October 12, 2015

RIP, Blog Pioneer Mark Garbett (1976-2015)

Filed under: General,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 9:36 am

Mark Garbett, who entered God’s kingdom early this morning, and co-blogger Matt Hurley were blogging before 99.99% of the people who are currently at it even dreamed of doing it.

Matt’s tribute at Weapons of Mass Discussion is here — “He was an American, conservative, Republican.  In that order.”

What a profound loss.

April 11, 2015

Paging …

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:15 am

Colin Flaherty.

At UK Daily Mail:

Two college students arrested after police investigating a shooting find cell phone video of ‘the most disgusting, sickening’ gang rape at Spring Break beach party

It’s almost unbearable to read, but it must be read.

September 18, 2014

The We the People Convention Is Saturday, Sept. 20!

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:02 am

WTP2014LogoSaturday’s We the People Convention promises to be as strong as, if not stronger than, its previous annual events.

It will take place Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at:
Hyatt Regency
350 North High Street
Columbus, Oho 43215
Phone:(614) 463-1234

The event’s speakers are strong, experienced passionate leaders with successful track records. Chief among them are Richard Viguerie, Congressman Jim Jordan, Charlie Kirk (founder of Turning Point), Dr. Tim Johnson (founder of the Frederick Douglas Foundation) and Bill Norton of Tea Party Patriots.

For those running for political office, the Candidate Training track will be indispensable.

Yours truly has immovable conflicting commitments, including work on a exciting election-related project I plan to introduce in a couple of weeks. If you don’t have such commitments and want to get involved in achieving the most desirable electoral results this fall, you owe it to yourself to be there.

Tickets can be purchased here.

July 16, 2014

We Need a Little Instructive Humor Right Now …

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 12:01 am

… and who better than Weird Al Yankovic to provide it:

If anyone says that I am guilty of any of the transgressions noted — after a few hundred thousand words, I surely am — I’ll just respond that I resemble your remarks.


UPDATE, 10:45 A.M: Sorry (actually, I’m not, I just can’t resist … this is too funny (HT to an emailer) —

March 20, 2014

This Is Pretty Awesome

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 3:37 pm

Watch a Wheel of Fortune contestant solve a three-word phrase with only two letters in the first word revealed and otherwise only knowing seven other absent letters (HT The Blaze):

Great reax from Pat Sajak.

I Guess It’s Safe to Say …

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 3:17 pm

… that the folks in the newsroom at the Dayton Daily News weren’t very optimistic about their hometown Dayton Flyers’ chances against Ohio State today:




Just to be sure, I checked: UD won.

Of course, what I captured could change any minute, but here’s the DDN link. Update: They fixed it.

January 22, 2014

Mark Garbett Update

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Positivity — Tom @ 6:25 pm

Frequent readers here may recall that pioneering Weapons of Mass Discussion co-blogger Mark Garbett has been hospitalized with serious injuries and challenges since a Christmas auto accident.

Matt Hurley has a comprehensive rundown at Weapons of Mass Discussion.

Here’s today’s entry, passed on from a Facebook message from Mark’s grandmother:

The trach is in – - HALLELUJAH!!!!! Everything seems to be going well at this point. The doctor was encouraging that things are going to be allright. He is already breathing on his own, but they will probably keep the ventilator hooked up to the trach a while longer. He will be able to talk after a while. It is just pure pleasure to see his mouth without those tubes in it. He is still very sleepy and I think that is good so he won’t be so aware of the pain. They have started the pain medicine, so hopefully, they will get ahead of most of the pain. The doctor thinks he will be able to swallow food in a short while. PRAISE GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE!!!

This is fantastic news, but there’s a long slog ahead. Please keep Mark and his family in your prayers.

January 10, 2014

Ray Stevens: ‘Mr. President, Mr. President!’

Humorous indeed, but sadly true (HT Eagle Rising):


REPORTER: Hey Mr. President, Mr. President!
We got record foreclosures, folks are losing their homes,
the banks have got money but they won’t make loans,
the taxes are bringing small business to their knees,
and we owe our soul to the Red Chinese.
Mr. President, Mr. President! What are you going to do?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I’m going to take off my coat and roll up my sleeves,
turn on the teleprompter and give another speech,
act real cool and talk real soft,
then go out and play another round of golf.
Throw a party at the White House and give a big show,
board Air Force One and away I go,
up to New York, take Michelle to a play,
Then shoot a few hoops and call it a day.

REPORTER: But Mr. President!
We got illegal aliens goin’ ‘cross our borders,
and drug lords committin’ mayhem and disorder,
states are goin’ broke trying to pay their benefits,
bond markets in the toilet, job markets in the pits,
Mr. President, Mr. President! What are you going to do?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now listen real close, and hear what I say,
never let a good crisis slip away,
you got to look at things out of my window,
what’s bad for America is good for my agenda!

REPORTER: But Mr. President, Mr. President! What are you going to do?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m going to take off my coat and roll up my sleeves,
turn on the teleprompter and give another speech,
act real cool and talk real soft,
and then go out and play another round of golf.
Throw a party at the White House and put on a show,
board Air Force One and away I go,
to blame George Bush and his capitalist ways,
Then I’ll shoot a few hoops and call it a day.

January 3, 2014

Mark Garbett Update

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 12:01 am

Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion posted a disturbing update recently on the condition of pioneering co-blogger Mark Garbett:

After a few days of small, but significant, steps in the right direction, Mark has taken a turn for the worse. Mark now has pneumonia and is on a ventilator.

Mark had begun some physical therapy working on finger dexterity and arm strength, I can only assume that this changes that whole program.

Please keep Mark and his family in your prayers.

December 29, 2013

Video: ‘A Day In the Life (under ObamaCare)’

Tragically funny:

August 11, 2013

The Progressive Progression

Via James Woods at Twitter (HT Twitchy):


In the old Soviet Union, the liquor of choice was (and, in Russia, probably still is) vodka.

What might it be here?

August 8, 2013

Drudge Links to Yours Truly’s NewsBusters Post on AP Cover-up of Obama’s ‘Gulf Ports’ Gaffe (UPDATE: Also Linked by Rush)

Thanks to Matt Drudge for linking to last night’s NewsBusters post (“AP’s Russ Bynum Covers Up Obama’s ‘Gulf Ports’ Gaffe”), as seen below (“REPORT: AP ‘Covers Up’ Obama’s ‘Gulf Ports’ Gaffe…”):


I hasten to add that I would not have found the disgraceful work of the Associated Press’s Russ Bynum, which was not present at the AP’s national site when I wrote up the post (a very unusual occurrence for a story about a presidential appearance), if Michelle Malkin and Twitchy.com had not detected Bynum’s report at two southeastern news sites.


UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh has also linked to the NewsBusters post, with the following commentary:

… Now let me take a stab at this because I can answer this easily. Of course the gaffe there is Obama saying, “Look, we have to deepen our ports all along the gulf, places like Charleston, South Carolina, which is on the Atlantic ocean. Savannah, Georgia, on the Atlantic ocean, Jacksonville, Florida, on the Atlantic ocean. None of these are on the Gulf.

… here is Barack Obama, not knowing what he’s talking about, sounding so sure of himself. In fact, the AP has written about this and doesn’t even mention the gaffe. They are whitewashing it. They have written a story that essentially praises Obama’s brilliance for understanding that we need to deepen the ports. They don’t even touch on the gaffe. This kind of stuff genuinely ticks me off.

… (Obama) lied to this country when establishing this stimulus. The stimulus was designed to fix all of these bridges and Obama is out there trying to make everybody think that their bridge is going to fall down or pretty much every bridge is in trouble and we’re going to build schools and we’re going to rebuild roads and all of this. And not one penny of that stimulus went to any of it.

So the way this becomes a partisan issue, Obama makes the case for the stimulus to rebuild crumbling infrastructure and gives the money to the unions in a money laundering scheme, teachers unions and public sector workers unions got 75 percent of the stimulus. We’ve been through all of this with the details and the dollar amounts. As a result, nothing got fixed .. And (that’s how) it becomes partisan.

By the way, folks, just to remind you: Sarah Palin never, ever said that she could see Russia from her house. Tina Fey said it on Saturday Night Live impersonating Palin, and it became popularly assumed by people that Palin actually said it. She never said it.

The AP, in their effort to whitewash Obama’s gaffe, actually added words to their report to cover for the guy. The AP printed, quote, “If we don’t deepen our ports along the Gulf (and in) places like…”

They added the words “and in,” and they put them in parentheses, which means it’s not a direct quote. It’s assumed. But Obama didn’t say “and in.” He said, “Our ports along the Gulf in places like…” They added the words “and in” and changed the whole thing. It’s a whitewash, cover up.

Appreciate the notice, guys, but I’m sure you’d agree that we all would prefer objective reporting instead.

February 10, 2013

Disturbing, But Not Surprising

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:00 am

At Twitchy: “Supporters, admirers leap to alleged murderer Christopher Dorner’s defense”

At PJ Tatler: “HuffPo Users Overwhelmingly Support Spree Killer”

By comparison, there has historically been virtually no support from anyone in the pro-life community for abortion clinic bombers or persons who have harmed or killed abortion doctors despite the availability of the argument (obviously rejected by them as a justification) that those actions potentially saved pre-born babies’ lives.

February 3, 2013

Rick Reilly Crosses the Line

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:37 am

With ESPN’s Rick Reilly, you know to take the good with the bad.

Many of his columns are outstanding. Others, such as when he used the death of Pat Tillman as an excuse to insert an antiwar screed, aren’t.

His pre-Super Bowl column on Wednesday crossed a line.

Rick has an adopted daughter. That’s great. He obviously believes that adopted kids should meet with their birth mom, as his daughter has (and I presume “birth parents” if Dad is also around).

But he is upset to the point of near-bullying that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t meet with his birth mom:

“Is that how you feel?” I asked Kaepernick on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “That it would be disrespectful to meet with your birth mother?”

“No,” Kaepernick said. “It’s not really a respect thing. It’s just — that’s my family. That’s it.”

“But aren’t you curious?”


… The Kaepernicks have told Colin they’d have no problem with him speaking to Russo. They even met with her recently without Colin. But Colin hasn’t budged on the issue. One of his friends told Yahoo! Sports that Colin would think it’s “treasonous” to meet with Russo.

But it’s not. It’s healthy. It’s healing. It’s natural.

Really, Rick, how dare you? Who died and made you relationships’ king?

The relationship between Kaepernick and his birth mom is none of your damned business (or mine), and shame on you for capitalizing of the world’s biggest sports stage to harass a player about his personal life before the biggest game of his life just to advance your personal agenda.

January 31, 2013

Rush Links to and Reads From Yours Truly’s NewsBusters Post About Bloomberg Howler That GDP ‘Is an Imperfect Measure’

In his post (and on-air narrative) which began being about Obama’s Jobs Council disbanding, Rush Limbaugh went to last night’s Bloomberg News editorial about how GDP “is an imperfect measure” while referencing this morning’s NewsBusters post (BizzyBlog mirror; bolds are mine):

Obama Ends Jobs Council Because the Economy is A-OK, Despite Shrinking GDP

… So we’re gonna shut down the jobs council, but we’re not gonna close Gitmo.

… There isn’t any pro-growth policy taking place. I sound like a broken record. I think it’s hilarious the jobs council shut down, ’cause we’re now supposed to accept, okay, well, this is the new norm. Mission accomplished.

Bloomberg News. Now that the gross domestic product is contracting, i.e., the economy’s shrinking, Bloomberg’s editors have decided that GDP is an imperfect measure of progress. Just ten hours after a government report showed that the economy went into contraction for the first time in three years during the fourth quarter last year, an item written by the editors at Bloomberg News appeared last night which basically said, you know, you people that focus on GDP are making a mistake. That’s an imperfect measure of economic activity and progress. We need to be looking at indicators — I kid you not — of social progress or human happiness. So in measuring economic output, in measuring economic activity, the GDP, ah, it’s old-fashioned, doesn’t work, never was all that accurate. You shouldn’t rely on that. Don’t pay any attention. It’s an imperfect measure of progress.

Instead, we should refocus and look at the indicators of social progress or human happiness. So it’s the usual case: When things go south, the problem is the way we measure it. When the news is bad, the problem is how the news is determined (laughing), not the actual news. So we’re gonna have to change the mechanism by which we measure the economy because it’s not showing the economy in a good enough light to reflect the magnificence of our esteemed leader, “Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!”

Thanks to El Rushbo for picking it up.