Thursday, October 18, 2012

This Would Explain A Lot...

Lactose the Intolerant over at Nuking Politics has a great article up parodying the president and his dog eating big government ways, read it here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Conspiracy Theory? Maybe. Accurate? Certainly

I try not to focus too much on conspiracy theories, as someone with a more than passing familiarity with the processes of gathering and assessing intelligence I know how easy it is to get trapped in the hall of mirrors and a lot of the stuff out there sounds kind of paranoid.

That being said the debate last night looked just a bit too scripted at times, with Candy Crowley actively assisting the president by referring to an administration approved set of transcripts (transcripts that do not match up with the video of the events referenced) and taking prepared questions that had language in them disturbingly similar to official white house statements. 

Read more here at The Last Refuge to see how the debates are being scripted for Obama and Bide after the shellacking the president took from Romney in the first debate, and the collusion between this administration and the press as it is laid out by a former journalist for CNN, Amber Lyon amongst the many stretches of supporting video.

Alarmingly enough was that the president was allowed to direct the moderate, making her look for transcripts for him, but in one case she did so to support a falsehood. Mitt Romney rightly asserted that it took President Obama fourteen days to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism and Obama maintained that he called them terrorist attacks during his Rose Garden speech the next day. The transcript of the relevant section of the speech is below, with emphasis added.

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the  resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the  values that we stand for.

Today we mourn for more Americans who represent the very  best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see  that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be  done.
As you can see he only spoke about acts of terror in a very general way and never directly attributed the Benghazi attacks to terrorism. In the context of the administrations two weeks of condemnations towards a youtube video and discussion of spontaneous protests it is hard to grasp precisely how Candy Crowley was able to say with a straight face that Obama's version of events was correct, unless it was scripted, rehearsed, and she went in to the evening knowing she was going to be a good media lick-spittle and carry water for the president.

Make It Or Break It

The good folks at Make have released volume 32 of their publication, which includes some awesome advice on projects and complete schematics for 23 projects you can do yourself if you have the time and desire. This is just another resource for those do it yourselfers to take advantage of, but it isn't simply tech since they publish great articles on the philosophy of making it yourself, intellectual property, and the community that surrounds these sorts of projects.

Dissent Is Supposed To Be Patriotic, Right?

16 October 2012: One man’s tropical paradise is another man’s prison. Imagine being “stuck” on Oahu. I’m sure you could think of worse situations, but really stop and think about the following true and evolving situation. You’re a “normal” 34 year-old guy, live on the U.S. mainland in Gulfport, Mississippi, and recently married a woman who is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy stationed in Okinawa. You’re a citizen of the United States and possess a valid U.S. issued passport. You’re not a criminal and have no history of felony or misdemeanor convictions.  In fact, you recently passed a background check to own and carry a firearm in Mississippi. You are, however, an outspoken patriot for the United States Constitution.

The above is the chilling account laid forth at Northeast Intelligence Network and it lays out how those who disagree with the current administration are being watched and intimidated in some fairly startling ways. The author of the article states that it is an ongoing story and will be doing a segment with one of the people at Infowars, but you should read more here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Radicalization? Really?

 Well, that seals it, report me to DHS, Obama thing I'm an extremist.

The Further Chronicles Of Pussy Riot

According to Reuters two members of punk band Pussy Riot have lost their appeal to stay in a detention center in  Moscow earlier this week, and will now serve the remainder of their terms in a remote penal colony where conditions are much tougher.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, had their sentences imposed over a cathedral protest against Vladimir Putin upheld by Moscow City Court last week. They are convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and their prison terms will be two years each. Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have small children and lawyers are saying that a transfer to a colony outside Moscow where the regime is more strict than in detention centers will complicate their contacts with families.

"There are many concerns there -- their safety, their health. A barrack for 150 people is not the same thing as a cell for four people," lawyer Mark Feigin told Reuters. The nearest penal colony is located about 100 km from Moscow. While there is precedent for prisoners serving out their term in detention facilities in Russia, it is restricted to terms of six months or less.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pop Culture Time

I've always been a fan of some odd movies and television shows, and as it turns out a favorite of both was Zatoichi, the stories chronicled the adventures of a blind gambler-masseur-swordsman. You read that right. Well, it turns out a few years ago an homage/sequal was made entitled Ichi about a blind girl the original hero rescues and teaches before leaving her in a community of blind women. Ichi is eventually kicked out after being accused of an affair and has adventures with a ronin she meets while searching for Zatoichi. A lot goes down in this movie and I have Craig and the others at Viking Samurai to thank for turning me on to this continuation of a great franchise.

Romney, Obama And Sensata

So a lot of people in the news are making a lot of noise about Romney owning stocks in Sensata, a company that shipped jobs to China. The thing is while Bain Capitol did buy the company they did it more than a decade after he left the company. He does own stock in Sensata but that isn't the smoking gun it seems to be, since he owns the stock through a blind trust that contractually he has no control over the investments of.

Contrast this with the way Obama owns stock in Sensata through a retirement fund, and has personally invested in other companies that ship jobs over seas according to this Soopermexican article and the narrative becomes a bit more problematic. The October Surprise Part 2? Not really and there is a good chance this will backfire on Obama if any of his mainstream media lackeys bother to report on his finances.... like that would ever happen.