Your “one week until Election Day” roundup of news:
(Hat tip: Moe Lane.)
Your “one week until Election Day” roundup of news:
(Hat tip: Moe Lane.)
It’s Friday and I’m feeling lazy, so enjoy the comedy of Bill Burr, who’s actually willing to make fun of women and feminists.
Enjoy it while you can. If the Social Justice Warriors win, merely listening to these routines will be categorized as a hate crime…
MSNBC has repeatedly stated that a travel ban from Ebola-stricken nations is racist:
Now it turns out that lots of Democrats (especially of the “endangered Senate incumbent” variety) have come out in favor of a travel ban:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire joined the crowd on Monday night, saying through a spokesman that she “strongly supports any and all effective measures to keep Americans safe including travel bans if they would work.” Shaheen said last week she didn’t think a travel ban makes sense, but she is facing heavy criticism from her Republican opponent, former Senator Scott Brown, on the issue. Under pressure from Republicans, Senator Kay Hagan came out in support of a ban late last week, and Senators Mark Pryor and Mark Udall have also called for travel restrictions.
Even Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, a Democrat who is not in a particularly close race, changed his stance on Monday and said the government should “seriously consider” a ban.
Strangely enough, I haven’t heard of anyone on MSNBC calling those Democrats racist. (Then again, I don’t watch it, but I think I would have heard about it had it happened. If they have, let me know…) So, there are two possibilities here:
Of course, I suppose that both could be true.
And what’s MSNBC going to say if, as widely rumored, Obama himself comes out for a travel ban?
I think we all know the answer to that…
I was at a writer’s workshop this weekend, so it’s slow going getting back into the swing of things:
Ebola might seem scary, but you'll be okay as long as you follow the established protocols for protecting @BarackObama from criticism.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) October 17, 2014
Pat Condell offers some pungent thoughts on the connection between mass Muslim immigration and rising rape statistics in Sweden:
Is Sweden the rape capital of Europe? Indeed, this BBC report confirms it, though they claim that it’s an artifact of how the statistics are kept.
However, I’m finding a hard time finding official statistics to verify what percentage of rapes are committed by immigrants or by the children of immigrants. (I have seen these statistics referred to in some discussions, but have not been able to locate them directly.) There does seem to be evidence that immigrants are “five times more likely to be investigated for sex crimes.” But that’s from 2005. Are Muslims committing the majority of rapes in Sweden? It seems entirely possible, but I don’t want to fall prey to my own confirmation bias.
Of course, since Sweden has fined Michael Hess for making a connection between Islam and rape, one can understand why published statistics could be hard to come by. Especially since “the question of whether Michael Hess’s statement is true, or at least for Michael Hess appeared to be true, is irrelevant to the proceedings.”
Anyone have any better sources?
Once again, the Wendy Davis campaign is the gift that keeps giving to conservative pundits. It’s all over but the voting at this point, but Davis’ thrashing, flailing campaign is so ham-handed and tone-deaf that she keeps staying in the news for all the wrong reasons.
First came this amazingly stupid ad:
Reaction was swift and pretty much universally negative.
Fox: “Absolute desperation…catastrophic.”
Even ultra-lefty Mother Jones was appalled: “Wendy Davis just released an ad attacking Greg Abbott, her opponent for governor in Texas, which is, to be blunt, bullshit. It’s offensive and nasty and it shouldn’t exist. She’s basically calling Abbott a cripple.”
MSNBC? “A huge blunder.” “Every Democrat I met down there was appalled.” “She’s gonna get creamed.”
Indeed, the ad is so ill-considered and offensive that it may derail what I thought would be her next gig: a position at MSNBC.
As Hot Air noted: “Perhaps Wendy Davis isn’t familiar with what an Attorney General does.”
Also note that this ad didn’t come from an outside group or SuperPAC, this came from the Davis campaign itself. Her fingerprints are all over it and she has no deniability.
So what did Davis do after this nigh-on universal condemnation? She doubled down on stupid.
"I love cripples! Look at all these fucking cripples! Goddamit I'm a people person!" pic.twitter.com/XCLA5xPmLX
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 13, 2014
And this happened:
— L (@OrwellForks) October 13, 2014
And Abbott? He’s just shrugging over the whole thing, and why shouldn’t he? Never interrupt your opponent when they’re in the process of committing suicide. Also note that he eschewed the frequent liberal tactic of calling a press conference to talk about how offended he is. When you’re a front-runner with a comfortable lead and a big money advantage, you don’t need such cheap theatrics.
Evidently I missed the new Kronies action figure when it dropped in September:
Jimmy Kimmel asks random passersby on Hollywood Boulevard who Joe Biden is. Ignorance ensues.
(I was trying to think of a more clever headline, but let’s just go with the obvious, shall we?)
One of the last, best hopes for Obama and Harry Reid to keep control of the senate is Louisiana incumbent Mary Landrieu hanging on to one of the last Democratic seats in the south.
Let’s discuss just the highlights of why Louisianans should vote for Rep. Bill Cassidy over Landrieu. The latest polls show Casserly up, but at under 50%. (And remember that the Democrat’s ground game surprised a lot of pollsters in 2012.)
Remember how Mary Landrieu was one of the deciding votes for ObamaCare in the senate?
Contrary to popular belief and what FOX News said, people here read the bills. For 40 years we read the bills. But we did not have to read the bills; all we had to do was look at the faces of kids dying of cancer who had no way to get cured… I don’t need to read a bill. I listen to my constituents. That is what this is about.
Somehow I doubt she’s going to listen to those whose policies were canceled, or whose prices doubled or tripled, thanks to ObamaCare. Maybe that’s why 59% of Louisianans oppose ObamaCare, and more than half disapprove of Landrieu’s performance.
And Landrieu says she would vote for ObamaCare again. Maybe that’s why the National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Cassidy. (More on Landrieu’s ObamaCare support here.)
Landrieu got a D from the NRA-PVF on her gun rights voting record. Despite crowing about her Second Amendment support, she has voted for several gun control measures. While not as hostile to Second Amendment rights as Nancy Pelosi or Andrew Cuomo, she’s betrayed gun rights enough for Louisiana gun owners to be leery of her.
No less than Michelle Obama said that re-electing Landrieu was critical for gun control efforts. And remember: When push comes to shove, there’s no such thing as a pro-gun Democrat. I guarantee you that Mary Landrieu is no more “pro-gun” than Bart Stupak was pro-life.
Mary Landrieu doesn’t actually live in Louisiana:
In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.
Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.
On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address.
It takes a special kind of stupid to put your D.C. mansion down as your home address.
Finally, for a hard-hitting look at how Mary Landrieu has ignored her constituents, take a look at this ad:
Reminder: Louisiana has system whereby the top two candidates will go to a runoff on December 6. Unless Bill Cassidy is able to win outright in November (which seems doubtful at this point), he’s going to need help in the runoff. And if the control of the senate hangs in the balance, you know Democrats will pull out all the stops to keep Harry Reid in power…
Last night was the much-anticipated Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode. I enjoyed it, since it played very well with the bringing the Family Guy tropes into The Simpsons universe, right down to using Hans Moleman and Kang and Kodos. The episode was definitely elevated by the Homer/Peter fight, especially when Homer starts throwing a closet full of Emmy Awards at Peter.
Naturally, Vox hated it, with “9 ways the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover was a blight on humanity.” (Hyperbole much?)
It being Vox, they also got the description of #7 wrong: “Peter and Homer drank gasoline out of the hose when trying to steal it, then got turned into a German porn.” They weren’t trying to steal it, they were trying to “think like a car” to find Peter’s stolen car. And we know they didn’t steal it, because Homer actually says “Keep drinking! I prepaid forty bucks!”
Oh, and #8 and #9 are both “this show is politically incorrect! Wah!”
Vox’s whining just makes me enjoy the crossover that much more…
(Which is not to say that either show is above criticism, since The Simpsons is clearly past its prime and needs a new infusion of talent. I stopped watching Family Guy when both the mediocre American Dad and the unwatchable The Cleveland Show (both of which got nods in the crossover) proved that Seth McFarland was spreading himself way, way too thin; he had about the same nunber of laughs spread out over all three as used to be in Family Guy. Maybe it’s back to being funny enough to be worth watching now.)
Here’s the official crossover trailer:
And here’s the full episode I’m sure Fox’s lawyers will get yanked just as soon as they discover it: