If you haven’t seen the previous installments in The Washington Free Beacon’s video series of compilations that document Al Sharpton’s ongoing struggles to accurately pronounce — or even understand — the news copy he’s handed, you’ve been missing out on pure comedy.
The Beacon is back again today with a brand-new update, though, so there’s no time like the present to jump in. Incredibly, Sharpton’s gaffes seem to be getting sloppier and, judging from the context at times, just more plain ignorant as his MSNBC hosting gig rolls along.
What’s amazing about these ongoing compilations is how little time it takes between installments for Sharpton to provide his mockers with a wealth of fresh material. When it comes to browbeating hapless donors for nonprofit funds, sure, he may be a taker. But when it comes to unintentional hilarity, Sharpton knows only how to give.
All together now: Resist We Much!
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a swipe at congressional Republicans Thursday at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, calling into question the testicular fortitude of the party’s leadership.
Palin, who was promoting her show “Amazing America”, declined to talk politics in an interview with The Blaze but did offer a quick assessment of the current state of the GOP.
“I’m not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense. Man, they are not going to win any game on defense,” she said. “Being in the majority there in D.C. — we’re blowing it if we just bend our back.”
Palin continued, “That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”
The failed 2008 vice presidential candidate was referencing an ongoing sports scandal dubbed ‘deflate-gate,’ which involves accusations that the Patriots deliberately underinflated game balls to gain a competitive edge against the Indianapolis Colts in their last game.
Former Vice President and environmental profiteer Al Gore has partnered with former Mexican President Felipe Calderon to propose a global program of urban planning that would eradicate cars from cities while forcing cities to grow inward in a bid to make public transportation the eminent form of getting around.
Their plan, outlined in a presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, calls for a worldwide outlay of $90 trillion, to be spent shoring up the infrastructure of inner cities to make them more amenable to mass transit while banning cars outright.
The goal, of course, is to end the urban environment’s contribution to global warming. It’s an… ambitious… plan — to say the least.
“Here’s one way to solve global warming: Spend $90 trillion (£59 trillion) over the next few years to redesign all the cities — as in all the cities on Earth — so people live in more densely packed neighbourhoods and don’t need cars,” wrote Business Insider UK:
The key will be to persuade the mayors — again, all the mayors on Earth — that designing new cities this way will be vastly preferable to the old way, in terms of efficiency and prosperity for their residents. “The mistake we made in Mexico was to let cities develop however they want, and it’s a mess,” Calderon told Business Insider. “It’s in their [the mayors] best interests” not to repeat that “mistake,” Calderon said.
Lest a figure like $90 trillion alarm anyone, Gore and Calderon helpfully explained that amount is likely to be spent anyway as cities improve their infrastructures over time — so why not spend all that money in a concerted way across the globe?
Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
You’d think that after the thumping his party took in the midterm elections, President Obama would still be licking his wounds. But apparently, he’s too delusional and narcissistic for that. He doesn’t seem to care what the American people want; it’s what he wants that matters. He as much as said so in his State of the Union address.
Moms Demand Action leader Shannon Watts sarcastically denounced the arrest of a man who, upon spotting a shoppers legally carrying a firearm in Walmart, tackled the law-abiding gun owner and placed him in a headlock.
— Shannon (@shannonrwatts) January 21, 2015
Here’s the full story of how the incident unfolded, courtesy of MyFoxTampa:
Hillsborough deputies arrested a man who spotted someone with a gun, followed him into a Walmart, and tackled him. The problem? The man with the gun had a concealed weapons permit, and the man who rushed him didn’t call 911 or alert store security.
According to the sheriff’s office, Michael Foster, 43, saw Clarence Daniels, 62, in the Walmart parking lot with a gun holstered under his coat.
Foster followed Daniels into the store, put him in a choke-hold and brought him to the ground, the sheriff’s office said. He then started yelling that Daniels had a gun.
A struggle ensued, with Daniels yelling that he had a permit. Security detained both men until deputies arrived.
They confirmed Daniels had a permit for the gun, and arrested Foster.
He is charged with one count of battery.
Luckily, no one has ever accused Watts or her supporters of having a great deal of common sense.
A Pew poll asking Americans to sum up the president in one word reveals that a majority of Americans believe Barack Obama is a good man even if he’s an incompetent leader.
The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,504 adults, finds that the words good (35 mentions) and incompetent (33 mentions) are used most frequently to describe Obama. Those words also were used most often in June 2013, the last time this question was asked. This report shows the actual number of respondents mentioning each word; they are not percentages.
The responses are similar to one word descriptions Americans provided in 2013.
It’s worth noting, however, that way back in 2009 — or, as Obama might remember it, before the magic died — the top two responses were “good” and “intelligent.”
Defending Al Sharpton’s lifelong commitment to “fighting for what’s right,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell lauded the MSNBC figure and Obama administration cultural pointman today at an event for Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“Reverend Sharpton has spent his life fighting for what’s right, no matter how challenging. I want to thank you for your courage, tenacity and persistence,” said Burwell, who also honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in commemoration of the federal holiday named in his honor.
Burwell’s uncritical assessment of Sharpton’s integrity struck conservative critics as especially glib, coming on a day that celebrates the man who argued for weighing the worth of each individual based on the content of his character.
“Does she think Sharpton was fighting for what’s right when he defamed a district attorney by falsely claiming the official had participated in the gang rape of a black teenager?” Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein rhetorically asked.
“… Or maybe Burwell was thinking of the time when Sharpton helped instigate an anti-Semitic riot that resulted in the murder of a young Jewish rabbinical scholar?
“… Or maybe Burwell thought Sharpton was fighting for what was right when he injected himself into a landlord dispute in Harlem, declaring, ‘We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th Street’ — and leading protests resulting in the store being burnt down and seven people getting killed?”
Maybe Burwell was just talking about Sharpton’s dignified comportment that time he opened up about his productive and selfless contribution to the Tawana Brawley scandal:
Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) reintroduced legislation in the House this week that would end birthright citizenship in the U.S. The lawmaker contends that the effort is necessary to fight the “anchor baby agenda” of illegal immigrants who come to the nation to have children to ensure their citizenship.
For nearly 150 years, a clause in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution has granted citizenship, stating, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
King argues that the clause wasn’t often abused a century ago but that it “has now grown into a birthright citizenship, an anchor baby agenda.”
“When they started granting automatic citizenship on all babies born in the United States they missed the clause in the 14th Amendment that says, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ So once the practice began, it grew out of proportion and today between 340,000 and 750,000 babies are born in America each year that get automatic citizenship even though both parents are illegal. That has got to stop,” he said in a statement.
Kings proposal would limit birthright citizenship to people born in the country who also have at least one parent that is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident or an immigrant in the armed forces.
King has introduced similar legislation twice before, in 2011 and 2013, drawing 39 GOP co-sponsors the second time.
The nation’s highest court on Friday consolidated four gay marriage cases and slated them for an April hearing, taking up an issue that, according to an early report in USA Today, promises to “resolve the national debate over same-sex marriage once and for all.”
Here is the listing of the cases to be consolidated.
The Court has indicated it will weigh whether the states reserve the power to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, as well as to recognize or refuse recognition for same-sex marriages carried out in other of the states.
“Although the Court said explicitly that it was limiting review to the two basic issues,” wrote SCOTUS Blog, “along the way the Justices may have to consider what constitutional tests they are going to apply to state bans, and what weight to give to policies that states will claim to justify one or the other of the bans.”
Same-sex marriage currently is recognized by 36 states, as well as by Washington, D.C.
Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons
So not only could the leader of the free world not be bothered to attend a march to show solidarity against Islamic terrorists, but he cared so little about it that he failed to send any of his high-profile minions — not even Attorney General Eric Holder, who just so happened to be in Paris at the time of the march. Way to send a message, President Obama!