Monthly Archives: July 2016

David Frum doubles down on the douchebaggery over Newtown tragedy

http://twitter.com/#!/davidfrum/status/279934951389028352

Yesterday, the always execrable David Frum co-opted the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in an attempt to ghoulishly score a few cheap laughs. “Obviously, we need to lower the age limit for concealed carry so toddlers can defend themselves,” he tweeted.

Repulsive.

But he wasn’t done sloshing around in the blood of 20 murdered children just yet. Punctuating his tweets with the hashtag “#thinking,” Frum is still slinging what he’s deluded himself into believing are ingeniously witty rejoinders to his critics (also known as decent people).

“Last week: teachers’ unions are the enemy. This week: arm unionized teachers with semi-automatics to prevent gun violence. #thinking,” he sneered while trying to score a few political points on the backs of the dead. And then this:

There are 3.7 million public-school teachers. nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/disp… Tell me none of them suffer from mental illness themselves? #thinking

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Because, you know, #thinking. Then he dropped the #thinking hashtag. Appropriate, no?

Records show 1 instance of an armed civilian stopping a mass shooter, back in 1982 – and then the civilian hit shooter w car first

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

In other cases where concealed carry stopped a shooter, the carrier was an off-duty cop

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Fantasy of armed citizens felling a mass murderer in blaze of 2nd amendment bullets are … fantasies.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Americans mostly use guns to hurt themselves.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

The only response his tweets warrant is disgust. But this about sums Frum up:

The definition of intellectual laziness –> RT @davidfrum: Americans mostly use guns to hurt themselves.

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) December 15, 2012

Frum also responded to yesterday’s critics on his Daily Beast blog, announcing that no apology was due (feel free to Google for it if you must). Then he lashed out at Twitchy and the hundreds of people disgusted by his callous mockery of the tragedy.

I’ll accept no lectures about “sensitivity” on days of tragedy like today from people who work the other 364 days of the year against any attempt to prevent such tragedies.

No Labels, no lectures, no apologies.

What a despicable little man.

Update:

The dishonest anti-gun trolling continues:

30,000 self-inflicted gun injuries a year. 50% greater likelihood of gun death by suicide than by homicide.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Often-cited figure of 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year is a statistical farce.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Frum, of course, is quite familiar with statistical farces.

Gun regs do not = gun abolition. Swedish rate of gun ownership nearly half that of U.S.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Lots of guns in France too

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Here’s your best weapon to defend your home against intruders images.google.com/imgres?q=germa…

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

In 2011, only 6% of US population went hunting.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Straw man-palooza!

US Fish & Wildlife reports 13.7 million people went hunting in 2011. wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/Natio… My mistake: that’s 4.3% of population, not 6%.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Did gun control work in Australia? Looks like it. washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

And what’s the rape rate down under, hmm?

American Rifle’s top 10 deer rifles. americanhunter.org/articles/best-… You know what’s not on the list? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AR-15

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Hunters want weapons that do minimum damage to the body and fur of the quarry. Killers want the opposite.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

And if the reason you want semi-automatics is because you imagine bearing arms against the govt, I ask: why do you hate America?

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 15, 2012

Oh, for the love of everything ever! Enough already.

Activate shocked faces: White House buried prostitution scandal, IG report

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/520034645862133761

Yep. Ho-hum. Another day, another Obama scandal. Corruptocracy: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I'd say Obama's going to be livid when he reads the papers tomorrow, but it appears he knew about it over two years ago. #Cartagena

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014

Breaking from @CarolLeonnig @DavidNakamura: Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena prostitution scandal http://t.co/Z9M4nBy40u

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 9, 2014

That was fast. RT @TrendsDC: 'cartagena' is now trending in #DC http://t.co/UAecjLnXpd

— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) October 9, 2014

In case you were wondering why #cartagena was trending, here’s why. From the WaPo report:

The Secret Service shared its findings twice in the weeks after the scandal with top White House officials, including then-White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Each time, she and other presidential aides conducted an interview with the advance-team member and concluded that he had done nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, the new details also show that a separate set of investigators in the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security — tasked by a Senate committee with digging more deeply into misconduct on the trip — found additional evidence from records and eyewitnesses who had accompanied the team member in Colombia.

The lead investigator later told Senate staffers that he felt pressure from his superiors in the office of Charles K. Edwards, who was then the acting inspector general, to withhold evidence — and that, in the heat of an election year, decisions were being made with political considerations in mind.

“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement.

Cover up at the White House via @CarolLeonnig http://t.co/qOLdIJqln0

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 9, 2014

Can't make this up: the WH aide pulled rank as a…Hilton Honors Member in order to get the hotel's overnight hooker fee waived.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 9, 2014

I wonder if the Hilton in Cartagena has elevator cameras…

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 9, 2014

Patterns, anyone?

The #Cartagena investigator said he was told to delay the report until after the 2012 election. IRS report came out May 2013… wonder why.

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014

Luv that lib journos are finally waking up to Obama #cultureofcorruption & admin's bullying of inspectors general. Good morning! #Cartagena

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 9, 2014

Relevant flashback re. corruption of admin's inspectors general: Obama's dirty watchdogs ==> http://t.co/Y1PXwIKCQH #Cartagena

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 9, 2014

White House interfered w/ an IG investigation? Threatened people? This isn't new, this is their habit. Spans across Obama's administration.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 9, 2014

Dear press, if WH did full court press cover-up on this prostitution story, what else might they've been willing to lie about to your faces?

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 9, 2014

So WH covers up 25 year-old volunteer with a hooker because of the election, but wouldn't lie about Benghazi despite electoral fallout?

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 9, 2014

Slooooowly, but surely, the lib media rouses.

problem here is the WH’s efforts to cover it up and, potentially, influence the investigation

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 9, 2014

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Heh:

delaying a report until after an election seems so unlike this administration, and to suggest otherwise isn't patriotic.

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) October 9, 2014

So is Kathryn Ruemmler out of a job?

Aaaand Kathryn Rummler's shot at becoming AG goes out the window … http://t.co/s7EyxDyqg8

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 9, 2014

Well, we wouldn’t be so sure. We can think of plenty of high-level Obama officials who clinched their nominations and kept their jobs despite dirty scandals tainting their records.

Nobody knew nuthin’. Transparency flashback!

FLASHBACK: Jay Carney declares "no indication of any misconduct" by the White House team in SS prostitution scandal http://t.co/4lMu2Eh2n4

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) October 9, 2014

Shorter WH: We manipulated an investigation over an *advance-team member* for political reasons, but are 100% truthful about everything else

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014

Circumcision Parties Are A Rite Of Passage In Turkey

Photographer Bradley Secker journeys to Istanbul to document the traditional ceremonies surrounding sünnet, or male circumcision.

On a Sunday morning at the Sünnet Sarayi (Circumcision Palace) in Istanbul, groups of 7- and 8-year-old boys are paraded around in glitzy costumes reminiscent of Ottoman sultans. Excited and nervous, they are preparing for their circumcision. The ritual is considered the first step in the passage from boyhood to manhood, and on this day each boy is a little sultan in the eyes of his admiring family.

The Sünnet Sarayi was established in 1976 by Kemal Özkan, one of Turkey’s most adored traditional figures. Özkan claims to have circumcised more than 125,000 children during his lifetime, more than half of which he did without charge for local councils and municipalities throughout Turkey.

Yahya Kemal Ãœnal after his circumcision in Sariyer, a town on the Bosphorus coastline north of Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Before the knife cuts, the children dance for their families, get entertained by a clown, and are given a ride on a football-shaped train. Parents sit at large tables around the room and cheer for their kids.

When the time comes to perform the operation, the mini sultans are seated in a large red velvet throne opposite of the late Mr. Özkan’s son and his assistant. Families gather around, looking through excited and nervous eyes. While the ceremony takes place, a religious leader recites verses from the Qur’an to add the religious element to the celebration. After the procedure, which lasts a few seconds, the boys are catapulted onto the dance floor below to celebrate with their parents.

The finer details are performed shortly afterward in a medical facility backstage, where the boys are checked over by a doctor. During the checkup they are given an iPad to entertain them. Once the checkup is finished, the surreal clash of past and present traditions is over.

Parents of participating children and entertainers help the boys to feel relaxed and excited before the circumcision takes place. The Circumcision Palace in Istanbul claims to have performed more than 100,000 operations. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Erken (left) and Yigit Huseyin (right) after their traditional circumcision in Sariyer, a town on the Bosphorus coastline north of Istanbul. The boys dress in costumes of Ottoman sultans on the day when they are seen as stepping into manhood.

Families of the young participant eagerly watch the circumcision taking place in Kemal Özkan’s Sünnet Sarayi in Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Mehmet Karakum after his traditional circumcision in Sariyer. Bradley Secker

Families of the young participant eagerly watch the circumcision taking place. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Yekta Selami Ãœnal (left) and Can Umut (right) after their circumcisions.

A mufti recites a religious verse while the boys, dressed as Ottoman Sultans, take a break to let the local anesthetic take effect at the Circumcision Palace in Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Berat Ayan after his traditional circumcision in Sariyer. Bradley Secker

During the religious element of the sünnet ceremony the female guests cover their heads. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Eren Alp (left) and Umut (right) after their traditional circumcisions.

After having the quick operation the participant children dance with their relatives in celebration of moving into manhood. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Baris Can Giçi (left) and Gencay (right) after their traditional circumcisions.

Arda (left) and Yizit (right) after their traditional circumcision. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

A patient uses an iPad as a distraction while he is being checked over by Dr. Levent Ozken before leaving the Circumcision Palace for his coming of age sünnet day. Bradley Secker

Ali Girgin after his traditional circumcision. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker is a photographer based in Istanbul. To view more of his work, check out his website at http://www.bradleysecker.com/.

























Hack-tastic Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet sparks a hashtag: #TysonTweets

http://twitter.com/#!/EsotericCD/status/517115274420826114

And what’s the deal with airline food?

Sometimes people just can’t handle how brilliant astrophysicist/Reddit messiah Neil deGrasse Tyson is. When he’s not making up presidential quotes or looking for venues in which to apologize for doing so, he’s dropping scientific brain busters like this.

If Detroit added a pro-sports team & called it the Bears, the City could boast it was home to the Lions and Tigers and Bears.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 30, 2014

Dude. Mind blown.

Tyson-Oh-My

This sort of heavy science has been known to spark a spontaneous hashtag game.

Have you ever noticed that there are interstate highways in Hawaii? Guys, you live on an island! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

If it's really *instant* oatmeal, why are there directions on the box? I think those marketers are trying to pull a fast one! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

How come glue doesn't stick to the inside of the bottle? And how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan? Science, you guys! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

@seanmdav Why do you drive on the parkway and park in the driveway?

— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) October 1, 2014

@allahpundit Boy, those clowns in Washington sure aren't very bright!

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

"Jumbo" shrimp amirite? RT @seanmdav: Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— Dave in Texas (@DaveinTexas) October 1, 2014

What if an orange wasn't orange #TysonTweets

— M Gardner (@Engerlandm8) October 1, 2014

If Monday wasn't the first day after the weekend then Tuesdays would suck #TysonTweets

— M Gardner (@Engerlandm8) October 1, 2014

I once went to a crowded firehouse and yelled "Movie!" Those firemen sure thought I was clever. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

@allahpundit @seanmdav #TysonTweets or #StevenWrightTweets? How come abbreviated is such a long word?

— _RobRob (@_RobRob) October 1, 2014

How do you know when you run out of invisible ink? RT @seanmdav: Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— KingShamusé (@KingShamus) October 1, 2014

.@neiltyson: "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!" #TysonTweets

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 1, 2014

I once asked a polar bear which way was north and which way was south. He had no clue! Somebody get that dumb bear a new name. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

Kid at the birthday party keeps yelling "To Infinity and beyond!" So I find his mother…I'm trying to explain the math error #TysonTweets

— Steve G (@StevenGoldsch) October 1, 2014

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Another error from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? YES! Let the mocking begin!

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Watch What This Little Boy Does For His Classmate When She Needs Comforted. Heart Melted.

This adorable video comes to us from Taiwan and was taken during a little girl’s first day at kindergarten. It being her first day there she was understandably feeling very uneasy and worried, as we all did on our very first school day. Lucky for her though she was seated next to the nicest little boy ever who starts comforting and reassuring her that he will be there to help her.

This video started going viral in Taiwan this week and has been shown on numerous TV shows there. It was taken just over 3 years ago but the kindergarten only just released it recently with the parents’ permission when the two kids graduated. Good thing they did release it, because it’s one of the most heartwarming things I’ve ever seen.

Via: Dramafever

Share this incredibly mature boy with your friends and family below.

Here’s a flabbergasted Rob Lowe summing up CDC Ebola presser with 2 words

http://twitter.com/#!/andylancaster/status/521699421688307712

Heh. As Twitchy reported, “idiocracy was upon us” when the CDC director did a 180 yesterday on Ebola “protocol breach” blame.

Actor Rob Lowe was not impressed and summed it all up:

Wow, this CDC press conference on Ebola is a train wreck. This guy is totally adrift.

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) October 13, 2014

Yep.

@RobLowe He doesn't exactly inspire confidence, does he?

— Athena (@AthenaTweets) October 13, 2014

@RobLowe: Wow, this CDC press conference on Ebola is a train wreck. This guy is totally adrift.” #BlameNurse #WarOnWomen

— kit (@kits54) October 13, 2014

@RobLowe Repeatedly saying over the last few weeks that we would stop ebola in its tracks surprisingly didn't stop it in its tracks.

— Jessica Heddings (@JessicaHeddings) October 13, 2014

@RobLowe I get the feeling that the so called "experts" have no idea what they're doing.

— Jason (@DrSlappyShorts) October 13, 2014

But … but … Top Men!

And an exit wish:

@RobLowe I wish someone was qualified to answer that phone call at 3am.

— Wayne Lauton (@1SG_WayneLauton) October 13, 2014

It’s not funny, because it’s true.

Related:

‘Idiocracy is upon us’: CDC director does a 180 on Ebola ‘protocol breach’ blame

That awkward moment when CDC claims Ebola ‘protocol breach’ or something. Then ‘forgets’ to mention it HERE

It’s not just you: An update to fix the bug in Twitchy’s apps is on the way

http://twitter.com/#!/ScottCempa/status/294452538378436608

If you’re viewing Twitchy in one of our mobile apps, you might not be able to see the tweets in this post.

No need to notify Super Booker. This week, Twitter rolled out a new feature that turned out to be more of a bug in our apps. We’re aware that tweets haven’t been loading properly and our app developer is working on an update.

Twitter’s embed change yesterday broke tweets in the Twitchy Apps.Reworked how they work overnight so this wont happen again. #TwitchyApps

— Trionic Labs (@TrionicLabs) January 23, 2013

Thanks for sticking with us. The update should be available to all of our app users soon.

Update, 1/30/13:

The update to fix the glitch in our iPhone app is available! Thanks so much for your patience while we waited for it to be approved.

— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) January 30, 2013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s fundraising strategy has gone to the dogs

http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/524960465844047872

In their attempts to raise funds to stave off potential catastrophe at the polls next month, Democrat tactics have included begging and incoherent screaming.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is using a new strategy:

NOW will you send money to the DNC?

“Demmy”?

“Demmy” doesn’t necessarily stand for “Democrat.” After all, the “DWS” in “DWS PAC” has nothing to do with her initials.

Zing! Bret Baier shows Obama’s empty stadium shrinkage in one pic

http://twitter.com/#!/BretBaier/status/243416512961077248

Bless Obama’s heart! Fox News’ Bret Baier puts the extent of the fail into perspective, doesn’t he? And the fail is epic. As Twitchy reported, President Obama totally didn’t fill that stadium and his speech is being moved to a smaller venue. #EmptyStadiumDay, indeed!

@BretBaier @wxbrad they clearly can't fill stadium and once again think we are stupid.

— Peter K. Szabo (@peterkszabo) September 5, 2012

@BretBaier the venue change is like going from Fenway Park to a Foto Mat booth.

— Watch Dog's Morsels (@DanMartin_cards) September 5, 2012

https://twitter.com/icjewels/status/243418034658750464

@BretBaier Only reason they moved the speech- was NOT the weather, but because they knew they could NOT fill all the Seats! jmo Great pic!

— Sharon Monteith (@sharon_monteith) September 5, 2012

@BretBaier Adds another definition to shrinkage wouldn't you say? #wordsnomanlikestohear #obamasfeetofclay

— Laura Fanelli (@LauraGina) September 5, 2012

Heh. It seems to be a common problem among Democrat men. Brad Woodhouse and all the DNC-led “bus tours” suffer from flaccid turn-out dysfunction. When will they learn not to brag about size when totally impotent?

@BretBaier O pls tell me you're going 2 discuss that w/tonight's panel? Pretty please! Can't wait 4 #SpecialReport tonight!

— GeriR (@GeriRosman) September 5, 2012

Oh, make it happen, Mr. Baier!