Monday, October 03, 2016

Stories below the fold

Our Beloved Philippine Senator Miriam has died.

An honest and well liked politician, she could have been elected president last year if she hadn't been obviously dying of cancer. Sigh.

First they came for the second amendment, and now they come for the first?

GetReligion notes that "waving the First Amendment" is now considered hate speech...

and not just by internet trolls.

but by an unelected Obama appointed bureaucracy:

The commission stressed: "Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights."
In a quote that went viral online, commission chair Martin Castro added: "The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or any form of intolerance."

Rev. King Call your office.



The two minute hate of the day: Trump took advantage of legal ways to pay lower taxes.But the media headlines are that "he didn't pay taxes".

Yes, Trump and every other billionaire, thanks to a tax code that includes lots of loopholes for the rich.

The question no one is asking: Which IRS employee was behind the leak?

Hillary's leaks are by private citizens (or maybe Putin's minions) so although they are damning they are ignored...links can be found on this Australian news site,

but since Obama's minions in the IRS worked against his political enemies, one does wonder if this leak was not from a subversive left wing hacker, but by a government official...

and if they weren't from an official, why does the NYTimes assume they are genuine, and not fakes, or maybe "genuine fakes"?

Hmm...wasn't Nixon impeached for this?


move over Al Yankovic:

AiWeiWei's parody of Gangnam style....i.e.
Grass mud horse style.

Explained to you by the WAPO
more HERE.

and no I won't explain the pun: as the BBC notes:

草泥马 or cǎonímǎ, which means ‘grass mud horse’. It is a play on the obscene homonym, 肏你妈 or cào nǐ mā (which ends ‘your mother’ and is not suitable for a family website). 

headsup AustinBay at Instapundit.


The bad news: Colombians reject FARC peace deal.

the conflict is terrible, but the "neutral" language of the BBC ignores that the public hated FARC and demonstrated in the millions against their atrocities.

alJ has an analysis here.

a lot of local folks don't trust FARC even if they do sign an agreement.

There have been amnesties for these guys in the past, and they didn't work, because drug and kidnapping made lots of money and because the right wing hit squads decided on administering private justice.

Indeed, a relative of my son had a boyfriend who came in after an amnesty in the 1980's, and two years later was found shot dead. Bar fight? Rightwing hit squad? Or was he "offed" for leaving by a fellow "insurgent"? Fill in the blanks.


StrategyPage reports that there are at present 65 million refugees, half from Somalia, Syria or Afghanistan, and that until recent years, Pakistan had supported the highest number of refugees.

read the whole thing.

no more electrical surges at the end of TV shows, thanks to netflix...says the UKTelegraph:

The traditional surge in demand for electricity as British households switch on the kettle at the end of a popular television programme is on its way out thanks to on-demand services...

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