Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
- Albert Camus, French Existential Writer (1913-1960)


Before we get to the 2014 predictions, let’s do a quick recap of the . . .

2013 Prediction Results

Prediction: Despite blatantly breaking D.C. gun law by waving around a high-capacity magazine in front of live cameras, anti-gun nut David Gregory will face no charges in doing something that would land any other American in jail.

Result: Nailed it, D.C.’s attorney general refused to file charges against Gregory, yet another example of how it’s one set of rules for the media elite, another for the rest of us.

Prediction: On February 3, 2013, Peyton Manning leads the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Result: Missed it, but I think only by a year.

Prediction: Slight decline in global temperatures in 2013.

Result: Nailed it.

Prediction: Windows 8 makes modest but steady inroads on phones, tablets and hybrids.

Result: Missed it.

Prediction: Apple will release an iPad / laptop hybrid with slide-out keyboard.

Result: Nope. Still a great idea, though.

Prediction: Mama June of Honey Boo Boo will get lap band surgery and lose 100 by season’s end.

Result: Missed it, but the prediction still made for one of the better gifs of the year.

Mama June Gets Lap Band Surgery

source: http://www.mikecornelison.com/predictions-for-2013

Okay, nailed a few, missed a few, but I am feeling especially clairvoyant this year, so without further ado, let’s dust off that crystal ball and get to it!

2014 Predictions

  • Jodi Arias releases a sex tape from prison. It will be some pretty hot stuff (at least, that’s what my friends will tell me.)
  • In February, Peyton Manning makes good on my 2013 pridiction and brings home the Lombardi trophy to the fans in Denver.
  • Manti Te’o gets a girlfriend – a real, live girlfriend! They even meet face to face and go out on a date!
  • The economy will continue to improve despite Obamacare, but Obamacare will continue to disintegrate before our eyes with public approval even lower than it was at the beginning of the year.
  • A Chinese investor buys the New York Times. Irony reigns supreme as it takes a new owner from Communist China to help pull the Times from the far-left fringes of American politics.
  • Having tapped the well dry with the twerking and the skimpy outfits, Miley Cyrus finds a new way to grab headlines by checking into a rehab.
  • Republicans not only gain seats in the November election, they gain even more seats than they did in the 2010 landslide. Obama struggles to find a word even more emphatic than “shellacking” to describe it.
  • From taking office with a sky-high approval rating of 76%, Obama ends the year in the 30s. Still holding fast to their belief that all who disagree with the president do so because of race, Obama lovers struggle to explain how the same country that elected Obama has miraculously transformed from 20% racist to 60% racist.
  • Less than 10% of Americans will make good on their new year’s resolutions.

and while I pray that I’m wrong on this, here’s my final prediction for 2014:

  • Iran tests its first nuclear bomb. Obama blames it on Republicans.

Iranian Mullahs Get the Bomb

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Not just your garden variety Hollywood star who conforms to the norm by being a typical, angry, Republican-hating Democrat, Eva Longoria is a person who was given a primetime speaking role at the Democrat National Convention and is also co-chair of the Obama campaign.

So how does one of Hollywood’s “beautiful people” expose themselves as the ugly hater they are (and not very bright when it comes to damage control?)

You do it in five easy steps:

Step One. Show your true colors by retweeting a vulgar, bigoted and hateful tweet such as this:

Eva Longoria Retweets Hate

Step Two. When the uproar begins and you start to feel the heat, delete the retweet.

Whoops! Enough people have already seen it to where the “delete it and hope it goes away” strategy fails and the story grows even bigger.

Step Three. Claim your account got hacked or blame it on something like “twitter bugging out.”

Don’t worry, as ridiculus as this claim is, you’ll have plenty of supporters so enchanted with your pop culture awesomeness, they’ll actually buy into your lame defense:

Of course, most of the rest of the people following Eva’s Twitter meltdown called it for what it is:

Come on Eva, don’t you know enough of your American history (Nixon, Clinton, Anthony Weiner, etc.) that it’s never the crime, it’s always the cover-up?

Step Four. When the Anthony Weiner defense fails and no one believes your account got hacked, claim the words didn’t reflect your own views and you just retweeted it “for the purpose of discussion and dialogue.” LOL.

Step Five. After steps two, three and four only make matters worse, issue apology, but to in order to fully make an ass of yourself, make sure it’s a half-assed apology and claim that the words weren’t your own personal view, even though they’re right in line with your political mindset and just about everything you tweet.

“I use Twitter as a platform for all Americans and their opinions. Sorry if people were offended by retweet,” she wrote. “Obviously not my words or my personal view. I respect all Americans #FreedomOfSpeech.”

Source: Fox News

If you’re trying to make an ass of yourself on Twitter in five steps, it’s that fifth step that really seals the deal – after deleting the tweet, then claiming your account got hacked, show yourself as a stereotypical liberal who doesn’t believe in self-accountability by saying the retweet didn’t reflect your own personal view and wave the freedom of speech flag.

As bad as the original retweet was, it was the scatterbrained and bumbling attempt at damage control that really got Eva Longoria.

And in case you think this is much ado about nothing, witness Alan Colmes, one of Obama’s most devoted supporters, going on television to call for Eva Longoria to step down as co-chair of Obama for America.

I think she should resign from the campaign or be asked to resign as co-chair because I don’t think it reflects well on the campaign. – Alan Colmes

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With the Obama State Media working in overdrive to attack Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president, yesterday we were treated to examples from the propaganda machine outlets such as NBC’s Brian Williams taking great delight in mentioning the hecklers Ryan encountered at the Iowa State Fair yesterday, apparently oblivious to the fact that taking the “soapbox” at the Iowa State Fair is a famously bare-knuckled political tradition, with heckling all a part of it.

So how did the veeps from both parties fair in their campaigning today?

Four days after being tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan rallied around 2,000 supporters inside a packed gymnasium at Lakewood High School Tuesday morning.

source: KDVR Denver

Moving on to Joe Biden, we can trust ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-NPR-CNN-MSNBC not to report that Biden didn’t even know what state he was in today, so let’s just move right along and see what kind of crowd he drew in whatever state he was in (you were in Virginia, Joe, not North Carolina.)

Biden only managed to draw 800, but thankfully, no comparisons of crowd size will be mentioned. One thing the OSM will not be able to avoid reporting, however, is Joe Biden making maybe the most psychotic bit of hyperbole yet in the campaign.

Joe Biden Channeling Big Brother

“Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules,” Biden said of the GOP nominee’s proposals to roll back the Obama administration’s financial reforms. “‘Unchain Wall Street!'”

Lowering his voice, Biden added, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.”

It seems Biden is trying to reach the levels of mindless rage achieved during the mandatory Two Minutes Hate hurled against Goldstein in Orwell’s 1984.

A little history lesson for you Joe, wasn’t it your Democrat party who fought to keep slavery, created the Ku Klux Klan to wage a campaign of terror to bring it back, and despite the media’s attempts to convince many in America that the Civil Rights Act was a single-handed effort of the Democrats, wasn’t it your Democrat party which only gave the Civil Rights Act 60% support to the Republican’s 80%?

Lowering his voice, Biden added, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.”

You’re either becoming progressively more unhinged than the simple gaffe machine we’ve always known you to be, or you’re slipping into deeper stages of dementia, maybe a combination of both. Either way, keep up the good work, Joe. Just eighty-three more days of this and you can look forward to some much needed rest when R & R take over in January.

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Left-Wing Owns the Media

Remember when the media went ballistic in 2009 over the idea of Americans actually taking to the streets, giving voice to their beliefs and protesting policies they didn’t like?

It was called the Tea Party movement, and these Tea Partiers (or “teabaggers” as many in the media liked to call them) were branded by the media as “hateful.”

Remember how the non-existent mayhem of those “angry” Tea Party protests (which had a grand total of zero arrests) was followed in 2011 by the Occupy Movement, which the media celebrated as “populist,” “inspiring” and “possibly the greatest movement of our times?”

And remember how foolish the media looked by the time the “peaceful protests” of the Occupy Movement had managed to rack up over 4,000 arrests, among them incidents of arson, rape and murder?

I was thinking back on those two movements tonight, and it reminded me of how Janeane Garofalo chose to describe those “hateful” teabaggers in daring to question her beloved president. It always strikes me as funny when the most hateful person in the room starts going on a rant about who the real haters are. Take it away, Janeane:

Let’s be very honest about what this is about – it’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about, they don’t know their history at all, this is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism, straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-banging rednecks and there is no way around that. And you know, you can tell these type of right-wingers anything and they’ll believe it, except the truth. You tell them the truth and they become, it’s like showing Frankenstein’s monster fire. They become confused and angry and highly volitile.

Janeane Garofalo - Nazi Mind in a Commie ShirtNow this is where the ugly rant of Ms. Garofalo turns to a level of hate that would make even a Nazi proud, because she starts spewing ideas that come straight from the most evil movement and hateful theory of the 20th century, eugenics and anthropometry. The eugenics movement was at the very core of Nazism itself, a belief in improving the species by eliminating the “inferior” races (an idea you can still find sentiments of in the Huffington Post today.) The theory of anthropometry was an important part of eugenics, an idea that by measuring a person’s forehead, the slope of that forehead, the shape and size of the nose, etc., you could actually measure a person’s intelligence.

Click here to see what anthropometry looked like.

Now check out Garofalo as she lets her anthropometric bigotry rise to a level even Josef Mengele would appreciate:

Their limbic brain, we’ve discussed this before, the limbic brain inside a right-winger or Republican or conservative or your average white power activist, the limbic brain is much larger inside their headspace, than in a reasonable person, and it’s pushing against the frontal lobe, so their synapses are misfiring … it is a neurological problem we’re dealing with.

Yes, because right-wingers and Republicans and conservatives and white power activists are all one in the same and anyone who doesn’t think like you do is an evil, brain-damaged monster. (How’s that for tolerance, a love of Democracy and an honest debate?)

Ms. Garofalo’s hate speech can be seen in this video here. The person who uploaded that video, Urban Alchemist, summarized the response of Garofalo and the mindset of a whole legion of Obama supporters perfectly:

When you don’t have a rational response to a legitimate criticism about economic policy… call them a racist.

Obama lovers began throwing the racist term around at anyone who dare question their dear leader, and it’s continued to this day and it will continue up until the election.

Now we don’t ever want to sink all the way down to the level of a Janeane Garofalo in her ugliness, but it is vital that we at least level the playing field. Knowing there will be a million mindless charges of racism thrown at anyone who would like to see Obama go one and done, we must try to imagine a little bit of Janeane Garofalo as a closet Republican, finally coming out:

Someone doesn’t like Romney’s plans for an economic recovery?


Someone criticizes Romney’s calls for a return to self-reliance?


Someone thinks Romney is just the wrong choice for America?


Someone argues Romney’s wrong in saying there’s too much government?


Someone cracks a joke about how Romney cuts his hair?


See how easy that is? I know, I know, it definitely doesn’t raise the level of the debate, but it sure does feel good to take that same kind of shit they’ve been slinging at us for so many years and sling it right back at them.

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When arch-conservative Ann Coulter goes all in for a moderate candidate like Mitt Romney, when conservative talk radio firebrand Michael Savage offers Newt Gingrich one-million dollars of his own money to “drop out of the presidential race for the sake of the nation,” you may wonder why so many high profile conservatives are urging the GOP to drop its front runner like a hot potato. Well, it’s no wonder really, it’s all about winning in November – they have their doubts about Gingrich and I have mine as well, so let me give you my own personal list of . . .

The Top Five Reasons Newt Would Lose to Obama:

1. Too many Independents are set against Newt Gingrich.

While there’s a bit of an enthusiasm edge on one side or the other from election to election, for the most part, American elections are split in thirds – there’s about one-third of America with its mind set to vote Democrat, about one-third with its mind set to vote Republican, and a middle-third which actually decides the election. It was the Independents who put Obama into the White House and it’s the Independents who seem poised to make him a one-term president, but when it comes to a choice of Gingrich vs. Obama, many Independents still remember the government shutdown of ’95 & ’96 and place the blame for it on Gingrich and not Clinton and many Indies see Newt as just too far right, the hardcore conservative Grinch, the Uncle Scrooge that the media painted him as, so is it any surprise when you look at the numbers?

Gingrich is 15-points underwater in approval with Independents. That’s not the fluid 15-points of a guy who’s new on the scene, either, Newt’s been around a long time, most people already have a set opinion on him and that 15-points, that’s going to be a hard 15-points for Gingrich to try to move.

2. The Obama State Media will be working overtime to vilify the GOP candidate, and Newt Gingrich gives them the biggest target.

The story that Newt demanded a divorce from his wife on her death bed is a lie, but a lie repeated so many times by the media that most people actually believe it to be true. If the MSM can get most of America to believe a lie about Gingrich, imagine what they can do with some of details of Gingrich’s life that aren’t in dispute. Adam O’Neal had a good read on why Gingrich’s personal scandals won’t carry as much weight as they might have in more prosperous times, but make no mistake about it, just look at these propaganda posters, er – I mean, magazine covers from the 90s and realize that mainstream media will have no shame in doing everything it can to demonize Newt once again and they’ll have a much easier time demonizing him than they would Romney.

How the Gingrich Stole Christmas Uncle Scrooge

3. Newt will lose those voters who vote on looks and charm.

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a political junkie just the same as I am. Well, it may be hard for you and me to fathom, but the truth is, most Americans don’t even like politics, so when they go to vote, they could be locked into one party, or they might be capable of voting either way and even study the candidates’ positions out of a sense of civic duty, but never underestimate the amount of voters who don’t have the time to be bothered studying issues and who, whether consciously or not, cast their vote based on which candidate will look the best representing our nation. We all want someone pleasant to look at when they address the nation, but for some people, that’s really all they have to go by.

With Obama vs. Romney, the charisma factor might be a wash, but how much of a swing would it be for Obama vs. Newt? One out of twenty voters giving it up for Obama on looks alone? Just a wild guess, but I could easily see a 5-point swing for Obama here.

4. Nothing could fire up the Democrat base like the possibility of a President Gingrich . . .

Okay, maybe the prospect of a President Bachmann would inspire an equal amount of terror and determination in the hearts of Dems too, but – just visualize whatever amount of fight Democrats would have against a potential President Romney and then compare it to how they would fight against Gingrich tooth and nail, as if they were fighting against the end of civilization itself and it’s no contest, you want to inspire the despondent Democrats out of their doldrums, just nominate Newt.

5. Rich Lowry said it well enough, allow me to allow him to make the final point: “All that is predictable about Newt is that he is unpredictable, and, irresistibly, an election that should be about President Obama and his record will become about the heat and light generated by his electric performance. That’s the way it was as speaker, too. Eventually, he wore out his welcome in epic fashion.”

Newt Gingrich is a truly exceptional mind, I used to watch his college courses on TV with my eyes welling up with tears of pride over Gingrich’s stirring lectures and the way he could articulate so perfectly everything that is good about America and all that could be better about America, but as much as I love the professor and former Speaker of the House, there is only one thing Republicans should be focused on right now and that is nominating the candidate with the best chance at winning in November. Gingrich, as brilliant as he is, gives Obama way too many opportunities to make the election about the challenger instead of being a referendum on him and his dismal presidency.

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