Walker Uses Obvious Metaphor, Lefty Bloggers Freak Out

Move over, Bush Derangement Syndrome. Scott Walker has arrived.

In that same recent interview, Walker stated, “I’ve got a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests, and I think that is worth more than anything else that anybody can point to.”

No one who graduated the third grade takes “a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests” as an actual claim to an advanced college degree. But here we are.

Gov. Walker was unable to finish college. There are plenty of websites and blogs out there full of accusations about why he left Marquette, but we’re not exploring that today. This is about how he has the audacity to suggest that he has a master’s degree when he does not even have a bachelor’s degree…

When I look back at what my education cost me, precious time with my son, and a relationship with a woman I loved deeply, I am filled with rage when I hear that Walker claims to have a non-existent master’s degree. He is no better than wannabe soldiers who parade around in military uniforms claiming to be something they are not.

He has no idea of the sacrifices that a non-traditional student has to make to attain a degree, a degree that they hope will lead to a better life for their families. That was my hope, for a better life for me and my son. In the end I found that my education gave me far more than what I put into it—and I am not talking about a great job with high pay and amazing benefits (graduating in the middle of a recession did not help). It made me a better person; it taught me how to think, and how to express myself.

Yes, clearly it taught the writer how to think. My favorite part:

He does not get to say he has a non-existent master’s degree. He has not earned one—he does not know what non-traditional students have to sacrifice for their education. He has never wondered if he will have enough money for food after he pays his tuition bill, or if he can afford diapers after purchasing a textbook. He has never slaved away for months on something, putting heart and soul into it, only to have a professor rip it to shreds in less than five minutes, and to have loved ones walk out of your life.

No, Walker does not have a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests. He is a college dropout.

I’m amused by the idea that wondering if you have enough money for food because you’re paying tuition is somehow different than wondering if you have enough money for food because, oh yes, you have no money. A professor pulling your paper apart? The struggle is real. Middle America just can’t understand.

The comment section over at Daily Kos is equally hilarious. I fully encourage the left to rail against people who lack college degrees. That’d play great in Ohio and Pennsylvania, I’m sure.

Jimmy Carter Pretty Sure Jews to Blame for Paris Attack

This man was president of the United States and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Let’s allow that to sink in and shame us.

“Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem. And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what’s being done to them. So I think that’s part of it.”

Yes. Radical Islamists massacred French cartoonists for daring to draw a cartoon of Mohammed because Israel, obviously. Clearly also explains why French Muslims would murder Jews buying groceries in Paris.

Paul Ryan Says No to White House Run

Prominent Wisconsin Congressman and 2012 Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan has removed himself from contention for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, told NBC News in an interview Monday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.

“I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016,” Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is “at peace” with the decision he made “weeks ago” to forgo a bid for the White House.

“It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people – from friends and supporters – but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that,” he said.

The nine-term congressman believes he can make that “big difference” in his new role as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee rather than as a presidential contender.

Indeed, Ryan now controls the committee that control the purse strings. He’s also in a strong position to run for US Senate in the state that gave us Ron Johnson and has repeatedly backed Scott Walker.

What will be interesting to see is who Ryan backs instead. He has said that he’ll support former running mate Mitt Romney should the former Massachusetts governor run again. But what if hometown governor Walker jumps in? Could be interesting.

White House: We Should Have Sent Higher-Profile Official to Paris

In a rare admission of error, the White House today admitted a higher-ranking official should have been sent to represent the United States at the anti-terrorism march in Paris.

During Monday’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest conceded, “We should have sent someone higher profile”. The admission came after widespread criticism from both sides of the aisle and the media.

Earnest further said he had no idea if Obama had been invited to the march or if he had watched the event on television. He also had no idea what the president was doing instead yesterday.

More than 40 world leaders, including the leaders of Britain, Israel, Germany, and the European Union, led the march that saw millions of French citizens turn out. No American representative was in attendance. A single representative attended a solidarity rally in Washington, DC.

Update: Earnest just claimed Obama wasn’t involved with the decision on whether or not to send a high-profile, high-ranking US official to Paris. Difficult to believe at best.

Cuba Reportedly Releases 53 Political Prisoners

I see people saying Cuba has released “all 53 political prisoners” but Cuba doesn’t have 53 political prisoners. It has approximately 11 million.

Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said, a major step toward détente with Washington.

The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for historic talks next week aimed at normalizing relations after decades of hostility, the officials said.

They described the Cuban government’s release over the weekend of the last detainees on the list as a milestone but said they would keep pressing Havana to free more people the United States considers political prisoners.

The officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, did not say how many prisoners were released over the weekend or identify them. But the White House will provide the names of all 53 to Congress and expects lawmakers to make them public, the officials added.

Of course, Cuba itself remains an oppressive communist state, so it’s like being released from the jail cell into the prison yard. You’re not free, you just have a little more room in which to slave away.

No one should be surprised that Cuba followed through on the first part of the agreement. The Castro regime has nothing to lose and everything to gain. In exchange for some meaningless gestures of humanity the regime is propped up by a new and much-needed flow of money.

BREAKING: CENTCOM Social Media Accounts Hacked

The Twitter and YouTube accounts of US Central Command were hacked a short time ago, with self-proclaimed cyberjihadists claiming responsibility.

The hackers, claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), first tweeted this message, posted to Pastebin:

Pentagon networks hacked

AMERICAN SOLDIERS,
WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate under the auspices of ISIS continues its CyberJihad. While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.
You’ll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now.
We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.
U.S. soldiers! We’re watching you!

Here’s a part of confidential data from your mobile devices:

http://www.4shared.com/zip/2uJtWwfDba/us_army_files.html

http://www.4shared.com/zip/TskSuCl2ba/war_scenarios.html

http://dfiles.eu/files/njgg7yvbx

http://dfiles.eu/files/usybptc71

There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet! There is no law but Sharia!

The information they proceeded to post included the names and personal information of high-ranking military officers, along with military scenarios in China and Korea. None of the information seems particularly secretive, and much of it is publicly available. The focus of “ISIS” on Asian affairs also seems strange.

About a half-hour after the hacking, the CENTCOM Twitter account was suspended.

The incident occurred as President Obama gave a speech on cybersecurity.

Text: Mike Huckabee’s Statement to Supporters

Via email, former Governor Mike Huckabee’s statement to supporters regarding his departure from Fox News Channel:

Dear Friends,

This evening I wanted to share with you some news that is very personal to me. Because you have been such a good friend and a strong supporter of all my efforts, I wanted you to know first that tonight I will do more than just say goodnight on my Fox show. I will say goodbye.

This is the last edition of Huckabee on the Fox News Channel. It has been the ride of a lifetime, and I have never had so much fun in my life. But I also realize that God hasn’t put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather has put me on earth to try to make a good life.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President. I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them. The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support. As much as I have loved doing the show, I love my country more, and feel that it may be time for me to leave a zone of comfort to engage in the conflicts that have almost destroyed the bedrock foundations of America. I feel compelled to ascertain if the support exists strongly enough for another Presidential run. So as we say in television, stay tuned!

With the deepest gratitude,

Mike

Belgian Rapist To Be Euthanized. Seriously.

Apparently Europeans are okay with terminating the life of prisoners so long as it’s framed as being compassionate toward the prisoner. Fascinating.

Belgian newspaper De Morgen is reporting Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the past 30 years in jail for repeated rape convictions and a rape murder, will be euthanised in prison in the north-western city of Bruges. “Euthanasia will indeed be implemented,” a justice ministry spokeswoman told the Flemish-language newspaper, which gave the date as 11 January .

“Now the time has come,” the spokeswoman added. Mr Van Den Bleeken had for years requested that the state help him end his life due to what his lawyer Jos Vander Velpen called “unbearable” psychological suffering. He received the all-clear to be allowed do so last September.

Aww, poor baby was suffering psychologically from being imprisoned for his rapes and murder.

BREAKING: Huckabee to Explore Presidential Run, End Fox News Show

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who already ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, will end his Fox News cable show and explore a run for president in 2016. Fox News confirms that this evening’s broadcast will be Huckabee’s last.

More soon.

Update: Huckabee will announce his decision in spring. I know you’re all waiting with baited breath.

HarperCollins: Hey, sorry for not putting Israel on our maps

Their branch in Europe, a continent known for its less-than-enthusiastic response to Israel’s existence, apparently forgot to include the Jewish state on maps of the Middle East. Oops.

HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologises for this omission and for any offence caused.

Yeah, I’d love to hear how the publisher accidentally forgot to include on its maps a major country, a player in a globally-involved dispute. And the country just happens to be the one that antisemites, Islamists, extremists on both sides of the spectrum, and many “hip” “intellectuals” refuse to acknowledge has a right to exist.