Far-Left Hollywood Idiot Pretty Sure Bush and Cheney Invented ISIS

Not just any far-left Hollywood idiot. Our favorite far-left Hollywood idiot, Chavez apologist Sean Penn.

Sean Penn, during his Thursday evening appearance on TBS’s “Conan,” dubbed Dick Cheney an “embittered bacteria of humanity.”

“It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here,” Penn said.

“And I wanted to give him the credit, since you mentioned him—I mean, these are the guys, he and President Bush and some others, who invented Daesh, or ISIS,” Penn continued (Daesh is an Arabic name for ISIS.) “I mean, they really are that which created it, and so I wanted to give him a shout-out, thanks for that.”

See, if you throw “Daesh” out there to show you, um, did a Google search, you can then spout fictional nonsense and have it sound well-informed. Probably even have it spread around social media by the same idiots who get all of their news from the Daily Show and think Stephen Colbert should be president. Truth to power, man.

“We have people like Harvey Milk, who were beautiful, brilliant, impactful guys, and, you know — it’s just no good deed goes unpunished, and then you’ve got the Cheneys. This is just me musing,” he remarked. Penn played Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to office in California, in a 2008 film.

Milk, of course, was assassinated by an angry Democratic city supervisor who resigned his job but then decided he wanted it back, only to be rebuffed. I’m sure Milk’s assassination is also somehow Dick Cheney’s fault. It’s the grand unified theory of Cheney. Also Cheney’s fault? The burning of Joan of Arc. Part of the GOP’s war on women.

Microsoft to Axe Legendary, and Notorious, Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, once the global web browser of choice, has become synonymous with slow, outdated, security-lax technology. Microsoft is now giving up on its legendary program.

We’ve known for months now that Microsoft was working on a new browser currently named Project Spartan for Windows 10, but it always appeared as though the company planned to keep Internet Explorer front and center. But the negative connotations with the name were just too much — Microsoft is finally giving up on IE.

Many Windows users associate Internet Explorer with terrible performance and badly rendered websites, but that hasn’t actually been the case for a long time. The most recent iterations of the browser have worked well enough, yet the legacy of the monstrosity that was Internet Explorer 6 loomed large over them. Even Microsoft took shots at the browser in ads for later versions, but that wasn’t enough to remove the stigma.

At yesterday’s Microsoft Convergence event, Microsoft’s marketing head Chris Capossela said that the company is focusing on Project Spartan moving forward, and according to The Verge’s Tom Warren, it is looking into renaming its new browser. While we knew that Spartan would be included in Windows 10, it wasn’t clear if it would be the operating system’s default browser, and if it was, whether it would eventually carry the Internet Explorer name.

It’s not quite the end of the line for IE, however. The to-be-renamed Project Spartan will be the default Windows 10 browsing experience, but Internet Explorer will be included in some versions of the OS for comparability purposes relating to enterprise software. And while Spartan won’t be released under the Internet Explorer banner, Microsoft isn’t yet sure what it will be named. It is likely, however, that the company’s name will be part of the branding. “Just by putting the Microsoft name in front of it, the delta for Chrome users on appeal is incredibly high,” Capossela said.

So long to a big part of internet history.

Envelope Sent to White House Tests Positive for Cyanide

An envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide, the Secret Service says.

In a statement Tuesday night, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the envelope was received at an off-site mail screening facility Monday.

Hoback said initial biological testing was negative, but chemical tests conducted Tuesday “returned a presumptive positive for Cyanide.”

The sample has been taken to another facility for further testing.

 

I’d love to believe this New York Post report. But I don’t.

From the New York Post:

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett leaked to the press details of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail address during her time as secretary of state, sources tell me.

But she did so through people outside the ­administration, so the story couldn’t be traced to her or the White House.

In addition, at Jarrett’s behest, the State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct at Foggy Bottom, including the use of her expense account, the disbursement of funds, her contact with foreign leaders and her possible collusion with the Clinton Foundation…

“My contacts and friends in newspapers and TV tell me that they’ve been contacted by the White House and offered all kinds of negative stories about us,” one of Bill’s friends quotes him as saying. “The Obamas are behind the e-mail story, and they’re spreading rumors that I’ve been with women, that Hillary promoted people at the State Department who’d done favors for our foundation, that John Kerry had to clean up diplomatic messes Hillary left behind.”

Then, according to this source, Bill added: “The Obamas are out to get us any way they can.”

How exciting! And not at all believable.

Not that it’d be below this White House to use federal agencies to go after an old political opponent. That part is totally credible. Rather, it’s that:

  • Bill’s people would run to the New York Post to have this allegation taken seriously, rather than the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, or even Fox News.
  • Bill’s people would run to Edward Klein, whose last book on Hillary Clinton was ripped apart by both sides of the aisle.
  • The quotes provided, supposedly citing Bill himself, sound off.

Klein’s latest book, coincidentally, is about a feud between the Clintons and Obamas. How fun.

Again, I want to believe it but I don’t.

Jet for Jesus: Megachurch Pastor Seeks $65 Million Jet

Listen. I’m not one who thinks any expenditure by a religious organization or leader is outrageous. Just because you’ve dedicated your life to spreading the Good Word doesn’t mean you should live in total poverty.

But this is just absurd.

ATLANTA (AP) — The ministry of a prominent Georgia megachurch pastor and evangelist who teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.

The website of Creflo Dollar Ministries asked people Friday to “Sow your love gift of any amount” to help the ministry buy a Gulfstream G650 airplane. Dollar and his wife, Taffi, are co-pastors of World Changers International Church in College Park, just south of Atlanta.

Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta who have built successful ministries on the prosperity gospel. Ministers in this tradition often hold up their own wealth as evidence that the teaching works.

Which sounds like the foundation of a pyramid scheme. Or a sleazy affiliate program. I’m making $500 a month getting my friends to sign up to get their friends to sign up to get their friends to sign up for this program! And you can too! Voila! Proof it works! Now here’s my Paypal link. Give generously.

This paragraph reads like the punchline of an article from The Onion:

“(W)e are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace,” the ministry’s website says.

But this…this…is my favorite part:

Dollar said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press that he renounced his church salary, and his income comes only from personal investments…

wait for it…

including a real estate business and horse breeding company called Dollar Ranch. He’s also published more than 30 books, focusing mostly on family and life issues, including debt management.

wait for it…

He said he can get up to $100,000 for a single appearance on his packed schedule of speaking engagements.

There we go. Pure bliss.

Report: ISIS Using Chemical Weapons; Pope Calls for Global War Against Terror Group

Kurdish troops engaged in combat against fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are being attacked with chemical weapons, according to new reports. The Kurdish Regional Security Council says the international terrorist group is now utilizing chlorine gas against peshmerga troops.

The council said the alleged chemical attack took place on a road between Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, and the Syrian border, as forces fought to seize a vital supply line used by the Sunni militants. It said its fighters later found “around 20 gas canisters” that had been loaded onto the truck involved in the attack.

Video provided by the council showed a truck racing down a road, white smoke pouring out of it as it came under heavy fire from peshmerga fighters. It later showed a white, billowing cloud after the truck exploded and the remnants of it scattered across a road.

An official with the Kurdish council told The Associated Press that dozens of peshmerga fighters were treated for “dizziness, nausea, vomiting and general weakness” after the attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the incident.

The use of chlorine gas is in violation of international law, but of course we’re talking about an Islamic terrorist group. When fighting a group like ISIS, international law is about as relevant as the community pool rules at the YMCA.

Meanwhile, in a rare call for such action, the Vatican is calling for an international war against the Islamic State, which has waged genocide against Christians and non-Islamists in general.

“We have to stop this kind of genocide,” said Italian Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative in Geneva. “Otherwise we’ll be crying out in the future about why we didn’t so something, why we allowed such a terrible tragedy to happen.”

Tomasi said that any anti-ISIS coalition has to include the Muslim states of the Middle East, and can’t simply be a “Western approach.” He also said it should unfold under the aegis of the United Nations.

The call for force is striking, given that the Vatican traditionally has opposed military interventions in the Middle East, including the two US-led Gulf Wars. It builds, however, on comments from Pope Francis that the use of force is “legitimate … to stop an unjust aggressor.” …

“It will be up the United Nations and its member states, especially the Security Council, to determine the exact form of intervention necessary,” he said, “but some responsibility [to act] is clear.”

The Roman Catholic Church in the 21st century generally seeks a diplomatic and peaceful approach to global conflict, but it’s long been clear that the only solution to the threat of ISIS is decisive military action. Anything less is simply suicidal.

Expert witnesses dominate penalty phase of BP oil proceedings

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010, and resulted in the discharge of nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Court proceedings are still underway to determine the extent to which BP and other oil companies must take financial responsibility for the damages caused by this disaster. Along with the costs of cleanup and remediation, environmental damage and losses sustained by companies dependent on fishing and tourism have been estimated at close to $4 billion. Currently, BP is facing a maximum $13.7 billion fine in addition to the damages the company has already paid out.

 

Penalty phase maneuvers

 

The Justice Department has already presented its case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The proceedings are being presided over by Judge Carl J. Barbier, who has attracted some controversy due to accusations by BP attorneys that Barbier has been biased against their company in determining settlement amounts for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The penalty phase currently underway will decide the amount of the Clean Water Act fines BP must pay to the federal government. BP is arguing that its efforts to clean up the beaches and to provide remedies for wildlife affected by the spill should be taken into consideration when assessing fines associated with Deepwater Horizon.

 

Expert witnesses to take the stand

 

BP’s selection of expert witnesses serves as proof that legal proceedings do indeed make strange bedfellows. BP has retained the services of expert witnesses in the fields of marine biology, socioeconomics, naval architecture, and medicine to provide testimony regarding the ongoing effects of the disaster on local populations, economies, and wildlife along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Through depositions and appearances, these witnesses are expected to provide testimony to counter federal allegations about the health risks and environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

 

The importance of expert witnesses

 

The opinions of the expert witnesses called by BP and by the Justice Department are likely to have a significant impact on the ruling reached by Judge Barbier and the size of the fines assessed to BP and the other companies involved in the disaster. Expert witnesses are a critical resource for attorneys on both sides of the aisle and can deliver credible information in their fields of expertise for jurors to evaluate. Most expert witnesses hold advanced degrees and have impressive credentials in their chosen fields. In the BP case specifically, the testimony provided by these professionals may be the determining factor in the size of the fines imposed by the judge on behalf of the Justice Department.

The full impact of the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster may not be fully understood for decades. For BP and the other oil companies involved in civil litigation, however, the financial impact will be determined in part by the in-person testimony and depositions provided by expert witnesses.

Jeb Bush Snags Top GOP Operative

With a rumored run for president looming, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) has snagged a top GOP operative as his communications chief.

Tim Miller, who currently heads America Rising PAC, is known for specializing in opposition research. He will initially serve  as senior adviser to Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

Miller is a young operative who is very active on social media. His previous endeavors have included the McCain and Huntsman campaigns.

Suspect in NAACP Bombing Claims to Have Targeted Accountant, Not Group

The suspect in a bombing that took place near the Colorado headquarters of the NAACP says he was targeting his accountant in the same area, not the civil rights group.

Left-wing activists have insisted that the group was targeted in an act of domestic terrorism and have even pointed to the incident as a right-wing counterpart to Islamic terrorism.

The Los Angeles Times, citing police records, says the suspect, Thaddeus Murphy, demonstrated no animosity towards the NAACP in interviews. Murphy admitted to the bombing but says he was threatening his accountant who was withholding information.

Murphy is believed to have placed a pipe bomb near a container of gasoline before igniting both items on January 5th. No one was injured in the attack. Murphy has a criminal history and says he believed his accountant was intentionally targeting and harming him.

Although it was never clear that the NAACP was the target of the attack, the explosion upset black leaders, several of whom speculated that the attack might have been a hate crime.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an influential leader of the civil rights movement, called the attack “deeply troubling” and the Twitter hashtag #NAACPbombing trended nationwide for days after the incident.

Allen said there were at least a half-dozen people in the NAACP offices and the adjacent barbershop on the day of the attack. Simply put, Allen said, people could have been hurt, so the target of Murphy’s pipe bomb should be irrelevant to prosecutors.

“What happened was, you placed an explosive device in an attempt to do harm. Inside of that building was human beings,” Allen said. “I don’t care what your purpose was, you hated somebody.

By that definition, any murder is a hate crime. Which is true but not exactly what leftists want to hear. I’m also fascinated by the idea that the target of the bombing should be irrelevant to prosecutors. It’s a position that makes zero sense if you’re seeking hate crime charges. And it should really be relevant to any investigation, hate crime or not.

BREAKING: Russia Downgraded to Junk Status by Moody’s

Russia’s sovereign debt has been downgraded to Junk status by credit ratings agency Moody’s. Outlook is negative.

In a statement announcing the downgrade, Moody’s cites the Ukraine crisis, falling oil prices, and a likely recession in 2015.