Tuesday, December 20, 2016

World Leaders Should Be Held Responsible for Terrorist Attacks

Yesterday, 2017 added yet another terrorist attack, this one in Germany.

Someone, probably a Muslim radical, took a truck and smashed it through a Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others.

While, according to USA Today, the attack hasn’t officially been confirmed as a terrorist attack, let’s face it: It’s a terrorist attack – a copycat of what happened earlier this year in Nice, France.

Other than Muslim terrorists, most people just don’t go around intentionally plowing vehicles through crowds, particularly at Christmas time.

2017 seems to be the year of terrorist attacks, from Germany to France to the U.S. to France to the U.S. to the U.K. to Turkey to… Honestly, I can’t keep them all straight, especially when 2016 wasn’t exactly a picnic either.

And that’s pathetic. It’s pathetic that our leaders have been so criminally remiss in protecting their countries. It’s pathetic that so many people have died because presidents and chancellors and prime ministers are more focused on agendas than facts and logic and the citizens they’ve sworn to serve.

So when USA Today writes that, for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “there will be renewed scrutiny of her decision to allow almost a million asylum seekers to enter Germany, a move that’s already brought her heavy criticism,” I say good.

The woman should be in jail, convicted on 12 counts of murder due to gross negligence and 48 counts of attempted murder due to gross negligence.

President Obama? He should be in jail for every single life lost or damaged in the Boston and Orlando and San Bernardino and Benghazi and Fort Hood attacks, etc., etc., etc.

And French President Francois Hollande? According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, more than 200 French citizens have died on his watch, not to mention about 800 injured.

That’s a lot to account for.

These politicians need to be held accountable for the massive amounts of blood on their hands. It’s their wayward policies that have allowed these terrorists to walk among us, then mow us down with gunfire or trucks or blow us away with bombs…

Over and over and over and over and over and over again.

And yes, that deserves some serious jail time, if not the death penalty.

Because the death penalty is definitely what they decreed for their peoples.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Snowy Roads in Pennsylvania Point to Political Shenanigans

Out here in Central Pennsylvania, it snowed on Saturday. Not a lot, but definitely enough to cover the roads. Maybe about two inches, three tops.

I’m not sure exactly when the precipitation started, but it was early enough in the morning that the majority of the accumulation had happened by the time I woke up. And it stopped well before I went out at 2:00 in the afternoon.

That’s plenty of time for the snow crews to get out there to salt and plow the roads.

Yet it never happened.

Pulling out of my driveway, I didn’t drive onto slush. I drove onto snow. Two to three inches of it, actually, except for the tire treads marking where cars had already come and gone.

That was true of the whole development. And of the not insignificant road right outside my development. And of every other regular road I came across, in fact.

Even when I hit the highway, there wasn’t a single sign it had been plowed or salted. And while the constant traffic had kept the snow from ever sticking, a little salt probably would have been helpful, particularly for the early morning or late night, when the sun isn’t out to keep residual moisture from turning into, I don’t know, something as dangerous as ice.

Now, after last year, when states ran out of salt, Pennsylvania’s department of transportation – PennDot – said it was well prepared for whatever came our way this time around. Yet, again, its resources were never employed.

I can’t link to any articles proving this theory, but how much do you want to bet that someone in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration is making or taking money off of this?

My guess is that the guy or gal in charge of these kinds of decisions either gets a bonus check if they come under budget, or nobody checks that budget carefully enough to see when money is being misallocated.

Either way, it’s unacceptable that the roads were as dangerously messy as they were when we’re paying taxes meant to keep those roads safe.

And it’s even more unacceptable considering how Wolf is going to be raising our gas tax by $0.06 per gallon for that alleged purpose.

Politicians. Who needs them?

Apparently not Central Pennsylvania.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ariana Grande Makes Me Despair for Womankind

Thanks to Hailee Seinfeld, Ariana Grande and a random snapshot of a friend’s husband’s coworker I got last night, I’ve never been more disgusted with my gender.

I don’t understand how women get any respect whatsoever when so many of us behave like our bodies are up for the lowest bidder.

This diatribe begins with me being (stupidly) curious about the music video to Hailee Seinfeld’s Starving, which is a pretty catchy song despite its complete hodgepodge of sexualized messages.

With lines like “I didn’t know that I was starving ‘til I tasted you / Don’t need no butterflies when you give me the whole damn zoo / by the way – by the way you do things to my body,” I already understood the music video was going to be something less than classy.

Sure enough, it’s filled with parted lips, stroking hands and skimpy outfits.

Essentially, it’s just what women everywhere need to break the glass ceiling. At the strip club.

Then I (stupidly) clicked on the next featured music video, Ariana Grande’s Side to Side.

And, forgive my language, but… What. A. Whore.

There’s no polite way to say what that chick is doing to the camera the whole time with her arrogant eyes, her parted legs or the carefully calculated shots of her rump – and those of twelve other stripperlicious women – thrust out as she rides an exercise bike in ways exercise bikes were NEVER meant to be ridden… to say nothing of the shower shots of her backup harlots.

The way these women portray themselves, they’re nothing but sex objects, and such cheap ones that they’re free. You can practically watch them masturbating for you on YouTube whenever you want.

This worse-than bargain-basement mentality is one that’s permeating society these days, as evidenced by the pictures I got from a friend attending her husband’s Christmas work party last night. It’s a company with a single female employee, who showed up dressed in a cutout mini-dress (emphasis on the mini) and stilettoes that would have fit in pretty well with either Hailee Seinfeld or Ariana Grande’s skanky music videos.

On what planet is that a good idea?

I guess a planet where it’s okay to portray yourself and – as a result – your entire gender as nothing more than the stuff of immature and/or disgusting boys’ fantasies.

So Hailee Seinfeld, Ariana Grande and random coworker, newsflash: Women are worth more than their bodies. And it’s high time you started reflecting that fact.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

That Story About the Muslim Girl Attacked on a Subway? She Made It Up.

There’s already so much hate in the world today. So it’s a truly disturbed person who will add fuel to the fire by making up stories about people being hateful.

That includes Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year-old Muslim college student in New York City who claimed she was attacked on the subway by three men who tried to pull off her hijab, called her a terrorist and yelled Trump’s name, all while fellow travelers stood by and did nothing.

Seweid took those allegations to the police and filed a report, all of which made the news…

Until she admitted to making the whole thing up. Now, of course, the only news outlets to give any updates on the situation are Breitbart, Infowars and Fox News.

Oh yeah, and The Washington Post, which is running the headline, “She claimed she was attacked by men who yelled ‘Trump’ and grabbed her hijab. Police say she lied.” Putting the “Police say she lied” at the end of the title is manipulative. So is immediately following it up with a picture of Seweid looking gorgeous in a mere head scarf, not a hijab, and the lines:

“The attack described by Yasmin Seweid sounded all too familiar.

“The 18-year-old Muslim woman from Long Island told police and media outlets in early December that she was riding the subway home one night from Baruch College, where she is a student, when three drunk men cornered her and began screaming “Donald Trump!”

Because, you know, that kind of thing happens to Muslims around me all the time. It’s an epidemic. And I constantly see it on the news too. Much more than, say, college professors forcing their liberal values on students or, I don’t know, terrorist attacks caused by Muslims.

Moving on though…

While police recognized right away that there were numerous inconsistencies with Seweid’s story, Fox News reports that they gave her the benefit of the doubt as a traumatized victim.

But when no witnesses came forward, the MTA security footage showed just one of the perps she’d described, and she disappeared over the weekend, reappearing with the excuse that she was at a relative’s house, they started pressing Seweid a little harder.

Her excuse when she finally ‘fessed up? “Family problems.”

She’s now under arrest for filing a false report – and of a time and resource-sucking supposed hate crime too.

I don’t care what kind of problems she has. Disseminating hatred the way she did is inexcusable.

Way to make the world a more hateful place, Yasmin Seweid, for Muslims, Trump supporters and everyone else.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Associated Press Allows Silicon Valley to Stand on Utopic Delusions

Yesterday, I picked on the Drudge Report for a misleading headline.

Today, let’s switch sides and call out the Associated Press for being what it is: an agenda-driven hack.

In “Tech leaders couldn’t beat Trump; they’ll meet him instead,” an article featured on Yahoo! Finance, AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke starts out with copy that at least resembles a journalistic endeavor (despite making a glaring AP style error in his very first sentence).

Silicon Valley worked hard to defeat Trump? Check.

It was worried he’d “stifle innovation, curb the hiring of computer-savvy immigrants and infringe on consumers’ digital privacy”? Debatable, but whatever.

Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Larry Page, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and their fellow CEOs from Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Oracle and Cisco, along with Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, will all be going to Trump Tower to see if they can get along with Trump after all? Got it.

But then the article devolves into this how “Trump’s denigration of Mexicans, his pledge to deport millions of immigrants now living in the U.S. illegally, and his crude remarks about women were widely viewed as racist, authoritarian and sexist by an industry that prides itself on its tolerance.”

If Liedtke had immediately followed that up with “though many would disagree with that self-assessment” or if he had changed “prides itself on its tolerance” to “strongly backs liberal talking points,” it wouldn’t be such a big deal. Rather like the claim that tech companies didn’t like Trump because he’d be bad for “consumers’ digital privacy,” I could roll my eyes and move on.

But legitimatizing Silicon Valley’s claim of being all about the little people is inexcusably false.

First off, those tech leaders make billions. And while I’m sure they give some of it to charity, the majority of those gains go into their pockets despite all their platitudes about helping out others.

Plus, Silicon Valley is a veritable den of sexism, a fact even the most liberal circles recognize. Just this January, The Guardian ran an article backing the claim that 60% of female workers there have experienced “unwanted sexual advances.”

In 2015, Newsweek didn’t shy away from the belief that the industry “has been described as savagely misogynistic.” And even the rabidly liberal Huffington Post wrote how, “It’s pretty obvious by now that Silicon Valley is a cesspool of sexism,” which “reaches to the very top of the corporate structure.”

So don’t tell me that Michael Liedtke or the Associated Press doesn’t know any of that.

This is a blatant piece of liberal bias masquerading as news. And the people behind it should be ashamed of themselves.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Just Because You Agree With It Doesn’t Make It True

At church the other day, I got to listen to a presentation about truth and how to find it.

Honestly, it wasn’t the most coherent lecture I’ve ever listened to. Being a professional editor, I wanted to find the speaker’s outline and rearrange the whole thing.

Yet it did start out with a really interesting political cartoon of a woman asking, “How do you know if a news story is true?” and a man replying, “If I agree with it.”

Too often, that really is the way we define truth. If we’re conservative, we accept everything on Fox News or the Drudge Report. If we’re liberal, all we do is watch CNBC and CNN.

Either way, it’s dangerous.

For example, on the Drudge Report this morning, the headline: “McConnell, Ryan Back CIA over Trump” caught my attention. Considering how little I think of Republican leadership these days – with solid, fact-backed reasons, might I add – I instantly got up on a high horse.

And then had to climb right back down.

Because that headline didn’t present the facts in a truly honest fashion. It didn’t so much lie as mislead, probably because it doesn’t care for the Republican establishment either.

Again, there’s good reason to think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan would kowtow to Democrat demands or play it unacceptably safe to maintain political power. They’ve done it plenty of times before.

But that doesn’t make it right to condemn them when it’s not actually deserved… rather like seems to be the case now.

The Bloomberg article the Drudge Report linked to does have the headline: “McConnell, Ryan Back CIA After Trump Attacks Hacking Probe.” But that’s misleading too considering that it’s followed immediately by two snippet summations, the first being that “GOP leaders caution against casting doubt on election outcome.”

The actual piece then opens up by saying that both “top Republicans in Congress offered strong support for the intelligence community Monday” and yes, it was “in sharp contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s attack on the CIA.” However, “both leaders also warned against using the issue for partisan gain or casting doubt on the outcome of the election.”

There’s a difference between disagreeing with Trump and “back[ing the] CIA over Trump” – a heavily implied one, at the very least.

If I had stuck with the Drudge Report headline, I would have been ticked off for no real good reason… I would have been in error. And that’s a problem.

Because it doesn’t matter whether I instantly agree with it or not. It matters if it’s true.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump’s Nomination of a “Climate Denier” to Lead the EPA Is Hysterical!!!!

Donald Trump just selected what the League of Conservation Voters calls “an outright climate denier” to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

That just makes me giggle.

I didn’t laugh after Election Day when I saw pictures of Hillary Clinton supporters crying at what was supposed to be her victory headquarters. Honestly, that made me tear up a little bit too seeing how very upset they were and how very divided America is.

And I didn’t chortle at YouTube compilations of people hyperventilating and saying that they were going to kill themselves because of the election results. Again, it’s genuinely sad how many lies these people accepted; they have no idea how enslaved they are to propaganda.

Admittedly, I did laugh my head off when Trump invited the mainstream media up to Trump Towers last month, then told them what they could do with themselves. But that’s because those people are such smug little dictator-wannabe narcissists with delusions of godhood.

They’re also a large part of the reason why I just have to giggle about President-elect Trump choosing Scott Pruitt to head up the EPA, an organization he’s repeatedly pressed to keep accountable and within the lines of federal law.

(How dare he! Right?)

The mainstream media, meanwhile, has done everything it possibly can to promote the notion that man-made global warming is a thing. That it’s a threat. That it needs to be combatted at all costs or else the seas will rise and the earth will sink and the polar bears will all die off.

The mainstream media told us that in 2010 during Snowmageddon, when the D.C. area got snowstorm after snowstorm after crazy, big snowstorm that shut down everything for days.

It told us that in 2011 when every single state in the U.S. save Florida had snow on the ground.

And it also told us that during the winter of what I believe was 2013-2014, when the whole entire country was hitting record lows on a weekly basis.

It also ignored multiple scandals from climate change institutions, happily encouraged the falsification of data, and did nothing to hold so-called global warming experts accountable when they made ridiculous predictions about the world's end.

So Scott Pruitt, “outright climate denier” taking over the EPA?

Yup! I find that hysterical. And so should you.