[VIDEOS] You know who Joe Biden reminds me of?

Two videos, two men, same icky feeling.

For those unfamiliar with British events, the top video is of Jimmy Savile, one of the most famous media figures in England, thanks to his role hosting Top of the Pops for decades. It turns out that during those same decades, Savile was using his fame to travel the length and breadth of Britain molesting children — including children in a hospital he supported. Even worse, everyone new, but no one in power, especially at the BBC, was talking.

The Bookworm Beat 2-26-15 — the evening edition and open thread

Woman writing

Alan Dershowitz challenges the talk about boycotting Netanyahu’s speech

Read and enjoy Alan Dershowitz’s fiery denunciation of the Obama administration’s efforts to get Democrats — especially black ones — to boycott Netanyahu’s speech about the existential threat Obama’s policies pose to Israel.

I won’t comment on the article — it speaks for itself — but I will comment on a couple of peripheral things. Dershowitz is a Democrat, but he’s also an ardent Israel supporter. I therefore can’t help but think that, as Obama prepares to break with Israel and ally America with Iran, it’s not a coincidence that Dershowitz suddenly found himself swept up in the pedophile sex scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein.

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Trying to persuade liberal Jews that guns can save their children’s lives

Gun control debate settled in 1791I tell myself that it’s a sign of my native smarts that I had the intellectual flexibility to abandon the Leftist ideologies that controlled the first 2/3 of my life to date and to embrace entirely new ideas. In other words, I’m not a weak-minded weather vane; I’m a THINKER.

The reason I mention this is that nowhere has my thinking changed more profoundly than when it comes to guns. After all, despite my Democrat party affiliation I was always patriotic, always supported the Constitution, always supported Israel, thought badly of Communism etc.

The one area in which I’ve made a complete 180 is guns. Before my becoming a born again Second Amendment supporter, I never thought about (1) the values the Founders were advancing, (2) the nature of individual liberty, or (3) the fact that the biggest killer of individuals, always — in any time, at any place, under any circumstances — is government.  Instead, I simplistically, naively argued that guns are bad because they kill people. To my regret, I put my money where my mouth is, donating to the Brady organization and other anti-gun groups.

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The Bookworm Beat 2-26-15 — morning edition and open thread

Woman writingAs is probably true for any self-respecting high-strung woman, I have bad bruxism. So much so that I’ve ground through several night guards over the years. My current one hasn’t disintegrated yet, but it’s on the brink, so I’m off to my dentist to pick up the new one he made for me. Yay.

I’ll be gone a while since I have errands to run while I’m in his vicinity, so I only have time for a few tidbits here. Still, they are good tidbits….

Martial arts is not necessarily the same as self-defense

One of my favorite movie scenes comes from the first Indiana Jones movie.  It shows an impatient Indiana Jones whipping out a gun and shooting a assailant who’s going through all sorts of ritual movements with a sword as a preliminary to killing Jones.

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The Bookworm Beat 2-25-15 — the illustrated edition and open thread

The first cartoon in this line-up really resonated with me.  I was talking to someone the other day — a Progressive — who was complaining about her disastrous secretary, who is completely disorganized.

I asked the obvious question.  “Why don’t you fire her?”

“Weeelllll,” she  hedged, “that’s not really possible.”

A little more tooth-pulling, and I got the answer:  “My secretary’s black and female.  My company mostly can’t fire her.”

Let me just say that I consider it profoundly demeaning, and therefore racist, to hold blacks and women, and especially black women, to a lower standard than one would hold other employees. I happen to think that blacks, women, and black women are as capable of being capable as anyone else and that it’s an insult to imply or act otherwise.

(Thanks to Caped Crusader for these great posters.)

Racism re hiring and voting

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Watcher’s Council nominations for February 25, 2015

Here’s the nomination post, straight from the Watcher’s own keyboard:

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

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Watcher’s Council winners for February 20, 2015

I may have been away last week when the Watcher’s Council voted on its nominations, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thrilled and fascinated by the vote’s outcome. Please read and enjoy the winners, placers, and showers, not to mention all the other posts:

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

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Information about stopping the ATF’s proposed ammunition ban

Mao banned guns then killed 49 millionIt used to be a joke amongst the anti-gun crowd — if the Second Amendment means we can’t take away guns, let’s just take away bullets. The fact that rendering Second Amendment guns ineffectual by stopping bullet production is just as unconstitutional as taking away the guns themselves doesn’t seem to faze the Obama administration.

If you are concerned about the way in which states such as California, as well as the federal government, are incrementally walking back ammunition availability, here’s useful information about the ATF’s current proposed ammo ban:

The Bookworm Beat 2-24-15 — the illustrated edition and open thread

A day without posters is like a day without sunshine. Here in Marin, it’s sunny — the trees are covered with pink blossoms, the daffodils are dancing in a gentle breeze, and there’s some elusive spring perfume, from a plant I cannot see, wafting over my garden. I get that but for those of you in the frigid areas of America . . . well, you get posters.

Cold weather in Texas

Barack Obama carries his big selfies stick

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