2014 ‘Year of Action’: Your Own Special Toy, The Barack Obama Action Figure


“An Action Figure We Can Believe In”….The Barack Obama Action Figure at Amazon

The Q & A is almost as funny as the important warning: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.” (or non-liberal adults) Note: the action figure may or may not smoke cigarettes when you’re not looking.  Also, what about that index finger? Hmmm…

Q: Does the box… Say Made In China?

A: Made in Kenya, just like the “soooperhero!!!!”

Q: If I like the action figures I already have, can I keep the action figures I already have?

A: It turns out that your old action figure was overpriced. Even though you have a pre-existing action figure, you can still buy this one, which is…

Q: Does it come with a teleprompter?

A: No, but if your purchase him, you will own him and can make him say whatever you want. Just think of yourself as Leftist Special Interest Group…

Check out Barack Obama Action Figure at Amazon

China Military Spending Surges for 2014


Awr Hawkins  writes:  China military spending is surging from the $139.2 billion it spent in 2013 to the $148 billion allotted in 2014.

And this “comes as defense budgets at the Pentagon and many NATO countries shrink.”

According to The New York Times, the U.S. still far outspends the Chinese at $574.9 billion. However, that number is decreasing, down nearly a hundred billion from the $664.3 spent in 2013.

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Grey Lady Down: New York Times Reporters Embarrassed by the Paper’s Editorial Pages

The New York Times' editorial page is not exactly beloved by staffers, according to a New York Observer report. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The New York Times’ editorial page is not exactly beloved by staffers, according to a New York Observer report. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Charles Hoskinson  reports:  Reporters in The New York Times newsroom deeply resent the paper’s editorial page, and the dissent has “reached the boiling point,” the New York Observer reports Tuesday.

“As for the columnists, Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years…”

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It’s not an ideological dispute, the Observer says, but rather the sense that the paper’s editorials and columns are boring, ineffectual, poorly written and poorly read. The story was based on interviews with more than two dozen current and former Times staffers, mostly on condition of anonymity out of fear of editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal.

Rosenthal was described as a petty tyrant, and lazy in his supervision of an opinion staff that is widely seen outside the newsroom as the voice of the Left-wing establishment.

“Then there’s Maureen Dowd, who has been writing the same column since George H. W. Bush was president…”

[See Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America at Amazon]

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Vintage Syphilis Warning Poster: She Wears Bell Bottoms and Digs ‘Now Sounds’


Source: 4 Being Questioned about Drugs in Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Apartment


New York (CNN)Shimon Prokupecz reports:  New York police have taken in for questioning four people who are believed to be connected to the drugs found in late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s apartment, a New York law enforcement official told CNN Tuesday night…

[See also: Glamour JunkiesThe Culture of Heroin Addiction by Kevin D. Williamson]

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Portable Photography in an Earlier Age


Debt Up $6.666 Trillion Under Obama

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ali Meyer reports:  The debt of the U.S. government has increased $6.666 trillion since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, according to the latest numbers released by the Treasury Department.


When President Obama was first inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt of the U.S. government was $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to theTreasury Department’s Bureau of the Public Debt. As of Jan. 31, 2014, the latest day reported, the debt was $17,293,019,654,983.61—an increase of $6,666,142,606,070.53 since Obama’s first inauguration.

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Scenes from Militarized America

Iowa Family ‘Terrorized’ 


Authorities destroy cameras to prevent account of raid

When critics warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens…

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Think Power Inequality


Forget income inequality. Most of our money and clout goes to Washington.

For USATODAY,  Jonah Goldberg writes:  On my wife’s side, I have a very large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C., (where I live now) than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest. Alaska wins a lot of comparisons, and not just the obvious ones such as physical beauty or salmon fishing. For instance, Alaska ranks second best in terms of economic equality (just behind Wyoming) while New York and the District of Columbia compete for dead last.

[Jonah Goldberg‘s book “The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas” is available at Amazon]

Frankly, I don’t much care about the issue of income inequality beyond its status as a symptom for real problems such as poor economic mobility, chronic unemployment and family breakdown. But lots of people do. President Obama even says it’s the “defining challenge of our time.” So it’s at least fun to note that Sarah Palin’s Alaska beats the competition.

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President Bambi vs. Reality Godzilla: Majority Believe Obama’s Policies Will Fail

President Barack Obama, right, holds the earpiece as he listens to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their joint news conference, Friday, June 26, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, right, holds the earpiece as he listens to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their joint news conference, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Tony Lee reports:  A new national survey has found that a majority of Americans believe President Barack Obama’s policies will fail, even though a majority actually want them to succeed.

According to a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday, 56% of Americans believe Obama’s policies are more likely to fail than succeed. Last January, only 39% thought the same. The poll also found that “58% say they hope Obama’s policies will succeed,” but that number is also down from 70% last January.

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Faster, Please: How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds


An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast

Rose Pastore reports:  When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into the body, to stop bleeding from an artery. It’s an agonizing process that doesn’t always work–if bleeding hasn’t stopped after three minutes of applying direct pressure, the medic must pull out all the gauze and start over again. It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,” says former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh.

Even with this emergency treatment, many soldiers still bleed to death;hemorrhage is a leading cause of death on the battlefield. “Gauze bandages just don’t work for anything serious,” says Steinbaugh, who tended to injured soldiers during more than a dozen deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. When Steinbaugh retired in April 2012 after a head injury, he joined an Oregon-based startup called RevMedx, a small group of veterans, scientists, and engineers who were working on a better way to stop bleeding. 

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[VIDEO] Counter-Intelligence: Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman Cracked Peyton’s Hand Signal To Win The Super Bowl

Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks Cracked Peyton’s Hand signal To Win The Super Bowl Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman claims that part of his team’s strategy for winning the Super Bowl on Sunday night was successfully cracking Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s hand signals.


“All we did was play situational football,” he told Sports Illustrated in an interview published Monday. “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half.”


Sherman demonstrated some of the signs during the interview and said his teammates had started to predict the Broncos’ plays. Manning is said to change his signals for every game…

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Charlie Chaplin’s Unpublished Novella ‘Footlights’ to be Released

Charlie Chaplin, performing in the role of "Charlie" in "the Kid" in Hollywood, California (AFP Photo/):

Charlie Chaplin, performing in the role of “Charlie” in “the Kid” in Hollywood, California (AFP Photo/)

Rome (AFP) – A virtually unknown novel by Charlie Chaplin — the only book the silent film comic ever wrote — is being made public for the first time.

“Footlights”, which will be unveiled in London later Tuesday, was written by Chaplin in 1948 and later transformed into his film “Limelight”, in which a washed-out clown saves a dancer from suicide.

The book is being published in English by the Cineteca di Bologna, an Italian film restoration institute which has been working with Chaplin biographer David Robinson on reconstructing drafts found in the Chaplin archives.

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London in 1889 to poor parents, who struggled to make a living as music hall entertainers. As an adolescent, he began working in music halls in Soho, before eventually becoming an actor with a theatre troupe.

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Vintage Comic Instruction Guide of the Day: What to do if an A-Bomb Falls


If an A-Bomb Falls (1951)

Distributed by the State of Delaware’s Department of Civil Defense, If an A-Bomb Falls is a Cold War-era comic book outlining safety procedures to prepare for and respond to a nuclear attack

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Flashback: Woody Allen in 2010: Obama should be a dictator

Allen speaks on stage at the premiere of "To Rome with Love" during the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles

I was hoping someone would dig up this quote. It’s not unique, a lot of  left-wing non-celebrities, stubborn Obama supporters, and autocratic rule-loving, authoritarian-leaning Democrats feel this way, too. They just don’t have a microphone. The sentiment is probably more common now than when Wilson or FDR were president.  The quote? The Daily Caller‘s Patrick Howley has it:

Accused pedophile Woody Allen once said that President Obama is “brilliant” and should have dictatorial powers so that Republicans can’t oppose his agenda.

“…would be good…if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly..”

“I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him,” Allen said in 2010, 18 years after he was accused of telling Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan to lay on her stomach and play with her train set while he allegedly sexually assaulted her, according to a New York Times open letter written by Dylan Farrow.

“[I]t would be good…if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly,” said Allen, who was accused of routinely putting his thumb in Dylan Farrow’s mouth and making her sleep under the covers with him while he was in his underwear.

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CBO: O-Care will Cost 2.3M workers


Erik Wasson  reports:  The new healthcare law will cost the nation the equivalent of 2.3 million workers by 2021, contributing to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in a report released Tuesday.

The nonpartisan agency’s report found the healthcare law’s negative effects on the economy will be “substantially larger” than what it had previously anticipated.

The findings immediately roiled the debate over the healthcare law on Capitol Hill ahead of a midterm election that Republicans hope will be dominated by the fight over ObamaCare.

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Vintage Sci-Fi Image of the Day

Kirby Tech: Overlord, Granny Goodness’s personal computer. Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist #2. Jack Kirby. June, 1971.

Kirby Tech: Overlord, Granny Goodness’s personal computer. Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist #2. Jack Kirby. June, 1971.


The Culture of Heroin Addiction


Over at NRO, reflecting on Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s deadly overdose, Kevin D. Williamson explores the shallow romanticism of opiate culture:

Glamour Junkies

… Every few years I read about how heroin is making a comeback or about how there’s a new surge of heroin addiction, but I am skeptical. Heroin never makes a comeback, because heroin never goes away…

“The belief that there exists some kind of deep and invisible connection between artistic creativity and addiction (or mental illness) is one of the most destructive and most stupid of our contemporary myths.”

hoff-narrow-drker...taking heroin is, at least in part, an act of cultural affiliation. Connoisseurs of the poppy will go on and on about Great Junkies in History — William S. Burroughs, Sid and Nancy, Billie Holiday — though all in all I’d say that heroin addicts are less tedious on the subject of heroin than potheads are on the subject of pot. They do seem to have a particular fascination with the jargon of heroin, as though every conversation is taking place in 1970…

[See also: 50 Bags of Heroin: More Details Emerge on Drug Death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman]

I always have a sneaking suspicioun that I could talk people out of deciding to become junkies if only I could get them to read a couple of good books composed with such literary skill as to illuminate the fact that Burroughs was a poseur and a hack. The belief that there exists some kind of deep and invisible connection between artistic creativity and addiction (or mental illness) is one of the most destructive and most stupid of our contemporary myths. I’d blame Thomas De Quincey, author of the 19th-century tell-all Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, if I thought anybody still read him.

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[VIDEO] Jerry Seinfeld On Diversity In Comedy: “Who Cares?”


“…it is “anti-comedy” to approach the genre like it’s “the census…”


At the height of Seinfeld’s popularity, the NBC comedy was repeatedly accused of presenting an exclusively “white” view of its diverse New York City setting. During Jerry Seinfeld’s BuzzFeed Brews with CBS This Morning interview on Monday, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria asked about the enduring criticism…

Watch this video below to hear Seinfeld’s complete thoughts on the subject…

“People think it’s the census or something,” Seinfeld said of the assertion that all pop culture should accurately reflect society. “This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”

…Seinfeld went on to say that approaching comedy through the lens of race or gender or sexuality are “anti-comedy.”

“It’s more about PC nonsense than, ‘Are you making us laugh or not?’”

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[VIDEO] Late Night Movie Reel: Audrey Hepburn’s Original Paramount Screen Test

Hepburn’s story is as miraculous as any actress in the 20th century. Having survived hunger, deprivation (tens of thousands died of starvation) and dislocation as a child in Nazi occupied Europe, Hepburn emerged, frail, ambitous, grateful to be alive. Audrey studied ballet enthusiastically during early post-war reconstruction, with the aim of performing in London, only to discover that she didn’t have the fitness and endurance to compete with dancers who were healthier and more fortunate during the war years. Audrey settled instead for using her dance training to pursue work as a showgirl in theater. Young Hepburn was discovered, legend has it, in a 243015080701_mediumhotel lobby, by Colette, who was captivated by her exotic, doe-like beauty. Colette immediately cast Audrey, only 19 or 20 at the time, in the starring role of her play, “Gigi“. The stage production was a success, and soon after Hepburn was sought by Hollywood, for a film called “Roman Holiday“.

Unable to interrupt stage performances of Gigi to come to the U.S. for the customary screen test, the Paramount sent a crew to Europe for a hastily-arranged “personality” test–an informal version of a screen test–instead. It was shot inside what appears to be a hotel room.

Legend has it that when the film made it back overseas, got processed, printed, and screened for studio executives at Paramount, it was recognized by at least one executive, who described it as the best screen test, by any actress, ever recorded.

[Roman Holiday (Special Collector’s Edition) at Amazon]

Watching this for the first time (in a documentary a few nights ago) I was struck by what I imagined was their experience of seeing the young Hepburn for the first time. It’s hard to convey (in a little window on a computer screen) but only seconds into the test, before she takes more than one or two steps, it’s all there. Read the rest of this entry »