North Korea: all men must now wear Kim Jong Un’s hairstyle?

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Bah! You call that a "haircut?"

Bah! You call that a “haircut?”

When you’re the boy god-king of the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation, you can get away with weird, petty stuff like this:

If you are a man in North Korea, we sincerely hope you have a round face. It’s the shape that will work with your new haircut.

That new haircut is reportedly called the “Dear Leader Kim Jong Un,” modeled after—you guessed it—North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s impenetrable block of black hair atop his chubby cheeks. The style reportedly became a state-mandated guideline about two weeks ago, though experts familiar with the country have said there’s no evidence a new hairstyle rule has gone into effect.

According to the article, this isn’t something new for North Korea: Kim’s father, the late, demented Kim Jong Il, launched a state campaign against long hair on the grounds that it sucked the nutrients from one’s brain.

Really.

Anyway, a TV campaign was launched and “journalists” would go to people’s homes to confront them about their overly lengthy locks. This being North Korea, I suppose they were lucky not to be shot or fed to the dogs.

Back to Kim III, and regardless of whether this is true, it’s another illustration of why limited, constitutional government is best; when there are no limits to the powers of the rulers, there are also no limits to what they will do the the ruled. North Korea is just the extreme example that clarifies the point.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Probably the most frightening tweet you will ever read

From the Hollyweird files of far left conspiracy theorist/actress Roseanne Barr:


My response:


Please, Ms. Barr – keep that sort of thing between you, your doctor, and and your significant other – as any self-respecting woman SHOULD do. Thank you.

Roseanne Barr

Don’t do it. Just. No.

Chris Christie vetoes transgender birth certificate bill, leftists go nuts

SMH

‘Nuff said.

The clueless wonders over at “Think Progress” are having a sh*t fit over Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have allowed “transgender  persons” who haven’t undergone a surgical sex change to legally change the sex on their birth certificates.  First, the story – via NJ.com:

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill today that would have permitted people who underwent a clinical sex change procedure to amend their gender designation on their birth certificates.

Christie said changing a birth certificate would create opportunities for “fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.”

Since 1984, state law has required the Department of Health to issue new birth certificates to people who have undergone sex change surgery. But not every transgender person goes that route, with some choosing hormone therapy instead.

The bill, (A4097) would have applied to people who have undergone “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or that the person has an intersex condition,” according to the legislation.

You can read Christie’s full statement on why he (rightly) vetoed this bill here. Key section:

A birth certificate is an important legal document. In many instances, the production of a birth certificate is a prerequisite to obtaining other critical identification documents that factor into decisions concerning employment, financial services, education, and travel. Birth certificates are often required to complete myriad security-related tasks. Accordingly, proposed measures that revise the standards for the issuance of amended birth certificates may result in significant legal uncertainties and create opportunities for fraud, deception, and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.

Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order. Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards. Consequently, further consideration is necessary to determine whether to make such significant changes to State law concerning the issuance of vital records.

Not surprising anyone, the leftists over at Think Progress, including their commenters, are OUTRAGED that this “homophobic governor”  – one who has probably done more to placate the gay left than most other Republican governors –  would dare defy them:

Garden State Equality’s Troy Stevenson condemned the veto as a “vindictive move to punish the LGBT community,” highlighting that the bill would “have zero effect on anyone else.” Indeed, Christie’s vague allusions to fraud ironically mirror the kind of suspicion — and resulting invasive searches — that transgender people can experience when their identification does not reflect their appearance.

Unless the legislature manages to find the votes to overturn this veto, sterilizing and expensive surgery will still be required in New Jersey for transgender people to achieve full recognition.

I agree with Christie here, but I’ll take it a step further: I don’t understand why people who HAVE undergone a surgical sex change are allowed to change their BIRTH certificate. If you aren’t BORN a woman but have a sex change later to “be”one, that will never change the fact that you weren’t born one, and – accordingly – your birth certificate shouldn’t be altered.   Admittedly, I am not an expert on the topic – especially seeing as “transgender issues” have oddly become burning issues over the last year or so – so someone, please tell me: is there another way to legally change your gender that doesn’t involve altering your bc?

Back to transgender folks who choose not to have surgery, don’t you dig the alarmist tone in the Think Progress piece? It insinuates that transgenders who elect not to have surgery to make it “official” would rather go through the gross invasiveness of a surgical sex change rather than the uncomfortable and invasive airport searches that the rest of us do. Huh?

I guess none of this would really get to me much if it weren’t for the fact that our society has gone full-fledged cuckoo on the issue of gender and gender roles.  Essentially, radical feminists, the militant gay left, and other like-minded allies on the far left are trying to make it so that there is no such thing as a set “sex” at birth. Ya know, in spite of the fact that 99% of the time biology tells us otherwise.  Furthermore, they think it’s perfectly acceptable for you to “identify” as the opposite gender even if you have no intentions whatsoever of making it official. They also believe that  it’s “discriminatory” for boys and girls to have different bathrooms, especially when you consider that – per them – young people in particular might be “confused” at having certain body parts while mentally identifying as the other sex.  Some even say there’s really no difference between boys and girls/men and women. Some of these same people have also been engaged in longtime campaigns to effectively neuter young boys, and the harmful effects of that are unfortunately being realized.

Here’s a newsflash for you, leftists: If you think young people – and adults, for that matter – are “confused” about gender and gender roles now, especially now in light of your campaign to more or less extinguish them, if your campaigns are ultimately successful we’ll see a widespread confusion over gender and gender roles an an epic level previously unseen, which will create myriad problems in our everyday lives  – and when and if that happens, all fingers will point angrily and directly to you as its enablers.

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Kim Jong Un may have out-psycho’d his father and grandfather

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"I've got some bad news, boss..."

“We’re out of dog food? No problem…”

I mean, we’ve heard he was hammered when he ordered the trial and execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, but to carry out the sentence by feeding him alive to the dogs? Dude!

According to the report, unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides. Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called “quan jue”, or execution by dogs.

The report said the entire process lasted for an hour, with Mr Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader in North Korea, supervising it along with 300 senior officials.

Keep in mind all the usual caveats: “if this is true,” the difficulty of getting factual information from a paranoid Stalinist dictatorship (almost as hard as getting it from Jay Carney), the possibility that Kim might just be playing us for various reasons only a North Korean dictator could fathom….

Still, this has the air of plausibility about it; it fits a historical pattern in autocracies or near-autocracies when a dynasty decays and an immature or deranged (or both) leader who’s never known any limits comes to the throne. One example that comes to mind is the the Roman Empire: does Augustus to Tiberius to Caligula parallel Kim Il Sung to Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un?

Regardless, if these stories are even half true (1), expect Kim III to have a short reign before one of his generals blasts him to save himself.

via Sonny Bunch

Footnote:
(1) I mean, we do know he had one unfortunate executed by mortar fire.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Snow in the desert: is there nothing global warming can’t do?

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"The rare Egyptian snow-mummies"

“The rare Egyptian snow-mummies”

(Photo credit: AhramOnline)

Can’t wait to see how climate alarmists spin this — the first snowfall in Cairo, Egypt!, in over 100 years:

Snow coated domes and minarets Friday as a record Mideast storm compounded the suffering of Syrian refugees, sent the Israeli army scrambling to dig out stranded motorists and gave Egyptians a rare glimpse of snow in their capital.

Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in and out of Jerusalem, which is set in high hills, and thousands in and around the city were left without power. Israeli soldiers and police rescued hundreds trapped in their cars by snow and ice. In the West Bank, the branches of olive trees groaned under the weight of snow.

In Cairo, where local news reports said the last recorded snowfall was more than 100 years ago, children in outlying districts capered in white-covered streets, and adults marveled at the sight, tweeting pictures of snow-dusted parks and squares. In other parts of the city, rain and hail rocketed down.

I’ll lay 3-2 odds that some climate-change cultist will argue that this is due to “catastrophic man-caused climate change,” because, you know, “global warming” is a damaged brand since there hasn’t been any warming since 1997 or so.

After all, it just couldn’t be the ebb and flow of natural cycles. Nope, it has to be due to Man’s sins against Gaea. Or something. Because Al Gore, Michael Mann, and the IPCC said so.

Meanwhile, I’ll bet kids throughout the region are having a blast today.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#Obamacare: at last, CNN finds someone thrilled with it!

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At long last, we’ve found people genuinely excited by our new, state-run healthcare system: strippers, escorts, dominatrices and other sex-workers!

Only in California, my friends, and only in San Francisco:

A burlesque dancer dressed as a nurse taunts her co-performer with a toy syringe, dangling the medicine seductively in an act that’s meant to reflect the cat-and-mouse game of U.S. healthcare. They shimmy and eventually end up topless.

The risqué performance was part of an Obamacare registration drive last week in San Francisco, dubbed the “Healthy Ho’s Party.”

Organized by “Siouxsie Q,” a Bay Area sex worker, the event was meant to encourage other sex workers to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. It was a rousing success: Nearly 40 men and women attended and almost all of them filed enrollment paperwork.

In the all-cash, off-the-books sex industry, workers can be particularly high risk and insurance is often out of reach. Many sex workers — a broad term that can refer to a number of services, including sexual massage, prostitution, and escort and dominatrix work — consider themselves self-employed entrepreneurs who can’t afford to purchase healthcare. But that could all change with the Affordable Care Act.

The article then continues with the usual pro-Obamacare tale: insurance for “Siouxsie” and her partner was too big a chunk of their income, plus, given the risks of their “professions,” coverage was more expensive or often unobtainable altogether. With guaranteed coverage and publicly funded subsidies, plans become affordable. Yay!

Well, not so fast. First, as the article notes, subsidies kick in for incomes under $46,000. Many of these women have “regular jobs” — the sex trade is extra income. The article strongly implies that this latter income isn’t being reported. So, there’s a strong possibility of one degree or another of fraud here. But, hey, Obama doesn’t care; they’re not verifying income, anyway.

Second, before jumping with joy, these ladies and gentlemen would be well-advised to check into co-pays, deductibles, and just who is included in their new network, since all of these are already being recognized as problems. (And, to be clear, Obamacare critics have been warning of this for years.) It’s not for nothing that one person described the low-cost plans as “garbage.”

Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Finally, I need to deal with one truly egregious statement that’s indicative of much that’s wrong these days:

“I really do think access to healthcare should be a human right, and I’ve been so brainwashed to think it’s such a privilege,” a sex worker and activist known as “Maxine Holloway” said.

Sorry, Maxine, but healthcare is neither a right nor a privilege: it is a commodity, the fruits of the labor of other people (doctors who have to pay to attend medical school, companies that make the medical instruments, &c.) that is traded for the fruits of still other people’s labor — the money they earn.

Nothing you pay money for is an inherent, natural right. To declare health care a “right” everyone is entitled to, you have to take from someone else, if need be by force, their property, whether it is their time and labor, or the products they produce. Force them to sell something for less than what it is worth or to provide it “free,” and you are effectively stealing from them, even enslaving them. For the government to demand that taxpayers pay far more than they need to for insurance in order to subsidize your medical procedures is no different than a medieval lord taking a farmer’s grain crop and giving it to his favorites.

Look at it from another point of view: assume that one day sex is declared a human right, and that you, as a sex-worker are required to provide it at less than what you think your services are worth, which is analogous to what happens to a doctor under Medicare. (1) Would you be happy with that, Maxine? Would you think it right? Or would you feel oppressed and used?

Put it this way: What the government gives you, it can easily take. Or force you to provide.

PS: For the record, I have nothing against the “sex trade,” as long as all participants are adults engaging in it of their own free will. I suppose this is one place where the “libertarian” part of my self-description as a “conservative with libertarian leanings” comes into play — individualism, liberty of contract, free enterprise and entrepreneurialism, &c. Or, put another way, within broad bounds, it’s none of government’s (or my) business. In fact, I suspect that Siouxsie and Maxine and their friends are far more honest about what they do than the Obama and his team have ever been about their intentions. Given my choice of people to hang around with…

via ST

Footnote:
(1) This is a mistaken analogy on my part, for practices aren’t required to take Medicare and Medicaid patients. Doing so is voluntary on their part, much like pro bono work by attorneys. For a Democrat proposal that would change this, though, see this…

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

North Korea: Dictator executes ex-girlfriend for doing porn, owning Bible

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"I've got some bad news, boss..."

“She did what??”

I’ve figured it out: North Korea is the only nation founded on a bad acid trip:

Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, reports said Wednesday.

Sources in China said singer Hyon Song-wol as well as Mun Kyong-jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra, were arrested on Aug. 17 for violating North Korean laws against pornography and were executed in public three days later.

The victims of the atrocity were members of the Unhasu Orchestra as well as singers, musicians and dancers with the Wangjaesan Light Music Band.

They were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos. The tapes have apparently gone on sale in China as well.

A source said some allegedly had Bibles in their possession, and all were treated as political dissidents.

According to reports (and we don’t know how reliable they are), Mun and her colleagues were mowed down by a machine-gun firing squad, which I suppose is merciful compared to dropping a mortar round on top of the condemned. And, really, who among us hasn’t at some time, however briefly, fantasized about doing the same to a pain-in-the-neck ex?

The families of the victims were all sent to North Korea’s hellish gulag, par for the course for the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation.

It is good to be King psycho-dictator.

At first glance, the “porn and Bible” angle made me think this was some sort of fake, but it does make a weird sort of sense. Think about it: you live in a police state that takes most of your income and rations how much food you get. You get more than most, but you want more. Well, porn sells.

Plus, and here’s where the Bible comes in, these are acts of rebellion and defiance. Could it be that the sex-videos and Bibles were some weird equivalent to a teen “acting out” against a parent, giving them a sense, however fleeting, of a bit of freedom and individuality? We’ll never know. But, in an atheistic, puritanical, Confucianist-Stalinst state, both uncontrolled sex and religion threaten the totalitarian rule of the individual by the government — they become thought-criminals, a la 1984, and have to be destroyed.

In this case, instead of being grounded, they were shot and their families swept into non-existence.

Final thought: North Korea has to be one of the most thorough internal-surveillance states on the planet. I find it very hard to believe that no one knew this was going on and that it didn’t get back to Dear Leader III before now. As a friend asked, did Kim know, but tolerated it until the new wife found out and demanded “something be done?”

Again, we’ll never know, but anything twisted is possible in North Korea. Especially if it’s twisted.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Robber tries to stick up gun store, learns meaning of “bad idea”

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You really didn’t think this one through, did you, Derrick?

Sheriff’s deputies say [Derrick] Mosley walked into Discount Gun Sales on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway around 4 p.m. Thursday with a bat in hand and smashed a display case.

But they say when Mosley tried to steal a gun, the store manager simply pulled out his own personal firearm and pointed it straight at the would-be-robber. The manager then yelled some orders at the guy and got him to drop the baseball bat, the gun he had tried to take and a nine-inch long knife he had on him.

Trying to rob a gun shop with a baseball bat. That kind of genius, friends, is why Derrick Mosely is the major success he is.

I wonder how long it took the cops to stop laughing?

via Jazz Shaw

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

(Video) Hello, I’m from California. Please nuke my state, now.

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"Even the monkey is embarrassed"

“Even the monkey is embarrassed”

A noted 9-11 Truther circulates a petition to help Obama streamline government by eliminating the Bill of Rights… and people sign it!

The Blaze describes the man with the mission:

Well, to put it plainly, he’s … interesting.

A noted 9/11 truther and Illuminati enthusiast, Dice has been featured in documentaries including Invisible Empire, The 9/11 Chronicles, and has been featured on the History Channel’s Decoded, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, and the Sundance Channel’s Love/Lust: Secret Societies.

So, your garden-variety activist… if it happens to be a garden in Venice  or San Francisco.

As the writer notes, some people will sign anything to get rid of the petition taker, or because they think the idea is so outrageous, it would be funny to sign.  But… eliminate the Bill of Rights? Dude, put down the bong and back away.

It may surprise you, but there are times when my faith in the Golden State is shaken. At least a bit. smiley headbang wall

via birthday boy William Teach

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Is @Virgin’s @RichardBranson accepting nominations for who can help him #PopulateMars?

This one was too good to pass up:

Richard Branson is on a mission to Mars.

The Virgin Airlines CEO says he has a plan to populate the red planet with an intergalactic Noah’s Ark.

“Obviously, you are going to want scientists initially,” he told the New York Post at Condé Nast Traveler’s Celebration of “The Visionaries” at Alice Tully Hall. “You’re going to want physicians, you’re going to want comedians, you’re going to want fun people, beautiful people, ugly people — a good cross-section of what happens on Earth — on Mars. People have got to be able to get on together, because it’s going to be quite confined.”

Branson would also like to take the journey himself, though, “It may be a one-way trip because the energy to get you there is relatively easy, the energy to get you back is quite difficult. So maybe I’ll wait till the last 10 years of my life, and then maybe go, if my wife will let me.”

He has one more taker in Susan Sarandon, who was overheard backstage telling the Virgin Galactic mogul she’d like to travel to space “and open a pingpong bar.”

Oh, my dear dear Mr. Branson. I have a very, very long list of people, mostly your fellow liberals, who I’d love for you to consider making that trip to Mars – assuming it’s a permanent one, of course. It’s a bit longish and, quite frankly, would rival Santa Claus’ “nice kid” list – but I think you’d find a lot in common with many of the people on it.

Just let me know … ;)