Fashion Week Continues!

With fashionably cut black clothes, we regret to report that Oscar De La Renta has died at the age of 82. Fashionistas will miss him.

“America has lost a brilliant, enduring talent and a true gentleman,” [Nancy] Reagan, one of the first ladies the designer dressed, said in a statement. “Oscar was a fashion legend but he was also my friend for nearly 50 years.”

Reagan called de la Renta a “kind, gracious individual with a generous spirit who brought beauty and elegance to everything he touched.”

Yes, De La Renta was one of the designers who “loaned” Nancy Reagan his clothes at $0 cost, and she took ‘em:

“Press secretary Sheila Tate says that Nancy Reagan “has derived no personal benefit” from her acceptance of thousands of dollars worth of clothing from American designers, explaining that the First Lady’s sole motive is to help the national fashion industry. So, getting fabulous clothes for free should not be considered a “personal benefit.”


Excerpt From: Paul Slansky. “The Clothes Have No Emperor.” (Buy it, you’ll love it!)

And who knows how much of a benefit De La Renta got when Nancy wore that little Wilma Flintstone number to the inaugural ball?

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The uproar over Gowngate and the White House china service is believed to have created the need to rehab the former first lady and ultimately gave birth to The War on Drugs.

Mr. De La Renta was a talented designer, and will be missed.

It Must Run In Their Family

David Limbaugh, the baby brother of the blog’s old pal Junkie Limbaugh appears from time to time writing op-ed pieces that are just as tightly, intellectually cohesive as his blighted older brother’s rants. We assume that Rush got the looks in the family (shudder) and thus the media platform, and David is as good looking as his work is honest.

Case in point, David wrote a piece for World Nut Daily: Criminalizing Christian behavior: It’s here, which is of course an essay about Marriage Equality and the jack-booted gay thugs who are forcing Y’all Qaeda to marry the ‘mos, even though it makes Baby Jeebus weep:

It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their chapel or face fines or jail sentences.

Now it seems that the Knapps are both ministers (of some sort) and they run a for-profit place to be married across the street from the place where one goes to get a marriage license in Idaho. They call their place, The Hitching Post LLC, a chapel, but they do not call it a church. Presumably, they do not have a congregation, and they do not have the tax-exempt status of a church either. David doesn’t tell us.

Being good Xristians, they won’t let the ‘mos marry at their place, The Hitching Post LLC, and damn the luck, their for-profit bidness, The Hitching Post LLC, has to comply with the public accommodation laws of Idaho. Take it away, David!

According to a lawsuit filed by the Knapps, the city of Coeur d’Alene is “unconstitutionally coercing” them to perform these weddings at their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows and their consciences. City Ordinance Section 9.56 bars sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations, which forces the Knapps to choose between betraying their religious convictions and following them and facing up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. According to their complaint, they arguably commit a separate and distinct misdemeanor each day they refuse to perform such ceremonies, with the potential criminal penalties piling up cumulatively.

Just like they would be in trouble if they refused their services to wed anyone else.

When the Pharisees asked Jesus whether it is lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause, he replied, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5). Jesus was quoting Genesis 1:27, lest there be any confusion that there is conflict between the testaments.

The point isn’t whether you or I believe this, though I do. It’s whether the Knapps believe it – and they do.

No, David, the point isn’t what is in their hearts, the point is what is in the law. I’ve met some racists in my time; they believe that they are right too, deep in their hearts.

Their attorneys’ complaint clearly states that they “are ordained Christian ministers who believe biblical marriage is good for society. Not only have they been happily married for 47 years, they have married roughly 35,000 couples and seen countless lives blessed through marriage. As ordained ministers, the Knapps believe God called them to promote the welfare of their community by uniting others in marriage. … Because their religious beliefs affect everything they do, the Knapps and Hitching Post, LLC only perform wedding ceremonies consistent with their religious beliefs.”

All of that is nice, David, but what about the law? Are they obeying it, yes or no?

Notice who the aggressors are here. Notice who is being intolerant. Why can’t same-sex couples who want to marry under the newly minted law find ministers who have no objection to the procedure? Are they seeking the vindication of their rights or trying to force their beliefs on other people to the point of compelling them to deny their own?

And why can’t people who have a business license obey the law? If we are talking hypothetical situations now, what if the Knapps turned down black couples, or Jews? What if the Jewish Deli down the street refused to sell their wares to goyim like you, David? Would you continue on down the street to deli after deli to get your bagel?

Today In False Equivalences

Permit me to be the first to congratulate Obama for hugging and kissing a nurse [Ed: one of nurses who treated the Ebola patient in Texas]. How chivalrous of him. But while he was busy giving himself double “atta-boys” for hugging hospital workers, I hugged the wife of Tyrone Woods, whom Obama allowed to be murdered in Benghazi along with Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty. Obama did not lift a finger to rescue the ambassador and the brave heroes who gave their all.

(World Nut Daily, and once again full disclosure: The late ambassador Chris Stevens and I went to high school together. It is still my belief that he would not want his memory used like this.)

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

This is Michael Savage, yelling at a veteran:

It seems the Vet was in favor of naming a SF tunnel after Robin Williams, and mentioned that he had PTSD, which set off Savage.

We’re Sure Marcus Is Picking Them

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Michelle Bachmann gets round-the-clock bodyguards

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) is getting her own security detail to protect her against Islamic State militants.

The lawmaker’s office referred reporters to Capitol Police, Politico reported, but law enforcement officials declined to specify details of the threat.

“They need to be big guys, with thighs like pistons,” Marcus did not say, “with big, big guns. Oh, yes.”

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Wagonjak)

The Death of the Media, Cont.

Jeebus, Mrs. Alan Greenspan is stuck in the 1990s and cannot get out. Does anyone care about this? Does anyone remember it, even?

Dinner At The Paul’s House

Rand Paul groundhog day driving

Here we go again: père et fils Paul are fighting in public:

In an interview with Fox News radio host John Gibson last week, Rand Paul argued that a ban on people traveling from west African “ought to be considered.”

“It’s not like AIDS,” he explained. “AIDS is difficult to transmit. You’re not going to go into a cocktail party and have someone cough and get AIDS. If you are in a cocktail party with someone with Ebola and they cough, you are at risk for getting Ebola.”

OK, pretty stupid for a number of reasons we’ve discussed before. But let’s hear what his dad The Gold Bug, who actually is a medical doctor (and not a Lens Grifter), has to say on the topic:

“For a government to just ban all travel, I’m not much interested in that,” the former Republican presidential candidate told Newsmax. “You’ve got to put it in perspective. What if you wanted to save 15,000 deaths from AIDS this year. Why don’t you ban certain practices that spreads AIDS? So, we’re talking about one person that’s died [of Ebola in the U.S.] and we want to close down the world travel system.”

And right about at that point Mrs. Goldbug probably started weeping and asked, “Who wants pancakes?,” as Rand runs out of the house to go to Sally’s, hot tears streaming down his peach-fuzzed cheeks.

(Raw Story)

Some Stupid For Your Coffee?

“What we have is, I made a comment that same-sex couples that want to destroy traditional marriage and our way of life, they’re Gremlins. They’re these creatures that are so destructive.”

–GOP SC congressional candidate Anthony Culler

Well, Y’all Qaeda is forever saying LGBTQ people are demonically posessed, so at least now they are being specific. Puts a whole new spin on that ’80s movie, though.

(LiveWire)

Happy-Happy, Joy-Joy!

The GOP is screwed, demographically.

The GOP is screwed, demographically.

For a while now (at least since 2008), Mock, Paper, Scissors has been saying that Y’all Qaeda is demographically challenged. The phrase we used was something along the lines of a dinosaur thrashing about in a tar pit, having no idea that it is doomed.

They keep thrashing:

Since 2007, the number of white evangelical Protestants nationwide has slipped from 22 percent in 2007 to 18 percent today. A look at generational differences demonstrates that this is only the beginnings of a major shift away from a robust white evangelical presence and influence in the country. While white evangelical Protestants constitute roughly three in 10 (29 percent) seniors (age 65 and older), they account for only one in 10 (10 percent) members of the Millennial generation (age 18-29).

Republicans and Conservatives (generally) are better at off-year elections, and while losing 4% of a sure thing might not seem like a lot, it is pretty close to the plus/minus of 5% of all polling. I’m sure the polls already take that into consideration, but it is significant. It might be what finally ends the culture wars.

There isn’t a thing that they can do about it, but in the meanwhile we need to keep being vigilant and voting.

(The Atlantic)