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June 21, 2009

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As relevant now as it was right after 9/11. On a tip from Oiao.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 21, 2009 12:55 PM

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Would we have been any better off if the other idiot had won?

Posted by: Lyle at June 21, 2009 3:04 PM

All Conservatives Will Be “Hate Criminals” under H.R.1913.RFS

(Third in a series in recognition of New York City’s “Gay Pride Week”)

I think most of us believe in the axiom of live and let live, in the plaintive cry of Rodney King’s, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

I’m all for that, as long as we’re not expected to gather for a group hug and sing “Kumbayah,” and with another notable exception. When others trample on our rights, on our liberties, on our values, on our free expression of our beliefs then, no, we can’t all just get along until they cease and desist.

The Congress of the United States is in the process of such a trampling, a veritable stomping, by virtue of a new “Hate Crimes Law” which, when passed and signed into the law of the land will become yet another nail in the coffin of America’s freedoms.

Just as most of us want to simply live and let live, most of us decry senseless hatred which is not what this bill is all about. What it’s all about, under the guise of making hatred a thought crime, which is absurd and bad enough, is an effort to control and prosecute free speech, which is unconstitional and also bad enough.

Sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, the “2009 Hate Crimes Bill,” HR 1913, takes thought crime and free speech prohibitions to a level inconceivable as little as six months ago. As one distinguished scholar interprets it, HR 1913 will unprecedentedly establish a preferred category of both victims and law breakers, based on sexual proclivities.

For the most part, homosexuals will be the trod-upon victims, heterosexuals the criminals. However, the good news is that only those heteros who dare to express an opinion, verbally or in writing, such as in this blog, could be prosecuted.

“Liberty University law professor Shawn Akers writes that if H.R. 1913, the federal ‘Hate Crimes’ bill, becomes law, ‘local and state law enforcement would have the incentive of federal funds to prosecute cases involving . . . preferred victims to the exclusion and neglect of less valuable victims.’ Membership in the ‘preferred’ category is ‘based not on immutable characteristics but on the class member’s choice of sexual conduct . . . and subjective gender self-identity:”

See that website for the full text of “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.″

Anyone interested in reading the entire document will be accomplishing much more than our lawmakers do. They are inclined to vote into law bills they don’t bother to read, even multibillion dollar stimulus packages. That law covered a staggering 1588 pages and not a single legislator deigned to read it.

This proposed “hate bill” that will alter our lives, and our Constitution, is a piddling few pages but most of our leaders still won’t read it. It was passed by the House on April 29th and now officially identified as H.R.1913.RFS rests in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

That panel is chaired by Patrick Leahy and includes such Democrat notables as Arlen Specter, Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer. Feel free to guess how they will vote.

(If the website link for the bill’s text is outdated, it can be found here in all its ignominious glory: )c111:9:./temp/~c1118bgECl:: )

Prof. Akers’ extensive analysis of the content and probable impact of the original HR 1913 is a chilling account. . . .

(Read the rest at

Posted by: Berlet98 at June 21, 2009 3:10 PM

America will survive?

Not if people like Brandon, Ghost of Wellstone, Harris/Sarah and other anti-American dregs of society have their way.

Posted by: SK at June 21, 2009 5:02 PM

Right now Uncle Sam is standing on a high stool with a noose around his neck and Obama is giggling and prancing around it kicking the legs while 50 million liberals and the rest of America's enemies giggle right along with him. The media is watching and commenting about how well each kick is doing. "That was a good one--almost went that time." "Notice how he kind of gets his whole leg into it like a pro football kicker?" "Wow--does he have style--he's gonna kick that stool over any time now."

Posted by: SnowSnake at June 21, 2009 5:54 PM

"We say grace and we say ma'am
If (Barbara Boxer) don't like that, we don't give a damn........"

Posted by: TonyD95B at June 21, 2009 7:39 PM

Posted by: nancz at June 21, 2009 8:49 PM

once's all the americans fault!

anyone else see a pattern with these stories? I wonder how long they held onto them, only to put them out now to push more gun control?

Posted by: allen at June 21, 2009 9:24 PM

Not sure if you have this:
The census-troopers are changing their name:

"ACORN International has officially changed its name to 'Community Organizations International.'"

Fascists by any name, but do beware.

Posted by: Joe Lender at June 21, 2009 9:33 PM

Posted by: BURNING HOT at June 21, 2009 10:03 PM

Posted by: BURNING HOT at June 21, 2009 10:06 PM

Posted by: BURNING HOT at June 21, 2009 10:08 PM

A Letter from a Grandpa to His Obamian Grandchild

(The original of this article was received as an email.)

Letter from a Granddad

John is 63 years old and owns his own business. He is a life-long Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year is now all but gone. With the stock market crashing and all the new taxes coming his way, John knows he will be working for a good number more years.

John has a Granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives a late model car, wears all the latest fashions, and also likes going out and eating out a lot. Ashley campaigned hard for Obama, and after he won the
election she made sure her Grandfather (and all other Republican family members) received more than an earful on how the world is going to be a much better place now that Obama won the election.

Ashley recently found herself short of cash and cannot pay her bills, again. As she has done many other times in the past, she e-mailed her Grandfather asking for some financial help. Here is his reply:

Sweetheart, I am replying to your request for more money. Ashley, you know I love you dearly and am sympathetic to your financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election of President Obama, your Grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold new economic plan of our own….the ‘Ashley Economic Plan’.

Let me explain.

Your grandmother and I are highly productive, wage-earning tax payers. As you know, we have lived a comfortable life and in return have forgone many things like fancy vacations, luxury cars, etc. We have worked hard and were looking forward to retiring soon. But this plan has changed. Your president is significantly raising our personal and business taxes. He says it is so he can give our hard earned money to other people.

Do you know what this means, Ashley? It means less income for us. Less income means we must cut back on many business and personal expenditures.

One example is, we were forced to let go our receptionist today. You know her. She always gave you candy when you visited my office. Did you know she worked for us for the past 18 years? I can’t afford her anymore.That is a taste of the business side. Some personal economic effects of Obama’s new taxation policies include none other than you. . .

(Read the rest of gramp's words of taxation wisdom at

Posted by: Berlet98 at June 21, 2009 11:54 PM

we'll only survive if we turn back to the Lord in droves and i just do not see that happening. we have become a reproach.

Posted by: nancz at June 22, 2009 4:46 AM

Would we have been any better off if the other idiot had won?

Not by much. Juan McLandslide might have appointed a SCOTUS judge who could write and spell without the help of a clerk. That's about it.

Posted by: V the K at June 22, 2009 5:16 AM

You wanted change - you got it. A.C.O.R.N. is now
C.O.I. Community Organizations International.

The names will be changed to protect the GUILTY.

Posted by: TED at June 22, 2009 5:34 AM

Apparently in Iran, ACORN is also active! They report more people voted in some districts than there were actual eligible voters. Al Franken was propelled into the Senate using this method (it may not be official but that clown will be in the Senate by Fall).$1305781.htm

"Iran: Three million votes under investigation
Monday, 22 Jun 2009 12:34

Election authorities in Iran have confirmed that more than 50 cities in this month's presidential poll returned more ballot papers than their total number of eligible voters. "

Posted by: Name at June 22, 2009 5:49 AM

anybody else anxiously awaiting the acorn census takers visit?

Posted by: nancz at June 22, 2009 6:06 AM

ACORN census takers in inner city neighborhoods - multiply all census numbers by 2 if household size is under 3. For suburban areas divide by 2 if household size is over 2. Its the new math.

Posted by: Doctor Detroit at June 22, 2009 7:19 AM

I have cans of fava beans, but must stock up on Chianti.

Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at June 22, 2009 7:47 AM

Wrench, it took me a minute, but HAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Karin at June 22, 2009 7:52 AM

It turns out the media can keep its blabbing mouth shut... if they think it will save one of their own.

But, of course, this rule does not apply to others.

Posted by: Lyle at June 22, 2009 8:54 AM

Celebrate the 4th of JULY with picnics,band concerts and firework shows and SCREW CINO DEMAYO,KWANZA and especialy EARTH DAY

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at June 22, 2009 11:36 AM

What dub days do MOONBATS celebrate anyway

Posted by: Flu-Bird at June 22, 2009 9:36 PM

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