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In attempting to write about the Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice incidents, the apparent futility of conservative blogging has once again caused me overwhelming despair.

As it concerns the death-by-cop incidents, the post-factual nature of our political discourse becomes palpable. “Hands up, don’t shoot!” is an utter fabrication, exposed as a lie by overwhelming physical evidence and the preponderance of eye-witness testimony, such that no charges were brought by a grand jury against the officer.

There’s much more room for concern in the Garner and Rice cases, but the public backlash in these three cases seems inversely proportionate to the evidence of police wrongdoing. (How many of you are going to Google “Tamir Rice” now?) But the incident drawing the most ire, the Michael Brown shooting, is the one with the least genuine merit – nil by my reckoning.

Presented with the futility of attempting to dislodge an erroneous belief from the public consciousness, one recalls the many other instances of valiant but Sisyphean work by conservative and libertarian bloggers. Whether it is the exposure of the IRS criminality, or the Gosnell little abortion shop of horrors, or the Jonathan Gruber recordings, nothing seems to stick or matter. Obama’s even back to funding ACORN as health insurance navigators.

I will from time to time find cause to write, but for now I expect the sparseness of my motivation to continue. In a world where facts don’t matter, there’s little reason to discuss facts.

So the GOP won the Senate. What are they going to do about Obamacare?

It will be a tale.

Run by idiots, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

They’ll try to “fix” it.

Ace links to a few articles about how Obama is destroying the Democratic party. You know, just like Clinton did in the 90s.

A sample quote

For all the talk that this midterm election was about nothing, 2014 really was just about one thing: Barack Obama’s failure to live up to his presidency’s promise in almost every domestic and foreign policy arena.

 

See, once the Dems get power they don’t care all that much about keeping it, they care about advancing their agenda.

So what has Obama accomplished?

Obamacare, the relaxation of the rule of law and the shifting of the conversation from “The gov’t needs to stay out of my medical questions” to, “The gov’t is in charge of my medical questions and taking it away is like trying to kill all wymyn and childryn”.

As usual, Democratic policies have emboldened our enemies so if we have to reply, it will all be the GOP’s fault. We’re already seeing stuff, from Dems and Ron fucking Paul Libertarians, about how now that the GOP is in charge we can look for new wars.

Also, Obama has been fucking with our allies so we are totally not-trusted on the world stage. Case in point.

Lawyers for the Obama administration compared Israel’s control of Jerusalem to Russian claims over the Ukrainian territory of Crimea during oral arguments this week before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the rights of U.S. citizens to list Jerusalem as part of Israel on their passports.

 

He’ll work harder at stopping Israel than he ever did with Tsar Putin I expanding his empire.

Israel, being the only liberal democracy/republic outside EUnuchstan or North America, can never be forgiven for that.

 

Last, I think this is going to be huge.

They gave the highways Teh Peepul paid for to a private company to make money.

When the 95 Express Lanes open, all drivers will need an E-ZPass or an E-ZPass® FlexSM to travel on the lanes. Carpools with three or more people can travel toll-free on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.

 

So the HOV lanes in the greater DC metropolitan area were HOV-3 during rush hour and open to all otherwise.

But now car-pools will need to pay for EZ-Pass (which ain’t free even if they don’t have to pay to use the lanes),  They also have made it so hybrids no longer get to use the HOV lanes for free.

More.

The 95 Express Lanes rules of the road will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dynamic pricing based on real-time traffic conditions manages the demand for the lanes, keeping the Express Lanes moving

 

So now you have to pay to use them off-peak and notice the part about “dynamic pricing”, they’ll arbitrarily change the cost depending on traffic. So if there’s an accident blocking 95 at midnight, you’ll have to pay rush-hour prices to get around on the HOV-lanes.

And since it’s a private company bribing elected officials, they can be very slimy.

How slimy?

So Joe was stunned when he got a staggering $17,000 fine for $36 in unpaid tolls. He tried to resolve the problem directly with Transurban, which manages the lanes for Virginia. But Joe could not get any resolution from the company, and facing a looming court date…

“The thing that frustrates me the most is they don’t care,” Joe said, referring to Transurban. “They aren’t trying to resolve this. They are trying to get $17,000 for [$36] in tolls they didn’t collect.”

All of Joe’s whopping $17,000 fines come from a month-long period in spring 2013 when his E-ZPass transponder wasn’t being read properly….

 

Expand this by many thousands and you’ll have a lot of pissed off people. And that’s going to be huge.

Why huge? Because he’s fucking with gov’t workers, You know, important people.

Sure they like screwing the assholes in fly-over country, but this is messing with bureaucrats with a huge sense of entitlement and an inflated sense of their own worth.

It would be hilarious if a revolution started because of that.

And since we’re in this particular end of civilization, that’s about what I’d expect.

So what did last night change? Nothing federally but a shitload locally. All those GOP governors are not going to so easily implement the federal govt’s anti-Constitutional power grabs.

 

Speaking of which, AZ passed their “We ain’t enforcing unConstitutional laws by the feds” proposition.

Viva La Revolucion!

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I recently received an odd, frantic email from some wannabe politico in search of a conservative blogger who would write a column about Obamacare and jobs to save Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign from itself. As if such a Column to End All Columns could be written.

I don’t want to be too hard on this fellow, as I too sometimes suffer from wannabe-ism. Far less so than in the past, as I become more jaded and more likely to just give up and flee the state. I have little hope for an electorate that thought “binders full of women” was a substantive and revealing gotcha against Romney. I’m still not even exactly sure what that binders thing was all about.
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So some Islamic terrorists took over our abandoned embassy in Tripoli but the State Dept says don’t worry.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said …

… it appeared the compound was being “safeguarded” and was not “ransacked.”

Be happy.

C’mon, that’s darn funny.Just like Theodoric safeguarded Rome for the emperors in Byzantium.

Western Liberals Agree With Islamic Terrorists!!!!!!! Stop the..wait, that’s not unexpected, this one is sorta funny.

After that, many, myself included, wondered: Should we – Muslim or not – learn the basics of Islam and have a read through the Koran? If one of us ever finds herself in a situation similar to that of Westgate Mall victims, could even a rudimentary knowledge of Islam save us?

As the first commenter said, guns do that too.

ISIS is pivoting back to Syria. Al Nusra is allied with ISIS for now.

he Nusra Front is losing several of its groups to ISIS, which is planning a comeback in the areas it lost in Syria now that its combat axes in Iraq have been stabilized.(emphasis me V) … ISIS will leave other rural areas to their own fate in awaiting Syrian regime forces advances and complete the siege of Aleppo before entering it as yet another conqueror.

 

As for the Turkmens, … operating as Turkish forces on Syrian soil, aided by many Turkmens from Turkey who have joined their ranks. To ISIS, these are renegade enemies much like the Kurds, such as the Northern Storm Brigade, who were pushed by ISIS and FSA factions into the arms of the pro-regime PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). … ISIS will stop at the boundaries of the areas where the Kurds and Turkmens are deployed, thus paving the way for long wars of attrition.

 

It’s too bad Iraq had to become involved, because Hezbollah and all the other terrorists in the area fighting those even more savage savages is all about teh funny.

It’s also to bad Lebanon got dragged in, but that’s what happens when Hezbollah loses and another set of vicious savages defeats them.

But even that dark cloud has a pretty funny lining. Al Nusra is fighting on ISIS’ side in Syria and they recently went into Lebanon and killed and took captive some Lebanese soldiers, I think there were some Hezbollah in thei grouop.

The Al-Nusra Front has demanded that Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah withdraw its forces from Syria and cease its support for the Syrian army as a condition for their release.

 

So they’re taking Hezbollah hostage and demanding concessions for their release. You know Hezbollah is saying, “Hey, that’s our schtick!!!!!”

At first I didn’t think this lived up to the headline, but I’ve had to change my mind.

These 23 Luis Gutierrez GIFs Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

 

But since I have such a low opinion of humanity,  just when I started to have hope the fact that the tool can become powerful does restore my faith in humanity. And the gifs are pretty funny too.

We’ve all seen the vid of Joe Scarboroough saying that Obama saying he had no strategy against ISIS was straight out of Sun Tzu.

 

I’ll stick up for Joe.

if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”

 

Straight out of Sun Tzu.

Obama has no idea what America is all about on the world stage or which other countries work for good and which actively work for evil so of course he will fail in foreign policy.

And if you think he should be impeached, President Joe Biden. The man who has been wrong on every foreign policy decision in the last 40 years who’s well into active/stupid so we’d go to war with Madagascar and lose.

 

Okay, this isn’t funny, (Warning!!!! Minitrue link) but it is. Because it’s Chicago machine politics writ large and Minitrue will back Obama up.

Cruz accused the White House of floating the idea. “There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government, and that is the White House,”

 

He’s going to shut down the gov’t, closing the most painful things for average Americans, and get his Minitrue allies to blame it on the GOP so our fine, free media’s chosen political party will do well in an election.

 

That’s not funny.

But it is.

 

Shrillary says she tried to convince Obama to intervene early in the Syrian Civil War, back when she thinks they might have influenced the makeup of the opposition.

First of all, I’m not even convinced that’s how things went down. But maybe my memory isn’t that good, or maybe there were private discussions.

But secondly, if that is how it happened, then I think I agree with Obama. At least more than I do Hillary. I think all the aid we might have given to the Syrian opposition would have ended up in the hands of ISIL. Heck, a lot of the military assets we gave Iraq -an actual sovereign nation at the time- ended up in in ISIL’s arsenal.

Not sure Hillary wants to make her major break with the administration on the idea that she wanted to help the Syrian rebels.  Really grasping at straws there, Hil.

Striking a bold move, Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio returned his Chamber of Commerce award.

Daily Caller:
“If you notice, they call it the Spirit of Enterprise award, not the Spirit of Free Enterprise Award,” [Bentivolio’s chief of staff Rob] Wasinger told The Daily Caller via email. “Crony capitalism is alive and well at the Chamber of Commerce.”

Naturally, the Chamber now supports his opponent.

Just in case you were confused about who the good guy is here, Bentivolio has quite a respectable conservative report card with an ACU score of 88, a Club for Growth score of 88, and a Heritage Action score of 83.

As previously discussed, the Chamber is also attempting to primary Justin Amash, who sports even more impressive credentials with an ACU score of 89.22, a Club for Growth score of 99, and a Heritage Action score  of 89.  The Club for Growth has explicitly endorsed Amash in the primary.

Roll Call: “U.S. Chamber Backs Justin Amash Primary Opponent

I now have exactly zero patience for the establishment types who complain about folks putting up primary opposition against incumbents.

Screw the Chamber.