Friday Follies: DHS HELPING illegals, Paglia & the Duck, PajamaBoy, Home school terror

December 20, 2013

Another week passed and this one better than last.  (If you think having more complete idiocy to pick from than there will ever be time for in any given day is a good thing.)

“Tis that time once again when we take stock of the inane and foolish put upon us by those forced to navigate life with an amount of gray matter just slightly larger than that found in your average toad.”

#5 From the smart people can be so stupid, especially if it’s stupid meant to cover up political activity from prying journalistic eyes category comes outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt who in Steven Levy’s new book on the internet giant is said to have requested that the Google search team squash a political donation Schmidt made from Google search results.

And you thought Obama was a control freak.

#4 Moving right along with the control narrative, the fourth spot this week goes to Senator Capri Cafaro and Ohio state Democrat who’s Senate Bill 248 would require parents in Ohio to undergo a social services investigation and have to be granted permission to home school their children.

Yes, you read that right. An elected official in the United States of America has actually introduced a bill removing a parent’s right to parent and educate their children as they see fit without approval from the state.

How anyone can support the Democrat party as it is constituted today is beyond me.

#3 Kings park Central School District administrators get the “We’re so politically correct we check our brains at the door every day just to make sure we don’t teach truth to anyone” for a fifth grade choir’s removal of some key lyrics from the traditional Christmas song “Silent Night.

The story states:

“Christ the Savior is born,” “Holy infant so, tender and mild,” “round yon virgin, mother and child” and “Jesus, Lord at thy birth” were strategically removed from the student rendition.

Really? REALLY? School districts now feel obliged to just cut out lyrics from songs?

 #2 President Obama’s former campaign organization now turned creepy cult Organizing for Action was all set to take the top spot this week with its Pajama Boy in his jammies while cuddling a cup of hot chocolate just dripping with anticipation to talk Obamacare at Christmas but how does anything top U.S. government agents actually aiding and abetting illegal aliens?

This Washington Examiner story that identifies Pajama Boy as one Ethan Krupp of….you guessed it…….Organizing for Action and compiles a collection of Krupp’s internet activity is an absolute gem.

After tweeting out the lead picture for this column yesterday I got a tweet notification in my inbox from one @PajamacareBoy stating that he was Ethan Krupp.  Within 30 minutes the account was suspended.  Seems someone at OFA, or the White House or somewhere in the bowels of government got to Twitter and informed them that poking fun at an official Obamacare model is not allowed by the Politburo.

But the top spot this week goes to the Department of Homeland Security at large and specifically the agenda driven bureaucrats who authorized Customs and Border Protection agents to spend TAXPAYER DOLLARS uniting illegal children with their illegal alien parents.

A teaser from the Washington Times story:

In the case before the judge last week, a 10-year-old girl whose mother, Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, paid a smuggler to get the daughter from El Salvador across the border and to Virginia.

The agents apprehended the smuggler and the young girl, and prosecuted the smuggler, but delivered the daughter to Ms. Salmeron Santos in Virginia, even though agents were aware she was in the country illegally.

So it’s not enough for this administration to coddle illegal aliens already here and reward their illegal activity, now it’s actively helping bring across the border MORE of them?

Publisher’s Note: Some may wonder why A & E’s cowardly decision to cave to the GLAAD fanatics and suspend Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty didn’t make the list. While a valid question, I just felt that the decision speaks for itself and is already getting so much coverage (and generating far more support for Robertson than GLAAD) that to take up a spot on the Follies would in itself a follyful waste of editorial space.

And for the purists: No “follyful” is not a real word and yes I knew it when I wrote it. Sometimes you just gotta go with what sounds good.

BUT if you haven’t read enough, a special bonus from Caroline May writing in the Daily Caller on Camille Paglia’s comments Thursday on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

Paglia certainly has cred in the argument as an openly gay feminist long before being an openly gay feminist was cool:

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,” she added. “And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”

As always, thank you all for reading, have a great weekend and I’ll see ya round the Corner.


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3 Responses to Friday Follies: DHS HELPING illegals, Paglia & the Duck, PajamaBoy, Home school terror

  1. A Nonny Moose on December 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I have to admit I’m impressed with your ability to limit yourself to only 5 (okay, 5+1 this week) items. The stupid crap that goes on every week (left AND right, although mostly left) would cause me paralysis due to having far too many options from which to choose.

    #5 doesn’t surprise me at all. There is nothing at all benign about Google. They spy more than the NSA, they’re more secretive than the Illuminati (and worse yet, Google actually exists!), they’re radical left-wingers… in typical leftist fashion, they’ll scream “FREE SPEECH” all day, when in truth they want to control speech. The fact they’d use their technology to erase any potential embarrassing or personal items about themselves fits the mold perfectly. All animals are equal, but tech owner animals are more equal than others. Oink.

    #4 also doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that we haven’t yet gotten to the point where you’ll have to undergo psychological evaluation and belief testing to get a license from the state to write about such things.

    #3? Well, at least even the school admits that was too much. I keep waiting for someone, anyone to point out to me in the Constitution which article or amendment guarantees a person a right to never, ever hear anything that might offend them. Yes, other religions do not celebrate Christmas. We get it. I don’t know anyone who has died as a result of hearing children sing a religious Christmas song. If I go to a Ramadan gathering, I can’t see getting worked up that I hear music about Allah. Also, is hearing Christmas carols suddenly the same as holding people down and forcing them to convert to Christianity? Did I miss that memo?

    I can’t add anything to #2 that hasn’t already been said, either here or at places like National Review Online. If the idea was to embody the smugness, conceit, and arrogance of the left, there’s no way the OFA could have come up with anything more effective. Bravo! Wait… the pic of the sniveling little metrosexual in the expensive onesie was intended to get me to sign up for insurance on an insecure web site that is as likely as not to fail or give me bad information? Huh… not seeing the connection.

    And #1 just turns my stomach. Not that a child was brought to a parent. There’s nothing wrong with that, in and of itself. But would the police bring a kid to, say, a bank robber on the lam? The law says these folks who are here illegally are criminals. One might not agree with that. Fine. But the government cannot pick and choose which laws it enforces. Well, let me rephrase. The government isn’t supposed to pick and choose. This administration does it all the time, in addition to rewriting their own laws as they go without that pesky, cumbersome legislative branch getting involved. And yes, illegal aliens are “illegal”. Even if they come here to, ahem, “do jobs Americans just won’t do” (do they still try to use that?), they’re here illegally. I don’t care if the toilet is backed up. I don’t want the plumber breaking and entering in order to fix it.

    As for the extra, I am so happy (I almost said “glaad”) you brought up the Paglia article. I don’t always agree with her, but she’s so often dead on. I had to cringe reading the various pundits, both professional and the Facebook variety, who kept screaming about free speech. People who should know better resorted to that defense. Until the government is clamping down in Phil Robertson for speaking his mind, his first amendment rights aren’t being violated. He has a right to say whatever he wants, provided he is willing to deal with the consequences. A&E has the right to fire or suspend him (based on contract language), provided they are willing to deal with the consequences. If A&E thinks it is more important to bow down to the language bullies at GLAAD than to support the religious freedom of one of their own stars, that’s their choice. If they are so afraid of a group representing a small minority, a group which claims it just wants equality and tolerance, but which has shown it actually wants to guarantee that everyone must support them and their lifestyle 100% or else, then that’s their decision to make. As with most things in life, just because they can doesn’t mean they should. A&E had every right to do what they did, and I for one hope they pay a very high price for doing so.

    Merry Christmas, Geoff!

    • Geoff Caldwell on December 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

      And an embarrassingly belated Merry Christmas to you as well Mr. Moose!
      I’m afraid this weeks’ Friday Follies may turn to a Saturday smackdown episode as I’m in Kansas this week and the family keeping me busy, busy, busy, but in the words of one much wiser and honorable than even our so called President of these United States, it makes me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!
      You’re critiques as usual are all spot on but if get back here before we’re led off to our own appointment with Dr. Soylent Green I was wondering what you though thought of Cracker Barrel’s “cave to Glaad” before their entire customer base told em to pretty much “F off” and bring back Phil or else?
      Apologies again for the lateness of this reply. (I DID read it the day you posted and then my lottery ticket numbers didn’t match the ones they drew and I was forced back to the mines to pay the bills. The older I get I must confess I find myself thinking more and more of just “going Galt” and letting the parasites fight over what’s left. But then I think about my nieces and nephews, and all the sons and daughters they’re going to want to have some day and I’m not just quit ready to give up the fight and turn this once great nation over to a bunch of bottom dwelling a….. lickers!)

      • A Nonny Moose on December 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        Hah! No worries. Glad you'[re enjoying your family.

        I found Cracker Barrel’s actions to be regrettable and yet perfectly understandable. They feel they have to react so as to not lose business. In this economy, every dollar matters. When they (undoubtedly, though I haven’t seen it written about, oddly) received a complaint about their carrying that merchandise, they naturally assumed the whole thing would mushroom, and they’d be lumped in with the Neanderthals the left is trying to paint Robertson as being. Then, probably surprising their officers, the backlash to their action (and in favor of Robertson) started, and they belatedly understood their clientele is generally more inclined to agree with Robertson than GLAAD. They’re caught in the middle. They chose to go with what they thought would ultimately cost them less. Nothing principled about it, unless you count loyalty to the business and stockholders as principled (and I do, in this case). It’s regrettable that they chose to kiss GLAAD butt in the first place.

        And now we hear that just as this story was starting to die, Jesse Jackson must’ve figured out a way to make money off this, as he’s inserting himself into the fray. No principle there, either, just loyalty to his business. Which means, of course, to himself only, no matter what damage he causes. Unless someone tells him he really needs to sit down, shut up, and just fade away, this could get entertaining. Somehow I can’t see the Robertson family giving in to the usual Jackson extortion methods. In fact, since Jackson represents the same “give us what we want or else” mentality as GLAAD and others, Jackson might garner the Robertsons even more money and support. Time will tell.


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