updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1:08 AM | Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014, 2:52 PM
Eric Romig, 36, is expected to face up to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault and possession of child pornography, for having sex and trading explicit videos and photos with a 16-year-old girl at Pennridge High School.
In a turn that made Romig’s case stand out from the wave of recent cases against sexually predatory coaches in the region, the prosecutor said Monday that another area school may have concealed warning signs about the coach.
Jennifer Schorn, chief of the Bucks County District Attorney Office’s major crimes division, said Romig made advances to two basketball players he coached at Faith Christian Academy in Sellersville in 2008 and 2009. One was a girl who got a text message from the coach, as she sat next to him on a bus, saying he wanted to have sex with her, Schorn said.
Faith Christian officials learned about the accusations but failed to report them to authorities, according to Schorn.
Instead, they let Romig resign.
More at the link.
Had Faith Christian Academy done its job, Mr Romig might have faced a misdemeanor charge. He would (probably) not have been in jail when he committed the offenses for which he has been convicted, but Pennridge, which had no warnings about Mr Romig’s past, would have been alerted when they did a background check, and he almost certainly would never have been hired. Mrs Schorn stated that too much time has elapsed, and no criminal case can be pursued against Faith Christian Academy, but I wouldn’t be particularly surprised if Faith Christian wasn’t sued by the recent victim’s family.
Let me be blunt here: if the Inquirer story is accurate, the victim at Pennridge High School would almost certainly not have been raped by Mr Romig if the officials at Faith Christian Academy had done their jobs!
Now, despite the title of this article, there won’t be anyone else going to jail, even though there damned well should be. But the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should investigate and revoke the professional credentials of anyone who was involved at Faith Christian Academy, to get them out of the teaching profession altogether, and they should be individually sued by the victim’s parents, along with the school.
As I noted in my previous article, the only way to prevent school administrators and teachers from covering up for this stuff is to make it so personally costly, in terms of career losses and possible jail time, that there can never be a question that such sexual predators can be covered for. I understand why some of this happens, the school officials and other teachers know and like the malefactors, and tend to justify lenient treatment, and that’s part of the nature of friendship, and thus it must be made so personally costly that no rational consideration of friendship can outweigh the consequences.
From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:
Prosecutor: Teachers Would Not Help Investigate Predator Who Molested Boy
Posted on | January 27, 2014 | 36 Comments
Matthew LoMaglio, 37, pleaded guilty to molesting an 8-year-old boy who was a student at the elementary school in Rochester, N.Y., where LoMaglio taught gym classes. On Jan. 14, LoMaglio was sentenced to four years in prison, but the prosecutor said many of the criminal’s colleagues did not cooperate with the investigation:
More at Mr McCain’s original. It seems, however, that Mr LoMaglio’s fellow teachers were rather reticent to cooperate with law enforcement’s investigation of his rape of an 8-year-old boy, and some 22 of them, after he was convicted, continued to support him:
(Assistant District Attorney Kyle) Rossi said he was also troubled by the 22 letters the court received from various teachers, expressing support for LoMaglio. He said he is not authorized to turn over the letters to the public or divulge the names of the teachers who wrote them.
Some of the letters were written on school district letterhead.
Your Editor believes that those 22 letters should be released, and if they cannot be legally released, that some enterprising shoe-leather reporter needs to find someone in the system who will leak those names and letters. In addition, the police records naming those teachers and colleagues who resisted cooperation should be released. All of those teachers and school employees should be fired, and all who hold teaching certificates should have them revoked!
Of course, these teachers were his friends, his colleagues, people who liked him and couldn’t believe anything like that about him. And we see it over and over and over again, from Catholic officials who moved around pedophile priests to the officials at Pennsylvania State University who just couldn’t comprehend that a great guy like Jerry Sandusky, pillar of the community, was sodomizing little boys. In some ways, it’s similar to the will not to believe.
Child abusers all look like creeps, can all be spotted out in the open by anyone; they aren’t the good guys we work with every day, the friends we had over for a back yard barbecue. And that’s the problem: many people wind up defending their friends, people that they know and like, even when it becomes obvious that they should not. Teachers and other school officials are still human.
But teachers and school officials have mandatory reporting duties when it comes to reporting reasonably suspected abuse cases, mandatory as in: it’s the law!
This is the case against Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, the Penn State officials who had at least some idea that something was wrong with Mr Sandusky’s behavior around children, and then decided not to report it to law enforcement, but handle it in house. Exactly what they knew is part of the question — they claim that they did not understand Mr Sandusky’s behavior to constitute child abuse — but this seems, to your Editor, to be a case of willful ignorance, of the will not to believe.
Well, at some point, the will not to believe, the deliberate choosing to remain ignorant in cases like these, is going to have to give way to self-interest . . . and that principle of self-interest can only be established when it becomes just too dangerous to remain willfully ignorant. Messrs Spanier, Schultz and Curley may well go from Penn State to the state pen, because their willful ignorance allowed Mr Sandusky to remain free and molest other boys after the point at which they should have known he was a clear menace.
And that needs to happen to the teachers who tied to stymie the investigation into Mr LoMaglio, and who wrote letters of support attempting to get his sentence reduced. They need to be publicly exposed, they need to lose their jobs and their teaching certificates, and, if they committed actual crimes,1 they need to go to jail, not only to punish their actions, but to send yet another message to other people who may find themselves in similar positions that they cannot avoid their responsibilities and cannot turn a blind eye to child abuse and not risk serious personal consequences.
- Writing letters of support would not be a crime, but from the reports, obstruction of justice and failure to report suspected child abuse may have occurred, and those are crimes. ↩
Government programs can be very large and very complicated, much more so than many people realize. These programs can involve numerous countries, organizations, and interested parties. Someone has to oversee all of this or things could be missed or forgotten, or mistakes could be made that would lead to the loss of thousands or even millions of dollars. Below are some of the things that a person who does this work – like CEO of DLA Piper Bob Bratt, for instance – has to consider on a daily basis.
1. Trade Regulations
First of all, they have to know what trade regulations are in place for programs that involve the transfer of goods from one country to another. What types of taxes have to be paid, both on imports and exports? Is there an embargo to be considered? What do unions have to say about these goods and services? All of these different things have to be examined from both a legal and a financial perspective.
2. Necessary Manpower
Another thing that must be considered is how many people are actually required to do the jobs at hand. This is difficult with large-scale operations because so many people may be involved. It is not like trying to add or cut a few employees at a local office. It is easy to see if more people are needed or if someone is currently employed who is not really offering anything. When you are dealing with dozens of offices all over the world, each with their own employees, though, you have to keep very careful track of what has to happen and what is required.
3. Legal Considerations
The legal side of things can extend far beyond the trade implications. It is also necessary to look at what types of actions can be taken in various countries, how the local laws impact what the offices can and cannot do, and how international laws may supersede these things. This is one of the most important tasks that an overseer will have because mistakes that are made could put stress on relationships between different countries that need to be strong for those countries to thrive.
4. Shifting Power
Finally, the overseer has to keep in mind that governments always come with shifting bases of power. People who are in office come to the ends of their terms. Other people are elected. Sometimes, people are forced to resign. All of this can happen during the lifetime of a program, which could last for decades. The overseer has to work with the different people in power and ensure that none of these changes are going to negatively impact the program.
Putting It All Together
As can be seen, someone who is working in this capacity has many different things to consider and keep track of while doing the job. An ideal worker will be able to balance all of these things and make sure that mistakes are avoided, but they will also be able to react when there are problems – as there almost always are, no matter what the international program is supposed to be doing – and fix them. In fact, it could be said that this ability to react to the inevitable challenges is the aspect of the job that will be the most relevant.
Remember when the left were all up in arms over President Bush’s “signing statements,” statements which gave the President’s interpretation of acts he was signing into law? Where will they be tomorrow night? From The Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda
President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership
By Carol E. Lee and Damian Paletta | Updated Jan. 26, 2014 9:27 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public’s souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation’s policy direction over the next three years.
Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said.
He also is expected to announce that some of the nation’s largest employers, including Xerox Corp., AT&T Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co., have signed a White House pledge agreeing not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed when making hiring decisions, according to a draft of the policy and interviews with several people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Obama will stress that he intends to take unilateral action on a host of other issues: infrastructure development, job training, climate change and education. Administration officials hinted broadly at the assertive new direction Sunday.
“We need to show the American people that we can get something done,” Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser, told CNN as part of a round of interviews previewing the speech.
More at the original.
President Obama’s problem is simple: though he was re-elected, so were the Republicans who hold a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, and the Republicans are not going to pass presidential policy into law any more than is absolutely necessary. And the Constitution gives them that power!
The result? President Obama, who so strongly criticized his predecessor, thinks that he ought to just be a dictator. Were Barack Hussein Obama a Republican, the left would be up in arms about this. But, since he’s a Democrat, they’ll meekly applaud.
This is a posting on an email type website called the “LAST RESISTANCE” This is the post, but go to this site since the List starting with “Push to legalize same-sex marriage” and all items following this have a LINK to the real story. This is just a list, but really not the whole posting. It is worth the time to look at that list and contents. And remember this on the disatorous State of the Splintering Union Address on Tuesday. Someone suggested a drinking game everytime BO Blames someone else for the disaster he is reigning (as a king) over. I responded that you would be dead in 15 minutes from alcohol poisoning. Someone else thought that it would only take 10 minutes. For safety’s sake, don’t do it. But as much as BO’s talking point experts say how great things are. Just look at the fake Unemployment of the BLS U-3 Chart of 6.7%, a more realistic number is the BLS U-6 chart saying 13.1%, but my gut says it’s higher than that. People participating in employment is shrinking. There are loads of websites showing a variety of stories saying 6.7% to much higher. But it’s a sales job from the country’s perma-liar.
Was Obama’s Real Job to Destroy America’s Moral & Ethical Foundations?
Posted By Dave Jolly on Jan 24, 2014
It should be obvious to everyone that Barack Hussein Obama’s sudden rise to power had to be orchestrated by some very powerful and wealthy people. We can speculate who some of them are, but needless to say, Obama was not capable of pulling off political victories on his own.
So what was the purpose behind Obama’s push to power? What was his real job that his puppet masters gave him?
After five years in office, I believe that the real job the power tycoons gave Obama was to destroy the moral and ethical values and foundations of America. Think about what Obama has done or is trying to do since taking office:
Push to legalize same-sex marriage
Allowed homosexuals in the military
Supports the legalization of marijuana
Destroying religious rights
Destroying family values
Destroying parental rights
Made racial tensions worse, not better
Destroying freedom of speech
Destroying and defying US Constitution
Trying to destroy right to bear firearms
Destroying powers of Congress by overriding them
Trying to destroy conservatives
Assumed presidency without proving eligibility
Aiding and abetting America’s enemies
Destroying right to life
Weakening the military
Turned schools into brainwashing institutions
Amnesty to millions of illegal aliens
Can you list anything positive that Obama has done since taking office in January 2009? I can’t. So ask yourself what was the real task given him by his secret handlers?
The reason behind it is simple. Once the moral and ethical values of Americans had been destroyed, the hidden power tycoons could take complete control of the nation. And they’re getting very close to accomplishing their goal.
It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Kaley Cuoco in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. Today: Soldiers from neutral Switzerland.
From Sister Toldjah:
No, Wendy Davis isn’t being “attacked for being a single mother”
Posted by: ST on January 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Author and New America Foundation program director Liza Mundy penned a piece for Politico Magazine that reads like something out of the pages of the NOW playbook. The headline in and of itself summarizes it all:
If the headline wasn’t bad – and faulty – enough, there were paragraphs like this one (bolded emphasis added by me):
Given that winning political office requires help, it was probably a mistake for Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who is now running for governor, to insist quite so ardently that she got where she did through her own pluck and determination. Davis, a Democrat who rose to national prominence during a dramatic filibuster of a restrictive abortion bill in the Texas legislature last year, is now campaigning for her state’s highest office on a life story that has her rising from humble beginnings through “hard work and optimism,” as she told NBC, then pursuing higher education, as her campaign website says, with “the help of academic scholarships, student loans, and state and federal grants.” Now that she is in a high-profile and hotly partisan race, it has come out that she also benefited from the moral and financial support of her second (now ex) husband, Jeff Davis. In the process, though, behavior we would expect and hardly notice in a man is being portrayed as freakish and problematic in a woman.
This is so far from the truth and reality that it almost defies logic. And unfortunately, this interpretation is making the rounds among some writers I respect, like Democrat Kirsten Powers. Let’s clear up any misunderstanding/spin that exists out there over why conservatives and Republicans have jumped on this story: it’s because she made her life story her campaign story and .. well, she lied about it - as I wrote earlier this week:
More at Stacey’s original.
The part I find most disagreeable is the portrayal of State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX 10) as a “single mother.” While she is currently single, and she is a mother, the normal meaning of “single mother” does not fit Mrs Davis.
A single parent (or solo parent) is a parent, not living with a spouse or partner, who has most of the day-to-day responsibilities in raising the child or children. A single parent is usually considered the primary caregiver, meaning the parent the children have residency with the majority of the time. If the parents are separated or divorced, children live with their custodial parent and have visitation or secondary residence with their noncustodial parent. In western society in general, following separation, a child will end up with the primary caregiver, usually the mother, and a secondary caregiver, usually the father.
The real single parent in the Davis family was Jeff Davis, who had primary physical custody of both Mrs Davis first daughter, by her first husband, Frank Underwood, and their daughter together. Mrs Davis was the non-custodial parent, who paid Mr Davis $1,200 per month in child support, because it just wasn’t a good time in her life for that . . . even though she was, by the time of their separation, a graduate of Harvard Law School, with all of her student loans paid off, and was a practicing attorney. Mrs Davis wasn’t exactly a woman who had never gone beyond high school, working at a laundromat or a Seven/Eleven.
Deanna Fisher of the Victory Girls discusses the “n word.”
Donald Douglas writes about reading books.
William Teach wrote about five things to listen for in President Obama’s State of the Union speech. It’s abbreviated SOTU, but I just wish he’d STFU. I do not plan on watching it.
From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:
A few days ago Wintery Knight highlighted how Sweden is turning to capitalism as government money runs out. The Swedes are increasingly embracing capitalism as they realize the failures of socialism.
Today The New American pointed out how the Swedes are turning to the free market when it comes to their health care. (H/T iOwnTheWorld) They’ve had socialized medicine, and they don’t like it all that much. Those with the means to do so are purchasing private health insurance, even though the taxpayer funded option is available.
Much more at the link. But the Swedes, the liberal Swedes, the soft-socialist Swedes, the heavily-taxed Swedes, want something better than government health care? I’m just shocked, I tell you, shocked!
From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:
Famous Gay Rights Activist Now Also Famous for Child Pornography HabitsIt’s possible to be quite specific about Larry Brinkin’s pornographic preferences, but “forcible sodomy of infant boys” is perhaps about as specific as we need to get. Oh, and also this: Larry Brinkin enjoyed interracial child pornography, and used the “n-word” when expressing his erotic enjoyment of these images and videos.
Posted on | January 25, 2014 | 23 Comments
You stay classy, “veteran gay rights advocate“!
Veteran gay rights advocate and former San Francisco Human Rights Commission staffer Larry Brinkin pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography.
Brinkin, 67, changed his plea in a deal with the district attorney’s office that will result in a sentencing recommendation of six months in county jail, six months of home detention, five years of probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Brinkin, who worked as a senior contract compliance officer with the rights commission until his 2010 retirement, was arrested in June 2012. Authorities said e-mail attachments were found on his America Online subscriber’s account that contained images of toddlers engaged in sex acts with men.
Prosecutors originally charged him with six felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography, but dropped all but one felony count of possession as part of the plea bargain.
Such is the character of a “Human Rights Commission staffer,” and Zombie points out that the baby-rape enthusiast Larry Brinkin will still be eligible for his taxpayer-funded pension:
More at the original. My question is: why would prosecutors accept a plea bargain that locks up this walking piece of human debris for only six months, if they had enough on him to charge him with six separate felonies?
Patterico noted why the professional media are so much better than mere bloggers. Then again, his point of comparison was MSNBC . . . .
From The Wall Street Journal:
Kerry Opens Syria Talks by Saying Assad Must Go
U.S., Syrian Diplomats Clash as Conference Begins
By Jay Solomon | Updated Jan. 22, 2014 12:38 p.m. ET
MONTREUX, Switzerland—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off a long-awaited international conference aimed at ending the Syrian civil war by demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad from power.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem immediately challenged Mr. Kerry on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. and its Middle East allies, particularly Turkey and Saudi Arabia, of supporting terrorist groups seeking to destabilize the Damascus regime.
The early clash displayed the deep divisions between the Syrian government and its political opponents, calling into question whether even moderate successes can be achieved in the first talks between the regime and opposition members in nearly three years of conflict.
The U.S. and Russian governments have worked for more than 18 months to convene the conference that opened in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux. The primarily goal is to establish a transitional political body with executive powers that will end nearly 15 years of Mr. Assad’s rule.
More at the link.
Remember what happened to Hosni Mubarak? He stepped down — though hardly voluntarily; he had lost the support of the military — following 18 days of demonstrations, and wound up being put on trial and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction was vacated, but he is still under house arrest and could well be tried again.1
How about Muammar Qadafi? Once he lost in the civil war, he was dragged from hiding and beaten to death. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia managed to escape and flee to Saudi Arabia, but has been tried in absentia and sentenced to life in prison if he’s ever captured. Ali Abdullah Saleh is hanging on in Yemen, out of office but protected by a law which gave him immunity from prosecution.
Bashar al Assad? All that awaits him is the prison cell, the bullet or the noose, if he leaves office. Given that rather obvious fact, who on God’s earth could (reasonably) expect him to agree to step down until he and his forces are actually defeated in the field?
Now, it’s always possible that someone could have a moment of clarity, and remember some more distant history. In 1979, Idi Amin was forced to flee Uganda, and wound up living in Saudi Arabia, where the royal family gave him exile and an allowance on which he could live in comfort, on the condition tat he stay out of politics. Jean-Claude Duvalier left Haiti and lived for many years in (unofficial) exile in France.2 An offer of permanent asylum with a decent life style somewhere could work for President Assad, but there are hundreds of Syrian officials who wouldn’t be offered a luxurious exile, and would face justice themselves if they surrender. For these hard men, it’s better to fight on, and perhaps be killed or perhaps win, than it is to give up and face nearly-certain punishment.
- The Times of Israel: Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad’s future
- American Power: Disturbing Images: Photo Archive Is Said to Show Widespread Torture in Syria