Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brown man speaks with forked tongue. Yes, about guns too.

Remember the great gnashing of teeth, tearing of hair and rending of garments among the Left after the Newtown school shootings? Remember how Obama stood up and said "Never Again!" before hitting the golf course? Remember how there was going to be this Big Push to arrest all these illegal gun guys and stuff, and how the ATF was going to Get It Done, and all the liberals were all excited and jazzed to be shutting down those eeeeevil NRA gun totin' rednecks? Remember that?

Remember waaaaaay back in 2004 how I prophesied that after Algore lost the election, gun control was dead as a US public policy issue forever more? And how I've been saying there's -nobody- Barry won't throw under the bus?

Guess who was right? 

While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows.

Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush's presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent decline from the record number of 8,752 prosecutions of ATF cases brought by the Justice Department in 2004 under Mr. Bush, according to the data.


Wow. That's nearly half. Why the big plummet in prosecution numbers? Well, its like this:

"Within the later part of the Bush years, case selections within the ATF have gone from mostly violent crime cases — which is their forte — toward the regulatory, where they look at dealers, manufacturers and trafficking cases," said Robert Sanders, a former ATF assistant director. "The agency's philosophy has shifted to guns are the problem and access to guns are the problem, rather than the criminal being the direct indicator of crime."

 
 Yeah, the policy has changed from prosecuting criminals to prosecuting... you. Yes you, Mr. and Mrs. Average Schmo, the gun buyer or gun merchant who's trying to comply with the ever-increasingly-retarded paperwork and Catch-22 bullshit that is the ATF these days. As with everything else touched by the Obama Machine, it is the Regular American Citizen who is the problem, not the criminal who actually runs guns and shoots people.

But even that assessment, while realistic, seems to be a piece of bureaucratic ass-coverage, because there's this:

Current ATF agents, who spoke to The Times only on the condition of anonymity because of fears of retaliation, said the Justice Department has become risk-averse under Mr. Obama, especially after the Fast and Furious scandal. "The current climate within ATF is: 'Let's take a step back and not go after too many hard-hitting violent crime cases that use informants or undercover agents," one ATF agent said. "We can't just go it alone anymore, or even lead a case. We need buy-in from everybody: local law enforcement, other agencies. Then, and only then, are we able to sell it internally and will the U.S. attorney come onboard."


Really they cut prosecutions to stay out of the newspapers. My evil mind also says this is punishment from Barry being visited upon the ATF leadership because they made him look bad. Your agency isn't allowed to lead a case? That's Punishment with a capital "P" in the US Law Enforcement Universe. It means the Big Boss thinks you're too stupid to be trusted with the car keys.

Meaning, finally, that Barry threw all of you gun control jerkoffs under the bus. Watch out that diff on the back axle doesn't cuff you on the way by, liberal true believers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First, they came for Superman...

... but I didn't care because Superman is boring. Then they came for Batman, but I didn't care because by then I'd stopped buying comics with irritating liberal PC plot lines. Then they came for Spiderman, and Captain America, and Thor, and now...

Archie.  No, really. Death of Archie.

The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of Life with Archie when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. Andrews' death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.


Wait, Archie comics, fave rave of tween girls since forever has an openly gay character? Really, Archie Comics.

Yep, they went there!  Its as if the entire comics publishing industry has entered into a mass suicide pact, where they all try to destroy their businesses as fast as possible.

Unbearable retard Mr. Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO:

 "notes that [Archie] Andrews's passing isn't just a publicity stunt, but also a lesson about gun violence and a declaration of diversity in the new age of Archie Comics."

Because that's what kids want in a comic. Preachy bullshit about diversity and gun violence, weird sex,  plus lots of death.

No word on the rumor that has Veronica hooking up with Betty and Reggie for a threesome at Archie's wake. I guess they're keeping that for a surprise at Christmas.

The Phantom

Ahem. As I was saying about the plague...

I'm beginning to have a tiny little bit of respect for the Chicom government. They at least have the sense to treat an incipient disaster with some seriousness.

A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.
The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.
A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been reported.
CCTV said officials were not allowing anyone to leave. The China Daily newspaper said four quarantine sectors had been set up in the city.
"The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month," CCTV added. "Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition." No further cases have been reported.

The difference between this seemingly over the top response by Chicom goons and the "no-response" response from US Federal goons is this: the Chicoms have no illusions about their ability to contain a major outbreak of bubonic plague. They fully understand the risk if the plague gets out, and they are scared of it. Like, shut a whole city down kind of scared.

Obamacare 2015

The Americans by contrast think the plague is no big deal, and political issues are FAR more important.

I hope they're right, but I'm afraid the Chicoms may have a more realistic approach.

The Phantom

Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner died.

Sad news this morning, James Garner died at home yesterday.

Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, was found dead from natural causes on Saturday night at his Los Angeles home, according to police.

There were no further details immediately available on the circumstances of his death. Garner underwent surgery for a stroke in 2008, two years after appearing in his last big-screen role as a wealthy grandfather for a film adaptation of the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift".


According to the obit, Mr. Garner had a stroke back in 2008, so I can only assume his passing yesterday was not unexpected.

I always liked James Garner in the movies.

The Phantom

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The hill Liberals have chosen to die on in 2014.



This is Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments of progressivism. Moses got it done in ten, but then he was a private sector contractor.

"What are our values?" Warren asked the audience, some of whom held up "Run Liz Run" signs. "What does it mean to be a progressive?"
She went on to outline 11 tenets of progressivism:
- "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it."
- "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."
- "We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."
- "We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."
- "We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."
- "We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."
- "We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions."
- "We believe—I can't believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work."
- "We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America."
- "We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."
- "And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"

So to re-cap: Higher taxes, higher minimum wages, more regulation of everything from Wall St. to the Internet, gay marriage, more illegal immigrants, and LESS religious freedom.

In other words, same old sh1t dressed up in a brand new pile and buffed to a high sheen. Elizabeth Warren, living proof that you really can polish a turd.

Oh, and by the way, this is Lizzie's take on Conservatives:

And the main tenet of conservatives' philosophy, according to Warren? "I got mine. The rest of you are on your own."

Which is just SO last century. That was the old Conservatism. The New Conservatism is "Get out of my face beeotch!!!" Which you can tell by the fact that Conservatives are buying firearms and ammunition in such numbers that new sales records are beaten about every quarter.

The Phantom

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oh look, more plague victims. Fleas get around.

Three more victims of pneumonic plague in Colorado on Drudge today. Because fleas can JUMP.

The man initially reported with pneumonic plague on July 11 is hospitalized. Two of the new cases also had pneumonic plague, while the third had a milder form. All four cases may be linked to the original man's dog, which died from the illness, state health officials said. The people newly-found to be infected were treated with antibiotics, recovered, and are no longer contagious. Health officials suspect the dog that died may [have] been exposed to plague-infected fleas from a prairie dog or rabbit, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment department.

Because as I said previously, bubonic plague is endemic in the South West USA and the Sonora area of Mexico. Where all these illegals are crossing, and where they are getting infested with fleas and etc. from sleeping out in the desert.

Immigration 2014

Picture what's going to happen if ONE person infected with pneumonic plague and fleas sleeps in a room with two hundred others in some Texas inspection station. And then they all get shipped out the next day to the four points of the compass all over the USA by bus, airplane, train etc.

This is why Ellis Island was founded on an ISLAND in New York Harbour.

Fun, huh? That's your DemocRat Party at work right there, America. Subverting everything protecting the USA that's been known to work throughout history. With your money, incidentally.

The Picturing Phantom

Thursday, July 17, 2014

And now, Marvel makes Captain America black.

Yesterday it was revealed that Marvel Comics is turning The Mighty Thor into a chick. Today, Captain America becomes a Black guy.

Marvel is aiming for greater diversity in its big titles, hence these important changes to major characters.

Comic book fans had long-rumoured the shift from Rogers to his old ally Wilson, with the latter set to take up the founding Avenger's patriotic shield this October.

Wilson is set to star in Rick Remender's Captain America #25 with art by Carlos Pacheco. Concept art taken from the cover to All-New Captain American #1 tells fans that his costume will blend elements from his Falcon outfit with Captain America's classic style.


Because seeing a White man fighting evil super villains is -so- 20th Century. Their sales must be in the absolute toilet these days or they wouldn't be destroying their brand like this with desperation, sales-whoring shock tactics.

Look for Thor-ette #1 and Captain (Afro)America #1 in October, then in the fifty cent bin come January.

Next up, Iron Man is secretly gay. Or a tranny. Or a gay tranny. (Yeah, figure that one out.)

The Ex-Comic Collector Phantom


Nice pic of a windmill.


I like the colours. :)

And of course the best part is that the operator won't be scamming government subsidy money off that one for a while. Over ten years that fire probably saved the taxpayers a few million bucks.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marvel turning Thor into a woman. Wait, what?

Yep, they went there. Thor is a chick now. No word on how the whole "son of Odin" thing is going to work though.

Certainly getting Marvel a lot of media attention. But most think they've fallen short. Its just not freakish enough.

As do I. Its not enough to turn Thor into a chick. They should have Thor be a gay black transgender woman in a wheel chair. With hair extensions. And a fondness for ponies.

Did I miss any tick boxes?

The Phantom

The "mystery" of why Conservatives hate "free" healthcare.

This is something that's bugging me this morning, and I just have to vent it.

It is no secret that Conservatives everywhere are against "socialized medicine", otherwise known as "the single payer model", "Medicare", the "Canadian/Cuban/North Korean model", or as I like to call it, The Free Lunch.

The "mystery" to Lefties and liberals of all stripes is why this is so. They don't understand. "Why do you hate poor people? What about the POOR?!!!!" is all you ever hear out of a Lefty when the conversation arises.

There are two factors, one of which is that any bureaucracy will grow to consume more than the available amount of funds, and deliver ever decreasing service for every budget increase. But that's just a money argument, and as we know money arguments make no impact on Lefties because they can't count. The can only feeeeeeel.

So here's the Feeeeeeeeeeeeelings argument, for all you innumerate sons of bitches who want to know why I, The Phantom, hate poor people.

The answer, dear Lefty, is: You're a fucking Moron.


You're a moron if you think free healthcare helps the poor. It doesn't. Because for most people, if you didn't pay money for a thing, it has no value.

People don't say thank you at the Free Lunch. They complain about the food. And they waste it.

It is a very well documented fact that the most successful health systems, with the best outcomes, are two-tier systems with co-pays. This means, morons, that there is a public-pay section with public hospitals for the poor, and there is a private hospital system for the "lucky" 90% who work for a living and pay for their own health insurance. A co-pay means that rich or poor, everybody pays money when they visit the doctor. It works better than the "free" system. Every single time.

But WHY does it work better? Because when a human being works for a thing, they value that thing more than if they picked it up off the side of the road.

See, Lefty morons try to make it about the rich doctors grubbing money from the poor patients. But that's not what its about.

Its about the poor patient showing up at the doctors office because they have a hangnail. And getting up in everybody's face about how its their right to have their hangnail clipped by the $200/hr physician because it just is. And how its inhuman that they have to wait two hours because there's forty other morons with hangnails ahead of them. And how the doctor is stupid anyway, and the nurse is ugly, and I'm going to SUE!!!! And never mind that sick guy in the corner who might be dead, I'm going to SUE!!!!

That's the life of a Canadian doctor. (Also a Veteran's Administration doctor.)

If you make Mr. Hangnail pay even five dollars, that's $5.00 for those of you Lefty morons who can count, this entire problem goes away. For five bucks Mr. Hangnail will clip his own friggin' hangnail, and he will be a lot more inclined to LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR when he/she tells him to quit drinking Sterno before it destroys his liver. And maybe be a little more careful about his blood sugar to manage his diabetes so he doesn't lose his other, remaining leg. Or go blind. Or, you know, die.

Is the doctor making out like a bandit over the five bucks? No.

Is Mr. Hangnail poor guy going to -expire- if he has to pay five bucks? Will he have to sell his big screen TV to get healthcare? Will five bucks from his welfare check mean he has to eat dog food for a week? Uh, no.

At worst, five minutes of begging outside the hospital will get him five bucks. And gee whiz, maybe the hospital might agree to waive the co-pay for destitute guys who show up busted in the ER. Wow, could happen right? Maybe some big hearted Christian charity (like the Shriners!) might endow entire freakin' private charity hospitals for the destitute. Oh, wait, they already did.

So there you go, Lefties. Might want to think about who actually hates the poor and works to keep them down. If you can think, anyway. Morons!

The Phantom

Media discovers dead illegal immigrant in desert!

The Horror! Media finally wakes up to what's been going on for at least 20 years, and supercharged this year.

FALFURRIAS, Texas—The death march through Brooks County, Texas claimed the life of yet another illegal immigrant. A human skull and the decomposed skeletal remains are all that is left of a person who decided to come to this country illegally. A total of 42 bodies have been found this year in the desert-like ranch fields surrounding the town of Falfurrias.

The body was reported by another illegal immigrant who had been captured the day before. A search of the field, located on the northern portions of the Cage Ranch by Border Patrol agents found the decomposed body under a mesquite tree not far from the natural gas pipeline being constructed through the western portions of Brooks County.

Yeah. Like I've been saying. By the way that's not 42 dead found in the whole border region, or even just in Texas. That's just around one town in Texas. Never mind California, Arizona and New Mexico.

Its a nice day in Nogales AZ today, only 91F for the high. By Tuesday it'll be back to 106F, 38C for you Canadians, which is kinda cool for this time of year. Normally in July its up around 115F, over 40C.


You want to walk over to that mountain at 115F? Illegals are.
Stand in front of a pizza oven some time. That's what it feels like at night.

In other news, another dead kid found floating in the Rio Grande.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff's office recovered the body early Tuesday morning, according to KFXZ-TV.
"Just hours ago, Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators responded to the area of 15th street and Texas boulevard in Hidalgo after reports of a body found in the water.
"Authorities were able to pull the body from the Rio Grande River and determined it belongs to a young boy, possibly from Central America.
"The boy's age and identity were not revealed pending an autopsy to determine a cause of death."
Hidalgo County is where the only other death of an illegal alien child in this tidal wave of illegal immigration has been acknowledged by authorities.
Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala was found lying in brush dead from the heat over a month ago. His death was not announced by authorities for two weeks.

I expect there have been DOZENS of people drown in the Rio Grande this year so far. Must be a big ol' freezer filling up in some Federal facility someplace. Or possibly they just shovel and shut up.

But see, I'm a RACIST for even mentioning it, ok? Eric Holder said so:

"There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president," Holder told ABC News' Pierre Thomas. "You know, people talking about taking their country back. I can't look into people's hearts, look into people's minds. But it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others."
When asked further about the race issue, Holder said: "There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don't think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."

That's right my friends, Eric Holder is going to fight for the right of every non-white person in the entire Western Hemisphere to come to America and get a food stamp card of their very own, and live in hastily thrown together FEMA camps, and trade potentially fatal contagious diseases with each other. All shall have an equal opportunity to watch their child die in the desert or drown in the Rio Grande.

Graphical presentation of Eric Holder's plan for racial equality.

And if like me or Sarah Palin you think letting kids die in the desert for political leverage might be... bad, maybe?... then you're motivated by "a racial animus" against the President. 'Cause he's half Black, y'know!