Metro rips out Phantom Planter's flowers at Dupont Circle station - Washington Post, by Robert McCartney Posted By: PageTurner- Sun, 07 31 2013 06:31:32 GMT It turns out I underestimated Metro bureaucrats' capacity for folly. Two weeks ago, I wrote that the transit system would look silly if it let perish 1,000 flowers planted secretly at the Dupont Circle station by local garden artist Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter.I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out. The transit system regularly pleads poverty, yet employees devoted supposedly valuable time to remove more than 1,000 morning glories, cardinal flowers and cypress vines that Docter donated to the
Sunday, July 07, 2013  11:06     714 Views
"You are seeing people ask themselves: Do I have an affair, get a divorce or get a downtown apartment?"
Althouse - Says the real estate broker, claiming that moving downtown in NYC is "a very sexy thing to do, especially for those people living a sedate Park Avenue lifestyle."
Sunday, July 07, 2013  11:01     773 Views
Billionaire Art Man Divorces Wife for Disappointing Lack of Strangling Defense - Atlantic, by Connor Simpson Posted By: Pluperfect- Sun, 07 51 2013 06:51:55 GMT Billionaire art collecter Charles Saatchi has decided to leave his celebrity chef wife Nigella Lawson (above) for a spectacularly tactless reason fitting of someone who would choke his wife in public and pass it off as a playful "tiff": because she didn´t publicly defend him after he choked her. Just a few weeks after photos surfaced showing Saatchi with his hand around Lawson´s neck while the couple was having lunch, Saatchi announced the couple is splitting up because Lawson didn´t defend him after the pictures surfaced.
Sunday, July 07, 2013  10:55     679 Views
The Deen destruction derby
World Net Daily - 

I listened with disgust to two women on a San Francisco radio station - one a talk host, the other a talk show producer - respond to a question about their reaction to the travails of chef Paula Deen.

The celebrity chef admitted once using the “N”-word, and the world fell in on her. She almost instantaneously lost her cable show, her publisher, her numerous sponsorships and more.

She was an instant pariah, despite her honest admission and pleas for forgiveness.

For Paula Deen, there’s no redemption, no second chance.

For those out of the loop, Deen has been sued by Lisa T Jackson, a white employee of her brothers restaurant and among the allegations is the use of “racial slurs.”

What’s happening to Deen stems from the release of a deposition she gave during the proceedings.

During that private deposition, Deen was asked if she ever used the infamous “N”-word, and she said, “Of course.”

She recalled the time, more than 30 years ago, when she was held at gunpoint during a robbery at her place of employment. Later, in the privacy of her own home, while recounting the event to her husband, she used the word to describe the guy who held a gun to her head.

Mind you - 30 years ago in the privacy of her own home! She was honest enough to recount that during the deposition but that was the beginning of the end for Deen, her career and her cooking empire with an estimated revenue of more than $100 million annually.

It’s never been totally clear who made the deposition public, but it certainly was done with intent and the results anticipated, since it’s been reported Jackson asked for a million-plus settlement and Deen refused.

Trial? Proof? Who cares? Destroy her!

All because of a word - forbidden to all but blacks and liberals.

Those two women on the radio laughed at and derided Deen for her ancestry, her accent, her looks and her work. They cackled like Macbeth’s witches.

Their support of the dramatic take-down of Deen was appalling. Not only did they take total delight in the almost instantaneous destruction of Deen, her career, her business and likely her life - but when asked if Deen losing her program and sponsors was enough punishment, both media woman shrieked and laughed “NO” - more was required.

I guess they wanted a tarring and feathering, followed by a week in the stocks and then a burning at the stake.

Deen is not one of the Salem witches, but she’s become an instantaneous victim of the politics of personal destruction.

The only problem is that Paula Deen is not a politician, and other than her reported support of the Obama campaign - oops, she’s a liberal! -  politics has not played a part in her business success.

The public likes her personality, her presentation of delicious food and her recipies. Her down-home, welcoming Southern accent and cute silliness hasn’t hurt.

Overall, Paula Deen is totally welcoming - unless of course you’re one of the political elite who disdains the South, the people, the accent and the traditions.

But people enjoyed Deen’s programs and books, even those who disdained the calories!

I rarely watch television. While I love to cook, I don’t watch cooking programs.

My mother though, a fabulous chef, loved them and had favorites, Paula Deen being one of them.

Not that she copied the high calorie, delicious Deen recipes, Mom enjoyed Deen’s personality and her presentation of the food.

But liberals play for keeps, and in this case, the only satisfactory punishment for a perceived transgression is total destruction.

Personally, I have no doubt that if they could jail Deen, or doom her to the death penalty, they would.

Politically correct hate runs deep and wide in the America of today and has free rein in the public square and in the media. If you can add the racial dimension to it, you’ve got a winner.

They got that with Deen - not only was it the “word” but it was with a southern accent!

Just as an aside, only Jimmy Carter said Deen should be forgiven but, unless I missed it, no other politician has had the courage to speak up about the injustice done to Mrs. Deen personally, her family and to the hundreds of people her business enterprises employ.

Just add them to the Obama unemployment rolls.

At first report of the “N”-word, the Food Network dumped her program. Then Wal-Mart and Target jumped ship, as did Home Depot, Sears, J.C. Penney, Smithfield Foods, Caesars Entertainment and her publisher, Ballantine Books. QVC is still thinking.

Others will follow, no doubt, all upstanding examples of fairness and courage.

No, all are guilty of buying the left-wing Kool-Aid of gutless political correctness.

A white, Christian, traditional, somewhat overweight southern woman with a southern accent who’s a self-made success - used the naughty word in private and must be destroyed

Deen issued at least three, tearful apologies but the left simply vilified and demeaned her for them. Apologies not accepted.

There is freedom, law and the right to a fair trial.

None applied to Paula Deen.

It’s a major black eye to our celebration of Independence Day.

Big Brother must be smiling.

On the other hand, I know where I won’t shop anymore, and southern fried chicken sounds better and better, calories be damned!

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Sunday, July 07, 2013  10:11     670 Views
If All You See.
Pirate's Cove - 

…is a field (far from your home) that would look fantastic with a bunch of solar panels, you might just be a Warmsist

The blog of the day is Wizbang, with a post highlighting more proof that Democrats hate the Constitution.

Sunday, July 07, 2013  10:06     692 Views
Bush on Same-Sex Marriage: Examine 'Your Own Heart'
Big Government - 

Appearing on This Week (ABC News) with Jonathan Karl, former president George W. Bush told Karl that he “wasn’t going to answer” about his perspective on gay marriage. “I just don’t want to wade back in the debate, I’m out of politics,” he said. “But I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart …. The only way I can really make news is either criticize the President, which I don’t want to do, criticize my own party, or wade in on a controversial issue.”

Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).


Sunday, July 07, 2013  09:55     662 Views
Man Arrested For Refusing to Turn Off Electronic Equipment
Outside the Beltway - 

Richard Calderoni was arrested after acting like a jerk on an airplane.

Tampa Tribune (“Tampa man charged with disturbing Key West flight“):

Tampa man is under arrest after authorities say his disruptive behavior scared passengers on a flight to Key West.

Deputies and agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection met the Silver Airways flight at the airport tarmac Saturday. Fifty-year-old Richard Calderoni was handcuffed and taken into custody as other passengers cheered.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Calderoni was loud and used abusive language on the flight.

He reportedly refused to turn off his electronic equipment and at one point stretched his legs into the aisle blocking a female flight attendant’s path. He allegedly made a sexual gesture when she looked at him.

The pilot told investigators he considered turning the flight around but decided to call law enforcement instead.

Calderoni has been charged with disturbing the peace.

Presuming the facts laid out above are substantially current, Calderoni is a putz and deserved to be hauled off in handcuffs. Aside from violating federal law in interfering with “flight crew,” which flight attendants are when acting in their capacity as enforcers of FAA regulations and not their capacity as waitresses, he was abusive and could very well have led to the flight being turned around and other passengers missing their connecting flights and otherwise being inconvenienced. That’s just not good citizenship.

Then again, maybe he’s a modern version of the William “D-FENS” Foster character from the Joel Schumacher-Michael Douglas vehicle Falling Down from two decades ago–just a working stiff driven over the edge by the stupidity of the system.  I can’t explain to my 4-year-old why she has to shut off the iPad that keeps her contentedly occupied on flights beyond “those are the rules” and that she doesn’t have any choice but to comply if she wants to get to our destination. We all know it’s BS with no benefit whatsoever; hell, the pilots use iPads in the cockpit to do their jobs.

Still, as Sergeant Prendergast correctly points out, “that doesn’t give you any special right to do what you did today.”

via Robert Caruso

Sunday, July 07, 2013  09:47     703 Views
Israel: Say, that border fence on the Sinai is coming in handy, huh?
Hot Air - 

And that's all they have to say about that.

It seems as though everyone has an opinion on what the Egyptians should do with their country and government.  Iran wants the Muslim Brotherhood restored to power; Russia is worried about civil war; most of the West wants new elections and an end to military rule. The US is currently debating on whether to call [...]

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Sunday, July 07, 2013  09:40     669 Views
Little Muslim girls on PA TV: Jews are the "most evil among creations, barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs," condemned to "humiliation and hardship"
Atlas Shrugs - 

Child abuse - analagous to Hitler youth:

Little girls on PA TV: Jews are the "most evil among creations, barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs," condemned to "humiliation and hardship"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, PalWatch
Palestinian Authority TV continues to promote Islam-based hate speech and Antisemitism, voiced by little children. In this latest example, two sisters recited a poem that included the following demonization of Jews:

"You who murdered Allah's pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
Oh, you who were brought up on spilling blood
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship
Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs."

The poem also taught that Jerusalem is not for Jews, because Jerusalem "vomits" out the Jews who are said to be "filth" and "impure":
"Jerusalem vomits from within it your impurity
Because Jerusalem, you impure ones, is pious, immaculate
And Jerusalem, you who are filth, is clean and pure."

Click to view

Palestinian Media Watch has documented previous examples of hate speech and Antisemitism voiced by children on official PA TV, including: For more examples click here.

The following is the transcript of the poem recited by the little girls on the PA TV program Palestine This Morning:

PA TV reporter: "Let's meet these girls who want to recite a short poem."
Girl 1: "I do not fear the rifle because your throngs are in delusion and ignorant herds.
Jerusalem is my land, Jerusalem is my honor
Jerusalem is my days and my wildest dreams.
Oh, you who murdered Allah's pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
Oh, you who were brought up on spilling blood
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.
Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs
Girl 2: Jerusalem is not your den
Jerusalem opposes your throngs
Jerusalem vomits from within it your impurity
Because Jerusalem, you impure ones, is pious, immaculate
And Jerusalem, you who are filth, is clean and pure.
I do not fear barbarity.
As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
As long as I have my arm and my stones
As long as I am free and do not barter my cause
I will not fear your throngs
I will not fear the rifle."
 [Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2013]


Sunday, July 07, 2013  09:35     710 Views
Woman: Water Park Kicked Me Out over Bikini
Big Government - 


Sunday, July 07, 2013  09:09     691 Views
NBC: ObamaCare Mandate 'Damaging Moment'
Big Government - 


Sunday, July 07, 2013  08:28     701 Views
ABC's Rick Klein: ObamaCare 'Slow-Motion' Train Wreck
Big Government - 


Sunday, July 07, 2013  08:26     715 Views
NBC: WH 'Doesn't See A Path' To Pass Immigration
Big Government - 


Sunday, July 07, 2013  08:24     683 Views
Abortion bills in state legislatures gaining national attention...
Drudge Report - The attention to the bills in several state legislatures may have rubbed off on national lawmakers. Efforts by conservatives to restrict abortion in several state legislatures are receiving national attention, as Republicans work to pass national versions.
Sunday, July 07, 2013  08:12     845 Views
Gov. Perry: 'We're going to pass some restrictions'...
Drudge Report - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that state Sen. Wendy Davis' attention-getting filibuster notwithstanding, the Legislature is going to approve restrictions on abortion when it gavels in another special session this week.
Sunday, July 07, 2013  08:00     695 Views
NBC: 'Poorly Written' Obamacare Employer Mandate 'Damaging Moment'
Weekly Standard - 

NBC called the Obamacare employer mandate "poorly written" and a "damaging moment":

"I think also in the reporting, losing that mandate is such a concession, it may not be the biggest piece of it, but it's a concession to the critics that something needs to be delayed, that something's not working. I think that's a politically damaging moment," said Andrea Mitchell.

Sunday, July 07, 2013  07:57     729 Views
LISTEN: Officials Release SF Air Traffic Controller Audio During Asiana Airlines Crash
Fox News Insider - 

We're now hearing audio recordings of air traffic controllers during Saturday's crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International airport, which left two people dead and 182 injured.

Sunday, July 07, 2013  07:53     707 Views
W. Plays Cards Close to Chest on Immigration
Big Government - 

Former President George W. Bush again offered support for the concept of immigration reform--with a caveat of skepticism for the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill in an interview with ABC News’ This Week that aired on Sunday.

“I think it's very important to fix a broken system, to treat people with respect, and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people,” Bush said, according to interview excerpts provided to Politico’s Mike Allen. 

“It's a very difficult bill to pass, because there's a lotta moving parts. And the legislative process..can be ugly. ...But it looks like they're making some progress.”

Bush stopped short of endorsing current legislation.

"I was also frustrated we didn't pass Social Security reform,” Bush added. “I thought the plan I'd laid out on both was reasonable. But sometimes, it takes time for some of these complex issues to evolve. And looks like immigration...has a chance to pass....[T]he reason to pass immigration reform is not to bolster a Republican party. It's to fix a system that's broken. Good policy yields good politics, as far as I'm concerned."

Bush has continued to decide against issuing an outright endorsement of the bill, though he continues to support immigration reform as a policy concept. 

When the Huffington Post’s Jon Ward asked him about the Senate immigration overhaul efforts last month, he similarly would not endorse the bill and questioned the motivations for it.

“I think the atmosphere, unlike when I tried it, is better, maybe for the wrong reason,” Bush told Ward. “The right reason is it's important to reform a broken system. I'm not sure a right reason is that in so doing we win votes.”

"I mean when you do the right thing, I think you win votes, as opposed to doing something that's the right thing to win votes,” Bush added then. “Maybe there's no difference there. It seems like there is to me though.”

Bush is expected to speak on immigration issues this coming Wednesday, but it remains unclear if he will endorse the bill at that event. Bush’s forthcoming remarks will come during a citizenship ceremony and immigration forum in Dallas. The panel Bush is scheduled to contribute to is entitled: “What Immigrants Contribute.”

Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has taken a different tact than the former president in dealing with the Gang of Eight bill. Jeb Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has endorsed the bill numerous times most recently in a call for House Republicans to support the plan or something like it. 

House GOP leadership and the majority of the rank-and-file in the House do not support the bill and consider it dead-on-arrival in their chamber of Congress.


Sunday, July 07, 2013  07:49     762 Views