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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Ann Coulter shows her arse bigly over Delta Flight
[Victory Girls] Everybody’s griping about airlines these days. They can’t seem to catch a break, but then again, complaints about air travel are also way up over last year.

Then, on Saturday, Delta Airlines went and angered Ann Coulter. In fact, she ranted that it was the "worst airline in America."

Did Delta remove Coulter from her flight? No. They moved her to another seat. That set Coulter off because she said she paid for an "extra room seat," probably due to her height.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2017 05:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [527 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I have been asked to relinquish my seat on several occasions in order that a family could sit together. I've always complied. If she paid a bit extra for leg room, there could be an issue, but not one requiring this type of response.

Coulter however, is probably correct about Delta being the "worst airline."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2017 5:48 Comments || Top||

#2  A contract is a contract. The small print that constitutes, rules apply to me not to thee, is not a contract as no intent of understandable compliance by both parties is present. It is basically commerce by deception.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/18/2017 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  she [Coulter] ranted that it [Delta] was the "worst airline in America."

I dunno, IMO they are all competing in a race to the bottom.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/18/2017 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  the woman who got Coulter's seat reminds me of Mila Kunis, except perhaps with a better figure
Posted by: lord garth || 07/18/2017 9:30 Comments || Top||

#5  I always book seats with extra legroom, and I pay for that. If some family wants my seat, tough luck. Book earlier and pay more.
Posted by: regular joe || 07/18/2017 11:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Coulter is bytching about the loss of her seat and many are bytching at her for bytching. Coulter got screwed; this seems to be de rigueur for the airlines these days. If she wants to air this, I don't see a problem. Maybe the airlines will change the way they do things although doubtful--can't fix stupid.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/18/2017 11:54 Comments || Top||

Why Is the Left So Anti-Baby? Monasticism?
[American Thinker] Last week we learned that the Danes are working hard to reduce baby production in Africa. No doubt, because sub-Saharan African women are powering a baby boom that will make Africa into the Ground Zero of the Population Problem later in the century. Steve Sailer writes that women in Niger want about nine babies but usually have to make do with seven.

Meanwhile Japanese youngsters are reported to be remarkably uninterested in sex, and, of course, U.S. feminists insist that "Rule No. 1 for female academics is: don’t have a baby."

My own personal experience is that the closer an American identifies with academia the less likely he or she is to have children.

The "educated" have been anti-baby and pushing population control for at least a century. What is going on here?

In part, of course, the push is to discourage other people from having children: eugenics and the "unfit." In part, it is that upper-class women prefer to outsource child-minding.

So Birth Control was invented. And the educated classes decided to make abortion respectable. But it looks like the only people interested in birth control are the We, the educated, the evolved. Ordinary people just go on having babies like they always did, only now a lot more of the babies are surviving. How unfit of them.

I’d like to believe that this anti-baby culture is all part of the left’s foolish dream to create heaven on earth. You may have noticed that people don’t have babies in Heaven; they just live happily ever after.

But I think there is something else at work: monasticism. The scions of the rich and powerful very often don’t have the chops for the powerful life; they go, or are sent, into a monastery. I think that many of our liberal friends want to retreat from the rough and tumble of babies and parenting; they want to retire to a monastery.

Official Narrative tells is that monasticism is a Middle Ages thing, but the more I live the more monasticism I see around me. There’s the woman excited that her 11-year-old kid got into Juilliard. What is Juilliard but a novitiate for the monastic practice of the ancient texts of classical music? Conservatories are there to preserve a cultural tradition, to keep it going in all its purity, in perpetuity.

What is the purpose of a university but as a place where people can withdraw from the rough and tumble of ordinary life to think deep thoughts, instruct the young in the one true religion, hold endless committee meetings, and ease up on the baby production?

This not new, for monasteries are not just a Middle Ages thing. They flourished in the Dark Ages in the time of Charlemagne and the Franks, when a king might dump a troublesome relative in a monastery on one day, but then on another day nominate a relative to be abbot of a wealthy, powerful monastery in his domain. What was that all about?

What about the Buddha? Here was a handsome prince that dumped his wife and kids and took up the contemplative life. Pretty soon there were Buddhist temples that were as big as cities where rich young men from all over could go and meditate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2017 04:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [539 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But I think there is something else at work: monasticism.

The tenets of Monasticism include self-denial, selt-mortificaton, paryer and holiness. I believe the author needs to dig a bit deeper.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2017 5:06 Comments || Top||

#2  There are two simpler explanations.

1. Babies get in the way of hedonism. If you want to be an irreligious hedonist, you therefore cannot have babies.

2. When you design a society where the apparatus of state takes over the functions of the family, nobody has any families any more.

If people wanted to join monasteries, they still could. Since they aren't doing that, the two explanations I suggested make more sense.
Posted by: no mo uro || 07/18/2017 5:25 Comments || Top||

#3  The "educated" have been anti-baby and pushing population control for at least a century. What is going on here?

Instead they are importing illegal aliens with high-birth rates? It's not so messy/icky and doesn't get in the way of careers. It's a twofer (or threefer); you get cheap labor and expand the Donk voter base.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/18/2017 11:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Because, once you have children, you have to grow up.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2017 16:05 Comments || Top||

#5  "Not if you don't stick around"

Parentin' B. Hard
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2017 19:59 Comments || Top||

#6  "Listen carefully,
it takes TWO different sexes to make a baby!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2017 21:09 Comments || Top||

Fox News Takes a Sharp Left Turn
[American Thinker] If any doubts remained that the Fox News channel is continuing to swerve from its conservative roots, they were erased on July 16, 2017 when Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., a principal architect of Obamacare and a barely hinged spin doctor for the Democrat socialist left, appeared on the channel’s signature weekly program Fox News Sunday in his new role as a paid contributor. During the program, the ever arrogant Emanuel jumped on the Resist Trump bandwagon and suggested that President Trump is worthy of being impeached. Hired last February primarily as a health policy analyst (he is a physician and professor, after all), Emanuel is now providing opinion not only on medical subjects but on political ones, as well.

The turning point was his appearance on the high-profile, politically-charged Fox News Sunday. In addition to the Fox News cable and satellite channel, Fox News Sunday is also broadcast on over 200 Fox network-owned or -affiliate terrestrial broadcast television stations around the country.

An excerpt from the July 16th program’s transcript provided by Fox News is illustrative:
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2017 04:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [567 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hired last February primarily as a health policy analyst (he is a physician and professor, after all), Emanuel is now providing opinion not only on medical subjects but on political ones, as well.

Obamacare is 100% socialism and 0% healthcare.
Posted by: Eohippus Sheans2266 || 07/18/2017 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  It's become quite obvious, Obamacare was intended as a bridge to Single Payer. If the Hildebeest had been elected, we'd be fast-tracking to centrally controlled, state run healthcare.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2017 5:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Emanuel, now a commentator for Fox, penned an article for the Atlantic Monthly titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75”

Both Emanuel and Fox share a suicide wish? Fox rapidly heading away from "fair and balanced" to "fairly unbalanced." Another possible slogan "Better than MSNBC and CNN but not by much."
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/18/2017 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Stopped watching Fox a couple years ago when they put up lefty anchors that pretended to be moderate.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/18/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Stopped watching Fox when Glen Beck became a thing. Haven't regretted it yet.
Posted by: Charles || 07/18/2017 13:20 Comments || Top||

#6  I stopped watching Fox when Glenn Beck left.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/18/2017 18:37 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Catholic Bishops, Lutherans lament: not enough refugees coming in to pay our bills
[RefugeeSettlementWatch] LOL! No of course they didn’t say it that way, but that is what they mean. Instead, once again, it is about the poor refugees left in the lurch in some third world hell hole because of that meany Donald J. Trump.

This is a broken record alert, but I plan to continue to pound the issue of payment to contractors being tied to the number of refugees admitted, so there is never a reasonable discussion about any slowdown or reform of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program.

If they were paying for their Christian ’charity’ out of the pockets of good and kind-hearted parishioners, I would have nothing to say. But, until the USCCB admits to the media that they receive 97% of their annual migration fund budget (about $83 million in 2014) from taxpayers, I will be a broken record on the issue.

It was only six days ago I did a new accounting report for the nine federal refugee contractors*** quasi-government agencies that monopolize all resettlement in the US.

Both the Bishops and the Lutheran contractor are 96-97% funded by US taxpayers!

You will never know that by reading this news. Indeed, Charity Navigator, a service that rates charities to help you decide if you want to give, said this about LIRS (they would have said the same about the USCCB except that outfit doesn’t file a Form 990, that we can find).

This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because, as a service for individual givers, we only rate organizations that depend on support from individual contributors and foundations. Organizations such as this, that get most of their revenue from the government or from program services, are therefore not eligible to be rated.

In this story from Crux (a Catholic publication) we learn that Catholics and Lutherans are #1 and #2 in the number of refugees they drop off in American towns and cities.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 07/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And don't forget this is also supported by the US Chamber of Commerce. Human trafficking, sponsored by the Democratic Party in changing the geopolitical landscape to their favor. Since the deficit has doubled, we really aren't the ones who will be held accountable for the bill these Bishops and Lutherans have handed the tax payer. It is being on the backs of our up and coming children, whose wages will drop as a result of these being imported but the public debt they must shoulder will increase many times over because of the free services the Democrats are mindlessly providing in exchange for their votes.
Posted by: Galactic Coordinator Hupeck6488 || 07/18/2017 3:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Sort of like Planned Parenthood and body parts. When the debt collapses upon us, these parasites will finally be gone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/18/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||

The Iranians are at the borders
[IsraelTimes] With its ascendancy in Syria, the Islamic Theocratic Republic is seeking to consolidate its position against Israel and the US.

The number of fallen Hezbollah troops is estimated at 1,800 to 2,000. Approximately 6,000 Hezbollah troops have been maimed, all together one-third of its combat troops.
Eleven years have gone by since the outbreak of the Second Leb War, which began with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. It ended 34 days later with a trumpet blast from Hezbollah, which had lost approximately 700 of its troops.

But those losses were a small thing in light of the deaths of 164 Israelis, which constituted part of "the God-given victory" -- at least according to the enormous billboards that were placed throughout Leb to establish the narrative that many people there, and throughout the Middle East, believed.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

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  Deadly blast hits mosque in Nigeria's Maiduguri
Mon 2017-07-17
  Leader Of ISIS In Afghanistan Killed By US Forces 3 Months After Assuming Command
Sun 2017-07-16
  400 rebels killed by the Syrian Army during east Damascus offensive
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  Iraqi forces take Mosul
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  40 ISIS troops die in battle with Iraqi forces in Salahuddin
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  Haftar's forces declare victory in battle for Benghazi
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