Lib Rag Salon: Elf On The Shelf An “Evil Orwellian Spy,” “Nightmarish Voyeur,” “Insidious Tradition”…

I’ve never been a fan of  Elf on The Shelf, but this year my youngest absolutely loves it, and watching how it makes him smile makes me happy.

Now, how should I break the bad news to him that the Elf is really an “evil Orwellian spy” (I doubt a six-year-old knows what “Orwellian” means)?

Via Salon:

I hate the Elf on the Shelf. I hate his evil, dead-eyed sidelong smile. I hate that he invades innocent children’s homes without compunction. I even hate his full name: “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.” I hate how it sounds like it’s a threat, like, “I’m not just the Elf: I’m the Elf who will return every goddamn Christmas of your life, everybody. So GIVE ME A NAME AND DEAL WITH IT.” I hate how he seems to become more powerful with each passing year.

Have I mentioned I hate the Elf on the Shelf?

Once upon a time, long ago in 2005, a lady named Carol Aebersold self-published a book about her innocuous holiday tradition. It was the story of an elf who would appear in your home after Thanksgiving to quietly observe how well the family was behaving, report back to Santa at the North Pole each night and reappear somewhere else in the household the next day. Whimsical!

Today, the Elf is a best-selling, full-blown industry. He floated triumphantly this year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he’s been all up in our faces ever since. And why not? He’s eminently marketable. Like American Girl dolls, or Cabbage Patch Kids in days of yore, part of the Elf’s allure is his customizable nature. There are girl elves and boy elves, blue-eyed elves and dark-skinned elves, all waiting to be “adopted.” Right, like I’m going to adopt a narc.

Part of why I dislike the Elf is the same reason I dislike Facebook’s privacy settings — he’s an Orwellian nightmare. Let’s teach our children that privacy is meaningless! I may have grown up with a Santa who sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake, but my Santa was never lurking around in my house, keeping tabs on me for weeks at a time. I don’t know, I just find the whole concept of an advent-long period of intense scrutiny by some judgmental little voyeur in a pointy hat creepy. Better than a Krampus, I guess, but still. Furthermore, the notion that the generosity of the season is not just contingent upon a child’s behavior, but that said behavior is being studied and judged by an independent auditor, is bizarre. And it reinforces the message to even very young children that the only reason to be good to each other is to get stuff. Isn’t teaching morality about teaching children to be nice even when no one is looking?

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Desperate Much? Dems Build Fundraising List Out Of Colbert Thank You Petition…

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Pathetic? Yes. Surprising? Absolutely not.

Via Newsbusters:

Just how liberal is fake conservative Stephen Colbert? Politico’s Hadas Gold reports the Democrats are raising money off his retirement from Comedy Central.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking advantage of “The Colbert Report’s” final few days, with an email blast asking people to sign a ‘Thank you’ card for host Stephen Colbert.

“After nine great years, the Colbert Report is going off the air,” the email reads. “Thank you Stephen Colbert for an amazing ride!”

The link leads to a DCCC page for people to add their emails, names, and zip codes to the card. Thus far more than 20,000 people have signed the card, per DCCC’s count.

Isn’t it instructive that the nation’s newspapers are saying “Thank you for an amazing ride” exactly like the Democrat? We mentioned The New York Times. The front of USA Today’s Life section on Thursday carried the large bold headline “Stephen Colbert, you served us well.” Underneath that was a montage of photos with the headline “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!”

They said Colbert’s run was “marked by the marvelous (President Obama took over his show last week).” Only a Democrat would approve that concept.

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Ridiculous: Al Sharpton Now Going To Have Say Over How Sony Makes Movies…

**Warning** This article will make you headdesk…hard.

Via NY Post:

Coming to a theater near you: Al Sharpton.​

Hollywood ​came to the Rev. Al Thursday as embattled Sony exec Amy Pascal ​met ​privately with the ​black leader for 90 minutes ​in a bid to fix the fallout from the ​cyberhacking ​leak of embarrassing, racially charged emails.

Pascal agreed to let Sharpton have a say in how Sony makes motion pictures, in an effort to combat what he called “inflexible and immovable racial exclusion in Hollywood.”

“We have agreed to having a working group deal with the racial bias and lack of diversity in Hollywood,” said Sharpton.

He said Sony would work closely with his National Action Network, ​the ​National Urban League, ​the ​NAACP and the Black Women’s Round Table to “see if we can come up with an immediate plan to deal with it.”

The meeting, held behind closed doors at the Greenwich Hotel, also included National Urban League president Marc Morial.

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Saudi Cleric Who Once Headed Mecca’s Religious Police Receiving Death Threats After Wife Appears On TV With Her Face Showing…

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And she wore makeup!

Via Daily Mail:

 A Saudi cleric who once headed Mecca’s religious police has received death threats after his wife appeared with him on TV wearing make-up without a veil.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Ghamdi and his wife told the audience of a chat show that Islam does not require women to hide their faces behind a niqab in public.

However his ‘radical’ views have created a storm of controversy after his smiling wife, Jawaher bint Al-Sheikh Ali, was seen uncovered, even wearing nail varnish. […]

l-Ghamdi told local paper, Al-Watan, that he had received several death threats with one radical cleric allegedly calling for him to be ‘tortured.’

Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric, the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh joined the chorus of condemnation against him and urged him to ‘ask repentance from God, and back away from this mistake.’

Obama Senior Adviser Mocks Republicans For Failing To Repeal Obamacare…

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Via Breitbart:

Ahead of President Obama’s press conference on Friday, Dan Pfeiffer, his senior political adviser, mocked Republicans for failing to repeal Obamacare.

“We just finished a debate on how funding the government for next year and the Republicans didn’t even have the heart to suggest repealing it,” he wrote in a post on Medium, “There’s a first time for everything.”

In 2014, congressional Republican leaders shied away from a debate on repealing Obamacare, after shutting down the government last year to try to defund the law.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

I thought the Sony executives were the most gutless wimps in Hollywood, that is until Paramount dethroned them by banning Team America, a movie released 10 years ago.

Language warning: NSFW X 100.

Midday bump: New Christmas card features an armed Santa Claus defending Baby Jesus from knife wielding Islamic terrorist.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 – An armed Santa Claus on an original Christmas card sent to recipients this year by John M. Snyder protects Baby Jesus from a masked, knife-wielding terrorist.

Santa aims a semiautomatic handgun at the terrorist near Baby Jesus in His crib. The contemporary drawing shows Santa Claus using the gun to save the Infant from the throat-cutter.

“The Christmas card reflects current reality,” Snyder said. “According to numerous news reports, Islamist terrorists behead innocent victims around the world, even here in the United States. These murderers persecute Christians, especially Catholics, who worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

“At Christmas, we commemorate the coming of Jesus Christ as true God and true Man, the Divine Person who assumed our human nature through his mother Mary.”

Snyder added that, “Santa Claus for many represents the Christmas spirit, the spirit of giving. On this message, Santa uses force of arms to rescue Baby Jesus from a terrorist, to give the Infant protection and freedom from the terrorist. Governments and other entities worthy of respect appreciate the right and ability of individuals to use firearms to protect the innocent.”

All Net Job Growth Since 2007 Has Gone To Legal And Illegal Immigrants…

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US-born American? You may be screwed…

Via National Review:

All of the net gains in in jobs since 2007 have gone to immigrants — both legal and illegal — according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, meaning that fewer native-born Americans are working today than were at the end of 2007.

From November 2007 through November 2014, the number of employed native-born Americans has decreased more than 1.45 million, while the number of employed immigrants has risen by more than 2 million (as the immigrant population grew rapidly, too), according to data compiled by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Castro Daughter: America “Must Be Dreaming” If They Think Cuba Will Drop Socialism And Return To Capitalism…

Because socialism has been working so good in Cuba?

Via Telegraph:

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro said on Thursday the United States “must be dreaming” if it thinks Cuba will return to capitalism after both countries agreed to normalise diplomatic relations.

Speaking in Havana, Mariela Castro, said the island nation would not return “to being a servile country to hegemonic interests of the most powerful financial groups in the US”.

US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the US is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba – a historic shift that could revitalise the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

Rarity: CEO Gives Back $1.86 Million Bonus, Says He Doesn’t Deserve It…

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This may be one of the only times you’ll see this…

Via Fortune:

Well, here’s something you don’t see too often. Or maybe never…

Rick Holley is CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co. PCL -0.50% , a Seattle-based real estate investment trust that owns and manages around 6.8 million acres of timberland in 19 states.Today Holley disclosed, via a regulatory filing, that he has returned 44,445 restricted stock units back to the company because “he does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return.”

At today’s opening price of $41.80 per share, Holley’s giveback would work out to more than $1.85 million.

To be sure, it’s been a rough 18 months for Plum Creek shareholders, in part due to low levels of new home construction. The stock hit an all-time high of $54.04 per share on May 12,2013, before falling as low as $39 per share on October 1, 2014. Revenue has also been nearly flat over the past two years, while net income is expected to fall in fiscal 2014. That said, it’s hard to remember the last time a CEO voluntarily gave up stock as a sort of apologia to disappointed investors.

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Dems Spent $1.5 Million Flying The Clintons On Private Jets To Campaign Events…

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Must be fun to take private jets across America even though you’re broke.

Via The Hill:

The cost to campaigns and political committees of flying in Bill and Hillary Clinton on private jets to campaign for the midterms topped $1.5 million, according to a Politico review of filings.

Republicans have been pushing the narrative that Hillary Clinton is out of touch, ahead of her likely presidential campaign, and the Republican National Committee quickly seized on the article on Friday, sending out an email entitled “High-flying Hillary Part II.”

While the Clintons could not legally pay for their travel for a campaign, the Politico review found that there were more than 60 payments made to the company Executive Fliteways for flights in 2013 and 2014, as the Clintons stumped for Democrats across the country.

The news comes as Clinton has also faced scrutiny for her paid speeches and the travel requirements for her events. “Hillary Clinton isn’t just charging losing campaigns for extravagant travel, she also demands chartered jets for speeches — even at public universities,” the RNC email states.

CNN’s Gloria Borger Likens Obama To Santa Claus, Says His Executive Orders Are Like Santa’s Toys…

One of the big differences is Obama Claus takes toys from the “rich” kids and gives them to the poor ones and calls in “paying your fair share.”

Report: Hackers Sent Sony Execs Message Thanking Them For Being So Spineless…

Via CNNMoney:

The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of “The Interview,” a source close to the company told CNN.

The email message was received by Sony’s top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN.

The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way.

A Sony spokesman declined to comment.

The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”

The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”

Transgender Student Files Federal Complaint Against Virginia School District For Banning Her From The Boys Restroom…

If you have to squat to pee, you deserve to be in the girls restroom.

Via BuzzFeed:

A transgender teenager in rural Virginia is taking his case to the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing in a complaint that the Gloucester County School Board violated his rights by approving a policy this month prohibiting students from using restrooms that do not correspond to their “biological genders.”

The complaint, sent Thursday, argues the school board ran afoul of Title IX, a 1972 law that bans gender-based discrimination, which has been interpreted recently to protect students from discrimination based on their gender identify.

“I felt like it was my moral responsibility to stand up for the rights of all transgender students, as well as my own,” the 15-year-old sophomore told BuzzFeed News.

Lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union sent the complaint, which cites a slew of legal decisions and precedents. “Federal courts have made clear that the protections in Title IX from discrimination based on ‘sex’ include discrimination based on gender identity or transgender status,” the lawyers write.

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Video: Trailer Chris Kyle Movie, “American Sniper”…

Looks awesome. Thank God they picked non-moonbat Clint Eastwood to direct the film (who’s easily one of the best directors in Hollywood).

Obama Admin Backed Talks Between Leading Al-Qaeda Clerics And Islamic State’s “Spiritual Adviser” In Bid To Free U.S. Hostage Peter Kassig…

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Including infamous al-Qaeda cleric Abu Qatada, who was jailed and then deported from the UK.

Via Guardian:

US counter-terrorism officials backed a high-stakes negotiation involving two of the world’s most prominent jihadi clerics as well as former Guantánamo detainees in an attempt to save the life of an American hostage held by Islamic State, the Guardian can reveal.

Emails seen by the Guardian show how tentative talks with the spiritual leadership of Isis to secure the release of Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig began in mid-October and ran for several weeks, with the knowledge of the FBI.

Kassig – who converted to Islam while imprisoned for more than a year – was the most recent western hostage to be killed by Isis. The jihadi group announced his death on 16 November with a typically grisly video.

The ultimately unsuccessful initiative to save him was the brainchild of a controversial New York lawyer, Stanley Cohen, who has represented Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and members of Hamas in US courts.

Cohen persuaded two senior clerics aligned with al-Qaida to intervene with Isis on behalf of the American. One, Abu Muhammed al-Maqdisi, is regarded as the world’s most influential living jihadi scholar, while the other, Abu Qatada, was once branded by a Spanish judge as al-Qaida’s “spiritual ambassador” in Europe.

Pic Of The Day: Obama Sniffs Cuban Cigar Hours After Lifting Embargo…

Must. Fight. Urge. To. Make. Reggie. Love. Joke.

Close to a Cuban: Obama was attending one of two White House receptions to welcome the start of Hanukkah when a guest handed him a large cheroot, which he took in his hand and ran under his nose. (DM)

Whoopi To Rosie For Playing Race Card: “You’re A White Lady Telling Me What’s Racist” – Rosie Responds: “I Have A Black Kid!”…

Too funny.

Via Daily Mail:

A screaming match over racism erupted between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on Thursday’s episode of The View.

The show’s co-hosts were discussing the news that Barack Obama was mistaken for a valet.

Goldberg dismissed the confusion as one of stupidity, with Americans failing to identify the most important man in the country and the world.

But when O’Donnell suggested racism may have been a key factor in the incident, Goldberg became enraged.

‘You are a white lady telling me what is racist to you,’ she shouted.

O’Donnell hit back in the segment: ‘I’m a gay American whose been called an [expletive].

‘I have a black kid at my house, Whoopi. I have a black kid I raise!’

DHS Chief Jeh Johnson Admits Forgetting Pledge Of Allegiance…

The Pledge isn’t the most popular song among liberals.

Via Free Beacon

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Players Wear “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts Before Thursday Night Game…

The latest fashion craze.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars receiving corps wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during pregame warmups prior to Thursday night’s 21-13 win against the Tennessee Titans.

Cecil Shorts III, Marqise Lee, Ace Sanders and Allen Hurns wore the shirts while they were running around the field and catching passes more than two hours before kickoff at EverBank Field.

It’s the first time the group has worn those shirts during warmups this season.

Defensive end Ryan Davis was also spotted wearing the shirt during warmups.

Obama Leaving Today For 16-Day Taxpayer Funded Vacation In Hawaii…

Must be nice…

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